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01-12-2016, 02:30 PM
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A new thread as the older one got too large; Small War in Mexico: 2002-2015, which has 478 posts and 145k views and has just been closed. A small number of 2016 posts will be transferred here, so this will for a moment be the first post, then drop down slightly.

Thanks to AdamG for his updates too.(Ends).

LOS MOCHIS, Mexico (AP) — At 4:40 a.m. in a central neighborhood of the Pacific coast city of Los Mochis, 17 Mexican marines began their assault on a safe house, thinking there was a good chance Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was inside. The operation was dubbed "black swan."

One marine was wounded by gunfire almost immediately and remained outside the front door while his comrades slowly advanced inside behind lobbed grenades and heavy fire, according to video from the marines' helmet cameras released by Mexico's government on Monday.

A marine involved in the assault who gave a tour of the house to a reporter from the Mexican network Televisa said there were more people inside than expected and they were more heavily armed, including with rocket-propelled grenades and .50 caliber sniper rifles.http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/video-mexican-drug-lords-men-put-up-fierce-fight/ar-CCq7XD?ocid=spartandhp

03-01-2016, 12:41 AM
Five Mexican states were put on alert Sunday after a truck carrying a container of potentially dangerous radioactive material was stolen, the interior ministry said.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection issued the warning after a company in the central state of Queretaro reported that a pick-up truck carrying radioactive iridium-192 had been stolen.

The ministry said the material "can be dangerous for people if not handled safely" and could cause "permanent or serious injury to a person who is handling or in contact with it for a short time".

Such damage could occur after contact lasting anywhere from minutes to hours, it added.

Officials said the radioactive material represented a significant health risk if taken outside its container, but was not dangerous if kept sealed.


03-05-2016, 02:04 PM
ACAPULCO, Mexico — One comforting truism of the drug war in Mexico holds that drug-related violence and tourism are mutually exclusive of one another—like the orbits of neighboring planets, the two supposedly never intersect.

But the sunburned vendors who trudge from beach umbrella to beach umbrella hawking their wares to tourists here along the Bay of Santa Lucía have a different story to tell. Five of their number have been murdered here in a month, as the violence that has for years plagued the favela-like neighborhoods on the city’s periphery has reached at last the tourist beaches downtown.


03-10-2016, 07:52 PM
A new thread as the older one got too large; Small War in Mexico: 2002-2015, which has 478 posts and 145k views and has just been closed. A small number of 2016 posts will be transferred here, so this will for a moment be the first post, then drop down slightly.

Thanks to AdamG for his updates too.

04-05-2016, 03:11 PM
This illustrates the hypocrisy of 1) the Mexican government and 2) actors inside the US who have their own agendas.

Note that Breitbart quotes the Guardian (Baxters on one side, Rojos on the other).

Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge

A growing number of indigenous Mexicans are being detained by agents looking for Central American migrants, amid a crackdown driven partly by aid from US

04-25-2016, 01:04 PM
Missing Mexican Students Suffered a Night of ‘Terror,’ Investigators Say

05-17-2016, 10:43 AM
Mexican cartels take over methamphetamine trade in the Ozarks

Mexican authorities say three men were gunned down in a tourist-hotel quarter of the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco.

The Guerrero state prosecutors' office reports that two 21-year-olds and a 27-year-old were killed Saturday on a street just off the beach.

No further details were immediately available on the victims, and there was no word on possible motive.

Acapulco city and Guerrero state in general have experienced a wave of violence attributed to warring drug gangs.

Authorities say at least two rival groups are fighting for control in Acapulco, which for decades was famed as a favorite beach destination for Hollywood stars and other tourists.

The U.S. government recently banned its employees from traveling there for any reason due to the violence.


SWJ Blog
06-28-2016, 11:02 AM
International Conference On Promoting The Rule Of Law In Mexico (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/international-conference-on-promoting-the-rule-of-law-in-mexico)

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07-21-2016, 04:35 PM
Interested parties might want to jump over to this thread/post momentarily, see if the neck tats look familiar.


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07-24-2016, 05:26 AM
In Mexico, Narco Films vs. Narco Reality (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/in-mexico-narco-films-vs-narco-reality)

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07-27-2016, 02:14 AM
With the police providing little or no protection against this kind of violent crime, inhabitants of Guadalajara's forgotten outskirts have begun forming vigilante groups known as autodefensas, or self-defense squads. Vigilantes have famously fought drug gangs in the nearby states of Michoacn and Guerrero in recent years, but their emergence in the major city of Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco, is more recent and hardly reported.

