Mexico

Mexican drug cartel present in Asia

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Shady cock-fighting farms are common enough in the Philippines, but a raid on a small operation in Lipa City south of Manila late last year revealed a much larger problem.

Alongside the cock-fighting spurs and breeding paraphernalia, the raid netted 84 kilograms of “shabu” — the Filipino street name for methamphetamine or “ice” — and three affiliates of the deadly Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa were arrested.

For police, the presence in Asia of one of Mexico’s most powerful organized crime groups was a worrying development.

Not only did it point to growing transnational links between crime groups, it also displayed an increased professionalism in “ice” production as it moves away from its ‘Breaking Bad’ image of cellar drug kitchens and backyard meth labs.

“We have previously received reports that the Mexicans are in the country, but this is the first time we have confirmed that the Mexicans are already here,” Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, chief of the Philippines National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force told a news conference.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima said going after the group would “entail more hard work.”

“We know that they are just starting — that’s why we have to act immediately to stop them before they can expand their presence,” Purisima told the news conference.

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“El chapo” cartel chief finally arrested

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After eluding capture for more than a dozen years, the legendary boss of one of the world’s most powerful and deadly drug trafficking operations was nabbed in a surprise raid on a seaside hotel-condominium tower in a bustling Mexican beach resort, authorities said.

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“El Chapo” Guzmán

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who infamously escaped in 2001 from a high-security prison in a laundry cart, was arrested early Saturday in Mazatlan without a single shot being fired, authorities said.

A U.S. law enforcement official said that Guzman, accompanied by a female, was captured in a joint operation of Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents that was in the works for four or five weeks.

The pressure on Guzman’s organization, the Sinaloa cartel, had been mounting for months, with Mexican authorities killing or capturing several of its most brutal lieutenants, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

Air ambulance crashes, two dead

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An air ambulance has crashed just off the coast of Florida leaving two people dead and two missing but thought to be also dead.

The Learjet took off from Fort Lauderdale and was heading to Cozumel, Mexico, after they had dropped off a patient in Florida. Two pilots, a doctor and a nurse were on board.

The pilots reported an engine failure short after take off, the plane attempted to return to the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

 

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Family of eight murdered in Ciudad Juarez

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Eight members of a family were found dead in their house located in the mexican city of Ciudad Juarez in the border with the United States.

According to police officials, there are three minors amongst the vitctims who were stabbed, not shot as local media reported.

Ciudad Juarez, which frontiers “El Paso”, a popular location for migrants to cross the border, has experienced a violence increase related to drug dealing networks since 2008, but homicides have reduced in number this year.

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Spanish sex-trafficking ring stopped

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Spanish police say they have arrested 25 people in a sex-trafficking ring that brought women from Nigeria to work as prostitutes.

The women, allegedly lured with the promise of good jobs in Europe, were first flown to Mexico or Brazil, travelling on false identity documents. From there, they were flown to Paris, then smuggled into Spain to work in the sex trade, police say.

Five women who were victims of the sex ring were freed in the raids.

Police found one member of the gang performing an abortion on one of the five women.

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Mexican municipal mayor murdered

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November 8th, 2013

Mexico’s local authorities’ association say a mayor allegedly threatened by drug gangs in the western state of Michoacan has been killed. Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza, who headed the small town of Santa Ana Maya, was found dead in his car on Thursday, reports say he was first abducted and tortured.

He had been speaking out about the Knights Templar cartel and had recently ended an 18-day hunger strike demanding more funds for his municipality.

On Twitter, the former President Felipe Calderon demanded a full investigation. Mr Calderon also linked the crime to the Knights Templar drug cartel, publishing a quote allegedly by Mr Lopez Mendoza, who was a qualified doctor:  “For every building work, we have to pay the Knights Templar 10%. All of us, Michoacan mayors, have this problem,” the former president tweeted.

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Linked to 79 murders, “not the worst”

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Mexico is one of the countries that has the biggest drug dealing network in the world. By having it in the country, trouble is sure to be found. So is the case of Juan Pablo Vazquez of only 20 years old who is charged by the authorities for being linked to 79 murders in the north of the country. Vazques was caught with 35 “baggies” of weed and 22 packets of cocaine last October near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He confesed 45 of the murders and is directly linked to another 34.

The shocking part of this news is that the local police know that he “is not the worst”. There are many other murderers that have killed more people, more brutally and with a younger age, some ranging from 14 to 18.

National plans are in effect to fight against these law-breaking citizens that have been terrorizing the country for many decades.

 

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