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Taliban carry out 1st public execution since Afghan takeover

Dec. 08, 2022 00:53 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban authorities on Wednesday executed an Afghan convicted of killing another man, the first public execution since the former insurgents took over Afghanistan last year, a spokesman said. The announcement underscored the intentions by Afghanistan's new...

DEA’s most corrupt agent: Parties, sex amid 'unwinnable war'

Dec. 01, 2022 09:09 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — José Irizarry accepts that he’s known as the most corrupt agent in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he “became another man” in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sports cars, Tiffany jewels and...

Police smash European cocaine 'super cartel,' arrest 49

Nov. 28, 2022 05:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in six different countries have joined forces to take down a “super cartel" of drugs traffickers controlling about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe, the European Union crime agency said on Monday. Europol said 49 suspects have...

Nearly half a ton of cocaine seized in Albania, 10 arrested

Nov. 25, 2022 10:04 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities on Friday said they have seized 430 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of cocaine in a coordinated operation with neighboring Montenegro and other law enforcement international institutions. Albania’s corruption and organized crime squad said 10...

Renton man gets 10 years in prison in drug trafficking case

Nov. 24, 2022 14:11 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Renton, Washington man to 10 years in prison for his role in a violent drug distribution ring, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle. Benjamin Fuentes was indicted in July 2020 with a dozen co-conspirators after an...

Mexico launches online platform for dual-use precursors

Nov. 23, 2022 19:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government presented an online platform Wednesday that it claims will allow authorities to track the importation and consumption so-called “dual-use” precursor chemicals that are often used to make synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl. Mexico...

Ex-Homeland Security agent sentenced for bribery

Nov. 21, 2022 20:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who was bribed to feed information to an organized crime figure was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in prison. Felix Cisneros Jr., 48, of Murrieta, was sentenced by a...

Greek police nab German suspect sought on 4 arrest warrants

Nov. 19, 2022 15:32 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say that they have arrested a 35-year-old German citizen who has four outstanding arrest warrants on him for fraud and cybercrime, three from Germany and one international. The Thessaloniki police's organized crime and human trafficking...

Louisiana parole eligibility urged for drug informant killer

Nov. 18, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana parole board is recommending that a man convicted in the 1986 death of drug smuggler and federal informant Barry Seal be made eligible for parole. The Advocate reports that the Pardons and Parole board has sent the recommendation to Gov. John...

US sanctions Mexico's Familia Michoacana drug cartel

Nov. 17, 2022 14:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Thursday on Mexico’s Familia Michoacana drug cartel, which it accused of manufacturing “rainbow” fentanyl pills purportedly aimed at children. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC,...