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"El Teacher Falls in Leon, Guanajuato

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 |

José Natividad Cortes Balcazar aka "El Teacher," leader of La Familia Michoacana is captured in Leon, Guanajuato.

Today in the morning the attorney general of Guanajuato announced that a senior leader of La Familia Michoacana had been captured in the state, and just now there is confirmation on the identity of the detainee.

It was the Ministerial Federal Police, who were responsible in capturing the one authorities identified as José Natividad Cortez Balcazar, who also goes by the name of Ricardo Gomez Segovia and Candelario Chavez Espinoza, aka El Teacher or El Richard or El Compadre, who is considered the leader of the criminal group in the city of León.

Reports indicate that agents were able to place the detainee in the Boulevard Paseo del Jerez, located in the city of León, Guanajuato.

The 37-year-old is originally from Leon, Guanajuato, and was wanted on charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder, among other crimes.

El Teacher was in the list of the "most wanted" by the Attorney General's Office.

the Attorney General's Office offered 3 million pesos reward for El Teacher. All this was confirmed by the attorney general in Guanajuato, Carlos Zamarripa.

He is believed to have participated in numerous criminal acts, as he was found with a list detailing extortions of at least 300 people across the state, mainly owners of nightclubs and other shops.

In addition, the State Attorney of the state was able to solve numerous murders and kidnappings allegedly perpetrated by "El Teacher."

The offender, despite controlling most of the state managed to keep a low profile and was always in the company of women.

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7 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

These are the same clowns that claim to protect the citizens of michoacan and the truth is revealed, that ALL the cartels prey on the innocent is a fact...kill him...after slowly torturing him..

Anonymous said...

JeJeJeJeJe! Que's que El Teacherr, pinche sobre nombres pendejos que tienen. Ya nomas falta que salga un wey con que se apoda El Pitufo.

Anonymous said...

Nice catch.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, how many leaders of these cartels are there? Seems like everyday a 'top leader' is captured yet it's business as usual. Cops fluffing up their reports or are there really that many people at the top of the cartels?

Anonymous said...

Good Job !!

Anonymous said...

@March 23, 2011 10:04 AM

There lies the problem...you apprehend one leader/capo...and his second in command takes his place...and so on and so forth. Cartel leadership changes all the time. Kudos for the capture but I thought "La Familia" cartel was disbanding anyways? Or has split into other minor independant drug cartels?

Anonymous said...

First: Good luck getting a meaningful conviction. Less than 5% of cases are investigated and less than 2% result in a conviction. And those that do make it to jail may make it out before too long.

Second: Until we go after all the corrupt politicians, military, police, local officials, border/customs agents - anyone who profits from these activities - we will never put a stop to this. Special federal sentences for anyone who betrays the public trust.

Finally: go after the immediate families of these criminals. Arrest the parents, wives, children, brothers, sisters of the cartel bosses. Every one of them has benefitted from the proceeds of crime and is therefore an accessory. And it would be impossible for them not to know that all that money came from illegal sources.

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