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  • Report: MS-13 foot soldiers use 'surge' to cross border, 'colonize new criminal territory'

    02/04/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 4,2016 | By PAUL BEDARD
    Criminal networks with Latin American roots, such as MS-13 and the 18th Street gang, are using the administration's open-door policy at the border to slip in recruits that are causing a huge spike in murder and violence throughout the nation, according to an immigration expert. Testifying Thursday at a House hearing on the border surge of young Latinos, the expert said, "Established gangs have been able to transfer an unknown number of experienced foot soldiers from Central America to help colonize new criminal territory in the United States." Jessica M. Vaughan, the policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies,...
  • Illegal Alien in National Guard Busted for Aiding Mexican Drug Gangs [ Arizona ]

    02/22/2015 8:17:07 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Radix News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    members of the Arizona National Guard, including military recruiters were discovered working as “muscle” and “traffickers” for Mexican drug gangs .. About 12 National Guard were identified as suspects in one of the FBI’s biggest government corruption cases ever, which was almost totally ignored by government officials in Washington and major national news outlets On Friday in federal court, a non-commissioned officer (non-com) with the border-state Arizona’s Army National Guard was sentenced to federal prison for his role in protecting drug traffickers by using his military position to provide security for shipments of cocaine being transported from Mexico into the...
  • ISIS in Mexico? Feds DENY watchdog group's claim that the terror group is operating in Juarez...

    08/30/2014 4:17:40 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico who plan an 'imminent' attack against the United States. A DHS spokesman was bewildered, telling MailOnline that 'we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim' made by Judicial Watch, a center-right group. 'In Mexico?' the official said on the phone. 'I haven't seen that at all.' An hour before Judicial Watch's report surfaced, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said publicly that his agency and the FBI 'are unaware...
  • HHS Placing Unaccompanied Minors With Possible MS-13 Ties in Top Gang-Plagued Cities

    08/18/2014 6:32:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    CNS ^ | August 14, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    MS-13 Known for their identifying tattoos and violent mottos like “Mata, roba, viola, controla” (“Kill, steal, rape, control”), members of MS-13 are known for executing their victims with machetes and blunt objects like baseball bats. ( - Reports show thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien minors, some of them identified as obvious gang members by U.S. Border Patrol agents, have been transferred to several of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, including Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston and the Washington, D.C. area – cities that all rank among the top strongholds of the Latin American gang Mara...
  • Ohio Sheriff Bills Mexico for Illegals, FBI Warns Him Mexican Drugs Cartels Will Kill Him

    07/30/2014 2:18:49 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 15 replies ^ | 7/26/2014 | Suzanne Hamner
    Yes, this is OHIO. Full title: Ohio Sheriff Bills Mexico for Illegals in His Jail – FBI Warns Him Mexican Drugs Cartels Will Kill Him He sent a letter to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto charging him for the cost of each illegal alien housed in his jail. According to Sheriff Jones, "We've had horrendous crimes here in this community. We had a senior citizen, an elderly lady, molested by a teenager that came over from Mexico. We had another one molested – an eight year old girl. We've had drugs pouring in, more so than before the government said...
  • Juarez, Mexico's Onetime Murder Capital, Is Making a Comeback

    11/03/2013 10:57:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dudley Althaus
    Young daughter in hand, Isabel Aguilera recounts the mayhem that stalked these streets. Here they dragged a father from the breakfast table, shooting him dead outside in front of his family. There they came for a shopkeeper, gunning him down behind the counter. Yonder they snuffed two brothers after pulling them from their beds before sunrise. “They were people from outside,” Aguilera, 38, said of the killings that recently swept like cholera through Riveras del Bravo, a teeming sprawl of Mexico’s working poor. “They wanted to inject power, fear.” These thousands of matchbox houses once ranked among Earth's deadliest patches...
  • Anti-Gang Leader Says 4/20 Shooting Was ‘Crips On Crips’ (Denver)

