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Mexican Drug War

Pinal sheriff: Men working as cartel scouts arrested

Pinal sheriff: Men working as cartel scouts arrested

Several men who sheriff’s authorities said were working as lookouts for a Mexican drug cartel in a known smuggling area have been arrested after a months-long investigation in Pinal County.

June 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Sheriff: Cartel lookouts busted in Pinal County

Sheriff: Cartel lookouts busted in Pinal County

Authorities say they have captured and prosecuted a group of "scouts" paid by Mexican drug cartels to be lookouts for drug and human smugglers on Arizona hilltops. The Pinal County sheriff's and county attorney's offices say they arrested 8 cartel members who were paid to spend numerous day…

June 16, 2014 12:12 pmLoading…

Lukeville crossing unsettlingly close to killing of 7 in Sonora

HERMOSILLO, Mexico — The shooting deaths of seven men near the Mexico-Arizona border dramatize what appears to be an escalating use of the once-calm stretch of border as a drug trafficking corridor.

March 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Judge tosses suit filed by slain agent's family over Fast and Furious

Judge tosses suit filed by slain agent's family over Fast and Furious

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against federal officials connected with the botched Fast and Furious program by the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

November 16, 2013 8:13 pmLoading…
Drug kingpin, "Queen of the Pacific," returned to Mexico

Drug kingpin, "Queen of the Pacific," returned to Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Purported drug cartel operator Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the "Queen of the Pacific," was returned to Mexico from the U.S. on Tuesday and quickly taken to prison to face money-laundering charges.

August 20, 2013 3:06 pm Related Loading…
New sentencing date set for man in Arizona border agent’s death

New sentencing date set for man in Arizona border agent’s death

A Sept. 10 sentencing date has been set for a Mexican man who pleaded guilty in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling investigation.

June 03, 2013 11:00 am

Border officials: Guatemalan sisters held captive in Douglas trailer

Two Guatemalan sisters were rescued Sunday from a residence north Douglas where they were held hostage for more than a week, law enforcement officials say.

May 22, 2013 1:15 pm Related

More than ton of pot seized in Nogales, Ariz.

Federal agents seized more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana and arrested three suspects Wednesday during a surveillance operation in Nogales.

May 16, 2013 9:25 pm

Man gets 14 years in Arizona beheading case

PHOENIX – A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his murder conviction in a 2010 beheading of a man in Arizona who police say had stolen drugs from a Mexican drug cartel.

May 08, 2013 11:41 amLoading…
Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1: Mexican drug kingpin Guzman

Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1: Mexican drug kingpin Guzman

CHICAGO — A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city’s new Public Enemy No. 1 — the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars.

February 14, 2013 1:28 pmLoading…
Cash, marijuana seized at Douglas border crossing

Cash, marijuana seized at Douglas border crossing

Two Mexican nationals were arrested this week in unrelated smuggling incidents at the Douglas border crossing.

January 10, 2013 11:00 am
Fast and Furious gun buyer sentenced to prison

Fast and Furious gun buyer sentenced to prison

PHOENIX — A man who purchased two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent north of the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Jaime Avila Jr. on Wednesday received a sentence of 57 months, a penalty on the lower end of federal guidel…

December 12, 2012 12:16 pmLoading…

Man gets nearly 4 years in Fast and Furious case

PHOENIX — An admitted straw buyer was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his part in a gun smuggling ring that was targeted in the botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

December 05, 2012 9:07 amLoading…
Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

CULIACAN, Mexico —A 20-year-old state beauty queen has been killed in northern Mexico during a running gun battle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with, officials say.

November 26, 2012 3:21 pmLoading…

Judge to sentence 2 men in Fast and Furious case

PHOENIX — Two men are set for sentencing Monday in Phoenix for their acknowledged roles as “straw buyers” for a gun smuggling ring that was monitored in the government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

November 26, 2012 9:24 amLoading…

Arizona woman to be sentenced in Fast and Furious case

PHOENIX — A federal judge is scheduled to sentence a woman today who admitted to aiding at a gun smuggling ring that was monitored in the government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

October 22, 2012 9:54 amLoading…

Justice Dept. seeks dismissal of Fast & Furious lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday night sought dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House committee demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about the botched law enforcement probe of gun-trafficking called Operation Fast and Furious.

October 16, 2012 8:43 amLoading…

Violent street gang: US targets finances of MS-13

WASHINGTON — 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. and Central American gang infamous for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes.

October 11, 2012 4:06 pm
'Fast and Furious' report excuses Holder, slams others in Justice Dept.

'Fast and Furious' report excuses Holder, slams others in Justice Dept.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred over a dozen people for possible disciplinary action for their roles in Operation Fast and Furious. A report on the operation released today did not criticize Attorney General Eric Holder.

September 19, 2012 11:27 am Related Loading…
Blog: Sonoran politico becomes 'hot potato' after cartel arrests

Blog: Sonoran politico becomes 'hot potato' after cartel arrests

A minor scandal has shaken Sonoran politics this month with the arrest of Rafael Celaya Valenzuela, who is accused of doing legal work for Sinaloan cartel members trying to establish a beachhead in Spain.

August 27, 2012 12:45 pmLoading…

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