8 killed Saturday; 99 in April; 408 for the year

*At least 8 people were murdered in Juarez on Saturday. In one incident, 9
young people were shot and at least 4 of them died. The reports said that 5
more were gravely injured but I’ve not seen another report on the number of
dead. A policeman was shot together with several members of his family. If
he was the target he apparently survived, but his brother-in-law died.  I
believe there were just 2 killed yesterday (Sunday) though I’ve not seen a
summary article. My updated tally is 99 for the month of April (as of April
29); 408 for the year 2012 and since 2008, about 10,493.  The average
murders per day in 2012 is about 3.4. Going back to 2008, at least 6.6
people per day have been victims of homicide, just in the city of Juarez.



Mexico probes journalist Regina Martinez’s death–Xalapa, Veracruz

via BBC News

Regina Martinez was found in her home in Xalapa on Saturday, apparently beaten and strangled to death.

She reported on crime for the weekly news magazine Proceso.

Pressure groups say Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, with more than 40 journalists killed or disappeared since President Felipe Calderon took office.

Click here to read more

Hallan muerta a corresponsal de Proceso en Veracruz

Xalapa— La periodista Regina Martínez, corresponsal de la Revista Proceso, fue hallada estrangulada sin vida en el interior de su domicilio, en la colonia Reforma de esta capital.

En conferencia de prensa la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de Veracruz inició una investigación ministerial para esclarecer el presunto asesinato de la periodista Regina Martínez e instruyó a la Agencia Veracruzana de Investigaciones integrar un equipo especial para esclarecer los hechos.

Click here to read more


Crime ranks as one of world’s ‘top 20 economies: UN… Reuters

It has been a while since I recommended the book GOMORRAH, by Roberto
Saviano. It describes organized crime networks in Italy and across Europe
and is one of the keys (IMO) to understanding what is happening in Mexico
and Central America also.  Highly recommended.

Crime ranks as one of world’s ‘top 20 economies’, UN official says

Crime generates an estimated US$2.1-trillion in global annual proceeds – or 3.6% of the world’s gross domestic product – and the problem may be growing, a senior United Nations official said on Monday.

“It makes the criminal business one of the largest economies in the world, one of the top 20 economies,” said Yury Fedotov, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), describing it as a threat to security and economic development.

The figure was calculated recently for the first time by the UNODC and World Bank, based on data for 2009, and no comparisons are yet available, Fedotov told a news conference.

To read more, click here

3 people killed yesterday in Juarez; witnesses say federal police abducted and killed the 4 young people found near San Rafael cemetery on Tuesday

Three homicides were reported yesterday in Juarez, bringing the total
number of killings as of April 25 to 86 for the month and for the year
2012, the number of homicides is about 395. The estimate since January 2008
is now about 10,480. Another article from today details the
abduction of 5
ABDUCTED ON MONDAY. I translated this article from today’s Diario. Another
case of eyewitnesses to kidnapping and murder carried out by Federal
Police. As far as I know, none of the victims have been identified in order
to protect the survivor and the family members who testified.*
Relatives and friends of the four people killed alleged that the
perpetrators of the killings and injuries to the woman who survived, are
agents of the Federal Police (PF).
The complainants, who asked the condition of anonymity for fear of being
killed, said the victims were in a park when hooded federal agents deprived
them of freedom and hours later they took them to the gap located about 2.5
kilometers from the Panamerican Highway where they sexually assaulted the
women, tortured one of the men and then they shot all of them. “The
federales are the ones who did that. What we want is that this does not go
unpunished, because the kids were good, two of them worked as laborers and
the girls worked at a second-hand market in Paseo de Mitla.”The survivor
said that they were abducted violently; she is certain that she saw the
federales when they picked them up and when they killed them. They shot her
in the head and she went crawling to the road as best she could and called
for help,” said a relative of the victims.* *

Mexico: Displacement due to criminal and communal violence via IDMC

In 2011, there were several ongoing situations of internal displacement in Mexico. Possibly the largest but least-acknowledged cause of displacement was violence by drug cartels, which increased after the government sought to quash the cartels by military means from 2007. This violence has displaced tens of thousands of people, mostly in the states of Chihuahua, Tamaulipas and Nuevo León on the northern border with the USA, and also in Durango, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Michoacán.

