34 sentenced as part of ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ investigation
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 34 people in Tennessee have been sentenced to prison terms for laundering money as part of a drug trafficking ring.
Feds: Mob bullies spoke of plot to fix college hoops game
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities bringing a racketeering indictment against purported members of a New York City organized crime family say their tactics are reminiscent of playground...
Washington man pleads not guilty to human trafficking
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Washington prosecutors say a Lakewood man has pimped women while in jail and on community custody.
The News Tribune reports that 35-year-old Johnta Hammond pleaded not...
Germany shuts down illegal data center in former NATO bunker
BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said Friday they have shut down a data processing center installed in a former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities. Seven...
Outrage at slaying of witness’s lawyer in Dutch gang trial
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...
20-year FBI veteran named special agent in charge in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The FBI has named a 20-year veteran of the bureau as the new special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office, overseeing Nebraska and Iowa.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman wearing a blond wig disguise fatally shot two Israeli men at a restaurant in an upscale Mexico City shopping mall, and authorities said Thursday they were investigating...
Attorney for ex-presidents in Mexico ordered to stand trial
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico on Wednesday ordered a prominent attorney linked to former presidents to stand trial on charges of organized crime and money laundering.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal prosecutors say they have arrested a prominent lawyer on suspicion of involvement in organized crime and money laundering.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government sent about 2,400 police officers and soldiers Tuesday to crack down on a major illegal gold mine that is dominated by heavily armed organized crime...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top officials apologized publicly Thursday for an infamous 2011 massacre in which drug cartel assassins aided by local police seized and killed dozens or perhaps hundreds of...
As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected New Jersey's attempt to withdraw from a two-state commission that oversees the ports of New York and New Jersey.
Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia and its traditional ally Serbia on Wednesday blamed NATO and the European Union for the recent increase in tensions in Kosovo, where local police launched a raid in...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):
The United Nations says a Russian staff member detained during a police operation in...
LONDON (AP) — Court documents made public Tuesday reveal that a woman suspected by British authorities of having ill-gotten wealth spent 600,000 pounds ($760,000) in one day at upmarket department...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in...
ROME (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has sacked a junior minister from the right-wing League party in his uneasy coalition populist government who is under investigation for...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian drug trafficker who went on the run for three years has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Tirana's Serious Crimes Court on Tuesday convicted Kelmend...
XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — The governor of the Mexican gulf coast state of Veracruz has asked authorities to investigate media outlets that published photos of toys apparently distributed by a drug...
9 arrested in raids on 2 Houston poker clubs
HOUSTON (AP) — Nine people are facing charges after officers raided two poker clubs in Houston as part of an organized crime investigation.
MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for an imprisoned Russian organized crime figure says the man has been charged in the 1998 assassination of reformist lawmaker Galina Starovoitova.
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police have searched hookah bars, jewelers and travel agents linked to families suspected of involvement in organized crime in the German capital.
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of running a crime ring out of his home near Bremerton has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Head of 3-state drug ring sentenced to federal prison
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the head of a drug ring that worked in parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Organized crime boss in Brazil transferred to federal prison
SAO PAULO (AP) — The leader of Brazil's biggest and most powerful organized crime group has been transferred to a high-security federal penitentiary from a Sao Paulo state prison, authorities said Thursday.
The press office of the Sao Paulo state justice department said Marcos Willians Camacho and 21 other leaders of the First Capital Command gang were transferred Wednesday to federal prisons in the capital of Brasilia and two other states in northern Brazil.
Police: Rome is increasingly prey to Italy’s 3 big mafias
ROME (AP) — Police say Italy's three big organized crime syndicates are increasingly infiltrating Rome's economy, sometimes collaborating for efficiency.
The semi-annual report of the national anti-Mafia investigative police agency DIA offers a grim analysis of how the Sicilian Mafia, Naples-area Camorra and Calabria-rooted 'ndrangheta invest illegal revenues heavily in Rome hotels, restaurants and stores, often aided by complicit lawyers and accountants.
Macedonia: 4 former top officials under investigation
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's organized crime and corruption prosecutor has requested three former agriculture ministers and a deputy minister be jailed while they are investigated for abuse of power over the lease of farmland.
Mobsters suspected in slaying of turncoat’s brother in Italy
ROME (AP) — Anti-Mafia prosecutors are investigating the slaying in Italy of a brother of a turncoat from an 'ndrangheta crime clan family.
The man was gunned down by two masked attackers on Christmas near his home in the Adriatic beach town of Pesaro.
Serbia court sentences drug lord to 15 years in prison
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court on Monday sentenced a Balkan drug lord to 15 years in prison for smuggling 5.7 tons of cocaine from South America to Europe.
The Organized Crime court ruled that Darko Saric was guilty of leading a criminal organization that smuggled cocaine from Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay to Western Europe in 2008 and 2009.
The Latest: Police arrest about 90 in raids on Italian mafia
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on raids on the Italian mob across Europe (all times local):
Police say they have arrested about 90 suspected mafia members in a series of coordinated raids in four European countries.
Gambino crime family associates charged in 2015 vehicle fire
NEW YORK (AP) — Two reputed associates of one of the most notorious organized crime families in New York have been charged with extorting a businessman and torching his Mercedes Benz in New York City.
Gambino family associates Peter Tuccio, 25, and Jonathan Gurino, 25, were arrested Friday and face federal counts of extortion, arson and conspiracy in the 2015 fire, according to court filings.
