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Conflict in Mexico's Heroin Heartland as Self-Defense Groups Cry 'Narco'

Conflict in Mexico's Heroin Heartland as Self-Defense Groups Cry 'Narco'

Two self-defense groups in Mexico's troubled state of Guerrero have accused each other of involvement in organized crime, illustrating the complexity of the criminal landscape in the country's heroin epicenter.

Study Links Mexico Vigilantes, Inequality

Study Links Mexico Vigilantes, Inequality

A new study from a Mexico security expert examines the driving factors behind the explosion of vigilante groups around the nation over the past several years.

Mexico Army Moves into Michoacan Despite Protests

Mexico Army Moves into Michoacan Despite Protests

Mexican security forces installed a new base to combat armed groups in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán, after days of protests from the community that highlight citizens' fears that the presence of federal police may increase insecurity and human rights violations.

'New' Vigilante Groups Keep a Violent Tradition Alive in Michoacán

'New' Vigilante Groups Keep a Violent Tradition Alive in Michoacán

The appearance of new and recycled armed groups whose motives are as questionable as their video-making credentials is the latest manifestation of Michoacán's continued decent into nebulous criminal-vigilante territory.

Loan Sharks Contract Organized Crime as Muscle in Michoacán

Loan Sharks Contract Organized Crime as Muscle in Michoacán

In another sign of the proliferation of the use of violence and intimidation in Mexico, informal money lenders in the embattled state of Michoacán are turning to local enforcers to make debtors turn over their homes. 

Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups.