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  • EXCLUSIVE GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Cartel War Rages in Mexican City on Texas Border

    07/11/2015 4:15:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 11, 2015 | artel Chronicles
    Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.  The writers would face certain death at the hands of the Gulf Cartel if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Matamoros’ “JA Espinoza.”MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — Raging shootouts between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel have rained gunfire on this border city. In just one of the shootouts, one police officer and six cartel gunmen died, according to official...
  • Batts: Looted Drugs Fueling Deadly Turf Wars (in Baltimore)

    06/04/2015 6:40:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 3, 2015 | Christie Ileto
    Baltimore’s top cop confirms what WJZ has been reporting – -almost 200,000 narcotics are on the streets of Baltimore, and police say they’re fueling deadly turf wars. [Snip] Police believe stolen prescription drugs are driving the violence sweeping the city. “There’s enough narcotics on the streets of Baltimore to keep it intoxicated for a year,” Commissioner Batts said. More than 175,000 units or doses of drugs were looted from 27 pharmacies and two methadone clinics during the April 27 riots. Almost half of those businesses haven’t even finished assessing what was stolen.
  • Severed heads dumped outside bank in Mexican state of Michoacán

    02/05/2014 6:55:11 AM PST · by ThomasMore · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 Feb 2014 | Finacial Times
    Two severed heads were dumped in front of a bank in the western Mexican state of Michoacán on Monday, days before a planned visit by Enrique Peña Nieto, the president, to the volatile region where he has launched a major security offensive. Though there was no confirmation of the identity of the victims, officials believe the murders in the town of Parácuaro were the work of the Knights Templar cartel seeking to dissuade potential informants.
  • The Mexican Congress Requests

    01/21/2014 6:46:55 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/21/2014 | Victor Keith
    The Mexican Congress has just passed a resolution calling upon the United States to facilitate the granting of asylum to Mexican citizens who claim they are escaping from violence. Due to widespread killings and attacks in the country, primarily due to drug trafficking, the Mexican Congress is admitting officially that they cannot protect their own citizens from other Mexicans. It figures, therefore, that the responsibility must now fall to the United States.
  • Mexico urges vigilantes to stand down in drug gang conflict

    01/13/2014 4:51:01 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | 1-14-14 | Michael O'Boyle, Anahi Rama and Lizbeth Diaz
    Mexico's government on Monday pledged to take control of a violent western state after days of fighting between masked vigilantes and members of one of the country's most powerful drug cartels. Since late last year, vigilante groups in the state of Michoacan have moved deeper into territory controlled by the Knights Templar cartel and they now are converging on Apatzingan, considered one of gang's main strongholds. The vigilantes' advance has raised the risk of a bloody urban battle in Apatzingan. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong on Monday urged the vigilante groups to withdraw from the battleground so federal forces...
  • Sinaloa Drug Cartel Has Midwest Distribution Hub

    05/02/2013 7:18:46 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/02/13 | Friends of Ours
    Apparently the drug cartels have not yet received Janet Napolitano's memo about the secure border. The Sinaloa cartel continues to use Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO as distribution hubs in the Midwest as reported by Farrah Fazal for KSDK: "Sinaloa cartel members get drugs into the U.S. on ships in the Pacific Ocean, rafts across the Rio Grande River, semi trucks on highways and single engine planes across the Southwest border." The Mexican drug cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells...
  • 'Please spare my little girl': How Mexico's fearless female mayor sacrificed herself...

