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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Greek police: head of international crime ring arrested
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have caught the suspected head of a European organized crime ring specializing in burglaries, robberies and extortion in France and Greece.
Police said Wednesday the 57-year-old Georgian man was among 14 people arrested in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki in a two-day operation involving more than 100 police officers. Those arrested included another two suspected leading members of the organization.
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge says a Philadelphia mob boss will plead guilty rather face a retrial in his New York City racketeering case.
The judge said in a filing this week the government and lawyers for Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino had notified him they've reached a plea deal. The terms were not disclosed.
Prosecutors and Merlino's lawyer declined comment Friday.
Mexico arrests 6 suspects in killing of journalist
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Six suspects have been arrested in the January killing of a journalist in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, two former police officers were sentenced in the 2015 killing of another reporter in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
The Jan. 13 stabbing of Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez may have been related to his journalistic work but was not related to organized crime, prosecutors in the northern state of Tamaulipas said.
A Bethel man who authorities say served as an associate of the Lucchese organized crime family was one of 10 people indicted this week in New York’s largest loan sharking investigation.
Steve Murray, 49, of Bethel, and nine others, from Westchester County, were indicted by the New York Attorney General’s office on several charges Tuesday, including enterprise corruption.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors say they have arrested a man who allegedly played a decisive role in the disappearance of 43 college students in 2014.
The Attorney General's Office says the suspect probably belonged to the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.
Prosecutors have said that corrupt police in the state of Guerrero handed the students over to cartel members, who killed them and incinerated their bodies in a big fire at a trash dump.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities said Sunday that a crude explosive device caused a ferry blast that injured more than two-dozen people last month in Playa del Carmen, where the U.S. Embassy has warned travelers to stay away from the ferries and parts of the Caribbean resort city.
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Slovaks rallied in massive anti-government protests across the country on Friday to demand a thorough investigation of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee, and changes in government.
The protesters packed a central square in Bratislava and other rallies were taking place in dozens of other places in Slovakia as well as abroad, the biggest since the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of a journalist and his fiancee in Slovakia (all times local):
Tens of thousands of Slovaks are rallying in massive anti-government protests across the country to demand a thorough investigation of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee, and changes in government.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian and German officials raided homes and hotels in both countries Wednesday to smash an illegal migrant trafficking ring they said was one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Romanian prosecutors from the organized crime and terrorism agency said police conducted 12 searches in western Romania, including in the city of Timisoara, which has become a hub for migrants after Hungary tightened border controls with Serbia.
STAMFORD-City police made seven arrests and seized 72 pounds of high grade marijuana during a North Stamford drug raid that also broke up a THC vape cartridge factory.
Capt. Richard Conklin said the raid took place during the height of the nor’easter that lashed Stamford early Friday evening.
Conklin said the investigation was still very much ongoing and he did not want to discuss the details that led up to the seizure, which he estimated was worth about $250,000 for the marijuana alone.