Brazil and Mexico Negotiate to Unite State Oil Company Pemex and Petrobras

em.com.br reported on May 17, 2013, a bilateral meeting between Mexican Foreign Minister, Jose Antonio Meade and Brazilian Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota. The meeting’s agenda is an attempt to promote the unity of state oil companies, Petrobras and Pemex. The two ministers agree that Brazil and Mexico share a high interest in expanding trade relations which is currently around US $10 billion a year. One area of interest for improvement is in the automotive trade business.Read Article

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Man arrested after attempting to enter U.S. from Mexico with drugs strapped to body

A 57-year-old was detained after U.S. customs officials caught him with drugs strapped to his body as he attempted to cross the border. He had intended to pass into the United States from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. The suspect had legal documents to prove he was a citizen of the United States, but had […]

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Austria detains Mexican narco-trafficker wanted by U.S. DEA

Austrian officials detained a 43-year-old Mexican citizen, supposedly a member of a drug trafficking organization, that was wanted by the U.S. DEA. After receiving information that the suspect was in Austria, he was finally arrested in the Vienna airport, Excelsior reports. He was wanted for transporting large amounts of cocaine from South America to Central […]

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UN announces start of illicit crops monitoring program in Mexico

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced the start of a program dedicated to monitoring illicit crops growth in Mexico. This system will produce statistic concerning the production of marijuana, poppy, and coca. The UN will work with officials in Mexico to train them on the methodology of using satellite maps, Noticias Grupo […]

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Mexico: Drug shipment from Guerrero to Pachuca intercepted

Officials seized eight kilos of marijuana found inside a van with license plates from Tamaulipas. According to an El Independiente de Hidalgo report, the drugs had been transported from Guerrero and were en route to Pachuca. Before being intercepted, the drugs had been moved via public transportation, on a bus belonging to the Estrella Blanca […]

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Clandestine drug laboratory found in Nayarit, Mexico

After examining the town of La Noriega, in Nayarit, Mexico, officials discovered a clandestine laboratory dedicated to the production of synthetic drugs. The operation, carried out by military personnel, was intended to limit illegal activity in the state. According to El Universal, 200 liters of clear liquid, 13 bags of white powder, multiple containers, washers, […]

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Two drug traffickers caught at Mexico-U.S. border with over $800 thousand in drugs

U.S. customs officials arrested two drug traffickers in separate incidents along the border and seized over $800,000 worth of drugs. The first arrest took place between Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas. A vehicle that attempted to cross the border was sent to a second inspection, according to the Informador. Four packages were found in the car […]

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Indigenous villages in Mexico feel threatened by drug cartels, drought

The United Nations has reported that indigenous populations in Mexico are becoming more and more threatened by severe drought and narco-trafficking activity. Drug cartels in indigenous regions are reported to exploit these populations and implicate them in their illegal activities. According to Mi Morelia, the upsurge in drug trafficking also hurts indigenous livelihoods. The indigenous […]

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Two Guatemalan women sanctioned by U.S. for involvement with Los Zetas

The United States sanctioned two women from Guatemala who laundered money for a drug trafficking organization associated with the Mexican Los Zetas cartel. The women were identified as Cristina Stetanel Castellanos Chacón and María Corina Saenz Lehnhoff, alias María Corina Del Pinal. According to Publimetro, the person running the organization was Marlory Dadiana Chacón Rossell. […]

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Mexican narco-trafficker arrested; Connected to deaths of journalists

A narco-trafficker was arrested by the Mexican Navy in possession of a woman’s documents who was found dead in May 2012. The woman, Irasema Becerra, was an administrator of a local newspaper in Veracruz. She was found dead with three photographers. Arrestee Juan Carlos Hernández Pulido is reportedly a member of the Jalisco Nueva Generación […]

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Mexican narco-trafficker extradited to United States; Linked to Sinaloa cartel

The Mexico narco-trafficker Sandra Avila Beltrán, also known as the Queen of the Pacific, has been extradited to the United States. She was wanted for transporting drugs into the United States, Terra reports. She was accused in 2007 of assisting in the transport of cocaine from Colombia into Mexico. The Sinaloa Cartel would then send […]

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Head of Jalisco cartel arrested by Navy during operation in Mexico

Isaías Flores Pineda, alias “El Crono,” “El Reyito,” and “El Maniaco” was arrested by Naval forces in Veracruz after a citizen complained to authorities about a vehicle with armed passengers. When officials arrived, the occupants of the vehicle attempted to flee, La Jornada Veracruz reports. They were finally caught in front of a hotel in […]

