Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two Mexican Generals Detained for Alleged Drug Gang Ties

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare

Michael O'Boyle and Miguel Gutierrez
Reuters


Investigators are questioning Mexico's former deputy defense minister and a top army general for suspected links to organized crime, in the highest level scandal to hit the military in the five-year-old drug war.

Mexican soldiers on Tuesday detained retired general Tomas Angeles Dauahare and general Roberto Dawe Gonzalez and turned them over to the country's organized crime unit, military and government officials said.

Angeles Dauahare was No. 2 in the armed forces under President Felipe Calderon and helped lead the government's crackdown on drug cartels after soldiers were deployed to the streets in late 2006. He retired in 2008.

Dawe Gonzalez, still an active duty general, led an elite army unit in the western state of Colima and local media said he previously held posts in the violent states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua.

An official at the attorney general's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the generals would be held for several days to give testimony and then could be called in front of a judge.
"The generals are answering questions because they are allegedly tied to organized crime," an official at the attorney general's office said, on condition of anonymity.

Angeles Dauahare said through a lawyer that his detention was unjustified, daily Reforma newspaper reported.

If the generals were convicted of drug trafficking, it would mark the most serious case of military corruption during Calderon's administration.

"Traditionally the armed forces had a side role in the anti-drug fight, eradicating drug crops or stopping drug shipments," said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst who formerly worked in the government intelligence agency.

"After 2006, they were more directly involved in public security, putting them at a higher risk of contact (with drug gangs)," he said.

PAST ARMY CORRUPTION

About 55,000 people have been killed in drug violence over the past five years as rival cartels fight each other and government forces.

Worsening drug-related attacks in major cities are eroding support for Calderon's conservative National Action Party, or PAN, ahead of a July 1 presidential vote.

Over the weekend, police found 49 headless bodies on a highway in northern Mexico, the latest in a recent series of brutal massacres where mutilated corpses have been hung from bridges or shoved in iceboxes.

Opinion polls show Calderon's party is trailing by double digits behind opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which says the government's drug strategy is failing.

Traditionally, the military has been seen as less susceptible to cartel bribes and intimidation than badly paid local and state police forces, who are often easily swayed by drug gang pay offs.
But there have been cases of military corruption in the past. Angeles Dauahare himself oversaw the landmark trial of two generals convicted of working with drug gangs in 2002.

Those two generals were convicted of links to the Juarez cartel once headed by the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was known as the "Lord of the Skies" for flying plane loads of cocaine into the United States.

Since then, the Sinaloa cartel - headed by Mexico's most wanted man Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman - has expanded its power and is locked in a bloody battle over smuggling routes with the Zetas gang, founded by deserters from the Mexican army.

(Additional reporting by Veronica Sparrowe; Editing by Mica Rosenberg and Jackie Frank)

28 comments:

  1. Who is it in Mexico that is not SUSPECTED of narco involvment, Quite a reputation Mexicans have Earned themselves!

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    1. Using that logic it is easy to see why the rest of the world views Americans as child killing, oil hungry, bullys that use the military as a way to do whatever they want to whomever they want. Quite a reputation we Americans have in the world isn't it amigo?

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  2. There's the evidence of the Mexican Army's favoritism of the CDS. It's only a matter of time. Chaputo will be caught but I doubt they'll let him live.

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  3. Those were chapo guzman's contacts in the military those are the type of guys that warn him in advance of raids against him.General Roberto probably let chapo know about the los cabos raid.

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  4. this is part of the reason this shit wont end anytime soon with people like this in positions of power...but we are in the final stages of the old nasty age and peoples evil bullshit ways will dry up _ please read up on this: http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=704

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  5. why am i not surprised. they should execute them for treason.

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  6. Its funny in Mexico there is no organization to question and arrest someone who make 50,000 dollars a year but lives in a 1 million dollar home drives a 20,000 car and owns a 25,000 boat, people like to say its not all Mexicans fault but the next generation of Mexicans will just do the same as there corrupted elders.

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    1. Ahhhhh, actually that's the exact thing that happened in the US with the credit crisis and people getting houses they couldn't afford. Who was doing the oversight there?????

