drug cartels (70)

U.S. authorities are turning up the heat on Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia. Last week, a fifth superseding indictment was filed in federal court in Brooklyn charging the 76-year-old narco kingpin with the manufacture and distribu
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The leader of a Colombian drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine on vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. 38-year-old Hugo Gomez-Garcia, a/k/a “Simon,” “Guava,” and “Guavita,” used semi-su
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The story of a successful narco kingpin always has the same arc. There is the rise and the inevitable fall. The fall comes in the form of death or prison. No amount of power, money, bloodshed or a combination of all three can stop that. Not even when
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A Colombian man has been sentenced in federal court in Boston this week for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy connected to organized crime in the Republic of Colombia. 41-year-old Mario Zapata Velez, of Medellín, was sentenced to five years i
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51-year-old Dairo “Otoniel” Antonio Úsuga David, Colombia’s most powerful drug lord, was sentenced on Tuesday to 45 years in prison for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise as a leader of the multibillion-dollar paramilitary and narcotics tra
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The world of narcos is one where truth is stranger than fiction. Just look at fugitive cartel boss Sebastián Marset. While on the run from serious drug and murder charges, he fled to Bolivia. Last week, he barely managed to escape arrest. Rather than
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Branding is important. Even when you have a product as successful – and addictive - as cocaine. Though the stuff practically sells itself to everyone - from junkies and sports fans to Wall Street Gordon Gecko wannabes and vegan yoga instructors - it
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A drug trafficker operating in Portland, Oregon, was sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the 2019 kidnapping and murder of a Washington State man. 48-year-old Marcos Alonso Castillo-Bernal received a prison sentence of 26 years.
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The U.S. Justice Department has come at the Sinaloa Cartel hard. In “a clear message to the Chapitos”, authorities charged the sons of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman with trafficking fentanyl and other narcotics, money laundering, and
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Americans are dying younger and younger. One of the reasons is their addiction to opioids and other narcotics. Though the War on Drugs seems a failure, authorities continue as before. Only this time they focus on the money. The root of all evil. A tw
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The 39-year-old brother of a former leader in the Gulf Cartel was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday. Lee Roy Villarreal was found guilty in July of 2019 following an eight-day trial of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of coca
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Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has obtained a civil recovery order for gold worth an estimated £4 million that was being laundered by South American drug cartels, the NCA announced Tuesday. Financial investigators took up the case after the sh
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