    04/26/2013 6:40:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    CBS4 ^ | April 24, 2013
    Investigators are still looking for the person who opened fire during the 4/20 celebration at Denver’s Civic Center Park. ... Leon Kelly, leader of an anti-gang organization, says the shooting during the 4/20 rally was predictable. He says tensions in gang neighborhoods are already high and they spilled over in the park. He says the violence wasn’t between rival gangs. Kelly says the shooting was violence between members of the same gang and Denver investigators agree. “Over the last number of months you had friction between in-house battles, Crips on Crips,” Kelly said. Nobody was seriously injured in the shooting,...
  • Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

    04/25/2013 6:32:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | January 2012 | David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
    LAWBREAKERS, LAWMAKERS: In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thrive—and you lose. ... both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • Mexican Assassins Headed to Arizona, U.S. Warned (But Lets Sue Americans For Wanting To Stop It)

    10/17/2010 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/2010 | Fox News
    Drug smuggling gangs in Mexico have sent well-armed assassins, or "sicarios," into Arizona to locate and kill bandits who are ambushing and stealing loads of cocaine, marijuana and heroin headed to buyers in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security has warned Arizona law enforcement authorities.
  • Seven bodies found across Tijuana in possible drug-gang violence

    10/12/2010 1:54:51 AM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | OCTOBER 11, 2010 | Morgan Lee
    Mexican authorities have found the bodies of seven young men killed in three separate attacks across Tijuana -- a spate of violence that runs counter to what officials have described as an improving security situation. The bodies, two of them decapitated and strung from a highway overpass, were discovered within an eight-hour period between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, according to the Baja California state prosecutor’s office. Law-enforcement officials in Tijuana and Baja California and Mexico’s federal military have made some visible progress working together against drug-related violence afflicting several regions of the country. Brazen shootouts and gruesome killings...
  • More violence in Matamoros (Mexico)

    09/30/2010 3:25:55 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | September 29, 2010
    Violence continued Wednesday in Matamoros as a grenade was thrown at city hall and a local university was shut down because of a threat of some type of attack. Also, the Mexican navy announced the arrest of 30 Gulf Cartel members during operations conducted Monday and Tuesday throughout the state of Tamaulipas. As disturbances continued to plague Matamoros, panic ripped through downtown around 9:30 a.m. when a grenade was thrown at city hall, injuring two people. Federal police and the military cordoned off an area six blocks wide around the main plaza at the intersection of Calle Sexta and Morelos....
  • Attack on bar in Cancun leaves 8 dead

    08/31/2010 4:38:44 PM PDT · by AuntB · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Aug. 31, 2010 | NBC News and
    <p>Eight people were killed when a gang burned down a bar in the resort city of Cancun early on Tuesday.</p> <p>At least 10 armed men attacked the Castillo del Mar, a nightclub outside the city's main tourist area, threatening patrons and then lighting the building on fire...</p>
  • 2 cars explode in Mexico where 72 bodies found

    08/27/2010 12:05:33 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 27, 2010 | Eduardo Castillo
    SAN FERNANDO, Mexico – Two cars exploded early Friday in a northern state where officials are investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, while a prosecutor investigating the massacre has disappeared. The prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, disappeared Wednesday in the town of San Fernando, where the bodies of the migrants were found, the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office said in a statement. A transit police officer in the town is also missing. President Felipe Calderon, speaking during a forum on security, said Suarez, a Tamaulipas state prosecutor, was involved in the initial investigation of the massacre, which...
  • 6 charged with capital murder after deputies unravel suspected smuggling ring[hitman killed too)

    08/26/2010 3:38:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 26, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    EDINBURG — Six people accused of a February drug-related slaying faced capital murder charges Thursday morning. The sextet of suspects are allegedly part of a local drug smuggling group that ordered a hit of one of their own after he allegedly stole a load of marijuana delivered to a customer in February, investigators said. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies found Gilberto Aguilar beaten and shot to death on Feb. 6 in a remote field north of Palmview. Investigators believe Aguilar was kidnapped, beaten with brass knuckles and fatally shot after he stole a load of marijuana. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño...
  • [Mexico:]2 bodies hung from bridge on road to Acapulco

