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Mexican Violence

Arrest of Zetas leader's brother prompts Mexico travel warning

KGBT ^ | 06.12.2012 | Sergio Chapa American officials are issuing an alert following the arrest in the United States of the brother of a high-ranking member of the Zetas drug cartel. According to the New York Times, federal officials arrested Jose Trevio-Morales on Tuesday morning as part of a money laundering investigation. The newspaper reported that Trevio-Morales is accused of using champion race horse ranches in New Mexico and Oklahoma to launder millions of dollars in drug money for the Zetas. The New York Times reported that Trevio-Morales is the brother of Miguel Angel TrevioMorales, a high-ranking Zetas leader known as Z-40. The U.S. Embassy in...

Historic Latino Gang Truce (bet you feel safer now)

Pacifica Radio / KPFA ^ | 31 May 2012 | Ernesto Arce A truce between two of the largest street gangs in the world went into effect this week. M-S-13 and 18th street signed a peace accord earlier this month in the capital of El Salvador. Representatives from both gangs said the truce was a gesture of good will for the people of El Salvador at a time when the country has been ravaged by crime and violence. In Los Angeles, dozens of gang interventionists and current and former gang members gathered to lend their support for the peace process. Pacificas Ernesto Arce files this report from Los Angeles.

5 bodies found in Ariz may be latest drug violence...(Maybe Gilligan?....)

YahooNews ^ | 06/05/12 | AMANDA LEE MYERS In the desert within 35 miles of one of the nation's largest cities and about 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Arizona authorities found a car ablaze with five bodies burned beyond recognition inside. The location of the smoldering car in a known smuggling corridor and the nature of the crime itself have Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu saying that he's all but certain a violent cartel is responsible. The area known as the Vekol Valley where the bodies were found has been the scene of shootouts among smuggling groups fighting over loads of drugs or illegal immigrants, high-speed...

Brownsville police urge public's help in finding fugitive

Valley Central ^ | 06.01.2012 | Daisy Martinez Brownsville Police Interim Chief Orlando Rodriguez said the investigation in the shooting of 21-year-old Yazmin Reyes of Brownsville is complete. He said it was her ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Victor Manuel Hernandez, who shot her five times at her home on Keith Lane. However, Rodriguez said closing the case has become the challenge, since Hernandez is believed to have fled to Mexico to avoid authorities. "At this point we do believe he is a fugitive in Mexico we think that he may be with family - someone is hiding him out, Rodriguez said. While Hernandez runs, Reyes, continues her road to recovery....

Pepsi 'attacked with firebombs -- refused to pay protection money to Mexican drug cartel'
The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/28/12 | Staff A drug cartel lieutenant has been arrested over a series of firebomb attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. The gang-related bombings are believed to be the first time a multinational company has been targeted in Mexico's 5-year-long drug war. Experts suggested that the attack may be linked to the company's apparent refusal to hand over protection money to the gangs which have terrorised local residents and businesses.

Special Report: Mexico's Zetas rewrite drug war in blood

Reuters ^ | 5/23/12 | Ioan Grillo Mexican government forces had bottled up a band of enemy fighters in this tiny village late last year, but feared they would escape into the dusty, rock-strewn hills. So more than 600 soldiers and federal police closed in from all directions with armored Humvees and helicopters. The outlaws responded with a barrage of rocketpropelled grenades and AK-47 assault-rifle fire, tearing apart one federal police vehicle. For three days the fighting raged. In the end, according to military accounts of the battle, 22 members of the Zetas drug cartel, two police officers and a soldier were dead, and 20 Zetas were...

Mexicos two major crime cartels now at war

Washington Post ^ | 5/24/2012 | William Booth The two most important criminal organizations in Mexico are engaged in all-out war, and the most spectacular battles are being fought for the cameras as the combatants pursue a strategy of intimidation and propaganda by dumping ever greater numbers of headless bodies in public view the victims most likely innocents. No longer limiting themselves to regional skirmishes, the older, established drug-smuggling Sinaloa cartel is now fighting the brash, young paramilitary Zetas crime organization across multiple front lines in Mexico in a desperate fight, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials and security analysts on both sides of the...

Mexico gang launches car bomb near US border ^ | 5/25/2012 | CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a hotel being used as a police barracks then attacked it with a car bomb Thursday, wounding eight officers less than 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the U.S. border, Mexican officials said. A Tamaulipas state official said authorities believed the Zetas cartel, one of Mexico's two most powerful criminal organizations, carried out the attack on the Hotel Santa Cecilia in Nuevo Laredo, a city across the border from Laredo, Texas. The Zetas, founded by Mexican special forces defectors, have carried out a number of sophisticated attacks,

For Many Illegal Entrants Into U.S., a Particularly Inhospitable First Stop

The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2012 | MANNY FERNANDEZ EDINBURG, Tex. For decades, the first stop for illegal immigrants making their way across the Texas border has often been a stash house or drop house, an apartment or rental home where they might spend hours or days in squalor waiting to be transported elsewhere. Often it is where they are held until their families pay the smugglers fees.But in recent months, stash houses have proliferated in border towns in the Rio Grande Valley and in cities farther north, like Houston, a trend that has been occurring in Texas but not in other states on the border.

Mexican army: Zetas leaders ordered killing of 49

Houston Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2012 MEXICO CITY The army charged Monday that the top leaders of the hyperviolent Zetas drug cartel ordered underlings to leave 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square, then had banners hung around the country denying responsibility in an effort to have their enemies blamed for the massacre. The allegation came during a news conference to present the alleged Zetas local leader detained in the killings, Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramirez. He allegedly got orders from Zetas leaders Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales and Heriberto Lazcano to dump the bodies in the town square of Cadereyta in the border state of...

2 found dead on U.S. side of border(Texas/Mexico) ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jason Buch Authorities in Maverick County found the bodies of two men in their underwear dumped in a canal Tuesday morning. The men haven't been identified, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Ruben Cano. The bodies have been taken to San Antonio for autopsies. One of the men had a large cut on his neck and was wrapped in plastic bags, and may have been killed somewhere else, Cano said. The second victim appeared to have been killed in the canal north of Eagle Pass, he said. Sheriff's investigators, who are working with the Texas Rangers, don't have any leads and haven't found any...

Eight charged for 'Santa Muerte' murders in Mexico

KGBT ^ | May 17, 2012 HERMOSILLO, MEXICO -- Mexican prosecutors have formally charged eight people in the grisly cult slayings of two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman. The suspects are mainly members of an extended family whose purported leader has said they killed the victims as an offering to "Santa Muerte," or Saint Death, between 2009 and 2012. The idol is usually depicted as a robed skeleton, and her followers include criminals and drug traffickers.

2 Mexicans plead guilty over 27,000 rounds of ammo [caught in Laredo, TX]
KTRK (Houston, TX) ^ | May 14, 2012 | AP LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A man and a woman from Mexico face up to 10 years in prison for illegally having about 27,000 rounds of ammunition in South Texas.

Mexican Jihad
FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 15, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim - FrontPage Magazine - - Mexican JihadPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On May 15, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments The following article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.As the United States considers the Islamic jihadi threats confronting it from all sides, it would do well to focus on its southern neighbor, Mexico, which has been targeted by Islamists and jihadists, who, through a number of tactics from engaging in dawa, converting Mexicans to Islam, to smuggling and the drug cartel, simple extortion, kidnappings and enslavementhave been subverting Mexico in order to empower Islam and sabotage...

Mexican officials report 49 bodies dumped on highway to US border

Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2012

MONTERREY, Mexico Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what could be the latest outburst in an escalating war of terror among drug gangs. Mexicos organized crime groups often abandon multiple bodies in public places as warnings to their rivals, though Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza said he did not rule out the possibility that the victims were U.S.-bound migrants. The bodies of the 43 men and six women were found in the town of San Juan on...

[Mexico:]Dismembered bodies left at mall in Tamps. capital

The Monitor ^ | May 10, 2012 Tamaulipas law enforcement officials confirmed the ghastly find made by employees at a popular shopping area in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria: dismembered bodies left in bags. Authorities were called about 7:30 a.m. to the Soriana Tamatan Shopping Center in the city that lies about 200 miles south of Reynosa. In the bed of a compact Chevrolet pickup, authorities found the remains of three men who had been chopped to pieces and stuffed into several bags, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who requested anonymity for security reasons. Initially authorities believed that more bodies had been in the pickup,...

6th graders made porn video at Mexican school

AP ^ | 5-9-2012 | Mark Stevenson MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Campeche said Wednesday they are investigating how a porn video was made by sixth-graders inside their school. ~~~snip~~~ The incident occurred in late April at a grade school in the town of Calkini, which is in a relatively conservative and heavily Indian area. Three boys are seen on the video engaging in oral and anal sex recorded on a cellphone by a fourth person, apparently another student....

