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BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 7 FEB 2012

The relatives of a Mexican casino kingpin, who is accused of a range of crimes from drug trafficking, murder, to running a luxury car theft ring, donated more than $200,000…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 3 JAN 2012

A new report from a renowned Mexican crime analyst says that 71.5 percent of the nation’s municipalities are under criminal control. But the reality of illicit activity can hardly…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 14 OCT 2011

The brother of U.S.-Mexican trafficker Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias “La Barbie,” made waves earlier this week when he announced that his brother was refusing food in protest against prison conditions,…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 10 OCT 2011

The targeting of teachers in the port city of Acapulco is a symptom of the increasing victimization of civilians by Mexico's drug gangs, and could spark a backlash.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 23 AUG 2011

In a video interview, a hitman talks calmly about killing 300 people in his career working for a Mexican cartel, offering a snapshot of just how fragmented Mexico's "drug war"…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 23 AUG 2011

While many of Mexico’s tourist spots have remained apart from the bouts of drug violence buffeting the country, the popular resort of Acapulco has emerged as one of…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 22 AUG 2011

The mayor of a small town in Guerrero state, Mexico was kidnapped and killed by unidentified perpetrators, the fifth mayor killed in Mexico so far this year.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 18 JUL 2011

Recent claims that computer programmers are being forcibly recruited by Mexican drug gangs, if true, suggest that the criminal groups may be upping their efforts to reap the potential profits…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 5 JUL 2011

On the eve of a vital gubernatorial election in Mexico State, five dismembered bodies were left in plastic bags in two cities, with notes attributing the killings to the Mano…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 16 JUN 2011

Mexico's government argues that killing and arresting the leaders of drug cartels does not lead to increased violence. But is the "myth-busting" by President Calderon's security team just another type…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 13 JUN 2011

An elaborate cemetery in northwest Mexico, subject of a new documentary film, points to the ways drug lords continue to display their power and influence, even after death.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 10 JUN 2011

Mexico's authorities have discovered 14 bodies in a series of clandestine graves in Acapulco, thought to be victims of drug violence.

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