The 'Matazetas,' a product of criminal fragmentation
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The Current State of Mexico’s Many Drug Cartels

It is tempting to separate Mexico's drug cartels into six hierarchical groups, each competing for trafficking turf. The reality, however, is that the Sinaloa...
Mexico-bound cocaine shipment seized in Panama
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4 of Mexico’s Cartels Operate in Panama: Officials

Panama's intelligence sources have identified four major Mexican cartels operating in that country, another sign of the widening reach of Mexico's criminals across...
Narcomanta banner hung by NCJ
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Alleged Juarez Cartel Leader Arrested in Mexico

Police in Mexico have arrested the alleged leader of the Juarez Cartel, who is also the brother of the cartel's late founder, raising the question of what will...
Juarez police at a crime scene
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Is Violence Returning to Ciudad Juarez?

The drop in violence in Ciudad Juarez remains one of the most dramatic turnarounds of Mexico’s drug war, but a recent rise in killings raises questions about the...
Juarez Mayor Murguia, Police Chief Leyzaola with bodyguards
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Private Juarez: a Border Town’s Security Revolution

In 2010 Ciudad Juarez was one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world, a frontline battleground in the "War on Drugs." Then, in 2011, the crime...
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Juarez Cartel

The Juarez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S. throughout its long and turbulent history, and the group's intense...
 Guadalajara Cartel chief Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo
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How Mexico’s Underworld Became Violent

Mexico’s battles with drug trafficking have been a constant in the country’s modern history, but the activities and organization of the criminal groups operating...
A map from Muggah and Vilalta's study on Ciudad Juarez
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Ciudad Juarez: Mapping the Violence

Juarez has always been a volatile place. It is a border city that draws huge numbers of migrants seeking work, and engenders large discrepancies between its...
Juarez police chief Julian Leyzaola
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Police Use Brute Force to Break Crime’s Hold on Juarez

There appears to have been a security miracle in Ciudad Juarez, once one of the world's most violent cities. But while some applaud the city’s police chief, Julian...