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  • DEA Announces Largest Single U.S. Strike Against Mexican Drug Cartels

    08/08/2012 10:14:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Contact: Terri K. Wyatt Special Agent/PIO, (214) 366-6900 ^ | October 22, 2009 | DEA Public Affairs,
    “ATF’s arrest of defendants in Project Coronado highlight the almost inseparable link between illegal trafficking of firearms and narcotics between the U.S. and Mexico,” said ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. “ATF ... focuses its investigative tools on criminal groups such as La Familia, ... It is alleged that La Familia used proceeds from the sale of drugs to purchase or obtain hundreds of firearms that were then moved illicitly to Mexico.” Project Coronado through OCDETF., (Special Operations Division), DEA, FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service and ATF, as well...
  • [Mexico:]Gunmen kill 8 men in town accosted by drug gang

    04/20/2012 3:50:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies ^ | April 19, 2012
    MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in western Mexico say two men wielding automatic rifles have opened fire on a group of men from a town that last year defied illegal loggers and drug traffickers, killing eight. Michoacan state prosecutors' spokesman Jonathan Arredondo says another four men were wounded in the Wednesday attack in the town of Cheran.
  • Mexico nabs leader of cult-like La Familia cartel (El Chango, or "The Monkey")

    06/21/2011 6:27:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/21/11 | Adriana Gomez Licon - AP
    MEXICO CITY – Federal authorities apprehended the leader of the cult-like, pseudo-Christian La Familia cartel on Tuesday, saying they had dealt a debilitating blow to a major organized crime group that terrorized western Mexico. Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, alias El Chango, or "The Monkey," was arrested in the central state of Aguascalientes without confrontation or casualties, said federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire. A state official who was not authorized to speak on the record said Mendez was taken at a federal police checkpoint, but authorities didn't provide more details.
  • Microsoft says La Familia drug cartel is selling bootleg Office software

    02/05/2011 1:31:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/5/11 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
    La Familia drug cartel is selling not just drugs, but also counterfeit Microsoft Office computer software, according the Redmond, Wash., tech giant. Microsoft showed off unauthorized copies of its Office 2007 software in Paris today which the company said it found for sale in Mexico. The pirated copies of Office were marked with La Familia cartel's rectangular "FMM" logo that the Microsoft says proves the link between the counterfeiting and the organized crime group, according to a Bloomberg report. "This is the real side, the scary side of counterfeiting and it plagues the world," said David Finn, Microsoft's associate general...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • Southern Border Security Crisis

    12/18/2010 2:26:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | December 18, 2010 | Michael Cutler
    Two news reports that appeared in the Washington Times a couple of days ago.Both articles are related because both articles report on the failures of our nation to secure the borders of the United States - with devastating results.   The first of the news reports deals with how members of the extremely dangerous Mexican-based drug cartel known as "La Familia"  (The Family) have set up shop in the Washington, DC area.   Here is the excerpt from that news report I want you to pay particular attention to:   The indictment says the drug operation was tied to La Familia, a violent...
  • Michoacan peace march turns into rally for La Familia drug lord

    12/13/2010 6:43:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | 13 Dec 2010 | Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City
    A peace march called by the government of a Mexican town that was the scene of a deadly gun battle between federal forces and the local cartel ended up as a rally in support of a slain drug lord. Saturday's marcha in Apatzingan, Michoacan, a stronghold of the drug-trafficking group La Familia, had been called as a demonstration for peace after a federal operation against the cartel left 12 people dead last week. Among them was purportedly one of the drug group's two top leaders, Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, also known as "The Craziest" and "The Doctor," among other names. Photographs...
  • DEA-Led Operation Delivers Over 2,000 Arrests

    06/14/2010 11:11:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 438+ views
    Note: Photos included. NOTE The following text is a quote: DEA-Led Operation Delivers Over 2,000 Arrests FBI, ICE and Mexican Govt. also take part in “Project Deliverance” which leads to the seizure of $154 million and 74.1 tons of drugs, as well as the arrest of a high-priority target DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart Announces Project Deliverance JUN 10 - (WASHINGTON) – DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart joined Attorney General Eric Holder to announce the arrest of 2,266 individuals on narcotics-related charges in the United States and the seizure of more than 74.1 tons of illegal drugs as part...
  • Mexican reporters on gov't tourism trip kidnapped

    06/13/2010 7:49:54 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 13 replies · 675+ views
    AP ^ | 6/13/2010 | GUSTAVO RUIZ
    MORELIA, Mexico — A government media tour to promote tourism in southwestern Mexico went awry when machete-wielding Indians briefly kidnapped 13 reporters on the trip, officials said Sunday. Fifteen people trying to film a beer commercial were also abducted. Nobody was harmed during the abductions Saturday, said a Michoacan state government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media. Government officials were still negotiating Sunday to recover the cameras and other media equipment stolen by the Nahua Indians. The indigenous communal landowners were upset that Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona...
  • VIDEO: Mexican Security Chief Ambushed In Michoacan; Seven Cops Assassinated In Ciudad Juarez

    04/24/2010 5:23:46 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/24/10 | Friends of Ours
    Public Safety Secretary Minerva Bautista, the top security official in Mexico's western state of Michoacan where the cult-like drug cartel La Familia has been engaged in an insurgency against the government, was wounded today in an ambush which killed four others as reported by Gustavo Ruiz for The Associated Press: She was traveling in a bullet-resistant sport utility vehicle. State Attorney General Jesus Montejano told the local Milenio television station that the attackers used assault rifles, grenades, a grenade launcher and a powerful .50-caliber sniper rifle whose rounds are capable of penetrating bullet-resistant materials. * * * The dead included...
  • [Mexico: "El Clinton"]Drug cartel boss captured

