Category: Breaking News

10 die in immigrant-smuggling attempt in sweltering truck

(CBS-DFW) SAN ANTONIO — At least 10 people died after being crammed into the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said Sunday in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said.

Authorities were called to the parking lot late Saturday night or early Sunday and found eight dead inside the 18-wheeler. Two more victims died at the hospital, Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Mexican border state again braces for protracted cartel violence

(BREITBART) — by Robert Arce

Residents in the border state of Sonora are bracing for another wave of violence as factions of the Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva Cartels continue fighting for control of lucrative drug smuggling territories.

For months, the Sinaloa Cartel faction called Los Salazar have been fighting with rivals in the Beltran Leyva Cartel, previously led by Trinidad “Chapo Trini” Olivas Valenzuela. The fighting has focused in the municipality of Cajeme and particularly in the border city Obregon.

This month, Olivas Valenzuela was gunned down in the coastal state of Jalisco as he ate near a food truck.

In the days leading up to the murder of El Chapo Trini, the municipality of Cajeme saw a series of warnings disseminated through social media to residents about impending violence. The message warned locals to avoid being outside after 6 p.m. because they could come upon a shootout. The message was allegedly signed by two commanders with the Los Salazars identifying themselves only as El 75 and El Pirata.

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Narco-terror: Mexican cartel begins using IEDs

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby

Mexican intelligence services are sounding the alarm about one of Mexico’s most violent cartels turning to the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of their terrorist-style tactics.

A leaked report from Mexico’s intelligence service CISEN revealed the ruthless Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) has turned to the recruitment of former terrorists from Colombia and their use of explosives and tactics, Mexico’s Excelsior reported.

The terrorist turned cartel mercenaries come from the far left terrorist organization once known as Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC. Since FARC and the Colombian government reached a cease fire, former guerrilla fighters made their way to Mexico and turned into cartel mercenaries where criminal organizations are actively seeking trained enforcers.

The intelligence report warns Mexican military and law enforcement forces to change their tactics when dealing with the CJNG to counter the terrorist tactics used by the FARC. One of the tactics that CISEN warns about in particular is the use of a particular type of improvised explosive device or IED commonly called a potato or “papa” for their unique shape.

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Mexican cartel shootout leaves 26 dead or wounded in latest violent clash

(THE GUARDIAN) — By David Agren in Mexico City

A battle between rival drug cartel factions in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state left at least 26 dead and injured, officials have confirmed, in the latest series of violent incidents that have sent the country’s murder rate soaring.

Chihuahua state officials say the shootout occurred in the hamlet of Las Vargas, deep in the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, where the illegal drugs business has deep roots in the local community and economy.

Details were scant, but experts say that the security situation in Chihuahua has deteriorated in recent months as criminal groups squabble over the remains of the empire once controlled by Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The shootout was just the latest atrocity in a wave of violence extending the length of Mexico, which has sent the country’s homicide rate soaring to levels not seen in two decades. It came after a weekend attack in neighboring Sinaloa, where a confrontation between accused cartel members and state security forces left 19 suspects dead and five police injured.

Mexico recorded 11,155 homicides over the first five months of 2017, according to federal crime statistics. May, meanwhile, was Mexico’s most murderous month since 1997, when the country started accumulating such statistics, with 2,186 homicides committed.

Analysts attribute the rising violence to a confluence of factors, including changing dynamics in the illegal drugs business. Mexican cartels are shifting focus in their smuggling operations to the US from marijuana to heroin, unleashing a wave of violence in the opium poppy-producing state of Guerrero that has left entire villages have emptied.

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Mexico gun attack on children’s party in Tizayuca kills 11

(BBC) — Masked men burst into a children’s birthday party in the Mexican city of Tizayuca in central Hidalgo state, killing 11.

Police said they had found three children alive at the scene but all 11 adults at the party had been shot dead.

It had taken place in a tent set up by the host outside their home in a residential area of the city.

Mexico has recently seen a surge in violence linked to disputes between drug cartels.

In May alone, 2,186 killings were recorded – approximately 70 a day.

A recent trend has seen hit men murdering whole families, including children.

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Cartel violence spills into Texas as gunmen storm past U.S. border security

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Two cartel gunmen fleeing from a raging gun battle with Mexican authorities ran through U.S. border security measures twice as they crossed into Texas and back; using their vehicle to ram barriers.

The cartel gunmen were able to cross into Eagle Pass through International Bridge #2 by running the security checkpoints. Shortly after they crossed back through a second bridge that was closed at the time. The gunmen used their vehicle to ram security barriers and later ditched it escape on foot.

The violence began overnight near the rural community of Nava, Coahuila, when authorities received information about two gunmen riding in a late model white Toyota Tundra, information provided to Breitbart Texas by Coahuila law enforcement revealed.

