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7 die in Sinaloa state including 5 armed suspects

Saturday, January 19, 2013 |

By Chris Covert

A total of five armed suspects died in an armed confrontation with municipal police in Los Mochis municipality in Sinaloa state late Friday night, according to Mexican news reports.

A news report posted on the website of El Debate news daily early Saturday morning said that the gunfight began at about 2345 hrs late Friday and lasted until 0110 hrs Saturday morning.

The confrontation began in Valle Bonisto subdivision where local police were dispatched on reports of armed suspects in the area.  When the police unit arrived they came under small arms fire from armed suspects who were hiding inside a residence.  That sparked a nearly 90 minute long standoff which ended with five armed suspect dead and two police agents wounded.

The El Debate report said that police demanded surrender and were rebuffed.  Police then used tear gas on the residence, and then assaulted the position with gunfire.

The El Debate report also said that a top local drug dealer identified as Abraham Valencia Isabel Valdez AKA Patatos was among the dead.  Another armed suspect killed in the gunfight was identified only as El Charro.

Among the armaments seized in the aftermath were three AK-47 rifles, three 9mm pistols and one AR-15 rifle.

Apparently an unidentified female was detained at the scene as well.

The article said that elements of the Mexican 89th Infantry battalion appeared at the location to provide additional security.

Earlier Friday another confrontation took place at around 2200 hrs according to a separate El Debate news report. Four armed suspects attacked two individuals in the Montecarlo subdivision wounding one with a gunshot and the other with a stab wound in the chest.

The four suspects fled the area, and a subsequent police search failed to turn up any suspects.

A news report posted on the website of Milenio news daily reported two other victims of drug or gang crime in Sinaloa state Friday.

  • In an industrial zone of Los Mochis a man identified as Alonso Acamoto Heredia, 23, was found shot once in the head.
  • Elsewhere in Sinaloa state, a man identified as José Genaro Lopez Flores, 41,  was found shot to death in sindicatura San Blas in  Las Flores subdivision of El Fuerte municipality 

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for

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12 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

why the hell do you guys post and not say what cartel they belong to,??

Anonymous said...

Cause the Authority's didnt know or kept it hidden from media,main thing 5 thugs are dead.

Anonymous said...

Because they do what they want in their website

Siskiyou_Kid said...

These guys were Mazatlecos, who work under Chapito Meza Flores and are allied with the Beltran Leyva Organization.

The leader of this cell, "El Patatos", is accused of the murder of the head of a fishing coop in the fishing village of El Colorado.

Anonymous said...

10:56pm. WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM?? Freaking ingrate. How about, " Thanks for giving me info. I wouldn't know jack about without you.???". Up past your bedtime?? LOL. Texas Grandma.

Anonymous said...

Really? You think that the dead carry cards to identify what gang they claim? The point: at least five fewer roaches live to poison the world.

Anonymous said...

Thats how the media keeps the cartels from retaliating for the report. Keep them, like us, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

New to this site? Keep your shirt on, give it a bit

badanov said...

why the hell do you guys post and not say what cartel they belong to,??

If the news report doesn't say, we can't say.

Anonymous said...

January 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM ,
"why the hell do you guys post and not say what cartel they belong to"
Dude,they cant do everything for you.
They were Los Mazatlecos,this was in Los Mochis.
Check the forum for more.

Anonymous said...

Because if youre dumb ass as been reading this forum before , you would know that los mochis is Chapo Isidros territory.. so that's why the HELL , they didn't have to post what cartel they belonged to...

Anonymous said...

dude badanov is an awesome name

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