By Cristina Arreola | 10/16/2013 - 11:30
You know that smoky haze that hangs over Mexico City? Soon, the pollution from traffic won’t be the only cause!
According to the Huffington Post, legislators in Mexico City are planning to draft a bill that would decriminalize marijuana use in the city. Lawmakers are pushing to make it legal to carry up to 30 grams, or just over an ounce, of the drug.
By Yuliana Gomez | 10/23/2009 - 16:00
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced the arrests of 203 people in 38 cities, with a focus on the major rings in the cities of Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle. It was the largest ever sweep against a Mexican drug organization by US law enforcement The New York Times reports.
By Anabell Romero | 07/30/2009 - 11:46
The home of the police commander of Veracruz, Mexico, Jesus Antonio Romero, was set on fire on Wednesday morning, killing him and his family. Romero had just recently been appointed operations chief for the joint police force of Veracruz and Boca del Rio when an unknown number of gunmen attacked his home.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/16/2009 - 12:07
30 people died over just a 48-hour period this week in Mexico. The victims included 12 police officers whose bodies were discarded along a road and found on Tuesday in Michoacan. The bodies of 11 men and one female, who had been investigating drug related crimes in the area, were identified yesterday as police. Police spokesman Monte Alejandro Rubido said the bodies were piled on top of each other and displayed signs of torture.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/27/2009 - 11:00
Mexican authorities have detained 27 high-ranking officials—including 10 mayors, a judge and an aide to the governor of Michoacan—on suspicion of corruption and cooperation with infamous drug cartels. These latest arrests come just a few short days after members of the Mihoacan drug cartel known as La Familia were detained. La Familia is largely considered to be one of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/02/2009 - 15:55
The Mexican Army recently detained 23 municipal police officers in Tijuana, a border city, for suspicion that they are involved in organized crime.
The Attorney General said that the officers would be charged under the Federal Law Against Organized Crime, but would not provide specific details on the case. This latest round-up is the government’s most recent effort to purge Mexico's municipal and state police forces of members associated with the drug cartels currently waging war in the country.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/30/2009 - 09:55
Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz has pulled the plug on his latest project after being driven out of town by Mexican drug gangs. Jakubowicz was forced to abandon production of, Queen of the South, starring Eva Mendes, Sir Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett, after receiving death threats while attempting to film on location in Sinaloa.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/25/2009 - 11:15
Salma Hayek is reportedly in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Noticia de un Secuestro. Argentinian screenplay writer Aida Bortnick has confirmed that the Mexicana actress is the strongest candidate to star in the adaptation of the Nobel prize winning author's gripping, non-fiction account of the infamous 1990 kidnapping by members of Pablo Escobar's drug cartel of Maruja Pachon de Villamizar, a Colombian journalist married to prominent politician Alberto Villamizar, and his sister, Beatriz.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/20/2009 - 15:00
Mexican officials announced that the son of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada was captured on Thursday. The arrest of drug smuggler Vicente Zambada Niebla, 33, is one of the highest-profile catches of the government's two-year war on drug gangs, Reuters reports.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2009 - 14:45
President Barack Obama spoke out about the recent violence that has enveloped our neighbor to the south and has begun to spill over from Mexico into the United States. He admitted that he has been weighing the possibility of moving National Guard troops to the border in an effort to contain the violence but ruled out immediate military action.