Gazing out over El Salto's scorched scrubland as he patrols the dirt roads of his rundown neighborhood, Ral Muoz, a 59-year-old former guerrilla, says he leads the largest of 27 autodefensa cells scattered across the town


07-27-2016, 02:20 AM
The recent murder of a couple and their three children in the western crime-plagued Mexican state of Michoacn took the number of families massacred in Mexico in the past two weeks to five.

It came after two families were slain on the other side of the country, in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas. Gunmen stormed a family home and killed 11 people, including four young girls. In another attack, hitmen murdered two women and three children, also in their home.

The wave of family-focused violence has also hit the normally less-violent southern state of Oaxaca.


09-11-2016, 09:23 PM
Hundreds of African asylum seekers have flooded Mexican border cities with the U.S. in an effort to get to California and Texas to obtain U.S. asylum — many of the unvetted migrants are from the terror hotbed of Somalia. Rather than having to hide along the way, the African migrants have been getting a special permit from Mexico that gives them a free pass to the U.S. border.
The influx of asylum seekers from African countries who entered Mexico illegally has been building for several weeks as hundreds of individuals continue to arrive primarily to Mexicali to cross into Calexico, California, in order to seek asylum. Mexican immigration authorities have been spotted ferrying the asylum seekers from shelters and plazas to international bridges with the U.S.


09-18-2016, 11:05 PM
Dr Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez is a research professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, studying "criminal entrepreneurship" in drug cartels, who beat Amazon to using drones for delivery by years, use modified potato guns to shoot cocaine and marijuana bundles over border fences, and represent the "true libertarian, Ayn Rand capitalism."

In a wide-ranging interview with Motherboard, Nieto-Gomez speculates on the future of drug smuggling (flying and submarine drones), and describes the Silicon Valley-like relationship between a Mexican investor class and the smuggler-innovators, who sell a share in future returns in exchange for capital to fund high-risk/high-tech R&D efforts to beat police interdiction


12-11-2016, 03:51 AM
Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday troops will remain in the streets to combat drug violence after his defense minister issued a rare complaint about the controversial deployment.
Although Pena Nieto acknowledged that the soldiers and marines have been doing law enforcement tasks that "don't correspond to them in the strictest sense," he said the armed forces are "determined to continue" policing the streets.
The military deployment has allowed "cities and regions in our country to return to peace and calm," he said.


01-03-2017, 06:54 PM
An article from Open Democracy that opens with:
December marked ten years since Mexico's government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country's criminal organizations which has failed to substantially improve the nation's security situation.

(Concludes with) However, the record of the past ten years points to the conclusion that continuing the current militarized approach will yield similarly lackluster results. Making the politically difficult decisions to reform and strengthen civilian institutions may be Mexico (http://www.insightcrime.org/mexico-organized-crime-news)'s best hope for making long-term progress in the fight against organized crime. But until politicians make that leap, Mexico (http://www.insightcrime.org/mexico-organized-crime-news) seems destined to maintain the current gruesome status quo between security forces and organized crimeLink:https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/mike-lasusa/mexico-s-war-on-crime-decade-of-militarized-failure? (https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/mike-lasusa/mexico-s-war-on-crime-decade-of-militarized-failure?utm_source=Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=21ee1c13d4-DAILY_NEWSLETTER_MAILCHIMP&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_717bc5d86d-21ee1c13d4-407365113)

01-13-2017, 04:08 PM
Drug Cartels Are Looting Mexican Gas Pipelines

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01-26-2017, 10:41 AM
Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 19: +233,143 Homicides (& Disappearances) in Mexico 2007-2016 (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/mexican-cartel-strategic-note-no-19-233143-homicides-disappearances-in-mexico-2007-2016)

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02-09-2017, 04:40 PM
A Marine was killed and two civilians wounded when gunmen opened fire on a military patrol in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

02-15-2017, 06:05 AM
An alleged regional leader of the Beltrn Leyva drug cartel and 11 accomplices have been killed in clashes with Mexican marines who poured gunfire into a house from a helicopter-mounted machine gun.


See also

04-18-2017, 11:27 PM

Former Mexican governor arrested in Guatemala

Guatemalan police arrested former Mexican Governor Javier Duarte who had been missing for more than 6 months. CNN's Rafael Romo has more on the capture, and what it means to Mexico's government.

