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Fraud Ring in Juaréz Goes Down

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:53:37 +0000

Five people associated with a Juaréz automotive business "Súper Autos Tomy" located at Avenida Insurgentes 3405 were arrested and accused with the falsification of license plates, stickers, and vehicle titles and registrations.

Based on the charges, it appears the ring was primarily responsible for processing cars stolen in the U.S. for Mexican clients through the falsification of documents once the stolen vehicles were driven across the border.

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Acapulco Coming Back to Life

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:43:04 +0000

This year's Semana Santa/Easter holiday saw a major increase in visitors to Acapulco. While international tourism to the traditional Mexican beach resort remains almost non-existent largely due to the continued barrage of negative press circulating in the U.S. and Canada, Mexican tourists flooded the resort city over the holiday weekend.

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Mexico Drowning in Chinese Floaties

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 15:24:15 +0000

The United States isn’t the only country being undercut by cheap imports from China these days. Increasingly Mexico, a country not long ago many Americans blamed for stealing away U.S. manufacturing jobs with its cheap labor, is feeling the squeeze from the Far East.

Inflatable beach and pool toys are the latest market where Mexican producers find themselves unable to compete both nationally and internationally with cheaper imports from China.

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Zihuatanejo Couple Sentenced to 40 years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 14:10:42 +0000

Jorge Solís Ramírez and Diana Gallardo Magdaleno, residents of the José Azueta neighborhood of Zihuatanejo, were sentenced to forty years, four months and fifteen days in prison and fined 218 thousand pesos for statutory rape, pornography, prostitution, and corruption of a minor the Attorney General for the State of Guerrero announced last week.

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China plans to establish bank in Mexico

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 13:24:32 +0000

In another sign of China’s drive to establish itself as a major player Latin America, China and Mexico announced plans to establish a Chinese bank in Mexico.

“[W]e believe that the establishment of a Chinese bank will be a great help in attracting investments and to aid business between Mexico and China,” indicated Secretary of Foreign Relations, Patricia Espinosa, at a recent press conference.

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Local Justice Chief Arrested for Ties to Drug Cartel

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:10:01 +0000

Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez announced the arrest of Claudia González López, the local head of Mexico’s Justice Department for the city of Saltillo, Coahuila. González López, who was transported to prison along with several alleged accomplices, is accused of accepting bribes and providing protection to the Zetas, Mexico’s largest and most notorious drug trafficking organization.

Morales indicated that more arrests would be coming. She also indicated major changes are in the offing in the states of Veracruz, Querétaro, and Campeche, all currently Zeta strongholds.

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U.S. Government Issues New Travel Advisory for Mexico

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:26:04 +0000

The U.S. State Department has issued a new travel warming for Mexico. Some of the highlights include:

Tourists are not targets in the ongoing drug wars and the overwhelming majority of the small amount of Americans killed in Mexico last year (120 U.S. citizens killed in 2011) were involved in drug trafficking if being robbed. Most urban areas not along the northern border are safe or require caution, but are not ont he do not travel list.

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Hacker Group Anonymous Attacks Mexican Government Websites

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:03:53 +0000

Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Alejandro Poiré revealed that his department’s website was forced offline for about 2 hours on Friday by a denial of service attack (DOS) launched by the hacker group Anonymous but insists the group was unable to breach the site’s defenses and access internal data. The website of Mexico’s senate was also attacked.

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Campaign to find Missing Cat Goes Viral in Mexico

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:46:25 +0000

It was supposed to be a safe two hour journey for Maya the Cat when her owner put her on a plane from Cancun to Guadalajara. When the plane arrived at its destination, Maya’s carrying case was there but Maya was gone. Mayas whereabouts remain a mystery.

The airline, Volaris, claims that Maya escaped in the Cancun airport before boarding the plane.

Unmoved by the airline’s explanation and effort to locate his cat, Maya’s owner has taken to Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube in an effort to locate the lost feline which he describe as “like a daughter”.

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New Residential Construction in Mexico Tourist Zones in Decline

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:18:54 +0000

BBVA Bancomer, one of Mexico’s major financial groups, revealed that construction in tourist zones such as Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, and Huatulco, among others, has entered a period of notable decline.

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Clandestine grave found near Puerto Vallarta

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:03:05 +0000

In the wee hours of the morning, an anonymous tip to authorities revealed the existence of a clandestine grave on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta.

The bodies for four persons were found mutilated, one decapitated, at the site at km 52 and 200 along the Mascota-Puerto Vallarta freeway. Also found at the scene were approximately 70 bullet casings.

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Five of the top 10 most violent cities in the world for 2011 are in Mexico

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:16:48 +0000

Five of the top 10 most violent cities in the world for 2011 are in Mexico. As astonishing as that might be, it appears to reflect an unfortunate trend across the Americas, where 45 of the 50 most violent cities in the world are located, 40 of those being in Latin America.

Despite the horrendous violence taking place in some Mexican cities, the title of the world’s most dangerous city went to San Pedro Sula, Honduras with 156 homicides per 100,000 residents.

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Murder of American David William Reitz III Solved

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:17:11 +0000

Police investigators today captured Arturo Márquez Martínez, alias “El Cazango,” who was the primary suspect in the murder of American David William Reitz III, which occurred in Puerto Vallarta on the 23rd of November 2011.

Márquez Martínez was captured in the municipality of Chapala, were it is believed he had a prior, pecuniary relationship with the victim that involved the exchange of money for services.

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Acapulco Prisons not such a bad place to pass one’s time

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 04:12:39 +0000

While 2011 may witness Mexico’s once glorious resort Acapulco win the dubious title of the world’s most violent city with a murder rate surpassing an incredible 130 murders per 100,000 of its population, life in Acapulco's prisons aren’t always too bad.

