Slavery in the USA? Mexican Immigrant Forced Illegals to Work Without Pay for 14 Yrs

BREITBART — A Mexican woman living in Texas has been convicted of labor trafficking two women she brought illegally to the United States from Mexico and forcing them to work for her, without pay, for about 14 years.

According to the Justice Department, late Friday a federal jury convicted Olga Sandra Murra aka “Olga Sandra Capon-Meneses”— a 64 year-old woman who immigrated to the U.S from Mexico in 1997 — on two counts of forced labor and two counts of harboring an illegal alien.

Prosecutors explained how Murra illegally brought “V.R.” — a Mexican woman in her 30s — with her when she first moved to the U.S. and a year later, in 1998, arranged for another Mexican woman, “I.G.” to be illegally brought to the U.S. as well.

Murra kept the women from 1997 and 1998 to April 2011 — holding one or both of them and their identification documents — in El Paso and Fort Worth, where she used V.R. and I.G. as employees in her housecleaning business.

The Justice Department said that Murra forced the women to clean three to four houses a day. When they received pay for the work, Murra confiscated it. V.R. and I.G. were also required to clean Murra’s personal residence and prepare her meals.

In holding them, Murra sought to convince I.G. and V.R. that she was a voice of God, requiring the pair to listen to recordings of her reading and explaining the meaning different Bible verses as they worked.

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Enigmatic Drug Lord ‘La Barbie’ Made Deal With US

INSIGHT CRIME — An American drug lord who operated in Mexico reportedly made a deal with US authorities to secure a shorter sentence, an anticipated outcome that is sure to add to the mounting evidence that extradited capos are providing on Mexico’s underworld.

Edgar Valdez Villareal, a former leader of Mexico’s Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO), and four of his accomplices agreed to supply US authorities with information on his and rival drug cartels in exchange for a reduced prison sentence, reported El Universal.

Known as “La Barbie,” a nickname his high school football coach in Texas reportedly gave him for his blond hair and fair skin, Valdez Villareal was arrested by Mexican authorities in August 2010. He was extradited to the United States in September 2015 after spending the intervening years in maximum security prison. La Barbie initially pleaded innocent to US drug trafficking charges, but switched his plea to guilty in January 2016.

US prosecutors allege La Barbie was responsible for sending multiple tons of cocaine into the eastern United States while working for the BLO.

DIRECTOR OF MISS WORLD MEXICO KILLED IN TARGETED ATTACK — FNL

TIJUANA: 631 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED — BLB

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Corrupt, Violence Riiden Mexico Launches Campaign to Boost Its Image in the U.S.

CIS — Mexico’s Foreign Secretary is embarking on a campaign to enlist lobbyists and allies in many spheres of American life in order to rehabilitate the nation’s reputation in the United States, according to an article in Mexico’s largest newspaper. Donald Trump has seriously damaged that image in his campaign for the presidency, El Universal reported on Sunday.

The newspaper reported that the campaign is being led by Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, who made 15 trips to the U.S. between last October and July. It is being launched as an urgent response to the government’s own determination that “for Americans, Mexico is unhealthful, alien, remote, backwards, poor, corrupt, and tied with drug-trafficking,” according to the report.

An official in Mexico’s Foreign Affairs office told the newspaper that Americans change their negative perceptions of Mexico when they are informed that Mexico has the world’s twelfth-largest economy, produces a third of the world’s televisions, graduates more engineers than Germany and is the United States’ third-largest trading partner.

The campaign is intended to defend the North American Free Trade agreement, which has vastly expanded trade between the two countries but which Trump has condemned as devastating for American workers whose jobs have been moved to Mexico. It will enlist the help of professional American lobbyists. And it will direct the staffs of Mexico’s 50 consulates in the U.S. to develop allies in the media, academic life, and business.

GRAPHIC: DRUG CARTEL BURNS RIVALS ALIVE NEAR BORDER — BREITBART

DRUG LORD ‘EL CHAPO’ GUZMAN IS SO STRESSED HE’S GOING BALD, LAWYER SAYS — FOX

STOLEN RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL RECOVERED IN MEXICO — LAHT

A GROUP DUBBED ” THE SQUADRON OF DEATH”, HAS ARRIVED IN TABASCO TO CARRY OUT “JUSTICE” — BLB

MEXICO CONTINUES HUNT FOR VETERAN DRUG LORD CARO QUINTERO — INSIGHT CRIME

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Mexico Reports 7th Robbery of Radioactive Material in Less Than 3 Years

LAHT — MEXICO CITY – Emergency management officials have issued an alert following the theft of radioactive material in northern Mexico, the Government Secretariat said.

The robbery was the seventh such incident in Mexico in less than three years.

Friday’s alert was directed to state emergency management offices in the northern states of Sonora, Baja California, Sinaloa and Chihuahua and to national security officials, the secretariat said in a bulletin.

