Report shows Sharpton was FBI mafia informant

Apr 9, 2014

Report shows Sharpton was FBI mafia informant

The Rev. Al Sharpton admitted Tuesday that he helped the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s, but called it old news and insisted he was more a victim than an informant. Sharpton sought to downplay a report by The Smoking Gun ...

Authorities find drug-smuggling tunnels under California-Mexico border

Apr 5, 2014

Authorities find drug-smuggling tunnels under California-Mexico border

Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of meters across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday. No contraband was found in connection with the tunnels, ...

FBI sting reveals Chinatown's underworld

Mar 29, 2014

FBI sting reveals Chinatown's underworld

Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation’s oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood’s history of gambling houses, opium dens and gangland-style murders. The ...

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Mar 22, 2014

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Pope Francis has a warning for Italy’s mobsters: They will go to hell if they don’t repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power.” The pontiff on Friday delivered his most forceful denunciation yet of organized crime. The occasion was a prayer vigil ...

Mexico to crack down on vigilante 'self-defense' forces

Mar 15, 2014

Mexico to crack down on vigilante 'self-defense' forces

Mexican authorities have finally served notice to vigilantes fighting a drug cartel in western Michoacan state that their illegal tactics will no longer be tolerated, starting with a string of arrests last week. The change comes after months in which government troops and federal ...

Women turn against notorious Italian Mafia

Mar 5, 2014

Women turn against notorious Italian Mafia

As police patrol outside and pace the corridors of her office, anti-Mafia prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti talks about her specialty — breaking the power of the clans by turning their women. Only a handful of women have ever broken ranks with the ruthless and secretive ...

Feb 26, 2014

Mexico makes clear it will hold on to 'El Chapo'

Mexico made clear Tuesday it is determined to keep Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in its highest-security prison for the foreseeable future, putting off U.S. extradition in a move that could bolster President Enrique Pena Nieto’s nationalist credentials but also shine a spotlight on the ...

Mexico kidnapping battle tested in farm town

Feb 11, 2014

Mexico kidnapping battle tested in farm town

Gunmen grabbed a taxi driver near his home in this bustling central Mexico farm town in December and demanded a $3,000 ransom. His family paid but his captors killed him anyway. A 22-year-old student was taken, slain and dumped by a highway after his ...

Mexico OKs vigilantes, nabs drug lord

Jan 28, 2014

Mexico OKs vigilantes, nabs drug lord

Mexico on Monday essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year. The government ...

Mexican drug cartels exporting iron ore to China

Dec 1, 2013

Mexican drug cartels exporting iron ore to China

Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country’s economy. In November, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country’s lucrative mining industry, exporting ...