772 homicides in Juarez in 2017–highest number since 2012

The articles below from El Diario de Juarez summarize the bad news in terms of violence in the city in 2017. There were a total of 88 homicides in December, making the last month the most violent of the year. There were 772 total homicides in 2017–a 43% increase over the number of homicides in 2016.  There are some differences in the numbers that I’ve kept over the years and those published in El Diario. I think this comes from exactly which municipals are included in the counts for each year. A separate article yesterday reported a total of 94 homicides of women in 2017. (Another summary article said 96, so I recorded 95 in my tally). Either number comes out to 12.3 percent of the total victims being women in 2017–this is a significant increase over last year. Still, the average percentage of female homicides (compared to the totals) comes to 9.4 percent from 1993–present.

These numbers will probably be adjusted a few times as generally happens at the end of the year, but the trend will be about the same–significant increases in homicides in Juarez make 2017 the most violent year since 2012. I’ve also posted here the tallies I have, including some variation from those reported in the past two days in El Diario.  molly molloy

Juarez 2017
January 53
February 87
March 68
April 31
May 45
June 83
July 51
August 45
September 74
October 66
November 81
December 88
TOTAL 772
Juarez Homicides by Gender
               Women Total Homicides % female victims
1993 19 123 15
1994 19 234 8
1995 36 294 12
1996 37 253 14
1997 32 260 12
1998 36 242 15
1999 18 176 10
2000 32 250 13
2001 37 247 15
2002 36 276 13
2003 28 205 13
2004 19 202 9
2005 33 207 16
2006 20 253 8
2007 25 320 8
2008 87 1623 6
2009 164 2754 6
2010 304 3622 8
2011 195 2086 9
2012 94 803 12
2013 93 535 17
2014 45 429 10
2015 46 311 15
2016 56 546 10
2017 95 772 12
TOTALS 1606 17023 9.4

Con 88 homicidios, es diciembre el más violento

Luz del Carmen Sosa/
El Diario de Juárez | Martes 02 Enero 2018 | 00:01:00 hrs

Suman 7 mujeres asesinadas en el mes

Staff/
El Diario de Juárez | Domingo 31 Diciembre 2017 | 00:01:00 hrs

Alcanza violencia nivel de hace 5 años

Martín Orquiz/
El Diario de Juárez | Lunes 01 Enero 2018 | 00:01:00 hrs

Family separation at the border…Houston Chronicle

This excellent article presents the cruel reality of family separation now practiced by ICE and CBP with the willing participation of immigration judges.  This family’s experience shows how arbitrary asylum officers can be in a credible fear interview.  One member gets a positive credible fear determination, another with the same story is deemed negative. So much has to do with the situation of the interview… A detained person may not feel free or able to adequately describe what has happened. The document reproduced shows numerous errors of translation or transcription. There is no indication that this family has an advocate who could help to clarify this story or provide documents to corroborate the case.  News articles about the murder in El Salvador would have to be translated into English in order to be accepted as evidence in immigration court. The situation of gangs, military and police violence in El Salvador sounds too chaotic to be true to most Americans…even those officials trained to make these determinations. The mother is criminally charged, separated from her child and depressed. Is it any wonder that she cannot adequately explain the details of her case to a voice on a telephone?  She doesn’t even know where her child is, or if she will be sent back to El Salvador where she has nothing and lose custody of her child forever. Where she may not even survive.
In a legitimate process, the three members of this family would be able to seek asylum together since the dangers they face come from the same facts: the murder of their husband/father; the threats and retributions by both Salvadoran military officials and gangs. A person with expertise would explain the process, would counsel them. Instead, each person faces this confusing legal process alone; the mother is still detained and with a criminal charge in El Paso, she is unlikely to ever qualify for bond. She may not even have an asylum hearing as she did not pass her credible fear interview. In the El Paso immigration court, 98 percent of asylum cases are denied. With the criminal illegal entry charge, she may not even qualify for asylum.
Her adult son who passed his credible fear interview will have an asylum hearing in 2020 and can work. It is unclear if he has representation. A positive credible fear determination does not guarantee that he will be granted asylum. On the interview form (included at the link) the officer finds that there is “NO NEXUS” for his asylum claim… This means that his story does not indicate clear evidence that the persecution he suffered in El Salvador is due to his race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. However, his story is centered on the fact that his father was a military officer and was murdered by gang members due to actions he took as part of his job. Then the son was targeted and persecuted by both the military and the gangs. It is likely that an asylum attorney could establish the required nexus in this case.
Multiply this story (by hundreds? thousands?) and get an idea of the impact of a system designed to deport as many people as possible and to deny access to people with legitimate asylum claims. Separating families at the border is now deemed a legitimate practice by DHS to deter people from Central America trying to reach safety…many of them children. Instead of traveling with a parent, it is likely that many more will be handed over to human smugglers.
Go to the link to see the photos and the immigration documents included with this story. molly molloy

