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  • [Mexico:]Gunman wounded, kidnapping victims rescued in Reynosa shootout

    10/04/2012 2:36:26 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/04/12 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities have confirmed that one gunman has been wounded and that five kidnapping victims have been rescued following a Wednesday afternoon shootout in a busy downtown Reynosa shopping district. Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) confirmed that a shootout took place in the "peatonal" or "pedestrian shopping area" of downtown Reynosa on Wednesday afternoon. SEDENA officials reported that soldiers were in the area when they came under fire from an unknown number of men. Reynosa residents reported the gunfire on the social media network Twitter. SEDENA officials reported that shootout ended with one gunman being wounded and five alleged kidnapping...
  • Experts: Iran Exerting Troubling Influence in Latin America

    02/21/2014 12:20:10 AM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | February 4, 2014 | by Daniel Wiser
    Snippet: "Iran and its terrorist proxy groups’ influence in Latin America remains a troubling security threat to the region and world, experts said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday."
  • Matamoros mayor advises public to stay inside amid 2 days of firefights

    11/05/2013 2:00:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Brownsviile Herald ^ | November 4, 2013 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The city of Matamoros is under a virtual state of siege following two days of shootouts blockades and panic related to yet another ongoing struggle within the Gulf Cartel. The shootouts began early Sunday morning and spread throughout the day leaving at least 13 gunmen dead, which state officials confirmed, however that figure appears to be relatively low because of the intensity of the shootouts. On Monday afternoon, Mayor Leticia Salazar issued a statement warning the public to stay indoors because of the expected outburst of violence. “At this point based on the information provided by federal authorities we are...
  • Gunfights kill 13 in Mexican city on Texas border

    11/04/2013 6:00:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 4, 2013 | Noe Torres and Dave Graham
    MEXICO CITY - Thirteen people were killed in shootouts on Sunday around the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros in one of the worst recent outbreaks of violence in an area ravaged by drug gangs. Three gunfights took place around the city opposite Brownsville, Texas, two of which were exchanges between gunmen and Mexico's armed forces, according to a statement from the state government of Tamaulipas. Eight men died in the fighting with Mexican Marines after four men and one woman were killed in an earlier clash between unidentified armed groups, the state government said.
  • Leader of Mexico's brutal Zetas drug cartel captured

    07/15/2013 7:46:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    NBC.com ^ | 07.15.13
    Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, has been captured in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to drive down persistently high levels of violence, a U.S. federal official confirmed.
  • Who's your new neighbor?

    07/14/2013 6:52:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Barbara Simpson
    Exclusive: Barbara Simpson decries 'progressive teachings that all cultures are equal' Do cultural differences matter? Consider: The exhibition soccer match two weeks ago in Las Vegas between Mexican rivals Chivas and Club America hadn’t even begun when fans swarmed the parking lot and the crowd erupted into massive brawl of rock and can throwing and bloody fighting. Despite police presence, fighting continued through halftime and after the game, involving players and fans. One was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun as saying the rivalry is “deadly,” and “We don’t like each other.” Could’ve fooled me. The first week of July...
  • Lebanese Canadian Bank to Pay $102 Million in Hizballah Laundering Case

    06/28/2013 3:02:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | Jun 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm | by Abha Shankar
    "Lebanese Canadian Bank to Pay $102 Million in Hizballah Laundering Case" SNIPPET: "The Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank ("LCB") will pay $102 million as part of a settlement reached this week with federal prosecutors. The LCB was accused in a December 2011 complaint of funneling money to the Lebanese terrorist group Hizballah as part of a global money-laundering scheme. The "settlement shows that banks laundering money for terrorists and narco-traffickers will face consequences for their actions, wherever they may be located. This type of money laundering network fuels the operations of both terrorists and drug traffickers, and will continue to use...
  • Mexican army rescues 165 abductees at (Texas) border

