Mexican drug cartels operate “with near total impunity” despite the country’s massive US-funded war on drugs, which in turn has brought about a “spike” in violence.
Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández, facing death threats after outing top officials as cartel collaborators, speaks on the state of the narco wars under the new government.
Mexican federal police announced the apprehension of a fugitive Gulf Cartel kingpin, Eduardo Francisco Villatoro Cano AKA “Guayo”—wanted in Guatemala for a bloody attack on police.
The presumed kingpin of the Gulf Cartel, Mario Ramírez Treviño AKA “El Pelón,” was arrested by Mexican army troops along with two henchmen in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas.
Murders in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas jumped more than 90% and kidnapping reports more than doubled over last year to the highest rate in the country.
Mexican naval forces captured Miguel Angel Treviño Morales AKA “Z-40,” head of the notorious Zetas cartel—but his younger brother, “Z-42,” is poised to be the new boss.
Thousands of migrants continue to be killed or kidnapped each year as they try to cross Mexico to the US; activists say Mexican officials are involved in some of the crimes.
Gangland street shoot-outs in Tamaulipas left scores dead this past week just south of the Texas border—without a word of coverage in Mexico’s media, due to cartel threats.
A Human Rights Watch report finds that Mexican security forces took part in thousands of disappearances over the term of President Felipe Calderón, with little investigation.
The Mexican military announced the capture of “El Fantasma,” yet another accused lieutenant of fugitive Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzmán AKA “El Chapo.”
Mexican naval forces announced the arrest of Iván Velázquez, AKA “El Taliban”—said to be a top commander of Los Zetas who had recently defected to the rival Gulf Cartel.
Mexican federal forces announced the arrest of top leaders of the Gulf Cartel and La Resistencia crime network—as another mass grave was discovered along the Texas border.