    08/24/2010 3:01:33 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post/AP ^ | August 24, 2010 | SERGIO FLORES
    ACAPULCO, Mexico -- The dismembered bodies of two men were hung from a bridge Tuesday on a highway leading to Acapulco, the second such discovery in three days in a region where two drug lords are fighting for control of their divided cartel. The men were hung from their feet at the entrance of Chilpancingo, the city nearest to Acapulco along the highway connecting the Pacific coast resort to Mexico's capital, according to police in the state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located. Their arms had been cut off, and a message was left threatening extortionists, kidnappers, police and the...
  • Unidentified reporter admits 'there is total control' of news about drug violence at the border

    08/01/2010 2:43:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 01, 2010 | Phil Boehmke
    The free press has all but disappeared. The news is often little more than a means of controlling the message. Entire areas of the country have experienced an information blackout. Many frightened citizens rely on bloggers, face book, twitter and text messages as their only source of news and information. Open warfare rages below the Rio Grande. The Houston Chronicle reports that. "After years of relative calm, the gangland nightmare is back-and yet, barely a single mention of the clashes here has been made by local radio and television or newspapers. The city's journalists, having lost some of their own...
  • 51 Bodies Found at Northern Mexico Dumping Ground

    07/24/2010 1:34:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via Washington ^ | Saturday, July 24, 2010; 3:43 PM | By MARK STEVENSON, AP
    SNIPPET: "MEXICO CITY -- Investigators said Saturday they have found 51 corpses in two days of digging in a field near a trash dump outside the northern city of Monterrey, as excavations continued at one of the largest clandestine body dumping grounds in Mexico's bloody drug war." SNIPPET: "The largest mass grave found in recent years was discovered in May in the southern city of Taxco, where a total of 55 bodies were dumped in an abandoned mine shaft, apparently by a drug gang."
  • Arizona's Constitutional War Powers

    07/09/2010 3:23:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 09, 2010 | James Carender
    Given the levels of illegal migration and narco-trafficking across its southern border, the State of Arizona deserves America's commendation for the remarkable restraint it has exhibited in dealing with what has become a most serious international and domestic problem. Arizona Senate Bill 1070, signed into law by Governor Janice K. Brewer on April 23, 2010, is a tiptoe exercise through an immigration minefield. In its essence, however, the law demands roughly no more of an individual than is required to open an account at the local video store. Indeed, the law presumes that one is not an alien who is...
  • Look what they found near the Texas and Mexico border (See pix)

    07/01/2010 7:39:05 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 190 replies · 2+ views
    FusionFX Politics and Capitalism ^ | 30 Jun 2010 | Unknown
    Where was our news media? Where was our president and congress? Why does the official move from Washington go against American private citizens and their guns, and not an all out war against the drug cartels using fully automatic military weapons, hand grenades, launchers and machine-guns? Why is the president pushing for an international gun law that will bring registration and finally gun control to we American citizens? Who is for free and lawful American citizens? Where are our statesmen? Where are our patriots and where are champions for the Constitution and freedom and safety of American citizens? This is...
  • Welcome to Maywood, Mexico

    06/28/2010 2:25:03 PM PDT · by stansblugrassgrl · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6/25/10 | Roger Hedgecock
    Boasting a population that is 97% Hispanic, more than half foreign born, and 40% illegal, the Los Angeles County, Calif., incorporated city of Maywood has achieved the Reconquista goal. It is now as lawless and chaotic as any place in Mexico. Maywood is a warning to every city and town in America. The Maywood City Council announced this week that after years of radical policies, corruption and scandal, the city was broke and all city employees would be laid off and essential city services contracted out to neighboring cities or to L.A. County government. How did this happen? Until recently,...
  • Congresswoman Raises Red Flag on Hezbollah-Cartel Nexus on U.S. Border

