Organized crime

October 16, 2019 - 12:02 pm
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — In a story Oct. 15 about two shootouts between Mexican security forces and suspected drug cartel gunmen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they took place the same day. One took place Monday, and the other Tuesday. A corrected version of the story is below:...
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A charred truck that belongs to Michoacan state police sits on the side of the road after it was burned during an attack, as state police drive past in El Aguaje, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. At least 13 police officers were killed and three others injured Monday in the ambush. (AP Photo/Armando Solis)
October 14, 2019 - 11:00 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 13 police officers were killed and nine others wounded Monday in an ambush by gunmen in the Mexican state of Michoacan, a western region where violence attributed to drug cartels has spiked in recent months. The state police officers had gone to a home in the town of El...
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October 03, 2019 - 4:11 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday named one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, just as a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See. The appointment of Giuseppe Pignatone came two days after...
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September 27, 2019 - 7:58 am
BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said Friday they have shut down a data processing center installed in a former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities. Seven people were arrested. The main suspect in the long-running investigation that led to raids on Thursday...
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September 18, 2019 - 7:32 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial has been shot dead in Amsterdam, sparking calls for a tougher crackdown on violent underworld gangs. Police said that 44-year-old lawyer Derk Wiersum was fatally shot Wednesday morning by a...
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September 17, 2019 - 12:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine,...
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FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Weber County Sheriff's Office shows Aaron Michael Shamo. Shamo was convicted Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that sent hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly pills across the country from his suburban basement. (Weber County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
August 30, 2019 - 7:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was convicted Friday of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that sent hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly pills across the country in a scheme that authorities said helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic. A jury reached the verdict after deliberating...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo, the body of a bloodied man lies in the middle of a street where police and forensic workers secure the crime scene in Acapulco, Mexico. Mexico's drug war appears to be back, and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread throughout the country. (AP Photo/Bernardindo Hernandez, File)
August 30, 2019 - 6:46 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the...
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Mike, right, and Becky Shamo, left, the parents of Aaron Shamo, walk with another family member as they leave the federal courthouse Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Salt Lake City. A jury is deliberating in the case of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that shipped fake prescription drugs across the country, causing at least one fatal overdose. Prosecutors said during closing arguments that Aaron Shamo's operation helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic by making hundreds of thousands of pills available to addicts and other users. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 29, 2019 - 8:44 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury began deliberating Thursday in the case of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that shipped potentially poisonous, fake prescription drugs across the country, causing at least one fatal overdose. Prosecutors said during closing arguments that...
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Vanessa Galindo Blas, 32, places a rose on a photograph atop the coffin of her late husband Erick Hernandez Enriquez, 29, n Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Anger is mounting among relatives of 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set the White Horse nightclub on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life impossible in this southern Mexico oil town.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
August 29, 2019 - 8:10 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Anger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life...
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