Latest Mexican armed forces News

Mexican soldiers seize $2.7 million in cash from US vehicle

Jul. 1, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have seized almost $2.7 million in cash stuffed into suitcases in the back of an SUV entering Mexico from the United States, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The seizure took place last week at an incoming border inspection checkpoint in Tijuana, the city across...

A member of the National Guard stands watch inside the gates as state police guard the street outside, at Las Americas General Hospital in Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities and the epicenter of the country's coronavirus epidemic, will begin a gradual reopening June 1, its mayor said Wednesday, even as daily new infections continued to set records. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

One year later, watchdogs criticize Mexico's National Guard

Jun. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One year after it began operations, Mexico’s National Guard remains at best an enigma lacking in transparency and at worst a clever political cover to keep the country’s military in a leading domestic security role, government watchdogs said Monday. President Andrés...

Mexico says it is cracking down on piracy in Gulf

Jun. 23, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Navy said Tuesday it is cracking down on piracy in the Gulf of Mexico that has included attacks on ships and oil platforms. Mexico was stung by a U.S. State Department travel advisory on June 17 about “armed criminal groups” in the Gulf. The Navy said it has...

Mexico seizes 2 tons of meth, 8 tons of marijuana, fentanyl

Jun. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have seized a huge drug stash at a house in the border city of Tijuana, including about two tons of methamphetamine, eight tons of marijuana and 131,500 pills containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The Defense Department said Thursday that the haul included about 190...

FILE - In this April 3, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks after visiting facilities at a Mexican Social Security Institute hospital that will be converted to receive patients suffering from Covid-19, in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City. Lopez Obrador said that sections of 80 public hospitals were being isolated and prepared with an average of eight beds and respirators to care for an expected influx of patients with the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico authorizes military policing for 4 more years

May. 11, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president published a decree Monday authorizing the armed forces to participate in civilian law enforcement for four more years, to March 2024. Mexican soldiers and marines have been implicated in serious rights abuses, and activists have pressed Mexico to train and equip...