Violence in Mexico…
There may be graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation in Mexico and Central America.
**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity. Some items may be from notirex.com, lapoliciaca.com or historiasdelnarco.com.
Organized crime has been kidnapping as well as stealing big rigs for some time. But in a newer development, some drivers are now having their organs stolen. Rafael Ortiz Pacheco, national president of the Mexican Alliance of Shippers, who indicated that this is alarming to the guild. He said that in the months of February and March have been increased cases of thefts of trucks, but worse is that there have been at least 12 cases where drivers have been victims of organ theft. Drivers are stripped of their units, then kidnapped, abused and then returned to their families without some organs, such as kidneys, corneas, and even hearts. He said they are concerned not only with loss of the trucks, as drivers are found without their body parts and or slaughtered. This situation has occurred in Tepatitlan, Hidalgo, Puebla and Veracruz. Mexican authorities have not commented, although carriers have come together to demand safety, so far without a meeting with authorities.
The ‘war’ between the CJNG and the Knights Templar resulted in the discovery of 16 bodies in different locales at the end of this past week. Some had narco messages left with the bodies.
Joel Rodriguez Barrero, Cuban, was arrested several days ago in Morelos in the possession of weapons and drugs, and was identified as responsible for the recent murder and dismemberment of four. He entered the country illegally, probably from the United States, where he belonged to Cuban and Latin criminal gangs, from tattoos on his chest, back, stomach and arms. He was actively trafficking drugs, and was arrested with weapons, drugs and more.
HOUSTON, TX Leslie Aikens, a 47 yr old veteran Houston officer, was arrested by the FBI, Texas Rangers and Houston police during an undercover investigation. He was accused of escorting a cocaine shipment for $2,000, and convicted after jury trial. He has been sentenced to 15 years, 8 months imprisonment.
A total of 12 people were executed around the state the end of the week, with 7 found Thursday in Lazaro Cardenas. The large number has caused an intense mobilization of both military and police forces.
MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN
A joint operation by state investigators and anti-kidnapping forces at the Monterrey International airport resulted in the arrest of 12 kidnappers affiliated with the Gulf Cartel.
The book The Executioner of the Men of George W. Grayson and Samuel Logan, forthcoming in the U.S., tells the “zetanización of Mexico” also takes stock of the strategy of Felipe Calderon to fight the Los Zetas and the rival cartels of the Gulf, Sinaloa, Los Caballeros Templars and the Familia Michoacana. The work is a result of extensive and thorough investigation into the origin and behavior of the most violent and dangerous Mexican criminal organization in the history of the drug trade, people and arms in Mexico and other countries. According to scholars Grayson and Logan, neither ” ‘Los Zetas’ or any other cartel want failure of the rule of law in Mexico. Instead, they are eager to carry out their activities with impunity, that is, establish a parallel government with key routes for the smuggling of drugs.
During the weekend, six people were executed here with 2 more injured. So far, 238 persons have been killed in the state this year.
Early Saturday, four tortured and executed men were dumped near a gas station. The men were bound.
Another 15 people found executed on Friday and early Saturday in two locales in Tamaulipas. Many of those were decapitated and/or dismembered. And another 21 people were executed and their bodies found: six in Chihuahua, 4 in Guerrero, 3 in Sinaloa, 3 in Veracruz, 2 in Jalisco and one in each in Durango, Baja California and Nuevo Leon.