EL PASO – The boy was crying as federal agents ordered him into the government vehicle. Tell your mother goodbye, they said.

It was late October, and Blanca Vasquez and her 12-year-old son, Luis, had only been in the United States for a few hours. They had crossed the Rio Grande near El Paso, giving themselves up to Border Patrol agents to ask for asylum. A gang in El Salvador had murdered her husband, a military sergeant, and she said they were now after Luis.

For decades, hundreds of thousands of immigrant families from Central America, escaping gang violence and political persecution, have followed a similar path, relying on international treaties protecting those seeking asylum from being summarily turned away.

Vasquez figured she and Luis would be detained, or even released, while she fought for asylum. A 20-year-old federal settlement that bars the extended detention of migrant children would ensure they stayed together.

But that was then. This summer, the practice changed.

READ MORE:

 

MEXICO’S CRISIS OF JUSTICE: How a U.S.-backed effort to fix Mexico’s justice system led to turmoil

An excellent report in the Washington Post on the overall failure of Mexico’s justice “reform,” a project promoted for many years and with millions of dollars from the US. The state of Chihuahua was one of the first Mexican states to adopt the new justice system and several attorneys general from New Mexico have participated in US-AID-funded training projects for Mexican prosecutors, judges and lawyers.

I think it is one of the least-publicized and unknown chapters of the failure to address crime and violence in Mexico.  In addition to this new Washington Post piece, it seems a good time to again highlight Charles Bowden’s Mother Jones story from 2009… from the first years of the hyper-violence in Juarez and Chihuahua. He tells the story of Mexican reporter Emilio Gutierrez, fleeing for his life after being threatened with death by a Mexican army officer because of his reporting about military harassment against migrants passing through the border village of Palomas back in 2005…
I interviewed Emilio for hours at that time along with Chuck, and we also spent hours with the editors and fact checkers from the magazine who did not believe that the Mexican army could possibly be the perpetrator of the violence and corruption in Mexico. After all, the Mexican president had only recently sent the army to Mexican cities, towns and countryside to fight drug trafficking. Emilio was one of the first voices to tell American readers what Mexican state power was really up to. And what it did at that time was mild compared to the present and future now that the Mexican military has been granted even more impunity through the new internal security law: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-victims/victims-of-mexico-military-abuses-shudder-at-new-security-law-idUSKBN1E92LR
Since 2007, the militarized “drug war” has killed more than 200,000 people in Mexico:
Here’s the most succinct description of the truth we forever refuse to learn about Mexico (thanks to Charles Bowden, writing in 2009):

“There are two Mexicos.

There is the one reported by the US press, a place where the Mexican president is fighting a valiant war on drugs, aided by the Mexican Army and the Mérida Initiative, the $1.4 billion in aid the United States has committed to the cause. This Mexico has newspapers, courts, laws, and is seen by the United States government as a sister republic.

It does not exist.

There is a second Mexico where the war is for drugs, where the police and the military fight for their share of drug profits, where the press is restrained by the murder of reporters and feasts on a steady diet of bribes, and where the line between the government and the drug world has never existed.

