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  • US banks cleared to take legal marijuana money (thanks Soros)

    02/14/2014 3:13:13 PM PST · by mgist · 20 replies
    FT ^ | February 14, 2014 | Hall
    US regulators gave banks the green light to accept money from legal marijuana businesses but cautioned that they expected financial institutions to conduct “thorough due diligence” and report possible criminal activity. The guidance from the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Department of Justice is meant to tackle one of the biggest challenges for a growing industry that is legal in a score of states but prohibited by federal law. Banks have shied away from doing business with marijuana groups for fear of prosecution. Unable to make deposits or accept credit cards, many “cannabusinesses” operate entirely in cash,...
  • Gun-toting Mexican vigilantes parade victorious through drugs cartel's stronghold ...

    02/10/2014 8:14:20 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 10, 2014 | Leon Watson
    after seizing control in rare war on drugs triumphVigilantes battling the ruthless Knights Templar drug cartel in Mexico have entered a gang-held city to clear it of gunmen, a leader of the movement said. The group has driven the quasi-religious cartel from a series of towns in the west entered the city of Apatzingan with government forces on Saturday, it was claimed. Dozens of vigilante group members, who wore white t-shirts to identify themselves, were seen speeding into the area in the back of pickup trucks. The city of 100,000 in Michoacan state has been under effective control of the...
  • Yesterday a Knight Templar, Today a Member of Self-Defense Group

    01/22/2014 6:15:59 PM PST · by SteelTrap · 4 replies
    Borderland Beat ^ | Jan 22. 2014 | Borderland Beat reporter
    In Mexico, people have been successfully fighting back against oppression, beating back drug cartels and now starting war against govt criminals in league with the cartels. This makes it a bit easier for the not-so-bad bad guys to turn things around and join against the still-bad guys. To see how the govt reacted to the success of the citizen defense groups:
  • California kids enlist in Mexico militias to rout a drug cartel

    01/17/2014 7:23:28 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    global post ^ | January 17, 2014 | Dudley Althaus
    Moises Verduzco says he learned how to handle himself in a fight from his teen years running with a street gang near Los Angeles. Now back home in western Mexicos violent Michoacan state, Verduzco and other United States-bred youths are putting those lessons from the barrio to war against the Knights Templar criminal cartel. Verduzco, 22, spent most of his life in the working-class city of Hawthorne, Calif., until the US deported him to Mexico a few years ago following a criminal conviction. This is way better, he says, comparing his preferred vigilante post with California gangster life. Here you...
  • Federal Courts: Obama Partnership With Drug Cartels Deeper Than Weapons

    12/22/2013 9:31:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | December 22, 2013 | Brandon Walker
    Presented in a Federal Judges court ruling is an insight we have never seen in Federal Courts. It seems very prominent that Obamas partnership with drug cartels go way beyond the weapons we knew about! A federal court in Texas has issued a formal opinion on the court case United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez. The judge, Andrew Hanen, presented his opinion from the case that threw open the doors to watch the travesty of justice that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the shear lawlessness of the Obama Administration. This goes way beyond the Fast and...
  • Gunman in clown suit kills senior Mexican drug cartel member

    10/19/2013 4:46:03 PM PDT · by USNBandit · 42 replies
    Yahoo News Canada ^ | 19 October 2013 | Reuters Unattributed
    Link only for yahoo who copied a whole article from Reuters.
  • OUTRAGE: Georgia Police Chief Suspended Without Pay Just for Visiting Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    09/12/2013 7:15:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 45 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-13-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Chief Doug Jordan meet in Phoenix.- Unbelievable! The Grantville, Georgia Police Chief has been suspended for a week - without pay - merely for visiting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his vacation. Chief Doug Jordan and his wife planned a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They had honeymooned there 31 years ago. They paid for the trip and its expenses themselves. While there, Jordan thought it would be a great idea to see if he could meet with Arpaio. He was honored when Arpaio agreed to do so.I meet with...
  • Vice: The Warrior State (video)

