Organized crime

This is an undated photo released by Aktuality.sk on Monday Feb. 26, 2018 of Slovakia's investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. Slovakia's top police officer Tibor Gaspar says an investigative reporter has been shot dead in his home together with his girlfriend. Jan Kuciak and his partner were found dead on Sunday evening in their house in the town of Velka Maca, east of the capital, Bratislava. (Aktuality.sk via AP)
February 28, 2018 - 10:02 am
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Slovak investigative journalist (all times local): 5 p.m. Two Slovak officials close to Prime Minister Robert Fico who were said to have ties with organized crime in a story by slain Slovak investigative journalist have resigned. In a story...
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February 10, 2018 - 3:07 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Javier Reyes, a singer of ballads lionizing drug gang bosses, was shot dead in the Mexican capital, authorities and local media reported. Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement that the 33-year-old man was found with multiple bullet wounds in an SUV on Friday in the southern...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino arrives at federal court in Philadelphia. The reputed Philadelphia mob boss known for beating murder raps and reinventing himself as a restaurateur is facing fraud charges in a federal trial in New York City. Opening statements are set for Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Manhattan. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News via AP, File)
January 30, 2018 - 10:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A reputed Philadelphia mob boss who reinvented himself as a restaurateur relapsed into a life of crime by orchestrating a health care fraud that made a fortune for an East Coast crime syndicate, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening arguments at his federal trial. Joseph "Skinny Joey...
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In this Jan. 15, 2018 photo, Honduras' new national Police Chief Jose David Aguilar Moran, center, leaves after a ceremony that transferred command to him in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. When Aguilar took over as Honduras' new national police chief, he promised to continue reforming a law enforcement agency stained by corruption and complicity with drug cartels, but a confidential government security report obtained by the Associated Press says Aguilar himself helped a cartel leader pull off the delivery of nearly a ton of cocaine in 2013. (AP Photo)
January 26, 2018 - 7:06 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — When Jose David Aguilar Moran took over as Honduras' new national police chief last week, he promised to continue reforming a law enforcement agency stained by corruption and complicity with drug cartels. But a confidential Honduran government security report obtained by the...
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In a Wednesday, June 14, 2017, file photo, James Kauffman, left, appears in court at Atlantic County Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Authorities say Kauffman, a New Jersey doctor accused of arranging the murder of his radio host wife to keep her from exposing a drug distribution ring he was running with an outlaw biker gang, has apparently killed himself in jail. A spokesman for Hudson County says Dr. James Kauffman was found dead in his cell at 9:20 Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in what authorities termed an apparent suicide at the county jail in Kearney. They did not release details of how Kauffman is believed to have taken his own life, but say there does not appear to be any indication of foul play. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, Pool, file)
January 26, 2018 - 4:22 pm
A New Jersey doctor accused of arranging the slaying of his radio host wife to keep her from exposing a drug distribution ring he was running with an outlaw biker gang was found dead in his jail cell Friday in an apparent suicide. Authorities did not release details of how Dr. James Kauffman died,...
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In this Aug. 11, 2016 photo, Mickey Munday talks to a reporter in Love Park in North Miami, Fla. Federal prosecutors want to use the past of Munday, a pilot from Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era against him during an upcoming trial on charges of participating in an auto fraud ring. Court documents filed ahead of a Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, hearing claim Munday has openly bragged about his past in interviews, social media posts and in the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys." (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
January 17, 2018 - 10:53 am
MIAMI (AP) — A pilot who once smuggled tons of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday of playing a key role in an auto fraud ring that stole at least 150 cars using a fake paper trail. A federal jury found Mickey Munday, 72, guilty of...
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January 11, 2018 - 1:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to ever surrender to U.S. authorities has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges, acknowledging he orchestrated the shipments of thousands of pounds (kilograms) of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin to the United States. Damaso...
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James Kauffman is shown in an undated photo provided by the Atlantic County, NJ, Prosecutor’s office. Prosecutors say Kauffman, the physician husband of April Kauffman, a radio host slain in their New Jersey home in 2012, hired a hit man to kill her because she had threatened to divorce him and expose his illegal drug activity. James Kauffman faces murder and other charges in the shooting death of April Kauffman. (Atlantic County, NJ, Prosecutor’s office via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 8:36 pm
A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday. James Kauffman and a member of the Pagans...
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January 09, 2018 - 6:07 am
ROME (AP) — Police in Italy and Germany seized 50 million euros ($60 million) in mafia assets and arrested more than 160 people, accusing them of running a huge mob-controlled commercial and political empire involving everything from bread and wine sales to funeral services, migrant housing and...
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December 20, 2017 - 1:28 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The man known as the "Godfather of Grass" is facing prison time after admitting his involvement in a marijuana operation in Kentucky nearly a decade ago. Federal prosecutors say John Robert Boone pleaded guilty this week to a single count of conspiring to grow and distribute...
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