Craig Petties' January 2008 arrest in central Mexico was one of a series of setbacks for the Beltran Leyva cartel, the Mexican criminal organization he's accused of working with.
A Queretaro drug treatment patient fights his addiction.
A video on drug kingpin Craig Petties, Queretaro, Mexico and drug culture, featuring the voices of drug treatment clinic director Jose Guillermo del Hoyo and drug prevention official Aitor Juaristi.
This was our first day of on-the-ground reporting in Queretaro.
I’m writing from Memphis now, making final preparations to go to Mexico to report on drug trafficking links to the South.
Imagine a violent Mexican drug cartel that’s paying massive bribes to everybody, including the country’s top anti-drug official.
How the drug business works and Memphis' role as a major player.
They found Marcus Turner in a ditch in Olive Branch, naked and shot to death.
It was the end of a young man's life and a grim reminder of a larger truth: The Mexican drug war isn't as far away as you might think.
The order that led to Turner's death was phoned in from Mexico, prosecutors say. They say the man on the other end of the line was Craig Petties, alleged to be one of the most powerful and violent drug entrepreneurs the area has ever seen.
OUTSIDE the main hospital in San Cristóbal de las Casas, women in traditional multicoloured garb queue up to see a doctor. Many are pregnant or carry infants on their backs. One expectant mother says she fears there will not be a bed for her when she enters labour—all too common in the overcrowded hospital. Tales of deaths from hypertension, haemorrhage or infection during or after giving birth are common in the second city of the state of Chiapas. In a nearby village, one doctor recalls a woman whose journey took so long that she died on the street outside his clinic.
Efforts to control tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant forms of the disease face extra hurdles in Mexico's poorer states. Samuel Loewenberg reports from Chiapas, southern Mexico. The village of Los Chorros lies in a lush valley reached by a dirt track at the end of a mountain road that winds past brick and wooden huts with thatched roofs, and terraced agricultural fields (see webvideo). At the top of a small hill is a yellow concrete building with a corrugated metal roof.
Indigenous women in Mexico's poorest states face health challenges on many fronts because of abject poverty, poor education, and a dire shortage of medical staff. Samuel Loewenberg reports.
Growing up in the mountain village of San Juan Quiahije, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, Maricela Zurita Cruz saw from an early age the special health burdens that affect women there. The women face many obstacles: they are Indigenous, and so confront special problems of language and racism; they have little education and must deal with strong macho attitudes in their own communities; and they are poor people who face difficulty accessing the state's already stretched health-care system.