Thursday, February 24, 2011
"El Condor 2" taken down in Ciudad Juarez
A gunman who was killed in a confrontation with Federal Police officers in Ciudad Juarez last Tuesday turned out to be a former state investigative police (AEI) commander linked to at least 96 narco-executions.
Luis Humberto Peralta Hernandez “el Condor 2” , age 44, joined the Chihuahua State Attorney General’s office as an investigator in 2000 and resigned in March 2009, when he held a position of “comandante”with the AEI.
El Conder 2, for whom the federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) had offered a 5 million peso reward, was alleged to have held a high position in the “Carrillo Fuentes” criminal organization (also known as the Juarez cartel) and its enforcement arm, “La Linea”.
The day of the shooting, the state prosecutor’s office announced that the dead gunman's name was Samuel Hernández Mendoza, however, relatives of the deceased the body as that of the former commander.
Three companions of Peralta Hernandez were unhurt in the confronation and were taken into custody. Among these three suspected members of La Linea was another former state investigative police official, Antonio Bolivar Ramos.
All four men were travelling in a VW Passant without license plates when they were stopped by federal police. Members of organized criminal gangs in Mexico commonly travel in vehicles with license plates removed, especially during the comission of homicides or kidnappings.
In September of 2008 Peralta Hernandez was arrested by the federal anti-organized crime task force (SIEDO) with five other AEI police officers during an investigation of a series of killings in the state of Chihuahua.
In February 2008 a safe house was raided by the Mexican army in Ciudad Juarez where drugs, armored vehicles, a pistol and three assault rifles, and AEI documents were seized.
A forensic investigation found that the four weapons had been involved in at least 96 narco-executions committed between January 30, 2002 and February 7, 2008. Further research into official records found that one of the assault rifles had been issued to Peralta Hernandez.
However, in spite of the evidence gathered, SIEDO investigators released el Condor 2 and his companions days after their arrest, claiming they were unable to link the men to any executions or organized criminal activity.
During the investigation the head of forensic services in Ciudad Juarez, Pedro Aragones Sandoval, was murdered by a group of gunmen, ironically at the same location that Peralta Hernendez was killed by federal police. It was Pedro Aragones’ research that linked the seized weapons to the 96 homicides.
Peralta Hernandez was later linked to the murder of the forensic services director.
Deputy prosecutor Maria del Pilar Perez de la Fuente, whose reasearch into official records linked the asault rifle to Peralta Hernandez, was forced to resign from here post. She died of natural causes a year and a half later.
Sicario abatido resulta ex agente.....
Sicario muerto por la SIEDO era ex-comandante PMI
ofrece PGR recompensas