23 People Killed During Mexican Prison Riot
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/21/2010 - 12:48

A prison in the northern Mexican state of Durango housing 2,025 inmates exploded in a wave of violence Wednesday morning, leaving at least 23 prisoners dead.


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Mexican Drug Cartel Stitches Rival's Face On Soccer Ball
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/12/2010 - 17:25

Last Friday, the body of 36-year-old Hugo Hernandez was found in seven pieces on the streets of Los Mochis along with a threat from one drug cartel to another: “Happy New Year, because this will be your last.” As if dismembering his body weren’t sick enough, his kidnappers also skinned his face and stitched it onto a soccer ball.


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Mexican Navy Kills Kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva in Two-Hour Gun Battle
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 12/17/2009 - 10:37

After a dramatic standoff, Mexican authorities report cartel kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva and three members of his organization were shot down in a two-hour battle with a navy assault team.


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Amnesty International Accuses Mexican Army of Torture
By Mariela Rosario | 12/09/2009 - 10:00

In a report released yesterday, Amnesty International accused the Mexican Army of committing numerous human rights violations, including torture and forced dissapearances in the country's ongoing war against the drug cartels. The human rights watchdog group also accuses local authorities of ignoring the abuses and failure to investigate the allegations.


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Second Investigator Is Murdered in Unsolved Mexican Journalist Case
By Latina Staff | 08/28/2009 - 13:55

The New York Times reported today that gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, killed the aide of a federal agent investigating the death of a crime reporter, just a month after the first agent assigned to the case was shot dead.


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Mexican Police Commander and His Four Children Murdered
By Anabell Romero | 07/30/2009 - 11:46

The home of the police commander of Veracruz, Mexico, Jesus Antonio Romero, was set on fire on Wednesday morning, killing him and his family. Romero had just recently been appointed operations chief for the joint police force of Veracruz and Boca del Rio when an unknown number of gunmen attacked his home.


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Leopard Skin Rolex, Albino Tigers Seized from Mexican Drug Kingpins
By Mariela Rosario | 07/22/2009 - 09:32

It sounds like a scene straight out of a movie, but reality is sometimes even stranger than fiction. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal exposed the over-the-top luxuries enjoyed by some of Mexico's biggest drug kingpins. From leopard-skin Rolex watches to endangered species, it seems that for Mexico's head honchos, nothing is too rare, expensive or ostentatious to collect.


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Alarming Escalation of Violence in Mexico
By Mariela Rosario | 07/16/2009 - 12:07

30 people died over just a 48-hour period this week in Mexico. The victims included 12 police officers whose bodies were discarded along a road and found on Tuesday in Michoacan. The bodies of 11 men and one female, who had been investigating drug related crimes in the area, were identified yesterday as police. Police spokesman Monte Alejandro Rubido said the bodies were piled on top of each other and displayed signs of torture.


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Drug Violence Continues to Plague Mexico’s Northern Border
By Christine Estevez | 07/14/2009 - 12:03

A dozen bound and tortured bodies were discovered dumped on the side of a remote highway in Michoacán. Police found the latest victims of the ongoing battle between rival drug traffickers on Monday.
A threatening message was located near the beaten bodies of 11 men and one woman piled up and wrapped in a tarp, police revealed at the scene. Sadly, this has become a frequent occurrence: Last week, police found four bodies and a menacing note in the same spot.


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Cartels Luring Young Americans as Assassins
By Yuliana Gomez | 06/23/2009 - 19:13

A report by The New York Times today reveals the new trend for Mexican cartels is recruiting American teens along impoverished U.S. bordertowns, adding complexity and tensions to life along the U.S.-Mexico border.


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