Cancun Resort Massacre: 8 Killed In Attack On Cancun Resort Bar By Mexican Drug Cartel Hitman


CANCUN, Mexico – At least eight people were killed when molotov cocktails were thrown into a bar in the Mexican town of Cancun, a resort area popular with U.S. tourists, officials said.

“The death of eight people is confirmed. Six on site — including four women — and two others in hospital, also women,” Quintana Roo prosecutor Francisco Alor Quezada told AFP by telephone.

According to witnesses, six men threw the molotov cocktails at the establishment which had reported two attempts at extortion, apparently by the Zeta drug cartel.

CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – At least eight people were killed when molotov cocktails were thrown into a bar in the Mexican town of Cancun, a resort area popular with US tourists, officials said Tuesday.

“The death of eight people is confirmed. Six on site — including four women — and two others in hospital, also women,” prosecutor Francisco Alor Quezada, from the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, told AFP by telephone.

According to witnesses, six men threw the molotov cocktails at the establishment which had reported two attempts at extortion, apparently by the Zetas drug cartel.

The attack set off a fire which destroyed the bar, in a residential area not frequented by tourists, officials said.

The brutal Zetas, first set up by former paramilitaries in the 1990s, have grown in force since splitting off from the powerful Gulf gang, whom they are now fighting for control of drug trafficking routes.

They are suspected in last week’s massacre of 72 migrants in northeast Mexico and many kidnapping, killing and extortion cases.

Cancun has seen sporadic attacks and gruesome discoveries of bodies in wells and graves as violence has escalated since President Felipe Calderon deployed tens of thousands of soldiers to take on organized crime gangs in 2006.

More than 28,000 have died in drug-related violence nationwide since then, according to official figures.

Obama’s Solution To Secure Our Borders: After Months of Delay – 30 National Guard Troops Will Arrive In Arizona Monday – But They Won’t Have Any Law Enforcement Authority…

McAuley’s World Comment:Read it and weep …. Thankfully the November election is only 60 days away … What a “spin job” …

 Guard troops to deploy to Arizona border on Monday

PHOENIX – The first of 532 National Guard troops are set to begin their mission in the southern Arizona desert on Monday under President Barack Obama’s plan to beef up U.S.-Mexico border security, although they won’t have any law enforcement authority.About 30 troops will start their jobs on the border Monday, and waves of more troops will be deploying every Monday until all 532 are expected to be on the Arizona border by the end of September. In May, Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard

Shhh ... but They Won’t Have Any Law Enforcement Authority…

 troops to boost security along the border…. [120 days to deploy 30 troops who are reporting on station without the authority necessary to do the job … what a Commander … what a Leader …  you’ve heard the old saying, “Never send a Community Organizer to do a man’s job …]

The troops will be “extra eyes and ears” for U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, and though they will have guns for self-defense, they will not have the authority to arrest anyone, said Arizona National Guard spokesman Lt. Valentine Castillo. [Exactly what are the “rules of engagement” – see the first video below]

He said if troops spot illegal immigrants, they must report them to the Border Patrol, whose agents would make the arrest.

The troops will be stationed in the desert at “strategic locations” along the border, he said, but did not provide specifics.

Mario Escalante, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, said the troops will use binoculars, night-vision equipment, remote cameras and computers to conduct surveillance on the border, and will have radios to communicate with Border Patrol agents.

They’ll be set up at high points in various locations in the desert, he said.

Read the full story here:  

Remember this account of our National Guard being “detailed” to the border without proper authorization … without proper “Rules of Engagement” … the 6000 National Guard Troops mentioned in this report were sent home by Obama’s Atttorney General Holder almost two years ago …come Monday their 30 replacements will arrive …

and this report

We need an Administration that will be serious about securing our borders … Vote in November …

Obama On Border Patrol

Mexican Prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, Assigned to Investigate 72 Murdered Immigrants Disappears, 2 Car Bombs Exploded

2 Cars Bombs Explode in Mexico Where 72 Bodies Were Found

REYNOSA, Mexico – Two cars exploded early Friday in a northern state where officials are investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, and a prosecutor investigating the massacre has disappeared.

The prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, vanished Wednesday in the town of San Fernando, where the bodies of the migrants were found, the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office said in a statement. A transit police officer in the town was also missing.

President Felipe Calderon, speaking during a forum on security, said Suarez, a Tamaulipas state prosecutor, was involved in the initial investigation into the massacre, which authorities have blamed on the Zetas drug gang. The federal attorney general’s office has since taken the lead in the case.