    11/27/2012 3:04:15 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 74 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/26/2012 | Sam Webb
    The woman mayor who was kidnapped and murdered by a Mexican drug gang pleaded with her attackers for her young daughter’s life, it emerged today. Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia. The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal. They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors’ car willingly. The little girl...
  • [Mexico:]Jailed Zetas accused of David Hartley murder, San Fernando massacres

    10/08/2012 1:40:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/08/2012 | Sergio Chapa
    A Zetas leader arrested in the streets of Nuevo Laredo is being accused of masterminding the Falcon Lake murder of American tourist David Hartley and the massacres in San Fernando. Mexican marines arrested Salvador Alfonso Martínez-Escobedo in Nuevo Laredo around 7 p.m. Saturday. Martinez-Escobedo, who goes by the nickname "La Ardilla" or "The Squierrel", is reported to be a regional commander for the Zetas drug cartel. Mexican Navy officials report he escaped from gun battle with marines that left one person dead in the San Agustin subdivision early Saturday morning. Marines found Martinez-Escobedo hours later in an SUV in the...
  • Modern Day Ruins: Late Medellin Cartel Leader Pablo Escobar's Estates Abandoned, in Ruins (Photos)

    09/24/2012 11:17:03 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 24, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s abandoned private island At the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was worth an estimated $3 billion (USD) and his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. So he may have had a few extra dollars to throw around on a private island. In fact, many drug lords had luxurious villas on small islands off the coast of Cartagena, islands that have since been abandoned by their human occupants. Urban explorer and photographer Stefaan Beernaert, also known as Fotantje, has explored the islands off Catagena and photographed the so-called "Drug Islands."...
  • Google takes on the drug cartels

    07/20/2012 8:37:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | July 19, 2012 | John D. Sutter
    (CNN) -- Google's technology certainly can map out driving directions and organize e-mail (or even make cars drive themselves). But can its digital tools take down drug cartels? The company says it can, with your help. "We believe that technology has the power to expose and dismantle global criminal networks, which depend on secrecy and discretion in order to function," Google said in a blog post this week. "And for the past few months, we've been working with people fighting on the front line to gain a better understanding of what drives these networks and how they function." In coordination...
  • Perry open to sending US troops to Mexico

    10/01/2011 9:59:16 PM PDT · by South40 · 112 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 10/1/2011 | STEVE PEOPLES
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Saturday that he is open to sending American troops to Mexico to help battle drug cartels. ((snip)) Mexico's government, however, has been opposed to foreign forces in its territory.
  • Gunmen dump 35 bodies on busy avenue in Mexico

    09/20/2011 11:27:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 20/9/11
    The aol ticker feed provides the above headline, which, when clicked on, has the following: Mexico says key drug cartel figure arrested Updated: Sep 20, 2011 - 11:15AM Text Size ---- AP MEXICO CITY -The Mexican army says it has captured a key figure in the cult-like Knights Templar drug cartel that is sowing violence in western Mexico. Brig. Gen. Edgar Luis Villegas says Saul Solis Solis was captured Monday in the western state of Michoacan, where the cartel was born. It split from La Familia, a pseudo-religious drug gang known as a major trafficker of methamphetamine. Villegas said Tuesday...
  • 59 bodies found in eight mass graves near San Fernando

    04/06/2011 9:23:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies ^ | 6 Apr 2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Mexican officials are investigating a gruesome discovery south of the border in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. San Fernando residents first reported via Twitter on Wednesday morning that a mass 'narcograve' had been found in the Ejido La Joya. Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they investigating a report of a mass grave in the San Fernando, Tamaulipas area. An agency spokesperson told Action 4 News that there is no formal report but federal officials are at the site investigating the crime scene. Official Confirmation The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) reported that a total of 59 bodies...
  • Bit by Bit, a Mexican Police Force Is Eradicated

    01/11/2011 10:11:05 PM PST · by Cardhu · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2011 | Randal C. Archibold
    Guadalupe, Mexico — Her uncle, the mayor who gave her the job nobody else wanted, warned her to keep a low profile, to not make too much of being the last remaining police officer in a town where the rest of the force had quit or been killed. But in pictures for local newspapers, Érika Gándara, 28, seemed to relish the role, brandishing a semiautomatic rifle and wearing a purple hoodie instead of a uniform. A patch covered an eye swollen from a bee sting. “I am the only police in this town, the authority,” she told reporters. Then, two...
  • Army captures U.S. teen hitman in Mexico

