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Cocaine 'Super Cartel' Is Busted in Europe

Ring controlled about one-third of the trade on the continent

(Newser) - Law enforcement authorities in six different countries have joined forces to take down a "super cartel" of drug traffickers who controlled about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe, Europol said on Monday. The European Union crime agency said 49 suspects have been arrested during the investigation, with...

Mom Searching for Abducted Son Is Slain in Mexico

Rosario Rodríguez Barraza killed on day dedicated to the disappeared

(Newser) - Yet another mother searching for her disappeared son has been killed in northern Mexico, becoming the third volunteer search activist killed in Mexico since 2021. Rubén Rocha Moya, the governor of the northern state of Sinaloa, identified the dead woman Wednesday as Rosario Rodríguez Barraza—"a tireless...

As China Lost Its Fentanyl Crown, the Cartels Stepped In
2 Cartels Are Keeping
America Flush With Fentanyl
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2 Cartels Are Keeping America Flush With Fentanyl

'Wall Street Journal' looks at how the Sinaloa, Jalisco cartels ended up supplying the US after China cracked down

(Newser) - He's a 25-year-old cook who works six days a week and pulls in about $10,000 a month. It's a lucrative gig, but also an illegal one: He's cooking fentanyl that will be smuggled into the US, and his one-person lab churns out the equivalent of hundreds...

Colombia Nabs Feared Drug Kingpin
Colombia Nabs Feared
Drug Kingpin

Colombia Nabs Feared Drug Kingpin

Dairo Antonio Úsuga leads the violent Clan del Golfo

(Newser) - The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia has been arrested. Per the New York Times , Dairo Antonio Úsuga, popularly known as Otoniel, was nabbed during a military operation in the remote mountains of Colombia's Uraba region. The 50-year-old was alleged to be the leader of the country's...

Cartel: We'll Kill Journalist Unless She Gives Equal Coverage

Men claim to represent Mexico's Jalisco New Generation cartel

(Newser) - 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 masked and heavily armed men surrounding a man seated at...

Teacher's Double Life Exposed in Shootout With Cartel

Barney Harris was killed while trying to rob stash home of drug cartel, says sheriff in North Carolina

(Newser) - Barney Dale Harris was a beloved Spanish teacher and basketball coach in Monroe, North Carolina. But his students were unaware he hid a dangerous side of himself, which was revealed with his death in a shootout with a Mexican drug cartel, says the Alamance County Sheriff's Office, per WSET...

Head of $70B Drug Syndicate Arrested at Airport

Chinese Canadian is known as 'Asia's El Chapo'

(Newser) - Before he was sentenced to nine years in 1988 for importing heroin to the US, lawyers for Tse Chi Lop pleaded for leniency, saying he planned to open a restaurant when he got out. Instead, authorities say the Chinese-born Canadian citizen massively expanded his drug empire and became known as...

Former Mexican Gov. Killed in Restaurant Bathroom

Aristóteles Sandoval had served as governor of Mexico's Jalisco state

(Newser) - The former Governor of Mexico's "violence-wracked" state of Jalisco died early Friday morning after being shot in the back while in a restaurant bathroom, the Guardian reports. Authorities say that Aristóteles Sandoval, 46, was vacationing in Puerto Vallarta when he was gunned down, per the New York ...

Banks Are Laundering Trillions for the Bad Guys
BuzzFeed
Has Dug Up
Damning Bank
Documents
the rundown

BuzzFeed Has Dug Up Damning Bank Documents

The 'FinCEN files' show how criminals, terrorists, and corrupt leaders use Western banks

(Newser) - The new Panama Papers are out, and they're just as ugly—if not worse. Leaked government documents show that big banks are laundering untold trillions of dollars for shady operators around the world and getting away with it, BuzzFeed reports. JPMorgan Chase and HSBC appear to be among the...

DEA Agent Hit With 19 Counts in 'Black Eye' to Agency

Jose Irizarry and his wife were arrested Friday

(Newser) - A once-standout US 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 AP reports. Jose Irizarry and his wife were arrested Friday at...

El Chapo's Daughter Weds Nephew of 'The Empress'

Alejandrina Guzman marries Edgar Cazares in Mexico

(Newser) - Mazel tov: El Chapo's daughter has married the nephew of another drug boss. Alejandrina Guzman, daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, married Edgar Cazares on Jan. 25 in Sinaloa’s state capital, Culiacan, Reuters reports. As the UK Times explains, Cazares is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares,...

Trump's Plan: Designate Mexican Cartels as Terrorists
Mexico Seems
'Caught Off-Guard'
by Trump's Comments
the rundown

Mexico Seems 'Caught Off-Guard' by Trump's Comments

President says he will designate its drug cartels as terrorists

(Newser) - President Trump is making a big move against Mexican drug cartels, and it's one he says has been in the works for three months. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly posted online Tuesday that referenced the "more than 100,000 Americans" killed a year via imported drugs,...

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...

After Killings, Trump Says Cartels Must Be Wiped Out
Trump Responds to Killing
of American Mormons
the rundown

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...

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.—...

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...

El Chapo: My Treatment Is 'Cruel and Unusual'
El Chapo Makes Prison Plea

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...

'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...

The 'El Chapo' Trial Was Crazy. Now It's Up to the Jury


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

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...

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...

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