miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2013

Dozens detained in Mexico, policeman found in stolen car

The Defence Ministry announced on 12 February the capture of a man identified as Alejandro Cabrera Sarabia, head of the Sinaloa cartel in the Durango district or the state of that name in northern Mexico, Proceso reported. The suspect was reported found with drugs, arms and documents but authorities gave few details besides. His brother Felipe Cabrera Sarabia was detained or reported detained in December 2011 and another brother reported shot dead in January 2012; the three were said to have been directly linked to the cartel chief and Mexico's leading trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Proceso reported. In the northern frontier city of Acuña on 11 February, authorities shut down two casinos and detained nine suspects thought to have acted there as lookouts for one or more local gangs, Proceso reported. State forces detained on 12 or 13 February five suspected kidnappers and freed a presumed hostage near the district of San Marcos in the western state of Guerrero, Milenio reported. The suspects were apparently stopped while transferring their hostage in a van on the highway outside Acapulco. Authorities detained in Acapulco on 12 February three armed suspects including one identified as a drug trafficker José Galeana Galeana, Proceso reported. Angry relatives later complained to the police in Acapulco that the arrest had been "arbitrary" and without a warrant, and were told the suspect had already been handed over to state prosecutors in Mexico City. The police chief of the district of Eduardo Neri in Guerrero was also detained there on 11 February following an operation to track stolen cars, of which 10 were found in the district, Proceso reported. He was found driving one of them.

Week begins with 14 deaths around Mexico

The review Proceso reported 11 deaths in incidents around Mexico for 11 February, including in shootouts among suspected criminals and between gunmen and state forces. Two shootouts in the north-eastern cities of Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo killed five gunmen while another was killed in a gunfight between police and suspected members of the cartel Familia Michoacana, in Ecatepec in the central Estado de México, Proceso reported. Three suspects were shot dead by state forces in the northern state of Coahuila, in a gun fight on the road between the districts of Allende and Nueva Rosita near the US frontier. Another of the 11 victims was a city official, the "municipal secretary" of the district of Tanhuato de Guerrero in the western state of Michoacán, shot dead while driving outside the city. On 12 February the army killed an unidentified suspect after a patrol shot at a car it was pursuing in the northern city of Monclova, causing it to crash into a parked van then a house. Two other passengers were detained, Proceso reported. A man was shot dead that day as he stepped out of his car in a carwash in the district of Nezahualcóyotl in Estado de México, El Universal reported. A doctor was kidnapped at her clinic on 11 February and found dead the next day in the north-eastern district of Abasolo in Tamaulipas; initial police investigations suggested she was murdered by a local gang for attending to an injured member of a rival gang. Her colleagues told police they had received warnings not to treat members of one of the local cartels or gangs, Proceso reported.