An early Monday morning surprise raid by federal police on Acapulco's prisons turned up 19 prostitutes, 2 large bundles of marijuana, over 100 fighting cocks, 2 peacocks, bottles of liquor, wide screen TVs, DVDs, and video games.

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Most violent cities in Mexico for 2011

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:19:04 +0000

I've been keeping up on this since I have lived in Acapulco on a full-time basis since 2003 and remember the day when it was paradise on earth. It still sort of is which is why this news leaves me with my mouth hanging open. My other adopted city, Mazatlán, comes in at #3. Talk about a dark cloud following someone around. I previously lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next stop, Boise, Idaho perhaps. Let's see if it follows me there.

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Hacker Group Anonymous Declares War on Zetas

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 19:36:52 +0000

In an unusual turn of events, members of the global hacker group Anonymous have given Mexico’s powerful Zetas drug cartel an ultimatum – release their kidnapped member or else. Starting on November 5th the group will start exposing information about Zeta members and collaborators.

Presumably this means the names, addresses, emails, text messages, phone calls, bank accounts, and any other such information that is stored or transmitted electronically – a notion that is surely keeping many government officials up a night.

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Mayor of Puerto Vallarta Suspended by State Congress

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:53:44 +0000

The Mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Salvador Gonzalez Resendiz, was suspended for 15 days without pay by the Jalisco State Congress for failure to make a legally required payment of some 2 million U.S. dollars in accordance with a recent judgment against the city administration by arbitrators.

The action resulted from a request by arbitration authority Junta de Arbitraje y Escalafón for congressional action to force the municipal administration to comply with the Board’s recent award of restitution for the breach of contract to plaintiff, Guadalupe de Jesús Rodríguez.

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Google Kills Blog del Narco

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:47:51 +0000

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Since it’s inception in March of 2010, Blog del Narco (formerly at blogdelnarco.com) has become an Internet phenomenon. What began as a hobby by a pair of anonymous college students from northern Mexico has turned into a true media behemoth.

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Puerto Vallarta to Get Hard Rock Hotel Next Year

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:36:29 +0000

Hard Rock Cafe International has announced a partnership with Palace Resorts LLC to rebrand several Palace Resorts properties as Hard Rock Hotels.

Properties are planned to open in Puerto Vallarta as well as Cancun and Riviera Maya. The collaboration is patterned after a recent successful collaboration in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.




Princess Cruises to Return to Puerto Vallarta

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:30:13 +0000

After reports of violence provoked numerous cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line to cancel stops in some of Mexico’s most popular resort destinations, Princess Cruises has once again added Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan to their 2012-2013 itinerary.

Others have yet to follow suit.

Princess Cruises had replaced the two Pacific Coast resort cities with cruises to Hawaii and Cabo San Lucas.

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Operation Safe Guerrero Nabs Local Drug Gang Leader

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 23:02:05 +0000

The federal government’s recent military mobilization targeting drug gangs in the state of Guerrero and, more specifically, the port city of Acapulco has made its first major capture.

Thirty-year-old Christian Arturo Hernández Tarín, alias “El Chris”, was captured in the central state of Mexico along with several accomplices, a bullet proof Porche, and numerous weapons including several AK 47 assault rifles, which are known in Mexico as “cuernos de chivo” (or “goat horns” in English).

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Hurricane Jova Slams Mexican Pacific Coast

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:23:48 +0000

(Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 12 October) Jova, a category-2 hurricane, made landfall yesterday evening as expected, near the border of Jalisco and Colima, just a few miles north of Manzanillo. Four people were killed as the high winds and heavy rains flooded Jalisco’s coast. In Cihuatlán, where the hurricane hit, two persons perished when a mudslide crushed their home. In nearby Jose Maria Morelos, a woman and her son died in a torrent of mud and water.

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Notorious drug cartel member La Barbie on hunger strike

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:21:45 +0000

Notorious Beltrán Leyva cartel lieutenant and the former kingpin of Acapulco Édgar Valdez Villarreal alias “La Barbie” is on a hunger strike.

A U.S. citizen from Laredo, Texas now 38-years old, the Barbie is the only known American to rise to a top leadership position in one of Mexico’s major drug cartels.

A national icon of sorts for his fashion sense and personal exploits, he is also well known as the pioneer of videotaped executions, beheadings, and torture that have since become standard practices among Mexico’s drug cartels.

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US Businessmen Visit Tijuana to Look for Investments

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:16:28 +0000

(Tijuana, Baja California, 11 October) US businessmen are seeking to invest “seed capital” in newly-created enterprises in the cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada and others, and to forge links between them and companies north of the border in California. The announcement was made by Gustavo de la Fuente of Tech Coast Ángeles during a monthly meeting of DEITAC, the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit entity established in 1989.

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A Weakened Jova Stalks Jalisco

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:57:12 +0000

(Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 11 October) Hurricane “Jova” weakened this morning to a category 2 hurricane as it made its way closer to Mexico’s Central Pacific coast, causing alerts and warnings in six of Mexico’s 32 federal entities. Landfall is expected around 11:00 p.m., local time.

The most likely point will be the municipality of La Huerta, Jalisco. Personnel of Mexico’s National System of Civil Protection, which tracks the storms, reports that the winds are up to 160 kph (about 100 mph). At 4:00 p.m. it was about 140 km southeast of Manzanillo, Colima.