The radioactive source, whose theft was initially reported by Ciudad Obregon’s emergency system, is the property of the northwestern state of Sonora’s Road Board, the bulletin said.

It said a container removed from a truck was holding a radioactive source containing isotopes of americium, beryllium and caesium.

The material could “cause permanent injuries to someone who handles it or is in contact with it for a prolonged period of time,” the emergency management officials said.

It would pose a major health risk if extracted from its shielding but is not dangerous otherwise, the bulletin added.

This is the seventh such incident since December 2013, when radioactive material (cobalt-60) intended for medical purposes was stolen during transfer by truck to a radioactive waste storage center.

It was found two days later after an intense search.

ILLEGAL ALIEN SEXUAL PREDATOR IN TEXAS WAS MEMBER OF MEXICAN CARTEL — BREITBART

A VIOLENT RE-ACCOMMODATION IN SINALOA — BLB

VERACRUZ TOP COP RESIGNS AFTER TEXAS PROPERTIES WORTH MILLIONS DISCOVERED — BLB

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Arrested ISIS Sympathizer Claims Fellow Militants Are in Mexico

DAILY CALLER — A Department of Justice press release stated that Hendricks tried to recruit and train people in the United States to commit terrorist acts. “Hendricks allegedly told another person that his goal was to create a sleeper cell to be trained and housed at a secure compound that would conduct attacks in the United States. He mentioned that potential targets included military members whose information had been released by ISIL and the woman who organized the Draw Prophet Mohammad contest,” the DOJ press release said.

Conservative activist Pamela Geller was the organizer of the Muhammad drawing contest.

In June 2015, another unnamed individual was arrested in Ohio after attempting to buy an AK-47 from an undercover law enforcement agent. This individual had pledged allegiance to ISIS over social media.

Hendricks had contacted him earlier in 2015 and said he “needed” to “get brothers to train together.” Hendricks “claimed to have 10 members signed up for his group.” The DOJ press release stated that Hendricks said, “there were several ‘brothers’ located in Texas and Mexico.” Hendricks sought to have these “brothers” meet “face to face.”

“[The arrested unnamed individual] allegedly believed that Hendricks and the ‘brothers in Texas and Mexico’ may have been responsible for a thwarted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, on May 3, 2015,” the DOJ press release stated. The two men responsible for the Garland attack were living in Arizona at the time.

The DOJ statement said that Hendricks allegedly contacted the Garland shooters over social media weeks before their attack. He allegedly also told an undercover FBI agent to go to the Garland drawing event. Hendricks told the undercover officer, “If you see that pig (meaning the organizer of the contest) make your ‘voice’ heard against her.” It is unclear whether this undercover agent was present in Garland during the attack.

SAN ANTONIO TRIAL REVEALS HOW GUNS, DRUGS AND CORRUPTION TURNED COAHUILA INTO A GRAVEYARD — BLB

THE “DEVIL” WANTED TO CHANGE HIS FACE — BLB

MAYOR AND 4 POLICE ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF 10 PEOPLE — BLB

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Another Mayor Killed in Mexico, the Third in Two Weeks

BORDERLAND BEAT — Puebla (Mexico) (AFP) – A mayor was shot dead in Mexico’s central Puebla state, the third mayor to be killed within two weeks, authorities said Tuesday, prompting calls for better security for municipal officials.

Jose Santamaria Zavala, the mayor of Huehuetlan El Grande, was found dead Monday night next to his bullet-riddled sport-utility vehicle, according to a police report obtained by AFP.

The bullets came from a 9mm-caliber handgun, the Puebla state prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The mayor’s body was found inside his SUV at kilometer 10 of the highway to Huehuetlan El Grande in a village called Tonale.

“Both the victim and the vehicle had bullet holes from a 9 mm handgun,” the AG’s office said in a statement.

The motive for the mayor’s murder may have been robbery, but investigators are looking at other possible reasons, the AG’s office said.

The initial investigation indicates Santamaria Zavala, 44, was the victim of a robbery attempt, the statement said, adding that authorities were not ruling out other motives.

“There were rocks on the road to block the path of the SUV,” it said, citing evidence and the testimony of an unidentified person who was with the mayor.

DISAPPEARANCE STATISTICS HIGHLIGHT TURMOIL IN TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO — ISC

TIJUANA: THE WAR FOR SANCHEZ TADOABA Y ZONA NORTE — BLB

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Municipal Murders Highlight Local Corruption in Mexico

INSIGHT CRIME — A mayor and four municipal police officers were arrested for the grisly murder of 10 people in Mexico’s turbulent state of Michoacán, an event that could prompt debate over the slow implementation of the country’s principal police reform program.

Michoacán Attorney General José Martín Godoy Castro said four police officers forced a group of people at a grocery store in the town of Cuitzeo into a pickup truck on July 29, reported AFP. The next day, 10 incinerated bodies were found in the burned out truck. Citing unidentified witnesses, Godoy Castro said the officers had abducted the individuals on orders from Juan Carlos Arreygue, mayor of the municipality of Álvaro Obregón.

