It’s hard for anyone to leave Italy’s secretive, clannish ‘Ndrangheta crime families. For women, doubly so.
Dockworkers in Abidjan’s port, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Romain Seaf)
Prosecutors in Texas wrapped up Monday the largest prosecution in US history of white supremacist gang members, after convicting 89 for drug trade and the use of firearms.
The US request last week to extradite Guatemala’s former vice president Roxana Baldetti on drug trafficking charges has led to new revelations about her deep links to the Zetas Mexican drug cartel, Insight Crime reported Friday.
A former diplomat asked Panamanian officials Tuesday to open a money laundering investigation into Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami, who was blacklisted in February by the U.S. for playing "a significant role in international narcotics trafficking."
Interpol said Tuesday it discovered new routes and methods West Asian and African criminal networks use to smuggle narcotics - for example, swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine and safely passing through airport security.
Afghanistan, the world’s greatest producer of opium, is projected to reap an even greater harvest this year from areas where it was previously not grown, fueling concerns that increased profits from trafficking the crop will further empower the Taliban militancy, Voice of America reported Tuesday.
Javier Valdez Cardenas, a well-respected Mexican journalist who covered drug trafficking and organized crime, was murdered in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa on Monday, media reported.
Guy Philippe, a 49-year-old former Haitian coup leader and senator-elect, pleaded guilty Monday in the Miami federal court to a drug-related money laundering charge, the Associated Press reported.
Two drug cartel leaders were killed Saturday in separate clashes with Mexican authorities in the northern state of Tamaulipas, the Associated Press reported.
Finnish police arrested three people and seized more than €1.1 million (US$ 1.2 million) worth of drugs in a crackdown on an online narcotics operation described as the country’s biggest to date, authorities announced Friday.
The US has given failing grades to Bolivia, Burma and Venezuela in the war on illegal drugs over the past year, saying they have “demonstrably” failed to meet their obligations under international agreements.
Last night, Mexican marines busted Sinaloa cartel drug kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, ending a six-month international manhunt for the cartel leader, reported Spanish-language outlet Univision. (El Chapo is Spanish for “Shorty”).
Diosdado Cabello. Pic: GlobovisionSeveral top Venezuelan officials, including the National Assembly President, are being investigated by the United States over their alleged role in the country’s growing drugs trade, according to reports.
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