Organized crime

September 27, 2019 - 7:58 am
BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said Friday they have shut down a data processing center installed in a former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities. Seven people were arrested. The main suspect in the long-running investigation that led to raids on Thursday...
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September 17, 2019 - 12:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine,...
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FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Weber County Sheriff's Office shows Aaron Michael Shamo. Shamo was convicted Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that sent hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly pills across the country from his suburban basement. (Weber County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
August 30, 2019 - 7:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was convicted Friday of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that sent hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly pills across the country in a scheme that authorities said helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic. A jury reached the verdict after deliberating...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo, the body of a bloodied man lies in the middle of a street where police and forensic workers secure the crime scene in Acapulco, Mexico. Mexico's drug war appears to be back, and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread throughout the country. (AP Photo/Bernardindo Hernandez, File)
August 30, 2019 - 6:46 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the...
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Mike, right, and Becky Shamo, left, the parents of Aaron Shamo, walk with another family member as they leave the federal courthouse Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Salt Lake City. A jury is deliberating in the case of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that shipped fake prescription drugs across the country, causing at least one fatal overdose. Prosecutors said during closing arguments that Aaron Shamo's operation helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic by making hundreds of thousands of pills available to addicts and other users. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 29, 2019 - 8:44 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury began deliberating Thursday in the case of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that shipped potentially poisonous, fake prescription drugs across the country, causing at least one fatal overdose. Prosecutors said during closing arguments that...
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Vanessa Galindo Blas, 32, places a rose on a photograph atop the coffin of her late husband Erick Hernandez Enriquez, 29, n Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Anger is mounting among relatives of 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set the White Horse nightclub on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life impossible in this southern Mexico oil town.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
August 29, 2019 - 8:10 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Anger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life...
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Relatives of one of the victims that died during an attack at a nightclub, cry outside the Veracruz state prosecutors office in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The attack killed more than 20 people and injured about a dozen. Authorities said it was apparently overseen by a man who had been recently arrested but released. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
August 28, 2019 - 3:07 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 26 people and wounded about a dozen, officials said Wednesday, and they said it was apparently overseen by a man who had been recently arrested but released. "The criminals went in, closed the doors...
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FILE - This booking photo provided by the Weber County Sheriff's Office shows Aaron Michael Shamo. Shamo, a 29-year-old man at the center of a multimillion-dollar dark web opioid drug ring case says he saw himself as helping people get prescription drugs they needed while making money for himself and his friends. Shamo took the stand in a federal courtroom in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, miles from the suburban basement where he and a friend pressed thousands of fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills that were shipped to people all over the country. (Weber County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
August 27, 2019 - 7:29 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have called Aaron Shamo the kingpin of a multimillion-dollar drug ring that shipped hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly opioid pills across the country from a suburban Utah basement. Shamo took the witness stand Tuesday at his trial and downplayed his role...
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In this Aug. 2, 2019 photo, seagulls fly over food trucks in Playa Bagdad close to the mouth of the Rio Grande, near the border city of Matamoros, Mexico. Unlike the Tijuana-Imperial beach border, on the western end, here there are no steel pilings marching out to sea, to stop migrants from swimming, wading or paddling across to the United States. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
August 27, 2019 - 6:10 pm
PLAYA BAGDAD, Mexico (AP) — At the very eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border there's a long strip of sand where the Rio Grande meets the sea. It is called Playa Bagdad — or 'Bagdad Beach.' Unlike the Tijuana-Imperial Beach border on the western end, here there are no steel pilings marching out to...
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Former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel is transferred to a police station after his arrest for alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. There was no immediate comment from Dotel, who set a record for playing on more MLB teams than any other player. (Pedro Sosa/Diario Hoy via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 11:28 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday. Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain...
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