Tag: smuggling

UPS Employees Are Arrested in Scheme to Ship Drugs and Cash

Law enforcement officials said this week that they had taken down a “sophisticated” decade-long operation to ship drugs and cash through the United Parcel Service, leading to the arrests of 11 people and the seizure of commercial-grade equipment to manufacture illegal drugs. The scheme involved transporting both large amounts of narcotics throughout the eastern part […]

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Antiquities Expert Charged With Trafficking in Cambodian Artifacts

Investigators have charged Douglas A. J. Latchford, a leading expert on Khmer antiquities, with smuggling looted Cambodian relics and helping to sell them on the international art market by concealing their tainted histories with falsified documentation. In a federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday, Mr. Latchford, 88, was accused of having served for decades as a […]

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Mexico’s Murder Problem Starts in America’s Gun Shops

MEXICO CITY — The seven-month-old baby Faith Marie Johnson survived hours without food and water in a bullet-ridden SUV in northern Mexico until her family members arrived. She had miraculously escaped the bullets flying around her. Her mother was among the three women and six children killed on Monday when gunmen ambushed their cars after […]

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Driver in Case of 39 Bodies in Truck Appears in U.K. Court

LONDON — The driver of a truck in which 39 bodies were found in southeastern England made his first court appearance on Monday to face criminal charges related to the deaths and suspected human trafficking, even as the authorities were working to establish the identities of the victims. The driver, 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, has been […]

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2 More Arrests After 39 Bodies Are Found in Truck in U.K.

LONDON — A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and manslaughter after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in southeastern England, the British police said on Friday. The arrests were announced as officials from at least five countries in two continents tried to piece together […]

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China Eases Rules on Cheap Drug Imports to Fight Chronic Diseases

BEIJING — China said it would reduce the penalties for the sale and import of unapproved drugs, effectively giving poor and critically ill patients the green light to access cheaper generic pharmaceuticals from other countries. The move, announced on Monday, could help fill a gaping hole in the country’s overburdened health care system. For years, […]

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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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The Met Reviews Items It Received From a Dealer, Now a Looting Suspect

Officials of the Indian government and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are discussing whether a number of prized antiquities that the museum began acquiring three decades ago were the product of looting by Subhash Kapoor, a Manhattan art dealer accused of being one of the world’s most prolific smugglers of stolen artifacts. Since 1990, the […]

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Iran Seizes Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf

Iran has seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel to some Arab states, according to a state television report on Sunday. The report said that the tanker had been detained and the ship’s foreign crew held by the country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. No further details were provided, […]

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Arrest of Marines Suspected of Smuggling Migrants Points to a Lucrative Trade

The two Marines pulled over on an exit ramp along a desolate desert highway in Southern California this month, and opened a back door of their black BMW just long enough for three people to rush from the thorny scrub into the back seat. They were about a mile from the southern border, where thousands […]

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16 Marines in California Are Charged With Human Smuggling

WASHINGTON — Sixteen Marines were arrested on Thursday at a military base in Southern California and charged with an array of offenses, including human smuggling and drug violations, the Marine Corps said in a statement. At about 7:30 a.m., at the regular morning formation of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, the 16 Marines were […]

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El Chapo Sentenced to Life, Ending Notorious Criminal Career

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, ending one of modern history’s most brutal and notorious criminal careers. The life sentence, mandated by law as a result […]

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Investigators Say a Ring Smuggled $145 Million in Ancient Artifacts

In a sweeping new criminal case, Subhash Kapoor, a former Manhattan art dealer the authorities describe as one of the world’s largest smugglers of antiquities, was charged Monday with running a multinational ring that trafficked in thousands of stolen objects, valued at more than $145 million, over 30 years. Mr. Kapoor, 70, is currently jailed […]

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Interpol Operation Seizes More Than 10,000 Animals in Anti-Trafficking Campaign

Over 26 days in June, world law enforcement officers recovered dolphins and sharks, lion and tiger cubs, nearly two dozen primates and more than 10,000 reptiles, birds and marine animals, Interpol said on Wednesday, announcing the results of a major operation against wildlife traffickers. The campaign, called Operation Thunderball, was coordinated by Interpol and the […]

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She Was Duped and Shipped to a Brothel at 16. Then the Boat Sank.

CHAGUARAMAS, Trinidad and Tobago — She slipped out of the house around dusk, without telling her mother. Sixteen and hungry, she followed the men who had promised her work and food. Instead, they smuggled her out of Venezuela by sea, secretly planning to force her into a Trinidad brothel. Put in a fishing boat, the […]

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El Chapo Earned $12,666,181,704, Prosecutors Say. They Want Him to Pay It Back.

In his 30-year career as one of Mexico’s wiliest and most successful drug lords, Joaquín Guzmán Loera — better known as El Chapo — made so much money selling drugs that he once owned a pair of yachts, a fleet of Learjets and a private zoo with tigers, crocodiles and panthers. His fortune was vast […]

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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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New York Primary Elections: Who’s Running for Queens D.A.

Weather: Rain and thundershowers are expected this morning and then again this afternoon. Temperatures could reach into the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageSix candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney. Rory Lancman, third from right, has dropped out of the race.CreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press The key to […]

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Illegal Bird Smuggling Is Fueled by Finch-Singing Contests in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Some bet as much as $200. Others wager as little as breakfast or a beer. The real prize — bragging rights and status — goes to the owner of the bird that sings the most vigorously during the competitions […]

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Primary Election in New York: A Six-Way Contest for Queens D.A.

Weather: Rain and thundershowers are expected this morning and then again this afternoon. Temperatures could reach into the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageSix candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney. Rory Lancman, third from right, has dropped out of the race.CreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press The key to […]

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Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing

NENTÓN, Guatemala — The Aguilar family had been preparing since February to migrate north. They borrowed $2,600, made a down payment to a smuggler and set off from their home in northern Guatemala last week. But at Guatemala’s border with Mexico, their smuggler had some bad news: Crossing into Mexico was too risky. A June […]

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