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Saturday, May 26, 2012

3 armed men in stolen taxi killed in shootout with police in Tijuana

Three young men armed with high-caliber weapons and riding in a stolen taxi were killed in a shootout with city police in Tijuana on Friday, authorities told local media. The taxi was reported to have been stolen at gunpoint in Valle de las Palmas on Thursday night. A police chase with the taxi began around 5:45 p.m. Friday afternoon on Cucapah boulevard. The taxi occupants fired with AR-15 rifles but were killed by police and the taxi crashed into á dirt embankment after they got off on the CETYS exit ramp. No police were injured. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Former Baja California state policeman pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges in San Diego; he worked for remnants of Arellano Félix cartel

Meanwhile, man wanted for carrying out assassinations for cartel in 2000 arrested in Tijuana

Carlos Cosme, 36, a former Baja California state judicial policeman, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and racketeering charges in federal court San Diego. He formerly worked for the Arellano Félix cartel, and had hired José Ortega Nuno to set up a hit squad, media reported. Ortega, a former supervisor with the state attorney general office's sex crimes unit, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in December. Cosme, Ortega and 40 others were arrested in California in 2010. On May 15, the former international liaison for the state judicial police, Jesús Quiñónez Márquez, pleaded guilty to similar charges, Frontera reported. Story, Reuters. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Meanwhile, Pedro "El Pete" Aguilar Ulivarría, was arrested in Tijuana. He was said to be the leader of an Arellano Félix team that principally operated out of Mexicali. He is suspected of being behind the killing of three police in Mexicali and of kidnapping and killing the son of a former top government official in 2001. State police said Aguilar had been living as if he were an ordinary citizen in Tijuana. El Sol de Tijuana said all but one member of the team now are either captured or dead. In 2001, four members of the team that had been captured escaped from prison. Aguilar Ulivarría is said to have reported to Arturo "El Nalgón" Villarreal Heredia. El Nalgón was detained with Francisco Javier "El Tigrillo" Arellano Félix by U.S. authorities off the coast of Baja California Sur in 2006 El Nalgón's cousin "El Gordo" was extradited to San Diego on Wednesday. Story, El Sol de Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Friday, May 25, 2012

Trailer with 301 packages of marijuana seized

A trailer with 301 packages of marijuana of eight to 10 kilos each was seized in the Sánchez Taboada district of Tijuana on Thursday. Authorities had gone to the area after a report of suspicious activity at a home there. As they arrived, a vehicle or vehicles in the area quickly took off. No one was detained. Story, Frontera (PDF).


Thursday, May 24, 2012

"El Gordo" Villarreal extradited to San Diego; allegedly worked for remnants of Arellano Félix Cartel

Armando "El Gordo" Villarreal Heredia, 33, an alleged lieutenant to Fernando Sánchez "El Ingeniero" Arellano, was extradited to San Diego on Wednesday, Frontera reported. Sánchez Arellano allegedly heads the remnants of the Arellano Félix Cartel. Villarreal was detained on July 9, 2011. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, U-T San Diego.

Update, May 25: Frontera reports (PDF) that Villarreal, speaking in perfect English in federal court, denies drug charges against him. Villarreal grew up in San Diego.

"El Grande" Villarreal extradited to U.S.; alleged former Beltrán Leyva cartel leader made incriminating statements against recently detained Mexican generals

Sergio "El Grande" Villarreal Barragán, considered to be principal in the Beltrán Leyva cartel, was extradited to the United States on Tuesday. The military captured him in Puebla on Sept. 12, Reforma newspaper made statements against generals Tomás Ángeles Dauahare, Roberto Dawe González and Ricardo Escorcia Vargas and Lt. Col. Silvio Hernández Soto, who were recently detained under suspicion of having cooperated with drug traffickers. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Alleged Gulf Cartel kidnapping and assassination gang captured

15 killed in violence across country, including three police in Acapulco

Authorities announced the roundup of an alleged kidnapping and assassination gang for the Gulf Cartel. They said the gang was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Televisa Monterrey comedy show personality and former drug addict José Luis "La Gata" Cerda Meléndez in March 2011. Cerda's body had been dumped next to a wall with a message that said, "Don't keep cooperating with the Zetas." After police and the media arrived at the site where the body was dumped, police received a message that an armed gang was coming to take the body away, and the police and media cleared out. The body was taken away and found later in a shot-up Mercedes.
Arrested were: Juan José "El Master" Silva Pérez, 25, the group's alleged leader; Marcos
Francisco Martínez Mendoza, 23; Yolanda Contreras Victorino, 25; Hilario Martínez Herrera,
55; and Etson Evanivaldo Rojas Rocha, 23, who had a broken leg.
Meanwhile, 15 people were reported killed in violence across Mexico on Tuesday, including three police in Acapulco. One of the police officers was a woman.
Stories, Frontera (PDF).

Man shot to death after dropping child off at Tijuana school

Man found with $36,900 in cash afterward

A man was shot to death on Tuesday after dropping his son off at a private school in Tijuana. The man, tentatively identified as Jesús Amador Gregorio Hernández, 37, had left his son at a school in the Empleados Postales neighborhood in Mesa de Otay.
Police afterward looking for gunmen in a gray car stopped a vehicle driven by Salvador Olivares Martín, 42, who had $36,900 in cash that he could not account for, Frontera reported.
Stories, Frontera (PDF). Story on shooting, El Sol de Tijuana.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Man arrested in dumping of 49 bodies in Cadereyta indeed was a Zeta, authorities say

Authorities said the man they arrested Friday in the May 13 dumping of 49 bodies in Cadereyta in Nuevo León indeed was a Zeta. They said top Zeta leaders had ordered Daniel Jesús "El Loco" Elizondo Ramírez to dump the bodies and then to later hang banners disclaiming responsibility in the case to cause confusion among authorities and the public.
AP story. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Story in Frontera (PDF).


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