30 Mar 2017

Death Toll Climbs to 4 in Mexico Prison Riot

“A riot at a prison in the northern Mexican city of Cadereyta left four inmates dead and 21 other people wounded, Nuevo Leon state officials said on Wednesday.” Source: Latin American Herald Tribune – Death Toll Climbs to 4 in Mexico Prison Riot

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28 Mar 2017

Mexico governor says Chihuahua too weak to fight cartels

“The governor of Mexico’s northern state of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, has said his government does not have the means to tackle organised crime.” Source: Mexico governor says Chihuahua too weak to fight cartels – BBC News

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27 Mar 2017

Ten Cartels are fighting for control of Guerrero with more brutality and violence

“Guerrero occupies the third place in terms of most poverty at 62% of the population and first place for homicides at 2884 in 2016 at the national level. It is the state most disputed among organized crime groups. There is a presence of 10 cartels, five of them top level.

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24 Mar 2017

Los Cabos: 3 dismembered bodies discovered, as narco war continues in region

“On Sunday, ‘hieleras’ (ice coolers) were discovered containing dismembered remains.  The grisly contents were discarded in the heart of the tourist section of the popular vacation destination of Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur). Marking the first such violence in the tourist area.” Source: Borderland Beat: Los Cabos: 3 dismembered

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22 Mar 2017

Colombian Cocaine Seizure Puts Texis Cartel on Central American Drug Trafficking Map

“Police in El Salvador seized 160 kilograms of Colombian cocaine last week, again shedding light on the importance of the Texis Cartel on the Central American drug trafficking map and its possible connections with Mexican and Colombian cartels.” Source: Colombian Cocaine Seizure Puts Texis Cartel on Central American Drug Trafficking

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22 Mar 2017

Colombia’s Ecopetrol says rebel attacks cut output 893,000 barrels

“Colombia has lost 893,000 barrels of oil production, more than a day’s worth of total national output, this year due to rebel attacks on the Caño Limon-Covenas pipeline, state oil company Ecopetrol said on Tuesday.” Source: Colombia’s Ecopetrol says rebel attacks cut output 893,000 barrels

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15 Mar 2017

Mexico violence: 250 skulls found in Veracruz mass grave

“Two hundred and fifty skulls have been found in a mass grave in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, says state prosecutor Jorge Winckler. Speaking to TV network Televisa, Mr Winckler said that drug traffickers had used Veracruz for many years as a dumping ground for bodies. He said only

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15 Mar 2017

Jim Sensenbrenner: Make Mexican cartels pay for the wall

“Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner wants to build a wall on the southern border, and in a slight twist from President Trump’s famous campaign pledge, he wants to make Mexican drug cartels pay for it.” Source: Jim Sensenbrenner: Make Mexican cartels pay for the wall | Washington Examiner

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14 Mar 2017

13 Die in Drug-Related Violence in Southern Mexico

“Thirteen people, including five individuals whose burned bodies were found inside a vehicle, were murdered over a 72-hour period in the southern Mexican city of Chilapa de Alvarez, officials said Monday.” Source: Latin American Herald Tribune – 13 Die in Drug-Related Violence in Southern Mexico

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13 Mar 2017

Venezuela jail search reveals mass grave with 14 bodies

“The number of bodies found in a mass grave in Venezuela’s largest prison has risen to 14, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The General Penitentiary of Venezuela in central Guarico state was closed in October after violent clashes between inmates. The bodies, which are in an advanced

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