Detienen a Rafael Caro Quintero


Fuente: El Universal

El capo Rafael Caro Quintero fue detenido por la Secretaría de Marina, informaron fuentes del gabinete de seguridad.

La detención se registró días después de que el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador realizara una reunión bilateral con el presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, en la Casa Blanca.

Rafael Caro Quintero “El Narco de Narcos”, es originario de La Noria, Sinaloa, es recordado por ser uno de los fundadores del llamado Cártel de Guadalajara junto con su compadre, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, “El jefe de jefes” y su amigo del alma, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, “Don Neto”, este último tío de Sandra Ávila Beltrán, “La Reina del Pacífico”.


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.


Growers fret as Mexico moves to legalize marijuana


Source: Yahoo! News

BADIRAGUATO, Mexico (AP) — For the first time that María can remember, half of her marijuana harvest is still in storage on her ranch in Mexico’s Sinaloa state months after it should have been sold.

Sitting in her wooden house tucked into the same mountains that produced some of the world’s most notorious drug traffickers, including Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the 44-year-old mother of four thinks she knows why: expectations Mexico will soon legalize marijuana.


How American guns help Mexican cartels overwhelm Mexico’s police and military


Source: Business Insider

Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO — Almost 50 years after Mexico’s first law to restrict the use of firearms was implemented in an attempt to keep the country at peace, Mexico finds itself flooded with foreign weapons.

Mexico’s prohibitive laws against firearms have not stopped thousands of weapons from being used in its streets, directly threatening its own security forces.


‘An atmosphere of terror’: the bloody rise of Mexico’s top cartel


Source: The Guardian

It was mid-spring when residents of the wasteland behind Guadalajara’s international airport noticed a dog roaming their community with a strange object in its mouth: a human forearm.

Search teams in the ramshackle neighbourhood of La Piedrera entered a roofless red brick shack flanked by trees decked with bright orange mistletoe. Under several layers of dusky earth they made an even more grotesque discovery.


Exclusive: U.S. investigations into cartels paralyzed by standoff with Mexico


Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. efforts to battle powerful drug cartels from inside Mexico have ground to a halt since January as strained relations between the two countries have frozen attempts to corral drug kingpins, according to current and former senior officials in both nations.

Until recently, U.S. and Mexican authorities routinely, if cautiously, shared intelligence on major cases. But in December, Mexico enacted a law requiring U.S. authorities to report their law-enforcement contacts in the country to the Mexican government, which American investigators widely view as corrupt. The new policy has led investigators on both sides of the border to pause their cooperation, fearful that the new disclosure rules could compromise cases – or worse, get informants or Mexican officials helping the Americans killed.


Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel built an empire on cocaine, but it’s betting on another drug to feed US appetites


Source: Business Insider

Culiacán, MEXICO — Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel built an empire on cocaine, but it’s shifting its focus to a new, more powerful drug in in response to changing demand in the US.

Although the cartel, known for its now-jailed kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is still a huge distributor of cocaine in the US, the organization is betting on fentanyl to feed the demand for opioids north of the border while keeping the cartel on top in Mexico.


Mexico poised to curtail cooperation with U.S. in fight against drug cartels


Source: CBS News

Mexico City – The lower house of Mexico’s congress overwhelmingly approved a law Tuesday limiting foreign agents operating in the country and lifting their immunity in a decision that could impact its relationship with the U.S. government, a key partner in its fight against drug cartels. One senior U.S. official told CBS News the law was “a disgrace,” and would severely complicate the fight against the cartels.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador supports the bill and is expected to sign it into law. The legislation is seen as a direct backlash to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s arrest in Los Angeles of former Mexican Defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who was indicted on drug charges earlier this year.


Legalization Advocates Hope to End Mexico’s Drug War


Source: Foreign Policy

Adetermined political movement to end the war on drugs has taken shape across Europe and North America. Harm reduction advocates say lives can be saved and resources spared, if only the state would move away from punishing drug users. Perhaps, some predict, the state could even get into the business of regulating the production and sale of once-illegal substances.

Just last month, voters in Oregon and politicians in Vancouver, British Columbia, approved plans to decriminalize all illicit drugs, paving the way for a health care approach. They’re following the example of Portugal, which decriminalized drugs in 2001 and has seen overall success. More than a dozen U.S. states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, as well as Canada, South Africa, Uruguay, and a smattering of other countries and jurisdictions.


Mexico fast-tracks law that could limit anti-drug cooperation with U.S.


Source: The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Outraged by the arrest in California of a former defense minister, the Mexican government is championing a law that is likely to throttle cooperation with U.S. anti-drug agents and the FBI, setting up a potential crisis in relations as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to assume office.

The legislation has taken the U.S. government by surprise. It was introduced shortly after American authorities tried to defuse tensions with Mexico by dropping drug-trafficking charges against Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos — a highly unusual move.