By Gustavo Palencia / Reuters
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – A leading anti-money laundering official was shot dead late on Thursday in Honduras, which is struggling to cope with violent Mexican drug cartels.
Orlen Chavez, head of the anti-money laundering unit in the public prosecutor’s office, was shot in his car in the capital Tegucigalpa by unidentified gunmen believed to have been riding motorcycles, the office said. He died shortly afterwards in hospital.
“We don’t know where this attack came from, but he had important responsibilities in the fight against money laundering in the country, especially by drug traffickers,” [...]
By Tim Rogers / Time
The headlines in Nicaragua these days have a familiar echo. In what feels like a 30-year high school reunion, the reanimated socialist Sandinista Front, led by president Daniel Ortega, is rekindling its old revolutionary romance with Russia, which has promised its former tovarishch millions of dollars in weapons, uniforms, helicopters, armored vehicles and training.
But this time, the Russian arms will be targeted at drug traffickers, not political insurgents. And the U.S., which spent billions of dollars to stop the expansion of Soviet influence in Central America in the 1980s, is welcoming [...]
Nine bodies, the majority of them dismembered, were found inside an SUV with Texas tags in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, state officials said.
The grisly discovery was made Sunday night in the community of Santa Clara, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office and the Public Safety Secretariat said in a joint statement.
The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas state and smuggling routes into the United States.
Police received a tip from a caller who mentioned the bodies were inside a Yukon SUV.
Two female victims found dead within 48 hours near U.S. border in Tijuana
By K. Mennem / San Diego Reader
Two women were found dead near the U.S. border in Tijuana within 48 hours, according to municipal and state authorities. The remains of one woman, who was reported missing last week, was found around 11:00am in a shanty home near the U.S. border on Monday, March 18th. The remains of the victim, identified as Claudia Verónica Palacios Espinoza, were found dismembered in a suitcase as municipal police were searching the colonia Las Torres.
The Attorney General’s office [...]
Scene of a murdered couple in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The woman was far into her pregnancy. The couple’s heads touched in a last embrace. A single bullet entered the man’s skull and took all three lives.
By Ryan J. Bell / Huffington Post
Nowhere is the human toll of our American consumption more obvious than in the United States/Mexico border region. And nowhere is the border nightmare more clearly visible than in Ciudad Juárez.
Our group of 10 delegates from around the United States and Latin America came to Ciudad Juárez to learn about the violence and [...]
by Radley Balko / Huffington Post
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they’re deployed, what types of weapons they use, how often citizens are injured during SWAT raids, and how they’re funded. More affiliates may join the effort in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the affiliates will ask for information [...]