Organized crime

This 2005 photo provided by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials shows puppies rescued from a farm in Colombia destined for use by a U.S. veterinarian working for a Colombian drug trafficking ring. Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza used the puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, where the heroin packets were eventually cut out of the puppies, who died in the process, according to officials. Lopez, who is Venezuelan, was arrested in 2015 in Spain in connection with the case and was extradited to the U.S. on Monday, April 30, 2018. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, May 1 in New York. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)
May 01, 2018 - 6:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A veterinarian pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges that he turned puppies into drug couriers for a Colombian trafficking ring by stitching packets of liquid heroin into their bodies. Andres Lopez Elorza appeared in federal court in Brooklyn after being extradited from...
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April 20, 2018 - 12:15 pm
MILAN (AP) — A court in Palermo has convicted eight defendants, including a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, on charges showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and the government during the early 1990s. Prosecutor Nino Di Matteo said Friday's verdicts demonstrated with "certainty that...
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April 18, 2018 - 8:56 am
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have caught the suspected head of a European organized crime ring specializing in burglaries, robberies and extortion in France and Greece. Police said Wednesday the 57-year-old Georgian man was among 14 people arrested in the northern Greek city of...
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Slovakian Prime Minister and interim Interior Minister Peter Pellegrini, left, shakes hands with Police Corps President Tibor Gaspar during the press conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Gaspar will step down from his post at the end of May, according to a statement by Pellegrini, and Pellegrini will step into the role as interim Interior Minister, following the resignation of Tomas Drucker. (Pavel Neubauer /TASR via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 10:35 am
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's national police chief will resign following street protests against him as the nation struggles with a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini says Tibor Gaspar will step down...
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FILE - This Aug. 6, 2007 file photo shows former British millionaire Krishna Maharaj in a prison in Indiantown, Fla. Maharaj may get one last shot at convincing a federal judge he is innocent of the 1986 murder of two men in Miami. Maharaj will try to clear his name by pinning the crime on Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel. Maharaj,\ has maintained his innocence throughout his three decades in prison. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)
April 05, 2018 - 10:21 am
MIAMI (AP) — Someone gunned down businessman Derrick Moo Young and his adult son in room 1215 of the Dupont Plaza Hotel in October 1986 during the height of Miami's cocaine wars. But the man convicted of those slayings, 79-year-old British businessman Krishna Maharaj, has maintained his innocence...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2016 file photo, the American Flag flies outside the Justice Department in Washington. A new team of federal agents is targeting online trafficking of illicit fentanyl, which is driving a rising number of overdose deaths across the U.S. Darknet drug sales are proving a challenge to law enforcement that can be more vexing than even drug cartels. The crackdown is part of the Trump administration’s tough approach to the drug crisis that some critics say resembles a return to failed drug war tactics. But there is bipartisan agreement on the need to do more against online drug dealing. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
April 03, 2018 - 9:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — His moniker was "DARKKING22," and authorities say he offered a cornucopia of illicit drugs through the click of a mouse. But it was his ads on a hidden website for pure fentanyl, the powerful painkiller driving a record number of overdose deaths across the U.S., that caught FBI...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, people take part in a silent protest march in memory of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the wake of an unprecedented slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, Slovakia turned in just few days from what seemed to be a stable European Union country into chaos. In a speech last month, President Andrej Kiska talked about his country as “successful, proud and self-confident.” He used different words on Sunday, March 4 to say that Slovakia faces a "serious political crisis" that was triggered by the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler, file)
March 09, 2018 - 11:53 am
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Slovaks rallied in massive anti-government protests across the country on Friday to demand a thorough investigation of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee, and changes in government. The protesters packed a central square in Bratislava and...
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March 02, 2018 - 5:40 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five people have been indicted in the death of a toddler killed more than six years ago in New Orleans. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's Office identifies the five as members of the 3-N-G gang. Each of them faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death...
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People gather to commemorate murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, and call for a an investigation of the case, in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday evening March 2, 2018. Seven men were detained Thursday as suspects during police raids in the eastern Slovak towns of Michalovce and Trebisov, said national police chief Tibor Gaspar. (Milan Kapusta/TASR via AP)
March 02, 2018 - 1:59 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Slovaks marched in a national rally Friday to honor journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend, who were shot dead as Kuciak was working on a story about the influence of the Italian mafia in Slovakia. In the capital of Bratislava, President Andrej Kiska asked a...
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A policeman walks outside of a house linked to an Italian businessman who did business with at least two officials close to Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, in Trebisov, Slovakia, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Police are conducting raids in eastern Slovakia in houses linked to the members of Italian mafia in the country that an investigative journalist was writing about before he was shot dead last week. (Roman Hanc/TASR via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 9:31 am
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Slovak investigative journalist (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Slovakia's Interior Minister says the FBI and Britain's Scotland Yard and other foreign agencies are helping Slovak authorities investigate the killing of an investigative...
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