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.
AP – In a story July 26 about 129 bodies being discovered during a search for missing students in Mexico, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of bodies that were determined to be male. There were 92, not 112.
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.
AP – Customs and law enforcement personnel in Mexico say they found an undetermined amount of cocaine dissolved in fruit pulp imported from Colombia. The drug was detected among 24 metric tons of red berries packed into 120 fifty-five-gallon drums of frozen fruit pulp.
AP – Federal authorities in Mexico arrested 22 Colombians and three Mexicans using greenhouses in Tlajomulco de Zuniato to grow genetically modified and cloned marijuana.
EFE – An operation has been launched to find the “nearly 2,000 people” reported missing in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, state prosecutors said.
DW – A report by Mexico’s human rights commission has criticized the investigation into the deaths last year of 43 student teachers. Basic data had not been collected and investigations not carried through.
Televisa -On the case of Ixtapilla Bridge in Aquila, Michoacan, where a child died and four people were injured, the state attorney said Sunday’s clash began when people from Ostula blocked a convoy of army and police with stones, sticks and gas tanks.
Latina – On Monday, dozens of Mexicanas lay still, appearing lifeless, in front of Mexico’s Interior Ministry. The women’s poignant display was done in an effort to draw attention to violence against women in the Mexican state.
AP – Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has a lot to catch up on as he returns to a drug-trafficking landscape that has shifted considerably during his 17 months behind bars.
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.
WSJ – The U.S. government formally requested the extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán little more than two weeks before his escape from a maximum-security prison, said senior Mexican officials.
IBTimes – An army lieutenant and three soldiers have been arrested in Mexico over the summary killing of seven people in the latest episode of alleged abuses to tarnish security forces’ reputation in the country.
El Universal – A relay antenna owned by “Los Zetas”, was discovered in overflight surveillance by Coahuila state officials at the top of the Sierra del Burro near Ciudad Acuna. The transmitter was demolished, dismantled and destroyed.
Reuters – Eleven men were killed and five others wounded in an ambush in a rural part of Durango state on Saturday evening. The group had been on a dirt road when they were ambushed by unidentified people who later fled.
Reuters – Mexico is investigating who could have given plans of a maximum security prison to accomplices of kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in his second jail break, a senior government minister said on Thursday.
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.
Reuters – U.S. law enforcement officials have met with agents of the Mexican attorney general’s office this week to share information related to the escape from prison of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and coordinate efforts to apprehend him, a Mexican government official said on Wednesday.
TeleSur – In June, kidnappings increased by almost 30 percent. The National Citizen Observatory predicts this upward trend will continue. It’s estimated that 90 percent of kidnappings are not reported. Mexico holds first place worldwide in kidnapping.
Vice – Mexico released video footage of the moment that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman made his second implausible escape. Still, questions and doubts about the tunnel escape have bubbled up since almost the moment the jailbreak became news.