Fidel Herrera links to Gang lords
The port of Veracruz has become a strategic point for the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, who use it as a platform for the transfer of cocaine and synthetic drugs to the United States and Europe.
The continued clashes between organized crime cells for control of the business placed the entity as a new scenario in which violence left bodies strewn on the street.
Notable events of September 20 on a major road in the neighboring municipalities of Boca del Rio, where 35 bodies were pulled from executed prisoners.
In a count made public by Image Multimedia Group , the reference point on this escalation of violence is referenced to the integration of a control body of organized crime, during the presidency of Fidel Herrera Beltrán, who ruled from 2004 to 2010 entity .
It was during these years that such a structure, called the Company, was formed and grew up under a figure similar to a “governing council” or “management board”.
According to investigations by the Attorney General’s Office where he attended the U.S. government in 2007 ensured that during the government of Herrera Beltrán, this operating structure consisted of members of the Gulf cartel and its armed at the time , Los Zetas .
Among the members of this “board” noted the late Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, Tony Storm , Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, El Coss , and Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, The Lazca or licensor .
According to data from the DEA and the Department of National Defence between 2006 and 2008 The Company also operated in Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatan, in order to send drugs to the American Union, on the platform operations on the Port of Veracruz, certainly with indifference, silence and complicity of local and state authorities.
Following the breakdown of the Gulf with the operational arm of the Zetas in late 2008, this organization began to dominate Veracruz, gradually displacing the cells of their former allies.
The company, do Fidel Herrera heritage?
A cursory reading might conclude that in Veracruz are recent violence, clashes between drug traffickers and executions.
In 2007, for example, there was a shootout during a race horse at the ranch Villarín owned Arrioja Nayen Marciano, in the congregation Santa Fe, city of Veracruz.
Local media reports state that the objective of the cells of the Zetas were two members of the Gulf Cartel, including Efraín Teodoro Torres, with the index Z-14.
Investigations by federal authorities said the owner of this ranch is the one who gave the horses the former governor of Veracruz to make their rides.
Evidence of infiltration of organized crime with officials and Veracruz state authorities are documented in research conducted in recent years the PGR, supported with statements from 14 witnesses protected, some workers and supporters of former Gov. Herrera Beltrán .
The declaration of a protected witness who worked in that administration between 2005 and 2009 said that with the Veracruz government protection and through an organization known as The Company, the cartel Los Zetas began to grow.
Separate ministerial statements of protected witnesses say that elements of the state and municipal corporations were responsible for providing protection “due” to the organization, as well as acted as informants.
In some cases police officers were charged directly from levantones, extortion and theft of gasoline.
According to the report of the federal agency during the administration of Fidel Herrera The company had a payroll of 500 to 600 thousand dollars to distribute among elements of the police forces which, in turn, received their contribution of organized crime on 5 and 25 per month, the amount was differentiated according to the degree within the corporation.
Company on the call there is an investigation by the U.S. government since early 2007, and their ties to senior officials in the administration of Herrera Beltrán.
There are 14 protected witnesses who said the former governor of Veracruz offered protection to Los Zetas , and even met several times with square heads and leaders of drug trafficking.
The registration of the first meeting between Fidel Herrera and organized crime boss was consigned by a national newspaper early in his administration, during a party in the municipality of Chicontepec, where it was photographed.
Another meeting was held registered in Mabiel hotel, opposite the hospital Valentin Gomez Farias in the city of Coatzacoalcos, in late 2008.
At this meeting attended by former Gov. Fidel Herrera, the assistant coordinator of the state SSP metropolitan area Veracruz-Boca del Rio, Remigio Ortiz Olivares, as well as former deputy operating Montero Lara, and the Attorney General of the state, Jorge Yunes Manzanares and Braulio Arellano Dominguez, aka The Zeta 20 , The Gonzo or the executioner , who served as leader of Los Zetas in Veracruz, before falling killed on November 4, 2009 in a clash with elements of the Federal Police.
A further meeting was verified at the end of November 2008, days before his fourth State of the Union, one of its properties located in the fractionation Las Animas.
This time Herrera Beltran was accompanied by his Secretary of Government, Reynaldo Escobar Perez. Guests of honor at this party were the Gonzo , and Miguel Treviño Morales, one of the main leaders and founders of Los Zetas .
There were other celebrations and took place in the same division in December 2010, before leaving the office of governor.
Alleged ties to narco
The connections between the company and then Los Zetas with the state government and Fidel Herrera were guided by two key figures of the former governor: Reynaldo Escobar Perez, secretary of government during his term and until recently the state attorney general, also the owner of Public Security Ministry, Juan Manuel Orozco Mendez.
He also had an important part of organized crime links his childhood friend, Rafael Cruz Trunk, The Black Cross , who later left for political disagreements.
Since in the present administration, Escobar Perez was involved in numerous levantones and executions, and was even designated as responsible for the execution of Yolanda Ortiz, Notiver reporter and other journalists.
Another linking the administration of Fidel Herrera protection cartel Los Zetas are the different threats appearing in the bodies of people executed in the state.
The first narcomensaje Mendez Orozco directly accused of providing protection to Los Zetas was last June 6, 2007 in the port of Veracruz, where five people were executed, one of them beheaded.
Notably, Juan Manuel Orozco Traffic Officer Mendez was in the town of Martinez de la Torre, where he lived in the region kingpin Don Albertano Mendez Albertano Terán, executed and burned along with his brother on Christmas Day 2003, in the Cocal, death in which he also mentioned the police chief.
In February 2004, Juan Manuel Orozco was appointed by the State Public Security Ministry as security chief of the then candidate for governor of Veracruz, Fidel Herrera Beltran, time that he began a friendship that helped him not to be prosecuted by the crime of sexual harassment, according to the complaint filed by employees of the Transit delegation Martinez de la Torre and recorded in the records 064/02/IV/FESP and 10/02 / IV / FESP, 2002 in the Office especially against Public Servants of the PGJE.
Mendez Orozco contacts with organized crime paid off and was named by Herrera Beltran, Undersecretary of State Public Safety Department, 11 months later ascended and took over as secretary.
According to public records at the end of the administration of Herrera Beltrán violence was concentrated in the northern municipalities of the state, bordering Tamaulipas, as Panuco and Poza Rica. In early 2011, the organized crime moved into the metropolitan area of Veracruz-Boca del Rio and the state capital itself.
The new government implemented in early October, the operating Veracruz Security, in coordination with federal security forces