Mexico will decriminalize some drug use

MEXICO CITY — Could Mexican cities become Latin Amsterdams, flooded by drug users seeking penalty-free tokes and toots? That is the fear, if somewhat overstated, of some Mexican officials, especially in northern border states that serve as a mecca for underage American drinkers. The Mexican legislature has voted quietly to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs, an effort…

Texas DPS Trooper Arrested with Suitcases of Cocaine

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A state trooper has been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after police said they saw him accept two suitcases full of the drug in a parking lot. The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement that Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesus Rafael Larrazolo, 35, made his first appearance in federal court Monday. DPS spokeswoman Lisa Block said Larrazolo…

Busy Weekend on the border with more than 6500 pounds of pot seized

Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana over the weekend in four separate busts, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol The most recent seizure occurred Monday at Texas 16 traffic checkpoint. Hebbronville agents observed a white pickup truck heading northbound make an abrupt U-turn prior to reaching the checkpoint. Agents observed the driver of the vehicle pull onto the south side of…

Former American trucking company owner sentenced for drug smuggling

McALLEN –(The Monitor) The former owner of an Edinburg. Texas trucking business was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for his role in a drug smuggling and money laundering ring. A federal jury in Houston found Ricardo Garcia Heredia, 44, of McAllen, guilty in May of multiple counts of conspiracy and drug possession. Prosecutors allege Garcia used his business – Edinburg-based Earth Transportation –…

Border Patrol Seizures Steady

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents made several drug seizures in the past few days, netting an estimated $5.6 million worth of illegal drugs.The latest case occurred Monday morning when agents working at the Interstate 35 checkpoint inspected the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo after a service canine alerted toward the car. Agents found 24 cellophane-wrapped bundles hidden behind the interior side panels near…

Army units seize 3 tons of marijuana in Camargo Tamaulipas

NUEVO LAREDO (MTNS) Almost 3 tons of marijuana was seized Monday outside the town of Camargo by units of the First Motorized Calvary, on routine patroi. Military units discovered two SUV’s abandoned next to a canal on a ranch close to town and upon investigation, found they contained 276 packages of marijuana wieghing 2,852 kilograms .It appeared the vehicles and their contents had been abandoned…

Up in Smoke – 4 tons of drugs and pirated CD’s destroyed by Federal Authorities

Nuevo Laredo. – More than 4 tons of marijuana in addition to other drugs and pirated CD’s,were destroyed yesterday by personnel of the Army in the presence of federal, state and municipal authorities. Operativo Permanente, has resulted in the seizure of enormous amounts of narcotics in Nuevo Laredo, Nuevo Guerrero, Cd. Mier, Miguel Alemán, Díaz Ordaz y Camargo, according to spokesmen from the First Motorized…

Mexico’s besieged police put to the test

Calderon vows to press war on cartels despite the body count MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s security forces have been swept into the eye of the storm since President Felipe Calderon decided to get tough on the country’s drug-smuggling gangs. Once-untouchable federal officials have been assassinated in the streets. Out-gunned soldiers and police have battled gangsters armed with grenades and bazookas. Local police chiefs have resigned,…

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,…

U.S. bus company owners indicted in drug smuggling conspiracy

Editors Note: Despite what some of the “white trash” right wing blogs, whose mission in life is to trash Mexico is claiming, a US owned bus companies owners and employees came under indictment this week for using company equipment to smuggle drugs from the Rio Grande Valley to points north. Good catch, but why did it take so long? Eighteen persons, including alleged drug traffickers…

Mexican military seizes 2.5 tons of marijuana in Miguel Aleman

More than 2.5 tons of marijuana was seized in two raids in Miguel Aleman Tamaulipas this week. Units of the First Motorized Calvary Regiment, headquartered in Nuevo Laredo, made the seizures after executing a warrant signed by a Federal Magistrate. A total of 365 packages of marijuana, wrapped in brown paper and duct tape weighing 2, 608.9 kilos, was seized. No word of any arrests…

CBP officers seize $1.8 million in drugs

LAREDO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $1.8 million in cocaine and marijuana in three separate incidents recently, according to a news release from the agency. The largest seizure occurred Feb. 17, at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a drug dog reacted to the odor of narcotics emanating from the rear rocker panel area of a 2007 Toyota Camry. Officers found nearly 42 pounds…

Mexican Army makes major bust in Miguel Aleman Tamps.

According to a press release issued by the Eighth Military District in Reynosa, soldiers on routine patrol observed a Jeep Cherokee trying to evade surveillance and a chase ensued. Military units arrested the driver and during interrogation, the suspect directed officials to a safe house in Miguel Aleman where a cache of weapons, drugs and vehicles were seized. Seized were: Nines tons of marijuana 89…