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More details on the Christmas eve massacre at El Platanar Ontiveros

Thursday, December 27, 2012 |

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The Christmas eve massacre at El Platanar Ontiveros in Sinaloa state was caused by a rivalry between drug gangs over territory, according to Mexican news reports.

According to a Proceso wire dispatch published on the website of Vanguardia news daily, the armed group which invaded the remote mountain community numbered about 30 armed suspects, so said Sinaloa state Procuraduria General de Justicia (PGJE), or attorney general Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez.

Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez

Higuera Gomez at a news conference told the press that his office had a number of leads in the case including the identity of some of the shooters, but he did  not elaborate, only saying that armed groups vying for territory in Sinaloa state include Beltran Leyva cartel, the Sinaloa cartel and Los Zetas.

According to the news article, Concordia mayor José Eligio Medina Rios has been informed at around 1930 hrs by Maria Ontiveros Osuna  that her husband Francisco Tirado Gutierrez had been kidnapped.

It was later learned that Tirado Gutierrez, along with three other individuals, Bastidas Feliciano Gutierrez, Francisco Lizarraga Perez  and Marcelino Rueda Medrano had been taken to the town basketball court and executed.  Tirado Gutierrez was beheaded using a machete.  Investigators found 17 spent cartridge casings identified in the story as "Cop killer" rounds, probably 5.7mm.

According to an El Universal dispatch which appeared on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, Lizarraga Perez, 19, was a student on vacation attending Autonomous University of Sinaloa,

About 20 minutes later, Medina Rios found five other individuals who had been shot to death at a nearby grocery store, identified as Francisco Parentes Medina, the store owner, Victor Medina Garay, related to Parentes Medina, Parentes Medina's sons, Jesus and Francisco Parentes Paez and Tomas Rodriguez Aguirre, a neighbor.  At the store investigators found 96 spent cartridge casings for an AK-47 rifle.

According to Higuera Gomez, El Platanar Ontiveros had a local army detachment permanently stationed in the village, but the unit had been dispatched to another location for a counternarcotics operation.  Higuera Gomez said the armed group took advantage of the military unit's absence to make their assault.

Higuera Gomez also said that none of the victims had a criminal history, but any nexus with organize crime is under investigation.

The same group which performed the massacre in El Platanar Ontiveros also killed two Sinaloa state Policia Estatal Preventiva agents in Mazatlan municipality near the Picachos dam last November, said Higuera Gomez.

Many residents in the area had fled to Concordia municipality drug gang violence in other areas of the state.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and natonal political new for Rantburg.com

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Anonymous said...

These coward murderers have to be some of the last standing factions of the BLO. It sounds as if they were familiar with the lay of the land, quick in and out. They knew who they were targeting so they are probably state locals. They knew it was X-Mas so they would have little or no resistance. People are partying hard down there around this time. Hopefully someone in Mexico will start the debate soon on why people should be allowed to carry arms to defend themselves as the Gov't is incapable of doing it.

Anonymous said...

Proceso reports that the Army was burning cannabis plots some distance away and that's why it did not show up to the massacre.

Anonymous said...

"According to Higuera Gomez, El Platanar Ontiveros had a local army detachment permanently stationed in the village, but the unit had been dispatched to another location for a counternarcotics operation."

I'm just wondering how much you have to pay to military for that kind of move?

Anonymous said...

No doubt!! "Oh well we were busy see, that's why we couldnt be there. Also its a major major coincidence that the bad guys showed up at exactly that time"... oooook

Anonymous said...

