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    Joseph Wilkinson | (TNS) New York Daily News A notorious Mexican drug lord has disappeared from the federal prison registry, and the Mexican government pressed for answers Wednesday. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” was sentenced to 49 years in U.S. prison for a variety of crimes. “We want to know where he is,” Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday. “The inquiry has been made and there is no clarity on the subject, but we will continue asking [the U.S.] to inform us.” Mexican news outlets said there was speculation that Villarreal cut a deal with U.S. authorities to testify as a protected witness against former cartel associates. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons told CNN that Villarreal, 49, was no longer in their custody. “Inmates who were previously in BOP custody and who have not completed their sentence may be outside BOP custody for a period of time for court hearings, medical treatment or for other reasons,” spokesman Benjamin O’Cone told the outlet, but he refused to specify if any of those things applied to Villarreal. The Texas-born Villarreal, who got his nickname for his light complexion and his...
    Share this: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A new Mexican law allowed prosecutors in Brooklyn to seize real property located in and around Guadalajara, Mexico to divest a drug cartel leader of his ill-gotten gains. Rafael Caro Quintero, an accused drug cartel leader, is currently in custody in Mexico and extradition proceedings are ongoing, but while they wait, Eastern District prosecutors have been able to seize his real estate in Mexico using a new statute for the first time. “This forfeiture sends a powerful message to drug kingpins in Mexico and elsewhere that there are no boundaries to prosecuting bad actors and locating their ill-gotten assets wherever they are in the world,” stated U.S. Attorney Breon Peace. “This Office will continue working with our law enforcement partners to take the economic gain out of crime through all available resources, including asset forfeiture.”
    A Holyoke man pleaded guilty to helping a Mexican drug cartel distribute fentanyl throughout Massachusetts, federal authorities said. Police found drugs, money, body armor, and a stockpile of guns when they arrested him last year, officials added.  Josue Rivera Rodriguez, 45, who goes by the nickname Bori, confessed last week to charges of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and two counts of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and could serve a life sentence.  Federal officials said Rodriguez was working for Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, one of the most violent cartels in Mexico.  DEA agents recorded Rodriguez delivering $35,000 in cash to a cooperating witness for the gang. He also passed 750 grams of fentanyl to that witness throughout 2020 and 2021, officials said. For context, 2 milligrams of the synthetic opioid can be deadly, according to the DEA. Authorities arrested him in April 2021 and were shocked by what they found. ...
    The mayor of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's hometown is building a new museum that will have exhibitions that will pay homage to some of Mexico's most notorious drug traffickers. Badiraguato Mayor José Luis López Elenes said that while the goal of the museum is to spark interest the western Mexican city's tourism industry, it was impossible to exclude the troubled past of El Chapo and his old associates. 'We cannot deny our history,' López Elenes told local outlet Noticiero Altavoz on Tuesday. 'We have to recognize it and we are going to work on that basis. It is possible that we can have drug trafficking museum.' Groundbreaking for the new museum, which is part of an economic redevelopment plan, took place in May. The Mexican city of Badiraguato will be opening up a new museum that will host exhibits dedicated to the history of drug trafficking, including notorious cartel bosses Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero, Juan José 'El Azul' Esparragoza and Joaquín 'El Chapo, Guzmán Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán is among a number of drug traffickers who were born...
    Republican lawmakers introduced legislation that would designate several Mexican drug cartels operating in the United States as foreign terrorist organizations. Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Rick Scott (R-FL) announced the introduction of the Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act, which would designate several leading Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, expanding the ways in which the U.S. could combat them. “The illicit drugs and other deadly activities being carried out by cartels are killing Americans at record rates. Since Joe Biden and the Democrats continue to turn a blind eye, we are going to do something about it by designating the drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” Marshall said in a press release on Wednesday. “As these cartels continue to invade our porous southern border in an increasingly militarized approach, this designation is needed to ramp up our efforts to combat them. We will not rest in our fight to stop fentanyl’s terrible scourge wreaking havoc in Kansas and across the U.S.” INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS ILLEGALLY DRAINING WATER SUPPLIES TO GROW PLANTS, STATE SENATOR CLAIMS “Fentanyl is...
    A Mexican court has granted home confinement to Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the notorious former drug lord whose cartel was responsible for the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Kiki Camarena. Félix Gallardo, who is known as 'The Boss of the Bosses' and 'The Godfather,' has been in prison since 1989 for the kidnapping and killing of Camarena. A court sentenced the 76-year-old to 40 years in prison in 1989 for crimes that included racketeering, firearms possession and bribery. However, it wasn't until 2017 that a court found him guilty of the special agent's murder and handed him a 37-year sentence. Last Wednesday, a judge with the Seventh District of Federal Criminal Proceedings court approved Félix Gallardo's remaining sentence to be served in the confines of his residence because of his poor health.  While the sentence for racketeering, firearms possession and bribery ends in 2029, he will still have to serve the sentence for Camarena's killing. DailyMail.com reached out to the DEA for comment. Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (pictured in a 2021 interview with Telemundo) was granted home confinement...
    An ex-attorney general of Mexico has been arrested by prosecutors in connection with the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero, who are believed to have been murdered by the cartel. A further 83 arrest warrants - for 33 local police officers, 11 state police, 20 army soldier officers and 14 gang members - have also been issued. The mass kidnapping happened on September 26 2014, when 43 male teaching students from the rural village of Ayotzinapa were detained by corrupt police, from Iguala, on their way to a protest before being handed over to the Guerreros United Cartel. Jesus Murillo Karam served as the attorney general from 2012 to 2015 under former President Enrique Pena Nieto. Former attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam has been arrested over connection with the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero, who are believed to have been murdered by the cartel It is the first time in recent history that a former attorney general has been arrested and marks one of the biggest mass arrests by civilian...
