Tag: Organized Crime

Jury Orders Mongols Biker Club to Forfeit Its Logo, the ‘Holy of Holies’

SANTA ANA, Calif. — For its members, a motorcycle club’s logo is both sacred and hard-earned, the banner under which its brand of rugged brotherhood and individualism exist. But in a setback to the future of one of the country’s most notorious biker groups, a federal jury in California on […]

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El Chapo Trial: Kingpin Used Spyware to Obsessively Monitor His Wife and Mistress

In the last few months, the 18 jurors at the drug conspiracy trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican kingpin known as El Chapo, have been inundated with evidence exposing the innermost secrets of his global narco-empire. But on Wednesday, the panel got a riveting and unexpected look at something […]

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The Dangers of Doing Favors for Donald Trump

The other day, a White House reporter asked the president why, if Michael Cohen was, as President Trump put it, “a weak person and a not too smart person,” then why had he hired him? “Because a long time ago, he did me a favor,” Mr. Trump replied. Mr. Trump […]

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Killings of Journalists Show the Bloody Fingerprints of Organized Crime

In Mexico, journalists have been killed by arson, gunned down at a cafe and shot execution-style while out at a bar. In Malta, one was killed by a bomb hidden in her car. In Ecuador, two were kidnapped and killed by a drug cartel, and in India, one was killed […]

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Honduran President’s Brother, Arrested in Miami, Is Charged With Drug Trafficking

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — In a blow to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, American prosecutors on Monday announced drug charges against his younger brother, describing him as a “large-scale drug trafficker” who spent a dozen years moving cocaine shipments bound for the United States through Central America. Juan Antonio Hernández, […]

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Inside El Chapo’s Vast Network: What We Know After the Trial’s First Week

For nearly two years, crime buffs — especially those with a fascination for the Sinaloa drug cartel — have been waiting for the sprawling drug conspiracy trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican kingpin known as El Chapo1. This is the first time American prosecutors have had the chance to […]

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Jailbreaks, Submarines, a Gold-Plated AK-47: El Chapo’s Trial Will Tell an Epic Tale

Even as the Mexican police jet started its descent into Long Island, Joaquín Guzmán Loera had no idea where he was going. All he knew was that hours earlier, he had been whisked from a prison in Ciudad Juárez and put aboard the plane. But as an airport glimmered on […]

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‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan Flees.

As thousands of Honduran migrants seeking asylum in the United States trek northward through Mexico, President Trump has pledged to stop them at the border by militarizing it with armed federal troops, under the guise of protecting Americans from “criminals” and an “invasion.” What he fails to recognize is that […]

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Inside the Trinitarios: How a Gang Feud Led to the Death of a Teenager

‘Protection Inside the Jails’ The Trinitarios trace their roots back nearly three decades, to the simultaneous jailing of Leonides Sierra and Julio Marine, both Dominicans, on separate murder charges on Rikers Island. Harassed by gangs, the two men — known on the street as “Junito” and “Caballo” — founded the Trinitarios in 1993, “for protection […]

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Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized crime in that country will spread further. The Chavista regime is digging in. Politically, it survived the protests of 2017. The loyalty of the military ensured that […]

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His Father Took On the Mob. ‘They Will Try to Kill You,’ Bobby Kennedy Said.

As a reference librarian at the New York Public Library, Matthew J. Boylan, 58, spends his days fielding questions from the public on Ask N.Y.P.L., the library’s call-in information line. Even in the age of Google, Mr. Boylan’s role as researcher for the public remains vital, from barroom bets, to questions about eviction from older […]

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Fresh Hope That a Stolen Caravaggio ‘Nativity’ Could Be Found

Then in May last year, yet another turncoat, Gaetano Grado, told his tale to an Italian parliamentary body commonly called the Antimafia Commission. Its president, Rosy Bindi, said in an interview that she had never been convinced by the rumors that swirled around the painting, and so the commission, which has an investigative mandate, decided […]

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