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Vigilantes enter ‘crown jewel’ of Mexican drug cartel’s key bastion in Apatzingan

Vigilante militias that have fought a drug cartel in western Mexico for a year entered a key gang bastion on Saturday, manning checkpoints and helping federal forces find criminals. The civilian self-defense forces had their eye on Apatzingan for months……

Mexican security forces seize cartel stronghold in Michoacan

Mexican federal security forces took control Tuesday of a city considered a drug cartel stronghold after heavily armed vigilantes threatened to seize the town. More than 200 soldiers and federal police swept into Apatzingan and disarmed the municipal police as part of a new effort to pacify the troubled western…

Armed citizens in more than 100 pick-up trucks seize Mexican town from drug cartel

Vigilantes seized a drug cartel’s bastion in western Mexico, sparking a shootout as the civilian militias gain new ground in their struggle against drug gangs in a violence-plagued region. Hundreds of armed civilians riding in more than 100 pick-up trucks rolled into the Michoacan state town of Nueva Italia and…

Mexican authorities find five headless bodies and knife used to decapitate them

Authorities found five decapitated bodies in western Mexico, with letters left with the corpses purportedly signed by a drug cartel, officials said. The bodies, with their heads laying nearby, were found shortly before dawn on Saturday, in two different locations in Michoacan state, a region struggling with gang turf wars.…

64 bodies found in mass graves in drug-plagued western Mexico

A total of 64 bodies have been found in mass graves in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, authorities said as they wrapped up a probe of alleged victims of a drug cartel. A total of 35 graves were found, an official at the attorney general’s office said. The search…

Ex-Army sergeants accused of working as drug cartel’s killers-for-hire

A 48-year-old former U.S. Army sergeant was accused of being the ringleader of a five-man squad that acted as a hit squad for drug traffickers, CNN reported on Friday. Joseph Hunter, as well as his accomplices, was charged with conspiracy to murder a law enforcement agent, conspiracy to kill a…

Officials arrest 70 in major Arizona drug bust

(Reuters) – Law enforcement officials in Arizona seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and arrested at least 70 suspected drug smugglers with apparent ties to a violent drug cartel in Mexico, an official involved with the investigation in the U.S. Southwest told Reuters on Sunday. The operation, which included three…

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