Michoacán Gov. Silvano Aureoles Conejo said that it was likely the gruesome killings were related to disputes over territorial control in the drug trade, reported Cambio de Michoacán. The governor went on to say that according to federal authorities, Arreygue had links to the now deceased Enrique “Kike” Plancarte, a former leader in the Knights Templar cartel. Plancarte was killed in a confrontation with the Mexican Navy in 2014 in the state of Querétaro.

On August 1, Aureoles Conejo said that the Center for Investigation and National Security (Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional) and the Attorney General’s Office had previously found evidence linking the mayor to organized crime, reported Cambio de Michoacán.

MAYOR, POLICE OFFICERS OF MEXICAN TOWN ARRESTED FOR KILLING 10, BURNING THEIR BODIES — FNL

VIOLENT WEEKEND IN MEXICO — BLB

MAYOR GUNNED DOWN IN CENTRAL MEXICO — LAHT

MEXICAN COURT GRANTS BAIL TO 29 VIGILANTES — LAHT

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Mexico Government Is Administering Violence to Eliminate People From Their Land

SIN EMBARGO — Bishop Raul Vera and activist and poet Javier Sicilia say that the Mexican Government is not looking into a case where 300 people disappeared in broad daylight in Allende, Coahuila. Nor are they investigating the crematorium in a Piedras Negras prison [where allegedly the bodies were burned] because the Government is upholding a strategy of violence in collaboration with organized crime to suppress the people and expel them from their own land. The State seeks to “hide” their crimes and render them invisible, the two say.

Raul Vera, Bishop of Saltillo says the government is employing a strategy, in conjunction with organized crime, to remove people from their land, in order to gain natural resources

In an interview with SinEmbargo, Raul Vera, Bishop of Saltillo, said the Allende Massacre and the Piedras Negras prison crematorium; the missing persons cases of Ayotzinapa, Veracruz, Morelos, Mexico State, Guerrero. The country is in turmoil, drowning in violence and impunity. It is not a failed state, it is a strategy employed by the government in conjunction with organized crime to subdue the people,

Yesterday, in one of sermons, the bishop said that he had known of organized crime’s use of the crematorium in Piedras Negras to make entire families disappear for years. He denounced the 300 disappearances in Allende, Coahuila and assured that what happened in the past is still happening now; the people are still unprotected against Government strategy designed to displace them.

TIJUANA: EXECUTED COUPLE IN PLAYAS TIED TO TRAFFICKING — BLB

BULLET RIDDLED IN SONORA, TWO NEPHEWS OF EMMA CORONEL — BLB

225,000 CARS STOLEN IN MEXICO SINCE 2015: REPORT — ISC

SINALOA CARTEL LAUNDERED MONEY IN COLOMBIA USING TEXTILES: REPORT — ISC

MEXICAN POLITICIAN ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION DISCLOSES ASSETS — LAHT

MEXICO-AYOTZINAPA: COURT RULES CHARGES OF FORCED DISAPPEARANCE CAN’T BE SUSTAINED BECAUSE STUDENTS WEREN’T “CONCEALED” FOR EXTENDED TIME — LA JORNADA

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Criminal Groups Benefit From Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

INSIGHT CRIME — Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico’s policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status
will do little to protect them from abuse south of the Rio Grande.

Mexico’s crackdown on on undocumented migrants crossing its territory in hope of reaching the United States has forced them into “more costly, circuitous and dangerous channels,” says the report from the International Crisis Group (ICG), This policy has made migrants even more vulnerable to violence at the hands of organized crime.

The Zetas are the criminal network most active in the kidnapping and extortion of Central American migrants in Mexico. But some 20 percent of migrants reported having suffered “crimes at the hands of authorities, including robbery, extortion, beatings and illegal detentions,” according to a survey of 31,000 people by a Mexican non-profit that is quoted in the ICG report.

The number of migrants detained and deported by the Mexican government has increased dramatically in the last four years. This tough stance was in part due to US pressure to staunch a surge of Central American migrant children arriving at the US/Mexico border in 2014.

MEXICO’S DETERIORATING HOMICIDE TRENDS SHOW NO SIGN OF ABATING — INSIGHT CRIME

MICHOACÁN: AMBUSH KILLS 3 POLICEMEN, WOUNDS 8 — BLB

MEXICAN PHOTOJOURNALIST’S KIN STILL SEEKING TRUTH A YEAR AFTER MURDERS — FNL

DRUG CARTEL’S BODY ARMOR AND DRUGS SEIZED NEAR TEXAS BORDER — BREITBART

MEXICAN PRESS UNDER FIRE — MEXICO VOICES

YOU SHALL NOT KILL, AND THE OTHER NINE COMMANDMENTS — LA JORNADA

MEXICO’S DETERIORATING HOMICIDE TRENDS SHOW NO SIGN OF ABATING — INSIGHT CRIME

MEXICO PURSUES TOP DRUG LORDS AMID FRAGMENTED CRIMINAL LANDSCAPE — INSIGHT CRIME

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Mexican Border Agency Seen as Aiding Illegal Immigration

FOX NEWS — South of the border, Grupo Beta is seen as a humanitarian organization that steers north-bound migrants through the crossfire of warring drug cartels. But in Texas, many view it as part of a pipeline that sends humans and drugs pouring into the U.S., all with the funding and backing of the Mexican government.