To read more, visit Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Also, visit InSight Crime

Links to Commentary on Wal-Mart’s Alleged Bribery Cover-up

Go to the link for Pan American Post to see the reports in major US papers
highlighted. In contrast to the “cost of doing business in Mexico” yawns
and who cares? Does anyone challenge the basic assumption that Walmart
benefits ordinary people in Mexico or elsewhere? Is it an unquestionable
benefit to provide cheap products made by people paid terrible wages in
China, India, Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and elsewhere to people in
Mexico (and many in the US also) who have seen domestic manufacturing
destroyed by free trade policies over the past 18 years? Does anyone think
that small business people in Mexico benefit from a rotten system that
requires street vendors and sellers of second hand clothes and other goods
to pay bribes to get a spot in a flea market, or worse, who must pay
protection money to keep from being beat up or killed?  Small businesses in
Juarez now are being destroyed by extortion and the cruelty of the criminal
gangs (often allied with the police) that threaten and carry out threats by
burning and killing. molly


FNS Feature The Victims Shall Not be Forgotten

FNS Feature

The Victims Shall Not be Forgotten

Every night this week, a street in central El Paso will light up with the
names of more than 10,000 people killed in the violence that’s ravaged
Ciudad Juarez and Mexico since 2008. Sponsored by Annunciation House, the
nightly projection/vigil is part of a week-long series of activities that
will culminate with a dinner honoring in person the Mexican poet and
anti-violence activist Javier Sicilia on Saturday, April 28. A shelter for
migrants and the homeless, Annunciation House, has named Sicilia the
recipient of its 2012 Voice of the Voiceless award.

To call attention to the loss of human life in the so-called narco war,
Annunciation House will project the names of murdered people on one side of
the organization’s building on East San Antonio Avenue while simultaneously
flashing large photos on another side of the red-brick structure.
Accompanied by music, the stunning images show grieving families, funerals
galore, freshly-killed victims laying in the street, masked soldiers in the
streets and outraged citizens protesting in public.

To read more, click here

8 killed yesterday April 24 in Juarez; 83 so far in April; 392 for the year

Eight people were murdered yesterday in Juarez, including 3 men and a woman
shot to death in an open area outside of the city just off the Pan American
highway near the San Rafael cemetery.  The article says that one young
woman who survived the attack came out to the highway and signaled drivers
for help.  None of the victims in this multiple homicide are named in the
article. Also, another victim of a shooting on Monday died in the hospital.
I will add 9 people to the tally from yesterday, bringing the April number
to 83 and for the year 2012, at least 392. molly


press release from US Attorney Western District Texas…Indictment of Guzman & other Sinaloa cartel figures…

This is the text of the press release… The pdf of the indictment is
attached…Funny…who would have thought he had not yet been indicted?
Maybe these are new charges?  All’s I know is what I read in the papers…

Sinaloa Guzman+Loera+Joaquin et alindictment

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney
On the web: www.usdoj.gov/usao/txw/index.html
Daryl Fields, Public Information Officer
(210) 384-7440
April 24, 2012



