Amazon’s ‘The Last Narc’ suggests CIA helped kidnap, murder DEA agent

When DEA narcotics agent ­Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped and interrogated in 1985 by the leaders of Mexico’s Guadalajara Cartel, it was like a party. They allegedly held him in a house filled with spectators and depraved participants, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, then a foot soldier in the syndicate. “You had a bunch of […]

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Audit criticizes Houston police unit tied to fatal drug raid

An audit has found various problems with a Houston Police Department narcotics unit that’s been under scrutiny following a deadly 2019 drug raid By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press July 2, 2020, 8:42 PM 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HOUSTON — An audit of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit […]

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Texas DA files new charges resulting from deadly drug raid

Prosecutors say the investigation of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid has resulted in charges being filed against six ex-officers By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press July 2, 2020, 12:30 AM 4 min read 4 min read HOUSTON — The investigation of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following […]

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Probe of Old Drug Cases Raises Questions About 2004 George Floyd Arrest

HOUSTON — In many of Houston’s struggling neighborhoods, a black undercover narcotics officer worked for decades, making bust after bust. He often focused not on drug kingpins, but on those much farther down the supply chain, many of them residents of public housing projects where people still dried their laundry on clotheslines. The officer, Gerald […]

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Retired DEA agents say agency has legacy of discrimination

Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press June 18, 2020, 6:11 PM 4 min read 4 min read NEW YORK — Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has […]

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Chicago cop’s funeral during coronavirus pandemic: masks, no mayor, officers in cars

Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Officer Marco DiFranco, a 50-year-old undercover narcotics officer, died of complications related to COVID-19. No one who’s been to a funeral for a fallen Chicago police officer can forget the heart-wrenching sight of hundreds of officers standing at attention in their dress uniforms and saluting as the hearse pulls up to the […]

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Prosecution of narcotics, cannabis cases halted in Cook County during COVID-19 crisis

Cannabis valued at more than $33 million seized by the Chicago Police Narcotics Unit in 2011. Officer Randi O’Carroll and “Lumpy’ her canine dog, left, and Officer Jose Perez, with canine dog, “Achilles,” assisted in the seizure of the 12,000 pounds of cannabis pictured during a news conference. | John H. White/Sun-Times file First Assistant […]

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Riverside County man gets 10-year sentence for scheme to obtain, resell prescription drugs

LOS ANGELES — A Riverside County man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for running a narcotics distribution outfit that, in part, stole at least nine doctors’ DEA numbers and dates of birth that he used to obtain oxycodone and other prescription medications that he later sold on the darknet. Christopher Lazenby, […]

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