Organized crime

Seanna Leilani Chavez, the sister of Aaron Francisco Chavez, pauses as she looks at family photos as she stands next to a shrine for Aaron, including images of Aaron on the wall, 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 - 1:17 am
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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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 - 12:00 am
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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In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from right, accompanied by US Marshalls, gestures a "thumbs up" to his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, as he leaves the courtroom, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. The notorious Mexican drug lord was convicted of drug-trafficking charges, Tuesday, Feb. 12 2019, in federal court in New York. Elizabeth Williams via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 6:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted...
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In this courtroom drawing, Mexican drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, listens to a tape recording was played for the jury at their request,Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, during Guzman's drug trafficking trial in New York. Seated from left are an interpreter, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, defense attorneys Eduardo Balazero and Jeffery Lichtman. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
February 05, 2019 - 5:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman concluded its second day of deliberations without a verdict Tuesday after jurors sent the judge a handful of notes indicating interest in the kingpin's alleged attempts at diversifying his smuggling operation to...
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In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, right, is seated at the defense table with his interpreter, in the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord, in New York, Monday Feb. 4, 2019. Jurors will be asked to begin deciding the verdict for Guzman, who faces life in prison if convicted. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
February 04, 2019 - 2:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly three months of testimony about a vast drug-smuggling conspiracy steeped in violence, a jury began deliberations Monday at the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. A federal judge in Brooklyn gave instructions to jurors before they...
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Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo, center, who is representing Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrives at federal court, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 in New York. A jury is due to begin deliberations Monday at the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
February 04, 2019 - 1:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The jury at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo has begun deliberations. Jurors began deciding the federal drug-trafficking case against Joaquin Guzman on...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a hanger in Mexico City, after he was captured overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. The New York trial of Guzman is drawing to a close, but the question of controlling the corruption that allowed the Sinaloa cartel to flourish in Mexico will live on even after jurors reach a verdict. DEA agent Victor Vazquez told jurors he would only work with the Mexican marines when trying to capture Guzman and other leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, because that wing of the armed forced were viewed as less susceptible to corruption. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
February 03, 2019 - 11:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In the same Brooklyn courthouse where jurors have heard testimony about Mexican politicians protecting Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's drug empire, a former Mexican state attorney general pleaded guilty last month to taking bribes from narcotraffickers. The juxtaposition underscored a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo provided U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. A U.S. jury is set to hear closing arguments on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Guzman's high-profile drug trafficking trial. (U.S. law enforcement via AP, File)
January 30, 2019 - 6:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his U.S. trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared facing justice on American soil. "Why didn't the defendant want to get caught? I...
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January 22, 2019 - 8:07 am
MILAN (AP) — Italian police have arrested seven suspected members of the Mafia, as part of an ongoing operation to prevent the Sicilian Mafia from re-establishing a new hierarchy following the prison death 14 months ago of the last boss of bosses. The arrests Tuesday in Palermo came a month after...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, a man throws a ball for his dog next to the border wall topped with razor wire in Tijuana, Mexico. In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump insists a physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. But U.S. statistics, analysts and testimony at the trial of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in New York show that most hard drugs entering the U.S. from Mexico come through land ports of entry staffed by agents, not open sections of the border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 17, 2019 - 7:41 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin,...
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