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Bars in Chiapas, Mexico receive certificates for human trafficking non-engagement

Bars in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, along with other similar locations, such as nightclubs, have been rewarded for not engaging in human trafficking. The state government has given these businesses certificates to affirm that they do not participate in any form of human trafficking, such as prostitution. 16 certificates have so far been distributed, […]

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Three to four children in Mexico disappear every hour

Three to four children disappear in Mexico every hour, from kidnapping, abduction, robbery, or voluntary departure from home. According to Infancia Hoy, organizations in Mexico have begun to mobilize themselves in order to minimize the number of disappearances. The largest number of disappearances are reported to be children and babies taken from hospitals. In one […]

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Mexico: Authorities tighten control after infant is caught in human trafficking scheme

Authorities in Mexico are cracking down on the movement of minors after an infant was found in a truck bearing signs of being trafficking. Now, the National Migration Institute will not permit minors to travel without documentation. Even if travelling with parents, immigration documents must be produced for all children, Norte Digital reports. Inspections occur […]

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Head of La Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization caught in Mexico

Juan Carlos Muñoz Vargas (36), alias “El Pariente, was captured during a police raid in the city of Toluca, Mexico. He is believed to be a leader of the La Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization, Antena 3 reports. He ordered at least 20 murders during his time in the cartel, according to officials. El Pariente […]

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$230,000 and 30 kilos of drugs found in pickup truck trailor, Mexico

Jesús Octavio Rivera Ramírez (32) and Orlando Antonio Rubio Rojo (27) were arrested in Tijuana after officials discovered they were transporting drugs and money in a pickup truck. Authorities spotted the vehicle along a main street and shortly after saw the driver jump out of the car and begin to run into a nearby premise. […]

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Mexican cartels coerce undocumented laborers to cultivate marijuana plantations

Cartels in Mexico have discovered that using undocumented laborers to cultivate marijuana plantations helps them avoid detection and arrest. By monitoring plantations in forested areas along the border, especially in California, cartel members working in areas such as Los Angeles, Sinaloa, and Tijuana are able to evade capture. According to Univision Noticias, many undocumented individuals […]

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Tomb hiding over two tons of drugs discovered in Mexico

A tomb in a cemetery located in Tamaulipas, Mexico was discovered to be concealing 2,410 kilos of marijuana. The drugs were pressed into 241 packages, 24 Horas reports. They were discovered after army officials performed reconnaissance methods on several tombs. Police are working to determine whether the drugs were to be marketed in the city, […]

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Alleged Zetas members apprehended in Puebla, Mexico

Officials arrested four alleged Los Zetas members in Puebla, Mexico and seized drugs, money, firearms, and vehicles. Among those arrested was William de Jesús Torres Solórzano, alias “el W” and “el Come Gusanos.” He is known to have transferred drugs and money between Mexico and Guatemala, Sin Embargo reports. During the operation, cocaine and 830,000 […]

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Army dismantles synthetic drug laboratory in Mocorito, Mexico

Elements of the Mexican Army seized and dismantled a synthetic drug laboratory in the Aguajito de León area of the Mocorito municipality. The laboratory was discovered in the bushes while the Army unit was performing and observational tour in the area. 2,375 kilos of solid methamphetamine, 120,000 of liquid methamphetamine, and many kilograms of other […]

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Narco-trafficker caught in Peru; Owned cocaine processing factories

Alcides Gamio Mallqui (44), one of the most wanted narco-traffickers in Peru, also known as Jaime Gamio, was arrested in Tingo María. He was wanted for trafficking over 500 kilos of drugs each month, RPP Noticias reports. His principle areas of operation included Caunarapa, Chipaco, and Maravilla. The suspect also constructed his own cocaine processing […]

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Over 30 kilos of marijuana found in abandoned ranch in Mexico

Police in Álamos, Mexico discovered 31 kilos, 600 grams of marijuana hidden inside an abandoned ranch. According to El Regional de Sonora, investigators found the site of the drug stash after detecting it from an air operation. Once searching the ranch, 32 packages containing the marijuana were discovered. Officials also confiscated a press. No arrests […]

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Leader of Los Urabeños gang flew to Honduras on stolen Colombian plane

Alexánder Montoya Úsuga, believed to be the second-in-command of the Los Urabeños gang, was arrested on July 17, 2012 in Honduras. He was wanted for flying on an aircraft previously stolen from the El Dorado airport in Colombia, UPI Español reports. He is also believed to have been responsible for ordering and renting airplanes used […]