    06/07/2013 1:47:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 7, 2013
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican soldiers have rescued 165 people kidnapped by a drug cartel and held for as long as three weeks in a one-story home alongside the U.S. border. National security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez says 150 victims were U.S.-bound migrants from Central America. Fourteen were Mexicans and one was from India.
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1908.aspx Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • Los Zetas Supposedly Fears God

    04/21/2013 11:38:31 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/21/13 | Friends of Ours
    Los Zetas is a sadistic cartel in Mexico which apparently has convinced some that because it genuflects before the Catholic Church it must fear God as reported by Damien Cave for The New York Times: "it's true that for all their infamous cruelty -- beheadings, kidnappings, the mass murder of 72 Central and South American migrants in 2010 ­ -- the Zetas are also known for their respect of the Catholic Church." Of course, religious superstitions never should be mistaken as genuine faith, and sometimes the dirty devil hides behind a pious front. Frankly, with respect to Los Zetas and...
  • 13-Year-Old Mexican Drug Cartel Hitman Found Dead, Tortured ( Gun Free zone )

    03/01/2013 4:54:15 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | March 1, 2013
    MORELOS, Mexico — A 13-year-old Mexican drug cartel hitman was found dead along with five other people. Univision reports that Jorge Armando Moreno’s body showed signs of torture when he was found near the town of Morelos. Moreno — who was a member of the Los Zetas gang — was arrested earlier this month, along with 15 other suspects, and confessed to taking part in 10 executions. He was released into his family’s custody because he was too young to be criminally prosecuted. Zacatecas state law says no one under the age of 14 can be subject to criminal prosecution....
  • THE LOS ZETAS DRUG CARTEL HAS THEIR OWN RADIO NETWORK

    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. They’re 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...
  • And, about blogging

    11/07/2012 7:51:50 PM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 7 replies
    Fausta's Blog ^ | November 7, 2012 | Fausta
    Fausta, a longtime compatriot, just posted the following missive. I am considering ceasing to blog on politics. For eight years I have posted on serious issues taking place in our hemisphere that affect our everyday lives, and, to be honest, I’ve about had it. Every post on Latin America takes time researching sources from the country in Spanish, French or Portuguese, plus English-language reports. And what for? The American media and the American public would care more if the Iranians were making deals with Martians than they care if Hezbollah makes deals with the Zetas right in our own country....
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • Mexico says drug lord taken down by accident

    10/10/2012 7:20:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/10/2012 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    PROGRESO, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's navy said Wednesday that its personnel had no idea they had killed the leader of the country's most-feared drug cartel until after his body was stolen from a funeral home in this border town. The death of Zetas cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano, alias "El Lazca," in a gunfight with marines Sunday left a wake of fear in the small mining and farming towns that dot the northern plains of Coahuila state. Residents of Progreso said they heard a series of three loud explosions Sunday, apparently from the grenades that Lazcano reportedly fired at marines who...
  • Mexican Authorities: Cartel Leader's Body Stolen from Funeral Home

    10/09/2012 3:48:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10/09/2012
    MEXICO CITY - The attorney general in Coahuila said two armed gunmen stole the body one of the most infamous cartel figures in Mexico. He said the body of Heriberto Lazcano was taken from the funeral home the military was using. The Mexican military said Lazcano died in a firefight in the state of Coahuila, which is located next to Tamaulipas. According to the Mexican military, forensic experts ran several tests to verify the man killed was Lazcano. They compared his fingerprints and checked his index, middle and thumb fingers against Lazcano's criminal record. They also say they compared his...
  • [Mexico:]Jailed Zetas accused of David Hartley murder, San Fernando massacres

    10/08/2012 1:40:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/08/2012 | Sergio Chapa
    A Zetas leader arrested in the streets of Nuevo Laredo is being accused of masterminding the Falcon Lake murder of American tourist David Hartley and the massacres in San Fernando. Mexican marines arrested Salvador Alfonso Martínez-Escobedo in Nuevo Laredo around 7 p.m. Saturday. Martinez-Escobedo, who goes by the nickname "La Ardilla" or "The Squierrel", is reported to be a regional commander for the Zetas drug cartel. Mexican Navy officials report he escaped from gun battle with marines that left one person dead in the San Agustin subdivision early Saturday morning. Marines found Martinez-Escobedo hours later in an SUV in the...
  • Agent Victor Avila Reveals Assault that Killed Agent Zapata

