Monday, February 20, 2012

Mexican security forces bag six bad guys in Zacatecas

By Chris Covert

Mexican Policia Federal (PF) and Zacatecas state police agents killed six armed suspects and detained eight others in Zacatecas in a brief running gunfight Monday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.

The shootout took place at about 0730 hrs between the communities of Buenavista de Trujillo and San Cristobal in Fresnillo, where state police agents observed the drivers of two trucks take evasive maneuvers when they saw the police, prompting at attempt at a traffic stop.

The drivers then attempted to flee, prompting a pursuit and an
exchange of gunfire.

Previous versions of the story were that agents had detained an unidentified Los Zetas Valapraiso cell leader, and that the appearance of several armed suspects was an attempt to free the leader.  That version was not denied by Zacatecas attorney general, Arturo Nahle Garcia, however, subsequent reports from Zacatecas do not refer to the arrest.  Nahle Garcia said an arrest had been made, and that several suspects did attack state police agents.

A version of the story published Monday afternoon by El Diario de Coahuila news daily was that when the state police agents were intercepted, they called for backup and that a PF road patrol unit showed up to provide relief.

PF road units frequently patrol and operate in Fresnillo and the surrounding area.

After the gunfight, a total of eight suspects were detained:  Martin Hernandez Torres, AKA El Mongo, 35, Inocencio Pizaña Ramirez, 25,  Everardo Daniel Casanova Mejia, 21, Hidalgo Jerez Cajbon Caal, 18,  Eduardo Ramirez Arteaga, 37, Marcos Ivan Bojorquez Corona, 25 José Ordaz Razcoc, 31 and Domingo Beb Caal, 39.

All the detainees are from Guatemala, according to El Sol de Zacatecas news daily.

Materiel seized in the aftermath include: 87 weapons magazines, 2,156 rounds of ammunition, 63 "stars", communications and tactical gear, and two vehicles: a Dodge Double Cab pickup truck and a Cadillac Escalade SUV, both reported stolen.  El Diario de Coahuila  reported six rifles and a rocket launcher was also seized following the confrontation.

Chris Covert writes Mexican drug war and national political news for