Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Gunmen Kill 4 Transit Officers in Nuevo Leon

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 |


Four transit police officers have been killed this week in the area around Monterrey, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, a state Security Council official said.

Gunmen traveling in several vehicles attacked an officer on Monday with AR-15 assault rifles in Guadalupe, a city in the Monterrey metropolitan area, killing him, state security council spokesman Jorge Domene said.

The same gunmen killed two other officers a few minutes later while they were riding in their patrol car in Guadalupe, Domene said.

A transit police officer was killed on Sunday afternoon in Valle Verde, a neighborhood in Monterrey.

A total of 15 transit police officers have been killed this year by gunmen working for drug cartels and other organized crime groups.

The Monterrey city government has provided officers with bullet-proof vests in an effort to protect them.

Nuevo Leon and neighboring Tamaulipas state have been rocked by a wave of violence unleashed by drug traffickers battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

More than 1,000 people, including about 80 police officers, have died in the violence in Nuevo Leon in the past year.

The violence has intensified in the two border states since the appearance in Monterrey in February 2010 of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels against Los Zetas.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

The cartels arrayed against Los Zetas blame the group’s involvement in kidnappings, armed robbery and extortion for discrediting “true drug traffickers” in the eyes of ordinary Mexicans willing to tolerate the illicit trade as long as the gangs stuck to their own unwritten rule against harming innocents.

A total of 15,270 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico last year, and more than 36,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

The anti-drug operation, however, has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to drug cartels’ ability to buy off the police and even high-ranking officials.

Source: EFE

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4 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Every article has the same BS again and again Cartels,Drug War,Calderon,36000 dead. The implication is that Calderon is responsible for the pittiful Lack of ethics,morality,on the national level. The Insanity is Calderon is attempting to pass legislation to reform the police,army,courts,judges,prisons, and is getting resistance??? The general lawlesness in Mexico is only partly drug thug there are thousands of freelance criminals roaming Mexico , unless big reforms are followed through it will get worse. These police officers could have easily been killed by any one of hundreds of small gangs operating in Nuevo Leon.

Anonymous said...

That's what i call "breaking the law".

El_Regio said...

AMEN to Anonymous 6:58 PM!!!! couldn't have said it better. I am so so sick of hearing idiots blame Calderon for everything. Mexico is rotten from the inside and it must be cut out, as painful as it may be.

Two Worlds said...

In a sick way this is "just desserts". Transitos are notorious for their corruption and putting the bite on innocent victim motorists. When the rule of law, sin corruption, lives in Mexico then the police and their step brothers, the transitos, can live in peace.

And I wholeheartedly agree about stop blaming Calderon. It must be a thankless task trying to find honest and loyal people for law enforcement. I have heard it said that some of the best laws in the world exist in Mexico... it is the enforcement where the problems are.

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