Soldiers took them in the night. Now Mexico’s key drug war strategy is on trial.

04/25/2018 Los Angeles Times

soldiersThe soldiers took them in the night.

First they came for Nitza Alvarado Espinoza and Jose Alvarado Herrera. The 31-year-old cousins were sitting in a van outside a family member’s house when troops forced them into a military truck.

Minutes later, soldiers arrived at the house of another Alvarado cousin, 18-year-old Rocio Alvarado Reyes. She was carried away screaming at gunpoint in front of her young brothers and baby daughter.

It was Dec. 29, 2009 — the last time the cousins were seen alive.

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FBI’s Most Wanted now includes Mexican cartel boss suspected in DEA agent’s slaying

04/12/2018 The Washington Post

El supuesto ex narco traficante Rafael Caro Quintero durante la entrevista con Proceso FOTO. Miguel Dimayuga

The FBI on Thursday added fugitive Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro-Quintero to its Most Wanted list, the first time a suspect sought by the Drug Enforcement Administration has been included among its top targets.

Caro-Quintero is a notorious and uniquely reviled figure at the DEA, blamed for the kidnapping and murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camerena, a DEA agent who was tortured to death in 1985 while investigating the now-defunct Guadalajara Cartel.

Caro-Quintero was sentenced to 40 years for murder, but a Mexican judge ordered his release in 2013, and he quickly disappeared underground. He has evaded efforts to recapture him by U.S. and Mexican authorities since then.

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Mexican troops, police evacuate 92 people fleeing drug gangs

04/11/2018 The Washington Post

guerreroMexican soldiers and police in the troubled southern state of Guerrero have escorted a convoy of 92 people terrorized by drug cartels out of their mountain hamlet.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the convoy of mostly the elderly, women and children left Laguna de Huayanalco in the township of Totolapan because they fear the drug gangs that operate in the area.

Alvarez said in a statement Wednesday that the residents loaded into 11 private vehicles and were escorted out of town.

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Mexican Senate, candidates slam deployment of US guardsmen

04/05/2018 The Washington Post

senate.jpgMexico’s Senate has passed a resolution calling for the suspension of cooperation on illegal immigration and drug trafficking in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border.

Presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya went further, saying Mexico should limit anti-terrorism cooperation until the National Guard was withdrawn.

Others took Trump’s move with a grain of salt. The newspaper El Heraldo said in a headline Thursday “U.S. deploys National Guard … tin soldiers.”

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One Of The DEA’s Most Wanted Drug Traffickers Pleads To Be Left In Peace

04/04/2018 Huffington Post

Caro-Quintero.jpgIt’s just before 8 p.m. but, in the Sierra Madre mountains south of El Paso, the darkness is almost complete, save for a single light that illuminates a small house.

We have spent the last 12 hours driving through Mexico’s heroin heartland, where thousands of tons of poppies are harvested and processed every year before being smuggled to the United States, and the view from the modest house near the peak is spectacular.

The person I have come to meet ― Rafael Caro Quintero, aka “The Prince” ― is unlikely to enjoy the view, however. Caro Quintero is a man on the run.

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AP Exclusive: US, Mexico open new maritime front in drug war

03/29/2018 The Washington Post

Federal_PoliceSAN DIEGO — The U.S. and Mexican governments are sparring over immigration and trade, but the two countries are joining forces on the high seas like never before to go after drug smugglers.

The United States, Mexico and Colombia will target drug smugglers off South America’s Pacific coast in an operation that is scheduled to begin Sunday and last for the foreseeable future, Coast Guard officials told The Associated Press.

U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. Zukunft teased the idea during a recent defense conference in San Diego, saying the United States “can’t do it alone.”

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Mexican cartels increasing presence in Colombia: attorney general

03/15/2018 Reuters

drug dog sniffing suitcaseThe growing presence of Mexican drug cartels in Colombia and their alliances with local gangs are a threat to the Andean country’s national security, the attorney general said on Thursday.

Colombian authorities have long grappled with the presence of foreign criminal groups like Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which buy Colombian cocaine from local gangs and ship it north to the United States and Europe.

“It has been clearly identified by the attorney general’s office, and we’ve informed the national government, of a growing presence of Mexican cartels,” attorney general Nestor Humberto Martinez told journalists. “We have to banish them because they are a threat to national security.”

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