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August 26, 2013 | By David Horsey
Because of the vicious, unending drug war within its borders, Mexico teeters between becoming a fully developed country and sliding into failed-state status. With a growing economy, more jobs and a once-out-of-control birthrate now brought to a First World level, Mexico has huge potential. But a nation with a government that cannot protect its citizens, defeat criminal gangs or root out corruption is a nation without control of its destiny. On Aug. 17, the bodies of nine men were found by the army near the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco where vigilante groups have been battling the Knights Templar drug cartel.
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August 26, 2013 | By David Horsey
Because of the vicious, unending drug war within its borders, Mexico teeters between becoming a fully developed country and sliding into failed-state status. With a growing economy, more jobs and a once-out-of-control birthrate now brought to a First World level, Mexico has huge potential. But a nation with a government that cannot protect its citizens, defeat criminal gangs or root out corruption is a nation without control of its destiny. On Aug. 17, the bodies of nine men were found by the army near the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco where vigilante groups have been battling the Knights Templar drug cartel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Richard Marosi
TIJUANA - The informant paid his own way to Mexico City and strode into a hotel room in an upscale neighborhood, willing to end the reign of one of Mexico's most brutal crime bosses. He wanted money, he told four Drug Enforcement Administration agents, but that wasn't his primary motivation. The Tijuana drug cartel insider said he had grown disgusted by the savagery of Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental - the pudgy kingpin whose criminal mayhem was generating headlines around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Richard Marosi
TIJUANA - The informant paid his own way to Mexico City and strode into a hotel room in an upscale neighborhood, willing to end the reign of one of Mexico's most brutal crime bosses. He wanted money, he told four Drug Enforcement Administration agents, but that wasn't his primary motivation. The Tijuana drug cartel insider said he had grown disgusted by the savagery of Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental - the pudgy kingpin whose criminal mayhem was generating headlines around the world.
WORLD
January 13, 2010 | By Richard Marosi and Ken Ellingwood
A Mexican drug cartel kingpin accused of dissolving victims in barrels of lye and waging a terror campaign that turned Tijuana into one of Mexico's most dangerous cities was captured early Tuesday in the port city of La Paz, federal authorities said. Teodoro Garcia Simental, blamed for a years-long campaign of massacres, beheadings and kidnappings that chased away tourists and caused social upheaval in northern Baja California, was arrested by Mexican federal police without the suspect firing a shot, and immediately flown to Mexico City.
WORLD
February 9, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
Two reputed leaders of a drug cartel that waged a years-long campaign of terror in Tijuana were arrested Monday in the Baja California port city of La Paz, according to U.S. authorities. Raydel Lopez Uriarte and Manuel Garcia Simental are believed to be top lieutenants of a gang blamed for a string of massacres, police killings, beheadings and kidnappings that has caused many residents to flee the border city. The arrests by Mexican federal police, coming a month after the capture of alleged cartel leader Teodoro Garcia Simental, are the latest blows against the gang.
WORLD
May 8, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Waiters on restaurant row are welcoming customers they haven't seen since the first days of the drug war. Police no longer patrol neighborhoods in four-vehicle convoys. Kidnappings are down, and late-night crowds are way up at clubs and bars. "Look at all the single ladies here," said Juan Carlos Eguiluz, taking in the bustling scene at his Cheripan restaurant in the Zona Rio dining district. "Single lady. Single lady. Single lady. They know they're safe and respected here." Four months after the capture of the notorious crime boss Teodoro Garcia Simental, this border city is showing glimpses of its old, vibrant self.
WORLD
March 24, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
Nab a drug lord, earn $2 million. That's how much Mexican authorities offered Monday for information leading to the capture of the country's most wanted drug suspects. The government offered rewards of 30 million pesos, about $2 million, each for 24 wanted figures, including Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman and Ismael Zambada, leaders of the main trafficking gang in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. Authorities offered $1-million rewards for 13 lower-ranking suspects.
WORLD
December 17, 2009 | By Richard Marosi
More than 45 people have been killed in Tijuana since Saturday in grisly drug violence that appears to signal the end of a nearly yearlong truce between rival crime bosses, according to Mexican authorities. At some crime scenes, attackers left behind threatening narco-messages, recalling the type of terror tactics used in gang warfare last year that claimed hundreds of lives. On Sunday, the mutilated body of a man was discovered hanging from an overpass on a busy highway.
WORLD
January 24, 2009 | Richard Marosi
A suspected hit man who allegedly dumped more than 300 bodies in vats of lye at the behest of a top Tijuana crime boss has been arrested near Ensenada, according to the Mexican military. Alleged crime boss Teodoro Garcia Simental, nicknamed El Teo, narrowly escaped after soldiers on Thursday raided an upscale resort outside the Baja California port city 70 miles south of San Diego, according to one Mexican news report.
WORLD
May 8, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Waiters on restaurant row are welcoming customers they haven't seen since the first days of the drug war. Police no longer patrol neighborhoods in four-vehicle convoys. Kidnappings are down, and late-night crowds are way up at clubs and bars. "Look at all the single ladies here," said Juan Carlos Eguiluz, taking in the bustling scene at his Cheripan restaurant in the Zona Rio dining district. "Single lady. Single lady. Single lady. They know they're safe and respected here." Four months after the capture of the notorious crime boss Teodoro Garcia Simental, this border city is showing glimpses of its old, vibrant self.
WORLD
February 9, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
Two reputed leaders of a drug cartel that waged a years-long campaign of terror in Tijuana were arrested Monday in the Baja California port city of La Paz, according to U.S. authorities. Raydel Lopez Uriarte and Manuel Garcia Simental are believed to be top lieutenants of a gang blamed for a string of massacres, police killings, beheadings and kidnappings that has caused many residents to flee the border city. The arrests by Mexican federal police, coming a month after the capture of alleged cartel leader Teodoro Garcia Simental, are the latest blows against the gang.
WORLD
January 13, 2010 | By Richard Marosi and Ken Ellingwood
A Mexican drug cartel kingpin accused of dissolving victims in barrels of lye and waging a terror campaign that turned Tijuana into one of Mexico's most dangerous cities was captured early Tuesday in the port city of La Paz, federal authorities said. Teodoro Garcia Simental, blamed for a years-long campaign of massacres, beheadings and kidnappings that chased away tourists and caused social upheaval in northern Baja California, was arrested by Mexican federal police without the suspect firing a shot, and immediately flown to Mexico City.
WORLD
November 19, 2008 | Richard Marosi, Marosi is a Times staff writer.
Mexican federal agents and army troops fanned out across this besieged border city Tuesday to replace 500 police officers, the latest move by the government to purge the troubled force of corrupt and incompetent cops. Last week, 21 officers, including two deputy chiefs, were detained on suspicion of having ties to drug traffickers and flown to Mexico City for questioning by Mexico's anti-organized-crime unit.
WORLD
March 10, 2009 | Richard Marosi
Mexican authorities on Monday announced the capture of an alleged lieutenant of a top crime boss, along with 21 other organized crime suspects, at a weekend quinceanera party. The raid Sunday by Mexican soldiers also led to the arrest of eight state police agents and may have struck a serious blow to Teodoro Garcia Simental, a Tijuana organized crime boss who for months has waged a bloody war with a rival group.
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