A little over a year ago, federal police were alerted to a narco-trafficker who was transporting drugs out of a local airport. He traveled on passenger planes every 15 days with an average of 5 kilos of crystal meth from Jalisco and Baja California Sur.
From Guadalajara to Tijuana, certain members of Genaro García Luna's administration who were working for the office of the Secretary of Public Security (SSP) were allegedly trafficking drugs.
Federal Police officers are currently under investigation for connections with narcotraffickers, (presumably the Sinaloa cartel), specifically within the crystal meth trade that extends from Jalisco and B.C. and its distribution points in the United States.
Protected by their shield, certain elements of the federal police moved drugs through the airports of México, evading x-ray detection. They transported drugs, a few kilos at a time with small suitcases they hid within the cargo areas.
12/7/09 - Elements of the Mexican Army detained a 22 year old resident of Guadalajara named Benito Rubio Rodríguez, at the Tijuana International Airport.
They found him to be in possession of several packets of meth (crystal), which he tried to ditch in a garbage can.
The trafficker explains himself:
A friend of Rubio Rodríguez was a man named Alejandro Norzagaray, who was a meth cook and owned a ranch in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He (Rubio) had known him for 4 years, and was his business partner in transporting drugs into Tijuana.
The plan was simple, Rubio was to purchase a plane ticket from Guadalajara to Tijuana. When he got to the departure gate, he would alert his federal police contact on the Nextel radio. The officer was to give him further instructions.
Traveling without any bags, the young man would pass all the security checkpoints with no problem in Guadalajara. A federal police officer would meet him in the airport bathroom and pass Rubio a package prior before departure. The idea was the young man would easily pass through airport security checkpoints because he had no carry on luggage. The corrupt officer wouldn't raise any suspicions. The drugs were transported through the security corridors by the officer and he passed them to the young man in the restroom, often in a small bookbag, or even a suitcase full of several kilos. Sometimes Rubio would strap packets of meth wrapped in plastic to his body before he took the flight to Tijuana. Once there, he met his other federal contact. In the stalls of the “Abelardo L. Rodríguez” Tijuana internation airport, Rubio would hand the packages of meth over to another federal police officer, before purchasing and borading a flight back to Guadalajara.
So every 16 days, for 6 months, Rubio would take this flight and repeat the process. During this time he realized that the Federal police in Guadalajara were not always on the same page as the Federal police in Tijuana. Normally Rubio could perform the task of transporting meth via the airport connection without spending more than a day or so traveling, the flights to these cities are routine and fairly close together.
However, it wasn't long before his luck ran out.
Things Get Ugly
12/9/09 - In Guadalajara, Benito Rubio had encountered no problems. He entered the airport and in a restaurant at one of the terminals, he received 5 kilos of meth from a federal officer. Later, he boarded flight 110 of Aeroméxico to Tijuana. Departure time was 3:00 p.m.
That afternoon, the plane landed in Tijuana at 4:55. Rubio was about to make his way to the restroom when his cell phnoe rang. It was his contact from Guadalajara. He told Rubio there was a problem and he should ditch the drugs and make his way to the exit. 15 minutes later, Rubio tried to get rid of the meth by throwing it in a garbage can in the bathroom. He was quickly apprehended by elements of the Mexican army.
Rubio's police contacts, both in Guadalajara and Tijuana, have neither been named nor apprehended, according to official reports. The details only pertain to the guilt of Rubio and his employer, Alejandro Norzagaray. For example, the initial reports only mention one suspect, 1.6 meters tall, with brown complexion and skin tone.
Authorities in Baja California who work with the national SSP recognize the incident and say they are doing everything within their power to root out the corrupt officials within their ranks (specifically those assigned to airport detail). Benito Rubio custody has been given to Mexico's Attorney Generals office (PGR).
Federal Police rob “El Teo” for his drugs.
This will come as no surprise: Its not the first time that Mexican Federal Police have been accused of working with organized crime.
Particularly in Tijuana, agents of Genaro García Luna have been publicly denounced as extortionists, kidnappers, and narcotraffickers. To this day, the SSP had neither acknowledged the corrupt officers within its ranks, or the fact that "cleaning" operations took place within the department against officials loyal to La Familia Michoacana only days prior to a confrontation in that state that led to the deaths of 3 agents and 3 civilians.
One year ago, in November of 2009, Federal Police who were assigned to the Tijuana international airport discovered an illegal shipment of 300 lbs of meth that belonged to Teodoro García Simental (a) El Teo.
El Teo was the leader of a significant cell of sicarios who went rogue and started dealing on their own accord in Baja California, they were aligned with the Sinaloa cartel.
Instead of reporting the huge bust to the Federal Ministery, the federal agents handed the drugs over to another narco: Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha “El Sillas”, who was at that time aligned with the Arellano Félix cartel (CAF), led by Fernando Sánchez Arellano “El Ingeniero."
When El Teo found out that the load of meth had been discovered by federal police, but they hadn't delivered the drugs the PGR, García Simental began to threaten all the federales. He used the police frequency on the hand-held radio's and gave out the shield numbers of several officers, assuring them that "you're all gonna get exactly wheat you deserve."
In the initial hours of the broadacast, the federales paid no mind to the threats.
On Nov. 8th, only 48 hours after El Teo's drugs were stolen, his organization shot up a hotel called Corona Plaza, located on Agua Caliente Blvd. in Tijuana, it was a known hangout of federal police officers.
Two weeks later, the execution between rival drug gangs had reached a body count of 50.
The drug theft committed by corrupt police federal officers had detonated a narco-war in Tijuana.
This incident has been acknowledged by the SSP and led to the arrest of several agents. But it should be noted that none of the detained admitted to being part of, or participated in testifying against, the cartels of Arellano Félix and Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha.
In the final act of federal corruption, none of the police officers who were implicated in Rubio's case have been charged. The official line is that the corrupt officers quit the force or stopped their activities altogether once the conspiracy was uncovered.
Source: Zeta Tijuana: 1916 edition.