Latest Mexican armed forces News

Mexican army draws criticism for taking political position

Nov. 22, 2021 20:17 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s army drew criticism Monday for meddling in politics, in a country where the military has long been excluded from political debate. Criticism centered on a speech by the secretary of defense — a general, like all those before him — that...

Arizona history-Nov. 21-27

Nov. 17, 2021 12:43 PM EST

Sunday, Nov. 21 On this date in 1896, the Phoenix Post Office moved into magnificent new quarters equipped with three windows — two for gentlemen and one for ladies. On this date in 1929, Sheriff James Polhamus of Yuma County, son of Isaac Polhamus,...

Mexico to deploy troops to Riviera Maya in wake of shootings

Nov. 17, 2021 11:26 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will deploy a battalion of National Guard troops to its Mayan Riviera in the wake of a spate of shootings that have put the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry on edge. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval, speaking Wednesday...

Mexico arrests wife of Jalisco New Generation cartel leader

Nov. 16, 2021 14:20 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have captured the wife of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, authorities said Tuesday. In a joint statement, the Attorney General’s Office, Defense Department and National Intelligence Center said that Rosalinda...

Mexico's army stands between gangs, enforcing turf divisions

Nov. 08, 2021 10:54 AM EST

AGUILILLA, Mexico (AP) — In western Mexico a small squad of soldiers with about a half-dozen trucks and sandbag emplacements stands guard on a rural highway. In one direction, almost within earshot, one drug cartel operates a roadblock extorting farmers. In the other direction, a rival...

Mexico announces its biggest seizure of pure fentanyl

Nov. 04, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Thursday it has made the biggest seizure of pure fentanyl in its history, after five suspected drug traffickers were arrested at a lab along with 260 pounds (118 kilograms) of the synthetic opioid. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than...

Migrants pelt Mexico's National Guard with rocks, 5 injured

Nov. 04, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — A group of migrants trying to walk across southern Mexico pelted officers of Mexico’s National Guard with a hail of rocks Thursday, injuring five guard officers. The guards were tailing the march and had apparently tried to detain some of the...

Mexican officers fire on pickup carrying migrants, killing 1

Nov. 01, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

PIJIJIAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's National Guard said Monday that its officers opened fire when a pickup truck carrying migrants tried to avoid an immigration checkpoint and ram a patrol vehicle, and the gunfire killed one migrant and wounded four others. Prosecutors...

Mexican soldiers discover 43-acre marijuana farm in north

Sep. 26, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers found a 43-acre (17.4-hectare) marijuana farm in the northern border state of Chihuahua, the army said Sunday. The army said the fields were capable of producing about 11 tons (22,000 kilograms) of marijuana. The fields were found in...

14 Mexican soldiers crossed into US; 1 had marijuana

Sep. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen Mexican army soldiers were briefly detained and then returned to Mexico after they crossed into the U.S. at a border bridge in El Paso, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that two Mexican military vehicles crossed...