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Alleged Mexican drug cartel boss charged in California

Sep. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An alleged top lieutenant of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been accused of helping smuggle tons of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and other drugs into the United States, federal authorities said Wednesday. A 2018 indictment by a federal grand jury...

Officials: US citizen living in Mexico indicted in drug case

Sep. 15, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. citizen living in Mexico who claimed ties to the Sinaloa cartel faces a 17-count indictment related to a drug trafficking operation between Mexico and Alaska, federal authorities announced Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Alaska...

Mexico gives drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes 28 years

Sep. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has sentenced drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes to 28 years in prison for organized crime, money laundering and weapons violations, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Carillo Fuentes was a former leader of the Juarez drug cartel, based...

Leader of Mexican drug trafficking ring gets 8 years prison

Sep. 13, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of a Mexican-based heroin trafficking ring that distributed the drug to cells operating in and around Portland and in southwestern Washington was sentenced Monday to just over eight years in federal prison. Paul Alberto Guillen, 27, is...

Felon turned mayor candidate challenged over right to run

Sep. 05, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A man running for mayor in a Savannah suburb is defending his qualifications for office, saying a restoration of rights following a drug trafficking conviction makes him legally eligible. WTOC-TV reports that a Port...

Spain announces 107 arrests in major marijuana raids in July

Sep. 01, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — More than 100 people were arrested when police in Spain busted an illegal drug ring this summer, Europol said Wednesday. The European policing authority said that the arrests occurred on July 13 when Spanish police, in collaboration with police from...

Years on, no convictions for Mexico casino fire with 52 dead

Aug. 24, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Ten years after Zetas cartel gunmen stormed into a casino in northern Mexico and set fire to the building, killing 52 people, nobody has been convicted for murder or arson. The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey was one of the worst attacks...

US deports Eduardo Arellano Felix, Mexico re-arrests him

Aug. 23, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the notorious Arellano Felix brothers was deported from the United States back to Mexico after serving most of a 15-year prison sentence, but he was promptly re-arrested when he arrived in his homeland Monday. Prosecutors in Mexico said...

Residents flee another western Mexico town amid gang fights

Aug. 13, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of yet another township in western Mexico have begun fleeing, after they were caught in the crossfire of turf battles between rival drug cartels. A former mayor said Friday the town of Coalcoman has essentially been cut off by road. The...

Mexican cartel threatens news anchor, demands equal coverage

Aug. 09, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Masked men claiming to represent Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel have taken the unusual step of circulating a video threatening to kill a national television news anchor for what they viewed as unfair coverage. The video circulated Monday showed...