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  • Ten Alleged Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders Among 43 Defendants Indicted in Brooklyn and Chicago...

    08/22/2009 2:04:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 758+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | August 20, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ten Alleged Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders Among 43 Defendants Indicted in Brooklyn and Chicago as Part of Coordinated Strike Against Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations WASHINGTON – Forty-three defendants in the United States and Mexico, including 10 alleged Mexican drug cartel leaders, have been charged in 12 indictments unsealed yesterday and today in U.S. federal courts in Brooklyn and Chicago, the Department of Justice, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced. The alleged leaders and other high-ranking members of several of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels are charged...
  • 17 Charged With Brutal Kidnappings, Slayings In San Diego

    08/14/2009 8:13:43 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 2,106+ views
    NationalTerrorAlert ^ | 8/14/09 | National
    Authorities announced charges Thursday against a Mexican gang that took Tijuana-style violence to the upscale suburbs of San Diego County, kidnapping, torturing and killing well-to-do residents, even after some families paid large ransoms. The gang, a rogue cell of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug cartel, moved across the border in 2002 and posed as U.S. law enforcement, donning FBI and police uniforms and caps while snatching victims outside homes and public places, said San Diego County prosecutors. Nine victims were killed from 2004 to 2007, and the bodies of two of them were dissolved in chemicals at a rented house...
  • Mexico Mountain Meth Lab May Be Top Drug Lord's Hide-Out

    08/11/2009 1:25:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 558+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/11/09
    Mexican troops have found what may be a hide-out of the country's No. 1 drug lord at a giant methamphetamine lab hidden in the northern Sierra among cabins equipped with caviar face cream and escort catalogues. Mexican media published photos of a complex of 22 secluded mountain cabins, camouflaged to be invisible from the air. One was outfitted with a king-sized bed, luxury clothes, satellite television, pirated movies and high-speed Internet. The daily Reforma said army officials suspected the well-equipped cabin was used by top fugitive Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, or his associate Ismael Zambada,...
  • US Wants To Drop Drug Charges Against Millionaire

    06/23/2009 8:22:14 AM PDT · by khnyny · 21 replies · 1,559+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 22, 2009
    WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors cited problems with evidence Monday when they asked a judge to drop charges against a Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of importing large amounts of methamphetamines to the United States. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan lambasted prosecutors at a hearing on the request to dismiss the indictment against Zhenli Ye Gon, saying, "I'm not pleased at all with anything I've heard from the United States government." When Ye Gon was arrested in 2007 in Wheaton, Md., authorities said they had seized more than $205 million in U.S. drug profits from his Mexico City mansion. The U.S. Drug Enforcement...
  • FBI: Texas drug cell trains on own ranch

    05/20/2009 4:31:11 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 9,095+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2009, 7:53PM | DANE SCHILLER
    FBI is advising law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas — an increasingly powerful arm of the Mexican Gulf Cartel drug trafficking syndicate — has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the United States.
  • Obama claims 90 percent of guns recovered in Mexico come from U.S.

    04/23/2009 3:23:12 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 56 replies · 1,913+ views
    politifact ^ | april 16th
    With growing violence on the U.S.-Mexico border fueled by powerful drug cartels, officials from both countries have been repeating a shocking statistic to suggest this isn't just a Mexican problem. But Obama, Clinton and others have left out important qualifiers when citing the 90 percent statistic, which originates from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency doesn't have statistics for all weapons in Mexico, where gun sales are largely prohibited; it is based on only guns that the Mexican government sent to the ATF for tracing and that the ATF found were traceable.
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Present in Three Arkansas Cities

    04/22/2009 9:33:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies · 919+ views
    KARK ^ | Apr 21, 2009
    Violent Mexican drug cartels have been making headlines in recent weeks. And now comes word that the Department of Justice reports cartel organizations exist in 230 American cities. Of alarming note for Arkansans is that three cities on the list are in the Natural State: Little Rock, Fort Smith and Fayetteville. U.S. Senator Mark Pryor says coordination of counternarcotics enforcement among every level of government is critical in order to combat drug smuggling across the border and cartel infiltration of U.S. cities. He held a Senate hearing Tuesday, entitled “Counternarcotics Enforcement: Coordination at the Federal, State and Local Level,” where...
  • Mexican detained with anti-aircraft machine gun

    04/14/2009 4:30:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,859+ views
    AP on ^ | 4/14/09 | E. Eduardo Castillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican authorities arrested a woman guarding an arsenal that included the first anti-aircraft machine gun seized in Mexico, police said Tuesday, as the army announced the capture of an alleged top drug cartel lieutenant. The arsenal belonged to a group linked to the powerful Beltran-Leyva drug cartel, federal police coordinator Gen. Rodolfo Cruz said. It also included ammunition, five rifles, a grenade and part of a grenade launcher. ... Cruz said the confiscated .50-caliber, anti-aircraft machine gun can fire 800 rounds per minute and is capable of penetrating armor from more than 5,000 feet (1,500...
  • Mexico's drug lords look south to Peru

