Organized Crime News

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Prison Riot Leaves 44 Dead

Feb 20, 2012
Prisoners in an overcrowded prison in Nuevo Leon break into a deadly riot, possibly as part of a feud between the Zeta and Gulf cartels.

Mexico Institute in the News: Is Mexico's drug war strategy working?

Feb 16, 2012
President Calderon has used a military approach to combat the drug cartel problem in Mexico. Some wonder if tolerance or legalizing drugs would be a better approach.

Latin American Program in the News: Pérez, abierto a la legalización

Feb 14, 2012
Otto Perez Molina will likely propose drug legalization at the next summit of regional leaders. Dr. Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, discusses how the initiative comes in response to the frustration over the current drug policy that has defined the region over the past few decades. She argues that even though it may not be implemented, it is a message that is icreasingly becoming part of the discussion in the region. [Article is in Spanish]

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Seizes Record Amount of Methamphetamine

Feb 10, 2012
Methamphetamine was seized from the Sinaloa cartel. An amount of meth this large shows more what the cartel may be capable of.

Mexico Institute in the News: Violence Levels Off in Some Parts of Mexico, but Spreads to Others

Feb 04, 2012
Violence remains high in border areas, and grows in other areas of Mexico. President Calderon continues his plan to go after cartel leaders as critics question the effectiveness of his plan.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Vote May Determine Future of Drug War

Feb 03, 2012
Enrique Pena Nieto, a front-runner in the Mexican presidential race, is in the PRI, which is known for allowing drug cartels power. U.S. policy-makers are concerned for what may happen with the drug war if he wins the election.

Mexico Institute in the News: Is Mexico City Safe from Drug Cartel War -- Or the Next Target?

Jan 17, 2012
Mexico City used to be perceived as a crime-ridden place people wanted to move away from. Now it is perceived as a safe haven from the drug war, with a growing fear that it will not remain that way.

Mexico Institute in the News: Drug-Related Violence Soars in Mexico

Jan 12, 2012
Violence in Mexico continues to increase and spread as the drug war in Mexico continues.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Updates Death Toll in Drug War to 47,515, but Critics Dispute the Data

Jan 11, 2012
The Mexican government released high death toll for drug war. The accuracy of these numbers is questioned.

Mexico Institute in the News: 2011 Drug Violence Kills Nearly 13,000 in Mexico, New Figures Show

Jan 11, 2012
The rate of drug related killings continues to increase, though at a slower rate than in 2010.

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