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A cross-border operation in Sonoyta, just across from Lukeville, involving several U.S. agencies and Mexican law enforcement led to the arrest of 24 members of the Sinaloa cartel. Read more»

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. Read more»

On Feb. 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection located this package containing methamphetamine underneath the floorboards of a vehicle passing through a border checkpoint in San Luis.

The head of the Phoenix DEA office says a federal law making it harder to obtain ingredients used to create methamphetamine has cut down on production in the U.S. But demand still remains and Mexican cartels are stepping up to meet it. Read more»

Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in Peru and they may be boosting their cocaine trade with Europe in the process. Read more»

Anabel Hernandez

Anabel Hernandez talks about why she thinks Mexico’s government is more dangerous than its gangsters. Read more»

Soldiers ride on a street in Miguel Aleman, a city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in 2010.

As Mexico plans to deploy federal forces to a border state to quell a rash of violence there, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela says a U.S. endorsement will help the strategy succeed. But analysts have some serious concerns about the strategy. Vela says there's no perfect solution but that the status quo cannot stand. Read more»

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

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 still exists. Read more»

Amid widespread speculation, Mexican officials say they examined old and current images to prove their captive was Joaquin Guzman. Officials also say they've confirmed the crime lord's fingerprints and DNA.

Details, both juicy and mundane, are trickling out after Mexico nabbed its most wanted crime lord. Here's what we've learned, with a grain of salt, of course. Read more»

With cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman back behind bars, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto must decide what to do with his prize, as communities and gunmen the mega-gangster controlled brace for a bloody backlash. Read more»

A picture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera released by law enforcement officials on Saturday.

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. Read more»

The leader of the Sinaloan drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested Saturday in Mazatlan during a joint operation between Mexican marines and U.S. law enforcement. Read more»

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings,we look at DEA meetings with high-level Sinaloa Cartel members, Border Patrol shootings and surveillance, and Justin Bieber's recent spate of potentially deportable criminal allegations. Read more»

Ciudad Juarez and El Paso as seen from the Franklin Mountains.

Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned. Sports clubs keep kids out of gangs. GlobalPost went to find out if this amazing recovery is built to last. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lukeville Port apprehended Monica Guaydacan, 23, of Phoenix, after a CBP dog altered to her car and 5.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine was discovered in the front bumper of her Ford truck.

Border roundup: The world reacts to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Mexican journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Dominguez, Gov. Brewer loses in court, Arizona Republicans propose voting restrictions and the border economy continues to cross international lines Read more»

City of Culiacan, Sinaloa, home base of the Sinaloa Cartel

For well over a century, local farmers have harvested marijuana and opium in the rugged mountains surrounding Badiraguato. Since the 1980s, the Sinaloa cartel has acted as their Wal-Mart, transporting the mind-bending cargo north with quasi-corporate efficiency, and distributing it to a narcotics-craving United States market. Read more»

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