    (CNN)Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent to the border city of Juarez Friday after a prison face-off between members of two rival cartels caused a riot and shootouts that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said.Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and local group Los Mexicles clashed in a prison Thursday afternoon, Deputy Security Minister Ricardo Mejia said.A riot then broke out, leaving two shot to death and four injured with bullet wounds, Mejia said, speaking alongside Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a regular news conference. Another 16 were injured in the fighting, he said.Officials did not say what caused the clash.Following the riot, the Mexicles rampaged in the city, authorities said, killing nine civilians. Among them were four employees of a radio station, including one announcer, Mejia said.Read MoreA woman stands in front of a building that was burnt during violence that swept across parts of Ciudad Juarez.Across town, convenience stores were shot at and set on fire. FEMSA, the parent company of the Oxxo chain,...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was hailed by U.S. authorities as an example of cooperation with Mexico in the fight against drugs. But in fact Caro Quintero had been the source of 37 years of tension between the two countries. Caro Quintero was one of the primary suppliers of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana to the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Mexican marines captured him in the mountains of northwest Mexico Friday. Mexico had been slow in going after the former leader of the Guadalajara cartel for killing U.S. DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, as well as several other U.S. citizens around the same time. The U.S. had to nearly shut down border traffic to pressure Mexico to go after Caro Quintero in the 1980s, but even then the Mexican legal system wasn’t able to hold him in jail: in 2013 he walked out of prison on an erroneous decision by a Mexican appeals court, and had returned to his drug trafficking operations. This time, Mexico...
    “There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures, and murders American law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. “Today’s arrest is the culmination of tireless work by DEA and their Mexican partners to bring Caro Quintero to justice for his alleged crimes, including the torture and execution of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena. We will be seeking his immediate extradition to the United States so he can be tried for these crimes in the very justice system Special Agent Camarena died defending.” Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the alleged kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. However, he walked free after 28 years when an appeals court shortened his sentence. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence, but Caro Quintero sped off in a vehicle waiting for him. The U.S. requested his extradition in 2013 when he was released from prison, but he had already been set free. He was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, and a $20 million bounty...
    One of the two illegal aliens accused of plotting a mass shooting on the Fourth of July is allegedly linked to a Mexican drug cartel, court records reveal. As Breitbart News reported, 52-year-old illegal alien Julio Alvardo Dubon and 38-year-old illegal alien Rolman Balacarcel Ac, both Guatemalan nationals, were arrested by the Richmond Police Department for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at the city’s July 4th celebration in the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater in Richmond, Virginia. The mass shooting plot was thwarted thanks to an American “hero citizen” who called in a tip, according to police. Court records and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency confirmed that Dubon and Ac are illegal aliens with detainers. Now, the Associated Press (AP) reports that a search warrant affidavit alleges that Ac is linked to Los Zetas Cartel which operates much of the drug trafficking and human smuggling along the Texas-Mexico border. When the search warrant was executed at his residence, Ac allegedly provided detectives with two Colorado driver’s licenses, identification from Guatemala, and identification from Mexico. Dubon arrived years ago on a nonimmigrant visa but overstayed...
    A man who identified himself in a video as the leader of Mexico's most powerful cartel is inviting his rival organizations to wage war against his criminal structure instead of targeting innocent priests and civilian workers. Footage uploaded to social media over the weekend showed Jalisco New Generation Cartel leader Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera urging competing cartels to stop getting in the way of priests as well as doctors, nurses, and teachers. 'I'm communicating with all the cartels to invite you to make the war between us and not interfere with those we shouldn't interfere with,' a masked El Mencho said surrounded by about 15 henchmen armed with military weaponry. Jalisco New Generation Cartel leader Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera (front right) issued a video urging competing cartels to stop getting in the way of priests as well as doctors, nurses and teachers Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera is wanted by the United States government, which is offering a $10 million reward for information on his arrest and/or arrest. His Jalisco New Generation Cartel is considered the most powerful in Mexico RELATED...
    A newly-elected Texas Congresswoman is calling for the defunding of the Mexican cartels effectively in control of the U.S. southwestern border. “We need to defund the cartels,” U.S. Congresswoman Mayra Flores said during an exclusive interview in Spanish with Breitbart News, where she talked about how criminal organizations from Mexico are the only ones benefiting from the current border crisis. Flores made history in June when she became the first Mexican-born female to be elected to the House of Representatives. She flipped Texas Congressional District 34, which was historically a Democrat stronghold. “Unfortunately, we have a border that is in control of criminal organizations,” Flores said, referring to the operational control along the border by the Gulf Cartel and the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas. Currently, the Gulf Cartel operates one of the most active human and drug trafficking corridors in Flores’s district. “It is a sad reality, but no one can cross the border into this country without having to pay thousands of dollars to criminal organizations.” The issue which has been largely ignored by most politicians...