SEE: Mexican Drug Cartel Violence: Mexican Marines arrest presumed leader of Beltran Leyva Cartel – Sergio Villarreal Barragan taken into custody

The two car explosions occurred less than 45 minutes apart in Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital, theattorney general’s office said. The first exploded in front of the offices of the Televisa network and the second in front of transit police offices.

There were no injuries, though both blasts caused some damage to buildings and knocked out the signal of the Televisa

Cartel Victims Executed With Hands Tied Behind Their Backs

 network for several hours. The explosion outside Televisa was felt for several blocks.

The network described the explosion as a car bomb, but the state attorney general’s office said the cause of the explosions had not been determined.

If confirmed, it would mean a total of four car bombs in Mexico this year , a new and frightening tactic in the country’s escalating drug war.

The first exploded July 5 in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing a federal police officer and two other people. The second, which caused no injuries, happened just two weeks ago in front of police headquarters in Ciudad Victoria.

Just north of Ciudad Victoria, heavily guarded investigators working at a private funeral home in San Fernando identified 31 of the 72 massacred migrants, whose bodies were discovered on a ranch Tuesday, bound, blindfolded and slumped against a wall.

Multilated Corpses of Cartel Victims

Those identified included 14 Hondurans, 12 Salvadorans, four Guatemalans and one Brazilian, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The government’s chief security spokesman said the migrants were apparently slain because they refused to help the gang smuggle drugs.

“The information we have at this moment is that it was an attempt at forced recruitment,” Alejandro Poire told W radio. “It wasn’t a kidnapping with the intent to get money, but the intention was to hold these people, force them to participate in organized crime , with the terrible outcome that we know.”

The victims of what could be Mexico’s biggest drug-gang massacre were traversing some of the nation’s most dangerous territory, trying to reach Texas.

Zetas Insignia

The lone survivor, an 18-year-old Ecuadoran who managed to escape and alert marines at a checkpoint, said the killers identified themselves as Zetas, a drug gang that dominates much of Tamaulipas.

The Ecuadoran, Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla, has been offered a humanitarian visa that would allow him to stay in Mexico, Immigration Commissioner Cecilia Romero said during a conference call with reporters in Mexico City. Lala, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck, has not decided whether to accept, she said.

Romero said Mexico offers a humanitarian visa to any migrant who has been the victim of crime in its territory.

It is one of the many measures Mexico has taken to help migrants who increasingly are being kidnapped, killed and exploited by gangs as they travel toward the United States, Romero said, disputing allegations from human rights activists who say corruption and indifference by Mexican authorities are letting abuse of migrants escalate.

Romero said most migrants decline the visa, preferring to return to their home countries, but Mexico has granted at least 436 since 2007.

Mexican immigration agents have rescued 2,750 migrants this year, some who were stranded in deserts and others who were being held captive by organized crime gangs, Romero said.

In Tamaulipas alone, agents rescued 812 migrants kidnapped by drug gangs, she said. Many of those migrants told authorities the cartels tried to force them into drug trafficking.

“We perhaps saved them from being massacred like the 72 that we lost this time,” Romero said.

The National Human Rights Commission estimated in a report presented last year that nearly 20,000 migrants are kidnapped each year in Mexico based on the number of reports it received between September 2008 and February 2009 , numbers the federal government disputes.

Mauricio Farah, who coordinated the report, said government corruption is at the heart of migrant abuse in Mexico.

“We are talking about the complicity of several authorities along the migrant route,” Farah told MVS Radio on Thursday. “Forty, 80, 100 migrants inside trucks or on the trains cannot pass unnoticed by the authorities … on the contrary what happens is that they are in collusion with drug gangs.”

Cartel Beheadings In Baja, Mexico

Commission president Raul Plascencia said Thursday that authorities never responded to its recommendations or demands for greater security for migrants.

Romero acknowledged widespread corruption among police and immigration agents. She also said she could not rule out the possibility public officials were involved in the kidnapping and massacre of the 72 migrants.

But Romero insisted the Calderon government is aggressively rooting out dishonest officials. She said 30 immigration officials had been convicted of corruption and 350 agents fired since Calderon took office in December 2006.

Drug Cartels Kill 4 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico – Decapitated Body Dumped in Guerrero

5 severed heads left on disco floor after Cartel attack

The four men had their hands bound with tape and were blindfolded, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Nuevo Leon has seen an increase in drug violence that authorities say stems from a fight between the Gulf cartel and its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men.

Mexican and U.S. officials say the Gulf cartel has aligned itself with the Sinaloa and La Familia gangs, which are seeking to wipe out the Zetas in northeastern Mexico.

In the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, police said that they found the body of a man Thursday whose head and fingers had been cut off.

The body was found in a plastic bag in the state capital, Chilpancingo, and the head was found next to it.

