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Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Tijuana police detain man dubbed "Mr. Terror";
paper says he is suspected in killing of 6 drug peddlers

Papers run photo of suspect holding gun, but identify him differently

      Tijuana police have detained a man dubbed "Mr. Terror." El Mexicano newspaper said Francisco García Pérez, 38, originally from Guerrero state, was a suspect in the killings of six drug vendors. He was detained in the Obrera neighborhood and was apparently suspected in killings in the Obrera, Pedregal de Santa Julia and Chihuahua neighborhoods in Tijuana's San Antonio de los Buenos district. 
      El Mexicano ran a picture of a man holding a gun it identified as García Pérez; however, Frontera ran a picture of the same man holding a gun but identified him as Elías Álvarez Ramírez, 42, detained for alleged gun and drug possession in San Antonio de los Buenos. Frontera did not say that "Mr Terror" was suspected in the drug-peddler killings, but rather said he was detained because he was hidding a knife in his clothing.           
     Tijuana has seen a spike in killings this year because of conflict over drug-peddling territories.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

5 Baja California state police released by judge after being accused of extortion won't return to force, official says      

      Five state police released by a judge after they had been accused of planting drugs on presumed drug peddlers in Tijuana in order to extort them will not be returning to the force, state security director Daniel de la Rosa said Thursday in Mexicali. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Mexico City policeman detained in Heaven bar kidnapping-murder case

Update, Sept. 24, 25: 3 more police implicated

      A Mexico City policeman has been detained the case of 12 people who were kidnapped May 26 from the Heaven bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa and then murdered at a ranch in Mexico state. An official said Édgar Ernesto Gutiérrez Vera, a six-year policeman assigned to the Zona Rosa, and César Iván Romero Reyes, previously charged in a drug case, have been detained. The policeman reported worked with drug peddlers in the area. There are now 15 people implicated in the case. Story, Milenio.
Update, Sept. 24: Two more police implicated in case. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, Sept. 25: Fourth policeman implicated in case. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump

Aug. 26: Bodies in mass grave identified.