    New York’s “No Bail” law, approved by statewide Democrats in 2019, has helped free from jail two Mexican drug cartel smugglers arrested with about $1.2 million worth of crystal meth. This week, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York announced the arrests of 19-year-old Luis Estrada and 34-year-old Carlos Santos — both from southern California — for charges related to smuggling crystal meth. According to investigators, Estrada was arrested on July 5 with more than 40 pounds of crystal meth in his possession. Estrada also had two cellphones and a room key to a lower Manhattan hotel. Then, on July 8, Santos was arrested with more than 100 pounds of crystal meth in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. Like Estrada, Santos was carrying two cellphones and, in addition, had cocaine on his person. Santos, investigators allege, drove a rental car across the United States to smuggle the drugs to New York. Both Estrada and Santos’s shipments of crystal meth are suspected to have originated in Mexico where the Mexican drug cartels produce illicit drugs...
    A Mexican drug cartel blamed for the deaths of nine people has been ordered to pay over $4 billion in a ruling handed down by a federal magistrate judge in North Dakota. The $1.5 billion judgment, issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter, will be automatically tripled under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, bringing the judgment's amount to $4.6 billion. The money will be given to people who sued the Juarez cartel after the plaintiffs lost family members, three women and six children who were members of an offshoot Mormon community, in a 2019 attack, the Bismarck Tribune reported Thursday. “The horror that my children experienced and my entire family has been through as the result of the Nov. 4, 2019, killing of (wife) Dawna Langford and my two children by the Juarez cartel will never, ever be made right,” David Langford said. “We went into a United States courtroom in North Dakota seeking some acknowledgment of and measure of justice for the trauma inflicted on our family, and we received it." LEAKED DATA SHOW US BRACING FOR...
    A fearsome narco-terrorist with a history of using car bombs managed to establish drug and human smuggling corridors on top of a lucrative fuel theft operation. The now-jailed crime lord tried to disguise his organization by claiming it was a “self-defense group” to protect local innocents from cartels. Known by the nicknames “El Tarzan and El Profe,” Octavio Leal Moncada is the leader of a criminal organization allied with the Gulf Cartel called the Pedro J. Mendez Armed Column in Hidalgo, Tamaulipas. The Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office assisted counterparts in Tamaulipas in arresting Leal Moncada while visiting Monterrey. Authorities in Tamaulipas had warrants against him for murder. After his arrest, hundreds of Leal Moncada’s followers blocked the highway that connects Ciudad Victoria with Monterrey. The blockades were followed by protests calling for the drug lord’s release. Breitbart Texas obtained intelligence files and maps from Mexican federal police sources which identify the routes that Leal Moncada’s criminal organization used to smuggle migrants. Law enforcement sources revealed that along those routes, Leal Moncada and his organization operate stash houses to move...
    A Mexican drug cartel accused in the brutal slaughter of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community must pay $4.6 billion to the families, a federal judge from North Dakota ruled. The family members of the victims filed a lawsuit accusing the Juarez cartel of carrying out the November 2019 attack in Mexico as retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel, but others have theorized that it was revenge for a gun deal gone bad. Cartel members fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition into vehicles and then set them on fire.  Mexican authorities said in 2020 that the mastermind of the attack was one of the 17 people arrested. Prosecutors have identified more than 40 suspects who they believed took part in the attack. Pictured: The three mothers and six young children who were savagely murdered by Mexican gunmen linked to the Juárez Cartel on November 4, 2019. Their families filed a federal lawsuit in a North Dakota court, a lawyer for the family said Wednesday U.S. Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter awarded $1.5 billion to...
    One of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels posted a social media video where they asked other cartels in the country to keep the violence amongst themselves and to avoid hurting innocents, especially priests and pastors. The video comes just two weeks after a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel murdered two Catholic priests inside a church sparking international outrage. In a video released this week on social media, gunmen from Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) delivered a message on behalf of their leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes. In the video, they claim that they do not bother any religion and leave pastors and priests alone. The video shows a group of gunmen in tactical gear with the men in the back carrying .50 caliber rifles while a group in the front carry what appear to be belt-fed light machine guns. In the message, an unknown man speaking on behalf of the cartel calls on other criminal organizations to avoid targeting church figures. “They deserve a special respect. They are persons who only dedicate themselves to deliver the word of God...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Mexican drug cartel accused in the gruesome killings of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community must pay $1.5 billion to the families, a federal judge from North Dakota ruled. The family members of the victims filed a lawsuit accusing the Juarez cartel of carrying out the November 2019 attack in Mexico as retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel. Cartel members fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition into vehicles and then set them on fire. Mexican authorities said in 2020 that the mastermind of the attack was one of 17 people arrested. U.S. Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter’s award will be automatically tripled under federal Anti-Terrorism Act, increasing the amount to $4.6 billion. The government can freeze assets of terrorist organizations, but it’s unclear if the U.S. Treasury Department holds any cartel assets. The Bismarck Tribune reported that the cartel did not respond to a published summons or have representation at a trial in North Dakota in March. The surviving family members include two widowers of women killed who...
    Mexican state authorities arrested a fearsome narco-terrorist who had been linked in the past to car bombs. He is also the leader of a Gulf Cartel faction masquerading as a self-defense group. The arrest took place in the Monterrey metropolitan area, where Tamaulipas state police and the Nuevo Leon Attorney General captured Octavio “El Profe or El Tarzan” Leal Moncada, 70. He is known as the leader of the Pedro J. Mendez Armed Column, a wing of the Gulf Cartel that masquerades as a civilian self-defense group. The arrest was based on a warrant charging Leal Moncada with double murder in the town of Hidalgo, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office revealed. Breitbart Texas first reported on Leal Moncada in 2015, when this publication obtained a recorded phone conversation where two former top leaders with the Gulf Cartel discussed car bombs to target law enforcement. “The old Moncada told me that when they want, he will go talk to El Toro’s boss to go throw car bombs at the [Tamaulipas State Police], polihuachos (Mexican soldiers), poliazul (federales),” said...
