March 22, 2011 |
The Mexican drug gangs rapidly infiltrating Central America call El Salvador "El Caminito," the little pathway. Once a bystander in the region's narco-business, this tiny country now finds itself enmeshed in an expanding drug trade, a shift brought on in part by the presence of a new, U.S.-funded highway that provides an overland route for shipping cocaine north. For years, traffickers used speedboats and small submarine-type vessels to move drugs from Colombia to northern Guatemala or Mexico, using water routes to circumvent much of Central America.
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November 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Suspected drug traffickers paddling across the border in four marijuana-filled kayaks were intercepted by U.S. authorities Friday near San Diego, resulting in the seizure of 297 pounds of drugs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. After Border Patrol agents detected the kayaks off the Imperial Beach coast at 4 a.m., the four suspects jumped out of their kayaks and tried to swim ashore. Their attempted escape was foiled by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter that shined a spotlight on the men, allowing agents to make the arrests.
December 2, 2008 |
Mexican and Guatemalan drug traffickers arguing about bets on a horse race in a rural border town fought a series of gun battles in which 17 people died, police said. Guatemala's National Police spokesman, Donald Gonzalez, said the traffickers were drinking in Santa Ana Huista on Sunday afternoon when the argument broke out, leading to a pursuit in which the men shot at one another with automatic weapons from racing trucks. Gonzalez said police found grenade launchers at the scene of the final shootout, along with hundreds of bullet cartridges and a truck with license plates from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
June 15, 2010 |
In a step aimed at thwarting money laundering by drug cartels, the government of Mexico announced strict limits Tuesday on the deposit and exchange of U.S. dollars in banks, noting that the nation's economy is being flooded with illicit drug profits. The money helps traffickers buy military-grade weapons used to kill tens of thousands of people and recruit small armies all over the country who battle rival gangs and government forces. Failure to intercept the money has long been singled out as a major flaw in President Felipe Calderon's military-led offensive against the cartels.
September 28, 2010 |
A mayor who took the job when every other official in his town quit out of fear of drug traffickers was reported slain Monday, the fifth Mexican mayor killed in six weeks. Authorities said Gustavo Sanchez, mayor of the town of Tancitaro in Michoacan state, had apparently been beaten to death with rocks. He had been missing since Saturday and his body was discovered Monday along with that of an aide on the side of a rural road. Large bloodied rocks were found nearby, witnesses said.
December 8, 2008 |
Ten suspected drug traffickers and a soldier were killed in gun battles in the southern Mexican town of Arcelia. The violence began with a shootout between two rival gangs that left one dead, according to a statement from Guerrero state's Public Safety Department. Nine more, and the soldier, were killed in a subsequent confrontation between troops and police and heavily armed men traveling in 10 cars. In Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, six people were killed when assailants opened fire inside a pool hall, officials said.