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Human Rights Prize for Saltillo’s Migrant Refuge

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:43:24 +0000

(Saltillo, Coahuila, 11 October) For protecting migrants from kidnapping, rape, murder and extortion, the Casa del Migrante in Saltillo will receive the Letelier-Moffitt International Human Rights Award. This annual award is conferred by the Institute of Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

The award was instituted in 1977 in memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen-Moffitt, who were murdered in Chile in 1976 by forces of dictator Augusto Pinochet.

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Old Pipes Cause another Cave-in

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:52:04 +0000

(Acapulco, Guerrero, 10 October) The Costera Alemán, Acapulco’s main drag, has been converted into a vehicle trap again. This time it was in front of the marine terminal, when a city bus fell through the pavement into the ditch where 32-inch pipes had collapsed. It was late on a weekend afternoon. Fortunately, the bus was able to rescue itself before the rear tires of the vehicle gave way. The opening is about 18 feet wide and about 10 feet long. After several hours, a traffic police car came to the site to redirect traffic around it.

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Gunmen Kill 9 at Zacatecas Wedding

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:18:50 +0000

(Zacatecas, Zacatecas, 9 October) An armed group killed nine persons today at a wedding in the community known as Las Amecas in the mountain area of Valparaíso, according to Arturo Nahle García, the Attorney General of the State of Zacatecas. Six were police officers who were there to provide security. They were shot in their patrol car, and then the vehicle was set on fire. The civilian victims were shot in the back of the head, execution-style. All three were men between 22 and 24 years of age, from Acatita de Ameca and from La Lagunita, Durango.

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Ten More Bodies Discovered in Veracruz

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:17:40 +0000

(Veracruz, Veracruz, 10 October) Ten more dead bodies were discovered on Friday night in various parts of the city of Veracruz, according to a state government spokesperson. The authorities found them after receiving anonymous tips. Citizens complained of foul odors. Hours later, an armed group attacked a motel in Xalapa, a nearby town, which left two more dead (a man and a woman), two wounded, and part of the place in flames.

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Veracruz Prosecutor Suddenly Resigns

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:59:09 +0000

(Veracruz, Veracruz, 7 October) The attorney general for the State of Veracruz, Reynaldo Escobar Pérez, has resigned his position, as confirmed today by the state government. Marco Antonio Lezama, an assistant Attorney General, has been assigned as an interim replacement. No reasons for the resignation were given. Escobar cited “personal reasons” for his withdrawal from the position. Often it is because of personal threats made upon an incumbent or his family; sometimes it relates to “burnout” or other job-related causes, and sometimes the real reason turns out to be less salubrious.

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Feds Arrest Ex-mayor of Monterrey

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:58:05 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo León, 9 October) Adalberto Madero, ex-mayor of Monterrey, is being investigated for alleged diversion of public resources during his administration, between 2006 and 2009. The event relate to his tenure as Mayor of Monterrey. Madero was arrested yesterday by federal troops and taken to the jail at Apodaca.

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Feds Pick up 135 More City Police

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:45:44 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo León, 8 October) The municipalities of Linares and Villaldama in Nuevo León were the site of the most recent arrests of local law enforcement officers, suspected of connections with organized crime. Today 135 officers were detained by a joint force of federal police, the Army and the state Bureau of Investigation. Of the total, 117 from Linares and 18 from Villaldama.

The two police groups in question had been under surveillance by elements from the Mexican Department of Defense and by a new state organization called simply “Civil Force.”

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Marines Dismantle Part of Gulf Cartel

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:27:00 +0000

(Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 8 October) A cell of the Gulf Cartel, which operated in three northern municipalities of Tamaulipas (Matamoros, Reynosa and Miguel Alemán), has been “dismantled” according to spokesmen for the Department of the Mexican Navy. Marines arrested 35 alleged criminal operatives, killed ten more, and confiscated a large cache of arms, drugs and money.

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PRI Plans Party Primary to Choose Presidential Nominee

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:25:36 +0000

(Mexico City, DF, 7 October) The PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), which governed Mexico for over 70 years as a virtual single-party state, is planning a comeback in the 2012 presidential elections. Today it was announced that the PRI will choose its presidential nominee by means of a popular vote, rather than through caucuses and conventions, as usual. The national primary has been set for February 8. The nominees for senators and representatives will be named during the party’s convention in Mexico City, by delegate votes.

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Marcelo Ebrard Marries Rosalinda Bueso

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 22:15:07 +0000

(Mexico City, DF, 7 October) The governor of the Federal District, Marcelo Ebrard got married Friday night to Rosalinda Bueso, who was Honduras’ ambassador to Mexico. They had been in a relationship for about six months. Coincidentally, it was the same day as the launch of the electoral process in Mexico, looking towards the presidential race in 2012. Ebrard is regarded as a leading contender for the PRD nomination.

The wedding was attended by only 35 invitees, which the governor described as “an intimate and family affair.” His is 51; she is 34.

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Troops and Federales will Secure Guerrero Schools

Sat, 08 Oct 2011 21:36:11 +0000

(Acapulco, Guerrero, 6 October) Teachers from Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez on the “Costa Grande” between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo stayed out of classes for over a month to protest the lack of security in the schools for teachers. Since last August they have reported threats and extortion attempts by organized crime. The authorities have responded with the "Coordinated ‘Safe Guerrero’ Operation", which involves the participation of soldiers, marines and federal police in a joint effort to secure the safety of school children and their teachers from criminal organizations.

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Marines Capture 20 Organized Crime Suspects

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:25:21 +0000

(Boca del Río, Veracruz, 7 October) Marines have captured eight suspected members of a drug cartel that calls itself the “New Generation Jalisco Cartel,” nicknamed “Zeta-killers.” They are being held for 67 murders committed in the Veracruz area during the last few weeks. In addition, 12 others, presumed to be members of the “Zetas,” have been captured under suspicion of operating a murder ring in Veracruz, targeted specifically at the family of delinquents allied with rival groups.