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04-19-2017, 09:59 PM
New Drug Violence in Mexico Report Published (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/new-drug-violence-in-mexico-report-published)

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04-25-2017, 03:18 PM
MEXICO CITY: Authorities in Mexico put several states on alert Monday after thieves stole nuclear material used in medical equipment that is dangerous if not handled properly.
The iridium was inside industrial X-ray equipment that was stolen from the back of a truck in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco state, an interior ministry statement said.
“This was industrial equipment that included Iridium-192... which can be dangerous for people if it is taken out of its container,” the statement said.
It issued a warning for Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan, San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas states.
If the material is found, authorities asked for people to stay back 30 meters (yards) and call local officials for help.
Since 2013, there have been at least seven cases of radioactive material being stolen across Mexico. So far, all the material was returned without incident. -- AFP

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04-25-2017, 03:32 PM
Given that such equipment is in extensive use, one must wonder how much is diverted or stolen in other countries, notably the USA and of course becomes a public matter.

04-25-2017, 09:01 PM
Given that such equipment is in extensive use, one must wonder how much is diverted or stolen in other countries, notably the USA and of course becomes a public matter.

That's fretted about in the Guardian article as well.

Bill Moore
06-12-2017, 07:03 AM
Mexico’s War is Hell. It’s Next door. It’s Getting Worse. Why?

Wars are not won by targeting the enemy’s generals and leaving their ground forces intact. That’s not a military campaign; it’s not even a serious strategy.

As Tolstoy notes in War and Peace, the French would still have gone on to invade Russia, even if someone had bumped off Napoleon.

This is one of the principle reasons our approach to counterterrorism is failing. Hundreds of intelligence amateurs drawing networks of terrorists, and telling their operators if you just remove this guy and that guy the network will collapse. It was an OK hypothesis to test in 2002, but 15 years after it failed us then we're pursuing it.

So far, 2017 has been a very rough year for Mexican crime fighters. The regional security plan established by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013—which divided the country into five zones and included large-scale military deployments—seems to have backfired. Violence is up by as much as 60 percent in the region that includes Sinaloa, where the crime syndicate formerly run by Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán is based. And homicides have increased sharply in each of the other four security zones as well.

As opposed to previous spikes in violence, which tended to be localized, the first five months of this year have seen a nationwide rise in murders—putting it on track to be the worst year for drug war mayhem since such records started to be kept in 1997.

We remove the elements that control what we think we understand, and then acted surprised the situation morphed making it even worse.

“You combine inequality with ineffective government,” says Wood, “and you have a very toxic situation where organized crime is an alternative for young men—but it’s also a force that very few governmental actors are willing to confront.”

Mexico is wealthy, but the Mexican people are poor. Always a bad combination for long term stability.

Why the Military Will Never Beat Mexico's Cartels


“Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war,” wrote Norman Mailer in Armies of the Night. That phrase, applied to Vietnam almost 50 years ago, has come back into my head any number of times during the eight months of the last year I’ve spent covering the Mexican drug war.

Organized crime in Mexico, she says, is simply “too lucrative.” When a designated “kingpin” is arrested or killed by authorities, the flow of money from the drug trade ensures a former underling or rival will rise up to take his place. “Massive military deployment and attacks on cartels cannot defeat or eliminate them and invariably lead to greater levels of violence,” Carlsen says, because newly empowered factions do battle for the old crime lord’s turf. According to Carlsen, the flaw lies not just in tactical execution, but in the authorities’ very will to fight—despite Washington footing much of the bill. “In Mexico the problem is in the practice as well as the strategy itself. The military can’t defeat the drug cartels,” says Carlsen, “because it doesn’t want to. “Police and military are often complicit with drug traffickers,” she adds, in a follow-up email. “Huge quantities of drugs flow out of (and presumably cash flows into) areas where the military controls access.” The problem of corruption is not limited to individuals, she notes, it’s “a systemic re-purposing of state agencies” by the cartels.

06-14-2017, 02:17 PM
A Pro-Publica report:
In March 2011 gunmen from the Zetas cartel, one of the most violent drug trafficking organizations in the world, swept through Allende and nearby towns like a flash flood, demolishing homes and businesses and kidnapping and killing dozens, possibly hundreds, of men, women and children.

