“La Familia” Founder Carlos Rosales Mendoza Quietly Released from Prison

June 10, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Carlos Rosales Mendoza, La Familia Michoacana founder and ally of Gulf Cartel druglord Osiel Cardenas Guillen, was recently released from prison in Mexico, with little press and seemingly little concern. The discharging of an old-school kingpin like Rosales Mendoza is a much bigger deal than the press would have many believe.

#Narconoia Update: Apr. 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | In Michoacan, more local officials charged with accepting cartel bribes; autodefensas and the federal government have reached an agreement — or have they?; no extradition for Chapo Guzman; Second-in-command of Beltran Leyva Cartel captured; corruption unravels in Hidalgo County, Texas; narco-politics and more

#Narconoia Update: Apr. 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | EPN government orders Michoacan’s vigilante groups to submit to federal authority and disarm; Sinaloa Cartel’s ever-sophisticated smuggling tunnels; Sinaloa capo’s son was “flipped” and is “cooperating” with U.S. agencies; Zetas boss pleads guilty; Gulf Cartel infighting erupts in Tamaulipas; narco-politics, and more

#Narconoia Update: Apr. 3, 2014

April 4, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | Chapo’s ludicrous statements to Mexican prosecutors, the scandalized resignation of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, investigating the sophisticated communications network built by Los Zetas, more Templarios fall in Michoacán, blockades & shootouts just across the border in Reynosa, and much more.

#Narconoia Update: Mar. 27, 2014

March 27, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | Caballeros Templarios scatter as autodefensas units and Mexican government forces clean up Michoacán; fractured factions within the vigilante movement present a new set of problems; legal proceedings related to the arrests of Chapo Guzmán remain shrouded in secrecy…

#Narconoia Update: Mar. 13, 2014

March 13, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | After weeks of steady advances, Michoacan’s autodefensas continue to dismantle the Caballeros Templarios and the cartel’s founder, but infighting threatens to rupture the self-defense forces as accusations are flung; assorted headlines about El Chapo and El Mayo; Zetas, Golfos, y mas

#Narconoia Update: Feb. 27, 2014

February 27, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | Introducing the #Narconoia and #Terrornoia update. This first post includes some background about Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel; squabbling within Michoacan’s autodefensas; Gulf Cartel arrests; and analyses of the consequences of Chapo’s capture.

Escalating Turf Wars Between Shifting Drug Cartel Alliances Compels Some to Flee Reynosa

February 8, 2013 in News

Ildefonso Ortiz The Monitor February 8, 2013   REYNOSA — Abandoned homes and “for sale” signs are all that’s left. But the La Fuentes neighborhood used to be one of [...]

The Drug Trade Hydra: Two Mexico Cartel Rivals, Once Reeling, Now Resurging

February 6, 2013 in News

Steven Dudley InSight Crime February 6, 2013   Two large Mexican drug cartels — once thought to be reeling due to infighting, pressure from authorities, and constant assaults by rivals [...]

Sole Survivor of Kidnapped, Executed Mexican Band Kombo Kolombia Leads Police To Bodies

January 30, 2013 in News

Associated Press (via CNS News) January 30, 2013   MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The Colombian-style music group was playing at a ranch in northern Mexico when at least 10 gunmen [...]