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The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has narrowed its travel warning for the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen amid what it calls an unspecified “ongoing security threat” just as the spring holiday season is kicking into high gear. In a notice posted Friday on its website, the embassy also said the U.S. Consular Agency...
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The first call, from someone claiming to belong to the Michoacan Family drug cartel, came in February 2015. “They said they knew who I was and where I lived,” said Alberto Arredondo, who got the call at work as a pump technician at an oil refinery in the central Mexican city of Salamanca. “They wanted...
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Mexico posted its highest homicide rate in decades, with the government reporting Sunday there were 29,168 murders in 2017, a 27 percent increase over 2016. The number is the highest since comparable records began being kept in 1997 and is also higher than the peak year of Mexico’s drug war in 2011, when there were...
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Police have discovered at least 33 human skulls buried in western Mexico, authorities said on Tuesday, the latest grisly find in a region that has suffered from increasing violence between warring drug cartels. “So far 33 skulls have been found. All discovered in the same area,” said a government official in the Pacific state of...
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Elements of the state prosecutor’s office arrested 19 people in Puerto Vallarta and dismantled a cell that was dedicated to recruiting members for the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel. These subjects are also involved with a network of fuel thieves, narcomenudeo, kidnappings and extortion. It all started after relatives of a 17-year-old boy reported his disappearance....
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In addition to the arrest of former Vera Cruz deputy Xochitl Tress in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, July 31, other “celebrities” of entertainment, business, terrorism and drug trafficking have been captured in this tourist destination. In June of 2003 the American bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman traveled to Mexico to catch Andrew Luster, heir to...
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Mexico had the second-highest number of murders last year among countries considered in “armed conflict,” more than Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report published on Tuesday that dealt a blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s efforts to end a deadly drug war. With nearly 23,000 intentional homicides in 2016, Mexico’s murder tally was second...
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Volunteer searchers pounded metal probes into hard-packed earth at a clandestine grave site in Mexico’s Veracruz state on Thursday, redoubling efforts after receiving a tip that hundreds more bodies may be buried there. The search by Colectivo Solecito and other groups has so far found 253 sets of remains. They were led to the field...
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The attorney general of Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Nayarit, hard hit by drug cartel violence in recent years, has been arrested in San Diego on U.S. narcotics trafficking conspiracy charges, federal officials said on Wednesday. Edgar Veytia, 45, who has served as the top law enforcement officer of Nayarit since 2013, was charged in...
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An alleged regional leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and 12 accomplices have been killed in a clash with Mexican marines who poured gunfire into a house from a helicopter-mounted machine gun. The federal Interior Department said via Twitter that Juan Francisco Patron Sanchez headed the cartel’s operations in the Pacific coast state of...
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Mexican prosecutors said Saturday they are searching for a gunman who opened fire on an official of the U.S. consulate in the western city of Guadalajara. (UPDATE: Gunman in Consulate Official shooting has been arrested) The Attorney General’s Office said Saturday the official was wounded in the attack Friday in Guadalajara. Surveillance video of the...
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In barely four years, a little-known criminal gang has grown to challenge the world’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, for domination of the Mexican underworld, unleashing a new tide of violence. Once minions of Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, traffickers of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have turned on their former masters, seizing...
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Suspected gang members shot down a helicopter in a clash with police in restive western Mexico on Tuesday, killing four people, the governor of the state of Michoacan said. Silvano Aureoles said on Twitter that the operation took place near the violent city of Apatzingan, in Michoacan, and was aimed at detaining “leaders of criminal...
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Mexico’s government on Monday dismissed the head of federal police, Enrique Galindo, after a recent report that detailed grave human rights abuses by officers serving under him. Earlier in August, an investigation by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission concluded that some 22 suspected drug gang members were “arbitrarily executed” in a confrontation with federal police...
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Federal police killed at least 22 people on a ranch last year, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle, Mexico’s human rights commission said Thursday. One police officer was killed in the confrontation in the western state of Michoacan on May 22, 2015. The...
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