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  • KINGS OF COCAINE Mexican cartels now using explosive-packed DRONES in chilling new brand of warfare

    08/22/2020 7:57:02 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 18 replies
    The sun ^ | 21 Aug 2020 | Ben Hill
    The drones are loaded with C4, an explosive reserved for military use, with additional ammunition of pellets to cause further damage. Part of the population of Tepalcatepec and even the self-defence groups have begun to move as they fear that it is not possible to tackle this new form of attack. One dangerous scam involves forcing pharmacies to buy bogus medicines, which in turn end up in the bloodstreams of genuinely sick people needing treatment. While another is to steal petrol out of buried pipelines leading to fuel shortages and dangerous explosions. Last year was the worst year in the...
  • Big assassination attempt in Mexico City

    07/01/2020 5:41:46 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1 Jul, 2020 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    We're busy up here with COVID, another New York Times story based on people familiar with the situation, another day of former V.P. Joe Biden hiding in the basement, and lots of rumors about President Trump dropping out. Down in Mexico, the situation is not about rumors. Last week, Mexico City police chief Omar García Harfuch was gunned down near his Lomas de Chapultepec home in Mexico City. For the record, I'm very familiar with that part of Mexico City. It's upscale and exclusive. How did people with high-powered rifles enter this supposedly secured neighborhood? The assassination attempt happened at...
  • US Attorney's Office Texas Paralegal tipped off Mexican drug cartel of investigation: FBI

    05/14/2020 8:40:09 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14 May 2020 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    A paralegal specialist working for a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas has been accused of helping a Mexican drug cartel smuggle large amounts of cocaine, heroin, and meth into the U.S. Jennifer Loya worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio since March 2017. According to federal court records, Loya’s sister, Kimberly, is married to Roland Gustamante, an associate to the leader of the Cartel del Noreste. Loyo is accused of using her access to electronic surveillance information through her job to tip-off Gustamante, her sister, and their associates of various DEA investigations...
  • Gunfire and blockades again break out on streets of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

    04/02/2020 12:01:37 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 7 replies
    Border Report ^ | 1 April 2020 | Sandra Sanchez
    Gunfire and blockades Wednesday again terrorized the northern Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, but was not a threat to the border Texas city of Laredo, the city’s fire chief told Border Report. “I saw the situational report come in that there was some gunfire occurring in Nuevo Laredo and I don’t have any details but it’s happening on the other side of the river so it’s not impacting our community,” Laredo Fire Chief Steve Landin said in a video conference call on Wednesday afternoon. Rapid gunfire can be heard in video shot on the streets of Nuevo Laredo, just across...
  • El Chapo's Sons vs. "El Mencho": Mexico Sees Rising Cartel Bloodshed

    03/24/2020 2:20:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | MARCH 19, 2020
    SNIP In its latest National Drug Threat Assessment, published early this year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration lists six Mexican criminal organizations as having significant trafficking impact on the United States: Sinaloa, Jalisco New Generation, Beltran-Leyva, Juarez, Gulf and the Zetas. But experts say most of the cartels have been splintered into competing factions in recent years, and today only Sinaloa and Jalisco meet the traditional conception of cohesive organizations with a large footprint. There are also other smaller, more local outfits. Sinaloa, long led by notorious kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who is serving a life sentence at a...
  • Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Delivers Remarks at the Project Python Press Conference

    03/11/2020 8:10:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 3/11/20 | DOJ
    Washington, DC ~ Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Remarks as Prepared for DeliveryGood afternoon, everyone.  Thank you for joining us.Today, we are announcing the results of Project Python, a multilateral interagency operation targeting the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, also known as CJNG.  This operation was led by the DEA, and on behalf of the Department, I want to thank Acting Administrator Dhillon for his strong leadership in the fight against transnational organized crime. And I want to express my appreciation for the courageous law enforcement professionals of the DEA – the men and women who, day in and day out, put...
  • DEA-Led Operation Nets More Than 600 Arrests Targeting Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación

    03/11/2020 8:12:57 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 3/11/20 | DOJ
    The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of Project Python, a DEA-led interagency operation encompassing all global investigations and related disruption activities targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).This announcement marks the successful conclusion of six months of investigative and enforcement activity targeting CJNG, culminating in large scale arrests throughout the country within the past week.  Project Python has resulted more than 600 arrests, 350 indictments, as well as significant seizures of money and drugs.“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle,...
  • Feds arrest over 600 alleged Mexican cartel members

