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Blog del Narco: Second Police Officer Dies in As Many Days in El Salvador

Blog del Narco: Second Police Officer Dies in As Many Days in El Salvador

A Salvadoran police officer was gunned down Thursday by gang members, the second such killing in two days, the Attorney General's Office said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Body of Kidnapped Journalist Found in Mexico

Blog del Narco: Body of Kidnapped Journalist Found in Mexico

The body of a kidnapped journalist who held a post with the Acapulco city government was found in a clandestine grave in a town outside the Mexican Pacific resort, officials said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Top Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested

Blog del Narco: Top Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested

A Gulf cartel leader in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was captured by marines, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. Juan Manuel Rodriguez Garcia was on the list of top criminal targets identified by the federal government earlier this month as part of the new law enforcement strategy for Tamaulipas, the security official said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: President Announces Expansion of Citizen Patrols

Blog del Narco: President Announces Expansion of Citizen Patrols

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced plans for a new citizens patrol to bolster public safety in the troubled western state of Michoacan, where existing rural militias were recently absorbed into a force under army control. "We have established coordination with the state government to make a citizen force, another level of force, precisely to further strengthen the capacity of the security institutions in the state of Michoacan," he said during an official visit to the region. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: 35 People Rescued after Being Kidnapped and Ransomed for Months

Blog del Narco: 35 People Rescued after Being Kidnapped and Ransomed for Months

Five people were arrested in an operation to free 35 captives in the southern state of Guerrero, a Mexican federal official said. The rescue was carried out May 13 near the village of Huasquial, anti-kidnapping task force coordinator Renato Sales said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Leader Captured

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Leader Captured

A top drug trafficker was captured in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where additional security forces units were deployed to deal with a wave of drug-related violence, a high-level federal official said. Francisco Ramirez Rivero, who also goes by the name Juan Fernando Alvarez Cortes, was arrested last Saturday at a tollbooth on the highway that links the northern cities of Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Violence Erupts in Tamaulipas Resulting in 16 Deaths

Blog del Narco: Violence Erupts in Tamaulipas Resulting in 16 Deaths

A total of 16 bodies were found by the security forces at two locations in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico, officials said. The bodies of three women and four men were found Sunday night in an SUV abandoned on a closed street in the port city of Tampico, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said. continue reading »

Mexican Authorities Capture Beltran Leyva Cartel’s Top Boss

Mexican Authorities Capture Beltran Leyva Cartel’s Top Boss

The Beltran Leyva drug cartel's top boss in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero was captured by federal security forces, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: 9 Cartel Members Killed in Veracruz Shootout

Blog del Narco: 9 Cartel Members Killed in Veracruz Shootout

Nine suspected criminals died in shootouts with the security forces in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, officials said Thursday. State police, army troops and marines launched an operation in Banderilla, a city about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Mexico City, to capture a gang of suspected kidnappers, state and VI Military Region officials said. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: MX Feds to Increase Security Forces on Drug Route into US

Blog del Narco: MX Feds to Increase Security Forces on Drug Route into US

The federal government is deploying more security forces units in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and will "completely" purge the state's law enforcement agencies in an effort to stop a spike in drug-related violence, Mexican Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said. continue reading »