Drug War

Deadly Mexican Drug War Reignites in Vacuum left by El Chapo

MEXICO CITY Gangland-style murders are a daily event in Culiacán, the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, where businesses close early, schools suspend classes and people must take precautions to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. The extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States in January was supposed to curb…

Chicago Police Arrest 15 in Heroin Drug Ring, 6 Suspects still at Large

Overnight raids broke up a large heroin ring that operated around the corner from Chicago Police Headquarters. Authorities linked the drug ring to the killing of city worker, Yvonne Nelson, last year. The raids were part of a police operation called “Wheel of Fortune.” Police and DEA agents said a turf war over the lucrative…

Drug lord, El Chapo, EXTRADITED to the United States, arrives in New York

UPDATE Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who became a legend in Mexico through his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, arrived late Thursday in New York after he was extradited to the United States. Guzman will appear Friday in a courtroom in Brooklyn, where he will stand trial…

U.S. Heroin Deaths Surpass Homicides in 2015

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers show heroin deaths surpassed firearm-related homicides for the first time ever in 2015. The number of heroin deaths was 12,989 and the number of firearm-related homicides was 12,979. The Washington Post published the CDC numbers, which show the deaths from all opioids combined topped 33,000…

Feds seize 150 pounds of Cocaine, 75 pounds of Heroin in Aurora

Three men are in federal custody after federal authorities seized almost 150 pounds of cocaine and 75 pounds of heroin at an Aurora warehouse, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Urbano Arellanes, Jose Raul Perez-Pailles and Adolfo Meraz-Renteria face charges and are accused of agreeing to transport and receive “multiple kilograms”…

Feds Bust Drug Ring Shipping Heroin, Cocaine from LA to Chicago on Amtrak

Twenty-four people have been charged by federal authorities with using Amtrak trains to transport drugs from Los Angeles to Chicago. The indictments allege wholesale quantities of cocaine and heroin, obtained from Mexico and Southern California, were transported from Los Angeles to Union Station aboard Amtrak Express trains, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s…

Two Dozen Gang Members Arrested in Drug Sweep Targeting Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

More than two dozen convicted felons and reputed gang members have been arrested in connection with the sale of dangerous batches of heroin laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl, which led to a rise in drug overdose deaths in the Chicago area, authorities said Thursday night. The roundups, which began earlier in the day, came…

Chicago West Side Drug Dealer Had Customers Lined Up Around the Corner

James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on…

Sean Penn Interview Leads Authorities to Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’

Hollywood blowhard Sean Penn secretly met and posed for grip-and-smirk selfies with murderous druglord Joaquin Guzman Loera — even as the world’s most-wanted fugitive continued to elude authorities in the months after tunneling out of a Mexican prison. “I don’t want to be portrayed as a nun,” El Chapo says in the interview. Nevertheless, to…

Heroin Deaths are on the Rise in the U.S.

Heroin deaths are spiking in the U.S., concerning lawmakers who proclaim it an epidemic and public health issue. Between 2012-13, the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths resulting from heroin spiked from 5,900 to 8,200, said Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy Center. “I’ve been with [the] DEA almost…

Mexican Cartel Connected Dealers Busted Across US

HOUSTON, Texas — Twenty-two defendants are facing federal charges for allegedly having a role in a massive web of drug rings extended from Mexico all throughout the United States. The interconnected drug rings apparently dealt in the supply and distribution of hard narcotics, specifically cocaine and heroin, in numerous U.S. states and Mexico. The charges…

Mexico Captures Top Drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva

(CNN) — Troops closed in on one of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords Wednesday, nabbing him at a seafood restaurant in a popular tourist destination. Members of the Mexican Army didn’t fire a single shot when they captured Hector Beltran Leyva in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, officials said. His arrest came after 11 months…

Top hit man for Pablo Escobar released from prison

The slaying of the cartel-fighting politician Luis Carlos Galan during the 1990 presidential campaign he was heavily favored to win marked the apex of drug violence that engulfed Colombia two decades ago. In a bid to fight extradition to the United States, Escobar ordered scores of assassinations — of judges, cabinet ministers, and journalists. He…