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Sunday, March 17, 2013

"El Melvin," Reported No. 2 figure in Arellano Félix cartel, arrested in Tijuana

Melvin Gutiérrez Quiroz, the suspected No. 2 figure in the Arellano Félix organized-crime group, was arrested in Tijuana on Friday and flown to Mexico City on Saturday. He was arrested in an operation involving 15 members of the military, and was found in possession of an AR-15 and two smaller guns, Frontera reported.
       Also known as "El Melvin," he reportedly answered to Fernando "El Ingeniero" Sánchez Arellano, the reputed leader of the criminal organization. The organization is a shadow of its former self following the arrest or killing of various Arellano Félix brothers; the Pacific Cartel of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is now reported to dominant in Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tijuana registers 8 slayings for week of March 4-10

Gun used in Sixth Street bar slaying Saturday linked to 7 homicides; arrested 17-year-old tied to 9 murders

        Frontera newspaper's Insecurity Barometer said there were eight slayings for the week of Feb. 11-17. There also were 27 vehicle thefts and 47 drug-possession arrests.

       Meanwhile, the paper reported that a 9mm gun apparently used to kill the son of the owner of Sixth Street bar on Saturday has been linked to seven homicides. Ismael Valle Tapia, 25, was killed in the Bar Ruta Sexta. Two males in possession of a 9mm gun were arrested shortly afterward in a vehicle on Fifth Street.

       One was identified as a 17-year-old nicknamed "Morro," who authorities said was tied to nine murders. The other was said to have been involved in crystal meth sales.
Update, March 13: The second was identified as Antonio Asunción Solano, also known as "El Lucky" or "El Hommie."
Story, Frontera (PDF). Morro said his boss, "El Chapito," was the apparent mastermind and that another man also was involved in the Sixth Street killing.

Insecurity Barometer, Frontera (PDF).
Gun linked to seven killings, Frontera (PDF).
Story on El Morrito, El Mexicano.

Shootout at circus in Reynosa causes terror

       A shootout between two criminal groups at a circus in Reynosa on Sunday caused terror among its attendees, Proceso reported. By some accounts, the battle lasted two hours. Proceso said one woman may have been shot in the leg. A photo on Twitter showed a shot-up pickup truck with at least one flat tire.
Story, Proceso.

 

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