RICO indictment alleges conspiracy to commit murder, kidnaping, money
laundering and drug distribution
United States Attorney Robert Pitman, DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M.
Arabit, FBI
Special Agent in Charge Mark Morgan and ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert
Champion today
announced the indictment of Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” Ismael
Zambada Garcia aka
“Mayo,” and 22 other individuals responsible for the operations and
management of the Sinaloa Cartel
(Cartel) charging them with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations (RICO) Act.
The fourteen-count grand jury indictment, returned on April 11, 2012, and
unsealed today, charges
conspiracy to violate the RICO statute; conspiracy to possess more than
five kilograms of cocaine and
over 1000 kilograms of marijuana; conspiracy to import more than five
kilograms of cocaine and 1000
kilograms of marijuana; conspiracy to commit money laundering; conspiracy
to possess firearms in
furtherance of drug trafficking crimes; murder in furtherance of a
continuing criminal enterprise (CCE)
or drug trafficking; engaging in a CCE in furtherance of drug trafficking;
conspiracy to kill in a foreign
country; kidnapping; and violent crimes in aid of racketeering.
The other 22 defendants charged in this indictment include:
German (Last Name Unknown) aka “Paisa,” “German Olivares”;

Mario Nunez-Meza aka “Mayito,” “M-10”;
Amado Nunez-Meza aka “Flaco,” “M-11,” “El Flais”;
Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo aka “Jaguar,” “Tonin,” Catorce,” “14,” “Tono,”
“El Uno”;

Gabino Salas-Valenciano aka “El Ingeniero”;
Sergio Garduno-Escobedo aka “Coma”;

David Sanchez-Hernandez aka “Christian”;

Ivan Sanchez-Hernandez;
Jesus Rodrigo Fierro-Ramirez aka “Huichi,” “Pena”;

Arturo Lozano-Mendez aka “Garza”;

Mario De La O Lopez aka “Flaco”;

Arturo Shows Urquidi aka “Chous”;

Salvador Valdez aka “Robles”;

Daniel Franco Lopez aka “Micha,” “Neon,” “Fer”;

Luis Arellano-Romero aka “Bichi,” Bichy,” “Helio”;

Fernando Arellano-Romero aka “Rayo,” “24,” “Gamma,” “Blue Demon”;

Mario Alberto Iglesias-Villegas aka “Dos,” “El 2,” “Delta,” “Parka,” “Grim
Reaper,” “Daniel Cuellar Anchondo,” “Delfin”;

Adrian Avila-Ramirez aka “Bam Bam,” “Tacuba,” “El 19”;

Valentin Saenz De La Cruz aka “El Valle,” “Lic”;

Emigdio Martinez, Jr. aka “Millo”;

Carlos Flores aka “Buffalo,” “Charly”; and,

Jose (Last Name Unknown) aka “Toca,” “Tocayo,” “Pachi”.

