Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece

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By Tracy Wilkinson | LA Times July 12, 2015 The tunnel stretched a mile long, from the jailhouse shower to an empty building in a cornfield, and was deep enough for drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand upright as he made his escape. A minor engineering masterpiece, some might say, equipped with ventilation, […]

Mexico arrests fugitive leader of Knights Templar drug cartel

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By Tracy Wilkinson | LA Times February 27, 2015 | 7:55 A.M. Longtime fugitive drug lord Servando “La Tuta” Gomez Martinez, founding commander of the notorious La Familia cartel, which controlled a large chunk of western Mexico and its booming methamphetamine industry, was captured by federal police early Friday, authorities said. A teacher by training, […]

6th Suspect Arrested In 2009 Gang-Related Stabbing Death

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CBS Local News October 13, 2014 7:10 PM OXNARD ( — Officers Monday announced the arrest of a sixth suspect accused in a gang-related 2009 stabbing death. According to the Oxnard Police Department, Francisco Martinez Barrera of Oxnard was arrested Sunday while in custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. He was facing unrelated firearm […]

Mexico’s crackdown on drugs spurs extortion wave

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Mark Stevenson (Associated Press) | October 14, 2013 MEXICO CITY — When the threatening phone calls demanding $20,000 in protection money began in December, Dr. Roman Gomez Gaviria shrugged them off, believing his clinic on the outskirts of Mexico City couldn’t possibly be of interest to criminal gangs. A few months later, his sense of […]

Mexico drug cartels helping with storm relief

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Dudley Althaus (GlobalPost) | September 24, 2013 MEXICO CITY, Mexico — As stricken communities dig out from the one-two punch of tropical cyclones that hit Mexico’s coasts last week, organized crime has been pitching in. The Gulf Cartel, the drug-trafficking organization that controls much of the country’s northeast, is believed to have dispensed food, water […]

Latin American countries push for alternatives in drug war

Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Guatemala's Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera

Tracy Wilkinson (Los Angeles Times) | June 4, 2013 MEXICO CITY — Drug policy and the need to substantially change the way countries tackle the problem took center stage at a major regional meeting of the Americas that started Tuesday. Several countries from Latin America were expected to pressure the United States to find alternatives […]

Mexico’s Operation Cleanup has been a mess

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Tracy Wilkinson (Los Angeles Times) | April 16, 2013 MEXICO CITY — Operation Cleanup was a showcase effort to stamp out corruption within Mexico’s elite organized-crime bureau. Twenty-five top law-enforcement officials were arrested in the weeks after the operation was launched in 2008, most accused of acting as highly paid moles for a leading drug […]

US knew dead Zeta leader’s ID before body stolen

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Associated Press | October 13, 2012 MEXICO CITY – The U.S. government knew that a suspect fatally shot by Mexican marines was the head of the widely feared Zetas drug cartel well before the marines left the body unguarded in a small-town funeral home, where it was stolen in a pre-dawn raid by armed men, […]

US officials meet with alleged boy assassin in Mexico, but his citizenship not yet determined


OSWALD ALONSO (Associated Press) December 7, 2010 JIUTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — U.S. Embassy officials met with Mexico’s alleged child assassin to check on his welfare and provide him with information on a lawyer in the case that he is an American, a spokesman said Tuesday. Mexican officials and his family say the boy, 14, who […]

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


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 Drug Gang Leader Confesses to Killings


ELISABETH MALKIN November 28, 2010 MEXICO CITY — A notorious drug gang leader has been captured and has confessed to ordering most killings in the battle-scarred border city of Ciudad Juárez since August 2009, including the drive-by shootings of a United States consular employee and her husband, Mexico’s federal police said Sunday. Federal police arrested […]

Mexican police arrest alleged successor of US-born drug lord suspect ‘La Barbie’


E. EDUARDO CASTILLO (Associated Press) | November 24, 2010 MEXICO CITY — Federal police said Wednesday they captured the new leader of a drug gang formerly led by jailed U.S.-born suspect Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, in another blow to a cartel fighting to control the region south of Mexico City to the Pacific resort […]