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Mexico: Woman finds 280 thousand dollars worth of drugs in vacuum

A woman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico was surprised to discover 280 thousand dollars worth of drugs inside a vacuum her children gave her as a gift. Two pounds of methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine were hidden inside the machine. Police believe whoever put the drugs inside likely did so before it was shipped to […]

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Clandestine drug laboratory found in Peru; Cocaine to be sent to Mexico

Police in Peru located a clandestine drug laboratory in a residence in San Martín de Porres. Inside, officials discovered 100 kilograms of cocaine and chemicals used for drug production. According to Peru 21, the home belonged to José Manuel López Quispe, alias ‘Papita,’ who kept the laboratory in an area under the floor. Authorities believe […]

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Head of Los Zetas cartel shot by Army in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

Elements of the Mexican Army shot and killed four criminals in Ciudad Victoria, including a central member the Los Zetas cartel Carlos Alberto Fernández Hernández, alias “Doble K.” According to Terra Noticias, Army officials had been attacked, leading them to open fire against the offenders. Fernández Hernández is known to have assisted in organizing vehicles […]

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Local leader of La Familia cartel caught in Morelos, Mexico

Omar Irám Guzmán Ortiz, “El Nueve,” was arrested by Federal Police in Tlaltizapán, Morelos, Mexico for involvement in a drug cartel known as La Familia. Guzmán Ortiz was responsible for ordering kidnappings and murders against members of opposing gangs, La Prensa Grafica reports. He is believed to have participated in the murder of seven people on […]

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Monterrey, Mexico: Assassins enter abandoned drug house, kill three

Assassins entered an abandoned house previously used for drug sales and killed three people, including two women, Narco Violencia reports. Residents in the north of Monterrey, where the murders occurred, identified the victims as “El Pete” (30), “El Miguelito” (15), and “El Cristo” (16). The triple assassination took place on Contrabajo Street in the San […]

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Woman arrested with shipment of cocaine at Mexico-US border

A woman was arrested after a drug seizure took place on a bridge between Texas, the United States and Reynosa, Mexico. She was spotted driving a 2001 Ford Focus by customs officials, according to Metro Noticias. After checking her documents, officials sent her to a secondary inspection, where vehicle discrepancies were noticed. With the help […]

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Tunnel between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, USA used for weapons transport

The tunnel discovered on July 7, 2012 between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, the United States has confirmed to have been used as a means of transporting weapons. According to Vanguardia, the tunnel was also used to transport money and drugs. This information was released after intensive intelligence work performed by the Mexican Army. The tunnel […]

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313 kilos of marijuana seized in Playas de Rosarito, Mexico

Official in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico have arrested 2 individuals caught with 313 kilos of marijuana. The drugs were separated into 29 packages, according to San Diego Red. Soldiers, acting on an anonymous tip, travelled to a house in the Ampliación Lucio Blanco neighborhood, where they discovered the drug. A firearm and 3 […]

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500 kilos of marijuana seized on beach in Baja California

The Federal Police, together with the Marines, discovered and seized about a half-ton of marijuana on the beach at Popotla in Baja California. The drugs were found in an abandoned dinghy, El Universal reports. About 200 packages of drugs were discovered. No arrests were reported. Read Article

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Hotel in Apizaco, Mexico closed for human trafficking

Six prostitutes, two managers, two workers, and an eyewitness were arrested at a hotel in Apizaco for crimes of human trafficking. The hotel, located near the bus station, also lacked health and safety measures, Milenio reports. Vermin were found on the location. The hotel also violated a non-smoking law in the state. The names of […]

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Mexico: Operator of Tijuana cartel arrested by Army; organized clandestine flights

Julio César Salas Reyes, known also as Julio Salas Quiñones, was arrested by Army officials and is accused of operating the Arellano Félix cartel in Tijuana. During the arrest, a rifle, three shotguns, cartridges, a vehicle, and four cell phones were seized, CNN Mexico reports. Authorities believe Salas Reyes organized the clandestine arrival of a […]

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Colombian narco-trafficker of Los Urabeños gang caught; Wanted in USA

Camilo Torres Martínez (30), alias “Fritanga” or “Mentira,” was captured shortly after getting married and guests arrived to celebrate his wedding for a week on Múcura Island. He was wanted for narco-trafficking, specifically to Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. According to La Tribuna, he belonged to the Los Urabeños drug trafficking organization. […]

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Ten dead after cartel shootout in Mexico; Familia Michoacana gang involved

