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Video: Mexican Cartel Threatens Arizona PD's Off-Duty Officers
June 27, 2010
The threats were issued following two large drug busts by off-duty officers with the department. Nogales Chief Jeffrey Kirkham learned about the threats via a criminal informant in Mexico who told the agency about a list of officers held by the cartel.
Mexican Cartel Violence: None Dare Call It Terrorism
June 21, 2010
In the last three years, 23,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Mexican drug gang violence. This daily body count rivals totals from Iraq and Afghanistan, but the U.S. downplays any "cross-border spillover" or homeland security threat. None dare call this terrorism.
Indian Reservations on Both U.S. Borders Become Drug Pipelines
June 17, 2010
The drug gangs take advantage of weak and underfunded tribal police forces and the remoteness of tribal lands, and they find that high unemployment rates and resentment of federal law enforcement agencies make some young Native Americans ready allies.
The Border War With Mexican Cartels
June 14, 2010
The word "war" is not just hyperbole; it correctly describes what is going on. It's estimated that the violence—kidnapping and murder—has driven 400,000 locals out of the Juarez area with an estimated 30,000 fleeing to El Paso and beyond. A U.S. border sheriff claimed that the cartels printed fliers ordering his residents to evacuate their homes in the border area or they would be murdered.
DEA-Led Operation Delivers More Than 2,000 Arrests
June 10, 2010
In addition to the 2,266 arrests, the operation resulted in the seizure of $154 million, 1,262 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.5 tons of cocaine, 1,410 pounds of heroin, 69 tons of marijuana, 501 weapons and 527 vehicles.
Gangs Abandon Honor for an Unholy Alliance
May 5, 2010
The lure of filthy lucre is too great. Gang members betray the ancient warrior's code of conduct for new tires and fancy rims, or a dime bag of dope. Honor is replaced by "bling."
California Probe Leads to Arrest of Alleged Mexican Drug Kingpin
March 30, 2010
Authorities in Ventura County, Calif., on Monday said the arrest of an alleged heroin kingpin in Mexico was triggered by a local investigation that has made a significant dent in the area drug market.
El Paso Area Agencies Seek Federal Grant to Combat Border Crime
March 23, 2010
The El Paso Police Department is teaming up with a handful of other law enforcement agencies to seek a $5 million federal grant to fight crime along the border.
Mexican Drug Gangs Take Over National Parks and Forests
March 2, 2010
Not far from Yosemite's waterfalls and in the middle of California's redwood forests, Mexican drug gangs are quietly commandeering U.S. public land to grow millions of marijuana plants and using smuggled immigrants to cultivate them.
Drug War Surges In Tijuana: 24 Dead In Two Days
December 17, 2009
Five victims were shot inside a seafood restaurant, four were decapitated and one was shot and hanged from a bridge. A surge in gangland-style killings in Tijuana is being linked to two rival drug-trafficking groups vying for control of the region.
Fixing Mexico's Police Becomes a Priority
November 17, 2009
The lie-detector team brought in by Mexico's top cop was supposed to help clean up the country's long-troubled police. There was just one problem: Most of its members themselves didn't pass, and a supervisor was rigging results to make sure others did.
Probe of Mexican Drug Cartel Leads to Nearly 1,200 Arrests in U.S.
October 22, 2009
In a series of recent raids throughout the United States, federal authorities have arrested nearly 1,200 people who they say are connected to one of Mexico's most aggressively expanding and deadly drug trafficking cartels, known as La Familia Michoacana, law enforcement officials told The Times' Washington bureau.
90 Arrested in Dallas Drug Bust Tied to 'La Familia' Cartel
October 22, 2009
Federal and local authorities early Wednesday arrested 90 people in Dallas as part of a nationwide methamphetamine drug distribution bust tied to the notorious "La Familia" drug cartel.
The Gang Arms Race
August 27, 2009
Thousands of surplus military fragmentation grenades and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were left over from the Central American civil wars. Corrupt military suppliers, communist governments, and weapons dealers are other sources for arms traffickers offering grenades and RPGs on the black market.
Chicago Feds Indict Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders
August 20, 2009
Calling it the most significant narcotics conspiracy case of its kind ever in Chicago, authorities today announced indictments against leaders of warring Mexican drug cartels blamed for increasing violence south of the border and for bringing up to four tons of cocaine to the city each month for national distribution.
California Pot Farm Fire Reveals Troubling Trend
August 20, 2009
Narcotics agents said Tuesday they had little doubt that the nearly 90,000-acre La Brea fire in California was started by Mexican drug traffickers who were tending a large, sophisticated marijuana farm planted on the side of a mountain in the Los Padres National Forest.
Mexican Drug Cartels Smuggling Oil into U.S.
August 11, 2009
U.S. refineries bought millions of dollars worth of oil stolen from Mexican government pipelines and smuggled across the border, the U.S. Justice Department told The Associated Press – illegal operations now led by Mexican drug cartels expanding their reach.
DEA Arrests Top La Familia Cartel Member
August 3, 2009
Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a key member of La Familia Michoacana, one of Mexico's most ruthless and violent drug cartels, acting Administrator Michele Leonhart announced today.
4 Gun Traffickers Were Raising Proceeds to Pay Drug Cartel
August 3, 2009
Several of the guns, which were being moved from Arizona to California, were fully automatic. One of the men arrested said the transaction was raising funds to pay off a debt to a Mexican drug cartel, according to the ATF.
Border Agents Reporting Record Drug Seizures
July 17, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting record drug seizures for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30. The agency seized 3.3 million pounds of drugs.
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