    03/26/2009 10:37:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 442+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | Chris Kraul
    A recent surge in arrests and cocaine seizures in Peru points to an increased presence of Mexican drug cartels, counter-narcotics officials say. The cartels have also contributed to more drug-related violence in Peruvian cities, ports and in remote valleys in this Andean country where coca, cocaine's base material, is grown, the officials say. Peruvian claims of Mexican cartels expanding echo those by officials in other Latin American countries, from Honduras to Argentina, where Mexican gangs have supplanted once-powerful Colombian cartels as kings of the illicit-drug underworld. .... That Mexican drug lords are sending emissaries here is no surprise to Hidalgo...
  • Carpe Crisis (Oliver North)

    03/26/2009 9:06:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 752+ views ^ | March 27, 2009 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, Rahm Emanuel, now the White House chief of staff, famously described the future Obama administration's philosophy for governing: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before." "O-Team" sycophants in the so-called mainstream media chuckled. Conservatives were alarmed. We now know we had reason to be. At the time Emanuel made his comment -- five days after the election -- we thought he was referring to the ongoing economic crisis to...
  • Its Our Fault? Just Shoot Me!

    03/26/2009 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Petro · 345+ views
    (oops, forgot the URL before...sorry) Poor Mexico! If it weren't for us, they'd be "the" perfect country. At least that's what the Democrats want you and I to think.
  • Homeland Security Considers Using Guard Along U.S.-Mexico Border

    03/24/2009 4:54:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 759+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, USAF
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2009 – The Department of Homeland Security is “still considering” the use of National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border, along with several other initiatives, the DHS secretary said in a White House press briefing today. “This issue requires immediate action,” Janet Napolitano said. “We are guided by two very clear objectives. First, we are going to do everything we can to prevent the violence in Mexico from spilling over across the border. “And second, we will do all in our power to help President [Felipe] Calderón crack down on these drug cartels in Mexico.” Napolitano...
  • Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration

    03/12/2009 7:22:54 AM PDT · by Danae · 143 replies · 7,007+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 3-12-2009 | Maria Recio
    WASHINGTON — President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move. "We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense," Obama said during an interview with journalists for regional papers, including a McClatchy reporter. "I don't have a particular tipping point in mind," he said. "I think it's unacceptable if you've got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens."
  • Border mayors insist drug violence is not spilling over

    03/10/2009 6:36:26 AM PDT · by laotzu · 35 replies · 2,268+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 3/10/09 | Gary Scharrer
    AUSTIN — Mexican drug cartel violence is not spilling into Texas, several frustrated border mayors told a state legislative committee Monday in an effort to dispel public perceptions that their communities are under siege. “For me to believe that our cities are so endangered by all this violence that we need to send the military to the border is a knee-jerk reaction,” McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez told the House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Cortez, mayor for 19 years, said his daughter in San Antonio recently called to express apprehension about his re-election because of fears he might become an...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Under Martial Law! ( ABC news video )

    03/08/2009 4:01:28 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 3,976+ views
    Many people ABC-7 talked to in Juarez believe if the military does indeed take over the police department, which we refer to as “martial law” in the U.S., the calm will end and the attacks will increase to a whole new level.
  • Mexican cartels infiltrate Houston

    03/08/2009 11:30:00 PM PDT · by PureSolace · 50 replies · 2,805+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 7, 2009, 9:28PM | DANE SCHILLER
    Recent arrests in a mistaken killing point to the perilous presence of gangs The order was clear: Kill the guy in the Astros jersey. But in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target — the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city — walked away. Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway. His murder and the assassination gone awry point to the...
  • ABC News: Juarez, Mexico under the equivalent of Martial Law

    03/08/2009 6:15:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 115 replies · 6,381+ views
    google video ^ | March 8, 2009 | ABC News, Channel 7, El Paso, TX
    Mexican military forces take over police duty in Juarez, Mexico to combat drug cartel violence. Death count expected to increase.
  • Mexico troops enter drug war city

    03/04/2009 7:33:11 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 833+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC Staff
    Mexico troops enter drug war city Mexico hopes to have up to 7,000 troops in the city in a few days More than 1,500 Mexican troops have moved into a city on the US border being fought over by rival drug gangs.Soldiers moved into Ciudad Juarez to try to regain control of a city in which more than 2,000 people have been murdered over the past year. Officials say they intend to have 7,000 troops and police in position by the end of the week. Rival gangs are battling for control of the city, which is a key entry...
  • Anderson Cooper On The Mexican Drug Cartels

    03/01/2009 9:45:52 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Anderson Cooper did a piece for 60 Minutes tonight on the Mexican drug cartels, and generally he did a good job in presenting a concise overview of the issues. However, the segment failed to address the horrific violence perpetrated by the drug cartels on the U.S. side of the border in cities such as Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA, and failed to address the role by U.S. financial institutions and money managers in laundering some $38 billion in drug money for the cartels every year. Cooper interviewed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who recognized that the drug cartels pose an...
  • Hundreds of Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Members and Associates Arrested in ...

    02/25/2009 4:45:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies · 1,715+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | February 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Hundreds of Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Members and Associates Arrested in Nationwide Takedown of Mexican Drug Traffickers “Operation Xcellerator” Takes 23 Tons of Narcotics Off America’s Streets and Seizes More Than $59 Million in Drug Money WASHINGTON – Today Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., announced the arrest of more than 750 individuals on narcotics-related charges and the seizure of more than 23 tons of narcotics as part of a 21-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as "Operation Xcellerator." The Attorney General was joined in announcing the current results of Operation Xcellerator by...