    Mexico’s military clashed with gunmen from the Sinaloa Cartel in a fierce battle over the weekend. They terrorized a town in an attempt to rescue a detained cell leader. The incident took place Saturday in Altar, Sonora, where military arrested Francisco “El Duranguillo” Torres Carranza, the leader of the Delta Group of the Gente Nueva faction within the Sinaloa Cartel. Gente Nueva is controlled by the “Chapitos” — sons of jailed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. #OJO #Altar #Sonora Otro angulo de como se resistia a ser detenido Francisco Torres Carranza Alias ” Duranguillo y/o Delta 6 ” líder de Gente Nueva de los chapitos faccion del Cártel De Sinaloa.#AbrazosNoBalazos pic.twitter.com/PY8kCAx93t — La Voz Del Pueblo ( Oficial ) (@LPueblo2) July 4, 2022 After the arrest, a large number of gunmen from the Sinaloa Cartel set up blockades around the town and tried to pressure the military into a release. #OJO #Altar #Sonora 02| Ayer los sicarios de “Gente Nueva ” Los Salazar / Chapitos faccion del Cártel De Sinaloa intentaron aplicar el #Culiacánazo para rescatar a “El Duranguillo” que había...
    A Mexican soldier was killed in a training exercise in 2020, Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH) revealed. The case took place during a training exercise in Baja California in November 2020. The CNDH got involved when surviving relatives filed a complaint because they were never informed about how the soldier died. The investigation revealed that the soldier was taking part in a special forces exercise where he and four others were ordered to go into a bunker that was to be buried as part of a drill. Instructors then stood on top of the covered structure and posed for photographs. Leaders later helped four of the soldiers out but apparently forgot about the fifth comrade. Later, one soldier returned to the bunker for a forgotten phone charger and found the fifth soldier unconscious, the CNDH revealed. Military officials rushed the soldier to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival. A coroner concluded asphyxiation was the cause of death. The CNDH claims the military was careless and violated the rights of the soldier and family. The NGO filed a recommendation...
    A Mexican border state prosecutor faces drug trafficking charges after U.S. authorities reportedly found more than 66 pounds of meth in his vehicle when he tried to drive into California. Last week, Octavio Andree Espino Torres tried to drive a 2016 Nissan Versa through the international port of entry in San Ysidro, a criminal complaint filed in federal court revealed. During the crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had his vehicle scanned with an X-ray device and a police dog. In the rear of the vehicle, authorities reportedly found 45 bricks consisting of 66 pounds of methamphetamine. Since then, a magistrate judge in California has ordered Espino be held without bond. Prior to his arrest, Espino was a high-ranking prosecutor with the Baja California Attorney General’s Office (FGE). The FGE revealed that Espino originally worked on juvenile crimes but was later moved to administrative duties as a top assistant to leadership. However, he did not have an official title as secretary to the AG. The statement came after news outlets in Mexico claimed Espino was the personal assistant to...
    A MEXICAN cartel has slaughtered two priests inside a church after they allegedly prevented the drug traffickers from killing a man in their sanctuary. Mexican authorities said on Tuesday June 26 that they are searching for the bodies of the three people slain in the church in Cerocahui in Chihuahua state - a remote mountainous area of northern Mexico. 5Joaquín César Mora Salazar was killed in a church 5Jesuit priest Javier Campos Morales was also killed 5Two priests and a tour guide were shot dead in the church in the Tarahumara mountains in the province of Chihuahua, MexicoCredit: Getty Jesuit Catholic priests Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, 80, were shot dead as they tried to help a man, identified as a "tour guide" Pedro Eliodoro Palma. The state prosecutor's office in Chihuahua, along the United States border confirmed Palma had taken refuge in the church to protect himself from an attack from a drug gang. "They entered the church, chased a person and murdered him. Apparently the priests came out and they were also killed," President Andres...
    Catholics are demanding the return of the bodies of two priests who were murdered after attempting to prevent drug traffickers from killing a man inside their church. "It is with great sadness and pain that we mourn Father Javier Campos Morales, Father Joaquin Mora Salazar, and the man who, unfortunately, lost his life along with them," the Diocese of the Tarahumara region of Western Chihuahua said Tuesday. The region borders Texas and New Mexico. The priests were shot dead in the church "with no defense but their faith in God," as they tried to protect a man whose life was in danger, the statement read. PUBLIC'S BELIEF IN GOD DROPS TO HISTORIC LOW: POLL Assassins took all three bodies, which officials are working to locate, according to a report. Officials learned of the slaughter after receiving an emergency call around 6:00 p.m. on Monday, the report noted. "The state government laments and condemns these violent actions in which two priests became circumstantial victims," state police said. The Mexican armed forces, state agencies,...
    Cartel gunmen murdered two Jesuit priests who tried to protect another man from being killed in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua. The gunmen then stole the priests’ bodies. The murder took place on Monday evening in Cerocahui, Chihuahua. According to the Jesuit Order in Mexico, a victim was running away from gunmen and sought refuge in a church. The two priests tried to intervene, but the gunmen killed all three. Con profundo dolor, denunciamos el homicidio de nuestros hermanos Javier Campos Morales,SJ, y Joaquín César Mora Salazar,SJ,ocurrido ayer en el templo de Cerocahui, #Chihuahua. Condenamos estos hechos violentos, exigimos justicia. ➡️ https://t.co/UGGXCsatPI#JesuitasMéxico pic.twitter.com/wr4ULX3HXV — Jesuitas México (@Jesuitas_Mexico) June 21, 2022 “Every day, men and women are arbitrarily deprived of life, just like our brothers were murdered today,” a statement from the Jesuit Order explained. “The Jesuits of Mexico will not remain silent at the reality that lacerates all of society.” “I am shocked and saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with the #Jesuits in #Mexico and the families of the men. We have to stop violence...
