Did Front Man for Fugitive Mexico Governor Acquire Millions in US Assets?

11/01/16 InSight Crime

DuarteAn alleged front man for fugitive Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte has acquired a string of properties in a suburb of Houston, Texas, offering a further demonstration of the importance of the United States in laundering the proceeds of criminal activity in Mexico.

Facing dozens of criminal complaints against him and his subordinates, former Gov. Duarte took a leave of absence from his post in mid-October, just a couple of months before he was set to leave office, and subsequently went underground.

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Arrest of Alleged Cartel Operative Shows Mexico Drug Interests in Spain

08/24/16 InSight Crime

crime and drugsAn investigation by Spanish authorities has uncovered an alleged cocaine trafficking network headed by a Mexican citizen linked to several different drug cartels, shedding light on the “franchise model” Mexican crime groups use to traffic drugs to Europe.

On August 23, EFE reported it had obtained access to a Spanish police report alleging Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano — also known by the aliases “El Mono” and “El Ingeniero” — headed a trafficking ring that brought cocaine into Spain through the port of Valencia, Spain’s second busiest seaport and the sixth busiest in Europe.

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Taking down Zeta cartel leaders has triggered more violence in Mexico

08/18/16 Vice News 

His spacious house and lawn in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Victoria are surrounded by tall walls, and stand in a gated community with more high fences and security guards. But even here, sitting on his couch surrounded by family photos and Catholic imagery, this owner of a big business still doesn’t feel safe.

“Nobody trusts anyone,” he said. “This house, 10 years ago, it didn’t have a fence. All the neighbors’ kids used to come play here.

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Mexico Authorities Under Renewed Heat for ‘Narcopolitics’ and Impunity

08/12/16 InSight Crime

cemetery-cross-in-graveyard-1398971336pwPMexico will not be able to rein in runaway organized crime until it addresses the links between Mexican authorities and criminal groups and ends impunity for those responsible for crimes against humanity, an international justice advocate told the Guerrero State Congress.

Ina Zoon took the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Justice Initiative’s message to ground zero of Mexico‘s crime-fed security crisis on August 11. She presented the foundation’s recent report on possible war crimes by the Mexican government and the Zetas crime cartel to the Guerrero legislature, Proceso reported. Guerrero, home to the resort city of Acapulco, is one of the most violent places in Mexico.

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Mexico: 2nd Suspect Detained in Slaying of Veracruz Reporter

08/11/16 ABC News

Mexican authorities say they have detained a second suspect in the killing of a journalist who was dragged from her home earlier this year.

Veracruz state prosecutor Luis Angel Bravo Contreras announced the arrest in the city of Orizaba of a man identified only as a local leader of the Zetas drug gang.

The suspect faces prosecution for crimes including the killing of Anabel Flores Salazar, who was a crime reporter for a newspaper in Orizaba. She was kidnapped by gunmen Feb. 8 and found dead in neighboring Puebla state the next day.

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Alleged cartel boss found guilty of conspiracy leading to 300 deaths

07/19/16 The Guardian 

His lawyer described Marciano Millan Vasquez as nothing more than a humble goat rancher. A jury disagreed on Tuesday, concluding that he was a regional boss for the Zetas drug cartel involved in a murderous conspiracy that lead to the deaths of more than 300 people in northern Mexico.

After a brief deliberation, the jury found Millan Vasquez guilty of all 10 charges he faced.

The two-week trial took place in federal court in San Antonio, the city where Millan Vasquez was arrested last year. He now faces life in prison.

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Zeta Trial Brings More Tales of Terror and Corruption

07/15/16 InSight Crime

RubenMoreiraAs the trial of Zetas Cartel leader Marciano Millán Vázquez continued in San Antonio, Texas, witnesses took the stand to described how drug traffickers co-opted and controlled media outlets in Coahuila, allegedly bribed the state’s governor  and how Vázquez committed and ordered multiple brutal murders.

Adolfo Efrén Tavira, a former Televisa producer and trafficker for the Zetas, testified for the prosecution. According to Tavira, at Televisa he would edit drug traffickers’ names out news reports, and he would lean on and pay reporters from other media outlets in the area to do the same, Proceso reported.

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