Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Northern NM Homicides Drug Cartel Related

Thursday, December 27, 2012 |

Borderladnd Beat

By: Jill Galus
KOB Eyewitness News 4

As if four homicides within weeks of each other wasn't already enough, the Rio Arriba County Sheriff says there is no doubt the execution style killings are Mexican drug cartel related.

Earlier this month two bodies were found inside a travel trailer in Hernandez.
The victims were identified as Gino Valdez and Matthew Maestas. Both were killed in an execution style - each with five gunshot wounds hit point blank in the head.
A similar scene was discovered less than two weeks later. Two burned bodies were found in a torched mobile home near Medanales.

Tomas Sanchez, 20, was one of the victims. He was also the primary suspect in the Hernandez double homicide.

"It was drug related, and we do feel that certainly there is some Mexican cartel influence in these homicides," Rodella said. "I think we're seeing it more often, but I think anyone of us could go back probably 20, 25 years and we can see cases that would be similar to this where someone's killed and then the place is torched."
Rodella said his office is trying to tackle, but it doesn't help that the department is extremely understaffed.

He says they've been denied more funding from the Rio Arriba County Commission.
"We've had a sheriff that has ignored the budget process here at the county, he's refused to come in front of the commission and present us a well thought out plan," County Commissioner Barney Trujillo said.

And without that, he says the commission has no mission to support.

"He does not have an investigator, a detective on his staff to try to solve a lot of these crimes and murders that have taken place and that would be one of the first places I would look into getting if I were him as opposed to say hiring a public information officer or hiring an executive secretary to work in his department," Trujillo said.

Rodella says he's asked three different times, in writing, to present a formal plan before the commission, and each time he was ignored.


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Anonymous said...

I hope the violence spills very very heavily into the united states cuz then maybe our government will put its foot down and have an all out war against the cartels. If we sent special forces, thousands of troops, and even contract these private security groups (like the once blackwater) into mexico and sweep through all the crime ridden cities and towns we would crush them. The reason for this is cuz we wouldn't fear for our families safety, were not in there payroll, our soldiers aren't already corrupted. What I'm sayin is that our military wouldn't have to hide there faces or anything like that.

Anonymous said...

8:13pm

I second that. Send U.S. soldiers + Seal Team Six to kill Z40. Well wipe out the cartels starting with the zetas because they are hated by everyone.

Anonymous said...

And everyone is pushing for immigration reform. Keep the fuckers south or we will become Mexico II. I know and respect a lot of Mexicans, but if we let too many in it will become barbaric just as it has become in Mexico. Look at the names of all of the fuckers doing shit here.

Anonymous said...

I like how the motherfuckers who always talking about sending our military somewhere are the same people who would never serve in an infantry unit themselves... give me a break with that bullshit, thankfully those people are never in charge of anything. I say let the cops here in america do what they do best.. see thats why in texas, DPS shoots at motherfuckers from helicopters and dont fuck around, cuz nobody knows what these bastards are up to...

Anonymous said...

the first 2 comments are ingorant like a mothafucka. "o yes let our non treasonous american government go to war with the mexican cartels". Hey pendejo!! let me let you in on a little secret.... your god damn american government has openly and covertly gone to war with a shit load of countries. Who's invaded more countries than anyone else? you guessed it... the most tyrant government of them all the good ole usa. If only you could use your brain to think shit through before cheerleading on a war. War is the last thing humanity needs in these confusing times.
-el pancho

Anonymous said...

I have 2 brothers in the army and they both feel same way. Dumbass

Anonymous said...

Word is A&E are creating a new reality show where Dog The Bounty Hunter forms a posse to capture Z40 and then Chapo.
Ratings should be real good!

Anonymous said...

I live in Texas and the cops here are criminal thugs with badges. They remind me of Mexican cops - they are corrupt drug using bastards themselves.

Anonymous said...