Fifteen decapitated in apparent Mexico revenge attack

AFP ^ | May 9, 2012

Police found the dismembered, decapitated bodies of 15 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico Wednesday in an apparent revenge killing between powerful drug gangs. Police initially counted 12 bodies dumped in the car on a road between Mexico's second city of Guadalajara and the lakeside city of Chapala, known for its North American expatriate community. An anonymous call alerted police to the abandoned vehicles, and the bodies were taken to forensic services in Guadalajara, a police official said. Jalisco state attorney general Tomas Coronado Olmos called an urgent meeting with the state governor and said the killings appeared...

[Mexico:]Gunmen open fire on Reynosa newspaper

The Monitor ^ | May 07, 2012 | Staff No injuries have been reported after unknown gunmen fired several gunshots at a Reynosa newspaper Monday afternoon. The unidentified shooters opened fire at political tabloid Hora Cero about 1 p.m. Monday, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who requested anonymity. A reporter familiar with the Hora Cero attack said every part of the newspapers building along the Riberea highway had been hit with bullets, though none of its staff suffered injuries. They shot up the whole ... building, the reporter said in Spanish, adding that Hora Ceros editors had received threats in recent weeks. Hector Hugo Jimenez, the general director...

Drug Cartel Leaves Bloody Mess In Border Town

Friends of Ours ^ | 05/05/12 | Friends of Ours Some days are bloodier than others in Mexico. Yesterday in the border city of Nuevo Lardo -- just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, TX -- police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass and another fourteen decapitated bodies nearby as reported by The Associated Press: "the city . . . has recently been torn by a renewed turf war between the Zetas cartel, a gang of former Mexican special-forces soldiers, and the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which has joined forces with the Gulf cartel, former allies of the Zetas." Los Zetas apparently has taken responsibility for yesterday's carnage as reported...

Mexico Threatens U.S. For Absolving BP In Illegal Alien Shooting

Judicial Watch ^ | May 01, 2012 | Judicial Watch Mexico has issued the U.S. government what amounts to a diplomatic threat for exonerating a Border Patrol agent who shot an illegal immigrant near the Texas border nearly two years ago after being assaulted with rocks. The shooting occurred in the summer of 2010 when the federal agent, Jesus Mesa, spotted a group of Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande near El Paso. U.S. authorities say Mesa fatally shot a teen (Sergio Hernndez-Guereca) traveling with the group in self-defense after the teen and his friends threw rocks at the agent. Last year a Texas judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against...

American slayings in Mexico set record

San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 30, 2012 | Dudley Althaus and Lise Olsen CHAPALA, Mexico This nation's violence came crashing into the retirement dream of Houston's Lorraine Kulig and hundreds of other Americans last fall when gangsters shot it out and set off a bomb in this usually bucolic town on the shore of the nation's largest lake. We all know this is a gang problem. We have no connection with drugs, said Kulig, 55, who retired to this quaint small city three years ago with her husband, Michael, and now helps run the Lone Star Club, a monthly gathering of Texans from the area.

Cartel Hit Man Arrested on Canadian Border (Ohio)

KRGV ^ | April 25, 2012 WESLACO - Border Patrol agents arrested a cartel hit man along the U.S.Canadian border. The Border Patrol kept the story quiet until Edgar Campos Barraza, who's also known as "El Cholo," was in Mexican custody. The Mexican government wanted Barraza on kidnapping, conspiracy and murder charges. Barraza was arrested in January. He admitted to Border Patrol agents in Ohio that he worked for the Sinaloa drug cartel. We're told Barraza was living in Sandusky, Ohio. The city is between Toledo and Cleveland, two high-intensity drug trafficking areas. It's also connected to I-80 and several other major highways.

'Murder Capital of the World': Sobering take on Mexico's drug war

Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Jeff Shannon A review of "Murder Capital of the World," a low-budget documentary that provides a sobering account of drug-cartel violence in Jurez, Mexico, including the sobering statistic that more than 50,000 murders have occurred in Mexico since 2006.We've all seen the news reports: Across the border of El Paso, Texas, the city of Jurez, Mexico, has become a war zone where bloodbaths are a daily routine. As Mexican drug cartels continue their deadly campaigns of narco-terrorism, it quickly becomes clear why Charlie Minn's film is titled "Murder Capital of the World." The film is rife with news clips and staggering statistics,...

[Chihuahua]Mexico bar shooting kills 15

GlobalPost ^ | April 22, 2012 | Jill Langlois At least 10 masked gunmen dressed in what looked like police uniforms stormed a popular Mexican bar in the city of Chihuahua on Friday, killing 15 people, including two journalists. Eleven people died at the scene and another four died on route to the hospital after the gunmen opened fire on the crowd inside El Colorado Bar, reported CNN. The victims ranged in age from 25 to 72. Agence France-Presse said that among them were Hector Javier Aguirre Salinas, the owner of a news website and a respected journalist, and Francisco Javier Moya, who has served as the news director...

[Mexico:]Gunmen kill 8 men in town accosted by drug gang ^ | April 19, 2012 MORELIA, Mexico (AP) Authorities in western Mexico say two men wielding automatic rifles have opened fire on a group of men from a town that last year defied illegal loggers and drug traffickers, killing eight. Michoacan state prosecutors' spokesman Jonathan Arredondo says another four men were wounded in the Wednesday attack in the town of Cheran.

[Mexico:]14 bodies found in minivan outside Nuevo Laredo City Hall, according to Tamps. gov't

The Monitor ^ | April 17, 2012 | Staff Mexican authorities confirmed a ghastly find outside of the Nuevo Laredo City Hall, where 14 bodies were found inside a parked vehicle Tuesday morning. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the bodies were found stuffed inside 10 garbage bags, according to information released by the Tamaulipas Attorney Generals Office, known as the PGJE. The vehicle, which was described as a green 1996 Voyager minivan with no license plates, was parked in front of City Hall. The bodies identities were not released, but the men were described as being between the ages of 30 and 35. The slayings are attributed to fighting between...

[South Texas:]Judge: 'It was a massacre'; 3 killed, 8 wounded in cockfight

The Brownsville Herald ^ | April 19, 2012 | Christopher Sherman EDCOUCH, Texas (AP) Masked gunmen opened fire during an illegal cockfight at a Texas ranch near Mexico early Thursday, killing three people and wounding eight others in what authorities described as a bloody massacre. The attack at the ranch near Edcouch, a town about 15 miles northeast of McAllen, happened shortly after midnight and sent spectators fleeing from the makeshift bleachers surrounding the fighting ring into the brush. Authorities were searching for the attackers and for clues as to their possible motives, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. Homer Jasso, the justice of the peace for that area of...

Massacre in Mexico from KFI album_id=295622#/0/17878639

Mexico: 12 corpses found near border are women

Houston Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2012

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) Forensics tests have confirmed that 12 sets of skeletal remains found near the U.S. border are those of girls and women, authorities announced Monday, fueling fears that young women in the Ciudad Juarez area may once again the targets of serial slayings. The sets of bones were found in January and February in fields in the Juarez valley, east of Ciudad Juarez, and experts have discovered an alarming similarity in the victims' ages. Of those for whom identities have been established, two were 15 years old, one was 16, two were 17 and one 19....

8 cab drivers slain in northern Mexico, 3 injured

Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2012 MONTERREY, Mexico Gunmen killed eight cab drivers Tuesday in two attacks in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico, officials said. Three people including an 8-year-old girl were injured. Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano says four gunmen shot the first five drivers outside a taxi base office. Minutes later, three men were killed apparently by the same group a few blocks away. Domene said two of the three people wounded in Tuesday's attacks were innocent bystanders, including the girl. He said the victims were driving taxis without permits. Police are investigating a former driver who

Mexican town celebrates Easter with burning of the Jews via Drudge ^ | April 10, 2012, 6:28 pm | By Nathan Burstein A small Chiapas town ends its Holy Week observance by parading Jewish effigies through the streets, then setting them on fire. The world is full of charming Easter traditions, but this isnt one of them. A newspaper in Mexico is detailing Sundays burning of the Jews, an annual tradition in Coita, a small town in the state of Chiapas. As part of the custom, locals spend the middle of their Holy Week making Jewish effigies a reference to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus before his crucifixion.

Two of Latin America's deadliest gangs join forces

Yahoo/AP ^

-excerpt- In recent months, authorities say, they have begun to see the first signs that the Zetas are providing paramilitary training and equipment to the Maras in exchange for intelligence and crimes meant to divert law-enforcement resources and attention

Drug War: 9 gunmen die in shootout with Mexican army

Mexico: 2 kids, woman killed in Saint Death ritual

Associated Press (Miami Herald) ^ | 3/30/12 | Staff Eight people have been arrested for allegedly killing two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman in ritual sacrifices by the cult of La Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, prosecutors in northern Mexico said Friday. Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the victims' blood was poured around an altar to the saint, which is depicted as a skeleton holding a scythe and clothed in flowing robes. The grisly slayings recalled the notorious "narco-satanicos" killings of the 1980s, when 15 bodies, many of them with signs of ritual sacrifice, were unearthed at a ranch outside the border city of Matamoros,...

