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Jury Convicts Afghan Trafficker with Taliban Ties
March 14, 2012
An Afghan national who distributed nearly 20 percent of the world's heroin in 2006 and supported the Taliban was convicted Tuesday and faces a 20-year prison sentence.
Task Force Busts N.Y. Heroin Trafficking Ring
March 13, 2012
The federal government Tuesday indicted 20 members of a New York-area drug trafficking ring that brought 20 kilograms of heroin valued at $2.75 million to street-level dealers in Queens and Long Island in the past nine months.
Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part II
March 6, 2012
The girlfriend was provided with a “burnout phone.” A burnout phone is one that would be operational for a few months before being burned out. By that time the bill would have grown to many thousands of dollars, which they had no intention of paying.
LASD Task Force Used Heroin-Packed Burrito In Jail Sting
January 26, 2012
A secret Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department task force used a burrito stuffed with 24 grams of heroin during jail sting to uncover corruption among its deputies.
'Shake-and-Bake' Meth Fills Hospitals with Burn Patients
January 24, 2012
A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment.
Cartel Leader Who Inspired 'Traffic' Pleads Guilty
January 5, 2012
Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano-Felix pleaded guilty Wednesday to narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering in an agreement that avoids a trial and brings a sentence of 25 years in prison.
Barrio Azteca Members Plead Guilty To Conspiracy Charges
December 2, 2011
A U.S. citizen and Mexican national admitted to working with the gang in buying and selling illegal drugs on the streets of El Paso. They confirmed that the gang extorted money from drug dealers operating on the gang's turf.
How a Cartel Enforcer Thrived In Lockup
November 23, 2011
Jose "Bat" Marquez received a life sentence for trafficking methamphetamine from a prison cell. Most law enforcement officials would consider this a success; however, it was too little, too late for those of us familiar with his criminal past as a violent enforcer for Mexican Mafia and Tijuana drug cartel.
Nogales Border Agents Seize Cocaine from Truck's Fuel Tank
November 16, 2011
U.S. customs agents seized more than $500,000 in cocaine from a false compartment of the fuel tank of a Ford F150 truck at a border checkpoint in Nogales, Ariz.
Ariz. Authorities Break Up Cartel Smuggling Ring
November 3, 2011
Arizona law enforcement agencies and federal agents dismantled what is believed to be a major smuggling ring for the Sinaloa Cartel, seizing $1.5 million in narcotics, collecting 19 weapons, and arresting an illegal immigrant who had been deported two weeks earlier.
Mexican Mafia Member Gets Life for Prison Narcotics Deal
November 2, 2011
Jose "Bat" Marquez, who was also a member of San Diego's Del Sol street gang, was extradited from Mexico in January 2007 on other charges. In April of that year, Marquez orchestrated a meth deal from his jail cell that involved several Mexican Mafia associates.
Homeboys and the Return of Heroin
September 27, 2011
Heroin's old dirty image is being revamped to appeal to the younger generation. Heroin that is smokable or snortable can be marketed to avoid the old associations with dirty hypodermic needles.
Ariz. Task Force Bust Nets Marijuana, Guns, Illegals
September 20, 2011
A task force in southern Arizona seized 4,369 pounds of marijuana, 40 undocumented aliens, four vehicles, and three weapons during an operation that involved multiple agencies, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office announced.
FBI Investigating L.A. Sheriff's Captain In Narcotics Probe
August 30, 2011
Capt. Bernice Abram, who has been on leave from her role as commander of Carson station since April, is being investigated for involvement in the narcotics ring run by Dion Grim, the leader of Compton's Front Hood Crips.
Chicago Police Seize $33 Million In Marijuana
August 23, 2011
A Chicago PD narcotics unit's investigation has led to one of the largest narcotics seizures in the department's recent history, netting more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana, seven arrests, seven vehicles, and two firearms.
Feds Seize $180M in Cocaine from Drug Sub
August 1, 2011
The U.S. Coast Guard and FBI intercepted a semi-submersible craft in the western Caribbean and seized $180 million worth of cocaine heading for the United States.
Border Patrol Seizes $2.3 Million In Pot
July 27, 2011
Tucson-area Border Patrol agents seized more than 4,700 pounds of marijuana valued at about $2.3 million earlier this week from three vehicles, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Feds Say Baltimore Cop Sold Heroin at Station, Ran Ring
July 20, 2011
A Baltimore Police officer who allegedly ran his own drug ring at one point brazenly sold heroin at the parking lot of the Northwestern District Station while in uniform, according to a federal indictment.
Mexico Captures Zetas Founder Wanted In ICE Agent's Killing
July 5, 2011
Mexican authorities have captured Jesus Regon Aguilar, one of the three founding members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and a suspect in the killing of a U.S. immigration enforcement agent earlier this year. Jesus Rejon Aguilar, who goes by the alias "El Mamito" (Pretty Boy), was taken into custody on Sunday near Mexico City without a shot being fired.
Contaminated Cocaine Causing Skin Reactions
June 27, 2011
As much as 70 percent of the cocaine circulating in this country could be affected, because drug dealers are using levamisole — a drug that's cheap, widely available, and commonly used for deworming livestock — to dilute or "cut" their product.
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