#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.

The Shadow of the Son

March 29, 2013 in News

Texas Observer | The trials of the border’s most powerful law-enforcement family, from Texas Observer staff reporter Melissa Del Bosque.

Analysis: A Mexico Border Shootout Reveals Effort to Cover Up Violence

March 20, 2013 in News

InSight Crime | Inconsistent reports about a March 10 gun battle in Reynosa illustrate how little verifiable information is available on what is happening in that and other areas of Mexico, and how citizen journalists and social networks are increasingly the only sources left to catch a glimpse of what appears to be an all-out war.

Massacre in Mexico: Dozens Killed During Massive Three-Hour Shootout in Reynosa

March 12, 2013 in News

The Monitor | Fear and panic filled the streets of Reynosa on Sunday night as rival gunmen battled during a three-hour firefight that saw automatic weapons and grenades used.

Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From Tree: Corrupt Panama Unit Answered Directly to Sheriff Treviño

March 6, 2013 in News

The Monitor | Federal courts records describe a sting operation, which caught all four lawmen accepting bribes from confidential informants to guard drug shipments.

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 [...]

Witness Claims “Panama Unit” Officers Busted Him On Lesser Charge To Keep His Cocaine, $25,000 Cash

February 1, 2013 in News

Sergio Chapa Valley Central February 1, 2013   Traces of Reality:  Another chapter in the ongoing Panama Unit scandal in south Texas…  -DB The FBI is protecting a new witness that [...]

Former DHS Special Agent Pleads Guilty, Says Supervisor Urged Him To Falsify Records

January 20, 2013 in News

Valley Morning Star | A former U.S. Homeland Security agent pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to fake investigative records, and details released during the hearing in Brownsville suggest he falsified documents at the urging of his supervisor.

Panama Unit Conspirators Plead Not Guilty to Charges of Cocaine Trafficking

January 20, 2013 in News

The Monitor | Three former cops accused of protecting drug loads pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in federal court after the fourth former lawman charged in the case also pleaded not guilty Monday.

Ex-DHS Special Agent Indicted for Falsifying Investigation Records Concerning Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking

January 17, 2013 in News

Traces of Reality | Wayne Elgin Ball, a former Department of Homeland Security special agent working for the Office of the Inspector General, was indicted Monday with conspiracy to falsify records and obstructing justice in an agency investigation against a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.