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Organized Crime

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  • Cash handoffs, extortion fuel Mediterranean trafficking

    Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden. By the thousands, they're handing...
  • Underwriters Labs tries to protect trademark in age of 3-D printing

    So far this year, Northbrook-based Underwriters Laboratories has issued four public notices against manufacturers that it says have counterfeited its "UL" label. UL certifies the safety of more than 100 items in the average home. Check your blow dryer....
  • Federal investigators target 700 Miami firms for money laundering scrutiny

    Federal investigators are targeting 700 businesses in the Miami area for enhanced scrutiny to detect trade-based money laundering schemes involving Latin American criminal organizations, authorities announced Tuesday. U.S. Immigration and Customs...
  • How twins from Little Village rose to win trust of drug kingpin El Chapo

    How twins from Little Village rose to win trust of drug kingpin El Chapo
    Margarito Flores was cruising through Humboldt Park in a brand new Cadillac on a fall evening when Chicago police stopped him. At the time, Flores, 22, and his twin brother Pedro had built a drug empire that, at its peak, would move tons of cocaine...
  • Imprisoned gang leader's daughter sentenced in racketeering case

    The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member who relayed information between her fatherĀ and various South Los Angeles gangs was sentenced to prison Monday on racketeering charges. Vianna Roman was sentenced to 15 years by U.S. District Judge R....
  • Mexico arrests fugitive drug lord, head of Knights Templar cartel

    Mexico arrests fugitive drug lord, head of Knights Templar cartel
    What distinguished drug lord Servando “La Tuta” Gomez was the way he courted the spotlight. From his not-so-secret hiding place, the fugitive former teacher released numerous videos and audiotapes, many featuring him with local politicians and...
  • Mexico: Head of Knights Templar drug cartel captured

    Mexico: Head of Knights Templar drug cartel captured
    Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police as he tried to sneak out of a house wearing a baseball cap and a scarf...
  • Gun smugglers shipped weapons to Colombian drug cartel in exercise machines, feds say

    Gun smugglers shipped weapons to Colombian drug cartel in exercise machines, feds say
    They were hidden inside exercise machines. But the secret payloads weren't for working out. They were for arming South American drug lords. Two Central Florida brothers were recently sentenced in Orlando for their roles in an unusual gun-smuggling...
  • 14 years for Chicago brothers turned informants in takedown of cocaine cartel

    14 years for Chicago brothers turned informants in takedown of cocaine cartel
    After more than six years in protective custody, the twin brothers from Chicago's West Side didn't look the part of hard-core drug traffickers when they walked into a public courtroom Tuesday for the first time since flipping on the notoriously violent...
  • Two Northlake men charged with money laundering

    Homeland Security arrested two Northlake men on Feb. 10 and charged them with money laundering. Northlake police worked with Homeland Security to arrest Anthony Leiva, 53 and Alfonso Nevarez, 40 at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. The two were charged federally...
  • 32 in U.S., Mexico accused in $100 million gold-for-cash money laundering scheme

    32 in U.S., Mexico accused in $100 million gold-for-cash money laundering scheme
    Thirty-two people from the United States and Mexico are accused of running a multistate gold-for-cash scheme that laundered more than $100 million in U.S. profits for Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, a complaint unsealed this week in federal court...