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Saturday, March 18, 2012

2 men shot to death in Tijuana when they stop to fill up tank at Zeta Gas company

Two men were shot to death in Tijuana on Friday when they stopped to fill up a tank with natural gas at the Zeta gas company. Witnesses said the men were being followed by men in another vehicle who shot the two to death, El Mexicano newspaper reported (PDF). Jump.

Member of musical group called "Cártel de Sinaloa" killed in Sinaloa

Rodolfo Gómez Valenzuela, a member of the musical group "Cártel de Sinaloa," was shot and killed by armed men in Navolato in Sinaloa state. His brother,
Roberto Clemente, was wounded. The group was practicing in a private home, authorites said.
Another member of the group, José Antonio Sánchez Velázquez, was killed on Sept. 26, 2009.
Sinaloa's governorMario López Valdez, has banned the playing of narcocorridos in bars, nightclubs and establishments the public rents to hold parties.
El Universal story in Frontera (PDF).

Leader of López Obrador's Morena group killed in Guerrero

José Guadalupe "El Barón" Medina Acosta, a leader of populist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel Láópez Obrador's Morena group in Atoyac de Álvarez in Guerrero state, was shot to death by armed men in Cacalutla, officials said. Cacalutla is between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. Morena stands for Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional, Movementn for National Regeneration. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Thursday, March 16, 2012

Homicides drop 41% in Baja California, prosecutor says

He also announces arrest of four presumed Sinaloa Cartel members whom he said killed eight people this year and last

Alleged hit men captured in Mexicali

rommel morenoState prosecutor Rommel Moreno said homicides have dropped 41% in Baja California. He also said that while the state was ranked as the second-most dangerous in Mexico in 2008, its ranking was between 16th and 20th place in 2011. Story, El Mexicano (PDF)."

He also announced the arrest of four presumed Sinaloa Cartel members whom he said killed eight people in 2011 and 2012. Rommel said they were involved in small-scale drug dealing. He said that among those killed was a couple whose bodies were found buried under a patio this week. Those arrested were identified as Catarino "El Junior" Amador Valdez; Adrián Alejandro "El Emín" Carrillo Jara; Emmanuel "El Tamal" or "El Blens" Toga Robinson; and Cristian Rafael Andrade Morales, also known as "El Show," "El Lento" or "El Guëro." Among those killed were:
Maribel Estrella López, 42, on Nov. 26; Jorge "El Perro" Maldonado Navarro, 32, and Marisol Partida Cortez, 29, on Dec. 18; Gerardo Samuel Quijas Madrigal, 19, on Jan. 21; a person known as "El Flaco;" a person known as "El Perrillo," whose body was found March 7; and the slain couple whose bodies were found Tuesday. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).
Story on the buried bodies found (PDF).

In Mexicali, authorities said three men had confessed to carrying out assassinations under the orders of Manuel "El Manuelón" Garibay Félix, who is in prison in Jalisco state. Authorities said Erick René "El Bagre" Contreras López, 25 años; José Ignacio "El Nacho" Álvarez Chávez, 23; and Gildardo Andrés "El Coruco" Velázquez Covarrubias, 25, were arrested. Officials said Contreras tried to get authorities to call a number they had for Garibay in an attempt to get Garibay to offer the officials a bribe to release the three men, El Mexicano reported. Various weapons and ammunition were found in the vehicle the men were in when they were arrested. Authorities said the weapons were used in the slayings of Manuel Valenzuela Caro, 43, and Julio Garibay Osuna, 27, of San Luis Río Colorado, whose bodies were found Dec. 11, 2011, at a Mexicali Valley ranch. The men also said they were involved in other attacks and said Garibay even ordered that his own cousins be killed, El Mexicano reported. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 16: Follow-up story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 17: Follow-up story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.