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Mexican Drug War

Invasion of the drug cartels

Murder of priests

POZA RICA - In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair.   (AP)   MORE:   Kidnapped priest found dead  

  

Hitman pleads guilty

SAN ANTONIO -  Investigators said Ruben 'Menace' Reyes Jr. went to San Antonio police after his own gang tried to kill him, admitting that he killed 16 people as part of the gang's efforts to control the drug market here through extortion and violence.  He was charged only in connection to 5 killings.  (San Antonio Express-News)   MORE:   Hitman faces life in prison    Julian Pesina

 

Drugs, guns bust

TORONTO - OPP said that 13 people had been arrested as a result of a year-long investigation into the importation of drugs and weapons into Canada dubbed 'Project Monto.'   (CTV) 

 

Cartels fight over gold revenues

CARRIZALILLO - Heroin traffickers are battling over millions of dollars paid by Canadian mining giant Goldcorp to a village in Mexico's southern gold belt, leading to a wave of murders.  Residents of Carrizalillo in the impoverished state of Guerrero say the some $3M a year in rent paid by Goldcorp for their land, which mine is built on, is fueling a bloody feud between two rival cartels.  (Reuters)

 

Gang members arrested 

EDMONTON - ALERT said that members of the La Familia gang, which has alleged ties to Mexican drug cartels and the Mara Salvatrucha gang, had been arrested in Edmonton following an ALERT investigation.   (CTV)  MORE:   La Familia arrests in AB   4 arrested      

 

Suspect found dismembered

SABANETA - El Tiempo newspaper reported that the body of Quebec City native Frederic Lavoie, 31, was found on May 12 in the town of Sabaneta.   (Sun Media)    

 

'Run'

The author of a pioneering blog about Mexico's drug war (Blog del Narco) has said that she has fled the country and that her blog partner has gone missing.  The young woman, using her pseudonym Lucy, said her colleague phoned her to say a single word – "run" – and then vanished, prompting her to flee to the US and then Spain.  (Guardian UK)

 

US drug blacklist

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has added Belize and El Salvador to a blacklist of countries considered major producers or transit routes for illegal drugs.   (BBC)  PREVIOUS:  US war on drugs  

 

Lethal business model

Farm boys from a tiny county that once depended on sugar cane have perfected an ingenious business model for selling a semi-processed form of Mexican heroin known as black tar.  (LA Times)  MORE:  Black tar moves in, and death follows   Good life in Xalisco can mean death in the US  

 Arrest

SAN DIEGO - Federal agents in San Diego have arrested Edgar Veytia, 46, the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit on charges that he conspired to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the US.  (Orlando Sentinel) 

 

  Charged

SANTO DOMINGO - The Dominican Republic's former top counter-narcotics official and 24 other people were arrested in connection with the theft of more than a ton of cocaine from a police storeroom. (EFE)   MORE:    Arrest warrants for DICAN officers

 

Drug smuggling submersible

ALAMEDA - The US Coast Guard showed off a 20 ton haul of cocaine confiscated from sea traffickers - setting a record for the agency with $5.6B of the drug intercepted over 12 months.   (Daily Mail) 

 

Mennonite ties to cartels

Canadian and American authorities are concerned about Alberta Mennonites bringing Mexican cartel drugs into Canada.  (CBC)   

 

Drug lord released

MEXICO CITY - The court cut short Rafael Caro Quintero's 40-year sentence for the 1985 killing of US Drug Enforcement agent Enrique Camarena.  (BBC)   Enrique Camarena   Rafael Caro Quintero

 

Report on cartels in Canada

VANCOUVER - Escalating Mexican cocaine cartel violence is claiming the lives of increasing numbers of ambitious Canadian mobsters, an RCMP internal report says.   (Toronto Star)    MORE:   Cartels spread their tentacles

 

Project below the beltway

WASHINGTON - The DEA announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway”, a two-year series of investigations targeting the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels and violent street gangs as part of on-going initiative against the cartels and their distribution network in America.  (DEA PR)

