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New U.S. Immigration laws make Kidnapping More Profitable!

New U.S. Immigration laws make Kidnapping More Profitable!

Repost: Criminal groups in Mexico have kidnapped and extorted migrants for years, but their ability to prey upon people embarking on the perilous journey to the United States may well be inadvertently facilitated by the very policies intended to keep migrants out: border security.

A recent feature story in the New Yorker magazine details how heavy policing of traditional border crossing routes has pushed migrants to use more dangerous pathways through the Arizona and Texas deserts.

Not only has this US strategy of “deterrence through prevention” increased the risks that migrants face, but so has the evolution of the human smuggling trade at the border. While smugglers, or “coyotes,” used to work alone or in small, family-run networks, as the price of crossing the border has gone up — from $6,000 to over $8,000, according to the Dallas Morning News — transnational criminal groups have moved in. These groups are increasingly kidnapping migrants and holding them for ransom, until family members in the United States or Central America cough up thousands for their freedom.

The New Yorker also found that migrant kidnappings happen on the US side of the border as well, not just in Mexico. In both countries, migrants are reluctant to report kidnappings and extortion for fear of being deported, although the United States has laws that protect witnesses in criminal cases from deportation.

As one aid worker told the New Yorker, “When organized crime kidnaps somebody rich, the media and police mobilize. Then the criminals feel the heat. So they realized that, rather than doing one big, flashy kidnapping of someone rich and powerful, it would be better to do a hundred small kidnappings of migrants whom nobody pays attention to.”

As the New Yorker details, there are two primary reasons why migrants crossing into the US are increasingly at risk. The first is that border security apparatus in the United States has made illegally crossing more dangerous and more expensive. Secondly, the fragmentation of Mexico‘s traditional criminal groups means that migrants are now seen as another revenue source.

A 2013 report from the Washington Office on Latin America found that the Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas orchestrated a full takeover of the “mom and pop” coyote businesses along US-Mexico border. While the Sinaloa Cartel tends to be less violent, the Zetas are especially renowened for extorting and kidnapping migrants, and killing those who do not pay up.

According to Mexico‘s statistics agency, there were 682 reported migrant kidnappings in 2014, a 1000 percent increase from the year before. While the rise could be due to better compilation of data, another potential explanation is that some Mexican border states, like Tamaulipas, are Zeta strongholds and remain racked by insecurity.

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Posted by on 05/02/2015 in Crime Watch, Crime!


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Gang of murderers and kidnappers arrested in Nuevo Leon!

MONTERREY, Nuevo León, – The authorities in the state, made the arrest of a band related to 50 executions, including that of the police chief of Apodaca, Milton Alvarado Rojas and ten of his bodyguards.

gang of murderers and kidnappers arrested in NL

gang of murderers and kidnappers arrested in NL

These events occurred in April of last year, only now the dismantling of that cell has been achieved, which was headed by Adrian Zavala Egdar Bravo, alias “El Zavala”.

The presentation of the alleged perpetrators was on Friday morning, at the premises of the State Agency of Investigations, located on Avenida Gonzalitos.

Zavala Accomplices Bravo, who is identified as head of the Juarez municipal plaza, are: Jose Benavides Gerardo Gomez, alias “Nin” Enrique Garcia Rodriguez, alias “El Chaparro” Aguiñaga Daniel Armando Cortes, alias “Aguiñaga”; Victor Cazares Hernandez, alias “El Chagy” Juan Carlos Hernandez Ramirez, alias “El Molcas” Quiroga Miguel Arturo Montiel, alias “El Quiroga” and Chartea Jose Martinez.

At a press conference, security spokesman in the state, Jorge Domene specified that detainees confessed to kidnapping and commanded his guards apodaquense police and taken to a spa, located on the road to San Mateo, in the town of Juarez where they were killed and their bodies subsequently burned.

For their criminal activities, including kidnappings and killings they used a taxi and rented a garage that was used as the headquarters.

The units in which they burned the bodies of uniformed Apodaca sold them as scrap in a business that is located on Avenida Ruiz Cortines.

Between what they seized a tractor truck is an orange container, a Nissan truck, car type Golf, eight .223 caliber gun chargers, 200 cartridges .223 caliber working for, 42 cartridge 7.62 x39 mm gun, eight phones and other documentation.

The detainees were being detained while being investigated for offenses against them.