Grupo Beta, supported by Mexico’s National Institute of Migration, may be the sole bastion of relief for migrants in Tamaulipas state, across the border from the southeast Texas region which includes such cities as Brownsville, Laredo and McAllen. The 25 year-old agency was created to help Tijuana deal with huge numbers of migrants passing through, but has since expanded its reach across both the northern and southern borders of Mexico. Critics say the agency, whose motto “vocation, humanitarianism and loyalty,” is complicit in breaking U.S. laws.

“I’ve seen so much crazy stuff out here,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. “Grupo Beta was formed with good intention but there have been members of the organization caught smuggling.”

Three-quarters of U.S.-bound Central American migrants pass through Tamaulipas, according to Grupo Beta spokesman Luis Carlos Cano. The trail is blazed by the infamous rail line known as “La Bestia,” which regularly chug northward packed with migrants inside and clinging to the roof under an unyielding sun or monsoon rains. Making the trip even more daunting is the ongoing an indiscriminate war between the Gulf and Los Zetas cartels, which most recently resulted in the massacre of 14 in July in the state’s capital of Ciudad Victoria. Grupo Beta provides medical care, food and essentials for those in need and in transit.

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Mexico’s Deputy Interior Minister Gets Open Borders Terrorism Link That Obama Administration Doesn’t

CAPS — The long-ago predicted Central American alien border surge is here, and has put pressure not only on United States immigration officials, but also on Mexico. Despite having more limited financial wherewithal than the U.S., Mexico is doing its part – perhaps even more than the Obama administration – to stem the illegal immigrant tide.

In an interview with Reuters, Mexico’s Deputy Interior Minister for Migration Humberto Roque Villanueva said that his country is “at the limit” of its resources. Little wonder that Mexico is feeling the pressure. A recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection report showed that number of families stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border jumped 122 percent between October 2015 and April 2016 from the same period a year earlier. In 2015, Mexico detained 190,000 would-be illegal immigrants, twice the 2012 total.

As is its well-established practice, the Obama administration ignores the mounting illegal border crosser problem. A DHS representative had no comment when asked if his agency planned to send more border patrol agents to work with the understaffed Mexican officials. Roque Villanueva, however, said he was unaware of any possibility that DHS would send help. The only DHS agents Roque Villanueva knows of on the U.S.-Mexico border are trainees.

Summing up the threat that open borders represent to the U.S., Roque Villanueva said that “Americans are not so concerned about how many Central Americans get through, but rather about making sure nobody with even the slightest chance of being a terrorist does.”

Roque Villanueva’s statement is only half true. Americans are deeply concerned that open borders represent an easy opportunity for terrorists to enter. But citizens also are gravely concerned about Central American aliens’ border surge, and its economic and societal effects on America.

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Is the Godfather of Mexico’s Drug Trade Back in Business?

INSIGHT CRIME — The founder of Mexico’s notorious and now defunct Guadalajara Cartel, Rafael Caro Quintero, has been linked to two recent events that have raised alarm among authorities three years after a controversial court ruling freed the veteran drug lord and current fugitive from prison.

Caro Quintero, now in his mid-60s, has been dubbed the “narco of narcos” and the godfather of Mexico drug trafficking. After establishing himself as one of the country’s most powerful drug lords in the 1980s, he was imprisoned in 1989 for drug trafficking, murder, and perhaps most importantly, for the abduction, torture and killing of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Now, authorities suspect that the legendary crime boss could be attempting a comeback, after reports hinted at his involvement in a pair of recent confrontations involving the infamous Sinaloa Cartel and its jailed leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán — a one-time underworld associate of Caro Quintero.

Caro Quintero started his career in the drug business in the 1970s running a mega-marijuana farm in northern Mexico to supply the US16-07-25KikiCamarenaMug1 market. He later progressed to the more lucrative business of trafficking Pablo Escobar’s Colombian cocaine into the United States.

Shortly after the brutal murder of the DEA agent Camarena in 1985, Caro Quintero was detained in Costa Rica and transferred to Mexico. After nearly three decades behind bars, he was released on a technicality in 2013 and soon went underground.

UNITED STATES AND MEXICO AGREE TO COMBAT HEROIN AND FENTANYL CONSUMPTION — BLB

DANIEL BARRERA: “THE LAST OF THE GREAT CAPOS” GETS 35 YEARS IN N.Y. SENTENCING — BLB

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Another Mayor Killed in Mexico; 2nd Over Weekend

BORDERLAND BEAT — MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mayor of a town in one of Mexico’s most violent drug corridors was shot to death, the second mayor killed in Mexico over the weekend.

