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Mexican troops capture a top suspect in slayings of 49 updated: Mon May 21 2012 11:11:00

One of the main suspects in the killings of 49 people in northern Mexico received orders from the top leaders of the Zetas cartel, a military official said Monday.

Mexican police seek DNA of missing to identify decapitated bodiesupdated: Wed May 16 2012 16:44:00

Mexican authorities are asking for DNA samples from families of missing persons nationwide in their efforts to identify 49 decapitated bodies, an official said Wednesday.

Bodies dismembered in cartel violenceupdated: Tue May 15 2012 05:59:00

Mexican authorities found dozens of decapitated bodies along a highway. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Mexican official calls cartel violence 'irrational'updated: Tue May 15 2012 05:59:00

The 49 decapitated bodies authorities found on a roadside in northern Mexico over the weekend were likely the result of a fierce feud between rival drug cartels, a top Mexican official said Monday.

49 decapitated bodies found in Mexicoupdated: Mon May 14 2012 09:45:00

Mexican authorities found at least 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies along a highway in a northern border state Sunday morning, officials said.

Zetas' founder sentenced to 35 yearsupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 14:15:00

One of the founding members of Los Zetas, a ruthless Mexican drug cartel that began as a group of army deserters hired by a drug lord, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, the federal attorney general's office said.

Mexican drug kingpin's nephew pleads guilty to conspiracy charges updated: Mon Mar 12 2012 19:22:00

The nephew and protege of an imprisoned Mexican drug cartel kingpin pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges in a federal court in Brownsville, Texas, on Monday.

44 killed in Mexican prison meleeupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 00:01:00

At least 44 people died during a prison riot in northern Mexico on Sunday that could have been a cover for a breakout, a security official said.

Mexican authorities: Former goalkeeper worked for kidnapping gangupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 09:27:00

Mexican authorities have arrested a former soccer star whom they accuse of using his social status to help a kidnapping gang track down information about potential victims, officials said.

Drug kingpin's nephew arrested in Texasupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 21:09:00

The nephew and protege of an imprisoned Mexican drug cartel kingpin was arrested Wednesday by federal agents in southern Texas, an official told CNN.

Los Mata Zetasupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 23:28:00

Rafael Romo reporta que en México se formó un grupo que asegura combatirá a los narcotraficantes

'Zeta Killers' say they target Mexican drug cartelupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 23:28:00

A video purporting to be from a vigilante group whose goal is the eradication of the Zetas cartel from the state of Veracruz, Mexico, has surfaced on the Internet, but its credibility remains unproven.

Mexican city plans to train citizens to fire gunsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 04:08:00

Officials in a northern Mexican city plagued by violence say a new course will take a fresh approach toward protecting citizens: Training people to handle and shoot guns.

Mexican police arrest suspect tied to migrant massacreupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 21:36:00

Federal police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for coordinating the kidnappings of more than 70 migrants later found dead in northern Mexico last year, authorities said Friday.

Authorities arrest suspected leader of a Mexican drug cartelupdated: Sat May 21 2011 14:57:00

Authorities in Mexico have arrested Gilberto Barragan Balderas, one of the leaders of a powerful drug dealing group called the Gulf Cartel, police said.

Alleged Mexican drug kingpin arrestedupdated: Sat May 21 2011 14:57:00

Mexican authorities arrest Gilberto Barragan Balderas, the suspected leader of a powerful drug cartel.

Mexican military rescues 52 hostages in border cityupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 19:55:00

Members of the Mexican military have rescued 52 migrant hostages who were being held against their will at a house in northeastern Mexico, defense officials said.

51 hostages rescued in Mexican border city, government saysupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 11:14:00

Mexican federal police rescued 51 migrant hostages who were being held in northeastern Mexico, the country's public security ministry said Tuesday.

18 killed in Mexican border state shootoutupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 01:10:00

At least 18 people were killed in a shootout in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, state media reported.

Mexico announces capture of one of the founders of Los Zetasupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 12:26:00

One of Mexico's most-wanted fugitives, an original member of the violent Zetas drug cartel, has been arrested in southern Mexico, officials said Tuesday.

Guards face charges in Mexico jailbreakupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 01:17:00

A judge will bring at least 41 guards to trial following a mass jailbreak from a prison in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico's Attorney General's office posted on its website Tuesday.

Officials: At least 141 inmates escape from Mexican prisonupdated: Sat Dec 18 2010 09:49:00

State and federal authorities in Mexico traded barbs over the escape of 141 inmates from a border city prison as police stepped up security and searched for convicts on the run.

Mexico beefs up its security operation in the northeastupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 21:59:00

The Mexican government announced Wednesday it was strengthening its security operation in the country's drug-riven northeast by sending more soldiers and federal police to the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

11 suspected Zetas killed in clash near Mexico borderupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 00:36:00

Mexican troops have killed 11 suspected members of the Zetas drug cartel in a shootout near the Texas border, state media reported.

Violence pushes 100 families to flee Mexican townupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 20:11:00

About 100 families in a Mexican town near the border with Texas have abandoned their homes, not to seek better work or economic opportunities, but because of increasing violence that has hit the border state of Tamaulipas.

Gunmen, forces clash after cartel leader killedupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 23:49:00

Gunmen and security forces exchanged fire near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday, one day after a top leader of the Gulf drug cartel was killed, the Mexican state media reported.

