Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

81 disgraced La Laguna cops resign

Thursday, January 24, 2013 |

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of 81 disgraced municipal police agents in La Laguna resigned their jobs Thursday despite being offered training and tests that could have reinstated them, according to Mexican news accounts.

Last Friday 158 municipal police agents and clerks from Gomez Palacio and Ciudad Lerdo in Durango were detained after disarmed by a Mexican Army unit, placed on six buses and then transported to Centro de Readaptacion Social Numero 1 in Durango city to face investigation and possibly charges.  Among those detained were the Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP)or police chiefs of Gomez Palacio, Victor Hugo Cordero and Ciudad Lerdo SSP Andres Balderas Perez.

According to a news report posted on Animal Politico website, however, 64 municipal police agents remain in detention with the two SSPs facing charges and with six other unidentified municipal police agents under arrest warrants.  A total of 91 police agents were released Wednesday.

The 91 police agents were offered as a condition or retaining their employment, military training by the army as well as confidence tests by the Mexican Army,but, apparently all refused. The Mexican Army is currently operating  La Laguna's 066 emergency system, and operates patrols in the area.

It has been reported in Mexican press that an undisclosed number of military and police operatives have been deployed to La Laguna to aid with a security situation which has been characterized as  deteriorating, including Mexican Army, Naval Infantry, and Policia Federal.

Diputado Rodriguez Ochoa


Thursday, according to a news item posted on El Siglo de Durango news daily, a Durango state deputy, José Antonio Rodriguez Ochoa, said that La Laguna has been forgotten and abandoned by state authorities.

According to the  news report José Antonio Rodriguez Ochoa said: "The state of Durango state is not acting with the strength that such a complicated situation requires."

The deputy als referred to a  recently passed Ley de Extincion, or Law of Forfeiture, the resources of which have not been diverted to use in confidence and control tests used to decide whether a police agent can retain his or her job.

According to a news item posted on the website of Yancuic news agency about ten clerks and police agents appeared at the Gomez Palacio Palacio Municipal or city hall Thursday to inquire about their employment status and any possible severance. According to the municipality human resources director, Jose Herrera, police agents asked about reassignment in other areas of the municipality while the security situation is normalized.

Herrera was quoted as saying a severance of MX $2,000.00 (USD $158.25) was offered for voluntary resignations, and that was all that could be discussed.  The subtext in the news report is that Gomez Palacio may not have sufficient funds to offer severances to all the resigned police agents.

Meanwhile in Durango city Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto visited  Durango state Thursday to promote his latest social initiative, the Cruzada Nacional contra el Hambre, or National Campaign against Hunger before he leaves for a tour in South America.

According to a news report posted on the website of El Siglo de Durango, President Pena Nieto said in a brief radio interview that he was "aware"of the situation in La Laguna, and that violence may not be quelled but in the medium term.  In the interview Pena Nieto failed to specify a time frame for ending violence in La Laguna.

According to a news item posted on El Universal news daily President Pena Nieto is planning to attend a meeting of the Communidad de Estados Lainamericanos y Caribenos (CELEC) or Community of Latin American and Carribiean States to held in Santigo in Chile.  President Pena ia also planning a brief visit to Uruguay.


Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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11 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

91 new Sicarios.

Anonymous said...

National campaign against hunger? Wow, way ta go
Kiki!!! In case you haven't noticed, the entire country is under siege. Innocents killed and disappeared daily, pregnant women murdered, kids. Practically whole police forces corrupt. But as long as your
"aware" of this, that should be just fine.
Because only someone as intelligent and understanding as the great Pena Nieto can solve this difficult crisis. But wouldn't it be smart to assign someone to battle hunger issues? Of course this should be addressed, but untill the violence goes way down and the country stabilizes, the President needs to focus his attention on the cancer that is eating his country alive!
Instead he's off to South America! The decent people of La Laguna would love to be able to just fly away and escspe the brutality & bloodshed they endure daily but unfortunately, they aren't as "important" as you. They need help, and they've been forgotten.
Hey Kiki, remember during the campaign, when you portrayed yourself as someone who was going to be tough on the cartels and bring peace back to the people? And then they actually believed you and voted you President? Well, if you don't remember,
I SURE AS HELL DO!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

...of course, now they can just go and work for their 'real' bosses full time. Cartels pay better anyway, don't they?

Anonymous said...

"National campaign against hunger? Wow, way ta go"
Don't you just love politicians,they are ever so important to us people who cannot think for ourselves,they are our guardians of morality and decent behavior they are shining examples to be held in high esteem.What would we do without these chosen,special,intelligent people who selflessly see their positions as a vocation in which to help mankind and the less unfortunate amongst us?Politicians don't you love them !

Anonymous said...

It's OK. Diputado Rodriguez Ochoa has given the situation a thumbs up.

Anonymous said...

The new and improved Sicarios coming soon.

Anonymous said...

I hear that the lucky ones get fired and the unlucky ones are being brought in for "questioning".

badanov said...

Money for the Cruzada Nacional contra el Hambre will probably get filtered through SEDESOL, currently operated by Rosario Robles and then to the corresponding state SEDESOLs. They've done it before

mj said...

cartels pay better than the government. what is the new president going to do about it? couldn't believe many corrupt staff chose to go to the bad way but they have reasons why they are doing it.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of the problems in La Laguna are part of an internal war within the Sinaloa Cartel: http://www.eldiariodecoahuila.com.mx/notas/2013/1/27/apoyan-policias-durango-chapo-339495.asp

Anonymous said...

@9:01pm dude,who are the "Danny Organisation"? ive never heard of these people before..

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