    03/11/2020 12:29:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 11 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Wednesday that more than 600 arrests have been made as a result of an interagency operation cracking down on Mexican cartel activity. “Project Python,” a DEA-led initiative, targeted members of Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). According to the DEA, over the last six months federal law enforcement officials have been monitoring the activities of the accused. The operation resulted in more than 600 arrests nationwide, 350 indictments and “significant seizures of money and drugs,” according to the agencies. “Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in...
  • Feds cite new evidence against former Mexico security chief

    02/28/2020 12:04:36 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 27, 2020 | JIM MUSTIAN
    NEW YORK (AP) — New evidence against Mexico's former top security official has been uncovered since he was charged with taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. “The strength of the government’s case has only increased” since a grand jury indicted Genaro Garcia Luna last year on charges he conspired to traffic cocaine and made false statements, prosecutors wrote in court filings. Prosecutors wrote they have additional witnesses that will testify Garcia Luna “agreed to assist the Sinaloa Cartel in exchange for millions of dollars in...
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers Delivers Remarks at the 13th International Cartel Workshop

    02/21/2020 3:28:41 PM PST · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    justice.gov ^ | February 19, 2020 | Richard A. Powers,Deputy Assistant Attorney General
    San Francisco, CA ~ Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Remarks as Prepared for DeliveryA Matter of Trust: Enduring Leniency Lessons for the Future of Cartel Enforcement Good morning, and thank you for the kind introduction. It is a great privilege to welcome not only my fellow enforcers from around the world, but other distinguished faculty, and participants from the cartel bar. As I think we all recognize, this workshop has become a premier event in the world of international cartel enforcement, and today I am especially pleased to see it return to the United States for the first time in...
  • How To Take On The Deadly Drug Cartels That Run The U.S.-Mexico Border

    02/11/2020 9:36:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 11, 2020 | Pedro Gonzales
    A 13-year-old Oklahoma girl visiting Mexico with her family has been killed in yet another cartel ambush on a long and lonely stretch of highway just south of Falcon Heights, Texas. After nine U.S. citizens were killed in the Mexican border state of Sonora in November, President Donald Trump threatened to label cartels terrorist organizations. When it came to it, however, he holstered the executive pen and backpedaled out of the saloon at the request of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who desires to embrace the cartels with “abrazos no balazos”—hugs not bullets.Now comes word that a 13-year-old Oklahoma...
  • New Haven police to distribute ‘crack’ pipes, syringes, in hope of keeping addicts alive

    02/07/2020 6:57:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    nhregister.com ^ | February 6, 2020 | Ben Lambert
    City police will begin distributing “harm reduction kits,” including clean syringes and glass pipes, with hopes of keeping those battling drug addiction alive until they are able to commit to seek treatment. Police Chief Otoniel Reyes said officers often seize and discard needles and pipes, among other paraphernalia, when making an arrest. But often times, once people are released from custody, they rush to use, driven by addiction — and use unsafe or unfamiliar equipment, placing at them at greater risk of overdosing or contracting HIV. “While many think that the primary responsibility of police is to protect and enforce the laws,...
  • Former Gulf Cartel Leader Convicted of International Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

    01/10/2020 8:47:22 PM PST · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    justice.gov ^ | January 9, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, January 9, 2020Jorge Costilla-Sanchez pleaded guilty to an international drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana into the United States.Costilla-Sanchez, 48, was an active member of the “Cartel Del Golfo” (CDG or Gulf Cartel). CDG is a violent Mexican criminal organization engaged in the manufacture, distribution, and importation of ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. In the late 1990s, the Gulf Cartel recruited an elite group of former Mexican military personnel to join their ranks as security and enforcers who became known as Los Zetas. The...
  • Flashback: Iran’s Soleimani Hired Mexican Cartel Associate to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador on U.S. Soil

