Merchants group signals skyrocketing extortion costs for small retailers

10/22/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Extortion costs for small retailers have surged across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an organization that represents their interests.

Pre-pandemic, extortion costs hovered around 200 pesos (US $10) per business, but shot up to 500 pesos minimum during the pandemic, says the National Alliance of Small Businesses (ANPEC), which estimates that extortion generates US $11.3 billion for criminal groups throughout the country.

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Panic in Culiacán as gangsters’ shooting spree takes out 80 surveillance cameras

10/01/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Armed men in eight vehicles caused panic in Culiacán, Sinaloa, late Monday night and early Tuesday as they drove through the city shooting out security cameras with automatic machine guns.

The gangsters destroyed 80 cameras at 25 different points in the capital of the northern state, home to the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.

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Fear shakes Mexico border city after violence leaves 18 dead

06/21/2021

Source: The Associated Press

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Fear has invaded the Mexican border city of Reynosa after gunmen in vehicles killed 14 people, including taxis drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with operations that left four suspects dead.

While this city across the border from McAllen, Texas is used to cartel violence as a key trafficking point, the 14 victims in Saturday’s attacks appeared to be what Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca called “innocent citizens” rather than members of one gang killed by a rival.

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Prison releases signal the return of Mexico’s drug lords from the 1990s

06/01/2021

Source: El País

In the early 1990s, Mexico lived through the bloody rivalry between the Sinaloa cartel and the Tijuana cartel, in the country’s first major narco war. The fallout would leave a nation strewn with corpses and lay a path for every other conflict that has come since. Until then, drugs in Mexico had been controlled by a tight group of allied criminal organizations, which split into factions following the arrest of drug boss Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. His nephews would go on to lead the Tijuana cartel, also known as the Arellano Félix cartel, while infamous Mexican narco trafficker Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada led the Sinaloa cartel. The intense rivalry between these criminal organizations would change Mexico forever.

This year, the United States will release Vicente Zambada, the first-born son of El Mayo, along with Eduardo Arellano Félix, one of the seven siblings who took over from their uncle in the rival group. The collaboration agreements with US justice, particularly concerning the cartels dealings with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), mean that the pair will not spend the rest of their lives in jail. Zambada betrayed his own father in 2019, revealing everything he knew about the cartel at Joaquín “El Chapo” Gúzman’s trial in New York, even after being groomed to serve in it since birth. Vicente had been extradited in 2010 and cooperated with the authorities since then; although the latter have not confirmed a date, he either has been already released or will soon be at some point this year. Although Eduardo Arellano Félix played a smaller role in the Tijuana cartel, he acted as informant and his sentence is due to expire in August.

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In Mexico, cartels are hunting down police at their homes

06/01/2021

Source: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The notoriously violent Jalisco cartel has responded to Mexico’s “hugs, not bullets” policy with a policy of its own: The cartel kidnapped several members of an elite police force in the state of Guanajuato, tortured them to obtain names and addresses of fellow officers and is now hunting down and killing police at their homes, on their days off, in front of their families.

It is a type of direct attack on officers seldom seen outside of the most gang-plagued nations of Central America and poses the most direct challenge yet to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policy of avoiding violence and rejecting any war on the cartels.

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The US and Mexico aren’t on ‘the same page’ about cartels, and now thousands of people are fleeing to the US

05/21/2021

Source: Business Insider

Michoacan, MEXICO — Since the arrest of former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda on US soil last year, the two countries’ efforts to coordinate a security agenda have failed, leaving thousands more vulnerable to ruthless Mexican criminal organizations.

On October 15, at the request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Cienfuegos was arrested as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. The retired general was accused of working for the Beltran-Leyva trafficking organization.

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How Chinese Criminals Secretly Move Millions for Mexico Cartels

05/12/2021

Source: Insight Crime

While the involvement of Chinese money-laundering rings in handling drug proceeds from Mexico is nothing new, a number of recent court cases in the United States have revealed crucial information about how these schemes work.

InSight Crime looks at how colossal amounts of money are being laundered, the seemingly legitimate businessmen behind it all and why US prosecutors are stumped about how to proceed.

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Cartel gun battle with armored trucks kills 8 in Mexico

04/26/2021

Source: AP News

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A raging gun battle between rival Mexican drug gangs near the U.S. border left eight people dead and a string of burned-out armored trucks littering a roadway.

Residents of the northern border state of Tamaulipas said Monday the gun battles occurred Saturday and continued into Sunday in the hamlet of Santa Rosalia, located in the border township of Camargo. The residents asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.

They said burned bodies were found lying in or near the burned out trucks, at least three of which had welded steel plates that served as improvised armor.

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Mexico cartel attacks police with exploding drones; wounds 2

04/20/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The battle for a key town in western Mexico has become both more medieval, and more high-tech, after two police officers were injured by drones apparently carrying explosive devices.

Two cartels are battling for control of El Aguaje, a hamlet in the Aguililla township in Michoacán state: Jalisco New Generation and the rival New Michoacán Family, or the Viagras.

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U.S. sanctions Mexican cartel suspects linked to high-profile attacks

04/07/2021

Souce: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States has sanctioned two suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) accused of helping organize an attack last year on Mexico City’s police chief and the murder of a former governor of the Jalisco state.

Carlos Andres Rivera Varela, a dual Mexico-Colombia citizen, and Mexican national Francisco Javier Gudino Haro are alleged to be members of a CJNG faction operating out the western beach resort of Puerto Vallarta.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury alleged that the duo “helped orchestrate assassinations using high-powered weaponry on behalf of CJNG”, a gang notorious as one of Mexico’s most violent.

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