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  • Police say teen ran prostitution ring while jailed

    A 17-year-old inmate is accused of orchestrating a prostitution ring from behind bars in an attempt to pay his $75,000 bond on unrelated charges. Thaishaun Hunter was charged as an …


  • Indictment in 1978 heist seen in ‘Goodfellas’

    More than 30 years after the crime, a reputed mobster was indicted Thursday in the $6 million Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport that was dramatized in the Martin Scorsese movie …


  • Spokane-area prostitution sting case advancing

    The toughest criminal charges to date in a multiagency prostitution sting have been filed against the owner of an alleged Spokane Valley brothel, almost two years after “Operation Red Light” …


  • Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution …


  • Owner of Rivera plane denies drug connections

    PHOENIX (AP) — The man who runs the business that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera says he has never been involved in …


  • Owner of Rivera plane being investigated by DEA

    PHOENIX (AP) — The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the …


  • Owner of Rivera plane being investigated by DEA

    PHOENIX (AP) — The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Mexican pop superstar Jenni Rivera is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the …


  • Parents fight for release of son jailed in Mexico

    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida family is fighting to get their son, a Marine veteran, released from a prison in a dangerous area in Mexico while facing charges that …


  • Tijuana architect was an unlikely drug courier

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Velazquez doesn’t fit the mold of the down-on-his luck, uneducated, underemployed courier who ferries drugs to the U.S. for Mexican drug cartels. The dual citizen …


  • Feds: Imprisoned murderer ran gang network

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While behind bars for three decades, a convicted murderer and member of the Mexican Mafia controlled a network of Los Angeles street gangs that sold drugs, …


  • Texas lawyer pleads not guilty to aiding cartel

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — In public, Marco Antonio Delgado was a philanthropist, a prominent El Paso businessman and a trustee at Carnegie Mellon University. But secretly, investigators say, he …


  • Texas lawyer pleads not guilty to aiding cartel

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering more than $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel. Marco …


  • Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war

    DENVER (AP) — First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people. Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than …


  • ‘Little czar’ in Ohio school drug ring gets prison

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A teenager convicted of selling up to $20,000 worth of high-grade marijuana a month to high school students in southwestern Ohio was sentenced Monday to serve …


  • Teen in OH drug ring gets at least 6 months

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager considered by authorities to be one of the most prolific drug dealers in the Cincinnati area was sentenced on Monday to between six …


  • Teen who helped run OH drug ring faces sentencing

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager considered by authorities to be one of the most prolific drug dealers in the Cincinnati area is to be sentenced in a juvenile …


  • Daughter offers no clues on Mexican drug lord

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The daughter of one of the world’s most sought-after drug lords didn’t share information that might lead to her father’s capture after she was detained on …


  • Daughter of Mexican drug lord held in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The daughter of one of the world’s most sought-after drug lords has been charged with trying to enter the United States on someone else’s passport, U.S. …


  • APNewsBreak: Daughter of Mexican drug lord held

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The daughter of one of the world’s most sought-after drug lords has been charged with trying to enter the United States on someone else’s passport, U.S. …


  • Violent street gang: US targets finances of MS-13

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 to be an international criminal group on Thursday, an unprecedented crackdown targeting the finances of the sprawling U.S. …


  • AP IMPACT: Cartels flood US with cheap meth

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation’s drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made methamphetamine, flooding U.S. …


  • Crime at the US-Mexico border goes corporate

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — When a regional manager for the Mexican Gulf cartel moved his operation to a more lucrative territory on the border, he took along not only his …


  • Ex-Mexican law official sentenced in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Mexican law enforcement official who worked closely with U.S. authorities on cross-border criminal investigations was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison …


  • Ex-Mexican official to be sentenced in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jesus Quinonez traveled often to San Diego to discuss cross-border investigations of organized crime with U.S. law enforcement officials. He didn’t know he was the target …


  • Mexico extradites Eduardo Arellano Felix to US

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexico extradited Eduardo Arellano-Felix to the United States Friday, marking what one U.S. official said was the end of a 20-year investigation into the once-mighty drug …


  • Suspect in ID theft scheme, wife arrested in Florida

    A Spokane fugitive accused of orchestrating an elaborate identity theft scheme was arrested Wednesday in Florida. A federal task force in north central Florida spotted Ronald R. Foreman, 45, stepping …


  • Suspect denies leading fraud ring

    A convicted methamphetamine maker accused of masterminding a multistate check fraud ring that bilked Spokane businesses out of thousands of dollars strongly denies the allegations. “I understand what they’re accusing …


  • Massive check fraud ring uncovered in Valley

    A multi-state check fraud ring police say was masterminded by a convicted methamphetamine maker led to the SWAT-team arrest of the suspect Thursday night.


  • 20 suspects arrested in marijuana ring

    An organized crime task force has arrested 20 suspects and is looking for six more in what authorities describe as a major marijuana growing and distribution ring that’s operated in …


  • Former bank swindler back behind bars

    A convicted Spokane con man and key figure in the multimillion-dollar collapse of a Montana bank was sent back to federal prison for three more years Wednesday after he declined …


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