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A Mexican national who pleaded guilty to trying to buy a Stinger missile and other military weapons for a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

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Suspected Mexican drug 'queen' extradited to U.S.updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 05:34:00

One of the most high-profile women accused of connections with Mexico's drug trade was extradited to the United States Thursday, officials said.

Colombia captures leader of violent drug cartelupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 14:47:00

Colombian authorities have captured the leader of a criminal group that once worked for Pablo Escobar, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Ohio police: Teen ran drug ring that grossed $20,000 a month updated: Tue Jul 17 2012 09:49:00

A 17-year-old student is allegedly at the center of a marijuana drug ring in Ohio that grossed $20,000 per month.

Smuggling drugs through parking spacesupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 09:16:00

Affiliate KGUN reports drug smugglers would cut tunnels through parking spaces in Nogales, Arizona, to transfer drugs.

Feds uncover drug tunnel from Mexico to Arizonaupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 09:16:00

Federal drug agents discovered a 240-yard-long tunnel underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, and they suspect it was used to smuggle drugs into Arizona for sale in the United States, officials said Thursday.

A strategy to fight against drug cartelsupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:03:00

As Mexicans elect a new president, CNN discusses if now is the time for a new strategy in the fight against drug cartels.

Son of Mexican drug lord not arrested, authorities say updated: Sat Jun 23 2012 00:43:00

Mexican authorities said Friday that they have not arrested the son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, contrary to what they had said a day earlier.

Elementary school principal arrested on drug chargesupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 15:09:00

A central Florida elementary school principal has been arrested on drug charges after a sting operation, authorities said Saturday.

Seven arrested in alleged Mexican cartel scheme to launder money in horse racingupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 08:19:00

Seven members of Mexico's Zetas cartel were arrested Tuesday after a U.S. indictment accused a total of 14 cartel members of laundering drug money through the breeding and racing of American quarter horses in the United States, authorities said.

Man joining Anonymous in cartel fightupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 08:19:00

A Texas man releases a YouTube video announcing he will join Anonymous in the fight against a drug cartel in Mexico.

Drug raid targets baggage handlers, airline workers in Puerto Ricoupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 03:55:00

Federal agents arrested dozens of airline workers and baggage handlers at Puerto Rico's busiest airport, targeting what authorities say are two drug smuggling rings working together to move cocaine into the United States aboard commercial aircraft.

Sinaloa cartel members named kingpinsupdated: Tue May 08 2012 13:50:00

The U.S. Treasury Department added four figures in the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel to its kingpin list, including two sons of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Alleged leader of Colombia's Rastrojos drug gang arrestedupdated: Tue May 08 2012 09:32:00

A top Colombian drug trafficker who partnered with Mexican cartels to smuggle cocaine into the United States turned himself in to U.S. authorities in Aruba, Colombian police said.

U.S. extradites suspected drug lord from Mexicoupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 21:26:00

The United States has extradited a suspected leader of the Sinaloa cartel to the United States, Mexico's attorney general's office said Wednesday.

Mexican drug kingpin's nephew pleads guilty to conspiracy charges updated: Mon Mar 12 2012 19:22:00

The nephew and protege of an imprisoned Mexican drug cartel kingpin pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges in a federal court in Brownsville, Texas, on Monday.

Former Mexican kingpin pleads guiltyupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 19:12:00

A former leader of Mexico's Tijuana drug cartel pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in San Diego on Wednesday to charges of racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, according to court documents.

Coast Guard unit intercepts over $10 billion tied to drug tradeupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 19:23:00

A U.S. Coast Guard unit that uses armed helicopters to go after maritime drug runners announced on Thursday that, working with federal partners, it has intercepted more than $10 billion in illegal drugs and related assets since it was commissioned in 1998.

Alleged Mexican drug trafficker snaggedupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 14:00:00

A top Mexican drug trafficker has been arrested by Mexican police, authorities said Wednesday.

Ariz. police, DEA bust 'extensive' drug-trafficking ringupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 21:57:00

Authorities in Arizona said Tuesday they seized 44 firearms, 650 pounds of marijuana, 435 pounds of methamphetamine and $7.8 million in cash as part of a sting operation that successfully dismantled an "extensive" drug-trafficking ring.