The reporter lives in this second Mexico.”

Go to the link to see the photographs and other graphics in this story and in the excellent Washington Post piece below …  molly molloy
By Joshua Partlow Photos by Michael Robinson Chavez Dec. 29, 2017

HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN MEXICO 2007-NOVEMBER 2017

The SESNSP (Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica), a division of the Secretaria de Gobernación, released the latest homicide statistics reporting the number of victims of homicide (and other crimes) from January-November 2017. See: http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/incidencia-delictiva/incidencia-delictiva-victimas.php

Below is a summary of these statistics as well as the official numbers provided by Mexican government agencies from 2007-present. Several tables from the SESNSP website are included below. The full report is online: http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2017_112017.pdf

HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN MEXICO 2007-NOVEMBER 2017

Summary compiled by Molly Molloy, Latest update December 27, 2017

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 20,010 17
2015 20,525 17
2016 23,953 20
2017(Jan-Nov)** 26,573
 TOTAL 235,737

The SESNSP REPORTED A TOTAL of 2,595 intentional homicides (homicidios dolosos) in November 2017. This is down slightly from the number of 2,773 reported for October 2017. According to the SESNSP data on the number of crime victims this year, there were a total of 26,573 victims of intentional homicide from January-November 2017. This total represents an average of more than 2,400 victims per month (79 victims per day), thus it is very likely that the year 2017 will end with a total of nearly 29,000 homicide victims. Considering the average number of homicides each month and the fact that homicides have increased during the second half of the year, it is nearly certain that 2017 will surpass the total number of homicide victims (27,213) in 2011 and 2017 will be the most violent year in recent history in Mexico.

If we add the estimate of more than 30,000 people reported missing/disappeared as reported by Mexican government agencies and civic groups, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is likely greater than 265,000. See:

http://www.univision.com/noticias/desapariciones/una-lista-de-desaparecidos-en-mexico-incluye-por-primera-vez-la-identidad-de-30-000-personas

http://personasdesaparecidas.org.mx/semblanza

Registro Nacional de Datos de Personas Extraviadas o Desaparecidas: https://rnped.segob.gob.mx/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-crime/mexico-enacts-law-to-help-find-thousands-missing-in-gang-violence-idUSKBN1DH07U

*Homicide totals 2007-2016 from INEGI in report released in July 2017. See: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2017/homicidios/homicidios2017_07.pdf

**Homicide totals for 2017 from SESNSP:

The latest report covers numbers of victims through November 2017:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2017_112017.pdf

Below are screen shots of several charts for 2017 from SESNSP January-November:

See source document online: http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2017_112017.pdf

[As noted below the tables, “these data are provided by and updated on a monthly basis by the Attorneys General and Prosecutors’ offices in the 32 Mexican states.”]

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The table below provides total homicides reported for the previous four “sexenios” (presidential terms). President Enrique Peña Nieto’s term began in December 2012. Homicides decreased slightly during the first three years of his term, then increased steadily after 2015 (see table above). If the trend continues, EPN’s sexenio (which ends in Dec 2018) will probably be the most violent in terms of total homicides. To more accurately compare these trends over time, it will be necessary to calculate the murder rate (#homicides per 100,000 people).

Sexenio Homicides INEGI Homicides per day
Salinas 1989-1994 93,493* 43
Zedillo 1995-2000 80,311 36
Fox 2001-2006 60,162 27
Calderón  2007-2012 121,683 56
Peña Nieto 2013-Nov 2017 114,124 64

*INEGI homicide data for 1990-1994 plus SINAIS (Sistema Nacional de Informacion de Salud) for 1989.