I was in the army here and some of his ideas arent bad but we need all the funding for the police on the border and the military and individuals there shud buy some ak47s themselves and learn how to use them. You are correct about texas the cartels pick a bad state to commit a crime in cause texas will either kill them or throw away the key to the jail cell

Anonymous said...

The US should think about its self with no bullshit political correctness,if its worth protecting do it.
But right on here you get the blame game,and for everyone shouting about"special forces, thousands of troops"what about Mexican sovereignty?Mexico would never allow it,look at the comments on here?"If gringos set foot in Mexico they better watch their ass""fix your own problems"No,The United States of Mexico isn't going to ask for US help anytime soon,at least not publicly,to much pride for that.Everyone needs help sometimes,but countries?"we don't need no ones help"Would the US ask for help?Whatever,instead make sure we are alright,enforce our rules,and fuck all the whining mealy mouths.What would they say if crime hit their communities in a big way,would they still be whining about rights for everyone?We have law that need's to be upheld,pretty simple really.

Anonymous said...

How the hell is more violence going to solve the problem , like drug related murders had never happened before in our country look at south side Chicago its hella far from the border yet drug related homocide is rampant , its easy to say send u S troops lets show them some real killers, people that say that are either dumb or blind and deaf , they dont see or hear the violence thats been going on in our Own back yards long before this so called war even started ,

Anonymous said...

How ignorant are you "look at the names of these people " if you base your judgment on that why did we elect a president with the same last name as the Iraquí dictator our very own lord and savoir has the same name as the landscape guy cutting your grass

Anonymous said...

Its like saying all americans, wait let me rephrase that all ANGLO americans enjoy shooting innocent children or fire fighters or Arizona congress women , ignorance is the devils biggest weapon

Anonymous said...

Wow 5 shots to the head each, sounds like they seriously pissed someone off. Message sent.

Anonymous said...

a war with Mexico would result very destructive. on both sides, a war against mexican cartel is a war against its civilians wich is a war against a country wich has a lot of its citizens intergrated here..proud mexicans who would along side their friends in other races destroy this monster corporation we call the united states.

Anonymous said...

6:17 is that a joke??, dog would be beheaded by the cartels in a heartbeat..

Anonymous said...

So you are in Hidalgo County?

Anonymous said...

"How ignorant are you "look at the names of these people"
Err,he is stating a fact,is he not?True a simple,rather stereotypical fact,but nonetheless a fact.Why worry about all this,why worry about helping Mexico?They don't want it,don't ask,so let it go and let Mexicans sort their own country out,we got our own problems.Ok,worry about ourselves.End of the day,your Mexican and im a"gringo"so what.Worry about ourselves.The comments from Mexicans right here,tell us all we need to know about their feelings towards us.

Anonymous said...

Yeah bra

Anonymous said...

It's so silly to think that US war tactics would work in Mexico. The criminals are blended into society. You can't stop the taliban, much less a well funded criminal group. Lol

Anonymous said...

Dog was crying for mercy to the US Embassy. He wouldn't go back to Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Lol these people need to relax this aint news cartels been murking fools since the early 90's in new mexico. Those are facts i should know i have lived in albuquerque,new mexico for over 20 years. Its a way of life in the under world those murdered where mostly also involved in the drug game. Even with all that a lot of people dont notice the murders cuz there mixed in with other drug murders. As long as there are deadly score settlings over drugs the murders will continue there not stopping they been going on since drugs were made illegal or as the violence and murders in 1920's Chicago the fuel to that mayhem was illegal liquor.

Anonymous said...

Mexico would cease to exist after two weeks. Then we can carve the fucking place up and fix the sewer system and the roads.

Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama is his muslim name. The name on his birth certificate says he was name at the time of his birth: Barack Fitzgerald Obama like John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Anonymous said...

The AK 47 was last produced back in 1976, the latest version is the AK 74.

Anonymous said...

