Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Military Captures "Erasmo" and Company Accused of Mass Graves

Friday, July 1, 2011 |

The Associated Press

Abraham Barrios Caporal, alias "Erasmo," second from left, and three of his accomplices are shown to the media during a news conference in Mexico City, Thursday June 30, 2011. Barrios, who was detained by Army soldiers on Tuesday, is allegedly a member of Los Zetas drug cartel and was presumably involved in the kidnapping and killing of people founded in clandestine mass graves in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Soldiers have detained an alleged hit man who is accused of kidnapping bus passengers, killing them and burying them in mass graves in northern Mexico, authorities said Thursday.

Abraham Barrios Caporal, 26, was captured in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and has acknowledged working for the Zetas drug cartel, Mexico's Defense Department said in a statement.

Barrios Caporal is suspected of taking part in the killings of bus passengers and their burial in clandestine graves at a ranch in the town of San Fernando in Tamaulipas state, the department said.

He was arrested in the city of Coatzacoalcos Tuesday along with three other members of his cell, said army spokesman, Col. Ricardo Trevilla.

Authorities in Tamaulipas began uncovering bodies in mass graves in early April following reports that passengers were being pulled off buses at gunpoint.

As of early June, 193 bodies had been found in 26 graves. Officials say most of those were Mexican migrants heading to the United States who were kidnapped off buses and killed by the Zetas drug cartel.

Barrios Caporal told authorities some of the passengers were kidnapped because were suspected of being members of the rival Gulf cartel.

San Fernando is the same place where 72 Central and South American migrants were slaughtered last August also by the Zetas.

Abraham Barrios Caporal, alias ''Erasmo,'' is shown to the media during a news conference in Mexico City, Thursday June 30, 2011. Barrios, who was detained by Army soldiers on Tuesday, is allegedly a member of Los Zetas drug cartel and was presumably involved in the kidnapping and killing of people founded in clandestine mass graves in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Mass graves have become an increasingly common discovery in Mexico's brutal drug war, which has claimed more than 35,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon deployed thousands of federal security forces four years ago to fight traffickers. The offensive led to a splintering of the country's cartels and increased gang fighting over territory.

On Thursday, gunmen opened fire during a soccer game in the resort city of Acapulco, killing two people and wounding at least two children who were watching the match.

The victims were city police officers who were playing in a match against Guerrero state government employees, said state police in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.

Authorities offered no motives in the killings.

Factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel have been fighting for control of Acapulco since the December 2009 killing of cartel boss Arturo Beltran Leyva.

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17 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

KEEP THEM IN JAIL IS HUGE UNJUSTICE.THEY DON'T DESERVE FOR THIS PUNISHMENT.THEY DESERVE FOR DEATH PENALTY.

Anonymous said...

Get ALL these MFs! What they did to those innocent people i never forget. GJ polices

'lito'brito said...

slowly cooked alive in a vat of used motor oil...all together

Anonymous said...

Just give them to the Gulf Cartel to slowly fuck up.

Anonymous said...

not so tough without your guns, huh assholes?
-v

'lito'brito said...

looks like erase mo fell down a couple of time on the way to jail

Anonymous said...

Amazing what a weapon does for such weak, pathetic looking human beings as these.May they suffer as those they murdered.

Keep fighting to restore law and order.

Anonymous said...

a zeta captured in houston confessed that the people were separated into young men, young women, old or cripple, old women. The young men were made to fight each other with machetes and hammers to the death winners got to live to join them, the young women were kept for raping and the older males and females were murdered. Several buses met this fate.

'lito'brito said...

anon July 1, 2011 11:02 PM

that is really fucked up...these assholes need to be public enemy number one...in the world...take these putas out first...big rewards should be offered for any of them dead or alive

Anonymous said...

It never fails to surprise when the gangsters are exposed in the light how pathetic they all look.

Take away their guns, ski masks & banal nicknames and you're left wondering how it is that so many underwhelming people could be literally holding such an amazing country hostage.

I long for the day that El Midget, Guzman, is dragged in front of the public eye, with a black eye & a chipped tooth.

Erasmo & company are so insidious that putting them in jail seems almost an insult to society.

Anonymous said...

Kill this motherfuker on the spot !

Anonymous said...

If you suspect these individuals to be the true masterminds behind these mass murders, then you are wrong! I mean look at how ignorant they look -.-

Anonymous said...

I'd say they look more retarded than ignorant.

Anonymous said...

I keep saying it....Mexico has to introduce the death penalty for drug trafficers, crooked cops, crooked politicians, etc. What is the deterrent in sending these guys to prison where they are heroes and have the money to live well in prison and get their women to visit each week for sex....

Buela said...

@ 1:43

you ARE so smart! These fools had no more to do with masterminding mass murders than I did. This is what Mx does, it is all about the perp walk...worse yet they will never be covicted of anything. No doubt they are the low level of Z organizational structure.

Those that think these are the guys are pretty easily swayed, and no litle about Mx. These are the fall guys, and when you accept them as masterminds you accept not hunting down the real bastards responsible.

@ 9:03..I agree and mexican congress has been in discussion to implement the death penalty in a limited fashion. For kidnapping and DTOs. The reality of it happening depends on the escalation of violence, and a complacent citizenry demanding such action. I say 50-50 chance.

DC said...

@ 9:03

the anti-death penalty people will throw stats at you all day long if you want to implement the DP as a "deterrent".

Implement the DP as a cleansing of filth instead.

Anonymous said...

I HOPE ALL THOSE ZETAS DIE!

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