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FILE - This June 13, 2016 file photo shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Florida. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, the FBI arrested U.S. federal narcotics agent Jose Irizarry and his wife, Nathalia Gomez Irizarry, at their residence in Puerto Rico, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the arrest. He has been charged with conspiring to launder money with the very same Colombian drug cartels he was supposed to be fighting. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

Feb. 21, 2020 6:01 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges of conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was supposed to be fighting. The FBI arrested Jose Irizarry and his wife, Nathalia...

Son of Mexican drug kingpin pleads not guilty to US charges

Feb. 21, 2020 5:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a fugitive Mexican drug kingpin pleaded not guilty Friday to federal drug charges during an appearance in U.S. District Court after his overnight extradition from Mexico. Ruben Oseguera faces charges of conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine...

This undated photo provided by the Crawford County Jail in Van Buren, Ark., shows Kimberly Younger. Younger, suspected in the killings of a Kansas couple who were working as carnival vendors pleaded not guilty to several charges Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the death of Alfred and Pauline Carpenter, who were working as vendors at the Barton County Fair in July 2018 when they were killed, driven to Arkansas and buried. (Crawford County Jail via AP)

Woman pleads not guilty in deaths of Kansas carnival workers

Feb. 19, 2020 7:38 PM EST

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Florida woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the deaths of a Kansas couple who were killed after a carnival worker ordered their deaths as part of a fictitious “carnival mafia” initiation. Kimberly Younger, of McIntosh, Florida, is facing six charges, including...

Janet Uhlar sits for a photo at her dining room table with an arrangement of letters and pictures she received through her correspondence with imprisoned Boston organized crime boss James

After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets

Feb. 18, 2020 1:33 PM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — One of the jurors who convicted notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets her decision after learning that he was an unwitting participant in a covert CIA experiment with LSD. Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of...

Janet Uhlar sits at her dining room table with letters and photos she received through her correspondence with imprisoned Boston organized crime boss James

Whitey Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

Feb. 18, 2020 7:25 AM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors...

Zoran Zaev, center, the leader of the ruling Social Democrats, takes a part in a rally titled

North Macedonia: Thousands rally to back judicial reforms

Feb. 17, 2020 3:17 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people attended a march in North Macedonia's capital Monday in support of landmark judicial reforms approved just before parliament was dissolved for early elections. The "Walk for Justice" rally, held in Skopje a day after the reforms were approved, was...

DEA agent sentenced to 4 years for helping drug traffickers

Feb. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for his role in a decade-long drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors accused Fernando Gomez of infiltrating the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

US to seek extradition of Mexican drug kingpin's nephew

Feb. 10, 2020 9:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in Brooklyn said Monday they intend to seek the extradition of a nephew of convicted Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for the murder of a federal agent over three decades ago. The U.S....

In this Feb. 6, 2020 photo, state police stand guard along the road leading into Uruapan, Michoacan state, Mexico. Uruapan, a city of about 340,000 people, is in Mexico's avocado belt, where violence has reached shocking proportions. In Uruapan, cartels are battling for territory and reports of killings are common, such as the gun massacre last week of three young boys, a teenager and five others at an arcade in what had been a relatively quiet neighborhood. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

In the heart of Mexico's violence, disillusion grows

Feb. 10, 2020 11:39 AM EST

URUAPAN, MEXICO (AP) — Alejandra Uvilla fled her home city of Apatzingan because of overwhelming violence, moving 65 miles (105 km) north to bustling, mountain-nestled Uruapan in the avocado belt of Michoacan state. Three years later, the bloodshed is even worse here. Cartels are battling for territory...

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man for Pablo Escobar, known by his nickname

Pablo Escobar's hit man, known as "Popeye," dies of cancer

Feb. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar who confessed to killing hundreds of people during one of Colombia’s most violent periods died Thursday from cancer, prison authorities said. Jhon Jairo Velásquez, known by his nickname Popeye, died at the National Cancer...