 

Gang leader captured

BUENOS AIRES - One of Colombia's most wanted drug dealers, Henry de Jesus Lopez, has been arrested in Argentina.  He is alleged to be the leader of the Urabenos gang.  (BBC)   MORE:   Drug lord arrested  Henry de Jesus Lopez 

 

Most wanted arrested

GUADALAJARA - A Los Angeles gang member on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitive list who authorities say killed 4 people has been arrested in  Guadalajara, Mexico.  (LA Times)   MORE:   FBI's wanted arrested   Joe Luis Saenz   

 

Cash filled suitcase

MEXICO CITY - A senator has filed a criminal complaint against the governor of the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz and two of his employees over the seizure of nearly $2M in undeclared cash on an official plane.   (LAHT)   MORE:  Politics of Mexico   PAN   PRI   Federal prosecutor arrested   Loans arrest   Coahuila  

      

How Canucks blew a deal on blow

It looked to James Frost like a big payday was coming.   The plan was simple.  Buy cocaine from Colombian drug lords. Smuggle it into Canada on a yacht.  (Toronto Star)  

 

 

Vigilantes

CHILPANCINGO - Hundreds of residents of a mining region in southern Mexico have taken up arms to confront the criminal outfits terrorizing the area.  A rural cooperative - known as an ejido - gets $54,000 a year from Canadian-owned miner Goldcorp.  Guerreros Unidos and Los Rojos are engaged in a struggle for control of Mezcala.  (EFE) 

Lawyers hired by Guzman 

Record high murder rate

Informe de victimas de homicidio  .pdf  (in Spanish)

Murder rate reaches 20-year-high 

Guide to drug cartels

Tomas Yarrington

Javier Duarte

ATF secret bank account

IACHR

Human rights in Mexico   .pdf

El Chapo in the US

El Chapo captured    

Guzman escapes 

Recaptured drug lord

El Chapo speaks  

Sean Penn  

'My article failed'

Damaso Lopez Nunez

Angel Eduardo Prado Rodriquez

New security plan

2014 Iguala mass kidnapping  

Surviving cartels

Latin America money laundering

Altiplano

Zetas controlled prison

Gisela Mota Ocampo

Carlos Rosales Mendoza

High security prison escape

Drug lord escapes, again

Mile-long escape tunnel

How Guzman got caught 

Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)

2011 San Fernando massacre

2010 San Fernando massacre  

Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano

Servando Gomez Martinez

Hector Beltran Leyva

Colombia Reports

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez  

Cartels in US  NDIC

Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas

US protected cartel  

US accused of protecting cartel  

Corruption in Mexico  

’Nacro-tank'

Benjamin Arellano Felix 

Nazario Moreno  

ATF gunwalking scandal

Omar Trevino Morales

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes

Amado Carrillo Fuentes

Enrique Plancarte Solis  

Crime survey

Entorno Inteligente  

Gonzalo Inzunza 

Arellano Felix 

Drug war deaths  

Francisco Blake Mora 

2011 Monterrey casino attack

Miguel Angel  

Marisol Valles 

Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen

Mexico's most wanted  

Sergio Villarreal

Project Gunrunne

Diego Fernandez de Cevallos

The draft report .pdf   

'Most Holy Death'

Guzman winning

Teodoro Garcia Simental

Cartels areas of influence

Drug lord Guzman on Forbes list

Ismael Zambada Garcia

Eduardo Arellano Felix

Francisco Javier Arellano Felix

Sandra Avila Beltran

'Project Gunrunner' strategy  .pdf  

Edgar Valdez 

Mexico's drug war  

Majority of arms comes from the US

The world's most dangerous place?

