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#867 Jun 16, 2010
Mexican official: 15 gunmen die in clash with army

MEXICO CITY (AP)— A Mexican Defense Department official says 15 gunmen have been killed in a shootout with soldiers in the popular tourist town of Taxco.

An official who was not authorized to be quoted by name says no soldiers were killed or wounded.

The soldiers were working on a tip about suspicious activity in Taxco when gunmen opened fire on them Tuesday.

Taxco is known for its silver workshops, but has also been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf battles

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#868 Jun 16, 2010
Mexican federal police killed in Chihuahua City

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
06/15/2010

Three Mexican federal police officers were killed and another was wounded Monday when they were attacked by heavily-armed gunmen in Chihuahua City, police officials said.
The officers were taking part in a drug dealing investigation and were riding on a city street Monday afternoon when they were shot by gunmen with AK-47 and AR-15 rifles.

Police found an abandoned an Nissan X-Trail and a Chevrolet Silverado believed to have been used by the gunmen during a search of streets and hospitals in an effort to find the attackers.

The attack in Chihuahua City occurred the same day that 10 federal police officers were killed in highway ambush in the state of Michoacan. Officials said several gunmen were killed but their bodies were removed by the surviving attackers.

According to news reports, at least 96 people were killed Monday throughout Mexico, making it the deadliest single day in the drug war that began in 2006 when President Felipe Calderón deployed the military to fight drug cartels.

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#869 Jun 16, 2010
Rules aim to thwart money laundering by drug gangs

Mexico moves to curb cartels' cash flow

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CULIACAN, Mexico - In a step aimed at thwarting money laundering by drug cartels, the Mexican government on Tuesday announced strict limits on the deposit and exchange of U.S. dollars in banks, noting the nation's economy is being flooded with illicit drug profits.

The money helps traffickers buy military-grade weapons used to kill tens of thousands of people and recruit small armies all over the country that battle rival gangs and government forces. Failure to intercept the money has long been singled out as a major flaw in President Felipe Calderón's military-led offensive against cartels.

In response, the government announced it will limit individual bank-account holders to deposits of $4,000 monthly, while others without accounts will be allowed to exchange up to $1,500. Companies working along the border or in designated tourist areas can conduct bank transactions of up to $7,000 monthly.

Drug traffickers have long taken advantage of lax rules and the preponderance of cash transactions in Mexico to launder multibillion-dollar annual profits in Mexican banks and currency-exchange houses.

It's routine to see all-cash purchases of high-end items, from real estate to airplanes, horse farms and expensive art.

The new measures were announced in Mexico City by Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero, who said they were designed to reduce laundering by "closing the path to illicit resources" funneled into Mexican banks. He said around $10 billion in surplus - and probably illicit - money has been detected annually in the Mexican banking system.

A recent U.S.-Mexican government report estimated traffickers send $19 billion to $29 billion a year from the U.S. to Mexico, slightly less than half of which goes through banks. The rest stays in the cash economy; around 75 percent of all transactions in Mexico are in cash, and the measures announced Tuesday do not address this flow of money.

The measures announced Tuesday do not apply to electronic transfers and are not likely to have an effect on average Mexicans, Cordero said, because the monthly limit on dollar transactions is far above the earnings of 98 percent of Mexican households.

Additionally, the Association of Mexican Banks said in a separate news conference that the new rules were not expected to affect the millions of dollars in remittances sent to Mexicans in Mexico from relatives working in the U.S. Almost all of those are transferred electronically and paid out in pesos, the organization said.

15 suspects killed in Taxco shootout

MEXICO CITY - Soldiers battled gunmen for nearly an hour Tuesday on the outskirts of the popular tourist town of Taxco, killing 15 suspects.

Troops investigating suspicious activity came under fire from gunmen holed up in a house, the Defense Department said. It said no soldiers were hurt in the 40-minute shootout. Twenty guns and two homemade explosives were recovered, it added.

The battle, in Guerrero state, came one day after 12 federal police officers were killed in an ambush in neighboring Michoacan state, a stronghold of drug activity. It was unclear if the two shootouts were related.

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#870 Jun 16, 2010
Two Suspects Arrested For Possesion of Marijuana

Two men allegedly caught with marijuana on Highway 83 are arrested.