Gun Battles in Mexico Force U.S. to Shut Down Two Border Crossings
CNSnews ^ | March 14, 2012 | Edwin Mora Several gun battles between Mexican military forces and drug traffickers prompted U.S. authorities to temporarily shut down two international bridge crossings on the Southwest border last week. The two bridges are located at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) port of entry in Eagle Pass, Texas connecting Eagle Pass, Texas, to Piedras Negras in Coahuila, Mexico. In an e-mail to, Douglas Mosier, a spokesman for CBP in El Paso, confirmed that the bridges were closed in response to violent activity occurring in Piedras Negras, Mexico and as per coordination between the Government of Mexico, the Eagle Pass Police...

Grenades, gunfire prompt closure of Eagle Pass bridges[Texas/Mexico]

Houston Chronicle ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jason Buch

Authorities in Eagle Pass shut down the two international bridges there Tuesday night after shootouts in its sister city of Piedras Negras. One female police officer was killed and six people were wounded during the fighting, and prosecutors in the border state of Coahuila said a wounded officer is in serious condition. Traffic to Mexico was shut down on both bridges about 9 p.m., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Traffic from Mexico at the city's larger bridge, the Camino Real International, was rerouted overnight to the Eagle Pass International Bridge. Both resumed normal operation Wednesday at 7:40 a.m.,...

AZ House OKs warnings for travel north of Mexican line [Area within 62 miles watched for danger]
Arizona Daily Star ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services PHOENIX - Arizonans used to getting travel warnings about Rocky Point and Guaymas may soon be hearing advisories about Green Valley and Bisbee. On a voice vote Friday, the state House approved legislation to have the head of the state Department of Homeland Security monitor intelligence from various sources to determine if they indicate "any type of warning about dangerous conditions in regard to illegal immigration activities." --------

Bodyguards in demand for Mexican nationals living in San Antonio

KENS ^ | February 28, 2012 | Mayra Moreno SAN ANTONIO -- Private security bodyguards (PSBs) are a silent majority guarding Mexican nationals seeking asylum in San Antonio and other parts of South Texas. The nationals come to the US legally, hoping to escape drug cartel threats. But once they get here they realize they're still not safe from the ruthless cartels. "They're vigilant about getting their drugs into the United States," said Philip Klein, a private security officer and CEO of Klein Investigations and Consultation. "You either cooperate with them or you die." It's a harsh reality our neighbors to the south deal with on a daily basis....

Attorneys challenge account of San Diego corpses (dissolving in acid for Mexican drug gang)
Yahoo ^ | 2/23/12 | ELLIOT SPAGAT

Attorneys challenge account of San Diego corpsesBy ELLIOT SPAGAT | Associated Press 46 min ago SAN DIEGO (AP) The government's case against two men accused of dissolving corpses in vats of acid for a Mexican drug gang hinges on flawed witness accounts, defense attorneys said Thursday. Jose Olivera Beritan, 38, and David Valencia, 41, are accused burning two strangled corpses in 55-gallon barrels of acid heated by slow-burning propane tanks. The killings occurred in a San Diego home in June 2007 in what authorities say was an unusually gruesome display of drug violence crossing the border from Mexico...

El Paso Police: Bullet That Hit Woman In Downtown Believed To Have Come From Mexico
KVIA ^ | February 21, 2012 Woman Was Pushing Child In A Carriage When She Was Hit EL PASO, Texas -El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Tuesday afternoon that a bullet that punctured a woman's right calf in Downtown El Paso Tuesday morning is believed to have come from Mexico. Police said a 48-year-old woman was shopping on Overland near Oregon when her leg was hit by a bullet just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. A shootout happened at the same time in Juarez as when the woman was hit with the bullet. Guillen Middle School, Aoy Elementary and Hart Elementary were put on lockdown...

Mexico mob kills 3 alleged kidnappers

News24 ^ | 02-12-2012 Mexico City - An angry mob of villagers in central Mexico attacked and killed three men they accused of trying to kidnap two local residents. So far, 23 people have been arrested for the mob attack, prosecutors said. A spokesperson for the Mexico State Security Secretariat said the mob numbered "more than 500 people". An initial investigation showed "a group of six women incited local residents to attack three men, who they set on fire", said a statement from the Mexico state attorney general's office. Police tried to rescue the three men but succeeded in pulling only one of them...


The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Feb. 5, 2012 | Sandra Dibble

TIJUANA Less than four months after he was released from a Nevada prison and deported to Mexico, Fermn Prez Jurez is in trouble again. He is now behind bars in Tijuana, accused along with four others in the kidnapping and torture of a man who was hoping to be smuggled into the United States. It wasnt just the brutality of the crime, committed last month in the citys Zona Norte, that commanded attention in Tijuana newspaper headlines and on TV broadcasts. It was the people allegedly behind the crime: Prez and the other suspects are deportees with U.S. criminal...

Mexico Drug Cartels in Regions Steeped in Witchcraft, Demonic Influence

Drug Cartel Targets Police Force

Friends of Ours ^ | 02/03/12 | Friends of Ours The Barrio Azteca, an enforcement arm of the Juarez cartel, is gunning down cops in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- just over the border from El Paso, TX -- as reported by Christopher Looft for InSight. Eight crime fighters have been murdered over the last month, and the narco terrorists have threatened to murder a cop a day until the city's police chief resigns whom they accuse of protecting rivals from the Sinaloa cartel. The drug cartels never have balked at killing law enforcement, and they repeatedly have targeted American officials on both sides of the border: in March 2010 the...

2 Texas missionaries murdered in north Mexico

Fox News ^ | 2-3-12 A couple from Texas who moved to a violence-plagued area of northern Mexico to run a Baptist church were found murdered on Tuesday in their ransacked home,

relatives said. John and Wanda Casias, originally from Amarillo, Texas, moved to an area outside of Monterrey, Mexico, in the late 1970s or early 1980s to make it their home. Valerie Alirez, the eldest child of John Casias, said one of her brothers found her father and stepmother dead on Tuesday in their home in Santiago, Nuevo Leon. John Casias, 76, was a Baptist preacher and the couple ran the First Fundamentalist Independent...

Amarillo missionary couple found slain south of Monterrey

KGBT ^ | 02/01/2012 MEXICO CITY -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says two Americans have been slain outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey, an area plagued by drug violence. It identifies them as John and Wanda Casias. The embassy says the former Amarillo, Texas, couple's family has been notified and it is providing relatives consular services. The embassy hasn't confirmed reports that the killing happened Tuesday. Its statement provides no other details. Valerie Alirez in Greeley, Colo., is John Casias' eldest child. She says he and his wife were found dead Tuesday in Santiago, Nuevo Leon, by one of her brothers.

Wave of cop killings forces Juarez Police to stay in guarded hotels

KVUE News ^ | January 31, 2012 | ANGELA KOCHERGA CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico --Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez are spending their time between shifts in heavily guarded hotels after a wave of killings targeting police. Eight officers were gunned down in January. Most were off duty. The murders are the latest challenge for police chief Julian Leyzaola as he works to restore law and order in Mexicos murder capital. The U.S. government has provided $1.5 billion worth of aid to Mexico under the Merida initiative, including including training and equipment to help police fight violent drug cartels. Police officers in Juarez say theyre in a fight...

[Mexico:]Soldiers ambushed in Reynosa, sources say

The Monitor ^ | January 26, 2012

Several Mexican soldiers were killed when gunmen ambushed them Thursday afternoon in Reynosa, said sources outside law enforcement familiar with organized crime. The ambush came in response to heavy casualties the military inflicted on gunmen Thursday morning, the sources said. The clashes continued a violent week along the northern Tamaulipas border, which had experienced weeks of relative calm until a reported push by the Zetas drug cartel to take over Gulf Cartel territory in Reynosa and Matamoros. In Thursdays clashes in Reynosa, roads were blockaded and gunbattles pitted the Mexican military against gunmen, and rival groups of gunmen against each...

One Mexican State Bordering The US Was Deadlier Than All of Afghanistan Last Year
CNS News ^ | January 18, 2012 | Edwin Mora Organized crime-related deaths in one Mexican border state during the first nine months of 2011 exceed the number of Afghan civilians killed in roughly the same period in all of war-torn Afghanistan. According to the Mexican government, from January through September 2011 2,276 deaths were recorded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico. A Nov. 2011 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report states that over nearly the same period January through October 2011 2,177 civilians were killed in Afghanistan, where a U.S.led war against the Taliban is underway. It did not provide a breakdown...

2 bodies left at Mexico mall; drug toll at 47,500 -- Houston ^ | 1-12-12 | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON MEXICO CITY (AP) Two decapitated bodies were found inside a burning SUV early Wednesday at the entrance to one of Mexico's most luxurious malls, feeding fears drug violence is infiltrating privileged realms previously thought safe. Police recovered the mutilated bodies before dawn off a toll highway at a shopping mall entrance in the heart of the Santa Fe district that's a haven for international corporations, diplomats and the wealthy. The heads and a threatening message were dumped a few yards (meters) away, Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement. Hours later, the government released a drug war body count...

