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17 Killed in Mexico Drug Prohibition Violence This Weekend

Location: 
Mexico
At least 17 people -- including three young students -- were killed due to drug prohibition violence in northern Mexico this weekend.
Publication/Source: 
Agence France-Presse (France)
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jJTsCr7PgSlzVUtNRiwAgRTA558Q?docId=CNG.53c07fe961abc34cc2f173062bc55b35.da1

Mexico's Drug Prohibition War: US Warns About Night Driving in Guadalajara

Location: 
Guadalajara, JAL
Mexico
Officials are warning U.S. citizens not to drive at night in parts of the western Mexican city of Guadalajara after suspected drug trafficking organizations burned vehicles and blocked streets there.
Publication/Source: 
The Washington Post (DC)
URL: 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/04/AR2011020403869.html

Napolitano Is Too Late...Drug Trafficking Organizations Issued Their Own Warning Months Ago (Opinion)

Location: 
Mexico
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued her now famous warning to drug trafficking organizations, saying: "Don't even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response." Dave Gibson opines that prohibition-created drug trafficking organizations have already been bringing their tactics across the border. For instance, seven months ago, Nogales, Arizona Police Chief Jeff Kirkham announced that his department had been warned by a Mexican drug traffickers that his officers would be targeted for murder if they carry out another off-duty drug bust. Chief Kirkham said, "The warning was...that the officers, if they are off duty, are to look the other way and ignore any drug trafficking loads that are coming across the border, otherwise they will be targeted."
Publication/Source: 
Examiner.com (CO)
URL: 
http://www.examiner.com/drug-cartel-in-national/napolitano-is-too-late-drug-cartels-issued-their-own-warning-months-ago

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

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