The son of Dog the bounty hunter was in prison on drug charges, maybe he was working for the cartels as a snitch?

Anonymous said...

It became barbaric when the anglos came to America, we did not need you here.

Anonymous said...

You are understaffed?? You sound like the cops here in Mexico. It also looks like you might have some folks on the cartels payroll, I hope I'm wrong. As long as these scum bags only kill each other you should be fine.

Anonymous said...

How long will America wait....They're already here in the thousands and when it hits we'll be as suceptable as Mexico. Who is responsible the federal or state governments....and now they want to take away our guns because a nut kills Children in Newtown. That tragity is Nothing to what iit is like in Mexico and will be here with-in months or years. Mexico has had estoimated 70,000 murders in the last 6 years and we are next.....someone that cuts off the heads of live victims is not going to care about killing the innnocent in the US.

Anonymous said...

Ur full of ur self. Once the people of Mexico see the USA involved the people of Mexico will turn.
they r tired of the innocent killings....

will will capture all of you like we captured Osama!!!

Anonymous said...

December 28, 2012 7:35 PM
"It became barbaric when the anglos came to America, we did not need you here"You mean as barbaric as Mexico is right now?You mean like that?
What are you bangin on about?No one here was even born you fuckin crank.Stay in Mexico,dude we got enough hateful motherfuckers to go round already.
Live your life hating a race because of skin color,what a fuckin clown.But man,you aint alone,you in good company,know what i mean?By the way im one of the"anglos"you hate,we aint all pricks brother.But i aint as sad as your ass.
Fuckin great stuff.Mexico,,USA they fuckin hate us.
Hateful shit man,for real.

Anonymous said...

I'm a white man also,b born and raised in El Paso, I grew up among mexicans on both sides of the border, my wife is mexican and I've seen her mistreated by whites or anglo or whatever you consider yourself, until some white boy of my own race pusher from the back and called her a beaner and a wetback and I wounded this stupid guy with my handgun, for defending my wife I got a 15 year sentence in TDC. They more I think about this.shit that happened in 1981 the more I feel a mexican like my wife. I'm a combat vet, I served from 68 to 72 in a ranger battalion, so I don't think you are any better or worse than me. Thanks bro!

Anonymous said...

How many American natives were and how were they murdered by the anglos and the spaniards? millions, some were exterminated along with their civilizations. US is no better than Mexico at this time. Did you watched the news yesterday? Just in Chicago, Illinois, until yesterday there were 507 murders just in Chicago almost 48, 000 this year in the USA.In Mexico 11, 000 murders in the whole country in 2012, almost 80, 000 in the last six years during Calderon term. So due to these facts I believe that WE the americans are no better than Mexicans when it comes to murdering people.

Anonymous said...

i have serve n i dont mind going to war but if the ROE change

Anonymous said...

@820 I live in texas and the cops here are the most legit motherfuckers ever who do what they can to serve the community... the only people who don't like them around here are dumbass pieces of shit

Anonymous said...

Gangs of mealy mouthed apolagetics answering to a different question ?

Anonymous said...

48,000 people killed in the USA in one year?????

The Centers for Disease Control says 11,493 people died from gun homicides last year in the USA. There was about 16,000 total. Most were criminals killing criminals. There was 19,000 murders of various kinds in Mexico back in 2009. 12,903 just drug related murders in the first 9 months of 2011. Not all murders.

The statistics although impossible to know are not yet out in Mexico for 2012!

Problem is Mexico does not keep good records like the USA and there are 10's of thousands of people missing and not accounted for. Mass graves are being found all the time. Thousands of thousands of immigrants crossing into Mexico from South and central American have not been found. Just disappeared. These figures are all over the internet.

Anonymous said...

Sorry bro! But murders has nothing to do with disease control.507 homicides in 2012 in Chicago only. 40, 000+ in the USA. If you really check disease control statistics more than 3000 died of flu this year only.

Anonymous said...

