Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country's economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country's lucrative mining industry, exporting iron ore to Chinese mills.
MEXICO CITY: A total of 64 bodies have been found in mass graves in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, authorities said Monday as they wrapped up a probe of alleged victims of a drug cartel. A total of 35 graves were found, an official at the attorney general’s office said.
Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, the former governor of the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been indicted in the U.S. under the RICO statute. Yarrington, along with Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, the owner of a Mexican construction firm, is also indicted of conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud and conspiring to make false statements to federally insured U.S. bank
This has been the bloodiest year since 1998 when it comes to drug violence here in the state of Michoacan. For Miguel Patiño Velazquez, a 75-year-old bishop with a white frock and dark circles under his eyes, it is time to speak out. The bishop has criticized drug gangs by name, supported village vigilantes anddemanded that the government restore order. Where other church fathers have spoken in generic terms about the violence, the bishop has been bold, leading the Catholic Church into the heart of the public debate.
MEXICO CITY - A teenage U.S. citizen who acknowledged being a drug-cartel killer has finished his three-year juvenile-offender term for homicide, kidnapping and drug and weapons possession. The interior secretary of southern Morelos state, Jorge Messeguer, told Milenio television the teen has been released and taken to an airport to be sent to the United States, where he has family.
The number of exhumed bodies now stands at 42 -- and the digging continues at the latest clandestine mass grave to be discovered on Mexican soil. This month, Mexican authorities declared that they had exhumed 19 unidentified bodies from the unmarked burial ground along the Lerma River, in the western state of Jalisco. The site is near the border with Michoacan, a state reeling from the presence of violent drug cartels. Since the initial announcement of the discovery, the number of exhumed bodies has continued to grow as officials continue their grisly work.
BOISE -- Methamphetamine use is a problem that has plagued Idaho since the 1990s. As meth gained popularity, so did the home meth lab. People were creating the drug in their homes using household chemicals. That is no longer the trend. Meth is now a major item for the Mexican drug cartels.
The House Judiciary Committee has begun looking at reports that Mexican drug cartel members are abusing the U.S. asylum system to bypass regular immigration checks and get into the country, where some are setting up smuggling operations and others engage in the same violent feuds that caused them to flee Mexico in the first place.
The son of one of the world’s most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday. Serafin Zambada, 23, was arrested Wednesday afternoon while crossing the border from Mexico in Nogales, Ariz., accompanied by his wife in a pedestrian lane, said Kelly Thornton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego. The wife was detained and released.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso found $421,770 hidden in a car headed to
The availability of heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S. is on the rise, due in part to the ever-evolving entrepreneurial spirit of the Mexican drug cartels, according to a new study released by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The police affidavit said Garcia told investigators he owed money to the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the world's largest illegal drug operations.
"These cartels have spent years and tens of millions of dollars trying to create a secret underworld of passages so they can move large quantities of drugs," Laura Duffy, the United States attorney for the San Diego region told reporters.
It is important that people in London, Paris or New York understand that when they buy a gram of cocaine they have blood on their hands.
Ruthless criminal organizations behind mass murders, assassinations and kidnappings are setting up shop in the area, right under property owners’ noses.
Thirteen people have been killed in drug-related violence around the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros.
Authorities seized 8 1/2 tons of marijuana and 327 pounds of cocaine in connection with the tunnel's discovery, according to court records.
A jury took less than two hours Monday to find prominent El Paso lawyer Marco Antonio Delgado guilty of conspiring to launder up to $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel.
Pennsylvania has been infiltrated by violent Mexican drug cartels that have established a foothold
A former member of Mexico's Tijuana Cartel was shot and killed in the popular Cabo tourist area,
The conspiracy dates to at least May 2010, and the investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement spanned more than two years. Its targets included command structure, smuggling and distribution for a drug trafficking organization.
"They tell us not to report it or they discourage the guys from reporting it. They come up with extra forms, extra paperwork to say, ‘If you see X-amount coming across, then we need to call so-and-so to come out and verify it. We need to generate this report.'
Illegal immigration along the Southwest border has shifted to the east in recent years, with Texas seeing a rise in apprehensions while numbers in all the other border states have fallen sharply.
73 rescued from a house near the Mexico-Texas border were kidnapped migrants, officials said. The 73 rescued people were mostly from Central America. Abductions of migrants are common in northeastern Mexico, an area controlled by the Zetas and the Gulf drug cartels. In 2010, the Zetas were blamed for the mass slaying of 72 migrants in the north.
It was a trip that only lasted nine days but one that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. I was born in raised in Texas and have lived for many years along the border. But I’ve never seen the entire Texas side of the border until I took a trip with my friend Lupita. Both of us had followed daily gun battles, vicious kidnappings, and the macabre body count south of the border for the past five years. The two of us watched as American tourism to the region dropped off.
AMARILLO, TX -- Federal and state authorities have arrested 14 people they allege have ties to a Mexican drug cartel operating in the Panhandle. Authorities also say they've seized about $500,000 in cash, cocaine, methamphetamine and firearms in a two-year operation.
EL PASO, Texas — A West Texas man was been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell military-style assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels. Julio Adrian Pesqueira-Galaviz also admitted to serving as a straw purchaser for weapons.
The number of people caught illegally entering the U.S. is up for a second straight year, according to federal data, adding fuel to the debate in Washington over whether the border should be better secured before any overhaul of immigration laws.
FALFURRIAS, Tex. — By the time the woman perished, she had probably slogged 25 miles through dry ranch lands in her quest to enter the United States. She was found just feet from a highway where she might have been picked up and taken to Houston with other migrants making the same journey.
McALLEN — The sentence for a drug trafficker for the Gulf Cartel who led a trafficking cell that moved 40 tons of marijuana per month was reset after he tried to kill himself by slashing his throat Thursday morning. But several of his associates, including his wife Lineth Guerra, were sentenced.