    10/30/2009 10:58:11 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 424+ views
    KGNS ^ | Oct. 29, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    Police have captured a suspected member of a notorious drug cartel. The Jalisco state attorney general's office says Abel Valadez Oribe is accused of trafficking drugs, kidnapping and extortion. Valadez Oribe is also known by the nickname of "El Clinton"and is a suspected leader of the La Familia Michoacana cartel. He was arrested on a highway in Guadalajara late Tuesday. The La Familia cartel mixes violence and pseudo-religion to inspire its traffickers and says its purpose is to protect the local population from rival drug gangs.
  • Hundreds Arrested In Raids Targeting Mexican Drug Cartel (In USA)

    10/22/2009 10:17:46 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 1,677+ views
    kwtx TV ^ | Oct. 22, 2009 | KWTX
    Hundreds of people have been arrested in Texas and around the country what officials say is the largest single strike at a Mexican drug cartel in the U.S WASHINGTON (October 22, 2009)—U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calls the arrests of more than 300 people in a series of drug raids in Texas and across the country the largest single strike at a Mexican drug cartel operating here. Holder said at a news conference Thursday that the arrests over the past two days were aimed at the U.S. operations of the La Familia cartel. Click here to find out more! Holder...
  • 300-Plus Arrests Made in 'Project Coronado' Drug Cartel Raids

    10/22/2009 9:11:21 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 7 replies · 1,322+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, October 22, 2009
    WASHINGTON — More than 300 suspects have been arrested in a series of drug raids across the country that law enforcement officials say is the largest single strike at a Mexican drug cartel operating in the United States. The arrests are aimed at the U.S. operations of the La Familia cartel, two officials said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the results of the operation. In the latest legal assault on La Familia, a New York grand jury has indicted an alleged cartel leader, Servando Gomez-Martinez. He is linked to one of the...
  • Agents target Mexican drug gang in North Texas

    10/21/2009 3:57:45 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 671+ views
    WFAA ^ | October 21, 2009 | REBECCA LOPEZ
    DALLAS — Drug Enforcement Administration agents — helped by an army of local and state police — raided homes and businesses across North Texas on Wednesday, targeting what they called one of the largest methamphetamine rings in the nation. DEA says a notorious and violent drug cartel called "La Familia" was distributing the meth and cocaine out of Dallas. SWAT teams arrested dozens of people, confisicated numerous weapons and drugs. Sources said the La Familia gang is extremely violent, and known to torture their victims. Law enforcement agents hit 38 locations in the Dallas area, including DeSoto, Duncanville and Grand...
  • Mexico's 'La Familia' cartel declares war on police

    07/15/2009 3:16:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 720+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/09 | AFP
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – The powerful "La Familia" drug cartel has unleashed one of the most spectacular murder offensives in recent years against Mexican authorities, boldly targeting President Felipe Calderon's home state. No drug cartel has ever gone so far or dealt such a harsh blow to the federal police -- not even in the country's northern reaches near the US border, often the scene of unspeakable violence, or in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's crime capital. La Familia has claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 federal police officers, including one woman, whose bodies were found Monday piled atop one another...
  • A Mexican Cartel's Swift and Grisly Climb

    06/14/2009 9:49:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 466+ views ^ | June 13, 2009 | Steve Fainaru and William Booth
    La Familia quickly set itself apart as a kind of criminal organization not seen before in Mexico. The cartel employed a public relations specialist known as El Tio, or the Uncle, and presented itself as a semi-legitimate company that hired only Michoacan residents and worked for the benefit of the mostly impoverished state. .... Rafael Pequeño García, chief of anti-drug operations at Mexico's Public Security Ministry, said La Familia filled a vacuum in social services and community development. "When you needed help, you didn't go to the government. You went to the narcos," he said. "They are a parallel structure,...
  • 10 mayors, other Mexico officials detained

    05/27/2009 9:18:12 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 440+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 27, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Mexico City -- Mexican security forces swept into President Felipe Calderon's home state of Michoacan Tuesday and arrested a total of 27 mayors and other government officials, the largest operation to target politicians in Mexico's bloody drug war. The officials, including 10 mayors, are being investigated for alleged ties to drug traffickers and other organized crime syndicates that in effect control large sections of Michoacan, the federal attorney general's office said... ...this is the first time Mexican authorities have gone after such a large number of elected officials... At least 83 of Michoacan's 113 municipalities are mixed up at some...
  • Mexican police arrest 44 in baptism raid on drugs cartel

    04/20/2009 10:41:32 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 582+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 20, 2009 | Graham Keeley
    At most baptisms only close relatives and friends are in attendance but this is not exactly a normal 'family'. Cited by the US as major players in the international drugs trade the 'Familia Michoacana' had its christening gate-crashed by 400 police officers and two Blackhawk helicopters. Mexican federal police arrested 44 alleged members of the drugs cartel at a family baptism in Morelia, capital of the western state of Michoacan. Among those detained was Rafael Cedeño Hernández, the gang’s second in command, who is said to be responsible for the shipment of drugs from Central America and expanding its empire...