Latino prison gangs  

Hector Leyva    Edgar Villarreal

Marcos Arturo Beltran-Leyva

Lethal connections: Part 1   Part 2  

Part 3   Part 4   Part 5  

Part 6   Part 7   Part 8

Arellano-Felix Organization

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambaba

Zhenli Ye Gon

National Drug Assessment 2009   .pdf

Arellano Felix cartel

Beltran Leyva cartel

Federation cartel

Colima Cartel 

Gulf Cartel

Jalisco New Generation cartel

Juarez cartel

Knights Templar Cartel

La Familia Michoacana

Los Zetas

Sonora Cartel

Tijuana Cartel

Shock vote

BOGOTA - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC guerrillas will scramble to revive a plan to end their 52-year war after voters rejected the hard-negotiated deal as too lenient on the rebels.   (Reuters) 

Voters reject peace deal

Modified agreement

New peace pact 

Nobel peace prize for Juan Manuel Santos

War for cocaine corridors

Move to quell gang war

Blow to logistics infrastructure

Undergoing transformation 

Blurring the line

Security secretary arrested 

Colombian conflict 

79,000 missing

Colombia challenges 2016

More than 45,000 'disappeared'

Cease fire

Organized armed groups

Clan Usuga

Victor Ramon Navarro-Cerrano

Daniel Barrera 

Drug-trafficking groups replaced rebels 

Colombian parapolitics scandal  

Rastrojos 

Sub builder gets 27 years

Narco submarine

Homemade submarines

Los Urabenos

Los Zetas

Pablo Escobar

Medellin Cartel

Popular Liberation Army

Diego Murillo Bejarano

Manuel Marulanda

Black Eagles (Aguilas Negras)

Carlos Mario Jimenez

Victor Manuel Mejia Munera

Norte del Valle Cartel

Luis Carlos Galan

Cocaine express

Alfonso Cano  

Carlos Renteria 

The FARC computer

FARC

Paramilitaries in Colombia 

Cali cartel  

Gilberto & Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela

Colombia's new urban drugs war

Where the drug lords are kings

Norte del Valle Cartel

Alberto Santofimio 

2006-2007 para-political scandal

Colombia scandal widens

Confession details

Exports booming

CANAYRE - It happens about 4 times a day, right under the nose of Peru's military: A small single-engine plane drops onto a dirt airstrip in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley, delivers a bundle of cash, picks up more than 300 kilos of cocaine and flies to Bolivia.   (AP)

Peru new king of cocaine

Toledo in US

Arrest warrant for ex-president

 Alejandro Toledo  Peru

60 bodies found

Internal conflict in Peru

Contract killings

New king of cocaine

Peru OC news  

Peru to bomb Amazon cocaine labs

Cocaine bust

PATACAMAYA -  The more than 7 tons of cocaine chlorhydrate found by Bolivia's anti-drug force in a shipment of ulexite that was being exported to Honduras and then was to have been shipped to the US is valued at $379M.   (EFE)

7 tons of cocaine        

Coca leaves seized

Arrested

Caught red-handed

AeroSur  

US deports 'minister for cocaine'

Luis Arce-Gomez

Bolivia halts US anti-drugs work

Law enforcement in Bolivia

Evo Morales   

Held hostage by gangs

SAN SALVADOR - Last year in El Salvador, more than 1 person in every 1,000 was killed, a figure more typical of a country at war.   (AFP)

