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Ivan Duque, presidential candidate for the Democratic Center, waves to supporters after winning the first round presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, May 27, 2018. Duque, a former Senator and protégé of President Alvaro Uribe, will face Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel and ex-Bogota mayor, in a run-off election on June 17.(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
May 27, 2018 - 10:15 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The conservative protege of a powerful former president and a leftist former guerrilla who has galvanized voters with an anti-establishment message are headed for what promises to be a polarizing presidential runoff after gaining the most votes in Sunday's election. With...
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Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe stands between Ivan Duque, presidential candidate for Democratic Center party, right, and his running mate Martha Lucia Ramirez during a campaign rally in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Colombians will go to the polls on May 27 for a first round presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
May 26, 2018 - 3:03 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's most powerful politician, was making his rise to the presidency more than two decades ago, U.S. officials were repeatedly told that the up-and-coming politician had ties to the nation's drug cartels, according to newly declassified State...
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May 07, 2018 - 4:28 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A recent five-day trip to the U.S.-Mexico border has made Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire a firsthand witness to how many more tools are needed to combat the flow of illicit drugs and fight the opioid crisis. Hassan visited the border last week to evaluate...
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This 2005 photo provided by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials shows puppies rescued from a farm in Colombia destined for use by a U.S. veterinarian working for a Colombian drug trafficking ring. Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza used the puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, where the heroin packets were eventually cut out of the puppies, who died in the process, according to officials. Lopez, who is Venezuelan, was arrested in 2015 in Spain in connection with the case and was extradited to the U.S. on Monday, April 30, 2018. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, May 1 in New York. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)
May 01, 2018 - 7:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A veterinarian pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges that he turned puppies into drug couriers for a Colombian trafficking ring by stitching packets of liquid heroin into their bodies. Andres Lopez Elorza appeared in federal court in Brooklyn after being extradited from...
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March 28, 2018 - 10:50 am
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Two men authorities say used a Massachusetts home belonging to members of the Kennedy clan for a drug-dealing operation without the owners' knowledge have pleaded guilty. The Cape Cod Times reports that Troy Monteiro and Trevor Gonsalves-Rose were sentenced to up to five...
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In this Jan. 15, 2018 photo, Honduras' new national Police Chief Jose David Aguilar Moran, center, leaves after a ceremony that transferred command to him in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. When Aguilar took over as Honduras' new national police chief, he promised to continue reforming a law enforcement agency stained by corruption and complicity with drug cartels, but a confidential government security report obtained by the Associated Press says Aguilar himself helped a cartel leader pull off the delivery of nearly a ton of cocaine in 2013. (AP Photo)
January 26, 2018 - 8:06 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — When Jose David Aguilar Moran took over as Honduras' new national police chief last week, he promised to continue reforming a law enforcement agency stained by corruption and complicity with drug cartels. But a confidential Honduran government security report obtained by the...
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In a Wednesday, June 14, 2017, file photo, James Kauffman, left, appears in court at Atlantic County Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Authorities say Kauffman, a New Jersey doctor accused of arranging the murder of his radio host wife to keep her from exposing a drug distribution ring he was running with an outlaw biker gang, has apparently killed himself in jail. A spokesman for Hudson County says Dr. James Kauffman was found dead in his cell at 9:20 Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in what authorities termed an apparent suicide at the county jail in Kearney. They did not release details of how Kauffman is believed to have taken his own life, but say there does not appear to be any indication of foul play. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, Pool, file)
January 26, 2018 - 4:14 pm
A New Jersey doctor accused of arranging the slaying of his radio host wife to keep her from exposing a drug distribution ring he was running with an outlaw biker gang was found dead in his jail cell Friday in an apparent suicide. Authorities did not release details of how Dr. James Kauffman died,...
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January 17, 2018 - 9:52 am
MIAMI (AP) — A jury has begun to deliberate in an auto fraud case against a pilot who once flew loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era. Jurors began discussing the fate Wednesday morning of 72-year-old Mickey Munday, who has become well known through his open...
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James Kauffman is shown in an undated photo provided by the Atlantic County, NJ, Prosecutor’s office. Prosecutors say Kauffman, the physician husband of April Kauffman, a radio host slain in their New Jersey home in 2012, hired a hit man to kill her because she had threatened to divorce him and expose his illegal drug activity. James Kauffman faces murder and other charges in the shooting death of April Kauffman. (Atlantic County, NJ, Prosecutor’s office via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 7:51 pm
A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday. James Kauffman and a member of the Pagans...
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November 27, 2017 - 12:25 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge in Arizona has finished sentencing the 17 defendants convicted in a major drug trafficking and money laundering operation. U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa (hoo-mee-TEE'-wah) sentenced 55-year-old Ramon Llamas (YAH'-mahs) to 14 years in prison on Nov. 17. Llamas...
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