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Ciudad Juárez, Torreón, Acapulco, Durango, Culiacán, Mazatlán, Tepic, Veracruz, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey,
Nuevo León and Cuernavaca were placed in a list of the world's 50 most-violent cities. The first five cities were placed in the top ten by the Security, Justice and Peace group. Ciudad
Juárez ranked second with a homicide rate of 147 per 100,000 inhabitants, exceeded only by San Pedro Sula,
with 158. Tijuana, Reynosa and Matamoros fell out of the top-50 ranking; Monterrey and Veracruz joined the list.
Story, Frontera (PDF): Story mistakenly puts homicide rate as per 1,000 inhabitants.
Security, Justice and Peace website story.
Security, Justice and Peace study can be accessed through above site.
Update, Jan. 14: Follow-up story in Frontera, but it still does not mention that Tijuana fell out of top 50 (PDF).
Alleged Zetas leader Luis
Jesús "El Pepito" Sarabia Ramón was captured by the military in García municipality in Nuevo
León state near the Coahuila border. Authorities have linked him to 50 deaths, including that of U.S. agent Jaime Zapata on Feb. 15 on a highway in San Luis Potosí state. Sarabia allegedly worked with Julián "El Piolín" Zapata Espinoza, charged in the death of the U.S. agent, who was no relation. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Jan. 14: "El Pepito" presented to the media (PDF).
Sandra Ávila Beltrán has been granted another injunction (amparo) against extradition by a judge who said the United States was seeking to extradite her for crimes she has already been absolved for in Mexico.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Previous story on denial of extradition.
A car driven by a U.S. man who lives in Tijuana was seized at the border after a million dollars worth of meth was found in it. The car, which was going through the SENTRI trusted traveler lane, had been sent to secondary.
Story, Channel 6. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.