Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexico: Police Detain 5 “Pig’s Head” Gang Members For Kidnapping Ring

August 8, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Mexican authorities detained five alleged members of a kidnapping and extortion ring in the Mexico City region that was known for leaving the heads of pigs outside homes and businesses as a warning. Police said the “Pig’s Heads” gang was involved in the abduction last August of a Mexico City business woman as well as extortion demands on textile companies that found the the pig head warnings outside their doors. The five members, including the alleged leader Eduardo Sánchez Zuniga, nicknamed “El Bla Bla,” were detained after police received information from a gang member who was arrested in February.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


  • Abercrombie and Kent, one of the first travel companies to offer trips to Cuba under new rules authorizing people-to-people contacts this year, suspended its programs over concerns that its tours may not meet the requirements set out by the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • The Daily Beast interviews U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti Paul Farmer about his new book “Haiti after the Earthquake.”
  • Two former executives of Miami-based Terra Telecommunications Corporation were convicted by a federal jury for bribing officials to secure contracts with Haiti’s state-owned Teleco.
  • The Dominican Republic suffered extensive damage from Tropical Storm Emily Friday, but Haiti emerged largely unscathed.

Central America


  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez arrived in Cuba Sunday for the next phase of his cancer treatment.
  • NPR reports on the rise of the baby stroller in Bolivia, where it is displacing the traditional sling mothers have used for centuries to carry their babies.
  • Ecuador expects to receive between $100 million and $200 million next from early payment of future mining royalties, President Rafael Correa said Saturday.
  • Peruvian bonds rose for the third week in a row, as investors speculated the country could provide a haven from global market turmoil.

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