A burned-out bus in Altamira, Tamaulipas

Gulf Cartel Violence Reminiscent of Mexico Drug War Peak

Violence exploded in northeastern Mexico this week following the arrest of a Gulf Cartel leader, demonstrating the ability of drug cartels to brazenly create chaos...
Perforated pipeline in Mexico

Why Success of Mexico’s Oil Security Plan May Not Matter

A Wilson Center report says Mexico's efforts to improve security in two states containing major oil and gas reserves may yield only short-term results and primarily...
Armored vehicles sent to Tamaulipas

New Report Examines Tamaulipas Security Strategy

A report from a prominent think tank tackles the new security strategy in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico's perennially conflictive northern...
Leaders of factions within the Zetas and Gulf Cartel

Announced Zetas, Gulf Alliance Could Change Mexico’s Criminal Landscape

Factions of the criminal organizations Zetas and Gulf Cartel announced the two criminal groups have formed an alliance, which, if true, would be a game changer in...
Pemex has lost over $1 billion from fuel theft in 2014

Mexico Fuel Theft Worth $1 Bn in 2014

The theft of fuel from Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex has risen by around 33 percent this year, turning into a billion-dollar source of income for organized...
The Gulf Cartel (CDG) relies heavily on smaller gangs

Mexico Counts Over 40 Gangs Working with Drug Cartels

According to Mexico's Attorney General's Office, there are nine major criminal cartels working with some 43 gangs in the country, further indication of just how...
Testimony is from Zetas' racehorse money laundering case

Testimony Describes Zetas’ Ties to Mexico Governor

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...
Migrants protest kidnappings in Tamaulipas

Rise in Tamaulipas Kidnappings Points to Lack of Mexico Govt Control

Mexico's Tamaulipas state was the site of nearly 60 percent of the country's kidnappings in July and saw a drastic spike in the crime compared to previous months,...
Mexico's northeastern highways are cartel hot spots

Mexico Govt Struggles to Control Cartel-Run Highways

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...