December 17, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexico will have a new 10,000-member security force that will be deployed to regions of the troubled country where violence and instability are greatest, President Enrique Peña Nieto said Monday. The president said at a meeting of the National Public Security Council that the force would consist of 10,000 members to start, though he did not say when it would be created. For the time being, the military will remain in the streets in an effort to maintain order. The federal police will add 15 units that will focus solely on kidnapping and extortion, he said.
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August 19, 1988 |
At least four people were reported killed and three seriously injured Thursday in an early-morning shoot-out in Tijuana between Mexican authorities and suspected drug traffickers. Details of the incident remained sketchy Thursday, with authorities revealing few facts. Graciela Ruiz, an agent of the federal judicial police in Tijuana, said officials would not provide details on the shooting until Friday. She acknowledged that there were deaths, but could not say how many.
November 28, 2012 |
Is Mexico getting safer? Every prudent southbound traveler wants to know, and it's an especially tricky question this week, since Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto met Tuesday with President Obama in Washington. One Los Angeles Times article Tuesday notes that Mexico's president-elect (who takes office Saturday) seems to be curtailing the size and clout of the federal police, who have played a major role in that country's war with drug cartels over the last six years.
June 1, 2011 |
"The Team" aired for three short weeks and never scored high ratings. It proved one thing, though. Amid sharpening divisions over Mexico's drug war, even a mediocre cop drama can be fuel on the fire. The TV series debuted on the private Televisa network in early May and ended Friday, capping 15 prime-time episodes. But the controversy around it may outlast the reruns. Was the series, featuring a coed team of elite (and muy attractive!) federal officers on the trail of drug traffickers, just an ordinary crime drama?
November 16, 1997 |
Moments after testifying in an immigrant-smuggling case, two army soldiers were assassinated as they sat in a vehicle parked outside the federal courthouse. Juan Antonio Martinez Catarino, 32, and Miguel Angel Anaya Valenzuela, 24, had been assigned to the Tecate area about 70 miles east of this border city. They died instantly Friday, their bodies sprayed by more than 50 bullets, presumably from AK47 assault rifles, according to the federal attorney general's office.
November 26, 2012 |
President Obama will meet with Mexico's incoming president, Enrique Peña Nieto, on Tuesday in what is largely billed as a meet-and-greet visit. No doubt the two leaders will vow to work together on bilateral issues, including trade, immigration and border security. But the meeting may prove to be more than just a photo opportunity thanks to Peña Nieto's recent announcement that he plans to restructure the government and move control of the federal police from the Public Security Ministry to the Interior Ministry.
June 15, 2010 |
A shootout between Mexican soldiers and gunmen Tuesday left at least 14 people dead in the scenic mining town of Taxco, known to tourists for its silver jewelry. Authorities in the southern state of Guerrero said all those killed during the morning shootout appeared to be gunmen. State officials had not provided more details by late afternoon. Mexican news reports said the shooting broke out when troops went to search a suspected criminal hide-out in Taxco, a picturesque town of stone-paved streets and silver shops that draws thousands of visitors each year.
September 19, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- In the latest crackdown on corruption since protests exploded across the country in June, Brazilian police Thursday arrested four police officers and 15 others in a public pension scandal involving at least $135 million. Federal police allege that public money in the pension scandal was diverted into built-to-fail investments and then routed through fictitious companies to pay off the participants in the scam and the police, which provided protection. In the last 18 months, $135 million was taken out of money-laundering companies by “oranges,” Brazilian Portuguese slang for people used to receive ill-begotten cash.
November 24, 2010 |
Mexican authorities Wednesday announced they had arrested the new leader of the drug gang formerly run by suspected kingpin Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal. The arrest late Tuesday of Carlos Montemayor marked a fresh blow against the remnants of the once-formidable Beltran Leyva gang, battered by arrests, deaths and vicious internal fighting. Mexican federal police said Montemayor took over the faction once led by Valdez, a U.S. citizen arrested in August. The in-fighting has stoked months of killings and beheadings across the states of Morelos and Guerrero, home to the resort city of Acapulco.
January 23, 2001 |
Even by Mexican standards of corruption, the case was jolting: In an apparent sting operation, police nabbed as a suspect the top federal law enforcement official overseeing the border drug-trafficking hub of Ciudad Juarez. Norberto Suarez Gomez, the Mexican attorney general's chief representative in the state of Chihuahua, was arrested Dec. 30 on suspicion of trying to sell a law enforcement job for nearly half a million dollars.