Hunting the men who kill women: Mexico’s femicide detective


Source: The Guardian

On the night of 30 October 2019, as many Mexicans were preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead, the family of Jessica Jaramillo stood in the pouring rain watching two dozen police search a house on the outskirts of Toluca, the capital of Mexico State. At about 9pm, the authorities carried out a dead dog, followed by two live ones and a cat. Then they pulled out a woman’s body.

Jessi, a 23-year-old psychology student at a local university, had gone missing a week earlier. On 24 October, she hadn’t appeared at the spot where her parents usually picked her up after class. Within a few minutes, she called her mother to say she was going out, abruptly hung up, then texted to add, “Don’t worry, I’m with Óscar”.


Mexico president presses U.S. for details on arrest of El Chapo’s wife


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president said on Tuesday the arrest of the wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the United States is a U.S. matter, though he urged authorities north of the border to provide more information on the case.

Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested at an airport just outside Washington and charged with helping Guzman continue to run his drug cartel during his incarceration.


Mexico arrests 6 for trafficking false coronavirus vaccines


Source: The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in northern Mexico arrested six people Wednesday for allegedly trafficking in fake coronavirus vaccines.

The federal Public Safety Department said the arrests were made in the northern border state of Nuevo León, though they did not say what kind of fake shots were involved or whether they had been offered for sale.


History of Abuse for Mexican Police Unit in Migrant Massacre


Source: US News & World Report

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — When state police in northern Mexico allegedly shot 19 people, including at least 14 Guatemalan migrants, to death in late January near the border with Texas, it was a tragedy that critics say authorities had been warned could come.

In 2019, prosecutors charged that the same Tamaulipas state police unit, then operating under a different name, pulled eight people from their homes in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, posed them in clothing and vehicles to make them look like criminals, and shot them to death.


Nearly all victims of Mexican massacre confirmed as Guatemalans


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has identified nine more Guatemalan victims who were among the 19 people killed in a massacre in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas last month, authorities said on Saturday.

So far 16 of the victims have been identified, including two Mexican nationals and 14 Guatemalans, the prosecutor’s office of the state of Tamaulipas said in a statement.


Mexico arrests ex-governor in case of tortured journalist


Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrest of a former Mexican governor on charges he ordered the torture of a journalist gave hope to activists who believe the case could reveal the ties between powerful businessmen, politicians and organized crime and strike a blow against Mexico’s notorious impunity.

Mario Marín, who governed the central state of Puebla from 2005 to 2011 for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, was arrested Wednesday in Acapulco and transported to a jail in Cancun. He is charged with human rights violations in relation to the illegal arrest and torture of journalist Lydia Cacho who in her 2005 book had detailed the role of other powerful men in a pedophilia ring that preyed on young girls.


Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel built an empire on cocaine, but it’s betting on another drug to feed US appetites


Source: Business Insider

Culiacán, MEXICO — Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel built an empire on cocaine, but it’s shifting its focus to a new, more powerful drug in in response to changing demand in the US.

Although the cartel, known for its now-jailed kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is still a huge distributor of cocaine in the US, the organization is betting on fentanyl to feed the demand for opioids north of the border while keeping the cartel on top in Mexico.


12 state police officers charged after 19 bodies found near Mexico-U.S. border


Source: CBS News

A dozen state police officers have been arrested for allegedly killing 19 people, including Guatemalan migrants, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the U.S. border late in January, Mexican authorities announced Tuesday. Tamaulipas state Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica said all 12 officers were in custody and face charges of homicide, abuse of authority and making false statements.

The killings revived memories of the gruesome 2010 massacre of 72 migrants near the town of San Fernando in the same gang-ridden state. But those killings were done by a drug cartel, while it is likely many people will find it more shocking that the Jan. 22 slayings allegedly were carried out by law enforcement.


Mexico Arrests 12 Police Officers Over Migrant Massacre


Source: The Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—Twelve Mexican state police officers from the northern border state of Tamaulipas have been arrested in connection with a recent massacre of 19 people, most of whom appear to be Guatemalan migrants headed for the U.S., Tamaulipas’s attorney general said Tuesday night.

Late last month, 19 charred bodies were found in two burned vehicles on a road in Camargo, a town across from the Texas border where organized crime groups are fighting for control of routes used to smuggle drugs as well as illegal migrants. It was the latest grisly discovery in a country beset by organized crime.


At least two Guatemalans among 19 bodies found in northern Mexico


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – There were at least two Guatemalans among the 19 bodies found earlier this month at the scene of a suspected massacre in northern Mexico, state prosecutors said on Saturday.

The attorney general’s office of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, where the corpses were discovered, said in a statement that investigators had so far genetically identified four of the dead with the aid of their families.