Fugitive wanted for the kidnapping and murder of a federal agent is added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List

Fugitive wanted for the kidnapping and murder of a federal agent is added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List   WASHINGTON – Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary James Walsh, and U.S. Marshals Service Acting Associate ...
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Treasury Increases Pressure on Mexican Heroin Traffickers

New Kingpin Act Sanctions Target Joel Efren Ruelas Avila Washington –The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today increased its pressure on major Mexican heroin traffickers by targeting individuals and companies close to the new leadership of the Ruelas Torres drug trafficking organization (Ruelas Torres DTO).  Treasury imposed additional sanctions on ...
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Sinaloa Cartel Cell Leader Pleads Guilty For Involvement in the Importation of Tons of Narcotics

Sinaloa Cartel Cell Leader Pleads Guilty For Involvement in the Importation of Tons of Narcotics into the United States Sinaloa Cartel cell leader Damaso Lopez-Serrano aka “Mini Lic,” pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for purpose of unlawful importation following his self-surrender to U.S. law enforcement authorities at the ...
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Merida Initiative support helps 13 Mexican Penitentiaries Achieve or Maintain International Accreditation

Orlando, Florida, 8 January, 2018 — At their 2018 Winter Conference, the American Correctional Association (ACA) formally accredited 11 Mexican penitentiary institutions, including the central offices of the Guanajuato State Prisons Commission, and re-accredited another two facilities.  With this announcement, the number of internationally accredited Mexican penitentiary institutions totals 81, making Mexico the leader outside ...
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Joint Declaration

Trilateral Summit – Colombia, United States and México   In the City of Cartagena, Colombia, on December 6th and 7th, 2017, the Attorney General of Colombia, Néstor Humberto Martínez Neira, the Attorney General of the United States of America, Jeff Sessions; and the Acting Prosecutor General of the United Mexican States, Alberto Elías Beltran, held ...
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Two Zeta Cartel Members Sentenced To Life Prison Terms In Slaying Of Ice Special Agent Jaime Zapata

Two Zeta Cartel Members Sentenced To Life Prison Terms In Slaying Of Ice Special Agent Jaime Zapata And Attempted Murder Of Ice Special Agent Victor Avila Five Other Defendants to be Sentenced Tomorrow WASHINGTON – Two Mexican nationals were sentenced today to two terms of life in prison for the murder of a federal officer, attempted ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 2, 2017 Around the world, journalists work often at great personal risk to report on issues that impact the lives of individuals in all societies. They shine a light on abuses and corruption, expose threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, and counter disinformation and propaganda that spread false narratives. ...
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Emilio Quintero, Cousin to Rafael Caro Quintero, Arrested in U.S.

SAN DIEGO – Major Mexican drug cartel leader Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad, aka Cadete, was arraigned in federal court on October 11, 2017, following his arrest by United States law enforcement at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on charges arising out of the Southern District of California. Quintero Navidad is the cousin of fugitive ...
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TSA New Security Directives – Additional Information

The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy.  Terrorists continue to target commercial aviation, and the United States continues to work with our partners to raise the baseline of global aviation security and keep the entire traveling public safe. Terrorist groups are actively working to compromise passenger aircraft, including ...
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Final Fugitive Arrested In Murder Case of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

MEXICO CITY – Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga (a.k.a. “Chuy”), who is charged with the first-degree murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was arrested by Mexican law enforcement officers over the weekend. Favela Astorga’s arrest was based on the United States’ request for his extradition. He was the last remaining fugitive of seven ...
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Statement on U.S. – Mexico Security Cooperation Group

A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, Department of State Deputy Assistance Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer and Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Michael Dougherty, met with Mexico’s delegation, led by Eugenio Imaz Gispert, Director of Mexico’s Center for Investigation and National Security, to review our security cooperation ...
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Tacoma Fugitive Santiago Mederos Added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List