For an older and more detailed explanation of Mexican homicide statistics during this period of hyperviolence, see:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-mexican-undead-toward-a-new-history-of-the-%E2%80%9Cdrug-war%E2%80%9D-killing-fields     The Mexican Undead: Toward a New History of the “Drug War” Killing Fields

molly molloy

 

frontera-list HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN MEXICO 2007-OCTOBER 2017…Summary

The most recent SESNSP data on homicide and other crime victims was published last week and shows a continuing increase in reported homicides nationwide in Mexico. The full report is available here: http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2017_102017.pdf
A quick summary of the homicide data for 2007-October 2017 is compiled below. molly ​molloy​

HOMICIDE VICTIMSINMEXICO2007-OCTOBER 2017

Summary compiled by Molly Molloy, Latest update November 27, 2017

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 20,010 17
2015 20,525 17
2016 23,953 20
2017(Jan-Oct)** 23,968
TOTAL 233,132

The SESNSP REPORTED A TOTAL of 2,764 intentional homicides (homicidios dolosos) in October 2017. This is 200 more homicidios dolosos as reported in September 2017 and continues a trend of increasing violence in 2017. At this rate of increase, it is likely that 2017 will be the most violent year in recent history in Mexico. The previous high of 27,757 in 2011 could be surpassed this year if the current trend continues. With an average of 79 people per day, it is reasonable to predict more than 28,700 homicides in 2017.

If we add the estimate of more than 30,000 people reported missing/disappeared as reported by Mexican government agencies and civic groups, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is likely greated than 263,000. See:

http://www.univision.com/noticias/desapariciones/una-lista-de-desaparecidos-en-mexico-incluye-por-primera-vez-la-identidad-de-30-000-personas

http://personasdesaparecidas.org.mx/semblanza

Registro Nacional de Datos de Personas Extraviadas o Desaparecidas: https://rnped.segob.gob.mx/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-crime/mexico-enacts-law-to-help-find-thousands-missing-in-gang-violence-idUSKBN1DH07U

*Homicide totals 2007-2016 from INEGI in report released in July 2017. See: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2017/homicidios/homicidios2017_07.pdf

**Homicide totals for 2017 from SESNSP:

The latest report covers numbers of victims through October 2017: gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2017_102017.pdf

Charts for 2017 from SESNSP January-October:

Source: http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2017_102017.pdf

Homicides decreased slightly during the first three years of Enrique Peña Nieto’s sexenio, but have increased significantly since 2015.

Sexenio Homicides INEGI Homicides per day
Salinas 1989-1994 93,493* 43
Zedillo 1995-2000 80,311 36
Fox 2001-2006 60,162 27
Calderón 2007-2012 121,683 56

*INEGI homicide data for 1990-1994 plus SINAIS (Sistema Nacional de Informacion de Salud) for 1989.

For an older and more detailed explanation of Mexican homicide statistics during this period of hyperviolence, see:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-mexican-undead-toward-a-new-history-of-the-%E2%80%9Cdrug-war%E2%80%9D-killing-fields The Mexican Undead: Toward a New History of the “Drug War” Killing Fields

72 homicides in Juarez in September; 536 for the year so far…

There were 72 homicides in the city of Juarez during September. The total homicide toll for the year now stands at 532 (or according to the previous accounts in El Diario, my total is 536). The end of September marks one year since the PAN governor Javier Corral took office in the state of Chihuahua and the news analysis looks at the year–from October 2016–September 2017. The article below by Sandra Rodriguez looks at the increases in homicides and finds a 60% increase when compared to the previous Oct 2015-2016 period… The central zone (where the capital city of Chihuahua is located) showed the highest rate of increase… In addition to the higher number of homicides, the period has seen an increase in "high impact" crimes, including multiple homicides in public places, executions in bars and nightclubs, the murder of two journalists (Jesus Adrian Rodriguez Samaniego and Miroslava Breach), 15 people killed in a massacre in Madera and on September 26, the murder of 15 people in a rehabilitation center in Ciudad Chihuahua.
Below are the statistics I have from previous El Diario summary articles this year. molly molloy

Juarez 2017
January 54
February 87
March 71
April 31
May 45
June 81
July 49
August 46
September 72
October
November
December
TOTAL 536

