México City.- Nazario Moreno González, alias El Chayo o El Doctor, one of the leaders and founders of la Familia Michoacana has been confirmed dead during a confrontation with federal police
According to one of the presidential press secretaries, Alejandro Poiré, three civilians and five federal police officers are also confirmed dead.Three suspects have been arrested.
However, "There are no exact numbers for the total causalities and arrests that occurred during this operation."Alejandro Poiré assured members of the media that the operation conducted by federal armed forces in Michoacan have not yet ended and there are a few pockets of resistance and violence that are still active in the area.
"The operation has not concluded and is still in progress" confirmed Poiré during an interview with Pepe Cárdenas with Radio Fórmula and said although the violence began in the city of Apatzingán "it has since spread to other distinct zones of the state."
Poiré said that La Familia Michoacana was a “very dangerous criminal group” and that since the the presence of the federal police yesterday, the response from the organization has been "very aggressive."
The Secretary of National Security for Mexico added: “The Mexican state of Michoacan is applying all of its pressure today on these criminals and fugitives from justice," but when asked for figures on the number of deaths and arrests he declined to comment.
Poiré also said that secretary of state Francisco Blake Mora, had communicated at various times with Michoacán governor, Leonel Godoy as the two of them worked together to coordinate the actions of the state authorities and elements of the Mexican Army and Navy.
On the topic of narcobloqueos in other parts of the state, the press secretary said it was part of the strategy of La Familia of distraction and vowed they would all be captured "systematically."
PGR Helicopters go down amid chaos
Several narco blogs have been running with the story that 2 PGR helicopters have been shot down, but no credible sources have come forth with pictures or information. I think this is were the questionable information is coming from:
The headline reads: second PGR helicopter shot down. The article is literally 3 sentences and 2 of them aren't about the helicopter, which makes no mention of the alleged 1rst helicopter that went down.
The SSP has come out publicly and said denied the story as false and simply a rumor. I won't translate the whole thing but here is the article: http://www.cambiodemichoacan.com.mx/vernota.php?id=139635
This the story that can be proven and probably what started the confusion:
XALAPA, Veracruz- 12/8/10 - Three people also lost their lives and two were severely wounded when a PGR helicopter crashed on Wednesday afternoon, according to preliminary investigations.
Authorities say a Bell 412 helicopter crashed due to bad weather and was an accident that was unrelated to the violence in Michoacan.
Special thanks to Gerardo for help with gathering sources.