Rodrigo Vallejo, Son of Ex-Governor of Michoacán, Has Been Issued a Formal Detention Order (Auto de Formal Prisión)

August 8, 2014

08/08/14 El Universal

hands in handcuffsThe Fourth District Court in Federal Criminal Trials in the State of Mexico issued a formal detention order against Rodrigo Vallejo, son of the former governor of Michoacán, for his probable criminal responsibility in the commission of the crime of concealment.

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Cartel boss arrested in Mexico City

August 6, 2014

08/05/14 Fox News Latino

hands in handcuffsA suspected boss of a drug cartel based in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas was arrested by federal security forces in Mexico City, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Jose Ivan Chao Llanes was arrested last Friday at a hotel in the southern section of Mexico City, where the suspect was vacationing, Criminal Investigations Agency director Tomas Zeron said.

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Mayor of Mexican town of Ayutla shot dead in Jalisco

August 5, 2014

08/04/14 BBC News

machine gunThe mayor of the town of Ayutla in the Mexican state of Jalisco has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen.

The mayor, Manuel Gomez Torres, was killed with one of his employees as he returned to his farm on Sunday evening.

The motive for the killing is not yet clear, but police said they suspected a criminal gang to be behind it.

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Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s most violent states, limits crime coverage

August 5, 2014

08/01/14 Los Angeles Times

censorshipIn one of Mexico’s most violent states, it is now illegal, essentially, for reporters to cover the violence.

New laws in Sinaloa, home to Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel and where kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman sheltered for years, bar journalists from fully reporting news about crime.

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Mexico Prosecutors to Question Ex-Governor’s Son

July 31, 2014

7/30/14 ABC News

justice - lawMexican prosecutors plan to question the son of a former governor after a video surfaced that purportedly shows him talking with the leader of a drug cartel, a federal official said Wednesday.

The official said federal prosecutors plan to question Rodrigo Vallejo, whose father was governor of the trafficking-plagued state of Michoacan. The official, who agreed to discuss the case only if not quoted by name because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said earlier in the day that federal investigators had been talking to Rodrigo Vallejo since late Tuesday.

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Politician gunned down in western Mexico

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Fox News Latino

PRI logoThe leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Nuevo Urecho, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was gunned down by hitmen suspected of being on the payroll of a drug cartel, state prosecutors said.

Arturo Alejandro Ramos was walking down a street Friday night in Zuracuaretiro, a city next to Nuevo Urecho, when he was shot, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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Mexico City’s ‘Barrio Bravo’ refuses to be conquered

July 22, 2014

07/21/14 LA Times

Policia MexicoAlfonso Hernandez stands before a mural of Jesus Christ being ferried on a lion-drawn carriage, trailed by Catholic bishops and priests. Behind them, scores of men in crisp suits — some smiling, some somber, one in dark shades — kneel as they watch the procession.

They are among the dead of Tepito.

“It’s called the mural of the absent. They’re people from here,” said Hernandez, a native of the famously tough — and famously untamable — Mexico City neighborhood. “These are people who died because of the drug wars. This is to remember them here and not just in the crime blotter of the newspapers.”

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