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Posted by on 12/22/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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NYC Policer officer arrested on kidnap, rape and torture women charges

NEW YORK, – A police officer from the city of New York was arrested after he made plans to kidnap, rape and torture women, with the intention of cooking later and eating parts of their bodies, reported Thursday authorities.


Gilberto Valle sent emails to an accomplice to discuss plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat many women

Gilberto Valle was arrested Wednesday by the ghoulish case, and was available to the FBI, as well as being suspended from the Police Department of New York. He is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan onThursday.

According to a criminal complaint, the FBI intercepted emails from Valley to unidentified accomplice, to “discuss plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat to many women.” The messages indicate that Valle had met at a luncheon to a potential victim, but there was no information that any women have suffered damages in the case.

“The allegations in this complaint does not actually need any description from us,” said Mary E. Galligan, acting director of the FBI office in New York. “They speak for themselves. Would be an understatement to say that we are just shocked by the words and actions of Valle”.

Not yet know the attorney’s name Valle.

The complaint further states that in July, with a message, Valle and the other person spoke of kidnapping a woman and eat her flesh.

“I thought of tying her body to some type of appliance, cooking it over low heat and keep her alive as long as possible,” he wrote Valle.

The documents show that Valle negotiated in February the kidnapping of another woman for someone else. “Give me $ 5,000 and she’s all yours,” he said.

“I really wanted to knock her out, tying her hands and bare feet, and gagging her. Then, I brought a large suitcase and take my truck,” added the posts quoted.

Patrolman Police Department of New York, 28 resides in the borough of Queens. He had been assigned to a district of Manhattan, before it was suspended on Wednesday.

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Posted by on 10/26/2012 in Crime!


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Arrested one of the most wanted by the PGR in Tenango-Ixtapan

Arrested one of the most wanted by the PGR in Tenango-Ixtapan
Arrested one of the most wanted by the PGR in Tenango-Ixtapan

Inocencio Garcia Diaz, 45 years old, is linked with high-impact crimes such as kidnapping and organized crime

Elements of the Public Safety Secretariat (SSC) in the municipality said, Inocencio Garcia Villa Guerrero Diaz, 45 years old, who is in the list of “Most Wanted” PGR.

The dependence mexiquense reported that the arrest was made on the road-Ixtapan Tenango at the place called the Clover when the fugitive was driving in a white Cheyenne Chevrolet truck without license plates.

In the action, part of the shield that applies to operating in the state, this subject is seized with 1.2 kilograms of marijuana that could have been sold for a profit of at least eight thousand dollars.

The SSC said that Garcia Diaz appears in the list of suspects known as “Most Wanted” by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and is linked with high-impact crimes such as kidnapping and organized crime.

The detainee, drugs and vehicle were made available to the officers, who will determine his legal status shortly.

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Posted by on 06/02/2012 in Crime!


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Mexico ignores kidnappings; families have little recourse

For the women of the Cazares family who were kidnapped with their families for ransom — and who are still searching for five missing relatives — the official response to their horrific ordeal has been even more excruciating than the crime itself. They still see criminals they recognize living large in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, as untouchable as kings.


The New York Times

Mexico ignores kidnapping!
Mexico ignores kidnapping!

MATAMOROS, Mexico — They have spotted their stolen vehicles at stoplights, driven by the same gunmen who used them to take their entire family captive last July. They have reported the brazen abduction to every branch of Mexican law enforcement, only to be ignored or directed someplace else.


For the women of the Cazares family who were kidnapped with their families for ransom — and who are still searching for five missing relatives — the official response to their horrific ordeal has been even more excruciating than the crime itself. Even now, they say, after months of trying to goad Mexican authorities into action, they still see criminals they recognize living large here in this border city, as untouchable as kings.

“We’re completely impotent,” said Zynthia Cazares, 30, a U.S. citizen who was among those abducted and whose husband, brother and father are still missing. “No one will help us.”

Six years into a mostly military assault on drug cartels, impunity across much of Mexico has worsened, and justice is harder to find. Criminals in Mexico are less likely to be punished now than even just a few years ago, say current and former government officials and experts who have studied Mexico’s ailing judiciary, because the authorities have been overwhelmed by increases in violent crime while corruption, fear and incompetence have continued to keep the justice system weak.

