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Friday, January 8th, 2016

Fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’ captured again

Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico nearly six months ago, has been recaptured, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

‘El Chapo’ escape underscores urgency of drug law reform, advocates say

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's brazen escape last week from a maximum-security Mexican prison prompted anger from U.S. officials. Advocates who want to see changes to drug laws argue now is the time to reassess current policies.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Congressman calls Guzmán’s escape an insult to U.S. law enforcement

The prison escape of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán is an affront to U.S. law enforcement, which has worked for years to build a case against the kingpin, a member of Texas’ congressional delegation said...

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol ramps up enforcement in the valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In response, an influx of agents from California, Arizona...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After ex-mayor’s death, silence and suspicion in Nuevo Laredo

Many residents of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have reacted with silence to the death of a former mayor, who was allegedly kidnapped. It’s yet another signal that while violence has ebbed in the city, a climate of fear...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

McCaul: Mexico must decide whether to extradite notorious cartel boss

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee chair says “it’s in the best interest of Mexico” if they hand over Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera for trial in the United States. But he adds our southern neighbor might...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Too early to tell if Guzman’s arrest will start new wave of violence

The high-profile capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico's ruthless Sinaloa drug cartel, should not stoke immediate fears of unrest on Texas' southern border, analysts said Saturday.

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

U.S. officials troubled by drug lord’s release

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that the release of Rafael Caro Quintero, a legendary drug boss in Mexico connected to the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, was “troubling and disappointing” –...

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Narcotics seizures increase at Texas-Mexico border

More than 40 percent of the drug seizures conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents during the 2012 fiscal year occurred on the Texas-Mexico border, according to statistics released Friday.

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