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  • Threat of IEDs growing at home

    07/30/2012 4:08:57 PM PDT · by AuntB · 61 replies
    My ^ | July 29, 2012 | Stewar Powell
    WASHINGTON — Improvised explosive devices, like those that have killed and maimed thousands of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, pose a growing threat across Texas and the United States, leading to calls for urgent cooperation between U.S. military experts and civilian law enforcement officers. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, director of the Pentagon's so-called Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, alerted Congress in classified testimony this month to the mounting IED threat at home. He also highlighted the challenges his team faces trying to train stateside law enforcement agencies to detect, disarm and defeat the devices. “The domestic IED...
  • Drug horses being left to die by Mexican cartels

    02/27/2011 10:12:05 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 20 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 27TH, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    A pitiful, malnourished abandoned drug horse, used to move drugs across the Mexican border into Arizona, was so weak it kept trying to sit back on its hind legs because its front legs were too weak to hold it up, according to [the] NY TIMES. Brad Cowan, a 28 year livestock officer with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and his partner had to carry it into a horse trailer. “I’d get angry when I’d see the condition these horses were in,” he said. Horrible sores from poorly fitting make shift saddles become infected, and their hooves get severely cut and...
  • Hezbollah Working with Cartels

    02/21/2011 10:05:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | February 21, 2011 | Adam Housely
    As if the threat of deadly drug cartels in Mexico wasn't enough, some of them are joining forces with Middle East terror groups. "Hezbollah are absolute masters at identifying existing smuggling infrastructures," says former DEA Chief of Operations Mike Braun, adding that the group "is developing relations with those responsible for operating those smuggling operations and then forming close relations with them, so that they can move anything they have an interest into virtually anywhere in the world." That comment comes from former DEA Chief of Operations Mike Braun. He goes on to tell me that the Middle East terror...

    02/18/2011 9:08:17 AM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | Feb. 17, 2011 | Greta Van Susteren
    Here is our 2 billionth "wake up call" about Mexico and drug cartel violence. Just how many more do we need before we truly wake up and aggressively face this issue????? Now the cartels are hiring people to assassinate in the USA! (Mr. President, please listen to your Secretary of State Hillary Clinton! She is right about Mexico and you are wrong. Mexico is like Colombia of 20 years ago...and it is inching into our country.) --- Three arrested in Palmdale, CA were found with 2 AR-15s and a thousand rounds of ammo.... Lieutenant in the Arrellano Felix sought for...
  • How attack on US agents in Mexico may impact relations

    02/17/2011 10:09:00 AM PST · by AuntB · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb. 16, 2011 | BBC
    One US immigration and customs agent was killed and a second was wounded in a suspected ambush in Mexico. Life has become horribly cheap in Mexico's drug wars, but when the victim is an American special agent, the price rises sharply. Tuesday's shootings have forced US-Mexican relations up Washington's list of priorities, even as the Obama administration responds to the tumultuous events in the Middle East. "If it turns out that these two agents were directly targeted, it changes everything," says one US law enforcement official. ICE has about 30 agents in Mexico, and those on permanent assignment are authorised...
  • Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth | STRATFOR

    02/10/2011 6:21:45 AM PST · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Stratfor ^ | 10 feb 2011 | Scott Stewart
    "Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth is republished with permission of STRATFOR." For several years now, STRATFOR has been closely watching developments in Mexico that relate to what we consider the three wars being waged there. Those three wars are the war between the various drug cartels, the war between the government and the cartels and the war being waged against citizens and businesses by criminal Read more: Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth | STRATFOR
  • Female Mexican Police Chief Missing.