Many areas now veer toward lawlessness: In 14 of Mexico’s 31 states, the chance of a crime leading to trial and sentencing was less than 1 percent in 2010, according to government figures analyzed by a Mexican research institute known as Cidac. And since then, experts say, attempts at reform have stalled as crime and impunity have become cozy partners.

“Crime goes up, diminishing the likelihood of punishment, which causes crime to rise again,” said Alejandro Hope, a former senior intelligence officer for Mexico. “And so we go.”

Kidnappings, in particular, are fueled by this dynamic. Reported abductions have jumped by more than 300 percent since 2005 — to levels on par with Mexico’s kidnapping wave in the late 1990s — in part, experts say, because criminal gangs have become better organized and freer to commit crimes without being punished.

Some Mexican officials counter that the kidnappings illustrate the desperation criminal groups find themselves in after years of battling the government. These officials argue the training programs and increased coordination among the authorities have strengthened the system. But researchers say kidnappings, which require teams of captors, safe houses and a degree of territorial control, flourish when the state is particularly feeble. Studies also show that kidnappings destroy a city’s sense of security and its economy even more than murders.

The Cazares case

The Cazares case is a telling example: Eighteen family members were taken from three homes in Matamoros over a few hours on the morning of July 9. Their houses and offices are now shuttered, stripped nearly bare by thieves.

Their calamity has been pieced together through interviews with a half-dozen relatives, personal notes and correspondence with Mexican and U.S. authorities.

Even with some details and names left out for security reasons, the Cazares case shows how border towns such as Matamoros — across from Brownsville, Texas, and with a population of 490,000 — run according to rules defined less by government than by gangs that exhibit both sophistication and the heedlessness born of committing crimes in a void, when the chances of getting caught can barely be measured.

The case also shows how various levels of the Mexican government pay lip service to helping crime victims, without doing much else.

The kidnapping

It was not yet 5 a.m. when the gunmen — at least eight of them, many with the high voices of youth — suddenly appeared, first in the living room then the bedrooms, wearing fatigues and black masks.

They moved quickly as if they had done this before, rounding up everyone and blindfolding all but a 9-year-old boy and a girl who turned 11 that day. They asked the family patriarch to open the safe, then the gunmen pushed everyone — including Rodolfo Cazares, 36, a symphony conductor visiting from Germany, and his French wife, Ludivine — into the family vehicles.

The women ended up in the back of a Chevy Suburban, covered with a sheet. “We were afraid, but we were always hopeful that nothing bad would happen,” Ludivine Cazares said.

By 7 a.m., the kidnappers had reached the second Cazares home. “Open the door,” they demanded, guns in hand, as they stood a half block from a private guard booth for the neighborhood. “We have your brother.”

They collected four more relatives. There was a slight snag in their plan — a son had escaped, sprinting to the third Cazares home a few blocks away. But in his haste he must have left the door open because minutes later, the kidnappers barged in there, too.

The Cazares men — three middle-aged brothers, one of their sons and a son-in-law — were kept together. The women and three children, along with an 84-year-old grandfather, found themselves stuck in other vehicles for most of the first day. Their captors drove them around the city for hours.

It was clear that they were not worried about getting caught.

In their conversations over portable radios, the men talked mainly about avoiding their rivals, the Zetas, a ruthless crime syndicate. “We’re from the Gulf Cartel,” the men said.

The police rarely came up, and no one intervened — not neighbors who saw the abduction, nor strangers who saw the Cazares women, in their pajamas and shoeless, being moved into a different car on a busy street around midday.

Around midnight, three days after the Cazares women were taken, the kidnappers dropped them off near the loading dock of a nearby Wal-Mart.

They were free. But, what about their husbands?

Ransom demands

The ransom demands began two days later, with telephone calls to a Cazares brother who lives in Texas.

Calls for ransom often mean that the captives will be released, and the Cazares family made four payments, sending a trusted employee to deliver a total of $100,000 to Matamoros, first to a grocery store parking lot and then behind a fast-food restaurant.

The family spent days and nights sitting around the kitchen table in Texas waiting for the telephone to ring. On three occasions, the Cazareses were allowed to speak with one, then two of the five men still being held. During the final round of calls, on July 27, the kidnappers said they needed only one more payment. The family sent the cash across the border, waiting to see the white van the kidnappers had said would arrive with their loved ones after the money was received. It never came.

