Gunmen kill six traffic police in central Mexico

06/02/2018 Reuters

federal police mexicoGunmen shot dead six traffic police in the central Mexican city of Salamanca on Friday, authorities said, one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent months.

The six were carrying out routine checks when they were killed, Guillermo Maldonado, a senior Salamanca city official, said in a video broadcast on Mexican television.

The motive for the daylight attack was not clear.

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Reporter beaten to death in northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas

05/29/2018 Reuters

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A journalist was beaten to death in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on Tuesday, local prosecutors said, becoming the third reporter in Mexico to be killed in the past two weeks.

The body of Hector Gonzalez, a local correspondent for national daily news paper Excelsior, was found in the state capital Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas attorney general’s office said in a statement.

Gonzalez is at least the sixth journalist to be killed this year in Mexico, where violence has surged to record levels.

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Mexico detains wife of drug baron blamed for U.S. heroin scourge

05/27/2018 Reuters

heroin_powderMexico’s government said on Sunday it had arrested the wife of top drug lord Nemesio Oseguera on charges of laundering funds for his powerful cartel that is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States.

Known as “El Mencho,” Oseguera has risen to become Mexico’s most wanted drug lord after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was extradited to the United States last year to face trial.

His wife, Rosalinda Garcia, was detained by marines in the Guadalajara suburb of Zapopon in the Western state of Jalisco, “without a shot fired” after a court ordered her arrest on organized crime and money laundering charges, Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete told reporters at a media conference.

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Business 13 workers wounded in shooting in Mexican border city

05/23/2018 The Washington Post

Mexico CityA bus full of assembly plant workers was hit by gunfire in the northern Mexico border city of Reynosa on Wednesday, and 13 people were wounded, two of them seriously.

The driver told authorities that the bus was in motion when it apparently entered the crossfire between two rival gang factions before 7 a.m.

Tamaulipas state security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez said the bus shooting could be related to other shooting incidents in which three alleged gunmen died in the city on the border with Texas.

Reynosa’s violence has been attributed to factions of the Gulf cartel fighting for control of lucrative smuggling routes.

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Mexico gang suspect and his tiger detained in police raid

05/18/2018 CBSNews

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PUEBLA, Mexico — Mexican military and police forces detained a suspected leader of a fuel-stealing gang, along with a tiger “guarding” his house, weapons and drugs, authorities said. “We carried out two searches, seized firearms, drugs, radio communication equipment and a tiger guarding the house,” Jesus Morales, security secretary of the state of Puebla, east-central Mexico, said Thursday.

Authorities accuse the unidentified suspect of being “one of the important leaders of a gang dedicated to fuel theft, taking fuel from the town of San Martin Texmelucan, which generates violence.”

In the detainee’s house, around 60 miles east of Mexico City, there were also blankets with threatening messages apparently signed by the Jalisco NE Generation Cartel.

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Three soldiers killed in gun battle in opium-growing Mexican state

05/09/2018 Reuters

guerreroThree soldiers died and three more were wounded in a gun battle with suspected gang members in a southwestern Mexican state mired in drug violence, the army said in a statement on Wednesday.

After receiving an anonymous tip on Tuesday that there were armed men at the “El Pozo” ranch, near Coyuca de Benitez in the state of Guerrero, soldiers stationed nearby went to the location, where unknown assailants opened fire on them, the army said. Three died and three more were wounded in the gun fight.

The ranch belonged to the family of Abel Montufar, the former mayor of Coyuca de Benitez, who was shot dead on Tuesday, the Guerrero state coordination office said in a statement. Montufar had left his post to run for state congress as a ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate.

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Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador open to international help to fight drug violence

05/09/2018 NBC News

amloMexican presidential frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday said he was willing to enlist international organizations to help fight drug violence and corruption, countering critics who have said the nationalist candidate might resist working with foreign bodies.

The leftist former mayor of Mexico City, López Obrador has become voters’ firm favorite ahead of the July 1 election, vowing to lower violence, attack decades of political graft and focus attention on the poor.

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