Taking down Zeta cartel leaders has triggered more violence in Mexico

08/18/16 Vice News 

His spacious house and lawn in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Victoria are surrounded by tall walls, and stand in a gated community with more high fences and security guards. But even here, sitting on his couch surrounded by family photos and Catholic imagery, this owner of a big business still doesn’t feel safe.

“Nobody trusts anyone,” he said. “This house, 10 years ago, it didn’t have a fence. All the neighbors’ kids used to come play here.

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Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels

08/18/16 CNN

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)Beheadings, mass executions, public hangings and torture — it’s all part of the massive drug war next door.

Mexico’s drug wars have claimed more than 80,000 lives between 2006 and 2015, according to analyst estimates in the 2015 Congressional Research Service report.
Fierce rivalries between Mexico’s drug cartels have wreaked havoc on the lives of civilians who have nothing to do with the drug trade. Bystanders, people who refused to join cartels, migrants, journalists and government officials have been killed.

Mexico won’t rule out second son of ‘El Chapo’ possibly kidnapped

08/18/16 UPI

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Mexican authorities said they haven’t been able to identify one of six people kidnapped in Puerto Vallarta, and they can’t rule out the possibility that person is a second son of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Authorities initially determined Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, 29, one of Guzmán’s children, was among several kidnapped early Monday from the upscale La Leche restaurant in the Pacific coast city.

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Enigmatic Drug Lord ‘La Barbie’ Made Deal With US: Report

08/09/16 InSight Crime 

5415536416_3a9e96aee7_o.jpgAn American drug lord who operated in Mexico reportedly made a deal with US authorities to secure a shorter sentence, an anticipated outcome that is sure to add to the mounting evidence that extradited capos are providing on Mexico‘s underworld.

Edgar Valdez Villareal, a former leader of Mexico‘s Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO), and four of his accomplices agreed to supply US authorities with information on his and rival drug cartels in exchange for a reduced prison sentence,reported El Universal.

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Is the Godfather of Mexico’s Drug Trade Back in Business?

07/25/16 InSight Crime 

5582822219_182abf7ec5_oThe founder of Mexico‘s notorious and now defunct Guadalajara Cartel, Rafael Caro Quintero, has been linked to two recent events that have raised alarm among authorities three years after a controversial court ruling freed the veteran drug lord and current fugitive from prison.

Caro Quintero, now in his mid-60s, has been dubbed the “narco of narcos” and the godfather of Mexico drug trafficking. After establishing himself as one of the country’s most powerful drug lords in the 1980s, he was imprisoned in 1989 for drug trafficking, murder, and perhaps most importantly, for the abduction, torture and killing of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Violence is rising in Mexico’s heroin capital, and it’s a sign of how ugly the fight against crime has gotten

08/07/16 Business Insider 

guerreroHomicides in Mexico hit a four-year high  in May, reaching 1,746, the most in a month so far during President Enrique Peña Nieto’s term and the most since September 2012.

While Mexico has felt the rising violence, some areas have been beset by more intense bloodshed.

Guerrero, the southwest state regarded as the capital of Mexico’s heroin trade, recorded the second-highest number of homicides in the country through May this year, and the state’s 163 organized-crime-related homicides in June were almost double what was recorded in other high-homicide states.

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Mexico judge grants El Chapo temporary stay of extradition to US

06/28/16 The Guardian

elchapoA judge in Mexico has granted a temporary stay of extradition for the Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán until arguments can be heard on two appeals filed by his lawyers.

Guzmán’s lawyer, José Refugio Rodriguez, said one of the appeals argued that the statute of limitations has run out on some crimes Guzmán is accused of in the United States. The defense also argues that some of the accusations against Guzman are based on hearsay, not direct evidence.

Rodriguez said the appeals were filed late Monday in courts in Mexico City.

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