June 13, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Federal agents raided a sprawling ranch in Oklahoma and a prominent quarter horse track in New Mexico on Tuesday, alleging the brother of a high-ranking official in a Mexican drug cartel used a horse-breeding operation to launder money. An indictment unsealed Tuesday accused Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up a horse operation that a younger brother operated from a ranch near Lexington, Okla., south of Oklahoma City.
March 14, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Federal investigators have unraveled a huge scheme among dozens of insurance agents, claims adjusters, brokers, and farmers in eastern North Carolina to steal at least $100 million from the government-backed program that insures crops. Authorities say the ongoing investigation is already the largest such ring uncovered in the country. Forty-one defendants have either pleaded guilty or reached plea agreements after profiting from false insurance claims for losses of tobacco, soybeans, wheat, and corn.
November 15, 2012 |
EL PASO, Texas - A West Texas lawyer charged with trying to launder $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel was an informant for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement while he was moving large amounts of cash behind the agency's back, a federal agent testified Wednesday. The testimony from agent Joshua Fry with the Homeland Security Investigations' Financial Operations and Currency United Strike Force came at a hearing in which U.S. District Judge Norbert Garney denied Marco Antonio Delgado's request to be released on bond.
November 9, 2012 |
EL PASO, Texas - A Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering more than $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel. Marco Antonio Delgado waived his arraignment Thursday, essentially entering a not-guilty plea, during a hearing in federal court in El Paso. One of his lawyers, Ray Velarde, asked Judge Norbert Garney to postpone the bond hearing for Wednesday. His other lawyer, Jose Montes, said they would seek Delgado's release on bond next week.
August 23, 1989 |
The war against narcotics in Colombia - the country that is said to be the source of 80 percent of the cocaine flowing into the United States - may signal a new beginning for America. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is absolutely correct when he suggests that America should consider sending troops into Colombia even though Colombian President Virgilio Barco has said that they aren't necessary. The battle against drug trafficking is as much our fight as it is the fight of our Latin neighbors.
October 21, 1989 |
Lonnie Williams promised Lisa Novak the stars in August, then threatened to sell her to Colombian pimps, before shooting her parents to death as they tried to protect her, police said yesterday. Delaware Superior Court Judge Vincent A. Bifferato ordered Williams, 21, of Germantown, Md., held without bail yesterday on two counts of murder in the deaths of Dwayne Novak, 53, and Marilyn Novak, 52, and two counts of attempted murder. A trial is scheduled for Jan. 8. Dwayne Novak, a DuPont Co. employee, and his wife, Marilyn, a Mary Kay cosmetics saleswoman, were shot in their home Aug. 3, the day after they had rescued their daughter from Williams at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, police said.
September 16, 1992 |
GENEVA OPEC INDICATES NO OIL HIKES Several OPEC ministers expressed satisfaction yesterday with the current level of oil prices, suggesting the cartel won't try to drive prices sharply higher in the winter months. Saudi Arabia's influential minister, Hisham Nazer, touched off speculation about the cartel's plans by saying prices were "all right. " Nazer, whose country is the world's largest crude exporter, is closely watched for any signs of policy changes by the 13-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
May 31, 2012 |
Seventeen people, including a husband and wife from Puerto Rico, have been arrested in connection with a drug ring that officials said was trafficking cocaine from New York City to Philadelphia. Officials said 28 kilos of cocaine- an estimated $2.8 million street value in Philadelphia - were seized, along with 5 handguns, 11 properties, 16 vehicles and one motorcycle and nearly $300,000 in U.S. currency. The Philadelphia District Attorney's office held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce the bust, which they said came about after a defendant arrested in relation to the Sinaloa drug cartel became an informant for investigators.
October 16, 2011 |
TOLUCA, Mexico - The three tiny squirrel monkeys led a life of luxury on a 16-acre ranch, surrounded by extravagant gardens and barns built for purebred horses. More than 200 animals, ranging from mules to peacocks and ostriches, lived on the ranch in central Mexico and hundreds more stayed on two related properties, many in opulent enclosures. Also kept on the grounds were less furry fare: AK-47 assault rifles, Berrettas, hundreds of other weapons, and cocaine. The ranch's owner was Jesus "The King" Zambada, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.
August 26, 2011 |
MONTERREY, Mexico - Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico yesterday, doused it with gasoline and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 45 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said. The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, a city that has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks on an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.