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Latest news: 02-07-2012

Top cartel enforcer arrested in Mexico with meth, guns

The suspected leader of Mexico's Gente Nueva gang, the de facto enforcement wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was captured by the federal police (Federales) this weekend, according to a U.S. drug enforcement agent assigned as liaison with Mexican authorities who spoke to the Law Enforcement Examiner in "the strictest confidence." Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo is believed to have murdered civilians and assassinated government officials in the most brutal ways imaginable. For example, in 2009 he ordered an attack on a drug treatment clinic in Ciudad Juarez in which 18 patients were lined up against a wall and shot dead for simply trying to "kick the habit."

Full Story, The Examiner

Google Maps helps predict meth labs before they open?

Google Maps is a lifesaver. But the mapping technology behind Google Maps isn't just good for highway directions and bike routes; it can also find methamphetamine labs and track gang activity. Experts in the growing field of geospatial predictive analytics use cutting-edge algorithms and data analysis techniques that can do everything from predicting terrorist activity to preventing auto theft. The larger field that geospatial predictive analytics is a part of--geographical information systems (GIS)--uses data points and specialized software to turn maps into sophisticated analysis tools. Although the work is a far cry from something as sexy as you'd see on Breaking Bad, the GIS field is booming; firms specializing in computer-driven map analysis are hosting conventions, holding hiring fairs, and developing specialized software.

Full Story, Fast Company

Couple ran mobile meth lab with 16-month-old in SUV

OH - Joshua M. Middleton and Samantha L. Woolf, both of Alliance, were arrested on Monday for allegedly operating a mobile meth lab with their 16-month-old child in the back seat of the vehicle. Authorities in Stark County arrested a couple on Monday afternoon that was allegedly operating a mobile meth lab out of a vehicle with their 16-month-old in the backseat of the SUV. According to an arrest report obtained by Fox 8 News, Joshua M. Middleton, 28, and Samantha L. Woolf, 21, both of Alliance, were arrested on Monday around 3:30 p.m. along Bellflower Avenue. The report states that the couple was manufacturing methamphetamine in the front seat of Middleton’s 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, while their child was restrained in the backseat of the vehicle.

Full Story, Fox8-News

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