by Chivis for Borderland Beat
Soldiers of the Mexican Army stand aside Luis Jesus Sarabia alias "Pepito" or "Z44" during his press presentaion in Mexico City today January 13, 2012. (AP Photo Christian Palma)
Jesus Sarabia Luis Ramos, who goes by the moniker “El Pepito” is noted by authorities as “fourth of importance”, in the Zetas cartel.
|ICE Agent Jaime Zapata|
President Felipe Calderon took the opportunity to highlight the capture of another senior leader of organized crime. The president boasted that of the list of most wanted established in 2009 in Mexico by the PGR 22 of the 37 have been seized.
In speaking of the need of restorations of institutions, the president stressed needed is the same effort as the federal government implemented in reconstructing the federal police.; “It will be a powerful asset in the future of Mexico, with renewed and strong institutions capable of implementing and enforcing the law”, said the president.
While acknowledging Mexico’s crime problem, he oddly turned to Central American countries as comparatives. “We do have a crime problem, but Guatemala. Honduras and El Salvador have an average of 70 homicides per 100 thousand inhabitants, Colombia 36, Brazil 24, and Mexico 16 per one hundred thousand”.
Ruben Moreira Valdez the new governor of Coahuila issued his praise at the high profile capture. Dispatching a telephone call to General Noah Alcazar, Governor Moreira offered his congratulations for the arrest of such a major player in organized crime. Further, he asked General Alcazar to extend his appreciation to the secretary of National Defense, Guillermo Galvan Galvan, and to all those involved in the operation that led to the arrest.
Referring to the armed forces as “courageous and patriotic” the governor went on to say “Actions like this show that we can fight crime, improve safety and provide peace and tranquility for citizens”.
Moreira Valdez is the brother of the former Coahuila governor Humberto Moreira Valdez.
The former governor resigned early in his term of governor to become the federal president of the PRI party, leaving Saltillo and moving to Mexico City. Scandal followed him there, as rumor then news broke of misappropriation of Coahuila funds, missing money and falsified loan documentations. The debt figure rose to four times what was previously reported ballooning to a figure of 33+ Billion Pesos.
The resignation from the PRI presidency occurred as an obvious shield to prevent the scandal from tarnishing PRIs front runner stance in the upcoming election. The PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto has enjoyed a wide margin lead and is in prime position of regaining the presidency for the PRI party.
El Pepito was snagged at the Coahuila, Nuevo Leon border and was transferred from NL to Mexico City. A perp walk was scheduled sometime today but appears more likely tomorrow.