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Mayor of Tlapa – Target of Investigation

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:23:52 +0000

(Chilpancingo, Guerrero, 7 October) The State Attorney General’s Office confirmed late yesterday that an investigation has been opened into the possible involvement of Tlapa mayor Willie Reyes in the double homicide on September 4 of Federal Representative Moisés Villanueva and his driver, Erick Estrada Vásquez. Two brothers have been arrested for committing the murders; one of them said they had been contracted by Mayor Willie Reyes. Reyes strongly denies any such involvement. In a statement made yesterday, the Mayor said that he was actually a close friend of Rep.

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Mérida Mayor Throws Hat in a Ring or Two

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:23:01 +0000

(Mérida, Yucatán, 6 October) Last year, Mérida elected flamboyant Angélica Araujo to be its mayor. Yesterday, she confirmed that her political ambitions reach beyond the municipality, to the national Congress (as a senator) or possibly to the statehouse (as governor of Yucatán). In a press statement she said she will wait for the period when serving officials must request a leave of absence to run for another office, which will be early next year. She said, “I aspire to serve the people of Mérida and Yucatán even more, and also to serve Mexico itself.”

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San Luis Potosi: Thirty Municipal Police Arrested This Year

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:21:51 +0000

(San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, 6 October) So far this year, thirty municipal police have been arrested in San Luis Potosí by elements of the Mexican Army, all for being involved in illegal activities. The announcement was made by the commanding general of the XII Military Zone, Arturo Gutiérrez. Most of the arrests have taken place in the most remote one-third of the state, known as the “huasteca potosino” (roughly, “Potosí boondocks”).

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Authorities Announce Firearms Exchange

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:54:57 +0000

(Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, 6 October) The Chiapas State Attorney General, Raciel López Salazar, announced that during the kickoff to the campaign “Give up Arms for a Safer Tuxtla,” 17 illegal firearms were traded in for laptop computers.

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Sinaloa Closes 12 County Jails

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:46:46 +0000

(Cosalá, Sinaloa, 6 October) The local jail in this municipality is one of twelve that the State has closed down over the last nine months. According to the State Director of Public Safety, Francisco Córdova, “Many of these closed jails were built over 100 years ago, and they do not comply with even the very minimum of international standards for the custody and rehabilitation of internees.” At this time, only six state and regional prisons are in operation within Sinaloa.

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Army Confiscates Cash at Border

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:17:12 +0000

(Tijuana, Baja California, October 5) The Mexican Army and Mexican customs personnel have confiscated $915,319.50 in US dollars. Yesterday, two persons in an armored truck presented themselves at the border for admission to Mexico. Personnel of the Second Military Region examined the documentation, and noticed several inconsistencies, which indicated that the documentation was false.

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AG: Mayor Implicated in Murder of Legislator

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 05:10:07 +0000

(Chilpancingo, Guerrero, 5 October) Guerrero State Attorney General, Alberto López Rosas, informs that an investigation is going forward to determine whether the mayor, or possibly a member of the City Council, of Tlapa de Comonfort (a mountain community northeast of the state capital) should be charged with masterminding the murder last month of Federal Representative Moisés Villanueva de la Luz (PRI) and is driver, Eric Estrada Vásquez. The legislator and his driver disappeared last September 4 in the mountains as they proceeded towards Puebla.

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Five Persons Shot in Mazatlán Tourist Zone

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 03:45:19 +0000

(Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 3 October) Five persons were murdered here in the first minutes of Sunday, according to prosecutors, just when Mazatlán’s nightlife starts to become most active. Three of them were women. All were killed by automatic weapons fire as they were riding in a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the center of Mazatlán’s “Golden Zone.”

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Police Arrest Two Soldiers for Kidnapping

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 03:33:09 +0000

(Chihuahua, Chihuahua, 2 October) Two privates in the Mexican Army were arrested yesterday, accused of the kidnapping of a thirteen-year-old girl. The arresting officers were part of a special unit of the Chihuahua State Police called the Anti-kidnapping Group.

The minor was rescued when agents of the special unit entered the home in Chihuahua, surprising her captors. She was found bound but unharmed. She had been kidnapped the day before, September 30, when she left her home. Her kidnappers took her away in a private vehicle, according to prosecutors.

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Two Arrested as Suspects in Journalist Murders

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 03:16:10 +0000

(Mexico City, DF, 3 October) Two men suspected of participating in the double murder of journalists Marcela Yarce and Rocío González last month in Mexico City have been arrested, according to the Federal District’s Attorney General, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa. The arrests were made after investigators identified the fingerprint of one of the men at the scene. An anonymous tip led to the break in the case. Those arrested are Óscar Yahir, 29 and Lázaro Hernández, 26. The prosecutor did not rule out the possibility that more persons may be implicated.

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Mayor Fires 261 Police for Breach of Trust

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 03:06:19 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo León, 4 October) For breach of trust, 261 officers of the transit police and the crime prevention police in Santa Catarina (in the greater Monterrey area) have been dropped from the rolls. Mayor Gabriel Navarro Rodríguez made the announcement in a press briefing.

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Four Killed in Juárez, Two Were US Nationals

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:52:42 +0000

(Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 4 October) A woman, 35, and her son, 19, both from the United States, were murdered in the streets of Ciudad Juárez yesterday, as they rode their Dodge Durango with Texas plates through the city, according to the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office. Rosa Williams and her son, Pablo Noé were on one of the city’s most trafficked streets when gunmen opened fire on them with an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9 mm caliber pistol. Many pedestrians were witnesses to the violent incident.

