TIJUANA – State authorities announced that a suspect in 16 drug-related murders was arrested last weekend.
The man, identified as Gerardo Rodríguez Pérez, nicknamed “El Con,” 31, was captured Saturday by state police investigators in Tijuana. He is being held for 30 days while authorities continue their investigations, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday.
He said Rodríguez ordered his victims killed because they belonged to rival cells that wanted to sell narcotics in the area he controlled.
The prosecutor said that, based on information by the state’s homicide unit, Rodríguez
is linked to 12 investigations, some involving multiple murders, of killings that occurred between 2010 and this year.
Galván said that there was an arrest warrant for Rodríguez for murder. His criminal cell allegedly included, Edgar Chávez Escalante, who is in custody; and Jorge Humberto Marín Martínez and José Luis Ceja, both of whom died.
Through the end of November, state authorities had logged 448 murders in Tijuana this year, about 80 per cent involving street-level drug dealers.
A total of 820 homicides were reported in all of last year, most of them linked to organized crime.
State authorities linked the following homicides to Gerardo Rodríguez Pérez:
Sept. 9, 2010, Wilfredo Antonio Hernández López, 33
Oct. 7, 2010, Ricardo Manuel Ponce Bernal, 28
Oct. 7, 2010, Aarón Cerecer Ramírez, 26
Nov. 2, 2010, José Ascención Llamas Cortez, 59
Nov. 3, 2010, Angel Gabriel Núñez Correa, 34
Nov. 5, 2010, Daniel Bezárez, 30
Nov. 15, 2010, Abasalón Delgado Franco, 42
Dec. 3, 2010, José Joaquín Treviño Angulo, 16; Sergio Navarro Estrada, 33; Pedro Rodríguez Hernández, 32.
Dec. 20, 2010, Alejandro Nuño Martínez, 32
Dec. 11, 2010, José Luis Ceja Shwartz, 26
April 1, 2011, Guberto Vargas González, 23; José Rosario Carrillo Núñez, 33; Baltazar Meza Torres, 25. Injured: Cecilio Gehsy Acosta, 17
Oct. 12, 2011, Juan Manuel Landazury Rivera, 26