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  7. Ladies and gentelmen, SHIT HAS HIT THE FAN!!!! :-0

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  8. THERE ARE PLENTY MORE

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  9. Mexico is just as corrupt as the united states

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    1. You maybe be right,but the only difference is that,in the US after they F%$@ in the but,they will feed you,house you,& sometimes give u a little $$$....but in Mexico,after they F&*? You,they get their friends to do it,& throw u under a bus to die....use your head before u comment,pinche vato pendejo!!!

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    2. Of course but in the united states there havent been 55000 drug related murders in the past 5 yrs

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    3. Hey buddy there is just as much blood on Uncle Sam's pretty little white gloves as the is on Chapo Guzman's the difference is that Chapo kills for money and Uncle Sam kills for, well I guess there isn't much of a difference there huh?

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  10. What a shame. Two Generals involved in illegal operations. They should be prosecuted for stabbing their own country in the back. But then again corruption begins from politicians to high ranking military personnel. Shameful but true.

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  11. This is why the crackdown on the cartels is not having the success it should. If it were not for the corruption these mass murders would be under control. Unfortunately the people seem blind to this and will elect pena and the cartels will regain the strong hold and it will be even worse. The murders and kidnappings will continue unabated

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  12. @ 12:45pm cartel executions, No, but thousands of drug related murders in the inner-city and small towns across the U.S. every year.

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  13. Anonymous said...
    Of course but in the united states there havent been 55000 drug related murders in the past 5 yrs



    And also you will never see countless of headless bodies anywhere in the us, even the most violent criminals and street gangs have some sort of humanity even the mexicans gangs here in the us don't
    kidnapped people and be head them executing women and children

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  14. Mexican leadership=FAIL

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  15. Yea how many people has the good ol' USA massacred all in the name of big oil, and military kick backs? Oh yea they kill people in the name of "freedom" by sending the poor youth of this great nation to do it's dirty work. Why did we INVADE Iraq? We INVADED Afganistan for ONE guy? Do not judge lest yee be judged.

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  16. Mexico can't handle their own top millitary officials, lol.

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  17. This isn't surprising at all. I guess all of the rumors surrounding the military in regards to protecting "El Chapo" are true.

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  18. Every discussion here ends up with a comparisson to the US and defensiveness on both sides. This misses the point. Part of the solution in MX is to return power to the people. Allow most Mexicans to buy and carry concealed weapons to protect life and property and the next time a group of thugs tries to kill, rob, kidnap and rape they will have to deal with a different reality. The people will take back their own barrios and cities. The shit going on over there could not happen in the US even if our police and amry failed us.

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    1. That is the most logical coment I've ever read on bb. Amen brother amen!.

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  19. Does any body here buy the BS about how the Army through great field work and "rastreo" came up with El Loco and 7 others who may be linked to the recent 49 body/parts massacre. That's not how these things work in MX. When these thugs go too far (yeah, these days they go really far) the pressure from above for an accounting is finally made felt and they miraculously react and find the perpetrators. Then, they dress it up for us to make us believe that they actually investigated and came up with the bad guys. It should not have to come to that. The authorities know who the players are, but for many reasons (fear, corruption, lack of ability and resources, the list goes on)they don't do Sh.... This is called IMPUNITY and where INPUNITY is king the thugs rule and the "authorities" are clueless and mostly corrupt. The good people of MX are the real victims and losers. This could happen in any country of the world, including the U.S.

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  20. @ 8:40 am. Very true. If these sicaros knew the people were armed and fighting back they woulde think twice about any kind of action. What they need is a roided out version of colorados make my day law. Like u said even without police and soldiers shit like the behadings would not happen due to the fact that any criminal gang trying to take over, woulde be shot to hell and back by angry gun totting citizens defending their right to live. Give the death penalty and arm the people, and see how fast this shit ends.

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  21. For how long will you Mexicans put up with this horror? How much blood needs to be spilled before you do soething about it??
    STOP WATCHING TELENOVELAS AND MEDIOCRE FOOTBALL YOU IDIOTS!!
    Your governemt HATES you!! You cannot carry a weapon because that would threaten THEIR DOMINATION. Stand up and fight!! Or just fukn die!!

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  22. Comical,here we go again?
    The post was corrupt Mexican Generals,but the Mexican posters have turned it into the blame game?The US this,the US that,blah,blah,blah. Man,stop whining and clear your mess up.Its no-one else,s fault but your own.
    100% puro Mexicos fault,but you always want to whine?Why is that?Seriously why?

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