August 15, 2014
08/15/14 Fox News Latino
A mayor in the western state of Michoacán was detained for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend and extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel, authorities said Thursday.
Michoacán state prosecutors said in a statement that Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana told her friend to meet her for breakfast at a Chinese restaurant, where a gunman shot him to death last year. The gunman was a member of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is based in Michoacán.
August 4, 2014
08/04/14 Bloomberg News
Federal prosecutors in Mexico have charged the son of a former governor in a crime-wracked western state with withholding evidence about a video that purportedly shows the son meeting with a leader of a drug cartel.
A statement Sunday from the Attorney General’s Office says Rodrigo Vallejo has been charged with the “crime of concealment from a district judge.” The statement says Vallejo refused to testify Friday about the video.
January 24, 2014
Fox News Latino, 01/24/2014
Federal forces deployed in the embattled western state of Michoacan arrested a man identified by media outlets as a key figure in the drug cartel that has been terrorizing the region, the head of Mexico’s National Public Safety System said.
Hector Chavez Quiroz, 40, is “an important part of a criminal structure,” Monte Alejandro Rubido told a press conference in Morelia, the state capital.
Though the official did not name the criminal organization, media accounts described Chavez Quiroz as the lieutenant of Enrique Plancarte, one of the seven top bosses of the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) outfit.
January 10, 2014
The Washington Post, 01/09/2014
Fifty federal police officers armed with black assault rifles guard the gates of an exclusive private hospital in this cosmopolitan capital.
They are patrolling the polished stone lobby, standing sentry under palm trees, surveilling the Starbucks. Private security guards and local police man the doors, driveways and elevators.
October 21, 2013
BBC News, 10/19/2013
The authorities in Mexico have said gunmen dressed as clowns have shot dead a former leading member of a once-powerful and violent drug cartel. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, was killed in a beach resort in Baja California in north-western Mexico. He and his brothers controlled the drug trade on Mexico’s border with the United States in the 1990s. But their Tijuana cartel was gradually weakened by the capture or killing of other leading members.
October 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 10/09/2013
Seven people were killed in a shootout between police and suspected members of “an organized criminal group” in Tepatitlan, a city of 136,000 residents northeast of Guadalajara, Mexico, officials in the state of Jalisco said Wednesday.
Three police officers were killed and four were injured in the shootout Tuesday night, according to a statement released the next day. Four of the suspects also died, and a fifth was reportedly arrested.
State investigators told the Guadalajara newspaper El Informador that the civilians involved in the shootout were members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG.
May 24, 2013
A Mexican drug cartel commander known as “Tweety Bird” pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in Washington to ordering the ambush and murder of U.S. immigration agents in 2011, according to U.S. officials. The plea related to a February 2011 incident when two “hit squads” from the Los Zetas drug cartel forced an armored U.S. government vehicle off a highway near Mexico City and surrounded it, federal prosecutors said.
Zetas commander Julian Zapata Espinoza, known as “El Piolin” (Tweety Bird), ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila out of the car, said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division. When the agents refused, identifying themselves as American diplomats from the U.S. embassy, Espinoza ordered the gunmen to fire on the vehicle. Zapata was killed and Avila was seriously wounded but survived, officials said.