    02/08/2011 10:10:51 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    The female police chief of Guadalupe, Mexico, has not been seen or heard from since being abducted two days before Christmas. Erika Gandara was a former radio dispatcher for the police department in the town of 9,000, which is just across the U.S. border, one mile from Fabens, Texas. The previous police chief was murdered and decapitated. ...Many of the houses in Guadalupe have been burned down by the cartels.
  • 2 El Paso Students Killed In Juarez(,Mexico)

    02/08/2011 7:54:39 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    KVIA ^ | February 7, 2011
    EL PASO, Texas -- A car lot in Juarez. That's where 15-year-olds Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez and Juan Echeveeri Luna, both students in El Paso, were killed by gunmen there Saturday. Gonzalez Bermudez's mother told our news partners - channel 44 in Juarez - the teens were buying a set of car rims. At some point, gunmen looking for the owner, opened fire on him and the teens. Gonzalez Bermudez and his family had just moved to El Paso to get away from the violence. He was a sophomore at Cathedral. Echeveeri used to go there, but transferred to Radford.
  • Violence in Northern Tamaulipas continues(Matamoros, Mexico)

    02/02/2011 11:14:37 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | February 01, 2011
    Mexican military patrols were on the lookout Tuesday for a group of Zeta gunmen that had entered Matamoros with plans to carry out several attacks. Locals reported seeing the military convoys, which were larger and more heavily armed than usual, patrol the city keeping an eye on high-profile vehicles. A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Tamaulipas stated that a group of approximately 50 Zetas were able to enter the city and hide amid the confusion of the weekend fighting between the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and the Mexican military. On Monday afternoon, the source confirmed a clash...
  • Drug cartels ambush American photographer south of Nogales

    01/29/2011 2:04:01 PM PST · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Examiner ^ | Jan. 28, 2010 | Kimberly Dvorak
    On January 25, an American photographer narrowly escaped death when he was ambushed by cartel members and led the henchmen on a high-speed chase to the International Border Zone, just south of Nogales, Arizona. Matthew Besinger, a Los Angeles-based photographer was working on a photograph book about the Sonoran desert when he was ambushed by four young men. His vehicle suffered significant damage during his daring escape which ended at the U.S./Mexico border near Nogales. Nogales Department of Homeland Security spokesman, Juan Osorio confirmed an incident took place regarding Besinger, but would not comment on the details. The Tucson Sector...
  • Why Cruise Lines are sailing away from California: avoiding high taxes and Mexican violence

    01/26/2011 8:44:55 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 15 replies ^ | JANUARY 26TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    The news that several major Cruise Lines are leaving California and/or cutting back cruises to the “Mexican Riviera” presented a dilemma to the media. The story caught them between two facts, neither of which they wanted to report. They tried quarantining it and smothering the story to mitigate the damage to California’s Democrat, but they had to explain why the lines were leaving the Ports of San Diego and Los Angeles. It was a genuine lose – lose for the steno pool. Nevertheless, here’s the elements of this story not being reported. Why they’re sailing away The first reason the...
  • Mexico: 13 dead in massacre at Ciudad Juarez party

    10/23/2010 9:59:40 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 23, 2010
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen stormed two neighboring homes and massacred 13 young people at a birthday party in the latest large-scale attack in this violent border city, even as a new government strategy seeks to restore order with social programs and massive police deployments. Attackers in two vehicles pulled up to the houses in a lower-middle-class Ciudad Juarez neighborhood late Friday and opened fire on about four dozen partygoers gathered for a 15-year-old boy's birthday party.
  • Threat grows as Mexican cartels move to beef up U.S. presence

    10/19/2010 8:15:59 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2010
    SAN DIEGO -- When a major Mexican drug cartel opened a branch office here on the California side of the border, U.S. authorities tapped into their cellphones - then listened, watched and waited. Their surveillance effort captured more than 50,000 calls over six months, conversations that reached deep into Mexico and helped build a sprawling case against 43 suspects - including Mexican police and top officials - allegedly linked to a savage trafficking ring known as the Fernando Sanchez Organization...But U.S. law enforcement officials say the most worrisome thing about the Fernando Sanchez Organization was how aggressively it moved to...
  • Wife of Man Allegedly Killed by Mexican Pirates Questioned

    10/18/2010 9:03:56 AM PDT · by Reeses · 123 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 18, 2010 | RYAN OWENS, SARAH NETTER and LEE FERRAN
    The wife of a man allegedly killed by pirates on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border will return to FBI offices today to resume a marathon session of questions from Mexican authorities. Tiffany Hartley, wife of David Hartley, who is missing after the jet ski incident Sept. 30 on Falcon Lake, endured eight hours of questioning by Mexican investigators Friday. She has said she refused a request to come to Mexico for further questioning, out of fear of a possible arrest. "I just don't think that's a wise decision," Hartley told "Good Morning America." "I think they do believe...
  • Clinton: U.S. can do more to help Mexico fight drug cartels

