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.
AP – Mexican authorities say the police chief of the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado is in grave condition after coming under fire from gunmen.
Radio Vatican – Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has agreed to a meeting on Sept. 24 with the families of 43 student teachers who were abducted and murdered last year in Iguala.
Daily Record – Mexico’s cartel members have taken to social media to show off their lavish lifestyles. Bikini-clad women, gold-plated guns, wads of cash and big guns are appearing on the social media accounts of Mexican cartel members in a trend thought to be started by the children of fugitive El Chapo.
AP – Authorities in Colombia said they seized over 1 metric ton of cocaine disguised as printer ink and bound for a company in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. There were no arrests and police wouldn’t say on which airline the illegal cargo shipment had been stashed.
NBC – Mexican authorities have seized 4,000 kilograms of marijuana that was discovered hidden under a circus truck. The drugs were discovered during a routine traffic stop on a road in the northern state of Sonora.
By Lizbeth Diaz / Reuters
Mexico’s official account of the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 students last year does not add up, a team of international experts said on Sunday, citing deep flaws in the government’s investigation and dismissing its claims that the victims were incinerated in a garbage dump.
The case provoked a global outcry after the missing students were abducted in the city of Iguala in southwest Mexico on Sept. 26, 2014.
The government’s failure to capture the killers or even persuade Mexicans that its investigation was serious has hit President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reputation, and the report on Sunday was certain to pile more pressure on.
Commissioned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and conducted by respected investigators from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain, the report blasts holes in the Mexican government’s central claim that the students were burned to ashes in the nearby town of Cocula.
“That event never took place,” one of the investigators, Carlos Beristain, told reporters on Sunday, citing evidence from the site. “There should be a refocusing of the investigation based on these facts.”
AP – Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is believed to be back in his homeland after a suspected sighting last week. The world’s most wanted crime boss was allegedly spotted in Tabasco, near the border of Guatemala, last Wednesday when witnesses allegedly saw him being rushed to a hospital after being involved in a car crash in Macuspana, according to the Latin Times. Despite suffering a number of undisclosed injuries, Guzman escaped before federal troops arrived.
Telemundo – Sixty percent of child pornographic material consumed in the world is generated, in Mexico, said Maria Ampudia González, chief of the National Human Rights Commission. She said the largest network is in Michoacan’s capital of Morelia.
La Prensa de Monclova – Three, men were captured after one of them was caught throwing marijuana stuffed balls into a men’s prison in Sinaloa.