FBI increases reward offering, up to $100,000 The FBI today announced the addition of Santiago “Pucho” Villalba Mederos to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. The FBI and Tacoma Police Department seek the public’s help in locating Mederos, 26, whom investigators allege is responsible for murders in the Tacoma, Washington, area. Mederos should be considered armed ...
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Fifteen Mexican Penitentiaries recognized for Internationally-Compliant Operations

Fifteen Mexican Penitentiaries recognized for Internationally-Compliant Operations at Corrections Conference   St Louis, Missouri, 20 August, 2017 — The American Correctional Association (ACA) formally accredited today 12 Mexican penitentiary institutions, including the central offices of the Federal Prisons Commission, for the first time, and re-accredited another three.  Since 2009, the ACA has accredited 70 Mexican ...
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Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals involved in organizing or otherwise supporting the creation of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (Asamblea Constituyente or AC) and participating in anti-democratic actions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  The AC, which seeks to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution and dissolve Venezuelan ...
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Treasury Sanctions Longtime Mexican Drug Kingpin Raul Flores Hernandez and His Vast Network

OFAC Kingpin Act Action Targets 22 Mexican Nationals and 43 Entities in Mexico Washington – Today, in coordination with U.S. and Mexican law enforcement actions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Mexican national Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization (Flores DTO) as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers ...
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First National Forensic Sciences Symposium

First National Forensic Sciences Symposium promotes greater collaboration between justice sector actors in support of Mexico’s accusatory criminal justice system   Mexico City, August 7, 2017 – The first National Forensic Sciences Symposium in Mexico opened today.  Nearly 200 forensic laboratory directors, quality assurance managers and technical leaders, as well as several State Attorney Generals, from Mexico’s ...
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Yucatan Strengthens Coordination between Public Safety Officers and Judiciary

Mérida, Yucatan, July 28, 2017 – Today, the Yucatan State Attorney General formally recognized a group of 60 forensic scientists and police officers who completed a training course in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), a collaborative effort by the governments of the United States of America and Mexico under the Mérida Initiative.  Yucatán is the first state in ...
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Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela

Action Targets Officials of Entities Undermining Democracy in Venezuela  Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 13 current or former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy there.  ...
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Subject Wanted For Triple Homicide Returned To The United States After Apprehension In Mexico

Phoenix, Ariz. – On Friday, July 7th, Efrain Olague-Valdez, 38, was extradited back to the United States after his arrest in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Olague-Valdez was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department for 3 counts of 1st Degree Murder. It is alleged that in 2011, while Olague-Valdez was a passenger in the back of a ...
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Forensic Laboratories in Puebla Receive International Accreditation with Merida Initiative Support

Puebla, July 7, 2017 – A ceremony today commemorated the international accreditation of the forensic laboratories of the Puebla Attorney General’s office, granted by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). The laboratories accredited were: Genetics, Ballistics, Chemistry, Questioned Documents and CSI. Puebla is the first state in Mexico to achieve ANAB accreditation of its forensic ...
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Mexican Law Students Prove their Oral Advocacy Skills at Championship Showcase

Mexico City, June 26, 2017 – Talented law students from two universities in Mexico compete this week in the Championship of Champions mock trial showdown at American University in Washington, D.C.  Under the Mérida Initiative, the Department of State funds programs to develop oral advocacy skills amongst university professors and students through workshops and mock ...
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Kansas Man Convicted of Rape Found in Mexico

KANSAS CITY, KS. – The U.S. Marshals Service worked with Mexican authorities to arrest 31 year old Kansas resident Jeffrey Dane Swindler. The U.S. Marshals also worked in coordination with the Sumner County Sherriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers.  Swindler was wanted for aggravated failure to appear for sentencing on a rape ...
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First National Police Academies Conference held in Mexico City

Under the Merida Initiative, the United States Embassy together with the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública and the Secretaria de Gobernacion hosted the first National Meeting of Public Security Academies and Police Training Institutes.  Directors from federal, regional and state police academies joined regional experts to discuss themes related to police professionalization, ...
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US Marshals capture 2 federal prisoners who escaped from western Virginia US penitentiary

After nearly 3 weeks on the run, both escaped prisoners in custody in Mexico   WASHINGTON – Two federal prisoners who escaped from U.S. Penitentiary Lee in Lee County, Virginia, May 3 were apprehended in Mexico today. U.S. Marshals worked closely with Mexican law enforcement authorities to locate and apprehend Salah Mohamed, 35, and Kamal ...
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JOINT STATEMENT BY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS AND MEXICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL RAÚL CERVANTES ANDRADE ON TOMAS YARRINGTON ARREST

WASHINGTON – Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mexican Attorney General Dr. Raúl Cervantes Andrade released the following statement on the arrest of Tomas Yarrington: “The detention of Mexican ex-Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, on April 9, 2017, in Florence, Italy, was the result of law enforcement cooperation between Mexican, Italian and U.S. authorities. “Yarrington faces ...
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READOUT OF MEETING BETWEEN U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS AND MEXICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL RAÚL CERVANTES ANDRADE

WASHINTON – The Attorneys General of Mexico, Dr. Raúl Cervantes Andrade, and of the United States, Jeff Sessions, met on April 18, 2017, to follow up on matters discussed during their previous meeting of March 20, 2017, and to continue strengthening their bilateral law enforcement cooperation.   Both sides discussed recent statements made by U.S. ...
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JOINT STATEMENT BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND MEXICO’S ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE (PGR) ON THE EXTRADITION OF TOMAS YARRINGTON RUVALCABA

Pursuant to our strong law enforcement partnership, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice are working together on a legal strategy which will allow Tomas Yarrington to face justice in both countries.
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Tacoma Murder Suspect Extradited from Mexico

Returned to the United States to Face Charges in Pierce County   A fugitive was returned to the United States yesterday evening, April 4, 2017, after six years on the run. Agents from the FBI’s Seattle Field Office escorted Juan Ortiz, 24, formerly of Tacoma, Washington, back from Mexico. Ortiz will face state charges of ...
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With Merida Initiative Assistance Mexican Police to Train Nationwide on Firearms Simulators with an Emphasis on Legitimate Use of Force

Mexico City, March 3, 2017 – Today, at the Hidalgo State Police Training Institute, Ambassador Jacobson commemorated the donation of firearms simulators to police academies and federal training institutes across Mexico.  The donations are part of a larger program under the Merida Initiative that seeks to develop a professional police force that serves the public safety needs ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Lifting of Travel Prohibition for Tepic, Nayarit

United States Consulate General Guadalajara, Mexico Security Message for U.S. Citizens Lifting of Travel Prohibition for Tepic, Nayarit February 24, 2017 Due to the reduction in Mexican military operations in Tepic, Nayarit, and its immediate vicinity, the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara has lifted its February 10 prohibition on U.S. Consulate personnel travel to the ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Bilateral Discussions in Mexico City

Mexico City, February 23, 2017 – “We discussed the breadth of challenges and opportunities in the U.S.-Mexico relationship… our visit was forward-looking, focusing on common interests that would advance security and economic well-being.” Full text in the website of the Department of State  
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Human Trafficking Fugitive On ICE’s Top 10 List Extradited To United States From Mexico

Fugitive Faces Criminal Charges For Sex Trafficking In Eastern District Of New York Raul Granados-Rendon, who had been on ICE’s most wanted list since 2010, was arrested in September 2016 in Mexico, following a joint investigation between ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Mexico City, HSI New York and the Mexican Federal Police. He was extradited to ...
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Mexico moves forward in international accreditation of prisons; reaches full accreditation of federal penitentiaries