    09/04/2013 11:47:10 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Vice ^ | June 2013 | Bernardo Loyola and Laura Woldenberg
    On January 5 in El Potrero, a small town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a man named Eusebio Garca Alvarado was kidnapped by a local criminal syndicate. Kidnappings are fairly common in Guerrerothe state, just south of Mexico City, is one of the poorest in the country and the site of some of the worst violence in the ongoing battle between the drug cartels and Mexican authorities. Guerreros largest city, Acapulco, is known to Americans as a tourist hot spot. Its also currently the second most dangerous city in the world, according to a study released by a...
  • Floating Corpse in Rio Grande Greets Congressional Delegation on Visit to Mexican Border

    08/17/2013 5:26:46 PM PDT · by montag813 · 27 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 08-17-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaThe border is safer than ever. So DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has told us the past four years.Againandagain. Barack Obama has mocked those who say the border is unsafe: Maybe theyll need a moat. Maybe theyll want alligators in the moat. Theyll never be satisfied. But for Texans, the Rio Grande is wide open - thanks to Federal failure to secure it - and is a growing threat to the safety of citizens and law enforcement, on land and water. Wide open...and violent, as a Congressional delegation visiting the border found out this week. Three Republicans...
  • Ex-Border Patrol Agents Warn: Politicians Helping Cartels in U.S.

    08/07/2013 7:51:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 7 Aug 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    In an open letter to the public in late July, several retired Border Patrol agents wrote on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers to warn that Mexican drug cartels are actively operating inside the United States spending millions every year to try to build their networks here. They argued that American politicians are protecting their activities as well. Transnational criminal enterprises have annually invested millions of dollars to create and staff international drug and human smuggling networks inside the United States; thus it is no surprise that they continue to accelerate their efforts to get trusted...
  • Around 34 people are executed daily in Mexico ( Gun free zone )

    07/24/2013 8:10:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    DG ^ | Jul 24, 2013 | Valerie Benguiat
    In average, 34 people die every day in Mexico, in crimes related to drug trafficking and the war on drugs. In the latest numbers released by Mexicos government 4,451 people had been murdered in the period between January and April 2013. Besides the 4,451 deaths, this year there are 26 people that have been reported missing and are currently unaccounted for. ... People executed by drug gangs are found shot, beheaded, dismembered and wrapped in black plastic bags, with or without written messages in pieces of cardboard. In Mexico, drug cartel related executions have become so common that some news...
  • Drug Cartels Turn To Human Trafficking

    07/07/2013 5:55:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/07/13 | Friends of Ours
    Central American migrants who are lured by the U.S. open border policy are getting exploited by Mexican cartels which are expanding their rackets from the drug trade to human trafficking as reported by Isabella Cota for The Guardian: "'Why? Because a dose of drugs can be bought and consumed only once, but the same human being can be exploited in many forms over and over again throughout a lifetime,' says Marcela Chacn, Costa Rica's deputy minister of interior and police." Inexplicably, the so-called immigration reform bill proposed by U.S. lawmakers contains no provisions by which intelligence data could be obtained...
  • Mexican Cartels Behind Oregon Killings

    06/22/2013 5:10:46 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    The "Mexican cartels, including the powerful Sinaloa and the brutal Los Zetas, have infiltrated almost every corner of Oregon," and "perhaps most unnerving, cartel-connected traffickers lash out in violence to control territory, settle debts or warn rivals" as reported by Les Zaitz for The Oregonian: "Police suspect a cartel is behind the roadside execution early last year of a trafficker near Salem. They think cartel operatives shot two California drug dealers whose bodies were found buried in the sage northeast of Klamath Falls last fall. They also believe a cartel ordered a 2007 hit in which a trafficker and four...
  • Drug cartels in Oregon: Violence in the Northwest