2011 drug violence kills nearly 13,000 in Mexico, new figures show ^ | 1/11/12 | Mariano Castillo

(CNN) -- Almost 13,000 people were killed in Mexico by suspected drug violence in the first three quarters of 2011, the country's federal attorney general's office said Wednesday. The figure was the first official tally given by the government for 2011. The exact number -- 12,903 -- corresponds to the deaths reported by state authorities to the federal government that they believe were the result of intercartel rivalry. The figure covers January to September of last year and is not broken down into categories such as how many victims were civilians, how many were innocent bystanders or how many were

Mexican chamber issues advisory for Brownsville(Texas)

The Brownsville Herald/El Nuevo Heraldo ^ | January 11, 2012 The Matamoros office of the National Chamber of Commerce of Mexico has issued, for the second time, an advisory for travel to South Texas, particularly Brownsville. It is because of the violent event that happened this past Sunday at Sunrise Mall, where a shooting took place, as well as many other events of extreme violence taking place in the (Rio Grande) Valley, the statement from the chamber said. It said it was issuing the alert for businessmen and Mexican nationals and stated that people should take maximum precaution and avoid as much as possible being out late at night.

Mexican Soccer Star "El Gato" Arrested in Kidnapping Case

Fox News Latino ^ | January 08, 2012 | Associated Press and El Universal Former Mexican international soccer player Omar "El Gato" Ortiz has been arrested on suspicion of taking part in a major kidnapping ring, Mexican police announced Sunday. Ortiz, whose nickname means The Cat, was accused of aiding a gang which is wanted for the abduction of at least 20 victims, including the husband of Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, the security spokesman for Nuevo Len state, Jorge Domene, told El Universal Saturday.

CA Lawmaker Sorry For Gun at Airport, Needs One Because of Illegal Immigration Death Threats ^ | January 5 | Madeleine Morgenstern

A California assemblyman detained for trying to bring a loaded gun on an airplane said it was a mistake, but that hes usually armed because of the death threats hes received for his anti-illegal immigration views. Tim Donnelly, a Tea Party-backed Republican from San Bernardino

Mexico pours in troops after massacres, rioting

Houston Chronicle ^ | January 5, 2012 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS MEXICO CITY As gangster wars rampage along the Gulf Coast and northeast Mexico, federal officials have poured in thousands more troops an emergency move punctuated by Wednesday's slaughter of least 31 inmates in a prison gang riot. With the region looming as this winter's primary battleground in Mexico's criminal wars, some 13,000 army soldiers, plus several thousand more marines and quasi-military federal police now patrol Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas from Laredo to the Gulf. Bloody riot The inmates were killed as members of rival gangs butchered one another inside a state prison in Altamira, an industrial port

Disney drops 4 Mexican Riviera cruises (& Other lines, citing violence) ^ | 1/4/2012 | <p>Disney Cruise Line spokesman Rebecca Peddie says it will allow the company to prepare its 2013 itinerary.</p> <p>Port business development manager Chris Chase tells the Torrance Daily Breeze that it's a sign of weakening demand for cruises to Mexico, where there has been a surge of violence.</p>

31 Killed in Brutal Mexican Prison Fight

AP via FOX ^ | 01/04/12 | Associated Press CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico A vicious fight among inmates armed with makeshift knives, clubs and even stones left 31 people dead in a prison in a drug cartel-plagued state in northern Mexico, authorities said. Another 13 prisoners were wounded in the brawl in the penitentiary in the Gulf Coast city of Altamira,

Tamaulipas state's Public Safety Department said in a statement. The fight started when a group of inmates burst into a section of the prison they were banned from and attacked the prisoners housed there, the department said. Local media said the fight was between members of the rival...

Happy New Year: Mexican Drug Cartels Resolve To Increase Meth Supply For U.S. Drug Addicts
Friends of Ours ^ | 01/01/12 | Friends of Ours Degenerate meth heads in the United States have good reason to celebrate the new year. 2012 promises to be a banner year in meth supply as the powerful Sinalo cartel headed by Forbes-listed billinoaire Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is ramping up production in Guatemala as reported by The Associated Press: "Guzman is taking advantage of Guatemala's remote, isolated mountains and an alliance with a key Guatemalan trafficker to make the Central American nation a new international meth production base." China is a principal supplier to the Sinaloa cartel of the precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, and within the last...

Insight: Violence creeping into Mexican capital

Reuters ^ | 12/27/2011 | By Ioan Grillo | Reuters Insight: Violence creeping into Mexican capital By Ioan Grillo | Reuters MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In a nation wracked by drug violence, this sprawling capital city of more than 20 million has been an oasis of relative peace. But the key to that calm - an informal truce among rival gangs - may be cracking. On a sunny afternoon this month, a group of gunmen drove into a slum in the north of Mexico City, the streets packed with shoppers and children leaving school. In plain sight, the killers lined three crack cocaine dealers against a wall and shot them...

Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System

AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 December 2011 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN MEXICO CITY (AP) When convoys of soldiers or federal police move through the scrubland of northern Mexico, the Zetas drug cartel knows they are coming. The alert goes out from a taxi driver or a street vendor, equipped with a high-end

handheld radio and paid to work as a lookout known as a "halcon," or hawk. The radio signal travels deep into the arid countryside, hours by foot from the nearest road. There, the 8-foot-tall (2-meter-tall) dark-green branches of the rockrose bush conceal a radio tower painted to match. A cable buried in the dirt draws power from a...

Three U.S. citizens killed in Mexico attacks

Yahoo News ^ | 12/24/2011 | Yahoo News MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Three U.S. citizens were among those killed when gunmen attacked buses in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, said a U.S. State Department official said on Saturday. The three were traveling for the holidays when they and several other passengers on the bus were killed by gunmen on Thursday, according to the U.S. official and local media. The incident was one of several that day in which gunmen attacked busses in the eastern state, a major oil export hub that has lately become a flashpoint for drug gang violence. On Friday, the tortured bodies of 10...

[Mexico:]Grenades, bullets fly in Reynosa; Gulf lieutenant may have been captured
The Monitor ^ | December 21, 2011 Firefights, grenade explosions and chases broke out in Reynosa once again Wednesday night defying regular assurances by state officials that all was well. And unconfirmed reports from sources outside law enforcement point to the capture of a ranking lieutenant in the Gulf Cartel, possibly a plaza boss. Mexican authorities wouldnt confirm or deny the capture. The clashes began as a chase between gunmen shortly after 7:30 p.m. before authorities got involved, according to preliminary information released by a local law enforcement official not authorized to speak publicly. The official wouldnt comment on the gunmens affiliation but said the fighting was

Migrant Border Crossing Arrests Plunge [State laws deterring migrants, feel unwelcome here] ^ | 12/12/2011 5:35:49 PM | WSJ Arrests of migrants sneaking into the U.S plunge to lowest level in decades, indicating illegal immigration is on the retreat even as states, Congress and GOP

presidential candidates hotly debate the issue. Miriam Jordan explains on The News Hub.

College Mate: Obama Was an Ardent Marxist-Leninist

The New American ^ | Friday, 09 December 2011 | Selwyn Duke Barack Obamas speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, has certainly made waves. Wellreceived by the mainstream media, The Baltimore Sun wrote that the President has finally found his voice while the ever-dour Bill Press said that Obama was channeling Teddy Roosevelt. Yet if talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is correct, the President was channeling someone also long-dead but a lot more red. The radio giant asserts that Obama has outed himself, in that he has announced to the world in no uncertain terms that he is a socialist, if not a Marxist. What did Obama say that brought cheers from the Left and...

Arrests of illegal migrants on U.S.-Mexico border plummet

WashingtonPost ^ | December 4 | Michael Chow Arrests of people trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border have fallen to levels not seen since the early 1970s. Arrests of illegal migrants on U.S.-Mexico border plummet Violence stemming migrant flow to U.S. 35 bodies dumped in Mexican city as president begins effort to woo tourists In southern Mexico, a neglected frontier The number of illegal migrants arrested at the border has been dropping over the past few years but appears to be down by more than 25 percent this year.

Why doesn't Obama know this? ^ | 12/4/2011 | Barbara Simpson

When Zach Taylor, a retired U.S. Border Patrol supervisory agent, talked about the situation on the U.S. border with Mexico, he didn't pull any punches. Disputing assertions by Barack Obama, the president, and Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, that the border is "safer than it's been in years," Taylor was blunt in his disagreement:

"It's more dangerous than I've seen in my 26 years in the Border Patrol." According to Taylor, ever since the Border Patrol was moved from the jurisdiction of the Justice Department after 9/11 to the Department of Homeland Security, it's become a political tool of those who don't see border issues as law enforcement matters. Taylor was speaking to citizens at an event sponsored by the Cochise County Republican Committee in Arizona, and he leveled with them.

