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Mexican Mass Grave Complex Reveals 88 Bodies

Location: 
San Fernando, TAM
Mexico
At least 88 bodies have been found in a complex of mass graves in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, security officials say, likely victims of the country's ongoing drug prohibition war. The graves are the largest concentration ever found in one area in Mexico.
Publication/Source: 
Agence France-Presse (France)
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5haQO4mwhw6uuq7RQt-92sLzQcLXA?docId=CNG.2ed49b3d18e8c8cd9b8d7077e790f737.131

Drug Trafficking Organizations Seek to Exploit Corrupt Federal Agents

As the Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) bureau has ratcheted up efforts to cope with the tide of crime sweeping across the Southwest border, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have stepped up efforts to infiltrate CBP and other federal, state and local agencies responsible for policing the border.
Publication/Source: 
Government Executive (DC)
URL: 
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0411/041111mag1.htm

Maras and Zetas: An Alliance from Hell

Location: 
Mexico
Reports of the Zetas and Maras drug trafficking organizations doing drug deals together or assassinating mutual enemies have been floating around for several years. But human rights workers and police in southern Mexico and Guatemala say they have now formed a more concrete alliance, in which they work together on kidnappings and acts of intimidation and terror.
Publication/Source: 
GlobalPost (MA)
URL: 
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/110330/drug-gangs-maras-zetas

Mexico's Street Gangs Following Larger Drug Trafficking Organizations' Violence Blueprint

Location: 
Mexico
Recent decapitations and killings have residents on edge over whether local street gangs are mimicking larger drug trafficking organization violence in the nation's capital. "I think of these groups as cells, as franchises," said Alfredo Castillo, attorney general for Mexico state, the suburban area surrounding Mexico City. "As franchises what do they want? They want the know-how, the business model, and in the end, they want their backing in case of an extraordinary problem."
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/04/03/mexicos-street-gangs-following-cartel-violence-blueprint-edit-item/

Texas Representative Says Drug Trafficking Organizations Threatening US Agents

Location: 
Mexico
Mexican drug trafficking organization members threatened to kill U.S. agents working on the American side of the border. Republican Michael McCaul said a law enforcement bulletin was issued warning that Mexican traffickers were overheard plotting to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Texas Rangers stationed along the border.
Publication/Source: 
WHTM (PA)
URL: 
http://www.abc27.com/story/14357839/lawmaker-says-cartels-threatening-us-agents

230,000 Displaced by Mexico Drug Prohibition War, Half May Have Come to the United States

Location: 
Mexico
A new study by the Swiss-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center that at least 230,000 people have been displaced in Mexico because of drug prohibition violence and that about half of them may have taken refuge in the United States.
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/25/report-230000-displaced-mexico-drug-war-1121351146/

U.S. Led Drug Prohibition Wars Have Failed, Expert Tells Panama Conference

Speaking at a regional security conference, Hans Mathieu, director of the Friedrich Ebert Security Foundation, said using violent repression in the "war" against drugs doesn’t work and policies against drug trafficking, especially those headed by the United States, have failed.
Publication/Source: 
Newsroom Panama (Panama)
URL: 
http://www.newsroompanama.com/panama/2532-us-led-anti-drug-wars-have-failed-expert-tells-panama-conference.html

More Kids Caught in the Crossfire of Mexico’s Drug Prohibition War

Location: 
Acapulco, GRO
Mexico
Sadly, the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl brought to three the number of children to die violently in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco within the last 72 hours. Fifteen people have been slain in Acapulco since Tuesday, including a woman and two of her grandchildren gunned down inside the family home. The mayhem is taking a toll on tourism in Acapulco, scaring away many of the U.S. college students who would normally flock to the city for spring break.
Publication/Source: 
Latin America Herald Tribune (Venezuela)
URL: 
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=389711&CategoryId=14091

Mexico Drug Prohibition War Spillover: Texas Resident Says War Getting Closer to Home

Location: 
Fronton, TX
United States
The drug prohibition war has been crossing over into the United States for months, some say years. Now, nearly a dozen automatic rifles, grenades and ammo were all found on the U.S. side of the river in Fronton, Texas. "I don't think it will be too late before they come over here...we don't go out anymore," said resident Ismael Guerra. Bullets zoom by his house at times. The latest cache of weapons found means more nights of gun battles outside the Guerra's window.
Publication/Source: 
KRGV (TX)
URL: 
http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story/Fronton-Resident-Says-Drug-War-Getting-Closer-to/wTx96KKL3kGOEWwKXj9mSA.cspx

Mexicans Seeking Asylum Due to Drug Prohibition War Form Coalition in Texas

Location: 
TX
United States
The director of the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Louie Gilot, said cases of Mexicans fleeing drug prohibition violence have risen significantly over the past two years and that the asylum seekers include former police officers, rights activists, journalists, business leaders and even government officials. Carlos Spector, an attorney, said the U.S. government is reluctant to grant political asylum to Mexican applicants because doing so means recognizing that aid from Washington is financing military abuses against the Mexican civilian population.
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2011/03/16/mexican-asylum-seekers-form-oalition-texas/

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