    06/21/2013 6:13:00 PM PDT · by seacapn · 60 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 21, 2013 | Les Zaitz
    For more than a day, the plastic orange toolbox sat on the lawn under a cherry tree, a few paces from the sidewalk. No one passing the Canby home took notice. Not the runners. Not the dog walkers. Not the kids riding by on bicycles. Then curiosity drew a 31-year-old landscaper who had come to the home just after sunset to help a friend move. Ivan Velasco Rodriguez poked the toolbox with a wooden rake handle. The pipe bomb lurking inside exploded. Metal shards flying at bullet speed fatally injured Velasco Rodriguez and slammed into surrounding homes. Pieces fell on...
  • Besieged Mexican town cheers arrival of soldiers

    05/25/2013 10:06:04 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | May. 20, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    Mexico's top security officials promised Tuesday that a new federal offensive to rescue towns besieged by the Knights Templar drug cartel in western Michoacan state would stay "until there is security and peace for all state residents." Interior Secretary Miguel Osorio Chong and his national security team met with local officials in the state capital of Morelia at a time of escalating tensions in Michoacan, where communities mistrustful of state authorities have been creating their own vigilante forces for protection against the cartels. Michoacan is the Mexican state most visibly dominated by a drug cartel. Gunmen in vehicles marked only...
  • Mexico's anti-narcotics tsar just one casualty of US-backed war on drugs

    05/02/2013 10:53:56 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 2, 2013 | By Jo Tuckman
    When Mexico's former drug tsar No Ramrez was arrested on suspicion of receiving monthly payments from the Beltrn-Leyva drug cartel he was confident the charges would quickly be dropped. No court, he thought, would believe testimony from a former cartel member who claimed to have seen Ramrez receive a briefcase full of cash at a Mexico City restaurant on a day he was actually travelling to Las Vegas for a meeting with US law-enforcement officials, in the company of two US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. Ramrez was wrong. It took four years, four months and a change of...
  • Illegal Alien Border Crossings TRIPLE as 'Gang of 8' Amnesty Talk Heats Up

    05/02/2013 8:14:40 PM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-02-2013 | John Hill
    Here they come: Migrants bound for the U.S. border ride on top of a train in Ixtepec, in Oaxaca, southern Mexico (AP).- For months, Stand With Arizona has been reporting (most recently here, here and here) on the massive increase in border crossings since Obama and the 'Gang of Eight' started promising amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. And I have been interviewed by two dozen media outlets from the Washington Post and L.A. Times to CNN and even FoxNews. Each time I begged them to report the truth about what border agents were telling me - that a tidal...
  • Mexican drug homicides fall 14 percent at start of Pena Nieto's term

    04/11/2013 1:54:37 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 10, 2013 | AP
    Mexico said on Wednesday that killings linked to organized crime fell 14 percent to 4,249 in the first four months of the presidency of Enrique Pena Nieto, who has vowed to quickly reduce the menace posed by drug cartels. The figure refers to killings from December 2012 through March 2013, and compares to the 4,934 organized crime-related killings during the same period a year earlier, said Interior Minister Miguel Osorio Chong. "It's still too early to adopt a triumphalist attitude," said Osorio Chong. "The trend is there, but it's still early and it could surprise us and pick up tomorrow,...
  • 'Fast and Furious' called false flag against gun dealers

    04/04/2013 3:45:38 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 3, 2013 | Taylor Rose
    Author says government's actions are 'comparable to U.S. funding al-Qaida' WASHINGTONThe U.S. government running guns to Mexican cartels is comparable to the United States funding al-Qaida to make someone in the United States look bad, according to the author of a new best-seller. Katie Pavlich is the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obamas Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up, news editor of and an expert on the Fast and Furious scandal. In an interview with WND, she asserted that the Obama administration intentionally orchestrated a false flag against lawful gun dealers, the U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican citizens...
  • Mexico drug cartels sending top agents to run crime rings deep inside U.S. territory, AP finds

    04/01/2013 2:22:23 PM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 54 replies
    AP ^ | 4/1/2013
    Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits. If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels' move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering. Cartel activity in the U.S. is certainly...
  • Mexican Cartels Getting Strong and Violent Foothold in the United States

