MEXICO: Van narcofosas 177 bodies found in Tamaulipas

April 22, 2011
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narcofosas 177 bodies found in Tamaulipas

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The Attorney General Tamaulipas , Reported that so far have found 177 bodies in narcofosas the state, of which 122 are related to the disappearance of passengers on buses, the other 55 appeared to take longer buried.

“122 bodies may be linked to the research being conducted on private passenger of freedom and further 55 bodies by its temporality is not related to that investigation, authorities confirmed.

However, more research narcofosas in San Fernando and other nearby towns are, as authorities say it is very likely that in coming days the number of bodies found to increase.

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Kilo Commander … exclusive image

Thursday April 21, 2011 | Comments: 1202 Comments
Authorities say Estrada Omar Martin Luna, alias Commander Kilo has a psychological profile describes him as a calculating, cold, narcissistic, and extremely violent, information was released after his capture, as it is identified as the mastermind of the massacres of San Fernando, Tamaulipas, which occurred in 2010 and 2011. 

Blog of Narco presents an exclusive Gallery of photos the leader of the Zetas in San Fernando.

In Images Kilo Commander appears in different stages of his life with family and friends in different scenarios is certainly a man who had a hobby posing for the camera.

They face the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas … cause terror and disasters in German Miguel, Tamaulipas

Thursday April 21, 2011 | Comments: 860 Comments

Shortly after 04:00 hours today, the German town of Miguel, Tamaulipas was attacked by an armed group that sparked panic and terror among the villagers.

The witnesses said gunmen riding in vans latest model, made havoc in homes and businesses, burned a gas station a lot autos used, also set fire to the Ford Agency, Agency Dodge, Nissan Agency, the Furniture Sepulveda, OXXO, the HSBC bank, the auto parts AutoZone , Among others.

Private vehicles were also bursts, the gunmen threw grenades that caused damage to private homes.

Police facilities were also attacked and killed by the armed group. Were more than three hours the offenders were taken to the damage.

It was not until 08:30 am that the Mexican Army showed up, and when all was over, the delay was questioned by the people who lived hours of terror, as the military headquarters is located about 8 minutes from where the damage were greatest.

Washington Post – Thu Apr 21, 7:58 pm ET

The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and William Booth took a ride on what is now called the “Highway of Death” in Mexico. Several mass graves have been found near the road, each containing bodies of travelers shot or beaten to death by drug cartel members.

Mexican Mass Grave Yields 26 Bodies

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

By Rafael Romo
CNN

Officials said the bodies found in the mass grave Wednesday were badly decomposed, making identification difficult.

Authorities in the Mexican north-central state of Durango have confirmed the discovery of 26 bodies in a mass grave. According to the Durango State’s Attorney’s Office, the bodies were found in a residential area in the capital city of the same name.

Officials say the bodies found late Wednesday were already badly decomposed and so far they haven’t been able to identify the victims. The bodies were found in a lot apparently belonging to an auto shop located in the residential area known as “Las Fuentes.”

According to local media reports, four other bodies were found on April 11, but the Durango State Attorney’s Office did not immediately confirm that information.

Crime scene pictures obtained by the Diario Contexto de Durango newspaper after the bodies had been removed show shallow mass graves right next to a brick wall. The area had already been cordoned off by authorities.

The grisly discovery comes in the same week that authorities in Tamaulipas, a Mexican state that shares a border with Texas, confirmed they have so far found 116 bodies in multiple mass graves. Fifty-nine bodies were originally found on April 6 in eight mass graves in the town of San Fernando, located 90 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. As the investigation widened, authorities kept on finding more bodies, some in groups of several dozen.

Sixteen San Fernando police officers were arrested last week for allegedly protecting those responsible for the mass graves that had been uncovered, according to the Mexican attorney general’s office.

Martin Omar Estrada Luna, an alleged drug kingpin nicknamed “El Kilo,” was captured last Saturday in connection with the mass graves. According to officials, Estrada is a presumed leader of Los Zetas. The Mexican drug cartel has operated for years in the area of San Fernando.

The investigation in Tamaulipas began after reports of bus passengers in northeastern Mexico being forcibly removed from buses and taken away by heavily armed men.

Another 72 bodies were found in San Fernando last August. They were identified as the remains of Central and South American immigrants on their way to the United States.

Another presumed member of Los Zetas identified as Jose Manuel Garcia Soto was arrested earlier this month as a suspect in the death of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata. Zapata and his partner were ambushed in the state of San Luis Potosi while traveling from the northern city of Monterrey to Mexico City. His partner survived.Share it:

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40 Police Officers Arrested in Nuevo Leon on Drug Charges

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

Forty municipal and transit police officers in Cadereyta, a city in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, were arrested on charges that they worked with drug traffickers, the State Investigations Agency, or AEI, said.