    10/16/2010 8:57:54 AM PDT · by AuntB · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 16, 2010 | CNN
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. can do more to help Mexico battle drug cartels that have started operating more like terrorists and insurgent groups. "It is one of my highest priorities," Clinton said Friday during a speech in San Francisco at the nonpartisan Commonwealth Club. "This is one of the most difficult fights that any country faces today. We saw it over the last couple of decades in Colombia." "We are watching drug traffickers undermine and corrupt governments in Central America, and we are watching the brutality and barbarity of their assaults on governors and mayors, the...
  • Mexican officials: No suspects in Hartley death, despite reports

    10/10/2010 9:14:10 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 38 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 10th, 2010 | Christian Science Monitor
    "Mexican officials said Sunday they still had no suspects and no body following the disappearance of a McAllen man widely presumed dead after his wife reported the couple came under attack by “pirates” 10 days earlier on the Mexican side of Falcon Reservoir."
  • Mayor-elect shot as hits on Mexico politicos climb

    10/10/2010 9:46:44 AM PDT · by AuntB · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 10, 2010 | XTLI MARTINEZ
    OAXACA, Mexico — The mayor-elect of a small town near Oaxaca state's Pacific coast has been shot to death, the latest in a string of politicial figures who have been slain in Mexico this year. Antonio Jimenez Banos, 47, who would have taken office in January in Martires de Tacubaya, was killed Friday afternoon by an assailant as he was returning to his farm. He was hit in the head and chest apparently with a shotgun, prosecutors said. Eleven sitting mayors have been killed so far this year in Mexico. Two of them were also in Oaxaca, but most of...
  • Mexico ID's Border Lake Suspects

    10/10/2010 8:51:54 AM PDT · by Ladycalif · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/10/2010
    (CBS/AP) Mexican news media are reporting that Mexican police officials have identified two persons of interest in connection with the shooting of an American tourist on Falcon Lake, on the U.S.-Mexico border. Tamaulipas State Police Commander Juan Carlos Ballesteros told El Universal newspaper on Saturday that authorities believe Juan Pedro Saldivar-Farias and Jose Manuel Saldivar-Farias killed Hartley. Ballesteros told the paper that the two men are accused in numerous crimes in Mexico, including burning homes, robbing businesses and several homicides. CBS Affiliate KGBT says it is clear how the men were identified as suspects, and that authorities have not released...
  • Americans on a deadly pace in Mexico

    10/09/2010 8:37:07 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Saturday, October 9, 2010 | LISE OLSEN
    With 48 slain in first 6 months of 2010, 2009 toll of 80 may be exceededForty-eight Americans were killed in Mexico during the first six months of 2010 — a deadly pace that appears likely to exceed any previous year of homicides on record, according to the Houston Chronicle's analysis of the U.S. State Department's death registry. The tally doesn't include two Texans reported killed Sept. 30 in separate incidents in isolated areas of Tamaulipas, where the terrorist group known as the Zetas has been warring with their Gulf Cartel rivals in communities all along the Southeast Texas border. A...
  • Police Chief: Border Violence Has Offically Crossed Over

    10/05/2010 12:18:43 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 56 replies
    KRGV ^ | October 4, 2010
    BROWNSVILLE – Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia says the border violence has officially crossed over into the Valley. Two Tamaulipas men were assassinated inside a truck Friday. The chief of police says the investigation has led them to believe this wasn’t a crime committed by someone in the US. “This was a hit ordered by the cartel,” he says. Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos isn’t surprised to see spillover violence in Brownsville. He says, “it was a matter of time before it trickled down to our community.” Residents say they didn't think it would become a reality. One woman who...
  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • Video Of Narco-Traffickers Hanging Sign On Bridge(Chihuahua City, Mexico)

    10/01/2010 9:27:51 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    KTSM ^ | September 30, 2010 | Ben Swann
    We tell you all the time about cartels hanging signs in Juarez and across Mexico. These signs threaten rival cartels or the government. Nome remarkable video as it happens. This video was taken in Chihuahua City as members of the Sinola cartel hang a sign from an overpass. As you can see they walk through traffic holding their automatic rifles, singing and seemingly unconcerned about anyone trying to stop them. Just another example of how these narco-traffickers are running northern Mexico.
  • Jet Skier killed by Drug Cartel on Falcon Lake in Texas?