The two were pulled over near Sam Fordyce Road Monday night.

That's where a deputy constable detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

The deputy then saw two bundles of marijuana in plain view in the car.

The hidalgo county HIDTA Task Force is taking over the case.

The two suspects are charged with felony possesion of marijuana.

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#871 Jun 16, 2010
President Calderon asks for Mexicans' support in drug war as violence escalates

June 15, 2010
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MEXICO CITY (AP)— President Felipe Calderon appealed to Mexicans to support the fight against organized crime just hours after troops killed 15 suspected gang members, part of a surge in violence that has June headed toward being the deadliest month yet in his drug war.

In a televised message to the nation Tuesday night, Calderon urged his countrymen to report criminals to authorities and help defeat the brutal drug cartels. A phone number for anonymous tips flashed on the screen as he spoke.

"This is a battle that is worth fighting because our future is at stake," Calderon said during the 10-minute address. "It's a battle that, with all Mexicans united, we will win."

Calderon's message came a day after he published an essay in national newspapers defending the crackdown on cartels, a fight that has seen more than 23,000 people killed since late 2006 when he began deploying thousands of troops and federal police to drug hot spots. Mexican officials attribute much of the bloodshed to turf battles between drug cartels, but the gangs are increasingly turning to attacks on police and prosecutors.

"To recover our security won't be an easy or quick task but it's worth continuing," Calderon said in the speech. "My government can't and won't let its guard down."

Before Calderon spoke, soldiers investigating suspicious activity came under fire from gunmen holed up in a house in the popular tourist town of Taxco in Guerrero state.

The Defense Department said no soldiers were hurt in the 40-minute shootout that left 15 gunmen dead. Twenty guns and two homemade explosives were recovered, it added.

Taxco police, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, told The Associated Press that the men killed were suspected of being tied to Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a reputed U.S.-born capo known as "La Barbie." Mexican security forces have detained several alleged Valdez henchmen recently.

Taxco is popular with foreign visitors because of its colonial architecture and more than 2,000 silver shops, but it has increasingly been the scene of cartel turf battles. Two weeks ago, authorities discovered 55 bodies in an abandoned Taxco silver mine that was being used as a dumping ground for apparent victims of drug violence.

Tuesday's battle came a day after 12 federal police officers were killed in an ambush in neighboring Michoacan state, a stronghold of drug activity. It was unclear if the two shootouts were related.

Federal police anti-drug chief Ramon Pequeno blamed the attack on the Michoacan-based La Familia, a cartel that has become notorious for bold assaults on federal security forces.

Also Monday, gunmen killed three federal officers in the northern city of Chihuahua, and inmates at a prison in northern Sinaloa state used guns apparently smuggled inside to kill 21 prisoners in what officials said appeared to be a dispute between gangs. At least eight more inmates were later stabbed to death in apparent reprisals at the same prison.

The dozens of deaths on Monday and Tuesday followed a particularly bloody pair of weeks. Last week, gunmen killed 16 people in one day in the northern city of Ciudad Madero, and attackers burst into a drug rehab center in Chihuahua and shot 19 men to death.

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#872 Jun 16, 2010
Indian reservations on both U.S. borders become drug pipelines

June 16, 2010
By Tim Johnson
McClatchy Newspapers
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SELLS, Arizona — Like any young man on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation on the border with Mexico, Clayton Antone can reel off the going rate for smuggling a load of marijuana into the U.S.

"You get $2,000 for a 45-minute drive," Antone said.

The Mexican and Canadian shiny pick-up trucks and late-model SUVs outside the homes of unemployed Indians on the reservation suggest that some have acted on the math.

Traffickers in Mexico and Canada increasingly are using Indian reservations along the borders as conduits for bringing marijuana, Ecstasy and other illicit drugs into the U.S. The drug gangs take advantage of weak and underfunded tribal police forces and the remoteness of tribal lands, and they find that high unemployment rates and resentment of federal law enforcement agencies make some young native Americans ready allies.

Drug seizures on the tribal lands have risen sharply. In 2005, law enforcement agents made 292 seizures totaling 67 tons of marijuana. By 2009, they tallied 1,066 seizures totaling more than 159 tons.

