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Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill requiring conviction before seizure of assets

Under a landmark bill reforming Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies will no longer be permitted to permanently seize people’s property for alleged criminal wrongdoing without actually convicting them of a crime.... Read more»

Peru: Lima’s progressive mayor vs. gangster order

Mayor Susana Villaran has battled rats, tax cheats and chaotic streets of Peru’s capital. Now gangsters are attempting to bring her down.... Read more»

PepsiCo's Sabritas attacked by drug cartel in Mexico

Mexican potato chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo, was the target of a drug cartel this weekend when its delivery trucks and warehouses were firebombed.... Read more»

Fourth army officer held in Mexico drug cartel probe

A fourth high-ranking Mexican military officer has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged army links to drug cartels.... Read more»

Who controls Mexico's prisons?

Mexico's prison problems stem primarily from a lack of control. Corruption is rife among guards and wardens, who have been implicated in abetting mass escapes and allowing mafias to charge inmates fees for simple comforts such as sleeping on bunks.... Read more»

Mexican drug kingpin gets 25 years in U.S. prison

Former leader of Mexico's Tijuana drug cartel Benjamin Arellano Felix, 58, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in U.S. prison and ordered to forfeit $100 million.... Read more»

Border reservation a smuggler's playground

Until now, the U.S. has focused most of its security efforts on its border with Mexico. But its porous northern frontier is set to come under greater scrutiny following recent warnings of terrorist threats. Organized crime uses the highly porous Mohawk reservation as a conduit for illicit cargo, including cigarettes and firearms.... Read more»

'Canadian godfather' Nicolo Rizzuto meets his end

Gunned down last week by a marksman hiding in the woods behind his Montreal mansion, Nicolo Rizzuto's death was as cinematic as his life.... Read more»