NFL player faces federal drug chargesupdated: Sat Dec 17 2011 15:01:00

NFL player Sam Hurd faces federal drug charges and has been cut from the Chicago Bears team.

Hackers threaten drug cartelupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 14:33:00

Brooke talks to a terror expert about a hacker group's threat to publish names of people linked to a Mexican drug cartel

ICE agent arrested on drug charges after chaseupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 16:45:00

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention officer was arrested this week on suspicion of marijuana possession after a pursuit in which he was seen throwing bundles of marijuana out the window of his truck, according to federal court documents.

Major Mexican drug lord capturedupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 17:07:00

His nickname is "The Fever." Mexican officials say Jose Carlos Moreno Flores was a major drug lord in charge of trafficking and operations for a large Mexican cartel in the coastal state of Guerrero, where the beach resort of Acapulco is located.

Authorities arrest dozens in 'surgical strike' against Mexican cartelupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 20:30:00

U.S. federal authorities arrested more than 70 people this week in the United States as part of what one official called a "successful, strategic and surgical strike" against a notoriously violent Mexico-based drug cartel.

Guns, immigration and GOP hypocrisyupdated: Sun Jul 17 2011 13:50:00

Where the debate over gun control intersects with concerns about border security, things are getting complicated for a political party that has painted itself into a corner with alarmist rhetoric and short-term thinking.

Drug lord's capture 'a triumph'updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 14:35:00

Mexican authorities arrested a Zetas drug cartel leader allegedly connected to the murder of U.S. ICE agent Jaime Zapata.

Feuding drug gangs spark violence in Puerto Rico, authorities sayupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 13:59:00

Power struggles between drug gangs have led to a surge in homicides in Puerto Rico this year, local police and the FBI told CNN.

Drug lord's capture means demise of La Familia cartel, experts sayupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 16:26:00

If you are a Mexican cartel kingpin -- or even a second-tier player -- this is what you can expect if you are captured:

Mexico captures top drug cartel leaderupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 16:26:00

The leader of one of Mexico's most violent drug gangs is now in chains. CNN's Jonathan Mann reports.

Report: Many weapons used by Mexican drug gangs originate in U.S.updated: Tue Jun 14 2011 13:32:00

A trio of Democratic U.S. senators called for tougher firearms laws and regulations after releasing a report that showed a large number of weapons used by Mexico drug gangs originate north of the border.

Judge ousts accused drug lord's attorneyupdated: Tue May 24 2011 18:02:00

A federal judge in San Diego has yanked a lawyer from the case of an alleged drug lord, citing conflicts of interest.

Guatemala's president declares 'state of siege' after 'massacre'updated: Wed May 18 2011 11:42:00

Guatemala's President Alvaro Colom has declared a "state of siege" in a northern border province, ordering in the military after police found 29 migrant workers brutally killed on a farm over the weekend.

Guatemalan police search for 'massacre' suspectsupdated: Mon May 16 2011 16:41:00

Guatemalan authorities were searching for suspects Monday, a day after security forces found 29 workers slain on a farm in a northern border province.

Accused drug kingpin extradited to Venezuelaupdated: Mon May 09 2011 14:14:00

Walid Makled Garcia, accused of being one of the world's top drug lords, was extradited from Colombia to Venezuela on Monday, Venezuelan state media said.

Senator, DHS secretary disagree on extent of drug cartel 'spotters'updated: Wed May 04 2011 18:45:00

Do Mexican drug cartels have scores of "spotters" sitting on Arizona mountain tops helping drug couriers make their appointed rounds?

Mexican kingpin extradited to United Statesupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 15:19:00

Drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix, one of the leaders of the major Tijuana cartel, was extradited to the United States on Friday, Mexico's attorney general's office said.

China executes three Filipinos for drug smugglingupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 00:55:00

Three Philippine nationals convicted of drug trafficking in China were executed by lethal injection on Wednesday.

