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Nuevo León region rebounds from drug-cartel barbarism to thriving foreign investment hub

MONTERREY, Mexico — The attack that burned 52 people to death at a casino in an upscale neighborhood was bad. But what really scared Idalia Villafana's customers away were the body parts once strewn across the plaza near her restaurant.

Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader ‘Z-42’

Omar Treviño, 41, took the helm of the Zetas after his brother, Miguel Ángel Treviño, or "Z-40," was captured by marines in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas in July 2013. The U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest. Mexico offered $2 million.

Mexico’s latest flash point emerges in Tamaulipas border state

With unfailing punctuality, the grocer receives text messages from his extortionist on the last day of each month. The medical students leave their lab coats at school, to avoid roaming gangsters who need surgery. The oil man mutters on his two-way radio as he drives behind tinted glass.

Dual exhibit explores cartel violence, family history

To understand the exhibit, you should know its bloody background: In 2011, a group of drug dealers showed up at a farm in Guatemala, rounded up the farm workers, and cut off their heads.

Mexico to purge corrupt cops in violent state

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Mexico's government decided Tuesday to increase military control over security in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and purge corrupt police to reverse a surge in drug cartel violence.

Zetas cartel founder killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – A most-wanted founder of Mexico's ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel has been killed in a clash with the military that involved grenades and assault rifles, authorities said Monday.

New violence grips Mexican state

MEXICO CITY – Dark days of violence have returned to Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas, prompting authorities to deploy more soldiers after nearly 80 people died in drug cartel gunfights in one month.

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