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Navy Arrests 18 Police in Veracruz

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:43:49 +0000

(Rio Blanco, Veracruz, 4 October) Naval elements have arrested 18 municipal police in the state of Veracruz for allegedly protecting the criminal group known as the “Zetas.” In addition, five members of the Zetas and nine prisoners who had fled the state prison last month were also taken in, according to the spokesman for the military. The arrests took place in the municipalities of Acultzingo, Huiloapan, Rafael Delgado, Río Blanco and Ciudad Mendoza, in the center of the state.

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Army Arrests 172 Police in Nuevo León

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:42:40 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo León, 4 October) Last Saturday in four municipalities in Nuevo León, military personnel picked up 110 police for suspicion of collaboration with organized crime groups. Today the number rose to 172. The operation was carried out jointly by the Army, Navy and the state bureau of investigation. Some of those arrested are in preventive detention, while others are undergoing drug testing, lie detector testing and psychological testing, according to the state’s Security Council.

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Police Confiscate Weapons Stash in Juárez Jail

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:11:26 +0000

(Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 4 October) Local police confiscated early today a clandestine stash of weapons in the city’s local jail. Some of the arms were used in an uprising in the institution at the end of July, in which 17 persons were killed. The find included seven firearms, 90 daggers or knives, and 17 cell phones. One of the firearms was an AK-47 automatic rifle and two were .9 mm submachine guns. Police located the weapons in a storm drain in one of the prison yards, where members of the drug gang “Los Mexicles” are being held.

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Most Students Return to Classes

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:00:07 +0000

(Acapulco, Guerrero, 4 October) According to the State Secretary of Education, over 90% of the schools in Acapulco reopened for classes yesterday, after more than a month of closures due to a job action by teachers. The teachers had received threats of extortion of up to half their salary, kidnapping, and personal violence from at least one local criminal gang. As a result, the teachers’ union demanded an increase in security at over 400 different educational institutions.

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Another Gang Leader Captured in Casino Arson-Murder

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 21:58:30 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo León, 4 October) Federal police have arrested José Alberto Loera Rodríguez, otherwise known as “El Voltaje” (“the Voltage”), for being one of four masterminds of the August attack on the Casino Real here, which killed 52 persons. According to the authorities, “El Voltaje” watched the perimeter around the gambling establishment, which a group of “Zetas” burned down with gasoline and grenades, killing all inside. The apparent motive was extortion.

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Zipolite Beach Attracts International Tourism

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 17:34:03 +0000

(Zipolite, Oaxaca, 15 August) With the purpose of providing tourism information to visitors (both foreigners and those from elsewhere in Mexico), “information modules” have been installed at three strategic points in the municipality, including in Zipolite and Puerto Ángel, the two most visited beaches.

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Seventy-and-Over Pension Goes to 1,093 Seniors

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:49:39 +0000

(Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, 2 October) Supported by the administration of mayor Alejandro Bravo Abarca, a social program called “70 and Over” has been well implemented in Zihuatanejo. It is a federal social pension program to find and register for benefits persons aged 70 and over who otherwise would not know about, or be able to register, for their old age benefits. In Zihuatanejo, a project was undertaken to make the program a reality for 1,150 adults. During the course of last week they received their first cash benefits, which correspond to the September-October payment.

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Airport Transport Services Still in Conflict

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:23:54 +0000

(Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, 3 October) Officials of the federal Department of Transportation (SCT) have arrived to try to mediate a dispute between the vans that operate out of the International Airport of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and the local taxis, who compete for passengers at facility. The president of the Union of Transport Workers of Zihuatanejo Ixtapa, Erasmo Landeros Aguilar, summarized the long-standing conflict: “Everyone knows about the dispute between Zihuatanejo taxi drivers and the transport companies at the airport itself.

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Zamora’s Poll Worker Draft Has Historic Success

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:03:37 +0000

(Zamora, Michoacán, 2 October) It is an historic record: 97% of the 1,512 citizens selected at random to help out at the polls on November 13, the next election day, have been contacted by the Electoral Institute of Michoacán. In addition, most of those contacted have reported for training and have received the necessary orientation. The requirement for poll workers has been overfilled: 144% of the basic requirement has been recruited and trained.

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Main Road Artery Stops Short of Completion

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:00:19 +0000

(Zamora, Michoacán, 3 October) The long-awaited construction of the prolongation of Virrey de Mendoza Avenue is being conducted with “indolence,” “lethargy” and “lack of interest,” according to local journalists. This is in spite of the obvious and important benefit that this public work means for the city. The construction contractor is long overdue on delivery of the completed project, something that in this part of the world is not unusual. Worse, however, the job has apparently been abandoned prior to completion.

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Governor calls on Citizens to Be Part of Law Enforcement

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:40:59 +0000

(Boca del Río, Veracruz, 3 October) The Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, rendered his quarterly report to the populace in Boca del Río yesterday, in which he called upon everyone, both public officials and private citizens, to act correctly so that the laws can be effective. “It requires honesty, rectitude and courage on the part of every one of us,” he said. He announced the creation of a “Citizens’ Observatory” in conjunction with Veracruz University.

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Xalapa Continues Enforcement against Polarized Windows

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:23:08 +0000

(Xalapa, Veracruz, 2 October) Traffic enforcement personnel are cracking down on private vehicles that use polarized windows, contrary to law. Yesterday traffic police took the film from the windows of 128 vehicles, bringing to 300 the number of vehicles “corrected” since the campaign began last Friday.