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) sparked controversy this week when he said that areas controlled by a cartel have fewer murders. Critics claimed the statement was another example of the national leader’s soft approach toward organized crime. This week, Lopez Obrador claimed that there were regions where one “group” was in control and therefore had fewer violent clashes. “And that’s why you don’t have murders,” AMLO said. “It’s interesting … for example Sinaloa. It is not among the states with more homicides.” The politician said that 75 percent of the murders are linked to rival cartels fighting for turf. Therefore, Sinaloa and Durango are not listed as the most violent, yet Michoacan is split by rival factions and carries a greater body count. The president pointed to places like Mexico State, where smaller organizations target average citizens for extortion and larger cartels focus on drugs. “It is the dominance of one group that does not have competition and this leads to there being no confrontations,” Lopez Obrador said. One issue not addressed by the politician is that...
    A monkey in a small camouflage jacket and a diaper was among the dead following a cartel-related shootout Tuesday that left 11 people dead in Mexico. The shooting took place in the city of Texcaltitlan in the state of Mexico during a confrontation between members of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel and the Mexican National Guard with members of the Attorney General's Office, according to the Mexico Daily Post. AT CARTEL EXTERMINATION SITE, MEXICO NEARS 100,000 MISSING The report said 10 men died on the scene, while one man died later in the hospital, in addition to 10 people being detained by authorities. The owner of the pet monkey was reportedly a member of the La Familia Michoacana cartel in his 20s. The monkey died on top of the body of its owner, although it is unknown whether gunshots killed the monkey itself. The monkey, seen in photos confirmed by state of Mexico authorities, was wearing a camouflage jacket, a bulletproof vest, and a diaper at the time of its death. POLICE IN...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican narcos’ fascination with exotic animals was on display this week after a spider monkey dressed up as a drug gang mascot was killed in a shootout, a 450-pound (200 kilogram) tiger wandered the streets in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, and a man died after trying to pet a captive tiger in a cartel-dominated area of western Michoacan state. Like scenes out of a narco television series, exotic animals have been long been part of the Mexican criminal underworld. Photos from the scene of a shootout Tuesday with police in which 11 drug gang members died, showed a small monkey — dressed in a tiny camouflage jacket and a tiny “bullet-proof” vest — sprawled across the body of a dead gunman who was apparently his owner. Authorities in the State of Mexico confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and said it was unclear whether the monkey — which was also wearing a diaper — died in the hail of bullets that killed his owner. “A primate was killed at the scene, which...
    Cartel gunmen tried to ambush a squad of Mexican military officers, setting off a fierce shootout where authorities killed 11 and arrested seven more. The shootout took place this week near the town of Texcaltitlán, Mexico State, about 78 miles south of Mexico City. Authorities were carrying out an operation targeting a member of La Familia Michoacana when gunmen tried to ambush. Members of Mexico’s Army, Navy, and National Guard fought off the attack, initially killing 10, injuring four, and arresting seven total. One of the injured gunmen died hours later. Así el enfrentamiento entre fuerzas estatales y federales y presuntos integrantes del crimen organizado en Texcaltitlán, Estado de México. (Vía @poloespejel) pic.twitter.com/klOStbxl6s — Joaquín López-Dóriga (@lopezdoriga) June 14, 2022 Two videos made their way to social media, capturing the intensity of the shootout. Esta mañana se reportó un enfrentamiento entre policías de investigación (PDI) de la La Guardia Nacional y La Marina contra integrantes de un grupo criminal en el municipio de Texcaltitlán #Video: Especial pic.twitter.com/r9dFQXnZVY — Metrópoli (@Univ_Metropoli) June 14, 2022 Authorities seized a total of 20 long...
    The governor of a Mexican state plagued with cartel violence for years is the nephew of a cartel boss and a cousin to another. Both face drug charges in a U.S court. Breitbart Texas obtained birth certificates confirming the familial relationships between the governor and the crime bosses. The politician has denied such familial connections in the past. This week, Adalberto Fructoso “Fruto” Comparan Rodriguez, the former mayor of Aguililla, Michoacan, and son Adalberto Fructoso Comparan Bedolla, along with four other cartel members, went before a federal judge in Florida this week. They were notified of the drug charges against them and were ordered to be held without bond. Breitbart Texas obtained Mexican birth certificates showing the relationships between current Michoacan Governor Alfredo Ramirez Bedolla and the accused through marriage. La Silla Rota had published information about Ramirez’s relatives during his gubernatorial race in 2021, but only now do documents publicly confirm the connections. The wife of Comparan Rodriguez is Anabel Bedolla Marin from Aguililla, Michoacan — a region under the control of Carteles Unidos. Anabel Bedolla is...