SEE: Mexican Drug Cartel Violence: Mexican Marines arrest presumed leader of Beltran Leyva Cartel – Sergio Villarreal Barragan taken into custody

In the coastal resort city of Acapulco, also in Guerrero state, drug traffickers left a banner on a boulevard accusing local police of protecting Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a U.S.-born enforcer known as “La Barbie.” The banner was signed “B.L.,” an apparent reference to the remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel, which split with Villarreal.

Also Thursday, the Mexican navy reported it found 8 metric tons of a precursor chemical used to make methamphetamines in shipping containers at the Pacific coast seaport of Manzanillo.

Drug traffickers have turned to phenylacetic acid after Mexico effectively banned imports of another precursor, pseudoephedrine.

Review of Judge Bolton’s Decision: The Immigration Debate: The Arizona Law – Judge Bolton’s Decision (Part 1) 

A comprehensive review and analysis of Judge Bolton’s erroneous decision.

Read why the Judge was wrong – compare “Congressional intent” with the Judge’s reasoning.

With these PDF documents:

Bolton’s Decision

DOJ Memo 04/02/2010

Links to:

DOJ Complaint

Arizona Law

The actual Immigration Statutes that should have “controlled” the Judge’s decision.

Official Web Sites of: DOJ/DHS/LESC/NSEERS/FBI

What does Congress “mandate” be done and by whom.

Palomas, Mexico, Mayor Estanislao Garcia Santelis – Kidnapped and Murdered By Drug Cartels

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Unidentified assailants kidnapped and killed the top official of the border town of Palomas, across from New Mexico, on Thursday.

Town Mayor Estanislao Garcia Santelis had long complained about the drug traffickers and migrant smugglers active around Palomas.

Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in northern Chihuahua state, said Garcia Santelis’ bullet-riddled body was found near a burned-out pickup truck and bore signs of torture.

The death of Mayor Estanislao García Santelis, 37, marks another violent chapter in the border region, where fighting among drug mafias, police and the military has left thousands dead this year, including elected officials and police officers, and turned thriving frontier towns like Palomas into no-go zones for U.S. visitors.

Palomas made headlines in 2008 when its police chief sought asylum in the U.S. after his deputies abandoned him and he received death threats. The Mexican army subsequently took over law enforcement in the tiny town.

Garcia Santelis gained notoriety when he led protests against high electricity rates. His success in that endeavor led to his election as Mayor.

Mexican Drug Cartel Preaches Religion – Peddles Methamphetamine

APATZINGAN, Mexico — Busloads of teenagers descend on this sweltering agricultural town 500 kilometres west of Mexico City every few months to participate in self-improvement seminars. The seminars supposedly impart values, build self-esteem and condemn vices such as drug use, according to Father Andres Larios, a Catholic priest working with young people in Apatzingan.

Unbeknownst to the participants, a quasi-religious drug cartel known as La Familia Michoacana promotes the seminars and underwrites the expenses.

The seminars highlight the acts of charity and piety attributed to La Familia, a cartel notorious for running extortion rackets, corrupting politicians and police forces throughout the western state of Michoacan and manufacturing tons of methamphetamines in clandestine laboratories.

Its leaders reputedly pave roads and pay hospital bills in impoverished pueblos, talk up law and order and even preach a homespun version of the gospel from a text authored by a cartel capo that goes by the handle El Mas Loco, or The Craziest One.

“These people carry a Bible in the right hand . . . and a gun in the left hand,” Larios says.

Displays of religiosity are nothing new for Mexico’s narcotics kingpins; it’s alleged they have donated big to the Catholic Church – a charged denied by church officials – and adore Jesus Malverde, a Robin Hood-like figure they claim as their patron saint.

But by developing its own pseudo religion and base of social support in long-neglected corners of Mexico, La Familia has emerged as an enigmatic foe – and the most prominent target of late – in the Mexican government’s crackdown on drug cartels.

So far this year, La Familia has withstood the arrests of more than 100 leaders, the destitution of at least 10 mayors in Michoacan with alleged cartel ties and the closure of more than 40 methamphetamine labs. The Mexican government was forced to call in reinforcements in mid-July after the cartel launched co-ordinated counterattacks on Federal Police installations in retaliation for the arrest of a senior leader.

A column by Ciro Gomez Leyva prompted uncomfortable questions about the effectiveness of the government crackdown, which has claimed more than 11,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006.

A cartel leader identified as Servando Gomez – also known as the La Tuta – subsequently told a Michoacan television station: “La Familia was created to take care of and safeguard the interests of our community and our people. We don’t want anyone to disrespect them.”

