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10 Official Versions of the Capture of 'Barbie'

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 1 NOV 2010

Mexico's newspaper La Crónica says there are ten versions of how the drug trafficker and hitman Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias La Barbie, was captured in late August just outside…

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Criminals Control Mercury Mines in Cordoba

COLOMBIA / 1 NOV 2010

Emerging Criminal Groups or BACRIM's are overrunning mercury mines in Córdoba and Antioquia, President Juan Manuel Santos announced. The mines are contaminated the environment, he added, stating that…

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5 Arrested in Jalisco with C-4; Part of New Alliance

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 1 NOV 2010

Five men, two of them ex-military, carrying explosives, weapons, flak jackets and T-shirts with the letters "MFG" were arrested in Jalisco, El Universal is reporting. The explosives are…

MEXICO

Vicente Carrillo Leyva, alias 'El Ingeniero'

EL INGENIERO (JUAREZ) / 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.

MEXICO

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias 'El Viceroy'

EL VICEROY / 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.

COLOMBIA

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias 'Valenciano'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-07 22:08:37

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," was a leader in the Colombian criminal organization Oficina de Envigado, and forged ties with international trafficking organizations such as the Zetas in Mexico. He…

COLOMBIA

Luciano Marín Arango, alias 'Iván Márquez'

COLOMBIA / AUGUST 18, 2020

Luciano Marin Arango, alias “Iván Márquez,” was a member of the FARC Secretariat. He is widely considered to have been one of the main political and ideological leaders of the…

MEXICO

Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez, alias 'El Coss'

EL COSS / 2017-09-27

Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias "El Coss," headed the Gulf Cartel, which has its headquarters in Tamaulipas, along the eastern part of the US-Mexico border. He was detained by…

MEXICO

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias 'El Chapo'

EL CHAPO / 2019-03-29

Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzmán Loera, alias "El Chapo," heads up an alliance of powerful drug traffickers known as the Sinaloa Cartel. His ability to simultaneously co-opt public…

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17 Dead in Honduran 'Gang' Massacre

1 NOV 2010

Seventeen youths are dead after armed men stormed a shoe factory and shot them at point blank range in the embattled city of San Pedro Sula, in the northern part…

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Maras Paralyze Transport in El Salvador

1 NOV 2010

Gangs from the Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 and the Barrio 18 shut down 40 percent to 60 percent of the public transport bus service in El Salvador, La Crónica…

MEXICO

Ismael Zambada García, alias 'El Mayo'

EL MAYO / MAY 5, 2021

Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias "El Mayo," heads a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. Along his recently escaped partner, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo," El Mayo is one of…

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