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After Massacre in Mexico, an Arrest, With 2 Hostages

Armed suspect was found near Arizona border

(Newser) - A suspect found holding two bound and gagged hostages has been arrested for alleged links to the massacre of nine women and children in northern Mexico. The suspect was found in the hills of Agua Prieta, the Mexican town across the border from Douglas, Ariz., with four assault rifles and... More »

Trump Responds to Killing of American Mormons

It's time to eradicate drug cartels in Mexico, and the US will help, he says

(Newser) - The murder of women and children in a Mormon family in Mexico has President Trump calling for the eradication of drug cartels—with US help. All the victims have dual US-Mexico citizenship, reports CNN . "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage... More »

9 American Mormons Killed in Mexico Massacre

Victims in highway shooting include 6 children

(Newser) - Relatives say at least nine US citizens—all Mormons—have been killed in a highway massacre believed to be tied to a drug cartel in northern Mexico. Three mothers and 14 children—members of a breakaway Mormon community known as La Mora, some 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz.—... More »

Streets Littered With Bodies After Failed Raid in Mexico

Mexican authorities wanted the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

(Newser) - Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The gun battle Thursday paralyzed... More »

El Chapo Makes Prison Plea

The former drug cartel leader says he needs the outdoors

(Newser) - Looks like Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman won't be going outside anytime soon. The convicted drug kingpin, now held at a Manhattan federal prison, is complaining about the anguish of solitary confinement—but federal prosecutors say his request for two hours a week of outdoor time is likely a... More »

'Cocaine Mitch' Wants You to Join His 'Cartel'

He's selling campaign T-shirts with cocaine dust

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is embracing the "Cocaine Mitch" nickname given to him last year, going so far as to sell T-shirts featuring a faceless man (ostensibly McConnell) beside a dusting of white powder. "A year ago, a legend was born. Own your piece of history. #CocaineMitch," McConnell's... More »

Trial of 'El Chapo' Was an 'Amazing Open Book'

Now Joaquin Guzman's fate is in the hands of the jury

(Newser) - Closing arguments wound down Thursday in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leaving in their wake in a Brooklyn courthouse tales "that at times echoed a Shakespearean drama and at others detailed a Sinaloa cartel bloodbath," per NBC News . The 61-year-old drug kingpin's fate is... More »

Cartel Boss Allegedly Killed Woman for Cushier Prison Cell

Marcelo Pinheiro's alleged plan to avoid extradition fails

(Newser) - What's one more murder when it might secure you a spot in a cushier prison? That was allegedly the thinking of a Brazilian cartel boss jailed in Paraguay, who authorities say killed a woman in his high-security cell in the hope that fresh charges would prevent him being extradited... More »

El Chapo Trial Security Involves a 'Secret Plan'

So as not to have to close the Brooklyn Bridge twice daily

(Newser) - The trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman begins in Brooklyn Tuesday, and it won't include a hug between the drug kingpin and his wife. NBC News reports his lawyers had asked that he be permitted to give the former beauty queen "a brief momentary greeting to include... More »

Cartel Boss Who Sent Cops Execution Video Is Sentenced

'Seriously evil' Texas-born 'La Barbie,' extradited from Mexico, gets nearly 50 years in prison

(Newser) - A Texas-born man who prosecutors say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel using ruthless violence was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Atlanta to nearly five decades in prison. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as "La Barbie" because of his light eyes and complexion, was... More »

Cops Reveal Gruesome Fate of Missing Mexican Film Students

3 students tortured, killed by cartel members

(Newser) - Frustration over the disappearance of three university students in Mexico turned to outrage Monday as authorities revealed the men were tortured and killed by cartel members who wrongly suspected them of belonging to a rival gang. Enrolled at Guadalajara's University of Audiovisual Media, Javier Salomon Aceves Gastelum, 25; Marco... More »

Judge Who Oversaw Drug Kingpins' Appeals Shot Dead

Details are scant so far

(Newser) - The Mexican federal judge who handled the appeals of drug kingpins Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Miguel Trevino was shot dead outside his house Monday, Reuters reports. Mexico's president has ordered the country's attorney general to investigate Vicente Bermudez's murder. Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel,... More »

One of History's Biggest Drug Dealers Sentenced

Colombian kingpin 'El Loco' gets 35 years in US prison

(Newser) - A Colombian described as one of history's biggest cocaine dealers was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday by a Manhattan judge who called the scope of his crimes "staggering." Known as El Loco, Daniel Barrera Barrera, 48, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Woods, who rejected a... More »

Mayor in Drug-Ridden Mexican Town Shot to Death

He's the 2nd mayor in the country killed in as many days

(Newser) - The mayor of a town in one of Mexico's most violent drug corridors was shot to death, the second mayor killed in Mexico in two days, the AP reports. Ambrosio Soto was mayor of a township that includes Ciudad Altamirano, a known haven for drug traffickers in southern Guerrero... More »

How Sean Penn Got to El Chapo

It all may date back to a 2012 tweet

(Newser) - The big buzz of the weekend was Sean Penn's 10,000-word Rolling Stone interview with Joaquin Guzman, less formally known as El Chapo. The interview is said to have led to the drug kingpin's capture on Friday in the city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa. The latest:
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Feds: DEA Agents Went to Colombia Sex Parties

Report slams handling of sexual misconduct at multiple agencies

(Newser) - The DEA was pretty relaxed about allegations that its agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels, according to a Justice Department report on sexual harassment and misconduct at federal agencies. The report says the parties—which an official tells the AP took place in Colombia—allegedly happened in government-leased... More »

Mexico Charges Mayor's Wife With Organized Crime

Her brothers allegedly part of Guerreros Unidos drug gang

(Newser) - The wife of a Mexican mayor whose police force turned 43 students over to a drug gang that allegedly killed them has been charged with organized crime and money laundering. Maria de los Angeles Pineda is the wife of Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala, in the southern... More »

Mexico Arrests Major Cartel Leader

Vicento Carrillo Fuentes of Juarez cartel is caught

(Newser) - The alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel has been arrested in the northern city of Torreon, Mexican officials said today. Vicento Carrillo Fuentes, 51, purportedly heads the cartel founded by his late brother, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and both the US and Mexico had million-dollar rewards for his arrest. Carrillo... More »

Hit Man Who Killed 300 Freed

Jhon Jairo Velasquez was Escobar's chief assassin

(Newser) - The Colombian hit man known as "Popeye" has been freed from prison after 22 years—which works out to around 27 days for each of the 300 people he has admitted killing. John Jairo Velasquez was the chief assassin for drug lord Pablo Escobar and is believed to have... More »

Cops Nab 'the Rat'—Leader of Ruthless Drug Cartel

Hernan Alonso Villa arrested by Spanish police

(Newser) - Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most-wanted criminals, a 40-year-old man nicknamed the Rat—one of the leaders of a ruthless drug cartel linked to 400 murders and the shipment of the largest amounts of cocaine to the US and Europe. Hernan Alonso Villa was arrested Friday while... More »

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