    10/03/2012 11:24:17 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/3/12 | Mary Chastain
    But for the first time Agent Zapata’s partner Victor Avila spoke out about the attack that left Agent Zapata dead and him wounded. His twin sister Magdalena Avila-Villalobos spoke for him in the Univision special on Fast and Furious. Avila is so scared and hurt by the attack he did not speak out until he knew he was in a secure location. No one knows for sure why Agent Zapata and Agent Avila, assigned to the US Embassy, were asked to travel on road 57, a road controlled by the Zeta Cartel and extremely dangerous. They didn’t even know why...
  • DEA Boss: Mexican Drug Cartels Deeply Embedded in Chicago, We Operate Like We‘re ’On the Border’

    09/27/2012 7:29:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 27, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    The city may be nearly 2,000 miles from Mexico, but the country’s drug cartels are so deeply embedded in Chicago that local and federal law enforcement are forced to operate as if they are “on the border,” according to Jack Riley, special agent in charge for the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Because of Chicago’s location in the heart of the United States, its large Mexican population and its abundance of street gang activity, drug cartels have designated the city as one of its main hubs of operation in America, Riley told TheBlaze in an exclusive...
  • Mexico arrests 35 police officers for 'helping Zetas'

    09/25/2012 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/25/12 | BBC
    The Mexican armed forces have arrested 35 police officers accused of having links with one of the country's most powerful drug cartels, the Zetas. The officers were arrested in operations in the eastern states of San Luis Potosi and Veracruz. A turf war between the Zetas and rival criminal organisations in Veracruz has led to some of Mexico's worst massacres in recent years. Local police officers are often accused of ties with the drug cartels. In a statement, the Navy said the 35 people arrested "were all police officers in the Veracruz public security department and allegedly collaborated with the...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • More than 130 escape from Mexican prison on U.S. border

    09/17/2012 10:04:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Lizbeth Diaz and Armando Tovar
    More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a Mexican prison on the border with the United States in one of the worst jailbreaks the country's beleaguered penal system has suffered in recent years. Homero Ramos, attorney general of the northern state of Coahuila, said 132 inmates of the prison in the city of Piedras Negras had got out through the tunnel in an old carpentry workshop, then cut the wire surrounding the complex. Corrupt prison officials may have helped the inmates escape ... At the end of 2010, more than 140 inmates escaped a prison in the border...
  • [Nuevo Laredo:]Mexico paper won't cover violence after attack

    07/11/2012 11:24:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch
    Houston Chrinicle ^ | July 11, 2012
    MEXICO CITY — The El Manana newspaper in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo says it will stop covering violent criminal disputes after suffering a second grenade attack against its offices in two months. Other northern Mexican newspapers have quietly adopted similar policies of not covering drug cartel violence to protect their staffs against threats and violent attacks including kidnappings and murders carried out by gangs that either don't want their activities to appear in print, or are angered by coverage of their rivals. But El Manana's announcement Tuesday was unusual because it was public. The paper did...
  • Car bomb in northern Mexico kills 2, wounds 7

    07/03/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2012
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — A powerful car bomb exploded outside the home of the top police official of the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas early Tuesday, killing two policemen and injuring four officers and three civilians. Tamaulipas state Interior Secretary Morelos Canseco said Public Safety Secretary Rafael Lomeli wasn't injured in the blast, but that three neighbors were injured by glass fragments from shattered windows. Canseco said the attack appears to be a reprisal by criminal gangs. Almost a half-dozen car-bomb attacks have occurred in recent years Tamaulipas, where the Gulf cartel is battling the rival Zetas gang, but...
  • Texas Reporter Reportedly Missing in Nuevo Laredo

