Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Gang killings continue in Monterrey
The executions of Gulf Cartel gangsters in Nuevo Leon's prisons continued Tuesday morning with the murders of 3 more inmates in Monterrey's Topo Chico prison. The inmates, 2 males and 1 female, had been transferred to the prison Monday and were still being processed when executed.
Jorge Eduardo González Salas, Alán Josué González Rojas and Dewy Vianey Rojas Martínez had been charged with several kidnappings of businessmen in the municipalities of Allende and Montemorelos, south of Monterrey, and were suspects in 2 murders in Apodaca and several robberies.
All 3 were identified by authorities as members of a Gulf Cartel cell operating in Allende and were captured by Marines and ministerial police last January 31 in a hotel used to house their kidnapping victims in south Monterrey.
The two men were stabbed to death in a common area at 6:45am while awaiting assingment to a cell block and the female was killed in the medical section several minutes later.
Two inmates were arrested for all three murders. They were identified as Eduardo Sánchez Contreras and Jesús Sandoval Gómez, most likely members of Los Zetas.
In another deadly attack in Monterrey, 5 taxi drivers were executed by gunmen Tuesday at 10:00am in the Ciudad Solidaridad area of the city.
All five were murdered at the Grupo Litoral stand on Cabezada street, across from a busy Soriana box store.
The dead men were identified as Roberto Cortines Quistian, age 39; José Constantino Hernández Vallejo, age 30; Luis Alberto Tinoco González, age 27; Rubén Ángel Montes Salas, age 33; and Rodolfo Quiñones Robles, age unknown.
Taxi drivers often serve as "halcones", or lookouts, for organized criminal groups and are often victims of violence in cities like Monterrey and Acapulco that are disputed by rival gangs.
Being a taxi driver is a dangerous profession in these cities as many of these men are coerced into service by threats of violence to themselves and their families.