Mexico probes police in disappearance of three Italians

02/19/2018 Reuters

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeMexican authorities said on Monday they are investigating whether police in the western state of Jalisco participated in the disappearance of three Italian citizens there.

The Naples natives reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco.

State authorities are “evaluating, using available information” whether police were involved in the disappearance, said Jalisco general secretary Roberto Lopez.

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Former Mexican President Fox endorses legalization of all drugs, defends Dreamers

02/19/2018 Dallas News

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says he has solutions for two U.S.-Mexico challenges: legalize all drugs and legalize immigrants known as Dreamers.

Fox is a controversial and complicated figure whose positions on issues on both sides of the border raise eyebrows. He’s promoting his new book Let’s Move On. But he got his fame as the former Coca-Cola executive and rancher who knocked Mexico’s authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party out of power after seven decades of rule in 2000.

Noting that governments haven’t been able to find solutions to their people’s drug problems, on Monday the 75-year-old ex-president said once again that legalizing drugs would cut crime and violence.

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Mexican diocese withdraws nuns from violent city

02/15/2018 Washington Post

pexels-photo-54512.jpegMEXICO CITY — The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico.

The diocese said in a statement that the parents of one of the nuns had been killed and that their school had to close for several months last year due to threats from drug gangs operating in the area.

The nuns ran one of the oldest and most respected schools in Chilapa. The church did not specify how many nuns were involved, but local media said there were four. Local media also reported the nun’s parents had been hacked up.

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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to face U.S trial in September

02/15/2018 Reuters

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(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Thursday set a Sep. 5 trial date for Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” who is jailed in the United States on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

U.S. prosecutors have accused Guzman, 60, of running a global cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine smuggling operation as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and playing a central role in a decade-long Mexican drug war where more than 100,000 people have died.

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Tainted alcohol reports in Mexico have lawmakers calling for action from State Department

02/13/2018 ABC News

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Citing concerns of tainted alcohol being served in Mexico, Sen. Tammy Baldwin is calling on the State Department to reform the way it handles deaths and injuries to Americans vacationing in the country.

Baldwin’s letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — obtained by ABC News — points to reports of tourists fainting or blacking out after drinking only small amounts, and comes just weeks before many Americans travel to Mexico for spring break.

Some tourists have reported being victims of robbery or assault after they passed out, according to the letter. Baldwin, D-Wis., estimates approximately 140 Americans have been involved in possible tainted alcohol incidents, often while staying at Mexico’s upscale, all-inclusive resorts in places like Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

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Mexico’s women prisoners: doubly punished for not living up to female roles

02/12/2018 El País
Image result for women in jailThe number of women in Mexican prisons, many of whom are jailed because of toxic relationships with their husbands, boyfriends, father and brothers, has increased in the past three years, jumping by 72% in 2015, and by 103% in 2016 and 2017 That’s according to a report from the non-profit advocacy group Equis Justicia para las Mujeres A.C., based on a study of three of Mexico’s 102 women’s penitentiaries.

There are 9,601 women detained in state prisons and 1,121 in federal prisons. In total, they represent 5.1% of the prison population, compared to the 217,000 men in jails, according to 2016 data from Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

Around 53% of the women were jailed for health-related crimes, in particular drug trafficking. While there is no set criminal pattern, the not-for-profit says these women share many characteristics – they are poor, have a low level of education, belong to marginalized communities and, before being locked up, worked in humble positions (as cleaners, food sellers or traffic light street vendors).

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Mexico: Zetas drugs cartel leader caught

02/09/2018 BBC

Image result for José María Guízar ValenciaA leader of the notorious Zetas drug cartel has been caught in Mexico City, according to Mexican authorities.

José María Guízar Valencia is wanted in the US, which had offered a $5m (£3.6m) reward for his capture.

Known as Z-43, he is a dual US-Mexican citizen and is thought to have run the Zeta’s south-eastern operations.

The US state department said he was responsible for “importing thousands of kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine to the US every year”.

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