Video shows drug lord Guzman's daring escape

Jul 15, 2015

Video shows drug lord Guzman's daring escape

Mexico’s government released a video Tuesday showing fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman going into his prison cell’s shower and bending down behind a short dividing wall before disappearing. While Guzman paced back and forth several times between the bathroom area and his ...

With brazen escape, 'El Chapo' legend grows

Jul 13, 2015

With brazen escape, 'El Chapo' legend grows

Folk bands sang his praises. When he was arrested, supporters protested in his home state. Now that Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped again, singers may add a new verse. Guzman, 58, nurtured a Robin Hood image in his northwestern state ...

May 23, 2015

Mexican gunfight leaves 43 dead in three-hour battle

At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunfight between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. All the dead were suspected criminals except for ...

Rival U.S. biker gangs clash over turf, leaving nine dead

May 18, 2015

Rival U.S. biker gangs clash over turf, leaving nine dead

A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday. The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy shopping center ...

Filipinos abroad falling  prey to global drug gangs

Apr 22, 2015

Filipinos abroad falling prey to global drug gangs

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out. Echoing horror stories told by hundreds of other Filipinos in ...

Mexico confirms capture of Gulf Cartel leader

Apr 19, 2015

Mexico confirms capture of Gulf Cartel leader

Mexican authorities on Saturday confirmed the capture of a leader of the Gulf Cartel, describing him as responsible for much of the violence in the U.S. border city of Reynosa in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes was captured Friday and ...

Mar 13, 2015

Nine members of 'Sopranos' crime family appear in New Jersey court

Nine reputed members and associates of the New Jersey crime family believed to be the model for HBO’s “Sopranos” have appeared in court. A 10th member — 71-year-old Charles Stango of Henderson, Nevada, a reputed captain in the crime family — was to appear ...

Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader Gomez

Feb 28, 2015

Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader Gomez

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police as he tried to sneak out of a house wearing a baseball cap and ...

Feb 10, 2015

Taliban boosting ties to organized crime: U.N. report

In a worrying development for Afghanistan’s new leaders, Taliban militants are increasing their dealings with narcotics traffickers, illegal mining rings and kidnappers for ransom, a U.N. report said Monday. “They are increasingly acting more like ‘godfathers’ than a ‘government in waiting,’ ” a report ...

Mexico judge frees drug 'Queen of the Pacific'

Feb 8, 2015

Mexico judge frees drug 'Queen of the Pacific'

A Mexican woman whose links to drug traffickers earned her the nickname “Queen of the Pacific” and inspired a soap opera was released from prison Saturday after winning an appeal. Sandra Avila Beltran, 54, was freed after a judge ordered her immediate release, saying ...

Feb 6, 2015

Police used wiretaps in 10 investigations in 2014

Police last year intercepted telecommunications during investigations of 10 cases, leading to 72 arrests, the Justice Ministry said Friday. In all, police sought 26 court orders under a communications intercept law that took effect in 2000 and all requests were granted, the ministry said. ...