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Mexican Feds Seize 14K Fentanyl Pills near Arizona Border

Mexican federal investigative police in the border city of San Luis Río Colorado seized 14,000 fentanyl pills and 168 pounds of methamphetamine during the service of a search warrant at a residence. Investigative personnel also seized approximately 2,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.


Tijuana Surpasses 2000 Homicides in 2019

Tijuana surpassed 2,000 homicides in 2019, largely due to cartel turf wars. The border city is now approaching its 2018 record of 2,518 killings.

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Video: Mexican Police Chief Resigns After Surviving Fierce Cartel Attack

A newly appointed municipal police chief in central Mexico resigned this week after surviving a fierce attack by cartel gunmen while traveling in an armored patrol vehicle. The attack took place two weeks ago and left two of the chief’s bodyguards wounded. His armored truck sustained more than 100 bullet strikes.

A police vehicle riddled with hundreds of rounds of gunfire in central Mexico. (Police pho

RPG Launcher Discovered at Scene of Sinaloa Cartel Hitjob in Mexican Border City

A team of masked cartel hitmen attacked an auto body shop in the Mexican border city of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, and killed three suspected Sinaloa Cartel operatives. The Saturday night attack also left another man seriously wounded. Investigators discovered a weapons cache featuring a rocket-propelled grenade launcher at the scene.


720 Pounds of Cocaine, Meth, and Fentanyl Seized at Arizona Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized nearly 723 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl worth at least $8.9 million at the Lukeville Port of Entry in Arizona. The seizures occurred during two separate vehicle inspections and resulted in the arrests of two individuals.

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Possible Suspect in Mormon Family Cartel Attack Arrested, Say Police

A cartel operative potentially linked to the Monday attack near the Arizona-New Mexico border area with Sonora was arrested in Agua Prieta later that day. The man held two bound and gagged kidnapping victims, several firearms, and ammunition in his vehicle. The earlier narco-terror attack left nine Mormon family members with dual citizenship dead–all women and children.

Mexican federal police in Sonora. (File Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

$2 Million in Fentanyl, Heroin, Meth Seized at CBP Checkpoints

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents seized 169 pounds of methamphetamine, 90 pounds of heroin, 11 pounds of fentanyl, and 29 pounds of cocaine during the past week at five separate vehicle inspection checkpoints in California and Arizona. 

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Mexico Records 500 Cartel Murders in One Week

The record number of killings in Mexico in 2019 continues with 542 homicides registered nationwide during a recent one-week period. Organized crime and turf disputes generated the majority of the bloodshed, according to government sources.

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Three Mexican Nationals Ran Meth Lab near Atlanta Elementary School

Three Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States pleaded guilty to operating a meth lab across the street from an elementary school in an Atlanta suburb. The three defendants—cousins—entered pleas within the last 10 days in federal court.

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42 Bodies Found in Mass Grave near Popular Mexican Tourist City

Authorities reported the discovery of a mass grave containing at least 42 bodies on the outskirts of a popular Mexican tourist port city near the Arizona border. The grisly discovery occurred just outside Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, also known as Rocky Point — located approximately 60 miles south of Arizona.

Volunteers from Madres Buscadoras de Sonora search a mass grave near the city of Puerto Pe

Cartel Clash Leaves Nine Dead in Southwest Mexico

A clash between rival criminal gangs in southwest Mexico resulted in the deaths of nine cartel operatives on Wednesday night. Police made the grisly discovery after responding to reports of numerous dead males observed on a roadway in the pacific coast state of Guerrero.

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Mexican Army Families Evacuated Homes After Arrest of El Chapo’s Son

A total of 60 military families were forced to flee their homes in Culiacán, Sinaloa, after last week’s ultimately aborted capture of two sons belonging to imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The military operation sparked a violent response from the Sinaloa Cartel, forcing the Mexican government to release at least one prisoner. Officials did not confirm if both sons were initially caught.

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Mexican Army Reinforcements Arrive in Culiacán, Sinaloa

The government of Mexico deployed 230 Mexican Army Special Forces personnel who arrived in Culiacán, Sinaloa, on Friday night in response to cartel violence that broke out throughout the city on Thursday afternoon. The deployment of additional security elements resulted from a cartel rampage that exploded in Culiacán after the capture of the son of the notorious and imprisoned drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The Mexican government released the drug lord’s son after security forces became overwhelmed by the cartel response.

Mexican troops arrive at a military base in Culiacan, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Video Captures Cartel Hit in Southeastern Mexico

A team of cartel hitmen launched a brazen daytime attack on a motorist earlier this week in southeastern Mexico. The attack left the targeted driver dead from multiple gunshot wounds. 

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$3.2 Million in Meth Seized at Texas-Mexico Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized approximately 161 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $3,238,000 Sunday at the Texas-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo seized $2.7 million worth of methamp

Alleged Smugglers Use Children to Distract from Meth Smuggling

United States Border Patrol agents carried out two separate arrests this week involving drug smugglers transporting large quantities of methamphetamine while utilizing children as a diversionary tactic. The two busts resulted in a total seizure of 225 pounds of methamphetamine valued at approximately $541,694.

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Gulf Cartel Cell Leader Captured in Cancún

The leader of a Gulf Cartel cell operating in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, was captured Wednesday. The cell known as “Los Pelones” is believed responsible for much of the violence in the tourist region.

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Beheaded Mexican Police Commander Tied to Properties of Jailed Ex-Governor

A murdered police commander videotaped in a forced narco-confession and later found beheaded in Cancún has been connected to the jailed ex-governor of Quintana Roo. The murder of the police commander occurred last Sunday following his kidnapping by a team of cartel gunmen earlier that week.

The former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge (C) is escorted by