Mexican cartels increasing presence in Colombia: attorney general

03/15/2018 Reuters

drug dog sniffing suitcaseThe growing presence of Mexican drug cartels in Colombia and their alliances with local gangs are a threat to the Andean country’s national security, the attorney general said on Thursday.

Colombian authorities have long grappled with the presence of foreign criminal groups like Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which buy Colombian cocaine from local gangs and ship it north to the United States and Europe.

“It has been clearly identified by the attorney general’s office, and we’ve informed the national government, of a growing presence of Mexican cartels,” attorney general Nestor Humberto Martinez told journalists. “We have to banish them because they are a threat to national security.”

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Mexico says arrests drug gang suspect in case of 43 murdered students

03/13/2018 Reuters

120px-Blurry_PrisonMexico said on Monday it had arrested a suspected drug gang member regarded as key figure in the kidnapping and massacre of 43 student teachers 3 1/2 years ago.

The atrocity had plunged President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government into one of its worst crises, as doubts swirled around the conduct of the investigation into the case.

The attorney general’s office said it had arrested Erick N,“a probable member of a criminal organization” operating in the violent southwestern state of Guerrero.

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Mexico police officers sought over three missing Italians

02/27/2018 BBC

policemanMexican authorities are searching for three police officers in connection with the disappearance of three Italian men in the western state of Jalisco on 31 January.

One of the wanted officers is chief of security in Tecalitlán, the town where the three Italians were last seen.

Four police officers are already in custody in connection with the case.

The Jalisco state prosecutor said that the four had confessed to handing the Italians over to a local criminal gang.

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State assembly candidate killed in Mexico

02/26/2018 The Washington Post

Guerrero, MExicoA state assembly candidate in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero was killed just days after another office-seeker was shot to death in the same city, authorities reported.

The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party said candidate Dulce Rebaja Pedro was killed Sunday.

The Guerrero state prosecutors’ office said a state policeman was also killed, and both bodies were found in a truck on a highway outside the city of Chilapa.

On Monday, state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez reported that Rebaja’s aunt was also found dead in a well at her son’s home.

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Alleged cartel boss “Mr. Polite” nabbed in Mexican border city

02/20/2018 CBS News

policemanAn alleged top boss of the Gulf drug cartel was captured by Mexican marines Monday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, which for years has been terrorized by gangland violence. A statement from the Mexican navy said the suspect it identified only as Jose Alfredo, with no last name, was arrested in the city of Matamoros, which is across from Brownsville, Texas.

“Presumably he was the leader of a criminal organization in the region,” the statement said.

A state government official with knowledge of the case confirmed that the detained man was Jose Alfredo Cardenas, alias “the Accountant” and “Mr. Polite.”

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Mexico probes police in disappearance of three Italians

02/19/2018 Reuters

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeMexican authorities said on Monday they are investigating whether police in the western state of Jalisco participated in the disappearance of three Italian citizens there.

The Naples natives reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco.

State authorities are “evaluating, using available information” whether police were involved in the disappearance, said Jalisco general secretary Roberto Lopez.

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Mexico cartel holds two special agents hostage

02/12/2018 BBC News

mexico flagTwo members of a special investigative police force who disappeared in Mexico a week ago have been shown in a video posted on YouTube.

The two agents from the Criminal Investigation Agency appear sitting in front of five masked men who force them at gunpoint to read a statement.

The armed men are believed to be members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

The cartel has been expanded rapidly and aggressively across Mexico.

Mexico’s Attorney General Raul Cervantes recently declared it the nation’s largest criminal organisation and it has been blamed for a series of attacks on Mexican security forces and public officials.

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