    04/01/2013 9:05:00 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 83 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr. 1, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    The Associated Press is out with an extensive piece today showing just how far Mexican drug cartels have infiltrated American society. The cartel problem is no longer a border problem, it's a problem for the entire country. Violent cartel members are carrying out crimes in our backyards with the potential to develop into something much worse. Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the...
  • Texas Prosecutor And Wife Slain At Their Home

    03/31/2013 2:51:41 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 117 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/31/13 | Friends of Ours
    Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia Woodward McLelland were shot to death in their home last night as reported by The Dallas Morning News: "A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity described the scene at the McLellands' home as an awful scene where the door appeared to have been kicked in. 'There are shell casings everywhere,' the official said. 'This is unprecedented. This is unbelievable. This is huge.'" Last month Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down outside the local courthouse by two men in tactical gear who remain at...
  • Mexican drug cartels using covert agents inside U.S.

    04/01/2013 6:37:51 AM PDT · by Marv Dumon · 14 replies ^ | 04/01/2013 | Marv Dumon
    Mexican drug cartels are using covert agents placed in cells deep inside the United States, according to an April 1 Fox News report. Such agents are likely responsible for the killing of a Texas district attorney and his wife on Saturday, officials also told Reuters on Sunday.
  • Mexican drug cartels are coming to America

    04/01/2013 4:20:08 AM PDT · by raybbr · 70 replies ^ | April 01, 2013 | N/A
    CHICAGO Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits. If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels' move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering. Cartel activity in the U.S....
  • Obama's Genetically Modified Food Bill is Bad for America's Health - Monsanto Protection Act.

    03/30/2013 5:52:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Peter Lind
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law, the "Monsanto Protection Act," that strips federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns. "The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses those potential hazards," explains a letter to the House that has been signed by dozens of food businesses and retailers, as well as interest groups and...
  • How gang members behave like animals... and experts are now predicting ...

    03/27/2013 9:22:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/26/2013 | By Amanda Williams
    FULL TITLE: How gang members behave like animals... and maths experts are now predicting where they will fight rivals with 99% accuracy ~Jeffrey Brantingham, UCLA anthropologist, uses statistics to study crime ~He used the Lotka-Volterra equation to accurately predict fight locations ~The theory states that species claim territories whose boundaries form a perpendicular line halfway between each groups home Maths experts have used geometric equations learned from wild animals to predict the location of fights between rival gangs with almost 99 per cent accuracy. Jeffrey Brantingham, an anthropologist at UCLA, in California, who uses statistics to study crime, has employed...
  • Nationalism and Internationalism

    03/26/2013 5:52:58 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 25 Mar 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Iraq and immigration have one thing in common. Both are founded on the assumption that national political philosophies can be universally applied to any population with the same results. The same leftists and radical libertarians who mocked the idea that Iraqis could be successfully transformed through democracy insist millions of illegal aliens from countries every bit as violent and unstable as Iraq can be successfully transformed by giving them legal status and the vote. Both assumptions were and are wrong. They are both symptoms of an internationalism that assumes a favorite political philosophy that works in the United States can...
  • DHS tells Congress it still can't measure border security

    03/20/2013 12:17:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/20/13 | Stephen Dinan
    Top homeland security officials told Congress Wednesday they still dont have a way to effectively measure border security a revelation that lawmakers said could doom the chances for passing an immigration legalization bill this year. Three years after the Obama administration scrapped the previous yardstick, which measured miles of the border under operational control, top Customs and Border Protection officials told Congress the new measure theyre working on wont be ready for public use any time in the near future. The revelation stunned lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, who said that without a way to
  • Mexican Man Cops No Contest In Arizona Beheading

    03/21/2013 6:57:15 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/21/13 | Friends of Ours
    In October 2010 a man was repeatedly stabbed and then grotesquely beheaded in Chandler, AZ, and now one of the three reputed narco soldiers from the Sinaloa cartel whom authorities suspect in the gruesome crime has pleaded no contest for his alleged role as reported by the Daily Mail. Although the Obama Administration insists that there is no drug cartel spillover violence the dead bodies on the north side of the border stubbornly belie the President's cynical lie. Former DEA supervisor Phil Jordan insists that the drug traffickers' most gruesome tactics including beheadings are occurring on American soil, and says...
  • Mexican, U.S. Media Too Scared To Cover Border Crime