Ten people are dead after a shootout between rival drug trafficking organizations in the state of Mexico. Five others involved in the conflict were injured. According to El Universo, one of the gangs involved was the Familia Michoacana. The rival gang was not reported. Several of the offenders in the shootout fled to the neighboring […]

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Man attempts to traffick 270 kilos of marijuana in Zacatecas, Mexico

Federal police in Zacatecas detained a man carrying 270 kilos in the false bottom of a truck near the border with Jalisco. Cesar Julián Ramírez Cruz (20) admitted he was paid 15,000 pesos to carry the drugs from Guadalajara to Reynosa. He was arrested after police spotted a suspicious red truck and conducted a search, […]

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Mexico suffers a $750 million loss in automotive exports after Argentina ends economic agreement

According to Diario Yucatan, the unilateral decision of Argentina to end the Agreement of Economic Complementation (ACE) 55 will have a negative impact on the Mexican automotive industry of $750 million. Eduardo Solís Sánchez, president of the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AIMA), emphasized the possibility of retaliatory economic measures from the Mexican government. […]

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Mexico: Remittances lose prominence in the Mexican economy

According to La Prensa, the remittances sent by more than 10 million Mexican workers in the United States will cease to be an important source of income for the Mexican Economy. That is what Jaime Ros, a consultant from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), said in his comparative study of […]

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Mexico: European beer brewers compete for Mexican market

According to El Economista.com, the Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) acquired Grupo Modelo for $20,100 million further displacing Mexican companies in the beer market which had already suffered when the Dutch company Heineken bought FEMSA Cerveza in 2010. With sales of over $46,000 million, AB InBev now represents 56% of beer sales in Mexico, […]

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Narco-laboratory discovered near site of fallen Navy helicopter, Mexico

The Mexican Navy discovered a clandestine laboratory used to make synthetic drugs near the recent crash site of a Navy helicopter in Jalisco. Officials have not yet stated whether the laboratory and the helicopter crash are related, Charter reports. The laboratory was found 30 kilometers northeast of  Pihuamo. The cause of the helicopter crash has […]

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United States: 8 tons of marijuana confiscated in Chicago, trafficked from Mexico

Eight tons of marijuana were confiscated by officials in Chicago, valued at 40 million dollars. The drugs had been produced in Mexico and entered the United States via a drug route through Texas. According to an Emol report, this was the largest marijuana seizure in Chicago in the last 20 years. The drugs were found […]

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Five drug dealers caught with drugs, weapons, and grenade in Mexico

Federal police in Yurécuaro, Michoacán, Mexico caught five suspects in possession of drugs, weapons and a grenade, El Sol de Morelia reports. Those detained were: Carlos Enrique Hernandez Miravendes (35), Jose Armando Mosqueda Mena (18), Victor Alfonso Gomez Garcia (17), Alejandro Martinez Rodriguez ( 22), and Job Gev Robles Flores (25). They were captured on […]

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Airplane loaded with cocaine and marijuana grounded in Mexicali, Mexico

A Cessna airplane was discovered at a clandestine airstrip in Mexicali, Mexico. It contained 84 total packages with 434 kilos and 610 grams of marijuana, and 12 packages containing 13 kilos and 36 grams of cocaine. The plane was detected by radar and satellite surveillance, San Diego Red reports. Jesús Lindbergh Gómez García and Juan […]

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Central America main route, warehouse for drug trafficking; Creole groups emerge

Countries in Central America are increasingly being used as drug warehouses and routes toward Mexico. From Mexico, drug traffickers transport their merchandise into the United States. This increase in activity in Central America has led to the emergence of native “Creole” organizations that participate in local trafficking, 24 Horas reports. Colombian narco-traffickers are mainly responsible […]

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Guatemala and United States to cooperate in anti-narcotics operation

President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina announced that the United States and Guatemala will work together the coming July in an operation aimed to combat drug trafficking through Guatemala. Guatemala also plans to coordinate efforts with Mexico due to the 900 kilometer border between the two, Siglo 21 reports. Part of the operation will involve […]

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Mexican army seizes over 22 tons of drugs in Cucapah

The Mexican army found over 22 tons of marijuana, seven kilos of “crystal,” and 500 grams of marijuana seeds in the Cucapah military settlement. According to El Imparcial, the discovery has a market value of over 10 million dollars, though the value would multiply if sold in the United States.The seizure occurred after soldiers spotted […]

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Peru: Most-wanted narco-trafficker of Monzón Valley caught in Irazola

