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Mexican Vigilantes: Caught Between Cartels and U.S. Drug Consumers

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

Public opinion polls show that the majority of Mexicans believe self-defense is the best way to protect your community and a larger majority sees nothing wrong with vigilante justice. One could argue that such an outcome is predictable in a country where 105,000 people are kidnapped for ransom every year, where criminal groups blackmail one of every 10 Mexicans and 96 percent of recorded crimes go unpunished.

Mexico Sends In Security Forces After Clashes Between Drug Traffickers And Vigilante Groups

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.16.2014 | World

APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Federal forces will take over security in a large swath of a western Mexico state where firefights between vigilante group...

18 Fake Journalists Sent Back To Mexico

AP | Posted 12.24.2013 | Latino Voices

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials on Monday sent back to their home country 18 Mexicans caught posing as journalists in an attempt to s...

33 Mutilated Corpses Found In Hidden Graves

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY, Nov 22 (Reuters) - At least 33 mutilated corpses have been found buried in an area of western Mexico whe...

Will Mexico City Soon Have Marijuana Clubs?

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.04.2013 | World

The Mexico City council is considering the legalization of cannabis plants and the creation of private marijuana smoking "clubs" as it mulls controver...

Mexico Nabs Brother Of Alleged Cartel Boss

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 09.02.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY -- The brother of the head of the Juarez Cartel has been arrested in the western state of Nayarit and is being held pending charges of lin...

Drug Cartel Launches Bizarre Publicity Stunt

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 10.14.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — A group of farmers and businessmen from the western Mexico state of Michoacan demanded Wednesday that the government stop sending ...

6 Gunned Down In Mexico's Michoacan

AP | Posted 10.12.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials say gunmen burst into a home in the western state of Michoacan and opened fire, killing seven people and woundin...

Teens Claim Van Sold By U.S. Government Had Cocaine

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 10.08.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican family says that a van bought at a U.S. government auction came with an unwanted extra: an undiscovered package of cocai...

Hundreds Flee Drug Violence

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 07.20.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- Drug cartel violence has forced hundreds of people to flee their villages in the mountains near Mexico's southern Pacific coast, amid a...

Busted On Drug Charges In Mexico? Tips For Regaining Freedom

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 08.01.2013 | Crime

What should a tourist do if arrested in Mexico and accused of carrying drugs? By several accounts, Phoenix-area resident Yanira Maldonado did everyth...

Six Executed In Mexican Car Lot

AP | Posted 05.15.2013 | World

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- A gang of assailants armed with assault rifles drove up to a northern Mexico car lot and shot to death six men. Authorities ...

Molly O'Toole

Another Loser In Gun Reform's Failure: Mexico | Molly O'Toole | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

In the debate over reforming U.S. gun laws, opponents and supporters cite powerful statistics: 26 dead, 20 of them children, in the Sandy Hook Element...

Mexico At Odds Over How To Mourn Drug War Victims

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 06.05.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexico, a country suffering the turmoil of a drug war, can't agree on how to honor the victims of a six-year assault on organized ...

PHOTO: 7 Executed And Left On Mexican Roundabout

Posted 03.26.2013 | World

A gruesome photo out of Mexico appears to show the bodies of seven men, propped up in plastic chairs on a busy traffic circle. All appear to have been...

Mexican Police Seize 9 Tons Of Pot Near Texas Border

AP | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican federal police say they have seized more than nine tons of marijuana, 370 pounds (168 kilograms) of crystal meth and a large ca...

'The Most Severe Crisis Of Enforced Disappearances In Latin America In Decades'

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 04.22.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Human Rights Watch called Mexico's anti-drug offensive "disastrous" in a report Wednesday that cites 249 cases of disappearances t...

Police Chief Of Violent Mexican Border City Missing

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY -- The police chief of the violent Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo is missing, authorities said Monday. Tamaulipas state prosecutors ...

Mexican Vigilantes Take Justice Into Their Own Hands

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Vigilantes who have taken up arms against drug cartel violence and common crime in southern Mexico announced Thursday they will br...

Mexican Self-Defense Squads Take Up Arms To Protect Their Families

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.23.2013 | World

AYUTLA, Mexico — The young man at the roadside checkpoint wept softly behind the red bandanna that masked his face. At his side was a relic revo...

Mexico Turned Over Drug Suspect To US Officials

AP | Posted 03.21.2013 | Latino Voices

TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities say a drug trafficking suspect is in jail in Arizona following his arrest in Mexico. The Pima County Sheriff's Depa...

Mexico Detains Unlikely Band Of Alleged Drug Traffickers

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican marines say they have detained an unlikely band of drug traffickers that includes 12 boys and a woman with a baby who possessed...

Mexican Gunmen Try To Rob Drug Boss' Body

AP | Posted 02.28.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexican marines have slain four gunmen who apparently were trying to steal the body of a Zetas cartel chieftain killed by the mili...

Mexico Finds New Drug Smuggling Tunnel To U.S.

AP | Posted 12.07.2012 | World

TECATE, Mexico -- The Mexican army says it has found a new tunnel dug by drug smugglers under the border with the United States. The army says it fou...

Teun Voeten Declares War in Mexico

Harris Silver | Posted 02.03.2013 | Books
Harris Silver

Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico, by Teun Voeten, takes a thorough look at the drug violence in Mexico. For the past two decades Voeten has been covering conflicts around the world. According to him, "Nothing compares to the recent drug violence in Mexico."