Category Archives: Security News

Bloody, Bloody Iguala

The police killings and forced disappearances of students and civilians last fall in Iguala, Mexico, put the city in the international spotlight.  As outrage and protests spread across Mexico and the world, attention focused on the goings on in the city before and after the attacks on the students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural…
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The Battle over Street Casinos

A new front is open in the battle over gaming in Mexico. In recent days, Mexican federal authorities and promoters of pinball and slot-like machines have squared off over the widespread proliferation of such games in mom-and-pop grocery stores and other businesses that attract young people. Marcela Gonzalez Salas, director of gaming regulation for the…
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Welcome to the Bloody State of New Mexico

Special Report Tourism industry boosters in New Mexico plan to redouble their efforts at luring more visitors to the Land of Enchantment in 2015. “New Mexico is a world class destination-a legendary place to experience truly genuine adventure and culture all at once,” said Richard Holcomb, chairman of the board of the newly-formed New Mexico…
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Former New Mexico Lawman Heads to Prison

In 2011, Las Cruces Police Department Detective Michael Garcia was working with a unit focused on investigating sex crimes and child abuse. But according to a former department intern, Garcia drove to a secluded area one day and sexually assaulted her after a visit to a crime scene. On November 19, 2014, a federal court…
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Juarez Violence Spikes

A spate of murders has Ciudad Juarez once again on edge. As October drew to a close, the northern Mexican border city had racked up more than 40 homicides for the month. While authorities downplayed the toll, arguing that the body count was far lower than the number of slayings committed during the so-called narco war…
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Extradition Sought in Border Massacre Probe

A potentially thorny legal matter between Mexico and the U.S. related to  the 2011 Coahuila Massacre surfaced this week. Juan Jose Yanez Arreola, Coahuila state deputy prosecutor, confirmed to the Mexican news agency Apro that the state government had initiated the paperwork needed to extradite three men currently in the U.S. who could have key…
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The Drones of Mexico

Whether legally or illegally, more drones are piercing Mexican airspace. Joining Tijuana in the club of drones, Chihuahua state is expected to deploy the technology soon for law enforcement purposes. Chihuahua State Prosecutor Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas told the local press this month that his agency has acquired four drones which will be assigned to each…
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Juarez Violence and Arrest Patterns: Then and Now

Readers of Frontera NorteSur will be interested in a new article that probes the ups and downs of violence in Ciudad Juarez in recent years, combined with an examination of Mexican law enforcement responses and a look at the socio-economic status of areas in the Mexican border city where arrests of suspects have occurred. Published…
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Boomer Expatriates Demand Security

Foreign-born residents joined Mexican nationals in a recent demonstration demanding security for a storied but troubled town. Dressed in white and carrying candles, about 400 people staged a silent march late last week through San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Ruth Kear,  a former U.S. resident who currently lives in…
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Police Shootings Fire California Crisis

May 26, 2014 A May 20 police shooting has plunged the California city of Salinas into crisis.  A small riot, multiple protests and calls for outside intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice have all riveted the mainly Latino community within the past week. Like a similar episode in New Mexico earlier this year, a…
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