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U.S. Federal Court convicts Gulf Cartel kingpin Aurelio Cano

On Tuesday, Aurelio Cano Flores, aka Yankee and Yeyo, a leading figure of the Gulf Cartel was found guilty of drug trafficking by a U.S. federal court

convicted in US Federal Court sentence to be announced!

convicted in US Federal Court sentence to be announced!

Aurelio Cano Flores, aka Yankee and Yeyo, a leading figure of the Gulf Cartel  the highest level in the U.S. condemned in the past 15 years, reported the Department of Justice.

Aurelio Cano, 40, was extradited from Mexico in August 2011, and was considered the “square head” of the border town of Los Guerra, in the state of Tamaulipas, in charge of the main entry route of drug Gulf Cartel into the United States.

As a Drug trafficker he began working for the cartel as a policeman in 2001, and soon went on to become one of the main operators of the organization, one of the most powerful and bloodthirsty of Mexico.

The Justice Department may file with the court telephone conversations and the testimony of other cartel members, the statement said.

The conviction of Aurelio Cano could result in a life sentence and will be announced by the federal court on May 13.

 
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Posted by on 02/27/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Did Mexico Kill Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano leader of the Zetas Cartel?

Has he been killed?

Mexico may have notched its biggest victory in its six-year offensive against drug cartels with the presumed killing of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the leader of the ruthless Zetas cartel.

Lazcano, one of the founding members of the cartel responsible for some of the most violent atrocities that have come to define the drug wars, is believed to have been killed Sunday in a small town in northern Mexico, just 130 miles from the Texas border.

There are “strong indications” that Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” was among two people killed in a confrontation with marines in Progreso, Coahuila, the Mexican navy said in a statement Monday.

But, the navy added, it will need to carry out more forensic tests to make a final determination.

The Zetas — headquartered in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, directly across the border from Laredo, Texas — make up Mexico’s largest drug cartel in terms of territory. The group has operations in 11 Mexican states

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano is the subject of a $5 million reward from the U.S. State Department.

Lazcano, who is the subject of a $5 million reward from the U.S. State Department and another $2.3 from Mexican authorities, has been rumored killed or captured several times before.

The cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs annually to the United States, generating many millions of dollars.

Gulf Cartel boss arrested

And the name conjures up some of the most violent images of the drug war: a casino fire that killed 52, the deaths of 72 migrants, tortured bodies hanging from bridges.

According to the navy, marines were dispatched Sunday to Progreso in response to complaints of an armed group in town. The marine vehicles were attacked with grenades thrown from a moving vehicle, and a firefight ensued, the navy said.

Two of the attackers were killed, and one marine was injured, the navy said.

Authorities also recovered two assault rifles, a grenade launcher and 12 grenades, as well as a rocket launcher and two rockets, the navy said.

A local newspaper published a slightly different version of events, before news of Lazcano’s possible death was reported.

The Zocalo newspaper reported “moments of panic and terror” when the shootout broke out next to where families where enjoying a baseball game.

According to the newspaper, the shooting started when marines tried to search a suspicious Ford Ranger pickup and its occupants opened fire.

If Lazcano is dead this time, it will be a blow to the cartel but would not necessarily mean its demise. The Zetas are not centralized, as are some other cartels such as La Familia, analysts say.

Another Zetas leader, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban,” was captured last month. Velazquez was said to have led a faction of the Zetas that was at odds with the main cartel, led by Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.

Lazcano, 37, joined the Mexican armed forces in 1991 and was part of its elite airborne special forces group, dedicated to battling drug cartels.

Soon after, Lazcano and several other special forces members were recruited by the Gulf cartel to create its enforcement arm, Los Zetas.

In the ensuing years, the Zetas split into their own major drug trafficking organization, and have since branched out into extortion, kidnapping and human smuggling.

The Zetas are in the midst of a bloody turf war with their former employer, the Gulf cartel, and also with the Sinaloa cartel. The fight for access to lucrative smuggling routes in northern and central Mexico has left thousands of civilians dead.

The violence is particularly acute in three northeastern states that are some of the Zetas’ strongest-held territory: Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

In May, authorities found 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies along a highway in Nuevo Leon. The orders to commit the grisly crime allegedly came from Lazcano himself, who originally wanted the bodies to be left in a town’s central square.

“100 percent Zeta” was painted in black graffiti on a wall at the entrance of a nearby town, indicating Mexico’s paramilitary-trained cartel had committed another atrocity on a stunningly large scale.

But days after the bodies turned up, new banners turned up hanging in locations throughout the country, purportedly from the Zetas, claiming that the notoriously ruthless cartel had nothing to do with the gruesome crime.

