Tag: Drug-related crime

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International

Infamous drug lord freed after conviction overturned in 1985 killing of DEA agent

The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. (AP Photo/File) by Adriana Gomez LoconAssociated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

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National

Operator in Philly collapse deaths turns self in

Sean Benschop, center, with red jacket over his head, walks with investigators as he arrives at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives Division, Saturday June 8, 2013, in Center City Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) by Maryclaire Dale, Michael Rubinkam and Kathy Matheson PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet who is accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, surrendered Saturday to face charges in the deaths, police said.

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International

Toronto mayor denies he smokes crack cocaine

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reads a statement to the media at City Hall on Friday, May 24, 2013 in Toronto. Ford denied that he smokes crack cocaine and says he is not an addict after a video purported to show him using the drug. Ford did not say whether he has ever used the drug. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) by Rob GilliesTORONTO (AP) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied that he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict, breaking a week of silence over reports of a video purportedly showing him using the drug. Critics were not appeased, with one city councilor questioning whether the mayor told “the whole truth” and another calling on him to resign. The controversy has drawn comparisons to the 1990 arrest of then-Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting operation. Barry served six months in federal prison on a misdemeanor drug possession conviction and later won a fourth term as mayor in 1994.

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National

Pa. abortion doctor gets third life sentence

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney’s office in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim, File) by Maryclaire DalePHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia doctor was sentenced Wednesday to a third life term for killing an aborted baby that he described as so big it could “walk to the bus.”

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National

AP IMPACT: Cartels dispatch agents deep inside US

BUSTED– In this Nov. 4, 2010 photo, bales of marijuana are wheeled out at a news conference in Jonesboro, Ga. Forty-five people were arrested 45 people along with cash, guns and more than two tons of drugs as part of an investigation by federal and local law enforcement into the Atlanta-area U.S. distribution hub of Mexico’s La Familia drug cartel. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink) by Michael Tarm CHICAGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

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National

1 deadly day: names and lives behind gunshot stats

FINAL HOURS–This Jan. 18 photo provided by the family shows Christopher Cotton at his sister’s home in Buffalo, N.Y. A few hours after this photo was made, just past 1 a.m., on Jan. 19, his body was found, slumped in the driver’s seat of a borrowed car, all the windows up and doors locked. (AP Photo/Jim Swiezy) by Adam Geller and David Crary AP National Writers (AP)–It was just past 1 a.m. when they found Christopher Cotton’s body, slumped in the driver’s seat at a Buffalo, N.Y., intersection, shot dead by an assailant who left all the car’s windows up, the doors locked.