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GRAPHIC: Cartel Gunmen Kill 17 Rivals in Mexico, Torch Their Bodies

Authorities in the coastal state of Guerrero are trying to downplay a shootout where at least 17 cartel gunmen died, and several bodies were incinerated. The mass killing comes as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador continues to claim to have decreased violence and ended criminals acting with impunity in his country.

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Cartel Terrorist Throws Grenade near Border City School in Mexico

A group of Gulf Cartel gunmen threw a grenade outside of a school in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to distract authorities while one of their commanders tried to escape. The tactic failed, and authorities apprehended the local crime boss. The terror-style violence comes as Mexican authorities continue claiming the cartel-controlled border state of Tamaulipas is safe.

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New Migrant Caravan Leaves Southern Mexico Headed North

A new migrant caravan began walking through southern Mexico to make their way north toward the U.S. border, where some have expressed the expectation of crossing illegally and then requesting asylum or protection. Prior caravans disbanded once they reached Mexico City or along the way when government officials gave them certain travel documents and allowed them to get on buses or airplanes.

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Mexican State Cops Stop Train with 1,800 Migrants Headed to Texas

State authorities in the border state of Coahuila stopped a train carrying more than 1,800 migrants en route from Mexico City to the Texas border. The stop was only temporary, however, and the migrants are expected to continue their journey.

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PHOTOS: Cartel Manufacturing IEDs, Armored Vehicles in Mexico

The drug cartels fighting for control of western Mexico are manufacturing their own explosive devices and armored vehicles for use in their constant clashes. This trend is tied to the growing use of drones to drop explosives, as well as the use of makeshift mortars.

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CRACKDOWN: Mexican Cops Detain 40 Chinese Migrants Heading to U.S. Border

Mexican authorities detained 40 Chinese migrants who were traveling by bus in southern Mexico on their way north with the goal of reaching the U.S. border. The detention came on the same day that authorities also detained 180 migrants from Central and South America in another location in an apparent crackdown on migrants trying to reach its northern border.

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Gulf Cartel Gunmen Injure 3-Year-Old Boy During Attack in Mexico near Texas Border

A group of Gulf Cartel gunmen critically injured a three-year-old boy during an attack where they killed his father. The attack comes as the Gulf Cartel and its rivals, the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, have been engaged in a fierce turf war to control the capital of the border state of Tamaulipas.

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GRAPHIC: Messages Indicate Sinaloa Cartel, CJNG Helping Gulf Cartel in Turf War

A message scrawled on a posterboard and left next to the bodies of eight murdered cartel gunmen points to a dangerous new alliance. The message reveals that a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) are helping one side of the Gulf Cartel in an ongoing turf war.

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One Cop Injured During Mexican Border City Cartel Shootout

One Mexican police officer is recovering after being injured during a shootout with cartel gunmen in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The shootout comes at a time when government officials continuously claim that the city is safe.

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GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Ranch in Mexican Border City Turned into Cartel Killing Field

Cartel gunmen used a ranch in northern Mexico as a killing field where they tortured, murdered, and incinerated a large number of victims with complete impunity. The discovery comes as corrupt government officials at the state and federal level in Mexico refuse to target drug cartels and criminal organizations. At the same time, government officials claim security conditions are improving under their regime.

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Gulf Cartel Sending Bulk .50 Cal Ammunition from Texas to Mexico

Gulf Cartel gunmen have been buying thousands of rounds of ammunition in South Texas and smuggling it into Mexico. The bulk purchases of ammunition come as the Gulf Cartel has been waging a fierce turf war between two of its rival factions.

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Mexico State Governor Threatened in Cartel Banners

The governor of the State of Mexico became the latest target of cartel threats in makeshift banners just weeks after assuming office. The threats come as cartel violence and influence continue to spread to once-peaceful areas of Mexico while politicians push empty claims that the country is safer.

