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Mexico cartel member charged in ICE agent's murder
San Francisco Chronicle
The agents at the time were acting as consultants to Mexican authorities in the battle against the drug cartels. Zapata Espinoza had been arrested in Mexico in December 2009 on weapons and organized crime charges but was given a conditional release by ...
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KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather SportsU.S. Attorney's office dedicates ...
He was also very proud of his work prosecuting members of the Cali Cartel for cocaine smuggling, the case of Rex Cauble and the Cowboy Mafia, and the first OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) case ever in the Eastern District of Texas. ...
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Grappling With Ron Paul's Racist Newsletters
The Atlantic
His opponents are often on the wrong side, at least if you're someone who thinks that it's wrong to lock people up without due process or kill them in drone strikes or destabilize their countries by forcing a war on drug cartels even as American ...
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KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7 ...
It was first dominated by the Gulf Cartel, and then its former armed wing, the Zetas, took over after the two split. The state saw a rise in crime this spring after a government offensive in neighboring Tamaulipas scared drug criminals away to Veracruz ...
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Drone Surveillance Comes to the US-Mexico Border
Or, if you prefer, drones: This is the semi-covert cutting edge of homeland security, where federal law enforcement authorities are rapidly expanding a military-style unmanned aerial reconnaissance operation along the US-Mexico border — a region that ...
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US, Mexico seize more than $80 million during Operation Holiday Hoax II
Wilson County News
During the six-week operation, coined Operation Holiday Hoax II, the IPR Center and its partners, including US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Postal Inspection Service, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Government of Mexico, ...
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Wilson County News
Mexico-US relations: beyond 'looniness, stupidity and flatulence'
That would include payment of a fine and "going to the back of the line" for US citizenship. Since 9/11, the perception of a safety threat from across the US-Mexican border could derail the bilateral relationship, he said, so "it behooves Mexico to ...
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Littler Heads South of the Border With Acquisition of 24 Mexican Lawyers
Whether Littler, known domestically for helping companies combat and break up unions, extends that strategy into Mexico remains to be seen, Compa says. Just a handful of Am Law 200 firms have offices in Mexico. Those that do include Texas-based Haynes ...
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Yanks Abroad
The Texas-born defender had been without a club since May after he parted ways with Portuguese club Estoril. Since that time he has been on trials with clubs across Scandinavia but it wasn't until he arrived in Mexico where he found the right fit. ...
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Area Info
El Paso Inc.
El Paso is at the westernmost tip of Texas, and its city limits touch southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez across the Rio Grande river in Mexico. Sunland Park and Santa Teresa, NM, border El Paso, while Las Cruces lies about 40 miles west. ...
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Border fence is bad for bears
Grist Magazine
... related to black bears in Mexico than to those living further north in the state. In the past they were wont to migrate back and forth over the border, but now they're stuck, and their population is dwindling. Maybe they will wander over to Texas ...
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A list of 2011's 10 best books
Main Line
Violence engulfing a peace-loving people, a people who dislike foreigners, yet specialize in service industries, harboring resentment over Texas and California, Mexico contains more American expatriates than any two other countries in the world ...
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Illegal immigration fastest growing federal crime
More than half of those arrests — 56 percent — occurred along the border of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, the BJS said. Suspects were most likely to be detained when charged with immigration (95 percent), violent crime (87 percent), ...
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Light snowfall possible Friday and Saturday in Lubbock
Thursday evening, the Texas-New Mexico border could experience light now showers, but not much accumulation, he said. Overnight winds of 15 mph are expected Thursday and Friday morning in the Lubbock area. Northerly winds will bring below-normal ...
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Fatima Hussain: “I Thought There Were Opportunities In California.”
Neon Tommy
Hussain arrived in the states only six months ago, smuggled through the Texan border. She applied for political asylum when she arrived and immediately booked a plane ticket to Los Angeles. “I didn't like to stay in Texas, I thought there were ...
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Neon Tommy
Should U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder resign?
Beaumont Enterprise (blog)
The Fast and Furious program tracked the illegal movement of guns from the US to Mexico without any attempt to seize the weapons. One of those guns was later used to kill a Border Patrol agent. Is this scandal serious enough to force out the attorney ...
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De la Isla: Gingrich was wrong; We are all invented people
Recently Texas A and M China expert Dudley Poston opined that he expects unauthorized Chinese immigrants to begin displacing those here from Mexico and Central America. Border arrests of unauthorized migrants are at a 40-year low. ...
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Rockford sees surge in robberies in 2011; fake marijuana a rising issue
Rockford Register Star
The pot originated in Mexico and was trucked to Laredo, Texas, where it was intercepted by US Customs and Border Patrol agents. Authorities drove the truck to its intended destination, an industrial park in the 200 block of Peoples Avenue in Rockford, ...
