Cartel Violence in Mexico…
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SALINAS VICTORIA, NUEVA LEÓN
The executed man found yesterday in Salinas Victoria was identified as Jesus Eduardo Reyes Garcia, “The Gomas”, former leader of the Zetas in the citrus region. Through fingerprints, the state attorney general’s office confirmed that the deceased is the criminal who was involved in the kidnapping and execution of Raul and Fortino Garza, brothers of the state leader of the PRI, Sergio Alanis. The brothers were abducted on May 7 in Allende and although the family paid the ransom, their bodies were later found. He was identified as responsible for many kidnappings and executions, and also as identified as ordering the execution of his accomplice Jesus Landin Gladin or Vargas, “El Diablo”, found on 6 June in Galeana.
“The Gums” fled the citrus region after state and military authorities conducted a “sweep” in those municipalities. He was found dead along the side of the road. A .223 caliber case was found.
The report starts with ‘Blood runs in Nuevo León’. On Saturday, the deaths of 5 people were reported in various incidents and locales. Of note is one in Apodaca, where the victim was dismembered and beheaded. His head was found elsewhere in a phone booth, and the torso in a square. The arms and legs were left a few blocks away.
CADAREYTA, NUEVO LEÓN
State police arrested a leader for the Gulf Cartel on Saturday, identified as José Inés Medina Rodríguez, 36 yrs, and the plaza boss for the town of Juarez. Later, a man identified as Rigoberto Medina Salinas, 25, who claimed to be his family, arrived at police headquarters. He attempted to bribe the officers to release the boss with over 200,000 pesos (US $15548.48), and was arrested. When arrested, the plaza boss had tried to hide a gun, which when found, was a 9mm pistol with the embedded image of Santa Muerte and with 24 bullets. He was found to have a warrant from 1993 when he shot and wounded a man. (Indicating he’s been in the narco business a long time, and thus a good source of intelligence.)
Federal police were attacked by gunmen in a house while on patrol on Saturday. The ensuing gunfight killed 5 bad guys, who were armed with 3 long guns and 2 pistols. The house appeared to be uninhabited, with only a small table, bed and small refrigerator.
The Mexican Army caught 8 members of the Guerreros Unidos criminal group in the vicinity of Jojutla, Morelos , on the border with the state of Guerrero. The 6 men and 2 women tried to escape by running across the fields, but were apprehended without shots fired. Soldiers seized 16 AR-15 and AK-47 type rifles, five pistols and drugs, ammunition and tactical vests. The criminal cell operates in the region of Tierra Caliente and northern Guerrero, and in several towns in Morelos.
Authorities says that there are about 47 vehicles used daily by organized crime in different parts of the country to commit robberies, kidnappings and abductions, and to transport drugs, among other crimes, such as gunfights. From 2007 to August, federal authorities have seized 98, 646 vehicles used by organized crimes, most reported as stolen. In states like Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Coahuila, auto theft has picked up due to the war between criminal gangs for control. From January to August 2012 there have been 41,701 complaints of vehicle theft with violence, and 96,536 without violence, mostly as the cars were parked.
MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN
Sunday morning about dawn, a man was executed with 4 shots to the head. The victim remains unidentified.