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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Former Mexicali policeman shot to death

Former Mexicali policeman David Yahuaca Tamayo was shot to death in front of his wife by a group of men when he arrived at his home in Fraccionamiento Villas del Rey around 1:30 a.m. Friday, El Mexicano reported. The paper said he had been released from the force when it lost confidence in him. It said his killers, who hit him with 10 bullets, followed him home from his visit to El Cotorro bar. Frontera said Yahuaca was being investigated in the investigation of the January death of another policeman.
At 7:30 a.m., Germán Franco Ochoa, who was identified as a taco vendor who had arrived three months ago from Sinaloa, was killed by a young, long gunman, the paper said. The killing took place outside the victim's residence in the Hacienda Dorada neighborhood. His wife said he had been going to work at a taqueria. Police said he was hit with five bullets. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Stories, Frontera (PDF).

23 killed in Nuevo Laredo

The bodies of 23 people were found killed in Nuevo Laredo, 14 of them decapitated and nine of them hung. Reforma said the 14 may have been killed in retaliation for the deaths of the nine. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Alleged robber of would-be migrants held

Huber Martínez Zaragoza, 26, has been arrested in the robbery of would-be migrants. He was detained April 26 in Tijuana's Terrazas del Valle neighborhood. The would-be migrants told police Martínez that he would help them cross for $2,700 each, but that when they got to hills near Tecate where they were to cross they were confronted by three armed men, who got in touch with their relatives in the U.S. to tell them the would-be crossers would be released on receipt of $3,500 each. After some money was received electronically, the would-be migrants were released.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Would-be migrants from Nayarit robbed in La Rumorosa.

Friday, May 4, 2012

338 kilos of marijuana seized after being dropped off by plane in Mexicali Valley

Mexicali police and the military seized 338 kilos of marijuana that had been dropped off by a plane in the Mexicali Valley, El Mexicano newspaper reported. The plane, reported to be a Cessna, flew away. A Dodge Caravan was seized near the Ejido Lázaro Cárdenas, but no detentions were reported. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Journalist killed in her home in Xalapa, capital of Veracruz state

Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poiré on Monday expressed his sorrow at the death of Proceso correspondent Regina Martínez on Saturday in Xalapa, Veracruz, where she was found beaten and strangled in her home. Poiré said her death represented a blow to freedom of expression and human rights. Story (PDF).
She wrote about crime and other matters. On Friday, she had written how Mexican naval forces, at the request of the state Attorney General's Office, had arrested nine police in Tres Valles on suspicion of involvement with organized crime. Her story in Proceso.
On Proceso's website, a Coyutla, Veracruz activist named Sergio Eduardo Rivera Nasser said in the last six years, journalism virtually disappeared in Veracruz only to be replaced by gacetillas, fluff stories paid for by the stories' subjects. Rivera said Martínez was an exception to this rule, and said he thought she had saved him from being killed by the powers that be. He said she had told him that computer equipment had been stolen from her home.

Of 6 violent deaths in Tijuana during the week, 3 were children

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer says that of six violent deaths during the week, three were of children. One was killed in a crossfire of minor drug dealers, while the other two were the children of a ministerial policeman who killed them and then killed himself.
There had been no violent deaths in Tijuana the week before.
Last week, there were 38 reports of vehicle thefts and 44 arrests involving drug possession. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Building of federal Attorney General's Office in Coahuila attacked; 3 federal agents, bystander wounded

A federal Attorney General's Office building in Saltillo, Coahuila was attacked and three agents and a bystander were wounded Sunday. Gunmen were thought to have been trying to rescue a man captured Saturday night in a gunbattle with federal agents. During the gunbattle, a woman with the detained man was killed and he and three youths were wounded, Mexican media reported. The wounded were taken to a hospital, where another gunbattle was reported during the night before the man was taken to the federal Attorney General's Office building. The man was believed to be held under arraigo, where authorities can hold organized crime suspects for 40 days without charge.

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