Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Gunmen Kidnap 5 Police in Michoacan

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 |


A group of suspected cartel gunmen have kidnapped five police officers in the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan, officials said.

Mexico’s army and federal police are conducting an operation near Michoacan’s border with the neighboring state of Jalisco to track down the kidnappers and rescue the officers, said the state’s Public Safety Secretariat Monday.

Witnesses spotted the police officers being abducted Sunday in the municipality of Vista Hermosa by a group of hooded men traveling in several vehicles and wielding assault rifles, the secretariat said.

Seeing they were outnumbered and outgunned, the police surrendered their weapons without resistance and were driven away by one of the gunmen in a police vehicle.

The other gunmen drove alongside and escorted the victims through rural roads to avoid detection by the federal police or army.

The secretariat identified the abducted police as Jorge Briseño Rincon, Ruperto Rincon Hernandez, Rogelio Gutierrez Rincon, Jose Tavares Guzman and Juan Manuel Santos Tapia.

The state Attorney General’s Office included the eyewitness testimony in the case file and is analyzing which complaints and incidents the kidnapped police responded to in recent days in a bid to identity the criminals and determine their whereabouts.

Vista Hermosa is one 113 municipalities that make up Michoacan, where the Los Caballeros Templarios cartel has been waging a turf battle over drug-trafficking routes with La Familia Michoacana, Los Zetas and other gangs.

Coveted by drug gangs for its Pacific coastline and home to clandestine marijuana and opium poppy fields, Michoacan is a key entry point for South American cocaine, as well as chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs at laboratories tucked away in the mountains.

More than 80 homicides have been committed since the start of the year in the state, one of the flashpoints in a drug war that has left tens of thousands dead in recent years.

Source: EFE

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Anonymous said...

Does anybody know of another country in the world where the police are daily targets of criminals, other than Mexico? Are Mexicans capable of self rule,can they maintain a orderly society? There are no valid excuses for this country to continue to flounder in a criminal fiesta. WTF!

Anonymous said...

It's ominous that so many police are being killed & kidnapped and it barely makes a ripple.

These gangsters are pushing Mexico into the abyss.

If Mexico is ever going to fix itself it's going to need a total drastic makeover in culture and basic civics.

What a disgrace that the criminals have actually formed into family units. That they worship their idiotic bosses and their pathetic narco-religion. All with their pathetic fat faces, banal nicknames, gaudy lifestyles, and total lack of any redeeming social value.

Death to the corrupters & the corrupted is the only solution. The last hope.

Anonymous said...

Should have shot to kill...never surrender

Anonymous said...

There are countrys much worst then Mexico I say SHUT UP keep your comments to your SeLF YOU NOT CUTE! OK?

Anonymous said...

I can only imagen those officers being held....knowing that they are about to be beheaded for doing thier job.

Anonymous said...

As long as American keep demanding drugs the cartels will stay in business.

Anonymous said...

Dude has a point. Where else in the world do they pre-meditate such ultra-violence against cops?? I Never really thought about it like that and I live in south Tamaulipas. We are all going to hell in a handtruck. Saturday night there were 2 grenade attacks in El Mante and 1 of the attacks was right in front of the main plaza. Nobody reports it, nobody says shit. Viva Mexico!!!

Anonymous said...

Legalize marijuana so we buy from pharmacy. No money dor cartel sell marijuana in united state. Won't stop them pushing meth but it take care of illegal marijuana allowd in America

Anonymous said...

Man educate urself before saying legalize weed!! Cartels will always push dope and anything dats illegal,theres money in weed for them but their bread and butter is coke,meth and heroin!!!! So my point is even if weed was legal cartels would still be waging their war especially over profits for everything else!!! To those guys making comments about mexico being unruly ,ur absolutely right, how can someone be a cop and have to fear for ur life constantly, dis is insane!!!!

Anonymous said...