Cocaine also is moving in. On June 11, the U.S. attorney for Arizona indicted nine Tohono people on trafficking charges, ending a five-month probe in which undercover agents made 39 buys totaling over 250 grams of cocaine.

The U.S. Justice Department is closely watching on two reservations where it says the problems are most acute: the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in upstate New York and the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Arizona.

As much as 20 percent of all the high-potency marijuana grown in Canada each year is smuggled through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center's 2010 drug threat assessment report.
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#873 Jun 16, 2010
Six dead after drug treatment center shooting in Juarez

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
06/16/2010

Six people were shot dead outside a drug treatment center shortly before noon today in Juárez, part of a wave of more than 15 homicides.
The people were killed outside the Clinica Integral Contra las Adicciones (Integral Clinic Against Addictions) at Manuel J. Clouthier and Piña streets, Chihuahua state police said. Investigators said attackers fired 49 rounds.

The dead were identified as Sergio Arturo Soto, 39, Erick Sanchez Chairez, age unavailable, Adriana Garcia Acevedo, 34, Adrian Rodriguez Camarillo, 28, Rosa Isela Pineda Tellez, 32, and Luis Eduardo Molina Sosa, age 25 to 30.

The Juarez clinic shooting comes a week after a mass shooting in a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua City.

Law enforcement officials have said that drug rehab centers in Mexico are sometimes fronts for drug dealing and gangs.

Six dead after drug treatment center shooting in Juarez
By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
Posted: 06/16/2010 05:52:28 PM MDT

Six people were shot dead outside a drug treatment center shortly before noon today in Juárez, part of a wave of more than 15 homicides.
The people were killed outside the Clinica Integral Contra las Adicciones (Integral Clinic Against Addictions) at Manuel J. Clouthier and Piña streets, Chihuahua state police said. Investigators said attackers fired 49 rounds.

The dead were identified as Sergio Arturo Soto, 39, Erick Sanchez Chairez, age unavailable, Adriana Garcia Acevedo, 34, Adrian Rodriguez Camarillo, 28, Rosa Isela Pineda Tellez, 32, and Luis Eduardo Molina Sosa, age 25 to 30.

The Juarez clinic shooting comes a week after a mass shooting in a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua City.

Law enforcement officials have said that drug rehab centers in Mexico are sometimes fronts for drug dealing and gangs.
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#874 Jun 16, 2010
Calderon defends drug war, wants PR firm

6/16/2010

MEXICO CITY - Gunmen slaughter 19 men at a rehab clinic. Sixteen bodies are dumped in a northern city. Twelve police officers die in an ambush. Soldiers kill 15 gunmen outside a tourist town.

All this in less than a week, yet President Felipe Calderon believes Mexico is getting a bad rap and wants to hire a public relations firm to improve its image. He might want to start with convincing his own countrymen, who are frustrated by assurances that the drug war is going well.

"No matter how much the authorities want us to believe that they are winning this fight, the reality and the perception is that, on the contrary, it's a lost battle," said Miguel Jimenez, 21, a student in Morelia, the capital of Calderon's drug-plagued home state of Michoacan. "Day after day, it's demonstrated with the increasing violence."

Calderon passionately defended his military-led offensive against cartels this week, pledging not to withdraw the thousands of soldiers and federal police battling gangs across the country.

He acknowledged violence has surged - often claiming innocent lives - but insisted it was a war worth fighting and that things are going as planned.

"The strategy is advancing in the necessary direction that was established from the start," Calderon wrote in a long essay posted on his office's website this week. "Some analysts say that it was a mistake to fight crime, that we should not have 'provoked' them. I think this perspective is mistaken."

Calderon said cartels are infiltrating every walk of Mexican life, from police and politics to businesses cowered by extortion demands. He insisted there is no choice but to fight them. If there is more violence, he said, it is because drug cartels are reeling and splintered. And his government is embarking on long-term solutions, including U.S.-backed training of thousands of police and prosecutors in modern investigative techniques.

Some Mexicans agree.

The essay "was received with skepticism among commentators in the press and radio, where it has been commonly accepted that the strategy has failed," wrote columnist Hector Aguilar in the Milenio newspaper Wednesday. But "among the critics, there is nobody proposing an alternative to Calderon's strategy."

