Mexico Official Says Chapo’s Brother is Leader of Local Sinaloa Chapter

10/18/16 InSight Crime

30093200250_f508249ee9_o.jpgAuthorities in Mexico are saying that the brother ofSinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has taken on a leadership position within the embattled criminal organization, a move that comes amid a growing number of attacks on the incarcerated drug lord’s family.

Gen. Alfonso Duarte Múgica said that an investigation conducted by the Deputy Attorney General’s Office for Special Investigations on Organized Crime ( Subprocuraduría Especializada en Investigación de Delincuencia Organizada- SEIDO) found that Aureliano Guzmán Loera, alias “El Guano,” is in charge of Sinaloa Cartel activity in the mountain town of Badiraguato, Sinaloa,reported Excelsior.

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21 Mexico Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Extortion of Migrants

10/17/16 InSight Crime

federal police mexicoNearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico‘s Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of police violence against migrants along this key transit route.

A total of 21 municipal police officers in the town of Chiapa de Corzo were arrested for allegedly attempting to extort 19 undocumented migrants on October 11.According to El Universal, the accused intercepted a bus carrying migrants — including seven minors whose ages ranged from two to fourteen years — and proceeded to transfer the victims to the police station where they were subsequently held.

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Mexico: Judge whose court handled cartel cases killed

10/18/16 Al Jazeera

crime and drugsA federal judge whose court handled some cases related to drug cartels has been killed near Mexico City.

Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was murdered in Metepec, a town in the state of Mexico, the Supreme Court said in a statement on Monday.

President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the murder and ordered the attorney general’s office to take over the investigation.

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Report says Mexico state officials ignored massacre

10/9/16 The Washington Post


 Mexican drug gang bosses furious at suspected turncoats sent commandos aided by local police to seize dozens — perhaps hundreds — of people, murder them and dispose of their bodies in a town near the Texas border, yet state and federal officials ignored the massacre for years, according to a government-backed report released Sunday.

The long delay in the investigation makes it impossible to determine just how many people were killed in the town of Allende in 2011, according to the report sponsored by the federal Executive Commission for Attention to Victims. The Coahuila state file lists 42 missing people related to the case. But a Zeta drug gang member told a U.S. court in 2013 that 300 died, though it was not clear if all the deaths occurred in the same incident.

A witness testified that many of the bodies of victims were incinerated to the point of making identification of remains almost impossible. The report written by Sergio Aguayo, a human rights activist and academic at the elite College of Mexico, is based on testimony gathered by Mexican prosecutors, government and independent human rights organizations, as well as U.S. records.

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Mexico considers new gun laws to arm its citizens against violent crime

10/11/16 Fusion
Guns by Flickr user barjackMEXICO CITY— Mexico doesn’t have much of a gun culture but the country could be on the verge of a heated debate on the right to bear arms.

A Senator from Mexico’s conservative National Action Party (PAN) is backing a bill that would reform the Constitution to allow firearm possession inside private businesses and vehicles. The proposal also seeks to allow bus drivers, cabbies, truckers and other transportation operators to carry firearms to protect themselves, their merchandise and their passengers.

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Supreme Court to Hear Mexico Border Shooting Case

10/11/16 The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether to revive a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.

The justices will review an April 2015 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the civil rights claims against the agent, Jesus Mesa, filed by the family of Sergio Hernandez.

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Expert Says Weakened Sinaloa Cartel Under Attack by Rivals

10/10/16 InSight Crime

An award-winning Mexican journalist says the criminal empire of jailed kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is being hacked apart by his rivals, suggesting the Sinaloa Cartel could fracture in the absence of his leadership.

In an interview with Aristegui Noticias, investigative journalist and organized crime expert Anabel Hernández cited recent violence targeted at family members of El Chapo as evidence that the crime boss’ organization is under attack from rival groups.

“For the first time we might be seeing the real fall of Chapo Guzmán,” Hernández said, adding that the kingpin “no longer controls even his own house.”

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