organized crime

This combination of undated photos provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York shows former Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia. The latest star witness for the government in the trial against accused drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been more notable for his appearance than his testimony. Ramirez Abadia told the jury that he had at least three surgeries to change his appearance. The photo at left shows Ramirez Abadia prior to his surgeries and the photo at right is post-surgery. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York via AP)
December 04, 2018 - 8:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A key government witness at the U.S. trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman spelled out the bloodshed and other cold realities of international drug-trafficking Tuesday without expressing regret or making excuses. Former Colombian kingpin Juan Carlos Ramirez...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, a government witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" claims his cartel paid massive bribes to a top law enforcement official. (U.S. Law Enforcement via AP, File)
November 27, 2018 - 4:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was so rich, he had a private zoo where big cats roamed. So rich, he bought a $10 million beach house. And so rich, he traveled to Switzerland for an anti-aging treatment. Guzman's excesses were detailed at his U.S. trial on Tuesday by...
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In this 2008 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Jesus Zambada is shown. Once a top lieutenant in drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's cartel, Zambada is now a cooperating witness describing the Sinolao cartel's history of greed, cunning and violence as it built a cocaine-smuggling empire that made billions of dollars by flooding the market in large U.S. cities. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York via AP)
November 20, 2018 - 3:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A government witness at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo says his cartel bribed the country's former top security chief and another person who once worked under the current president-elect. Former cartel member Jesus Zambada testified Tuesday that in the mid...
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CORRECTS LAST OF ATTORNEY TO BALAREZO FROM BALAZERO - During his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Feels, left, gestures to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from right, sitting next to his attorney Eduardo Balarezo, at Brooklyn Federal Court, as Guzman's high-security trial got underway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The infamous Mexican drug lord has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year. Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges that he amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached New York, New Jersey, Texas and elsewhere north of the border. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
November 15, 2018 - 7:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant...
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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, surrounded by US Marshals, waves to his wife as he enters the courtroom at Brooklyn Federal Court, as his high-security trial got underway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The infamous Mexican drug lord has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year. Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges that he amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached New York, New Jersey, Texas and elsewhere north of the border. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
November 13, 2018 - 7:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest from the New York trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" (all times local): 7 p.m. Two presidents of Mexico are denying a U.S. lawyer's claim they took bribes to protect drug traffickers. A lawyer for Mexican smuggler Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told a jury in...
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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, surrounded by US Marshals, waves to his wife as he enters the courtroom at Brooklyn Federal Court, as his high-security trial got underway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The infamous Mexican drug lord has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year. Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges that he amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached New York, New Jersey, Texas and elsewhere north of the border. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
November 13, 2018 - 6:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The high-security trial of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman got underway on Tuesday, with a prosecutor telling jurors how the man who got his start in a modest marijuana-selling business in Mexico ruthlessly turned it into a blood-drenched smuggling operation...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, police officers stand over the covered body of Greek-Australian John Macris who was shot dead outside his house in southern Athens. Police are investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Greek-Australian who was gunned down outside his home in a seaside suburb of Athens. An autopsy on the body of John Macris was to be carried out Thursday. (Giorgos Kontarinis/Eurokinissi via AP)
November 01, 2018 - 11:25 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police on Thursday were investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Greek-Australian man who was gunned down in a seaside suburb of Athens. An autopsy on the body of John Macris was to be carried out. Police were investigating whether his death was related to his...
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October 27, 2018 - 6:26 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's interior minister has resigned as the Balkan nation tries to better tackle widespread corruption and drug trafficking. Writing in his Twitter page Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama said he had accepted Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj's resignation, without giving...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, left, and Jessie Liu, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, right, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in Washington, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to announce on efforts to reduce transnational crime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 15, 2018 - 12:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says taking down the brutal MS-13 street gang and three of the world's most notorious drug cartels will be a priority for federal law enforcement. Sessions designated five groups as top transnational organized crime threats. The groups include the...
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October 15, 2018 - 9:01 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have a greater number of years of professional activity — a move that prosecutors say would hamper current investigations and force some anti-corruption prosecutors from...
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