Drug Cartels Muscle Into Mexican Town Packed With Americans

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12/04/19 – Bloomberg

By Andrea Navarro

San Miguel de Allende oozes old Mexico charm. There are the cobblestone streets, the colonial-era buildings and wrought-iron balconies, the neo-Gothic steeples soaring high above the pink-sandstone church anchoring a corner of the main plaza. Travel and Leisure magazine has twice named it the best city in the world, a ratification of how beloved it is with tourists and retirees from the U.S., Canada and beyond.

But lately, San Miguel has been attracting a very different sort of crowd: the drug cartels. And the moment they arrived and began pushing cocaine and imposing their brutal brand of property tax, the murders began.

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Suspects in Mormon Family’s Killing Are Arrested in Mexico

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12/03/19 – NY Times

By Kirk Semple

The Mexican authorities on Sunday detained several suspects implicated in the massacre of nine members of a Mormon sect in northern Mexico in early November, according to the office of the nation’s attorney general.

The detentions came during a joint operation by members of the Mexican armed forces and intelligence agents and followed the detention last month of another suspect living in Mexico City, the attorney general’s office said in a statement, providing no further information about the suspects’ identities, their connection to the murders or the circumstances of their arrests.

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Mexico seizes ton of cocaine found in tanker truck

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12/03/19 – AP News

Mexican authorities say they have seized more than a ton of cocaine from a tanker truck in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

The army said Monday that a gamma ray scanner at a highway checkpoint spotted anomalies in the truck’s load.

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How the gunfights in north Mexico that left 23 dead unfolded

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12/03/19 – AP News

By Maria Verza

When dozens of pickup trucks crowded with armed men and mounted machine guns roared into Villa Union, residents of the small town near the U.S. border began to realize they were the target of a military-style invasion. What followed were hours-long gunbattles between a cartel force estimated to number 70 to 150 men and state police that left 23 people dead. At least 50 homes and buildings were riddled with bullet holes.

In the aftermath, authorities found about 20 abandoned vehicles, some with machine-gun turrets and welded armoring; the doors of many were professionally printed with the initials of a drug cartel. At least four had .50 caliber mounted machine guns. Residents claimed there were at least twice that many pickups, with some escaping.

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At least 14 killed in bloody gunfight in northern Mexico

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12/2/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham

Ten suspected cartel gunmen and four police were killed during a shootout on Saturday in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump raised bilateral tensions by saying he would designate the gangs as terrorists.

The government of the northern state of Coahuila said state police clashed at midday with a group of heavily armed gunmen riding in pickup trucks in the small town of Villa Union, about 40 miles (65 km) southwest of the border city of Piedras Negras.

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Mexican capital declares gender violence alert

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11/21/19 – AP News

Mexico City’s mayor has issued a gender violence alert for the capital, activating a series of measures to address violence against women.

Thursday’s declaration means 20 of the country’s 31 federal entities have declared emergencies over the issue.

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Mexico’s murder rate up, official warns of ‘narcoterrorism’

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11/21/19 – AP News

Mexico’s murder rate inched up 2% in the first 10 months of the year, but the latest violence has included much more brazen challenges to authorities.

Federal officials said late Wednesday there have been 29,414 homicides so far in 2019, compared to 28,869 in the same period of 2018.

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Inside the bloody cartel war for Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry

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11/20/19 – Los Angeles Times

By Katie Linthicum

The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and chainsaws.

Soon they were cutting timber day and night, the crash of falling trees echoing throughout the virgin forest. When locals protested, explaining that the area was protected from logging, they were held at gunpoint and ordered to keep quiet.

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Gunmen in Mexico try to steal fuel convoy

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11/20/19 – AP News

Armed thieves tried to abduct an entire convoy of fuel tanker trucks in northern Mexico, but security forces fought off the gang in a shootout.

Mexico began moving fuel in tanker trucks this year to combat thefts from government pipelines. But now thieves appear to be attacking even fuel convoys.

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Mexico’s Pemex won’t pay ransom after cyberattack: energy minister

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11/13/19 – Reuters

By Adriana Barrera

Mexican national oil company Pemex will not pay a ransom demanded by suspected cyberattackers who targeted the firm’s computer systems, Energy Minister Rocio Nahle told reporters on Wednesday.

Nahle, who also serves as chair of the Pemex board, added that the attack hit the company’s administrative headquarters in Mexico City and that its “plants and wells” continued to operate.

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