But others are tired of hearing the same arguments from the president and seeing little difference on the ground.

"How long is Calderon going to believe that this war will be won or lost by sacrificing lives?" wrote Milenio columnist Ciro Gomez. "Or, as he said last night, that things will change in the medium term?"

The problem is the sacrifice is proving too much for many Mexicans who get caught in the crossfire.

In the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo on Tuesday, soldiers chased down a group of gunmen who opened fire on their patrol. The gunmen crashed their car into a house where a woman was looking after her three grandchildren. A battle erupted, leaving one soldier and four of the gunmen dead. The grandmother and the children escaped unharmed.
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Bitter Debate over Immigration at U.S.-Mexico Meeting

By Enrique Méndez

Campeche, Mexico, June 12.– The 49th US-Mexico Interparliamentary Meeting had tense moments today, when California Republican Representative Brian Bilbray disparagingly referred to Mexico as "the backyard patio" [and] warned that his party will not let immigration reform pass.

"Migration is a privilege, not a right. My family came from the other side of the Atlantic, not by way of a land border," he let fly.

The phrase, according to deputies and senators, led to criticism by [Mexican] lawmakers from the PRI and PT, as well as a distancing of the [U.S.] House Democrats present, who also repudiated the implementation of Arizona's SB-1070 Law that criminalizes illegal migration.

PT Deputy Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that if both countries fail to reach an agreement on the subject the bilateral relationship is rotten.

In the private afternoon meeting, titled "Migration and Well-being,[the] situation of migrant communities in the United States," Bilbray (who voted in favor of building the border fence and has said that an illegal immigrant can be identified by the clothes he/she wears) defended the application of the Arizona law with the argument that it will not cause racial discrimination.

In contrast, the chairman of the delegation of U.S. Members of Congress, Ed Pastor, a Democrat from said state, questioned the rule by ensuring that migration is not a state matter, but federal in nature, and therefore he assured the Arizona law is illegal.

Nonetheless, those at the meeting recognized that the members of congress who defend the need for an agreement on the issue face the rejection of their constituents, including those of Mexican origin, when seeking reelection. Before, election issues were civil rights; at other times gay rights; or the legalization of drugs. Now migration is the defining matter, he said.

Lawmakers consulted said that Democratic Representative Linda Sanchez, District 39, California, has spoken out in defense of immigration reform and to express her repudiation of the Arizona law. Sánchez, who has opposed bills that seek to exert greater border control and voted against HR-418, which sought to prohibit use of the matricula consular [identification card] to open bank accounts, said that there is racism in SB-1070. "Besides," she said, "Mexicans are very hardworking people," and she offered to continue her defense in future interparliamentary [meetings].

PRI Senator Rosario Green Macías questioned U.S. immigration corruption. Recently, she said, the U.S. government captured an important group of drug kingpins in their territory. So, when they crossed into the United States were those from immigration asleep, or had they gone to the bathroom?, she taunted.

The coordinator of the PRI deputies, Francisco Rojas, said that although Mexico has created much of the problem of migration, this will not be slowed with walls. Human rights are something that must be respected. We must protect the rights of migrants, he said.

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#876 Jun 17, 2010
US seeks to extend anti-drug aid plan for Mexico

By LUIS ALONSO LUGO
Associated Press Writer
06/16/2010

WASHINGTON—The State Department has requested extension of a plan that promised $1.1 billion to help fight drug cartel violence in Mexico, which is undergoing one of the bloodiest months in recent history.
In a report submitted to Congress this week, department officials ask that the Merida Initiative be extended past 2012. The report calls for the strengthening of public institutions, support for local and state governments and a renewed effort to fight drug, weapon and money trafficking in the U.S., according to a copy of the document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton already has requested $292 million in anti-drug aid for Mexico for 2011.

Anthony Placido, the Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence chief, said last month that he worries Mexico's next president will not continue the unrelenting war on drugs that President Felipe Calderon launched when he took office in late 2006. That war has claimed nearly 23,000 lives.

Presidential elections are scheduled for 2012.