    06/25/2012 9:07:37 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KGNS ^ | Jun 23, 2012
    He's been missing for a month but just now reports are beginning to surface of another victim to the violence in our sister city. This time it's a Texas photojournalist gone missing in Nuevo Laredo. It's our top story. The news is all over south Texas newspapers, websites and social networks. With this picture of 30 year old Zane Plemmons. He is said to be a Texas based freelance photographer whose whereabouts have unknown for a month. According to unconfirmed reports he was staying at a hotel in Nuevo Laredo before covering a shooting and never returned. Reports say the...
  • Family of ICE agent slain by cartel files death claim (against federal government)

    06/21/2012 2:20:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    mySA.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Jason Buch
    Lawyers representing the family of slain ICE agent Jaime Zapata say they have filed a wrongful death claim against the federal government. Zapata and Victor Avila, also a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, were forced off a Mexico highway by cartel gunmen in February 2011. Zapata was shot multiple times and killed. Avila survived the attack. The complaint alleges the agents should not have been tasked with driving through a dangerous area of Mexico to transport “sensitive equipment.” It also claims the U.S. government allowed the guns used in the attack to be smuggled into Mexico, after purchase by...
  • Grenades used in Mexico serve to scare more than kill

    06/21/2012 1:14:41 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 20, 2012 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The day started as quietly as it could on a Saturday at the U.S.-Mexico border. For Maria Ortega, a quiet weekend meant a quick trip to the Walmart along Cavazos Lerma Boulevard for ingredients for her barbacoa de lenguadish that she cooks on the eve of the Sunday morning meal. On the morning of June 2, Ortega couldn’t make the trip to Walmart. The area had been cordoned off by the Mexican military, which was removing a grenade that had been thrown — but not detonated — at the nearby Televisa studios. According to a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who...
  • Arrest of Zetas leader's brother prompts Mexico travel warning

    06/13/2012 9:06:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KGBT ^ | 06.12.2012 | Sergio Chapa
    American officials are issuing an alert following the arrest in the United States of the brother of a high-ranking member of the Zetas drug cartel. According to the New York Times, federal officials arrested Jose Treviño-Morales on Tuesday morning as part of a money laundering investigation. The newspaper reported that Treviño-Morales is accused of using champion race horse ranches in New Mexico and Oklahoma to launder millions of dollars in drug money for the Zetas. The New York Times reported that Treviño-Morales is the brother of Miguel Angel Treviño-Morales, a high-ranking Zetas leader known as Z-40. The U.S. Embassy in...
  • [Texas:]Increase Expected in Chinese Illegal Immigrants Crossing into RGV

    06/11/2012 4:27:19 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KRGV ^ | June 7, 2012
    WESLACO - A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent predicts an increase in Chinese immigrants crossing illegally into the Rio Grande Valley. "The Chinese organized criminals - especially when it comes to human smuggling - will team up with anybody that will assist them in transporting people from China to the U.S. via Mexico... The Zetas are well organized in smuggling people in the U.S.," says Phil Jordan, a former DEA supervisor. Agents found the connection between the two organizations by investigating the Zetas' biggest moneymaking operation - drug trafficking. "The Chinese have always been involved in precursor chemicals that are...
  • Car Bomb Explodes near Texas/Mexico Border - Zetas Drug Cartel Attack

    05/25/2012 8:22:21 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 8 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 5/25/2012 | David Bellow
    Violence like this along the border is getting worse and is already spilling over into the US and Texas. When will the Obama Administration and the Federal Government step up to do more to protect our own border from this escalating violence? The car bomb article today from the associated press (see below) is yet another example of this escalating violence. If you live on the border, massive gun battles and explosions can be heard on a nearly daily basis. Here are some articles I have posted about border violence just in the last year. I barely even scratch the surface: SHOCKING Texas/Mexico Border WARZONE...
  • Mexico’s two major crime cartels now at war