Ambrosio Soto was mayor of a township that includes Ciudad Altamirano, a known haven for drug traffickers in southern Guerrero state.

Roberto Alvarez, spokesman for southern Guerrero state, said Sunday that gunmen blocked a highway just over the state line in neighboring Michoacan state with pickup trucks and opened fire on the mayor’s vehicle late Saturday. He said two federal officers serving as Soto’s bodyguards were wounded in the attack.

Soto had received threats and was under protection from federal police. A local drug gang had reportedly threatened him because he refused to turn over part of the city budget as a protection payment.

In recent years, business owners in Ciudad Altamirano say they have been forced to pay extortion to the Knights Templar drug cartel.

MEXICAN NEWSPAPER: BUILD A TRUMP-STYLE WALL WITH CENTRAL AMERICA — BREITBART

MURDEROUS CARTEL CHIEF: I’M TOO OLD TO BE PROSECUTED, PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE — DC

STRIKING TEACHERS BLOCKADE AIRPORT IN SOUTHERN MEXICO — LAHT

FOREIGN SECRETARY SAYS MEXICO “READY” TO MODERNIZE NAFTA — LAHT

MEXICAN DRUG LORD SAYS HE DID NOT KILL DEA AGENT — LAHT

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Five Families Have Been Gunned Down in Mexico in Two Weeks

BORDERLAND BEAT — A couple and their three children were assassinated in Michoacán. It is the fifth family gunned down in the last two weeks in the country.

Criminal groups in Mexico had previously avoided attacking the families of their rivals. But in recent weeks, armed men have indiscriminately assassinated fathers, mothers, and their children.

In Oaxaca, a couple and their son were killed this week in the city of Juchitán. A handwritten message left at the scene hinted that the crime was related to a dispute between criminal organizations.

Three days earlier, eight adult members of a family were killed in the popular tourist resort of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. The attorney general said that the victims were shark fishermen and the initial line of investigation was to find out whether they were involved in other activities offshore.

Earlier this month, in Tamaulipas, on the border with the United States, two families were gunned down in separate attacks.

In the first incident, gunmen entered a house and killed 11 members of a family, including four girls, as they slept. In the second attack, five members of a family, two women and three minors, were killed in their home by armed intruders.

Since then, violence has not ceased in Tamaulipas, across the border with Texas.

REPORTER MURDERED IN VERACRUZ, MEXICO WAS UNDER POLICE PROTECTION — INSIGHT CRIME

MAYOR, ADMINISTRATOR OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY SLAIN IN SOUTHEAST MEXICO — LAHT

SLAIN MEXICAN JOURNALIST BURIED AMID ACCUSATIONS AGAINST POLICE — LAHT

MEXICO ARRESTS BELTRAN LEYVA CARTEL’S ALLEGED ACAPULCO BOSS — LAHT

TAMAULIPAS: KIDNAPPERS DIE VIA BURNS IN CONFRONTATION WITH MEXICAN NAVY — BLB

GUNMEN KILL MAYOR, 4 OTHERS IN SOUTHEASTERN MEXICO — FNL

INTERVIEW OF CARO QUINTERO “I DID NOT KILL ENRIQUE CAMARENA” — BLB

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More Than 66,000 Dead During EPN Administration; a Murder Every 25 Minutes

BORDERLAND BEAT — During the 43 months of Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, there have been 66,433 murders recognized by the federal government and the state prosecutors, and 2016 is aiming to be the most violent year so far of EPN’s presidential term. Intentional homicides increased 14% in comparison to 2015, which had been the most violent, in 2016, a murder is committed every 25 minutes.

According to the National Public Security System (SNSP), from January to June 2015, 8,979 murders were committed, while in the same period of 2016, 10,301 were committed, ie, 1,322 more than the previous year.

Mexico on average experiences 56 murders a day, representing a murder every 25 minutes.

Throughout 2015, 18,665 murders were committed, while in the first six months of 2016, there have been 10,301 intentional homicides reported, representing an increase of 55.1% of the total of last year.

With 18,665 murders in 2015, it was placed as the most violent year of the administration of EPN; followed by 2013, with 18,447 murders; followed by 2014, with 17,324; and in December of 2012, with 1,696.

In 2016, the State of Mexico ranks first nationally in intentional homicide with 1,136; followed by Guerrero with 1,052; Chihuahua with 592; and Michoacán with 594.

RÍO BRAVO: ARMED GROUP ATTACKS FEDERAL POLICE; 7 DEAD — BLB

MEXICAN MUSICIAN DECAPITATED, WIFE AND SON KILLED — BLB

MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND MURDERS IN FIRST HALF OF 2016 — ARISTEGUI NOTICIAS

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6 Tortured Bodies Found in Veracruz

BORDERLAND BEAT — Xalapa, Veracruz— The bodies of six people were found this morning in the ranch Los Limones, located in the village of Tenenexpan, in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano, near the rural area of the port of Veracruz.

