Three weeks ago, President Obama travelled to Costa Rica to attend a summit of Central American leaders, focused in part on regional security. Obama made headlines by proclaiming a shift in US strategy towards the region, which has been fighting a losing battle against drug trafficking.
The US, he said, would focus more on supporting education, economic development and poverty reduction – tackling the factors that push people to use and sell drugs – and less on a militarised approach that has in recent years sought to adapt US lessons from the war in Afghanistan to [...]
A convicted felon and drug offender faces new charges after a police K-9 alerted officers to 176 grams of marijuana in hidden compartments inside his vehicle during a traffic stop, Wilmington police said in a release today.
It happened in the 700 block of N. Market St. on Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m.
Members of Wilmington’s Firearm Squad stopped a silver Acura TL for a traffic violation, Cpl. Jamaine Crawford said.
During the stop, detectives smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, and Officer Erik Meese and his K-9 partner Rex arrived to assist, he [...]
By Laura Italiano / NY Post
Almost 20 pounds of heroin and crystal meth — worth a combined $2 million — have been seized from a trio of Queens drug dealers, prosecutors announced today.
The dealers had operated out of a stash house on 96th Street in Corona, Queens, officials said, and were arrested after an alleged drug and cash exchange last month in a car at East 212th St. and Dekalb Avenue in the Bronx. .
Miguel Mercado-Guelen, 33, aka Tony Perez, who lived at the allecolged stash house, is due to be arraigned in [...]
(AP) At least nine Colombian soldiers were killed in an attack with homemade explosives by the country’s second-largest leftist rebel band, the military said Wednesday.
The apparent ambush of a patrol by the National Liberation Army, or ELN, occurred in a rural area of Chitaga in the northeastern state of Norte de Santander, the military said in a statement posted online.
It was the biggest blow to Colombia’s military since February, when seven soldiers died in combat with biggest rebel band, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and comes on the eve of regional trade [...]
By Elliot Spagat / AP
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last of the brothers accused of creating an infamous Mexican drug cartel pleaded guilty Friday to helping send hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds from the United States, marking one of the final milestones in an investigation that began two decades ago.
Eduardo Arellano Felix, 56, reached an agreement with prosecutors that will send him to federal prison for 15 years for conspiracy to launder money and invest funds gained from violating drug laws. He will be deported to Mexico when he completes his sentence.
Southlake Murder Victim Was Drug Cartel Attorney
By Scott Gordon / NBC DFW
The man gunned down execution-style at the Southlake Town Square Wednesday was an attorney linked to a major Mexican drug cartel who had been living in Southlake with his wife and three children, NBC 5 has learned.
The victim was identified as Juan Jesus Guerrero-Chapa, 43, of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Guerrero has been named in various Mexican news reports as a lawyer for the Gulf Cartel, one of the largest and most violent drug organizations in Mexico.
According to the respected Mexican investigative magazine [...]
It’s the general’s hour again in Mexico as the new president deploys troops in Michoacan, where gangsters are facing off against vigilante militias.
By Dudley Althaus / Global Post
MEXICO CITY, Mexico — President Enrique Peña Nieto says he wants to soften Mexico’s bloody, military-led offensive against its criminal lords with a brainier, more preventive strategy.
Well, wish him luck with that.
Peña Nieto this week had to dispatch troops to the so-called hot country of western Michoacan to quell confrontations between marauding gangsters and village self-defense militias.
An army general with special forces experience has been [...]
By Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — A Mexican drug cartel commander pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder in a 2011 ambush south of the border that left one American agent dead and a second injured, and which sharply strained U.S.-Mexico relations.
The commander, Julian Zapata Espinoza, 32, also known as Piolin, joined three other defendants who had previously pleaded guilty to various charges related to the shooting.
The developments in federal District Court in Washington also provided new details about the attack. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agents Jaime [...]
By Lawrence Dechant / ABC News
The parents of a Temecula, Calif., high school student filed a claim against the Temecula Valley Unified School District for unspecified damages, alleging the district administrators did not protect their special-needs son but instead “participated with local authorities in an undercover drug sting that intentionally targeted and discriminated against their son.”
“It is shattering to our son. I don’t know how he will ever be able to trust friends again,” Doug Snodgrass, the father of the student, told ABCNews.com “He is changed for life by this.”
Snodgrass said his 17-year-old son, [...]
By MARK STEVENSON / Associated Press
LA RUANA, Mexico—The farm state of Michoacan is burning. A drug cartel that takes its name from an ancient monastic order has set fire to lumber yards, packing plants and passenger buses in a medieval-like reign of terror.
The Knights Templar cartel is extorting protection payments from cattlemen, lime growers and businesses such as butchers, prompting some communities to fight back, taking up arms in vigilante patrols.
Lime picker Alejandro Ayala chose to seek help from the law instead. After the cartel forced him out of work by shutting down fruit [...]