Former Mexico PRI governor pleads guilty in drug-trafficking case

The Los Angeles Times, 8/3/2012

In one of the most high-profile drug prosecutions of a Mexican politician, a former state governor has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges that he helped launder millions of dollars for cocaine traffickers.

The plea was entered Thursday by Mario Villanueva, former governor of state, home to the posh resort town of Cancun.

Villanueva was extradited to the United States in 2010 and could face a sentence of up to 20 years.

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Tropical storm Rina lashes Mexican coast with rain as residents evacuated

The Washington Post, 10/28/11

Tropical Storm Rina battered Mexico’s Caribbean coast and the island of Cozumel with winds and rain Friday, and the navy forcibly evacuated some residents who refused to leave a low-lying island in the path of the storm.

Rina was a far cry from the Category 3 hurricane that some had feared would hit the resort-studded region and many tourists abandoned Cancun and the Riviera Maya ahead of its arrival. The storm was weakening further early Friday, with maximum sustained winds of near 45 mph (70 kph), down from 110 mph (175 kph) at its peak.

Playa de Carmen, a resort town across from Cozumel, was left without electricity and streets were largely empty as Rina swept along the coast.

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Hurricane Rina on course for Mexico’s Caribbean resorts; evacuations under way

The Washington Post, 10/26/11

Authorities evacuated fishing communities on Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast and some tourists began to leave, as Hurricane Rina took aim at Cancun and the island of Cozumel on Wednesday.

Hundreds of residents from the fishing town of Punta Allen, south of Tulum, were taken to emergency shelters, a smaller group was evacuated from the atoll of Banco Chinchorro Tuesday, and cruise ships shifted their routes in the face of expected storm surges, waves and heavy rains from Rina.

Rina’s maximum sustained winds remained steady at about 110 mph (175 kph) early Wednesday, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, making it a Category 2 storm. Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast Wednesday night before rolling over the island of Cozumel, a popular dive spot and cruise-ship port, then along the coast to Cancun.

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PRD candidate in Quintana Roo falls “por narco” (in Spanish)

El Universal, 5/26/2010

The PRD-PT-Convergencia candidate for the governorship of Quintana Roo, Gregorio Greg Sánchez Martínez, was detained las t night by the Federal Police in Cancun, presumably for connections to drug trafficking since he was the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) in Nayarit.

Ricardo Nájera Herrera, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), confirmed that a federal judge in Nayarit signed the order to apprehend the politician on suspicion of his participation in crimes against health, in his mode of facilitating, organized crime and operations with illicit funds.

Authorities with the office said that Sánchez Martínez is being investigated for his alleged connections with “Los Zetas” and the Beltrán Leyva cartel, who he gave information and protection.

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Security Chief Arrested In Mexico

gavilBBC, 9/04/09

Mexican authorities have arrested the secretary for public security of an eastern state on suspicion of co-operating with drug gangs.

Salvador Rocha Vargas was arrested on Wednesday in the state of Quintana Roo.

He is one of the most senior public officials to be held over alleged links to Mexico’s powerful drug gangs.

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Mexico drug war claims 3 more, including ex-general

Tello, who retired Jan. 1 and was active in police work, is one of the highest-ranking officials killed during President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown against Mexico’s drug syndicates. Since Calderon sent thousands of troops to police the Texas border and other areas in late 2006, more than 500 soldiers and police have been killed in the country’s drug war. Most were slain in the line of duty, but Mexican authorities have acknowledged that others were killed by assassins because they had collaborated with rival gangs.

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