    A former U.S. marine who ran a drug-smuggling organization that worked with several Mexican drug cartels will now spend 16 years in prison. The former Marine conspired to smuggle at least 10 tons of cocaine into the US each month. This week, 50-year-old Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr., a former U.S. Marine, went before a U.S. District Court judge in San Diego who sentenced him to 16 years in prison for his role as the leader of a drug-smuggling group that trafficked tons of cocaine from South America into Mexico. Ten tons of drug shipments eventually made their way into the U.S. on a monthly basis. Dominguez had previously pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges last fall. Mexican authorities arrested him in Mexico and after two years in a Mexican prison, they extradited him to the U.S. in 2016. The smuggling group worked with several Mexican drug cartels, including organizations that are at war with each other like the Sinaloa Cartel and Cartel Jalisco New Generation. Dominguez got into the drug business after being unable to find work after being...
    MEXICAN drug gangs behind years of brutal murders are now suspected of taking the life of an innocent Brit last Tuesday. Ben Crozer, 37, was shopping at a Mexican supermarket with two friends when all three were targeted by a gunman and shot dead in the Western city of Colima. 11Ben Corser appears to be an innocent victim caught up in the violence in ColimaCredit: SWNS 11Various drug cartels vie for power in Mexico with port cities and the borders with the US considered ideal turf for drug trafficking There has been an upsurge in violence in the area since a local drug gang switched allegiance to the powerful Sinaloa cartel. His distraught parents said Ben, who had been living with a Mexican-American family, was in the " wrong place at the wrong time". Innocent victim Ben is the second Brit to be murdered in Mexico in just three months, after property developer Chris Cleave, 54, was shot in front of his 14-year-old daughter in March. But Mexico's drug wars are believed to be responsible for around 300,000...
    The Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels stand to possibly benefit from this weekend’s gubernatorial election in Tamaulipas, with particular respect for the border state’s sea and land ports of entry. A new report by Mexican journalist Raymundo Riva Palacio revealed that one of the candidates in the election, Americo Villarreal (ruling Morena Party) and his close relationship to a late cartel-connected fuel theft mogul named Sergio Carmona, could be the key for the Sinaloa Cartel to take control of international ports of entry. According to Riva Palacio, Carmona financed campaigns for Morena for longer than three years. For income, Carmona would smuggle fuel from a Houston refinery into Mexico without declaring it. Carmona would bribe Mexican customs officials to let hundreds of trucks cross each week. While Carmona made between $1,500 to $4,000 per truck, the volume of vehicles built a large-scale scheme which netted more than $2.5 million. Breitbart Texas has learned that Carmona primarily used the ports of entry in the Matamoros-Brownsville area. In his report, Riva Palacios claimed that Carmona would keep about 50 percent of the profit...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government announced sanctions Thursday against six people in Mexico, including a police official, for aiding the Jalisco drug cartel. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, says the police official gave information to Mexico’s most violent and powerful gang. The office said Jalisco local police coordinator Severo Flores Mendoza “provides law enforcement information to CJNG in exchange for bribes.” The sanctions also target Julio Cesar Montero Pinzon, allegedly a hitman for the cartel in the resort of Puerto Vallarta. The sanctions also target relatives of deceased Jalisco cartel lieutenant Saul Alejandro Rincon Godoy. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said “violence and corruption have been critical to CJNG’s growth in the past decade.” Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An accused drug cartel boss is locked up in Chicago on trafficking charges, but it is what he's not charged with that is the most brutal part of the case.Forty-three students in Mexico vanished back in 2014; their disappearance was tied to a blood-thirsty drug cartel known as the Guerreros Unidos. Even by the standards of the drug cartel business that is built on violence and death, it is an especially haunting case.Now, the alleged leader of that cartel is in Chicago being held on trafficking and money laundering charges.Casarrubias Salgado was extradited to Chicago and is now being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.Salgado, famously nicknamed "El Tomate," is charged with overseeing a heroin distribution syndicate here and was brought from Mexico to face charges in Chicago.The I-Team recently spoke with Bob Bell, the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago field office, about the challenges in 2022 of controlling cartel trafficking here."I would just simply say that in the United States, we have our work for certain laid out before us and...
    The Texas gun store where the Uvalde school shooter purchased his rifles previously sold 10,000 rounds of ammunition to a smuggler, who intended to transport it across the border to a Mexican cartel. Oasis Outback, based in the city, received Salvador Ramos's online order from Georgia-based seller Daniel Defense.  The 18-year-old purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P15, an AR-15-style rifle, and a Daniel Defense DDM4 rifle - buying the first on May 17, the day after his birthday, and the second rifle on May 20. The DDM4 was the weapon with which he murdered 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on May 24. It has now emerged that Oasis Outback was well known for selling ammunition to a smuggler, destined for a Mexican cartel. Oasis Outback in Uvalde, a hunting and outdoor sports store, sold the gun used in the Uvalde shooting to 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. It also sold 10,000 rounds of ammunition to a smuggler, destined for a Mexican cartel Ramos bought one rifle on May 17 from Oasis Outback - the day after his...
    Eleven people were killed and five others were wounded after gang members launched simultaneous attacks at a hotel and two bars in search of members of a rival cartel in Mexico. Witnesses told authorities that about 15 armed men stepped out of several vehicles and started shooting at the three businesses around 10pm Monday in the city of Celaya, in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato. The gang members, who reportedly belong to Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, entered the Gala Hotel, which has a bar at the street level, and shot at the customers and employees inside, police said. The attackers also tossed Molotov cocktail bombs inside the two bars before they escaped.   At least 15 gunmen were reportedly sent by the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel  to the Hotel Gala in Celaya, Mexico, where they killed four people at the hotel and seven others at a bar next door on Monday night Eleven people, including eight women, were killed and five others were wounded by cartel gunmen who unleashed simultaneous attacks at a hotel and two bars Monday night...