Mexican drug arrests come close to drug lord's inner circleupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 13:22:00

Eight drug traffickers belonging to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's organization have been captured, including a man presumed to be Guzman's relative and confidant, officials said Wednesday.

3 accused of trying to buy military weapons for Mexican drug cartelupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 11:45:00

Three people have been charged with trying to buy a Stinger missile and other military weapons for a Mexican drug cartel, according to an indictment unsealed last week in Phoenix. The government says the plot was foiled because the people the alleged conspirators were dealing with were federal undercover agents and a government informant.

People.com: Paris Hilton Prosecutor Arrested on Drug Chargesupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 14:56:00

David Charles Schubert allegedly bought crack cocaine as the law looked on

Small park, remodeled with U.S. funds, gives Colombians hopeupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 14:00:00

It was a massive operation in Colombia. Over three days, the Colombian National Police launched a widespread attack against low-scale drug traffickers throughout the Country. Officials confiscated 2.3 metric tons (5,070 pounds) of drugs and detained 987 suspected drug traffickers.

New park a sign of hope in Colombiaupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 14:00:00

Kids' laughter replaces the sound of gunshots at a Bogota, Colombia, park. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Drug smugglers go to great lengths to hide stashesupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 07:21:00

Drug smugglers are using ever more creative methods to hide their stashes, including tucking them inside yams, peanuts and birthday cards, a new list reveals.

Mexican military: Suspected drug cartel leader arrestedupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 06:54:00

A suspected leader of a Mexican drug cartel was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, along with four other alleged cartel members, the Mexican military said.

Feds: Smuggler caught hiding cocaine in Easter eggs before Christmasupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 21:48:00

Two days before Christmas, the alleged smuggler apparently thought Easter eggs would be the perfect ploy to conceal 14 pounds of cocaine.

WikiLeaks: Mozambique cables provoke backlashupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 16:16:00

The U.S. diplomatic cables obtained and released by WikiLeaks frequently rely on unnamed sources for delicate information. But one such source -- a businessman in Mozambique -- has furiously denied making remarks about high-level corruption attributed to him by a U.S. diplomat.

WikiLeaks: Cables reveal U.S.-Cuban cooperation over drug smugglingupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:23:00

Dozens of the U.S. diplomatic cables obtained and published by WikiLeaks cover a worldwide phenomenon that has been persistently troubling to the United States: drug trafficking. And those cables come not just from Mexico City, but from many corners of the world -- including Cuba and several embassies in West Africa.

Drug cartels in U.S. as big a threat as terrorismupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:31:00

Most Americans probably still believe the biggest threat to our national security is terrorism. We're debating increasingly intrusive security measures, and not long ago we heard about a homegrown terrorist in Oregon who wanted to cause a huge explosion at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

Mexican police bust drug ring to Japanupdated: Sun Dec 05 2010 11:44:00

A Japanese man accused of operating a drug trafficking ring between Mexico and Japan was arrested in Mexico last week, the Ministry of Public Security said Saturday.

Violence in the streets of Rioupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 06:16:00

Brazilian military troops and drug gangs clash in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

Temporary calm returns to violence-plagued Rio de Janeiroupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 11:52:00

Temporary calm returned to Rio de Janeiro on Saturday as anxious residents remained locked in their homes, awaiting developments in the week-long conflict that has turned their picturesque city into a de facto war zone.

Accused Mexican drug kingpin to be extradited to U.S.updated: Sat Nov 20 2010 19:42:00

Alleged cartel boss Edgar Valdez Villarreal -- alias "La Barbie" -- will be extradited to his native United States from Mexico, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office in Mexico City said Saturday.

Colombia: Suspected drug lord will be sent to Venezuela, not U.S.updated: Tue Nov 16 2010 13:45:00

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday a high-level drug-trafficking suspect wanted in the United States will be extradited instead to Venezuela, which also has asked that he be turned over to authorities in that country.

Authorities dismantle alleged cocaine ring with ties to Mexican cartelupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 20:29:00

Federal authorities dismantled a large-scale cocaine trafficking organization in Denver, Colorado, with the indictment of 35 people, officials said Monday.

