The wave of migration at the border is a boon for kidnappers, human smugglers, and the American businesses that handle their money.
At least 54 federal prisoners have died from COVID-19 after having a compassionate release request denied or left pending.
“You’ve found the heart of the mafia,” one cartel member in the state of Michoacán told us. “If I were you, I wouldn’t have come here.”
Coronel is also accused of helping coordinate El Chapo’s infamous 2015 escape from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison.
Staff and prisoners are refusing the COVID-19 vaccine at alarming rates, meaning U.S. prisons could continue to spread the disease.
In response, the U.S. signalled it may again pursue efforts to make Cienfuegos see justice in the U.S.
The new rules promise to limit agencies such as the DEA in Mexico, and to be one of the first diplomatic headaches for President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office.
"When I get mad they give me shots."
The arrest of Mexico's former defense secretary on drug charges triggered a diplomatic crisis —and the U.S. caved.
The unprecedented move will drop drug trafficking charges against Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda and send him back to Mexico to face justice.
With at least 229 prisoners and 12 staffers currently infected, Fort Dix has the most severe outbreak in the federal Bureau of Prisons.