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Investigation Reveals Rodolfo Torre Cantú Met WIth Lazca in 2004

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 |

Borderland Beat

Torre Cantu
In the investigation against the ex governors of Tamaulipas, a protected witness declared to the PGR that Rodolfo Torre Cantu, candidate to Governor murdered in 2010 was taken by Eugenio Hernandez and Tomas Yarrington to meetings with Heriberto Lazcano “El Lazca”.

A collaborator of SEIDO with the alias “Pitufo”  [smurf] reports  that in 2004, the leaders  of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, integrated as one group at that time, held two meetings with Tamaulipas politicians agreeing to 25 million dollars payment  for their protection and assurances benefitting Lazcano’s group, [CDG/Zetas].

On March 2, 2012 the witness gave a statement, according to the witness, it was  the second known meeting that was conducted between Torre Cantu, whom was later killed in Ciudad Victoria.
From the witness:

“It was the end of April 2004, in “La Quinta”, a ranch owned by  Ali Rodolfo Lara Najera, one of the secretaries of Tomas Yarrington, located approximately at  Kilometer 7 of the highway Victoria / Matamoros.  I acknowledge that it belongs to Ali because Ricardo Gamundi Rosas (ex leader of PRI in Tamaulipas) told me so.”

“Eugenio Hernández Flores, Ricardo Gamundi Rosas, Rodolfo Torre Cantú, Fernando Alejandro Cano Martínez, Daniel Pérez Rojas aka "El Cachetes", Rogelio Díaz Cuéllar aka "El Rojo", Antonio Galarza Coronado aka 'El Amarillo', were present at the meeting,  with Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano being the one speaking,” [this implies there is a recording]

According to the protected witness, he was transporting from Valle Hermoso to Ciudad Victoria, 10 suitcases containing 25 million dollars, which were shown to Eugenio Hernandez, whom after sending a message of thanks to Lazcano he ordered to put the money filled suitcases in a white suburban.
The assassination:

June 29, 2011 - The Attorney General's Office (PGR)  is the agency  that investigated  the murder of Rodolfo Torre Cantú,46, the PRI candidate for  the governor  of Tamaulipas.  The agency revealed that his death was ordered by Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano “The Lazca” , leader of the criminal group Los Zetas for failing to agree with requests of the criminal organization
 
The ambush against Torre Cantú "was perfectly planned and executed, which included a narco monster truck  with automatic weapons, gunmen opened fire on the motorcade of the candidate,  as he headed to an event in the closing days of the campaign.
Lazcano and Torre-Cantu both now dead
 
Torre Cantu
 
 
 
Sources: Reforma-DIario-Jornada

 

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24 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I am confused, didn't 'el Coss' admit he ordered the hit?? Were the zetas/cdg split at that point?
You can never get a clear story out of Mx.

Anonymous said...

WAGES OF SIN = DEATH

Anonymous said...

When CDG and Z where allied they where receiving protection from the PRI, but when they split CDG and Z most of the PRI in Tamaulipas where still allied with both Cartels.

Then shit started to heat up Coss and the rest of the gulf wanted to take full control of the pri in Tamaulipas that caused the death of Torres Cantu,It seems that Torres Cantu didnt want the CDG to take full control of Tamaulipas cuz all of the PRI players had a really good relationship with Lazca and 40.

Highest Yoga Tantra said...

Great job CHIVIS!

Wow . . . PGR in bed with the cartels for a whopping 25 millions.

Do you know if the "Protected Witness" is in Mexico or the U.S.? Thank you . . .

Anonymous said...

1:09 PM
It says in the story they were still together.Lazcano was undisputed leader of Z and gaining in power and influnece.In any case CDG/Zetas were a team and didn't split till much later.I wonder if the amount of money mentioned is actually true?$25 million in suitcases,that is serious money,and hard to believe?But,who naigows?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it about time the official DNA results came out, so we can properly celebrate Lazcano's death? Hopefully it won't be long until Z40 is killed too!

Anonymous said...

Zetas broke from the CDG in the end of 2006. That just goes to show you how powerful the Gulf Cartel was when it was still aligned with the Zetas. 25 million dollars is not chicken scratch.

Anonymous said...

What? A Mexican politician taking bribes? Never. No way. Mexicans are too honest and have too much character….hahaha. Can't even write that without laughing.

Anonymous said...

Blame the "dead guy".

Chivis said...

I know this is 3 day old news..I was not able to finish translation yesterday. Paz, Chivis

Chivis said...

I was also stunned by the amount of money, even though it was split between the group it is seemed like nothing for CDG to just hand it over.

Anonymous said...

One of the many examples " Dick Cheney's personal wealth increased 20 times over while he was Vice-President of the USA, wow I assume American politicians are paid millions of dollars as salaries per year and that's why they are very honest"...LMAO, hahahahaha very honest USA.

Anonymous said...

Why is everybody so stunned about the amount of money??? The CDG/Zetas could easily come up with that kind of money. That the governor requires that much money may seem a lot, but for sure he would have to disseminate it throughout his own administration so in the end only 1-5 million is left for the top brass. Makes sense, no?

Anonymous said...

CDG very greedy and jealous of zetas hehe.

Anonymous said...

25mil isn't hard to believe.. It's a drop in the bucket compared to what they stand to gain for having complete control in the area

Anonymous said...

id love to hear that recording,

Anonymous said...

25 mil to those dudes in their prime, was like 250 dollars to a regular person...

Anonymous said...

Who cares one dead corrupt polititican and one dead zeta leader... yawn*

Anonymous said...

El Coss and Tomas Yarrington ordered the murder of Torre Cantú not Lazca

Anonymous said...

I wonder was was the time period covered by those 25 mils, awesome article thank you! ROCKO

Anonymous said...

And moreria says he wants to go after cartels property and money. More smoke and mirrors to cover his evil deeds.

Anonymous said...

Why do you want to know where the protected witness is HAHA I bet I know why.

Anonymous said...

Make a deal with Lazca, you die.

Idiot.

Anonymous said...

Don't make a deal with Lazcano; you die!

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