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December 10, 2012

HSBC pays huge fine over money-laundering allegations

  • $1.9B the amount UK-based banking conglomerate HSBC will pay American authorities for their role in a money-laundering scheme, the BBC reports. The bank allegedly assisted drug cartels and countries under sanction launder money. $1.25 billion of the total is money that the company will forfeit — a record — while the rest will be a fine paid to the U.S. government. source
18:52 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012

Brazil is struggling with drug cartel crime of its own

  • 90 officers from the Sao Paulo police department have been killed in 2012, a startlingly high number that Brazilian officials attribute to anger over a major drug bust earlier this year. Leaders of a local organized crime organization, First Capital Command, are reportedly ordering officer executions in retaliation for the arrest or killing of gang members, and may even be allowing some dealers to pay for drugs through the murder of officers as well. source
19:11 // 1 year ago
April 10, 2012
A scary new development in the global “War on Drugs”
Authorities fear that notorious drug cartel Los Zetas and the infamous Mara Salvatrucha street-gang have joined forces to create a criminal empire that stretches from Mexico’s northern border to Guatemalan’s southern border. Mara Salvatrucha, most commonly known as MS-13 by U.S. citizens,  members have reportedly been trained by the Zetas at camps throughout Mexico, and are also receiving weapons from the cartel. Authorities say they have recorded conversations among inmates that confirm the truce, and point to the Maras’ increased use of military-grade weapons, instead of handguns, in Guatemala as proof that the two groups are cooperating. Reports also suggest that the Zetas are considering recruiting 5,000 new members, all of whom would be trained, for Mara Salvatrucha. (photo by markarinafotos) source
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Authorities fear that notorious drug cartel Los Zetas and the infamous Mara Salvatrucha street-gang have joined forces to create a criminal empire that stretches from Mexico’s northern border to Guatemalan’s southern border. Mara Salvatrucha, most commonly known as MS-13 by U.S. citizens,  members have reportedly been trained by the Zetas at camps throughout Mexico, and are also receiving weapons from the cartel. Authorities say they have recorded conversations among inmates that confirm the truce, and point to the Maras’ increased use of military-grade weapons, instead of handguns, in Guatemala as proof that the two groups are cooperating. Reports also suggest that the Zetas are considering recruiting 5,000 new members, all of whom would be trained, for Mara Salvatrucha. (photo by markarinafotos) source

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15:35 // 2 years ago
October 31, 2011
You made a huge mistake in taking one of us. Release him, and if anything happens to him, you will always remember this upcoming Nov. 5.
A message from Anonymous • Threatening a Mexican drug cartel with the disclosure of information if they do not release an Anyonymous member taken by the Zetas. Anonymous threatens to release the names of officials, taxi drivers and police officers who have allowed the Zetas to have a run of the region. “We demand his release,” said an Anonymous representative. “We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up with the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways.” The date is symbolic — it’s Guy Fawkes Day; the representative, speaking in a YouTube video, was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Curious to see what happens next. source (viafollow)
20:25 // 2 years ago
October 9, 2011
Clearly, he knew when he said he didn’t know. Now the question is what did he know and how is he going to explain why he gave that answer.
Rep. Darrell Issa • Asking on “Fox News Sunday” why Attorney General Eric Holder gave Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, a seemingly false answer on his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, a failed gun-tracking program. The program has since been tied to numerous murders in the U.S. and Mexico — and the results of which are still showing up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Issa wants answers. ”People at the top of (the) Justice (Department) were well briefed, knew about it and seemed to be the command and control and funding for this program,” he claimed. Holder told him during a May Judiciary Committee hearing that he had only known about the program for a few weeks — an answer which doesn’t please Issa, and may lead to him issuing subpoenas to the Justice Department later this week. source (viafollow)
21:15 // 2 years ago