Sixteen people face federal charges for conspiring to distribute cocaine in Arkansas from Mexico.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Little Rock held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the charges, which totaled 25 indictments handed down by a federal grand jury.
The investigation centers around the Gulf Cartel, based out of Matamoros, Mexico. The cartel is alleged to have distributed “multiple hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in the United States,” according to a news release.
The indictment accuses the lead defendant, Idalia Ramos Rangel, 57, of keying a drug ring that delivered more than 100 kilograms [...]
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The former boss of the Mexican Gulf cartel was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for a drug smuggling and distribution conspiracy that prosecutors said shipped more than a half ton of marijuana into Texas each week.
A federal jury had taken just two hours in September to find Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon guilty of a conspiracy to import and distribute marijuana and cocaine. A judge imposed the life sentence, the maximum under the charges.
Rincon-Rincon did not testify, and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defense.
The U.S. Border Patrol [...]
WASHINGTON (UPI) — Mexican national Aurelio Cano Flores, a high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel, was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison for drug-trafficking.
Cano Flores, 40, was given the prison term by a federal judge in the District of Columbia for conspiring to import tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a release.
Cano Flores was ordered to forfeit $15 billion (sic) in drug proceeds, the federal law enforcement agency said. The money represents the gross receipts federal authorities allege the Gulf Cartel took in from distributing [...]
by Pallavi Ail, Karl Plume / REuters
Opengate Capital Group LLC filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging that laboratory equipment maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc sold it a Mexican plant last year without revealing that a drug cartel was operating there.
The private equity firm claimed that the Reynosa, Mexico-based manufacturing facility, which it acquired as part of a larger deal from Thermo Fisher, had been regularly infiltrated by gangs from the Gulf Cartel since at least 2011, according to a copy of the complaint seen by Reuters.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, [...]
By Jason Buch and Guillermo Contreras / Houston Chronicle
The Zetas drug cartel is marching north, not with a legion of hit men, but with a hoard of dollar bills.
In a string of prosecutions in Texas over the last year, federal prosecutors have tried to show that the gang of mercenaries-turned-mobsters laundered more than $80 million in legitimate U.S. industries.
Front men for the Zetas invested in restaurants and oil and gas companies, purchased property and aircraft and laundered millions of dollars in the U.S. quarter horse industry, according to court records. To facilitate their money-laundering [...]
MEXICO CITY – Six bodies were found by police Tuesday in a community outside General Enrique Estrada, a city in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas, state officials said.
“It was learned that members of a criminal organization left six dead bodies in the community of Felix Uresti Gomez,” the Zacatecas state government said.
State police heading to the city of Rio Grande, where a law enforcement operation was planned, made the grisly discovery.
The bodies were dumped by the bus stop in the community, which is on Federal Highway 45 on the way from Fresnillo to [...]
By Andrew O’Reilly / Fox News
Mexico’s ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel has made connections and collaborated with U.S. gangs throughout the United States since at least 2010, a leaked, confidential FBI document revealed.
The FBI intelligence bulletin, published by the free information group Public Intelligence, showed that the Zetas have formed strong bonds with gangs of both Mexican and non-Mexican Americans to facilitate drug trafficking and enforcement on both sides of the border. The presence of Zetas-linked gangs is especially prominent along Texas’ southwest border and in Houston.
“The FBI judges with high confidence that Los Zetas [...]
Nine bullet-riddled bodies were found on the banks of the La Silla River in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, state prosecutors said.
The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon in the Reforma district of the city of Juarez, Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office spokesmen said.
The bodies were taken to the coroner’s officer, where specialists will try to identify the victims, the AG’s office said.
Nuevo Leon, one of Mexico’s most violent states, is the scene of a turf war between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas.
After several years on the payroll of the Gulf [...]
By Jim Kouri / Examiner
The alleged crime boss of “Los Rojos” (The Red) drug cartel was discovered dead in Mexico’s southern state of Morelos, a drug enforcement official said on Sunday morning.
Antonio Eli Roman Miranda, aka “La Moña”, was found with the body of another victim near the Tequesquitengo Lake, about 100 miles south of Mexico City, the Morelos Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) said in a statement.
“La Moña” was identified through analysis of his fingerprints and by a distinct tattoo, said the drug enforcement source.
The other body was identified to be a lower-echelon [...]
Authorities believe the Gulf Cartel was behind the seven murders in the popular resort city, which has seen an escalation of drug-related violence.
By Allison Jackson / Global Post
Six suspected drug dealers were strangled to death and another was beheaded in Mexico’s resort city of Cancun on Sunday, in the latest violence to strike the city popular with foreign tourists.
The victims were found on the patio of a house in a “low-income neighborhood” of the city, the Associated Press reported.
Authorities in the southern state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, said they believed [...]