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Probe of Mexican Drug Cartel Leads to Nearly 1,200 Arrests in U.S.

October 22, 2009
In a series of recent raids throughout the United States, federal authorities have arrested nearly 1,200 people who they say are connected to one of Mexico's most aggressively expanding and deadly drug trafficking cartels, known as La Familia Michoacana, law enforcement officials told The Times' Washington bureau.

90 Arrested in Dallas Drug Bust Tied to 'La Familia' Cartel

October 22, 2009
Federal and local authorities early Wednesday arrested 90 people in Dallas as part of a nationwide methamphetamine drug distribution bust tied to the notorious "La Familia" drug cartel.

Judges Reject California Plan to Cut Prison Crowding

October 22, 2009
The panel said California officials had failed to comply with their order to produce a plan to pare the number of state prisoners by 40,000 within two years. The judges agreed to postpone a decision on a request by inmates' lawyers to hold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in contempt of court for defying the earlier order, issued Aug. 4.

Norte Valle Cartel Kingpin Heads to Prison For 45 Years

October 21, 2009
A U.S. district judge sentenced the Colombian drug kingpin and former FBI top ten fugitive Diego Montoya Sanchez to a 45-year prison term. Montoya Sanchez, whose alias was "Don Diego," had entered a guilty plea to murder and cocaine trafficking.

Sell-Crack-or-Die Defense is Now 0 for 2

October 16, 2009
Rigoberto Valle testified recently in San Francisco court that he was told that he must sell crack or face death by gun or knife. The jury didn't buy the Honduran immigrant's "sell crack or die" defense, convicting him. Soon he'll be sentenced, and probably deported.

Gang Leader Preyed On Children, Prosecutor Says

October 15, 2009
The last defendant to be sentenced in the sweeping federal case against the Insane Deuces street gang of Aurora, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 20 years in prison after a prosecutor described him as an enforcer who "sent children out to kill other children."

Drug Gang Sues NYPD Multiple Times, Settles for $500K

October 13, 2009
"The city gets sued 200 times a week," Bloomberg told the Daily News. "We take as many cases to trial as we possibly can, but we would [go] bankrupt if we tried to defend every one of them."
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Pan American Flight 281 Hijacker Arrives in New York to Face Charges

October 12, 2009
Luis Armando Pena Soltren, who allegedly hijacked Pan American Flight 281 more than 40 years ago, voluntarily returned to New York from Havana, Cuba, to face charges, the FBI announced.

Feds Arrest Nearly 50 Members of Pagan Motorcycle Gang

October 6, 2009
Following the unsealing of a federal indictment, authorities have arrested 55 members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club (PMC), including its national president and vice president, the FBI announced.

Police Search For Baby Boy's Drive-by Shooters

September 29, 2009
Los Angeles police are searching for a pair of suspected gang members they believe are responsible for the death of a 4-month-old boy who was killed during a drive-by shooting in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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