Thursday, December 9, 2021

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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...

Banks unintentionally processing payments for marijuana or designer drugs

One website advertised dog products. Another advertised flowers; another, home decorations. All of them were really fronts to process payments for marijuana or designer drugs, prosecutors said. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have recently brought a string...

UK Police busted organised crime ring, arrest 746 members

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom (UK) has touted the takedown of encrypted communications platform EncroChat as its "biggest ever" operation, so far resulting in the arrest of 746 individuals, the seizing of £54 million in cash, 77 firearms,...

Former Weld District judge pleads guilty to obstructing drug trafficking investigation

Former Weld District Court judge Ryan Kamada, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to a federal felony charge for obstructing an investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring in northern Colorado. Judge William Martinez accepted Kamada’s plea Tuesday in the U.S. District...

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Loses Appeal of 1MDB Conviction

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former premier Najib Razak's conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal...