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Mexican mayor arrested in drug cartel stronghold

The mayor of a city seen as a drug cartel stronghold was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of pressuring town councilors to pay off drug lords, the state prosecutor's office said. Uriel Chavez is accused of pressuring town councilors to donate 1,500 dollars of their salary to support the Knights Templar carte in Apatzingan in the western state of Michoacan, the state prosecutor's statement said.

Police kill 4 gunmen in shootouts in eastern Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday. State police launched several operations on Monday night to find and arrest members of criminal organizations, setting off the shootouts, Veracruz state officials told Efe. Public Safety Secretariat and navy police officers engaged gunmen in shootouts in different sections of the city.

Police kill 4 gunmen in shootouts in eastern Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday. State police launched several operations on Monday night to find and arrest members of criminal organizations, setting off the shootouts, Veracruz state officials told Efe. Public Safety Secretariat and navy police officers engaged gunmen in shootouts in different sections of the city.

Vigilantes cut deal with Mexican gov't

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- The leaders of the community self-defense groups in 20 cities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have reached an agreement with federal officials to begin demobilizing, officials said. The vigilantes also agreed to work with federal authorities to strengthen efforts to identify Caballeros Templarios drug cartel "targets," the office of the federal commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, told Efe.

Vigilantes cut deal with Mexican gov't

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- The leaders of the community self-defense groups in 20 cities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have reached an agreement with federal officials to begin demobilizing, officials said. The vigilantes also agreed to work with federal authorities to strengthen efforts to identify Caballeros Templarios drug cartel "targets," the office of the federal commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, told Efe.

For Mexico's hottest drug balladeer, music has a cost

"El Komander" struts on stage, pours expensive whisky into a fan's mouth and sings about grenade launchers -- just another wild night for a Mexican singer who has faced bans for eulogizing drug lords. Wearing a black leather jacket and military fatigue pants, Alfredo Rios took his show to 5,500 people in Texcoco, in the state of Mexico, a region of 15 million people enduring a spike in murders this year.

Key lieutenant of Mexico's "El Chapo" found slain

Culiacan, Mexico, Apr 11 (EFE).- A former army officer reputed to have been head of security for recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found shot to death in western Mexico, authorities said. The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte was found Tuesday in the municipality of La Cruz de Elota along with those of two other people, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said. All three victims bore marks of torture.

Key lieutenant of Mexico's "El Chapo" found slain

Culiacan, Mexico, Apr 11 (EFE).- A former army officer reputed to have been head of security for recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found shot to death in western Mexico, authorities said. The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte was found Tuesday in the municipality of La Cruz de Elota along with those of two other people, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said. All three victims bore marks of torture.

Security chief for Mexican drug kingpin found dead

The security chief of Mexico's jailed top drug cartel chief Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman has been found dead with three other people in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, officials said on Thursday. The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte Gomez, head of security for the man who had been considered the world's most powerful drug lord until his arrest in February, was found Wednesday inside a construction materials business in Elota, in Sinaloa. No one has come forward to claim his body and the prosecutor in Sinaloa, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez, declined to say how Aponte Gomez died.

Drug cartel internal feud leaves 28 dead in Mexico

An internal power struggle within the once-powerful Gulf drug cartel has left 28 people dead in gunfights on Mexico's northeastern coast this week, authorities said Thursday. Ten suspected criminals were arrested after a series of shootouts rocked the Gulf of Mexico towns of Tampico and Ciudad Madero, in the state of Tamaulipas, between Saturday and Tuesday. Authorities also seized cocaine, 16 high-caliber rifles, three handguns and 11 vehicles, said the Tamaulipas Coordination Group of federal and state security forces.
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