In Mexico, One Cartel Is Cleared, but Others Storm In

In the state of Michoacán, small drug cartels compete with larger ones for territory, leaving the residents caught in the middle of a brutal turf war.

#avocados, #drug-cartels, #jalisco-new-generation-cartel, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #michoacan-mexico, #tancitaro-mexico

Along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Tourists, Drugs and Violence

On the stretch of beaches from Cancún to Tulum, there have been a number of gang-related incidents in which international visitors have been killed or injured. But that hasn’t stopped the vacationers from coming.

#cancun-mexico, #drug-cartels, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #playa-del-carmen-mexico, #puerto-morelos-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #riviera-maya-mexico, #travel-and-vacations

U.S. Temporarily Bans Avocados From Mexico, Citing Threat

The move is a blow to the Mexican state of Michoacán, which exports roughly $3 billion worth of the fruit annually.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #avocados, #drug-cartels, #international-trade-and-world-market, #michoacan-mexico

On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

Powerful associates of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, are making and selling captagon, an illegal amphetamine, creating a new narcostate on the Mediterranean.

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El Chapo’s Wife Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty in June to helping her husband, Joaquin Guzmán Loera, smuggle drugs into the United States and escape from prison.

#coronel-aispuro-emma, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #mexico, #sinaloa-cartel

Colombia Announces Capture of Leader of Major Drug Cartel

The arrest of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, widely known as Otoniel, was a victory for Colombia’s president, who has been struggling to contain persistent violence.

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Why Mexico Is Suing U.S. Gunmakers

Mexican officials have long complained about the role that lax U.S. gun control has played in bloodshed in their nation. Now they are taking their arguments to a U.S. federal court.

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‘We’re Living in Hell’: Inside Fresnillo, Mexico’s Most Terrified City

Fresnillo feels to residents overrun by violence and paralyzed by fear, a testament to the failure of Mexico’s government to tackle organized crime.

#crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #jalisco-new-generation-cartel, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sinaloa-cartel, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Wife of El Chapo Pleads Guilty to Helping Run His Drug Empire

Under an agreement with U.S. prosecutors, Emma Coronel Aispuro will likely be sentenced to at best 108 to 135 months in prison.

#coronel-aispuro-emma, #drug-cartels, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #justice-department, #mexico, #sinaloa-cartel, #united-states-politics-and-government

Emma Coronel Aispuro Set to Plead Guilty to Helping Run Drug Empire

Emma Coronel Aispuro is scheduled to appear in court in Washington on Thursday to admit her role in her husband’s criminal activities.

#coronel-aispuro-emma, #drug-cartels, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #mexico, #prison-escapes, #sinaloa-cartel, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mexico Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis

Lawmakers in Mexico have approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, but in a country still marred by a deadly drug war, the proposal has proved divisive.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

U.S. Arrests El Chapo’s Wife in Connection With Drug Empire

Emma Coronel Aispuro, who had been under investigation for at least two years, was also charged with plotting to break her husband, Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin, out of prison.

#coronel-aispuro-emma, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #mexico

Slow the Iron River of Guns to Mexico

The Biden administration has an opportunity to stem illegal gun trafficking to Mexico and beyond.

#black-markets, #colts-manufacturing-co, #drug-cartels, #gun-control, #mexico, #organized-crime

‘Please, Give Me Back My Daughter’

The remarkable story of one mother’s implausible quest to bring a cartel to justice for the murder of her child.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #rodriguez-martinez-miriam-elizabeth, #zetas

Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

The Biden administration will need to rebuild drug-enforcement cooperation after Mexico exonerated Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, discounting U.S. evidence that he worked for a cartel.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #h-2-cartel, #informers, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda returned to Mexico last year after the Department of Justice abruptly dropped drug-trafficking and corruption charges.

#cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

Hit Hard by the Pandemic, Mexico’s Drug Cartels Tweaked Their Playbook

The brutal cartels, like legitimate companies, struggled as governments imposed border closures and lockdowns, and had to get creative.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #homeland-security-department, #mexico

Former Governor of Jalisco, Mexico, Is Killed in Puerto Vallarta

Aristóteles Sandoval was shot in the back inside a restaurant restroom in one of the highest-profile political killings in Mexico in recent memory.

