Friday, July 26, 2013

New Generation Jalisco Cartel Leader Captured In Mexico


Some recent noteworthy captures in Guadalajara and Celaya:

Written by Claire O'Neill McCleskey, for Insightcrime, Monday, 22 July 2013
and Borderland Beat for the Celaya captures

In news overshadowed by the capture of Zetas leader Z40, Mexican officials announced the arrest of Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) leader Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria, alias “El Tornado” in Jalisco state.

Victor Delgado and 

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam 

On July 18, Mexico‘s Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, announced that federal forces had detained Delgado on July 10 in Guadalajara, reported the New York Times. Delgado is accused of killing 12 drug dealers whose decapitated bodies were found in Yucatán in 2008.

Another CJNG member, Domingo Medina Mogel, was also arrested, reported El Economista. Both Delgado and Medina were apprehended on March 21, 2010, but were released months later.

Much like with Z40′s arrest, Mexican officials were low-key about announcing Delgado’s capture: the Attorney General waited over a week to tell press that Delgado had been detained, and he declined to offer any details. Although the capture of two major drug traffickers in such a short time is a coup for Peña Nieto’s administration, the president has continued to publicly emphasize that his goal is to reduce violence rather than arrest kingpins.

In Jalisco, however, violence remains high. According to data from Mexico’s National Citizen Observatory, criminal homicides in Jalisco increased 6.2 percent in the first third of 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012. This means that in the part of 2013, Jalisco had the third highest number of criminal homicides of Mexico’s 32 states, after Guerrero and Chihuahua.

A large part of this violence stems from the fact that multiple gangs are battling for control of Jalisco. CJNG, which is led by many of slain Sinaloa Cartel capo Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel’s former associates, is a regional gang allied with the Sinaloa Cartel, although in August state authorities announced the two groups may have split. In Jalisco and other states along Mexico’s Pacific coast, CJNG has fought against the Zetas and their allied local group the Milenio Cartel, as well as the Knights Templar (Caballeros Templarios), the remnants of the Familia Michoacana, and smaller local gang the Resistance.

Insightcrime and Borderland Beat


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sandra Avila Beltrán-La Reina del Pacifico Sentenced to be Deported

Sandra Avila Beltrán-La Reina del Pacifico
Miami, Florida. - The Mexican drug trafficker Sandra Avila Beltran, known as "La Reina del Pacifico" or "Queen of the Pacific," was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Miami to 70 months in prison for advising another drug lord, but the judge counted her time already served in Mexico and she will be deported soon.

Judge Michael Moore sentenced Avila Beltran to 70 months in prison, five years and eight months in prison, but took into account the nearly five years of imprisonment which has already been served in Mexico as well as the over 11 months which she has been jailed in Florida since her extradition from Mexico last year.

Avila Beltran, 52 years old, was a prominent figure of the Sinaloa cartel, reached a plea deal so she was only convicted of a single charge: Advising a drug dealer to evade justice, referring to her former partner, Colombian Juan Diego Espinosa, aka "El Tigre", a key figure between the Sinaloa Cartel and el Norte  del Valle in Colombia.

"It's been  70 months since, September 28, 2007, the time she was imprisoned in Mexico, so starting next week  she could be released," said Stephen Ralls, Avila Beltran's lawyer.  Once she heard the statement,  "Queen of the Pacific," in a prisoner's beige uniform and leg shackles, smiled at the sentence.  She will leave under the orders from U.S. immigration services in the coming days then be deported to Mexico. "We hope this process will take about a month," said the defense attorney in spanish working in Arizona.

Source: OEM