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REPORT: Bodies Found in Texas Pit Were Shot in Head

Texas authorities have confirmed that two bodies recently found in a pit in Midland Texas had been shot. The two bodies are believed to be connected to the disappearance of two teens in 2015. The confirmation that the victims had been shot and then left in the pit raises a series of new questions.

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EXCLUSIVA: Ted Cruz Sugiere Respuesta Militar de Estados Unidos a Carteles Mexicanos

LUBBOCK, Texas – El senador estadounidense Ted Cruz sugirió que los militares de Estados Unidos deberían ser utilizados contra los grupos criminales transnacionales (cárteles) mexicanos. Las declaraciones fueron hechas durante una entrevista en exclusiva con el senador a finales de mayo en el Museo de Agricultura Bayer, en Lubbock, Texas. El senador dejó claro que no estaba sugiriendo una acción militar unilateral de Estados Unidos en México, sino más bien un esfuerzo cooperativo, como se vio en Colombia.

Coast Guard crew members from the cutter Bernard C. Webber stand guard next to bales of cocaine, Friday, April 26, 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Miami Beach, Fla. The 2,200 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $27 million, was seized after stopping a fishing boat in the …

We Need More Money to Fight Cartels, DHS Officials Tell Congress

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials told Congress they need more equipment, cutter fleets, and manpower to fight transnational drug cartels from Mexico, Central and South America, and Europe. Cartels have almost unlimited funds to traffic drugs into the country, they say.

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DEA: 224 Mexican Cartel Border Tunnels Found Since 1990

U.S. authorities have uncovered and destroyed 224 tunnels used to smuggle bulk quantities of illicit drugs along the U.S.-Mexico border since 1990–including 22 discovered in the last two years alone–reports the DEA in its latest National Drug Threat Assessment.

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Three Gunmen Storm House to Kidnap Child — In Dallas

Three gunmen stormed a Dallas, Texas, home, restrained a woman and took a child at gunpoint. In response, Dallas Police have issued an Amber and are asking for the public’s help in locating the 10-year-old boy taken by the gunmen. Authorities are working to locate 10-year-old Nicholas Fierros Jr. and three unidentified black men who took at gunpoint him from a residence, said Deputy Dallas Police Chief Malik Aziz in during an online streamed news conference.

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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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Kate del Castillo Feels Betrayed by Sean Penn over ‘El Chapo’ Article

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo recently made waves by facilitating a clandestine interview in Mexico between actor Sean Penn and notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. However, her representatives and tabloids are reporting she feels betrayed by Penn for using her and not giving her more credit.

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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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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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Former Houston Cop Convicted of Conspiring with Mexican Drug Cartel

A federal jury in New Orleans, Louisiana, convicted a former Houston police officer on January 15 of charges of supplying a Mexican drug cartel with high-powered weapons and other equipment that helped them smuggle massive amounts of cocaine into Louisiana other communities across the country.

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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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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.

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Money Laundering Network Between Colombian and Mexican Cartels Disrupted

The drug trafficking ties between Colombia and Mexico go back decades, to when Colombian cartels started supplying Mexican drug runners with cocaine in the late 1970s. Those ties have since strengthened, and the recent discovery of a money laundering network between the two countries’ more powerful cartels is evidence of this.

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Two Arrested in Spain for Allegedly Buying Military-Grade Weapons for Mexican Cartels

Two alleged gun-runners were arrested in Spain on charges of buying military-grade weapons for drug cartels in Mexico. The controversy over how high-powered weapons get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels has been raging for years. US suppliers are often in the cross-hairs, so the recent arrest of individuals buying military-grade weapons for the cartels in Spain put a twist on perceptions of weapons trafficking to Mexico.

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Mexican Soldiers Capture Brother of Cartel de Jalisco’s Leader

Mexican authorities announced on December 4 they have detained the brother of the Cartel de Jalisco’s notorious leader. Formally known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), the drug cartel is one of the fastest growing—and most violent—criminal organizations in Mexico.

Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the …

DEA: Drug Overdose Deaths Surpass Those From Firearms, Car Crashes

The number of deaths from drug overdose in the United States has surpassed those from firearms and motor vehicle accidents each year since 2008, according to a newly released report published by the Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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DEA: Mexican Cartels Increasing Heroin Availability In U.S., Overdose Deaths Surge

Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) have significantly increased opium production and shifted their operations to expand heroin trafficking in recent years. The TCOs launched a concerted effort to make the illicit drug readily available to Americans as the number of heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. surge, reports the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

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Cocaine Smugglers in Puerto Rico Using Same Methods as Mexican Cartels

On October 7, the US Department of Justice announced the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) had dismantled a drug trafficking organization responsible for the transportation of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and drug money between Puerto Rico and the Continental United States. This organization was using drug mules to smuggle kilograms of cocaine hidden in suitcases on airplanes.