InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico's policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of the Rio Grande.

InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

July 28 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico‘s policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of […]

InSight Crime: Mexico President Claims Homicide Drop Despite Uptick in Killings

The public relations campaign for Mexico’s militarized crackdown on organized crime and its effectiveness in restoring public security continued this week, but the data doesn't back up President Enrique Peña Nieto's claims.

InSight Crime: Mexico President Claims Homicide Drop Despite Uptick in Killings

July 14 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — The public relations campaign for Mexico’s militarized crackdown on organized crime and its effectiveness in restoring public security continued this week, but the data doesn’t back up President Enrique Peña Nieto’s claims. The president assured Mexicans that on a national scale there have been important reductions in […]

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Are Zetas, Mexico Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

Mexico's Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity according to a new report that calls for the establishment of an international body to independently investigate atrocities and fight impunity in the country.

InSight Crime: Are Zetas, Mexico Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

Mexico’s Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity, says a new study.

InSight Crime: Accusations Cloud Mexico’s Upcoming Elections

The run-up to Mexico's June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional - PRI) out of historical strongholds for the first time in states long infected by criminal gangs.

InSight Crime: Accusations Cloud Mexico’s Upcoming Elections

The run-up to Mexico’s June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock the PRI out of historical strongholds for the first time.

LATimes: Video: How Mexican Marines blasted into El Chapo’s hide-out in a volley of gunfire

January 11th 2016 — More cinematic touches to the already-incredible story surrounding the recapture of fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman emerged Monday, when authorities released a video of the raid on the house where Guzman was holed up with his henchmen. The assault on the house in Los Mochis, Mexico, started just after […]

LATimes: Actress Kate Del Castillo urged ‘El Chapo’ to use his power for good, brokered meeting with Sean Penn

January 1oth 2016, Deborah Bonello — Mexican film and TV actress Kate Del Castillo has long been a household name in her home country, known for playing tough female roles and speaking out on social issues. She also has openly expressed admiration for drug kingpins — she played one in her most famous role — and once urged Joaquin “El […]

LATimes: ‘It was like an action movie,’ neighbors say of El Chapo’s capture in Mexico

9th January 2016, Cecilia Sanchez, Deborah Bonello and Tracy Wilkinson — His house was nothing special, a single-story, tree-shrouded home in a middle-class neighborhood in this seaside city. And there the world’s most sought-after drug kingpin hid for months until his capture in a deadly shootout. Neighbors noticed his comings and goings, but without special attention. […]

LATimes: Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman captured in deadly shootout after six months on the lam

January 8th, Cecilia Sanchez, Deborah Bonello and Tracy Wilkinson — In a deadly, predawn shootout, Mexican naval special forces on Friday captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most sought-after drug lord and commander of a vast narcotics empire that stretches across continents. “Mission accomplished,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on his Twitter account. “We’ve got […]

LATimes: Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

LATimes: Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

“I’ve always liked this business, producing marijuana,” the 50-year-old farmer said wistfully. He had decided that this season’s crop would be his last.

LATimes: ‘El Chapo’ is wounded but not caught as Mexico’s military roars into terrified villages

LATimes: ‘El Chapo’ is wounded but not caught as Mexico’s military roars into terrified villages

Three helicopters swooped overhead. The biggest one, dark gray, had the face of a shark painted on it, and the emblem of the Mexican marines. She thought it was preparing to land, but instead it opened fire.

LATimes: Two of Mexico’s most notorious criminals are in custody in the United States

LATimes: Two of Mexico’s most notorious criminals are in custody in the United States

One is an American citizen who rose through the ranks of one of Mexico’s most vicious drug cartels. The other is a former cop who left the police force to take up a life of crime. Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal and Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla Sanchez were in custody in the United States […]

BBC: Escaped drug lord El Chapo revered in home state

In his home state of Sinaloa, there’s a certain pride about the infamous capo, despite the violent crimes his cartel has committed. Some people say he should be honoured with a monument or chapel.

LATimes: El Chapo’s escape from prison is good for business in his hometown

A new shipment of caps arrived at Isaias Rodriguez’s Culiacan store, black canvas with the image of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman embossed in gold on the front.