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Feds raid county government offices, courthouse in Laredo, Texas
April 27th, 2017

The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety raided the municipal offices in the border city of Laredo, along with the Webb County Courthouse, and other offices seizing materials and sent employees home. County officials said in a statement Wednesday that the auditor’s office, information technology, and other offices will remain closed until further notice….

Brother of Los Zetas Cartel boss running for mayor in Mexican border town

One of the leading mayoral candidates in the upcoming election in the border city of Piedras Negras is the brother of a top boss for the violent Los Zetas drug cartel, while other family members have spent time behind bars in the U.S. for drug trafficking crimes. Lorenzo Menera Sierra is running as an independent…

Texas Sen Ted Cruz: Let ‘El Chapo’ pay for border wall
April 26th, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz is proposing legislation that permits assets seized from drug lords, such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to be used fund President Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border. Cruz’s bill, the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, is also referred to as the “El Chapo Act,” The government…

Former Haiti leader Guy Philippe pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case
April 25th, 2017

Former Haiti revolution leader and elected senator Guy Philippe pleaded guilty to a U.S. drug money-laundering charge in Miami Federal Court on Monday under a deal that could see him avoid a potential life sentence for cocaine trafficking. The plea agreement recommends a nine-year prison sentence for Guy Philippe and a dismissal of the drug…

Chinese drug runners love the U.S. Postal Service
April 21st, 2017

Tom Ridge, the former secretary of Homeland Security and governor of Pennsylvania, argues that the U.S.’s escalating drug problem can’t be solved until the U.S. closes loopholes in the mail system that permit illegal and deadly drugs to be shipped — undetected — through the U.S. Postal Service. “[Dealers] are sending drugs through the U.S….

Bloody brawls erupt at Trump rallies in Berkeley
April 16th, 2017

At least four people were taken into custody on Saturday after violence erupted between groups of supporters and critics of President Trump holding rallies in Berkeley, California. Approximately 200 individuals were at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park when multiple fights broke out. Dozens of officers in riot gear quickly detained one man….

Fugitive Veracruz ex-governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala

By SONIA PEREZ D. and PETER ORSI Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Javier Duarte, the former governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, was detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and high-profile symbol of government graft in his country….

Drug War 2.0: Attorney General Jeff Sessions vows to destroy drug cartels, street gangs during visit to US-Mexico border
April 12th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a new emphasis on immigration crackdown during his visit as the nation’s top law enforcement official to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, pledging to fight the gangs and cartels tormenting the region and declaring: “This is a new era, the Trump era.” Sessions met with police officers, members of…

Interpol arrest cartel-linked fugitive Mexican governor Tomas Yarrington in Italy
April 10th, 2017

Tomas Yarrington, the former fugutive governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, who is sought by authorities in the U.S. and Mexico was arrested by Interpol in Italy on Sunday. Yarrington, who served as governor of the border state from 1999 to 2005 is wanted back in his homeland for drug smuggling, bank fraud, racketeering, and…

Political climate over immigration a factor in the 2026 joint World Cup bid by U.S. Mexico, and Canada

By RONALD BLUM Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A final on or around the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Modern stadiums across the United States and perhaps in Mexico and Canada, too. A North American World Cup in 2026 with 48 nations would be far larger and played in almost all different…