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Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Five killed in 2 incidents in Tijuana; man and woman have throats cut

Five people were killed Saturday in two incidents in Tijuana.

In the Santa Fe area, a man estimated to be around 40 years old and a woman of around 20 were found with their throats cut.

Three youths estimated to be around 20 to 22 years old were shot to death around 5:45 p.m. in the Las Palmeras canyon of the Salvatierra neighborhood in a location known to be used by drug addicts. A fourth youth was badly wounded.

Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

PRI laments slaying of Sonora state legislator-elect in Ciudad Obregon

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Update, Oct. 7: Five formally jailed in case; legislator's designated successor, suspecting of being mastermind in case, is still at large; designated successor's brother remains under arraigo.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012

Man who worked at San Pedro Martir observatory found dead in home; car reported missing

Francisco Lazo Valencia, 52, a technician with the National Autonomous francisco lazo valencia University of Mexico who worked at the San Pedro Martir observatory in Baja California, was found dead in his home in the Pedregal Playitas area of the municipality of Ensenada on Friday, El Vigia reported. His car was reported missing, El Vigia said.
An autopsy was to be performed to determine the cause of death.
Frontera reported that his family said he had been ill. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Webpage showing the team he worked with.

Bodies found in San Quintín area

The bodies of José Octavio Flores, 34, and Rodolfo Caro Angulo, 51, both of Sinaloa, were found in the Agua Chiquita area of San Quintín, which is part of Ensenada. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, Sept. 17: Two more people were killed in the Camalú area of Ensenada: Pedro Luis García Jiménez and Francisco Andrés Francisco, both 30.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Sept. 19: Two more bodies found in Ensenada: the semi-nude one of Cinthia Yadira Iriarte Crespo, 34, originally from Mexicali. Her body was found by her boyfriend around El Mogón ranch; he said he went to look for her after she did not come back from walking the dog in the Villas del Rey subdivision. Also, the body of Juan Pablo Reglan Hernández was found wrapped in a blanket in Santa Catarina in the Valle de la Trinidad community. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition. The body was easily identified because Reglan Hernández wore a prosthesis on his left leg.
Sept. 20:
Profile of Iriarte, who worked at a gas station after having studied oceanography at the Autonomous University of Baja California. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Sept. 21: Esteban Espinoza Mancha, 38, and Mario "El Cinco" Escalante Ledesma, 35, are detained in Reglan Hernández death. Mention, Frontera (PDF).

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Gulf Cartel leader captured

The Mexican navy said it had captured Jorge Eduardo "El Coss" Costilla Sánchez, alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel since 2003, in Tampico around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The Los Angeles Times reported that his and other recent arrests may cripple the cartel, which competes with the Zetas in Tamaulipas state, while also provoking more violence as others vie to fill the leadership void.
Captured with him were:
• Ernesto "El Campos" Banda Chaires, the alleged leader of the cartel in Tampico
• Miguel Ángel "El Profe" Muñoz Villanueva
• Servando Antonio "El Güero" Cano Arzola
• Juan Carlos Castañeda Rodríguez
• Jaime Alberto "El Corona" Corona Constante
Also seized were numerous weapons and valuable jewelry.
Earlier in the day the navy captured five alleged members of his personal security team in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas. Information provided by them apparently led to Costilla's capture. Weapons also were seized in Río Bravo. Those detained were:
• José "El José"Lugo Torres
• Jorge Luis "El Flaco" Gutiérrez Quintanilla,
• Naún "El Minitoy" Vázquez Loya,
• José Felipe "El Felipe" Torres
• José Ricardo "El Junior" Amado Álvarez.

Authorities said last week's capture of Mario "El Gordo" Cárdenas Guillén, brother of former cartel chief Osiel Cárdenas, and of Juan Gabriel "El Sierra" Montes Sermeño in Guadalajara early Wednesday helped lead to the capture of Costilla.
There was a reward of 30 million pesos ($2.3 million) from Mexico and $5 million from the United States for information leading to the capture of Costila.
Story in Frontera (PDF). Story, Los Angeles Times.

Proceso reports that 16-year-old, originally from Tijuana, has allegedly slain 50 people; he reportedly worked for Sinaloa organized crime group

Proceso reported that a 16-year-old, originally from Tijuana, has allegedly slain 50 people for Los Mazatlecos, part of the Beltrán-Leyva organized crime group in Sinaloa state. Identified only as Francisco Miguel, he was recently captured by authorities. They link him to the deaths of eight people in the Callejones community near the Sonora border and the massacre of seven cattle ranchers in the San Blas area of Fuerte. Police also were reported to be among his victims. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

Suspect in killing of Tamaulipas gubernatorial candidate in 2010 captured in Mexicali

Román Banda Gaxiola, a suspect in the 2010 slaying of Tamaulipas gubernatorial candidate Dr. Rodolfo Torre Cantú, was captured in Mexicali. Banda Gaxiola, believed to be a member of a drug cartel, then was transferred to Mexico City.

Torre Cantú had been headed to the Ciudad Victoria airport when he was shot to death June 28 along with his entourage, which included lawmaker Enrique Blackmore Smer, Luis Gerardo Soltero Zubiate, Rubén López Zúñiga and Francisco David López Catache. Torre Cantú, 46, a former state health minister, was running as a candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party under the Todos Somos Tamaulipas coalition — "We are All Tamaulipas."
Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, Voz de la Frontera.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Body of former PAN Nuevo León state legislator found

The body of Hernán Belden Elizondo, whose term as a Nuevo León state legislator for the National Action Party had just ended, was found Monday in the Huasteca region of the Santa Catarina municipality. He had been kidnapped Friday. Authorities said no ransom had been sought and that he had apparently been killed the same day he was kidnapped. The cause of death appeared to be a blow to the head.

He was a businessman involved in the automotive sector and lived in San Pedro Garza García. Story, Excélsior.

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

Insecurity Barometer records 9 violent deaths for Tijuana during previous week; ties two other weeks for most violent during year

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer for Tijuana had nine violent deaths for the week ending Sept 9. It also reported 35 vehicle thefts and 51 cases of drug possession. Insecurity Barometer page, Frontera (PDF).
Alberto CapellaUpdate, Sept. 13: Tijuana police chief Alberto Capella, appearing at a mayoral event held in Tijuana by the Institute of the Americas, said the nine deaths were misleading, because not all were the result of organized crime. Also, one of the deaths recorded was a body in a state of decay, so it was unclear when the death took place. Capella noted that the deaths recorded this year are far below death tolls recorded in many years of the past decade.
International police conference to be held in Tijuana: Capella also told Frontera newspaper that Tijuana in February will be the host for the International Police Association Latin America conference. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
Sept. 10 9
Sept. 3 0
Aug. 27 2
Aug. 20 4
Aug. 13 2
Aug. 6 0
July 30 3
July 23 1
July 16 4
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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