CHILPANCINGO, Gro. The ministerial statements of two protected witnesses from the PGR, including a financial ex-operator for the Beltran Leyva cartel who happened to be Jose Jorge Balderas Garza, "JJ." Confirm that at least since 2008, authorities from the 3 levels of government had provided protection for the structure of the late drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, "El Barbas," in Acapulco. Ex-operators of the capo, killed in 2009, currently find them self's in a spiral of violence that wont come to an end.
Both ministerial statements in the dossier PGR/SIEDO/UEIDCS/218/2011, composed by SIEDO against operators of a group called Cartel Independiente de Acapulco (CIDA), which translates to "Indepente Cartel from Acapulco." Who were arrested this year from various operations, which the political magazine "Proceso" had access too.
The protected witness with the code-named "Zajed." Who claims to have been a financial operator in the former structure of the Beltran Leyva brothers, in the states of Quintana Roo and Guerrero from 2008 to July 2009. Reports that in Acapulco a weekend can produce up to 4 million pesos, about 320,000 usd, "just from the sale of drugs," weekday earnings were far less.
Confirms that the police receives 500,000 pesos, 40,000 usd, per week in exchange for impunity. The person in charge of receiving the money was a commander named Frias and also on the payroll of the criminal structure were local politicians and army officers who are part of a wide network of money laundering operations, transfers and sale of drugs in Acapulco.
While the witness "Nemesis," from his statements it could be "JJ," said that after the arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, "La Barbie," last August. The structure was left in the hands of his father-in-law Carlos Montemayor, "The Charro." Acapulco operators decided not to work for him and formed CIDA.
CIDA, the witness Nemesis added, took control "of all the crimes" in Acapulco, the port of Zihuatanejo and Costa Grande region, an area bordering Michoacan.
The witness states that the main players from CIDA are Benjamin Flores Reyes, "The Godfather" and Moises Montero Alvarez, "The Korean," both arrested by federal police. The first in March of this year and the second on the 1st of August.
As for Victor Aguirre Garzon, from an insistent by others has been linked as a cousin of Governor Angel Aguirre Hernandez and Carlos Antonio Barragan, "The Melon." Both are still free to operate in this beach destination.
The four leaders from CIDA are defined by the witness Nemesis as "criminals with no brains." Who engaged in theft, extortion and kidnapping because "they don't have the same contacts in drug trafficking" as "La Barbie." Adding that during the splendor of the Beltran Leyva brothers they "were just hitmen."
Subsequently, CIDA suffered a split and then came the group called "La Barredora," "the Sweepers." Which is controlled by Cristian Hernandez Tarin, the son of "Chaky" and Eber Jair Sosa, "The Cream." Both groups have been identified as responsible for the unstoppable wave of violence that prevails in this port.
The financial operator of the Beltran Leyva
With his studies in engineering, specializing in banking networks and "having work experience" in banks. The witness "Zajed" told a federal Public Ministry on the 1st of June of this year in Mexico City where he said, that during the time he served as the financial operator for the Beltran Leyva cartel he managed the funds of the criminal organization that was generated from kidnappings, extortion, drug dealing and the trafficking of cocaine in big scale.
"But my main function was the payroll for municipal officials, state and federal." Who were co-opted by the organization to protect and provide facility for the cartel operations in the states of Guerrero, Nuevo Leon and Quintana Roo, alleges "Zajed " in his ministerial statement.
Weekly, refers the witness, attending meetings called "Gathering of Plaza Bosses." Which took place in properties of the capo Arturo Beltran in Acapulco, a residence "in Las Brisas and a ranch that's located in Puerto Marques."
The witness Zajed said that these meetings presided by "El Barbas" were attended by public servants, police and military who were serving the organization. Discussing their "responsability and accountability" in federal or local operations with the objective of not affecting the criminal group activities and maintain the tranquility in the plaza, adds the records consulted by Proceso.
