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Mexican Airplane Broker Charged With Laundering Drug Money Makes Court Appearance

July 24, 2015
By City News Service

Vincente Contreras-Amezquita is charged in a 200-count indictment with laundering drug money through the sale of nearly three dozen light airplanes.

At Breakfast to Talk El Chapo, Drug War Veterans Serve Up Cynicism

July 20, 2015
By Ginger Thompson, Pro Publica
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Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico.

What El Chapo's Escape Means For Mexico

July 14, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico, Neiko Will
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He could be hiding out in Mexico City, he could be heading for a safe compound in Sinaloa. The only thing that is certain right now is that Mexican authorities don't know where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is.

San Diego Prosecutor Who Put Mexican Street Gang Members Behind Bars Honored

July 10, 2015
By City News Service
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Mark Amador endured threats of violence while working as the lead prosecutor in three trials of "Los Palillos" gang members.

San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

June 23, 2015
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.

Roundtable On North County Transit Issues, Balboa Park Bypass, Baja Farmworkers' Deal

June 5, 2015
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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There's unhappiness in the air. The Feds are not happy with the way the North County Transit District administers contracts and grants. People who love Balboa Park are not happy with its condition. Tijuanans are unhappy about renewed drug violence. Baja California farmworkers, however, are happier than they were Thursday.

Agents Seize Yacht With 1,200 Pounds Of Marijuana

June 2, 2015
By City News Service
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The 35-foot yacht was seized near Mission Bay. It was returning from Mexico. The pot was worth an estimated $715,800.

San Diegans On Hunger Strike Protest Mexico Imprisonment Of US Citizen

June 2, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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Activist Nestora Salgado has been in a Mexican prison since 2013, charged with kidnapping.

Sinaloa Cartel Enforcer Pleads Guilty In San Diego

May 20, 2015
By Associated Press
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Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, known as "Chino Antrax," acknowledged that he helped bring tons of cocaine and marijuana to the country from Mexico and ordered and participated in violence against cartel rivals.

Sinkhole Near U.S. Border Fence Leads To Discovery Of Border Tunnel

April 29, 2015
By Associated Press
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The tunnel had lighting and a rail-car system. It connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

Coast Guard, Fed Operation Results In Massive Cocaine Seizure

April 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler
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Federal officials have seized more than 56,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific only six months into the new year.

Drug Tunnel Discovered Near Tijuana Airport

April 8, 2015
By 10News
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The entrance of the tunnel was built inside of a closet in a house under construction. Nine people were arrested following the discovery of the tunnel.

Reward Offered For Sinaloa Cartel Member

April 3, 2015
By City News Service
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Rene Arzate-Garcia is a high-ranking member of the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel. He is wanted for murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Relatives, Friends Of Missing Mexican Students Lead Protest In San Diego

March 24, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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A protest caravan representing 43 students who disappeared from southern Mexico is in San Diego. The group's goal is to spread awareness about the case.

Families Of Missing Mexican Students To Visit San Diego

March 10, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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Nearly six months after 43 students vanished from the south of Mexico, the family and classmates are planning to protest in at least 45 U.S. cities. One group, which includes parents of the missing students, arrives in San Diego on March 23.

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