Category Archives: Security

Global police groups aid in hunt for “El Chapo”

El Universal -Mexican officials met with U.S. officials and those from countries such as Colombia and Guatemala that belong to the American Police Community (Ameripol), the  International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the European Police Office (Europol) in an effort to capture Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, who escaped a maximum security prison on July 11.

22 dead after violent weekend in eastern Mexico

Vice News – A wave of violence left 22 people dead in the neighboring Mexican states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas over the weekend. In Tamaulipas in northeast Mexico, a confrontation between police and armed civilians resulted in the deaths of nine people, while 13 bodies were found in different areas in the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Mexico homicide rate drops 27% since Pena Nieto took office

Demonstrators marched for peace in the wake of soaring drug-related violence in Guadalajara. (Henry Romero/Reuters)
Demonstrators marched for peace in the wake of soaring drug-related violence in Guadalajara. (Henry Romero/Reuters)

By Brianna Lee / International Business Times

New government figures released Monday showed that homicides fell again last year from the year before, making for a continuous downward streak since President Enrique Peña Nieto first took office.

The national statistics office published data showing 19,669 homicides for 2014, or a rate of 16 per 100,000 people. That marks a 27 percent decrease in homicides since 2012, when Peña Nieto first stepped into office, and a 37 percent increase since Mexican homicide figures hit their peak in 2011.

Although the killings were on the wane for the country as a whole, the violence was rising in certain parts of the country.

In Michoacán, where vigilante groups, have been more and more visible, the 2014 homicide rate was the highest the state had seen since 2009, with 931 deaths. Guerrero, the state that served as the flashpoint for nationwide outrage last year following the disappearance of 43 students allegedly at the hands of police and local criminal groups, remained one of the most violent states in the country, with 1,719 homicides last year.

Mexico deploys thousands to hunt down fugitive “El Chapo”

Police have handed out 100,000 leaflets with Guzman's picture.
Police have handed out 100,000 leaflets with Guzman’s picture.


Mexico says it has stepped up its search for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from jail on Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said it had deployed almost 10,000 police and 48 dogs to track down the fugitive leader of the Sinaloa cartel. Mexico is also co-operating with neighboring Guatemala and the United States to increase border controls.

Guzman’s escape from a top-security jail through a 1.5km-long tunnel is a major embarrassment for officials. It is the second time the drug cartel leader has escaped from a top-security Mexican jail.

More than 100 roadblocks have been set up on highways across Mexico and 100,000 leaflets with mug shots of Guzman have been distributed at toll booths. Airports have been put on alert and security personnel have been told to search any private flights taking off. Police are also searching hotels and hospitals for any trace of Guzman.

The government is offering a 60m peso ($3.8 million) reward for information leading to his capture.