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Organized Crime

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  • Seized phone 'turning point' in arrest of cartel leader

    The seizure of a phone belonging to the son of Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman's deputy at the U.S.-Mexico border was an important break in the operation that led to the drug lord's capture, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said on Sunday. Guzman, who long...
  • Mexican drug kingpin Guzman dodges U.S. extradition for now

    Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman won a temporary injunction to block his extradition to the United States where he faces narcotics and arms trafficking charges, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Guzman, who was Mexico's most wanted criminal...
  • Co-defendant of drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads guilty

    Co-defendant of drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads guilty
    A co-defendant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Chicago to distributing vast amounts of cocaine and heroin here on behalf of the notorious Sinaloa cartel. Tomas Arevalo-Renteria, who pleaded...
  • The Mob In Connecticut: Grasso's Reign Of Terror

     The Mob In Connecticut: Grasso's Reign Of Terror
    HARTFORD — Not many people would consider a 10-year prison sentence a solid career move. But William P. Grasso wasn't like most people. In 1968 he was running dice games and hustling street loans for Ralph "Whitey" Tropiano, a mafia soldier from...
  • In booming marketplace for Cuban players, Puig's tale far from unique

    In booming marketplace for Cuban players, Puig's tale far from unique
    Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles — and riches with the Dodgers — is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique....
  • Colombia's Urabeņos criminal gang traffics in mayhem

    BOGOTA, Colombia -- Human Rights Watch on Thursday blamed the Urabeņos criminal gang for helping cause one of Colombia’s worst humanitarian crises in years: the forced displacement last year of 19,000 people from the city of Buenaventura. The...
  • Meth entering U.S. mainly through California, report says

    Meth entering U.S. mainly through California, report says
    California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released Thursday by state Atty. Gen....
  • Asian gang figure 'Shrimp Boy' at center of Yee scandal

    Asian gang figure 'Shrimp Boy' at center of Yee scandal
    The arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee shook California political watchers Wednesday, but for followers of Bay Area crime it was the arrest of a San Francisco figure known as "Shrimp Boy" that caught their attention. Both Yee and Raymond Chow, AKA...
  • Back story of Yasiel Puig's journey to America should concern Dodgers

    Back story of Yasiel Puig's journey to America should concern Dodgers
    Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors...
  • A guide to Leland Yee corruption scandal: 'Shrimp Boy' to guns

    The corruption case involving State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has been described as one of the most colorful in recent history. Here are some key questions and answers in the legal and political drama: What is Yee accused of doing? An...
  • Got Shorty: Guzman caught in joint U.S.-Mexico raid, official says

    MEXICO CITY -- Mexico’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," was captured Saturday in a joint operation by Mexican and U.S. federal agents, a senior U.S. official said. Guzman, long considered the top prize and most...