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Organized Crime

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • U.S. judge sentences 2 brothers who smuggled for Mexican drug cartels

    U.S. judge sentences 2 brothers who smuggled for Mexican drug cartels
    Twin brothers who smuggled 71 tons of cocaine and heroin for Mexican drug cartels received 14-year prison terms Tuesday as a federal judge warned that they would always have to look over their shoulders. A bomb-sniffing dog and metal detectors guarded...
  • Sentencing today for twins who flipped on 'El Chapo'

    Sentencing today for twins who flipped on 'El Chapo'
    For a couple of drug dealers from Chicago's West Side, twin brothers Pedro and Margarito Flores had hit the big time by November 2008, negotiating a heroin deal over the phone in Mexico with none other than Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the notorious Sinaloa...
  • High-level cartel figure sentenced to 22 years in prison in Chicago

    High-level cartel figure sentenced to 22 years in prison in Chicago
    The highest-ranking Sinaloa cartel member ever sentenced in the U.S. was given 22 years in prison Monday by a federal judge in Chicago. "I tell you — and I tell you on behalf of all Chicagoans … we are tired, tired of drug trafficking, and it...
  • The Latin American gun leak

    The Latin American gun leak
    During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their...
  • Sweeping federal indictments issued against 60 Sinaloa cartel members

    Federal authorities in San Diego have announced sweeping indictments against 60 members of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, accusing individuals ranging from its top leaders down to the operators of drug distribution cells in Southern California of...