| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:08 PM
A quarter of a century after a Santa Ana strip club owner was ambushed and gunned down, a Hawaiian man has been sentenced to life in prison in what once was one of Orange County’s most intriguing unsolved murders.
Richard Curtis Morris Jr. was...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:35 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The son of one of Mexico’s most wanted drug kingpins has been arrested while trying to cross into the U.S. with his wife in Nogales, Ariz., federal authorities said Friday.
Serafin Zambada, who was arrested on Wednesday, is expected...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:48 PM
MEXICO CITY — It is a distressingly common part of life in modern Mexico: the bullying phone call demanding that the person who answers pay up — or else. Businesses get the extortion calls. Families get them.
And now, apparently, so has...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 8:29 AM
A three-year undercover investigation into the drug-smuggling operations of a Sinaloa cartel through Imperial Valley has led to the seizure of 3,024 pounds of cocaine worth $96 million, authorities said Wednesday.
The operation started in Imperial...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 1:34 PM
WASHINGTON — The firearms dealer caught up in the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious scandal has won an early release from prison after a federal judge ruled that prosecutors overcharged him in alleging he sold high-powered weapons to...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 3:39 PM
Fed up with package liquor stores marked by street fights and curbside drug dealing, West Side residents more than a decade ago won a moratorium banning new liquor licenses on a bleak stretch of West Madison Street.
But in April, a new neon sign for...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 7:44 PM
MEXICO CITY -- Handpicked for the job by the Mexican president, praised by the U.S. government for his honesty, army Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo seemed the perfect man to serve as drug czar. But barely 11 weeks on the job, Gutierrez Rebollo was...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The third season of "Boardwalk Empire" achieved such operatic highs -- and featured such an assortment of twisting alliances, along with a truly menacing villain -- that the slow start to the current campaign is perhaps to be forgiven. Granted, there's...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:31 PM
Aaron Hernandez was a heavy drug user during his days with the Patriots and his behavior angered coach Bill Belichick to the point that his job was in jeopardy, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
In story excerpts from "The Gangster in the Huddle"...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Eight of 70 defendants charged in a wide-reaching investigation that targeted the small but ruthless Armenian Power gang pleaded guilty this week in federal court, authorities said Wednesday.
Four of the eight were allegedly "members or associates" of...