    06/25/2010 6:55:51 PM PDT · by exbrit · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/25/10 | Unspecified
    Iran-tied terror group Hezbollah may be colluding with drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border, a Republican congresswoman warned, calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to establish a special task force to figure out how to "clamp down" on this "national security" threat. The Lebanon-based group has long-standing and documented ties to South America and its drug gangs, but reports have recently surfaced that it may be expanding its influence to Mexico and the U.S. border.
  • House of Representatives Congresswoman Raises Red Flag on Hezbollah-Cartel Nexus on U.S. Border

    06/25/2010 10:40:21 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 9 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Published June 25, 2010
    Iran-tied terror group Hezbollah may be colluding with drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border, a Republican congresswoman warned, calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to establish a special task force to figure out how to "clamp down" on this "national security" threat. The Lebanon-based group has long-standing and documented ties to South America and its drug gangs, but reports have recently surfaced that it may be expanding its influence to Mexico and the U.S. border. In her letter to Napolitano, Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., called on Homeland Security to find out and report more on the extent of the...
  • Mexican gang leader added to FBI Most Wanted list

    10/21/2009 3:17:04 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1,487+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    EL PASO, Texas — An alleged Mexican gang leader named to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list may have surgically altered his face and changed his finger prints to hide his identity, federal investigators said Wednesday. Eduardo "Tablas" Ravelo was added earlier this week to the wanted list that includes the likes of Osama Bin Laden and Boston crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger. "From what I've heard, it's my understanding he may have had ... plastic surgery and manipulated his finger prints," said Samantha Mikeska, the FBI's lead investigator in a 5-year-old probe of Ravelo's Barrio Azteca gang. If Ravelo...
  • Top US officials to discuss gun smuggling in Mexico

    03/30/2009 6:31:59 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 1,112+ views
    afp ^ | 3/30/09 | afp
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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • U.S. citizen beheaded in apparent drug hit

    03/07/2009 1:20:30 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 21 replies · 2,174+ views
    Reporting from San Diego -- A U.S. citizen was one of the three men who were found decapitated this week in Tijuana, Mexican authorities said Friday. The body of George Harrison, a 38-year-old former Chula Vista resident, had been dismembered and mutilated and was dumped in a vacant lot near Tijuana's beachside bullring. Harrison had several drug-related convictions in the United States and was suspected of drug trafficking in Mexico, Baja California Assistant Atty. General Rafael Gonzalez said.
  • MEXICO'S MELTDOWN (scare tactics to grab US tax dollars---uses Mideast playbook)

    03/06/2009 2:26:57 AM PST · by Liz · 4 replies · 481+ views
    NY POST ^ | 3/6/09 | ROBERT B. CHARLES
    HELPING OUT IS IN OUR INTEREST Today's terror in Mexico is tomorrow's terror on US soil; the violence has already started crossing the border. To protect ourselves, we must help our beleaguered neighbors decisively and effectively put an end to the rippling massacres. Violence isn't all that will cross the border - corruption will spread, too. In 2007, the DHS opened 79 investigations into border corruption in four US states along the Mexican border, more than twice the number four years earlier.
  • Drug gangs drive off cops, terrorize Mexican town (Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua)

    02/17/2009 5:06:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 401+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/09 | Julie Watson - ap
    VILLA AHUMADA, Mexico – For people caught inside Mexico's drug corridors, life is about keeping your head down and watching your back, especially when the sun dips behind the cactus-studded horizon. No town knows this better than Villa Ahumada, where the entire police force quit after 70 cartel hit men roared through last spring, killing the police chief, two officers and three townspeople. Residents were left defenseless again last week when gunmen returned and kidnapped nine people, despite the soldiers manning checkpoints far outside town.
  • Mexican gang violence kills 21

