Latest Drug cartels News

500 vigilantes gather in Mexico town, pledge to aid police

Nov. 27, 2021 17:54 PM EST

NUEVO URECHO, Mexico (AP) — Extortion of avocado growers in western Mexico has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from a so-called “self-defense” group known as United Towns, or Pueblos Unidos, gathered Saturday and pledged to aid police. The vigilantes gathered for...

3 killed in shooting attack on city hall in northern Mexico

Nov. 25, 2021 22:29 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Unidentified assailants opened fire outside a city hall in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora Thursday, killing two men and a woman. The attack took place outside the city hall in the Gulf of California port of Guaymas. The state prosecutors...

Mexico's drug war uses drones, human shields, gunships

Nov. 25, 2021 11:02 AM EST

AGUILILLA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government is rapidly running out of tools to control the expansion of the feared Jalisco cartel on the front lines of Mexico’s narco war in the western state of Michoacan and the stalled ground effort is being supplemented by an increasingly...

14 clandestine graves found in northern Mexico

Nov. 24, 2021 23:31 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said Wednesday they have found 14 clandestine graves in the northern border state of Sonora. State prosecutors say the burial pits contained bones, some burned, and decomposing bodies. Investigators said they...

3 in Mexico who investigated killings were themselves probed

Nov. 24, 2021 18:52 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three women who volunteered to investigate the 2011 massacre of 193 people later found out that they themselves had been placed under investigation by prosecutors, possibly because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities. The three women said...

10 bodies, 9 hanging from overpass, found in central Mexico

Nov. 20, 2021 12:01 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities on Thursday discovered 10 bodies — nine of them hanging from an overpass — in the central state of Zacatecas, the scene of a battle for territory among drug cartels. The Zacatecas state public safety agency said in a statement...

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...

Battle among Ecuador prison gangs kills at least 68 inmates

Nov. 13, 2021 19:54 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A prolonged gunbattle between rival gangs inside Ecuador’s largest prison killed at least 68 inmates and wounded 25 on Saturday, while authorities said it took most of the day to regain control at the Litoral Penitentiary, which recently saw the country’s worst...

Priests differ on call to arms in violence-torn Mexico state

Nov. 12, 2021 18:47 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Even for the violence-wracked Mexican state of Michoacan, it was surprising when a priest called from the pulpit for parishioners to arm themselves against warring drug gangs. “The cartel gunmen come, they take the livestock, they screw your wife...

Ex-Kauai councilman pleads guilty to leading meth ring

Nov. 10, 2021 16:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A former elected official in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to leading a drug-trafficking organization while serving as a member of the county council on the island of Kauai. Arthur Brun told a U.S. judge he sold drugs to support his drug habit. ...