Why doesn't Obama know this? Taylor was speaking to citizens at an event sponsored by the Cochise County Republican Committee in Arizona, and he leveled with them. He says agents are denied the right to do their jobs because they are denied access to much federal land in their efforts to track illegal aliens and drug traffickers. His main concern is the increased criminal element among illegals, making the situation not only dangerous for the BP but also for American citizens living and working in the state. According to a report on his presentation in the Arizona Range News, in 1952 the Border Patrol was granted unlimited access to all private and state lands up to 100 miles inland from the border. This enabled law enforcement to deal with direct border issues and track illegals as they traveled inland through the thousands of acres of federal and private land. But now, Taylor says, that's changed and much of that land is off limits to the Border Patrol. But drug cartels aren't stupid. They don't have those restrictions, which gives them free access to U.S. land for transit and observation posts to track Border Patrol activity, situations confirmed to me by county sheriffs.

Zetas Issue Open Challenge to US and Mexico Governments

Fox News Latino ^ | December 02, 2011 | Andrew O'Reilly Mexico's ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel released a communique challenging Mexico and the United States. "Message to the nation, the government, and all of Mexico and to public opinion: The special forces of Los Zetas challenges the government of Mexico and its federal forces," said the communique, which was signed by Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevio Morales, also known as Z-40. The Zetas were formed in 1999 Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as "El Lazca," who

along with three other soldiers deserted an elite special operations unit within the Mexican army to become the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

Zetas Drug Cartel Allegedly Conducts 'Mexico-Style Attack' near Houston

Fox News ^ | November 23, 2011 | Andrew O'Reilly A multi-agency undercover drug bust in Texas spun out of control Monday afternoon when a civilian working for law enforcement was killed and a police officer injured in what has been described by the local press as a Mexico-style attack. The incident occurred in Texas' Harris County, where parts of Houston are located, when the secret operative disguised as a truck driver delivering a 300 pound package of marijuana was driving through the northwest part of the county to a rendezvous point. Out of nowhere three sport-utility vehicles carrying alleged Zetas drug cartel gunmen cut off the 18-wheeler truck and...

26 Bodies found in western Mexican city

Fox News ^ | Published November 24, 2011

Report blames fires on border crashers (illegals caused 40 percent of fires on Ariz.-Mex. border)
The Washington Times ^ | 2011-11-22 | Stephen Dinan

Armed illegals stalked Border Patrol

The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | Jerry Seper <p>Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.</p>

3 Cops Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico Border Town (Acua)

Fox News Latino ^ | November 22, 2011 Gunmen in the Mexican border city of Acua kidnapped and killed three police officers, authorities said Monday. Acua Public Safety Department said in a statement that the three were on patrol in the same unit when the assailants kidnapped them early Monday. The officer's bodies were found an hour later in a residential area of Acua, which is across the border from Del Rio, Texas. They had been shot and their hands were handcuffed, the police department said. Authorities say the Zetas and the Sinaloa drug cartels are fighting each other to control smuggling routes in the state of Coahuila,...

Ancient mass grave of children found in Peru

Reuters ^ | Monday, November 21, 2011 | unattributed A Peruvian archaeologist has discovered the remains of 44 infants and young children sacrificed to appease ancient deities in the 14th century at a site in the Andes near the Bolivian border. The remains were found near a stone funeral tower -- known locally as chullpas -- in the Sillustani archaeological site, located some 1300 kilometres south-east of the capital Lima, near Lake Titicaca, which Peru shares with Bolivia... The infants were buried in pairs inside funeral baskets or in ceramic urns near a 10-metre-tall circular stone brick tower known as Chullpa Lagarto (Lizard Chullpa). The children were buried with...

Chrysler van comes fully loaded -- cocaine included

San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1114/2011 | Tracey Kaplan The used Chrysler minivan came fully loaded, with power steering, foldaway seats, tinted windows -- and half a million dollars' worth of cocaine. San Jose psychologist Charles Preston had no clue there was a cellophane-wrapped stash of "snow" hidden inside the frame when he bought the pristine-condition, 2008 van last year from Thrifty Car Sales in Santa Clara. True, the windows wouldn't roll down all the way. But he had no reason to suspect it was because the door panels

were crammed with kilos of coke. He found out 15 months later when he went to a mechanic to get...

Feds: Mexican Cartel Plotted Attack Against US ^ | Novermber 12, 2011 | Karen Hawkins The leaders of a powerful Mexican cartel, frustrated that U.S. law enforcement was interfering with their lucrative drug business, plotted a military-style attack on a U.S. or Mexican government building to "send the gringos a message," federal prosecutors allege in documents filed this week. Leaders of the Sinaloa cartel sought dozens of American-made weapons for an attack in Mexico City on possible targets that included government buildings, an embassy or consulate or media outlet, according to documents in the case against Vicente Zambada, an alleged top lieutenant in the cartel.

Mexico Under Siege

IBD Editorials ^ | November 11, 2011 | Editor Border: The helicopter crash Friday that killed Mexico's top Cabinet official, Jose Francisco Blake, couldn't have come at a worse time. Cartels are acquiring heavy arms to challenge the state and to move their war to the U.S. In Mexico, Blake, the Interior Secretary, was the best hope of winning the war against the vicious cartels, who've killed as many as 86,000 people. Blake, 45, had managed to crush the cartels and cut crime in his native Tijuana before he was asked to do the same for the country in the top Cabinet job in 2010. He had some success

2 Texas women charged with buying, selling baby

eTaiwan News ^ | 2011-11-12 | LINDA STEWART BALL A West Texas woman is accused of buying a 7-week-old infant from the child's mother for $2,000 _ to be paid in installments, Abilene police said Friday. The woman, Marilu Munoz, 27, and the child's mother, Joana Delacruz Huerta, 29, were charged late Thursday with the sale or purchase of an infant, a third-degree felony, police said.

University researcher gunned down in central Mexico

FOX News ^ | November 10, 2011 A National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, biotechnology researcher was gunned down in Cuernavaca, a city in central Mexico, the university said. Ernesto Mendez Salinas was a "victim of the climate of violence and social erosion" that the country is experiencing, the university said. The 51-year-old Biotechnology Institute researcher was murdered on Tuesday night, the UNAM, Mexico's leading university and one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Latin America, said. Mendez Salinas, a member of the Mexican National Researchers System, was attacked while driving in Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state. The researcher, who had earned chemistry,...

Mexican man apparently killed for web comments

Associated Press ^ | Nov.10, 2011 | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The decapitated body of a man was left Wednesday at the same monument in the border city of Nuevo Laredo where the corpse of a woman purportedly killed in retaliation for her postings on an anti-crime website had been left previously, authorities said. A photo of the scene indicates the man was killed for reporting criminals on social media sites, raising fears drug cartels are increasingly targeting bloggers.

5 nabbed in deaths linked to the Zetas[in South Texas/Mexico Spillover]

San Antonio Express-News ^ | November 10, 2011 | Jason Buch Laredo police on Tuesday and Wednesday rounded up five people they say carried out hits for the notorious Zetas drug cartel on this side of the Rio Grande. Customs officers on Tuesday night detained Nicolas Reyes Sanchez, 48, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as the supervisor of a group of Zetas operating in Laredo, as he attempted to enter the U.S. at one of the city's international bridges. Starting

early Wednesday, police launched a series of raids nabbing four more people accused of being Sanchez's subordinates and taking part in three homicides last year. Another man was arrested on...

Police commander, 4-year-old daughter killed in Mexico

FOX NEWS Latino ^ | 11/09/2011 Ciudad Juarez A group of suspected cartel hit men killed a police commander in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua and his four-year-old daughter, prosecutors said. Tuesday's attack occurred in the like-named state capital and also wounded the police chief's wife and two other children, all of whom were listed in critical condition, the spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office, Carlos Gonzalez, told Efe. Mexican media identified the slain Chihuahua police commander as Jean Aguirre Rodriguez. "The commander was on his day off and riding with his family when he was attacked by the hit men.

Peacocks, prostitutes found in Mexico prison

AP via MSNBC ^ | 11/8/2011 6:51:48 AM ET 2011-11-08T11:51:48 ACAPULCO, Mexico A surprise search at an Acapulco prison netted two peacocks, 100 fighting cocks, 19 prostitutes, 100 plasma TVs and two sacks filled with marijuana, authorities told journalists on Tuesday. Police found six female inmates living in the male part of the prison, which was also the section where the peacocks were found, the BBC reported. Police in the Mexican resort city also found several bottles of alcohol and knives, The Associated Press reported. Guerrero state spokesman Arturo Martinez says federal and state police searched the prison before dawn Monday.

65% of Mexico declared "off limits" to foreign travelers by western nations

mexico gulf reporter ^ | Sunday, November 6, 2011 | Lic. Edward V. Byrne

In the past 12 months, the governments of Australia, the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany have warned their citizens to stay out of almost 65% of Mexico's national territory.

