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Texas DPS Considering Use of Surveillance Blimps

The U.S. military and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been using surveillance blimps, known as aerostats, for many years. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) may be considering using them as well, based upon an agency request for information.

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El Chapo Complaining About Bullying and Sleepless Nights in Prison

Given Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s talent for escaping repeatedly from maximum security prisons, several extra measures are being taken to keep him in place until his extradition to the U.S. However, now Guzmán is complaining that he’s not sleeping and guards are engaging in cruel behavior directed at him.

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Murders on the Rise in Mexico

For the first time in four years, Mexico saw an 8.7 percent increase in the murder rate, according to government sources. There was also a coinciding claim of a decline in kidnapping and extortion, perhaps indicating that criminal groups are once again shifting their tactics.

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Sean Penn Complains on 60 Minutes After El Chapo Stunt Backfires

It was the interview heard ‘round North America—the clandestine meeting between actor Sean Penn and notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the Rolling Stone article that followed. But what Penn intended to be a vehicle to initiate a deeper conversation about US drug policy ended up being a mockery of investigative journalism, and an example of a lifelong criminal manipulating an American activist for his own agenda.

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Miami Tops List for El Chapo Trial Venues

As half a dozen legal districts compete for who will get to try notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán after his extradition to the U.S., the City of Miami, Florida has emerged as a top contender.

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El Chapo’s Lawyer Slams Sean Penn

Only days after his client’s capture and the highly controversial interview of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán by actor Sean Penn, Guzmán’s lawyer is calling the actor’s retelling of El Chapo’s drug trafficking claims “a lie” and “absurd speculation.”

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A Harsh New Reality May Await El Chapo in Colorado’s Supermax Prison

Now that the Mexican government has agreed to negotiate terms for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s extradition to the U.S., he will likely follow in the footsteps of many other Mexican kingpins before him—a plea deal to reduce his sentence, then 15-25 years in the federal prison known as Supermax in Florence, Colorado.

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‘El Chapo’ and Extradition to U.S.A

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took to Twitter today to make one of the biggest announcements of his presidency—the most wanted man in the Western Hemisphere, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, had been recaptured seven months after escaping from a Mexican maximum security prison.

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Marijuana Legalization in U.S. Cuts Mexican Pot Profits by 70 Percent

As marijuana legalization in states like Colorado and Washington continues, marijuana farmers in Mexico are starting to see a steep decline in the profits their crops once fetched. Some growers report they’re seeing a decline in income as high as 70 percent, and they blame the popularity of higher quality legal marijuana in the U.S.

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Arizona Border Tunnel Collapses Under Weight of Tourist Bus

Mexican officials notified US Customs and Border Protection on December 30 that a four-foot section of a cross-border drug tunnel collapsed near the Nogales, Arizona port of entry. The tunnel was discovered in mid-November and efforts had not yet begun to fill the tunnel with concrete.

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US Reducing Mexico Aid Amid Human Rights Abuse Concerns

As allegations of human rights abuses reportedly committed by police and military forces have persisted in Mexico, the U.S. has started to withhold aid payments. For many years, the U.S. has been providing security aid to Mexico, much of it through the Mérida Initiative as a way to counter the efforts of violent drug cartels.

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Miami Reemerging as Trafficking Hub for Colombian Cocaine

Recent drug seizures and indictments indicate that Miami is back on the map as a trafficking hub for cocaine passing through Caribbean waters. After the fall of the Cali and Medellín drug cartels in Colombia, both the Florida Straits and the streets of south Florida quieted down dramatically.