Category: Breaking News

Locals in fear as Los Zetas cartel civil war continues

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — After seven months of brutal infighting, little has changed in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control. The number of brutal executions in the Los Zetas civil war continues to rise while residents continue to live in fear.

This week, authorities responded to a shooting in the Adelitas neighborhood. By the time police arrived they found the body of a man with multiple gunshot injuries. Despite the large deployment of military personnel to the area little could be done. Investigators simply photographed the scene, collected the evidence and picked up the body. Just one more victim in the raging war.

Just one day later, the Los Zetas faction known as Cartel del Noreste (CDN) murdered a taxi driver leaving the man’s body in a pool of blood just in front of his vehicle. Next to the body, the cartel gunmen left a narco-message threatening their rivals.


‘El Chapo’ extradition to U.S. may proceed, Mexican judge says

(NPR) — Two days after drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was transferred to a prison near Juárez, a Mexican city near the U.S. border, a federal judge in Mexico said the extradition process can move forward.

An unnamed judge said the “legal requirements laid out in the extradition treaty” between the U.S. and Mexico had been met, The Associated Press reports, adding that Mexico’s foreign ministry has 20 days to approve the extradition.

NPR’s Carrie Kahn reported in January that Guzmán had been “indicted on drug and arms trafficking, money laundering and murder charges in at least six U.S. states.” In July 2015, Guzmán he escaped from Mexico’s supermax Altiplano prison through a mile-long tunnel. He was recaptured in January.

But the judge’s go-ahead for extradition is one step in what could still be a lengthy process. Lawyers for Guzman can still try to block or delay any attempts to extradite the infamous leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

As the Two-Way has reported, the head of Mexico’s extradition office, Miguel Merino, warned in January that Guzmán’s legal team could pursue various appeals that could delay the drug kingpin’s extradition for four to six years.

Reuters reports that “Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzmán’s lawyers, said his client’s legal situation was still being processed and that to extradite him now would be a violation of his human rights.” The news service adds that “government officials have said in private that the decision to extradite the drug lord is essentially a political decision dependent on the president.”


El Chapo transferred to prison in border city Ciudad Juarez for potential U.S. extradition

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — Mexican drug czar Joaquin Guzman, who twice staged Hollywood-worthy jailbreaks, was moved Saturday from a central Mexican lockup to a prison in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The cartel kingpin, known by the infamous moniker “El Chapo,” was brought to the site across the border from El Paso, Tex., overnight, a security official told the Associated Press.

No reason for the transfer was provided.

Jose Refugio Rodriguez, an attorney for Guzman, confirmed that he was sent to the Cefereso No. 9 prison.

He said Guzman’s defense team was not notified beforehand, and one of his lawyers was traveling to Juarez to try to meet with their client.

“I don’t know what the strategy is,” Refugio told The Associated Press. “I can’t say what the government is thinking.”


Mexican cartel using clandestine airstrips near Texas border

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Mexican authorities have discovered two clandestine airstrips near the Texas border. Mexican cartel smugglers use the makeshift runways to move large quantities of drugs. Authorities found airstrips in a remote area known as the Sierra de Acuna.

Members of the Fuerza Coahuila police and the Mexican military recently discovered the clandestine airstrips in two rural areas known as Rancho La Noria and Rancho San Rosendo. This area is near a mountain region that is immediately south of the rural areas between Del Rio and Big Bend National Park. Breitbart Texas has learned that the region is is largely ignored by the U.S. Border Patrol which keeps its resources and manpower in the area to a minimum. Read more »

Mexican cartel armored trucks found near border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Special police units in this border state seized two trucks modified with makeshift armor. The armored trucks are commonly used by cartel members operating near the Texas border.

The most recent seizure took place early in the morning on Tuesday when members of the Fuerza Coahuila police force were carrying out foot patrols near the area known as Sierra de Acuña. The mountainous region is immediately south of the rural area between Del Rio and Big Bend National Park. In an effort to slow down Mexican drug cartels, Fuerza Coahuila has been actively patrolling the mountainous area just south of the Texas border resulting in numerous seizures. Despite being a busy drug corridor, the Department of Homeland Security assigns minimal resources and agents to patrol the area.


Helicopters rained gunfire as eight cartel gunmen killed in border firefight

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Mexican military helicopters rained gunfire down on drug cartel gunmen killing eight of them in the most recent gun battle to shake this border city.

The border city of Reynosa is controlled by the Gulf Cartel faction known as Los Metros which has been able to operate with almost complete impunity for years. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, the Gulf Cartel has been able to set up a clandestine network of surveillance cameras throughout the city to keep track of authorities. When authorities tried to do the same, the Gulf Cartel destroyed the police camera network by knocking down the large concrete poles that housed the cameras.

Information released by the Tamaulipas government revealed that the gun battle began shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday when cartel gunmen fired at a convoy of Mexican marines.

The attack set off a chase on the city’s south-side along the highway that connects this border city with the industrial hub of Monterrey.

The rolling shootout spread into various neighborhoods including Villa Florida, Villas del Roble, Paseo del Roble and Paseo Residencial. Close to an hour later, the Mexican army spotted a two SUV’s with cartel gunmen in the Granjas del Norte neighborhood setting off another series of rolling shootouts.


