Mexico's Vigilantes Turn over 11 Detained Suspects

MEXICO CITY - Mexican farmers who took up arms against drug-gang violence and other crime in the mountains of southern Mexico have turned over to authorities 11 of 53 people that the vigilantes have put in improvised jails over the last month as suspected criminals. Bruno Placido, leader of the self-styled "self-defense" movement, described the... more

Lawmakers Demand Return of Vet Jailed in Mexico

Marine veteran John Hammar sits, chained, to a cot in a Mexican jail. Hammar is being held on a charge of bringing an illegal weapon into Mexico, even though he he had declared the rifle to authorities when he arrived at the border.

A group of 68 US lawmakers on Thursday demanded Mexico take all possible measures to ensure the safe return of a former US marine, jailed after crossing the border with an antique shotgun. Jon Hammar, 27, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested after entering Mexico on his way to Costa Rico for a surfing vacation. In Mexico,... more

American Embassy Workers Shot by Mexican Police

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities are trying to sort out why a U.S. Embassy vehicle was shot up by federal police on a rural back road in mountains south of the capital, leaving two U.S. government workers wounded. Officials from both nations said the federal officers were chasing criminals Friday morning when a hail of bullets was fired at the... more

Advanced Drug Tunnels Found on Border

TIJUANA, Mexico - Four drug smuggling tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation - including one with a railcar system - have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are building sophisticated passages to escape heightened detection above ground. Three of the tunnels were incomplete, i... more

Elite Counterdrug Units Proposed for Mexico

BOGOTA, Colombia - The top security adviser for Mexico's next president said Friday that he is recommending the creation of elite units of police and troops who will target not just major drug traffickers but also lower-level cartel hitmen as a way of swiftly reducing violence. The proposal newly retired Colombian police director Gen. Oscar Nar... more

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