Thursday, April 14, 2011
San Fernando update: 16 municipal police arrested, official body count up to 126
The bodies of victims abducted at false "narco" checkpoints from buses traveling through the town of San Fernando, Tamaulipas and murdered at the hands of Los Zetas continue to be uncovered. The body count as of Wednesday stood at 126 with the location of another 10 bodies. Mexican media reports speculate that as many as 300 victims may have been murdered and disposed of in the latest abductions.
It is feared that hundreds more, if not thousands, may be buried in "narco fosas" throughout this area of Tamaulipas, a land where in the words of Ricardo Aleman of El Excelsior, "The criminal bands make a living out of 'The Industry of Death'."
An unnamed witness, a bus driver, states in the “El Universal” video posted below that bus drivers whose passengers were taken in “narco” checkpoints were fearful of filing police reports because they were aware of police complicity in the abductions.
The witness added that the abductions of victims travelling by bus had been occurring for the past 6 to 8 weeks.
According to the witness, women of all ages were also taken off buses, undressed and raped and then abducted.
The bus driver reported that fellow drivers from other bus lines have reported similar incidents in Tabasco, Oaxaca, Guanajuato and in the Tampico area of Tamaulipas.
Another anonymous traveller whose SUV was taken at gunpoint said the federal authorities are powerless against the criminal cells. On the video he describes how patrols of 4-5 federal police officers or 10-15 soldiers come up against groups of up to 50-100 heavily armed gunmen.
He added that the entire resources of the government are needed to sweep the area and kill all the criminals.
16 Municipal Police arrested
Mexico’s Attorney General, Marisela Morales, announced in a press conference that 16 municipal police officers in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, have been detained by federal authorities.
The ongoing investigation has uncovered evidence that the police officers allegedly provided protection to a local cell of Los Zetas and covered up the mass homicides and disposal of bodies by members of this cell.
The police arrested were:
1 .- Guadalupe Hernandez Ibarra
2 .- Remegio Camarillo Mireles
3 .- Oscar Jaramillo Sosa
4 .- Martín García Badillo
5 .- José Luis Aguilar Velez
6 .- Jesús Ramos Pérez
7 .- Eleodoro Robles Sánchez
8 .- Elpidio Reyes Saenz
9 .- Gilberto Rivera Hernández
10 .- Lázaro Flores Peña
11 .- Maria Guadalupe Galvan Hernández
12 .- Mario Alberto Romero Hernandez
13 .- Santos Maldonado Reyes
14 .- Julio Guadalupe Jaramillo Vela
15 .- José Manuel Avila Lugo
16 .- Rogelio De La Portilla Heredia
At the press conference Morales also identified four suspects who are wanted in connection with the San Fernando murders.
The nation’s top prosecutor announced that the federal government is offering a reward of 45 million pesos for those who provide information that contributes to the arrest of the four suspected Los Zetas members.
A 15 million peso reward is being offered for Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, regional cell leader.
A 10 million peso reward is being offered for Roman Ricardo Palomo, a cell member.
A 5 million peso reward is being offered for Sarai Fabiola Diaz, a cell member.
A 15 million peso reward is being offered for Omar Martin Estrada, head of the San Fernando plaza.
Caen 16 policias por masacre en San Fernando
Procuradoria General de la Republica boletin 386/11
Industria de la muerte