Polarized windows are illegal in buses and taxis, as it makes it easier to rob the passengers. Anything going on inside the vehicle is not visible from outside. Enforcement of the rules with respect to public transport has been in effect for some time throughout the State of Veracruz.

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Retailers Complain of Drop in Sales

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:55:54 +0000

(Uruapan, Michoacán, 3 October) Local retailers and artisans around the church of “El Señor de los Milagros,” have indicated that sales were really low during the recent celebrations of the patronal festival because tourism has fallen off so sharply.

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Feds Capture Suspected Drug Dealer

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:54:24 +0000

(Valladolid, Yucatán, 30 September) Police assigned to the federal Attorney General’s Office, Yucatán Division, have presented for indictment “Pepe Granadas” (literally translated as “Joe Grenades”), who is accused of crimes against the federal firearms and explosives law and for possession and possible distribution of drugs. He was arrested in Valladolid on September 27.

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More Community-minded Events Planned for Tulum Area

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:35:07 +0000

(Tulum, Quintana Roo, 3 October) Tulum’s mayor, Edith Mendoza Pino, presided over the kick-off of an event sponsored by the local hotel association, to spruce up old buildings in the Tulum area. A large number of volunteers had gathered for the event. Actor and businessman Roberto Palazuelos is the main force behind “Painting Solidarity” (Solidaridad not only means “solidarity,” but it is the name of the municipality in which Tulum is located). Two private foundations have provided funds and other support for the effort: Fundación Ara and Fundación Televisa.

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Tula History Program to Launch October 9

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:34:35 +0000

(Tula, Hidalgo, 29 September) Starting on October 9, the program “Know Tula’s History” will begin, which will spread the word about Tula’s free, cultural attractions. Arturo Ángeles Ávila, Tula’s director of tourism, explained that the central meeting place will be in the atrium of the cathedral, followed by a guided explanation of the convent, and a tour of the Tourist Pathway, winding up at the Archeological Zone, where an expert guide will explain the pre-Hispanic ruins.

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Industrial Park to Become a Reality Soon

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:04:36 +0000

(Tulancingo, Hidalgo, 3 October) Mayor Jorge Márquez told the press yesterday that he began a review last week of various parts of the city, evaluating land that could permit the creation of an industrial park for Tulancingo. “This has been a dream for several years,” said the mayor, “and now we are going to make it happen.”

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Todos Santos, Pueblo Mágico

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 18:08:46 +0000

(Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, 28 September) Todos Santos was the first “Pueblo Mágico” to be designated in the Baja California Peninsula. It is a picturesque town on the west coast, about 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. Coming up from the South, you come first to Migriño, where four-wheels can be rented to go on tours up and down the beach or the desert. Candelaria is next, a small town that leads to Playa Cerrritos, a favorite spot for surfers. Then comes “Pescadero,” a fishing village and marketplace.

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Cheap Agave No Longer: Producers

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:24:17 +0000

(Tequila, Jalisco, 21 September) Agave, the beneficent plant that gives us tequila, has been abundant in the region that has given its name to the strong spirit. But large harvests in recent years have led to a depression in agave prices, and producers have cut back their cultivation sharply. The president of the Council of Blue Agave Growers of the State of Jalisco, Eduardo Murillo Ramos, affirmed that the drop in production should lead, finally, to a “fair price” for the raw material.

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Magdalena Presents the Opal Fair of 2011

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:23:53 +0000

(Tequila, Jalisco, 26 September) On September 18 the traditional Opal Fair kicked off in Magdalena, the sister municipality to Tequila, a Pueblo Mágico. Festivities began with an opening parade presided over by the beautiful Ireli, Queen of the National Holidays in Tequila, 2011, who waved and greeted to the public from her perch on a convertible.

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Tecate and Tijuana Settle Old Border Dispute

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:49:45 +0000

(Tecate, Baja California, 24 September) The XX State Legislature has approved a friendly agreement between Tecate and Tijuana concerning their common municipal boundary lines, a matter that had been in dispute for at least a century. The agreement gives half of the disputed area to each city. The territory in question covers 33,177 hectares (about 82,000 acres).

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Water in Crisis: 40% is Lost in System Leaks

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:10:53 +0000

(Taxco, Guerrero, 25 September) Taxco mayor Álvaro Burgos Barrera points out that the municipal drainage network and the potable water system. He says that it is one of the problems facing the city because of a lack of planning, and the problem goes back for several decades. The drainage network is over 40 years old, and the water system is more than half a century old. Over 40% of potable water pumped through the system is lost because of leaks that have gone unattended for a long time.

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Democracy Can’t Exist Without Freedom of Speech

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 22:20:46 +0000

(Tapachula, Chiapas, September 23) “In Mexico we cannot speak of democracy if we cannot yet fully exercise freedom of expression, nor can we say that we respect the news media when murders of journalists go unpunished and their safety cannot be guaranteed,” said Sami David David, a federal legislator representing Tapachula.

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Activist Poet Renders Stark Message

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:50:35 +0000

(San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 16 September) Poet Javier Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD according to its acronym in Spanish), sent greetings to the Zapatista rebels today in a ceremony celebrated here, in the southern state of Chiapas. Sicilia is directing a caravan for peace, which has traveled throughout most of the states in Mexico. It has now arrived at the border with Guatemala, where participants shared in the “grito” – the patriotic cry “Viva México!” that begins the celebration of Independence around midnight on September 15.

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Feria de San Miguel de Allende Launches

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:40:23 +0000

(San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, 16 September) Coming on the heels of the national independence holidays, the Feria de San Miguel de Allende kicks off with two weeks of music, dance and celebrations. The organizers have booked into the “Teatro del Pueblo” a series of nationally-known performers. In addition, the festival includes a cattle show, displays of local art and art objects, food of all kinds, and places to shop for gifts and keepsakes.