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Former El Paso County Judge Dolores Briones' lawyer won't comment on ...
El Paso Times
A county judge is the top elected executive position in county government in Texas. receiving $2000 a month for a year to support Garcia's company, LKG Enterprises Inc., in getting a contract to provide services for the Border Children's Mental Health ...
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Forget the giant rats – the Massachusetts Nurses Association trots out a three ...
Wicked Local (blog)
However, she says the company also built a 35-foot-high border patrolman that was installed in Texas to protest immigrants from Mexico. So Big Sky doesn't really take sides in political debates? No, the company that invented the inflatable union rat is ...
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Wicked Local (blog)
Fast & Furious: Murderer of U.S. Agent extradited from Mexico to U.S.
According to US Congressman Michael McCaul, two US [ICE] agents, Jaime Zapata and Víctor Ávila, were traveling from Laredo, Texas to Mexico City on an assignment for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement administration. As they drove through the ...
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Sipsey Street Irregulars: There's that old Texas connection again ...
By Dutchman6
Lawmakers in Washington who are investigating the ATF's bungled Fast and Furious operation, which attempted to track illegally purchased guns on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, have contended that Osorio was known to the ATF as ...
Sipsey Street Irregulars
Administration to reduce Guard troops on the US-Mexico border by ...
By GS Don Morris, Ph.D./Chana Givon
... of Defense confirmed during a Tuesday morning conference call with members of Congress that the administration will be reducing the National Guard troop presence on the border with Mexico by 75 percent, according to Texas Republican ...
Doc's Talk

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The Texans who live on the 'Mexican side' of the border fence ...
Read 'The Texans who live on the 'Mexican side' of the border fence: 'Technically , we're in the United States'' from our blog The Lookout on Yahoo! News.
Could the Texas Mexico Border be Safer Than You Think? 12/14
Could the Texas Mexico Border be Safer Than You Think? 12/14/11. Shannon Murray CBS 7 Reporter December 14, 2011. Presidio, TX ...

Reputed Mexican drug cartel czar charged in killing of US agent
Los Angeles Times
A reputed Mexican drug cartel leader was charged in federal court in Washington in the ambush slaying this year of a US immigration officer in Mexico — a killing that set off a massive search on both sides of the Southwest border for several ...
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Two men linked to Mexican drug cartel get prison
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Doug McMurdo Two defendants linked to a Mexican drug cartel -- who previously faced charges in the high-profile kidnapping of a Las Vegas boy -- have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms. US District Judge Gloria Navarro sentenced Jose ...
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Mexico soldiers, police kill 22 in anti-drug operations
Times of India
The developments highlight the Mexican military's key role in cracking down on the country's violent drug cartels. More than 45000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when the government launched a ...
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Man accused of killing ICE agent extradited
Houston Chronicle
15 when he was ambushed while traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey. WASHINGTON – A Mexican drug cartel member accused of killing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata was extradited from Mexico and is being held in ...
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Mexican man says he dissolved 300 bodies
TIJUANA, Mexico, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A man known as the "stew maker" dissolved the bodies of about 300 people in acid for Mexican drug cartels, his recently leaked confession reveals. Santiago Meza, 45, was arrested in January 2009 and is awaiting ...
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Suspect in Killing of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata is Arraigned in US
Fox News
A suspected Mexican drug cartel member who allegedly killed a US immigration agent during a roadside ambush south of the border was arraigned in a US federal court on Wednesday. A spokesman for the US District Court in Washington says Julian Zapata ...
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Lieberman launches Senate probe of Fast and Furious
Hot Air
It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who legally purchase guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else. In one sense, the context of Lieberman's probe is ...
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Honest votes
Victorville Daily Press
It's not enough that US Attorney General Eric Holder is in denial mode about the “Fast and Furious” program of the federal government, which has been a conduit for getting weapons in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. Now he's decrying new laws in ...
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In the shadows of globalisation: drug violence in Mexico and Central America
The Guatemala Times
In Guatemala, the Mexican cartels are a new element in a complex mix of paramilitary groups and clandestine networks in the shadow land between state and organised crime. In Honduras, the struggle for democracy after the coup in 2009 is about to drown ...
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Sierra Leone seizes drugs from Ecuador in nappies
BBC News
Police Assistant Inspector General Morrie Lengor said UK anti-drug officers have been called in to assist with investigations. Latin American drug cartels use West Africa as a transit point to smuggle narcotics to Europe. Five people - Sierra Leoneans ...
