Mexican drug cartel

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Gunmen Kill 24 at Mexico Rehab Center

Guanajuato governor blames drug gangs

(Newser) - Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities say. Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were reportedly in serious condition. Apparently... More »

Virus Kills Feared Gang Leader

Scores of other cases reported in same prison

(Newser) - Mexican gang leader Moises Escamiilla May—also known as "Fat May"—has died from COVID-19 in a maximum security prison. The 45-year-old kingpin of the "Old School Zetas" group, part of the Los Zetas cartel, was 12 years into a 37-year sentence for crimes including his role... More »

El Chapo's Daughter Weds Nephew of 'The Empress'

Alejandrina Guzman marries Edgar Cazares in Mexico

(Newser) - Mazel tov: El Chapo's daughter has married the nephew of another drug boss. Alejandrina Guzman, daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, married Edgar Cazares on Jan. 25 in Sinaloa’s state capital, Culiacan, Reuters reports. As the UK Times explains, Cazares is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares,... More »

Gunmen Attack US Family on Mexican Road, Kill Teen

Group was returning home in an area known for cartel battles

(Newser) - Gunmen in northern Mexico opened fire on a family returning to the US on Saturday night, killing a 13-year-old girl and wounding her brother and parents. The family and other relatives were driving in two vehicles after spending the holidays in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico, CBS News reports.... More »

Cartel Launches Assault on Town Near US Border

Authorities say 14 gunmen are among the 20 dead

(Newser) - Mexican security forces on Sunday killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said, putting the overall death toll at 20. The Coahuila state government said in a statement that lawmen aided by... More »

Mexico Seems 'Caught Off-Guard' by Trump's Comments

President says he will designate its drug cartels as terrorists

(Newser) - President Trump is making a big move against Mexican drug cartels, and it's one he says has been in the works for three months. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly posted online Tuesday that referenced the "more than 100,000 Americans" killed a year via imported drugs,... More »

52 Bodies Found in Mexico Mass Graves

US citizen's relatives are hoping for closure

(Newser) - Forensic scientists in the Mexican state of Sonora have recovered 10 more bodies from mass graves near a beach town, raising the total number of bodies and skeletons found in the area since October to 52. The state attorney's office said Saturday they were tipped off to the desert... More »

Trump Responds to Killing of American Mormons

It's time to eradicate drug cartels in Mexico, and the US will help, he says

(Newser) - The murder of women and children in a Mormon family in Mexico has President Trump calling for the eradication of drug cartels—with US help. All the victims have dual US-Mexico citizenship, reports CNN . "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage... More »

Cartel Gunmen Free Son of 'El Chapo'

Mexican city became battlefield after he was detained

(Newser) - The son of former Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was located along with other cartel members in the Mexican city of Culiacan Thursday—but he wasn't detained for long. Mexican security secretary Alfonso Durazo says that after 30 members of the National Guard and army found... More »

44 Bodies Found in Well

Yet another mass grave discovered in Mexico

(Newser) - Mexican authorities responding to complaints of a nasty smell have found dozens of bodies buried in a well, the BBC reports. Uncovered earlier this month in the western state of Jalisco, the remains were mostly cut up and distributed between 119 black bags. Authorities have managed to identify 44 of... More »

Attack on Mexico Bar Kills 23, Injures 13

Fire ripped through Coatzacoalcos bar

(Newser) - An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late Tuesday. The attackers started a fire that ripped through the bar, killing eight women and 15 men, the AP reports. There was no immediate information on the condition of the... More »

19 Bodies Hung From Bridge, Hacked Up in Cartel Turf War

3 victims in Mexico massacre were women

(Newser) - Mexican police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass Thursday alongside a drug cartel banner threatening rivals, and seven more corpses hacked up and dumped by the road nearby. Just down the road were three more bodies, for a total of 19. The killing spree reported by prosecutors in the... More »

Murders in Mexico Surge to Record High

This year has been worse than drug war's peak year

(Newser) - Mexico set a new record for homicides in the first half of the year as the number of murders grew by 5.3% compared to the same period of 2018, fueled partly by cartel and gang violence in several states. Mexico saw 3,080 killings in June, an increase of... More »

Feds Seek Life Sentence Plus 30 Years for Guzman

They describe him as a 'ruthless and bloodthirsty leader of the Sinaloa Cartel'

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's already extremely slim chances of ever leaving an American prison alive grew slimmer on Wednesday when prosecutors confirmed they were seeking a life sentence for the Mexican drug lord—plus 30 years. In a letter to US District Judge Brian Cogan, Justice Department lawyers... More »

Drug Lord's Wife to Run El Chapo Clothing Line

Convict wanted a 'legitimate business' for his family, lawyer says

(Newser) - With plenty of time on his hands, Joaquín Guzmán has signed a contract in his prison cell to market a clothing line bearing his name and signature. His wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, will run the new company. "This project is an idea Joaquin and I have had... More »

El Chapo's Ex-Bodyguard Gives Graphic Testimony

He tells court he saw drug lord kill 3 men

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was the kind of boss who wasn't afraid to pitch in and get his hands bloody, a former bodyguard testified Thursday at the drug lord's trial in New York. In what the BBC describes at the trial's most gruesome testimony yet, Isaias... More »

El Chapo Trial Security Involves a 'Secret Plan'

So as not to have to close the Brooklyn Bridge twice daily

(Newser) - The trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman begins in Brooklyn Tuesday, and it won't include a hug between the drug kingpin and his wife. NBC News reports his lawyers had asked that he be permitted to give the former beauty queen "a brief momentary greeting to include... More »

Woman Weeps Upon Being Selected as 'El Chapo' Juror

A jury has been picked, will hear opening statements Tuesday

(Newser) - Jury selection at the US trial for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was completed Wednesday with Guzman waiting for word on whether he can hug his wife for the first time in nearly two years. A jury of seven women and five men are to hear opening... More »

Mexican Politician Shot Dead While Posing for Selfie

His murder was caught on video

(Newser) - As Fernando Purón, a Mexican congressional candidate, left an election debate Friday, a woman asked him to stop for a selfie. As the pair posed, a man walked up behind them and shot Purón in the head in a horrifying scene caught on surveillance video, the Guardian reports.... More »

After Moms Raise Funds for Excavation, a Horrific Find in Mexico

Hundreds of skulls found in Veracruz mass grave

(Newser) - A horrific find in Mexico: Authorities say they've found more than 250 skulls in a clandestine burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz—and they have yet to excavate two-thirds of the area. State attorney general Jorge Winckler Ortiz said the bodies are drug cartel victims... More »

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