“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.

Capture of Zetas Leader Opens Door for More Mexico Violence

July 16, 2013 in News

InSight Crime | The capture of the Zetas leader Miguel Treviño, alias Z-40, may mean more violence in the near term as his minions fight for the most coveted brand name in Mexico’s underworld and his rivals move into his areas of influence. Treviño was captured at 3:45 a.m. Monday morning…

Mexican Cartels Move Agents Deep Inside US Borders

April 4, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat | Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts…

US Training of Mexican Troops Has Escalated in Step With Mexico’s Murder Rate

February 19, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | US training of Mexican military forces spiked in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, coinciding with a sharp rise in drug-war homicides in Mexico, an analysis of records made public under the Foreign Assistance Act show…