Saturday, July 16, 2011
Banners appear in Sinaloa morning after deadly ambush.
Another banner, not photographed, read: Chapo Guzmán, ni con el gobierno de Malova apoyándote haz podido, ahora vamos por ti viejo traidor.
Chapo Guzman, even with the support of Malovas's government you have been unsuccessful. now we're coming after you, old traitor.
The morning after 12 members of an elite state police unit were killed in a highway ambush in Sinaloa, “narco” banners addressing President Felipe Calderon, Governor Mario Lopez Valdez and Joaquin “el Chapo” Guzman Loera were unfurled in the 4 main cities of the state.
The banners were hung early Saturday morning in the northern municipalities of Guasave, where the deadly ambush occurred, and Los Mochis; in the centrally located state capitol of Culiacan; and in the southern port city of Mazatlan.
The banners appear to be authored by the still powerful remnants of the Beltran Leyva Organization and are directed against the President of Mexico and the Governor of Sinaloa whom they accuse of being in the service of their hated enemy El Chapo Guzman
The northern region of Sinaloa is the stronghold of Beltran Leyva loyalists who call themselves La Mochomera or Los Mazatlecos and are headed by “El Chapo Isidro” Isidro Meza Flores. This faction remains loyal to “El Mochomo” Alfredo Beltran Leyva, brother of the deceased “El Jefe De Jefes” Arturo Beltran Leyva and Hector Beltran Leyva, head of the Cartel del Pacifico Sur that operates in the southern states of Guerrero and Morelos.
Another leader of Los Mazatlecos, Geovany Lizarraga Ontiveros “El Desconocido” or “El Tortillero”, was arrested in May during a Grupo Elite state police operation in Los Mochis.
Mazatlan and the adjoining state of Nayarit were previously strongholds of the Beltran Leyva Organization but the area is being hotly disputed by the Sinaloa Cartel. In Mazatlan and Nayarit the Beltran Leyva loyalists are supported by Zeta gunmen.
Earlier this month, a decapitated body and messages signed by “Los Zetas y Beltran Leyvas” that threatened the Governor of Sinaloa and the Mayor of Mazatlan were deposited in the main entrances of the Mazatlan offices of both El Noroeste and El Debate, two popular Sinaloa newspapers with statewide circulation.
The contents or photographs of those banners were not released.
In a bid to keep the Beltran Leyva Organization alive it is believed that El Mochomo continues to lead what remains of the cartel while incarcerated in the Puente Grande federal prison in Jalisco through encrypted messages delivered by his legal group that he consults regularly.
Video of the violence in Mazatlan, a confrontation in late June between unidentified gunmen and Grupo Elite and Federal Police forces that leaves one officer dead and several injured.