Gang leader gets life in Texas prison drugs case

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The Associated Press | June 29, 2012 EL PASO, Texas—Prosecutors say a West Texas border gang leader has been sentenced to life in federal prison for helping distribute drugs to other inmates. The Justice Department on Friday announced the sentence for 38-year-old Hector Galindo of El Paso. Galindo in 1992 began serving a 25-year state […]

Man arrested after attempted prison-gang hit

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Daniel Borunda (El Paso Times) | January 5, 2011 An ex-gang member apparently averted a prison gang hit Monday when a gunman hesitated because the victim was with his two young sons outside a bakery in Central El Paso. El Paso police arrested Eric Patrick Gomez, 33, on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly […]

Mexican federal police capture one of alleged leaders of cross-border Aztecas gang

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Associated Press November 28, 2010 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s federal police have captured a presumed leader of a cross-border drug gang suspected in dozens of killings, including the slaying of a U.S. consulate worker, authorities announced Sunday. Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, 32, was arrested Saturday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, which is considered […]

Mexican prosecutors say prison guards lent killers guns, let them out to carry out massacre

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MARK STEVENSON (Associated Press) July 25, 2010 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guards and officials at a prison in northern Mexico allegedly let inmates out, lent them guns and sent them off in official vehicles to carry out drug-related killings, including the massacre of 17 people last week, prosecutors said Sunday. After carrying out the killings […]

El Paso residents fearful as gang feud takes root

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By Daniel Borunda (El Paso Times) March 24, 2010 EL PASO — A street gang feud that has escalated into a shooting, an attempted arson and a rash of graffiti is spreading fear in a Northeast neighborhood. Police, residents and a gang expert say the problems are due to a rivalry between Los Midnight Locos, […]

Suspected gang members rounded up in El Paso

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The Associated Press March 19, 2010 EL PASO – More than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers swept through El Paso on Thursday, picking up suspected members of the Barrio Azteca gang in an effort to find new leads into the killings of three people who had ties to the U.S. Consulate in […]

Officers round up suspected El Paso gang members in effort to find leads into Juarez killings

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by Christopher Sherman (Associated Press) March 18, 2010 More than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers swept through El Paso on Thursday, picking up suspected members of the Barrio Azteca gang in an effort to find new leads into the killings of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez […]

Gangs blamed for killing 3 with US consulate tie

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By OLIVIA TORRES (AP) 03.15.10 CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — U.S. and Mexican federal officials said Monday they were probing why a suspected drug gang ambushed two cars carrying families with ties to the U.S. consulate in this violent border city, killing an American couple and a Mexican man. Three young children survived, although two suffered […]

Gunmen storm town in southern Mexico, killing 13 people, including rancher and his sons

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IXTLI X. MARTINEZ (Associated Press) February 24, 2010 OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen stormed a rural town in southern Mexico and killed 13 people, while the U.S. government warned Americans against traveling to cities in a northern border state where shootouts have left 19 people dead over three days. Hooded assailants in several cars killed […]

Mexican drug cartels run rehab clinics, forcing recovering addicts into their ranks

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JULIE WATSON Associated Press Writer 12:30 p.m. CST, February 4, 2010 Mexico’s powerful drug cartels have been operating drug rehabilitation clinics, turning some into bloody killing fields and forcing recovering addicts into their ranks of hit men and smugglers. At least two of the country’s six major drug cartels have used treatment facilities to further […]

Drug cartels are recruiting in Texas schools

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Amanda Salinas (KDAF-TV) November 17, 2009 DALLAS – Law enforcement officials believe Mexican drug cartels are responsible for some of the biggest drug deals in the world. Their killings so brutal it’s difficult to even describe them. On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public safety issued a warning to parents. The Mexican drug cartels are […]

Bloods gang dates to ’80s in El Paso

By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times Posted: 04/01/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT EL PASO — Police say the Bloods street gang grew gradually over the years before becoming the target of El Paso’s second-ever injunction aimed at a gang. “I’m not saying the Bloods is the worst gang in El Paso, but in the last couple […]