(Shortly after) But unlike most places in Mexico that have been ravaged by the drug war, what happened in Allende didn’t have its origins in Mexico. It began in the United States, when the Drug Enforcement Administration scored an unexpected coup. An agent persuaded a high-level Zetas operative to hand over the trackable cellphone identification numbers for two of the cartel’s most wanted kingpins, Miguel Ángel Treviño and his ​brother Omar. Then the DEA took a gamble. It shared the intelligence with a Mexican federal police unit that has long had problems with leaks — even though its members had been trained and vetted by the DEA. Almost immediately, the Treviños learned they’d been betrayed.Link:https://www.propublica.org/article/allende-zetas-cartel-massacre-and-the-us-dea

07-13-2017, 02:20 PM
Mexico was ranked the most-worsened country this year on the Fund for Peace's Fragile States Index (FSI), tying with Ethiopia for the bottom spot. Although Mexico has long faced violence, corruption, and organized crime, these problems all worsened during the past year, countering a decade-long trend of increasing stability there. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder asked Eric Olson, the deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American program and senior advisor to its Mexico Institute, what explains this drop in stability, and whether uncertainty over Trump Administration policy has anything to do with it.


07-21-2017, 04:14 AM
In an interview with Mexican publication El Blog del Narco, a reporter said a now-deceased Zetas cartel leader used to eat the flesh of victims.
The journalist#told the publication he had seen former Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano, or "El Lazca," eat human flesh, according to El Blog del Narco. He said after the cartel leader would have someone killed, the victim would be cleaned and shaved, according to the publication.


Sounds like someone was channeling Bricktop.

08-15-2017, 03:23 PM
ACAPULCO, Mexico – At least four people have been shot and killed in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, which has become a hotspot in Mexico's rising drug violence.
An Associated Press journalist saw the four bodies, including a man who lay on a central avenue in Acapulco in broad daylight Sunday with a pink towel over his face. Pedestrians watched from a footbridge as police secured the scene.

08-25-2017, 01:54 AM
Members of the Mexican military have a chaotic shootout outside of a gas station with an unknown group of armed individuals.
Video here

08-25-2017, 01:55 AM
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. #U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.


Bill Moore
09-16-2017, 09:15 PM

Narcos’ Location Scout Found Shot Dead in Mexico

Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.” The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and “Apocalypto.”

Netflix’s season 4 is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel just as season 3 focused on the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel and heralded the shift of the drug wars to Mexico.

Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began. Such a decision would imperil hundreds of jobs that the series’ production would have generated in Mexico.

12-21-2017, 09:04 AM
Economic warfare, after a fashion - while sending a message to your rivals.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The bodies of six men were found hanging from three different bridges near the Mexican tourist resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula on Wednesday, local authorities said.
The authorities did not give details on what happened to the men, but drug gangs often hang the bodies of their murdered victims in public to intimidate rivals. Drug gang violence is set to make 2017 Mexico's deadliest year in modern history.

01-11-2018, 01:59 PM
MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to issue a stringent travel advisory, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states, an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.
The State Department's highest "do not travel" advisory places the states of Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Guerrero at the same warning level as war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The advisory delivered a stark reminder of the formerly ritzy seaside resort city Acapulco fall from grace.
Once a glamorous playground for the Hollywood jet set, including Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth, the resort in Guerrero state now has one of the highest murder rates in the world, having fallen victim to vicious gang warfare in recent years.


01-22-2018, 03:06 AM
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - There were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed.
Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. It was the highest annual total since the government began counting murders in 1997.
Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.


02-20-2018, 11:24 AM
I thought they had gone away, no and the title and sub-title to thi short article are:
Mexico’s Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain stronghold; The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions – until now

02-27-2018, 10:18 AM
Three Italian men who went missing in Mexico at the end of January were sold to a criminal gang for €43 ($53), their relatives have told Italian media.

The reason for the Italians' trip to Mexico from their hometown of Naples is also unclear. Their family have said they were tourists, but Mexican prosecutors suspect the trio was part of a ring selling fake-brand power generators.


Rhetorically, what sort of profit margin is there on flogging fake-brand power generators?

04-11-2018, 12:08 PM
A total of 14 were killed during a 36-hour span in (Cancun) the once peaceful Mexican beach resort city. Five other victims sustained gunshot wounds but are expected to survive. The incidents occurred between Wednesday morning, April 4 and Thursday night, April 5, 2018, according to Noticaribe.

Breitbart Texas previously reported that in the first three months of 2018, a total of 98 homicides were registered.

