Thursday, September 2, 2010
Jose Luis "El Tubi" Carrizales Coronado killed in Nuevo Laredo prison
What most thought to be a hoax after reading a late night, brief, photo-less announcement in Primera Hora News, has turned out to be true. The question of "Tubi or not Tubi" has been answered.
Hours after being released from prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, and transferred to prison in Nuevo Laredo, Jose Luis Carrizales Coronado, alias "El Tubi", who at the time of his arrest was considered just below La Barbie as Chapo Guzman's top sicarios, was killed yesterday in a fight with another inmate.
Several police sources from Jalisco, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas unofficially confirmed the death of the gunman yesterday evening.
Sources confirm Tamaulipas authorities arrived at the Puente Grande prison to await Carrizales Coronado's release. Once released he was immediately apprehended and transfered to Nuevo Laredo where he was to face outstanding criminal charges in the state of Tamaulipas.
The Tamaulipas Department of Public Security, in an official announcement, informed "El Tubi's" death was caused by multiple stab wounds which occurred during a confrontation with a past rival.
The death was registered at 18:00 hours in the bathrooms of Module II.
The other inmate, whose name has not been released, was reportedly wounded in the confrontation and transferred to the prison infirmary for emergency medical attention. At this time, his health status is unknown.
Carrizales was arrested on August 16, 2005 along with Francisco Carlos Esquivel Maldonado, aka "The Capi" and six accomplices in the Southern Monterrey restaurant Vips. They were accused of kidnapping three people in March of that year.
The kidnappers freed their alleged victims in exchange for the payment of 200 thousand pesos in cash, the title of one recent model vehicle, and a gold crucifix.
A year after his arrest on September 5, 2006, the then Director of the State Agency of Investigations, Marcelo Garza y Garza, who led the operation which captured the criminal gang, was executed.
On January 21, 2008, Judge Ernesto Palacios Lopez, who sentenced "El Tubi" and his accomplices, was gunned down by unknown attackers while driving outside of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Carlos Martinez Gracia and Luis Antonio Martínez Muñoz, the lawyers who defended "El Tubi" and "El Capi" were executed in separate events in October of 2006 and 2009.
Monday, August 30, 2010, after five years, "Tubi" and six of his alleged accomplices, also incarcerated in Puente Grande, were acquitted by the Third Criminal Court in Nuevo Leon, who claimed not to have found sufficient evidence to carry out sentencing.
Also absolved by the state of Nuevo Leon were Meliton Ramirez Aldaco, Alejandro Zuviere Mendez, Luis Sánchez Trujillo, Juan Antonio Torres Alvarado and the former agents of the state ministerial police, Pedro Cesar Cortes and Sergio Castañeda Aguilar.
It is unknown if Tubi's accomplices were released with him from Puente Grande.
Carlos "El Capi" Esquivel Maldonado, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel gang, was exonerated and later released by an injunction granted by the First District Court in Jalisco.
Despite the fact Mexico had not legally put anyone to death since 1961 and abolished the death penalty in 2005, it is obvious, in my opinion, the State continues to "sponser" executions at random. Who orders them? Who knows, but Tubi is not the first to pay his debt in a state institution.
On August 6, 2010, a similar event happened in what was reported as prison riot involving rival cartel inmates in Matamoras, Tamaulipas.
Fourteen federal inmates were killed. State sources said two of them had been taken to the jail on July 19 and the other 12 men had been taken there on July 29.
According to one law enforcement official, 12 of the dead were believed to be the same 12 Zetas that were arrested by Mexican Marines on the night of July 25 in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.