Truckers block highways to protest insecurity, tolls and fuel prices

DATE: 23 March 2022

SOURCE: Mexico Daily News

Truckers and other professional drivers blocked highways across Mexico on Tuesday to protest against insecurity and high toll costs and fuel prices.

There were blockades and marches in at least 20 of 30 states where protests were slated to be held, the newspaper Reforma reported.



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DEA points finger at Mexican cartels, social media apps after seizing record amount of fentanyl in 2021

Source: NBC News

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday that agents have seized an unprecedented amount of fentanyl and fake prescription pills containing dangerous levels of the deadly opioid.

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said the agency seized more than 15,000 pounds of fentanyl this year alone — enough, she said, to kill every American. Agents have also seized more than 20 million fake pills, made to look like such drugs as Xanax, Adderall and Oxycontin.

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In San Luis Potosí, 18 municipalities with unarmed, untrained police

Source: Mexico News Daily

Police in 18 San Luis Potosí municipalities lack training and don’t have the weapons they need to do their jobs effectively, according to the state public security minister.

“There are municipalities that don’t have accredited personnel, they don’t have weapons; there are 18 municipalities that we’re inviting to carry out the relevant procedures,” General Gúzmar Angel González Castillo told the newspaper El Sol de San Luis.

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His role in ‘Narcos: Mexico’ nailed the real price — and victims — of the drug wars

Source: NBC News

Luis Gerardo Méndez almost didn’t get the role that has thrust him into the international limelight: an earnest but flawed police officer obsessed with the unsolved killings of young Mexican women amid drug cartel turf wars in the hit Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

After a successful audition and meetings with the show’s producers, a call from his agent interrupted his premature celebrations.

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Bloodbath predicted if 73-year-old Sinaloa Cartel boss detained or killed

Source: Mexico News Daily

The arrest or death of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada will trigger a full-blown war for control of the powerful criminal organization, according to federal officials and a former high-ranking Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official.

Unnamed officials cited by the newspaper Milenio predicted that a bloodbath will occur in the absence of Zambada, 73, at the helm of the cartel.

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Gunfire broke out in Mexican beach resort of Cancun, witnesses say

Source: Associated Press

Gunfire was reported on a beach in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Cancun Tuesday, sending tourists scrambling for cover, but authorities said nobody appeared to be injured. 

Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the chief of police of the coastal state of Quintana Roo, said the attackers apparently pulled up to the beach on jet skis and opened fire at a beach in Cancun’s hotel zone. Hernández Gutiérrez said the jet skis had been found and seized.

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Mexico’s security strategy draws criticism at forum in Europe

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government’s security strategy has come under fire at a virtual forum organized by four organized crime research organizations.

Among the issues that drew criticism were continuation of the militarized security strategy of the two previous governments and a failure to address policing at the local level.

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Sinaloa Cartel’s internal dispute extends into Sonora, Baja California

12/03/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A dispute between competing cells of the Sinaloa Cartel has spread beyond the borders of the criminal organization’s home state, according to federal officials.

Unnamed officials cited by the newspaper Milenio said a dispute between Los Rusos and Los Chapitos has extended into states such as Sonora and Baja California.

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US officials say Mexico is once again providing visas to drug enforcement agents

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government is once again issuing visas that allow United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to work in Mexico, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Broadcaster CNN reported almost two months ago that Mexico had not processed visa applications for 24 DEA agents this year.

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U.S. judge sentences wife of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to three years in prison

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sentenced the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to three years in prison on Tuesday, after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Before her sentencing in a federal court in Washington, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded with U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras to show her mercy.

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