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BBC News
Mexico Security Memo: The Evolution of a Sinaloa Enforcer Group
More importantly, the killings serve as a reminder that drug cartels, while responsible for an overwhelming amount of crime and death in Mexico, are not the only ones capable of crime and violence. Gunmen driving in two vehicles ambushed a government ...
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Confession was coerced, says lawyer for alleged plaza boss
Brownsville Herald
By MADELINE BUCKLEY/The Brownsville Herald The defense attorney for an alleged Gulf Cartel plaza boss argued in court Wednesday that federal agents coerced a confession regarding the man's membership and activity in the drug cartel, promising him ...
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Fast and Furious facts
Plain Dealer (blog)
In characterizing the admittedly flawed sting operation as "an attack our Second Amendment rights," Longo conveniently fails to mention the overwhelming number of guns purchased here legally that are later found in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. ...
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Why back guns, but not drugs?
Pomerado Newspaper Group
If the US and Mexico were to decriminalize the use of and trade in drugs, it would take the drug industry away from the most violent elements of society and place drugs in the open marketplace, where civil dispute resolution would replace gunfights. ...
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National Guard to Shift Support to Border Patrol from Ground to Air
Jan Brewer, who has sparred with the White House over border security as well as immigration enforcement initiatives, said the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels was too great to withdraw the military from the border at this time. ...
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US Peace Corps cuts Honduras role
BBC News
Central America has seen a rise in drug-related violence, largely blamed on the presence of Mexican cartels. The region is a key staging point for trafficking drugs from South America to the US market. The Peace Corps said its current volunteers in ...
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BBC News
Iran in our own backyard: Hezbollah operatives are rampant in remote areas of ...
New York Daily News
Even revelations that Iranian officials belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards involved Mexican drug cartels in their alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US in Washington failed to generate much interest in Iran's influence ...
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New York Daily News
ICE agent's alleged killer pleads not guilty
Houston Chronicle
Zapata Espinoza was captured by Mexican soldiers, along with five other suspected members of the Zeta cartel, during an army raid a week after the immigration agents' shooting. Mexican authorities said then that suspects reported that agents were shot ...
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Major drug distributor in custody
KXO Radio
... Sinaloa, Mexico. When arrested officers found him in possession of 9 pounds of cocaine, Heroine and crystal methamphetamine. They also seized weapons and large amounts of cash. They say Castro Rocha was a main distributor for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.
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Latin American Leaders Lash Out at US Drug Consumption
Its ravenous appetite for deadly drugs—cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and others—is fueling what the United Nations estimates is a $142 billion-a-year business. Until America gets a handle on this problem, drug cartel violence across the entire ...
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The press silenced, Nuevo Laredo tries to find voice
CPJ Press Freedom Online (blog)
The cartel ships narcotics north across the border--Texas is across four bridges over the Rio Grande, three in the city and one nearby. This city is at the northern end of one of the most important highways in Mexico and the southern end of one of the ...
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CPJ Press Freedom Online (blog)
Palmview chase suspect: Gulf Cartel forced me to smuggle
Such cases of suspected drug smugglers claiming they were forced into crime by Mexican cartels have increased in 2011. But federal authorities say many claims cannot be independently verified or are false, typically leading to prosecution against the ...
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Two People Detained in Guatemala for Links with Zetas.
Prensa Latina
21 de diciembre de 2011, 16:58Guatemala, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Two Guatemalan citizens, one of them a court official, were arrested on Wednesday for alleged links with Los Zetas drug cartel in Zacapa department. According to Attorney General Claudia ...
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10 Most Dangerous Places For Journalists; Arab Spring Countries Rank High
Eurasia Review
Located on the Gulf of Mexico and long dominated by the cartel of the same name, Veracruz state is a hub of all kinds of criminal trade, from drug trafficking to contraband in petroleum products. In 2011, it became the new epicentre of the federal ...
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National and world briefs for Dec. 22
Winston-Salem Journal
An alleged Mexican drug cartel member accused of shooting at US immigration agents has arrived in the United States to face murder charges. A spokesman for the US District Court in Washington said Julian Zapata Espinoza was arraigned Wednesday morning ...
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 22, 2011
CNN (blog)
An alleged Mexican drug cartel operative has been extradited to the United States to face charges in the death of one US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and the attempted murder of a second, authorities said Wednesday. ...
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Long Island Banker Was Told of Madoff Fraud: John Cruz, Author of World ... (press release)
The Justice Department probe is linked to bulk cash the bank received from money-changing firms in Mexico, the source said. The concern is that the bank may have handled money belonging to the Mexican drug cartels. HSBC spokesman Rob Sherman declined ...
