Mexican beauty queen arrested in gun-filled truck

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police said Tuesday. Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga stared at the ground, with her flowing dark hair concealing her face, as she stood squeezed between seven alleged gunmen lined up before journalists. Soldiers wearing ski masks guarded the…

ATF seizes guns bound for Mexico

Phoenix’s branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Friday it took 18 automatic weapons bound for Mexico off Arizona streets before they got south of the border. The guns were heading to drug cartels in Mexico from the U.S., said William Newell, special agent in charge, ATF, Phoenix field division. Newell said agents found five of them strapped underneath a…

Thanks in part to lax US gun laws, Drug cartels possess more firepower, technology

Mexican police fighting the drug cartels face an enemy that is better funded, better equipped and better armed. The inequality was never more evident than earlier this year, when several unarmed Juárez police officers were fatally shot on their way home from work. The off-duty officers had no weapons to defend themselves because they had to share handguns with other officers. Their deaths are among…

The Truth behind the Narco Wars in Cd. Juarez

Reputed Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, accompanied by an army of sicarios (hit men), strolled into Juárez one day claiming the city’s lucrative smuggling corridor as his own, so the rumor goes. Whether true or not, Juárez and other parts of the Mexican state of Chihuahua this year have become ground zero in a battle over drug-trafficking routes that have been under…

Drug war shutters businesses in Tijuana

Once a freewheeling city that has served Americans cheap tequila since the U.S. prohibition era, Tijuana is at the center of a three-way drug war between rival gangs and Mexico’s military. Drug-related murders are a daily occurrence.

The violence is scaring away tourists who came for everything from prostitutes and dental work to medicine. A lively artistic community is also dwindling.

Phoenix gun dealer sold to Mexican drug cartels

PHOENIX—The arrest of a gun shop owner on Tuesday broke up a suspected firearms trafficking operation that supplied violent Mexican drug cartels, authorities said. Agents raided X Calibur Guns and arrested George Iknadosian after undercover agents bought guns at the store indicating they were to be trafficked to Mexico, said Carlos Baixauli, a special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.…

One dead in gun battle between Military and Narcos in Cd. Mier

NUEVO LAREDO – A gunfight between military forces and alleged drug traffickers that lasted more than an hour in the predawn hours Wednesday left one soldier dead and at least three others injured, authorities confirmed Thursday.An unknown number of traffickers also were killed and injured, authorities said. The assault occurred in Ciudad Mier, about 60 miles east of Nuevo Laredo, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday,…

Reynosa Police Chief arrested by Federal Authorities

MONTERREY, Mexico — The chief of police of Reynosa, the city across the Rio Grande from McAllen and Hidalgo, was detained by federal police Thursday, according to Mexican media reports and officials.Statements issued by Reynosa’s city hall said Juan José Muñiz Salinas was detained at 1:20 p.m. by federal police officers. City officials said the arresting officers presumably had a warrant requiring Muñiz to appear…

Los Zeta’s Recruiting in Nuevo Laredo ? Not likely!

Hitmen tied to Mexico’s Gulf cartel appear to be boldly seeking recruits by posting help-wanted signs in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, including a giant banner hung across a thoroughfare, a federal anti-drug enforcement official said Monday. The banner appeared over the weekend in Nuevo Laredo near the border with Texas: “Operative group ‘The Zetas’ wants you, soldier or ex-soldier. We offer a good…

Protests on the Border – Families of those arrested protest presence of GAFES

Families of the officers and civilian employees of the Nuevo Laredo Municpal Police, who were arrested Saturday staged a protest today in front of the military barracks and at the Bridge of the America’s. Saturday, 4 officers and 7 civilians were detained and accused of passing classified information concerning police and military movements to the cartels. Read the story in Spanish as reported by El…

President Calderon promises to stop lawlessness on the border

NUEVO LAREDO – The federal government is taking no chances on seeing a recurrence of the drug-fueled violence that once plagued this major land port, sending additional military troops and federal police to the area. After the deadly confrontation earlier this week among police, soldiers and para-military criminal squads in the Rio Bravo Valley cities of Río Bravo and Reynosa, federal authorities dispatched an unspecified…