Less than two days after assuming the position of Public Security Director of Juarez, Julian Leyzaola received his first death threat.
Late Friday night authorities responded to reports of a body dumped next to the San Felipe de Jesus church. At the scene they found a message for the new police chief alongside a man who had been bound, tortured, shot, wrapped in a blanket and left for dead.
The warning, written on a florescent green poster board, read:
Bienvenido a Juárez Julian Leysola este es tu primer regalito y esto va seguir pasando a toda la bola de peynetones atte. - El cartel de Sinaloa.
Welcome to Juarez Julian Leysola (sic), this is your first gift. This will continue happening to all of the snitches.
The Sinaloa Cartel
It is unknown whether the injured man has managed to survive the attack.
Leyzaola was formerly the police chief in Tijuana, where he survived several plots and fought police corruption. Leyzaola assumed the Juarez post on Thursday.
The news Police Chief made a statement: “I come to do my job with honesty, ethics and professionalism. Citizen participation is important. It is very important to begin trusting authorities again and exposing those people who are doing so much harm to our society. “
When asked if he was afraid, Perez replied, ” Whoever says they are not afraid, are dead. “
Two former Juarez police chiefs have quit their jobs since 2008 after criminals killed police officers and threatened to kill more unless they resigned.
Sources: El Diario, La Polaka, AP