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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

El Güicho recaptured a month after escaping from custody in Mexico City;
American who allegedly smuggled grenades across border arrested in Mazatlan

Frontera says weapons were crossed at Calexico-Mexicali border;
April 12 arrests of 2 suspects with grenades in Mexicali helped lead to suspect
El Güicho had been originally captured in May 9 Mexicali shootout

Stories in Frontera

Héctor "El Güicho" Guajardo Hernández, believed to be an operative for Joaquín "El Chapo"Guzmán" in Baja California state, was recaptured Monday by federal agents in Jalisco state after having escaped from federal custody in a Mexico City hospital July 27. Authorities said he hid out in Tecamachalco, Puebla until Sept. 2, when he went to Jalisco and hid out in Tepatitlán and Guadalajara. He was captured with three others in nearby Zapopan.

Guajardo, originally from Ensenada, was first captured and badly wounded in a shootout with state police May 9 in Mexicali. Authorities said he started out working with the Arellano Félix cartel and then worked for Teodoro "El Teo" García Simental.

Meanwhile, Mexican authorities confirmed the capture of U.S. citizen Jean Baptiste Kingery Morrison in Mazatlán on charges of smuggling grenades and other arms across the border for use by drug traffickers. Frontera reported that many of the arms crossed at the Calexico-Mexicali border. His case has caused a stir in the U.S. because it appears linked to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arms sting scandal. The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials had Kingery in custody for a few hours in June 2010; their letting him go caused an ongoing battle between prosecutors and ATF agents, the paper said. It said an ATF plan earlier in the year to use Kingery in a sting operation had failed. The paper said Kingery was arrested in August.

Background, provided in Frontera story: On April 12, the Mexican military and Baja California state police detained José Eduardo "El Bebo" Granados Rosales and Ozzy Oswaldo Medina López of Mexicali in possession of 192 unarmed grenades, 192 fuses, eight bullet-resistant vests, five rifle barrels and 33 boxes of parts that could be put together to make weapons. The pair told authorities they worked for Habib Sayb Mújica and Ricardo "El Nene" Rosales Ramírez and that the materials were headed to Guzmán's cartel. On Aug. 11, Sayb Mújica was captured during raids on two houses in Mexicali. The next day, Rosales Ramírez was captured at Mexicali's Hospital General de Oncología (cancer hospital), where he was a patient. Authorities said information from Sayb Mújica and Rosales Ramírez in turn led to the capture of Kingery.

El Güicho recaptured, El Mexicano. Jump page.
Kingery story, El Mexicano. jump page.

Previous stories: El Güicho escapes.
April 12 grenade arrests: El Mexicano front page. jump page.