    10/01/2010 9:30:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Just a matter of time before this was going to happen. HEY! Commander-in-Chief!....Any comment?
  • Over 200,000 People Leave Mexican Border City Due to Violence

    09/26/2010 10:15:14 AM PDT · by AuntB · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | Sept. 26, 2010 | Latin American Herald Tribune
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Some 230,000 people have left Ciudad Juarez, a border city that has become Mexico’s murder capital, in the past three years as the death toll from a gang war topped 7,000, a non-governmental organization said in a new report. About 124,000 people, or 53.9 percent of the total, have sought safe haven in El Paso, Texas, which is just across the border, the Ciudad Juarez Citizens Security and Coexistence Observatory said. The rest have returned to their hometowns, mainly in Durango, Coahuila and Veracruz states, to get away from the drug-related violence. “Action should be taken...
  • Southern Exposure the Documentary, review

    I watched the new documentary Southern Exposure which was just released and it was very well done. It helps those people who are not versed on the subject to realize that illegal immigration is a bigger problem than what they may have thought. Any effort to help make people understand that this is issue is so much more than migrant workers, is doing a good job. I live in a small town and we have ms-13 graffitti here too.
  • VIDEO (graphic): Soldiers Kill Traffickers; Traffickers Ambush Journalists

    09/19/2010 9:29:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/19/10 | Friends of Ours
    In Ciudad Mier -- about 18 miles from Roma, TX -- Mexican soldiers on Wednesday killed 22 suspected members from Los Zetas drug cartel in a shootout as reported by Mark Walsh for The Associated Press. Two Roma, TX police officers -- Jose Omar Garcia and his brother Roel Roberto Garcia -- were indicted by U.S. prosecutors last week pursuant to an investigation targeting the Mexican drug cartels as reported by The Associated Press. Meanwhile, in Ciudad Juarez -- just over the border from El Paso, TX -- one news photographer was killed and another injured in a shooting ambush...
  • Critics say Mexico needs to learn from Colombia

    09/09/2010 6:36:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 9, 2010 | FRANK BAJAK and ALEXANDRA OLSON
    MEXICO CITY — With a blunt remark that grated on Mexicans, Washington's top diplomat was merely echoing a growing concern about the alarming violence and instability being caused by Mexico's war on drug cartels. Mexican officials publicly disputed on Thursday the declaration by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton the previous day that Mexico is "looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago." Clinton's assessment is nevertheless shared by the crime-fighters who dismantled Colombia's killer cartels and have been offering Mexican officials, police and prosecutors advice and training for more than two years. Critics say Mexican President...
  • Severed Head Found Atop Abandoned Car In Ciudad Juarez Has El Paso Connection

    09/17/2010 10:39:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies
    KVIA ^ | September 17, 2010 | Gaby Loria
    EL PASO, Texas -- It's a grizzly Ciudad Juarez murder with a startling El Paso connection. Mexican authorities discovered a severed head on top of the trunk of an abandoned blue Hyundai Wednesday afternoon. That car, which was stolen two weeks ago in Juarez, has Texas license plates and is registered to two people who live in El Paso. ABC-7 spoke with the car owner's daughter at the family's home. They did not want to be identified. "They left us without a car just to kill somebody," she said. The daughter said she had gone to Juarez with her mother...
  • Cat tells workers to leave Mexico

