March 18, 2015
Fox News Latino, 3/17/2015
Five suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were arrested in separate operations in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, federal officials said.
Daniel Menera Sierra, suspected of being a regional leader of the drug cartel, and three associates were arrested in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a statement.
March 4, 2015
3/4/2015 BBC News
Omar Trevino Morales, leader of the notorious Zetas drugs cartel in Mexico, has been captured by security forces.
He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday in the city of Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, police said.
He is believed to have run the Zetas cartel since the capture of his brother, Miguel Angel, in 2013.
The arrest comes days after Mexican police captured another suspected drug lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez.
February 25, 2015
Fox News Latino, 2/24/2015
The suspected regional boss of the criminal organization run by drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was arrested by federal forces in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, the federal government said.
Oscar Pascual de la Rocha Rivera, a close associate of Caro Quintero, was captured in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, on Sunday during “an operation, without the need to fire any shots,” federal security agencies said in a joint statement.
February 2, 2015
1/27/2015 InSight Crime
A report from a prominent think tank tackles the new security strategy in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico‘s perennially conflictive northern states.
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute published Plan Tamaulipas: A New Security Strategy for a Troubled State in October of last year. Written by Christopher Wilson and Eugenio Weigend, the report analyzes a new security program launched by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government in May 2014.
The new strategy came amid a period of prolonged conflict between the two major criminal groups controlling the region, allies turned enemies the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. The plan for Tamaulipas is based on three pillars: the dismantling of existing criminal groups; the elimination of smuggling routes, whether for cash and arms coming into Mexico or for drugs and undocumented migrants heading to the US; and the construction of “sufficient, efficient, and reliable” security agencies at the local level.
Read the report here.
January 9, 2015
1/6/2015 BBC News
President Barack Obama has promised the US will stand alongside Mexico in its fight against drug-related violence.
The vow came after talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto in the White House, in which the two discussed the recent disappearance of 43 Mexican students.
The US president said his country would be a “good partner” to its neighbour in the fight against drugs and associated problems.
“Our commitment is to be a friend and supporter of Mexico in its efforts to eliminate the scourge of violence and drug cartels that are responsible for so many tragedies inside of Mexico,” he said.