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Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Former Culiacán police commander arrested in Tijuana for Sinaloa slaying; 61 kilos of pot found in vehicle

      A former Culiacán police commander sought in the slaying of his former partner was arrested in Tijuana, Frontera newspaper reported. Sixty-one pounds of marijuana were found in the vehicle he was driving. The suspect was identified as José Humberto "El Güero" González Barraza. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Attempt to abscond with body of alleged Zeta leader in Veracruz repelled

      Authorities repelled an attempt to abscond with the body of alleged Zeta leader Ángel Enrique "El Pokemón" Uscanga Marín in Veracruz state. He and four others were killed in Córdoba on Thursday, and the body-theft attempt took place Friday, Mexican media reported. The media said four were killed in the body-theft try.
Stories, in Frontera (PDF).
October: Body of top Zetas leader Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano seized by gunmen after he was killed in a shootout.

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

Unfinished drug tunnel found in Nogales, Sonora

      The Mexican military found a drug tunnel in Nogales on Thursday after receiving reports that armed men were in a house in the Sonora state border city, Mexican media reported. The 110-meter tunnel was headed for Nogales, Ariz. There were conflicting reports about whether armed people were found in the house, which was on Lake Titicaca street. Expreso.com reported that U.S. Border Patrol agents could be seen in the distance from the house. Story in Frontera (PDF). Story, Excélsior.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Inmate who escaped from Piedras Negras prison in September recaptured; 54 of 129 who escaped have been recaptured or killed

       Marcelino Ordóñez Coronado, who participated in a mass escape from the Piedras Negras prison in September, has been recaptured by Mexican navy forces. That brings to 54 the number of escapees who have been recaptured or killed. A total of 129 escaped. He was in prison for possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Story, Milenio (with list of all those recaptured or killed).
Previous stories on escape (stories then said 131 escaped)

Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

19 killed, including 7 police, in Jalisco, Michoacán and Sinaloa

Nineteen people, including seven police, were killed in Jalisco, Michoacán and Sinaloa states, according to stories in Frontera newspaper Monday. Four police were killed in a shootout in La Barca, Jalisco and three in nearby Ayotlán. Both are to the east of Lake Chapala; La Barca is on the state border with Michoacán. Stories in Frontera (PDF).

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There was no Insecurity Barometer in Frontera's Dec. 24 edition. However, it was reported last week that Tijuana had reported 359 homicides for the year, a far higher total than that obtained by adding up the numbers in Frontera's weekly count.

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
Dec. 10 6
Dec. 3 3
Nov. 26 6
Nov. 19 3
Nov. 12 4
Nov. 5 2
Oct. 29 1
Oct. 22 5
Oct. 15 no Insecurity Barometer
Oct. 8 2
Oct. 1 2
Sept. 24 2
Sept. 17 6*
Sept. 10 9
Sept. 3 0
Aug. 27 2
Aug. 20 4
Aug. 13 2
Aug. 6 0
July 30 3
July 23 1
July 16 4
July 9 2
July 2 page did not run
June 25 4
June 18 3
June 11 5
June 4 3
May 28 9
May 21 3
May 14 2
May 7 3
April 30 6
April 23 0
April 16 page did not run
April 9 6
April 2 7
March 26 1
March 19 3
March 12 0
March 5 9
Feb. 27 5
Feb. 20 2
Feb. 13 1
Feb. 6 1
Total 142 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15, July 1, Oct. 14 and Dec. 16 and 23

* The six deaths listed appear to be low as two stories mentioning seven violent deaths ran at the bottom of the page.

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