viernes, 27 de julio de 2012

Marines detain cartel capo in eastern Mexico

Marines detained at an unspecified date near the city of Puebla a presumed head of the Zetas drug cartel, Mauricio Guizar Cárdenas, suspected of crimes including the murder of four marines, the daily Milenio reported on 27 July. The suspect is thought to have been the Zeta boss in several states in eastern Mexico and was caught based on information yielded by arrests made last December and most recently of a collaborator William de Jesús Torres Solórzano, detained in Puebla on 24 July. Guizar was found in a hotel room in the municipality of Huejotzingo, with items including a rocket launcher, an anti-tank gun, a machine gun and 20 hand grenades.

Mexico City women warned over taxi kidnappings

The Mexico City chief prosecutor's office revealed on 26 July that authorities were monitoring three gangs considered responsible for most "express" kidnappings that have occurred in three sectors of the city in recent months, the website Animal Político reported, citing statements made at a press conference. Prosecutor Óscar Montes de Oca Rosales said that seven of every 10 registered express kidnappings were against women, and these happened mostly when they took taxis to work between 06:00 and 09:00 hours. Victims of such crimes - usually lasting hours or a day perhaps - are forced to hand over cash and withdraw cash from dispensers. Montes de Oca said authorities were observing the methods used by these gangs, which he said operated in the generally middle-class sectors of Coyoacán, Cuauhtémoc and Benito Juárez. A classic method was reported to be the taxi stopping for a technical problem, allowing accomplices to arrive. Separately, one of the capital's Green Party politicians said on 25 July that authorities had but a "partial" map of crimes in the capital, since citizens did not even report 80 per cent of crimes for distrusting the police and lawcourts, often perceived as corrupt, Notimex reported. The Green Ecological Party of Mexico (PVEM) sided with the winning Institutional Revolutionary Party in the 1 July general elections, though it was unclear how much policy-making power it would yield in any future administration. The PVEM leader in the capital Samuel Rodríguez Torres said this public distrust was fuelling insecurity in the capital. He said the "preventive police" were neither acting against the 13,000 points of sale for drugs thought to exist in the capital nor using information supplied by the police intelligence centre C4i4 or images from the city's 12,000 security cameras.

Troops hold Mexican cartel members, with over a million USD

Mexican Marines detained five suspected members of the violent Zetas cartel in two localities on 24 and 25 July, also confiscating about 1.6 million USD, EFE reported on 26 July citing a navy communiqué. Two suspects were detained in Mexico City on 24 July, one carrying a case with 880,000 USD as well as a handgun and a grenade. On 25 July Jesús Rosas Ibarra, aka Mustang, was arrested in Mexico City, while marines found arms and over 730,000 USD in his car. Rosas was thought to be an accountant for the cartel since 2008; he identified the two arrested the previous day as collaborators charged with transporting cash by car. Marines detained two other suspected Zetas on 25 July in Xalapa, the capital of the eastern state of Veracruz; these were also tasked with transporting cash. The navy attributed the arrests to information obtained by naval intelligence and previous operations.