Archive: Oct 2010

Suspected Human Smuggler Arrested in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 31 OCT 2010

Ecuadorean officials arrested Miguel Dutan Meneses, a suspected member of the network of human smugglers that sent several Ecuadoreans through Mexico on their way to the United States, the Latin American Herald…

New Trade for Traffickers: Cattle Rustling

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 31 OCT 2010

Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) like Mexico's La Familia, is entering the cattle rustling business, according to a lengthy article in El Universal. The organizations are using their superior…

Guatemalans Working with Zetas Sentenced

MEXICO / 31 OCT 2010

Six Guatemalan former military were sentenced to prison this week in Mexico for working with the Mexican criminal group the Zetas, Prensa Libre says.

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias ‘Gabino’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / MAY 19, 2020

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino," was a peasant recruit who rose to become the commander in chief and political leader of Colombia guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (Ejército de…

Alleged ‘Barbie’ Associate Facing Charges in Costa Rica

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 31 OCT 2010

In an illustration of the reach of the Beltrán Leyva Organization, an associate of Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias La Barbie, is facing trial in Costa Rica for drug trafficking, according…

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias ‘El Ingeniero’

EL INGENIERO (TIJUANA) / 2016-10-20 20:29:31

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias "El Ingeniero" or "Fernandito," was the enigmatic head of the Tijuana Cartel, until his capture in June 2014. El Ingeniero is the son of Enedina Arellano…

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian’ (Oficina)

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-07 22:12:46

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias "Sebastian," is a former hitman turned leader of the feared Oficina de Envigado organization that operates in and around Medellin, Colombia. He was captured by Colombian…

Paying Attention to Central America’s Drug Trafficking Crisis

31 OCT 2010

From an October 27, 2010 report by Kevin Casas-Zamora of the Brookings Institution.

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias ‘Antonio Garcia’

ANTONIO GARCÍA / 2016-11-07 21:05:19

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias "Antonio Garcia," is the number two commander in Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group.

‘Barbie’ Talks?

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 31 OCT 2010

Mexican authorities are making it seem as if Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias “La Barbie,” is cooperating with them following their recent capture of the drug lord. The police released a…

63pc of Mexican Municipalities ‘Inflitrated’ by Traffickers

MEXICO / 31 OCT 2010

A new study by the Congressional Commission on Development of the Municipalities in Mexico says that drug trafficking groups control 8 percent of all the municipalities, or 71, according…

20,000 Migrants Kidnapped per year in Mexico

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 31 OCT 2010

Twenty thousand migrants per year are kidnapped in Mexico by criminal groups, ElSalvador.com says, citing Mexican and international monitoring organizations. The startling number appears just days after 72 migrants…

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COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

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