Last year, the bodies of 72 migrants from Central and South America were discovered at a ranch in Tamaulipas state.

The Zetas have been blamed for the mass graves and for the deaths of the migrants.

Mexican officials have said that more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on cartels in December 2006. Some groups say the number is much higher.

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Los Zetas, behind the death of Marisela Escobedo Social Activist

According to statements presented by evidence material, the murder was because his social activism was followed by the media

Coria Carlos Rivas / correspondent

Los Zetas, behind the death of Marisela Escobedo

CHIHUAHUA, The murder of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz Chihuahua, was ordered by criminal groups from Los Zetas and La line , armed organizations of two powerful drug cartels in Mexico, who wanted to silence their protests echoing in the media.

According to statements by murder material, the murder of Marisela Escobedo was because his social activism was followed very strongly by the media, to whom he revealed that the murderer of his daughter, Sergio Barraza, working for Los Zetas , which bothered this criminal group.

Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte, released a day before the arrest of Jose Enrique Jimenez Zavala, aka The Wicked, who in 2010 had killed the social activist Marisela Escobedo Ortiz.

According to the DPP, the detainee confessed that among the multiple murders he committed in Chihuahua, is that of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, “which was perpetrated in commitment of an agreement between the criminal organization of The Line with the Zetas “.

The same activist Escobedo Ortiz made police investigations, and had heard that the murderer of his daughter was in the state of Zacatecas, therefore requested to state support of state police, which led to the hiding place Barraza but were repelled by gunfire and fled, to Chihuahua.

Human rights groups doubt the arrest

The Center for women’s human rights, questioned the guilt of the alleged perpetrator of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, since the same Chihuahua State Prosecutor filed last year another alleged perpetrator of the same murder.

In a press release stated that “the arrest of the alleged perpetrator of the murder of human rights defender Marisela Escobedo is two perpetrators belonging to two different criminal organizations.”

The December 15, 2011 just three days before the first anniversary of the activist femnicidio, the Chihuahua State Attorney reported that Hector Miguel Flores Moran, aka Clown , belonging to the criminal organization known as the wrist band, was the perpetrator of the assassination of Marisela, according to “scientific evidence obtained as to point the prosecution alleged murderer was the sketch that drew family and found the murder weapon.”

The defense attorney for the rights of women, Luz Estela Castro, said “it is important to clarify how the prosecution has presented two alleged perpetrators on the same facts, as this creates confusion.”

He added that it is the responsibility of the Attorney transparent processes that allowed scientists to arrive at these conclusions, whether spontaneous statements of offenders.

“It is striking, the language used by the detainee and that is not for the common lexicon, because the expressions suggest induction or briefing in statements such as: deprive of life, did escape, take responsibility for my own actions , repentance for damages to third parties, terminology used in legal parlance “he added.

In response, it was requested for “total transparency in the investigation of the case and the answer to the questions of citizenship, why there are two different perpetrators of criminal gangs?

 Why were two murder weapons used? And who is the new suspect? “.

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2012 in Crime!

 

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Mexican Capo of “Los Zetas”, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “Z-50″, ” L-50 “or” Taliban captured!

MEXICO CITY, Naval Intelligence work started in January this year, identified one of the main leaders of the criminal organization “Los Zetas“, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “Z-50″, ” L-50 “or” Taliban “in the colony Tangamanga, in the state of San Luis Potosi, where he was captured Wednesday afternoon and taken to Mexico City.

Capo of Los Zetas Z-50 Captured

According to the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico, “Taliban” was the alleged regional leader in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Coahuila part of which maintained control since 2007, and that was responsible Monterrey Square, Nuevo Leon, supervised from Fresnillo, Zacatecas.

Naval Intelligence reports indicate that the alleged offender was responsible for money laundering and at the same time, he was responsible for the financial work of the criminal organization “Los Zetas”, plus it is related to several previous investigations, so in accordance A/12309 Attorney General of the Republic offered a reward of 30 million pesos or those who provide information to the location and arrest of Ivan Velazquez Caballero aka the “L-50” or “Taliban”.

According to the statements of the alleged organized crime leader, challenged the second-highest leader, Miguel Trevino Morales, alias “Z-40” so began a struggle to individually control the Piazza San Luis Potosi, so product is presumed that challenge given the recent execution of 14 of his supporters in that state in the month of August this year.

With the breakup and the differences were between the “Z-40” and “Z-50”, Ivan Velazquez separated from “Los Zetas” to seek an alliance with the Gulf Cartel to fight them squares to Miguel Angel Treviño.