Murders fell 

Crime in Honduras 

21 murders in 24 hours

Police strike

Troops sent in   

Shootout

Clash kills 4

6,723 murders

Honduras

Prosecutor gunned down

Gunned down

Most violent city in the world

Honduras murder rate

Puerto Rico murder count 

Enforcement head gunned down

Troops deployed to fight crime

Murders increase

Children become migrants

Record number

Under siege

Crime in El Salvador   

El Salvador  

Bodies dumped 

Ex-attorney general arrest

Arrest a promising sign 

Death squad dismantled

Crime in El Salvador 

3 arrested

2 separate massacres    

Where women are killed by their own families

Gunmen attack bar

24horas

Hidden burial ground

Gang shootout with police

Shootout

Gang truce over

Honduras gang violence 

Bodies found at clandestine burial ground

Barrio 18

El Salvador murder rate falls  

OC deaths down  

Drug gangs blamed

Officers arrested 

International homicide rate

Homicide capital of the world

Deadly day

Arrests in slaying

Gang truce

Mara Salvatruch13

Mara 18

Rising bloodshed

Worldwide murder rate

Drug sub 

Sub seized   

Narco submarine

Drug lord dead

Paramilitary drug lord killed  

Confirmed dead  

Pedro Guerrero Castillo 

Exporting a problem

Nine held over Honduras massacre

Gang linked to Honduras attack

Central America’s gang crisis

Al Qaeda seeks tie to local gangs

Feds nab 375 gang members

Massive international sting nets 660

PCC

USB sticks provide look inside criminal gang 

13 gunned down

17 died in factory shooting

Guilty

Paulo Maluf  

Drug sub

Narco sub 

Drug sub

25 Politicos arrested

Crackdown appears to be working

Kingpin caught with his pants down

Another money container found

'Drug lord's' farm invaded

Juan Carlos Ramirez-Abadia

 

 

Least violent year since 1991

RIO DE JANEIRO - In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second largest city there were 1,202 murders in 2015.   (EFE)

Murder in Brazil 2014

14 homicides per day 

Shootings

Police suspected

Deadly weekend

Police demand more protection

Gang busted  

Cocaine seized

Rio Times

Police investigated

12 shot after policeman killed

At least 12 murders in 1 night

Money laundering ring busted

'World cup of terror'

O Estado de Sao Paulo

PCC

Police guilty

Police sentenced

Carandiru massacre

Cops arrested

Brazil bar shooting rises 

Death squad take down  

Body count reaches 39  

Dozens of policeman held  

Report on regime brutality

National Truth Commission   

1964-1985 military dictatorship

Abuse 'rife' under Brazil military rule

Police shoot 5

4 MPs arrested 

OC hit

Corinthians

8 executed

Comando Vermelho

Brazil nabs drug lord

Gun battles in Rio leave 19 dead

Brazil breaks up 'killing firm'

Brazil arrests 75 Rio cops for OC ties

San Paulo killings go on

Brazilian Crime Group Defies Police

Gang violence grips Brazil

Brazil's mighty prison gangs

Brazil holds Colombia ‘drug lord’

Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez

Diego Montoya

Olympic Games 2016

Brazil's powerful prison gang  

Police at war with prison gang

Gangs shoot down copter

Gangs go to war

Traffickers shoot down police 

 

 

Charges 

GUATEMALA CITY - The FECI began to press charges against a crime ring headed by ex-President Otto Perez Molina and ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti suspected of stealing millions of dollars in public funds. (EFE)  

La Linea

Otto Perez Molina      Roxana Baldetti

Marvin Montiel Marin

Bar attack leaves 11 dead

Gunmen attack cantinas 

34 held

Mass police slaying

Hitgirls hired

Narco elite vs oligarchy

Gangs employing 'child hitmen'    

Murdered officers 

Chemicals seized

800+ years

Sentenced

Sepur Zarco sexual slavery case

Guatemalan Civil War 

Gang takedown

Barrio 18

8 arrested

At least 19 murders

Guatemala moves against cartels   

President declares emergency

Cocaine sub captured

Violence continues

2 tons of cocaine seized

Killer linked to cartels

Juan Gerardi

Vigilante justice

Mara Salvatrucha

Drug kingpin arrested

 

 

Opposition to be put on trial

CARACAS - The 545 Chavista members of Venezuela's all-powerful Constituent National Assembly (ANC) approved a decree to 'jointly initiate with the appropriate state organs an historic trial for treason against the homeland of those who may be involved in promoting these immoral actions against the interests of the Venezuelan people.'  (EFE)