The report from the naval police and of the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Veracruz sent to Xalapa indicates that “anonymous calls” gave notice that the bodies of six people with signs of torture and several gunshot wounds were found on a dirt road, naked, and with their hands tied.

Members of the naval police, civil force, and the forensic medical service cordoned off the concrete bridge Limones-Tenenexpan in order to carry out rigorous measures and to lift the bodies.

Near the site, various cartridges and abundant traces of blood were found, so it’s presumed that the victims were executed at the same site.

The remains are already at the forensic medical service (SEMEFO) waiting to be identified.

Yesterday, two youths who were reported as kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Veracruz, appeared executed in a safe house in the port of Coatzacoalcos.

Roberto Cristián Luis Guillén and José Luis Sánchez Guillén, both 27, were found face down, with ribbon tied at their hands and feet, with traces of multiple blows to the body. As they didn’t find any gunshot wounds, ministerial authorities presume that they died of asphyxiation.

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Veracruz Journalist Assassinated; 17 So Far During Duarte Administration

BORDERLAND BEAT — Journalist Pedro Tamayo Rosas was gunned down outside his home in front of his wife and two children in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz. So far during the administration of Governor Javier Duarte, there have been 17 people who worked in the media that have been assassinated.

According to initial investigations, two men arrived at Pedro’s home, who then greeted him and then gunned him down, fleeing the scene. Tamayo Rosas was taken to the hospital where he died.

At the site of the attack, police found several 9mm shell casings and tracks from the car that the assailants fled in.

The 45 year old journalist’s work involved documenting cases of violence in the region and wrote under a pseudonym in En la Línea de Fuego. He also worked with the newsoutlets Al Calor Político and El Piñero de la Cuenca.

According to information from AFP, Pedro Tamayo covered for days the discovery of the several clandestine graves in June 2014, from which 35 people were allegedly killed by Los Zetas in the municipality of Tres Valles.

On January of this year, he received several threats against his life, for which a police patrol made daily patrols, however, this didn’t stop him from being assassinated.

It should be noted that since May 17, the organization Artículo 19 had counted 16 journalists assassinated during the administration of Javier Duarte, with Pedro Tamayo, it adds up to 17.

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Zeta Sicario Found Gulity of Dismemberment of a Female Child in Front of Her Parents

BORDERLAND BEAT — The Mexican narco trafficker Marciano Millan Vazquez was declared guilty of the 10 charges that he faced in the United States, among them various homicides and drug trafficking.

The ex member of Los Zetas will be sentenced this coming October, and he is looking at a life sentence.

Millan Vazquez is a ruthless killer, who in Piedras Negras prison, Coahuila, who with a machete, dismembered a young girl in front of her parents, he killed and “cooked” no less than a dozen victims, at the same time as attending mass on Sundays in San Antonio.

In order to judge him for crimes committed in Mexico, the Prosecutors of the Court of Texas utilized a special pact of the law that permits them jurisdiction. This made him a mark to hit for the USA justice department.

Pleading in defence of Millan, Jaime Cavazos, alleged that all of the testimony admitted into the trial lacked evidence, Russell Leachman, and assistant prosecutor said evidence in their possession ranged from recorded phone calls to the death of an informant that who condemned the accused.

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STUDENTS AND TEACHERS BURN BUSES AND STEAL VEHICLES IN WESTERN MEXICO — FNL

AMERICAN CAR MAKERS THAT LEFT U.S. FOR MEXICO SUFFERING WORST DROP SINCE 2009 — FNL

ZETAS LEADER’S CONVICTION SHOWS LONG ARM OF US LAW — INSIGHT CRIME

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Los Zetas Cartel Murders 4-Month-Old Baby Girl and Family

BREITBART — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Gunmen with the Los Zetas cartel have murdered a four-month-old baby, her two brothers, as well as her mother and grandmother in the most recent massacre aimed at spreading terror in this city. The massacre comes just days after cartel gunmen murdered 19 others in a series of weekend attacks.

On Thursday evening, a group of Los Zetas gunmen stormed a house in the Pedro Sosa neighborhood. By the time authorities arrived, they found the bullet riddled bodies of the five victims.

The Tamaulipas government issued a short statement confirming the murder and claiming that they did not have a motive for the murder nor any suspects. Authorities claimed to have found an AR-15 in the house; the statement did not specify if the gunmen had left the weapon behind, or if it belonged to someone in the house.

Breitbart Texas was able to identify the victims as four-month-old Angela Tovar Galicia, her brothers 13-year-old Victor and 15-year-old Osiel Tovar Galicia. The two adults have been identified as 36-year-old Norma Galicia Alvarado and the woman’s mother 54-year-old Maria Francisca Alvarado Juarez. The family’s father 43-year-old Victor Hugo Tovar Soto, had been working at the time his relatives were murdered.

