Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Reputed Mexico drug cartel figure to stand trial

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 |

AP
A judge has ordered the son of a top drug cartel leader to stand trial on money laundering charges, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Prosecutors showed that Vicente Carrillo Leyva transferred illegally acquired funds within Mexico, the federal Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

Carrillo Leyva allegedly inherited a top position in the Juarez cartel from his father Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was considered Mexico's No. 1 drug trafficker when he died in 1997 during plastic surgery to change his appearance.

Carrillo Leyva was arrested in 2009 while exercising in a Mexico City park.

The Juarez cartel has been locked in a fight for the border city of Ciudad Juarez with the Sinaloa drug cartel that has left more than 6,000 people dead in the last two years.

More than 35,000 people have died across Mexico in drug violence since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a stepped-up offensive against cartels.

Also Tuesday, police in the resort city of Cancun found four bodies that had been set on fire, authorities said.

Quintana Roo state prosecutor Francisco Alor said the four men had been shot and their bodies burned in an open field in the outskirts of Cancun. All had their arms tied behind their backs.

In the Pacific coast city of Acapulco, a teenager was killed outside the junior high school he attended and police found a mutilated body near a state prison, authorities said.

The 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and assailants left a threatening note next to the body, Guerrero state police said in a statement Tuesday.

Threatening notes were also left next to a mutilated body found inside a plastic bag left near the state prison in Acapulco. Authorities wouldn't say what the notes said.

And in Michoacan, gunmen ambushed and killed an army official as he drove in the city of Zamora with his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

Lt. Col. Victor Gil and his girlfriend were driving through downtown Zamora when assailants opened fire with automatic rifles. Their pickup truck was shot more than 150 times, prosecutors said in a statement.

Meanwhile, soldiers in the Gulf state of Veracruz found an apparent drug cartel training camp, the army said.

The Defense Department said in a statement the camp was located over the weekend and that soldiers seized 17 automatic rifles, grenade launchers, grenades and hundreds of bullets.

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6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

HOW COME IT ALWAYS SAYS "More than 35,000 people have died across Mexico in drug violence since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a stepped-up offensive against cartels." WHEN EVERYONE HAS HEARD IT A MILLION TIMES??? WE KNOW AND I'M PRETTY SURE THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS KNOW WHATS UP! THEY ALSO STATE THAT "JUAREZ, MEXICO'S MURDER CAPITOL, IS LOCATED RIGHT ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE FROM EL PASO, TX..." LIKE NOBODY HAS EVER LOOKED AT A MAP!!! THE PEOPLE WRITING THESE ARTICLES REALLY KNOW HOW TO INSULT AMERICANS INTELLIGENCE.

Anonymous said...

it does get annoying after a while to read it over and over and over again!

Anonymous said...

35,000 are smoke and mirror numbers.
Real intelligence reports in Mexico will tell you numbers exceed 50-75K since then and don't count about the early 90s and turn of the century many women lost their lives to serial killers in Juarez. You can't account for the people who were dissapeared via acid, mass graves and shredding of parts. Before the narcos were so obvious with killings they did fear prosecution and didn't actively dump bodies everywhere. For some time know there has been a evil presence within Mexico.

Dios los cuide a los que buscan prosperar.
Saludos,

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:16 pm...calm down!! :)

The simple fact is that most Americans have no idea what is going on in Mexico and also have no idea where Juarez is located. Those of us on this site are a little more informed than the average person in the US.

The simple fact is that to most Americans, Mexico is a place to go for spring break, tacos and margaritas. Most are so ignorant that they could not name a single state in Mexico.

Your intelligence can only be insulted if you let it bother you, just like some of the trolls who write nonsensical things just to get people going.

I am a gringo who has lived in Monterrey for 11 years and I still have family who have no clue where in the country it is located.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderfully well thought out and written article full of informative information... People that choose this subject matter to express negativity need to deal with the problems in their lives that are the core issue and stop sharing it with total strangers that do not deserve it! Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex does a great job of keeping the information flowing and I for one greatly appreciate it. It is not a paid position and these reporters at Borderland Beat are doing us a great service so try and remember that the next time you want to spout off online...- Grande Goat Horn

Anonymous said...

ya i agree it gets so annoying. i think its because they don't have enough words to complete the article so they just throw in the same ending every time....like nobody knows that juarez and sinaloa are at war!!! come on!!!

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