Albuquerque — just “ABQ” to locals — was hardly a blip on the tourist radar 10 years ago. Fast-forward through five seasons of Breaking Bad and the runaway success of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and the city has fast become a destination in its own right. While walking in the footsteps of Walter White is a worthy reason to visit, there are plenty of other things to do in Albuquerque. Here are our top picks for first-time visitors to New Mexico’s largest city.
One of at least three decapitations last week was caught on camera as cartel violence continues to soar.
Members of the Viagras cartel videotaped a rival hitman confessing to “sins” in the western Mexican state of Michoacán last Thursday, then bent his neck backward over a block of wood and sawed off his head with a carving knife.
The beheading video was posted to social media, along with a warning to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). In the clip, the decapitated victim also claims to be the brother of Juan Carlos Márquez Pérez, a.k.a. “El Duende” (The Goblin), a CJNG operative arrested back in 2015.
In a separate incident on Tuesday of last week, two more severed heads were found in a cooler at a television station in the nearby city of Guadalajara. The heads were accompanied by a note signed by the CJNG and addressed to a high-ranking police officer. Another cartel cooler was left at the federal courthouse building that same day, but officials refused to disclose the contents.
MEXICO CITY, March 16 (Reuters) – The son of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords is missing from prison in the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa and is presumed to have escaped, local media reported on Thursday.
Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon was missing from a prison in Culiacan, the deputy security minister for Sinaloa state told national newspaper Excelsior. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports with state authorities.
MEXICO CITY – When the body of Joselyn Niño was discovered hacked to pieces and crammed into an ice cooler on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2015, the ongoing war between the drug cartels’ most secretive and efficient killers took a turn for the worse.
Known as “Las Flakas” (Skinny Girls), young Mexican women are taking up lives of crime alongside their male counterparts, becoming extremely effective agents for the cartels’ cause.
1. Yucatan, Mexico
The ongoing fascination with this part of the world looks set to continue well into 2015. This year, consider the Yucatán Peninsula in the South East of the country. Boasting breathtaking Maya ruins, some of the most heavenly stretches of beach you’ll ever see and vibrant culture by the bucket load, this is a great destination for those looking to camp out for a few weeks in a place that has it all. Don’t leave without exploring the rainbow-coloured coral reefs and visiting Merida market, for a taste bud-tingling insight into the phenomenal local cuisine.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published its annual Global Competitiveness Report, which looks at dozens of measures of economic and institutional health to compile a ranking of countries.
One of the subcategories used by the WEF is the prevalence of organised crime — listed under the “security” index. Extortion, racketeering, theft, violence, and property damage are all factors that could hold back a country’s development.
We took a look at the worst performers on the list. The majority of countries with the worst gang problems are in south and central America but there is one European country that makes the list.
Each country is given a score from 1 to 7 indicating how bad the problem is. 1 indicates that it’s a big problem that imposes huge costs; 7 means no problem at all.
Here are the fifteen countries with the worst gang problems:
President Donald Trump repeatedly referenced the threat of drugs and violence brought to the US by Mexican cartels during his presidential campaign.
Less than a month into office, he signed an executive order directing the federal government to “thwart transnational criminal organisations” and calling for the removal of foreigners involved in those organisations.