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In October 2009, 500 agents swarmed the public housing complex in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where Ayala-Vazquez grew up and launched his drug empire. Ayala-Vazquez had been captured a month earlier after a seven-year investigation. (Associated Press)

In October 2009, 500 agents swarmed the public housing complex in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where Ayala-Vazquez grew up and launched his drug empire. Ayala-Vazquez had been captured a month earlier after a seven-year investigation. (Associated Press)

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The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.