Mexico cartel drops aerial leaflets against gov’t

Associated Press, 5/31/2012

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

Drug traffickers took the unusual step of using an airplane to drop thousands of leaflets on the northern city of Culiacan accusing the governor of Sinaloa state of taking orders from drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, authorities said Wednesday.

The single-page, computer-printed leaflets were unsigned, but expressed anger at the in-custody killing of a suspect who was recently arrested and sent to a prison allegedly dominated by the Sinaloa cartel.


Body of kidnapped online journalist found in northern Mexico with gunshot wound in face

The Washington Post, 8/25/11

Mexican authorities say the body of an online newspaper journalist has been found a day after he was kidnapped.

Sinaloa state assistant prosecutor Martin Robles says the body of 53-year-old Humberto Millan Salazar was found in a farm building outside the city of Culiacan with a gunshot wound in the face.

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says 71 journalists have been killed and 14 have disappeared since 2000.

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Journalist in Sinaloa kidnapped by armed group (in Spanish)

CNN México, 8/24/11

El periodista Humberto Millán Salazar, de 53 años, fue secuestrado por un grupo armado esta mañana en Culiacán, capital de Sinaloa, al noroeste de México.

Considerado uno de los periodistas con mayor trayectoria en Sinaloa, uno de los centros más importantes del narcotráfico en México, Millán se dirigía a su trabajo a las 6:00 (hora local) en compañía de su hermano cuando ocurrió el secuestro, según confirmó la Procuraduría de Justicia del Estado.

Millán conduce el programa de radio Sin Ambages y es director del sitio de noticias A discusión.

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Women Play a Bigger Role in Mexico’s Drug War

Federal_PoliceLos Angeles, 11/10/09

Reporting from Culiacan, Mexico – In the story making the rounds here in Mexico’s drug capital, the setting is a beauty parlor. A woman with wealth obtained legally openly criticizes a younger patron who is married to a trafficker. The “narco-wife” orders the hairdresser to shave the first woman’s head. Terrified, the hairdresser complies.

Urban legend or real? It almost doesn’t matter; it’s the sort of widely repeated account that both intimidates and titillates. And it highlights a disturbing trend: As drug violence seeps deeper into Mexican society, women are taking a more hands-on role.

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