organized crime

The Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man

The Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man

Maury Lerner batted .328 for the Boise Braves in 1957. Twenty years later, he was serving time at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Rhode Island.

Elephant tranquilizer is contaminating the US heroin supply — especially in Ohio

The ultra-potent synthetic opioid carfentanil is continuing to spread across the United States, with the DEA now confirming the drug — which is about 5,000 times more powerful than heroin — has been
Killers on a Shoestring: Inside the Gangs of El Salvador

Killers on a Shoestring: Inside the Gangs of El Salvador

The scene after gang members in Olocuilta, El Salvador, killed six people on a bus in 2014 because the owner refused to pay extortion.
With Nearly 100 Dead in Prison Riots, Brazil’s Government Faces Crisis

With Nearly 100 Dead in Prison Riots, Brazil’s Government Faces Crisis

Relatives of inmates outside of Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa prison in Manaus, Brazil. Three of the four prisoners killed there this month were beheaded.
Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Nicky Scarfo in 1982. Mr. Scarfo had a volatile temper and a penchant for wanton violence and vengeance as he rose to become head of what was known as the Bruno-Scarfo crime family.
Riot Police Try to Quell Continuing Violence in Brazilian Prison

Riot Police Try to Quell Continuing Violence in Brazilian Prison

Inmates at the Alcaçuz state penitentiary, near Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, on Thursday. The police have been unable to take control of the prison since a riot on Saturday that
For Andrew Puzder, Labor Nominee, Fighting for Owners’ Interests Began Early

For Andrew Puzder, Labor Nominee, Fighting for Owners’ Interests Began Early

Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to be labor secretary, once battled federal labor regulators while working at a law firm owned by a famous mob lawyer and casino owner.
For Andrew Puzder, Labor Nominee, Fighting for Owners’ Interests Began Early

For Andrew Puzder, Labor Nominee, Fighting for Owners’ Interests Began Early

Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to be labor secretary, once battled federal labor regulators while working at a law firm owned by a famous mob lawyer and casino owner.
Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

Roberto Di Bella thinks that severing familial links restores the possibility of a normal life to the children of mob families.
12 Are Accused of Selling Stolen Electronics on eBay

12 Are Accused of Selling Stolen Electronics on eBay

At a news conference in Manhattan on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a 41-count indictment of 12 people in a sprawling crime ring. They are accused of stealing ink
Fugitive Mexican Ex-Governor, Wanted in U.S., Is Captured in Italy

Fugitive Mexican Ex-Governor, Wanted in U.S., Is Captured in Italy

Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba in Mexico City in 2005.
Frederick B. Lacey, Who Prosecuted Corruption in New Jersey, Dies at 96

Frederick B. Lacey, Who Prosecuted Corruption in New Jersey, Dies at 96

Frederick B. Lacey, United States attorney in New Jersey, talking to reporters outside Federal Court in Newark about numbers racket arrests in 1969.
Deadly Heist Shakes a South American Borderland Trying to Shed Its Lawless Image

Deadly Heist Shakes a South American Borderland Trying to Shed Its Lawless Image

Police officers and employees inspected the premises of a Spanish cash transporting company in Ciudad del Este in Paraguay on Monday after gunmen blasted their way into the safe room and stole
Gunmen Kill Mexican Activist for Parents of Missing Children

Gunmen Kill Mexican Activist for Parents of Missing Children

Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez was killed late Wednesday.

Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, U.S. Says

Federal authorities on Wednesday charged 31 people with roles in an organized-crime scheme that pursued old-fashioned and novel forms of racketeering.
Corruption Crackdown Intensifies in Tunisia, and the People Cheer

Corruption Crackdown Intensifies in Tunisia, and the People Cheer

Tunisians demonstrated in solidarity with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in his fight against corruption last month.
The Saturday Profile: A Sicilian Photographer of the Mafia and Her ‘Archive of Blood’

The Saturday Profile: A Sicilian Photographer of the Mafia and Her ‘Archive of Blood’

Letizia Battaglia, 82, at her apartment in Palermo, Italy. Her pictures of the Mafia’s cruel campaign for control are valued as historical points of reference and as deeply moving slices of Sicilian
Police in Europe Break Up Network Selling Illegal Horse Meat

Police in Europe Break Up Network Selling Illegal Horse Meat

A brand of frozen beef lasagna that was taken off the market in Britain and Ireland in 2013 after traces of horse DNA were found in the meat.
Mafia in Italy Siphons Huge Sums From Migrant Centers

Mafia in Italy Siphons Huge Sums From Migrant Centers

A migrant outside the Sant’Anna Cara reception center in Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Italy. Managers at the center were among 68 people arrested on charges of fraud, misuse of public money and mafia
‘We celebrate life, not death, here in Tecomán’: Mexico’s Deadliest Town. Mexico’s Deadliest Year.

‘We celebrate life, not death, here in Tecomán’: Mexico’s Deadliest Town. Mexico’s Deadliest Year.

Tecomán is part of what was once one of the safest states in Mexico. Now bodies are a commonplace sight.