Cartel drug lord killed in shootoutupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 11:09:00

A clash in Mexico left several dead, including a top drug cartel drug lord. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Gunmen, forces clash after cartel leader killedupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 23:49:00

Gunmen and security forces exchanged fire near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday, one day after a top leader of the Gulf drug cartel was killed, the Mexican state media reported.

Mexican authorities say top Gulf drug cartel leader is deadupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 22:59:00

A leader of the Gulf drug cartel -- Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as "Tony the Storm" -- died during a clash with security forces in the border city of Matamoros, Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for the Mexican government, said Friday.

Curfew demanded in Mexicoupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 06:29:00

A human rights group wants curfews to help stem violence in Mexico. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Clinton: U.S. can do more to help Mexico fight drug cartelsupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 05:33:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. can do more to help Mexico battle drug cartels that have started operating more like terrorists and insurgent groups.

Cuban migrants held for ransom in Mexico rescued, government saysupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 11:57:00

Mexican authorities have rescued six undocumented Cuban migrants who had been held for ransom for a month in Cancun, a vacation hotspot on the nation's Yucatan Peninsula, the state-run Notimex news agency reported Wednesday.

Drug lord suspect 'La Barbie' nabbedupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:09:00

CNN's Rafael Romo explains how an alleged drug kingpin was taken down by Mexican police.

Police: Accused drug lord moved tons of cocaine to U.S.updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:09:00

Authorities in Mexico revealed additional details Tuesday about an accused American-born drug kingpin detained Monday who they say moved tons of cocaine into the United States.

Police: American-born drug kingpin arrested in Mexicoupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 22:51:00

American-born Edgar Valdez Villarreal, believed to be one of Mexico's most ruthless drug traffickers, was captured Monday, Mexican authorities said.

People.com: Paris Hilton Charged with Felony Drug Possessionupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 18:51:00

The heiress had .8 grams of cocaine and a broken Albuterol pill in her purse, police say

Florida patrol: Miami Heat's Haslem arrested on marijuana chargeupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 20:59:00

Miami Heat basketball player Udonis Haslem was charged with possession of marijuana on Sunday after a traffic stop, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Officials: Mexican drug lord killed in raidupdated: Sat Jul 31 2010 14:32:00

Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel Villareal, a principal leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was killed during a military raid in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico's defense department said.

Most illegal immigrants are 'drug mules'updated: Sun Jun 27 2010 13:01:00

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been criticized for her take on why most undocumented immigrants come to Arizona.

Arizona's Brewer: Most illegal immigrants are 'drug mules'updated: Sun Jun 27 2010 13:01:00

A labor union representing nearly 20,000 border patrol agents and staff Friday disputed comments made by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that most illegal immigrants coming across the southern border are smuggling drugs.

Being a cop in border town more perilous as drug cartels issue threatsupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:29:00

Mario Morales keeps his Commando assault rifle propped up on the seat of his patrol vehicle. The car snakes along a dirt road about a half-mile from the Mexican border.

Cartel threatens Arizona copsupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:29:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports that Mexican drug cartels are now threatening police by name on Arizona's border.

Experts: Accused Jamaican drug lord akin to Robin Hood, Pablo Escobarupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 19:30:00

Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who controls the impoverished West Kingston enclaves now blockaded by gang members, is likened by experts to both Robin Hood and Pablo Escobar.

Police chief: Cartels threaten U.S. law enforcement in Arizonaupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 18:10:00

Drug cartels are making direct death threats to U.S. law enforcement officials in Nogales, Arizona, the police chief there told CNN.

Feds post $2 million reward for alleged caretl kingpin 'La Barbie'updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 15:27:00

Federal authorities have charged alleged drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez-Villarreal -- known as "La Barbie" -- and five other defendants with trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the United States between 2004 and 2006, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Friday.

Holder: 2,200 arrested in drug probeupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 22:03:00

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder says 2,200 people were arrested on drug-related charges in a probe called Projective Deliverance.

Hundreds arrested in 2-year drug route investigationupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 22:03:00

Federal agents trying to disrupt illegal drug trafficking from Mexico arrested more than 400 people in raids Wednesday, bringing to more than 2,200 the number of arrests from a two-year investigation aimed at cartel transportation operations.

