School children take cover in Monclova classroom

Violence in Reynosa enters second week – Monclova Coahuila in cartel cross hairs now – Video/Photos

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the violence in Reynosa Tamaulipas enters it second week with no respire, brought on by conflicts within various factions of the Gulf Cartel (CDG) and new wave of violence broke out in the neighboring state of Coahuila. Residents of Monclova Coahuila awoke this morning to blockades, gunfire and explosions as organized crime groups battled Mexican army units and Federal Police. One Federal police officer…

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Internal conflict within the Gulf Cartel – Reynosa “Ground Zero”!

All hell broke loose Sunday night in the border town of Reynosa, across the river from McAllen Texas as various factions of the Gulf Cartel took to the streets to settle internal conflicts within the group. For about 3 hours, gunfire, grenade explosions and convoys of armed combatants were seen and reported through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Not surprisingly, main stream…

Arturo Beltran Leyva, Cartel “Boss of Bosses”, killed by Mexican Navy

MEXICO CITY — Mexican troops acting on information from U.S. officials took out drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva in an assault that provided a rare victory for President Felipe Calderon but left a power vacuum that could lead to more violence. In a carefully executed attack, heavily armed Mexican marines quietly evacuated an upscale apartment complex in Cuernavaca Wednesday before some 200 troops stormed the…

Mexican Federal Police arrest 5 in drug rehab executions

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Police have arrested five men accused of dozens of murders, including two mass killings at drug treatment centers in this northern Mexico border city. Police say the men were members of the Sinaloa cartel, a violent gang entrenched in a brutal turf war for control of drug routes to the United States. The men are accused of 45 different executions in…

Drug War a Failure in U.S., Mexico

EL PASO, Texas – Academics, journalists and officials said at a conference here that the war on drugs has been a failure in both the United States and Mexico, and that the wave of violence has forced many Mexicans to flee their country and silenced journalists. “Organized crime has Mexican society on the border very quiet and on its knees,” Alfredo Corchado, a correspondent in…

Mexico arrests cartel leader in Monterrey

Mexican soldiers arrested 13 alleged drug cartel members, including one man who had just arrived on a private plane to take over trafficking operations in the northern city of Monterrey, the Defense Department said. Acting on a tip, soldiers arrested Rodolfo Lopez and several others Monday after they landed at Monterrey’s international airport, the department said in a statement. Several armed men were arrested in…

CSI – Cd. Juarez

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Death froze his exhausted face. The attackers lashed or punctured nearly every part of his body. Then they cut off the dead man’s head, wrapped it in a plastic grocery bag and dumped it with his body between two tractor-trailers on a city street. As with most murders in Ciudad Juarez, police found no witnesses, no weapons. Only the battered corpse…

Starr County Texas Sheriff Reymundo Guerra resigns – Bond denied!

Starr County commissioners this morning, accepted the resignation submitted by Starr County Texas Sheriff Reymundo Guerra over the weekend County Judge Eloy Vera said said the sheriff’s office would for now be under the command of Chief Deputy Rene Fuentes, who is next in the chain of command. Since Guerra was running unopposed in the Nov. 4 election, he effectively starts a new term as…

Mexican Navy intercepts Cocaine smuggling Submarine

HUATULCO, Mexico — Mexico’s navy seized a homemade submarine carrying a drug shipment off the Pacific Coast on Wednesday and arrested its four-man crew. Similar vessels carrying cocaine have been discovered off Colombia and Central America, but navy spokesman Capt. Benjamin Mar said the seizure is a first for Mexico. The 30-foot (10-meter) makeshift submarine was detected heading north about 200 miles (322 kilometers) off…

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…

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…

Threats follow discovery of decapitated bodies

Three headless bodies were found in the Valley of Juárez on Sunday and Monday while worries grew over a new Internet message demanding that prominent Juárez families and business leaders pay a “quota” to a drug cartel for protection. The validity of the message was unknown. It was posted last week supposedly by “La Linea,” as the Juárez drug cartel is also known, on the…

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…

Man loses head pretending to be what he’s not!

Our friend Sean Mattson, Mexico correspondent for the San Antonio Express News, left this interesting tidbit on his blog this morning, concerning the severed head found on a car in Monterrey this past week. Honor amongst thieves perhaps? Who knows, but I got a chuckle out of the thing. Head left on car with warning for wannabe Zetas; reassurance for businessmen Kidnapping a guy, chopping…

Mexico’s top cop blames organized crime for killings

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s top security official blamed organized crime for the brazen killing of an acting federal police chief, saying today his death shows a nationwide crackdown is hurting gangs. Public Safety Secretary General Garcia Luna said authorities would not be deterred by an onslaught of attacks against police as he presided over the funeral of Edgar Gomez Millan and two other federal officers…