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Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Gun used to kill Chula Vista man at downtown Tijuana gas station was also used in two drug-peddling slayings

     A gun used to kill a Chula Vista man at a downtown Tijuana gas station Wednesday morning also was used in two drug-peddling slayings, officials told El Mexicano newspaper. José Ricardo García Vázquez, 27, who had registered residences in both Chula Vista and Tijuana, was shot in his vehicle, officials said. Officials said Tijuana has seen 57 violent deaths this year, 80% of them involving drug peddling. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

El Mexicano editorializes on good, bad police in Tijuana, and on violence and rape of Spanish women in Guerrero and the formation of "community police" groups there

Paper says the groups should not take justice into their own hands

      Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper on Thursday, in an editorial entitled "Different Police," lauds a state policeman who died in the act of duty this week in Tijuana, and laments that a municipal policeman is suspected of working with drug peddlers and is staining the reputation of good police in Mexico. Editorial, El Mexicano (PDF).
       Antonio Villegas Luján, who had served with the state police force for 10 years, was shot to death in a confrontation with an alleged drug peddler, who was arrested. The paper also said that a city policeman allegedly was being paid 2,500 pesos a week to cooperate with drug peddlers. Story, El Mexicano.
      A second editorial bewailed the increased number of killings, rapes and other crimes in Guerrero state (six Spanish women were raped in Acapulco), but worried about "community police" self-defense groups that have sprung up in response, saying the groups should not take justice into their own hands.
      Nine Guerrero police killed, and Human Rights Commission worries about "community police" groups: Stories, El Mexicano (PDF). Jumps. 
Update: Noticiero Televisa says the self-defense groups have 54 people in custody.
Update, Feb. 8: A follow-up El Mexicano editorial (PDF) on the rapes of the Spanish women says the case must be resolved and also places blame on former President Felipe Calderón's drug war.       

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

7 killed in Tijuana during week

     Frontera's Insecurity Barometer said there were seven people killed in Tijuana during the week. It also said there were 22 vehicle thefts and 40 drug-possession cases.
Two bodies were found in the third phase of the Río project, one burned and one tortured. It was suspected that the victims had been involved in drug peddling.
Story, Frontera (PDF).

Four detained in kidnapping case

      The Baja California prosecutor's office said four men were detained in the kidnapping of a 59-year-old U.S. citizen and his former brother-in-law, 26, in Rosarito.
      Detained were Osbaldo "El Osby" or "El Güero" Sánchez Mendoza, 21, Carlos Obrayan Rodríguez Rodríguez, 20, Pablo Gerardo "El Father"
Ramos Castillón, 23, and José Guadalupe "El Lupillo"
Hernández Aviña, 26, Frontera (PDF) reported. It said they were planning to seek a ransom of $50,000.

18 alleged members of La Familia arrested in Mexico state, linked to slayings

      Eighteen alleged members of La Familia Michoacana were arrested in Mexico state. They were suspected of having participated in execution-style slayings in the Toluca Valley in recent days. Authorities said they seized 25 guns. Authorities said the group also was linked to 24 narco-banners that had been put up.
       Among those detained were: José Alberto Ruiz Escamilla, 27, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Téllez, 23, Miguel Ángel Barranco Islas, 30, Armando Martínez Hernández, 45, José Armando Martínez Medina, 28, Salvador Lucas Jiménez, 20, Aldo Israel Núñez Morales, 35, José Patricio Eleno, 24, Daniel Valencia Albarrán, 32, Lilia Jiménez García, 34, Francisco Ruiz Escamilla, 24, Nicolás Guzmán Gómez, 26, Martín José Guadarrama Corral, 44, Víctor Hugo Torres Reza, 34, and Óscar Alfonso Almera Díaz, 36, Mexican media reported.

 

 

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