April 5, 2012 |
A Mexican drug cartel leader who is tied to 1,500 murders in the United States and Mexico, including the execution of a U.S. consulate worker in Ciudad Juarez, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in a federal court in El Paso. Jose Antonio Acosta-Hernandez, 34, identified as the enforcer in La Linea, a wing of the Juarez drug cartel, was extradited from Mexico last month and pleaded guilty Thursday to 11 counts of racketeering, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, weapons charges and murder.
March 31, 2011 |
Aided by technology and intelligence from the United States, including overflights by drone aircraft and sophisticated software to eavesdrop on cellphone calls, Mexican forces have hit the La Familia drug cartel harder than any other criminal organization in Mexico. Now, for the first time, Mexican officials are declaring that a major cartel is on the brink of collapse. But if the government sees victory at hand, the reality in the hot farmlands and mountain hamlets in the western state of Michoacan feels very...
November 27, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon, who sent battalions of poorly trained soldiers into the streets to fight powerful transnational crime organizations, leaves the battlefield this week after six years with at least 60,000 dead in drug violence and the war essentially a stalemate. Although Calderon's security forces have captured or killed more than two dozen of Mexico's most-wanted drug cartel leaders, many of those vacancies have been filled. And while some...
May 4, 2013 |
MORELIA, Mexico — The economic development secretary of the western Mexican state of Michoacan says two major firms have decided to relocate their distribution centers to escape violence. Ricardo Martinez says yogurt giant Dannon and pharmaceutical company Grupo Casa Saba have moved to Queretaro and Jalisco states respectively. Another company, the PepsiCo subsidiary Sabritas, was the target of fire bombings in Michoacan last year, apparently by a drug cartel....
June 22, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY — In a case that now appears more embarrassment than triumph for the Mexican government and its partners in U.S. law enforcement, the man whom Mexican marines captured and paraded before cameras Thursday and described as a smuggling kingpin and son of Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may not be his son at all. The young man arrested in a dawn raid by Mexican marines is Felix Beltran and not Chapo's son, his attorney, Veronica...
October 8, 2011 |
A few years ago, Tijuana was at the front lines of Mexico's drug war. There were running gun battles through downtown streets, bodies hung from bridges and a cartel henchman known as "the Stewmaster," who dissolved hundreds of corpses in vats of lye. By 2009, Tijuana was a ghost town an hour after sunset. Tourists vanished. Residents stayed home. But in a turnaround that offers hope in Mexico, people are venturing out again, to the ballet and symphony. They're sampling seared tuna at hip new gourmet restaurants...