Mexican authorities say top Gulf drug cartel leader is deadupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 22:59:00

A leader of the Gulf drug cartel -- Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as "Tony the Storm" -- died during a clash with security forces in the border city of Matamoros, Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for the Mexican government, said Friday.

American's suspected shooting death brings scrutiny to cartelupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 13:50:00

The suspected shooting death of an American by gunmen linked to a Mexican drug cartel has brought unwanted attention to a cartel known as Los Zetas and may have resulted in a death sentence for the killers, security experts said.

30 cartel members arrested in northern Mexicoupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 15:31:00

Mexico's navy on Wednesday announced the arrests of 30 members of the Gulf drug cartel following several armed confrontations in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Car bombs explode near Mexico TV station, transit officeupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 15:17:00

At least two car bombs exploded Friday near the television studios of Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico, authorities said.

At least 51 bodies found in mass graves in Mexicoupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 01:22:00

Authorities in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon have finished excavating and are trying to identify 51 bodies they found in nine hidden mass graves, state media said.

Why drug war is not good for businessupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 11:40:00

Drug violence along Mexico-Texas border has few Americans visiting Mexican businesses. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

Narco rappers earn cred with songs of deathupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 11:40:00

At first blush, there wouldn't seem much glamour in slicing up a rival into several pieces or beheading an enemy with a home-made garrote.

Bodyguards train to killupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 00:24:00

Bodyguards learn to fight off assassination and kidnap attempts in the Mexican drug war. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

Fear and charm in Mexico's drug warupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 10:23:00

Mexican cartels spread fear, but also opportunity for some. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports

U.S. extends travel warning to Mexicoupdated: Fri May 07 2010 03:39:00

The U.S. State Department on Thursday extended a travel warning that had been issued for Mexico because of the region's high level of drug and gang violence.

Weekend shootouts in northeastern Mexico kill at least 9updated: Mon Apr 12 2010 17:09:00

At least nine people died in shootouts over the weekend in northeastern Mexico, an area where two drug cartels have been waging a bloody war since January.

Mexico's Tamaulipas state bears brunt of recent cartel violenceupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 23:15:00

There are dozens of murders recorded in Mexico each month, but it was a single one that set off a succession of skirmishes that has turned the northeastern state of Tamaulipas into a battle zone.

Drug criminals block roads in Mexicoupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 14:44:00

Five presumed drug gang members and one soldier were killed in shootouts Thursday and Friday after criminals blocked thoroughfares in two northern Mexico states to prevent military reinforcements from arriving, authorities said.

With violence rising, U.S. Consulate closes office in Reynosa, Mexicoupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 20:44:00

The U.S. Consulate in the border city of Matamoros, Mexico, temporarily closed its Consular Agency in the nearby city of Reynosa because of heightened drug-related violence in recent days.

Mexican drug lord gets 25 years, gives up $50 millionupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 15:54:00

Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the former head of a powerful Mexican drug cartel, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will forfeit to the United States $50 million in illegal proceeds, a judge ruled.

U.S. offers up to $50 million for Mexican cartel membersupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 20:23:00

U.S. authorities have ratcheted up pressure on one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, releasing new details about the so-called Gulf Cartel's operations and offering up to a $50 million reward for the arrest of its leaders.

Top Mexican cartel suspect arrestedupdated: Fri May 22 2009 14:01:00

A top drug cartel suspect with a $1 million reward on his head has been captured by Mexican soldiers, federal authorities said.

Mexican official resigns after mass jailbreakupdated: Fri May 22 2009 12:43:00

Nearly a week after dozens of inmates walked out of a prison in Zacatecas, the central Mexican state's top security official has resigned, state-run media reported Friday.

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross borderupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:18:00

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, a 54-year-old drug cartel leader whose nickname means "Shorty," is the most wanted man in Mexico. He's also one of the most wanted men in the United States.

The big business of marijuanaupdated: Mon May 18 2009 11:18:00

Which drug is the cash cow of the Mexican drug war: cocaine or marijuana? Jeanne Meserve takes a look.

Hitmen's bloody reign all about logic, trafficker saysupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 11:22:00

There are no welcome signs on the approach to Camargo.

Mexican cops crackdownupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 11:22:00

Mexican cops say Juarez street gangs are a recruiting ground for drug cartels. Karl Penhaul's exclusive report. Viewer discretion

Police: U.S. teens were hit men for Mexican cartelupdated: Fri Mar 13 2009 17:51:00

Rosalio Reta sits at a table inside a Laredo Police Department interrogation room. A detective, sitting across the table, asks him how it all started.

Army desertions hurting Mexico's war on drugsupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 01:54:00

In the face of spiraling drug violence that has shaken the country, the Mexican army has taken a lead role in attempting to thwart the narcotraffickers. But its ability to do so has been hurt by a large number of desertions, government officials say.

Border town 'a war zone'updated: Wed Mar 11 2009 01:54:00

CNN's Nick Valencia traveled to Mexico to get a first hand look at the drug violence in Tijuana.

Three arrested for Mexico grenade attackupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 21:34:00

Three men have been arrested for a grenade attack last week on a crowd of revelers in Morelia that left eight people dead and 106 wounded, officials said Friday.

4 'executed' bodies found in Baja Californiaupdated: Tue May 20 2008 07:23:00

The bodies of four people, including at least one American, were found in the Mexican state of Baja California on Sunday, police said Monday, part of a wave of violence sweeping the country.

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