Cierra septiembre con 72 asesinatos

Crece violencia casi al triple con Corral

Sandra Rodríguez/
El Diario de Juárez | Domingo 01 Octubre 2017 | 00:01:00 hrs

Juarez murders in 8 months surpass total for 2015

​By
Molly Molloy

El Diario reports today that in 8 months the death toll from homicide in Juarez has surpassed the total for all of 2015. So far there have been at least 313 homicides in 2016; the total in 2015 was 312. In just the past week, more than 22 people have been victims of homicide. Current city officials seem to be crediting the increasing homicides to the October change of government in Juarez and in the state of Chihuahua and are calling on incoming officials to get up to speed on security measures. For at least 2 weeks, operatives from SEDENA (the military) have been participating in security operations in Juarez. Among recent victims of the violence are businesspeople, pregnant women, customers at auto dealerships, fathers in company of their families and bus drivers. molly

En ocho meses superan ejecuciones todo 2015

Colombia…comparison w/ Mexican “drug war” deaths

​By
Molly Molloy

There is a lot of media coverage today of the long-awaited Colombian peace accords. The Colombian conflict is described as the longest violent conflict in the hemisphere–more than 52 years of fighting. I would recommend this publication from the Latin American Working Group (posted below) and also this LAWG document noting the deaths attributed to different combatants: government armed forces, right-wing paramilitaries and leftist guerrillas. See: http://www.lawg.org/storage/documents/Col_Costs_fnl.pdf
I was especially struck by this paragraph:
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The human costs of the conflict are devastating. More than 220,000 people —over 80 percent of whom were civilians— lost their lives in the brutal war. Over the course of the conflict, more than 6 million Colombians were forcibly displaced, more than 45,000 were disappeared, and countless women suffered sexual violence that often went unrecognized.

______

I’ve also posted below the recent data on homicides in Mexico and I note that according to the government’s own statistics, more than 220,000 people have been murdered or disappeared in Mexico in LESS THAN 10 YEARS.

In any comparison of homicide or violent conflict between countries, comparative population must be considered.
Current estimate of Mexico’s population: 123,000,000
Current estimate of Colombia’s population: 48,000,000.
Mexico is 2.5 times bigger than than Colombia in terms of population.

Yet, more people have been killed in Mexico in less than 10 years (since the beginning of the "drug war" in late 2006) than in 52 years of the Colombian civil war.

Colombia Peace Accord Offers Opportunity for Sustainable Peace

View/Download this statement as a PDF.
[Para leer el comunicado en espanol, haga clic aquí.]

HOMICIDES IN MEXICO 2007-JULY 2016

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 20,010 17
2015 20,525 17
2016**(jan-july) 11,257
TOTAL 196,468

A TOTAL of 1,842 intentional homicides (homicidios dolosos) in July 2016;

11,257 so far, Jan-July 2016. This averaged to 53 homicides per day so far in 2016.

An average of 56 homicides PER DAY from January 2007-July 2016

If we add the estimate of approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government***, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is at least: 221,468

*Homicide totals 2007-2015 from INEGI: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2016/especiales/especiales2016_07_04.pdf

**Homicide totals 2016 from SESNSP:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/estadisticas%20del%20fuero%20comun/Cieisp2016_072016.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2016_062016.pdf

*** http://www.pgjdf.gob.mx/index.php/servicios/atencionvictimas/capea1

http://eleconomista.com.mx/sociedad/2015/06/04/hay-mexico-25398-personas-desaparecidas

Mexico murder numbers increase in first half of 2016

By Molly Molloy

Two excellent articles posted below from VICE on the rising murder rates in Mexico. The Interior ministry (SEGOB) has released mid-year crime statistics. See:http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2016_062016.pdf

Here is also a summary of the homicide statistics from 2007:

HOMICIDES IN MEXICO 2007-JUNE 2016

YEAR #Homicides Rate=#/100,000
2007* 8,867 8
2008 14,006 13
2009 19,803 18
2010 25,757 23
2011 27,213 24
2012 25,967 22
2013 23,063 19
2014 19,669 16
2015** 18,650 15
2016**(jan-june) 10,301
193,296

A TOTAL of 1,828 intentional homicides (homicidios dolosos) in June 2016;

10,301 so far, Jan-June 2016. This averaged to 57 homicides per day in the first half of 2016.

