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Latest Criminal Division Items
A man the U.S. government has identified as a narcotics kingpin and top lieutenant in the Sinaloa drug cartel has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Virginia, accused of helping deal more than $280 million in drugs.
Five men identified as leaders or associates of the New England organized crime family have agreed to plead guilty to racketeering-related charges, according to documents filed Thursday in federal court in Providence, R.I.
The chairman of a House committee investigating the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation demanded Thursday that the Justice Department make a second key federal prosecutor in Arizona available for questioning about "his role in and knowledge of" the controversial probe.
The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing Friday to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.
The "Fast and Furious" probe isn't the first time Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s truthfulness has been challenged by members of Congress.
The chairman of a House committee investigating the failed "Fast and Furious" weapons operation in which hundreds of guns were "walked" to gun smugglers in Mexico says the panel will issue new subpoenas this week to ask Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. — again — what he knew about the investigation and when he knew it.
A high-ranking member of the infamous Gulf Cartel in Mexico, who helped direct shipments of cocaine and marijuana to the United States and oversaw violent attacks by Los Zetas on Mexican law enforcement officers and rival drug traffickers, has been extradited to the U.S. and ordered held pending trial on drug conspiracy charges, the Justice Department said.
A State Department contract employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to snooping into confidential passport application files, including those belonging to 60 celebrities, politicians, musicians, actors, members of the business community and others, the Justice Department said.
Kevin A. Ring, the former "Team Abramoff" lobbyist who decided to fight the government in its influence-peddling investigation and was convicted Monday on five felony counts, is facing a lengthy prison sentence when he appears before U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle on March 1.