Cartels help terrorists in Mexico get to U.S. to explore targets

(JUDICIAL WATCH) — Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to information forwarded to Judicial Watch by a high-ranking Homeland Security official in a border state.

Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by JW’s government source.

Now Khabir trains thousands of men—mostly Syrians and Yemenis—to fight in an ISIS base situated in the Mexico-U.S. border region near Ciudad Juárez, the intelligence gathered by JW’s source reveals. Staking out U.S. targets is not difficult and Khabir actually brags in an Italian newspaper article published last week that the border region is so open that he “could get in with a handful of men, and kill thousands of people in Texas or in Arizona in the space of a few hours.” Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz, Mexico’s top diplomat, says in the article that she doesn’t understand why the Obama administration and the U.S. media are “culpably neglecting this phenomenon,” adding that “this new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States.”

This disturbing development appears on the Open Source Enterprise, the government database that collects and analyzes valuable material from worldwide print, broadcast and online media sources for the U.S. intelligence community. Only registered federal, state and local government employees can view information and analysis in the vast database and unauthorized access can lead to criminal charges. Updated data gathered on Khabir reveals he’s 52 years old and was ordered to leave Kuwait about a decade ago over his extremist positions. Khabir is currently on ISIS’s (also known as ISIL) payroll and operates a cell in an area of Mexico known as Anapra, according to the recently obtained information.

A year ago Judicial Watch reported on an ISIS camp in this exact area, just a few miles from El Paso. JW’s April 14, 2015 report identified Anapra as the location of the ISIS base, details that were provided to JW by sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. Anapra is situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. At the time JW reported that another ISIS cell was established to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas to target the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming. Sources told JW that, during the course of a joint operation, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.


Death toll climbs to 32 in Mexico blast

(PLASTICS NEWS) — Four more bodies have been recovered from the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo SA de CV (PMV) plant in Mexico, bringing the number of fatalities from an April 20 explosion to 32.

Mexichem SAB de CV and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), joint owners of the plant, announced the discovery of the victims in a joint news release April 25 and said six workers were still missing at the site in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Search and recovery teams have been using drones and specially-trained dogs in the most damaged parts of the Clorados III area.

Six bodies have not yet been identified, the companies said.

Eighteen people remained hospitalized as of April 23.

The company declared force majeure late April 22 for VCM, muriatic acid, ethylene, dichloroethane, and anhydrous hydrogen chloride shipped from the facility.

A PMV spokesman said PMV’s annual production is 170,000 tons.


Now ANOTHER earthquake hits: Mexico struck by large tremor as fears mount over the Big One

(UK EXPRESS) — An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale has struck southern Mexico, leading to increased fears a global catastrophe is on its way.

It occurred in the ocean around 100km off the coast of Suchiate, a region by the country’s border with Guatemala, at a depth of around 10km.

Initially reported as reaching a magnitude of 5.9, it was later downgraded to 5.6.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico’s emergency services, said the earthquake was felt lightly in parts of Chiapas. He said there had not yet been reports of damage.

It comes just days after 600 lives were lost in another quake in Ecuador, sparking fears of ‘the Big One.’

Myanmar, Japan and the Phillipines have also been shaken in recent weeks, worrying scientists who fear these disasters are signs of a ‘monster quake.’

They worry that another huge earthquake, like the one that killed 8,000 people in Nepal exactly a year ago, is imminent.

California is being touted as a possible site for a huge earthquake, with one geologist warning that full moons increase the likelihood of disaster.

Jim Berkland, a former US Geological Survey scientist who once famously predicted a 6.9 quake in northern California, says 20 of the world’s last 25 mega quakes have happened during new or full moons.

Last week, Mexican authorities rejected claims that the country was in danger of being struck by a huge earthquake.

The recent seismic activity in the area, including a 6.2 magnitude quake off the same coast, has worried residents of the mainly rural area.

In 2014, five people were killed by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in nearby Tapachula and across the border in Guatemala.


Mexico police under gun attack in Acapulco

(BBC NEWS) — Police officers came under attack in a two-hour gunfight in the Mexican city of Acapulco, officials say.

Several gunmen attacked a hotel where officers stay, in the tourist area Las Playas on Sunday evening.

Dozens of people had to shelter in shops while shooting continued, until after 23:00 local time (04:00 GMT).

One suspected gunman was killed when police returned fire. Officers then chased other gunmen through the streets before securing the area.

At the same time, a separate group of gunmen attacked a federal police base in the city.

Mexico’s federal authorities have called an emergency meeting with the local authorities to discuss the incident.

Guerrero state Governor Hector Astudillo Flores told Imagen radio that the gang members were taking revenge for the arrest of their leader, last Friday.

Freddy del Valle Berdel, known as “The Donkey,” is the presumed leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in Acapulco.

“We have information that this is a retaliation for his detention. It was the federal police who arrested him and the attack was against federal police officers,” said Mr Astudillo.

Some universities in Acapulco have cancelled classes for Monday but local media (link in Spanish) report that according to education authorities, schools will still be open.

The US department of state has warned American consular staff not to travel to Acapulco, saying that Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015.

Tens of thousands of people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the past decade.