Tag: Organized Crime

One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad

CLARENDON, Jamaica — She came to Jamaica from the United States about four years ago, sneaking in illegally, stowed away to avoid detection. Within a few short years, she became one of the nation’s most-wanted assassins. She preyed on the parish of Clarendon, carrying out nine confirmed kills, including a double homicide outside a bar, […]

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As Gang Murders Surge, South Africa Sends Army to Cape Town, and the City Cheers

CAPE TOWN — It was like a scene from the apartheid days: a military unit with armored trucks and assault rifles patrolling the streets of a South African township. But as soldiers arrived in Mitchells Plain, an impoverished suburb outside Cape Town, people did not hide inside or erupt in protest, as many would have […]

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The Gambling Investigation Scrutinizing Xi Jinping’s High-Rolling Cousin

SYDNEY, Australia — When Australian federal agents searched a private jet with high-stakes gamblers at a coastal resort airport in 2016, they were seeking proof of international money laundering. They didn’t find enough evidence for an arrest, but on board they identified a businessman accused of ties to Chinese crime syndicates — and Ming Chai, […]

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Gangs of Hong Kong

ImageProtesters amid tear gas near China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong last month.CreditTyrone Siu/Reuters The effects of the Hong Kong protests are spreading — to bakeries, bandits and Beijing. As messages supporting the demonstrations began appearing on the pastry skin of seasonal mooncakes, opposition to the protests suddenly took the form of muscle from the […]

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John Dillinger’s Body to Be Exhumed From His Concrete-Fortified Grave

CHICAGO — John H. Dillinger, the notoriously elusive bank robber who was gunned down by federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago in 1934, is expected to be exhumed from an Indiana cemetery in September. The reason is mysterious, in keeping with Mr. Dillinger’s reputation as a gangster who once slipped out of an […]

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Mob Attack at Hong Kong Train Station Heightens Seething Tensions in City

HONG KONG — A brazen overnight attack by a mob of men with sticks and metal bars who were apparently targeting antigovernment protesters raised tensions in Hong Kong to new levels on Monday after weeks of demonstrations, prompting fears of violence spiraling beyond the authorities’ control. Dozens of people, including journalists and a pro-democracy lawmaker, […]

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A QAnon Believer Allegedly Killed a Mob Boss. Now Gambino Allies Are Getting Arrested.

It hasn’t been a good year for the Gambinos. On Wednesday, around 200 police officers and FBI agents arrested or detained at least 19 Mafia suspects in Palermo, Italy, New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, as Reuters reported. The investigation, dubbed “New Connection,” according to a statement from Italian law enforcement, was poised to […]

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As Los Angeles Officials Hailed Nipsey Hussle as a Hero, Others Were Investigating Him

LOS ANGELES — The memory of the rapper Nipsey Hussle still looms large over Los Angeles. On one mural, his spray-painted image is adorned with angel wings; on others it is surrounded by inspirational quotes. A city intersection has been named in his honor. And a strip mall he owned in South Los Angeles has […]

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Grenades, Land Mines and U.S. Weapons Parts: Argentina Foils Huge Smuggling Operation

BUENOS AIRES — Law-enforcement officials in Argentina suspected they would find plenty of weapons when they began raiding houses across the country this week as part of a monthslong investigation into the thriving arms trade that is outfitting Brazil’s violent drug trafficking gangs. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary gun bust. Investigators […]

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Killing of Mobster at McDonald’s Was Ordered by His Son, Prosecutors Say

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Sylvester Zottola was assassinated last October outside a McDonald’s in the Bronx after a string of near misses, it was widely believed his death had something to do with his long association with the Bonanno crime family. But […]

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In ‘City on a Hill,’ a Crime-Ridden Boston Before the ‘Miracle’

In Showtime’s new crime drama “City on a Hill,” Jackie Rohr is a cocaine-snorting, corrupt and racist F.B.I. veteran who longs for the days when the “bad men” were in power, and Decourcy Ward is a principled new assistant district attorney from Brooklyn, determined to “rip out the [expletive] up machinery” in 1990s Boston. The […]

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They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film.

In 2015, Roberto Buscetta had been hiding for decades under assumed names and 11 of his closest relatives had been slaughtered by Mafia assassins when two filmmakers tracked him down in Florida, looking to chat. His father, Tommaso Buscetta, had been a soldier in the Sicilian Mafia, the first high-ranking Mafioso to break the code […]

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Nicky Barnes, ‘Mr. Untouchable’ of Heroin Dealers, Is Dead at 78

“Nicky Barnes is not around anymore,” said the balding, limping grandfather in the baggy Lee dungarees. “Nicky Barnes’s lifestyle and his value system is extinct,” he went on, speaking of himself in the third person in a restaurant interview with The New York Times in 2007. “I left Nicky Barnes behind.” With that, the man […]

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‘Balkan Spring’ Turns to Summer, and Hopes for Change Dim

TIVAT, Montenegro — Several dozen protesters had gathered on the promenade of the coastal town of Tivat, wedged between Montenegro’s rugged mountains and a sparkling Adriatic Sea. Behind them, as if in cue, a superyacht was pulling into port. “They want to turn this place into the next Monte Carlo,” a local journalist and activist, […]

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Frank Lucas Dies at 88; Drug Kingpin Depicted in ‘American Gangster’

As the Vietnam War raged in the late 1960s and early ′70s, a potent heroin called “Blue Magic” flooded into Harlem and Newark from a mysterious Southeast Asian connection. It destroyed lives, and it turned a black gangster named Frank Lucas into one of America’s most notorious drug kingpins. His life of crime — rising […]

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Will El Chapo’s Trial Change Organized Crime Forever?

In opening arguments at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán, known as El Chapo, Assistant United States Attorney Adam Fels told the jury that the shipments seized from Mr. Guzmán’s cartel by American authorities amounted to “more than a line of cocaine for every single person in the United States” — an image that conveys the […]

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