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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

2 Mexican politicians sought; drug cartel link allegedupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 17:25:00

Mexican authorities were searching Wednesday for two politicians accused of belonging to the Familia Michoacana drug cartel, which is blamed for killing more than 30 federal police officers in a series of attacks since Saturday.

Mexican state awash in recent violenceupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 06:26:00

In recent days, Michoacan, the home state of President Felipe Calderon, has become a flashpoint of violence in Mexico's deadly war against drug cartels. Since Calderon went after the drug cartels shortly after coming into office in 2006, more than 10,000 people have died across Mexico, about 1,000 of them police.

Commentary: Hornets not going back in nest in Mexico's drug warupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 10:58:00

It has nothing to do with Michael Jackson or Sarah Palin, but there's a big story brewing south of the border to which Americans should pay close attention.

Killing shows Mexico clergy no longer cloaked from cartels' aimupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 09:27:00

The killing last weekend of a Catholic priest and two seminary students in southwest Mexico marked the first time that drug cartel hit men have purposefully targeted a clergyman, said Manuel Corral, public relations secretary for Mexico's Council of Bishops.

Major Mexican drug cartel suspects arrested, officials sayupdated: Thu May 21 2009 11:19:00

A top Mexican drug cartel suspect has been arrested along with 12 accomplices, including five women, federal authorities said.

The big business of marijuanaupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:18:00

Which drug is the cash cow of the Mexican drug war: cocaine or marijuana? Jeanne Meserve takes a look.

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross borderupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:18:00

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, a 54-year-old drug cartel leader whose nickname means "Shorty," is the most wanted man in Mexico. He's also one of the most wanted men in the United States.

Teen drug smuggling risingupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 13:33:00

Feds says teen drug smuggling is on the rise. A veteran smuggler takes CNN's Ed Lavandera inside this dangerous world.

Teen made $50,000 smuggling drugs across borderupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 13:33:00

Sitting in high school, math and history lessons never captured Danny Santos' imagination. The drug-fueled streets of the Texas-Mexico border provided his education, and he was an excellent student.

Creative drug smugglingupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:09:00

CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports on the creative ways in which cartels try to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

Drug smugglers becoming more creative, U.S. agents sayupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:09:00

Drug traffickers are throwing everything they've got at getting drugs into the United States any way they can.

Obama heads to Mexico amid escalating drug violenceupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 11:40:00

President Obama travels to Mexico on Thursday as the United States' neighbor to the south continues to wrestle with increasingly deadly drug wars.

Mexican drug violenceupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 11:40:00

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox speaks to CNN's John Roberts about drug violence across the border.

Senators want to fight Mexican drug cartels' expanding influenceupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 20:15:00

A bloody war between Mexican drug cartels is no longer solely a south-of-the-border problem, members of Congress said Tuesday at a hearing on the issue.

U.S. families feel sting of Mexico's drug violenceupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 22:10:00

Jose Molinar knew something wasn't right. He hadn't heard from his wife for a few hours, which was not sitting well with him.

Border gunbattlesupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 22:10:00

American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard about gun trafficking into Mexico.

Experts meet to fight Mexican narcotraffickersupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 01:33:00

Ciudad Juarez was converted into a fortress as members of President Felipe Calderon's security cabinet met Wednesday in the border town to devise a strategy to combat narcotraffickers.

Arrests 'crushing blow' to Mexican drug cartel, U.S. officials sayupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 21:47:00

U.S. investigators have wrapped up a major 21-month drug-enforcement operation aimed at crippling a powerful and violent Mexican cartel operating in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday.

Official: Mexican drug turf wars have led to surge in violenceupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 21:24:00

No one, especially not one of Mexico's top law enforcement officials, denies that killings by drug cartels have reached record levels.

Drug violence spins Mexico toward 'civil war'updated: Thu Feb 19 2009 10:45:00

A shootout in a border city that leaves five alleged drug traffickers sprawled dead on the street and seven police wounded. A police chief and his bodyguards gunned down outside his house in another border city. Four bridges into the United States shut down by protesters who want the military out of their towns and who officials say are backed by narcotraffickers.

Reporter caught in shootoutupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 10:45:00

A reporter attempts to work as Mexican police and presumed drug traffickers exchange fire in Reynosa, Mexico.

U.S., Mexico to kick off $1.4 billion anti-drug planupdated: Fri Dec 19 2008 20:37:00

The United States and Mexico pledged Friday to redouble efforts in the war against drugs.

Mexico suspects ex-drug czar took huge bribes from traffickersupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 11:31:00

Mexican authorities have detained the country's former drug czar on suspicion that he may have accepted $450,000 a month in bribes from drug traffickers, Mexico's attorney general said Friday.

Time.com: Plane Crash Kills Mexico's Deputy Leaderupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 01:00:00

Whatever the outcome of the official inquiry into the death of officials central to the government's anti-drug effort, the public will suspect the cartels were responsible

Time.com: UN: Afghan Drug Lords Being Helpedupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 16:00:00

Afghan drug lords are increasingly converting opium into heroin at home with outside technical help and chemicals smuggled from abroad, the U.N. said

Mexican drug cartel trots out boy as warning to copsupdated: Tue May 27 2008 16:19:00

The boy looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. Chubby, he struggled a bit with his bicycle as he rode to where we stood. He had a slight smirk as he played a tape that blared music from speakers tied to his bike.

Colombia says it killed cocaine kingpinupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 14:16:00

Colombian police have killed a drug trafficker who the government says is one of the most sought-after fugitive outside the country's rebel leaders.

U.N. urges NATO to stop Afghan opium tradeupdated: Sat Nov 17 2007 13:07:00

The United Nations is calling on NATO to do more to stop the Afghan opium trade after a new survey showed how the drug dominates Afghanistan's economy.

Wanted drug lord capturedupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 12:01:00

Reputed drug kingpin Diego Montoya was arrested in western Colombia.

Suspected drug kingpin caught with his pants downupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 12:01:00

An alleged drug kingpin was captured in his underwear Monday, hiding in a bush outside a house in western Colombia, government officials said in Bogota.

Opium hits record in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 21:37:00

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels -- up by more than 40 percent from 2005 -- despite hundreds of millions in counternarcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press.

Drug kingpin nabbed in Brazil, DEA saysupdated: Wed May 17 2006 13:08:00

A man on the United States' list of most-wanted international drug traffickers was arrested Wednesday morning in Brazil, officials said.

DEA: Artwork, furniture used to smuggle heroinupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 12:23:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the arrest Wednesday of 78 people as part of a probe into a suspected Colombian heroin ring accused of using artwork, furniture and clothing to smuggle drugs into the United States.

Drug scandal claims Qantas workerupdated: Thu May 12 2005 22:00:00

Luggage security at Sydney airport is under scrutiny amid revelations more baggage handlers may be stood down next week.

U.S. indicts alleged Afghan drug traffickerupdated: Mon Apr 25 2005 10:26:00

An accused heroin kingpin has been indicted and arrested in a massive narcotics conspiracy involving Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley has said.

Six-nation sweep nets drug traffickersupdated: Wed Jun 23 2004 16:07:00

A major drug trafficking operation that allegedly moved cocaine, marijuana, and cash between Colombia and the United States through the Caribbean has been dealt a major blow, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Wednesday.

Former Haiti police chief arrestedupdated: Sun May 16 2004 02:48:00

U.S. federal agents have arrested Haiti's former national police chief in Miami, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Caribbean nation, according to a DEA spokesman and court documents.

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