Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

The Narco War Arrives at Linares, Nuevo León

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 |


Linares, Nuevo Leon has literally become a battleground, because in the last few days the people have been on high alert to any situation that may occur at any moment, while in the mean time the authorities were indifferent of what was happening. But before they knew it, things would change and not a moment too soon. 

 Witnesses say that for the last five days SUVs with armed men arrived and were seen driving around the town, on one occasion people observed a convoy of 40 vehicles that were marked with the letter Z, so it is assumed that the armed men were members of Los Zetas. Some of the men set up camps in the outline area of the region.



On previous days people had reported several confrontations where there were many dead, scores, except the criminals take the bodies with them. In addition there were more attacks on police command centers and municipal buildings.

The citizens are starting to fear of what might happen in light of the narco banners that started to appear during the weekend signed by Los Zetas, where they warned that for every of their members killed they were going to kill four students. In other banners they named Francisco Medina, Mayor of Linares, who was asked to surrender to them, "we are looking for you, if you don't turn yourself in, the attacks will begin," read the message.


Some narco banners were posted in businesses and schools, which prompted parents to keep their children at home from school because of the risk and threats made by criminals. There literally an unofficial curfew as the streets are completely deserted as soon as the sun sets.

It was not until Wednesday morning when authorities and the local media began to admit the bad situation, but it actually took several chases and shootouts for them to take things seriously, and it was only then, that the Mexican military and federal police started to arrive in the town.

There were clashes between rival groups that a resulted in 9 gunmen killed, however the government only officially confirmed two dead. The Zetas also abducted six transit police officers. The mayor failed to report the situation in time to get help, is how it was confirmed by Jorge Domene Zambrano, Federal Safety spokesman for Nuevo León.

The few businesses that had still remained open, finally closed, all people needed to stay indoors as it was still a high risk to be outside and it was necessary in order to protect innocent citizens that might be affected by the violence.

At noon the military had also encounters with gunmen, but it is not known if there were any dead or criminals arrested in those actions.

Domene Zambrano announced the names of the police officers that were abducted during the morning, "the official report as of this moment is that the operations by authorities continue, two criminals were officially reported killed and yes, it is true that six transit police officers were abducted from units 136 and 126, the names are Antonio Barajas Castillo, José Antonio Correo García, Sergio Francisco Muñoz, Inocencio Lerma Perales, José Guadalupe Guerrero Sustaita and Juan Carlos Garza, all officers assigned to the department of traffic in the municipality of Linares."

He also indicated that he will implement new ways of how police operate in order to prevent attacks and kidnappings, "Well it all comes down to the fundamental and radical way we shape our new police agencies, from there arises the new police system on how units are being formed that we have discussed on several occasion, we must have a new way to operate, that is to say, no longer will they be in pairs as sometimes happens, or even as individuals, but we must operate in the style of the Federal Police, or the same as the Army and Marines, which is what they call the 'nectar' where they operate in groups of up to 30 officers, these units are formed this way and continue in this mode of operation. We will assign the protocols and place a procedure on how to operate, to prevent such incidents that have been occurring lately."



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Anonymous said...

The citizens are starting to fear of what might happen in light of the narco banners that started to appear during the weekend signed by Los Zetas, where they warned that for every of their members killed they were going to kill four students. In other banners they named Francisco Medina, Mayor of Linares, who was asked to surrender to them, "we are looking for you, if you don't turn yourself in, the attacks will begin," read the message.
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Damn... That trash sure steep pretty low. Its funny how they write they don't kill innocents but turn around and write the opposite. Plain and simple... the Z's are trash!

Anonymous said...

Nice work BBm Buggs.

From People On the Ground Thru LIBRE said...

Tuning in to LIBRE for reports and pleas from people in Linares. LIBRE is one of the networks we us in Mexico to get word out fast. This group is for the six border states. Sorry no time to translate and I am not sure how well translation tool will work. but the initial one reports shooting began that was 9PM then the next report says CDG has arrived and shooting was in several of the colonias that was at 9:52 (7:52 PST)
As busy as this state was on LIBRE because of this outbreak, they had 2 full pages..Tamps had 8 pages. ....paz Buela

21 04 May
19:19 hrs. GENTE DE LINARES INFORMEN PORFAVOR LO QUE PASA EN ESTOS MOMENTOS, YA VIMOS EN LAS NOTICIAS LO QUE ESTA PASANDO........INFORMEN NOSOTROS LOS APOYAMOS YA BASTA DE BALACERAS


