June 30, 2009

Criticism against the Mexican government continued to rise along with the number of the victims of a June 5 that broke out in a government-subsidized day care center located in the northern state of Sonora. The fire claimed its 46th victim June 15...

June 30, 2009

Nine members of the military are being investigated for connections to drug trafficking groups. A federaljudge allowed authorities 40 days to come up with sufficient evidence to file charges against the suspects, who are believed to have been working...

June 30, 2009

Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, Mexico’s former drug czar who died in a plane crash last November, is among three high-ranking law enforcement officials who are named in a Drug Enforcement Administration report as being linked to drug traffickers,...

June 30, 2009

A senior executive with the Mexican state oil company PEMEX resigned after the Mexican newspaper Reforma reported that he accepted a free trip from a software company that had recently won a $30 million contract from PEMEX. The German software...

June 30, 2009

In Tecate, a border town in rural Baja California, federal authorities arrested a high-ranking police officer and placed nine others under temporary arrest to allow for time for additional investigations into their suspected link to criminal...

June 30, 2009

Nuevo León’s police forces have come under scrutiny recently in relation to corruption charges. Earlier this month, 78 officers who were suspected of working with drug smugglers were arrested in Nuevo León. Among them was a local police chief....

June 30, 2009

In early June, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy. The initiative emphasizes...

June 30, 2009

After the prison break in Cieneguillas Zacatecas last month in which 53 prisoners including some confirmed Zetas escaped with the aid of prison officials, the Mexican Army has reinforced security in select state prisons. Military sources revealed in...

June 30, 2009

There have been reports that Colombia has offered specialists from its Unified Action Group (Gaula), the anti-kidnapping office of that nation’s national police, to help train their counterparts in the Mexican border states of Baja California and...

June 30, 2009

The Federal Attorney General Law (Ley Orgánica de la Procuradora General de la República) and the Federal Police Law (Ley de la Policía Federal) passed both chambers of congress in May, giving more investigative powers to the Public Security...