    01/03/2020 7:21:02 PM PST · by bitt · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/3/2020 | Joshua Caplan
    In May 2011, discussions began secretly in Mexico between a known Los Zetas associate and Quds Force operative Manssor Arbabsiar. The discussion would lead to planning a C-4 detonation at a Washington, D.C. restaurant frequented by Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. The Quds Force operative did not know that he was being recorded in a DEA operation. Over the course of a few months, several clandestine meetings in Mexico planned strikes against the Israeli Embassy in Washington, plus and the Saudi and Israeli Embassies in Argentina. New opium trafficking lanes between the Middle East and Mexico were also charted. In July...
  • Trump plans to designate Mexican cartels as terror groups, stirring outcry

    11/26/2019 10:37:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/26/2019 | Mary Beth Sheridan
    Mexico’s government expressed alarm Tuesday after President Trump said he was planning to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, a move that officials here fear could complicate security cooperation and trade between the neighbors. “Mexico will never accept any action that violates our national sovereignty,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted. “We will act firmly. I have sent our position to the U.S. as well as our resolution on combating transnational organized crime.” Under U.S. law, a violent foreign group or individual who threatens American security can be designated as terrorist in nature and be subject to special sanctions. Any...
  • At helm of DHS, Chad Wolf vows to confront the gangs behind illegal drugs, guns and migrants

    11/25/2019 7:51:32 AM PST · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 25 Nov, 2019 | Adam Shaw
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, in an exclusive interview with Fox News while touring the border just days after taking the helm at DHS, detailed what he described as an urgent and “exciting” plan to go after the gangs fueling the flow of illegal migrants, weapons and drugs across the southern border. "The TCOs and cartels, they control the southern side of the border — they have to be paid, they have to be compensated for any of these large flows coming across the border,” he told Fox News. “You eliminate that and you eliminate their ability to recruit...
  • Should the Pope EXCOMMUNICATE Mexican Cartel Members?

    11/19/2019 12:58:29 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 49 replies
    Self | November 19, 2019 | PJ-Comix
    Imagine if you could Quantum Leap into the Pope. What would you do? Well, since you don't know how long you could be a Pope you better start issuing decrees that you think could do some good. But what decrees? IMHO, the best decree the Pope could issue that would do the most good is issue a blanket EXCOMMUNICATION of all Mexican cartel members. Yeah, some of them would probably laugh it off but I am sure many of them (laughably) consider themselves to be good Catholics so such an excommunication would have the effect of causing some of them...
  • Possible suspect arrested in highway massacre case, Mexican investigators say

    11/06/2019 7:43:10 AM PST · by Tammy8 · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov. 6, 2019 | Patrick Smith
    Criminal investigators have arrested a suspect with a possible connection to the killing of nine American citizens, three women and six children, in the Mexican border state of Sonora. The Agency for Criminal Investigation in the state of Sonora said in a statement on its Facebook page Tuesday that officers found the suspect — whose name and sex has not been released — in the town of Agua Prieta, near the border with Arizona. "A person was arrested in possession of two .223 long guns, a .308 long gun, ten .223 caliber magazines, a .308 full magazine and a 50-gauge...
  • Cartel Drug Lab with Rocket Launchers, Witchcraft Altars Found in Mexico City

    10/23/2019 3:11:22 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/2019 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ and BRANDON DARBY
    A large-scale raid carried out by local and military forces in Mexico City uncovered a series of tunnels and stash houses where cartel members handled drugs, weapons, and performed witchcraft rituals. The raid took place on Tuesday morning in Mexico City, when more than 600 city cops, 147 Mexican Marines, and 90 agents with the prosecutor’s office raided several stash houses throughout the Tepito neighborhood in the Cuauhtémoc borough, Mexico’s City’s Public Security Secretariat revealed in a prepared statement. As a result of the operation, authorities arrested 31 suspects, including five women, who are believed to be members of the...
  • El Chapo's cartel launches military-style assault on Mexican forces

    10/19/2019 10:12:58 AM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 71 replies
    National Post ^ | October 18, 2019
    The Mexican city of Culiacán descended into terror on Thursday, when soldiers and police launched a raid to capture one of the heirs to the throne of jailed Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. As state forces advanced into the city, the Sinaloa Cartel hit back with an array of military-style weapons — and won. Mexican officials briefly detained Ovidio Guzman, one of Guzman’s sons who has emerged as a leading figure in the cartel after his father was arrested in 2016. But in response the cartel freed dozens of prisoners from a local jail, set numerous vehicles alight and...