“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.

Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles in Caleta: In His Own Words

May 31, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Video and English translation of the legitimate spokesperson of Michoacan’s Autodefensas, Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde speaking before a crowd gathered in Caleta de Campos — ground-zero for the Mexican government’s latest attempt to disrupt, co-opt, and disparage the self-defense movement.

Is the U.S. Helping Mexico Undermine Michoacan’s Vigilantes?

May 7, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Allegations made by former Mexican General Jesus Jaime Garcia Miramontes suggesting a US plot to undermine Michoacan’s autodefensas were quickly dismissed by the press. However, what is more of a “national security” threat to the U.S. and Mexico: organized crime that can “play ball,” or an armed vigilante revolution?

#Narconoia Update: Apr. 25, 2014

April 26, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | Autodefensas in Michoacan continue searching for Caballeros Templarios leader Servando Gomez Martinez (alias “La Tuta”), but face opposition from the federal government and disloyal vigilantes; the EPN administration purchases military & surveillance equipment from the U.S…

#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. 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | This week, advances against Caballeros Templarios leadership have been soured by infighting among vigilante groups in Michoacan; autodefensa leader has been jailed on questionable allegations of double murder; plus news surrounding border corruption, political intrigue and more.

#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