About the leaders of CIDA, the witness Zajed said that Benjamin Flores, "The Godfather," was part of a cell of gunmen that's commanded by Isidro Juarez Solis, "El Kirry" and Gamaliel Aguirre Tavira, "El Guero" Huetamo. They were responsible for patrolling the metropolitan area of Acapulco, specifically the colony Renacimiento.
This point is considered by the financial ex-operator of the Beltran Leyva as a major drug distribution center for retail. Since it was converted by local authorities as the "zone of tolerance" in Acapulco, as well as a "filter or customs" access to the port, where gunmen remain to monitor the area.
"The Melon," the witness Zajed explains he was one of the hitmen that was under direct orders of the kingpin Arturo Beltran and Moises Montero Alvarez, "The Korean," saying he was favored by "El Barbas" and "La Barbie." Because his function was to distribute all types of weapons to supply the criminal structure that operated in the states of Guerrero, Morelos, and Mexico state.
Zajed reports that the arsenal was accumulated in the neighborhood of Tepito in Mexico City and the "Korean" was in charge of carrying arms to the cities of Acapulco, Cuernavaca and the state of Mexico.
All these operations were coordinated by Miguel Angel Moreno Araujo, "El Buche," considered "the adopted son" of Arturo Beltran and the most violent gunmen from the criminal organization who was killed along with "El Barbas" in Cuernavaca on December 2009, said the witness Zajed.
"JJ", protected witness of SIEDO
For his part, the protected witness Nemesis gave his ministerial statement on March 7th of this year in the town of Almoloya de Juarez, in the State of Mexico. Provided information related to drug trafficking activities that took place in the ports of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo because he ensures that it belonged to the Beltran Leyva cartel, said the official records.
The testimony of this witness focuses in detail on the events after the capture of "La Barbie" on August 30, 2010 and the confrontation between his father-in-law Carlos Montemayor, "El Charro," was arrested last November and the operators in Acapulco that decided to form CIDA were apprehended also.
In this respect, Nemesis relates that after the arrest of "La Barbie," his father-in-law communicated with "The Godfather" and "the Korean" to tell them he would take charge of the organization wages and the payment of local authorities so business would continues "with out problems."
But operators for "La Barbie" ignored him and decided to act on their own with an operator of "La Barbie" in the state of Mexico. Identified as "Compayito" or "the hand with eye," recently arrested was attempting to form a regional cartel, said the witness Nemesis.
However, the case of the 20 Michoacan natives that were picked up in Acapulco during September of last year and the subsequent discovery of 18 bodies inside a "Narco Grave" in a rural area. This beach destination virtually collapse the group of "La Barbie."In this regard, the witness "Nemesis" refers that he held a conversation with "The Charro." The group of "The Melon," "The Godfather" and "The Korean" had told him that they picked up the Michoacan natives because they were part of the La Familia Michoacana, then i told them not to be malicious and let them go but they didn't listen to me," expressed the father-in-law of "La Barbie."
Later, the witness "Nemesis" reports another conversation with "The Charro" where the leaders informed him that CIDA had already killed the people from Michoacan and he had been blamed for this slaughter, through blankets that were placed in public areas in Acapulco. Where they announced the separation from the structure of "La Barbie."
Then "The Charro" asked Nemesis if he could borrow "people" to "give them hell," the leaders of CIDA.
In response, Nemesis said, "that he would talk to his people to see who would go with him but instead i didn't ask them because I had my own problems. They were putting my name on the television too often in relation with the attempted killing of Salvador Cabanas."
In early January of this year, José Jorge Balderas Garza, "JJ," who is identified as responsible for the attack of the footballer Salvador Cabanas was arrested by federal police in a suburb of Mexico City and later transfer to maximum security prison in Altiplano, in the state of Mexico.
Federal authorities have linked "JJ" with the Beltran Leyva cartel and later with the structure of "La Barbie." In which the testimony of the protected witness "Nemesis" becomes proof that Balderas Garza is adhered to the controversial program of the PGR and is now used by SIEDO against one of the groups that maintain a bloody war for control of Acapulco, where authorities have been complicit in this bloodbath.