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The newspaper Reforma reported that top Zeta figure Carlos Alberto "La Rana"
Oliva Castillo, who had been called a mastermind of the Aug. 25, 2011 Casino Royale massacre that killed 52 people, is now a protected witness. He was captured Oct. 12 in Saltillo. Although he had been referred to as the mastermind the day after his capture, Reforma newspaper reported that the Attorney General's Office had never said he had been indicted or charged. The paper quoted a source as saying that Oliva Castillo, using a different identity, had been in the Apodaca prison in Nuevo León but had bribed officials to let him out from time to time. The source said that on the day he was captured, he was one of his "leaves." The paper said he was the leader at the prison where on Feb. 19, 44 prisoners were killed and 29 escaped. It also said he has been given the codename "Sérpico." On April 29, authorities captured Alberto "El Paisa" González Xalate, considered to have been the No. 3 figure in the Zetas. Reforma reported that on May 8, the special unit investigating terrorism and the stockpiling and trafficking of weapons interrogated "Sérpico" as part of an investigation of drug trafficking from Central America against "El Paisa." The paper said Oliva Castillo was detained along with Carlos "El Juanillo" Garza Rodríguez and Irasema López Garza; the paper said authorities have not revealed their whereabouts.
Reforma's story, in Frontera (PDF). Mention of Oliva Castillo's capture.
In Chihuahua city, newspaper society section photographer Ernesto Araujo, 38, was beaten to death with a baseball bat. Authorities and friends said he was returning from photographing a wedding about 10 p.m. Saturday when he was intercepted at a traffic light by a vehicle carrying three men in a carjacking attempt. But his Chevy had a kill switch, which he had apparently activated, which angered the three men, who then beat him badly. He was taken the hospital, where he was declared brain dead Sunday.
Arajuo was the father of a 9-year-old, Kevin. He had worked for El Heraldo de Chihuahua since 1994, although in the past year on a contract basis after starting his own photography studio.
Meanwhile, five people were shot dead and one was beaten to death in Torreón, bringing the number of killings in the Coahuila city to 42 this month. Among those who died were Aurelio Barrientos Lazca, 56; Tomás Zamora Pérez, 42; Miguel Ángel Ramírez Reyes, 38; and José Martín López Valdez, 22. A woman in her mid-30s and a man in his 20s also were killed.
Stories in Frontera (PDF). Story on Araujo, periodicodigital.
U.S. authorities reported finding 761 pounds of marijuana commingled with a shipment of carrots at the Otay Mesa port of entry. Customs and Border Protection reported Thursday's discovery on Monday. A 31-year-old Mexican man was arrested. The pot was valued at $1.1 million. The CBP press release.
Frontera's Insecurity Barometer for Tijuana had four violent deaths, including two people shot to death in a vehicle in El Pipila, for the week ending Aug. 19. It also reported 25 vehicle thefts and 30 cases of drug possession. Insecurity Barometer page, Frontera (PDF).
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|July 2||page did not run|
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