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Top 'Capo' of Mexico's Gulf Cartel Sought Haven in Texas

Top 'Capo' of Mexico's Gulf Cartel Sought Haven in Texas

A former cartel lawyer who led the Los Zetas Cartel before fleeing Mexico was an exception to the "rule" that top kingpins did not try to hide in the United States. The three men who killed Juan Jesús Guerrero Chapa will be on trial in Texas beginning later this month.

US Sentences Mexico Businessman in Zetas Money Laundering Case

US Sentences Mexico Businessman in Zetas Money Laundering Case

The United States sentenced a Mexico businessman for laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds for the Zetas criminal organization, concluding a long and cumbersome judicial process that demonstrates the challenges of prosecuting money laundering cases. 

Deadly Riot Illustrates Mexico's Prison Woes

Deadly Riot Illustrates Mexico's Prison Woes

The prison in northern Mexico where dozens died during a recent riot is a microcosm of all that is ailing Mexico's penitentiary system: corruption, overcrowding, deplorable living conditions and what is described as the criminal groups' "self-government" in the jails.

Nearly 50 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

Nearly 50 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

A prison riot in northern Mexico has left 52 people dead, a stunning illustration of the chaotic and violent nature of the country's penitentiary system, as well as the tight grip criminal groups have over many facilities. 

'Zetas Turned Mexico Prison into Mass Grave'

'Zetas Turned Mexico Prison into Mass Grave'

An ongoing investigation into the Zetas has revealed how this violent criminal group used a prison to dispose of over 150 victims, focusing attention on the shocking level of corruption within Mexico's prison system and state governments. 

The Zetas’ top leader is dead and the group is seemingly splitting into pieces, but they remain Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s biggest security challenge. In this context, InSight Crime delves into the battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.