Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Arizona inmate attacks jailer to stay behind bars

Reuters

An Arizona jail inmate who feared he would be killed by a Mexican drug cartel if were set free assaulted a detention officer in order to remain behind bars, authorities said on Tuesday.

Alexandro Guerrero, 26, was about to be released from Pinal County jail on April 17 when he repeatedly punched and kicked a detention officer, breaking his nose, Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said.

After he was subdued, Guerrero told officers that he had sold drugs in Yuma, a town in western Arizona, for Mexico's powerful Zetas drug cartel, and feared release from the lock-up believing that the traffickers planned to kill him.

"At some point the cartel labeled him as a snitch because he was (providing) information to law enforcement, so they put out a hit on him to be killed," Gaffney told Reuters.

"He didn't want to be released, so he figured the best way to stay in custody was to punch one of our detention officers," he said.

Gaffney said Guerrero got his wish and is being held in jail on three counts of aggravated assault on a detention officer, on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

"It's a felony offense, so he's definitely looking at some prison time for it," he said.

The Zetas cartel was formed around a core of elite Mexican anti-drug commandos that went rogue several years ago. It is now one of the most brutal criminal gangs in Mexico.

The group is currently fighting an all-out war with the rival Gulf and Sinaloa cartels in Mexico's Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas states south of Texas, although it also has operations in other states in northern and central Mexico.

9 comments:

  1. They need to get him for being a snitch!

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  2. We should send a bill to Calderon...When is the USA going to wake up

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  3. I say set him outside the prison door and call the Zetas to come pick up their amigo.

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  4. Texcoco Mex said.

    What is a snitch? I have read about a lot of people or cartels who snitch on enemies just to get them out of the way. I know about a group in Sand Diego Ca. with friends in the Police Force and their busyness is like this. If you want to sell drugs here you have to buy from them if not they will make sure you get arrested.

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  5. Hmmmm...what are the Zeta's doing in Sinaloa territory? You arizona's better stock up on ammunition before the Z's start to disrupt the plaza.

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  6. This whole idea of killing or 'taking out' a snitch is part of the problem facing Mexico and the US drug trade and society in general. Killing someone because they gave authorities information is much of the reason why people don't talk and makes it harder to get the criminals.

    And this ingrained societal idea begins somewhere around middle school. Bully's threaten you if you snitch and so on. It is a mind set that has to be changed.

    But then so does this whole gangsta mentality that kids look up to--and emulate--if we are going to change a society.

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  7. think they should send him back anyway and save the money of housing him or killing him. he made his bed let him lay in it.

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  8. Do you think the reason for the State Dept advisory against safe travel to Rocky point is because they have knowledge that the Z's will be heating up that plaza?

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  9. I'd like to think the State Dept. knows that much to make such a call but it may take even less particulars and more general ideas of potential looming problems that make them move on an advisory.

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