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In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation

Mexico’s fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In parts of the country it is fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide, from the outskirts of Mexico City, into the tourist resorts around Cancun, and...
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Senators argue that poor farmers can grow marijuana in Mexico

The Mexican Senate will discuss in the coming days a law to regulate the use of marijuana in the country that suggests poor farmers can grow, transform, market, import and export the plant or its derivatives, as part of a government strategy to combat organized crime. The initiative, included in a draft that could still...
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Mexico extradites son of powerful cartel leader to United States

Mexico extradited the son of one of its most wanted drug lords to the United States on Thursday, a source in the attorney general’s office said. It is the latest sign of Mexico’s commitment to step up extraditions after U.S. President Donald Trump backed off from his threat to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist groups....
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In the heart of Mexico’s violence, disillusion grows

Alejandra Uvilla fled her home city of Apatzingan because of overwhelming violence, moving 65 miles (105 km) north to bustling, mountain-nestled Uruapan in the avocado belt of Michoacan state. Three years later, the bloodshed is even worse here. Cartels are battling for territory and reports of grisly killings are common, such as the gun massacre...
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Grieving families bury kids slain in Mexico arcade attack

Relatives gathered in a driving rain Wednesday to mourn and bury three children, a 17-year-old and five adults shot to death in an attack on a video-game arcade in western Mexico. Authorities haven’t yet said whether the brutal killings were related to the drug violence that has swept Michoacan state. But Rev. Sergio Arroyo, who...
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Murders in Mexico hit record as Lopez Obrador seeks justice system reform

Mexico suffered its worst year for homicides in 2019, with a record 34,582 victims, official data showed on Monday, underscoring the challenge President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces while waging war on drug cartels. Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency in December 2018 pledging to pacify the country with a less confrontational approach to security, but...
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Alleged leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel killed

The alleged leadre of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) known as ‘La Catrina’, María Guadalupe López Esquivel, was shot down by Mexican authorities in the Michoacan municipality of Tepalcatepec. The confrontation between the authorities and members of organized crime, among which was ‘La Catrina’, occurred on Friday, January 10, in the evening. In total,...
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26 bags of body parts found in Jalisco ravine

Forensics officials in the western Mexican state of Jalisco are trying to determine how many victims are accounted for in 26 plastic bags of body parts found in a ravine this week, authorities said Thursday. The Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that it began to collect the bags Tuesday in the municipality...
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Mexico’s indigenous communities fight for autonomy

With heavily armed state police patrolling the streets and its central plaza nearly desolate in the morning mist, the tension in the Mexican town of Nahuatzen is palpable. The hamlet is one of about 50 indigenous communities in the southwestern state of Michoacan fighting to achieve autonomy for their town or village, according to the...
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Mexico president says “El Chapo” had same power as president

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed out 2019 with a parting shot at his predecessors, saying imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera had had the same power as the country’s president. In a video message from the southern city of Palenque on Wednesday, López Obrador recounted his administration’s successes in its first...
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