The massacre comes just days after the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of the Los Zetas murdered 11 members of one family, as part of a series of assassinations that left a total of 19 dead, Breitbart Texas previously reported. Three of the victims in that attack included a U.S. woman and her two daughters. who had been visiting relatives in Mexico.

TIJUANA: MIAMI BUSINESS MAN EXECUTED IN MARRIOTT HOTEL — BLB

ZETA TRIAL BRINGS MORE TALES OF TERROR AND CORRUPTION — INSIGHT CRIME

BECAUSE OF ANGUISH, “EL CHAPO” IS GOING BALD: LAWYER — BLB

MEXICO CORRUPTION: A CITIZENS’ ALTERNATIVE — ANIMALPOLITICO

ORGANIZED CRIME LOOPHOLES WATER DOWN MEXICO JUSTICE REFORM — INSIGHT CRIME

CLASSMATE OF DISAPPEARED MEXICAN STUDENTS BRUTALLY TORTURED, — FNL

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Torture : American “Nearly Beaten to Death”: And Other Recent Torture Stories

BORDERLAND BEAT — MEXICO CITY — Ronald James Wooden flexes the large blacksmith’s hands with which he once forged everything from large chandeliers to intricate jewelry. He’s says he is still regaining feeling in them three years after a four-hour beating with fists and rifle butts by municipal police in southern Mexico.

The officers tightened his handcuffs and then stood on them to inflict maximum damage to his hands, said Wooden, 46, who had set up a workshop in the hills outside the silver-mining city of Taxco along with his Mexican-born wife. Police detained him for allegedly disturbing the peace, but Wooden says the beating arose from a dispute with his neighbor, a former cop who claimed to belong to a local drug cartel.

“They beat me for close to four hours. Some would get tired and then others would come in. They were going to kill me and disappear me,” said Wooden, who said he suffered nerve damage, broken ribs and injuries to his genitals.

He said what saved him was “divine intervention and the love that my family has for me.” His wife, Carmen, waited outside the police station for hours until she was allowed to pay Wooden’s 200-peso ($12 fine) and took him to a hospital after he was released.

Human rights groups say police torture remains all too common in Mexico, but Wooden’s case from 2013 is unusual in two respects: He’s an American citizen and he’s won a court order for a criminal investigation into the beating.

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Mexican Hitwoman Claims She Has Sex With Corpses After Beheading Them and Drinks the Blood of the Dead

DAILY MAIL (UK) — A hitwoman for one of Mexico’s most notorious cartels has made a stunning confession from her California jail cell: she claims to have had intercourse with beheaded corpses and drank their blood.

Mexican media reports that 28-year-old Juana – also known as ‘La Peque’ (the little one) – of the ruthless Zetas cartel made the admission from a Baja, California prison.

Juana said: ‘Ever since I was a little girl I was a rebel, and then became a drug addict and an alcoholic.’

Juana was born in Hidalgo, near Mexico City. She became pregnant at 15 by a man 20 years her senior.

To support herself and her child, she worked as a prostitute – until delving into the dangerous cartel world.

Juana said she got her start as a ‘halconeo’ – a lookout for police and army patrols, according to Central European news.

Her job entailed standing at a lookout point for eight hours at a time. If she failed, Juana said she was tied up and fed a single taco per day.

During her time working for the cartel she bore witness to a host of gruesome moments, including a man’s head being smashed open with a mace.

‘I remember feeling sad and thinking I did not want to end up like that,’ said Juana.

Her aversion to blood did not last long, however.

Local news site Denuncias claims Juana began to ‘feel excited by it, rubbing myself in it and bathing in it after killing a victim.’

‘I even drank it when it was still warm,’ she alleged.

Denuncias said Juana ‘insinuated’ at having ‘had sex with the cadavers of those decapitated, using the severed heads as well as the rest of their bodies to pleasure herself’.

‘La Peque’ is still awaiting sentencing in California.

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Tijuana: 16 Year Old Killed in Targeted Execution

BORDERLAND BEAT — The violence lulls, the numbers shift, ebb and tide, but the killings remains. The cruel realities of Tijuana and similar cities are omnipresent, any absence, any relief, is almost an illusion, a mirage, that exists and drifts away in the same breath. Yes, killings in Tijuana were down last month, however, bodies still fall, and in the Colonia’s beset by violence and everyday brutality, the bloodshed remains regardless.

Yesterday, in Colonia Reforma, in the alley La Escondia, a 16 year old boy was murdered, and his mother shot several times, though she survived, and was taken to a hospital. The image is enough, a teenager crumpled on the floor of a small house, blanket around the neck, as blood leaks to the floor. Difficult to imagine why a 16 year old needed to be murdered. But here? Many reasons.

