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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 »

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Co-Leader Killed in Gunfight with Police

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Co-Leader Killed in Gunfight with Police

A founder of the ultraviolent Los Zetas drug cartel was killed in a gunfight with security forces in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican government said Monday. Galdino Mellado Cruz, alias "Z-9," was cornered last Friday at a residence in the border city of Reynosa, the head of Mexico's National Security Commission, Monte Alejandro Rubido, told a press conference. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Serial Killer Arrested in Mexico City Disposing of Latest Victim

Blog del Narco: Serial Killer Arrested in Mexico City Disposing of Latest Victim

A 28-year-old suspect in the killings of several women was arrested by Mexico City police as he was in the process of disposing of the body of his latest victim, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said. Diego David Meza Hernandez, "who apparently seduced and then abused his victims, later strangling them with his bare hands until they died of asphyxiation," was arrested, the secretariat said in a statement. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: LA Gang Members Hired by Sinaloa Cartel to Find $300K in Minnesota

Blog del Narco: LA Gang Members Hired by Sinaloa Cartel to Find $300K in Minnesota

Three gang members from Los Angeles were charged with the kidnapping and torture of two young people in Minnesota. Allegedly they had stolen 60 kilos of methamphetamine and money belonging to the Sinaloa cartel. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Ten Members of Elite Police Unit in Tamaulipas Arrested for Links to Cartel

Blog del Narco: Ten Members of Elite Police Unit in Tamaulipas Arrested for Links to Cartel

Ten members of an elite police unit in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas were arrested on charges that they had links to a criminal organization and handed over to federal prosecutors, state officials said. The state police officers are suspected of having ties to a gang that operates in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, the Tamaulipas Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Zetas and Gulf Cartels Continue to Battle over US Routes in Tamaulipas

Blog del Narco: Zetas and Gulf Cartels Continue to Battle over US Routes in Tamaulipas

Federal security forces killed five gunmen in separate shootouts and arrested 15 others in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said. "Members of a criminal group attacked Federal Police officers on patrol" in the city of Reynosa, located across the border from McAllen, Texas, shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, the GCT, a joint federal and state agency, said in a statement. continue reading »