    05/24/2012 3:48:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/24/2012 | William Booth
    The two most important criminal organizations in Mexico are engaged in all-out war, and the most spectacular battles are being fought for the cameras as the combatants pursue a strategy of intimidation and propaganda by dumping ever greater numbers of headless bodies in public view — the victims most likely innocents. No longer limiting themselves to regional skirmishes, the older, established drug-smuggling Sinaloa cartel is now fighting the brash, young paramilitary Zetas crime organization across multiple front lines in Mexico in a desperate fight, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials and security analysts on both sides of the...
  • Mexican army: Zetas leaders ordered killing of 49

    05/21/2012 4:13:16 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2012
    MEXICO CITY — The army charged Monday that the top leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel ordered underlings to leave 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square, then had banners hung around the country denying responsibility in an effort to have their enemies blamed for the massacre. The allegation came during a news conference to present the alleged Zetas local leader detained in the killings, Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramirez. He allegedly got orders from Zetas leaders Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales and Heriberto Lazcano to dump the bodies in the town square of Cadereyta in the border state of...
  • Mexico's Zetas cartel denies role in killing of 49

    05/16/2012 7:04:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | May 16, 2012 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY — Banners have appeared in northern Mexico signed by the Zetas drug cartel saying the gang was not responsible for killing 49 people whose mutilated bodies were found on a highway in a neighboring state. An employee of the prosecutors' office in northern San Luis Potosi state says the banners were hung from overpasses in the city of Ciudad Valles. The banners were found early Tuesday. The employee was not authorized to speak on the record, and did not give the precise wording of the banners.
  • [Mexico:]Dismembered bodies left at mall in Tamps. capital

    05/10/2012 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Monitor ^ | May 10, 2012
    Tamaulipas law enforcement officials confirmed the ghastly find made by employees at a popular shopping area in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria: dismembered bodies left in bags. Authorities were called about 7:30 a.m. to the Soriana Tamatan Shopping Center in the city that lies about 200 miles south of Reynosa. In the bed of a compact Chevrolet pickup, authorities found the remains of three men who had been chopped to pieces and stuffed into several bags, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who requested anonymity for security reasons. Initially authorities believed that more bodies had been in the pickup,...
  • Drug Cartel Leaves Bloody Mess In Border Town

    05/05/2012 6:16:28 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 16 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/05/12 | Friends of Ours
    Some days are bloodier than others in Mexico. Yesterday in the border city of Nuevo Lardo -- just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, TX -- police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass and another fourteen decapitated bodies nearby as reported by The Associated Press: "the city . . . has recently been torn by a renewed turf war between the Zetas cartel, a gang of former Mexican special-forces soldiers, and the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which has joined forces with the Gulf cartel, former allies of the Zetas." Los Zetas apparently has taken responsibility for yesterday's carnage as reported...
  • Mexico:)Nuevo Laredo Car Bomb Injures Two

    04/25/2012 2:08:26 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    KGNS ^ | April 24, 2012 | Staff
    New images are coming in of that brazen attack carried out in front of a Nuevo Laredo police station. A car bomb went off. in west nuevo laredo just after eight a-m Tuesday. It happened only hours after seven men were killed in the streets. Witnesses say they heard the loud explosion and saw flames several miles away. Two people were reportedly hurt in the attack and transported to area hospitals. No police officers were hurt, eventough their offices are only a few hundreds feet away. Soon after the incident a massive gunfire reportedly broke out between the Mexican military...
  • [Mexico:]14 bodies found in minivan outside Nuevo Laredo City Hall, according to Tamps. gov't

    04/18/2012 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 33 replies
    The Monitor ^ | April 17, 2012 | Staff
    Mexican authorities confirmed a ghastly find outside of the Nuevo Laredo City Hall, where 14 bodies were found inside a parked vehicle Tuesday morning. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the bodies were found stuffed inside 10 garbage bags, according to information released by the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office, known as the PGJE. The vehicle, which was described as a green 1996 Voyager minivan with no license plates, was parked in front of City Hall. The bodies’ identities were not released, but the men were described as being between the ages of 30 and 35. The slayings are attributed to fighting between...
  • Two of Latin America's deadliest gangs join forces

    04/07/2012 7:27:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    -excerpt- In recent months, authorities say, they have begun to see the first signs that the Zetas are providing paramilitary training and equipment to the Maras in exchange for intelligence and crimes meant to divert law-enforcement resources and attention
  • Pious coke dealers? Hezbollah: ‘the Gambinos on steroids’ (Operating in the U.S.!!!!)

