Written by M3 Report
February 17, 2009
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/13/09
The confrontations between the military and criminals in Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, continued Friday. A military convoy on routine patrol was attacked by armed men in another vehicle. When the smoke cleared, three of the presumed cartel hit-men were dead and three weapons and ammo seized. The Army suffered no casualties.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/13/09
Authorities advised that demonstrations in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, demanding the removal of the Army in the state, are sponsored by drug traffickers as a new strategy against the government. Last week, a series of street demonstrations were carried out in various parts of the city, blocking auto traffic.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/14/07
The director of the National Civil Police (PNC) of Guatemala, Marlene Blanco, reported that she had received death threats from a group of Los Zetas, the armed enforcers of the Gulf drug cartel. Blanco confirmed to the press that she had received three such threats from presumed members of the gang, of which one of the leaders is Daniel Perez, alias "El Cachetes," who is presently incarcerated in Guatemala. The police chief said one of the threats arrived in writing to the PNC, another by cell phone and the third by radio communication, although she didn't give the dates of the messages. In one of the threats, according to Blanco, the person who called identified himself as Daniel Perez and had a Mexican accent. The message was that, "she doesn't know who she's meddling with, because the criminal structure is very large and can get her whenever they wish." The caller added that when they get out of prison, they will attack her. There are at least 20 presumed members of Los Zetas in Guatemalan jails, the majority of them Mexicans.
Saturday morning, on a major avenue in Mexico City, the decapitated bodies of two women were found in a parked car. The victims were from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Their bodies were found in the trunk of the car, wrapped in blankets, hands tied, and decapitated. A styrofoam ice chest on the back seat of the car contained their heads.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 2/15/09
The Secretary of the Mexican Navy, Mariano Francisco Saynez Mendoza, advised today that a Navy ocean patrol arrived in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, with "at least" seven metric tons of cocaine seized and five crewmen arrested last Monday from a fishing boat in the Pacific. The operation of the Mexican Navy was carried out in international waters with the coordinated cooperation of the US Coast Guard.
Milenio (Mexico City) 2/15/09
The state Attorney General of Tabasco reported that 12 people in the municipality of Macuspano were killed in a gun battle that may have been over "family differences." Among those killed were six minor children from one family ranging in age from 2 to 17 years. The massacre apparently involved an active police agent and the area has been cordoned off from reporters.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 2/15/09
Seven people were killed by gunfire and five more wounded, among them three minors, inside a newly opened restaurant located some 55 miles north of Guadalajara on the border between the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. The attack was carried out by men in four vehicles armed with attack rifles and firing "indiscriminately." They left some 150 cartridge shells behind. It is believed the attackers are members of Los Zetas, but no motive was given for their aggression.
Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, QR) 2/15/09
The vacancy left by the recent arrest of Francisco Velasco Delgado, "El Vikingo, for the position of director of the Office of Public Security (SSP) in Cancun has been filled by the interim appointment of Maria Esther Estiubarte Origel, the first female to hold such a high position in the municipality of Benito Juarez [equiv. County. Photo relates.]
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