    12/03/2010 11:32:37 AM PST · by jakerobins · 28 replies · 3+ views
    Mexican soldiers captured a 14-year-old U.S. citizen suspected of being a drug gang hitman as he attempted to travel to the United States. Edgar Jimenez, known as "El Ponchis," worked for the South Pacific drug cartel in Morelos state, outside Mexico City, the army said Friday. The boy was caught late Thursday as he boarded a plane in the city of Cuernavaca in Morelos. He was travelling to the border city of Tijuana across from San Diego, California, with two of his sisters, one of whom is believed to be the lover of one of the cartel's bosses, the army...
  • Mexican police find the bodies of 20 Acapulco tourists

    11/05/2010 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11/04/2010 | By Dudley Althaus - Houston Chronicle
    MEXICO CITY — Yet another macabre mystery of Mexico's drug war — the presumed slaughter of 20 tourists in Acapulco — apparently has been solved by thugs who detained the killers, posted their confessions on the Internet, then murdered them and led police to the crime scene. Police were searching for two more bodies Thursday in a coconut grove near the Pacific Coast resort, where they had pulled 18 bodies from a shallow grave Wednesday. Though officials are waiting for DNA evidence or identification by relatives today, those in the grave are believed to be the tourists from neighboring Michoacán...
  • The Starving Journalists Of Afghanistan (Maybe Good News?)

    09/11/2010 8:43:44 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | September 11, 2010
    September 11, 2010: Lately, the Afghan government has not been as loud about reducing civilian casualties. Partly, that's because these casualties are at a historic low, and trying to drive them any lower will mean less effective operations against the Taliban and more dead Afghan and foreign troops. But the main reason for the reduction in anti-American invective is that the Taliban are having cash flow problems. In the last year, NATO forces have concentrated on doing as much damage as possible to the heroin production and smuggling operations. The Taliban provide security for the drug gangs, and the security...
  • Living in fear of Mexico's worsening drugs wars

    08/15/2010 12:05:50 PM PDT · by I still care · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | August 14, 2010 | By Emma Thomas
    El Cercado is a sleepy village in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. It is situated about half an hour's drive south of Monterrey, Mexico's third largest city. ... Four years ago I was lucky enough to spend a little time in El Cercado. My aunt Blanca and uncle Juan invited my mother and me to stay in their weekend retreat - a spacious old ranch, crammed with family bric-a-brac, with a terrace running the length of the house. We would sit in rocking chairs listening to the birds and contemplating the view. Each morning, before the sun was too...
  • Mexico police detain their own commander at gunpoint ( in Ciudad Juarez )

    08/08/2010 9:17:16 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 August 2010 Last updated at 20:48 ET
    Police officers in Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico detained their commander at gunpoint, accusing him of corruption and links to drug gangs. More than 200 federal police agents raided the hotel where their commander was staying and accused him of planting drugs on police officers to blackmail them into carrying out extortion. The commander has been suspended, pending an investigation. Ciudad Juarez is the most violent city in Mexico and corruption is rife. While some agents blocked off nearby streets to prevent their commander from escaping, others moved into the hotel where he was staying. They raided his room, where...
  • Death on the border: But Washington refuses to act

    05/14/2010 3:50:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 554+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 13, 2010 | ABBY WISSE SCHACHTER
    A war is raging in Mexico, yet Washington still refuses to make securing the border a priority: It's more interested in bashing Arizona's immigration-enforcement law. Yet it's not hard to see why Arizonans are afraid. No, the ongoing Mexican drug wars haven't crossed seriously into the United States yet. But Mexico has seen some 22,743 people killed in drug-related violence since December 2006. And things aren't dying down. After one recent bloody attack, Mexico City's La Reforma newspaper reported, "The situation is becoming more and more like all-out urban warfare." The violence is getting closer to us, too. Three people...
  • Drug wars push Mexican news CEO to Texas