LAST STANDING FACTION OF THE BLO!!!!! Man,you are stupid!!! Just w/ that comment I KNOW YOU DONT LIVE IN MEXICO! Los Beltranes continue strong,we see it all over in Mexico. So apperently yoy are an inmature cds nut hugger,hahahaha.Grow up,idiot and recognize,el cds vale verga!!! Six damn years they have been helped by the government and STILL THEY DIDNT WIN SHIT! All they caused was death,for themselves and otger cartels...but look at the scene here in Mexico... After six years,chapo doesnt even control culiacan,his home base,every other day cds people are killed! One by one! After six years chapo doesnt even control Ciudad Juarez!!! They should be ashamed!!! Man,the government helped cds out,even the damb ufos' helped out and the juarez cartel continues!!! Look how chapos people are being killed in parral,guachochi,in villa ahumada chapos last people there just got killed. Point is...cds hasnt won shit. And now that the zetas are controling over half our country,man,cds continues to get smashed. Before some idiot from starts saying stupid comments about how the zetas extort and all that shit...cds does it also!!! Extort,kills innocent people and all that shit!!! How can it stop!!!??? By every group going back to their own turf,point blank. If your area isnt the border,then that group has to pay the right to pass their shit across the border to the cartel in charge of that certain border area,JUST LIKE IT WAS BEFORE!!! Until lil coward ass chapo broke the rules and started the war. But can we blame him...NO. WHY NOT? Because i believe any of us would have thought the same..."the government is going to back me up.w/Calderons' administration,federal police,military,state police and my shitty crew of gente nueva and antrax,theres NO WAY i can lose!!!" Yeah,thats what they all thought....hahahaha,but look at it now!!! Shit went down hill!!! It was a total failure!!! Damn,what a shame! Chapos' cartel even uses snitching as a weapon!!! AND THAT DOENT EVEN HELP YOU ALL!!! Such a shame...ONLY THING CHAPO ACHIEVED WAS THE ROAD FOR THE ZETAS TO BECOME THE DOMINANT CARTEL...THEY'RE ON IT. SO I'LL END THIS W/...FUCK YOU CDS!!!

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as "cop killer" bullets. Retards. Stop making shit up to dramatize a story. Might as well say a chumpacabra sucked their blood.

Anonymous said...

tas pendejo vato escribes pendejadas por escribir pinche pocho mamon vente a vivir a mexico culo antes de hablar aka en chihuas esta dandose contodo los dos lados cuales pinches mugrozoz aki puro linios y gn dandoce en la madre punetas en sinaloa esta el cds vs beltranezz carrilloz y mugrozoz en durango cds vs ztas y parte de lo que queda de los mS en sonora cds vs betranez en coahuila cds cdg ct vs ztas en zacatecas cdg ct cds vs ztas en veracruz cjng cdg vs ztas y todos lo pinches carteles tienen informantes pendejo todos son pone dedos guey a si es el negocio y no digas Que los ztas van ganando por que donde eran fuertes ya tienen contras y perdiendo plazas y tu saves que los beltranez an podido contrarestar al cds gracias a la ayuda de los ztas y los carrilloz en sinaloa igual los carrillo en chihuas tanto los beltranez y cds an echo treguas no nos hagamos pendejos esta guerra no acava va seguir y quitate de la mente que el pri esta con los b.z y c por que el ejercito y los marinos seguiran en las calles....vive en mexico vive la realidad conpa como nosotros Que estamos a las balaceras muertos al dia conpa a si de sinple...

Anonymous said...

5.7 anthrax limpiando la zona
Ordenes del viejo

Anonymous said...

6:59...juarez cartel is cds dumshit.

Anonymous said...

9:15...yes their is...they can penetrate kevlar asshole...

Anonymous said...

@6:59pm exactly dude...fuck CDS and CDG backstabbing bastards.

Anonymous said...

@915 in mexico, before 5.7 was given to a dude as a nickname, the caliber 5.7 was known as a "mata-policias" on the street; the street you know jack shit about, apparently.

Anonymous said...

Great, christmas for the bad guys. ]X.

Anonymous said...

Calmate pinche chapito. Tu y tus pinches chinolas ya pronto se los va a cargar la berga. Ellos empezaron el desmadre y nosotros lo acabaremos. Arriba chihuahua bola de lambe huevos

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