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A Ventura man jailed on child sexual assault charges was found stabbed to death in his cell at La Loma prison in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, authorities said. Federal judicial police say William Lee Heigel's body was discovered early Saturday. Raul Villegas, group leader for the State Judicial Police, said a preliminary inquest indicated that Heigel died of multiple stab wounds to the neck, shoulders, back and chest. Villegas said Heigel was attacked with a machete by a man sharing the cell.
July 7, 2005 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
His predecessor was gunned down on his first day on the job. He has three young children and a pregnant wife. But Omar Pimentel on Wednesday pledged to help end a spate of drug-related violence by becoming the police chief of this bloodied border town. After his swearing-in, the 37-year-old Pimentel said he didn't want to dwell on the fate of Alejandro Dominguez Coello, who was assassinated in early June just hours after he took the same oath. But it's clearly on the mind of his employer.
February 21, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY -- A police chief in the border city of Nuevo Laredo goes missing after his brothers turn up dead. Early evening explosions in front of a government building in the capital of Tamaulipas state injure three people. In the state of Durango, the businesses of a mayor's family are burned days after her home is attacked by gunmen. As Mexico's new government continues to fine-tune its public safety plan, distressingly familiar acts of criminality continue unabated, as seen in headlines that have dominated newspapers this week.
November 23, 2006 | Sam Enriquez and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writers
The top cop in this unhinged border city has 300 openings on a 600-member police force, and his fearful greeting gave a big clue why. "Please, please don't use my name or take a photograph," the interim chief begged. One police chief was killed last year, a second quit in the spring, and no one else appears brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to work this side of the law in Nuevo Laredo.
July 16, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
He was notorious for an assassination method known as “ the cookout ” - stuffing his victim into a barrel, dousing him with gasoline and roasting him alive. Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the Zeta drug cartel commander arrested Monday by the Mexican navy, also burnished his reputation for cruelty with massacres of migrants, 72 in one incident three years ago in Tamaulipas state and 192 more a year later. In his 2011 book “ The Takedown ,” about atrocities committed by drug lords and organized crime captains, author Jeffrey Robinson quotes witnesses as recalling how Treviño enjoyed driving around his Nuevo Laredo turf and deploying his hit men with orders to "kill this one and kill that one. " He once had his driver veer from the roadway to run over a dog, Robinson wrote.
December 7, 2012 | By Richard Marosi and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching of its kind in recent years, calls for an assessment of current tactics and the participation of an independent outside research center. Mexican government officials, who have condemned the shootings, will also be provided briefings on closed investigations involving force, according to a memorandum prepared for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
May 22, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
They are known as Los Dos Laredos -- the two Laredos. But Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, are one metropolis -- even if they are divided by a river and an international border. "As goes Nuevo Laredo," said Les Norton, whose family owns three clothing stores here, "so goes Laredo." Laredo cringed this year when the State Department issued an alert warning U.S. citizens of a violent drug war in Mexico. In recent weeks, the city's fears have been realized.
May 13, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities responding to an anonymous tip discovered about 50 mostly mutilated bodies dumped on the side of a highway between Monterrey and the U.S. border, a region where rival gangs are battling for control over a lucrative drug-trafficking corridor. The bodies of at least 43 men and half a dozen women were found Sunday in plastic garbage bags near the town of Cadereyta Jimenez, the location of a large state-run oil refinery, officials in the state prosecutor's office told The Times.
March 10, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican navy announced that it had freed 104 Central American migrants who appear to have been kidnapped by an organized crime group in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. The navy announced Friday's rescue of the hostages in a news release to Mexican news media Sunday.  According to reports [link in Spanish], the navy was acting on a tip from residents near a home where the migrants were being held. In all, 91 men and 13 women were freed. Two of them were from El Salvador, and the rest were from Honduras, the reports stated.
July 15, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- The top leader of the vicious Zetas drug-trafficking paramilitary cartel was captured Monday, Mexican authorities announced. Mexican naval special forces seized Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias Z-40, in Nuevo Laredo, a border city across from Laredo, Texas, in the state of Tamaulipas, long a Zeta stronghold, government security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said. This is the most significant blow to organized crime since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office more than seven months ago. His government will certainly attempt to use the arrest to prove its commitment in the drug war -- a commitment that has been questioned in many circles, including among U.S. officials who had previously worked extremely closely with their Mexican counterparts but found the rules changing under the new administration.
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