Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wide deployment in search of the gunman who killed Francisco Arellano Felix

Wide deployment in search of the gunman who killed Francisco Arellano Felix 

The oldest of the Mexican brothers of the Arellano Felix family, who for years took a leadership role of one of the bloodiest drug cartels in the country, was shot dead in the resort town of Los Cabos, Mexico, by an unknown assailant, authorities said Saturday.
The Tijuana Cartel known for its violent and brutal control of the drug trade in the border city of Tijuana in the 1990s, the arrests or death of most of the seven Arellano Felix brothers have reduced the cartel to a shadow of its former self.

Aged 63, Arellano Felix was already in prison by the time the gang rose to its height.

He was arrested in 1993 connection with the murder of Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo and served a 10-year sentence for weapons possession. He was then extradited to the U.S. in 2006 to face California charges stemming from a 1980 case in which he allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover police officer in the United States.
He was sentenced by a U.S. judge to six years in prison on drug charges but was granted parole, released and deported back to Mexico in 2008.

"Arellano Felix  was never really part of the leadership of the big organization, mostly because he was in jail (in Mexico). He was arrested before they became what they really became," said John Kirby, a former federal prosecutor in San Diego who co-wrote a 2003 indictment against the Arellano Felix cartel leadership.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, was at a party on Friday night when he was shot by a gunman who according to local media was dressed as a clown.

The gunman dressed as a clown is still being sought by members of the three branches of government, the entrances to the town are monitored by municipal and ministerial policemen, Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix died of a gunshot wound to the head. 

There were seals on federal highways, dirt roads, and turn-offs that lead to the popular subdivisions, by the police officers and the Armed Forces in an operation of control by the three levels of government.   

Tribune reported at the time, that the the mobilization is due to Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix 63 years old, was shot three times, while meeting with several people at a family party in the building "Ocean House" located between San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
Investigative research says that the authorities were informed that according to the witness versions, the gunman arrived at the scene dressed as a clown, as if to give a show and at the first opportunity, pointed his gun at the victim and killed the the oldest of the Arellano Felix brothers. 

Borderland Beat reports the gunman escaped from an exit reserved for VIPs.  So help from the inside is suspected

They also report :"Rumor alert: On the ground people are saying the sciarios were from Sinaloa and fled by boat, which would be easy on that isolated stretch of beach."

After the shots, the subject dressed as clown came out of the exclusive lounge and boarded a luxury truck late model white  Chevy Trailblazer, which was carrying the gunman also two other passengers,  dressed as clowns, the van would take the road towards  Cabo San Lucas, however, it has not been located. 

Unofficial data indicate that the eldest Arellano Felix was shot three times, the first he received was in the head which immediately deprived him of life, the following shots him in the chest and shoulder who was already on the ground. The deceased attended the party with his wife and son. The PGJE reported that the official cause of death was severe head trauma secondary to firearm projectile. 

The Tijuana cartel came to take control of the cocaine that went from that city to neighboring San Diego (southwestern United States)1990s and early 2000s, but gradually began to lose power due to internal divisions .

The murder of Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix "answered old unpaid debts, old feuds Arellano times when were those who controlled" area, for the AFP said Raul Benitez Manaut, a researcher specializing in drug matters of public National University Autonoma de Mexico.

"It seems that one of his enemies who had outstanding receivables discovered his whereabouts and modus vivendi ... and as it was billed," he said.

It is assumed information that the bullets that took the life of Arellano Felix would be 5.7 mm caliber, known in some parts of Mexico as "the cop killer ", this ammunition can pierce body armor  with first and second degree of ballistic protection shielding. The PGJE has not officially informed what caliber are the bullets that killed Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix.

Worldwide Highlights

The national and international press highlighted the death of Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, the eldest brother of the powerful organized crime family who was one of the leaders of the Tijuana Cartel.

German media as the renowned weekly Die Spiegel  and popular newspaper Die Welt, highlighted the fall of one of the most respected members of the family  Arellano Felix. 

The news also appeared in American newspapers as New York Daily, Huffington Post and USA Today

Meanwhile, several European newspapers reported that the murder of the powerful kingpin may have been done by a clown , who took him by surprise. The headlines  in Lidovky of Czech Republic, RP Online  of Germany and HLN  of Belgium  stressed the particularities of the murder.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix , one of the recognized brothers drug traffickers and members of the group who for many years led the movement of narcotics northwest of Mexico, died on Friday, October 18 during an attack by gunfire. The information was released in the first instance by local media around midnight on Friday and the first few minutes on Saturday.

The death of former boss has already been confirmed by the security authorities of San Jose del Cabo.

So far, two versions circulating about the murder , allegedly committed by a person dressed as a clown