    02/11/2009 12:52:31 PM PST · by AuntB · 8 replies · 1,701+ views ^ | Feb. 11, 2009 |
    A drug gang kidnapped and killed six people near a town in the US-Mexican border region, prompting a series of gunbattles with soldiers that left 15 others dead. The violence on Tuesday started when gunmen kidnapped nine alleged members of a rival drug gang in Villa Ahumada and later executed six of them along the PanAmerican highway outside of the town, 130km south of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, said Enrique Torres, spokesman for a joint military-police operation in Chihuahua State. Assailants later released three of the men, although their whereabouts was not immediately known, Torres...
  • Mexico drug gang likely behind U.S. kidnapping (anti-kidnapping expert abducted in Mexico)

    12/16/2008 1:23:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 880+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | Robin Emmott
    MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – An American anti-kidnapping expert who was himself abducted last week in northern Mexico was likely snatched by drug traffickers seeking to protect their turf, police said on Tuesday. Gunmen hauled Felix Batista into a white SUV outside a restaurant last week in the relatively safe industrial city of Saltillo in Coahuila state, where he was giving seminars on security to police and business people. Batista, a Cuban-American from Miami who is credited with negotiating the release of people abducted by Colombian rebels, was snatched when he stepped outside the restaurant after answering a cell phone call,...
  • Brazil shootouts kill at least 20 dead

    04/17/2007 7:09:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 498+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/17/07 | Michael Astor - ap
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Shootouts involving drug gangs and police Tuesday left at least 20 alleged gang members dead and sent mourners in a cemetery fleeing from gunfire, officials said. The deaths are the latest in an upsurge of killing that has made Rio de Janeiro one of Brazil's most violence-plagued cities with an annual homicide rate of around 50 per 100,000 residents. Most of the killings have occurred in the city's more than 600 shantytowns, controlled primarily by heavily armed drug gangs. At least 14 alleged drug gang members were killed in an hours-long shootout in the Mineira...
  • Police find 17 bodies across Mexico

    04/16/2007 8:26:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 538+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/07 | E. Eduardo Castillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Police found 17 bodies stuffed in cars or dumped on streets in garbage bags across Mexico on Monday in the latest wave of violence apparently triggered by warring drug gangs. In the resort city of Cancun, the bodies of three men and two women were found in an SUV with their heads covered in tape and their hands bound behind their backs, Quintana Roo state police said. Police spokesman Antonio Coral said he could not immediately confirm the cause of death. Mexico City police found more three bodies in an SUV parked in a middle-class neighborhood in...
  • Mexico AG: US must do more to stop guns

    03/28/2007 9:17:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 229+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/07 | Ioan Grillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's attorney general on Wednesday demanded U.S. authorities do more to stop guns and drug money from heading south and fueling the drug violence in Mexico that left more 2,000 dead last year. Eduardo Medina Mora told a business forum that the vast majority of arms used by the soldiers of drug cartels, including assault rifles and grenades, are smuggled from the United States. "It's truly absurd that a person can get together 50 to 100 high powered arms, grenade launchers, fragmentation grenades, and can transport this cargo to our country," Medina Mora said. "It's a task...
  • Mexican troops target drug trade (State of Guerrero/Acapulco is next target for drug gangs clean-up)

    01/19/2007 5:26:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 362+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/07 | Natalia Parra - ap
    ACAPULCO, Mexico - President Felipe Calderon announced Friday that 7,600 soldiers have massed in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero to go after drug gangs that have committed beheadings and other violence in the resort city of Acapulco in recent months. Calderon had already sent more than 10,000 troops to two other states since taking office on Dec. 1, promising a tough response to organized crime that claimed the lives of at least 2,000 Mexicans last year. The soldiers, who arrived Sunday, joined more than 1,000 troops that started conducting random checks on vehicles throughout Acapulco last week. The operation...
  • Mexico orders army offensive against drug gangs (Western state of Michoacan targeted)

