Mexican drug gangs

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Mexico Arrests Major Cartel Leader

Vicento Carrillo Fuentes of Juarez cartel is caught

(Newser) - The alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel has been arrested in the northern city of Torreon, Mexican officials said today. Vicento Carrillo Fuentes, 51, purportedly heads the cartel founded by his late brother, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and both the US and Mexico had million-dollar rewards for his arrest. Carrillo... More »

Mexico Arrests Suspected Drug Capo Wanted in US

US offered $5M reward for capture of Tirso Martinez Sanchez

(Newser) - Mexican officials say federal police have arrested a man suspected of leading a drug cartel that moved 76 tons of cocaine into the US between 2000 and 2003. The US posted a $5 million reward for the capture of Tirso Martinez Sanchez, who was arrested yesterday in the city of... More »

How a Lone, Violence-Weary Snitch Felled Mexico Boss

Inside the capture of Teodoro 'El Teo' Garcia Simental

(Newser) - In the wake of the capture of a major Mexican crime boss last week, the Los Angeles Times has the untold story of a similar bust three years ago—when savage drug kingpin Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental was brought down by an insider who was just tired of... More »

Mexican Cartels Push Deep Into US

Cartels increasingly sending agents beyond the border

(Newser) - Mexican drug cartels have long dispatched agents to border states, but a new AP investigation finds that operatives are now infiltrating much deeper into the US, with problems arising in areas from the Chicago suburbs to rural North Carolina. Typically, middlemen have been used to smuggle drugs over the border... More »

Mexico Cartels Recruit Kids as Killers

They become hit men, cannon fodder, says report

(Newser) - As if Mexico's cartels weren't bad enough, a new report explains that they're ensnaring young teens to use as killers and "cannon fodder," reports Wired . A key passage from the report (pdf), which actually takes a much broader look at the cartels in general:
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Mexican AG: Rapists Have Confessed, Case Closed

Acapulco moving swiftly in gang rape of 6 Spanish tourists

(Newser) - Mexico is moving swiftly to put to rest the gang rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco: All six suspects in custody have admitted everything, AG Jesus Murillo Karam told a news conference today, according to CNN . "There are already six arrests, confessed, totally confessed the full story of... More »

16-Member Mexican Band Feared Murdered

Bodies found after Kombo Kolombia vanishes

(Newser) - Members of a Colombian-style band who disappeared after a gig in northern Mexico last week have become the latest musicians to be kidnapped and murdered by drug gangs, authorities fear. The 16-man Kombo Kolombia band and four of its roadies were reported missing early Friday; investigators have now discovered at... More »

Mexico: Slain Beauty Queen Had Gun in Her Hands

But investigators suspect she was used as human shield

(Newser) - A Mexican beauty queen killed in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and soldiers likely was being used as a human shield, a federal official says. Maria Susana Flores Gamez, crowned 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in February, came out of the car first with a gun in her hands during... More »

Mexican Beauty Queen Killed in Shootout

20-year-old may have fired back at army

(Newser) - A Mexican beauty queen was shot dead in a gun battle between the military and the drug traffickers she was traveling with, a crime that echoed a recent hit Mexican movie. The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez, the 20-year-old winner of a statewide beauty contest in Sinaloa, was found... More »

To Prove Zetas Boss Is Dead: Dig Up His Parents?

Lazcano body was whisked away, so cops need parents' DNA for ID

(Newser) - Mexican officials are considering exhuming the remains of the parents of killed Los Zetas cartel boss Heriberto Lazcano. Mexico announced earlier this month that Lazcano had been shot down by Marines. But his body was spirited out of a funeral where it was being held, reports the BBC . Now officials... More »

Mexico Cops: Gunmen Stole Corpse of Cartel Leader

Lazcano may be dead, but his body is gone

(Newser) - Mexico's military says it killed one of the most notorious cartel leaders in the country. It might have a problem convincing everyone, though, because gunmen broke into a funeral home this morning and stole the body, reports the AP . But prior to that brazen raid, authorities said the corpse'... More »

Mexico: Zetas Boss Killed in Firefight

'Executioner' Lazcano blamed for hundreds of killings

(Newser) - The leader of the bloodthirsty Zetas drug cartel has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of Coahuila, the Mexican navy said yesterday. The navy said there was strong evidence the body of one of two men killed in the shootout was Heriberto Lazcano,... More »

Mexico Captures 'El Taliban' Cartel Boss

Zetas arrest could end surge in massacres

(Newser) - Mexico appears to have struck a major blow against one faction of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel. The country's navy says it has captured one of the country's most-wanted drug traffickers, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, known as "El Taliban." The drug lord has been fighting a bloody internal... More »

Mexico City Replaces All Airport Cops After Shootout

New federal officers all passed rigorous background checks

(Newser) - Following the June airport shooting deaths of three federal officers, Mexico has taken the drastic step of replacing all 348 security officers at the Mexico City International Airport with federal police. Since the June shooting was perpetrated by three fellow security officers suspected of being involved in cocaine trafficking, just... More »

New Roadblock for Immigrants: Tattoos

US scans them for possible gang affiliations

(Newser) - Immigrants applying for a green card might want to think before they ink. In recent years, US immigration officials have been scrutinizing the tattoos of foreigners seeking documentation in what some say is a misguided effort to prevent organized crime in Latin America from crossing the border, reports the Wall ... More »

Mexico: 30 Zetas Escaped in Prison Riot

And all those killed were rival gang members

(Newser) - Yesterday's riot at a prison in northern Mexico not only killed 44 inmates, but also covered up the escape of 30 members of the infamous Zeta drug cartel, Mexican officials say. "Without a doubt there was premeditation," says the governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina. "This... More »

44 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

Rival drug gangs probably contributed to violence

(Newser) - The death toll in yesterday's riot inside a Mexican prison has now climbed to 44, officials say. No guards were among the dead, but MSNBC reports that corrupt ones may have helped enable the brawl. All the Apodaca prison's guards are reportedly being held for questioning. The clash... More »

15 Bodies Dumped at Mexico Gas Station

Cartels at war again in Michoacan

(Newser) - The drug war appears to be heating up again in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state. Some 15 semi-naked bodies were found in a pile outside a gas station in Zitacuaro, Michoacan state, the BBC reports. All of the victims were male and three were minors. Police say threatening... More »

Mexico Activists to Hague: Investigate Drug War

Human rights activists also want president, officials investigated

(Newser) - With an estimated 45,000 dead in Mexico’s drug-related violence, and a growing number of those civilian casualties, human rights activists think it’s time for the Hague to step in. A petition signed by 23,000 citizens asks the International Criminal Court to investigate President Felipe Calderon, top... More »

Helicopter Crash Kills Top Mexican Official

He helped fight drug cartels, but crash seen as accident

(Newser) - The country's top Cabinet secretary, Francisco Blake Mora, a key figure in Mexico's battle with drug cartels, died today in a helicopter crash that President Felipe Calderon said was probably an accident. Calderon said the helicopter was flying in fog when it went down in a remote area... More »

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