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Border Battle

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.

State Dept. Official: Heroin Smuggling Up Because U.S. Cocaine Use Is Down

Feb. 11, 2015
By Amita Sharma
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield made the comments while in San Diego this week to build partnerships with state and municipal law enforcement.

Smugglers Use SENTRI Drivers To Move Drugs Across San Diego Border

Jan. 26, 2015
By Nate John, Associated Press
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The most trusted border-crossers are unknowingly bringing illegal drugs into the United States at the San Diego border with Mexico.

Media Coverage In Mexico Changing After 43 Students Killed

Jan. 13, 2015
By Lorne Matalon / Fronteras
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In September, 43 college students in Mexico were killed. The outrage over the murders could mean a more robust media in a country where journalists are often self-censored.

San Diego County's Meth Problem Not Going Away

Jan. 6, 2015
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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If you think the meth problem in San Diego is a thing of the past, a new Meth Strike Force report card says otherwise.

Report: Meth Seizures At US-Mexico Border Soar In 2014

Jan. 5, 2015
By Associated Press
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Meth seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's San Diego field office accounted for nearly two-thirds — 63 percent — of all the meth seized at all ports of entry nationwide in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

Less Marijuana, More Cocaine Seized By U.S. Border Patrol

Dec. 22, 2014
By City News Service
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The San Diego sector of the U.S. Border Patrol seized 63 percent less marijuana but 105 percent more cocaine in its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 compared to its 2013 fiscal year.

'Los Palillos' Gang Figure Guilty Of Murder, Kidnapping

Dec. 18, 2014
By Associated Press

Edgar Lopez was convicted of murder and kidnapping for ransom, but the jury deadlocked on several other counts.

San Diego Artists Honor 43 Abducted Mexican Students

Dec. 12, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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Artists are joining the cry for justice in the case of students suspected to have been killed by a drug gang in Central Mexico. The art will be displayed at a Saturday evening show.

San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift Uncovers 875 Pounds Of Smuggled Cocaine

Nov. 26, 2014
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Vandegrift crew teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to uncover roughly 875 pounds of cocaine that was hidden on a fishing boat off the coast of Central America.

Documentary Raises Questions About Mexican Cartel Leader's Arrest

Nov. 21, 2014
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico
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A new documentary — "¿Es El Chapo?" — opened Friday in Chula Vista and raises questions about Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's capture.

Families Of The Missing In Baja California Protest Students' Disappearance

Nov. 10, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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The disappearance of 43 students from a rural teaching college in central Mexico has galvanized family members of missing persons in other states, like Baja California.

Dozens Arrested In Imperial County Drug Bust

Oct. 21, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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Authorities arrested 43 people in predawn raids Tuesday that prosecutors said are linked to a large-scale methamphetamine and heroin trafficking organization in Imperial County.

Second Leader Of 'Los Palillos' Gang Gets Consecutive Life Sentences

Oct. 15, 2014
By City News Service
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The "Los Palillos" gang was involved in multiple murders between 2004 and 2007, including two victims whose bodies were dissolved in acid.

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