    03/25/2010 10:14:24 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 348+ views
    UPI ^ | March 25, 2010
    SAN ANTONIO, March 25 (UPI) -- The chief executive of Latin America's largest newspaper company says he moved himself and his family to Texas from Mexico out of fear of ruthless drug gangs. Drug-related violence, from Reynosa, Mexico, and elsewhere along a long stretch of border from Nuevo Laredo to Matamoros, is bloody and frightening, but "intimidation is the most frequent form of what takes place in the media," Grupo Reforma President and CEO Alejandro Junco de la Vega said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News. Traffickers go after the media with a vengeance in strategic border towns...
  • U.S. vows FBI help after Mexico killings

    03/15/2010 11:26:28 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 789+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/16/10 | Andrew Quinn
    State Dept says consulate closed for security review U.S. says too early to say if diplomats targeted U.S. in for long haul in Mexico's anti-drug fight WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - The United States pledged support for Mexico on Monday in its war against drug gangs as the FBI joined the investigation of the murders of two Americans and a Mexican linked to the U.S. consulate in a violent border city. "The tragedy of this weekend just underscores how severe and significant a danger this represents to Mexico, to the United States, to the hemisphere," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley...
  • Mexico's Hopeless Drug War (Mexico Decriminalizes Narcotics "for Personal Use")

    09/15/2009 10:11:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 42 replies · 1,178+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9/15/2009 | Mary O'Grady
    Mexico announced recently that it will decriminalize the possession of "small amounts of drugs"—marijuana, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamines, heroin and opium—"for personal use." Individuals who are caught by law enforcement with quantities below established thresholds will no longer face criminal prosecution. A person apprehended three times with amounts below the minimum, though, will face mandatory treatment. For the government of President Felipe Calderón, which has spent the last three years locked in mortal combat with narcotrafficking cartels, this seems counterproductive. Is the government effectively surrendering to the realities of the market for mind-altering substances? Or could it be that the new...
  • Mexico's 'La Familia' cartel declares war on police

    07/15/2009 3:16:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 720+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/09 | AFP
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – The powerful "La Familia" drug cartel has unleashed one of the most spectacular murder offensives in recent years against Mexican authorities, boldly targeting President Felipe Calderon's home state. No drug cartel has ever gone so far or dealt such a harsh blow to the federal police -- not even in the country's northern reaches near the US border, often the scene of unspeakable violence, or in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's crime capital. La Familia has claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 federal police officers, including one woman, whose bodies were found Monday piled atop one another...
  • Mexico Under Siege -- The drug war at our doorstep

    06/08/2009 9:53:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 467+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2009 | Series of Stories....
    A team of Los Angeles Times reporters has been covering Mexico's drug war from both sides of the border since June, 2008 Complete seriesUse the list below to sort and view all Los Angeles Times coverage of Mexico Under Siege
  • Mexico Church seeks protection after drug threats

    04/23/2009 9:13:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 313+ views
    AFP ^ | April 23, 2009
    MEXICO CITY — Mexico's influential Roman Catholic Church is seeking protection for its priests who fear they will be targeted in drug violence, a document said Thursday, after an archbishop said "everybody knows" where the nation's most-wanted trafficker lives. Amid almost daily drug attacks, in which more than 7,000 have died since the start of last year, the archbishop of the northern state of Durango said last week that the alleged leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel lived in his state, and "everybody knows it except the authorities." The comments, for which Archbishop Hector Gonzalez Martinez quickly apologized, sparked fear...
  • ("The Family") Cartel tells smugglers to live "clean" life

    04/20/2009 12:30:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 545+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/09 | Reuters
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A cartel engaged in Mexico's deadly drug wars has told its members to avoid heavy drinking and using narcotics and live a clean family life as it tries to build a well-run criminal organization, police say. Rafael Cedeno, a leader of "The Family" cartel based in the western state of Michoacan, told police after he was arrested at the weekend he had trained several thousand cartel members with courses in ethics and personal improvement. "The indoctrination of this group consisted of courses they considered to be for personal improvement, values, ethical and moral principles of the...
  • Drug Wars the Movie showing in Dallas and Houston this week