Those cops should've just shot at the Fuck surrendering you still guna die they ain't guna let u go

Anonymous said...

Those cops are already dead...
They should have fought to the end instead,gunned down in battle instead of getting butchered.

Anonymous said...

Los Caballeros Templarios cartel gets down and for those against them get ready for a beat down,

Anonymous said...

ah man those cops are royally fucked! unless they are found and rescued in time which I truly hope.

They should had just shot at the gunmen anyway once they were confronted I mean they are dead meat either way but at least being shot is quicker than being tortured then beheaded. I don't know I guess its easy to say this until you are staring death in the face in the form of coke head narcos with assault rifles pointed at you.

Hope there rescued in time :(

Anonymous said...

Legalize maijuana? Are crazy or stupid? Want to make everything worse? Want to make a diffrence kill the zetas. They are no drug cartel they are making money from extortions kipnapping and cuotas they are making money from the working mexican.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Most intelligent comment yet!

zak said...

All drugs should be completely legalized! If people are going to use, they are going to use regardless of the law. Mexico should legalize and tax all drugs, putting the profits into the hands of local, state, and federal police. End all the extortion and kidnapping and stop wasting time fighting a "war on drugs" that can't be won!

zak said...

Also another thought. Its becomming embarassing for me to read these updates. Isn't there any real leaders in Mexico? People who want to turn their country around? There needs to be pride in the Police forces and these forces must be better protected. Life sentence for anyone guilty of kidnapping or murdering a police officer. Military Units cannot effectively enforce laws as they are not trained as investigators but are train in military tactics. I am actually embarrassed for the Mexican people. Order cannot be restored by shooting back when you are shot at. All crimes must be investigated and prosecuted. A crackdown on corruption must start at the top (Fed) and weed everyone out. Judges, politicans, military. Mexico needs to find the men and women who realize that the fate of their country is at stake and not sell out for short term monetary gain.

zak said...

Anonymous said...

Man educate urself before saying legalize weed!! Cartels will always push dope and anything dats illegal,theres money in weed for them but their bread and butter is coke,meth and heroin!!!!

This is actually untrue. Coke is perceived as the "golden product" due to the mark up it receives as it crosses the border. Cartels actually make the bulk of their money in the weed trade. Demand is much higher in terms of LB's and the prices are steady especially relatively to the fluctuating price and quality of coke on the southern border.

Anonymous said...

As i sit here thinking of all the places i hve been africa is the worst brazil thn mexico

Anonymous said...

@2:11
@4:23

+1

Why not die fighting and take some of the others with you? But to roll over like that? They will not even have a chance now.

Anonymous said...

Mundonarco.com -la respuesta del CJNG a los caballeros templarios. CJNG les declara guerra. Yo pensava que eran aliados

Anonymous said...

Police in Mexico need to start acting like they are in a REAL war combat zone and always have thier finger on the trigger. Maybe they need to have them do 3 month tours in cities far from their actual home. Or send all the cops to Baja, build houses for them and have them rotate into the hot zones and be ready for ANYTHING at ANYTIME

Anonymous said...

did anyone see the video that cjng declares war on caballeros templarios, this is going to get intence in guerrero and michoacan. I thought they where allys..?

Anonymous said...

Right here in these comments,is part of the problem.Mexican writers,blaming the US,telling writers on here,"mind your own business,fix your own country,its your fault"Do these people not realize what a mess their own country is in.This is not a blame game,it is not about criticizing Mexico,who has the best country crap.Man,all over these boards you see the same half assed ideas about blame.Mexico has its own drug consumption problems,which they choose to ignore,and it will get worse.Even the president of Mexico,is anti US?Everybody needs help sometimes.

Anonymous said...

hay no verguenza? Everyone should be ashamed of what Mexico has become. It is a disgusting waste. Greed.

Anonymous said...