He ended his unsolicited comments with the words, “God bless everyone.”

His comments reflected the supposed religiosity of La Familia, but also rallied the cartel’s base in Michoacan.

The state unfolds across Western Mexico and is known for outward migration, a hard-luck countryside and a decades-old drug trade in the mountainous regions that hug an isolated stretch of coastline stretching from Zihuatanejo toward Manzanillo.

Victims of Cartel La Familia Michoacana

Out-of-state-cartels long dominated the Michoacan drug trade, but that ended in late 2006 with the emergence of La Familia, which announced its formation by tossing six heads into a seedy nightclub. La Familia also purchased newspaper ads that promised to “impose order in the state” and “fight the out-of-control-violence” that it blamed on Los Zetas, the armed wing of the rival Gulf Cartel and former La Familia partners.

Larios says that La Familia further showed its nativism by imposing a locals-only hiring policy and buying cash crops – mainly marijuana – from poor farmers. The magazine Proceso reported that La Familia pays its employees salaries of $2,000 per month – a fortune in a country with a minimum wage of just $5 per day.

The cartel slips even more money to politicians and local police departments. La Familia is suspected of corrupting many of Michoacan’s 113 municipal governments and local police forces; an arrest warrant has been issued for the state governor’s brother, Julio Cesar Godoy – who was just elected to Congress – for supposed links to the cartel.

La Familia plies its members with more than just money, however.

“The peculiar thing about them is the name: La Familia,” said security expert Javier Oliva of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Some cartels hire drug addicts, Oliva says, and sometimes pay underlings with merchandise.

In comparison, La Familia has recruited out of a drug rehabilitation program it operated, according to the Public Security Secretariat. The cartel forbids employee drug consumption and subjects personnel to “training” that involves reading the cartel’s bible, a text that borrows from the Old Testament, pop-psychology books and Mexican truisms.

Drug Rehab Patients Executed By Mexican Cartel

“It’s better to die fighting head-on than on your knees,” reads one passage that invokes Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

“I ask God for strength and he gives me difficulties that strengthen me,” reads another.

Larios insists that La Familia leaders belong to an unknown evangelical sect, although some attend Catholic events such as baptisms and quinceaneras.

The Federal Police have started targeting such celebrations in their pursuit of La Familia leaders, but Larios says the execution of an August raid during mass in an Apatzingan parish revealed shortcomings in the ongoing federal campaign against the cartel – along with a lack of intelligence and popular support in the region.

When coming to arrest Miguel Angel Beraza, also known as La Troca – a La Familia leader accused of running tractor-trailer loads of methamphetamines to the United States – the Federal Police didn’t know the way.

“They had to hire taxi drivers and follow them to the church.”

Cartel Killings: Two Headless Bodies Found In Juarez, Third Victim Dumped At Church

Mutilated Bodies Of Cartel Victims

The bodies of two men — both decapitated and showing signs of torture — were found early Sunday in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the state attorney general’s office said.

The victims were found in the Colony of Los Nogales neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Their hands and feet had been bound with duct tape, state attorney general’s office spokesman Arturo Sandoval said.

Investigators were still working on identifying the victims, Sandoval said.

Attached to the bodies were two notes from a drug cartel, Sandoval said. He would not elaborate on what was written on the notes.

“This phenomenon [of violence] here … we’ve been seeing it, and living it in Juarez for the last two years,” Sandoval said.

The killings were the latest in a nearly four-year-old eruption of drug-related violence in Juarez and surrounding Chihuahua state.

At least 883 people have been killed in drug-fueled violence in Juarez this year, officials say.

According to a report released in April by the Mexican government, Chihuahua is the country’s hardest-hit state by drug violence, with more than 6,757 people killed since the start of the drug war at the end of 2006.

“Before we had 10 homicides a day, now we have six. This has been constant for the last two years. It comes and goes,” he added.

The body of another man was found Sunday morning dumped in front of a church in the Valley of Juarez two miles outside Juarez proper, Sandoval said.

Drug cartels often dump bodies in front of churches in Juarez as a tactic to intimidate priests from repeating details of drug violence heard during confessionals.

6 Men Were Murdered Inside This Van By Cartel Hitmen

On Friday in the Valley of Juarez, six men were killed after they were shot by assailants and their van crashed into a kindergarten, municipal police department spokesman Jacinto Seguro said.

Two others involved in the crash, identified by police as Enrique Torres, 33, and Francisco Manuel Torres, 26, were injured and were still recuperating in a hospital, according to state prosecutors.

“We have not had a chance to interview them yet, but we will. We’re waiting for them to recuperate before we start the interrogation process,” Sandoval said. “But we have already started the investigation,” he added.

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