The Mexican Army has detained Rigoberto Andrade Renteria ” El Cenizo “, an operator for LFM, who was arrested on Jan. 9 with two of his colleagues, David Bustos López Aguilar and Raul Franco "El Papaya.."
Elements of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), based in Tijuana, Baja California, arrested the drug trafficker, who tried to impede the process by providing a false identity, claiming he was Roberto Sánchez Padilla. However, he was positively identified by military personnel three days after his arrest.
The operation seized 26 kilos 800 grams of synthetic drug crystal meth, a 9 mm pistol, and 44 bullets of the same caliber. investigators also found a car and 820 dollars in cash.
Tijuana operator for LFM
” El Cenizo “was responsible for the trafficking of synthetic drugs for La Familia Michoacana and their introduction into the United States. He was also “the person who was responsible for developing the “glass”- a synthetic amphetamine-type psychotropic drug that has greater effect than cocaine.
“El Cenizo “is considered by authorities as one of main lieutenants of LFM, in the chain of command under Jesus Mendez Vargas” El Chango “, a leader of the criminal organization with Servando Gómez Martínez “La Tuta," Both of them have a five million dollar bounty for their arrest
For the Attorney General’s Office, the head of Rigoberto Andrade ” El Rigo “worth five millionpesoss, based on the reward offered to those who provide information leading to his arrest. His brother, above him in the organization of La Familia Michoacana, worth double for the PGR, ten million pesos.
La Familia Michoacana between criminal drug trafficking activities (especially synthetic drugs), in addition to murder, kidnapping, extortion, piracy, money laundering and arms trafficking.
La Familia Michoacana remains in a violent and open war front against the Zetas in northeastern Mexico, which required the support of the Sinaloa cartel and the Gulf. The second war fronts to keep is located in the south of their own turf, the State of Michoacan, and Guerrero, mainly in the tourist resort of Acapulco , where it faces the South Pacific Cartel and Los Zetas, information provided by U.S. intelligence agency.Information Reveal suspected LFM/CAF connection.
TIJUANA.- drug trafficking cells working for La Familia Michoacana pay “derecho de piso” (pay to play) taxes to the Arellano Félix cartel, explained Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, state SSP for Baja California.
Anaya said that LFM doesn't hold any permanent bases in Baja California, a major difference to the Sinaloa cartel, who are constantly solidifying their positions within the state.
“(La Familia) pay some sort of cuota (tax) to commercially transport drugs, these types of massive transportation have to be coordinated between all the criminal groups, so as not to interfere with one another s operations."
Those groups that seek to establish themselves permanently are often arrested. Last year, the authorities detained several members of LFM, which led to major arrests against the organization in Guadalajara, Nayarit and Michoacán.
“But it also cannot be said that one group controls the entire area. This is the result of a series of blows suffered by all criminal organizations in this state." said De La Rosa Anaya.
He also referred to the presence of the CDS in Tijuana and the fact that they are trying to establish themselves in the area. however there have been a number of arrests against that particular cartel recently which began last Monday.
Follow-up article with more details on these arrests coming soon by Borderland Beat.
Investment in Security
The SSP also said that 291 million pesos were spent this year in Baja California to dismantle the criminal structure, 4% increase over 2009. More police officers, patrol vehicles and K9 units were operating in the state last year.
According to the figures from 2010, there was a drop in criminal activity by 9% in the entire state. In the case of Tijuana, this citysaw the most reduction in crime from 2009, by 13%, although admittedly, there was an increase in the number of homicides.
Sources: El Universal, and partial translation provided by Mexico.vg