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Alleged Colombian Drug Trafficker Extradited to U.S.

By on December 20, 2020

first_img According to U.S. authorities, Linares Castillo’s network has produced and trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine by air, mainly from the Venezuelan state of Apure, arriving in Central America and México, where the recipients are criminal organizations involved with the Mexican drug cartels of Sinaloa and Los Zetas, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Linares Castillo, age 47, is considered by the U.S. Department of Justice as one of the major drug traffickers in the world, wanted by the United States. Last February, the United States announced sanctions against Linares Castillo, seizing his assets in the U.S. and prohibiting him from conducting any financial activity. Alleged Colombian drug trafficker José Linares Castillo was extradited to the United States, where he was accused of shipping tons of cocaine into that country, as well as of supporting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Federal Prosecutor’s Office stated on April 26. By Dialogo April 30, 2013center_img “Linares Castillo, arrested in May 2012, arrived at the Southern District of New York on April 25. He was brought before Judge Richard Sullivan on April 26,” the prosecutor of that jurisdiction, Preet Bharara, said in a statement. He faces three charges of conspiracy for “importing cocaine into the United States,” “narco-terrorism” and “providing material support.” Two of the charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. In addition to being involved with the FARC guerrillas, his criminal organization has also been linked in the past to Colombian drug leaders such as Daniel “El Loco” Barrera and Pedro Oliveiro Guerrero Castillo.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about Clemson

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (19-11, 10-7 Atlantic Coast) enters its final game of the regular season looking to lock up the sixth seed in the ACC tournament. SU’s opposition, Clemson (18-12, 8-9), is coming off a Wednesday win over Notre Dame. Here’s what to know about Clemson before Saturday’s tip-off at noon.All-time series: Syracuse and Clemson are tied, 4-4Last time they played: The Orange hosted the Tigers on Jan. 9 in the Carrier Dome and won, 61-53. SU never trailed in the game and relied on a balanced offensive attack to pull out its second ACC win. Four Syracuse players scored in double figures: Elijah Hughes (14 points), Tyus Battle (12), Frank Howard (12) and Marek Dolezaj (10). Oshae Brissett added nine points to the mix as well. Clemson’s two veteran leaders, Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas, were the only Tigers to finish in double-figures. They struggled as a team to make perimeter shots, finishing just 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Clemson report: Like against Syracuse in January, Reed and Thomas will do the heavy lifting for the Tigers. The 6-foot-3 Reed scores 19.3 points a game and grabs over two steals per game. The 6-foot-9 Thomas adds around 13 points to go with a team-leading 7.9 rebounds. They’re joined in double figure averages by guard Shelton Mitchell. Clemson’s defense is the 10th-most efficient in the country, per Kenpom.com. While the Tigers aren’t effective at limiting 3-point success, they shut down teams inside the arc. Clemson opponents shoot 44.2 percent from 2-point range, six percent better than the national average, per Kenpom.com. Quick guards limit opportunities to penetrate while Thomas and Simms prevent easy chances at the rim. How Syracuse beats Clemson: Win the defensive battle. The first matchup between these teams combined for just 114 points. Both SU and Clemson hang their hats on their defenses. If the Tigers’ defense is going to allow 60 points to the Orange, they’ll have to put on an even better defensive performance to make that hold up.In addition, Syracuse needs the player who gets the hottest on its side. In a game where points are at a premium, the Orange can’t afford to allow Reed to get going. Instead, someone like Battle or Hughes will need to take over the game from the start, because one dominant player can win an otherwise defensive battle.Stats to know:  2.2 and 2.1— Elijah Thomas’ blocks per game (third in the ACC) and Marcquise Reed’s steals per game (second in the ACC behind Zion Williamson), respectively.KenPom odds: Syracuse is projected to lose, 66-61, with a 34 percent chance to win.Player to know: Marcquise Reed, senior guard, No. 2When Reed transferred to Clemson from Robert Morris, the Tigers weren’t a good program. Now a senior, though, Reed has led a renaissance of Tigers basketball. He can shoot it from deep and work inside while distributing. And he can hound opposing ball handlers. While there’s a possibility Syracuse faces Clemson in the postseason, this could be the last time the Orange have to deal with Reed. He’s averaged more than 15 points per game in his career against SU’s 2-3 zone, and for the Orange to end the regular season with a win, they’ll have to slow down the senior.center_img Published on March 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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School, friends mourn soldier’s death

By on January 11, 2020
first_imgTORRANCE – Schoolmates held a moment of silence Thursday at the high school where slain Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. was remembered as a gentle jock – a “pumped up” athlete who made his friends laugh and comforted them when they were sad. Anzack, 20, should be honored for “his service to America and for representing South High and Torrance so proudly and so well,” Principal Scott McDowell told students in a second-period classroom announcement. Anzack, an Army gunner, vanished with two other soldiers May 12 when their combat team was ambushed about 20 miles outside Baghdad. The attack killed four other Americans and an Iraqi. Anzack’s family, who a month ago heard false rumors of his death, were confronted with the reality on Wednesday night, when authorities identified a soldier’s body found floating earlier in the day in the Euphrates river. He had been shot in the head. “They told us, `We’re sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe,”‘ his aunt, Debbie Anzack of Torrance, told The Associated Press while choking back tears. “I’m in disbelief.” At South High, friends built a memorial of flowers, flags, candles and balloons on the front steps, where a sign read: “We love & miss you Joe Anzack. You’re our HERO.” “I was in shock” at hearing of his death, said childhood friend Erika Esquivel, 20, of Torrance. Just last month, Anzack sent her a MySpace Web site message wishing her a happy birthday, she said. In high school, Anzack played football and was on the wrestling and swim teams. He was “always pumped up and ready to try something new,” Esquivel said. Josh Waybright, Anzack’s football coach, laid the soldier’s jersey on a shrine in front of the school during the afternoon. The school will dedicate this year’s season to Anzack, who was an all-league nose guard, and retire his number, 52. “I don’t think you get a better teammate than Joe Anzack,” Waybright said. “He was loyal, committed, dedicated, loved the game of football, loved being part of a team. He was a coach’s dream, to be honest.” Waybright said Anzack aspired to join the Special Forces. “If I was sitting in a foxhole, I want Joe Anzack right next to me,” said Waybright. “Because when things get tough he’s not going anywhere. He’s going to be right there with you, doing everything he can to help you. He put others before himself.” Waybright added that Anzack was only 5-foot-10 but worked hard enough to be a star. Anzack was popular on campus for his sense of humor. He was “the funniest person ever. He can make anyone laugh, I swear,” she said, fighting back tears. He also had a reputation for compassion. “Joe had a big heart. Joe would do anything to help anyone,” Esquivel said. “You’d be sad and sitting there by yourself, and he’d come up to you and just talk to you, and say, `Hey, how’s your day? Are you OK?”‘ Anzack’s father told his hometown newspaper, The Daily Breeze, that several relatives gathered in his home for a vigil led by an Army chaplain after hearing the devastating news about his son.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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