We know that “The Taliban” began offending at age 14, in Nuevo Laredo stealing cars, selling in auto, and 22 years was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, which led you to criminal La Loma , in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. since “errand” to head grew to 400 square assassins at his command.

Along with “The Taliban” 42, originating in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, was achieved ensuring Manuel Antonio Guerrero, alias “Tony”, 27, a native of Monterrey, Nuevo León, and Carlos Uriel Santiago Hernandez, 19 , originally from San Luis Potosi who have seized two vehicles, two handguns, a rifle, four grenades war, communications equipment, U.S. $ 20,000 and 12 kilos of marijuana.

 
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Posted by on 09/28/2012 in Crime!

 

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Mayor arrested for carrying a weapon in San Luis Potosi

Clemente Sanchez Meraz had a weapon used exclusively by the armed forces without permission.

Elements of the Mexican army arrested the mayor of Tampamolón Corona, Clement Sanchez Meraz, for carrying a weapon for the exclusive use of the armed forces without permission.

Mayor arrested for carrying a weapon in San Luis Potosi

Mayor arrested for carrying a weapon in San Luis Potosi

The Secretary General of Government, Candido Rojas Ochoa said the weapon, caliber nine millimeters, was secured in a position of control implemented by the military elements in the municipality of Escobedo Tanquian in the Huasteca region of the state.

He said the gun was found to conduct a review to a white Suburban truck without license plates, in which Mayor Sanchez traveled Meraz.

The mayor was made available to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to initiate inquiries.

The state official said that there is a clear protocol in the law to use weapons and this should be respected, and stressed that security posts installed in the state are working.

 
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Posted by on 06/20/2012 in Crime!

 

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“piracy czar”, alleged member of Los Zetas cartel arrested

Mexican authorities today presented to journalists the detained Gregorio Villanueva Salas, known as “piracy czar”, alleged member of Los Zetas cartel and charged with several grenade attacks.

"piracy czar", alleged member of Los Zetas cartel
“piracy czar”, alleged member of Los Zetas cartel

Villanueva was arrested by soldiers on 11 June in the city of Monterrey in the north, along with three other members of his gang, who were also presented to the press.

 According to the statement read in the act spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), Colonel Ricardo Trevilla, Villanueva was “one of the main operators” of Los Zetas, one of the organized crime groups in Mexico which is notoriously brutal with its victims.

According to the source, the detainee responsible for controlling production and distribution of pirated discs in the states of Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Nuevo Laredo on the border with the United States.

In his statements to the authorities Villanueva said that the profits obtained he personally handed them to Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, “the Lazca”, considered the leader of Los Zetas.

 With the arrest of Villanueva, the statement indicated, “that this reduces the flow of resources for the criminal organization.” The drug cartels in Mexico have for years been extending its activities to commit crimes such as kidnapping, extortion and piracy.

Trevilla, reading the joint statement from the Department of Defense and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said Villanueva is allegedly responsible for an undetermined number of attacks on schools, businesses, media and military installations in the northern city of Matamoros, who allegedly committed these acts since 31 May. These actions, according to the same source, they sought to “create a climate of violence” in Matamoros and “affect the activities” of a rival organized crime group, the Gulf Cartel.

According to their statements to the authorities, Villanueva said that the bodies found on June 7 in the north of Tamaulipas, were alleged members of Los Zetas who were murdered by the Gulf Cartel “in retaliation for his involvement in attacks with grenades” so mentioned.

Arrested along with Villanueva were Rodolfo Cornejo Chan, Christian Gonzalez Miguel Navarrete Ruben Dario Martinez and Alvarado. During the arrest of the group, the military seized four rifles (including a submachine gun), a handgun, ammunition, six vehicles and about 291 thousand pesos in cash.

The detainees will be prosecuted for the crimes of organized crime, violation of the Firearms Act, illegal resource operations and infringement on copyright laws.

 
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Posted by on 06/15/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Mexico City-seven bodies Found in a truck in Sinaloa

According to reports from authorities the victims came from Tareapa

seven bodies Found  in a truck in Sinaloa

seven bodies Found in a truck in Sinaloa

MEXICO CITY, The bodies of seven men were found inside a van in Cortijos of Guatenipa community in the municipality Badiraguato, Sinaloa, police reported.

According to reports from authorities preventive victims originated in the town of Tareapa, located in the same municipality.

Official sources indicated that the attackers reportedly intercepted the unit in which men were traveling on a dirt road on their way to their community.

At the scene arrived elements of Municipal and State police and public prosecutors to proceed with removing the bodies and identify them.

 
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Posted by on 06/10/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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