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Over 50 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

Over 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. 

Fmr Mexico Governor Arrested in Spain Linked to the Zetas

Fmr Mexico Governor Arrested in Spain Linked to the Zetas

Spanish authorities have detained the ex-governor of Mexico's northern Coahuila state on corruption charges, a case that highlights the protection still enjoyed by Mexican political elites in their own country. 

Tougher Penalties for Oil Theft in Mexico Unlikely to Fix Problem

Tougher Penalties for Oil Theft in Mexico Unlikely to Fix Problem

Mexico has taken steps to toughen up penalties against people convicted of stealing crude oil, but it is unlikely that these measures will markedly affect the prevalence of this crime, nor its popularity for organized crime groups.

Pemex: Oil Theft Up by 44% in Mexico

Pemex: Oil Theft Up by 44% in Mexico

Fuel theft from Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, reportedly almost doubled over a one-year period, an indication of how much the country's criminal groups continue to profit from this activity. 

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.