#drug-cartels, #jalisco-mexico, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #puerto-vallarta-mexico

Acechó a los asesinos de su hija por todo México, uno a uno

Armada con una pistola, tarjetas de identificación falsas y disfraces, Miriam Rodríguez se convirtió en un escuadrón de detectives que desafiaba a un sistema en el que suele prevalecer la impunidad criminal.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #organized-crime, #san-fernando-tamaulipas-mexico

She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One

Armed with a handgun, a fake ID card and disguises, Miriam Rodríguez was a one-woman detective squad, defying a system where criminal impunity often prevails.

#drug-cartels, #extortion-and-blackmail, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mexico, #organized-crime, #san-fernando-tamaulipas-mexico

Guns, Drugs and Viral Content: Welcome to Cartel TikTok

Mexico is set to shatter another murder record, but that grim reality is nowhere to be seen on the TikTok videos that go viral by showcasing drug cartel culture.

#advertising-and-marketing, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #mexico, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Mexico, Outraged at Arrest of Ex-Official, Threatened to Toss U.S. Agents

Mexican officials made the threat after weeks of anger at the surprise arrest of a former defense minister. Their gambit appears to have worked — the charges were dropped.

#amon-carol-bagley, #barr-william-p, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #ducharme-seth-d, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. to Drop Case Against Mexican Ex-Official to Allow Inquiry in Mexico

The announcement by the Justice Department was an abrupt turnaround a month after the high-profile arrest of a former defense minister.

#barr-william-p, #cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #gertz-manero-alejandro, #justice-department, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mexico Seizes Crime Boss El Marro, Under Pressure to Cut Violence

While the arrest of José Antonio Yépez delivers a major blow to a cartel, analysts say officials lack a cohesive strategy against debilitating crime.

#drug-cartels, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #organized-crime

How Mexico’s Drug Cartels are Profiting From the Pandemic

Lockdown exacerbated addiction in the U.S., while in Mexico, cartels dig into their turfs with charity and curfews, and put violent pressure on a vulnerable government.

#drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

Mexican Officials Blame Cartel Turf War for Mass Killing

Violence in many countries has waned during the coronavirus pandemic, but not in Mexico, and warfare between rival criminal gangs has devastated the state of Guanajuato.

#drug-cartels, #guanajuato-mexico, #jalisco-new-generation-cartel, #latin-america, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mass-shootings, #mexico, #santa-rosa-de-lima

Mexico Police Chief Shot in Possible Assassination Attempt

The attackers shot the head of police three times, and killed three people, in an attack that may signal a new front in the battle between security forces and organized crime in the capital.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #attacks-on-police, #drug-cartels, #garcia-harfuch-omar, #jalisco-new-generation-cartel, #mexico-city-mexico

Paralegal for U.S. Attorney Tipped Off Drug Cartel, Prosecutors Say

Jennifer Loya, 30, helped a drug network in San Antonio stay a step ahead of drug enforcement agents through her access to information as a federal employee, according to court documents.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #jennifer-loya, #kimberly-loya, #zetas

The Specter of Mexico’s Coronavirus Crash

President López Obrador and businesses will have to work miracles to avoid economic catastrophe.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-cartels, #looting-crime, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #recession-and-depression, #trump-donald-j

A Mexican Police Chief’s Handshake Deal With a Sicario

An epidemic of violence in Mexico and endemic corruption pushed a police chief to try something new — an off-the-books witness protection program for assassins willing to turn on their cartels.

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Architect of Mexico’s War on Cartels Is Accused of Taking Bribes From One

Genaro García Luna once served in a presidential cabinet and as the head of Mexico’s equivalent of the F.B.I. He was indicted in New York on charges of taking bribes while in office.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #calderon-felipe, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #garcia-luna-genaro, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #mexico, #sinaloa-cartel, #united-states