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Mexico gang members charged in US consulate deaths

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US authorities charged 35 Mexican gang members with murder, drug smuggling and other crimes Wednesday, including 10 accused in a deadly 2010 shooting at the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez. An indictment unsealed in federal court in El Paso, Texas, detailed the charges against the so-called “Familia…

Mexicans protest over surge in drug war violence

MEXICO CITY – Mexicans took to the streets in their hundreds to protest a staggering surge in drug-related violent crime nationwide that claimed at least 45 lives in one weekend. “No more violence, no more lack of safety, no more corrupt politicians, let’s move ahead with citizen candidates,” marchers on…

Drug cartel gunmen in Juarez massacre 12, including women and children

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Gunmen burst into a party early Saturday and shot to death 12 young people and wounded at least 10 others in this Mexican border city’s third massacre this year, police said. “The victims were in the back yard of the house having a party when hooded men,…

23 people slain along US-Mexico border in 24 hours

Twenty-three people were killed in about 24 hours in Chihuahua state plagued by drug violence on the US border, authorities said Saturday. Between late Friday and Saturday 13 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, across from the US city of El Paso, Texas, Chihuahua state prosecutors said. One of the…

Five captured in Mexico, accused of bomb attack on police, hacking up body

Mexican authorities say that police in Ciudad Juarez have captured five alleged drug gang members suspected in the killings of two federal officers, including one whose body was hacked to pieces. One of the suspects is also believed to have acted as a lookout in the July 15 car-bomb attack…

Mexican prison guards let killers out, provided weapons

Guards and officials at a prison in northern Mexico allegedly let inmates out, lent them guns and allowed them to use official vehicles to carry out drug-related killings, including the massacre of 17 people last week, prosecutors said Sunday. After carrying out the killings the inmates would return to their…

Drug cartel gunmen slaughter 17, bringing bloody weekend’s murder total to 50

Gunmen armed with machine guns shot dead at least 17 party-goers Sunday, in a pre-dawn attack outside the northern Mexican city of Torreon, officials said. Authorities said the heavily armed attackers also wounded 10 others as they sprayed bullets through a recreation center in Coahuila state, near Mexico’s northern border…

Car bomb in Mexican border town signals new peak of drug war violence

Mexican drug traffickers’ first car-bomb attack against police has revealed a new level of cold-blooded planning that is forcing this border city and security forces to change the way they confront violence. Police said Friday that La Linea drug gang — the same group blamed for the March killing of…

Operation Knockdown: FBI raids Texas gang

WASHINGTON — FBI agents and police swooped Thursday on suspected members of a gang thought to be involved in the slaying of three people linked to the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, an official said. Some 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers launched raids early Thursday in…

Mexicans take to Juarez streets for ‘March of Anger’ against drug war

Over a thousand people took to the streets of Ciudad Juarez on Sunday to protest the city’s record-setting crime wave, which civil rights groups say is made worse by the presence of some 6,000 Mexican soldiers. “The army’s presence is anti-constitutional and violates citizens’ rights. That’s why we’re asking them…

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