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Friday, July 13, 2012

6 decapitated bodies in Morelos; 2 mutilated bodies in Durango

Six decapitated bodies were found in Jojutla in the southern part of Morelos state, and two mutilated bodies were found in Durango state. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wife of slain brother of former Culiacán mayor confesses that she ordered killing, media report; Contract amount reported as $6,300

Mexican media reported that the wife of the slain brother of a former Culiacán mayor has confessed she ordered the killing to cash in on his life insurance and because of domestic abuse issues. Authorities said she contracted to pay 85,000 pesos ($6,300) for the killing and said four or five others were involved in the plot.
Jesús Alfredo Cuen Ojeda, 59, was shot to death July 2 after leaving a restaurant. He is the brother of Héctor Melesio Cuen Ojeda, who took a leave of absence as mayor to run for the Senate on the banner of the New Alliance Party in Sinaloa state. Héctor Melesio Cuen Ojeda finished third in the July 1 Senate election with 16% of the vote.
Jesús Alfredo Cuen Ojeda is a former sports director for the Autonomous University of Sinaloa; his brother formerly was the university's rector.
The slain man's wife was identified as Yesenia Armenta Graciano. Also detained was Luis Enrique Hernández Maldonado, who said he received a 20,000 peso ($1,500) payment for the killing. The killers had linked to the Beltrán Leyva drug trafficking organization, but authorities said the killing had nothing to do with drug trafficking otherwise. Story in El Mexicano. Story, SinaloaNoticias.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

14 killed in Torreón, 3 in Michoacán and 2 in San Luis Potosí; grenade damages El Norte newspaper in Monterrey, but no one hurt

Fourteen people were reported killed in Torreón on Tuesday, and federal forces returned to the Coahuila state city. The military said it killed three gunmen in Michoacan state, and a taxi driver and bus driver were reported killed in San Luis Potosí state. In addition, a grenade was thrown at El Norte newspaper in Monterrey around 4:30 a.m.; no one was hurt. Stories, Frontera (PDF).

Tijuana policeman found with stolen car

State police driving on Boulevard Díaz Ordaz in Tijuana discovered a stolden car being driven by city policeman Samuel Robles Valenzuela, 27. The vehicle was reported stolen in 2008. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, July 11: El Mexicano writes editorial (PDF) about continuing trouble with police.

Drug tunnel found between San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, and San Luis, Ariz.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

43 reported dead across nation, including five in a Sonoita shootout with the military

At least 43 people were reported Monday to have suffered violent deaths. Nineteen were reported in Sinaloa and Guerrero states, 10 in Torreón, five in a shootout in Sonoita and three in Chihuahua state. Six bodies also were found in clandestine graves in Michoacán state. Stories in Frontera (PDF).

Four arrested in Tijuana migrant kidnapping case

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Insecurity Barometer records 2 violent deaths for Tijuana during previous week

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer for Tijuana had two deaths for week ending July 8. It also reported 47 vehicles thefts and 40 cases of drug possession. There were two deaths involving a police chase of two alleged robbers; the car fleeing the law ran into another car, and one of the alleged robbers and a passenger in the other car died.
Insecurity Barometer page, Frontera (PDF).

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
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
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