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...
A stolen gasoline tanker

Mexico Criminal Groups Running Sophisticated Distribution Networks for Stolen Oil

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...
Police officers in Tamaulipas

Mexico Police Tests Show Deep Corruption Amid Tamaulipas Violence

Roughly half of the police in the north Mexico state of Tamaulipas have failed confidence tests, most due to links to organized crime or drug use, underscoring the...
Galindo Mellado Cruz, alias "Z-9"

Mexico Kills Zetas Founder As Cartel’s Decline Continues

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...
Murder scene in Tamaulipas

Gulf Cartel Future Uncertain as Alleged Infighting Escalates in North Mexico

A wave of violence in northern Mexico has been attributed to a bloody struggle for control of the Gulf Cartel, suggesting long running internal disputes and the...
Javier Garza Medrano

Mexico Capture of ‘Gulf Cartel Founder’ Highlights Leadership Vacuum

Authorities in Mexico have arrested a man they claim is a leader and founder of the Gulf Cartel, signaling another blow to a group that has already been weakened by...
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto celebrates energy reform

Mexico’s Oil Reform May Help Organized Crime

Mexico's landmark oil reform is poised to bring a flood of new companies into the nation's energy industry, adding a new set of targets for organized...
Luis Alberto Ascanio Blanco

Officials: Venezuela Broker Linked Colombia, Mexico Criminal Groups

Authorities in Colombia have captured a Venezuelan national wanted for drug trafficking in the United States, in a case that shines a light on how brokers bring...
San Fernando farmhouse, scene of migrant massacre

US Cables Raise Questions about Mexico Migrant Massacres

US government documents obtained by a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization shed some light on one of the darkest periods in recent Mexican history: the...