11 04 May
11:53 hrs. se habla de 6 policias secuestrados Linares
NL
linares
10 04 May
11:30 hrs. CUANTOS TRANSITOS LEVANTARON??? ESTABA UNA PATRULLA A MEDIA CALLE ABANDONADA ENFRENTE DE LA ESCUELA POR LA TIENDA ELKTRA, Y LAS TROCAS ANDABAN RECHINANDO LLANTA POR TODO EL CENTRO DE LINARES, OJALA NO HAYA HABIDO HERIDOS INOCENTES O LEVANTAMIENTOS DE GENTE INOCENTE, COMO LOS DE LUCIO BLANCO EN EL CUAL MATARON A UNO DE LOS 6 SECUESTRADOS Y NO PERTENECIAN A NINGUN GRUPO DELICUENCIAL, SOLO ERAN TRABAJADORES DE UN AFABRICA DE DULCES... Linares
NL
MARQUETERO'S RANCH
9 04 May
11:27 hrs. continua la cituacion de riesgo en la colonia las alamedas Linares
NL
linares
8 04 May
10:55 hrs. K PASA GENTE DE LINARES ESTA FEO KIENES SON LOS K ANDAN? Linares
NL

7 04 May
10:50 hrs. que pasa todavia ahi balacera o ya se puede salir y por dond tks Linares
NL ciudadano

6 04 May
10:48 hrs. Alguna mas info sobre las balaceras en Linares? Linares
NL
Mty
5 04 May
10:06 hrs. No son del cartel son los de la letra, la traen pintada en los vidrios, esta feo no salgan... cuidense Linares
NL Linarense en oracion
Linares

04 May
09:42 hrs. BALACERA EN EL CENTRO DE LINARES, NO SALGAN EMPEZO A LAS 9AM Linares
NL ASUSTADO POR LA DELINCUENCIA
LINARES
04 May
09:52 hrs. q onda mi gente , aqui informando.... CArtel del Golfo ya entro en todo linares, colonia Industrial, Soriana, colonia Centro, se registran balaceras en varias colonias d Linares EXTREMA PRECAUCION... Linares
NL aqui el 22 reportando


04 May
09:42 hrs. BALACERA EN EL CENTRO DE LINARES, NO SALGAN EMPEZO A LAS 9AM Linares
NL ASUSTADO POR LA DELINCUENCIA
LINARES

Anonymous said...

Shit!
Shit!
My Aunt just called me from Linares, shootouts there right now and has been all day.
They can't find our uncle.

Somebody HELP!

Layla2 said...

Reactionary as always--after the fact. Domene Zambrano "will implement new ways of how police operate in order to prevent attacks and kidnappings." Duh, this is not new behavior, EVERY police force EVERYWHERE should implement new ways of how police operate...and be training for it daily! It will come to your city or town eventually!!

This is a big part of the problem. Mexican police forces should ALL be training in new tactical ways to combat this threat of violence. You don't to spend 5 years creating a new Federal Police for every state. Just get the guns and training into these places for everyone while you put good leaders in place who can vet the old police force and get rid of the dirty cops. BE READY--BE PROACTIVE. Then you are ahead of them, not chasing them around after they've come and gone.

'lito'brito said...

"Some narco banners were posted in businesses and schools, which prompted parents to keep their children at home from school because of the risk and threats made by criminals. There literally an unofficial curfew as the streets are completely deserted as soon as the sun sets."

once again the connection is made between lack of security and lack of education

and can we all agree that this is connected to poverty

connect the dots...afraid to go to school...no education...no future ..poverty...

'lito'brito said...

and once again..AFTER the fact ..a big show..was there any real attempt to surround the town and capture these Z's while it was all going on?

just what the fuck IS going on with the security forces in Mexico?..complicity?..incompetence?..both?

ask yourself why?...

BUELA said...

Briiito..

You are preaching to the wrong choir. Write editorial comments in Mx news sources about the lack of education especially for its poor, and while you are at it...talk about the deplorable standarized test scores from Mx children whereas 60% outright failed against all other nations. less than10% received what is considered outstanding scores. overall the were at the bottom.

Zetas especially, usuing the three tiered structure, must continually recruit for the attrition layer, the bottom layer, the foot soldiers. it is what has attributed to their success and to their need to recruit from all "bottom" economic layers of society, migrants, poor, and illiterates.

Remember not only is the 60% the pool for recruitment for Org Crime.

But Mexico...the government who designed the educational structure not giving a shit about poor people and IMO puposely intendending to keep a large class of poverty for unequal distribution of opportunity, and wealth, thereby and effectively shrunk their pool of best and brightest to choose from for their leaders,and cultivate scientists, teachers, and entreprenures from.

Anonymous said...

@Lito Brito

"once again the connection is made between lack of security and lack of education

and can we all agree that this is connected to poverty

connect the dots...afraid to go to school...no education...no future ..poverty..."

Brito are you just delusional or just plain stupid to actually believe that everyone in Mexico has the opportunity to go to school jajaja..Do you actually believe your BS? Its actually your born into poverty which means you have to work to survive which means no school, no education, no future. Get it straight! And by the way the quality of education in Mexico is shitty!!

Buela your completely right!

Anonymous said...

Send in Navy Seals.

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