Oil shale drillers in Texas have had to contend with environmental opposition and soaring costs. A few miles south of the border in Mexico, Angel Torrez and co- workers duck gunfire sprayed from drug traffickers.
Mexican trucks with goods bound for the U.S. are backed up as much as two days as flooded highways block access to Nuevo Laredo, the busiest international crossing on the southern border, the president of an exporters’ trade group said.
The two Mexican couriers were hauling a tractor-trailer full of cash: $3 million collected for drugs sold on the streets of Chicago. Juan Gonzalez and David Zuniga were driving their rig through Indiana in October 2011, transporting the money to Mexico. As they stopped to fix a flat tire, three members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago’s biggest street gang, held them up at gunpoint.
Mexican armed forces captured the head of the Zetas cartel, considered the nation’s most violent criminal gang, marking President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first major security achievement since taking office in December.
At least 129 Mexican inmates escaped through a tunnel at a prison across from Eagle Pass, Texas, prompting local officials to alert the U.S. border patrol and warn that the Zetas cartel organized the breakout.