Organized crime

The body of a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial is carried into a hearse after he was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Police said that 44-year-old lawyer Derk Wiersum was fatally shot Tuesday morning by a man who fled on foot and was still being hunted. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
September 18, 2019 - 9:54 am
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was shot dead in Amsterdam early Wednesday, sparking outrage and calls for a tougher crackdown on violent underworld gangs. Police said 44-year-old lawyer Derk Wiersum was fatally shot in a suburb on the...
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September 17, 2019 - 12:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine,...
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Tova Keblish, right, hugs Kelli Anderson Young, outside the federal courthouse after a jury reached the verdict against Aaron Shamo Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Prosecutors have said the operation could also be linked to the deaths of dozens of other customers who have overdosed, and some of their family members attended the trial. The verdict was emotion for people like Keblish, who traveled from Long Island to attend the trial. Her son Gavin Keblish died after he had surgery and purchased counterfeit, fentanyl-laced oxycodone from Shamo's online store, she said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 30, 2019 - 9:01 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was convicted Friday of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that sent hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly pills across the country in a scheme that authorities said helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic. A jury reached the verdict after deliberating...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo, the body of a bloodied man lies in the middle of a street where police and forensic workers secure the crime scene in Acapulco, Mexico. Mexico's drug war appears to be back, and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread throughout the country. (AP Photo/Bernardindo Hernandez, File)
August 30, 2019 - 6:46 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the...
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Mike, right, and Becky Shamo, left, the parents of Aaron Shamo, walk with another family member as they leave the federal courthouse Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Salt Lake City. A jury is deliberating in the case of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that shipped fake prescription drugs across the country, causing at least one fatal overdose. Prosecutors said during closing arguments that Aaron Shamo's operation helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic by making hundreds of thousands of pills available to addicts and other users. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 29, 2019 - 8:44 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury began deliberating Thursday in the case of a Utah man accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that shipped potentially poisonous, fake prescription drugs across the country, causing at least one fatal overdose. Prosecutors said during closing arguments that...
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Vanessa Galindo Blas, 32, places a rose on a photograph atop the coffin of her late husband Erick Hernandez Enriquez, 29, n Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Anger is mounting among relatives of 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set the White Horse nightclub on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life impossible in this southern Mexico oil town.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
August 29, 2019 - 8:10 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Anger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life...
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Relatives of one of the victims that died during an attack at a nightclub, cry outside the Veracruz state prosecutors office in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The attack killed more than 20 people and injured about a dozen. Authorities said it was apparently overseen by a man who had been recently arrested but released. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
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August 28, 2019 - 8:04 pm
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Gang members burst into a bar, blocked all the exits and then started a fire that killed 26 people and injured about a dozen others, Mexican officials said Wednesday. Authorities said the attack in the Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos late Tuesday apparently was...
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FILE - This 2015 photo provided by Michael P. Shamo shows his son, Aaron Michael Shamo. At the center of a multimillion-dollar opioid case, he testified Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, that he saw himself as helping people get prescription drugs they needed while making money for himself and his friends. (Michael P. Shamo, via AP)
August 27, 2019 - 8:14 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have called Aaron Shamo the kingpin of a multimillion-dollar drug ring that shipped hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly opioid pills across the country from a suburban Utah basement. Shamo took the witness stand Tuesday at his trial and downplayed his role...
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Former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel is transferred to a police station after his arrest for alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. There was no immediate comment from Dotel, who set a record for playing on more MLB teams than any other player. (Pedro Sosa/Diario Hoy via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 11:28 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday. Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain...
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Officials wheel evidence in to the federal courthouse Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Former Eagle Scout Aaron Shamo, 29, will stand trial on allegations that he and a small group of fellow millennials ran a multimillion-dollar empire from the basement of his suburban Salt Lake City home by trafficking hundreds of thousands of pills containing fentanyl, the potent synthetic opioid that has exacerbated the country's overdose epidemic in recent years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 15, 2019 - 4:51 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a multimillion-dollar online opioid drug ring said Thursday the operation started small, when he needed cash for student loans so he let his roommate sell his prescription Adderall. Drew Crandall, 33, said the dark-web...
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