Mexico City, January 23, 2017 – The American Corrections Association announced today the accreditation of 16 Mexican prisons in its Winter Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  With that the total number of Mexican accredited prisons is 58, and all federal penitentiaries are new certified.
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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera Faces Charges in New York for Leading a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Other Drug-Related Charges

Washington – Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates today announced that Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including “El Chapo,” will face charges filed in Brooklyn, New York, following his extradition to the United States from Mexico, alleging that he was operating a continuing criminal enterprise and other drug-related crimes through his leadership ...
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JOAQUIN “EL CHAPO” GUZMAN LOERA EXTRADITED TO UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON – Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including “El Chapo,” has been extradited and is en route to the United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the “Sinaloa Cartel.” Guzman Loera is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United ...
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U.S. Ambassador Applauds Certification of Criminal Information Analysts as Justice Sector Actors

Mexico City, December 22, 2016 – On December 20, 2016, President Enrique Peña Nieto approved an amendment to the Professionalization Program (Programa Rector de Profesionalización) of the National Public Safety Secretariat (SESNSP by its Spanish acronym). Under the amendment, criminal information analysts will be recognized by the courts as expert witnesses and will assist in ...
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Crime Scene Investigation Training under the Merida Initiative

Under the Merida Initiative, the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey and the Attorney General of the State of Nuevo Leon (PGJ) conducted the closing ceremony on December 9, 2016 for an analysis and processing of the crime scene training for over 190 Mexican investigation experts within the Attorney General’s Institute of Criminology and Forensic Services. ...
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A New Generation of Lawyers: Building Litigation Skills under Mexico’s New Accusatory Criminal Justice System

The “Nueva Generación de Abogados” video series highlights the experiences of two teams of university students from the Law Faculty of the University of Guanajuato and from the Colegio Jurista, Morelos who travelled to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2016 to compete in the “Championship of Champions”, moot court competition. As the 2016 winners ...
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Eleven States Now Offering Alternative Justice Mechanisms

Mexico City, November 8, 2016 – Representatives from the health, public safety, law enforcement, and judicial sectors in eleven states attended the launch of the fifth nationwide workshop in Therapeutic Justice for Addicts of Psychoactive Substances, hosted by the Inter-American Commission for the Control and Abuse of Drugs of the Organization of American States together with SEGOB ...
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Remarks by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew in Mexico City on U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations

…The people of the United States and Mexico need us to work toward a future that benefits from increased trade, secure borders, and stronger, more inclusive economic growth in our two great countries, and one in which our globally competitive and integrated supply chains tap new markets in other parts of the world…. MEXICO CITY – ...
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Directive to Resume Regular Removals to Haiti – Statement by Secretary Johnson

Washington, D.C., September 22, 2016 – “DHS and the Department of State are working with the Government of Haiti and other key partners to resume removals in as humane and minimally disruptive a manner as possible…. Consistent with law, individuals who express a fear of return to Haiti will be screened by a U.S. Citizenship and ...
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Tijuana Visit Showcases Continued Advances in State Penitentiary System

Tijuana, Baja California, September 9, 2016 — Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel S. Foote from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) today completed a two-day visit to Tijuana where he visited the CERESO El Hongo II state penitentiary facility and the La Mesa courthouse, Tijuana. Both CERESO El Hongo II and the ...
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Treasury Designates Top Sinaloa Cartel Associates

Action Targets Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Associates of Sinaloa Cartel Leaders Ismael Zambada Garcia and Joaquin Guzman Loera WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two Mexican nationals and two Mexican companies pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, ...
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Members of Seattle Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted for Distribution of Heroin

One apprehended this week in Mexico, four arrested in June in Washington.  SEATTLE – The leader of a multi-national drug trafficking organization was arrested earlier this week and was returned to the United States yesterday from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  Four members of the organization were arrested June 23, 2016, in Washington ...
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Embassy Assistance Enables Twelve More Mexican Jails to Achieve International Accreditation

