March 31, 2015
By Michael Lohmuller, InSight Crime, 3/30/2015
Two investigators recently sat down to discuss Mexico’s ongoing judicial reforms, highlighting several shortcomings related to juvenile detention and police procedures that threaten to undermine new policies set to be fully implemented next year.
Speaking at the Wilson Center on March 27, Elena Azaola — a Mexican psychoanalyst and anthropologist — discussed her recent work investigating juvenile delinquency and the institutions available to help support at-risk youth in Mexico. Azaola examined the obstacles facing adolescents, interviewing a total of 278 jailed youths (aged 18 and younger) in the states of Coahuila, Hidalgo, Morelos, and Sinaloa.
March 27, 2015
The Associated Press October 22, 2014
Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters Thursday, urging fellow Mexicans not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year.
At the march’s conclusion, Maria Elena Guerrero, the mother of a missing student, stood atop a stage and said her pain had turned to fury against Mexico’s government in the months since her son disappeared.
“They have taken so much from us that they’ve even taken our fear,” she said. “We’re not afraid.”
March 24, 2015
Yahoo News, 3/23/2015
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A suspected leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel who was on Mexico’s list of 122 priority targets for arrest was captured early Monday in a city on the Texas border, authorities said.
Ramiro Perez Moreno, 34, was arrested without any shots being fired in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, the Mexican navy said in a statement.
March 24, 2015
By Paulina Villegas, New York Times, 3/20/2015
A new, elite federal police unit intended to be a premiere force against drug gangs suffered its biggest loss this week when five members were killed in an ambush, federal officials said Friday, raising questions among analysts about the unit’s training. The ambush, in Jalisco State on Thursday, left five other people dead, including two civilian bystanders and three of the presumed attackers, officials said. The officers belonged to the Gendarmerie, a 5,000-officer division of the federal police formed last year by President Enrique Peña Nieto to go after organized-crime groups hurting economic interests in various trouble spots in an effort to ease foreign investors’ concerns about safety. The officers were in a convoy patrolling an industrial corridor in Ocotlan when they came under gunfire from more than a dozen vehicles. It was unclear what prompted the attack.
March 18, 2015
Fox News Latino, 3/17/2015
Five suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were arrested in separate operations in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, federal officials said.
Daniel Menera Sierra, suspected of being a regional leader of the drug cartel, and three associates were arrested in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a statement.
March 6, 2015
By Randal C. Archibald, New York Times, 2/4/2015
MEXICO CITY — The leader of the Zetas — a Mexican criminal group notorious for its brutal murders — was arrested Wednesday without a shot fired in northern Mexico, as the authorities toppled yet another kingpin in a long and aggressive campaign against the group.
Federal police officers and soldiers swooped in on the leader, Omar Treviño Morales, known as Z-42 in the group’s militaristic system of code names, in San Pedro Garza García, an affluent suburb of Monterrey, Mexico, a business and industrial hub.
March 4, 2015
3/4/2015 BBC News
Omar Trevino Morales, leader of the notorious Zetas drugs cartel in Mexico, has been captured by security forces.
He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday in the city of Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, police said.
He is believed to have run the Zetas cartel since the capture of his brother, Miguel Angel, in 2013.
The arrest comes days after Mexican police captured another suspected drug lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez.