‘We can’t count on Guanajuato to help combat crime:’ AMLO

08/30/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Authorities in Guanajuato – Mexico’s most violent state – are not supporting the federal government in the fight against crime, President López Obrador said Monday.

“What worries me about Guanajuato is insecurity because there is a lot and the government, the Attorney General’s Office in particular, isn’t taking action” he told reporters at his regular news conference.

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90,000 people have disappeared amid Mexico’s drug war

08/30/2021

Source: Deutsche Welle

Cacti, rock, mountains and gray desert sand, dotted with the remains of abandoned, gutted buildings. That’s all there is to see at the foot of the Picachos del Fraile mountain outside the northern Mexican industrial city of Monterrey. Perhaps that’s why the drug cartels chose this place to kill and bury their opponents and why the drug war raged particularly fiercely there in 2010. Hundreds of people disappeared.

Some were abducted to work for the cartels or smuggle drugs. Others were arrested by security forces, then their trail was lost.

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A man claiming to be a Mexican cartel leader threatened to kill a TV anchor. She returned to her nightly broadcast.

08/11/2021

Source: The Washington Post

Hours after receiving a death threat from a man claiming to be one of Mexico’s most dangerous criminals, the news anchor took to the air again.

At 9:59 p.m. Monday, Milenio Television anchor Azucena Uresti posted a photo of herself smiling, sitting on a desk in an airy dress and impeccable makeup on Twitter and saidshe would be on her news show as usual. A minute later, the broadcast began.

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‘We’re Living in Hell’: Inside Mexico’s Most Terrified City

08/03/2021

Source: The New York Times

Fresnillo feels to residents overrun by violence and paralyzed by fear, a testament to the failure of Mexico’s government to tackle organized crime.

The violence was already terrifying, she said, when grenades exploded outside her church in broad daylight some five years ago. Then children in town were kidnapped, disappearing without a trace. Then the bodies of the executed were dumped in city streets.

And then came the day last month when armed men burst into her home, dragged her 15-year-old son and two of his friends outside and shot them to death, leaving Guadalupe — who didn’t want her full name published out of fear of the men — too terrified to leave the house.

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Fishing Cooperatives Used to Mask Drug Shipments into Mexico

07/29/2021

Source: InSight Crime

Mexico’s largest criminal groups are outsourcing the retrieval of cocaine shipments to smaller groups posing as fishing cooperatives, providing another example of how maritime infrastructure is subverted by the drug trade.

Groups such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) are contracting local gangs in Mexico’s southern states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero to fetch large shipments of cocaine out at sea, according to a report from Mexico’s Naval Secretariat (Secretaría de Marina – SEMAR) accessed by El Universal.

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New self-defense militia appears in Chiapas, Mexico to fight organized crime

07/21/2021

Source: Reuters

Just like the Zapatista rebels before them, the indigenous people of Chiapas state in southern Mexico have taken up arms, though this time they said it was to beat back the organized crime gangs plaguing their communities.

Dozens of armed, hooded people belonging to a group called ‘El Machete’ marched over the weekend in the streets of Pantelho in the mountains of Chiapas – a first public act.

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2-year-old among 100 migrants abandoned in semitrailer in Veracruz

06/29/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A boy believed to be two years old was among more than 100 migrants abandoned on a highway in southern Veracruz on Monday after traveling in suffocating conditions in a semitrailer, the National Immigration Institute (INM) announced.

A man traveling in the trailer that was transporting the migrants on the highway between Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, and Las Choapas, Veracruz, was found dead at the same location, having apparently suffocated in the crowded vehicle.

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Another candidate assassinated in Mexico ahead of June 6 vote

Date: 05/26/2021

Source: Aljazeera

A mayoral candidate has been killed in Mexico, bringing to 34 the total number of candidates murdered nationwide ahead of June 6 legislative elections that will fill thousands of local seats and nearly half of the country’s governors.

Alma Barragan was shot dead on Tuesday, local media reported, while campaigning for the mayorship of the city of Moroleon in the violence-plagued state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Two other people were reportedly injured.

On Wednesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the killing was “without doubt” the work of organised criminal gangs who were killing candidates to scare voters away from the polls.

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Desperation Is Creating a Black Market of Fake COVID-19 Shots in Mexico

05/12/2021

Source: Slate

In early February, vaccine fever was running high in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, about 80 miles from the U.S. border. Mexico’s vaccination rollout had slowed down drastically while its northern neighbor’s picked up speed. Many of Monterrey’s wealthy residents were flying to cities like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio to get their shots. Others, equally desperate, bought Pfizer shots from a local private clinic for $500 to $1,200. But on Feb.
17, the city’s health authority responded to a complaint about the clinic’s operations, raided the site, and discovered the vaccines were fakes. Police found the pirated shots stored inside beer coolers with faulty expiration dates and different batch numbers from the Pfizer doses distributed by the federal government.

Mexico has long battled with a black market of stolen, adulterated, and expired medicines.
The size of this illicit market is hard to measure, but estimates valued it in $550 million in 2012. Now, the coveted COVID-19 vaccines have joined the list of profitable drugs entering the market illegally through scams that endanger the lives of its victims.

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

04/02/2021

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.

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