Mexico files lawsuit in U.S. against former security chief linked to Sinaloa Cartel

09/23/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico has launched a lawsuit in Miami, Florida against former security chief Genaro García Luna and a network of companies run by him and his associates, hoping to recover illegally obtained assets, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) said on Tuesday.

Ex-Security Minister García Luna pled not guilty last year to U.S. charges involving a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme allegedly designed to boost the Sinaloa cartel once headed by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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Security chief reports 3.9% decline in homicides

09/23/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Homicides declined 3.9% in the first eight months of 2021, Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodríguez said Wednesday.

There were 22,611 homicides between January and August, according to data presented by Rodríguez at President López Obrador’s news conference, a decrease of more than 900 compared to the same period of 2020.

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22 foreigners abducted from Mexican hotel

09/16/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Police in northern Mexico have found 38 people, including 22 Haitians and Cubans, who were abducted from a hotel, authorities have said.

The chief prosecutor of the northern state of San Luis Potosi said the victims were found alive on a roadside late Tuesday, apparently abandoned by their captors.

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‘We live searching’: Mexico families look for the missing, while 52,000 aren’t identified

09/01/2021

Source: NBC News

María Isabel Cruz Bernal says she has seen it all. She has witnessed mothers crying because they can’t find their children, parents upset because they’ve been given only a few bone fragments, relatives going through nervous breakdowns because they received the wrong bodies and families searching for years — only to get their loved ones’ remains in poorly sealed garbage bags.

“We have 52,000 unidentified bodies across the country, but we don’t know if there are more,” said Cruz Bernal, 52, leader of Sabuesos Guerreras (which translates as “warrior bloodhounds”), a civil association in Sinaloa state that is one of over 70 groups that make up the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico, or MNDM, an organization that recently published a report called “The Forensic Crisis in Mexico.”

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U.S. court to hear Mexico litigation against arms makers, says minister

08/20/2021

Source: Reuters

A U.S. federal court in Massachusetts has agreed to hear litigation filed by the Mexican government against various arms manufacturers in the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday.

“It is a first big step. Now comes the notification and the legal process. We’re advancing,” Ebrard said on Twitter.

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‘Not normal’: Big flow of U.S. arms to Mexico ‘can’t be denied,’ author says

8/18/2021

Source: NBC News

In the last four years, Ioan Grillo traveled thousands of kilometers in crossings that took him from Mexico to the United States, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Colombia, while following a trail of iron and blood. Beyond the multimillion-dollar figures and chilling statistics, the writer was looking for answers to an ethical dilemma.

Grillo asked an arms dealer in Bulgaria, “Are you worried that the weapons you sell, legally, may later fall into the hands of criminals or terrorists?” The man stared at him and said no.

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Mexico sues US gunmakers, but will it make a dent in trafficking?

08/18/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico City, Mexico – Three years ago, Cresencio “Chencho” Pacheco became one of the estimated 357,000 people in Mexico forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and violence.

Pacheco became a spokesperson for himself and 1,600 of his neighbours who fled their villages in the mountains of Guerrero state when a local group armed with hand grenades and firearms took over the territory for drug trafficking and other illegal activities.

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Mexico drug cartels target media in battle for territory

08/16/2021

Source: The Financial Times

In the video aired on social media, masked men armed with assault weapons spoke directly to Azucena Uresti, a prominent Mexican journalist.

“I will find you wherever you are and I will make you eat your words, even if they accuse me of femicide,” said one of the men, claiming to relay a message from drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho”, the head of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

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The Next Generation of Criminal Groups Driving Violence in Mexico

08/13/2021

Source: InSight Crime

Mexico’s process of criminal fragmentation has been a slow burn. Many of the country’s mightiest criminal groups have been unable to stay united due to internal strife, incursions from rivals or the arrests and killings of key leaders.

But while some powerhouses like the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) remain intact, smaller, hyper-violent and localized groups have become real national security threats. Many are splinters of old cartel structures, maintaining previous allegiances, while others were once dedicated oil thieves or drug transporters who gradually leveled up.

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Mexico’s President Defends News Anchor After Cartel Threat

08/10/2021

Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Known for his incessant criticism of the press, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico on Tuesday came out in support of a TV news anchor who was apparently threatened by the leader of a powerful drug cartel.

Mr. López Obrador’s unusual defense of a journalist came after a video circulated widely on social media in which a man claiming to be the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel threatened to kill the anchor, Azucena Uresti of Milenio TV, because of her critical coverage.

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