MEXICO CITY — Mexico's largest-ever seizure of marijuana packaged for sale is even bigger than the original estimate of 105 tons and probably belonged to the country's most powerful drug-trafficking cartel, authorities said Tuesday.
The Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico's most wanted fugitive, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, now is moving drugs through the Tijuana corridor unimpeded, said a U.S. law enforcement official in Mexico, a possible reason why violence has dropped in the city across the border from San Diego, Calif.
Many have speculated the drop in Tijuana's violence just means the Sinaloa cartel has cut a deal with remnants of the Arrellano Felix gang.
U.S. detains soldier in Afghan inmate killing
KABUL — The U.S. military detained an American soldier and launched a criminal investigation Tuesday after Afghan President Hamid Karzai publicly accused U.S. forces of shooting and killing a Taliban leader in his southern Afghanistan jail cell.
American officials said a U.S. soldier was in custody after a "senior leader of the (local) Taliban" had been found shot to death in his cell in Kandahar province's rural Arghandab district.
Earlier, Karzai had issued a blunt statement launching his own probe of the allegations emanating from Arghandab.
Margaret Thatcher hospitalized with flu
LONDON — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been admitted to the hospital following a recent bout of flu, officials said Tuesday.
Thatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, had to skip a reception in honor of her 85th birthday last week because of the flu.