    09/11/2010 3:55:25 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 55 replies
    Peoria Journal-Star ^ | Sep 10, 2010 | Paul Gorden
    Caterpillar Inc. is telling its American employees in Mexico, particularly those with children, to return to the United States because of escalating violence there, the company said Thursday. About 40 American employees of Caterpillar facilities in Mexico, including in Monterrey, are affected by the company's order. Those employees all are salaried or management, said company spokesman Jim Dugan. "We have been and will continue to monitor and assess the security situation in Mexico and communicate with our employees in order to improve their safety. Based on recent guidance from the (U.S.) State Department, Caterpillar has informed expat employees in some...
  • Kidnapper pleads guilty to attacks on agent, bakery owner

    09/10/2010 8:50:36 AM PDT · by AuntB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The monitor ^ | Sept. 9, 2010 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — A man charged in at least five separate kidnapping and carjacking attempts in as many years has pleaded guilty to his role in a 2009 attack on an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent, prosecutors said Thursday. Jose Antonio “El Commandante” Armendariz told a federal judge that he organized a group of six others who shot at the agent, believing him to be a drug courier carrying a load of cash between Michigan and the Rio Grande Valley. Armendariz, 27, of Peñitas, also admitted his role in a 2006 kidnapping attempt on a prominent bakery owner — a crime...
  • [Mexican]Mayor killed; key Tamaulipas official quits

    09/09/2010 6:12:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | September 08, 2010
    Mexican prosecutors say hooded gunmen on Wednesday killed the mayor of a small town just beyond the southern border of Tamaulipas state. He is the third mayor to have been slain in the last month, apparently by Mexico’s drug cartels. This comes a day after Jose Ives Soberon Tijerina, the head of public safety in Tamaulipas, resigned amid the escalation of violence in the northern Mexican state. Also on Tuesday, the bodies of two other officials were found – officials who were helping with the investigation of the 72 migrants who were massacred last month in the city of San...
  • Mexican military arrests Zetas

    09/08/2010 9:45:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 1+ views
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | September 07, 2010
    Several alleged Zetas were arrested in operations last week in Tamaulipas, according to a press release from the Mexican navy. On Friday afternoon, Mexican marines found four alleged Zetas off a dirt road about three miles from Reynosa, after receiving an anonymous tip. The men had been tied up and appeared to have been beaten, the press release said. Those arrested were identified as Gilberto Tomas “El Beto” Marcelino, Elodio Cortez Yavismea, Elias “El Diablo” Nuñez Gonzalez and Milton Omar “El Trasquilado” Alvarez Montijo. The four men were flown to Mexico City and turned over to a special prosecutor for...

    09/08/2010 9:06:15 AM PDT · by AuntB · 3 replies
    Nafbpo M3 Foreign News report ^ | Sept. 7, 2010 | NAFBPO/various news reports
    El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9-6-10 Cloning priests! Monterrey, N.L. – Members of criminal organizations not only wear military type garments to disguise their activities but also dress as religious figures, the Cardinal of Monterrey, Francisco Robles Ortega, revealed yesterday. Over the two days that the Army has operated a checkpoint on the Reynosa Highway, numbers of people dressed as priests have been detained. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church has assured that the presumed priests are imposters. In an interview after a mass, the Cardinal said, “People dressed as priests have been detained at checkpoints. They say, ‘See how I...
  • Mexican cartel pot site busted near Galice, OR

    09/04/2010 11:10:37 AM PDT · by hiram569 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    KTVL ^ | September 03, 2010 | Katie Conner /
    GALICE, Ore. – Police uprooted another marijuana grow site in Galice. According to Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberston, authorities found a huge amount of marijuana in the area of Galice. Gilbertson says the grow is linked to the Mexican Drug Cartel. So far, police have put 18 people in jail. Gilbertson says the grow is massive but he cannot release the total amount of plants because the case is still under investigation. Galice Resident Cole Smith says he is frustrated with police. Authorities have been parked in front of his house for a week and won’t explain why they are...
  • 4 killed on Southwest Side were bound, gagged and executed, police say

    09/04/2010 9:11:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 3, 2010 | Duaa Eldeib, Alejandra Cancino and Carlos Sadovi
    Four men shot-execution style on a quiet block in Chicago's West Lawn neighborhood were targets of a drug-related attack, police said Friday. Police found multiple weapons in the two-car garage behind a brick home in the 6100 block of South Kildare Avenue, where the shootings occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • $1 million in cash found on routine big rig stop