    03/01/2009 5:37:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 561+ views
    Drug Wars E-mail ^ | February 28, 2009 | Gary "Rusty" Fleming
    Drug Wars Screenings---Dallas and Houston The Dallas screening of DRUG WARS is set for Monday, March 2 at Studio Movie Grill - Dallas (11170 N. Central Expressway at Royal Lane). Showtime is 7:30 PM. A preview screening has been set up in Houston at Studio Movie Grill - Copperfield for Thursday, March 5. Showtime is 7:30 PM. Studio Movie Grill - Copperfield 8580 Hwy. 6 North Houston, TX 77095 (Due to graphic violence, this film is not recommended for children.) To learn more about the documentary, go to
  • Mexican Army to help police fight violence

    02/07/2009 7:33:15 PM PST · by BAW · 12 replies · 410+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | February 6, 2009 | Omar Millán González
    TIJUANA — Following several high-profile busts, the Mexican Army is stepping up its battle against organized crime in this region. The city's director of Public Safety, Julián Leyzaola, announced this week that the Army would begin joint operations with local police in the most violent neighborhoods. That's a change, given that the military has largely steered clear of working directly local police. On Wednesday, Mexican soldiers rescued eight people who had been kidnapped and were being held at a ranch east of the city after a shootout that claimed the life of one of the suspected kidnappers. Last month, the...
  • Bingaman and Hutchison Renew Effort to Enact Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act [McCain alert]

    01/16/2009 6:57:16 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 783+ views
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today renewed their push to enact legislation to reduce drug-related violence in the border region by cracking down on organizations smuggling weapons illegally from the United States into Mexico.  Senators Richard Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Jon Kyl, and John McCain are also cosponsors of the legislation. Ongoing violence in Mexico is having a devastating impact on Mexico and is raising concerns for border communities on both sides of the border.  In 2008, more than 5,300 people were killed in Mexico -- double the number in the previous year.  More...
  • Mayor Cook Saves City (El Paso) From Possible Embarrassment

    01/12/2009 6:54:02 PM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies · 2,789+ views
    KDBC - El Paso ^ | posted by Robert Boyd KDBC 4 News
    On Tuesday afternoon El Paso Mayor John Cook vetoed a resolution unanimously passed by city council that would have asked the U.S. government to begin a serious debate on legalizing narcotics. Earlier in the day city council passed a resolution, rationing that the best way to stop the drug wars in Juarez may be to legalize the drugs here in the United States. It was part of a larger resolution outlining several steps for the United States and Mexico to take in order to cut down on the number of murders between rival drug cartels. Last year more than 1,600...
  • Drug Wars the Movie, showing in Victoria [Texas]

    12/26/2008 12:21:03 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 38 replies · 1,891+ views
    Texas Border Volunteers E-mail ^ | Dec. 22, 2008 | Linda Vickers
    As part of its award-winning "Fatal Funnel" series, Victoria Advocate/ present DRUG WARS by Gary "Rusty" Fleming Silver or Lead - "Plato o Plomo" They are showing the entire film—the cost of the viewing is free— Come and learn about this very present threat. Tuesday, December 30, 7 P.M. at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in Victoria, Texas. Due to graphic violence, this film is not recommended for children. Following the film, your questions will be answered by Mr. Fleming; Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor; Webb County Sheriff Rick Flores; Fred Burton, a former counter-terrorism...
  • Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana

    12/23/2008 10:20:03 AM PST · by kennedy · 138 replies · 3,363+ views ^ | December 23, 2008 | John H. Richardson
    Famously, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved the United States banking system during the first seven days of his first term. And what did he do on the eighth day? "I think this would be a good time for beer," he said. Congress had already repealed Prohibition, pending ratification from the states. But the people needed a lift, and legalizing beer would create a million jobs. And lo, booze was back. Two days after the bill passed, Milwaukee brewers hired six hundred people and paid their first $10 million in taxes. Soon the auto industry was tooling up the first $12 million...
  • Mexico Drug Cartels Border Wars Rages Out of Control, but U.S. wants more border crossings.

