The Complete Organized Crime Database on the Americas
The continued presence of criminal groups along some of Mexico’s highways, especially in the embattled northeast, has become a litmus test for just how much control the government really has in certain parts of the country.
Rising kidnappings, the discovery of mass graves and security force shootouts with alleged Zetas members have created a security storm in the state of Veracruz in southeast Mexico, but what lies behind this streak of violence?
A new report analyzing the operational structure of several Mexican gangs, including how different individuals serve specific purposes key to different criminal activities, offers a more complete portrayal of groups like The Zetas.
The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel have reportedly set up an extensive gasoline distribution system in north Mexico that rivals that of state oil company Pemex, as oil-theft trade becomes an ever more sophisticated and lucrative criminal activity.
While still among Mexico's most notorious criminal groups, the Zetas have lost leaders, territory and organizational strength at a rapid clip in recent years. What does their decline mean for Mexico?
As Mexico works to implement its landmark oil reform, organized crime groups are mounting a nettlesome challenge, raising questions about their ability to undermine the nation's economic development.
Police have killed an original member of Mexico's vicious Zetas drug cartel, marking the latest loss among the group's Special Forces founders, who ushered in an era of brutal violence and the militarization of Mexican organized crime.
Why did the Zetas, in two massacres, murder 268 people, the majority Central American, Mexican and South American migrants? The history of some of the Salvadorans who died in these bloodbaths in northern Mexico, the voice of one of El Salvador's coyote patriarchs and some documents all indicate that everything was part of a process of making the coyotes understand that they either had to pay or could not pass. Not them, nor their migrants. The rules have changed. The coyotes are no longer the roughest guys on the road.
The tale of a runaway Cuban baseball player illustrates a human smuggling route from the Communist island to the US, and how Mexico's brutal Zetas may profit from the trade.
The execution-style murder of an employee at a public university in Mexico has shed light on the extortion of staff and students by the notorious Zetas cartel, indicating the group's willingness to go to extreme lengths in its search for new revenue streams.