Joel Rosales Calixto (44), alias “Shiuri,” was caught by national police in Irazola, in the Padre Abad province of the Ucayali region in Peru on June 14, 2012. According to Diario Impetu, he had been one of the most wanted narco-traffickers operating in the Monzón Valley. He had moved to this area in order to centralize […]

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Over 16 tons of synthetic drugs found on South Korean vessel in Manzanillo, Mexico

Through a joint security effort, officials were able to find over 16 tons of synthetic drugs on board a vessel from Xin Yan Tai, South Korea that had made its way to the port in Manzanillo, Mexico. The chemical discovered was methylamine, which is used to create synthetic drugs. According to Uniradio Informa, the drugs […]

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Spanish athletic director charged with laundering money from drug trafficking in Latin America

José Luis Pérez Caminero, the athletic director of Atlético de Madrid, was charged by a Spanish drug with the crime of money laundering. 19 other individuals were charged with the same crime. The laundered money was a product of drug trafficking in Latin America, specifically concerning Colombian and Mexican organizations. According to a Terra report, […]

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Mexican beer bottles used to camouflage drugs in Australia

Australian police discovered around 55 kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine hidden in Mexican beer bottles at the port of Melbourne. 44 of the 700 cargo boxes on the shipment contained the bottles, which were hiding the drugs in liquid form. According to Octavio Dia, the drugs were worth $14.5 million, and one man, 27, was […]

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“Spice” marijuana mixture becoming newest drug craze after incidents in USA

“Spice,” also known as K2, Yucatán Fire, Red Magic, and Mr. Nice Guy, among others, has become an increasingly popular drug. Spice is a synthetic drug, a mixture of marijuana, damiana, and other chemicals, according to Sexenio Nuevo León, and has become one of the most-searched-for terms on Google recently. The drug has piqued curiosity […]

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Three suspected members of Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel arrested in Mexico

Three individuals suspected to be members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel were arrested as they attempted to transport drugs from Guadalajara to Tijuana, Mexico. The suspects were Freyde Becerra Gómez (36), alias “Chaparro;” José de Jesús Maya Zepeda (44), alias “El Güero;” and Ricardo Salazar Vargas (38), alias “Quinino,” Milenio reports. The arrest occurred […]

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Mexican drug trafficker stopped in Guatemala, connections to Sinaloa Cartel; wanted in USA

Walter Alirio Montejo Mérida, alias “El Zope,” a Mexican narco-trafficker associated with smuggling operations involving the Sinaloa Cartel, was captured in Guatemala City. According to Provincia, he is one of the most active drug traffickers in Guatemala and is reported to be the link between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Familia Lorenzana, a narco group […]

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Alleged U.S. narcotrafficker captured in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

John Darrel Krokos, 30, of the United States, was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by state police. The Jornada reports that Krokos was wanted in the United States for drug trafficking, and Mexican authorities plan to extradite him to the United States. He was also arrested on counts of conspiracy and crimes against health. Krokos […]

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Clandestine airstrip, plane, and 378 kilos of marijuana discovered in Sonora, Mexico

The Secretary of Public Security in Mexico has announced the discovery of a clandestine airstrip in Sonora. According to La Jornada, the runway was found on the state route to Cucurpe around kilometer 9, in the town of Magdalena de Kino. 38 packages of marijuana were found inside the plane, which was a Cessna model. […]

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Drugs going from Cancun, Mexico to Europe often hidden in false suitcase bottoms

Anti-narcotics experts have closely watched drug activity in the Cancun, Mexico airport to determine how traffickers attempt to smuggle drugs to destinations such as Europe. According to Sipse, drug mules arrive in Cancun about 3 days before the scheduled departure flight and often stay in a hotel to prepare the drug. Many of the traffickers […]

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60 Mexican narco-traffickers operate between Dominican Republic and Haiti, DEA says

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has provided the Dominican government the names of 60 suspected Mexican narco-traffickers operating between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. These traffickers are thought to be working along a route that transports drugs from Latin America into Puerto Rico or Europe, specifically Spain, Italy, and Germany, Acento reports. The suspects […]

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Five burned bodies found in SUV in Arizona, USA; possible link to trafficking route

Arizona police discovered five charred bodies in a white SUV on June 2, 2012. The SUV was found 100 miles from the Mexican border in the Vekol Valley, south of Phoenix. Experts believe this represents an extension of Mexican drug violence into the United States, according to El País. The bodies had been burned so […]

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Two minors and four adults detained in Juarez, Mexico with drugs

