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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.

Top Mexican cartel leader cooperating with US

A son of fugitive Mexican cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada Garcia has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and is cooperating with the American government, US authorities revealed Thursday. Arrested in Mexico in 2009 and extradited to the United States the following year, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla entered a guilty plea in April 2013 before US District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago. His written plea agreement was made public for the first time Thursday.

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.

Son of Mexican drug lord cooperating with U.S.

Chicago, Apr 10 (EFE).- The son of the acting head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been cooperating with U.S. authorities as part of a plea bargain reached a year ago, federal prosecutors said here Thursday. Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty in April 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute tons of cocaine and heroin in the United States, according to a documented presented in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Son of Mexican drug lord cooperating with U.S.

Chicago, Apr 10 (EFE).- The son of the acting head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been cooperating with U.S. authorities as part of a plea bargain reached a year ago, federal prosecutors said here Thursday. Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty in April 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute tons of cocaine and heroin in the United States, according to a documented presented in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Drug cartel internal feud leaves 28 dead in Mexico

An internal power struggle within a drug cartel has left 28 people dead in gunfights in 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. The Tamaulipas Coordination Group of federal and state security forces said in a statement that 16 high-caliber rifles, three handguns and 11 vehicles were seized along with cocaine.
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