An average of 56 homicides PER DAY from January 2007-June 2016

If we add approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government***, then the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is at least: 218,296.

*Homicide totals 2007-2014 from INEGI: http://www.inegi.org.mx/saladeprensa/boletines/2015/especiales/especiales2015_07_4.pdf

**Homicide totals 2015-2016 from SESNSP:

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2015_122015.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/estadisticas%20del%20fuero%20comun/Cieisp2016_032016.pdf

http://secretariadoejecutivo.gob.mx/docs/pdfs/victimas/Victimas2016_062016.pdf

*** http://www.pgjdf.gob.mx/index.php/servicios/atencionvictimas/capea1

http://eleconomista.com.mx/sociedad/2015/06/04/hay-mexico-25398-personas-desaparecidas

Homicides decreased slightly during the first three years of Enrique Peña Nieto’s sexenio, but have increased significantly in the first half of 2016. The average # of homicides PER DAY still stands at about 56—the number for all 6 years of Calderon’s term.

Sexenio Homicides INEGI Homicides per day
Salinas 1989-1994 93,493* 43
Zedillo 1995-2000 80,311 36
Fox 2001-2006 60,162 27
Calderón 2007-2012 121,683 56

*INEGI homicide data for 1990-1994 plus SINAIS (Sistema Nacional de Informacion de Salud) for 1989.

https://news.vice.com/article/after-years-of-decline-mexicos-murder-rate-is-heading-back-to-peak-drug-war-levels

After years of decline, Mexico’s murder rate is heading back to peak drug war levels

https://news.vice.com/article/five-families-massacred-in-two-weeks-as-mexicos-murder-rate-surges

Five families massacred in two weeks as Mexico’s murder rate surges

Caro Quintero desde la clandestinidad: “Yo no maté a Enrique Camarena” PROCESO

By Molly Molloy

PROCESO magazine has just published an interview, from a secret hiding place, with Rafael Caro Quintero. There is an excerpt of video online and it will be released in full on Monday, according to the website… The article is by Anabel Hernandez… I’ve not read the whole interview (20+ pages) but Hernandez asks Caro to respond to the recent media reports from several army and police sources and by the Chihuahua attorney general, that he plans to take over the Ciudad Juarez plaza…. Here’s a quick translation:

Hernandez: Are you at war with the Sinaloa Cartel?

Caro Quintero: In the first place I don’t have problems with any cartel. I do not know the Beltran Leyva family and I have no problems with them. Nor with the Guzman family. If they have a problem, it is their problem. I respect the Beltrans and I respect the Guzman family also. I respect both families. I don’t know what was the motive for me to be mentioned in this way. I have no problem of this kind and more importantly, I have no reason to be involved in a war. I am struggling to resolve my own problems…Imagine, I was in prison for 29 years. Do you think I’m interested in more problems?

–¿Usted tiene una guerra contra el Cártel de Sinaloa?

–En primer lugar yo no tengo problemas con ningún cártel. No conozco a la familia Beltrán Leyva y no tengo ningún problema con ellos. Y con la familia Guzmán tampoco. Si ellos traen algún problema es de ellos, mis respetos tanto a los Beltrán como a la familia Guzmán, mis respetos para ambas familias, y no sé cuál fue el motivo, por qué me sacaron a mí ahí. Yo no estoy relacionado con ningún problema de esta índole y menos estoy involucrado en una guerra. Si ando batallando para arreglar mi problema… Imagínese, con casi 29 años que estuve preso, ¿tendría ganas de más problemas?

There is much more to the interview, including Caro Quintero’s assertion that he had nothing to do with the murder of Enrique Camarena… A selection of the article is at this link:

Caro Quintero desde la clandestinidad: “Yo no maté a Enrique Camarena