Legal U.S. marijuana is pouring into Mexico. It’s pricey, popular and has names such as ‘Bubba Kush.’

08/09/2021

Source: The Washington Post

The most sought after marijuana being trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border is now the weed entering Mexico, not the weed leaving it.

Cannabis sold legally in California is heading south illegally, dominating a booming boutique market across Mexico, where buying and selling the drug is still outlawed. Mexican dealers flaunt their U.S. products, noting them in bold lettering on menus sent to select clients: “IMPORTADO.”

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Former top police official in Mexico is arrested for torture

07/06/2021

Source: NBC News

Mexico said Monday it has arrested a former leading police official on charges of torture from nearly a decade ago. Former Federal Police commander Luis Cárdenas Palomino was considered the right-hand man of former security secretary Genaro García Luna. García Luna is now being held on drug trafficking charges in the United States.

U.S. prosecutors have also accused Cárdenas Palomino of accepting millions in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel, once run by imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. It was not clear if Mexico would consider extraditing Cárdenas Palomino.

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El Güero Palma will remain in detention for “unclear” complaint: AMLO

05/04/2021

Source: The Yucatan Times

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) found an “unclear” complaint against the drug trafficker Héctor El Güero Palma Salazar and requested his detention to define the legal situation.

In the morning conference, the head of the federal Executive clarified that the accused left the Altiplano prison to be transferred to the FGR detention center where he remains deprived of his liberty.

In this regard, he said that the period of detention granted by a federal judge to the FGR will allow authorities from other countries to report if there is an extradition process and discard pending investigation files against one of the founders of the Sinaloa cartel.

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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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Mexico president justifies release of kingpin targeted by US

04/07/2021

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday defended the 2013 ruling that freed one of the drug lords most wanted by U.S. authorities, even though Mexico’s Supreme Court later ruled it was a mistake.

Rafael Caro Quintero walked free while serving a 40-year sentence for the torture-murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, and has since apparently resumed his role as violent drug trafficker.

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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 seizes ton of cocaine found in tanker truck

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12/03/19 – AP News

Mexican authorities say they have seized more than a ton of cocaine from a tanker truck in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

The army said Monday that a gamma ray scanner at a highway checkpoint spotted anomalies in the truck’s load.

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Borderlands: Wait times in Laredo and San Diego are up; Trucker dies in fatal I-10 crash in San Antonio

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11/09/19 – Freight Waves

By Noi Mahoney

Holiday surge increases wait times at Laredo and San Diego border crossings

As the holiday season approaches, businesses across the United States have begun scrambling to ensure goods will arrive in time for Black Friday and Christmas.

The result has been increased wait times for commercial trucks crossimg the U.S.-Mexico border at ports of entry in Laredo and San Diego.

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Prosecutor: Mexico-to-Oregon ring had $15M in meth, heroin

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10/03/19 – AP News

By Gillian Flaccus

U.S. authorities said Wednesday they completed drug-trafficking busts in Oregon that involved an international network of couriers, dealers and stash-house operators who smuggled methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine worth about $15 million from Mexico to Portland.

Federal, state and local law enforcement conducted raids and arrested 20 people, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said. There were already 10 people in custody in the case, and 11, including the two suspected top leaders, remained at large after being indicted.

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Mexican rights agency objects to assets seizure law

 

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09/27/19 – AP News

Mexico’s governmental Human Rights Commission has joined in court challenges against a newly approved assets seizure law.

Mexico has a terrible record in seizing the properties of drug traffickers, in part because the previous law was so weak.

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