Four people were arrested in the company of minors in Juarez, Nuevo Leon for the possession of drugs. According to Milenio, the four adults were José Humberto de León Suárez, “El Chikis” (28); Lázaro Portales Salazar (30); Victoria Berenice Martínez Treviño, “La Bere” (19); and Alfredo Flores Reyna, “La Rata” (30). The names of the […]

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A message from above: Mexican narco group dumps political leaflets from plane

In an unprecedented event in Mexico, a drug trafficking organization dumped thousands of political leaflets on the city of Culiacán from a plane. Many narco groups in Mexico have attempted to influence the public by distributing pamphlets, using violence or posting YouTube videos, but never before has a message been dropped from the sky, Univision […]

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Mexico’s IMSS urges precautions due to hot weather, rains to combat spread of malaria

Specialists of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) are calling on the population in this hot weather and rains take precautions to prevent the spread of malaria infection that may jeopardize the lives of the sick person. According to a press release, malaria, epidemiologist Joel Navarrete said Espinosa, Medical Programs Coordinator of the Coordination of […]

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3 Dead after gunfight with Mexico’s Military

Three suspected members of organized crime died in a confrontational fight with Mexico’s military in the municipality of Susupuato, Michoacan. According to cronica.com the fight lasted over 3o minutes and was followed by a car chase that ended when the escaping vehicle plummeted into a ravine. It is estimated that at least five other suspects […]

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Police Set Patrols to Check for Drunk Drivers in Gómez Palacio, Mexico

For the rest of December, the police of Gómez Palacio will be setting up patrols throughout the city Gómez Palacio in Mexico to find anyone driving under the influence or without the proper documents or plates. This effort hopes to reduce transit accidents. Read Article

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95% of Mexican Women Face Harassment in the Workplace

According to milenio.com, 95% of Mexican working women are experiencing harassment in their places of work. Most of them are single mothers and the main sources of income. They, therefore, choose to continue despite incidents of sexual harassment. Read Article

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Leader of Los Zetas Denies Terrorist and Revolutionary Activity

Treviño Morales, alias “Z-40,” the leader of Los Zetas has posted messages in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas denying any connection between the group and terrorist activity. According to Morales, the group does not wish to conflict with either the U.S. or Mexican government per eldiariodecoahuila.com.mx. He posted these in response to various messages against the Mexican […]

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U.S. Citizen Dies in a Yacht in Huatulco, Mexico

The body of U.S. citizen George Stanley Natzman completely nude inside his yacht, Ángel, on the morning of December 12th. According to publimar.mx, authorities attribute his death to causes related to Diabetes and Hyptertension. Read Article

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Increased human trafficking in Mexico

Mexico ranks second in Latin American, after Brazil, as the country with the largest number of children sexually exploited and second in the world, after Thailand, in regards to most victims sent to the United States, El Occidental reports. According to a report by the Centre Against Trafficking, the worsening of poverty, unemployment, health, education, […]

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Tlaxcala, Mexico: Leader of human sex trafficking

New statistics relating to human sex trafficking in Tlaxcala, Mexico were revealed this week at a conference in Puebla called, “Citizen’s Forum for the Analysis and Enrichment of the State Strategy for Prevention, Combating and Punishment of Trafficking and Victim Protection,” reports impress.milenio.com. According to the report, there have been 54 preliminary investigations of trafficking […]

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Mexico: Two Deaths from Dengue in Veracruz

Veracruz’s Health Department has reported two deaths due to dengue in the state, according to Milenio. The deaths were both caused by the deadlier hemorrhagic form of the disease. The victims passed away in hospitals in the cities of Veracruz and Poza Rica, but resided in smaller towns in the southern part of the state. […]

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Mexico: Businesses Reinforce Relationships with Customers

Social networks have changed the way that people interact with each other and express opinions. The world has seen how social networks can influence public opinion and create unrest in the recent rioting in London and Chile. However, according to El Universal, businesses also have much to gain from exploiting the powers of social networks […]

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Mexico and Costa Rica Negotiate Agreement to Fight Drug Trafficking

The presidents of Mexico and Costa Rica have signed an extradition treaty as well as an official agreement to exchange information and intelligence to better combat drug trafficking, El Informador reports. The agreements were signed at the beginning of a two day state visit to Mexico by Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. Additionally, a cooperation […]

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Hurricane Greg Getting Stronger; Closing in on Mexico

Hurricane Greg, which formed Wednesday night and is already measuring as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is on its way to Mexico. It is currently located about 330 miles south of the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico and is moving at a speed of 20 miles per hour in a […]

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Mexico: 1 out of Every 3 Teens are Obese

