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Vigilantes enter ‘crown jewel’ of Mexican drug cartel’s key bastion in Apatzingan

Vigilante militias that have fought a drug cartel in western Mexico for a year entered a key gang bastion on Saturday, manning checkpoints and helping federal forces find criminals. The civilian self-defense forces had their eye on Apatzingan for months……

Teen drug cartel killer released to U.S. for questioning

A 17-year-old boy who became an infamous hitman for a Mexican drug cartel has been released to the U.S. for questioning by authorities. The Associated Press reported that Edgar Jimenez Lugo was deported to San Antonio, Texas from Mexico following completion of a 3-year juvenile sentence for kidnapping and beheading…

Mexican drug cartel chief pleads guilty in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — A Mexican drug kingpin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to US federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, and could face up to 25 years in prison, court officials said. Benjamin Arellano Felix, former leader of the notorious Arellano Felix Organization, is due to be sentenced…

U.S. dismisses Iranian letter as a ‘rant’

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday dismissed as “a rant” an Iranian letter to Washington over allegations of an Iranian plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington. “We did receive a lengthy diplomatic note from the Swiss protecting power on behalf of the Iranians,” US State Department spokeswoman…

Iran seeks U.S. apology over plot claims

Iran has sent a letter to the United States seeking an “apology” overallegations of an Iranian assassination plot on US soil, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday. “A letter has been sent… It is our right to seek the official apology of the Americans in protest of this made-up scenario as these allegations are not…

Iranian-American due to enter plea over Saudi plot

An Iranian-American accused of plotting to get Mexican gangsters to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington was due in federal court Monday in New York, when he was expected to enter a plea. Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized US citizen holding Iranian and US passports who lived for many years in…

Sen. Feinstein: U.S. on ‘collision course’ with Iran

WASHINGTON — A leading Democrat warned Sunday that United States and Iran are on a “collision course” as Tehran steps up its nuclear program and escalates hostilities with its alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington. But Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said this…

Iran case shows growing national security role of Drug Enforcement Administration

By Basil Katz NEW YORK (Reuters) – The idea of Mexican drug cartels cooperating with Iranian plotters to carry out bombings and murders in the United States may be far-fetched. That is because the alleged plan by Iranian-American suspect Manssor Arbabsiar and a co-defendant to use a Mexican gang to…

Obama demands ‘plot’ answers from top Iranian leaders

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Thursday demanded answers from the pinnacle of Iran’s government over an alleged plot to kill the Saudi envoy to Washington and said the facts of the plan were not in dispute. But he also declined to say whether US officials believed that the alleged…

McCain faults Obama over Iran assassination plot

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that President Barack Obama could have prevented Iran’s “inept” plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. “The thing that’s surprising about it is how ridiculously inept [the plot] was,” the former Republican presidential nominee told CBS’ Eric Hill. “I think the…

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