– more – Chapo Guzman indictment release
April 24, 2011
Page 2
According to the indictment, the purpose of the Sinaloa Cartel is to
smuggle large quantities of
marijuana and cocaine, as well as other drugs, into the United States for
distribution.  Laundered
proceeds of drug trafficking activities are returned to Cartel members and
are used in part to purchase
properties related to the daily functioning of the Cartel, including real
estate, firearms, ammunition,
bullet proof vests, radios, telephones, uniforms and vehicles.  In an
effort to maintain control of all
aspects of their operations, the Cartel and it’s associates, including
members of the Gente Nueva (“New
People”) and the Artistas Asesinos (“Murder artists”), kidnap, torture and
murder those who lose or steal
assets belonging to, are disloyal to, or are enemies of the Cartel.  This
includes the Juarez Cartel led by
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, a competing drug organization, as well as it’s
enforcement arm known as La
Linea and the Barrio Aztecas. Oftentimes, murders committed by the Cartel
involve brutal acts of
violence as well the public display of the victim along with banners
bearing written warnings to those
who would cross the Cartel.
“Murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug trafficking are the four
corners of this organization’s
foundation,” stated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman. “For years, their
violence, ruthlessness and complete
disregard for human life and the rule of law have greatly impacted the
citizens of the Republic of
Mexico and the United States. They must be held accountable for their
criminal actions.”
This investigation resulted in the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of
cocaine, and thousands of pounds
of marijuana in cities throughout the United States.  Law enforcement also
took possession of  millions
of dollars in drug proceeds which were destined to be returned to the
Cartel in Mexico. Agents and
officers likewise seized hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of
ammunition intended to be
smuggled into Mexico to assist the Cartel’s battle to take control of one
of the key drug trafficking
corridors used to bring drugs into the United States.
“This indictment is the result of a complex, long-term investigation by DEA
and our law enforcement
partners in the US and Mexico, targeting the Sinaloa Cartel at its highest
levels. In addition to
violations relating to the trafficking of huge quantities of cocaine and
marijuana, the charges encompass
money laundering, weapons smuggling, kidnappings and murders employed by
the cartel to fund,
expand and protect its far-reaching criminal enterprise.  These charges are
an important step in bringing
to justice those responsible for supplying a large portion of the illegal
drugs flowing into communities in
the United States through the El Paso area, as well as much of the violence
that has ravaged neighboring
Ciudad Juarez,” said Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge, Drug
Enforcement Administration-El
Paso Division.
The indictment references two acts of violence allegedly committed by
members of the Cartel.  First, the
indictment alleges that in September 2009, Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo,
Gabino Salas-Valenciano,
Fernando Arellano-Romero and Mario Iglesias-Villegas, under the leadership
of Joaquin Guzman and
Ismael Zambada, conspired to kidnap and murder a Horizon City, Texas,
resident.  Specifically, Jose
Antonio Torres Marrufo ordered the kidnapping of the victim to answer for
the loss of a 670-pound load
of marijuana seized by Border Patrol at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on
August 5, 2009.  After the
kidnapping, the victim was taken to Juarez where Torres Marrufo
interrogated him and ordered that he
be killed. On September 8, 2009, the victim’s mutilated body was discovered
in Juarez.
– more – Chapo Guzman indictment release
April 24, 2011
Page 3
Second, the indictment alleges that on May 7, 2010, Jose Torres Marrufo,
Fernando Arellano-Romero
and Mario Iglesias-Villegas, under the leadership of Joaquin Guzman and
Ismael Zambada, conspired to
kidnap and murder an American citizen and two members of his family.
Specifically, Torres Marrufo
caused an individual in El Paso to travel to a wedding ceremony in Juarez
to confirm the identity of a
target. The target was the groom, a United States citizen and a resident of
Columbus, NM.  Under
Torres Marrufo’s orders, the groom, his brother and his uncle were all
kidnapped during the wedding
ceremony and subsequently tortured and murdered.  Their bodies were
discovered by Juarez police a
few days later in the bed of an abandoned pickup truck. Additionally, a
fourth person was killed during
the kidnapping at the wedding ceremony.
“This indictment has been years in the making, the focus being to dismantle
the Sinaloa Cartel by
focusing on its upper echelon. The indictment represents the unwavering
commitment and collaboration
among the law enforcement community to bring justice to those who have
inflicted unconscionable
violence on so many citizens on both sides of the border.  We are sending a
clear message that we will
continue our relentless pursuit of drug trafficking organizations
responsible for such wide-spread
devastation within our communities,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge
Mark Morgan.
“This highly cooperative investigation shows that law enforcement can make
significant inroads into
drug trafficking organizations and that the major players are not immune
from prosecution. This also
relates to the illegal firearm traffickers who support such organizations
and are responsible for the
violence and bloodshed that is occurring,” stated ATF Special Agent in
Charge Robert Champion.
This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration,
Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
together with the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations,
United States Border Patrol,
Customs and Border Protection, United States Marshals Service, El Paso
Police Department, El Paso
Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety.  United States
Attorney Robert Pitman also
expresses his appreciation to New Mexico United States Attorney Ken
Gonzalez and his attorneys;
Attorney General of Mexico Marisela Morales and her attorneys; and, to law
enforcement authorities in
Mexico for their assistance.
Upon conviction, the defendants face up to life in federal prison. Three of
the 14 counts (7,11,14)–
which involve the kidnapping and murder of a resident of Horizon City and
three members of a wedding
party in Juarez–may result in the imposition of the death penalty upon
It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should
not be considered as
evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty
in a court of law.