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Sonorans Will Have “Luxury Beach” Soon

Sun, 25 Sep 2011 07:36:03 +0000

(San Carlos, Sonora 9 July) By the end of the month work will begin on a new public beach project at Miramar, including restaurants, a pool, a tourist dock and pier, walkways, a bike path, and areas for sporting activities. The public investment will be around $50 million pesos, according to Governor Guillermo Padrés.

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Traffic Signals at Main Intersection Out for Weeks

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:11:14 +0000

(Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, 22 September) For more than two weeks the traffic signals in the main intersection of town have been out of order, provoking accidents and pestering pedestrians and motorists alike.

The intersection is a system with three lights, between Oaxaca Ave., Pérez Gasga Ave., and Route 200 (the coastal road) in front of the Américas statue. About 150 feet away, the micro-buses load up and depart for Pochutla, and this further ties up traffic.

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Rosarito Beach to Host Second Mariachi Festival

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:50:52 +0000

(Rosarito Beach, Baja California, 22 September) Rosarito Beach will host the second annual “Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folclórico Festival” between September 28 and October 2, as a benefit for the boys and girls club of Rosarito.

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Alert for Tropical Storm “Hillary”

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 17:47:12 +0000

(Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, 22 September) Civil Protection authorities have issued storm warnings to 40 municipalities along the path of tropical storm “Hillary,” which is expected to gain hurricane strength as it passes within a few kilometers of Puerto Escondido. The storm has been generating winds, waves and exceptionally high tides.

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Puerto Aventuras, Quiet Corner of the Riviera Maya

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:07:03 +0000

(Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, 23 September) Elsewhere, in the larger communities of the Yucatan peninsula, the increase of violence and heightened concern for public safety have caused a drop in international tourism. This has not been the case, so far, in Puerto Aventuras. Unlike the larger destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula, like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the tiny village and harbor at Puerto Aventuras continues apparently undaunted by what is going on in the larger world outside.

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Thirty-eight Persons Ejected from Las Huastecas

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 23:35:20 +0000

(Poza Rica, Veracruz, 21 September) The Public Safety Department has evicted as “squatters” 60 persons from 14 homes and surrounding land in the Huastecas II subdivision. The homes were still under construction. They had moved in over the weekend, and the neighbors immediately made formal protests. Members of an ad-hoc indigenous rights organization called ASICAP were also ejected for trespass. The houses are at the end of a street that has not yet been completed. Approximately 35 residences are there, about 40% completed. They were abandoned five years ago or longer.

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Number Two in City Hall Resigns

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 23:00:12 +0000

(Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 22 September) In a surprise move, the Secretary of Government of the Solidaridad Municipality, Orlando Muñoz Gómez, yesterday resigned from his post, the number two spot in the municipal government that embraces Playa del Carmen and surrounding communities. He presented his resignation to Mayor Filiberto Martínez Méndez and to senior official José Luis Arguelles. When the press asked for an official confirmation or an explanation, none was forthcoming. He had occupied his position for barely six months. Muñoz said his reasons were “personal.”

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General Hospital is “Chaos” According to Patients

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:34:37 +0000

(Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 22 September) Patients arrive at the emergency room with injuries, wounds and pain and have to wait for upwards of two hours to receive medical attention because of a lack of staff. This is particularly critical at night and on weekends, when only one doctor is on duty. This is the only health facility open to the general public.

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Palenque Featured in TV Documentary

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:46:00 +0000

(Palenque, Chiapas, 22 September) Local residents of Palenque were pleased that this small municipality in the jungles of Chiapas was featured prominently in a new television documentary, in which Mexican President Felipe Calderon visits the location with TV journalist Peter Greenberg. The video was made to help stimulate interest in ecological tourism in Mexico, especially for tourists in the US and Canada. The press preview took place this week at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, with President Calderon in attendance.

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Monterrey Mayor under Attack for Casino Royale License

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 03:31:48 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 21 September) Just four weeks after the tragic attack on the Casino Royale in Monterrey, in which 52 persons perished in a fire, the mayor of Monterrey, Fernando Larrazabal, is feeling political heat. The State Legislature of Nuevo Leon has set up a special investigative committee to look into the permits and licenses of the now defunct casino. The mayor calls this “a smoke screen” to distract public attention and to make political hay out of a tragic event.

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Zetas in Training Arrested

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 03:20:09 +0000

(Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 21 September) Nineteen alleged members of the organized crime gang called Los Zetas, seven of them minors, were arrested in a training camp in a remote area of the state, near the US border at Laredo. The announcement was made by the Department of the Navy. The camp was detected through intelligence operations, and an operation was conducted using three Black Hawk helicopters. The camp was on a ranch near the highway between Colombia and Monterrey.

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Gunmen Break Two Minors out of Prison

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:35:45 +0000

(Zacatecas, Zacatecas, 21 September) Armed men invade the Juvenile Detention Center in Zacatecas on Tuesday, carrying away two inmates. They arrived in five luxury SUV’s (commonly called “narco-wagons”), and engineered the escape of two minors, presumably members of their gang or cartel. The two had been incarcerated for federal crimes. The detention center is on the road between Zacatecas and Guadalajara, on the Malpaso-Villanueva segment.

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Officials Plead with Teachers: Go Back to School

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:28:31 +0000

(Acapulco, Guerrero, 21 September) In spite of repeated assurances by state education officials that teachers will be returning to classes, the teachers maintain their walkout, insisting that the government has done nothing to protect them against threats and extortion by criminal gangs.

