Organized crime

Former rebel leader Seuxis Hernandez, known by his alias Jesus Santrich, leaves La Picota jail escorted by prison guards in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, May 17, 2019. Santrich was recaptured and taken back into custody by authorities as soon as he was released from jail. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
May 17, 2019 - 7:59 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader was re-arrested by police Friday moments after his release from jail by a peace tribunal whose ruling against extraditing him to the U.S. triggered an institutional crisis and revived debate about justice for victims of the country's armed...
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April 15, 2019 - 5:05 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they've taken apart a western North Carolina drug ring, resulting in 35 charges against eight people. A news release on Friday from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the state's western district says that a two-year investigation uncovered the Asheville...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, Anthony Comello displays writing on his hand that includes pro-Donald Trump slogans during his extradition hearing in Toms River, N.J. Comello is accused of killing the reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family, Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, and for that, Comello may have more than legal problems to worry about — namely, whether the Mafia is going to get its hands on him. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 21, 2019 - 1:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A man in jail in New Jersey on murder charges is in a dangerous position, caught between the law and the Mafia. Anthony Comello is accused of killing the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, and for that, Comello is almost certainly marked...
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March 20, 2019 - 4:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 16 about an arrest in the killing of a reputed Gambino crime boss, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the victim was born. Francesco Cali was born in New York City, not in Sicily. A corrected version of the story is below: Suspect arrested in murder of...
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Police work near the scene where an alleged leader of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed in the Staten Island borough of New York, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 14, 2019 - 7:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Police said Thursday they were...
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March 08, 2019 - 12:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime boss of the infamous Colombo crime family, Carmine "the Snake" Persico, has died at the age of 85. Attorney Benson Weintraub says Persico died on Thursday at the Duke University Medical Center. He had been serving what was effectively a life sentence at a federal prison...
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February 25, 2019 - 4:20 pm
ROME (AP) — A court in Italy's capital convicted a former Rome mayor of corruption and illegal financing Monday and sentenced him to six years in prison and a lifetime ban on holding public office. Prosecutors had alleged that far-right politician Gianni Alemanno received nearly 300,000 euros ($345...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo, cash seized by Mexico's Army, which according to the Defense Department was seized on Sept. 14 from the Sinaloa drug cartel and is displayed to the press in Mexico City. Federal authorities have said they want to go after an estimated $14 billion fortune for the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, who was head of the cartel. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
February 14, 2019 - 4:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After El Chapo's conviction in a drug-trafficking trial that included florid testimony of jewel-encrusted guns, a fleet of cash-laden jets and a personal zoo with roaming big cats, some Americans have floated an idea they see as poetic justice: Why not take some of the Mexican drug...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, police investigators examine the site where a military convoy was ambushed with grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. (AP Photo/Hector Parra, File)
February 14, 2019 - 2:39 pm
CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — U.S. officials are hailing the conviction of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as a victory for the Mexican people, but in the drug lord's home state of Sinaloa, cradle to his powerful cartel, many residents say they don't expect violence and trafficking to abate. As news that the...
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Seanna Leilani Chavez, left, holds Athena Chavez, 2, the sister and daughter of Aaron Francisco Chavez respectively, as the two stand next to a shrine for Aaron at the family home Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. Aaron Chavez died of a fentanyl overdose at the age of 19. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 14, 2019 - 2:00 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest — a profitable new business for drug gangs that has...
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