Delfina Gomez (Mexico State Governor)

Mexican Government Impotent as Gulf Cartel Spreads Terror Through Border State Highways

Mexico’s government remains impotent as the Gulf Cartel continues to spread terror through highways in the border state of Tamaulipas. Either for political beliefs or because of widespread corruption, local, state, and federal forces left residents to their fate as convoys of cartel gunmen freely roamed the state highways, clashing with rivals. In addition to the fighting, gunmen have also been carrying out carjackings, kidnappings, and other crimes targeting innocent civilians.

Gulf Cartel Kidnaping

Narcos Usaban de Escorts a Estrellas de TV, Según Libro

Los capos de la droga en México han estado pagando decenas de miles de dólares para acostarse con estrellas de renombre de la televisión y de las telenovelas en México. Las acusaciones y los detalles expuestos en un nuevo libro han provocado mucha controversia ya que varias de las estrellas nombradas negaron las acusaciones y amenazaron con emprender acciones legales.

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Photos: Migrants Swarm Mexican Railroad, Force Train to Stop

A group of migrants in Mexico trying to make their way to the U.S. border swarmed a series of railroad tracks, forcing a train operator to come to a full stop. Once the train stopped, the migrants boarded and continued their journey north.

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VIDEO: Authorities Kill Cartel Gunman During Mexican Border City Shootout

Authorities killed a cartel gunman and arrested a second following a chase and shootout in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The shootout comes as government officials continue to claim that Tamaulipas is a safe state. The U.S. Department of State labeled the region in the same category as countries with active warzones.

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Tres Estadounidenses Que Vivieron Las Consecuencias de Enamorarse de Un Capo

El encanto de una vida acelerada llena de peligros y lujos ha atraído a varias mujeres no sólo a los brazos de los narcotraficantes sino también a las consecuencias de una vida dentro de una organización criminal. Si bien estos cárteles operan en México, ciudadanas estadounidenses se han enamorado de narcotraficantes mexicanos y han enfrentado fuertes consecuencias por ello.

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Three U.S. Citizens Who Joined Cartels After Falling in Love with Drug Lords

The allure of a fast-paced life filled with danger and luxury attracted several women to the arms of drug traffickers and a life of crime after joining their lover’s criminal organization. While these cartels operate in Mexico, U.S. citizens have also fallen in love with Mexican drug lords and have faced dire consequences afterward.

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Cops in Mexico City Rescue Kidnapped Iranian, Ecuadorian Migrants

Authorities in Mexico City rescued four Iranian citizens and two Ecuadoran migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held for ransom. The incident comes as Mexico continues to see a record-setting number of migrants making their way to the U.S. border.

Mexico City Police (File Photo: Getty Images)

La Esposa de El Chapo Sale Libre, ¿Qué Sigue Para Ella?

Durante el día, se espera que las autoridades federales liberen a Emma Coronel Aispuro, la esposa del infame líder del Cartel de Sinaloa, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, quien está encarcelado. La narco-reina encarcelada se había estado alojando en un centro de readaptación en California mientras cumplía la última parte de una sentencia de prisión de tres años por conspiración para lavado de dinero y tráfico de drogas en conexión con el imperio criminal de su marido.

El Chapo's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, arrested on drug trafficking charges

Imprisoned Cartel Leader El Chapo’s Wife Walks Free Today, What’s Next for Her?

Federal authorities are expected to release Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, from prison on Wednesday. The jailed narco-queen had been staying at a halfway house in California as she served the last part of a three-year prison sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking conspiracy in connection with her husband’s criminal empire.

El Chapo's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, arrested on drug trafficking charges

Cuatro Sicarios Del CDG Mueren en Enfrentamiento en Matamoros

Las autoridades mexicanas mataron a cuatro pistoleros del Cártel Del Golfo durante un tiroteo esta semana en la ciudad fronteriza de Matamoros. El tiroteo se produce en un momento en que el Cartel del Golfo han estado llevando a cabo varios secuestros en la región.

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Four Cartel Gunmen Killed in Border City Shootout in Mexico

Mexican authorities killed four cartel gunmen during a shootout in the border city of Matamoros on Monday. The shootout comes as Gulf Cartel gunmen have been carrying out several kidnappings in the region. The shootout took place on Monday morning

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