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October 10, 2012 | By E. Eduardo Castillo and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press
MEXICO CITY - An army special-forces deserter whose brutality and paramilitary tactics helped transform a small group of drug cartel enforcers into one of the world's most feared criminal organizations was gunned down by Mexican marines outside a baseball stadium in a state on the border with Texas, officials said Tuesday. Hours later, a group of armed men raided the funeral home where Heriberto Lazcano's body was lying, hijacked a hearse, and disappeared into the night with the corpse of the man who led the Zetas in a reign of terror over swaths of Mexico running from the U.S. border south to Guatemala, officials said.
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July 22, 2012 | By Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - Google, so far, has won the search-engine wars. Now it wants to target international crime, including Mexico's powerful drug cartels. Eric Schmidt, Google Inc.'s executive chairman, has taken a keen interest in Mexico, where more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the cartels. Schmidt recently visited most of Mexico's most violent cities, Ciudad Juarez, where civic leaders asked if he could help.
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June 13, 2012 | By Tim Talley and Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - Federal agents raided a sprawling ranch in Oklahoma and a prominent quarter horse track in New Mexico on Tuesday, alleging the brother of a high-ranking official in a Mexican drug cartel used a horse-breeding operation to launder money. An indictment unsealed Tuesday accused Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up a horse operation that a younger brother operated from a ranch near Lexington, Okla., south of Oklahoma City.
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May 31, 2012 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
An associate of Mexico's infamous Sinaloa drug cartel who became an informant for city and federal authorities helped derail a New York-to-Philadelphia cocaine pipeline, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. The 17 arrests announced Wednesday followed a three-month sting operation involving an alleged ring that was trafficking cocaine from New York City to Philadelphia, using secret compartments in vehicles. On May 13 and 20, 10 kilograms (22 pounds)
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May 31, 2012 | By Angelo Fichera, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seventeen people, including a husband and wife from Puerto Rico, have been arrested in connection with a drug ring that officials said was trafficking cocaine from New York City to Philadelphia. Officials said 28 kilos of cocaine- an estimated $2.8 million street value in Philadelphia - were seized, along with 5 handguns, 11 properties, 16 vehicles and one motorcycle and nearly $300,000 in U.S. currency. The Philadelphia District Attorney's office held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce the bust, which they said came about after a defendant arrested in relation to the Sinaloa drug cartel became an informant for investigators.
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May 19, 2012 | Associated Press
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's army said it had detained a third general for questioning on Thursday, hours after a judge placed the two other officers under a form of house arrest pending an investigation for possible links to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. A Defense Department statement did not say specifically whether retired Gen. Ricardo Escorcia was detained in connection with same allegations pending against the other two generals, who were brought in on Tuesday. But it did note that the detention order for Escorcia's was issued "simultaneously with the two previous detentions, with the aim of having him testify in the investigations" being carried out by civilian prosecutors.
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May 14, 2012 | By Porfirio Ibarra Ramirez, Associated Press
MONTERREY, Mexico - Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what could be the latest outburst in an escalating war of terror among drug gangs. Mexico's organized crime groups often abandon multiple bodies in public places as warnings to their rivals, though Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza said he did not rule out the possibility that the victims were U.S.-bound migrants.
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April 21, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
If President Obama had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. And the president's son would thereby find himself at significantly greater risk of running afoul of the so-called "war on drugs" than, say, a son of George W. Bush. A Trayvon Obama might be 57 times more likely than a Trayvon Bush to be imprisoned on drug charges. This is not because he would be 57 times more likely to commit a drug crime. To the contrary, white men commit the vast majority of the nation's drug crimes.
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March 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
EL PASO, TEXAS - An Army sergeant and an ex-lieutenant believed they were negotiating with members of a Mexican drug cartel when they agreed to kill members of a rival gang and recover stolen cocaine in exchange for $50,000 and drugs, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday. Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28, and former Lt. Kevin Corley, 29, were arrested in Texas after being caught by undercover federal agents agreeing to the murder-for-hire plot, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged in the complaint.
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October 16, 2011 | By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press
TOLUCA, Mexico - The three tiny squirrel monkeys led a life of luxury on a 16-acre ranch, surrounded by extravagant gardens and barns built for purebred horses. More than 200 animals, ranging from mules to peacocks and ostriches, lived on the ranch in central Mexico and hundreds more stayed on two related properties, many in opulent enclosures. Also kept on the grounds were less furry fare: AK-47 assault rifles, Berrettas, hundreds of other weapons, and cocaine. The ranch's owner was Jesus "The King" Zambada, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.
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