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El Universal (Mexico City) 1/9/09

Agents of Mexico’s Federal Agency of Investigations (AFI) arrested Miguel Angel Soto Parra, considered to be one of the founders of Los Zetas, the militant group of hit men that began as the enforcement muscle for the Gulf drug cartel when it was under the leadership of Osiel Cardenas Guillen.  Soto Parra is an ex-federal judicial police agent and was one of Mexico’s most wanted. 

(file photos of drug cartel members)

 His photo was distributed in 2003 with those of 31 others with links to the cartel, some of whom have already been arrested.  He has been turned over to Mexico’s anti-drug agency, SIEDO, for prosecution and it is anticipated he will be held under high security for trial.

President-elect Barak Obama is scheduled to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon next Monday.  The meeting, initiated by Calderon, will take place in the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC rather than in Mexico because of security considerations.  This will be their first face-to-face meeting and they will have before them the opportunity to imprint a new tone and drive on the relationship between the two countries in the fight against narcotraffic as well as strengthening the means to face the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  The president-elect has shown through his appointed team his interest in themes of security, economy, migration and bilateral cooperation.  Regarding the migratory theme, Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa Castellano said that Calderon will present a “more objective vision” and will seek, in particular, “to promote better conditions for Mexicans in the US based on respect for all their rights and the clear recognition of the economic, social and cultural contributions they make.”

The US anti-drug agency, DEA, published a new poster with photos of the new bosses within the Arellano Felix drug cartel [also called the Tijuana cartel], now headed by Fernando “El Ingeniero” Arellano, nephew of the founders of the group.  Unlike the publication that included the brothers Eduardo and Javier Arellano Felix (now imprisoned), the new one does not offer rewards, but promises to respect the anonymity of anyone providing information.  [The story included toll-free telephone numbers for US and Mexico]

A chief of the Colombian “mafia,” Leonidas Vargas, was assassinated in his hospital room in Madrid, Spain, by “at least” four gunshots.  He had been hospitalized since January 2 for heart problems and was not under police protection.  The unknown assailants escaped.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 1/9/09

The New Year count continues.  Three more decapitated bodies were discovered in the early hours this morning on a boulevard overpass in Tijuana.  The heads were in a plastic bag nearby.


El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 1/9/09

Another grim murder was revealed by authorities in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.  The murder actually happened last Wednesday evening, but was not reported until the body was identified.  The murder was notable because of the mutilation of the body.  It was decapitated and the hands had been cut off and placed in the genital area.  The head was found nearby.  A narco-message had been left, but its contents were not revealed due to an ongoing investigation.


El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/9/09

Four people were “executed” in Tequila, Jalisco.  Police say the four, three men and a woman were deliberately targeted as they shopped among other customers in a store.  All four had direct gunshots to the head delivered by an armed group wearing hoods.  No further pertinent details were given.

Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 1/9/09

Agents of the Chiapas state bureau of investigations arrested the director of public security for the municipality of Suchiate [southernmost tip of Chiapas bordering Guatemala].  The director was charged with protecting members of organized crime in the border area.  He is suspected of providing protection to six members of “Los Zetas” who are suspects in the execution of eight people last December 23.


El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/9/09

Another decapitated body was found near El Ranchito, a town in northern Sinaloa state.  The murder was the typical execution style of the narcotrafficker.


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