In one of the deadly encounters reported last Wednesday, a total of five victims were killed inside a residence in Villas del Caribe Fraccionamiento. According to news reports, neighbors indicated that the victims were involved in the sale of illegal drugs for several years.


06-06-2018, 02:33 PM
A short RUSI report by two academic experts, who end with a familiar plea "more data". There maybe stuff here to note.

06-08-2018, 07:24 PM
A short RUSI report by two academic experts, who end with a familiar plea "more data". There maybe stuff here to note.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. They cite the GAO updated report. Relevant passage in bold.

GAO was asked to undertake a follow-up review to its 2009 report ( GAO-09-709 ) addressing these issues. This report examines, among other things, (1) the origin of firearms seized in Mexico that have been traced by ATF, (2) the extent to which collaboration among U.S. agencies combating firearms trafficking has improved, and (3) the extent to which the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy measures progress by U.S. agencies to stem firearms trafficking to Mexico. To address these objectives, GAO analyzed program information and firearms tracing data from 2009 to 2014, and met with U.S. and Mexican officials on both sides of the border.

As far as I know, the Mexican government has been less-than-candid about releasing serial numbers of the weapons they *have* confiscated, so that limits tracing to what the BATFE got it's hands on (not withstanding Fast & Furious (https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/atf-gunwalking-scandal-timeline/)).

This report is a self-licking ice cream cone. How about we talk about Mexican corruption, starting with their southern border guards and running as far north as you please?

Be glad the Mexican Naval Infantry still have cojones.

06-29-2018, 02:39 AM
TENANTLA, Mexico – Whoever wins Sunday's presidential election will have to face not only Mexico's drug cartels, but a new kind of crime involving whole neighborhoods defying police and military personnel.
Such "socialized" or "mass" crimes are spreading in Mexico as entire communities empty freight trains of merchandise or steal hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel from pipelines.

"The logic of the people is that they see politicians and officials stealing big time ... and they see themselves as having the same right to steal as the big-time politicians," said Edgardo Buscaglia, an international crime expert and research fellow at Columbia University. "You begin to create an ethical code in which, 'If the upper-class people can steal and get away with it, we can steal, too, with complete justification.'"

In May, armed men broke the locks on two supermarkets in the southern city of Arcelia in Guerrero state and allowed local residents in to loot them. Police didn't show up for hours.

08-24-2018, 01:31 AM
The U.S. has issued a travel advisory for Mexico after authorities found eight bodies in Cancún this week.
The Associated Press reports that the eight bodies were found in the Cancún area on Tuesday. Two of the victims were found in an abandoned taxi, while two others were found dismembered in plastic bags at another location, according to the AP. A fifth man was discovered bound and fatally shot on Tuesday, while another was found dead in a hammock. The seventh victim was shot to death and discovered in a plastic bag.


09-14-2018, 07:21 PM
Video of what appears to be a column of drug mules on the US side of the border; camouflage uniforms to match the terrain, carrying heavy packs.

Select individuals on horseback armed with rifles/carbines in scabbards.

Use of horses in this type of terrain increases the guards' mobility, ability to react and gives them a height advantage for spotting problems.

Turn off the sound, just watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F21PiHnO0JU

09-26-2018, 07:04 PM
Mexican authorities have taken control of the entire police force in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco, claiming the department has been infiltrated by drug gangs. Two police commanders have been accused of murder, while the rest of the force officers have been stripped of their guns, radios and bulletproof vests and taken for background checks. Acapulco – a beach resort – was a fashionable location favoured by movie stars in the 1950s and 60s, but has since been plagued by escalating violence due to warring drug gangs.


10-26-2018, 03:21 PM
Interesting plot twist from last year

A Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice and devoted to "Holy Death" is growing in popularity among drug traffickers and violent criminals, prompting Texas officials and the Catholic Church to warn about honoring the so-called "Saint Death." Authorities are speaking out about the religion devoted to La Santa Muerte, which translates to “Holy Death” and "Saint Death," that has gained popularity steadily since the late 1980s among Mexican-American Catholics.

The killings of 28 prisoners at the Las Cruces jail in Acapulco included executions "in the middle of a ritual to Santa Muerte" led by drug traffickers, according to documents obtained by the Mexican newspaper Reforma. State authorities refused to comment on the ritual aspect of the massacre, but Roberto Alvarez Heredia, security spokesman for Guerrero state, said in the statement the killings began because of “constant dispute between rival groups inside the prison.”


