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'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.

'Los Palillos' Boss Gets Nine Life Terms For Killings, Kidnappings In San Diego

Oct. 14, 2014
By Kelly Wheeler / City News Service
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Los Palillos splintered off from Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel in 2002. It set up operations in San Diego, murdering nine people.

What Does 28K Pounds Of Cocaine Look Like? Coast Guard Shows Off Seized Drugs (Video)

Oct. 7, 2014
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning with a very unique cargo — 28,000 pounds of cocaine seized in 18 different busts. The wholesale value of the haul? An estimated $423 million.

$1M Grant Awarded To Decrease Meth Getting Into U.S.

Oct. 6, 2014
By Associated Press
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An estimated 70 percent of smuggled methamphetamine enters the country through the San Diego Port of Entry.

Hope Dwindles For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump

Sept. 3, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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More than 22,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since the country declared war on drug traffickers in 2006. Some family members of the missing hoped to find answers at a body disposal site in Tijuana. But so far, they have only frustrated hopes.

Why Nicaraguan Kids Aren’t Fleeing To U.S.

July 29, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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Nicaragua is Central America's poorest country, yet its children aren't fleeing to the border along with their Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran neighbors. Experts say that's because of the country's low crime rate, effective police force and unique migration history.

Tijuana Blocks Three Narco-Corrido Stars From Annual Fair

July 14, 2014
By Jill Replogle
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The city of Tijuana is trying to keep three singers of so-called "narco ballads" from performing at the city's annual fair.

Arellano Felix Cartel Leader Captured In Tijuana

June 24, 2014
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Fernando "El Ingeniero" Sanchez Arellano was arrested Monday afternoon by the Mexican Army, according to reports.

Border Patrol Seizes Nearly $1M Of Hard Narcotics In San Diego County

June 3, 2014
By Quinn Owen
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Border patrol agents arrest four men and seize nearly $1 million worth of heroin, meth and cocaine last week.

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