Arrests of Mexican drug cartel leaders in Texas raise concerns

Yahoo ^ | 11/3/11 | Jim Forsyth | Reuters SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The recent arrests of three alleged drug gang leaders from Mexico and the shooting of a sheriff's deputy in South Texas are raising fears among some Lone Star State officials that the brutal drug wars plaguing Mexico are taking hold north of the Rio Grande. On Sunday, Deputy Hugo Rodriguez of Hidalgo County in the southern tip of Texas was shot several times when he pulled over a vehicle containing a person kidnapped by members of Mexico's Gulf Cartel, County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. Rodriguez's bulletproof vest saved his life, Trevino said. "I have always said...

Mexico Mayor Shot, Killed While Campaigning for President's Kin

FOX ^ | 11/02/2011

Kidnapping victim found in trunk of car at international bridge(in South Texas)

The Brownsville Herald/ Monitor ^ | November 02, 2011 | NAXIELY LOPEZ

Car accident leads to arrest for human trafficking

The Daily Planet ^ | October 28, 2011 | Katie Klingsporn A one-vehicle accident on rural Highway 141 on Monday triggered a search through the desert for passengers and eventually led to the arrest of one man for suspicion of human smuggling and the pending deportation of four of the passengers. Juan Denys Hernandez Varenez, a Cuban national, has been charged

with four counts of smuggling of humans, a class 3 felony. The San Miguel Sheriffs Office suspects that he was smuggling four undocumented foreigners to the Denver area when the sedan he was driving crashed. All of the passengers, including a 20-year-old female from Grand Junction whose involvement is unknown,...

Battle for the Border: Officer Says Cartels Starting to Retaliate on Law Enforcement
KRGV ^ | 10/28/2011 | Stephanie Bertini WESLACO - It's been six years since CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with members of Los Zetas. Back then, they told us they were already in the United States and it was only going to get worse. Now CHANNEL 5 NEWS is speaking with a law enforcement officer about how things have changed since 2006. The officer has asked we conceal his identity so the cartels or his peers can't find out. We're going to call him "Pete". "There's people that wait to see when you leave work," he says. "Pete" says his family would be in danger if his identity...

U.S. working covertly in Mexico to break cartels

Catholic Online ^ | Oct. 26, 2011 | Staff According to security officials in both Mexico and the United States, American law enforcement has built up a significant network of informants within the most powerful Mexican drug cartels. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials are now saying that the network of informants has grown substantially in Mexico and that these networks have enabled Mexican authorities to capture or kill approximately two dozen high and mid-level drug traffickers. They have also been helpful to American operations there. The new cooperation is historically uncharacteristic. Typically, Mexico is not told who the US informants are for the safety of the agents....

Gulf Cartel infighting ignites in streets of Reynosa, Matamoros, Valle Hermoso(Mexico)

The Monitor ^ | October 27, 2011

As the Gulf Cartels internal struggle continues, the residents of Reynosa, Matamoros and Valle Hermoso have been subjected to various firefights. In one of those firefights, the plaza boss of Valle Hermoso a man known as Comandante Guerra reportedly was gunned down. The firefights between the Gulf Cartels warring factions the Rojos and the Metros began Tuesday evening and continued into late Wednesday morning, said a source outside law enforcement familiar with the situation. The first clash was reported in Valle Hermoso, some 18 miles south of Brownsville, where Comandante Guerra was gunned down.

FBI Says Gangs Infiltrating the US Military ^ | 10/24/2011 | Bryant Jordan The U.S. military is facing a "significant criminal threat" from gangs, including prison and biker gangs, whose members have found their way into the ranks, according to an FBI-led investigation. Some gang members get into the military to escape the streets, but then end up reconnecting once in, while others target the services specifically for the combat and weapons training, the National Gang Intelligence Center says in a just-released 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment/Emerging Trends. Whatever the reasons, it's a bad mix.

Mexican couple arrested with ice chest filled with body parts; army raids bulletproofing auto shop
The Monitor ^ | October 25, 2011 In Acapulco, meanwhile, federal police said they caught a young woman and a young man as they were getting out of a car near a shopping mall with an ice chest that contained a decapitated head and other human remains. Police had followed them because the car matched the description in a kidnapping report. Inside the vehicle, police said, they found another head inside another ice chest. Police officers discovered the bound bodies of the victims in a car near Acapulco two hours after the arrest. Federal police said 19-year-old Damaris Gomez leads a group of killers

Narco Boy Admits Killing Two Female Associates

Friends of Ours ^ | 10/24/11 | Friends of Ours

An inked 15-year-old boy with the nickname "El Gallito" or "The Little Rooster" has admitted to running a drug gang on the Mexican resort island of Isla Mujeres and murdering two women who sold for him as reported by Fox News Latino. Under Mexican law The Little Rooster cannot be tried as an adult, and if convicted will be held in a juvie facility and released back to the streets on his 18th birthday. *** As many as 30,000 children in Mexico have been "lured into acting as mules, dealers, lookouts and assassins," and 1,300 of them have been killed...

Mexican President Says US Deportations Feed Violence in Mexico

FOX NEWS Latino ^ | Oct. 18, 2011 President Felipe Calderon on Monday accused U.S. authorities of deporting Mexican criminals to save on judicial costs, a policy that ostensibly "exacerbates" violence. Within the framework of the inauguration of National Immigration Week 2011 in this capital, Calderon said that, for example, U.S. authorities "are deporting up to 80,000 people in a year" into the border cities of Reynosa and Ciudad Juarez. Some of these deported people "are migrants, certainly, probably all of them," although some were "already involved in criminal acts" in the United States. "In the face of the dilemma of pursuing the legal process in the American

Mexican drug cartels recruiting Texas children (are called "the expendables") ^ | 10.17.11

Illegal Immigrant Raped, Terrorized Girl: O'side Police

NBC San Diego - ^ | Oct 14, 2011 | Tony Shin Escondido police have arrested an illegal immigrant on charges of raping and molesting a 12-year-old girl in his neighborhood. Investigators said Jose Manuel Ayala,18, has been "fixated" on the girl since August. The victim lives near Ayala's

apartment on North Fig Street. Detectives said Ayala would sneak into her home and sexually assault her while her parents slept in another room.

Police: Calif. men sold guns from hot dog stand

Yahoo (AP) ^ | 10/14/11 | n.a SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a Northern California hot dog vendor offered undercover officers more than just mustard, ketchup and relish on the side Fifty-eight-year-old Jose Gilberto Ortiz was arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Jose on Thursday on charges of selling firearms to the officers from his hot dog stand...

Illegal Immigrant Accused Of Raping Girl, 12

KGTV San Diego ^ | 10/14/2011 Jose Ayala, 18, Accused Of Raping, Molesting 12-Year-OldESCONDIDO, Calif. -An 18-year-old man who has been living in Escondido illegally was in custody Friday on suspicion of repeatedly raping and molesting a 12-year-old girl, police said. Jose Manuel Ayala was arrested in the 500 block of North Fig Street about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter said in a statement. Prior to his arrest, Ayala was in the process of being deported, according to Carter. The victim first told police she was raped in September but, questioned further, revealed she had been raped and otherwise molested several times...

DPS (Texas) Warns Parents that Cartels Recruiting High School Students
KRGV-TVCHANNEL 5 NEWS (TX) ^ | October 14, 2011 | KRGV

Mexican president: Veracruz in control of the Zetas

The Brownsville Herald ^ | October 14, 2011 | MARK STEVENSON

Guatemalan women hail single-sex buses

Guardian ^ | October 14th 2011 | Anna-Claire Bevan

[Mexico:]20 inmates killed, 12 wounded in Matamoros prison brawl

KGBT ^ | 10.15.2011 | Sergio Chapa At least 20 inmates are dead and another 12 are wounded following an early Saturday morning prison brawl south of the border in Matamoros. Tamaulipas officials confirmed it all took place at the CEDES prison in Matamoros early Saturday morning. State police confirmed at a large-scale brawl took place between inmates. Both state and federal police arrived at the scene but when the fighting ended at least 20 inmates were dead and another 12 were wounded. Authorities have not released names of the dead or wounded but Tamaulipas officials have set up a station to attend to the families of...

Mexican soldiers arrest Edinburg shooting suspect (South Texas)

The Monitor ^ | October 14, 2011 | Naxiely Lopez EDINBURG Mexican federal authorities arrested a suspect who fled to Mexico Wednesday morning after he allegedly shot a man and stole his truck in Edinburg. Mexican soldiers arrested the suspect and another man as they crossed the HidalgoReynosa International Bridge because they were in possession of a firearm, which is illegal in Mexico, Edinburg police Lt. Oscar Trevio said. Police did not release the mens identities. Edinburg investigators believe the handgun found inside the stolen truck those two men drove was the one used in a shooting earlier that day in the 1000 block of Denver St. in Edinburg....