The officers were arrested Tuesday night after authorities took over the police headquarters in Cadereyta, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Monterrey, an AEI spokesman told Efe.

Army troops and Federal Police officers participated in the operation, the AEI spokesman said, adding that 25 municipal police officers and 15 transit police officers were detained.

The officers were taken to AEI headquarters and to the local bureau of the federal Attorney General’s Office, where they will be questioned.

The arrests left Cadereyta with no municipal police officers and only eight transit officers.

The Los Zetas drug cartel, which has been blamed for kidnappings, murders and other crimes, operates in Cadereyta, state officials and federal prosecutors allege.

Nuevo Leon and neighboring Tamaulipas state have been rocked by a wave of violence unleashed by drug traffickers battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

The violence has intensified in the two border states since the appearance in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, in February 2010 of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels against Los Zetas.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

The cartels arrayed against Los Zetas blame the group’s involvement in kidnappings, armed robbery and extortion for discrediting “true drug traffickers” in the eyes of ordinary Mexicans willing to tolerate the illicit trade as long as the gangs stuck to their own unwritten rule against harming innocents.

A total of 15,270 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico last year, and more than 36,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

The anti-drug operation, however, has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to drug cartels’ ability to buy off the police and even high-ranking officials.

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Driving Mexico’s ‘highway of death’

| Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex
Video: The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and William Booth took a ride on what is now called the “Highway of Death” in Mexico. Several mass graves have been found near the road, each containing bodies of travelers shot or beaten to death by drug cartel members. 

By William Booth and Nick Miroff
Washington Post

This is the time of year when Mexican families traditionally drive long distances to celebrate Easter together. But Highway 101 through the border state of Tamaulipas is empty now — a spooky, forlorn, potentially perilous journey, where travelers join in self-defensive convoys and race down the four-lane road at 90 miles per hour, stopping for nothing, and nobody ever drives at night.

“My friends thought I was crazy to come down,” said Ester Arce, traveling from Atlanta to San Luis Potosi in the south. Arce was stopped at a gas station, waiting for her husband to retie the ropes holding down luggage in the bed of their pickup truck.

Her husband cut the conversation short. “We got to get out of the state by nightfall or the criminals will get us,” he said. Ester Arce apologized, “No one wants to drive the road.”

As rumors spread that psychotic kidnappers were dragging passengers off buses and as authorities found mass graves piled with 145 bodies, people began calling this corridor “the highway of death” or “the devil’s road.”

The highway is so forbidding that even the news these past few weeks of the largest mass grave found in Mexico’s four-year drug war cannot lure TV trucks or journalists onto the road.

The bodies discovered earlier this month are in the same area where cartel kidnappers massacred 72 migrants from Central and South America in August. The terror has only spread since then. On Wednesday, Mexican authorities announced the rescue of 68 individuals found in a stash house in the border city of Reynosa. They had been snatched off buses or grabbed at bus stations.

In the town of San Fernando, where the 145 decomposing bodies were found, the governor of Tamaulipas, Egidio Torre Cantu, accompanied by several hundred federal police and soldiers, arrived for a meeting with city officials Tuesday. There was a single Mexican TV crew there. It had arrived escorted by Mexican marines.

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Mexico catches cartel lawyer, hires US law firm

| Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex

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Federal police have arrested a lawyer who allegedly helped the Zetas drug cartel manage ransom and extortion payments, which were sometimes handed over in the form of property deeds, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

By MARK STEVENSON
Associated Press

Federal police have arrested a lawyer who allegedly helped the Zetas drug cartel manage ransom and extortion payments, which were sometimes handed over in the form of property deeds, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

Suspect Marco Antonio Gomez was detained in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun on Wednesday, the Public Safety Department said in a statement.

Gomez allegedly participated as a go-between in negotiating ransom payments from relatives of businessmen who had been kidnapped in the Cancun area.

In a sign of the gang’s sophistication, the federal police said the Zetas had professionals who worked to legally transfer property titles handed over to the cartel.

Nine more suspected Zetas members were arrested in the border state of Tamaulipas on Wednesday as part of a general crackdown on the gang after is was implicated in the abduction and killing of at least 145 people whose bodies were exhumed from mass graves in the town of San Fernando earlier this month.

Also Thursday, a Mexican official confirmed that President Felipe Calderon’s government has hired a U.S. law firm to investigate possible civil lawsuits against U.S. gun manufacturers or dealers, for what Mexican officials consider the companies’ responsibility for guns that are smuggled to Mexico’s drug war.

The government has long demanded the United States crack down on cross-border arms smuggling amid drug violence in Mexico that has killed more than 34,000 people over the last four years.

