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Police Chief, Guards Killed in Mexican Border City

Location: 
Nuevo Laredo, TAM
Mexico
A retired army general who took over a month ago as police chief of the drug prohibition violence-wracked Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo has been shot to death along with two of his bodyguards.
Publication/Source: 
CTV Television Network (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20110203/mexico-border-city-110203/

America's Third War: Fears Emerge That Mexican Drug Violence Could Spill Into U.S.

A series of high-profile murders of U.S. citizens along the border with Mexico has raised fears about drug prohibition violence spilling over into the United States.
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/03/americas-war-fears-emerge-mexican-drug-violence-spill/

Sheriff: Drug Trafficking Organization Showdown in Arizona Desert Imminent

Location: 
AZ
United States
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said that a showdown with drug trafficking organizations is just around the corner. "We're going out to directly meet these cartels. We're saying this is coming through our county and we've had enough," he said. The sheriff has recently purchased 130 new semi-automatic rifles and night vision goggles. In Pinal County, they're holding an offensive position to counter the members of drug trafficking organizations and the bandits looking to steal drugs in the desert.
Publication/Source: 
KSAZ (AZ)
URL: 
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/babeu-cartel-showdown-imminent-2-2-2011

Drug Prohibition Gang Gunbattles, Street Blockades in Mexico's Second-Largest City

Location: 
Guadalajara, JAL
Mexico
Suspected drug trafficking organization gunmen hurled grenades, burned vehicles and blocked streets in a rapid series of attacks in Mexico's second-largest city. The seven attacks within two hours appear to have been coordinated. A policeman and two transportation workers were injured in the attacks.
Publication/Source: 
WBAY (WI)
URL: 
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=13955054

LPGA Cancels Tournament in Mexico Over Drug Prohibition Violence Fears

Location: 
Morelia, MIC
Mexico
The LPGA has canceled the $1.3 million Tres Marias Championship in Mexico due to concerns over drug prohibition violence.
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/02/02/lpga-cancels-tournament-mexico-drug-violence-fears/

Australia: Ecstasy Emerges As Secret Choice of Middle Age

Location: 
Australia
Publicity about people being caught with party drugs usually concentrates on those in their teens and 20s. So when the Austalian Labor aide Matthew Chesher, 44, was charged with possessing one ecstasy tablet last week, the lid was lifted on a quite different phenomenon: the growing number of middle-aged ecstasy users. The generation that championed the drug in the '80s and '90s is getting older.
Publication/Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
URL: 
http://www.smh.com.au/national/ecstasy-emerges-as-secret-choice-of-middle-age-20110131-1ab4v.html?from=smh_sb

Is the Drug Prohibition War Creeping into Mexico City?

Location: 
Mexico City, DIF
Mexico
This week the Mexican military pursued drug prohibition-created trafficking suspects in operations smack in the middle of the sprawling capital. Marines raided a hotel and a home in the middle-class districts of Napoles and Del Valle, arresting one suspected member of the Zetas drug trafficking organization. On Wednesday, army units searched homes in the Iztacalco borough. Is something changing?
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times (CA)
URL: 
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2011/01/drug-war-zetas-mexico-city-army-marines-creeping.html

US Churches Divided on Sending Missionaries, Volunteers to Deadly Juarez

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
The deadly drug prohibition war in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico has some U.S. churches and ministries divided on whether or not to continue to send missionaries and volunteers across the border.
Publication/Source: 
KVIA (TX)
URL: 
http://www.kvia.com/news/26643793/detail.html

Former Brazil Fire Chief Accused of Killing Drug Users in Alleged Retaliation to Son's Killing

Location: 
Curitiba, PR
Brazil
Drug prohibition feeds negative stereotypes of those who use drugs, making them targets for many kinds of abuse. A former fire chief in Brazil, Jorge Luiz Thais Martins, is suspected of killing at least eight drug users in the neighborhood where his son was shot dead in a robbery attempt. "Police are investigating the possibility the crimes were committed as vengeance," said Giovani Santos, a spokesman for the public safety department. He said Martins is being investigated in part because a drug user who survived a recent attempted killing identified Martins as the shooter.
Publication/Source: 
The Canadian Press (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hmytE3Is2SMuRXKazVK1S8umC4kg?docId=5780002

US Missionary Possibly Killed by Drug Prohibition Gang in Mexico Over Truck

Location: 
Mexico
An American missionary couple who were allegedly attacked by drug prohibition gunmen in a dangerous part of Mexico may have been targeted for their expensive pickup truck, because drug gangs covet the vehicles, police said. Sam Davis told investigators that that he and his wife were driving near the city of San Fernando, about 70 miles south of the Mexican border city of Reynosa, when gunmen in a pickup truck tried to stop them. When the Davises sped up, the gunmen fired, shooting Nancy Davis in the head.
Publication/Source: 
MyCentralOregon.com (Oregon)
URL: 
http://www.mycentraloregon.com/news/national/533912/Police-US-missionary-possibly-killed-over-truck.html

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