32 bodies found in Veracruz

The Guardian (UK) ^ | October 07, 2011 | Staff

Mexican security forces have found 32 bodies at several locations around the eastern city of Veracruz, according to the authorities, only two weeks after 35 corpses were dumped on a busy street in the Atlantic port. Just two days after the Mexican government unveiled a plan to lay down the law in the state of the same name, police and marines found the bodies in three different areas of the city, the navy said in a statement on Thursday.

Two US Citizens Killed in Juarez, Says Report

Fox News Latino ^ | October 04, 2011 A mother and son were killed in Ciudad Jurez over the weekend when the SUV they were riding in was sprayed with assault-rifle fire, according to the El Paso Times. The U.S. citizens were among four people killed in an attack on a blue Dodge Durango with Texas plates in Ciudad Jurez on Friday evening. The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Jurez has confirmed that two of the dead were identified as Pablo Noe Williams, 19, and his mother Rosa Williams, 35 - both are listed as being from Kansas.

7 Dead Bodies found in Famous Mexican Resort[Zihuatanejo]

Empowered News ^ | October 03, 2011 Acapulco, Mexico 7 dead bodies were found Sunday dumped at a bus stop in Zihuatanejo, a remote town in the Pacific coastal area, police said. The 7 bodies found were bullet-riddled. Over the weekend, 20 people were at least killed as continuous drug violence in the famous coastal and resort destinations stretch worsen. El Diarion de Zihuatanejo, a local newspaper, published a photo showing a dead man, half naked, feet tied to a pole along the street and with messages on top of his bloody and helpless body. The signed messages were claimed to be coming from the Knights

Five severed HEADS found in sack outside Mexican school in latest threat from drugs cartels
Daily Mail ^ | 9/29/11 | Laurie Whitwell

Five severed HEADS found in sack outside Mexican primary school in latest sickening threat from drugs cartelsBy Laurie Whitwell Last updated at 12:17 PM on 29th September 2011 Mexican police have found five severed heads stuffed in a sack outside a primary school in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. The gruesome discovery comes after drugs gangs threatened to attack elementary school teachers if they did not pay half their wages to the drugs cartels. The extortion demands forced around 130 schools in the city to close earlier this month, after administrators and parents decided it was not safe enough...

[Texas: Laredo]Mayor Salinas and Congressman Cuellar Speak Out Against the Border Security Report
KGNS ^ | Sep 29, 2011 More state and local officials are speaking out about that report issued Monday by Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The independent study coauthored by a retired general and a retired major general stated that conducting business in a Texas border county was like living in a war zone, and citizens are under attack around the clock. The report also stated that hundreds of people had been killed in Texas border counties because of spillover violence. When asked where that information came from, an official wasn't able to give proof to support the claim but said about 500 people are...

Report: Woman survives live grenade in face ^ Mexican seafood vendor Karla Flores is being called the "Miracle Woman." Why? She survived having a live grenade lodged in her face. One day relatively recently in her home state of Sinaloa, the mother of three was peacefully plying her business on the street when she heard an explosion and was knocked to the ground, Gizmodo reports. Flores felt a burning sensation, saw blood after she touched her face, and then the next thing she remembered was waking up in the hospital, The Daily Mail reports. At first, Flores thought a rock hit her, and doctors couldn't figure out what...

[Mexico:]Grenade attacks throughout Tamaulipas; shootouts reported

The Brownsville Herald/ Monitor | September 27, 2011 One of the most violent days recently in northern Tamaulipas took place Tuesday as one large firefight broke out in Matamoros, another firefight took place in Rio Bravo, and various grenade attacks occurred in Reynosa, Ciudad Victoria and Rio Bravo. In Matamoros, fighting broke out about 5 p.m. near the intersection of Cuauhtmoc Avenue and Calle Doce. Soon after, another fight broke out along Calle Sexta near the intersection with Canales Avenue. The fighting soon moved to the San Francisco neighborhood, where it reportedly lasted close to 30 minutes. The fighting allegedly took place between two groups of gunmen, with...

Jailed U.S. Border Agent; Scary Inside Look at Drug Cartels

ABC News via Borderland Beat ^ | Andrea Canning and Christina NG A corrupt U.S. border agent sitting in a federal prison cell is offering a chilling view of the Mexican drug cartels whose drug shipments he protected for years in return for hefty bribes. He is so terrified of the cartel's famous vicious streak that he fears for his own life -- and the lives of his family -- if he is identified as speaking to ABC News. He depicts a dangerously paranoid crime organization that has spies throughout U.S. law enforcement. To illustrate the cartel's pervasive reach, he said he got his introduction to them through an American cop. From...

Woman decapitated in Mexico for web posting

Associated Press ^ | Sept. 24, 2011 | MARK STEVENSON MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police found a woman's decapitated body in a Mexican border city on Saturday, alongside a handwritten sign saying she was killed in retaliation for her postings on a social networking site. The gruesome killing may be the third so far this month in which people in Nuevo Laredo were killed by a drug cartel for what they said on the internet.

Nuevo Laredo newspaper editor decapitated

KGBT ^ | September 25, 2011

Authorities have confirmed the murder of a Nuevo Laredo newspaper editor whose body decapitated and left with a message not to use social media to report about drug cartels. It all happened in the Colonia Madero of Nuevo Laredo around 7:45 a.m. Saturday. According to reports, a woman's body was next to a statue of Christopher Columbus with a message not to use social media to report about drug cartel violence. The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) identified the woman's body as 39-year-old Maria Elizabeth Macias-Castro, the editor of Nuevo Laredo's Primera Hora newspaper. Macias-Castro is the third person in...

Attorney General in Mexico: 200 Murders Result of Operation Fast and Furious
Town Hall ^ | 9//20/11 | Katie Pavlich In a conference call this morning with Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, reporters were told the Attorney General in Mexico has confirmed at least 200 murders south of the border happened as a result of Operation Fast and Furious. Eleven crimes in the United States have been linked to Operation Fast and Furious up to this point. Issa said he expects as the investigation in the operation continues, more crimes connected to Fast and Furious will come to light and be exposed. This is not surprising, considering out of 2500 weapons the Obama Justice Department allowed to...

Gunmen dump 35 bodies on busy avenue in Mexico

AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 20, 9:56 PM EDT | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Masked gunmen blocked traffic on a busy avenue in a Gulf of Mexico coastal city Tuesday and dumped the bodies of 35 slaying victims as horrified motorists watched, authorities said. Veracruz state Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez said the bodies were left piled in two trucks and on the ground of an underpass near a shopping mall in the city of Boca del Rio. Police had identified seven of the victims so far and all had criminal records and were linked to organized crime, Escobar said. He didn't say to what group the victims belonged to....

Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users

CNN ^ | 9/14/2011 | CNN (CNN) -- Two bodies dangling from a pedestrian bridge in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, created an image as gruesome as any in the four years of the country's offensive against the drug cartels. A man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were left hanging like cuts of meat. The woman was hogtied and disemboweled, her intestines protruding from three deep cuts on her abdomen. She was then hung from the bridge by her feet and hands, topless. The bloodied man was suspended next to her by his hands, his right shoulder severed so deeply you...

Sources: Five grenades thrown in Rio Bravo[Mexico]

The Monitor ^ | September 12, 2011 Terror filled the streets of Rio Bravo as a group of men, presumably Zetas, threw at least five grenades at two bars and one business, injuring at least three people. Rio Bravo is across the Rio Grande from the Pharr-Donna Area. The attack began about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of men in an SUV and a passenger car drove by the two bars and lobbed three grenades at the bar La Lola in the citys East side, said a Mexican law enforcement official not authorized to speak to the media. He added that one grenade didnt explode.

Police: Dallas mom glued daughter's hands to wall

Yahoo News ^ | 9/10/2011 | Yahoo News DALLAS (AP) A 22-year-old mother was facing child abuse charges Friday after police say she glued her toddler daughter's hands to a wall, kicked her in the stomach and beat her over a potty training issue. Joselyn Cedillo, 2, was on life support with multiple internal injuries at a Dallas hospital Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported ( ). A hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press she had no information on the girl Friday. The newspaper, citing police records, said glue and paint were stuck to Joselyn's palms, and that skin had torn away in places.

Breaking: Nevada IHOP shooter was Mexican national

The Examiner ^ | 9-7-11 | Gibson

Spokeswoman for Nevadas Joint Information Center, Lesley Henrie has just confirmed that Eduardo Sencion, 32, the man who on Tuesday, killed five people, including himself yesterday in a shooting spree at a Carson City IHOP is a Mexican national in the country on a valid passport. Sencion reportedly opened fire outside the restaurant, then walked inside and continued to shoot. Three of those killed were members of the Nevada National Guard, and there is a great deal of speculation on whether or not they were targeted because they were in their uniforms. There was also a 67-year-old woman killed in...

