Police in Mexico say they found 84 pounds (38 one-kilogram packets) of cocaine inside the luggage of a guy who claimed to be a cancer patient, as he boarded a Learjet “air ambulance’ from Tijuana to New York City.
The “cancer patient” arrived at the Tijuana airport in an ambulance, and was accompanied by two female paramedics.
Drug-sniffing dogs found 38 packages of cocaine inside the man's three suitcases.
The supposed cancer patient, the supposed paramedics, and four others aboard the jet were all detained pending investigation.
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In the Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities announced today they have found the severed heads of four men. The heads were left in Styrofoam coolers, along with gang messages that appear to have been written by members of one drug cartel, directed at a rival cartel.
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As part of a state-funded anti-violence project, Germen Nuevo Muralismo Mexicano turned an entire neighborhood in Pachuca, Mexico into an artwork titled El Macro Mural Barrio de Palmitas. Read the rest
Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was barely out of maximum-security prison when musicians all around Mexico started uploading hot musical takes about his (again) escape.
Gawker's Jesus Diaz points us to this bangin' video charting the escape route of noted Sinaloa drug cartel boss Chapo Guzmán, with a narco-corrido soundtrack. Read the rest
They've all been piñatafied by the artists of Piñatas Ramirez. Read the rest
The presidential candidate and professional assclown called Mexican immigrants "rapists."
In response to Donald Trump's recent idiotic, racist comments about Mexico and its people, piñata maker Dalton Ramirez of border city Reynosa added a fun new character to his product line. Read the rest
A four-part series in the LA Times explores the corrupt labor conditions in Mexico's biggest farms, where the produce, destined for American grocers like Walmart and Whole Foods, is treated with infinitely more care than the workers, who are subject to illegal, inhumane treatment, including indentured servitude.
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This video shows conjoined Pacific gray whale calves that washed ashore in Mexico. Female gray whales give birth each winter in the warm waters off Mexico where they are safe from their primary predators, killer whales.
Unfortunately for these twins, absence of predators didn't make much of a difference to their survival. It's sad that these calves didn't make it, but not surprising given the physical limitations and the problems that being attached in this way would present to a wild animal. (Learn more about gray whales.) Read the rest
Students and faculty from a teachers' college in Guerrero state set fire to a government building in Chilpancingo in fury at the disappearance of 43 student teachers believed to have been kidnapped by corrupt police officers working with a drug cartel.
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Godaddy has censored a prominent Mexican political site that was critical of the government and a proposed law to suppress public protests. Godaddy says that it suspended 1dmx.org after a request from a "Special Agent Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City." A lawyer for the site believes that the someone in the Mexican government asked the US embassy to arrange for the censorship, and is suing the Mexican government to discover the identity of the official who made the request.
Leaving aside the Mexican government corruption implied by this action, Americans should be outraged about the participation of the US Embassy in the suppression of political dissent. And, as always, Godaddy customers should be on notice that Godaddy is pretty much the worst domain registrar/hosting company in the world, with a long history of meekly knuckling under to absurd, legally dubious censorship claims from random law-enforcement and government agencies, and never, ever going to bat for its customers (I prefer Hover, one of Godaddy's major competitors).
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My friend Erik Vance lives in Mexico City and writes about science. But, in the past year or so, his work covering ocean fisheries has brought him into contact with some of the fallout from the cocaine trade. That overlap lead to a recent piece for Slate
, where he writes that "there's no such thing as cruelty-free cocaine". If you care about sustainability, fair trade, and the power of consumer choice to change industry practices in fishing, then you should care about those things when it comes to drugs, he writes. More provocatively, Vance likens buying coke today to donating to the Nazi party in the 1930s. Read the rest
Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix , the eldest of seven brothers of the Tijuana cartel.
Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix, the eldest brother in Mexico's once-dominant Tijuana drug cartel, was shot to death by gunmen disguised as clowns at a children's party on Friday.
The 63-year-old drug lord was also known by the nicknames "El Pelón" (the baldie) or Menso, ("stupid/crazy"). He was assassinated by a man in a clown suit during a family gathering at an upscale resort in Cabo San Lucas, a popular tourist destination on the Baja California peninsula, state special investigations prosecutor Isai Arias told Associated Press on Saturday:
An official of the Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office told the AP that the costumes included a wig and a round red nose.
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