Author Archives: Melissa Conser

About Melissa Conser

Media Studies student at UC Berkeley.

[INTERVIEW] “You have to wonder how seriously you take those warnings” from drug cartel members

Ever wonder what life is like for a reporter in Mexico who reports primarily on drug cartels and traffickers?  I interviewed Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco and a correspondent in Mexico City, to learn more about what it’s like … Continue reading

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[INTERVIEW] “They started these things–with kind of a sickly name but– ‘Execution Meters'”

Sensationalization of violence or local watchdog reports gone viral?  I talked to Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco, and now my mind is just a little bit blown away. *          *          * … Continue reading

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How legalization of marijuana can aid in the ending of Mexico’s drug war

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$20 billion gone in 2010: in the name of drug control

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Heriberto Lazcano, uno loco hermano

Well this is interesting… According to an Associated Press report, the U.S. identified the body of Heriberto Lazcano, gunned down by the Mexican Navy, before Mexico’s autopsy could verify the fingerprints of the body: “The U.S. had independently verified the identity … Continue reading

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Show’s over, kids. A lot of people are (Everyone probably is) corrupt. We can all go home now.

Consider this New York Times headline for a second: “Mexico Kills a Drug Kingpin, but the Body Gets Away”. (I know you’re just dying to say “zombie apocalypse!”  BUT, cut it the hell out.  I doubt ‘kingpin’, AKA Heriberto Lazcano, was on … Continue reading

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D.E.A., what happens after you launder all that drug money? Can I have some?

Last December, Ginger Thompson of the New York Times wrote an article about a money-laundering operation run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, to track cartel members via U.S. dollar movement. The operation, and its “high-risk activities raise delicate questions about … Continue reading

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