Two Texas Teens Charged With Hit On Classmate; FBI Investigates Role Of Mexican Drug Cartels
Friends of Ours ^ | 09/07/11 | Friends of Ours Two 17-year-old high school boys have been charged with killing a classmate in Brownsville, TX, and authorities including the FBI are investigating whether the murder is tied to the Mexican drug cartels. While the actual facts in the Brownsville case remain to be flushed out, the Mexican cartels otherwise increasingly have been recruiting U.S. juvies to carry out their dirty work. Police in Laredo, TX report that Los Zetas is signing up U.S. teenagers as young as thirteen to carry out enforcement hits on the north side of the border.

El Paso school districts have no idea how many new students fled Jurez
Borderzine ^ | 08/26/2011 | Aaron Martinez and Mariel Torres EL PASO As the drug war rages on in Mxico, the number of students that have enrolled in El Paso schools due to the violence remains unknown and unrecorded by schools. Ysleta and the Socorro Independent School Districts said there is no clear indication that people fleeing Mxico to escape the violence have dramatically affected either district. I know students are coming in from Mxico, but I cannot say with any certainty and there is not any data that I can look at right now that tells me that we have grown by any significant number and that we...

Obama Administration Allowing Mexican Police To Operate On US Soil; Wants To Apply Lessons

Big Peace ^ | 8/26/11 | Niccolo Machiavelli Mexican commandos have discreetly traveled to the United States, assembled at designated areasand dispatched helicopter missions back across the border aimed at suspected drug traffickers, reports the New York Times. This is all part of what the Obama Administration is calling boomerang operations which are designed to get at Mexican drug traffickers through the back door. The cartels dont expect Mexican police coming from the U.S., one senior military official told the Times. Clearly things are not going well in Mexico.

Mexico president blasts US after casino massacre (Obama should apologize)

msnbc ^ | 8/26/2011 | staff Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning Friday for the 52 victims of a casino fire set by presumed drug traffickers, branding the attackers "true terrorists" and ordering authorities to offer a $2.4 million reward for their capture. Calderon also once again lashed out at the United States, saying it is not doing enough to reduce the country's high demand for illicit drugs or to stop the illegal trafficking of U.S. weapons into Mexico. Armed assailants burst into the casino Thursday afternoon, swearing and shouting for customers and employees to get out. But many of the terrified victims...

[South Texas:]Fishermen Come Under Fire at Falcon Lake

KRGV ^ | 08/24/2011 ZAPATA COUNTY - Deputies are investigating a shooting at Falcon Lake. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the incident happened two weeks ago on the Mexican side of the lake. The sheriff says a group of men were fishing in their boat when they came under fire. The sheriff says the men doing the shooting appear to be Mexican soldiers. No one on the boat was hurt, but the boat was hit. We're told a windshield was shot out.

5 decapitated bodies found in popular Acapulco spots; 9 bodies found in other Mexican state

AP ^ | August 20, 2011 | SERGIO FLORES ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) Two decapitated bodies and scalped heads were dumped outside a Sam's Club store in Acapulco while three headless corpses were found nearby on the resort city's main tourist strip, authorities in Mexico said Saturday. The bodies discovered outside the Sam's Club were cut into more than 20 pieces, Guerrero state's Public Security Department said in a statement.

Feds bust Iraqi-Mexican drug, gun trafficking ring in California, arrest 60

Cox MyConnection News ^ | August 18, 2011 | JULIE WATSON Federal officials said Thursday they've taken down a drug and weapons trafficking ring involving members of a U.S. Iraqi community and a major Mexican drug cartel that was caught selling large amounts of drugs, guns and grenades. Police in El Cajon said they've arrested more than 60 people in the takedown of the ring, whose members are suspected of being affiliated with the Chaldean Organized Crime Syndicate based in Detroit. Smugglers were shipping drugs from El Cajon to Iraqis in Detroit, authorities said. El Cajon and federal police say they have seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine, narcotics, cocaine and other...

La Lnea: Network, gang, and mercenary army

Homeland 1 News ^ | Aug 4, 2011 | John P. Sullivan and Samual Logan La Lnea: Network, gang, and mercenary army La Lnea, an enforcer gang, is influential in the contested and lucrative region adjacent to El Paso, Texas By John P. Sullivan and Samual Logan Mexico is embroiled in a complex, irregular conflict often described as a drug war, a criminal insurgency, and a narco-conflict. A protean mix of criminal enterprises (cartels and gangs) fight for control of illicit economic circuits, drug-trafficking plazas and corridors, and freedom from state interference. The cartels and gangs fight each other (both against rival cartels and internally between competing factions) and against the state, attacking police and...

Violent Mexican drug gang, Zetas, taking control of migrant smuggling

McClatchy Newspapers ^ | August 11, 2011 | Tim Johnson

Los Zetas, who earned a reputation for brutality by gunning down thousands of Mexicans in the ongoing battle for drug-smuggling routes to the United States, now control much of the illicit trade of moving migrant workers toward the U.S. border, experts in the trade say. They've brought logistical know-how, using tractor-trailer trucks to carry ever larger loads of people and charging higher prices, as much as $30,000 per head for migrants from Asia and Africa who seek to get to the United States. They've also brought an unprecedented level of intimidation and violence to the trade. Los Zetas or their...

Teenager Gets Three Years in Jail for Four Beheadings

Atlantic Wire ^ | Jul 27, 2011 | Adam Estes The 15-year-old U.S. citizen who confessed to killing four people and hanging their beheaded bodies off a bridge is now going to prison in Mexico. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Edgar "El Ponchis" Jimenez Lugo to four years in prison--the maximum allowed for a minor according to Mexican law ...

America's Third War: The U.S. Cut a Deal With the Sinaloa Cartel ^ | August 05, 2011 | William Lajeunesse U.S. federal agents allegedly cut a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to traffic tons of narcotics across the border, in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to documents filed in federal court. Click here to view the Sinaloa Cartel case document

Mexico towns police force quits after attack

Associated Press ^ | August 5, 2011 | Ricardo Chavez CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico An entire 20-man police force resigned in a northern Mexican town after a series of attacks that killed the police chief and five officers over the last three months, state officials said Thursday. The officers resignation Thursday left the 13,000 people of Ascension without local police

services, Chihuahua state chief prosecutor Carlos Manuel Salas said. State and federal police have moved in to take over police work..Ascension is southwest of Ciudad Juarez, the border city across from El Paso, Texas, that is one of Mexicos most violent cities.

American High School Students Duck To Avoid Bullets From Juarez

KFOX ^ | August 6, 2011 | Ric Dupont One Man Killed Just Feet From The US/Mexico Border EL PASO, Texas -- A shooting in Juarez hits a little too close to home for Bowie High School students. At least one high-ranking Juarez police officer was shot and killed during a massive gunfight right across the U.S./Mexico border. A Saturday morning football practice and a volleyball scrimmage were interrupted when gunshots were heard nearby. Bowie High School principal Jesus Chavez was at home when he got a call about the shooting. He said even though he wasnt at the school, the school officials who were there did an excellent...

US widens role in battle against cartels

THE NEW YORK TIMES VIA Mexico City 's the news ^ | Monday, 08 August 2011 | THE NEW YORK TIMES In recent weeks, small numbers of C.I.A. operatives and American civilian military employees have been posted at a Mexican military base Genaro Garca Luna, put a helicopter in the air within five minutes after receiving a call for help from Mr. Zapatas partner, the authorities said. Then he invited American officials to the police intelligence center an underground location known as the bunker to work directly with Mexican security forces in tracking down the suspects. Mexican officials hand-carried shell casings recovered from the scene of the shooting to Washington for forensics tests, allowed American officials to conduct their...

Anti-tech group says it's behind Mexico blasts

AP/WQOW ^ | Aug. 10, 2011, A radical group that opposes nanotechnology has issued a manifesto claiming responsibility for at least two bombings of researchers in Mexico and praising the so-called Unabomber whose mail-bombs killed three and injured 23 in the United States. The manifesto posted on a website is attributed to a group called

Individuals Tending to Savagery mentions five other researchers whose work it opposes. The attacks have injured two professors and a maintenance worker.

America's Third War: The U.S. Cut a Deal With the Sinaloa Cartel ^ | August 05, 2011 | William Lajeunesse U.S. federal agents allegedly cut a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to traffic tons of narcotics across the border, in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to documents filed in federal court. Click here to view the Sinaloa Cartel case document.

Teenager Gets Three Years in Jail for Four Beheadings

Atlantic Wire ^ | Jul 27, 2011 | Adam Estes The 15-year-old U.S. citizen who confessed to killing four people and hanging their beheaded bodies off a bridge is now going to prison in Mexico. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Edgar "El Ponchis" Jimenez Lugo to four years in prison--the maximum allowed for a minor according to Mexican law ...

Mexican villagers attack alleged crooks, killing 6

Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2011 OAXACA, Mexico (AP) -- Dozens of armed villagers surrounded the home of a suspected crime gang in southern Mexico, setting off a gunbattle that killed a child, a woman and four men, authorities said Saturday. The confrontation took place after a town assembly decided to arm 90 villagers and send them to threaten the group allegedly behind cattle thefts, rapes and murders, Oaxaca state's public security chief said in a statement.