Athletes who rise from the ghetto should cut ties with childhood troublemakers.
by Richard Valdemar / Policemag
As the saying goes, a man is known by the company he keeps. Good company can make a man, whereas bad company can ruin him. The city of Compton was a tough place to grow up. The opportunities for success were scarce as hen’s teeth in that ghetto environment. Plentiful were the factors of poverty, drugs and criminal violence, which set many a Compton soul on the road to ruin. But even in the ghetto, hope springs eternal. [...]
by Nathaniel Parish Flannery / Forbes
On July 8, 2013 El Paso Texas lawyer Carlos Spector announced that U.S. immigration authorities had granted an asylum request to a Mexican citizen after 11 of his relatives were killed in extortion-related incidents between June 25, 2009, and July 31, 2012. “The granting of asylum to victims of extortion is rare and unusual as it is generally considered criminal activity not covered by the traditional definition of ‘refugee,’ Spector said. After more than 3,000 people were killed in Juarez in 2010 alone, perhaps the escalating violence forced the [...]
by Radley Balko / Huffington Post
There were signs that President Barack Obama might rein in the mass militarization of America’s police forces after he won the White House. Policing is primarily a local issue, overseen by local authorities. But beginning in the late 1960s with President Richard Nixon, the federal government began instituting policies that gave federal authorities more power to fight the drug trade, and to lure state and local policymakers into the anti-crime agenda of the administration in charge. These policies got a boost during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and then another during President [...]
Colombian police officers flank alleged Italian drug trafficker Roberto Pannunzi at a police station in Bogota, Colombia. Source: AP
Legendary cocaine trafficker Roberto Pannunzi deported to Italy
An Italian mafia capo alleged to be the biggest cocaine trafficker in the world will be deported to Italy on Saturday, a day after being arrested in a Colombian shopping mall.
Roberto Pannunzi, 65, who fled from a Rome prison in 2010, was detained in Bogota with a fake Venezuelan identity card in a joint operation by Colombian police and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“He is the biggest [...]
executing drug trafickers in China
Pinay drug mule in China executed
Paul Atienza / AFP, PNA
Ignoring repeated pleas from the Philippine government, China yesterday went ahead with the execution of a convicted female Filipino drug mule who was sentenced to death for smuggling large quantities of drugs in 2011, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
“It is with profound sadness that we confirm that our fellow Filipino was executed in China this morning (Wednesday). Arrangements for the repatriation of the remains are being undertaken,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told a press briefing.
“The Department of [...]
FILE – In this June 21, 2007 file photo, former governor of Quintana Roo state, Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, is arrested moments after he was released from the maximum security prison of El Altiplano in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico. Villanueva was released from the prison and immediately re-arrested for extradition to the U.S. where he faces drug trafficking charges. The former governor who admitted to conspiring to launder money in a New York drug case was sentenced Friday, June 28, 2013 to just under 11 years in prison, but may face as little as three more years [...]
Aeromexico B737 At O’Hare
By Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune
A longtime manager for a ground services company at O’Hare International Airport who allegedly bragged on undercover recordings about his ties to drug cartels was snared in a sting smuggling a purported shipment of cocaine off a flight from Mexico, authorities said Thursday.
Hugo Herrera-Ruano was secretly video recorded as a government informant handed over two payoffs totaling $10,000 in cash at a Des Plaines restaurant in late April and early May in return for his help, the charges alleged.
Herrera-Ruano, 42, of Northlake, was charged in a [...]
By Vanessa Buschschluter / BBC
Colombia, one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine, has seen the proportion of land planted with coca drop to a “historic low”, sources in the Colombian security forces say.
Counter-narcotics experts say that soon-to-be-published United Nations figures will suggest that areas planted with coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, decreased by 25% from 2011 to 2012.
Colombian Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said that, if confirmed, the figures showed “important progress” had been made in the fight against illicit drugs.
The annual report by the UN’s Integrated Illicit Crops Monitoring [...]
Ultralight in El Centro California
by SUSAN FERRECHIO / Washington Examiner
In one California border town, at least four drug-laden, ultralight airplanes from Mexico land each night on U.S. soil, dropping off hundreds of pounds of narcotics then flying back to Mexico, all the while eluding a $100 million detection system funded by American taxpayers.
The U.S. Border Patrol’s inability to find and catch these planes, operated by the Mexican drug cartels and sometimes piloted by armed dealers, is among the emerging border security threats a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing will tackle on Thursday.
Deputy contables wrangle an alligator during drug bust in Splendora
by Robert Stanton / Houston Chronicle
Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputy constables have made their share of pot busts, but they usually don’t come with a live alligator.
That’s what happened this week when officers arrived at a home on Morton Road near Morgan Drive in Spendora after receiving a tip.
Deputies arrested Michael Terry inside the home, which was surrounded by tall weeds. He had several pouches of marijuana in his possession, investigators said.
When officers went to another nearby structure at the property to look for [...]