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Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

12 Mexican cities ranked among world's 50 most violent

Tijuana falls out of ranking

50 most violent cities studyCiudad 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 Zeta leader linked to 50 deaths, including of U.S. agent, arrested

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).

Reina del Pacífico gets another injunction against extradition

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.

Car with million dollars worth of meth seized at SENTRI lane at San Ysidro

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.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

Mexican government: More than 12,000 killed in drug war during first nine months of 2011

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Actress Kate del Castillo asks drug trafficker El Chapo Guzmán to start acting for the good of Mexico

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