Man detained at Cancun airport carrying more than 700,000 pesos in foreign currency

Man detained at Cancun airport carrying more than 700,000 pesos in foreign currency

Jan 7, 2018

A man was arrested on Saturday January 6 at the International Airport of Cancun, Quintana Roo, after discovering that he was travelling with more than 700 thousand pesos among his belongings. Agents of the Division of Regional Security, of the Federal Police (PF), noticed a suspicious attitude in the subject and proceeded to detain him in order to carry out a search of his baggage, when they discovered that he was hiding among his belongings cash distributed in different denominations of foreign currencies The incident took place on terminal 2 of Cancun’s airport, and the man with a passport of the Gabonese Republic was arrested after he could not prove the legal origin of the money. Among his belongings he carried 30,150 euros, 150 English pounds, 120 thousand African francs, 400 baisa coins and 19.5 rials, which are equivalent to more than 700,000 Mexican pesos (aproximatelly $35,000 USD). The subject also indicated having Lebanese nationality, so he was read the Rights Book that Assists People in Detention and Mexican autohrities informed the consulate of both countries. The detainee and insured objects were placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation. Source:...

Mexico’s politicians in the line of fire as narco underworld breaks down

Mexico’s politicians in the line of fire as narco underworld breaks down

Jan 6, 2018

2017 is set to be Mexico’s most violent year on record, with 23,101 homicide cases opened during the first 11 months of the year. These homicide cases can contain more than one victim. A number of categories of crime saw increases in 2017, but the year also proved to be the deadliest in the past decade for Mexico’s politicians — with the final days of December seeing a spate of attacks against current, former, and prospective officials. On December 24, an activist from the center-left party Citizens’ Movement was found shot dead in western Jalisco. On December 28, Saul Galindo, a state congressman and mayoral candidate from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was shot and killed in the same region. On December 29, Arturo Gomez, the PRD mayor of the town of Petatlan on Guerrero’s Pacific coast, was shot three times through a window of a restaurant where he was dining with friends, dying later at a hospital. December 30 saw three killings. Juan Jose Castro Crespo, a former state congressional candidate from the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was killed in Baja California. Gabriel Hernandez, a town-council member from the PRD in Jalapa in Tabasco, was found stabbed to death in his home. Mariano Catalan Ocampo, a PRD member who was municipal director of general services and was expected to run for mayor, was shot in the downtown of tourist city of Zihuatanejo on Guerrero Pacific coast. On December 31, Adolfo Serna, a PRI mayoral candidate, was shot dead in his hometown of Atoyac de Alvarez, also on Guerrero’s Pacific coast, just hours after posting a Facebook message urging locals to unite to improve society. Click here for full article on Business Insider Source: Business...

Five heads found on car in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

Five heads found on car in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

Jan 6, 2018

According to Reuters, the heads of five men displayed atop a car were found on Friday Jan. 5 in the Gulf state of Veracruz in southeastern Mexico, local authorities said, in the midst of a spike in violence in the country. The heads had been placed on the hood of an official car for the municipality of Tlacotalpan, along with a message containing the initials of a Mexican drug cartel. Brutal displays of gang violence are not uncommon in Mexico. “We regret with deep sorrow the events that took place in our municipality last night,” read a post on the official Twitter account of the town of Tlacotalpan. Clashes between rival drug gangs contributed to a record high number of murders in Mexico last year. Veracruz is one of the most violent states. Murders in Veracruz rose about 35 percent through November last year compared with the same period in 2016. The state has also seen four of the 12 murders of reporters in Mexico last year. Sources: https://www.usnews.com/...

Unprecedented, Tijuana lawyer caught introducing crystal meth and heroine into prison facility

Unprecedented, Tijuana lawyer caught introducing crystal meth and heroine into prison facility

Jan 5, 2018

TIJUANA, BC, on December 29, 2017.- A Tijuana lawyer was arrested for attempting to smuggle 48 grams of “crystal”, and 15 grams of heroin into the Center for Social Reintegration (CERESO) of Tijuana.   The incident occurred during the preventive review that was carried out in a meticulous search when passing through the intelligent customs system. Since the lawyer showed signs of nervousness, he was asked to leave the line and step into an office for a full cavity search.   A State Security Police and Correctional Custody officer searched the man and detected in one of the socks a pair of regular size wrappings for which he was asked to remove his shoes.   The commanding officer proceeded to open one of the capsules which contained a transparent and granulated substance with the characteristics of “crystal”, so he immediately proceeded to check the other package which contained a brown substance which resulted to be heroin.   The approximate weight of the drug found was 48 grams of “crystal” and 29 grams of heroin, and the lawyer refrained to make any statement.   The detainee was placed under custody of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office where the pertinent investigation will be carried out and the corresponding authority will define the accused legal situation. Comunicado de prensa emitido por SSP Del Gobierno del Estado de Baja...

