Luis Chaparro, VICE

Luis Chaparro


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  • VICE
  • The Daily Beast
  • The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)
  • NPR's Latino USA
  • Splinter
  • The Guardian

Past articles by Luis:

Drug Cartels Are Scamming American Tourists With Beachfront Property

Using beachfront timeshares as part of a scam is the latest side-business for Mexico's powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel. → Read More

2 Americans Kidnapped in Mexico Found Alive, 2 Found Dead

Four American citizens were attacked by a group of armed men in the border city of Matamoros, Mexico over the weekend and abducted. Two of them have been found alive. → Read More

A Romanian Mafia Boss Allegedly Stole Millions From Cancun Tourists

Mihai Alexandru Preda had card-cloning devices installed in cash machines around the region, and allegedly made millions of dollars stealing from tourists. → Read More

Mexico Just Seized the ‘Biggest’ Fentanyl Lab in History

“This is no longer what we knew before—the small kitchens," said Mexico's president about the bust. → Read More

Cartel Violence Is Getting Out of Control in Mexico’s Tulum Resort Area

Playa del Carmen has become one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico. But at the same time it has become a major hub for drug distribution. → Read More

A Cartel Gang Tattooed a Pet Cat in Prison

The cat that was rescued had the gang sign for "Los Mexicles" prison gang tattooed on it's side. → Read More

Kidnapped Teen Found Alive Inside Plastic Bag at Garbage Dump

The girl, who was missing for three days, says she was held with a number of other girls and women. → Read More

El Chapo's Son ‘El Bebe’ Is the Weakest Link in the Sinaloa Cartel

Ovidio Guzmán, who was arrested Jan. 5, is one of the four “Chapitos” now in charge of a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. → Read More

Mexico Just Captured El Chapo’s Son—Again

Ovidio Guzmán, a Sinaloa Cartel leader, was arrested—for the second time—in the city of Culiacán by government forces. → Read More

A Crackdown on the MS-13 Is Causing More Arrests at US Border

Government crackdowns against Central American street gangs is likely behind a spike in the number of alleged gang members being arrested at the U.S-Mexico border. → Read More

The Mexican Army Refused to Capture El Chapo's Sons After a DEA Tip

A leaked email exchange in March 2016 shows the DEA asked a Mexican Army Captain to help capture “Los Chapitos” Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Joaquín Guzmán López. → Read More

Fentanyl Is Overwhelming Mexico’s Border Cities

Seizures and use of the deadly synthetic opioid are up by six times what was reported only two years ago. → Read More

This Mexican Cartel is Literally Dropping Bombs on the Police—Using Drones

The attack by CJNG on a police station in Jalisco, Mexico, killed two officers. → Read More

Woman Who Flew 3,000 Miles for Online Date Killed, Allegedly for Her Organs

A Mexican woman flew to Peru to meet a man she got to know online. But weeks later, her body parts washed up on a local beach. → Read More

She Went Out With Her Friends. Hours Later, She Was Found Dead on a Highway.

A "friend" appeared on security footage appearing to put Ariadna Fernanda López's body in his car. → Read More

El Chapo’s Hometown Is Building a Narco Museum

The mayor of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, wants to showcase the state's drug-trafficking history and heroes. → Read More

A Man Was Murdered at His Own Wedding in Mexico ‘by Mistake’

It's not clear whether organized crime was involved in the murder of engineer Marco Antonio Rosales, minutes after his wedding vows. → Read More

Need a Slightly Used, Narco Boss–Owned Ferrari? Colombia Has a Deal for You!

The government is auctioning off at least three Ferraris that were seized from an alleged member of the Clan Del Golfo, and says it is going to give the proceeds “back to the people”. → Read More

Mexico Arrested 167 Cartel Members at Once. It Did Not Go Well.

The “Pueblos Unidos” militia retaliated by kidnapping 25 members of Mexico's National Guard. → Read More

Texas Men Could Face Execution for Deaths of 53 Migrants in Trailer

The incident in June was one of the worst related to the human-smuggling industry on U.S. soil. → Read More