DEA points finger at Mexican cartels, social media apps after seizing record amount of fentanyl in 2021

Source: NBC News

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday that agents have seized an unprecedented amount of fentanyl and fake prescription pills containing dangerous levels of the deadly opioid.

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said the agency seized more than 15,000 pounds of fentanyl this year alone — enough, she said, to kill every American. Agents have also seized more than 20 million fake pills, made to look like such drugs as Xanax, Adderall and Oxycontin.

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His role in ‘Narcos: Mexico’ nailed the real price — and victims — of the drug wars

Source: NBC News

Luis Gerardo Méndez almost didn’t get the role that has thrust him into the international limelight: an earnest but flawed police officer obsessed with the unsolved killings of young Mexican women amid drug cartel turf wars in the hit Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

After a successful audition and meetings with the show’s producers, a call from his agent interrupted his premature celebrations.

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Bloodbath predicted if 73-year-old Sinaloa Cartel boss detained or killed

Source: Mexico News Daily

The arrest or death of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada will trigger a full-blown war for control of the powerful criminal organization, according to federal officials and a former high-ranking Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official.

Unnamed officials cited by the newspaper Milenio predicted that a bloodbath will occur in the absence of Zambada, 73, at the helm of the cartel.

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US officials say Mexico is once again providing visas to drug enforcement agents

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government is once again issuing visas that allow United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to work in Mexico, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Broadcaster CNN reported almost two months ago that Mexico had not processed visa applications for 24 DEA agents this year.

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Gangsters use vehicles to ram into Mexico prison and free nine inmates

Source: The Guardian

Mexican gangsters used a convoy of vehicles – including a truck with homemade armour-plating – to ram their way into a prison before opening fire at guards and rescuing nine inmates.

Several other vehicles were also set on fire in the spectacular plot targeting the jail in the central city of Tula. The escapees include José Artemio Maldonado Mejía, alias “El Michoacano”, the leader of a local crime organisation known as Pueblos Unidos.

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How smaller doses of more powerful drugs allowed Mexican cartels to overwhelm Mexican police and flood the US

Source: Business Insider

Ciudad Juárez, México – In late October, Mexican authorities seized a record-breaking quantity of fentanyl at a single laboratory in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, landing a major blow to the Sinaloa Cartel, officials said.

But security analysts and cartel operatives say the bust was only proof of the “unstoppable” production of fentanyl in Mexico.

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Record seizure of 118 kg of fentanyl in Sinaloa; laboratory shut down

Source: Mexico News Daily

Mexico has made its largest seizure ever of pure fentanyl and simultaneously arrested an important Sinaloa Cartel leader, the Ministry of Defense (Sedena) announced on Thursday.

The bust seized 118 kilograms of fentanyl worth nearly 1 billion pesos (US $50 million). It occurred October 28 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, but was not confirmed by the government until November 5. The army, National Guard and personnel from the federal Attorney General’s Office also arrested Armando “El Inge” Bátiz Camarena, a prominent leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and four collaborators, all without firing a shot, the government said.

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Sinaloa police crack down on cartel-related Halloween costumes

Source: Mexico News Daily

There are limits to what you can wear for a Halloween costume in Sinaloa: don’t dress up as a sicario.

At least 28 people were arrested and eight vehicles were seized due to Halloween-related infractions committed in Culiacán, the capital, over the weekend.

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Mexico hopes to clean up its narco image at Expo 2020 Dubai

Source: Mexico News Daily

One of Mexico’s objectives at the world expo currently being held in Dubai is to broaden people’s perception of the country, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday.

He lamented that Mexico is best known internationally for its portrayal in television series that focus on the lives of drug traffickers such as Narcos México and El Chapo.

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Mexico files lawsuit in U.S. against former security chief linked to Sinaloa Cartel

09/23/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico has launched a lawsuit in Miami, Florida against former security chief Genaro García Luna and a network of companies run by him and his associates, hoping to recover illegally obtained assets, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) said on Tuesday.

Ex-Security Minister García Luna pled not guilty last year to U.S. charges involving a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme allegedly designed to boost the Sinaloa cartel once headed by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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