    The latest setback to U.S. anti-narcotics efforts in Mexico came earlier this month, when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was forced to remove its flagship plane from the country for the first time in some 30 years. According to a report by Reuters, Mexican officials revoked the plane’s parking space in a hangar at the Toluca airport about 25 miles outside of Mexico City. The plane, a Beechcraft twin-turboprop King Air, can carry about ten passengers and was often deployed for elite-level ops in Mexico and Central America. Before being booted off Mexican soil and relocated to Texas, the King Air had “played a key role in capturing some of the world's most powerful drug lords, and was used on raids against former Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,” Reuters wrote. Mike Vigil, the former chief of the DEA’s International Bureau, told The Daily Beast that the plane was a vital tool for “operations requiring the rapid movement of personnel and equipment. It also allowed agents to avoid driving through cartel areas of conflict [and] supported all DEA offices...
    Federal authorities arrested a cartel member who was at one point wanted in connection to the murder of a Mexican politician. While the suspect’s involvement has since been ruled out, the man is linked to at least another murder in Mexico and has previously been deported from the U.S. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Jesus Botello Tovar this week in Eagle Pass, Texas. Botello Tovar is also known in Mexico as El Mirindo. He has been linked to various crimes in Piedras Negras in the past. Mexican authorities also identified him as a member of a gang or cell that works with one of the factions of Los Zetas. Botello Tovar went before a U.S. magistrate judge on Friday morning who formally charged him with illegal re-entry after removal and ordered that he be held without bond. At the time of Botello’s arrest, U.S. Border Patrol agents learned that he had been flagged as wanted for questioning in connection with the June 2018 murder of former Piedras Negras Mayor Fernando Puron. According to information released by the Coahuila Attorney General’s Office,...
    A top-ranking Mexican drug lord who at one time headed the Gulf Cartel and is believed responsible for moving large shipments of cocaine into Houston, Texas, was extradited Thursday to face a U.S. judge. Known in the criminal underworld as “Metro 1”, “M1”, “Gordo” or “Señor Gordo”, Mario Cárdenas Guillén is a brother of the former leader of the Gulf Cartel and founder of Los Zetas, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén. Metro 1 is also a brother to the late Antonio Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cárdenas Guillén, who was killed in 2010 by the Mexican Navy in Matamoros. This week, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (FGR) handed Cárdenas Guillén to U.S. authorities at the Mexico City International Airport. Cardenas Guillen is named in a 2012 criminal indictment from Eastern District of Texas on a cocaine conspiracy charge. If convicted, he could face a possible life sentence in prison. Señor Gordo was arrested in September 2012 in the border state of Tamaulipas. At the time, he was the top leader of the Gulf Cartel after inheriting control from his late brother, Tony Tormenta in...
    Wilkins said the amount of drugs flowing through upstate South Carolina is at the highest level he's ever seen. “It is much more significant," he said. "There’s much more volume flowing into our communities. It’s much more organized, as seen in this case. Thousands of kilos of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine were pumping into Greenville County.” He said the street value of the more than 1,000 kilos of methamphetamine seized by law enforcement is over $75 million. South Carolina partnered with Georgia and federal authorities to make the drug bust. Information from the Los Banditos investigation was used to make another bust in Atlanta, where authorities seized approximately 200 kilos (441 pounds) of methamphetamine, 3.5 kilos (7.7 pounds) of cocaine, 3.2 kilos (7 pounds) of heroin, 5 ounces of cocaine mixed with fentanyl, 183 pounds of marijuana, 900 Xanax pills, and multiple firearms from stash houses in apartments, the attorney general's office said. Investigators alleged the drug operation was linked to a Mexican drug cartel. Attorney General Wilson said that drugs in the southeast are typically trafficked...
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sparked controversy for defending his country’s soldiers after a video showed them retreating from a convoy of cartel members. The president claimed the escape protected the lives of cartel gunmen. The issue began this week when Mexico’s military announced operations in Michoacan. Hours later, a video became viral showing groups of cartel members in SUVs chasing soldiers out of the town of Nueva Italia. Soon after, Lopez Obrador said during a news conference that they must protect his federal troops, but they must also protect members of criminal organizations. “Cuidamos a los elementos de las Fuerzas Armadas, de la Defensa, de la Guardia Nacional, pero también cuidamos a los integrantes de las bandas. Son seres humanos, esta es una política distinta”, dijo el presidente López Obrador. Más, en https://t.co/BjdELZkpfR pic.twitter.com/FRhqMatQzq — Joaquín López-Dóriga (@lopezdoriga) May 12, 2022 “They are human beings, this is a different policy a completely different policy,” the president said. “To me, that was a responsible attitude.” The comments earned Lopez Obrador criticism from all sectors of Mexican society. Dijo @lopezobrador_...
    A Mexican border state governor and the attorney general are clashing over controversies stemming from female homicides in the region. “The AGs office is tasked with investigating the cause of the women’s violent death,” said Nuevo Leon Attorney General Gustavo Adolfo Guerrero during a video message responding to state governor Samuel Garcia. “And you, mister governor, as the one responsible for the security of the state — are tasked with protecting them and avoiding their death.” The issue comes at a time when Garcia has been uploading videos on social media to “make an energetic call to the AGs office to show their face” and to turn over a case file dealing with the homicide investigation of Yolanda Martinez Cadena. The female victim went missing on March 31 and her decomposed body was recently discovered next to some poison. Authorities have pointed to a possible suicide, something that has caused even more controversy. In his video, Garcia stood alongside Martinez’s relatives and said that they had asked for the case file and were given the runaround “to avoid showing...
