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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 »

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 »

17 Burned Bodies Found in Cartel-Plagued Sinaloa

In total, 24 were killed yesterday

(Newser) - Attacks in Sinaloa, the home state of Mexico's most powerful drug cartel, left 24 people dead and 17 of the victims' bodies were found burned in two pickup trucks. Neighbors called police after seeing a pickup truck on fire early yesterday in the state capital Culiacan; investigators found 12... More »

16 Mexican Cops Arrested in Mass Murder Cover-Up

Body count from mass graves hits 146

(Newser) - The number of bodies pulled from mass graves in Mexico's Tamaulipas state now stands at 146 and the murderers are believed to have had the protection of the police. Federal authorities have arrested 16 police officers from the town on San Fernando, accusing them of helping protect the cartel... More »

Body Count in Mexican Mass Graves Hits 116

Seventeen have been arrested in connection

(Newser) - Mexican authorities yesterday found 28 more bodies in the mass graves discovered in Tamaulipas last week , bringing the total number to 116. Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the grisly uncovering. Most of the victims, believed to be kidnapped bus passengers , are probably Mexican, officials say, but few... More »

Mexico Finds 59 in Mass Grave

Latest scene of drug war carnage in Tamaulipas

(Newser) - A series of mass graves in northern Mexico have yielded at least 59 bodies in a particularly grim finding in a bloody region. Police arrested 11 men on the scene and freed five people still being held hostage, reports the Wall Street Journal; the dead are thought to include a... More »

Amid Storm of Violence, Mexicans Find Unlikely Refuge

Crime-ridden Mexico City is now looking pretty good

(Newser) - As the bloody stain of drug violence seeps into Mexico's border towns and resort areas alike, Mexicans are taking refuge in a place that would have been unthinkable even five short years ago: Mexico City. The capital city, long known as a place where cops could be bought and petty... More »

13 Killed, 14 Decapitated in Hours in Acapulco

Wave of violence sweeps tourist mecca

(Newser) - This won't exactly help tourism: Acapulco, once known more for its white sand than its white powder, began its weekend with 27 drug cartel-related murders in a matter of hours. Police found 14 decapitated men, along with a 15th corpse, in a shopping center alongside handwritten warnings from a Sinaloa... More »

Mexico Says 'The Craziest' Drug Lord Killed in Shootout

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez reportedly dead in Michoacan shootout

(Newser) - The man who once announced his gang's arrival on the Mexican drug scene by rolling five severed heads into a nightclub has been killed during two days of shootouts between police and gang members, reports the AP. The death of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, variously dubbed "The Doctor" and "... More »

13 Youths Dead in Juarez Party Massacre

Second party attack in a week in violent border city

(Newser) - At least 13 young people were shot dead and 15 wounded in an attack on a house party in Ciudad Juarez, the second such massacre in less than a week in the violent border city. Gunmen in three cars drove up to the home around 11pm yesterday and began shooting,... More »

Mexican Mayor Stoned to Death

Latest casualty in violence-plagued town

(Newser) - Mexico's drug violence grows seemingly more brutal with each headline: This time, two small-town politicians were found stoned to death in Michoacan, a western state mired in the country's drug war. Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael Equihua, who served in 26,000-strong city of Tancitaro, were found in... More »

Mayor Murdered in Mexico Slaughter Zone

Cartels try to block police probe of mass killing

(Newser) - The mayor of a northern Mexican town was shot dead this weekend amidst a wave of escalating drug-related violence in the state of Tamaulipas. Four separate bombs exploded there over the weekend—they, like the mayor's murder, appeared to be part of an effort by drug cartels to block the... More »

72 Bodies Found on Mexico Ranch

Military makes grisly find after battle with drug traffickers

(Newser) - The Mexican military says it has found the biggest dumping ground for cartel victims since the country's drug war began. Marines found 72 bodies in an outbuilding at a ranch in northern Mexico after a gun battle in which one marine and three suspected cartel members were killed, CNN reports.... More »

19 Bodies Found in Mexico Mine Shaft

Cartel members' tips lead to grisly discovery

(Newser) - Another 19 bodies have been found in Mexico, this time dumped in an abandoned mine shaft near Mexico City. Investigators were led to the mine after interrogating busted members of the Zetas cartel, the BBC reports. The suspects also named nine police officers they said worked for the cartel. Bodies... More »

17 Machine-Gunned at Mexican Party

Drug hitmen blamed in gruesome attack

(Newser) - Gunmen stormed a birthday party in the northern Mexico city of Torreon yesterday, killing 17 people and injuring 10. The attackers, reported to be drug hitmen, sprayed more than 200 bullets at partygoers inside a walled garden, reports the BBC. "They came in, opened fire and shot against everything... More »

55 Bodies Found in Mexican Mine Shaft

Some were bound, blindfolded

(Newser) - The bodies continue to stack up south of the US border: Mexican authorities have recovered 55 bodies from a mine ventilation shaft in Taxco over the last week. The makeshift dumping ground held bodies in all states of decomposition, some bound or blindfolded, indicating it could be the work of... More »

Drug Gunmen Attack 2 Mexican Army Bases

Dozens attempt to blockade soldiers in garrisons

(Newser) - Dozens of gunmen yesterday mounted rare and apparently coordinated attacks on two army garrisons in northern Mexico, touching off firefights that killed 18 attackers. The attempts to blockade soldiers inside their bases appeared to mark a serious escalation in Mexico's drug war. Cartel gunmen attacked in unit-size forces armed with... More »

24 Die in Drug Violence in Mexican Resort

Violent outbreak as spring break travelers descend on Acapulco

(Newser) - A series of shootings killed 24 people yesterday in the Mexican state that holds the resort city of Acapulco, even as thousands were arriving for spring break. Two decapitated men were found on a scenic road packed with nightclubs, while another was found shot to death on the edge of... More »

Mexico Tallies 69 Murders in Single Day

Mexicans live in fear of grotesque killings

(Newser) - Mexico kicked off 2010 with a grim record: On Saturday the violence-plagued country tallied 69 murders in a single day. As drug cartels stepped up retaliation against the government's war on trafficking, Saturday's count included 26 murders in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and 13 in Mexico City. Murders... More »

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