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Latest news: 10-29-2009

US training will aid Mexico's fight against cartels

San Luis Potosí, Mexico - At a police academy ringed by brick walls and razor wire, dozens of American agents are helping to train Mexican police recruits as part of a $1.4 billion U.S. aid project aimed at helping Mexico fight its drug cartels.

The program, which opened without fanfare in July in the central city of San Luis Potosí, marks a major change for Mexico, which is sensitive about foreign meddling and has long resisted large-scale U.S. training of its police and soldiers.

Full story, The Arizona Republic

Texas law enforcement agencies took part in drug cartel sweep

Austin, TX - More than 200 Texas Department of Public Safety agents, troopers, pilots and Texas Rangers took part in an Oct. 21 sweep targeting the La Familia Michoacana criminal cartel resulting in 81 arrests in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin areas.

The law enforcement work was done in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Reported as seized in the sweep: 220 pounds of methamphetamine, 23.1 pounds of cocaine, 1 gallon of liquid methamphetamine, $960,000 in cash, 54 guns, 53 vehicles, 1 jet ski, 1 recreational vehicle and two all terrain vehicles, the DPS reported.

Earlier this year, Mexican authorities arrested 27 public officials in the state of Michoacan with suspected ties to La Familia, the DPS reported.

From Blanco County News

Man guilty of meth-related murder sentenced to 40 years

MO - Matt J. Whitworth, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. That conspiracy led to the murder of an Independence, Mo., man.

Vincent V. Gallegos, 29, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 40 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Gallegos to pay $11,880 in restitution for the victim’s funeral costs.

Full story, Kansas City Infozine

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