23 Mexican Police Officers Arrested for Corruption
By Mariela Rosario | 04/02/2009 - 15:55

The Mexican Army recently detained 23 municipal police officers in Tijuana, a border city, for suspicion that they are involved in organized crime.

The Attorney General said that the officers would be charged under the Federal Law Against Organized Crime, but would not provide specific details on the case. This latest round-up is the government’s most recent effort to purge Mexico's municipal and state police forces of members associated with the drug cartels currently waging war in the country.

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Obama Considers Moving Troops to Mexico Border
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2009 - 14:45

President Barack Obama spoke out about the recent violence that has enveloped our neighbor to the south and has begun to spill over from Mexico into the United States. He admitted that he has been weighing the possibility of moving National Guard troops to the border in an effort to contain the violence but ruled out immediate military action.

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"Rape Trees" Found Along Southern US Border
By Mariela Rosario | 03/11/2009 - 16:00

From beheading to kidnappings, there seems to be no limit to what the Mexican drug cartels are willing to do to assert their dominance—and they deal not only in drugs, but also in humans. The majority of the coyotes who help undocumented immigrants cross the border are affiliated with the cartels.

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Sean Penn to Star in Film About Mexican Drug Cartels
By Mariela Rosario | 03/10/2009 - 14:00

Sean Penn is currently in discussion to star in the upcoming film Cartel, a drama for Universal Pictures.

Penn is considering the role of Ed Marker, a man on a journey to protect his son after his wife is murdered by men involved in the super violent Mexican cartels. The drama originally took root as a remake of La Scorta, a 1993 Italian film about four cops struggling to guard a lawyer prosecuting mafia bosses, but eventually evolved into an action film for Penn set in Mexico.

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1,500 Mexican Troops Move into Ciudad Juarez
By Mariela Rosario | 03/05/2009 - 16:05

Ciudad Juarez has become synonymous with the violence and crime committed by the Mexican drug cartels. Over the past several years, countless numbers of women have disappeared or been killed, and in 2008 alone, two thousand people were murdered. Mexican officials moved 1,500 soldiers into the region to try to regain control of the city and say they plan on having 7,000 in place by the end of the week.

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Mexican Drug Cartel Threatens Guatemalan President
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/03/2009 - 18:00

Mexican gunmen from the Gulf’s drug cartel, Los Zetas, have threatened to assassinate Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom. The National Civilian Police received the threat on Saturday that Los Zetas would assassinate the president later that day. Security around the president was tightened and no attempts were reported.

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"60 Minutes" Special Explores Dire Crisis in Mexico
By Mariela Rosario | 03/03/2009 - 16:00

The crisis in Mexico is escalating with each passing day and more and more media outlets are picking up on the startling news coming from south of the border. Anderson Cooper recently produced a special report for 60 Minutes addressing the current circumstances in Mexico, the causes and possible solutions.

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Would Legalizing Marijuana Help Ease the Drug Wars in Mexico?
By Yuliana Gomez | 02/23/2009 - 17:45

Three former heads of state in Latin America—Mexico's former president Ernesto Zedillo, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and former Colombian president César Gaviria—issued a joint statement in an opinion piece that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In it they express their view that the drug war was too costly and difficult for countries like Mexico, and recommending that the United States start looking at alternatives, like legalizing marijuana. “The war on drugs has failed.

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Mexican Beauty Queen Laura Zúñiga Released From House Arrest
By Yuliana Gomez | 02/02/2009 - 16:15

Mexican authorities released 23-year-old beauty queen Laura Zúñiga from house arrest after prosecutors and the attorney general’s office decided that there was not enough evidence to prove that she had been involved in any illegal activity, the New York Times reports.

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