The Merida Initiative was created by former President George W. Bush in 2007. While the U.S. pledged $1.1 billion in aid, an AP investigation showed only $161 million of that money has been spent so far.

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#877 Jun 17, 2010
16 slain as Juárez violence continues

By Aileen B. Flores
El Paso Times
06/17/2010

The wave of violence continued to sweep through Mexico, with at least 16 people killed Wednesday in Juárez -- most of them executed.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Mexico since the beginning of this month in what Mexican authorities say will be the deadliest month since President Felipe Calderón began a war against drug cartels in late 2006.

The day after Calderón addressed the country about his fight against organized crime, a group of gunmen shot and killed four men and two women at a drug rehabilitation center in Juárez, Chihuahua state officials said.

Police identified the victims as Sergío Arturo Soto, 39; Erick Sánchez Cháirez; Adriana García Acevedo, 34; Adrián Rodríguez Camarillo, 28; Rosa Isela Pineda Téllez, 32; and Luis Eduardo Molina Sosa, between 25 and 30 years old.

Investigators found the six bodies on the ground near the Clinica Integral Contra las Adicciones in the Angel Trías neighborhood. At the scene, police found 49 bullet casings, and authorities rescued a baby.

The massacre took place almost a week after more than 25 gunmen with high-powered weapons burst into a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua City and killed 19 men, an act that was described by officials as the worst multiple killing in the city's history.

In other violence, three men and an 18-year-old woman were killed about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at an electronics repair shop in the Tierra Nueva neighborhood in Juárez, police said.
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#878 Jun 17, 2010
Mexican federal police dismantle kidnapping ring in Juárez

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
06/17/2010

EL PASO -- Mexican federal police said they dismantled a family-run kidnapping ring in Juárez early today, and the patriarch was a Juárez police officer.
Police said they rescued a 14-year-old girl and a 20-year-old woman who were kidnapped Sunday and raped during their captivity.

In total, police arrested eight suspects, including two minors.

Among the arrested, 44-year-old Felipe Arellano González, a Juárez police officer, his 45-year-old wife, Yolanda Rueda Román,and their son, a minor who was only identified as Daniel "N."

Police also arrested the alleged leader Rogelio "El Rojas" Morales Barriento, 28; Ismael "Mayel" Elerizta Valadez, 20; Javier "El Javi" Ribota Talavera, 41; Nancy Lilia Nuñez Borja, 22, and a girl only identified as Paula "N." Police arrested the kidnappers after these met with the family to pick up the ransom.

The band was called "Los Rojas," and it kidnapped people near their homes and threatened family members with hurting the victims if they did not pay the ransom.

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#879 Jun 18, 2010
Mexico arrests 2 in ambush that killed 12 police.

MEXICO CITY (AP)— Two men were arrested for allegedly participating in an ambush that killed 12 federal police officers in one of the worst drug-cartel attacks on Mexican government security forces, authorities said Thursday.

The suspects, Alain Escutia, 20, and Emilio Palacios, 22, belong to La Familia, one of Mexico’s newest and most brutal cartels, said Ramon Pequeno, chief of the Federal Police’s anti-narcotics division.

He said the two confessed to participating in the ambush Monday in Zitacuaro, a town in the Pacific coast state of Michoacan, La Familia’s home base.

Investigators believe reputed kingpin Nazario Moreno ordered the ambush in retaliation for recent arrests of La Familia members, Pequeno said.

He said a cartel lieutenant met Monday with 35 gunmen at a gas station. The gunmen divided into two groups and headed for two bridges where they waited for the federal police patrol to pass. Pequeno said the two suspects were among a group of 26 who took position on one of the bridges, armed with high-caliber assault rifles and grenades.

They fired at the police patrol for nearly 30 minutes, he said. The police fired back, killing one of the gunmen and wounding several others. The gang members fled before police reinforcements arrived.

Pequeno said police learned the details from several days of intelligence work, although he did not elaborate.

Escutia and Palacios were arrested Wednesday in the Michoacan state capital of Morelia. Pequeno said police arrested the pair because they had “a suspicious demeanor” and their clothes were dirty. He said they were carrying large backpacks in which police later found two assault rifles, a handgun and ammunition.

