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Feb 8, 2019

Vet Sentenced for Turning Puppies Into Heroin Drug Mules

Vet Sentenced for Turning Puppies Into Heroin Drug Mules

A veterinarian who surgically implanted liquid heroin in puppies on behalf of Colombian drug traffickers has been sentenced to prison in New York.

Jan 31, 2019

Defense Lawyer: Government Witnesses Lied About El Chapo

Defense Lawyer: Government Witnesses Lied About El Chapo

A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman assailed the federal case against the Mexican drug lord as "a fantasy," telling a U.S. jury Thursday that the prosecution relied on a parade of cooperating...

Jan 30, 2019

Prosecutor Calls Evidence Against El Chapo Overwhelming

Prosecutor Calls Evidence Against El Chapo Overwhelming

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his U.S. trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared...

Jan 28, 2019

El Chapo Cracks Smile as Actor Who Played Him Attends Trial

El Chapo Cracks Smile as Actor Who Played Him Attends Trial

The actor who played the notorious drug lord known as El Chapo on a Netflix series has made a cameo as a spectator at the alleged kingpin's U.S. trail.

Jan 18, 2019

Mistress Details El Chapo's Naked Escape Into Tunnel

Mistress Details El Chapo's Naked Escape Into Tunnel

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind — fleeing with Guzman and others...

Jan 17, 2019

Alleged Kingpins, 12 Others, Arrested for NY Drug Ring: Pros

Alleged Kingpins, 12 Others, Arrested for NY Drug Ring: Pros

Fourteen people, including two alleged drug kingpins, have been arrested in connection with a drug ring primarily serving southern Brooklyn that made about $8,000 in daily sales, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Jan 15, 2019

'El Chapo' Boasted of Bribe to Mexican Ex-President: Trial Witness

'El Chapo' Boasted of Bribe to Mexican Ex-President: Trial Witness

A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico to call off a manhunt for the...

Jan 9, 2019

Jury Sees El Chapo Texts Sent to Wife While on the Run

Jury Sees El Chapo Texts Sent to Wife While on the Run

Text messages sent by alleged Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo about narrowly avoiding capture in 2012 have become the latest damaging evidence at his U.S. trial.

Jan 3, 2019

‘El Chapo’ Jury Hears Testimony From Alleged Cartel Cohort

‘El Chapo’ Jury Hears Testimony From Alleged Cartel Cohort

A former Mexican drug trafficker who once claimed he was a double agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration took center stage on Thursday against alleged infamous kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a U.S.

Jan 2, 2019

NJ Man Sentenced in Motorcycle Crash That Killed Girlfriend

NJ Man Sentenced in Motorcycle Crash That Killed Girlfriend

A New Jersey man who admitted being drugs and driving with a suspended license in a motorcycle crash that killed his girlfriend will spend years behind bars, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.
Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...
EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.
Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.
The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.
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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.
Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.
Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.
Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...
FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.
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