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Colombia’s top drug trafficker arrested; Extradition to USA + 5M$ reward?

 

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias 'Valenciano,

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias 'Valenciano,

Venezuela has captured one of Colombia‘s top drug traffickers, just as President Juan Manuel Santos visited his Venezuelan counterpart in Caracas, an arrest that may have profound implications for the Colombian underworld.

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias ‘Valenciano,’ was one of Colombia’s most powerful and prolific drug traffickers, running a criminal empire in the city of Medellin and along the Caribbean Coast. He headed a series of criminal organizations, including factions of the ‘Oficina de Envigado’ in Medellin and the ‘Paisas’ along the coast, from their operating base in the city of Barranquilla.

It was not a coincidence that he was arrested on the eve of the meeting in Venezuela between Presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Hugo Chavez. An intelligence source said that the Colombian police intelligence, DIPOL, had been following members of Bonilla’s family for two years, and had pin pointed his movements, feeding the information to the Venezuelan authorities to secure the arrest on Sunday night to highlight the increasing cooperation between the two nations. Despite having a security detail of 15 triggermen, all with Venezuelan IDs like himself, Bonilla came without a fight in the Venezuelan city of Maracay in Aragua state on the Caribbean Coast.

The Venezuelan Interior Minister, Tarek El Aissami, said that Bonilla, aged 39, would be sent to the U.S., where there is a five-million dollar reward for him, as well as an extradition warrant on drug trafficking charges.

“This is one of the most important captures we have made in recent years in Venezuela,” stated El Aissami.

Bonilla had tried to change his appearance from the heavyset, clean shaven look on his wanted poster, to a mustached, bespectacled and slighter version, thanks to a gastric bypass. He has also been constantly on the move, not just in Venezuela and Colombia, but passing through Panama and perhaps other Central American nations.

Bonilla’s criminal career began in Medellin, and it is here that his arrest is likely to have the greatest effect. Underworld legend has it that Bonilla’s father was killed when he was 13 years old and he was ‘adopted’ by Diego Murillo, alias ‘Don Berna,’ the successor of Pablo Escobar in Medellin. Bonilla became a favorite of Murillo’s and one of his most trusted assassins, consummating his first kill when he was just 15 and by 16 was running his own group of hit men.

When Murillo was extradited to the U.S. in 2008, and his successor, Carlos Mario Aguilar, alias ‘Rogelio,’ did a deal with U.S. authorities, a war broke out for supremacy in Medellin, principally between Bonilla and his arch rival Erick Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian.’ While Bonilla was the most powerful of the two, in terms of resources, Vargas is believed to be in and around Medellin, leading his faction personally. Bonilla commanded the loyalty of around 1200 gang members in Medellin and has another 600 men along the Caribbean Coast. However with the arrest of Bonilla, the victory of Vargas in Medellin is still not assured, as another player has entered the city over the last two years: Led in Medellin by Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias ‘Mi Sangre,’ the Urabeños were born from the illegal right wing paramilitary army of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and have many ex guerrilla and military fighters, able to carry out sophisticated operations with heavy firepower.

While the conflict in Medellin is certain to be affected by the capture of Bonilla, there may be a short-term consequence in Mexico, especially for his partners the Zetas. Bonilla is believed to have been one of the principal Colombian suppliers of cocaine to the Zetas as the latter wages its bloody war against the Sinaloa Cartel. An interruption to the supply of drugs may give the rival Sinaloans a temporary advantage they can exploit until the Zetas make up the shortfall. Shipments from Bonilla have been tracked by authorities not only in Mexico, but also Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras.

Within Colombia there have been reports that Bonilla had links to the rebel group of the National Liberation Army (ELN), securing a steady supply of coca base for his cocaine laboratories from the guerrillas, who control much of the coca crops in parts of Antioquia, Arauca, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño.

 
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Mexico: 8 billion pesos in order to standardize the salaries of the municipal police!

 

Mexico and Crime

Mexico and Crime

MEXICO CITY, Municipalities such as Mazatlan, Ciudad Victoria, Lazaro Cardenas, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl and Cuautla not exercise the budget that gave them the Federation to improve the pay, training and equipping their police forces during 2010 despite being among the most violent in the country.

The Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) points in your statistics that 29 municipalities across the country did not use the expenditure referred, of which 25 were listed by the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) as part of the federal 162 most violent rivalry homicides by criminals.

The money given to the country’s mayors through the Grant for Municipal Public Security (Subsemun) is now in the 220 municipalities that have a major issue because of insecurity.

However, many of the municipal budget that do not exercise them by the federal government arguing that the requirements are “excessive” and “bureaucratism.”

Among the municipalities that returned the budget for not having exercised and are also within the 162 most violent are Hermosillo, Sonora, Iguala, Guerrero, and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

Do not use props, despite deaths

Federal statistics show that in total 29 municipalities failed to exercise the budget allocated by the Subsemun, which are resources for safety

The Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) points in your statistics that 29 municipalities did not exercise the budget that gave them the Federation to improve the wages, training, and equipping their police forces during 2010 and 2011, despite that many of them maintain high levels of violence by criminal rivalry, mainly.

The statistics of the federal agency can establish that at least 25 of the 29 municipalities were mapped by the Federal Public Security Secretariat as part of the 162 most violent homicides by criminal rivalry, data released last Sunday in this daily.

The money given to the country’s mayors, through the Grant for Municipal Public Security (Subsemun) currently goes to 220 municipalities for its high crime rate, highest number of people, or being a municipality with the highest number of criminal incidents by connurbación with localities present a major issue of insecurity.

The resources are aimed at improving the condition of the police forces, including wage equalization, training, equipment, and examinations of trust, however, many municipalities do not exercise the budget that the government granted arguing that federal requirements are “excessive” and “bureaucratism.”

In the list of SESNSP, who returned the budget for not having exercised and which are also within the 162 list of most violent municipalities SSPF, lies the town of Delicias which federal funds were returned in three ministrations 112 000 257 pesos .

Nezahualcoyotl is also in the State of Mexico, who ceased to perform 629 000 658; Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Cuautla, Morelos, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Hermosillo, Sonora, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Iguala de la Independencia. Guerrero, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Poza Rica, Veracruz, and Queretaro, among others.

In total, the SESNSP mentions that during 2010, some municipalities returned 35 million 733 thousand, 852 pesos. Money that was intended to improve the security of citizens.

According to the federal, municipal administrations are subejercicios not yet been returned to the Treasury of the Federation, so that its deadline to deliver the money or the check is exercised by 31 December this year.

For 2011, the said SESNSP suspended the delivery of resources for the third ministry of support to Tecate, Baja California, and Coacalco of Berriozábal, State of Mexico, not to prove compliance with the requirements of the operating rules Grant and the General Law of National Public Security System.

Both Tecate, as Berriozábal Coacalco of them are three million pesos for the third ministry of Subsemun.

These municipalities are added to Naucalpan and Nezahualcoyotl, both the State of Mexico, which also are suspended for non-compliance with regulations.

Of the 220 eligible municipalities Subsemun only Sahuayo, Michoacan, declined to receive it.

For the past five municipalities, three of them are mapped by the Federal Public Security Secretariat and violent locations, these include Tecate, Nezahualcoyotl, and Sahuayo, Michoacán.

Note that also contains all the delegations of the Federal District, which in 2010 returned the third ministry, because they exercised their budget to improve public safety and whose number amounts to 4 million 103 thousand 813 pesos.

Other municipalities that did not exercise the budget allocated to improve public safety are Coatzacoalcos, Poza Rica and San Andres Tuxtla and Xalapa, Veracruz.

Interior Ministry offers help to Sinaloa

The head of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry), Alejandro Poire, and the governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez agreed to strengthen cooperation at the federal entity and of the security.

At a meeting in Mexico City, Poiré Romero endorsed the full readiness of the administration of President Felipe Calderon to support the government of Sinaloa in its task of building, debugging and certification of the police.

Cooperation in this area is part of the interagency coordination meetings conducted by the National Public Security System (SNSP), the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The municipalities can not improve the security levels of their territories because there is an economic impossibility to standardize the salaries of police officers, training them and give them more equipment, said Lorena Martinez Rodriguez, president of the National Conference of Municipal Public Security .

By going to the third meeting of the National Network of Municipalities, the mayor of Aguascalientes also said they have no budget to meet the security agreements, so that they can not improve security and police forces in their territories, which endangers the security agreements sealed with the federal government.