    12/10/2008 7:20:33 PM PST · by flattorney · 19 replies · 1,357+ views
    CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | December 9, 2008 | Lou Dobbs-Transcript Staff
    More than 5,000 people have been killed in Mexico's out of control drug cartel wars this year, so why is our government opening even more border crossings at this time with Mexico. Many elected officials are ignoring Mexico's raging war against the drug cartels and instead of focusing on safety and public security, trying to widen the openings in our border with Mexico strictly for commerce purposes. DOBBS: Disturbing new details emerging tonight from Mexico proving that the raging drug cartel wars there are far more deadly than the government of Mexico has previously admitted. The U.S. response, however, is...
  • FBI: Zetas arming for confrontation with U.S.

    10/29/2008 8:58:44 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 72 replies · 2,352+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | October 29, 2008 | Jeremy Roebuck
    <p>McALLEN -- Recent U.S. efforts to disrupt drug smuggling routes through the Rio Grande Valley have prompted threats of retaliation against authorities on this side of the river, according to an FBI intelligence report. Vowing to maintain control over valuable trafficking corridors such as those in Reynosa, Matamoros and Miguel Alemán, the Gulf Cartel and its paramilitary enforcement wing, Los Zetas, have begun stockpiling weapons, reaching out to Texas gangs and issuing orders to "confront U.S. law enforcement agencies to zealously protect their criminal interests," the report states.</p>
  • Border bloodshed likely to worsen, experts warn

    10/05/2008 3:35:17 PM PDT · by radar101 · 8 replies · 501+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | October 5, 2008 | Leslie Berestein and Sandra Dibble
    MIGUEL CERVANTES Law enforcement officers inspected several bodies found on a Tijuana street Friday. The string of violence continued yesterday, with 10 more bodies found around the city +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ After a particularly violent week in Tijuana that has left 54 dead in a fierce cartel power struggle, experts on both sides of the border fear the worst is yet to come. Since early last year, Mexican President Felipe Calderón has deployed thousands of soldiers and federal police to drug-route battlegrounds such as Baja California, Chihuahua and Michoacan. Experts say it's clear that the recent bloodbath along the border, felt...
  • Mexican Border City Drug Dead Hits 800

    08/18/2008 6:36:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,057+ views ^ | August 18, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    A massacre at a drug rehab center last week helped push the number of homicides in the Mexican border city of Juarez to more than 800 this year as rival drug gangs battle for turf. On Wednesday a commando-style group fired a barrage of more than 60 rounds during a religious service at the drug rehab center, killing eight and wounding five. Five other people were killed elsewhere in the city on that day. More than 100 people have been killed so far in August in the war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels, which broke out in January,...
  • Incredible Increase in Violence on Mexico-US Border as Mexican Drug Cartels Battle

    05/26/2008 7:55:18 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 41 replies · 246+ views
    Right Side News and M3 Report ^ | May 26, 2008 | NAFBPO
    More public death threats against Chihuahua police May 26, 2008 NAFBPO Sign up for their daily reports El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/26/08 Three large signs with the names of police officers to be executed appeared yesterday (Sun.) morning hung from pedestrian overpasses in different points of the city of Chihuahua (capital of the state of Chihuahua.) Twenty-one officers are named, most of them from the State Public Security Dep't. and from the state's Att'y. General's office. Last January, a similar death threat list of seventeen Juarez police officers was left at the Monument to the Police in Juarez. (A...
  • Doc Gets 18 Months for Removing Prints