Brazilian football star in court to counter alleged drug-gang tiesupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 12:24:00

Brazilian football star Adriano appeared before a prosecutor on Wednesday and denied accusations of associating with a top Rio de Janeiro drug gang, according to state officials and the player's lawyer.

Affidavits: Witnesses ran cocaine, guns for Jamaican drug lordupdated: Thu May 27 2010 15:49:00

Christopher Coke's indictment has set off more than a firefight in the streets of Kingston, Jamaica; it's also sparked a diplomatic imbroglio that threatens U.S.-Jamaican relations.

Dozens dead, more than 500 in custody after violence in Jamaicaupdated: Wed May 26 2010 19:05:00

Police in Jamaica have more than 500 people in custody, the government said Wednesday, after a failed attempt to arrest a suspected drug kingpin resulted in violence that left dozens of people dead.

Mexican drug lord gets 25 years, gives up $50 millionupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 15:54:00

Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the former head of a powerful Mexican drug cartel, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will forfeit to the United States $50 million in illegal proceeds, a judge ruled.

Alleged drug lord from Sinaloa cartel extradited to U.S.updated: Thu Feb 18 2010 18:13:00

A suspected top Mexican drug kingpin who allegedly smuggled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin into the United States has been extradited to stand trial in Chicago, Illinois, federal law enforcement sources said Thursday.

743 pounds of marijuana found in septic tank truck, Arizona police sayupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 22:13:00

In a messy drug bust this week, investigators uncovered more than 700 pounds of marijuana stuffed in a septic tank truck full of human waste, Arizona police said Friday.

Notorious drug trafficker arrested, Mexico saysupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 17:41:00

Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental, one of Mexico's most wanted drug traffickers, was arrested Tuesday, Mexican and U.S. authorities said.

Top drug trafficker killedupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 17:13:00

The DEA intelligence chief says the recent killing of a prominent Mexican drug lord is quite significant.

Drug cartel chief killedupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 15:50:00

Mexican Navy officials say alleged drug cartel chief Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in a shootout with Navy personnel.

Mexico: Top drug cartel leader killedupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 15:50:00

In a strong blow to one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, Mexico's navy killed a top drug kingpin in a shootout Wednesday at an upscale resort.

Reputed Mexican drug lord on Forbes most-powerful listupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 10:19:00

A reputed Mexican drug lord with a $5 million reward on his head has been named to Forbes magazine's list of the most powerful people in the world.

People.com: BUZZ: Sean Penn's Son Arrested for Drugsupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 15:34:00

Police confirm that two teens were busted at Malibu High School for possessing hydrocodone

Reputed cartel leader killed, Mexico saysupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 11:34:00

The reputed leader of the Zetas drug cartel in the Mexican state of Veracruz was killed in a gunbattle with federal authorities, the Mexican attorney general's office has said.

Is Mexico winning its war on drugs?updated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:43:00

Mexico's arrest of drug cartel suspects has become fairly commonplace. On Thursday, it was six suspected members of La Familia, based in Michoacan. A day earlier, it was a man identified as a top leader of the ruthless Zetas.

Top Mexican cartel leader arrested, military saysupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 18:55:00

Mexican soldiers have captured a top leader of one of the nation's most ruthless drug cartels, the government's military announced.

Colombian cartel head pleads guilty in Miamiupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:28:00

A former kingpin for a Colombian drug cartel pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to charges of drug trafficking, obstruction of justice by murder and racketeering, federal officials said.

Taliban with drug ties now in U.S. cross-hairsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 19:25:00

The U.S. military hopes to kill or capture some 50 Afghan drug traffickers with financial ties to the Taliban in an effort to shut down one of the insurgency's biggest sources of revenue, a U.S. Senate report says.

$1 billion in marijuana seized in Californiaupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 04:36:00

Authorities have seized $1 billion worth of marijuana plants and have arrested 82 Mexican nationals with ties to drug cartels in the first week and half of an effort to eradicate marijuana fields from California's Fresno County, the county sheriff's office said Wednesday.

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