Thursday, February 25, 2021

drug trafficking

US arrests wife of Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo on drug charges

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the imprisoned former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, has been arrested over her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the US Department of Justice said. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, who regularly attended...

U.S. targets Honduras President Juan Orlando in narcotics trade probe

U.S. prosecutors are investigating the president of Honduras for accepting bribes to protect drug traffickers who shipped tons of cocaine to the U.S., according to a court filing. The latest filing came in the criminal case of an alleged Honduran...

Former Mexican police officer linked to Sinaloa Cartel extradited to U.S from Italy

A former Mexican federal police officer accused of trafficking drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel was extradited this week to the U.S. from Italy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday night. Ramón Santoyo-Cristobal, also known as “Dr. Wagner,” faces charges...

U.S. prosecutors drop drug charges against ex-Mexican defense minister Cienfuegos

U.S. prosecutors will drop drug charges against ex-Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos and turn over the investigation to Mexico, saying “sensitive” foreign policy considerations outweighed the interest in pressing the case. The surprise decision to dismiss the charges in the...

Mexican former army chief Cienfuegos pleads not guilty to drug charges

Former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos pleaded not guilty to drug charges on Thursday in a case that has put U.S.-Mexican cooperation in the fight against powerful cartels to the test. Cienfuegos, a top player in Mexico’s war on drug...

Panama governor Erick Martelo arrested for trafficking 79 drug parcels

Police in Panama says they have detained two Panamanian nationals who were travelling in a car carrying 79 packets of illegal drugs. Local media have identified one of the detained as the governor of Guna Yala, Erick Martelo. He has...

Brazilian police arrest more than 400 people linked to powerful organised crime group

Brazilian police said on Monday they arrested more than 400 people in a major nationwide operation that highlights the complex structure and vast reach of the nation's largest drug gang, the PCC. According to the police, 422 arrest warrants and...

Wells Fargo branch manager charged for role in drug trafficking conspiracy

A Harlingen man was indicted by a federal grand jury in late July for allegedly using his position at a Wells Fargo branch to coordinate withdrawals from shipments of narcotics proceeds. Stephen Roland Reyna was granted a $50,000 bond following...

Former Homeland Security agent gets 10 years prison for stealing drug money

A former investigator with the Department of Homeland Security was sentenced Wednesday to more than a decade in federal prison for taking drug money seized during his work as a federal agent, then laundering the funds that he used...

Albanian media mogul linked to drug trafficking, assets seized

Albanian prosecutors on Monday said they had seized vast assets belonging to a businessman and a media mogul suspected of building his empire with profits from drug trafficking. The Special Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption and Organized Crime, known as SPAK...

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Chicago political operative Roberto Caldero charged in bribery probe

For decades, Roberto Caldero was an influential behind-the-scenes player in politics at all levels in Chicago and Illinois, with...
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