    02/13/2008 2:58:14 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies · 45+ views
    AP ^ | 02/13/2008 | Marc Levy
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A plastic surgeon who replaced the fingerprints of a man involved in a drug ring with skin from the bottom of his feet was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane called the crime "horrific" when she imposed the sentence on Dr. Jose Covarrubias. Covarrubias, a U.S. citizen who lived in the border town of Nogales, Ariz., and practiced in Mexico, pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to a federal charge of harboring and concealing a fugitive. He apologized to Kane for his conduct, and said he had learned his lesson. Covarrubias, 50,...
  • Mexican Mafia sting nets 30 arrests

    08/30/2007 6:20:56 PM PDT · by dvan · 4 replies · 597+ views
    Imperial Valley Press ^ | 0/30/2007 | ERIC GALVAN , Staff Writer
    By , Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:19 PM PDT More than 30 people affiliated with the Mexican Mafia were arrested this morning throughout Imperial and San Diego counties in what the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office is calling “Operation Gangland.”
  • The Latest Mexican War

    08/01/2007 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Valin · 11 replies · 542+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/1/07 | Austin Bay
    Mexico is at war. No, not a war with the United States over immigration, though the war for stability and modernity Mexico is waging has profound effects on that hot-button North American issue. Let's take Mexico's figurative battle first, the "political fight for modernization." Figurative, however, doesn't mean without the threat of severe civil disorder. Conducting legitimate elections is certainly a "front" in Mexican modernization. So is navigating the storm of post-election partisan rivalry, massive street demonstrations and threatened violence. A retrospective look at the July 2006 presidential election and its dicey aftermath suggests Mexico is maturing as a democracy....
  • (Former Panamanian Dictator) Noriega's Lawyers To Challenge French Extradition

    07/23/2007 7:57:10 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 387+ views ^ | July 23, 2007 |
    Jul 23, 2007 7:57 am US/Eastern Noriega's Lawyers To Challenge French Extradition (CBS4) MIAMI Lawyers for former Panamanian dictator Manual Noriega will challenge a new French extradition request in a Miami courtroom Monday on the grounds that it violates his rights as a prisoner of war. Noriega is currently behind bars in southwest Miami-Dade County. In 1992, he was convicted of protecting Colombian cocaine shipments through Panama into the U.S. during the 1980s. Federal prosecutors want to have Noriega extradited to France to face trial after the U.S. drug trafficking sentence he is serving ends in September. Noriega is charged...
  • Acapulco: You wouldn't want to die there

    02/08/2007 12:14:33 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 57 replies · 1,616+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 8, 2007 | Natalia Parra (A.P.)
    ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Brazen daylight killings by presumed drug smugglers just up the hill from Acapulco Bay are worrying business leaders that increasingly bloody drug wars will cripple Mexico's critical tourism industry. Hotel owners and other business leaders in the Pacific coast resort have demanded officials do something to quell the violence that has been closing in on the city's beachfront hotels, flashy discos and fish taco eateries. In one of the boldest attacks yet, assassins dressed as soldiers barged into two state police stations shortly before noon Tuesday, demanded the officers hand over their guns and then opened fire....
  • Official Corroboration Of Explosive AZ National Guard Incident

    01/10/2007 11:55:45 AM PST · by American Cabalist · 12 replies · 451+ views
    Euphoric Reality ^ | 010907 | Heidi Thiess
    Posted at the website that first broke the news about the uniformed paramilitary force on the border in Arizona: About my incendiary EXCLUSIVE report on Monday concerning the Mexican paramilitary force on the Arizona border: I already had two official, unimpeachable sources and one unofficial source for the story I published on Monday. I vetted it thoroughly before I published it, but I could not - and would not - reveal my sources' names. That brought me a lot of heat from skeptics. In the last 48 hours I've since been called a conspiracy theorist, liar, fraud, charlatan, hack, and...
  • Murder spree in Tijuana after US authorities detain suspected drug kingpin

