At least 13 people have died in a prison mutiny in north Mexico that some witnesses claim was a backlash against an attempted takeover of the prison by the Zetas, highlighting the criminal control and corruption that are pervasive in the penal system.
Allegations that a former governor agreed a non-aggression pact with criminal elements combined with the continued targeting of local mayors underlines how Mexico's fragmented political and criminal landscape has impacted interactions between criminal actors and local politicians.
Authorities in Mexico have arrested a former governor of the embattled state of Tamaulipas on charges of embezzlement and misuse of public funds. His capture raises questions over issues related to the timing of his arrest, as well as whether he will face justice in Mexico.
Mexico's Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional to freeze the bank accounts of organized crime suspects without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, a seeming attempt to push back against the US Treasury Department's recent blacklisting of two Mexican celebrities.