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June 13, 2012 | By Tim Talley and Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
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.
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March 14, 2013 | By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 9, 2012 | By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
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.
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November 15, 2012 | By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 23, 1989 | By CLAUDE LEWIS
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.
NEWS
October 21, 1989 | By Mack Reed, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 16, 1992 | Daily News wire services
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Angelo Fichera, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 16, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three people with alleged connections to a Mexican drug cartel were arrested in Philadelphia last week, but who they are remained secret even as prosecutors held a news conference to announce they had blocked a new drug pipeline. The three, two Philadelphians and a Texan, are in city custody, said Brian Grady, head of the Philadelphia District Attorney's special operations unit. Their names are not being released to avoid inadvertently helping the Sinaloa drug organization, authorities said.
NEWS
October 16, 2011 | By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press
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.
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July 18, 2013 | By Michael Weissenstein and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press
MEXICO CITY - The capture of the notoriously brutal Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales represents a serious blow to Mexico's most feared drug cartel, but experts cautioned that taking down the group's command structure is unlikely to diminish violence in the border states where it dominates through terror. Trevino Morales, 40, was captured before dawn Monday by Mexican marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as the Zetas' base of operations.
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July 17, 2013 | By Michael Weissenstein and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
MEXICO CITY - Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, has been captured in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to drive down persistently high levels of violence, a U.S. federal official confirmed. Trevino Morales, known as "Z-40," was captured by Mexican Marines in Nuevo Laredo, the Mexican media reported. The U.S. official who confirmed the media reports was not authorized to speak to the press.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Bob Christie, Cristina Silva, and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
PHOENIX - The weeklong detention of an American woman after Mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat illustrates just one of the perils Americans face while traveling in Mexico. Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, and into her husband's arms late Thursday after a judge dismissed drug-smuggling charges against her. The judge determined Maldonado was no longer a suspect after viewing video that showed the couple climbing onto the bus with just a purse, blankets, and bottles of water.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Michael Tarm, Associated Press
CHICAGO - 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 to maximize profit. If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels' move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets, and money laundering.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane caught more than a few people by surprise last month when she told a legislative budget hearing she was losing sleep over Mexican drug cartels. "They are in Pennsylvania - they are taking over our neighborhoods," Kane reportedly told the Senate Appropriations Committee. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, asked later about the issue, saw less of a threat. "Coming over and taking over drug sales in Pennsylvania? No. We don't see that," he said.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Christina Rexrode and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
NEW YORK - When the U.S. Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional bank accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya, and Mexico's murderous drug cartels. But to some former federal prosecutors, it was only the latest case of the government's stopping short of bringing criminal money-laundering charges against a big bank or its executives, at least in part on the rationale that such prosecutions could be devastating enough to cause such banks to fail.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
Man, 22, ID'd as mall shooter PORTLAND, Ore. - The gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a rifle stolen from someone he knew, authorities said Wednesday. Jacob Tyler Roberts had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland-area mall Tuesday, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but the gunman managed to get it working again.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 9, 2012 | By Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
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.
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