Executions, forced disappearances 

Latest dictatorship step

Legal' thugs remove critic

AG removed

Police broadcast 'raid'

AG links Maduro to Odebrecht

Fugitive says she has proof of corruption 

Opposition's unlikely ally 

Chile grants asylum to 5 Venezuelan Judges

Colombia grants refuge to 6 Judges

 White House announces new sanctions

Parliament repudiates Constitutional Assembly

Assembly declares itself all-powerful

Constituent Assembly unanimously approved Maduro

Growing dictatorship

AG moves to annul Constituent Assembly

Assembly intensifies crisis  

Voter turnout questioned

Nicolas Maduro

2014-2017 protests  

Diosdado Cabello

Chavistas

Odebrecht     

Next Cuba

Thugocracy

Enemies targeted

Arrests over 'uprising attempt' 

How a rich country collapsed

Civil war coming 

Referendum 

US slams Maduro dictatorship  

Sham election

Getting the vote    Smartmatic

Supreme Court  

Maduro appointments control the courts  

Luisa Ortega

Political showdown

Supporter now opponent

Electoral authoritarianism    

Opposition leaders taken away   SEBIN  

 Constitutional Assembly 

Maduro claims victory

Assembly a 'new coup d'etat'

Companies under siege

$500,000 to Trump inauguration

Dark times signal bright future for OC  

Corruption arrests

60% minimum wage hike

Marches

Call for protests to block constituent assembly

Goldman Sachs funding Maduro

Irresponsible deal 

Goldman Sachs

Did Goldman just sell 'Hunger Bonds'?

Russia confirms $1B default   

Lloyd Blankfein 

28,479 homicides in 2016

Success

Maduro seeks to expand his militias 

2016 person of the year   OCCRP

Maduro's court annuls impeachment

TSJ voids Parliament vote   TSJ  

Congress declares Maduro to have abandoned post

50% wage hike

Fedecamaras

Hyperinflation    

General rewarded 

Maduro announces another 50% minimum wage hike

Venezuelan debts coming due

Constitutional crisis 

Henrique Capriles

Closes border

Court blocks probe 

Chaos

Mortgaged to Russia

Company moves to seize holdings

Crystallex

PDVSA    Citgo

Canadian company closer to $1.4B award

PDVSA profit disappears

PDVSA    Rosneft 

PDVSA said in a defensive statement

Venezuela uses Chinese bank    

Venezuela uses bank to sell $5B bond to itself

Venezuela fails to make court ordered payments 

PR attempt

Banknote pulled from circulation 'to beat mafia'

Maduro bypasses legislature to decree budget 

Tareck El Aissami

Sanctions for VP

US Treasury press release

US sanctions    

Lawsuit grows 

US charges 2 more

Venezuelans indicted  

US indicts 

Nestor Reverol     

Stage completed

State of emergency is constitutional

Maduro's allies stack Supreme Court  

Government staged coup

Government says it foiled a coup   

Into dictatorship 

Rafael Ramirez

Missing $400B

Worse than living in a war

Shortages in Venezuela

At risk of unravelling

Oil shock and economic catastrophe

Organized Crime Observatory

Nicolas Maduro   Cilia Flores

PDVSA

Venezuelans guilty in PDVSA bribery

PDVSA officials plead guilty in $1B bribe

PSUV militias blamed

Violence before election

Venezuelan parliamentary election 2015

PSUV

Vladimir Padrino Lopez

Runs out of money to print new money

Venezuela becoming the capital of OC

Life is undervalued and death overpriced 

Report issued (.pdf in Spanish)

Designated drug kingpin

Treasury designated

Venezuela 'supplies half of Britain's cocaine'

Chavismo

Hugo Chavez

Chavez proposes changes to constitution 

Chavez grants Belarus rights to oil fields

Venezuela steps up land seizures

Venezuela to seize foreign oil projects

Maletinazo (the suitcase scandal)

 

List of criminal organizations

 

 

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