According to the National Health and Nutrition Inquest, 29% of all Mexican adolescents suffer from obesity, Yucatan News reports. The World Health Organizations classifies obesity as a “worldwide epidemic,” affecting 300 million adults and 42 million children worldwide. 2.6 million people die each year from obesity and illnesses caused by the disease. The high rate […]

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Mexico: New Law Proposes Tracking Bracelets for Juvenile Delinquents

The Tabasco High Court of Justice is preparing a bill which would increase the penalty for adolescents convicted of homicide, rape, kidnapping, violent robbery and human trafficking (among others) from eight to 15 years, Vanguardia reports. Under the bill, the sentence would be served in a state prison once the minor obtains majority. Until that […]

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Mexico: Historic Sites to be Added to “Street View”

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) is making the most of Google’s informational tools in order to share Mexico’s cultural heritage with the world. According to Noticieros Televisa, the INAH is pairing with Google to add 33 of Mexico’s historic monuments to Google’s Street View, a tool which allows users to take virtual […]

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Colombia, Mexican Narcotics Figurehead of Goods Captured

The Colombian Police have captured Dolly Cifuentes Villa, the figurehead of the Sinaloa cartel, involved in narcotics in Mexico. Her actions involved over 30 companies, and she is to be extradited to the United States. Her brother served Pablo Escobar as a pilot. Read Article

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Mexico: Jalisco Offers Free Internet to Over 2 Million Residents

The University of Guadalajara’s WiMax project promises to bring the Internet to the entire state of Jalisco and has been expanded upon by the state government’s eJalisco program, which will be a public broadband network, CUCEI reports. The eJalisco program contains three phases: Connect over 8,000 centers in 80,000 square kilometers to the Internet; provide […]

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Increase in Illegal Drugs Transported Through U.S. Mail

•Due to the increase in security on the U.S. – Mexico border, there has been an increase in the transport of illegal drugs transported through the U.S. Mail per elespectador.com. •Marijuana and cocaine have been detected and seized in the mail. •In the U.S., 10, 786 kilos of marijuana have been seized from mail in […]

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Mexico: Dengue Reduced by 80% in Oaxaca

Incidences of dengue in the state of Oaxaca have been reduced by 80% in comparison to 2010, with only 225 cases reported compared to last year’s 1,136, Ciudania Express reports. Oaxaca Health Services (SSO) is attributing the reduction to increased measures by the agency and residents to combat the disease. The agency has treated 494,609 […]

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Mexico: Tarahumara Mummies Discovered in Chihuahua

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found two partially mummified bodies and one skeleton of Tarahumara (Rarámuri) ancestry in a large cave in the Chihuahuan mountains, Noticieros Televisa reports. The bodies are believed to be between 800 and 1000 years old and are part of a pre-Hispanic cemetery in which […]

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Mexico: Criminal Organizations Prey on Minors through Internet

Underaged users of the Internet and social networks can fall victim to pedophiles, human traffickers and child pornographers, who find the potential anonymity of social networking very attractive, Proceso reports. According to data from the Alliance for Internet Security (ASI), 32.8 million users between the ages of six and 11 used the Internet in some […]

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U.S. Citizen Arrested for Secretly Transporting 3,500 Cartridges of Ammunition, Mexico

•Mexican authorities have arrested U.S. citizen, Gwendolyn Marrufo Sánchez who attempted to secretly transport 3,500 cartridges of ammunition to Ciudad Juárez from El Paso, Texas. •EFE reports that at the International Bridge “Lerdo,” military personnel were performing an inspection on a bus when they came across the culprit’s shopping cart, which was filled with clothes […]

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Authors: “Mexico Doesn’t Protect its Journalists” from Drug War

In an interview with Público, two Mexican writers, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite and Hector de Mauleón, spoke about the effect of the war on drugs on journalism in Mexico. Both have written books on the subject. They say that journalism has turned into a high-risk profession and that there are parts of the country in which […]

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Mexico: “Bad Weather” Threatens Food Production

Vanguardia reports: • Frosts, droughts, floods and other natural phenomena are seriously affecting Mexico’s production of essential crops • 23 of Mexico’s 32 states are affected by the worst drought in 70 years; largest grain-producing states are most affected and many consider the year a total loss • 20 million tons of crops are threatened […]

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Mexico: DIF Director Urges Teens to Stay in Hometowns

The director of Mexico’s Integral Family Development (DIF) institute, Cecilia Landerreche, urged Mexico’s young people to stay in their hometowns with their families during a visit to a migratory station in Chiapas, La Crónica de Hoy reports. She also said that adolescents should receive education about the risks of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that […]