    03/19/2013 11:47:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 19, 2013
    Violence along the southern border has gotten so out of control that both Mexican and American journalists have stopped reporting it out of fear that drug cartels will retaliate against them and their families. This means Americans will be kept in the dark about the crisis along the porous and increasingly dangerous Mexican border. We certainly cant expect the truth from the government. Remember that the nations Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, insists that the region is as secure as it has ever been. This delusional assessment has been repeated by Napolitano over and over again in a seemingly...
  • Mexican Officer: Military at War with Cartels in Nuevo Laredo

    03/11/2013 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/11/13 | Brandon Darby
    A Mexican officer claims the military is indeed at war with drug cartels for territory in northern Mexico and that vast numbers of children have been left homeless and hungry by the war in the seemingly unreachable cartel-controlled territory. The officer spoke with me in person on the condition of anonymity. When I asked him to explain which cartels were fighting in Nuevo Laredo, he explained that things were not so simple and not so easily defined. The officer did not speak in law enforcement terms but instead used military terms. It grew clear that the troubles facing Mexico had...
  • Drug Cartel Whacks Boy Hitman

    03/02/2013 5:08:08 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 25 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/02/13 | Friends of Ours
    There are so many killer children working for the Mexican drug cartels that perhaps kiddy network Nickleodeon should launch a comedy series titled I Was A Teenage Hitman or something (hey, it's already making the mob movie Nicky Deuce). The tortured and slain body of a 13-year-old boy who last month confessed to his involvement with ten murders for Los Zetas was found in the Central Mexican state of Zacatecas as reported by Rafael Romo for CNN: "After his February arrest, the Federal Police released the boy into the custody of the Mexican Attorney General's Office, which later set him...
  • US military expands its drug war in Latin America

    03/01/2013 10:40:48 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | MARTHA MENDOZA
    Hundreds of thousands of kilograms (pounds) of cocaine are seized en route to the U.S. every year, and the Defense Department estimates about 850 metric tons of cocaine departed South America last year toward the U.S., down 20 percent in just a year. The most recent U.S. survey found cocaine use fell significantly, from 2.4 million people in 2006 to 1.4 million in 2011. ... Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield, head of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said the goal is to make it so hard for traffickers to move drugs to the U.S. that...
  • Juvie Girls Confess To Contract Killing

    02/26/2013 8:40:51 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/26/13 | Friends of Ours
    Forget about blessing the beasts and the children; sometimes the children are just beasts. Two teen girls -- one 13, the other 15 -- have confessed to gunning down a man in Guatemala City as reported by the Deccan Herald: "Criminal organizations are hiring and training minors as contract killers to exploit provisions in Guatemalan law that exempt minors from prosecution for such crimes, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez said." Gutemalan crime groups must be pulling a page from the playbook of the Mexican drug cartels. In December 2010 Mexican authorities arrested Edgar Jimenez a/k/a El Ponchis or The Cloak, an...
  • The Real Answer to the Immigration Question

    02/21/2013 3:28:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    America has almost 12 million illegal immigrants. Many of them came here on visas and never left. But about 60 percent of them walked in from just one country -- Mexico. Though the stalled Obama Economy has caused about 900,000 to go home since 2007, there are still about 6 million Mexicans living in the United States who've sneaked across our borders. Everyone from Marco Rubio to John McCain and our golfer in chief are trying to figure out how to deal with the illegal immigrants we have already and prevent future waves of Mexican migrants. But no one seems...
  • Report: El Chapo Killed In Guatemalan Shootout

    02/22/2013 7:59:40 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Forbes-listed billionaire who heads the Sinaloa cartel, may have died in a shootout with rival narcos in Guatemala's northern Peten province as reported by Sonia Perez for The Associated Press. However, it's still too early to pop the champagne, dance in the streets and celebrate with joy on the hopeful news because "officials stressed late Thursday that they had not yet found any bodies or even confirmed a shootout happened." Guatemala is among the major transit points for cocaine smuggled from Colombia through Central America and Mexico before reaching crazed druggies in the United States....
  • Who is 'El Chapo' Guzman, Public Enemy Number One?

