Former Mexican President Fox calls for opium poppy legalization

04/11/2018 Reuters

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox proposed on Wednesday the legalization of opium poppy production as a way to help end bloody turf battles fought by drug cartels in various parts of the country.

Fox served as president from 2000-2006 with the center-right National Action Party but has since distanced himself from the party. In the past, he has also advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

“The plants themselves are not harmful, we make them harmful, (especially) the criminals who use them for evil purposes,” Fox said at a pro-marijuana event in the capital.

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Kidnapped siblings, stolen car located at U.S-Mexico border

04/09/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Photo by Flickr user Slack12

A woman stole a car with two children inside in a Lincoln Park shopping center and drove it to the U.S-Mexico border, where authorities arrested the suspected kidnapper Monday.

The car theft occurred about 12:15 p.m. after the children’s father went into a Cricket Wireless store in the shopping center on Euclid Avenue near Imperial Avenue, San Diego police said. The man had left his 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter in his car, with the engine and air conditioner running.

Moments later, a witness saw a woman get into the gold Hyundai sedan and drive away, with the children still inside.

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2 teens suspected of trying to smuggle fentanyl across U.S.-Mexico border

04/03/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

mexican drugsTwo teens were arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border last week, with a 16-year-old boy at the San Ysidro pedestrian crossing found with 5 pounds of fentanyl taped to his back.

The first arrest came March 27 after Customs and Border Protection officers noticed the boy concealing something on his back as he was going through the San Ysidro Pedestrian West border crossing, authorities said.

The officer referred the teen to be examined more closely, and CBP officers discovered two packages of fentanyl with a street value of around $150,000 attached to his back a few inches above the waistband of his jeans.

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Howard Buffett Says Weak Mexican Border Is Helping Fuel Drug Epidemic

04/02/2018 Bloomberg

buffett.jpgHoward Buffett, son of one of the world’s richest men, has been running the sheriff’s department in his rural Illinois county for the past several months.

It’s led him to a revelation about the relationship between two big challenges for America: border security and a drug epidemic. He’s attempted to detail some of the causes of the problems and how to address them in a book that’s due out Monday.

“There is no way that you can take this problem and put it in a sound bite and be fair,” Buffett said in a phone interview, discussing his book, “Our 50-State Border Crisis.” “One of the biggest reasons I wrote this book was because I think most people in this country have not made the connection between border security” and the tens of thousands of people who died last year of drug overdoses.

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Mexican candidate: government erred in not going after arms

02/21/2018 ABC News

Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade attends a conference marking the International Day of Family Remittances 2017 in Mexico City
Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade attends a conference marking the International Day of Family Remittances 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Ruling-party presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade said Wednesday the Mexican government made a mistake by focusing more on seizing drugs headed for the United States than on weapons headed into Mexico.

Meade said that if he wins the July 1 election he would focus more on inspecting vehicles coming into Mexico and better training for police.

Homicides in Mexico rose by 27 percent between 2016 and 2017. Its homicide rate was 20.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, compared to 19.4 in 2011, the peak year of Mexico’s drug war. Most of those killings involved guns, many smuggled in from the United States.

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Mexico probes police in disappearance of three Italians

02/19/2018 Reuters

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeMexican authorities said on Monday they are investigating whether police in the western state of Jalisco participated in the disappearance of three Italian citizens there.

The Naples natives reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco.

State authorities are “evaluating, using available information” whether police were involved in the disappearance, said Jalisco general secretary Roberto Lopez.

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Tijuana’s resurgence of homicides subject of USD policy brief

02/06/2018 – The San Diego Union-Tribune

 

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By Toksave

The expansion into Tijuana of a new drug trafficking group, the Cartel Nueva Generacion Jalisco, is a key factor in explaining the city’s record number of homicides in 2017, according to a paper released Monday by the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego.

Citing numbers obtained from the Baja California State Secretariat for Public Security, the study reports 1,780 homicide victims in 2017; the Baja California Attorney General’s Office has reported 1,744. In either case, Tijuana had more homicides that any other city in Mexico last year.

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