For those uneducated people looking Where the war on drugs fot us a sinaloa King pin on a us forbes magazine yhea bet Your guys loving it pendejos legalize marijuana and stop this war and put stict laws for people making meth is just like making nuclear weapon and get life in max prison

Anonymous said...

If the sicarios were gonna kill them they would've done it there.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would stop the war as then the price of coke and meth would go down!

Anonymous said...

Well, everybody here seems to know how to fix Mexico. All those guys saying that the kidnaped officers should fought till dead better go down there and do it yourselfs. Easy to say it than done it. All of you talk like you are badasses. You people saying that Mexico needs to re educate cultural and socialy I agree. But the USA needs to do the same with you so you wouldn't comsuming to many drugs. For all the people asking in wich other country the criminals target the police, Brasil and Africa. We all get amazed for the violence in Mexico but this is the power of the internet. We can get alot of info now days but remember Colombia in the 80s and 90s.

Anonymous said...

They gunna fight in Guanajuato and Jalisco the CT is in Jaliscos cartels turf and send a link of the video

Anonymous said...

cjng is after all kinights templar. just keeps getting deadlyer everyday

Anonymous said...

Yes these cops need to act more like cops. I too would have went down with guns blazing instead of being tortured and then getting my head chopped off.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that!

Anonymous said...

I feel for the Mexican people. Still this June I will go to Mexico for 5 weeks to look for a new home. For the average person, if they stay away from drugs and keep your nose clean Mexico CAN BE a safe place to live.

Anonymous said...

Drugs themselves do not kill nearly as many people as are dying for the war on drugs. History will prove this war on citizens was futile. The alternative, complete authoritarian control over every person's desires and needs, is just plain scary. Killing everyone is known as genocide, and should not even be considered.

Anonymous said...

USA prohibition laws are the root cause.

Anonymous said...

to zak said...

All drugs should be completely legalized!"
plenty of people trying to get off the shit check out the rehab centers. i think you have not lost enough brothers sisters mother or father to this poison. lose a few and then let me know how you feel about legalizing.

Zak said...

March 21, 2012 4:33 PM

I understand your point, and it is well taken. Personally I don't think the laws are stopping anyone you uses anyways. Just because its legal doesn't mean that more people are going to want to use it. If it was legal the Gov could supply proper and clean tools used to intake the drugs. Take a look at Vancouver, the place is a mess. Now that the local authorities have accepted the fact they won't solve the drug problem by making arrests, they have set up social support system and clean injection sites. The junkies can literally legally inject drugs under government supervision. Another example is Portugal. They legalized all drugs several years ago and saw a large drop in overall drug consumption. Drug addiction is basically a sickness. Addicts need help and support to get better and jail in not the answer. If drugs were legalized and taxed imagine what the revenues that would generate! And now imagine pumping all that back into the health system and specifically into rehab/drug addiction centers. It would truly be a step forward and profession reached in this battle against some ugly drugs.

Anonymous said...

Its getting deadlyy for the jalisco punales they gunna get a beatdown

Anonymous said...

Prohibition is only good at keeping the price of drugs high. It does not stop users or suppliers from doing whatever it takes to get and provide it if the PRICE is high enough.

Anonymous said...

Iraq Afghanistan Africa these are countries with no order at all ....

Anonymous said...

Legalize? NO! They wont put their weapons down and go work an honest job cartels are gonna kiddnap and extort like crazy worst for the people.

Anonymous said...

AVERY ONE HAS A DUTY TO PUT YOUR COUNTRY FIRST BE A PATRIOT END CORRUPTION HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS TREAT EVERYONE LIKE A BRODER AND SISTER HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS MUST WORK HARD LIKE MOST OF US TO GET A BETTER LIFE FORGET ABOUT THE EASY MONEY.

Anonymous said...

Get the fuck out more than 50 000 people have died since 2006 & when it comes to brutality nobody compares to mexico

Anonymous said...

I wish all the cartels would stop the killing and hug and act like nothing happen tommorow is a new day :)

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