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Drug stories from Latin America make up this week's Crime Wrap

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 01:39

An alleged drug kingpin collared, a brazen grenade attack, and Peru taking aim at the skies lead the crime headlines from Latin America. Justin Mitchell reports.

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Pope Francis telling Mexico's Televisa Friday that the devil is punishing Mexico with all of the drug violence there in the past eight years...but Mexico is not the only place struggling with illegal drugs and the violence that comes with it. In Honduras, police arrested Jose Miguel "Chepe" Handal, allegedly one of the key figures smuggling Colombian cocaine through Mexico to the United States by land and air He is facing charges in Honduras and the U-S...but remains defiant (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ALLEGED KINGPIN, JOSE MIGUEL HANDAL, SAYING: "I'm 100% sure things will turn out well. We're with God and God is taking care of this situation so we're freed. I'm 100%. I'll call a news conference when we're freed." Just north in Guatemala, one person was killed and more than 20 injured after a drive-by grenade attack on a hospital where a jailed gang leader was having a check up The attack was believed to be part of ongoing conflict between two gangs that originated in the U-S until their members were deported back home Farther south, Peru wants to get tough -- the president saying he may support a bill allowing the shooting down of aircraft believed to be carrying drugs...despite the opposition of the United States

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Drug stories from Latin America make up this week's Crime Wrap

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 01:39