According to the official, who agreed to speak about the legal action only if granted anonymity, the government hired a New York-based law firm late last year to explore possible suits against U.S. gun manufacturers that may have knowingly or imprudently produced or distributed weapons that wound up in the hands of Mexican drug cartel gunmen.

Calls to the New York law firm seeking to confirm the contract went unanswered. The U.S. National Rifle Association did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Mexico’s action.

Many guns used to kill in Mexico never have their origins traced. But U.S. officials say that of the weapons discovered at Mexican crime scenes that authorities do choose to trace, nearly 90 percent are eventually found to have been purchased in the U.S. Critics of that estimate contend Mexican authorities focus on U.S.-made guns to trace.

A November 2008 study by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, estimated 2,000 U.S. guns are smuggled into Mexico each day. A new U.S. effort to increase inspections of travelers crossing the border has netted just 386 guns in two years.

In the northern state of Durango, prosecutors reported Thursday that further excavations at a vacant lot in the state capital yielded 11 more bodies – 10 men and one woman – in addition to 26 badly decomposed bodies found a day earlier.

The grisly Holy Week discovery came just days after police found 10 complete bodies, three headless bodies and four severed heads in a pit in Durango, a state that has become a battleground between the Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels.

Prosecutors did not say whether the bodies were found in multiple-burial pits, like the 145 bodies that have been pulled from mass graves in the border state of Tamaulipas.

While Mexican drug cartels frequently use such pits to dispose of the remains of executed rivals, many of those buried in the Tamaulipas mass graves are believed to have been passengers kidnapped from passing buses.

In Tamaulipas on Wednesday, authorities reported they had rescued 68 people, including 12 Central American migrants, allegedly kidnapped by a drug cartel.

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Officials: Zetas go on rampage in Miguel Aleman

| Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex

The Monitor

A convoy of armed gunmen allegedly belonging to the Zetas attacked the city Thursday shooting at, vandalizing and torching the headquarters of the Tamaulipas State Police, the local transit police headquarters and nearly a dozen buildings, authorities said. The attack left one civilian and several gunmen dead. Miguel Aleman is across the Rio Grande from Roma.

According to the information released by the Mexican Army, a firefight with gunmen resulted in the death of one gunmen and the arrest of 11 more. They also reported one soldier dead.

Also on Thursday, the body count found in mass graves in rural San Fernando rose to 177. The Zetas are accused of killing those bodies and placing them several mass graves, the most recent of which was discovered Tuesday.

The attack began about 5:15 a.m. Thursday and continued until 7:30 a.m., when the Mexican military was able to run the gunmen out of town, said a law enforcement official who asked not to be named for security reasons.

The Mexican Military issued a news release that doesn’t mention the dead civilian or the other gunmen reported by the law enforcement official.

One of the groups stayed in Miguel Aleman and fought with the military while the other went toward Ciudad Mier. As a result of the firefight, the Mexican army reported seizing 20 assault rifles, eight grenades, more than 300 magazines and more than 7,600 ammunition rounds.

According to the 8th Military Zone in Reynosa, the Zetas also attacked a military patrol along the Riberena highway prior to the attack in Miguel Aleman which prompted the mobilization of army troops toward the area.

Also prior to the arrival of the military, when Zetas arrived in town, they began shooting at the law enforcement headquarters and shot at the buildings and patrol cars as well as causing other damage, the Mexican law enforcement official stated.

The group then went around town shooting at and setting fire to a number of high-profile buildings along the city’s main avenue, including the Ford and Nissan dealerships, an Auto Zone store, a Stripes convenience store, a large furniture store and a used car lot.

During the rampage, one employee of the local Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant was killed as he drove to work. His name was not released pending notification of next of kin, the law enforcement official said. When military forces arrived toward the end of the rampage, a shootout ensued.

In the San Fernando case, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of another San Fernando municipal police officer who is described as being part of the group of police officers who provided protection to the Zetas during the time that the massacres took place. Officer Joel Reséndiz Moreno was presented Thursday afternoon by the PGR as the agemcu asked for the public’s help in coming forward and filing charges against him in connection with the case. He is the 17th officer to be arrested in connection with the case.

The Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office—PGJE, said Thursday that the first mass graves were discovered April 1, and authorities have continued to find more since. The most recent grave site was found Tuesday when authorities found three graves with six additional bodies.

Of the 177 bodies, 122 can be related to the investigation into a string of hijacked buses last month, according to a PGJE news release.

The other 55 bodies have been buried for a longer time and are not related to the investigation, the PGJE said.

The agency also said that as of Wednesday 345 individuals have appeared to look for missing relatives, 237 of those have filed complaints into the disappearance of a loved one and 280 have provided with DNA samples for investigation purposes.

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