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'Venezuela Never Reported Cocaine Haul in Jet Plane'

Monday, 15 September 2014 12:35 Published in News Briefs

Venezuelan authorities never disclosed that another cocaine haul was discovered in a jet plane earlier this year, raising new questions about the amount of drugs being moved through the country's main international airport to destinations abroad.

In the past month, the normally peaceful state of Baja California Sur, Mexico has seen a rash of murders, which authorities have blamed on a conflict between the Sinaloa Cartel and a new alliance between the Zetas and the Beltran Leyva Organization.

Testimony Describes Zetas' Ties to Mexico Governor

Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:18 Published in News Briefs

Testimony from a US federal court provides more fuel for accusations that a former governor of Veracruz, Mexico, accepted cash from the Zetas, which was then part of the Gulf Cartel.

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