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Migrant Caravan in Mexico Changes Course, but Dangers Still Lurk

A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to the United States has changed its intended route to avoid the Texas-Mexico border — a move that shows even...
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The Mexico Crime Bosses Peña Nieto’s Government Toppled

When Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in 2012, he put together a list of 122 alleged criminals whose arrests would be “high-priority” in the...
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Trump’s Border Policies Strengthen Organized Crime. Here’s How.

The Trump administration’s stated purpose of “zero tolerance” of illegal immigration on US borders is to lower crime rates, but research shows that the net...
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Mexico’s Zetas: From Criminal Powerhouse to Fragmented Remnants

The Zetas were once Mexico’s most feared and violent organized crime threat. Now, the group is a fragmented shadow of its former self. InSight Crime looks at what...
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Is Mexico’s CJNG Following in the Footsteps of the Zetas?

The alleged abduction and murder of federal agents in Mexico by the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) resembles the type of...
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Mexico Trumpets Arrest of ‘Most-Wanted’ Zetas Leader

Armed forces in Mexico arrested an alleged leader of the Zetas who was on the country's most-wanted list, but the longstanding policy of...
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New Study Offers Insight Into Zeta Tyranny

A new study of the Zetas’ operations in northern Mexico offers a detailed examination of the roots of the organization’s power as well as the extent of its...
Criminal violence continues to rock Mexico's northeast
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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups' longstanding...
Miguel Angel Treviño, alias "Z40," was a top commander of the Zetas
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What Three New Books on the Zetas Tell Us About the Legendary Crime Group

No criminal organization illustrates the life-and-death struggle that has embroiled Mexico over the past decade better than the Zetas. Three new books offer a look...
At least 13 died in rioting at Cadereyta prison
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Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover Allegations

At least 13 people have died in a prison mutiny in north Mexico that some witnesses claim was a backlash against an attempted takeover of the prison by the Zetas,...
Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sánchez, alias "El Coss"
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Former Boss of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Pleads Guilty to US Drug Charges

A former leader of the Gulf Cartel has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the United States, a reminder that the once-powerful crime group has all but...
Can US jurisdiction reach too far?
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As US Prosecutes Foreign Crimes, How Far Can Its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Reach?

The sentencing of a Zetas cartel assassin in Texas is the latest example of US prosecutors applying extraterritorial jurisdiction to foreign nationals for crimes...