By Dorkys Ramos | 02/25/2010 - 09:54
Police believe that a former lingerie model is the leader of one the world’s largest drug gangs. An international arrest warrant is reportedly in affect for Angie Sanselmente Valencia, 30, who recruited gorgeous models she described as “unsuspicious, beautiful angels” to traffic drugs from South America through Cancun, Mexico and into Europe. The women were paid around five thousand dollars for each trip they made and reportedly one model boarded a plane every 24 hours.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/01/2010 - 12:55
In the deadliest attack the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez has seen since Sept. 2009, fifteen young people between the ages of 15 and 20 were murdered when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on the house where they were celebrating a friend's birthday.
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.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/21/2009 - 10:08
The brutal murder of General Julian Aristides Gonzalez, which occurred after he dropped his daughter off at school just days ago, is the latest indication of the extent to which drug violence is wreaking havoc all across Latin America. Honduras is at the crossroads of drug smuggling, and Gonzalez found himself trying to handle the situation with the smugglers from Colombia, as well as handling the increasing presence of Mexico's drug cartels.
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.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/02/2009 - 17:15
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to meet with Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez to discuss the extradition of suspected criminals to the United States.
By Yuliana Gomez | 10/23/2009 - 16:00
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced the arrests of 203 people in 38 cities, with a focus on the major rings in the cities of Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle. It was the largest ever sweep against a Mexican drug organization by US law enforcement The New York Times reports.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2009 - 16:03
A recent gun fight between drug dealers in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ended with the deaths of two police officers and the fiery crash of a law enforcement helicopter.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/09/2009 - 17:05
Investigators have been on the hunt for Brazilian TV host and former state legislator Wallace Souza, accused of ordering at least five murders to bolster his ratings and emphasize his point that violence was skyrocketing in the Amazon region of the country. Souza, who denies the allegations, skipped town once a warrant for his arrest was issued.
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.