Topic: Drug Enforcement Administration
The US continues to ratchet up pressure on Iran over an alleged assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to the US. But Saudi Arabia Wednesday said it was working to determine who was responsible.
10/14/2011 12:32 pm
The US has blamed the specialist Qods Force in an Iran assassination plot. But those who track the group say the plot doesn't reflect the careful planning, efficiency, and strategy the Qods Force is known for.
10/12/2011 02:17 pm
In some ways, attempting to employ Latin American criminals to carry out a terrorist act is the worst case scenario, but this case also shows how US-Mexico cooperation can stymie such actions.
10/12/2011 11:45 am
Iran's ties to Latin American leaders have been growing in recent years, but the alleged assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to the US is drawing attention to its less savory activities.
10/12/2011 10:41 am
In a case that reads like a spy novel, a US-Iranian citizen was charged Tuesday for allegedly plotting with an Iranian special operations officer to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US.
10/11/2011 09:53 pm
A plan by Iranian government agents to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US has been thwarted, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.
10/11/2011 05:41 pm
Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas wants a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress the truth about Operation Fast and Furious, a now-discredited gun-tracking program aimed at Mexico's drug lords.
10/05/2011 04:50 pm
Three dozen former and current Boeing employees were arrested Thursday for illicitly peddling prescription pills. Cases like this one show the challenges for law enforcement in dealing with the epidemic.
09/30/2011 04:05 pm
Latin America Monitor Venezuela, Bolivia 'failed demonstrably' to meet anti-drug obligations, says US. But did they?
Guest blogger James Bosworth says that while Venezuela is arguably promoting drug trafficking, Bolivia's anti-drug efforts seem on a par with US allies – making US criticism seem sour grapes.
09/16/2011 02:33 pm
After 9/11, US agencies turned their attention toward the Middle East and away from the fight against organized crime in Latin America.
09/12/2011 10:52 am
Latin America Monitor Jamaican drug lord 'Dudus' Coke pleads guilty. Why did his arrest take so long?
While Coke's plea wraps up a long pursuit by US and Jamaican authorities, an examination of the efforts to prosecute him implicate several parties – including Jamaican officials and a US law firm.
09/02/2011 01:24 pm
ATF acting head Ken Melson stepped down Tuesday amid a probe into the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun tracing program. But Congressional investigators believe there's more blame to go around.
08/31/2011 05:40 pm
William Hillar fraudulently posed as a US Army Special Forces veteran and terrorism expert for 12 years, winning lucrative contracts and duping, among others, the FBI.
08/30/2011 07:00 pm
More than a thousand indigenous Bolivians have been marching against a highway being built across their land. Evo Morales says the US is behind the opposition.
08/22/2011 04:03 pm
The leaders of Venezuela and Mexico have been fighting crime in similar ways. But differences in political agendas, cooperation with the US, and high-level corruption raise interesting questions.
08/15/2011 11:19 am
Latin America Monitor Arrest of money launderer 'Dolly' in Colombia is minimal blow to Sinaloa drug cartel
The arrest of the Colombian woman, accused of laundering money for the Mexican drug cartel, will do little to hamper a group that operates in as many as 50 countries, including the US.
08/12/2011 10:31 am
SEAL Team Six, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden in May, lost members Saturday when Afghan insurgents downed a NATO helicopter. President Obama paid tribute to all of the fallen Tuesday.
08/09/2011 04:41 pm
Medical marijuana suppliers complain that the Justice Department is tightening the federal government's approach to enforcement. That's a disingenuous response to the department's latest directive that medical marijuana is not a business – though suppliers sure want it to be.
08/08/2011 10:45 am
Bolivia intends to reapply to the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs, but with a reservation that it does not recognize the ban on chewing the coca leaf, a practice with a long national tradition.
07/18/2011 01:37 pm
The arrest of a suspected Russian mafioso in Ecuador highlights the increasing presence in the country of international organized crime, says guest blogger Elyssa Pachico.
07/11/2011 12:01 pm
Recent reports suggest that assaults on US officials on the Mexico border may have tripled since 2004, but a look at these 'attacks' shows that the danger they pose may be exaggerated.
07/01/2011 12:51 pm
Colombian President Santos looks likely to announce the extradition of alleged drug kingpin Walid Makled to Venezuela during a meeting Saturday with Chávez.
04/08/2011 06:04 pm
US and Guatemalan forces Wednesday arrested Juan Ortiz Lopez, known as "Chamale,” a week after President Obama pledged $200 million to combat drug trafficking in the region.
03/31/2011 04:09 pm
Both Venezuela and the US seek the extradition of suspected drug kingpin Walid Makled from Colombia. President Santos must decide whether to placate Chávez or Washington.
03/29/2011 04:12 pm
A US federal agent for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Attache in Mexico City was shot and killed Tuesday, and another agent was wounded in an attack on their vehicle.
02/16/2011 07:21 am