    The burnt body of a Mexican soccer star was discovered in the trunk of his vehicle  which was engulfed in flames, authorities have revealed. Firefighters responding to an emergency call found the body of Antonio 'Hulk' Salazar, 33, in his Chevrolet Cavalier in Tonalá, Jalisco, on Sunday. Red Cross paramedics were initially unable to determine the gender of the body because it was burned beyond recognition until Tuesday when official confirmed it was Salazar. Police said the footballer's vehicle was never reported stolen, raising suspicion that Salazar was killed and then placed in the trunk before the car was set on fire. Antonio 'Hulk Salazar (center) was found dead in the trunk of his car that was found abandoned near a residential housing complex in Tonalá, Mexico, on Sunday. The cause of death is still being investigated by the local medical examiner's office Salazar's body was burnt and the Chevrolet Cavalier on fire when emergency crews arrived though the vehicle was not reported stolen RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Three US presidents and El...
    A trio from Nashville pleaded guilty to smuggling millions of dollars worth of fentanyl and heroin into Texas and then on to several U.S. cities for a Mexican drug cartel. The group moved multiple drug loads from the border region to their final destination in Tennessee before being arrested by authorities last year. This week, two U.S. citizens, 23-year-old Liz Jomayra Diaz-Colon and 30-year-old Elias Herrera appeared before a U.S. District Court Judge in McAllen, Texas, where they pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy charges. Another member of the group, 30-year-old Jonathan Guemez, pleaded guilty to a similar charge in December. The drug loads seized by investigators are valued at more than $1.6 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas revealed. It remains unclear how many drug loads the group was able to move before they were arrested. Court documents do not name the drug cartel the smugglers worked for. According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, the case began on August 20, 2021, when Diaz-Colon arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a...
    JASPER, Georgia – Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake told The Georgia Star News she plans to secure the southern border of the United States with her “Defend Arizona” policy, which includes the destruction of drug tunnels and surveillance drones used by Mexican drug cartels. The Republican frontrunner traveled to Georgia on Thursday to support David Perdue in his bid to upset incumbent governor Brian Kemp. “When we discover drug tunnels, we’re going to blow them up. We’re not just going to pour a little bit of cement in where they can easily jackhammer that out and start running drugs again,” Lake said. Violence is raging as migrants pour across the southern border, largely unchallenged. Just Thursday, veteran journalist Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos was found dead, bringing the 2022 total slayed news correspondents to nine. The former Phoenix television news anchor blames the escalating border crisis on President Biden, who she said is “trying to destroy this country.” Lake had harsh criticisms for Biden, whom she called an “illegitimate president” and someone who “we’re not going to take orders from”...
    A Mexican judge sentenced 18 members of Los Zetas cartel to various prison terms for their roles in a 2010 massacre that left at least 193 victims dead and their bodies buried in 47 mass graves. This week, the Second Federal District Judge in Ciudad Victoria handed down sentences to the 18 cartel members. The sentences ranged from 58 years to 14 years in prison for various crimes including kidnapping, engaging in organized criminal activity, and illegal possession of firearms. The members of the cell took various roles in the kidnapping, murder, and disposal of migrants and other victims of the criminal organization. This cell  was under the orders of currently jailed leaders — regional boss Salvador Alfonso “La Ardilla or Squirrel” Martínez Escobedo, regional boss, Omar Martin “Kilo” Estrada Luna, and plaza boss Ricardo “El Coyote” Palomo. The most famous killing carried out by the criminal organization took place on August 22-23, 2010, when the cartel members killed 72 migrants on a ranch near San Fernando. The cartel left the bodies piled up in a warehouse. The case against...
    Gulf Cartel gunmen killed one female Mexican state police officer and injured another in a shootout during a kidnapping bust, just miles south of the Texas border. The abduction was tied to the smuggling of migrants into the U.S. The shootout took place on Sunday afternoon on the south side of Reynosa, where Tamaulipas police were on patrol. Gulf Cartel gunmen in three SUVs exiting a dirt road were spotted prior to the shootout. The police called for backup, but the gunfire killed a female officer and injured a second. A third officer was spared completely. When police backup responded, the gunmen tried to flee and left behind two vehicles containing weapons and tactical gear. In one of the cartel vehicles, authorities found a kidnapping victim. The victim told police that he was a human smuggler who paid protection to the Gulf Cartel. It remains unclear why he was kidnapped. Tamaulipas State Governor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca took to social media to confirm the line of duty death for the officer. Mi más sentido pésame a la familia de...
    The alleged cell leader of a power cartel has been captured by the Mexican navy in resort city of Mazatlán. Francisco Rodríguez, who is also known as 'El Señorón' among other aliases, was taken into custody in front of a high-end condominium Friday. Rodríguez allegedly oversaw the Jalisco New Generation Cartel's operations in the central state of Morelos. '(He is) one of the main generators of violence in the state of Morelos with different activities in the metropolitan area and south of the entity,' the Morelos Attorney General's Office said. Francisco Rodríguez was arrested by the Mexican navy in resort city of Mazatlán on Friday. He allegedly oversaw the Jalisco New Generation Cartel's operations in the central state of Morelos. Francisco Rodríguez  (second from left), the alleged leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel's operations in the central Mexican state of Morelos, was taken into custody outside a condominium in the resort city of Mazatlán on Friday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Miami woman, 46, dies of a heart attack one week after... Nearly three...