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Mexican police patrol in Veracruz State, where scores of Central Americans being smuggled to the United States have been rescued from an abandoned truck

WATCH: Hooded Cartel Gunmen Kidnap Mexican Teacher in Broad Daylight

The brazen kidnapping of a school teacher by hooded gunmen reveals the level of impunity in which criminal organizations operate in the embattled state of Veracruz. The victim, Amparo Hermelita Armenta Gallegos, 31, was taken on January 30 in central Pánuco, according to surveillance cameras.

Tijuana Cartel Violence Sets New Murder Record for 2017

As cartel violence rages in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, the final murder toll peaked at 1,734 for 2017–smashing the previous year’s record of 910. The final number represents a 90% increase, making 2017 the bloodiest year to date.

Mexican Military Takes Down Cartel Gunmen in Embattled Region

Mexican Navy Infantrymen (La Marina) engaged five alleged cartel gunmen during a fierce firefight that involved hundreds of rounds fired. Local media reports indicate grenades were used and all five gunmen were killed. The battle occurred in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.

Report: Mexican Navy Infantrymen Part of Mexico City Kidnapping Ring

Officials singled out six members of Mexico’s Navy as having been part of a group that carried ransom kidnappings targeting wealthy businessmen. The kidnappers operated in military uniform and in their military issued vehicle when they followed and took a businessman who was driving around Mexico City.

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60 Mexican Resort City Cops Fired Amid Escalating Corruption

At least 60 municipal police officers working in in Cancun have been fired since June as the city struggles to maintain security conditions in the popular Mexican tourist beach area. Some of the police officers had been extorting bribes from tourists and engaging in other criminal activities. The area also continues to see thriving cartel activity.

Tijuana Murders - AP File Photo Guillermo Arias

Murder Rate in Mexican Border City Spikes from Cartel Violence

The murder rate in the Mexican border city of Tijuana spiked with a record-breaking number of murders. The number of murders climbed as drug cartels battle over control of key drug trafficking routes and the control of the lucrative street-level drug distribution business in the region. The escalating violence in the large border city can be attributed primarily to the hostilities between the Sinaloa Cartel and their one-time ally, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).

Deadly Cartel Attacks Against Mexican Border State Police Continue

The border state of Chihuahua continues to be a hotbed for violence where cartel gunmen carry out ambushes and attacks on law enforcement officials. The attacks on authorities appear to be an effort to keep law enforcement out of the ongoing fight for control of the state’s lucrative drug trafficking territories and routes.

D.C. Builds Deportation Defense Fund near MS-13 Hotbeds

District officials in Washington, D.C. designated a legal defense fund aimed at benefiting illegal aliens and their families after being detained for deportation. The move comes after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stepped up operations in sanctuary cities.