The suspects were paraded before the news media Thursday, a common practice of Mexican security forces that has been criticized by human rights groups.

Drug violence has killed more than 23,000 people since late 2006, when Calderon took office. Mexican officials attribute much of the bloodshed to turf battles between drug cartels.

On Thursday, police in southern Guerrero state found the bodies of two men who had been tortured.

Guerrero state Public Safety department said in a statement that the men were found in the riverbank of the Balsas river in the town of Tepecoacuilco. One of the victims had been strangled and the other shot, it said.

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#880 Jun 18, 2010
Feds: Texas developer laundered drug money

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
Associated Press Writer
06/17/2010

McALLEN, Texas—A south Texas real estate developer with roots on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border was secretly a money laundering manager for a drug trafficking cell tied to Mexico's Gulf cartel, federal officials said Thursday.
Marin Herrera, 56, coordinated bulk cash shipments from drug sales in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston as they made their way back to the border and eventually into Mexico, Internal Revenue Service special agent Luis Reyna testified at a detention hearing Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby denied Herrera's request for bond and ordered that he remain in jail pending trial. Ormsby noted Herrera, his wife and children are Mexican citizens residing legally in Mission. But Herrera's four siblings, mother and one daughter still live in Mexico making Herrera a flight risk.

Herrera was arrested June 9 on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and money laundering charges as part of Project Deliverance, targeting the transportation and distribution arms of Mexican drug trafficking rings.

The Justice Department said the nearly two-year investigation resulted in more than 2,200 arrests nationwide.

Herrera's attorney, Al Alvarez, said his client intended to plead not guilty to all charges. He said Herrera had no criminal record, had never visited Atlanta or Chicago and never been caught with any drugs or large amounts of cash.
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#881 Jun 18, 2010
22 slain Wednesday, at least 5 Thursday in Juárez

Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
06/18/2010

The homicide total was 22 on Wednesday in Juárez as the wave of violence continued throughout the city.

Soon after 9 p.m., gunmen fired 50 rounds in a shooting that killed three men in the Colinas del Norte area of the city, Chihuahua state police said.

Police said the dead were Ruben Ortiz Gutierrez, 38, Ruben Arguello Tarin, 46, and an unidentified man who appeared to be in his 30s.

Officials said at least five people were killed Thursday.

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#882 Jun 18, 2010
Tip Led to Drug Bust in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE - Police say a tip helped them make another drug bust in Brownsville.

Ysenia Tristan, Christina Tristan, Bryan Gonzalez, Eduardo Tijerina, and Eddie Miranda were arrested, following a traffic stop. Police say this was after the group led authorities to a local hotel where they were staying.

A K-9 dog sniffed out several baggies of cocaine in the hotel room. All five people are accused of transporting drugs.

Police say this is their fifth successful Crimestoppers tip in the past two weeks.

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#883 Jun 18, 2010
Pounds of Cocaine Seized From 20-year-old

BROWNSVILLE - A woman living in Rio Grande City is behind bars after being caught with cocaine. The bust happened at the B&M International Bridge in Brownsville.

Customs officers discovered the drugs in the woman's Jeep during an inspection. Six hidden packs totaling 14 pounds were seized.

The cocaine has a street value of more than $400,000.

The suspect is believed to be a Mexican national. The case has been turned over to ICE agents.

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#884 Jun 18, 2010
Mexico's bloodshed worsens as hundreds die in last 7 days

By DUDLEY ALTHAUS
Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2010

MEXICO CITY — More than 200 people have been slaughtered during the past seven days in the most violent week in the criminal insurgency racking Mexico since President Felipe Calderón unleashed federal forces against drug trafficking gangs.

The carnage has cut a wide arc through Mexico and underscored the gangsters' brazen willingness to take on military troops and Mexican federal police in direct combat.

Among this week's victims were 12 federal police officers ambushed Monday by presumed gangsters in western Michoacan state and three others bushwhacked in northern Chihuahua state. Army troops shot it out with gunmen Tuesday in Taxco, a tourist mecca 100 miles south of Mexico City, killing 15 alleged criminals.

"The difference now is that the criminals and security forces are clashing more frequently," said Raul Benitez-Manaut, a national security analyst. "The criminals are directly challenging the government."