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Mexico: Colossal Olmec Treasures at the Museum of Anthropology

More than 100 large pieces from the Olmec civilization, which date back more than 4000 years, are being presented at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City as part of the exposition Colossal Works of the Olmec World, according to a release from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The exhibition includes […]

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Mata-Zetas Release Video Accusing Officials as Supporters of Los Zetas, Mexico

•The group Los Mata-Zetas has released a video in which they accuse certain officials of being supporters of the Mexican Cartel, Los Zetas. •As reported by blogdelnarco.com, Los Mata-Zetas, a response to the Los Zetas cartel, accused Fidel Herrera Beltrán, former governor of Veracruz, Mexico and alias Z1, of allowing the cartel to establish itself […]

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Mexico: Evidence Found of Cannibalism among Xiximes

After four years of investigations, specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have confirmed that the pre-Hispanic Xiximes in northern Mexico practiced cannibalism for religious purposes, according to a report released by the institute. Anthropological studies on 40 sets of human bones revealed that they showed signs of being cut and boiled, […]

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Mexico: Authorities Break Up Another Kidnapping Gang in Tabasco

Members of the 17th Infantry Battalion in Tabasco captured five members of the gang known as “Los Sastré,” Milenio reports. The gang is responsible for several kidnappings and murders throughout the state. The operation began July 12, when a search warrant was issued for the gang members following the kidnapping of a person from the […]

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Mexico: Number of Drug-Related Killings of Prostitutes Triples

The rate of murders, rapes and disappearances of female prostitutes in the context of the war against organized crime has increased at an alarming rate over the past few years, Vanguardia reports. Previously, the homicide rate of prostitutes was about 6 per year per state, about 190 to 250 in the entire country. However, in […]

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Mexico: Illegally Harvested Wood Seized in Jalisco and Chihuahua

Inspectors from the Federal Department of Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) in Jalisco and Chihuahua have secured 626.6 cubic meters of illegally harvested rolled pine – equivalent to 200 adult pine trees, Milendo reports. The seizure comes as part of the Zero Tolerance Program for Illegal Logging. In Jalisco, wood was seized from a sawmill when the […]

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Mexico: Illegal Woodcutting Decreases in Monarch Butterfly Reserve

Illegal woodcutting in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve fell from 3.85 affected acres in 2009 to just 1.19 acres in 2010, Notimex reports. The positive results are due to renewed efforts to protect the winter habitat of the Monarch butterfly, including effective monitoring of the central area of the reserve. The efforts were helped by […]

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Mexico: 30% of Adults Have High Blood Pressure

A specialist from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) has announced that 30% of Mexico’s population over the age of 18 suffers from hypertension, El Universal reports. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is known as the “silent killer” as it does not show any symptoms during its initial phase and needs an early diagnosis […]

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Mexico City: Rescue of Xochimilco Lake District Planned

The local administration is presenting a plan of action to save the famed river boat district of Xochimilco, El Universal reports. The wetlands district has experienced extreme deterioration, despite investments by state and federal agencies. The local government is pairing with the Ministry of Environment and the Natural Resources commission to estimate the costs of […]

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Mexico: Counterfeiting of Alcoholic Beverages Proposed as Felony

Leonardo Urbina, a legislator from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has proposed reforms to the Mexico City Penal Code to make counterfeiting of alcoholic beverages a felony, El Universal reports. There are mafias in Mexico City who exist only to recycle empty bottles, refill them and make counterfeit holograms and seals of authenticity then sell […]

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Measles Health Alert Dismissed in State of Mexico

The State of Mexico Health Institute (ISEM) has disqualified a possible health alert in the state due to the measles epidemic in Europe and the United States, El Sol de Mexico reports. The cases detected in Mexico do not currently present a potential threat to public health, the institute says. In addition, the state of […]

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Mexico City Authorities Warn of New Kidnapping Method

The Mexico City Attorney General’s Office (PGJDF) is investigating a new form of extortion, known as “virtual kidnapping,” El Informador reports. The practice involves calling a victim to get them out of their house or work, then keeping them isolated through threats while demanding money from family members. Extortionists will make victims purchase more credits […]

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Mexico City: L4 Will Damage Historic Buildings, Experts Claim

Professors from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) say that the Line 4 (L4) bus line construction project is accelerating the damage rate to Mexico City’s historic district, El Universal reports. Most of the district’s buildings date back to the 17th century. Academics and unhappy neighbors are protesting the construction project, saying they will […]

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