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Sunday, May 20, 2012

San Luis Río Colorado police chief killed

Luis Freddy Rodríguez Soqui, the police chief for San Luis Río Colorado, has been killed. He was killed in his car as he was leaving the area where he lives around 10 p.m. Saturday; at least 30 assault weapon shots were fired at him, Mexican media reported. Three men were involved in the attack, authorities said. Frontera reported that his wife and son had left town Friday for Hermosillo, where they live. Rodríguez Soqui had been police chief since December 2010. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Saturday, May 18, 2012

Alleged Guzmán lieutenant captured in Guadalajara; L.A. Times had featured him and his Sinaloa estate in series last year

Alleged drug trafficker Victor Emilio Cazares, featured in a Los Angeles Times series last year as having long lived openly at his estate outside Culiacán in Sinaloa state, has been arrested in Guadalajara, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. It said he had had plastic surgery to change his appearance. Cazares, 48, believed to be a lieutenant for Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, was arrested April 8. His first 40-day period of arraigo, if that is how he was held, would have ended around Friday.
He was indicted by a grand jury in San Diego in 2007. His sister, Blanca, known as "La Emperatriz," or the Empress, is also wanted for alleged laundering drug money through her cosmetics and money exchange businesses. Story, Los Angeles Times. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Last year's Los Angeles Times story on Cazares: A DEA operation against him was named "Operation Imperial Emperor."

Journalist killed in Sonora

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48 kilos of pot found in abandoned car near border

Authorities in Tijuana said an abandoned car found near the San Ysidro border crossing had 48 kilos of pot in the trunk. The vehicle, with California plates, was found on Márquez de León street near Paseo Padre Kino. Story, Frontera (PDF).


Friday, May 17, 2012

Six alleged members of group that kidnapped migrants arrested in Tijuana; 13 were arrested earlier

Of 6 recent arrests, five were women, one of whom gave birth in the last month

Six alleged members of the "El Comandante" group that kidnapped migrants were arrested in Tijuana, media reported. The arrests followed the previous detentions, most dating back to September, of alleged leader Enrique "El Comandante" Moraga Valdez, Jonathan Manuel Alonso Torres, Amelia "Mely" Calixto Valdovinos, 36, and 10 others. The six recently arrested were identified as: Lizbeth Alferez Arellano, 22, of Tijuana; Génesis Orbe Torres, 21, of Acapulco; Martha Orbe Torres, 19, of Acapulco; Sandra Aguilar Ruiz, 32, of Tijuana; Juana Consuelo Luna González, 24, of Tijuana; and Martín Mendoza Morales, 28, of Morelos.
Alferez Arellano denied involvement other than being the lover of a suspect. "I was the lover of one of them, I never was involved in that," El Mexicano quoted her as saying. The paper said she gave birth 26 days ago.
Story in Frontera (PDF).
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Officials say uncle provided weapons used in drug-dealer shootout that killed his nephew, 10, last month in Tijuana

Tijuana police say a man allegedly involved in small-scale drug sales provided the weapons used in a shootout with another criminal group last month that killed the man's 10-year-old nephew last month. Miguel Ángel "El Mike" Ruiz García, 46, is being held in the April 26 death of Steven Rosales Delgadillo. Authorities said Ruiz García has been involved in drug sales in the Cerro Colorado area of Tijuana for a dozen years. Ruiz García had offered use of weapons he had buried near a drainage canal near a sports field to try to drive out a rival gang.
Story in Frontera (PDF).
Previous story on shootout.

Malaysia sentences 3 Mexican brothers to death for drugs

Three Mexican brothers from Sinaloa state were sentenced to death by a Malaysian court for drug trafficking. The oldest brother, Luis Alfonso González, 44, said the brothers thought they were going to be acquitted. His brothers are José Regino, 33, and Simón, 37; they claimed they had only been cleaning a secluded meth lab, not operating it. Story, SAPA. Story in Frontera (PDF).

1.3 tons of marijuana seized from home

The Mexican military seized 1.3 tons of marijuana in the Otay Indeco neighborhood of Tijuana after receiving a report of suspicious activity, Mexican media reported. The military saw a man putting packages in a vehicle, but the man then fled inside the home and apparently escaped out the back door, El Mexican reported. The military seized 160 packages of marijuana wrapped in plastic from the home at 13955 Manuel Pino Suárez. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Thursday, May 16, 2012

2 Mexicans who died in plane crash in Ecuador had links to Mexicali; 1 had been arrested twice; $1.3 million in cash found in aircraft

Two Mexicans who died in a plane crash in Ecuador on Sunday had Baja California IDs, Frontera newspaper reported. Both originally were from Sinaloa state, and one had been arrested twice in Mexicali. About $1.3 million in cash was found in the crashed Cessna. The dead were identified as Santiago Alfonso López Monzón and Cruz Alfredo Solís López. Solís López apparently had a drug-related arrest in 2005 and a vehicle robbery arrest in 2008. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Two detained generals had been under investigation since 2010

Two Mexicano generals who have been detained under suspicion of having links to drug traffickers had been under investigation since 2010, Mexican media reported. Tomás Ángeles Dauahare and Roberto Dawe González both are suspected of aiding the Beltrán Leyva organization after its break from the Sinaloa Cartel in 2008. Ángeles, a relative of Mexican Revolution hero Felipe Ángeles, held the second-most important post in the Defense Ministry, while Dawe headed army operations in Colima state.
U.S. officials said the two are not the only generals under investigation.
Stories, in Frontera (PDF).
Update, May 18: Generals put under 40-day detention without charge (arraigo). Story in Frontera (PDF).
Columnist Leo Zuckermann notes that it is ironic that just as some expected Mexico's armed forces might deliver the capture of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, instead they detained two of their own. Zuckermann said the detention of Ángeles is not one of a "big fish," but one of a whale. His column (PDF).



Alleged Gulf Cartel cell linked to 17 killings; 8 arrested

Eight alleged members of a Gulf Cartel cell linked to 17 killings and four kidnappings have been arrested in Nuevo León state. They were arrested May 7 in Cadereyta, the municipality where 49 bodies were dumped May 13. Arrested were: Víctor Hugo Beltrán Guerra, 24; José Alvino Díaz Barrera, 21; Esmeralda Díaz Gómez, 24; Luis Felipe "El Pepino" Díaz Barrera; Angelberto Díaz Vázquez, 32 años; Jorge Alberto Vázquez Tovar, 44; Lizandro Geovani García Puentes, 18; and José Cruz Díaz Vázquez, 26. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tijuana man who went to Sinaloa for slain brother's funeral is killed

Gabriel Barrón Pérez, 49, of Tijuana, who had gone to Sinaloa state to attend the funeral of his slain brother, was killed in El Rosario. The brother, Salvador Barrón Pérez, 45, was killed May 10 in the community of La Tebaira, part of El Rosario municipality. Story in Frontera (PDF).


Monday, May 14, 2012

49 bodies dumped in Nuevo León

Forty-nine dismembered bodies were dumped in Cadereyta in Nuevo León state on the Monterrey-Reynosa free road Sunday, Mexican media reported. Of those killed, 43 were male and six female, authorities said. A message at the scene indicated the killings were perpetrated by the Zetas. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Last week, 18 bodies were dumped near Lake Chapala in Jalisco state.
Update, May 15: Five torsos found in Lake Chapala area (PDF).
The week before, 23 were killed in Nuevo Laredo.
Update, May 16: Zetas seem to claim they were not responsible for Cadereyta deaths.
Update, May 20: Nine arrested in case.
Update, June 18: Bodies still not identified.


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