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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Mexican cartel threatens to kill TV news anchor over ‘unfair’ coverage

08/09/2021

Source: The Guardian

Masked men claiming to represent Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel have taken the unusual step of circulating a video threatening to kill a national television news anchor for what they viewed as unfair coverage.

The video circulated Monday showed masked and heavily armed men surrounding a man seated at a small desk who delivered a message he said was from Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho,” leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel. It was unclear if the person reading the message was Oseguera himself.

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Vigilantes raid southern Mexico town, abduct 21, burn homes

07/27/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

A couple of hundred armed men descended on a town in the mountains of Mexico’s southern Chiapas state, burned vehicles and at least a dozen homes, vandalized the town hall and abducted 21 people, authorities reported Tuesday.

Officials blamed a newly formed vigilante group called “El Machete,” which announced its existence only a week earlier, pledging to fight the incursion of drug cartels in the largely Indigenous mountain communities of Chiapas.

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Former US diplomat to Mexico found guilty of drugging and sexually abusing 23 women

07/27/2021

Source: The Independent

A former US diplomat to Mexico has been found guilty of drugging, sexually abusing and raping a total of 23 women over the course of 14 years while he was working at the US Embassy in Mexico City. He may now face life in prison.

The Department of Justice announced on Friday that 45-year-old Brian Jeffrey Raymond, from La Mesa, California pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse, which included taking nude images and videos of women without their consent.

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‘Long live peace:’ Mexican drug cartel factions announce truce

07/28/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Three of the warring factions of Mexico’s Gulf cartel announced they have reached agreement on a truce.

Police in the state of Tamaulipas confirmed the professionally printed banners appeared in the border city of Reynosa and other cities on Monday. Cartel gunmen randomly killed 15 bystanders last month in Reynosa, which is across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas.

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Recent arrests reveal more about how cartel wives help run operations for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel

07/22/2021

Source: Business Insider

Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO – The infamous Sinaloa Cartel is relying on its wives to keep its more complicated operations going, according to cartel operatives, security analysts, and government indictments.

The arrests of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and of Mia and Olivia Flores, wives of Pedro and Margarito Flores, twin brothers and distributors for the cartel, offer a glimpse of the influence kingpins’ wives have over the cartel’s operations.

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Volunteers hunting for Mexico’s ‘disappeared’ become targets

7/23/2021

Source: The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mainly female volunteers who fan out across Mexico to hunt for the bodies of murdered relatives are themselves increasingly being killed, putting to the test the government’s promise to help them in their quest for a final shred of justice: a chance to mourn.

Those who carry on the effort tell tales of long getting threats and being watched — presumably by the same people who murdered their sons, brothers and husbands.

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