Mexican drug cartels infiltrate Mexico City Airport operations: El Universal

Mexican drug cartels infiltrate Mexico City Airport operations: El Universal

Jan 3, 2018

MEXICO CITY — Criminal organizations in Mexico, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, have expanded their operation networks at the airports of the country in order to smuggle drugs and money with the help of pilots, ground handlers, private security personnel, flight attendants, and even members of the Federal Police. A report by the Federal Police confirms that while seizures do take place at Mexican airports, these are only a fraction of the total amounts moved every day in commercial flights and airport terminals, according to El Universal newspaper. They have acknowledged that in some cases seized cargoes are distractions so bigger shipments can move undetected. The main center of operations of drug cartels is the International Mexico City Airport (AICM). According to the information, criminal organizations have operation networks involving drug couriers and mules and airport staff. Drug cartels have operated at Mexican airports for over 20 years. People arrested for drug trafficking have used airlines such as Iberia, Volaris, Copa Airlines, Air France, Aeroméxico, and Mexicana de Aviación. Pursuant to the Federal Police and the Mexican Office of the Attorney General (PGR), high-risk flights are those coming mainly from Peru, Panama, Colombia, the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Spain. This is how the International Mexico City Airport becomes the link for moving drugs between Central and South America to the United States and European countries. Most common trafficked illegal substances are cocaine, heroin, crystal Meth, ephedrine, fentanyl, and pseudoephedrine. Between 2007 and early 2016, at least 256 cargos of illegal drugs have been seized at the Mexico City International Airport. Not only in Mexico City In March 2016 at the International Airport of Cancún in Quintana Roo, a woman was arrested trying to smuggle three kilograms of cocaine hidden in the false bottom of her suitcase. In the airport of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Federal Police members arrested last month a woman who had tried to board a flight carrying 22 cocaine capsules inside her and in October, another who had swallowed 41. In Tijuana, Baja California, 9 kilograms of crystal meth were hidden inside two wooden crosses covered in plaster. In Mérdia, Yucatán,...

PEP presents overwhelming results against crime

PEP presents overwhelming results against crime

Dec 27, 2017

MEXICALI, BC, December 22, 2017.- In the fight against common and organized crime the State Preventive Police (PEP) has applied an operational strategy in areas identified as priority in the 5 municipalities of Baja California, which allowed the capture of 1,864 suspects involved in various crimes, some of them related to drug cartel activity. The Secretary of Public Security of the State, Gerardo Manuel Sosa Olachea, indicated that the results presented by this corporation encompass from January 1 to December 20 of this year, period in which they worked permanently through their own operations and joint which were raised through the Coordination Group of Baja California. He noted that of the total of 1,864 arrested, 875 were detained for crimes of federal order, 218 for crimes of the common order, 262 had an arrest warrant or national recapture, 93 with an arrest warrant or foreign recapture and 416 were arrested for administrative faults. “The fight against crime is permanent and many of the results are thanks to citizen participation through their complaints to emergency number 9-1-1 and anonymous report 089, actions that have been reinforced with meetings with business groups, civil society and communities where preventive work is being carried out, “said Sosa Olachea. The state official reiterated that the guard will not be lowered to maintain peace and tranquility in the entity, for which he urges the citizens to join the actions of the “Crusade for Security, Everyone’s Task”, which is headed by the Governor of the State, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid and together to fight for the welfare of each community of Baja California.   In numbers: PEP results January to December 2017   1 thousand 864 people arrested 72,556,789 doses of drugs confiscated 506 vehicles with reported theft recovered 396 vehicles involved in the commission of some crime 238 short and 112 long firearms seized 7,458 cartridges seized 3 laboratories for the production of drugs destroyed 1 field with 100 thousand plants destroyed Source:...