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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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GRAFICO: Incineran a Secretario de Deportes Municipal en Zona Sur de Tamaulipas

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas – Las autoridades están investigando el secuestro, asesinato e incineración del secretario de deportes de una ciudad en la parte sur de Tamaulipas. En esa región se encontraron los restos carbonizados del funcionario y los restos de una segunda víctima cerca de la comunidad la cual había estado relativamente libre de la narcoviolencia y se consideraba un lugar turístico regional.

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GRAPHIC: City Athletics Director Incinerated in Mexican Border State

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas – Authorities are looking into the kidnapping, murder, and incineration of the top sporting official in Jaumave, Tamaulipas. The region where loved ones found the official’s charred remains and a second victim is considered a tourist spot for nature seekers and is not known for cartel activity.

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Embattled Texas House Speaker Won’t Seek Re-Election

The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election for the next session. The statement follows crumbling support among top Republican leaders and the release of a recording from a meeting that seems to confirm allegations of wrongdoing in June.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. (AP File Photo: Eric Gay)

Cantante Local Mexicana Decapitada por Narco-Rivales de Su Novio

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas – Las autoridades mexicanas están investigando el asesinato de una cantante local quien es una de las últimas víctimas de la narcoviolencia en Ciudad Victoria. Un grupo de sicarios secuestro a la mujer y a su novio para luego decapitarla; el novio todavía está desaparecido.

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5-Time Deportee Gets 10 Years for Illegal Re-Entry

A Dallas federal court sentenced a five-time deported criminal alien to a 10-year prison term for illegally re-entering the United States after removal. The sentence is the maximum allowed under the federal sentencing guidelines. Senior U.S. District Court Judge John

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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.

Nine Migrants Rescued from Texas Border River

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Texas-Mexico border region rescued nine migrant family members in two incidents from possibly drowning while illegally crossing the border from Mexico. The incidents occurred in the El Paso and Del Rio Sectors.

Del Rio Station Border Patrol agents rescue six Haitian migrants from Rio Grande. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector)

Ortiz: Mexican President AMLO Proves Impotent Against Paramilitary Drug Cartels

The capture of a wanted drug lord and his subsequent release after pressure from the Sinaloa Cartel set a dangerous precedent, revealing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and his cabinet to be impotent against the narco-terrorists controlling most of the country. The episode raises serious questions about Mexico’s role as a partner in the U.S. government’s fight against cartels.

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300 Pounds of Meth, Cocaine Seized at Texas Border

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine during multiple smuggling attempts. The seizures have an estimated street value of nearly $6 million.

CBP K-9 team inspectes a vehicle at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in South Texas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)