The Guardian – Mexico’s government will mount a new search using drones and satellite technology for the remains of dozens of student teachers abducted and apparently massacred in 2014, bowing to widespread domestic and international pressure.
Latino Fox News – A man wearing a black hood and wrapped in white bandages from his ankles to his neck was left hanging from a major bridge in Mexico City early Monday morning.
Azteca – The Guerrero Attorney General issued a sketch of two alleged offenders at the VIP bar, in the golden area of the port, which left one dead and two bodyguards of governor-elect Hector Astudillo injured.
By Daily Mail reporters
Mexican soldiers ‘cornered’ drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in a mountainous region in Sinaloa, Mexico, after his cell phone was found and tracked by US drug enforcement agents, according to reports.
Authorities believe they located the notorious cartel boss last week, four months after his incredible escape from prison.
Law enforcement sources told NBC News that US agents were able to pinpoint Guzman’s phone and traced it to the Sierra Madre mountain range, where they believed he was hiding out at a ranch.
Mexican soldiers then stormed the location, but reportedly found only the phone and some clothes.
They have then shut off 13 communities from Jesus Maria – 30 miles north of the state’s capital Culiacan – to the nearby states of Durango and Chihuahua, in order to search the area.
Hundreds of troops are said to have flooded the area and many locals fled their homes.
However the search for the crime boss has shown up nothing since.
InSight Crime – A recent report reveals 60 percent of all confiscated weapons in Mexico are seized in the three states of Tamaulipas, Guerrero, and Jalisco, with 7 out of 10 weapons confiscated coming from the United States.
BBC – Mexican security officials say they have captured a man they accuse of being behind a crime wave in western Jalisco state. Daniel Quintero Riestra was arrested on a boat just off Isla Mujeres, a popular tourist spot near Cancun.
InSight Crime – Mexico has inaugurated a program to train police in proper evidence collection methods as part of its transition to a new adversarial judicial system, but endemic police corruption will likely prove an enduring obstacle to increasing judicial effectiveness and reducing impunity.
Extract – Federal police seized and destroyed 300 tons of marijuana in Balleza in Chihuahua. The 662,000 plants were spread out over a surface of approximately 23 acres.
Fox News Latino – The British rock singer Sting, who played a concert in Morelos, urged the Mexican government to “vigorously” investigate the disappearances of thousands of people in the nation over the past few years.
BBC – Fernando Moreno Pena, who governed Colima from 1997 to 2003, was having breakfast in a restaurant in the state capital when two gunmen opened fire. He was hit six times but doctors said his injuries were not life-threatening.
Reuters – Government surveillance requests are gathering pace in Mexico, raising concerns about lack of oversight in a country plagued by corruption and collusion between security forces and criminal gangs.Last year, Mexican mobile operators fielded more than 55,000 requests from authorities for information on citizens’ calls, messages, and location data, nearly 25 percent higher than in 2013.
Agence France Presse
While Mexican prosecutors declared last year that 43 missing students were incinerated at a landfill, official documents published show that one gang suspect testified that at least nine were slaughtered elsewhere.
A review by AFP of hundreds of pages found contradictory testimony among some of the more than 100 suspects who have been detained, including Guerreros Unidos drug cartel members and municipal police officers.
The report — divided into 85 tomes and 13 annexes with several redacted names and paragraphs — was made public by Attorney General Arely Gomez following freedom of information requests from journalists. It is rare for Mexican authorities to make investigative documents public online.
Huff Post – The Mexican Attorney General’s Office made public on Sunday the entire redacted file of its investigation into the case of the 43 missing students. The move, first announced by Mexican Attorney General Arely Gómez last month, came in response to a flood of criticism from the victims’ families, local activists and international human rights groups over the Mexican government’s handling of what has become the country’s highest-profile human rights case.
Express News – Violence, both real and perceived, has led to more than a 60 percent decline since 2005 in the number of U.S. students going to Mexico for academic purposes.
El Economista – On Oct. 20, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IMCI) will convene to assist in the Iguala case and take the results of its investigation to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH).
Business Insider – While the world’s most notorious drug lord calmly stood up and slipped out of one of Mexico’s maximum-security prisons, the two federal agents responsible for monitoring surveillance footage from his cell played solitaire.
U.S.News – A popular dog run in Mexico City’s picturesque Parque Mexico remains closed following reported cases of dog poisoning.
AFP – Mexican authorities offered Tuesday a total of $500,000 in rewards for the arrest of a fugitive former police chief and four other suspects sought over last year’s disappearance of 43 students.
The New Yorker – The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) report on what happened to 43 student teachers in Iguala has opened up breaches in the way the Mexican government has always operated. The challenges represented by the report can’t be wished away or denied or buried by the usual waves of media propaganda and calumnies.
WSJ – The level of common crime in Mexico was stable last year compared with 2013, while the number of kidnappings fell sharply, a government survey published Wednesday showed.