Mexican Drug Cartels Reportedly Expand Business to Australia

September 23, 2014

09/23/14 Breitbart

heroin_powderMembers of the Sinaloa Federation, one of the most powerful and dangerous cartels from Mexico, have reportedly set up shop in Australia. A lucrative drug market has been growing in Australia during recent years, and Sinaloa members have been taking advantage of it by selling large amounts of hard narcotics like cocaine and heroin.

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Mexican state likely to change marijuana law this year, says ex-president

September 23, 2014

09/22/04 Reuters

marijuana leafA Mexican state could approve medicinal use of marijuana by the end of this year, paving the way for further steps toward legalizing the drug, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Monday. Political pressure inside Mexico to liberalize its stance on marijuana has been rising since the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession and sale of the drug for recreational use in 2012. In July, opposition lawmakers in the western state of Jalisco put forward a plan to change local drug laws, including permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Civil Lawsuit Accuses Yahoo And Baker and McKenzie Of Allegedly “Perverting” Mexico’s Judicial System, Bribing A Judge

September 23, 2014

09/19/14 Forbes

justice - gavelYahoo Inc. and the U.S. law giant Baker & McKenzie have been accused by two Mexican companies of fraud and conspiracy to overturn a $2.7 billion judgment against Yahoo. According to a civil lawsuit filed by Worldwide Directories S.A. de C.V. and Ideas Interactivas S.A. de CV, Yahoo Inc, Yahoo México and their legal counsel, Baker & McKenzie, enlisted the services of Edgar Elías Azar, Chief Justice of Mexico City’s District Superior Court, to “corrupt the appeals process and overturn the judgment.”

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How Mexico is reinventing the cocaine business

September 22, 2014

09/22/14 The Star

cocaineOnce run primarily by Colombian criminal organizations, the cocaine trade in recent years has shifted to Mexican control, and there it remains, combined with shocking levels of bloodshed. But the cultivation of coca leaves themselves, along with much of the refining process, has remained almost exclusively a South American preserve. That may be about to change. “The Mexicans don’t want to be middlemen,” says Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

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The Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman is in prison. But he might live by his own rules.

September 4, 2014
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

08/31/14 The Washington Post,

The news last month in the Mexican magazine Proceso that Guzman had organized nearly 1,000 prisoners to hold a five-day hunger strike to protest the prison’s poor hygiene, medical care and food seemed curious. Not just that the world’s most fearsome drug lord was now apparently a human rights crusader but that he had the freedom of movement and communication inside the prison to pull it off. The prison, amid rolling farmland west of Mexico City, is tough to get inside, and the Mexican government denied requests to visit or speak with those who run it. Mexican officials confirmed that the mid-July hunger strike took place but denied that Guzman, or the other famous drug lord apparently involved, Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a.k.a. “La Barbie,” participated.


3 mayors in Mexico charged with links to drug cartel

September 3, 2014

youth with handgun09/02/14 CBS News

A Mexican federal official says three mayors in the western state of Michoacan have been charged with allegedly having links with a drug cartel. Federal chief of criminal investigations Tomas Zeron says the mayors of the towns of Huetamo, Lazaro Cardenas and Patzcuaro have been charged with links to the Michoacan-based Knights Templar drug cartel. Zeron said Monday the mayors Dalia Santana, of Huetamo; Arquimides Oseguera, of Lazaro Cardenas; and Salma Karrum, of Patzcuaro, were detained weeks ago and that a federal judge ordered they be charged with organized crime.

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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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