Not paying piso, paying piso to the ‘wrong’ team, not paying for a few ounces of crystal, suspected of informing to a rival group or police, the list goes of infractions that are punishable by death. The Mom could easily have been the intended victim too, and the son just collateral damage. Or kill everyone in the home. The cycle of killing and cruelty goes on.

Two men were murdered elsewhere in the city in the last day or so, and two more in Rosarito, leaving one wounded after an attack. Despite record numbers of tourism during 4th of July, the two cities structures of corruption, greed, and violence remain unchanged.

Past the crime scene pictures, which capture the depravity and violence in a single frame, the disturbing behavior of the elite haunts me as much. This doesn’t have to happen, and when it does, there doesn’t have to the silent, ignored reactions, where the victims are dismissed as criminals. The political class and the social elite toast their glasses and have another drink, until one of their own is taken, and then there is an outcry. Then there will be changes.

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How the DEA Got a Cartel Queen to Flip

BORDERLAND BEAT — After leaving her life laundering money for top cartel leaders, Pilar found herself running out of funds necessary to keep up her luxurious lifestyle—and then the DEA came knocking.

It was late in the day in mid-December 1991 that Detectives Morris and Hughes drove up in their unmarked white van to the little house in Boca where Pilar had moved with her two children after her husband went off to prison.

Their knock on the door was answered by Pilar’s housekeeper, who said her employer was out for the evening. Morris didn’t tell her who they were, a common police tactic, meant to give the subject as little advance information as possible, but said they’d be back the next day. While standing there, he peered past the housekeeper into the dining area to get some hint as to what this lady might be like. He saw a glass china cabinet displaying an extensive collection of Lladrós, which he’d seen before in upscale Hispanic households—cutesy porcelain figurines and flowered bowls that were manufactured in a little town near Valencia, Spain.

“You could tell by her things that she was well-off,” he recalls. Probably one of those Boca princesses, he thought at the time. This meant she’d be stuck-up and snippy toward people with less money, a pain in the ass to interview, very likely to call in a lawyer at the first whiff of trouble.

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15 Killed, Including 11 Members of a Family, in Mexico Shootings

FOX — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – A series of attacks by gunmen in the capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas left 15 people dead, including 11 members of one family who were shot while still in their beds, officials said Saturday.

Six minors were among those killed in the attacks, which took place late Friday and early Saturday in Ciudad Victoria. While officials didn’t specify who was behind the violence, factions of the splintered Zetas Cartel are fighting for control of the city.

Herminio Garza Palacios, secretary of government in Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, said in a videoconference that the most serious attack took place early Saturday morning when gunmen entered a home and killed 11 members of the same family while they were sleeping. Shortly afterward, three people were killed in a nearby neighborhood in Ciudad Victoria.

A statement from the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, which is in charge of security in the state, said that four girls died in the first attack and another minor was killed in the second.

Also, reports from the Police Ministry to which The Associated Press had access said that more attacks took place around the city overnight, including one on a bus station that left a 16-year-old dead. Assailants also attacked a home with a grenade and burned it down.

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Bribes, Murder and Scarface: How the Zetas Bought a Mexican Border State

BORDERLAND BEAT — They made sure the place didn’t look like much from the outside, just another plain, unassuming house in the middle of quiet residential neighborhood somewhere in the Mexican border state of Coahuila.

Inside, however, the place was a decked-out safe haven for leaders of the powerful Zetas drug cartel. Testifying in a San Antonio federal courtroom Wednesday, a former top financial advisor to the Zetas remembered helping cartel bosses build what they called the “VIP.” There was the large room with a jacuzzi and a bar with every kind of liquor imaginable, and a part of the house where the cartel kept pit bulls and prisoners. Rodrigo Humberto Uribe Tapia, who claims he helped launder some $50 million in drug proceeds for the cartel before fleeing to the United States in 2009, says a top Zetas commander insisted the place be Scarface-themed. The commander asked that Uribe hang a blown-up image of of a scene from the movie where Tony Montana buries his face in cocaine mountain. “He was kind of like an idol to him,” Uribe said on the stand.

Uribe was the first to testify in what’s expected to be the lengthy trial of Marciano Millan Vasquez, who prosecutors claim was a Zetas hitman, or sicario, before assuming control of the gang’s forces in Piedras Negras, a critical city for the cartel because of two international bridges into Eagle Pass that make the area a lucrative smuggling route into Texas.

Millan Vasquez, who was arrested in San Antonio last year, faces multiple charges that could put him in prison for life. Prosecutors are expected to bring evidence that Millan Vasquez was in part responsible for a wave of killings, abductions and disappearances that have paralyzed Coahuila in recent years.

One of the charges against Millan Vasquez allows the feds to prosecute him for killings in another country since they claim the violence was tied to a drug trafficking conspiracy that stretched deep into the United States. These charges stem from the Allende massacre, in which as many as 300 people disappeared in 2011, and the murders of at least 150 people in the Piedras Negras penitentiary between 2009 and 2012.

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