Organized crime

August 29, 2018 - 1:53 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece have arrested three members of a charity helping migrants on the eastern island of Lesbos for allegedly belonging to a criminal organization that directly facilitated migrant smugglers for financial profit. Police said Wednesday that a total of 30 Greek...
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August 18, 2018 - 5:17 pm
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine distribution ring from inside prison. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rhode Island ATF Task Force say they arrested four people involved in the drug ring, including 29-...
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Drug Enforcement Administration regional director Matthew Donahue speaks during an interview, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in downtown Chicago. Top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials will unveil new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government and federal police, DEA officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Annie Rice)
August 15, 2018 - 4:16 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials will unveil new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, DEA officials told The Associated Press. The announcement at a joint news conference...
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July 19, 2018 - 8:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors say they have provisionally confiscated 77 properties in the German capital that were linked to a suspected organized crime clan during a money-laundering investigation. Prosecutors said the raids, which were carried out last Friday, were part of an investigation...
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FILE - This 1995 file photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla., and released by the FBI shows Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme. The former New England Mafia boss and and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, were found guilty, Friday, June 22, 2018, in the 1993 killing nightclub owner Steven DiSarro. Each faces up to life in prison. (Federal Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)
June 22, 2018 - 5:36 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep him from ratting out the mobster to authorities in 1993, all but ensuring that the 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss will die behind bars. It's a fate the once feared and powerful...
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File - In this July 18, 2013, file photo, Mexico's former president Vicente Fox speaks during a news conference on the first day of the U.S.-Mexico Symposium on Legalization and Medical Use of Cannabis in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico. Former Mexican President Vincente Fox calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, and he foresees a day when the marketplace will deliver an array of benefits from sharply reduced cartel violence in his home country to new jobs and medicines. He's taking a new post to advance his message on the board of High Times, one of the longstanding brands in cannabis media. (AP Photo/Mario Armas, File)
June 18, 2018 - 8:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of venerable cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda. Speaking with The Associated Press about his views on cannabis and...
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FILE - This 1995 file photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla., and released by the FBI shows Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme. The former New England Mafia boss and and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, were found guilty, Friday, June 22, 2018, in the 1993 killing nightclub owner Steven DiSarro. Each faces up to life in prison. (Federal Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)
June 18, 2018 - 3:35 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was at the pinnacle of his criminal career when he rose to the head of the New England family of La Cosa Nostra in the early 1990s. But a nightclub owner who Salemme believed was ratting him out to authorities was threatening that, a federal prosecutor...
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Kim Kardashian, second from left, leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, with her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 30, 2018 - 8:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West paid a visit to the White House Wednesday to make a star-powered case to President Donald Trump and his staff on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. Kardashian West has been urging the president to pardon Alice Marie...
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Ivan Duque, presidential candidate for the Democratic Center, waves to supporters after winning the first round presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, May 27, 2018. Duque, a former Senator and protégé of President Alvaro Uribe, will face Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel and ex-Bogota mayor, in a run-off election on June 17.(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
May 27, 2018 - 10:15 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The conservative protege of a powerful former president and a leftist former guerrilla who has galvanized voters with an anti-establishment message are headed for what promises to be a polarizing presidential runoff after gaining the most votes in Sunday's election. With...
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Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe stands between Ivan Duque, presidential candidate for Democratic Center party, right, and his running mate Martha Lucia Ramirez during a campaign rally in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Colombians will go to the polls on May 27 for a first round presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
May 26, 2018 - 3:03 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's most powerful politician, was making his rise to the presidency more than two decades ago, U.S. officials were repeatedly told that the up-and-coming politician had ties to the nation's drug cartels, according to newly declassified State...
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