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last updated 23-Oct-2017

News articles and special reports related to drug trafficking in Mexico, and Mexican drug trafficking organizations or cartels, as well as counter-narcotics strategies such as Plan Merida. As drug trafficking, linking producers in South America to consumers in North America via Mexico, is truly an international criminal endeavor, please also browse the other sections to identify cross-border trends.




Mexico's most-wanted: A guide to the drug cartels. Formed around 2010, the Jalisco New Generation cartel has expanded rapidly and aggressively across Mexico and is now challenging Sinaloa for control of strategic areas, including Tijuana and the port of Manzanillo By Duncan Tucker, BBC News, July 5, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAPS

Mexico arrests Zetas cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales. Alias "Z-42," he is believed to have run the Zetas cartel since the capture of his brother, Miguel Angel, in 2013. BBC News, March 5, 2015: MULTIMEDIA

Alleged new boss of Mexico's Zetas cartel spent time living - and smuggling drugs - in Dallas. Juan Francisco Treviño Morales, 60, is the older brother Omar Treviño Morales. Fox News Latino, March 5, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES

Mexico drug lord Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez arrested. Channel 4 News managed to secure a television interview with him a year ago. He told me that it was the last interview that he was going to give. By Guillermo Galdos, Channel 4 News: TEXT | VIDEOS

How chocolate cake helped capture Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord. That was the dessert that his girlfriend, María Antonieta Luna Ávalos, delivered to the hideout of the the top surviving leader of the Knights Templar cartel, Servando Gómez Martínez. By Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, March 2, 2015: MULTIMEDIA

Mexico's top drug baron Joaquin 'Chapo' (Shorty) Guzman arrested. The head of the Sinaloa cartel has been on the run since 2001, when he escaped a high security prison in a laundry basket. BBC News, February 23, 2014: TEXT | VIDEO

Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years. Arrest chronology: Dec. 16, 2009 - Feb. 27, 2015. By AP, The Island Packet, February 28, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE GALLERY

Mexico arrests Zetas cartel leader. Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the leader of the Zetas cartel, aka "Z-40," was arrested 17 miles outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo. By Jo Tuckman, The Guardian, July 16, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Why Killing Kingpins Won't Stop Mexico's Drug Cartels. Former mexican President Calderón was a staunch proponent of the "Kingpin Strategy," developed by the DEA in the early 1990s to cripple Colombia's infamous Cali and Medellín cartels. By Keegan Hamilton, The Atlantic, February 27, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Shorty Guzman's 'security chief' arrested in Mexico. The Mexican military says it has captured Jonathan Salas accused of being the security chief for Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, Mexico's most wanted drug lord. BBC News, February 11, 2013: TEXT

Mexico to create new police force in drugs policy shift. Troops would continue to patrol until the new force was fully trained Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said. BBC News, December 18, 2012: click here

Body of Zetas drug cartel leader Lazcano stolen. The corpse of Heriberto Lazcano, founder of Los Zetas gang, was being stored by the authorities at a funeral parlour in northern Mexico. BBC News, October 9, 2012: click here


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