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.
InSight Crime – The sons of a top Sinaloa Cartel drug capo from Mexico, known as “Los Mayitos”, are set to take over the family business — if US authorities don’t lock them up first.
TeleSur -Deep in the mountains that El Chapo widely controls and where he is said to remain since he broke out of prison weeks ago, Consuelo Loera granted Univision a rare, but brief television interview in which she called on his billionaire son to seek divine help to confront the problems he faces.
Business Insider – Weeks after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, the world’s most notorious drug kingpin, broke out of prison (for the second time), the Sinaloa cartel chief’s sons continue to tease the world about his whereabouts.
Business Insider – Photos published on Facebook and Twitter accounts purportedly belonging to the sons of escaped Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán provide a glimpse into the world of narco wealth. The accounts spew photos of guns, luxury cars, private planes, jungle cats, bling, and booze.
The Guardian – Police in northern Mexico say two people have died in the crash of a car whose air bag had been replaced with 23 bricks of cocaine.
InSight Crime – Reports of drug traffickers taking control of towns in northwestern Mexico is a reminder of how organized crime often seeks power at the municipal government level.
Daily Mail – A feared female cartel boss known for kidnapping her victims and dumping their dismembered bodies on their families’ doorsteps has been shopped to police by her own hitman lover who became horrified by the monster she had become.
Business Insider – Earlier this month, four public officials were charged for their suspected roles in the brazen escape of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, bringing the total number of officials involved to 20.
Amid these charges, Mexico’s interior ministry has been accused of hiding a video with sounds of power tools and digging, proving that Altiplano prison staff knew of Guzmán’s planned escape.
The Blaze – A Hollywood movie director’s father and brother were kidnapped and murdered in Mexico earlier this month. Alejandro Monteverde, who most recently directed faith-based film “Little Boy,” suffered the loss of his father and brother, Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández and Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde.
AP – Angry villagers in the town of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas beat and burned to death two men who they accused of trying to steal a car.
Daily Mail – A woman accused of heading a cartel hit squad and who is allegedly responsible for more than 180 violent incidents in the resort area of Baja California was arrested. Melissa Margarita ‘La China’ Calderon Ojeda was taken into custody along with some of her hitmen near the airport in Cabo San Lucas as she attempted to flee to Culiacán.
InSight Crime – Authorities in Mexico have arrested several high-level prison officials for their alleged role in the recent jailbreak of famed Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, raising concerns about the extent of corruption within the country’s prison system.
BBC – Mexican authorities have arrested a gang leader who they say was a key figure in the disappearance of 43 students last year in the town of Iguala. The government says Gildardo Lopez Astudillo, known as “El Gil” is a leader of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.
AP – Mexican authorities have seized more than a half ton of drugs after finding a small plane crashed in the northern state of Sinaloa. Agents secured packages of marijuana, methamphetamine and opium paste at the site and a nearby car. They also recovered firearms, including a grenade launcher.
TeleSur – Acapulco is today Mexico’s most dangerous city with a murder rate of 107 per 100,000 and the death toll keeps rising. Police Thursday responded to an emergency call and upon arrival to the scene they found one person executed and a mass grave with seven bodies.
Revolution – Chihuahua civil organizations documented 727 alleged murders of women between 2010 and 2014, an average of 182 per year, 15 per month, four times a week. So far this year, 26 women have been killed only in Ciudad Juarez.
AP – Seven men are dead following a shootout Wednsday between vigilantes and suspected members of a criminal gang in Michoacan near the Pacific coast seaport of Lazaro Cardenas.