Greek police investigate killing of Greek-Australian man
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police are investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Greek-Australian man who was gunned down in a seaside suburb of Athens.
An autopsy on the body of John Macris was to be carried out. Police were investigating whether his death was related to his potential involvement in the drug trade or in organized crime. Authorities say he had run-ins with police in the past, both in Australia and in Greece.
Albanian interior minister resigns amid anti-corruption push
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's interior minister has resigned as the Balkan nation tries to better tackle widespread corruption and drug trafficking.
Writing in his Twitter page Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama said he had accepted Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj's resignation, without giving any explanation.
Xhafaj resigned after a recent major operation that arrested more than two dozen suspects of organized crime rings, including two former lawmakers of the governing Socialist Party.
30 charged in upstate drug ring operating out of Albany
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say more than two dozen people have been arrested in connection with the takedown of a major drug ring in eastern New York.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announces Tuesday that 30 people have been charged in 205-count indictment alleging that they distributed cocaine as well as heroin and illegal prescription medication from the Albany area north to Saratoga and Warren counties.
Romania: Prosecutors won’t be fired due to new work rule
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top judicial body says a new government ordinance requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience won't apply to prosecutors who have already been hired.
The government passed an emergency decree this week requiring prosecutors at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate and a government unit that fights organized crime to have at least 10 years' experience.
Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says taking down the brutal MS-13 street gang and three of the world's most notorious drug cartels will be a priority for federal law enforcement.
Sessions designated five groups as top transnational organized crime threats.
The groups include the Sinaloa Cartel, Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion and Clan del Golfo. He also included Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.
He made the announcement Monday to federal prosecutors.
Mexico ex-governor pleads guilty to corruption, gets 9 years
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former governor of Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz pleaded guilty to charges of organized crime and money laundering, and received a nine-year sentence, prosecutors said Thursday.
The plea deal reached with Javier Duarte was an anti-climactic end to Mexico's highest-profile corruption case in recent years and sparked anger among critics since he can apply for parole in as little as three years.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have arrested nine Albanian suspects for allegedly being part of an organized crime ring that issued fake identity documents to help people enter Britain and the United States illegally.
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors say they have provisionally confiscated 77 properties in the German capital that were linked to a suspected organized crime clan during a money-laundering investigation.
Prosecutors said the raids, which were carried out last Friday, were part of an investigation triggered by a 2014 bank break-in in which at least 9.16 million euros ($10.66 million) was stolen and never recovered.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian prosecutor who was removed this week from her post leading the fight against corruption amid allegations of misconduct will use her expertise in a new job, the prosecutor general said Wednesday.
Augustin Lazar overrode an earlier statement from the Superior Magistrates Council which said Laura Codruta Kovesi had been appointed a prosecutor at the anti-organized crime agency in the central city of Sibiu.
Mexico’s president-elect will propose amnesty law
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The security advisers for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that amnesty legislation aimed at lessening violence will be developed with the input of crime victims and presented to Mexico's congress.
The security cabinet meeting was the first of a long day of gatherings for Lopez Obrador. In the evening he met for several hours with his economic team.
‘Dogged persistence,’ says the man who took down the mob
BOSTON (AP) — Behind the convictions of Boston's most powerful mobsters over the past 30 years, there has been one constant: federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A dozen countries on Thursday urged Romania not to adopt laws they say could undermine the rule of law and weaken the fight against terrorism and corruption.
European Union members including France and Germany, joined by the U.S., Canada, Norway and Switzerland called on Romania's parliament to not pass laws that might hinder the prosecution of violent crimes, cross-border organized crime and human trafficking.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has convicted a former chief prosecutor of abuse of office after she intervened to help suspects in two cases.
The High Court for Cassation and Justice on Tuesday sentenced Alina Bica to four years in prison. Bica, the former chief prosecutor for the Romanian agency that investigates organized crime and terrorism, is thought to be living in Costa Rica and was sentenced in absentia.
Jury to decide fate of elderly Mafia boss ‘Cadillac Frank’
BOSTON (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme said he learned his lesson and was finished with a life of crime. It turns out the government, however, wasn't finished with him.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Tuesday to decide whether Salemme is guilty of ordering the killing of nightclub owner Steven DiSarro in 1993.
The last Mafioso? ‘Cadillac Frank’ trial shows mob’s decline
BOSTON (AP) — Francis Salemme leaned forward in his chair and craned his neck to get a better look at the photo being shown to jurors. On the computer screen was Salemme with brown curly hair, at the time the New England Mafia boss known as "Cadillac Frank," holding court outside a hotel under the watchful eye of the FBI.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say seven people have been arrested, including four employed by the Travis County tax assessor's office, for participating in a fraudulent scheme that involved issuing Texas license plates.
State and county officials said Monday that three face charges that include engaging in organized crime, forgery and bribery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area police officer was charged with lying to investigators looking into whether he has connections to the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime, prosecutors said.
Glendale police Detective John Balian was taken into custody Tuesday at his home in Seal Beach, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.
Balian, 45, was charged with lying to several police agencies during interviews over a six-month period last year.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prosecutor general has signed a deal to create an international team to investigate into the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.
A spokeswoman for Jaromir Ciznar says the prosecutor agreed on the deal in The Hague on Wednesday with Italian judicial authorities, and representatives from Europol and the Eurojust agency, which coordinates the fight against organized crime in Europe.