Devastated, the family tried calling the kidnappers’ telephone. But it was out of service, that day and forever.

Pleading for help

Several weeks later, the Cazareses went to the authorities. They first had to overcome their fears, because more than a fifth of all kidnappings in Mexico involve police officers or soldiers, according to a 2011 Mexican congressional report, which also explains why kidnapping statistics are undercounted.

Since they started pushing for an investigation, the Cazares women have not stopped. In addition to extensive testimony given to local, state and federal authorities, they have written letters to Mexico’s attorney general, human-rights officials and the Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as President Felipe Calderón. They have also written to U.S. President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.

The response has been defined by minimal effort and cold dismissal.

The local police initially promised to investigate but a month later sent the family a form letter saying the case was out of their jurisdiction. (The department did not respond to emails and telephone calls seeking comment; nor did the mayor of Matamoros.)

In September, state investigators with a 50-member anti-kidnapping squad in Tamaulipas took lengthy statements from family members. But in an interview this month, one of the investigators said his team had not questioned any potential suspects or witnesses, nor had investigators visited relevant locations.

Meanwhile, an official with the Mexican Attorney General’s Office in Tamaulipas insisted the kidnapping was a state case.

The Cazareses now say that they are back to square one: Lower-level officials at the Interior Ministry have asked that they file official paperwork, which means additional delay

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Posted by on 03/25/2012 in Crime!


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reward of 248,337 pesos for the information on Ruben Chapa Rios, aka “The Bird”,

Known as the Bird!  the criminals allegedly working for an organized crime group

Ruben Chapa Rios, aka "The Bird",

Ruben Chapa Rios, aka "The Bird",

Monterrey, NL-The Justice Department announced that is offering a reward of 248,337 pesos, to try and locate one of the main leaders of a gang of Kidnappers that are operating in the citrus region.

The authorities revealed that since last Friday they captured his accomplice, who is now being held for further investigation.

State officials indicated that the criminals allegedly working for an organized crime group that is operating in the municipalities of Montemorelos, Allende, General Terán and Linares.

The leader of the kidnappers was identified as Ruben Chapa Rios, aka “The Bird”, who has a long criminal record. He is also cited as the mastermind of more than 20 executions in recent months committed against residents of several municipalities.

According to reports collected by the authorities, the thugs were leading a band of more than 20 offenders who were charged with deprivation of liberty [kidnapping] of merchants and businessmen in the region.

The fugitive is considered highly dangerous, and a very violent person. Since last February federal and state authorities, have been working in concert to try to locate this band of kidnappers.

The prisoner is identified as Alejandro Cantu Bent, alias “El Mago” or “Perico”, 28-year-old, who resided in Montemorelos.

Authorities said that perhaps the defendant and has formed a new band, because there are several reports of missing persons in this area.

They explained that during the raids conducted in several properties of Montemorelos, it was possible to image the criminal leader.

Therefore, there were posters displaying his image, the Attorney General, has issued a reward in the amount of 248,337 pesos to whoever provides  information in the arrest and incarceration of this individual.

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Posted by on 03/19/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!


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Spanish police arrested the rapist, kidnapper, murderer and thief 23 years old!

Police sought “The Rafita” for having kidnapped, raped, burned alive and hit a girl for almost nine years

The Rafitia arrested by Spanish Police
The Rafitia arrested by Spanish Police

MADRID, March 16. – Police in Madrid arrested yesterday Rafael Fernandez Garcia, also known as “The Rafita”, 23. Wanted by the police for kidnapping, rape, killing and burning alive a young woman named Sandra Palo almost nine years.

At the time of his arrest the suspect wounded two policemen by biting them, while his family confronted the police forces who tried to stop him.

Police were searching for the criminal and part of his family since last October for crimes ranging from motor vehicle theft of approximately 215 vehicles and the illegal sale of auto parts.

The murder of young Sandra Palo, which occurred when the kidnapper and victim was just 14 years old.

The suspect got away from the police operation which was set up last August to disband the group; he was arrested along with dozen people.

The arrest yesterday occurred after security forces received information that the suspect could be found in a park in the area.

The police responded immediately, and in a very confrontational way, which led the officers to operate under-cover so as to go unnoticed when they approached the suspect.

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Posted by on 03/17/2012 in Abused Women, Crime!


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