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Friday, April 6, 2012

"El Diego," who admits ordering more than 1,500 killings for Juárez Cartel, sentenced to life in prison by U.S. judge

He also was involved in March 2010 deaths of 3 connected to U.S. Consulate, Jan. 2010 Salvacar massacre of partying youths and July 2010 car bombing that killed 4

José Antonio "El Diego" Acosta Hernández, who admitted ordering more than 1,500 killings for the Juárez Cartel's La Línea enforcement wing, was given life in prison by a U.S. judge in El Paso following his conviction on 11 charges, including conspiracy, racketeering, murder and extortion, media reported. He was captured in July in Chihuahua city, the capital of Chihuahua state and extradited three week ago.
He also was named in an indictment as participating in the March killings in Juarez of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Ann Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs. They and a third person who was killed, Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, husband of another consulate worker, were followed and killed after they left a children's party in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
He also was reported to have ordered the Jan. 30, 2010 Salvacar massacre of youths that left Mexicans stunned and a July 10 car bombing that killed four.
Story, Associated Press. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Military confirms death of "El Quemado," reported to be the mastermind of Casino Royale arson massacre

     The Mexican military confirmed the death of Francisco "El Quemado" Medina Mejía, the Zetas leader reported to be the massacre of the Casino Royale arson massacre in Monterrey in August that killed 52 people.
     Medina and three others were killed in a confrontation with the military in Nuevo Laredo on the road to Piedras Negras.
     The military also seized eight rifles and a grenade launcher. Medina was called "El Quemado" because of burns on his face, arms and other parts of his body. He also was carrying a gun inscribed with the name Quemado.
     He is believe to have ordered Baltasar "El Mataperros" Saucedo Estrada to have carried out the arson for extortion purposes and to be responsible for the February 2011 killing of retired Gen. Manuel Farfán Carriola, who was serving as Nuevo Laredo's police chief.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Female inmate sent to Mazatlán hospital escapes with help of armed men

     Araceli Beltrán, a woman who was being held in a Mazatlán prison for federal offenses, was freed by armed, masked men minutes after she arrived at the Mazatlán General Hospital on Wednesday to receive treat severe abdominal pain, El Universal and other Mexican media reported. The men disarmed state agents guarding her. Story in El Mexicano (PDF).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mexicali kidnappers get 26-year sentences in boy's abduction

     Three Mexicali men were given 26-year sentences for kidnapping a 10-year-old boy in 2008. The abduction took place while the boy was skating in front of his home in the Villafontana neighborhood. His mother was asked to pay a million-peso ransom. When it became apparent that she had no money to ransom the boy, the men released him. They later were picked up by police.      Sentenced were Rodrigo Gutiérrez Martínez, 31; Diego Armando Gutiérrez López, 22; and Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Verduzco, 26. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).


Monday, April 2, 2012

Police station attacked, robbed of weapons in Mexicali

     A police station in Mexicali was attacked Sunday morning and robbed of its weapons by two well-dressed young men who arrived in a black pickup truck, Frontera newspaper reported. A policewoman, Patricia Ramírez Aguilar, 36, was wounded as a result of blows she received from the assailants, the paper said.
Robbed were two .38-caliber revolvers, eight 9mm Beretta pistols, two R-15 rifles, two 12 gauge shotguns, and three Matra police radios, the paper said.
Police said the police station in the Ejido León apparently was emptied of its force around 6:50 a.m. when the two men came by and reported a dead body in the Ejido Hidalgo. After the police took off to investigate, the two men entered the police station, now occupied only by the policewoman, and carried out the robbery.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, April 3: José Adrián Angulo Cisneros was removed from his post as supervisor of the police station by Mayor Francisco Pérez Tejada Padilla.

Man killed, another person wounded near Tijuana cathedral

Update, April 9: Migrant smuggler says he killed victim because victim had beaten him up after he decided to stop working together to move undocumented people across the border

     A man was killed and another person wounded near Tijuana's cathedral on Palm Sunday, Frontera reported. The man was shot to death on Avenida Niños Heroes about a block from Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the paper said. Two people were later detained, but it was unclear whether they were connected to the shooting, the paper said. It said some people were still in and around the cathedral after having attended Palm Sunday services there. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, April 9: José Santos Guatemala Zarate, alias "El Paisa" or "El Blue
Demon," 33, confessed to killing Petronilo Mercado Rodríguez out of revenge. Guatemala said Mercado and his brother had beaten him up after he decided to stop working together to smuggle migrants across the border. Guatemala continued to work to smuggle migrants on his own, however, Frontera reported. Police said Guatemala went out and bought a 9mm gun to exact his revenge. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer registers seven deaths in week in Tijuana

     Frontera's Insecurity Barometer showed seven deaths in the previous week in Tijuana. Five of those deaths came when a man who had apparently been kidnapped killed two men apparently guarding him, killed two other men to steal their vehicle and then was killed himself by police. Later in the week, a Tijuana policeman was killed. There were 41 vehicle thefts and 24 people detained with drugs during the week.