    02/15/2013 1:49:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Tarm
    A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1 the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars. The Chicago Crime Commission announced the move Thursday, saying it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more menacing than Capone because he's the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed...
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Likely Responsible For Assassinating Texas Prosecutor

    02/06/2013 5:20:37 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/06/13 | Friends of Ours
    Last Thursday Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down outside the local courthouse by two men in tactical gear who remain at large as reported by Frank Heinz for NBC in Dallas-Fort Worth. Hasse prosecuted organized crime cases, and was likely targeted for retribution. Investigators are looking at the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas which is a major methamphetamine distributor for the Gulf cartel as reported by Dave Gibson for the Examiner. The drug cartels freelance their retail distribution and enforcement work to local street and prison gangs across the United States, and have recently been targeting both...
  • Vigilante groups spring up in Mexico in fight against cartels

    01/22/2013 6:18:19 PM PST · by exbrit · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/21/2013 | Unspecified
    "In less than a month, they have done something that the army and state and federal police haven't been able to do in years," said local resident Lorena Morales Castro, who waited in a line of cars at a checkpoint Friday. "They are our anonymous heroes." Read more:
  • Masked Mexican vigilantes take to the streets to protect their villages from the drug cartels

    01/21/2013 9:13:46 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 21 January 2013
    Tired of the scourge of organized crime, civilians in two rural towns in southwestern Mexico have taken matters into their own hands over the last two weeks. Since the second week of January, around 800 masked and armed residents have set up vigilante groups who are manning checkpoints, imposing curfews and arresting alleged criminals. This unofficial police force says they are providing security for the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state, an area that has been hit hard by Mexico's drug violence. More than 70,000 people killed across the country since 2006 and residents in...
  • 11 Killed In Mexican Drugs Clashes

    01/20/2013 12:06:55 AM PST · by fella · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Jan 2013
    11 killed in Mexican drugs clashes AFP - Police and army troops squared off with presumed hitmen working for drug traffickers in two deadly incidents in Mexico that left 11 gunmen dead, authorities said. In Puente Nacional, in the eastern state of Veracruz, armed men attacked army troops who responded, killing six of the gunmen. And in Culiacan, in northwestern Sinaloa state, police and army troops clashed with gunmen, and five more gunmen were killed in that incident. Mexico's relentless drug violence has claimed more than 70,000 lives across the country since 2006.
  • Gangs need gun control, not the law abiding gun owners

    01/15/2013 7:06:16 PM PST · by doug from upland · 20 replies
    Gangs need gun control, not the Law Abiding Gun Owners Gangs don't understand gun control or laws See all 4 photos Source: FBI My Goal For This Hub My goal is to shed some light on a area of violent crimes that is going unnoticed during the media coverage on gun control. That light should shine on the gangs and gang members operating their illegal businesses in the United States and across its borders. They use guns and violence in protecting and conducting these illegal businesses which are in the multiple billions of dollars a year. The statements shown...
  • Mexico's Most Feared Drug Cartel has Entered the Coal Mining Business

    01/11/2013 5:30:25 AM PST · by arthurus · 17 replies ^ | 09 January 2013 | Joao Peixe
    In the past few years they have taken control of Mexicos Coahuila region in the north, along the border of Texas, and are now starting to thrive like never before. Los Zetas covertly entered the region, and under the threat of extreme violence for those who didnt cooperate they swiftly brought every aspect of commerce, politics, and business under their control in less than three years.This expansion was not undertaken to increase its drug trafficking or prostitution ring operations, but rather to enter into the business of coal mining.
  • Mexico's Cartels and the Economics of Cocaine