Boston, MA, Monday, 8 August, 2016 — Twelve Mexican correctional facilities were today presented with certificates recognizing their international accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) during the organization’s Conference of Correction, hosted in this U.S. city from August 5th to 10th. A further five Mexican correctional facilities were presented with re-accreditation certificates, demonstrating their ...
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Oral Trials Forum Attracts 400 Legal Professionals in San Luis Potosí

On May 12-13, 2016 the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) hosted its Forum on Oral Trials, attracting close to 400 members of the legal profession from San Luis Potosí including personnel from the Attorney General’s office, the Public Defender’s office, law school students and faculty, bar associations, and private attorneys. Senior litigators from the ...
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Treasury sanctions reported common-law wife of Rafael Caro Quintero for conducting activities on his behalf

Notorious Mexican Drug Lord Continues to Use Family Members to Hold His Assets  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mexican national Diana Espinoza Aguilar (a.k.a. Altagracia Espinoza Aguilar) today as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Espinoza ...
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United States Supports Mexican Penitentiaries

Merida, Friday, 22 April, 2016 — Courtney Mazzone, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Officer from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, spoke today about the United States’ collaboration with Mexico to improve jails and prisons across the country during her participation at the South East Regional Conference on the Penitentiary System in Mérida.  Under the Mérida ...
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Moot Court Competition takes place in Monterrey

The United States Consulate General in Monterrey had the pleasure of hosting the Third Moot Court competition in conjunction with the Poder Judicial of Nuevo Leon on April 6-10, 2016. This year nine team — Facultad de Libre de Derecho, Tec Mileno, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad ...
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Treasury Further Targets The Business Network Of The Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization

Today’s Action Sanctions Seven Companies Tied to Powerful Mexican Drug Cartel WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned seven Mexican companies linked to the Mexico-based Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) and its leader, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia.  Specifically, OFAC designated Agricola Boreal, Agricola Tavo, Desarrollo Agricola Organico, Desarrollo ...
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Inauguration of 100th Courtroom Equipped under Mérida Initiative: A Milestone towards a New Justice System

Victoria de Durango, Durango, April 1 2016 – The formal inauguration ceremony to mark the 100th courtroom equipped under the Mérida Initiative took place earlier today in Victoria de Durango in the presence of top Mexican officials including Jorge Herrera Caldera, Governor of Durango; Dra. María de los Ángeles Fromow Rangel, Technical Secretary, Technical Secretariat ...
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United States and Mexico Hold Counter-Narcotics Dialogue

Mexico City, March 2, 2016 – Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Department of State, and Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, visited Mexico City March 1-2 to discuss issues of common interest, including ways to stop the illegal flow of narcotics ...
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U.S. Embassy Visits to Correctional Facilities in Matamoros and Reynosa Paves Way for International Accreditation

Reynosa, Tamaulipas, January 22, 2016 – Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros yesterday concluded assessments of State correctional facilities in Matamoros and Reynosa. They later shared their findings with Nora Angelica Balderrama Cano, Under-Secretary for the Tamaulipas State Penal System. These visits are an important step ...
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Treasury Sanctions Mexican Newspaper Executive and Business Owner Tied to the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization

  Action Targets Facilitator of Narcotics Trafficking and His Companies   Washington, D.C., December 16, 2015 – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mexican national Naim Libien Tella and four Mexican entities as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Naim ...
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U.S. fugitive arrested in Mexico, deported to U.S

El Paso, TX – A man wanted for the alleged murder in March 2015 of a man in Pomona, California, has been arrested following a joint investigation involving American and Mexican law enforcement, announced David Bowdich, Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, and Douglas E. Lindquist, Special Agent in Charge of ...
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ICE El Paso removes Mexican fugitive wanted for 1998 murder of Dutch woman

EL PASO, Texas — A fugitive criminal alien, who is wanted for murdering a Dutch national in Mexico 16 years ago, was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Ramiro Adame-Lopez, 51, was living and working illegally in the United States.  ERO officers turned him over ...
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