Tens of thousands missing, probably working in the USA under an alias. Like you said, statistics in Mexico are not accurate, maybe the murdered and missing are a lot less that what has been reported by the mexican government.

Anonymous said...

The center for disease control along with other agencies keep records of deaths. Disease control breaks them into categories attributed to the deaths. From deaths by aids, car accidents, flu, drowning and so on. All of the agencies that keep these records on murders in the USA support their figures. Not one site that you can you google supports figures even close to 48,000 murders in the USA. 507 in Chicago goes further to support that.

Anonymous said...

Here is a link for you. It breaks it down even into ethnicity of the killed and the killers from 2000 - 2010. It is very accurate.

http://projects.wsj.com/murderdata/#view=all

Ror all of 2000 - 2010 there was 165,068 people killed in the USA. That is 16,506 per year not 48,000. Of which over 3,000 were killed just in the twin towers added into those figures. Every state keeps track on computer of their deaths. So it is not hard to have exact figures in the USA.

Anonymous said...

They are reported missing by their families and loved ones. If they are in the USA they do keep in touch with family in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

December 29, 2012 1:44 PM
"until some white boy of my own race pusher from the back and called her a beaner"I hate that and the other term people use......
Well hes a fuckin racist prick like most Mexicans on here,where is the racism toward anyone here?
Ey man,do us a favor?Blow your sad analogy out your ass,fuck you flappin about anyway?What was the question you answered to again?Great story tho,and the moral is,,,we got them in every color?
Suckkkaaa,parlez-vou français?Tienes mierda en la cabeza.Listen to la raza here,what a bell.

Anonymous said...

December 29, 2012 1:44 PM
December 29, 2012 1:53 PM
Are you people thick or what?Where the fuck did you read that anyone was better than anyone?"i was a combat vet"blah,blah,"So due to these facts I believe that WE"blah,blah,?Fuck are you gibbering about?
Go back and read"slowly"and you might find the original topic that you answered to,i doubt it tho.

Anonymous said...

Look bro! I'm a long haul truck driver, a mexican american born in El Paso and let me tell you that I've experienced and witnessed racism thousands of times, 99% of the times is white mofos against mexicans and blacks, and the white people here in the US is the most racist people in the world, and I know since I was stationed in military bases around the world. Even when I'm over the road and some white driver passes me on the left and he notices that I'm a mexican 90% of the times he gets on the CB radio and tells me to go back to my country, or he is going to send me back in a box, the white people doesn't OWN this country, in the next five years non-white people will be 67% of the US population.

Anonymous said...

"For all of 2000 - 2010 there was 165,506 people
killed in the USA"
"That is 16,506 per year not 48,000"
Good researching man,facts,not politically motivated bullshit.It is surprising none the less,you would think it was way more.It just goes to show how people can believe what they"want"to believe.

Anonymous said...

It's about the same. 96, 000 killed or missing during the six years of Calderòn term, so it is about 16, 000 a year. The USA it's as wild as México.

Anonymous said...

January 1, 2013 12:36 PM
Fuck off sad sack,another whiner.Boo hoo,its all the fault of whitepeople,it never fuckin ends does it.

Anonymous said...

"in the next five years non-white people will be 67% of the US population"
Lets be real,what a shithole it will be then.And you wont have a job.Fuck outta here with your shit.

Anonymous said...

Are you trying to tell us that white or anglos are better than any other race? That was the same way Aryans felt about the Jewish during WWII.

Anonymous said...

No, not a whiner like you said, because when I told these white boys to pull their rig over the highway shoulder and tell me that in my face, or I tried to run them off the road with my KW they all started to dial 911 like crazy. Message: do not offend people you don't know because you may be getting in some very deep shit, and race has nothing to do with that.

Chivis said...

ok...give it a rest I can't even remember what the post is about it has turned to racist tit for tat...we all know there is racism in the US and Mexico both.

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