07 Feb 2016

Kidnap Scam Sees Mexican Cartels Tricking Victims Into Believing Their Relatives Will Be Killed

“A scam in which people are led to believe a relative has been taken hostage and will not be released unless a large ransom is paid is duping Americans and utterly terrifying them in the process. Typically the victim will receive a frantic phone call claiming a loved one’s life

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06 Feb 2016

5 arrested in killing of British pilot in Tanzania

“A total of five people have been arrested for the shooting death of a British pilot who was flying a helicopter on an anti-poaching mission in Tanzania, a conservation group said.” Source: 5 arrested in killing of British pilot in Tanzania – The Washington Post

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05 Feb 2016

Mexico Impunity Levels Reach 99%: Study

“Less than one percent of crimes are punished in Mexico, according to a new study that highlights the grave structural and institutional weaknesses that have allowed organized crime to flourish in the country.” Source: Mexico Impunity Levels Reach 99%: Study

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05 Feb 2016

Coast Guard Intercepts Record-Breaking Amount of Cocaine

“The level of cocaine intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015 rose by more than 50 percent due to an extreme increase in total cocaine flow into the United States, according to a new Department of Homeland Security report; the increase in cocaine smuggling has continued despite millions of dollars spent by the U.S.

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03 Feb 2016

Ship hijackings down in 2015, piracy mostly low-level theft

“A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft.” Source: Ship hijackings down in 2015, piracy mostly low-level theft

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02 Feb 2016

Colombia is preparing for peace. So are its drug traffickers.

“As the Colombian government nears a deal to end to its 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas, it is intensifying another war in the jungles here along the Caribbean coast, the stronghold of a shadowy drug organization known as Clan Úsuga.” Source: Colombia is preparing for peace. So are its drug

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31 Jan 2016

Canada ex-mafia boss Rocco Zito shot dead in Toronto

“A former Mafia boss has been shot dead at his home in the Canadian city of Toronto. Rocco Zito, 87, had been a senior member of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, or Calabrian mafia, based in southern Italy, according to Canadian media. He was once one of Toronto’s most powerful mafia leaders,

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31 Jan 2016

Tanzania launches manhunt after poachers kill British helicopter pilot

“Tanzanian authorities have launched a manhunt after poachers shot down a helicopter and its British pilot during an operation to track down elephant killers, officials said on Sunday.    British pilot Roger Gower was tracking poachers on Friday in the Maswa Game Reserve when his helicopter was hit by an AK-47

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30 Jan 2016

Pakistan arrests elusive top ganglord in crime-ridden Karachi

“One of Pakistan’s most notorious gangsters, the alleged mastermind of a string of murders of local politicians and policemen, was arrested on Saturday in the country’s crime-ridden commercial capital of Karachi.” Source: Pakistan arrests elusive top ganglord in crime-ridden Karachi | Reuters

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23 Jan 2016

Colombians smuggled drugs to New York on Spanish Navy ship

“Two Colombians ran a major heroin and cocaine smuggling operation to New York aboard the Royal Spanish Navy’s official training ship, paying thousands of dollars in bribes to midshipmen on the vessel, prosecutors said on Friday.” Source: Colombians smuggled drugs to New York on Spanish Navy ship: prosecutor | Reuters

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