US deports Eduardo Arellano Felix, Mexico re-arrests him

08/23/2021

Source: AP


MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the notorious Arellano Felix brothers was deported from the United States back to Mexico after serving most of a 15-year prison sentence, but he was promptly re-arrested when he arrived in his homeland Monday.

Prosecutors in Mexico said Eduardo Arellano Felix was handed over to Mexican federal authorities at a border crossing in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. He faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in Mexico.

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One of the DEA’s most-wanted men wants to be mayor of some of Mexico’s most violent territory

05/13/2021

Source: Business Insider

MEXICO – Mexico’s midterm elections on June 6 will be the largest in the country’s history, with voters choosing candidates for more than 21,000 offices.

One of those candidates is already well known by some in the US: Rogelio Portillo Jaramillo, 41, who the DEA describes as an “armed and dangerous” fugitive.

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U.S.-Mexico Efforts Targeting Drug Cartels Have Unraveled, Top DEA Official Says

05/03/2021

Source: NPR

A senior Drug Enforcement Administration official told NPR efforts to target drug cartels operating inside Mexico have unraveled because of a breakdown in cooperation between law enforcement agencies and militaries in the two countries.

“We’re willing to share [intelligence] with our counterparts in Mexico, but they themselves are too afraid to even engage with us because of repercussions from their own government if they get caught working with DEA,” said Matthew Donahue, the DEA’s deputy chief of operations.

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DEA Seizes $45 Million of Meth Thought to Belong to Infamous CJNG Cartel

01/27/2021

Source: Newsweek

More than $45 million of methamphetamine has been seized in a drug bust in Texas.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said its Dallas division made the biggest methamphetamine seizure in North Texas history after finding the drugs in a hidden compartment of an 18-wheeler off Interstate 35 in Denton County.

“It’s a staggering amount to be seized at one time,” Eduardo Chavez, the special agent in charge for DEA Dallas, told local TV station WFAA. “They were like sausage links.”

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Mexico calls for DEA internal probe of ‘fabricated’ case against minister

1/22/21

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico said on Friday the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration should carry out an internal investigation into the conduct of its case against a former defense minister, in a new test of bilateral ties with U.S. President Joe Biden’s government.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the investigation should look into who within the DEA “fabricated” the case against former minister Salvador Cienfuegos, days after Mexico’s attorney general decided to drop charges.

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Mexico: new security law strips diplomatic immunity from DEA agents

12/15/2020

Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s congress has approved a new national security law restricting the activities of foreign law enforcement officers, in a move which critics say will endanger intelligence sources and threaten the future of international anti-narcotics operations.

The law passed on Tuesday strips foreign agents of diplomatic immunity and requires foreign officials in the country to share any intelligence they have obtained with Mexican officials.

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Mexico plan to strip US drug officials of immunity risks rift with Biden

12/07/2020

Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tossed another hot potato to the US president-elect, Joe Biden, with a proposal that would restrict US agents in Mexico and remove their diplomatic immunity.

The proposal submitted quietly last week by López Obrador would require Drug Enforcement Administration agents to hand over all information they collect to the Mexican government, and require any Mexican officials they contact to submit a full report to Mexico’s foreign relations department.

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Mexican president wants to restrict US agents in Mexico

12/06/2020

Source: The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tossed another hot potato to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden with a proposal that would restrict U.S. agents in Mexico and remove their diplomatic immunity.

The proposal submitted quietly this week by López Obrador would require Drug Enforcement Administration agents to hand over all information they collect to the Mexican government, and require any Mexican officials they contact to submit a full report to Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department.

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President Lopez Obrador urges review of U.S. drug cooperation in Mexico

11/03/2020

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday his government would review cooperation over drug policy with the United States and how its agencies operate in Mexico after the recent U.S. arrest of a top military official.

Lopez Obrador’s comments follow the Oct. 15 arrest of former Mexican army chief Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering on a warrant issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Lopez Obrador criticizes DEA role in Mexico after ex-army chief’s arrest

10/18/2020

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president has criticized the historic role played by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in his country, days after a former Mexican army chief was arrested in Los Angeles on drug charges at the behest of the DEA.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described Thursday’s arrest of ex-Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos as evidence of rampant corruption in past governments. But it also dealt a heavy blow to a powerful institution he relies on.

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