Heavy violence
The conflict constitutes the most serious organized violence since the Mexican Revolution began a century ago. And it has become one of the largest armed conflicts in the world.

For example, the more than 2,700 people murdered last year in Ciudad Juarez outstrips the combat fatalities suffered by civilians and Allied troops in Afghanistan during the same period, according to statistics compiled by United Nations and private analysts.

On Wednesday, investigators recovered the bodies of five city police officers butchered in a Monterrey suburb. Dozens of policemen have been killed in the Monterrey area in recent months.

The governor of Nayarit, the state that includes the small beach resorts outside Puerto Vallarta popular with U.S. tourists, cancelled the remainder of the school year. Parents had panicked amid rumors that gangsters were going to target drug rivals' children following gun battles in the state capital that killed 30 people during the weekend.

Gov. Ney Gonzalez called on Calderón to send federal troops to Nayarit, which hadn't suffered significant gang violence until recently.

"Society asks the government to act, and we are going to act," Gonzalez told the newspaper Universal on Wednesday. "This is our territory. We are going to protect and defend it."

Calderón cancelled a public event Wednesday morning to meet with his national council.
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#885 Jun 19, 2010
Cancun police find 12 decomposing inside caverns

CANCUN, Mexico (AP)— Police in Cancun found 12 decomposing bodies in four caverns and were searching for more cadavers in violence blamed on drug gangs in the popular resort city, officials said Friday.

Earlier this month, police discovered six other bodies, three of them cut open and their hearts removed, in a similar cavern near the Mexican resort. Three of the bodies had the letter “Z” carved on their abdomens — a possible reference to the Zeta drug gang.

Police say detained gunmen have led them to all the clandestine graves — dried up sinkhole caves, known as cenotes.

Quintana Roo state Attorney General Francisco Alor said Friday that nine alleged hit men detained three days earlier led police to the 12 bodies.

Alor said three of the sinkholes are in an area covered with scrub vegetation near a residential area and the fourth on the outskirts of Cancun along a highway leading to Merida. None of the bodies have been identified.

Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, is a transshipment point for cocaine being smuggled from Colombia to the United States.

In 2009, prosecutors arrested Cancun’s police chief, Francisco Velasco, to investigate whether he protected the Zetas drug gang. A former governor of the state was sentenced to 36 years for money laundering and helping a cartel smuggle narcotics.

More than 22,700 people have died nationwide in drug violence since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon sent soldiers and federal police to battle the cartels.

Cartel hit men have been know to use mass dumping sites to dispose of their victims. In late May, police in the colonial tourist town of Taxco discovered 55 bodies in an abandoned silver mine.

Meanwhile, Mexican soldiers seized more than $1 million in cash from a house in a northern state that is the home base of the country’s most powerful cartel, authorities said Friday.

Soldiers acting on an anonymous tip raided three houses Thursday in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa, the Defense Department said in a statement.

They found $1 million in cash, four guns and $80 in fake cash in the first house, the department said. In a second, they discovered $28,400, cocaine, a gun, expensive watches and other jewelry. Drugs were found in the third house.

The department did not say what cartel might have owned the money. There were no arrests.

Sinaloa state is a stronghold of the cartel with the same name, led by kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

In the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, two 15-year-old girls were among 15 people killed in a 24-hour period, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office.

The girls were riding in a car with three men Thursday night when assailants opened fire. The girls were killed inside the car, while the men tried to flee and were shot dead on the street, Sandoval said.

Police had no immediate suspects.

Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, is one of the deadliest cities in the world because of a turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels.

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#886 Jun 19, 2010
'Very violent week' in Juárez logs 60-plus slayings

Aileen B. Flores
El Paso Times
06/19/2010

Chihuahua state police reported more than 60 murders in Juárez this week.

"This has been a very violent week," said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office, on Friday.

Sandoval said eight homicides occurred on Monday, 11 on Tuesday, 22 on Wednesday and about 15 on Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, five people had been killed, he said.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Mexico since the beginning of June in what Mexican authorities say will be the deadliest month since President Felipe Calderón began a war against drug cartels in late 2006. More than 180 people have been killed in Juárez since the beginning of June.

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