    12/11/2006 4:50:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 878+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/11/06 | Gunther Hamm
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's new government, struggling with rampant drug trafficking and crime, ordered thousands of troops to the western state of Michoacan on Monday to fight drug cartels locked in a vicious turf war. President Felipe Calderon's security cabinet said more than 5,000 soldiers and Marines were being deployed to crack down on drug gangs in the state, a key air and sea transshipment point for U.S.-bound cocaine. "We will establish control points on highways and secondary roads to limit drug trafficking, along with raids and arrests," Interior Minister Francisco Ramirez Acuna said. The soldiers, accompanied by federal...
  • 3 police killed, 1 decapitated in Mexico

    10/28/2006 8:18:15 PM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 16 replies · 705+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2006 | N/A
    34 minutes ago ACAPULCO, Mexico - The bodies of three state police officers, one of whom had been decapitated, were found Saturday in a sport utility vehicle abandoned outside the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, police said. Acapulco has seen a wave of beheadings, shootings, stabbings and grenade attacks on police stations. Criminals have left the decapitated heads of at least six victims in front of government offices with threatening notes attached and authorities say the violence is part of a turf war between drug traffickers over shipment routes. The two commanders and an agent with the state's Ministerial Investigative...
  • Two Mexican Police Officials Decapitated

    04/20/2006 4:46:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies · 2,719+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 20, 2006 | NATALIA PARRA
    ACAPULCO- The decapitated heads of two police officials were found early Thursday dumped in front of a government building in this Pacific coast resort... The heads of police commander Mario Nunez Magana and officer Jesus Alberto Ibarra were found at the same site where four drug traffickers died during a shootout with law enforcement. The heads of the two -- who were involved in the Jan. 27 shootout -- were accompanied by sign that warned, "So that you learn to respect." They were discovered about 3 a.m. in front of the city's Finance Department -- just over a mile from...
  • Violence leads U.S. to close consulate

    07/30/2005 1:39:55 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 29 replies · 1,084+ views ^ | 7 29 05
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) -- The United States is closing its consulate in this violence-wracked border city for a week following a shootout in which assailants used machine guns, grenades and even a rocket launcher to attack a home, the U.S. Ambassador said Friday evening. In a statement from Mexico City, Tony Garza said "in light of this alarming incident and continued violence along the border, I have decided to suspend all operations except for emergency services for American citizens," for one week beginning Aug. 1. He said temporarily closing the consulate would allow officials to "access the security situation...
  • Mexican Drug Gangs Target U.S. Citizens for Kidnap

    12/18/2004 9:55:22 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 21 replies · 689+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 17th, 2004 | Reuters
    MEXICO CITY, – Marauding drug gangs in a violent Mexican border city have turned to kidnapping U.S. citizens for ransom as they seek to diversify their criminal activities, the U.S. government warned Friday. The U.S. consul in Nuevo Laredo, which lies south of the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, said 22 U.S. citizens have been either kidnapped or disappeared while visiting the city since mid-August. The recent spike contrasted with an average of three or four abductions annually in the city in recent years, and has been linked by law enforcement sources to drug-cartel activity, consul Michael Yoder said. "Narcotraffickers...
  • Illegal Aliens are Boosting for Billions, 60 Minutes

    07/11/2004 4:43:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 215 replies · 4,849+ views
    Boosting For Billions July 11, 2004 Approximately $10 billion worth of merchandise is stolen from stores every year.  (Photo: CBS/60 Minutes) “When you talk about shoplifting, not a lot of people think about organized crime. Most people think when you say shoplifting, it's the opportunistic shoplifter"Craig Matsamato, security consultant for major retailers Retailers are just beginning to realize that a huge chunk of stolen merchandise is being taken by well-organized gangs from South America.  (Photo: CBS/60 Minutes) (CBS) "Boosting" is organized shoplifting, and if you think it's a petty crime, think again. As Correspondent Steve Kroft first reported in February, approximately...