State police officers with a special investigative unit spotted the vehicle along Boulevard Carranza near the intersection with Airport Boulevard in the border city of Piedras Negras. Officers tried to pull over the gunmen but were met with gunfire as they sped off–setting off a high-speed chase.

The gunmen were able to reach the main plaza in Piedras Negras, Plaza de Las Culturas, where they once again engaged law enforcement in a short firefight. As they made their way to the International Bridge #2, gunmen rammed their way through other vehicles and barriers as they used the inbound lanes through Mexican Customs to reach the U.S. side of the bridge.

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Brutal gang fight in Mexico prison claims at least 28 lives

(OUTLOOK INDIA) — At least 28 people died after a brutal fight broke out in the Mexican Pacific resort of Acapulco prison.

This outbreak is said to be one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country’s penal system in the recent years.

Acapulco is the biggest city of Guerrero and the incident took place on the same day when the Homeland Security (DHS) secretary John Kelly was visiting Guerrero, which lies in the southwest of the country, reported the Guardians.

As per the Guerrero state security official, Roberto Alvarez, the fight broke out between rival gangs in presence of the maximum security wing of the prison.

Bodies were discovered throughout the wing, including the kitchen area, as well as the area for conjugal visits.

Acapulco being the center of opium poppy production has been a major concern to US officials. It is also one of Mexico’s most lawless states.

Kelly, is one of the main links between the Mexican government and the Trump administration on migration and security cooperation.

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Trump, Peña Nieto discuss Mexican guest-worker proposal

(FOX BUSINESS) — By Robbie Whelan

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump, at their first one-on-one meeting since Mr. Trump took office, agreed Friday to explore new ways of allowing Mexican workers to temporarily enter the U.S. to help the agriculture industry.

The proposal came at the end of a half-hour meeting between the two heads of state at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where both sides also discussed the coming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Mexico’s government said it hoped to finish by the end of this year.

“We’re negotiating Nafta and some other things with Mexico and we’ll see how it all turns out, but I think that we’ve made very good progress,” Mr. Trump said after the meeting, according to Reuters.

Despite the upbeat message, the meeting could have gotten off on the wrong foot when a reporter asked Mr. Trump if he still wanted Mexico to pay for the proposed border wall. Mr. Trump answered, “Absolutely,” according to a video posted online by ABC News.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who was seated next to Mr. Peña Nieto during the exchange, said he didn’t hear what Mr. Trump said, but added that the subject of the wall wasn’t brought up during the meeting.

Mexican officials have insisted they would walk out of any meeting between both sides if the U.S. team brought up Mexico paying for the wall.

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Border crossings at historic lows, but up from last month

(BREITBART) — Illegal border crossings along the southwest U.S. border with Mexico are at a six-year low but are up some over last month.

The total apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the southwest border with Mexico increased 10 percent from May to June, according to a new report obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. This follows a 31 percent increase from April to May.

In May 2017, border apprehensions increased from a historic 17-year low of 11,126 in April to 14,535 in May, Breitbart Texas reported. Those numbers went up again in June to 16,089, CBP officials detailed.

During the same period in the year before, Border Patrol agents apprehended 38,089 illegal immigrants in April, 40,337 in May, and 34,450 in June.

Year-to-date apprehensions are down substantially when comparing fiscal years 2016 and 2017. During the first three quarters of FY 2016, agents apprehended a total of 366,044 illegal immigrants. In that same period this year, the numbers fell to 240,930, a decrease of 34 percent.

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/08/border-crossings-at-historic-lows-up-from-last-month/

Los Zetas cartel stockpiled dynamite in Mexican border state

(BREITBART) — Mexican authorities seized multiple packages of dynamite belonging to one faction of the Los Zetas cartel that operates in the border state of Tamaulipas. In addition to the explosives, authorities also seized body armor and more than a ton of marijuana stashed in the city of Mante.

Officials found the dynamite at a cartel stash house in the southern city of Mante, an area run by the Vieja Escuela Z faction of the Los Zetas Cartel. The region is about 282 miles south of the Texas border in a strategic territory used by organized crime groups.

According to information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Tamaulipas government, the stash house was in the Las Brisas neighborhood. The house belonged to recently slain Vieja Escuela plaza boss Francisco “Tom Cabezon” Garcia. As Breitbart Texas reported, Garcia was recently murdered during a prison “fight” in the Nuevo Laredo prison, a state facility near the Texas border where officials only recently transferred him.

According to authorities, multiple law enforcement agencies carried out a surveillance operation and observed a man who acted in a “suspicious fashion.” Officials noticed the man carrying weapons and followed him to a house where he went inside.

Police officers raided the house and found five packages of dynamite sticks, six black bags with 2,204 pounds of marijuana, ten tactical vests with body armor, as well as ammunition for AK-47 type rifles. The suspected gunman managed to escape.

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