Ildefonso Ortiz

Ildefonso Ortiz

Articles by Ildefonso Ortiz

Mexican Journalist Survives Shooting During Kidnapping Attempt in Cancun

A journalist in Cancun, Mexico, survived a shooting attack after five gunmen attempted to kidnap him. The journalist is frequently targeted and threatened for his reporting. In October, unknown gunmen firebombed a delivery vehicle from the same news outlet he works for.

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EXCLUSIVA: Traficantes de Personas Usan Aerolínea de Bajo Costo Para Mover Haitianos a Reynosa

Los traficantes de personas con nexos a los cárteles en México han ideado una forma más rápida y económica para trasladar a una gran cantidad de migrantes caribeños, principalmente de Haití, desde la Ciudad de México a la ciudad fronteriza de Reynosa. A través de una laguna burocrática y, en ocasiones, con la ayuda de funcionarios de inmigración mexicanos corruptos, los traficantes de personas pueden usar una aerolínea de bajo costo en México en lugar de autobuses o automóviles.

Haitians in Reynosa

WATCH: Mexican Border State Government Now Admits to Cartel Extortion Problems

Authorities in the border state of Sonora were forced to change their story that extortion schemes were not a problem after new videos of cartel gunmen beating innocent victims surfaced recently. The violence is allegedly the result of victims not paying the Sinaloa Cartel for the right to work.

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Mexican Government Confirms Arrest of El Chapo’s Son

Mexico’s government announced the arrest of Ovidio “El Raton” Guzman Lopez, the son of jailed Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Thursday. The news set off hours of narco-blockades and heavy shootouts as allied gunmen tried to force his release.

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30 Escape, 14 Die During Mexican Border City Prison Riot

At least 30 inmates escaped during a large-scale prison riot-turned-gun battle in the Mexican border city of Juarez, where 14 died on New Year’s Day. The fatal victims include prison guards and inmates.

Drivers line up at the Cordova-Americas international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in El Paso, Texas, U.S. partially closed the lanes, delaying the crossing of vehicles on March 31, 2019. - President Donald Trump on Friday again accused Mexico of failing …

EXCLUSIVA: CDG Construye Redes De Extorsión Mientras Gobernador De Tamaulipas Se Beneficia

Una facción del Cartel del Golfo de México ha iniciado un nuevo esfuerzo de expansión en una serie de territorios previamente controlados por sus rivales. Sin embargo, además del control de los corredores de droga, la organización criminal ha comenzado a tomar oficinas públicas y organizaciones profesionales para exigir extorsiones a los lugareños; Altos funcionarios del gobierno han estado haciendo la vista gorda ante los hechos a cambio de favores políticos del cártel.

Gulf Cartel in political campaign

EXCLUSIVE: Gulf Cartel Builds Extortion Rackets As Mexican Border State Governor Benefits

A faction of the Gulf Cartel has kicked an expansion effort into territories previously held by their rivals in the border state of Tamaulipas. Beyond drug corridors, the criminal organization wants control of government offices and professional organizations to build extortion rackets. Meanwhile, top officials are turning a blind eye to the events in exchange for favors.

Gulf Cartel in political campaign

Mexico Arrests Brother of Jalisco Cartel’s Supreme Boss

Mexican authorities arrested the brother of the supreme leader of Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) Tuesday. The move comes at a time when that criminal organization continues to be responsible for a large part of the violence in Mexico.

Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion leakes video showing what appears to be a paramilitary armored unit. (Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles)

EXCLUSIVA: Funcionario Ligado al CDG Escapa de Autoridades en Helicóptero sin Números de Registro

Un funcionario mexicano ligado al Cartel Del Golfo quien fue objeto de una operación policial logró evadir su captura en un helicóptero sin números y sin registro. Durante su escape, miembros del CDG hicieron una serie de amenazas de bomba contra varios edificios gubernamentales, incluida una escuela y un hospital; la evacuación provocó la muerte de dos pacientes.

Cartel Helicopter

Iranian-American Man Pleads Guilty to Texas School Bombing Plan

A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iran planned to blow up a school in Amarillo, Texas, federal authorities revealed this week. At the time of his arrest, the man had several explosive devices and a suicide vest in his possession.

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Gulf Cartel Allies Have Monopoly over Texas-Mexico Trade Bridge, Say Feds

A newly unsealed indictment revealed how associates of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel have been able to establish a monopoly over legal commerce on one of the international trade bridges connecting Tamaulipas and Texas. Cartel associates have robbed, threatened, kidnapped, and killed those who refused to follow their commerce rules.

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Journalist Claims Authorities Won’t Investigate Censorship by Mexico City Officials

A Mexican journalist claims federal authorities are refusing to investigate her complaints about intimidation and attempts at censorship by government officials in Mexico City. The allegations of censorship by high-ranking government officials come at a time when several press freedom organizations continue to label Mexico as one of the deadliest countries for journalists.

Mexico City Governor Claudia Sheinbaum and spokeswoman Paulina Silva

Cartel Gunmen Shut Down Mexican Border City After Arrest of Ally

Cartel gunmen shut down the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo as they shot at buildings and torched vehicles following the arrest of one of their top enforcers. The intensity of the actions led the U.S. Consulate to issue an emergency notice to shelter in place.

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