Cartels Hiring Chemists to Develop Drugs Amid Shortage

Mexican drug trafficking organizations are hiring chemists to develop drugs that mimic popular narcotics. The syndicates are reportedly facing an acute shortage of precursor chemicals used in the processing of popular opiates, such as meth and fentanyl. The coronavirus outbreak, which has devastated industries across the world, has made it hard to obtain the chemicals, which are mostly sourced from China.

CJNG–Sinaloa Cartel Turf War Plays Out in Chihuahua-Sonora Border

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel are locked in a feud over territory in Chihuahua and Sonora. The most recent clash led to the death of 19 cartel members. Reports indicate that members of the Gente Nueva cartel, which is backed by the Sinaloa Cartel, were ambushed earlier this month by elements of the La Linea crime gang that is supported by the CJNG.

AMLO Scores Major Political Victory with OPEC

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won a major economic victory for his country in the face of fierce pressure from other OPEC countries. US President Donald Trump recently brokered a deal to have members of the group cut oil production. AMLO, however, refused to cut oil supply by more than 100,000 barrels per day, a move that threatened to reverse progressive talks within the union

How Coronavirus is Affecting Mexican Drug Cartels

The coronavirus epidemic is affecting the global economy in the most serious of ways, and the Mexican government is scrambling to contain its spread. Even though the country has yet to implement a full lockdown, the coronavirus epidemic is taking its toll on the economy. Mexican drug trafficking syndicates have not been spared either. Just like legitimate businesses, they are beginning to feel the pinch.

Coronavirus: Mexican Governor Says Poor People Immune to Virus

The Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has demonstrated astounding benightedness, especially when it comes to enacting policies aimed at tackling the coronavirus epidemic that is fast ravaging the country. Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa, who heads the state of Puebla, is the latest leader to publicly pronounce what can only be tagged as reckless disinformation.

Seven Year-Old’s Murder Sparks Outrage in Mexico

The murder of a seven-year-old girl in Mexico has fueled anger over the brutal killings of women in the country. Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett, a grade school student, was taken by a stranger from her school in the outskirts of Mexico City on February 11. Fatima’s body was found over the weekend wrapped in a bag, abandoned in a rural area and was identified by genetic testing.

DEA Report Reveals How Sinaloa and CJNG Cartels Operate

Mexican drug gangs are expanding their operations in the U.S. by leaps and bounds. This is according to the latest Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report. Despite the best efforts by the government, the criminal enterprises are growing by establishing alliances with international gangs, drug distribution groups inside prisons, as well as Asian organizations dedicated to money laundering.

Lavrov Goes to Latin America to Strengthen Influence in the Region

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Latin America in the coming days in order to deepen relations with his nation’s allies. Lavrov will visit Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela shortly after his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of four former republics of the Soviet Union, which became the main arena of competition for influence.

How European Gun Manufacturers are Promoting the Bloody Drug War In Mexico

In October 2019, the Mexican National Guard launched an operation to incarcerate the son of the imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. They took Ovidio Guzmán López into custody and thought they had made a big catch. Instead, the arrest of López resulted in the Sinaloa Cartel demonstrating its immense firepower and propensity for violence. Hundreds of hitmen working for the criminal organization ambushed authorities on the streets of Culiacan.

El Chapo Tunnel Builder Extradited from Mexico

José Sánchez Villalobos, alias “The Lord of the Tunnels,” has been extradited to the United States. This is according to a statement released by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office. He was one of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman’s main tunnel builders and financial operators. Villalobos’ transfer took place on January 10 at Toluca International Airport, where U.S. agents were waiting to take him into custody.

Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador, Two Spanish Diplomats, Over Morales “Extraction”

Bolivia’s interim government announced on Monday that it had expelled the Mexican ambassador to the country and two other Spanish diplomats for trying to “facilitate” the departure of former top officials of the government of former President Evo Morales, who is currently a refugee in Argentina. The foreign diplomats in question have been given 72 hours to leave the country.

El Mayo’s Son has been Extradited to the United States

Authorities in Mexico have extradited Ismael Zambada-Imperial, who is also widely known as “El Mayito Gordo,” to the United States. The latest development comes in the wake of attempts by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration to save face and further cooperation with the United States government. This is following a spate of violent attacks that have highlighted the government’s failing efforts to contain the growing influence of drug trafficking cartels.

Questions Raised Concerning Mexican Official Who Worked with El Chapo’s Cartel

The recent arrest and incarceration of Genaro García Luna, a former public security secretary in Felipe Calderón’s government, shocked many of his supporters and the citizenry alike. Now, numerous questions have been raised concerning his ties with several U.S. intelligence officials. Some of them have served as board members in his security company, GLAC Consulting, and they include Raul Roldan, a former FBI chief representative at the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

The Changing Faces of Rafael Caro Quintero

Rafael Caro Quintero remains a top priority for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. government is currently offering $20 million for information leading to his arrest. The effort to capture him is spurred on by his involvement in the murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Kiki was an undercover DEA agent working to bust the Guadalajara Cartel, which was the leading drug trafficking syndicate at the time, and Quintero had strong ties to the organization.

Bolivia: Five Killed in Clashes Between Police, Morales Supporters

Five coca growers supporting former Bolivian President Evo Morales, exiled in Mexico after resigning, died in clashes with police and the army on Friday. The killings took place in the suburb of Cochabamba (central Bolivia), the former president’s political stronghold. The clashes took place throughout the day between thousands of protesters and the police.

Bolivia: Clashes Continue Between Morales Supporters, Opponents

Jeanine Añеz, whо hаd declared herself Bоlіvіа’ѕ іntеrіm рrеѕіdеnt уеѕtеrdау, іntrоduсеd hеr cabinet Thursday. At thе ѕаmе tіmе, rероrtѕ аrе еmеrgіng оf сlаѕhеѕ between supporters оf fоrmеr President Evо Morales and hіѕ орроnеntѕ. Fоllоwіng wіdеѕрrеаd рrоtеѕtѕ in thе run-uр tо thе presidential election, Evо Morales, who wоn his fourth еlесtіоn, was forced to rеѕіgn оn Sundау аnd wаѕ granted asylum in Mеxісо.