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Journeying With Jesus, Longing For Peace
Georgia Bulletin
Due to their experience of corruption, violence and the drug cartels, resistance groups are arising, walking and amassing strength through solidarity along the way. The Gospel is about human rights, the dignity of persons and loving the neighbor. ...
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Sinaloa Cartel Approves Movimiento Alterado's Drug Ballads
By The Huffington Post News Editors
The battle has caused many of the roughly 40000 drug war deaths since Mexican President Felipe Calderon ramped up the military offensive on cartels as he took office in 2006. Some Movimiento Alterado musicians wear camouflage and ...
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Mexico Dissolves Entire Police Force in Veracruz, Sends in Military ...
By John Glaser
U.S. and Mexican authorities have recently been congratulating themselves on a major drug bust on the Sinaloa cartel that led to 203 arrests, the seizure of more than 1200 pounds of narcotics, $7.8 million in drug cash, and more. But these ...
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Mexico extradites cartel member in ICE agent's murder | Washington ...
By Sara A. Carter
Mexico has extradited a man believed to be part of a notorious drug cartel to the United States in connection with the murder of Immigration and Custom's Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of another agent, ICE ...
Examiner World RSS
U.S. extradites Los Zetas member for killing of ICE agent | Texas on ...
By Gary Martin
A Mexican drug cartel member accused of killing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata was extradited from Mexico and is being held in the United States to face murder charges, U.S. Justice Department ...
Texas on the Potomac
More Predator Drones Fly U.S.-Mexico Border at Pat Dollard
By Pat Dollard
... hawks and the “Drone Caucus” in Congress, whose interests in homeland security and defense contractors neatly dovetail to produce a must-have technology to meet the still-unrealized threat of spillover violence from Mexican drug cartels. ...
Pat Dollard
Borderland Beat: Mexican State Closes 1000-Strong Municipal ...
By Buggs
Within days of taking office in December 2006, President Felipe Calderon gave Mexico's armed forces the leading role in the struggle with drug cartels, a policy that has been accompanied by intensifying violence and 50000 deaths. ...
Borderland Beat
Eric Holder's Lawlessness | David Horowitz Freedom Center
By Rick Moran
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) has charged that Eric Holder provided misleading information to Congress in May about when he suspiciously said he first learned of the program. The guns were misdirected to Mexican drug cartels. ...
David Horowitz Freedom Center
I'm sorry, Eric, Janet, Hillary and Barack (no, not really) « Bob Owens
By Bob
It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who legally purchase guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else. Boyle links back to an exclusive I broke ...
Bob Owens
Mexico soldiers, police kill 22 in anti-drug operations | Free Malaysia ...
By fmt
More than 45000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when the government launched a military-led crackdown on the country's powerful drug cartels. - AFP. This story makes me... Think (0) Happy ...
Free Malaysia Today
Mexico Drug War Update |
By psmith
Since Mexican president Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and called the armed forces into the fight against the so-called cartels, prohibition-related violence has killed more than 45000 people, including more than 15000 last ...
Drug War Chronicle
Friday, December 23, 2011 - Immigration Watch International (2)
By jonjayray
I didn't read anything in the findings by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez about ATF's Operation Fast and Furious, in which assault rifles were allowed to “walk” across the border to fuel Mexico's violent drug cartels and ultimately ...
Immigration Watch International (2)
Once Again, We Do Not Live In A Vacuum. › 2.0: The Blogmocracy
By Flyovercountry
Hezbullala's knows more than Holder or Obama on what is going on with the terrorism now of the Mexican Drug Cartels. The ones of the two party evil money cult have been so busy in the pig trough of our money they forgot they too are within ...
2.0: The Blogmocracy

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Mexican Drug Cartels Infiltrating US Border Patrol ...
The Mexican drug cartels are recruiting people in the US to join the US Border Patrol to facilitate their drug, people and who knows what else smuggling into the ...
In Focus: Mexico Drug War, Five Years Later | Plog — World ...
The Drug War in Mexico has resulted in thousands of deaths and violence. ... duties and to learn first-hand Mexico's ongoing war against the drug cartels. ...
Mexico drug gangs up ante with high-tech tunnels - Topix
Mexico drug gangs up ante with high-tech tunnels. Full story: When architect Felipe de Jesus Corona built Mexico's most powerful drug lord a ...
Terrorism Watch: Mexican drug cartels' PR war
From guns to the media, Mexican drug cartels have turned to new and unusual tactics to intimidate their rivals. Videos of drug-related massacres have been sent ...
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From Yahoo! News: (This story corrects name of agency to Drug Enforcement Administration in last paragraph) MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) - When architect ...

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