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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Alleged cartel member said to have killed 350 people, including 5 law-enforcement officials in recent days, captured in Ciudad Juarez

       Mario "El M-10" Núñez Meza, 39, said to have been behind the killings of 350 people in Durango and Chihuahua states, was captured in Ciudad Juárez, Mexican media reported. He is said to have been a top lieutenant in Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's Sinaloa Cartel and to have been behind a number of mass graves discovered in Durango state. El Sol de Durango reported that M-10 once had been a Juárez policeman. The Associated Press quoted a federal official as saying M-10 had been responsible for the deaths of five law-enforcement officials in recent days. Story, Milenio.
Associated Press story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Ensenada men detained in alleged metal theft from cemetery

      Not even the dead are immune from the wave of metal thefts in Baja California that have included the pilfering of electrical wire (with at least a couple of cases involving electrocution), statuary and manhole covers. Two men in Ensenada have been detained in the alleged theft of a metal cross and metal bars from Panteón No. 2. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

1 state policeman arrested, 2nd sought in alleged extortion of U.S. agricultural recruiter, media report

       One state policeman has been arrested and a second is being sought in the alleged extortion of a U.S. agricultural recruiter, El Sol de Tijuana reported. The paper said the recruiter was finding people who met requirements to do agricultural work in the United States and had them staying at a Tijuana hotel that is also used by the state Attorney General's Office as a detention center for people being held for investigation under a process known as arraigo. Two state police noticed the men being recruited and questioned the recruiter, the paper said. El Sol reported that the recruiter showed the police documents allowing him to do the recruiting, but that the police allegedly demanded he pay them $10,000 in order not to report him to federal authorities for human trafficking, and also alleged told the recruiter they would plant drugs on him if he did not comply. The recruiter allegedly paid out thousands of dollars before going to a lawyer who recommended he go to the attorney general's internal affairs office.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

Tijuana prostitute steals clients' cars, sells one of them

      A Tijuana prostitute allegedly stole two clients' cars after they fell asleep, and sold one of the cars before being arrested, El Mexicano newspaper reported Monday. Estrella Adusley Quintero Izaquirre, 25, originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, allegedly stole a Jeep Cherokee and a briefcase after her client fell asleep Thursday. The client reported the theft to police; they found her in the Zona Norte with the briefcase, which had his birth certificate, U.S. passport and documents relating to the vehicle inside. She also was reported to have been involved in the theft of a Honda Accord from a client Aug. 13, and told police she had sold it. Police said she also was found with 12 small plastic bags of crystal meth; police said she told them she had plied the clients with alcohol and drugs in an attempt to make them sleep so she could take the vehicles. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

3 detained in Wednesday's killing of Tijuana policeman

        Three men are under investigation in Wednesday's slaying of Tijuana policeman Raúl Ruiz Martínez after he got off duty, El Mexicano reported. Police said Román Óscar "El Chupón" Ponce López allegedly provided the gun used in the killing, the paper said. He was detained because the 1995 Honda Civic with California plates that he was driving was reported stolen, police said. Also arrested were José Antonio "El Toro" del Toro Sánchez, also known as "El Güero," and Armando "El Payaso" Solís Rodríguez. Ponce López was reported to have told a judge he worked for a man involved in drug peddling in Tijuana's Zona Norte. Solís Rodríguez was reported to have said the three were to be paid 20,000 to 30,000 pesos ($1,530 to $2,280) to kill Ruiz.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).

Man killed in Chinese restaurant in Tijuana on Saturday was wanted in 2009 slaying

        José Ayón, 34, who was shot to death in a Chinese restaurant in Tijuana on Saturday, had been wanted in a 2009 slaying, El Mexicano reported (PDF).

10 of 13 bodies from mass grave identified in Mexico City's Heaven bar kidnapping-murder case

       Ten of the 13 bodies found in a mass grave in Tlamanalco Mexico state have been identified as being young people kidnapped from Heaven bar in Mexico City on May 26. One of those newly identified was Jennifer Robles. Another was Jerzy Ortiz, 16 años, son of Jorge "El Tanque" Ortiz, now serving time in a prison in Sonora state for his involvement in drug peddling in Mexico City's Tepito neighborhood.
        Outrage over the Mexico City police's response to the disappearance apparently contributed to Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera canceling a talk he was to give at the Institute of the Americas in San Diego shortly after the incident occurred.
        Story, El Economista.
Update, Aug. 27: Motive for slayings said to be killing of drug peddler in bar in Mexico City's Condesa area. Story, CNN.
Update, Sept. 13: Three more arrested in case: Jonathan "el Jhony" Robles González, Pedro Francisco "Pancho
Pulgas" Paz López, and Fernando "el Pez" Fernández Sánchez. They are suspected of having carried out the kidnappings and killings. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, Sept. 20, 24, 25: Mexico City policemen detained in case.
July 3: Co-owner of Heaven bar found slain, burned in Morelos state.
June 20: L.A. Times publishes front-page story on Mexico City mayor coming under criticism in case.