    01/04/2012 7:33:08 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 3, 2012 | ONATHAN SCHANZER
    It’s hard to uphold a reputation as a devoutly religious terrorist group if you make millions selling cocaine. Just ask Hezbollah. Last month, the US government filed suit against a number of American and Lebanese businesses that allegedly helped bankroll the Lebanese terrorist group. The civil indictment in Manhattan blew the lid off a vast criminal network that included money-laundering, cocaine deals and more — including 30 US car dealerships that helped the group launder cash. As one investigator quipped, Hezbollah is the “Gambinos on steroids.” The indictment charges Hezbollah kingpin Ayman Joumaa with smuggling more than 100 tons of...
  • Former soldiers caught in DEA sting[ one killed in Laredo, Texas shooting]

    03/27/2012 10:55:08 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    MySA.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | Jason Buch
    A South Carolina man was gunned down by federal agents Saturday in Laredo after a sting targeting U.S. soldiers who wanted to work for the Zetas drug cartel went wrong, federal prosecutors said. Former Army 1st Lt. Kevin Corley, 29; Army Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver; and Jerome Corley, of South Carolina, drove into Laredo Saturday armed with two semiautomatic rifles, a knife and a .300-caliber bolt-action rifle equipped with a scope and a bipod, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. They were in Laredo, prosecutors allege, to...
  • Mutilated corpse is left on display for rival cartel members in Nuevo Laredo [Mexico]

    03/22/2012 1:58:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 2+ views
    KGNS ^ | March 19, 2012
    The body, along with a banner, was discovered early Monday morning at Reforma and Paseo Colon in Nuevo Laredo. According to reports, the victim, in his twenties, had been tortured and beaten severely. He was tied and bound, and his arms and legs were cut off, then he was beheaded. The banner included a message from the zetas for any rival cartels, saying the victim's fate would be the same for anyone considering coming into their territory. This discovery comes after another violent weekend across the border in Nuevo Laredo, with several shootouts in the streets and more people being...
  • Anonymous Not Anonymous Anymore to Hacked Off Drug Lords

    03/08/2012 7:06:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | John Ransom
    Here’s a lesson to the Hackers for the 99%: You’re not anonymous once you get caught. And you’ll always get caught, because, um, the internet was designed by the Department of Defense. And that’s a group that doesn’t want anyone to remain anonymous for long.  In fact, they are so good at tracking people down-with extreme prejudice- that they can make sure a very large bomb fits in a very tiny place. But that’s not your biggest problem. No your biggest problem is that hubris led you to a confrontation with Mexican drug lords who have all sorts of contacts...
  • Police: Drug Cartel Murder On Texas Gulf Coast

    02/29/2012 5:03:00 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/29/12 | Friends of Ours
    The Obama Administration insists that there is no evidence of drug cartel spillover violence from Mexico into the United States but the dead bodies which continue piling up on the north side of the border stubbornly belie the President's absurd claim. Yesterday police in Baytown, TX arrested three men with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel for their alleged roles in a 2004 murder in the Gulf Coast town as reported by KTRK: "all three subjects have active ties to the hyper-violent Zeta Drug Cartel, a Mexican drug trafficking organization, and have been operating throughout Texas, including Baytown and...
  • Zetas drug cartel killed rivals, escaped from Mexico prison