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Calderon Appears in TV Special

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 01:53:04 +0000

(New York, New York, 21 September) Mexican president Felipe Calderon used his visit to the United Nations and to New York as an occasion to premier a TV Special on tourism called “The Royal Tour,” in which he appears as the host figure in Mexico. The preview of the episode was part of his visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

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Armed Group Attacks Military

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 01:19:58 +0000

(Tecpan, Guerrero, 21 September) Three soldiers died and five more were wounded on Tuesday in the Costa Grande region of Guerrero, between Tecpan and Benito Juarez, on the highway that runs from Zihuatanejo to the Michoacán border. An armed group ambushed members of the 19th Infantry Batallion as they were patrolling the federal highway. The incident came three days after state officials found the body of federal congressman Moisés Villaneuva in Huamuxtitlán, also in Guerrero, who had been murdered, together with his driver, also by presumed criminal gunmen.

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Judiciary Suspends Judge over Casino Case

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:53:37 +0000

(Saltillo, Coahuila, 21 September) Federal judge Luis Armando Jerezano Teviño and court clerk Gerardo Tiscareño were relieved of their functions by the federal judiciary for “possible irregular conduct” in the resolution of cases relating to casino operations in the northern part of Mexico. The purpose was to permit an inquiry into separate cases that appear to have inappropriately benefited the operation of gaming establishments.

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Veracruz “Tweeters” to be Released

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:32:05 +0000

(Veracruz, Veracruz, 21 September) The two Veracruz men who had arrested for sending terrifying “tweets” over the Internet will be released according to Governo Javier Duarte de Ochoa. María de Jesús Bravo Pagola and Gilberto Martínez Vera had been accused under anti-terrorism laws for sending messages by Twitter on August 25 that armed gunmen were about to attack local elementary schools, looking for kidnapping victims.

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Thirty-five Bodies found in Veracruz

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:31:43 +0000




Thirty-five Bodies found in Veracruz

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:30:54 +0000

(Boca del Río, Veracruz, 21 September) Yesterday police found two abandoned trucks with 35 corpses in them near a commercial center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz. A video has emerged, showing that vehicles had surrounded the trucks, as guards, and probably served as getaway cars. State Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez made the disclosure, but did not give details on how the video came into the hands of the investigators. Part of the investigation includes determining whether any elements of the police acted in collusion with the perpetrators. Twelve of the victims were women.

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City Signs Pact with Foundation

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:41:09 +0000

(Navojoa, Sonora, 20 September) The government of the city of Navojoa and the Fundación México Sustentable (Sustainable Mexico Foundation) have signed a cooperation agreement to foster sustainable economic and social development in Navojoa. The purpose is to attract alternatives for investment, technical support and promotion to Navojoa, according to a statement made by Mayor José Abraham Mendívil López.

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City Hall Seeks to Create a “Culture” of Crime Reporting

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:07:00 +0000

(Monclova, Coahuila, 20 September) Following up on Mayor Armando Castro’s call upon all citizens to become intolerant of minor crime and to report all incidents, the town has created a Municipal Public Safety Council, which is distributing, as one of its first acts, a tri-fold flyer to everyone, seeking to orient the citizens towards a “culture” of reporting crime when it takes place.

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Mayor Stresses Need for Citizen Collaboration against Crime

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:06:07 +0000

(Monclova, Coahuila, 19 September) As a means of putting the brakes on a high robbery rate that members of the Chamber of Commerce have protested, especially in the stores in the downtown area, the mayor of Monclova, Armando Castro Castro, has proposed the installation of security cameras in key locations.

The mayor recognizes that the downtown area continues to be plagued by petty thefts in spite of increases in the level of police surveillance. He said that everyone in Monclova needs to work together on the matter, and not leave it solely in the hands of the authorities.

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Las Vegas Style Casino Opens in Manzanillo

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:51:41 +0000

(Manzanillo, Colima, 19 September) Last week, the Casino Soleil opened its doors to tourists and locals in Manzanillo, providing an excellent, “Las Vegas-style” option to all. The casino offers the usual electronic machines (slots and video poker), but additionally adds live table games, like craps, roulette and blackjack. A sports book is in operation, and plans include bingo and a poker room.

This is Manzanillo’s first entry in “real” casinos, designed to draw new crowds to the resort destination and to improve the experience of cruise ship passengers during their few hours ashore.




Manzanillo Bus Terminal Considered a Safe Place

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:51:16 +0000

(Manzanillo, Colima, 20 September) The manager of Manzanillo’s central bus terminal, Iván Herrera has declared to the press that the station has been free of “incidents” for over two years: no robberies, no drug problems, no other illegal or violent episodes. He added that the staff has worked hard to ensure the safety of passengers and those coming to greet or say goodbye to travelers.

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Mayor Receives Tourism Authorities for Talks

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:20:27 +0000

(Loreto, Baja California Sur, 18 September) This past week mayor Jorge Alberto Avilés Pérez met with officials of Sectur (the federal Department of Tourism), Fonatur (the special fund for tourism promotion) and CPTM (Mexican Tourism Board) to discuss improving the outlook for tourism in Loreto.

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Locals Decry Ignorance of Authorities in El Fuerte

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:52:57 +0000

(El Fuerte, Sinaloa, 17 September). About 50 miles outside of Los Mochis, near the coast of Sinaloa, is a small town called “El Fuerte,” which in 2009 was named one of Mexico’s “Pueblos Mágicos” in a program operated by the federal Tourism Department. For several years in the early 19th century, it was the capital of the State of Sonora and Sinaloa. It has become a popular tourist destination, especially for those interested in Mexico’s rich history.

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