Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican army arrests CPS leader and police ally

Thursday, May 19, 2011 |


Mexican soldiers arrested a suspected drug boss and a police chief accused of protecting him on Thursday, blaming them for much of the violence terrorizing tourist towns near Mexico City.

In an early morning swoop, soldiers in black ski masks captured Victor Valdez, known as "El Gordo Varilla", in Cuernavaca, a popular getaway south of Mexico City where drug violence is escalating.

Valdez is believed to be the second-in-command of the Cartel de Pacifico Sur (South Pacific Cartel) run by drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, which is fighting rivals for control of Cuernavaca and the strategic Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

In a brief army presentation to reporters, Valdez said local police chief Juan Bosco helped the gang evade capture. Bosco was later arrested by soldiers in Cuernavaca, the army said.

"The guy protecting us was Commander Bosco, he used to alert us to army and federal police crackdowns," Valdez told reporters, wearing a dark polo shirt and flanked by soldiers in body armor.

Bosco received about 15,000 pesos ($1,290) a month for tipping off the cartel, Valdez said.

The allegations about the police chief's role underscore the endemic corruption in Mexico's badly-paid municipal police forces that President Felipe Calderon has vowed to modernize, although security experts say he has yet to make good on those promises.

Cuernavaca, once better known for its swimming pools and colonial-era palace, has become an unlikely symbol of Mexico's drug war chaos since a Mexican poet's son was killed in the resort city in late March, fueling protests about the relentless drug killings across Mexico.

Thousands of people led by poet Javier Sicilia marched on Mexico City this month to condemn the violence that has killed almost 40,000 people since Calderon launched his army-backed assault on drug cartels after he took office in December 2006.

In another development, authorities in the U.S. border state of Arizona said police arrested 25 suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel, significantly hampering the group's ability to smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants from Mexico.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the suspects -- believed to be members of the Jesus Valencia-Rodgriguez cell of the powerful Sinaloa cartel -- smuggled drugs and illegal immigrants through the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation on the Arizona-Mexico border.

Most of the suspects are U.S. citizens and the rest Mexican, said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who announced the arrests at a news conference in Tucson.

They were arrested in Phoenix, Tucson and on the Tohono O'odham reservation and face charges that include smuggling, money laundering and participation in a criminal syndicate.

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8 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

Again, I thought this was El Negro. His time must be coming, if he stays in the area. How many bosses of CPS/Beltran Leyva are operating in Cuernavaca and Morelos? Seemingly endless. Been three arrested in the last week and a half or so.

Hopefully his arrest will shed some light on the real origin of CPS, who really runs it, and what happened between El Negro and the other Beltran Leyvas, who hung the banners against them.

Anonymous said...

Good Work Mexico,kill them both. As for the US catch 25, then court appointed lawyers licensed in Fed court 2 yrs and a million dollars spent lets see what happens. Our Federal Court System in the US is Damn near as Inept as Mexico,thats why there are so many Plea Bargains. State courts and prosecutors handle 500 cases for every 1 Fed case. The fed needs to bud out and fund the hell out of TEX,NM,Ariz, and Cal. American Federal system is UNACCOUNTABLE.

Anonymous said...

I like how the soldiers gave him a beating jajaja...but anyways what is it with the polo shirts jajaja. Anyone wearing one should be arrested jajaja

Anonymous said...

Why the fuck wear polo.. and get caught? what a dumbass.. are there any smart criminals out there?

Anonymous said...

I got an idea that la Barbie had bought a lot of such t-shirts so that all his "lieutenants" have decided not to spend their money on clothes and to wear la barbies`shit. Stupid culeros))

Anonymous said...

La Barbie, he`s not.

Layla2 said...

OMG he's got on the LONDON polo!

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