Organized crime

FILE - In this June 12, 2014 file photo, Mexico's soccer team captain Rafael Marquez attends a news conference before training for the World Cup in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The United States Treasury announced Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, that the legendary Mexican soccer player is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
August 09, 2017 - 6:42 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2014 file photo, Mexico's soccer team captain Rafael Marquez attends a news conference before training for the World Cup in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The United States Treasury announced Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, that the legendary Mexican soccer player is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
August 09, 2017 - 4:22 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of...
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August 08, 2017 - 2:18 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say nine people have been indicted in a more than $1 million Houston-area auto theft ring targeting dealers and unsuspecting immigrants who bought the stolen vehicles online. The Harris County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said eight people were arrested on charges including...
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August 07, 2017 - 8:37 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Sinaloa cartel leader and his son have been indicted on drug smuggling charges in the United States in what U.S. authorities called a blow to one of Mexico's most powerful drug rings. The indictment against Damaso Lopez Nunez was unsealed in Virginia as his 29-year-old son made...
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August 07, 2017 - 7:28 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Sinaloa cartel leader and his son have been indicted on drug smuggling charges in the United States in what U.S. authorities called a blow to one of Mexico's most powerful drug rings. The indictment against Damaso Lopez Nunez was unsealed in Virginia as his 29-year-old son made...
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July 05, 2017 - 3:59 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 14 people were killed in a firefight between armed groups in northern Mexico, authorities said Wednesday after initially putting the death toll at 26. Felix Gonzalez, a spokesman for Chihuahua state prosecutors, told local media that officials received initial reports of...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. A 2001 Justice Department memo warned that no nation, including the United States, was immune from the threat posed by Russian organized crime. The special counsel investigation is bringing attention to Russian efforts to meddle in democratic processes, the type of intelligence gathering that in the past has relied on hired hackers. It’s not clear how much the probe by Mueller will center on the criminal underbelly of Moscow, but he’s already picked some lawyers with experience confronting organized crime. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 04, 2017 - 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has long warned that Russian organized crime posed a threat to democratic institutions, including "criminally linked oligarchs" who might collude with the Russian government to undermine business competition. Those concerns, ever-present if not necessarily...
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Spent bullet casing litter a road after authorities reported a gun battle with armed men near the beach resort of Mazatlan, Mexico, Saturday, July 1, 2017. Mexican authorities said that at least 19 people died in clashes involving armed men and security forces in the gang-plagued northwestern state of Sinaloa, where homicides have spiked dramatically following the capture and extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. (AP Photo/Mario Rivera Alvarado)
July 01, 2017 - 5:18 pm
CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities said Saturday that at least 19 people died in clashes involving armed men and security forces in the gang-plagued northwestern state of Sinaloa, where homicides have spiked dramatically following the capture and extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin...
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June 29, 2017 - 5:16 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man charged with running a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring out of a suburban Salt Lake City basement pleaded not guilty Thursday in a case that authorities say ranks among the largest busts of its kind in the country. Aaron Shamo, 27, is charged with a dozen...
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June 22, 2017 - 5:58 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Mexican lawmaker has been arrested at the California border on charges of working for the Sinaloa drug cartel. Cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was extradited to the United States in January. Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez was charged Thursday in federal court in San...
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