    09/04/2010 9:09:34 AM PDT · by One_Upmanship · 62 replies
    SunJournal ^ | Sep 03, 2010 | Mark LaFlamme
    YORK – At least $1 million in cash was discovered inside a tractor-trailer Friday afternoon during a routine inspection along the turnpike. Maine State Police said they found the stash of cash after detaining the driver and a passenger while they examined driver logs. The driver, 35-year-old Jhon Rivera-Ramirez, was ultimately arrested for falsifying logs. He was later released on bail. State police said Ramirez was traveling with a passenger, Jose Javier Perez, 46, who was not charged in the stop. Police did not say where the men were coming from or where they were going. State Police Lt. Thomas...
  • Former "La Barbie" associate killed[in Nuevo Laredo prison]

    09/04/2010 8:04:34 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 1+ views
    KGNS ^ | Sep 2, 2010
    A former associate of Edgar Valdez-Villarreal, "La Barbie," is killed in a Nuevo Laredo prison. An inmate in a Nuevo Laredo prison stabbed Jose Luis Carrizales-Coronado to death. Authorities say a federal judge released Coronado from a prison in Monterrey on Monday claiming a lack of evidence in a case. He came back to Nuevo Laredo and was arrested for previous murder charges. Officials say he started a fight with other inmates in the bathroom, where they beat and stabbed him. According to Mexican authorities, Coronado was an associate of Edgar Valdez-Villarreal back in 2003.
  • Eight arrested with suspected links to Selma marijuana grows

    09/02/2010 12:28:36 PM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune ^ | Sept. 1, 2010 | Anita Burke
    A multi-day eradication effort by the Southern Oregon Multi-Agency Marijuana Eradication Team.... removed more than 40,000 pot plants estimated to be worth as much as $120 million. ....on Aug. 23, Josephine County sheriff's detectives stopped a vehicle with five Hispanic men in it on Forest Road 4105, which wends into the hills above the Sixmile recreation site toward the roughly 5-acre marijuana garden. Four of the men inside the vehicle wore camouflage clothing... The driver, David Barragan-Salazar,told investigators that he was paid $500 to take men to the growing operation in the forest. All are suspected of being in the...
  • 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...
  • [South Texas:]Mexican Violence Hits US Homes?

    08/23/2010 11:22:36 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies
    KRGV ^ | August 23, 2010 | Erica Proffer
    FRONTON - A man says a bullet from a gunbattle in Mexico hit one of his trees. "My friend was right here beside me. We could hear everything happening on the other side," said Julio Guerra of Fronton. Guerra listened to two hours of gunbattle. While it was happening in a different country, it was within a couple miles of his bedroom window. "I'm not scared," said Guerra. The Guerras have lived in Fronton for many years. He's grown accustomed to the noise on the other side of the river. "Me and my wife have been living here a long...
  • [Mexico]Reynosa isn't safe for visitors, city's economic secretary says

    08/20/2010 4:05:42 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Brownsville Herald/Monitor ^ | August 20, 2010 | MARTHA L. HERNANDEZ
    MISSION – Reynosa cannot guarantee the safety of its visitors amid recent fighting between the military and drug smuggling groups, an official from the Mexican city said Thursday. “We don’t have the access or the resources,” Armando Zertuche Zuani, Reynosa’s secretary of economic development and employment, said in Spanish. “(Mexican President Felipe) Calderón put us in a war for which the citizens were not trained to respond. We are prepared to respond to flooding or hurricane emergencies but not a war.” Zertuche Zuani’s statements came during the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Summit 2010, in which he touted Reynosa’s economic...
  • Parts of Mexican Border “Too Dangerous” To Patrol

    08/17/2010 3:07:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 8/17/2010
    Federal agents guarding the U.S.-Mexico border have been ordered to stay away from the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting.This unbelievable development was made public this week by a veteran law enforcement official in an Arizona county located along the Mexican border. In a video taped interview with a conservative newspaper, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever reveals firsthand accounts from U.S. Border Patrol supervisors stationed in his southeastern Arizona county. Middle and upper management won’t allow agents to work in certain violent portions of the border...
  • [South Texas:]Alleged Zeta slashed his own throat but survived