12-04-2018, 07:15 PM
Guadalajara (Mexico) (AFP) - The US consulate in Mexico's second city, Guadalajara, was attacked with explosives hours before a visit to the country by Vice President Mike Pence and first daughter Ivanka Trump, authorities said Saturday. The explosion late Friday night damaged a wall but caused no injuries, they said.

Jalisco state prosecutors wrote on their Twitter account that federal authorities had taken over the investigation of the incident. The state is the home base of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is considered one of the most powerful gangs in Mexico by U.S. and Mexican authorities.

12-09-2018, 03:23 PM
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is taking aim at the finances of the powerful Jalisco cartel in what a top anti-money laundering official said was an opening salvo in the fight to stop criminal gangs from flourishing with impunity


12-26-2018, 05:34 PM
The Sicario’s Tale, Part 1: Pablo Escobar’s Top Hitman Tells ‘How I Blew Up More Than 100 People’
On the 25th anniversary of the cartel chief’s death, his right-hand man reveals the Coke King’s secrets in an exclusive new series for The Daily Beast.

01-03-2019, 03:31 AM
This does not bode well.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first news conference of 2019 to start recruitment for his new National Guard, which will become the country's primary security force.

Lopez Obrador says the government hopes to recruit about 50,000 civilians to add to the guard's initial composition of military personnel and federal police.


01-11-2019, 02:55 AM
Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican authorities said Thursday they had found 21 bodies on the US-Mexican border after a drug-gang shootout in a town near where President Donald Trump was due to visit later in the day.

The bodies -- some of them badly burned -- were found Wednesday in the border town of Miguel Aleman, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) from McAllen, Texas, the city Trump was due to visit as he continues his push to build his long-sought border wall.

"We have reports there was a shootout yesterday (Wednesday) between two criminal groups that ended with 21 people dead," the security spokesman for the state of Tamaulipas, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, told Mexican TV news channel Milenio.

"Some of them were burned. Seven vehicles were also located... It was a confrontation between two rival groups that are involved in a turf war over drug-trafficking routes." The Mexican army found the bodies in a remote area following a tip-off, he said.


01-16-2019, 02:44 AM
As Captain Renault would say, I'm shocked....

BROOKLYN — A former associate of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán testified Tuesday that the drug kingpin paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, a claim met with audible gasps inside the federal courtroom in Brooklyn.

01-22-2019, 07:46 AM
One third in a year. Think about that factor.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country. Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry published on Sunday.

Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting.

02-12-2019, 02:51 AM
A video out of Mexico reportedly shows Narco Sicarios (cartel hitmen) setting up and executing a deadly linear ambush against Mexican State Police.

https://www.funker530.com/sicarios-linear-ambush-mexican-police/?fbclid=IwAR1hHnkFv9nHu0F4wN1FN3bfniBbRcU_4MKg1La5 erwkeXCJRm1XfZirwdY

03-06-2019, 03:56 AM
Just across the border from the U.S., drug gangs slaughtered 23 people — hanging nine from a bridge and decapitating 14 more, whose heads were found stashed in coolers near the town hall. The four men and five women discovered dangling from the Colosio Bridge in Nuevo Laredo were handcuffed, blindfolded and bore signs of torture.


03-28-2019, 04:57 AM
Not even bazookas and AK-47 assault rifles will be capable of penetrating the armored vehicle that the mayor of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, intends to lease. Armida Castro Guzmán called on suppliers to bid for a 30-month contract to supply a Class III armored Yukon SUV made by United States auto maker General Motors. The Castro-led administration is seeking to lease that vehicle and 171 others, according to public tender documents posted online.


06-25-2019, 08:12 PM
The School of Terror: Inside a Jalisco Cartel Training Camp in Mexico
ANALYSIS Written by Aldo Meza* - JUNE 13, 2019

On the first day of training to become a hitman for the Jalisco Cartel New Generation, Francisco learned that the only way to escape from the camp was to leave “in a body bag.” In three months he’d learn much more: how to handle short and long weapons, ambush enemies, respect the rules, not be a gossiper and how to kill.

“You see how they kill people, taste human flesh, you live in terror,” he says.

Francisco — the name he has given to protect his identity — told Telemundo that he spent three months in a Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) training camp. His testimony, the only one to date, could not be corroborated by other witnesses, but his story coincides with the tactics described by former Mexican and US security agents. He says he had to endure physical and psychological resistance tests, as well as loyalty tests.