    02/20/2012 2:03:09 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 20, 2012 | unattributed
    MONTERREY, Mexico – Imprisoned members of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel stabbed and bludgeoned 44 members of the rival Gulf cartel to death and then staged a mass escape, apparently with the help of prison authorities, officials in northern Mexico said Monday. Rodrigo Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, said the prison's director and three other officials have been fired and are under investigation for purportedly helping in the escape. The same was done with 18 prison guards. "Unfortunately, a group of traitors has set back the work of a lot of good police," Medina told a...
  • [Mexico:]Soldiers ambushed in Reynosa, sources say

    01/30/2012 3:37:07 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 26, 2012
    Several Mexican soldiers were killed when gunmen ambushed them Thursday afternoon in Reynosa, said sources outside law enforcement familiar with organized crime. The ambush came in response to heavy casualties the military inflicted on gunmen Thursday morning, the sources said. The clashes continued a violent week along the northern Tamaulipas border, which had experienced weeks of relative calm until a reported push by the Zetas drug cartel to take over Gulf Cartel territory in Reynosa and Matamoros. In Thursday’s clashes in Reynosa, roads were blockaded and gunbattles pitted the Mexican military against gunmen, and rival groups of gunmen against each...
  • Zeta hit man details killings on both sides of border

    01/24/2012 3:46:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 24, 2012 | Jason Buch
    LAREDO — A former hit man for the Zetas cartel calmly related to jurors his role in killings on both sides of the border, testifying Monday in the drug conspiracy trial of a man prosecutors say was also a hired killer. From the witness stand in U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez's courtroom here, Rosalio Reta pointed to Gerardo Castillo Chavez, 25, and identified him as a fellow Zeta. Pressing his fingertips together and speaking in a slow, soft voice, Reta, 22, told jurors that he had been in a team of hit men headed by Gabriel Cardona, an admitted Zeta...
  • Zeta soldiers launched Mexico-style attack in Harris County

    11/23/2011 7:21:11 AM PST · by LOC1 · 36 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 22, 2011 | DANE SCHILLER
    The mission was supposed to be a textbook "controlled delivery" - a routine trap by law enforcement officers using a secret operative posing as a truck driver to bust drug traffickers when their narcotics are delivered to a rendezvous point. Instead, things spun out of control. Shortly before the marijuana delivery was to be made Monday afternoon, three sport-utility vehicles carrying Zetas cartel gunmen seemingly came out of nowhere and cut off the tanker truck as it rumbled through northwest Harris County, sources told the Chronicle. They sprayed the cab with bullets, killing the civilian driver, who was secretly working...
  • Police let suspect go 4 days before a deadly hijacking

    01/16/2012 8:17:16 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    chron.com ^ | 15 Jan 2012 | Dane Schiller
    <p>Four days before his Houston crew allegedly killed a federal informant and tried to hijack a load of pot, Eric De Luna was stopped by police as he a left a stash house, where officers found assault rifles and bulk narcotics.</p>
  • Mexico pours in troops after massacres, rioting

    01/06/2012 3:42:43 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 5, 2012 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    MEXICO CITY — As gangster wars rampage along the Gulf Coast and northeast Mexico, federal officials have poured in thousands more troops — an emergency move punctuated by Wednesday's slaughter of least 31 inmates in a prison gang riot. With the region looming as this winter's primary battleground in Mexico's criminal wars, some 13,000 army soldiers, plus several thousand more marines and quasi-military federal police now patrol Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas from Laredo to the Gulf. Bloody riot The inmates were killed as members of rival gangs butchered one another inside a state prison in Altamira, an industrial port...
  • Final Implementation of Obama Dictatorship in Progress on all levels

    01/08/2012 10:45:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CFO ^ | 1/8/12 | Sher Zieve
    I have warned and written about this particular subject for over three years—since before Obama was elected—aka “coronated.“ It is only now that many others finally seem to be getting the message. However, this is not something to be criticized. It is to be applauded, as it means they are finally and inexorably awakening to the truth. They are to be applauded and not insulted. I noticed this morning that—after a few of the latest Obama assaults on the US Constitution and liberties of We-the-People—some in the media