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Juárez Cartel

The Juárez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the United States throughout its long and turbulent history, and the group's intense rivalry with the Sinaloa Cartel helped turn Juarez into one of the most violent places in the world.

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JUAREZ CARTEL / 15 NOV 2019

Two lesser-known criminal groups have grabbed headlines in recent weeks for their role in the brazen ambush and murder of…

AYOTZINAPA / 6 NOV 2019

The brazen murder of several children and women from a prominent American Mormon family by cartel gunmen in northern Mexico…

EL MAYO / 5 MAR 2019

At the start of the fourth month of Mexico’s new government -- the so-called “Fourth Transformation” -- two feared capos…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 10 JAN 2019

The six bodies, minus their heads, were dumped just before dawn on a morning in late October. They were left in…

HOMICIDES / 24 OCT 2018

A truce among rival criminal gangs is said to be behind a sudden dip in homicides in Juárez, though the…

BARRIO AZTECA / 2 OCT 2017

Authorities have blamed conflict over local drug markets for a bloody massacre at a drug treatment center in Mexico, the…

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Vicente Carrillo Leyva, alias 'El Ingeniero'

MEXICO / 2017-03-10 00:12:34

Vicente Carrillo Leyva, alias "El Ingeniero," was a top leader of the Juarez Cartel. He was captured in 2009 by Mexican authorities.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias 'El Viceroy'

MEXICO / 2017-03-10 00:13:34

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias "El Viceroy," inherited the Juárez Cartel after his brother died in 1997. At that point, the cartel was the most powerful drug trafficking organization in Mexico.

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