    08/19/2010 11:59:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1+ views
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | August 19, 2010
    Jose Ezequiel Galicia Gonzalez, an alleged member of the Zetas criminal organization, was in federal court Wednesday for a competency hearing after he tried to kill himself with plastic cutlery. According to testimony given before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio, Galicia used either a plastic knife or a plastic spoon to cut his wrists and then slit his throat. According to defense attorney Reynaldo Cantu, Galicia almost succeeded and ended up in intensive care. Cantu stated that Galicia might suffer from a mental disease or defect and requested a psychiatric evaluation. Galicia will be evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist on...
  • Mexican Drug Gang Hires Pretty Hitwomen

    08/17/2010 2:56:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 2+ views
    KDFW ^ | Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010
    A Mexican drug gang is hiring pretty young women to carry out killings to surprise its enemies, a suspected member of the vicious La Linea gang said in a video released Tuesday. Around 30 women aged 18 to 30 have been trained by hitmen to carry out killings in recent months, and most of those have killed people, said Rogelio Amaya in a public security ministry video released by media. "They're pretty, good-looking, to help mislead opponents," said the suspected member of a gang of enforcers for the Juarez cartel in the country's most violent city, Ciudad Juarez. The women...
  • ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER When Violence Hits Too Close to Home

    08/15/2010 10:21:04 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies
    FBI ^ | aug. | FBI
    The kidnappings, beatings, and murders that mark the drug-related violence of Mexican border cities like Tijuana and Juarez have increasingly spilled over the border. Emerging from the port of entry’s administrative offices into a sunny San Diego morning, Special Agent Dean Giboney spoke in fluent Spanish with the man whose temporary U.S. visa he had just helped renew. The man was smiling, happy to be out of Mexico, even though he understood that being on U.S. soil was no guarantee of safety from the Tijuana drug cartel that has put a price on his head. The kidnappings, beatings, and murders...
  • 33 gang members nabbed in Hillsborough drug operation

    08/14/2010 9:02:24 AM PDT · by I still care · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | August 14, 2010 | JOSH POLTILOVE
    TAMPA - The tractor-trailer was hauling avocados, limes, green peppers and cilantro from Texas when it was pulled over on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County. But the produce was only there to mask the smell of the hidden narcotics, investigators said. The ploy didn't fool a drug-sniffing dog. The drug seizure came toward the tail end of a nearly two-year undercover operation into gang-related drug activity in the Progress Village and Palm River areas of eastern Hillsborough. The operation, which began after residents spoke out against gang activity, has led to federal indictments of 33 gang members, and dozens more...
  • Narco-blogger beats Mexico drug war news blackout

    08/12/2010 4:47:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Aug. 12, 2010 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    MEXICO CITY — An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere — an inside view of their country's raging drug war. Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco in less than six months has become Mexico's go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story. Many postings, including warnings and a beheading, appear to come directly from drug traffickers. Others depict crime scenes accessible only to military or police. The undifferentiated content suggests that all sides are using the blog...
  • US Consulate in Juarez Closes

    07/30/2010 7:17:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 2+ views
    KTSM ^ | July 30, 2010 | Matt Rivers
    Juarez- The U.S. embassy announced that it will closes it's consulate in Juarez. In a statement, the embassy said the consulate will, " remain closed until a security review is completed." They did say they will reschedule appointments for those with visa applications pending. The embassy did not say what prompted the review and a spokesman declined any further comment beyond the statement. The U.S. State Department has taken several measures over the past few months to protect employees of the consulate and their families from the deadly violence in Juarez The close comes after the March shooting death of...
  • 15 People Tortured & Executed Near Matamoros [Mexico]

    07/30/2010 7:38:58 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies · 1+ views
    KRGV ^ | 7/29/2010
    TAUMALIPAS, MEXICO - Fifteen bodies have been discovered on a highway between Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria. Mexican authorities discovered the bodies of 13 men and two women early this morning near the town of San German. The victims were found tortured and executed with their hands bound behind their backs with plastic zip ties. The letter "Z" was painted on all their shirts.