    11/12/2006 10:43:39 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 31 replies · 3,377+ views
    Fox News "Weekend Live" | Nov 12, 2006 | Adam Housley
    A murder spree began in Tijuana, Mexico shortly after American authorities detained suspected drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Félix last August. In September, 44 people were killed, including 5 police officers. Police say the killings are the result of internal strife within the drug cartels, as those in the organizations kill anyone in their way and fight for the power that was vacated upon Arellano Félix's arrest. The killings dropped a bit in October but have since intensified with 11 homicides in the first week of November. The violence has prompted the city's Secretary of Public Security, Luis Javier Algorri...
  • Students Suspended For Bringing 'Happy Crack' To School

    05/18/2006 12:12:49 PM PDT · by Abathar · 74 replies · 1,334+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 18, 2006 | ap
    PENN HILLS, Pa. -- Parents and at least one school board member said they believe an elementary school in Pennsylvania overreacted when it suspended 14 students earlier this month for mixing sugar and Kool-Aid crystals and calling it "Happy Crack." Officials in the Penn Hills School District said the kids were suspended for imitating drug activity. The students put the mixture in plastic bags and labeled it "Happy Crack." But some parents said they don't think that should have gotten the students suspended from Shenandoah Elementary School. School Board Member Erin Vecchio told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she agreed with...
  • Help arrives by air; Day after vowing assistance, feds send in reinforcements[Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    03/15/2006 11:19:06 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 490+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - In a special fleet of three planes, hundreds of federal preventive police officers arrived here Tuesday morning to reinforce security in the drug-war-torn Sister City. The planes landed at about 6:30 a.m. at the Quetzalcóatl airport. "We know they are here, but we don't know their mission," said Manuel Antonio Ulloa, Nuevo Laredo city spokesman. "They are closed, and never talk about their operations." Special support forces, special group agents with canine units, high-caliber weapons and a wide variety of equipment and ammunition, were quickly loaded onto trucks at the airport, and within an hour the convoy...
  • [Nuevo Laredo Mexico: El Mañana] Editor says hands off on narco beat

    02/08/2006 8:25:13 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 31 replies · 1,197+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - Ramón Darío Cantú Deándar, the owner and general manager of Nuevo Laredo's El Mañana newspaper, promised to all but stop covering the ongoing bloody turf war between rival drug cartels to protect the paper's employees. "We have asked our personnel to remain calm," Cantú Deándar said in a news conference Tuesday, the day after masked men attacked the newsroom with machine guns. "We will be careful with what we publish regarding the drug trade." The paper already had been downplaying the increasing violence in the city as part of its efforts to maintain the community's image, but...

    06/09/2005 6:00:30 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 72 replies · 1,554+ views
    MONTERREY, Mexico — For weeks, no one applied for the Nuevo Laredo police chief job. Many saw it as a death sentence. But Alejandro Dominguez proudly took office on Wednesday, saying he wasn't afraid of anything. Nine hours later, he was ambushed and killed by gunmen who fired some three dozen times. Dominguez's violent death was the latest blow to Nuevo Laredo, a city across from Laredo, Texas, that has been crippled by a wave of drug violence. The city is on the front line of a turf battle between Mexico's two largest drug gangs, the Gulf and Juarez cartels....
  • Ex-troops aiding drug traffickers

    02/24/2005 8:14:49 AM PST · by tomball · 39 replies · 653+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 24, 2005 | Jerry Seper
    Former Mexican soldiers, police and federal agents, originally trained as an elite force of anti-drug commandos, are working as mercenaries for Mexican narcotics traffickers, bringing a new wave of drug-related killings into the United States, authorities said. Law-enforcement and intelligence officials said the well-armed gang, known as the "Zetas," is linked to hundreds of killings and dozens of kidnappings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly over a wide area of southeastern Texas from Laredo to Brownsville and in cities throughout Mexico. In protecting established drug corridors into the United States, gang leaders have targeted U.S. Border Patrol...