    01/06/2013 8:41:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | January 6, 2013 | Stewart Scott
    At Stratfor, we follow Mexico's criminal cartels closely. In fact, we are currently finishing our 2013 cartel forecast, which will be released later this month. As weanalyze theMexican cartels, we recognize that to understandtheir actions and theinteractions between them, we need to acknowledge that at their core they are businesses and not politically motivated militant organizations. This means that although violencebetween and within the cartelsgrabs much of the spotlight, a careful analysis of the cartels must look beyond the violence to the business factors that drive their interests -- and their bankrolls. There are several distinct business factors that have...

    01/02/2013 11:03:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Vice ^ | Sam Clements
    Drug cartels are all over the place in Mexico, but the Los Zetas have gained the title of the most technologically advanced and dangerous cartel in the country. Theyre ex-paramilitary, tooled up like a miniature army, and have even set up their own radio communications network to organize all their horrible, murderous, people-trafficking business. Los Zetas' radio network is the rock of the low-level operations carried out by the "street-soldiers." It keeps daily activity running smoothly as well as providing a quick method of communication for the network of lookouts monitoring police movement and making sure the cartel is always...
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Kills U.S. Coast Guardsman In Boat Attack Off California Shoreline

    12/03/2012 5:08:21 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/03/12 | Friends of Ours
    The Mexican drug cartels once again have taken deadly aim against U.S. law enforcement. This time the narco terrorists intentionally rammed their smuggling panga boat against an approaching Coast Guard inflatable which resulted in the death of Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III and the injury of another guardsman after they fell into the sea off the southern California coast as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Two suspects have been detained. The narco insurgents from Mexico increasingly are targeting U.S. officials on both sides of the border: last August two CIA officials were injured in a shooting ambush against...
  • 'Please spare my little girl': How Mexico's fearless female mayor sacrificed herself...

    11/27/2012 3:04:15 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 74 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/26/2012 | Sam Webb
    The woman mayor who was kidnapped and murdered by a Mexican drug gang pleaded with her attackers for her young daughters life, it emerged today. Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia. The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal. They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors car willingly. The little girl...
  • Congressional report ties Middle East terrorists to Mexican drug cartels

    11/19/2012 10:07:10 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11-16-2012 | Matthew Boyle
    A new congressional report from the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management ties Middle East terror organizations to Mexican drug cartels. The report, released Thursday, is titled A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border. It found that the Southwest border has now become the greatest threat of terrorist infiltration into the United States. It specifically cites a growing influence from Iranian and Hezbollah terror forces in Latin America. The presence of Hezbollah in Latin America is partially explained by the large Lebanese diaspora in South America, the report reads....
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Use The United States As Global Distribution Hub

    11/12/2012 5:16:33 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 78 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/12/12 | Friends of Ours
    With little pushback from law enforcement within its borders the United States increasingly is serving as a global distribution hub for the Mexican drug cartels. Last week police in Melbourne, Australia busted two suspects including a reputed "high ranking member of the Comanchero Motorcycle Club" for their alleged roles in receiving cocaine shipments from an unidentified Mexican drug cartel in the United States as reported by Andrew O'Reilly for Fox News: "while it is unclear which cartel the outlaw motorcycle club members were working with, it is well known that Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel has a major stake...
  • [Video] Ben Swann Exposes U.S. Troops Involved in the Mexico Drug War

    11/01/2012 9:30:49 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 1, 2012 | Ben Swann
    Ben Swann Exposes U.S. Troops Involved in the Mexico Drug War; What The Media Isn't Telling YouBen Swann Reality Check explains what the media isn't telling you about Mexico's drug war and the U.S.'s war on drugs YouTube: Related News:Feds Let Mexican Cartel Hit Men Kill in U.S., Senior Lawman Told Stratfor Troops Working with Mexico on Drug War Sources: U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels CIA Working with Mexican Drug Cartels U.S. Feds Aided Mexican Drug Cartel"Drug Lords" Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI