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Mexican Cops Escorting Travelers on Border Highways


MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas -- State and federal police officers will escort travelers along various highways in this state amid a spike in cartel gun battles and armed robberies.

Sinaloa Cartel Uses Cannon to Launch Drugs over Border Fence


Smugglers from the Sinaloa Cartel continue using air-powered cannons to launch drug bundles over the fence that marks the border between Arizona and Sonora.

GRAPHIC: Mexican Border State Businessman Found Executed Amid Cartel Turf War


MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon -- Fighting between rival cells of the Beltran Leyva Cartel was highlighted by the kidnapping and murder of a businessman in this border state. The attack took place in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods.

Mexican Border State Cops Executed U.S. Tourists and Covered It Up, Say Sources


SALTILLO, Coahuila -- Authorities in this border state set their sights on a group of police officers believed to have executed two U.S. tourists and then covered up the crime by claiming the victims were armed drug smugglers.

EXCLUSIVE — GRAPHIC: Mexican Cartel Dismembers, Grills Innocent Civilians


MORELIA, Michoacan -- One of the Mexican cartels fighting for control of this state escalated their terrorist activities by dismembering innocent victims and roasting their body-parts to leverage local support. Such tactics are becoming a part of everyday life in this state while officials continue to minimize regional safety concerns.

Mexican Governor Promotes Tourism in U.S. while Cartels Seek Takeovers at Home


MORELIA, Michoacan -- As the governor visits California to push tourism for this state, two drug cartels spread terror for more than six days as they fight over drug production and trafficking routes.

42 Texas-Bound Tourists Robbed at Gunpoint by Mexican Cartel Gunmen


A passenger bus was shot at and carjacked in the border state of Coahuila while en route to McAllen, Texas.

Cartel Violence near Schools Not a Reason to Skip Class, Says Mexican Education Official


MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas -- Education officials in the border cities of this state minimized the cartel violence experienced by local residents as convoys of gunmen fight in armored SUVs with machine guns and grenade launchers near schools.

Narco-Violencia Continua en Michoacan 20 Ejecutados en Un Día


La violencia entre carteles rivales luchando por control de este estado resulto en la ejecución de 20 personas en un día mientras que las autoridades continúan siendo completamente rebasadas por el crimen organizado.

Mexican Cartels Carry Out 20 Executions in One Day


Mexican authorities appear powerless to stop the cartel violence that continues to rage in one southern state. The fighting between rival criminal organizations left 20 people dead in a single day.

Gunmen Open Fire on Television Station in Cancun

Tourists visit Tulum National Park in Mexico's Quintana Roo state, part of the so-called Riviera Maya, a stretch of pristine beaches on the country's southeastern coast
An accountant from Channel 10 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, was the target of an attempted murder outside the TV station. Employees ran in panic after hearing four shots and watched two gunmen flee.

Narco-Terror: Los Zetas Cartel Using IEDs Against Mexican Authorities


MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon -- Authorities are on alert after four police officers from the state of San Luis Potosi were injured by an improvised explosive device.

Cartel Gunmen Execute Drug Dealers near Texas Border


PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila -- Authorities in this border city continue looking into why a team of hooded gunmen stormed a local home to execute two convicted drug dealers and assault an elderly man.

International Red Cross Equates Mexico-Texas Border with War Zone


REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- During a visit to this border city, members of the International Red Cross found empty schools and fear in the streets after months of regular, large-scale gun battles by cartel members featuring grenade launchers, machine guns, and armored vehicles.

Woman Arrested with Mexican Border City Police Kidnapping Group


State authorities are preparing for the trial of a woman tied to a kidnapping group that struck in this border city between 2013 and 2014. By day, many of the accused kidnappers worked as police officers.

Mexican Army Kills Los Zetas Cartel Leader Tied to Activist’s Murder


SAN FERNANDO, Tamaulipas -- A commander with Los Zetas Cartel labeled a responsible party in the murder of an activist died in a shootout with Mexican authorities. The activist lived under threats after investigating her daughter's murder and pressuring the government to act against organized crime.

GRAPHIC: Cops Forced to Shoot Inmates During Mexican Prison Riot


MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon -- A deadly prison riot in the suburb of Apodaca killed 16 inmates and left at least 30 injured, including a guard. As many as 250 prisoners fought with authorities who were ultimately given the order to open fire to rescue a group of guards.

Mexican Cops Find 2-Year-Old Child with Cartel Gunmen near Texas Border


Two cartel gunmen took a two-year-old child with them while the group made street-level drug deliveries near this border city.

Sinaloa Cartel Cell Arrested in Mexican Border State After Shootout


Authorities in this border state arrested a Sinaloa Cartel cell after a gun battle. The group of six cartel gunmen headed up a street-level distribution network of cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs.

PHOTOS: Mexican Cartel Targets SUV Drivers for Carjackings near Texas Border


REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- Gun battles, carjackings, and kidnappings continue to take place every day in this border city as two rival factions of the Gulf Cartel continue to fight for control.

Mexican Border State Cops Capture 10 Cartel Gunmen Sent to Terrorize Region


PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila -- State and local authorities arrested 10 gunmen from a drug cartel in Tamaulipas who were looking to sneak into this border city under orders to spread terror in the region.

GRAPHIC: Cartel Kidnaps, Incinerates Mexican Border Congresswoman’s Son


MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon -- A group of gunmen presumably with the Gulf Cartel kidnapped and incinerated the son of a former Mexican congresswoman from this border state.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Another Clandestine Cartel Crematorium Discovered near Texas Border


REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- Mexican authorities continue looking into the discovery of a clandestine human incineration operation where the Gulf Cartel burned the bodies of their victims.

Gulf Cartel Power Struggle Brings More Violence to Border Region


REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- A series of fierce gun battles took place in this border city and near the Texas border as two rival factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for local control.

Drug Lord’s Death Indicates End of Knights Templar Cartel


MORELIA, Michoacan -- The death of the top leader of the Knights Templar cartel points to the apparent end of the once fearsome entity as the remnants are absorbed by a new cartel, La Nueva Familia Michoacana.

Drug Lord’s Death Indicates End of Knights Templar Cartel


MORELIA, Michoacan -- The death of the top leader of the Knights Templar cartel points to the apparent end of the once fearsome entity as the remnants are absorbed by a new cartel, La Nueva Familia Michoacana.

Los Zetas Cartel Stockpiling Weapons near Texas Border


Members of the Los Zetas cartel continue their efforts to stockpile weapons near the Texas border. In the most recent failed attempt, authorities seized numerous assault rifles and body armor. Officials made the seizure when members of the cartel hunting police unit Fuerza Coahuila found a weapons cache hidden along a dirt road by the waters of the Rio Grande border with Texas.

EXCLUSIVE — GRAPHIC: Cartel Incinerates More Bodies near Texas Border


REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- Mexico’s Gulf Cartel continues its terroristic practice of incinerating the bodies of kidnapping victims and captured rivals. As a result, the organization is able to leave more families without answers about the fate of their loved ones.

Still No Answers Seven Months after Mexican Border Tourist Group Kidnapping


MONTERREY, Nuevo León -- More than seven months have passed since a group of friends traveled from this metropolitan city to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to cross into Texas for a shopping trip. The group went missing upon their return.

GRAPHIC: Mexican Governor Denies Cartel Violence Despite 32 Executions in Days


As rival cartels murdered and dismembered more than 32 victims in a raging war for control, government officials in this state continue to paint an alternate reality -- one without cartel violence.

Cartel Gunmen Attack Funeral Procession in Mexican Border State


CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas -- The raging cartel violence that continues to envelop this border state took an odd turn when gunmen killed two underage brothers and an adult woman who were taking part in the funeral procession of a recently murdered cartel member.

GRAPHIC: Narco-Terror in Southern Mexico — 19 Dead in 3 Days


Terror is spreading over the rural area of the state now known as “Tierra Caliente” or "hot lands." In three days, cartel gunmen have murdered 19 victims -- 14 of those victims were beheaded and dismembered. Authorities in Michoacan tried to diminish the raging violence by claiming the murders are isolated incidents. The violence began over the weekend when suspected members of the Nueva Familia Michoacana (New Michoacan Family) kidnapped and murdered Alonzo “Papas” Renteria Andrade. The murder victim is the brother of the now jailed kingpin, Ignacio “Cenizo” Renteria Andrade.

GRAPHIC: Five Gunmen Killed in Mexican Border State Cartel Camp Shootout


Mexican Marines killed five gunmen from the Gulf Cartel during a battle inside a cartel camp in the border state of Tamaulipas. The battle took place in a rustic field less than 15 miles north of this city when a military helicopter carrying out surveillance flights came under fire. The military aircraft was surveying the area looking for cartel activity in properties that had been abandoned due to the cartel violence in the region.

Gunmen Murder Journalist Exposing Corrupt Mexican Cops

Pictures of journalists recently murdered in different Mexican states lay on the ground at Independence Angel square during a protest by journalists in Mexico City, on May 16, 2017
Once again, gunmen executed with complete impunity a journalist exposing organized crime networks in Mexico.

EXCLUSIVE–GRAPHIC: Authorities Discover Cartel Mass Grave near Texas


RIO BRAVO, Tamaulipas -- The horrors of the cartel war in this border city have once again been revealed with the discovery of a new mass grave. The find comes at a time when rival groups from the Gulf Cartel wage war for control of the region--leading to more than 158 deaths through gun battles, executions, and disappearances in Reynosa.

GRAPHIC: Mexican Cops Appear to Execute Cartel Gunmen on Camera


REYNOSA, Tamaulipas -- A video captured by a citizen journalist in the aftermath of a cartel gun battle appears to show a police officer using his rifle to execute some shooters in a vehicle. The video comes as this border city has undergone four months of terror at the hand of the Gulf Cartel’s campaign for local control--leading to more than 150 confirmed deaths.

WATCH: Mexican Cops Face Off Against Cartel Gunmen in Border State


Leaked police body cam footage reveals the moment when Mexican authorities faced off against a squad of cartel gunmen in the border state of Chihuahua.

Texan Fleeing Harvey Held Up by Mexican Gunmen


MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon -- A Texas man trying to avoid Hurricane Harvey’s wrath sought refuge in Mexico, only to become another victim of the ongoing violence that continues to dominate this border state.

Mexican Border State Prosecutor: Spanish Beachgoer was Murdered by Husband, Not Cartel


CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas -- The ongoing case of a Spanish woman who was murdered while visiting a local beach in this border state took a drastic turn when authorities arrested the victim’s husband as the prime suspect.

Cartel Kidnapping for Ransom Continues near Texas


NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas -- The cartel in control of this border city continues to kidnap victims and demand high ransoms for their release.
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