January 3, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Promised that no questions would be asked, they've brought in handguns, pistols, rifles, grenades, bullets, and dozens of gun replicas that may or may not have been used to spook a robbery victim. Hundreds of people have turned in nearly a thousand weapons and at least one grenade-launcher in nine days in exchange for gifts and cash -- as well as anonymity -- in a holiday pilot program that has exceeded government expectations in Mexico's populous capital. The program, "For Your Family, Voluntary Disarming," was launched at the historic Santuario de la Cuevita church in the crime-toughened borough of Iztapalapa on Christmas Eve, with promises of tablet computers and bicycles for handing over any firearms.
November 30, 2001 |
The luxurious, heavily patrolled El Cid townhouse complex in this Pacific Ocean port city has become an unlikely front line in Mexico's battle against drug trafficking and organized crime. Inside the gated community in the early evening of Nov. 11, men wielding AK-47 assault rifles gunned down two federal judges and the wife of one of the magistrates.
November 4, 2001 |
As New Mexico prepares to carry out its first execution since 1960, few here question whether child killer Terry Clark should pay for his awful crime. Where the disagreement begins is whether Clark should pay with his life. A statewide debate, spurred by the execution Tuesday, has refocused attention on capital punishment in a place that has for decades been reluctant to impose it. Activists are calling for the repeal of New Mexico's death penalty statute.
June 29, 2001 |
A World Bank study of this crime-ridden capital underscores what many residents here know firsthand: that crime is 10 times worse than the government says it is and that the police are ineffectual in combating it. Surveying half a dozen of Latin America's most dangerous cities, the study--the first of its kind--sought links between economic problems and crime rates, according to the bank.
February 16, 2001 |
A gang of hooded men in green uniforms gunned down 12 people, including two 13-year-olds, in a mountain village in Mexico's Sinaloa state, officials said Thursday. Three other people were slain in another incident in the violence-plagued state Thursday morning, state Atty. Gen. Ramon de Jesus Castro said. The deaths brought to 67 the number of people killed in the western state in just the first six weeks of the year, a police spokeswoman said.
August 9, 2000 |
She is a sweet-faced Catholic schoolgirl of 14. An architect's daughter. The sort of kid the teachers favor at school. The kind who still sleeps with stuffed animals at home. But on a hot afternoon four months ago on a bridge between her home of Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, Paloma left childhood behind. At that moment, driving a stranger's car slowly toward a U.S. customs inspection station, Paloma became a felon. She knew there was a load of marijuana in the car.