“This is going to keep adding more cities to receive this grant and the inability to achieve good goals, only to give them an idea, if we wanted that municipalities comply with the obligation to approve the municipal police salary, there would be no to, “Martinez said Rodriguez.

The municipal official said there is a problem because of the lack of financial resources to meet the security tasks they agreed, because it takes at least 8 billion pesos to get the cops earn wages above six thousand dollars , since most of them earn between two and four thousand pesos.

“It takes 8 billion pesos in order to standardize the salaries of the municipal police of the country. If we can not clearly meet the most basic obligation is to pay a living wage to the police, much less can think of professionalization or equipment, “said the mayor.

He also said that there is a failure so they can professionalize police forces and equip them, and that all surplus was approved by the Chamber of Deputies, was the inflation rate, which means no real support.

 
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Can Calderon defend his Honor? Mexico!

ICC Yes

ICC Yes

Evaluate how to defend their rights after activists asked the Court to investigate possible crimes against humanity

The President Felipe Calderón and his security officials assess how to defend their rights and reputation after Mexican activists asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the president for the commission of possible crimes against humanity during the war on drugs.

One day after the President announced that explored proceed legally against those accused of crimes against humanity, the president’s spokeswoman said the government assesses how the president can assert their rights before they consider slanderous accusations.

“If a person as the President told murderer (has) every right to defend itself and in any case make claims for whoever has made this accusation,” said Alejandra Sota, a spokesman for Calderon in a radio interview.

The spokeswoman said the president and his staff are entitled to defend his “honor” and “reputation.”

Netzaí Sandoval’s attorney, on behalf of Mexican activists, on Friday filed a request to the ICC to investigate the president. He said the document has at least 470 cases of what they consider violations of international humanitarian law by bodies like the Army, including torture and extrajudicial executions.

Sandoval said the request is accompanied by 23 000 signatures of several activists, academics, journalists and security experts.

The lawsuit also names as possible perpetrators of crimes against humanity to members of drug trafficking and specifically mentions Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, considered the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

A statement from the Presidency exploring warned on Sunday that legal action after the filing of the petition, which led to the attorney Sandoval to consider what the government did begin to understand is that a persecution against the signatories.

“Particularly is threatening us,” said Sandoval.

He noted that the signatories only exercise their freedom of speech by asking the ICC to investigate the president.

 

 

 

 
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Killed in search of his kidnapped son for walking in a Peace March; Hermosillo

 

Hermosillo

Hermosillo

HERMOSILLO, November 28 .- Nepomuceno Moreno Munoz when transiting through a central street in the capital of Sonora, was shot and killed, for walking in a “Peace March” with Javier Sicilia and never fulfilled the desire to find his son kidnapped by criminals.

He was riddled with at least five bullets at the intersection of Reforma and the colony Pesqueira Centenario, he was coming from west to east in a Chevrolet Silverado blue late model pick up, according to eyewitnesses. The armed attack was committed by a lone gunman in a PT Cruiser or HHR vehicle.

The victim had walked with Javier Sicilia in the “March for Peace” and, recently, he starred in the only manifestation during the visit of President Felipe Calderon to the entity.

His claim was the disappearance of his son and to locate him, Jorge Mario Moreno Leon, who was abducted by suspected criminals in Ciudad Obregon, Cajeme municipality, on July 1, 2011, along with three other young men later turned up dead.

“I’m here to listen and investigate the killings, disappearances, of my son, Jorge Moreno, and they already know, I’ve talked to the president,” on November 8, who showed up with a makeshift banner in hand, facing the place where the event took place presidency.

Nepomuceno said Calderón recently was able to meet in the Castle of Chapultepec during the “peace talks” with photograph in hand attesting the act.

“They already know, referring to the Federal Government, ‘but I want to speak with the governor to investigate here in Sonora, how is it, that if you hear me there and here in my state,” said one protester who was seen as Reform along the street, where today it killed him.

According to the official report of the Attorney General of the state, Muñoz Moreno, 56 years old, had about a year and a half ago been arrested for carrying and possessing firearms used exclusively by the army after he was involved with the armed attack suffered a house in Residencial Los Lagos, which occurred in November 2005.

 
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