Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Durango governor claims La Laguna violent crime down 40 percent

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 |

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Less than 10 days after most of their police force were eliminated, the municipalities of the Durango side of La Laguna are beginning to restart their security programs, even as political concerns about security in Durango and Coahuila states are being aired, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news report posted on the website of El Siglo de Durango news daily said that 40 police trainees from Durango state and four police agents from the Durango state Direccion Municipal de Seguridad Publica have volunteered to go to La Laguna to begin assisting in security operations.

The 40 volunteers represent more than half the class of 75 students from the Durango city based Academia de Policia, said Comision de Seguridad Publica, Lidia Hernandez.

Concerns about security in La Laguna from Durango state legislators have increased in recent days, enough so that a meeting has been scheduled with Durango state Fiscalia General del Estado (FGE) or state attorney general Sonia Yadira De la Garza Rosso Antonio Fragoso and the state Chamber of Deputies Comision de Seguridad Publica del Congreso del Estado to address those concerns.

Gob. Herrera Caldera

For his part Durango governor Jorge Herrera Caldera was quoted in another El Siglo de Durango news report posted Wednesday that the levels of violence which increased by 40 percent in December, 2012, have fallen back to pre December levels, this even with a near total lack of police protection in Ciudad Lerdo.

Governor Herrera said that the reduction of crime rates have taken place in the last ten days with the assistance of federal and state security forces in the area.

Meanwhile in Torreon, Coahuila a business group, Consejo Lagunero de la Iniciativa Privada (CLIP), has criticized Governor Herrera that Mexican Army forces from the 10th Military Zone are covering only the five municipalities of La Laguna, requested that the governor accept patrols from the VI Military Region, which patrol responsibilities include the 12 other municipalities comprising the Coahuila side of La Laguna.

According to a news report posted on the website of yancuic.com news website, the group's leader, Eduardo Castañeda, said the request would place all of La Laguna under a single military command.

In previous iterations of security programs in La Laguna the VI Military Region was assigned command of all security operations in the region before the security program, dubbed Seguro Laguna, was cancelled November 30th, 2012.

Castañeda charged that Governor Herrera has prevented army units from the 10 Military Zone from expanding its patrol area of responsibility to include municipalities on the Coahuila side of the area.

Castañeda also said it was impractical to deal with an army command hundred of miles away, in this case the III Military Region in the port city of Mazatlan in Sinaloa, when the VI Military Region, based in Torreon,  just across the border, could assume patrol duties in the region.

Coahuila PAN state senator Guillermo Anaya Llamas criticized Castañeda's concern about the desirability of a single security command in La Laguna, and he charged that Castañeda was not interested in the problem of insecurity in La Laguna.  He  also characterized the security problem in la Laguna as "complicated".

According to the translation, Anaya Llamas was quoted as saying, "We see that the president does not have the slightest interest to solve the problem of insecurity in La Laguna."

Meanwhile the Durango Vice Fiscalia based in Ciudad Lerdo reported that a firefight between a combined security patrol  and armed suspects  took place on a road between Ciudad Lerdo and Tlahualilo Saturday afternoon, killed one armed suspect and forced a second suspect to surrender.

According to a news item posted on the website of El Contexto de Durango news daily, the patrol comprising Mexican Army, Polica Estatal Acreditable (PEA) and Direccion Estatal de Investigacion (DEI) units was passing near ejido Santa Cruz de Luján when the patrol was fired on.  Security elements dismounted their vehicles in response and then returned fire killing one.

The dead suspect was identified as Manuel Arturo Meraz Gaytan, 23.  Lucio Gonzalez Villa, 36 was detained at the scene.  One .45 caliber pistol was seized and several packages of marijuana divided for retail sale were also secured.

The unit continued on its way to ejido Jauja where it came upon a vehicle with two unidentified dead men inside.  Both men had been shot to death.

The report notes that combined patrols such as the one which fought the two armed suspects are now standard in La Laguna.

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

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13 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

lol and this is after they admit siding the el chap oh.

Anonymous said...

It would be easier to follow all of this if we knew which cartels owned which politicians and which police and military commands. Why the pretense?

Anonymous said...

He's going to get killed playing both sides of the fence....
also in Durango its MZ Pacifico vs CDS JAGL G.N. And its allies on both fronts....
atte.....ThinkTank 28.7 Narcovision

Anonymous said...

What is it about the Latino culture that it is so easily corruptible? Is it the short term outlook on life that allows many Latinos to sell their souls for pennies?
Most of these cops hardly have a 3rd grade education. Are they not entrusting public safety to a halfa-tard? Might as well pay them in candy.

Anonymous said...

@thinktank28.7 more info man. is chapo and mayo fighting in durango?

Anonymous said...

Wwwhhhaaaattt? So confusing please explain. Same confusion as in chiuas; m's, gabino, linea, g.n., b.l. M.z, so confuzing.

Anonymous said...

yes......its Chapo backed people vs MZ backed people, and no Nunez meza didn't run away they independent contractors for cds JAGL , BLO Mochomo, CDJ-VCFO...
after arturos death the BLO&JAGL made a cease fire pact on Mochomo call.since they got.Familia ties with each other.......Atte:ThinkTank 28.7 Narcovision
MZ people seem to have shifted operations to central systems of Tijuana where MZ Seems to have a bought a safe haven deading old grudges and dealing direct with the horse and la jefa, as Tijuana once again is a major corridor where Zambada operate without any problems from FSO groups.....proof is all the tunnels they found and the plantation of marijuana try found were all chapos , cuz he still.holds a grudge against them CAF and the Remants of Osiel people........Durango has several warzones or turf disputes this is only one of many.....


Anonymous said...

"Durango its MZ Pacifico vs CDS JAGL G.N. And its allies on both fronts"
Is this to do with Nunez/MezaLos Ms v Cabreras?They were once Gente Nueva under the CDS no?One favors the other,and let them fight it out?Something going on,Los Ms are no longer said to be with CDS?Maybe someone here can clear shit up,some of these comments are like a fuckin series.

Anonymous said...

What does CDS JAGL mean?Who is that meant to be?

Anonymous said...

Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera.

Anonymous said...

JAGL DURANGO vs MZ Pacifico elements fighting in that zone.......Los Meza Nunez is the principal transporting crew for JAGL BLO MOCHOMO and CDJ.VCFO.......
stop acting dumb and read thru the lines.........
ZS in there as well , working with elements of Durango crime groups independent........
Atte ThinkTank28.7 Narcovision

Anonymous said...

I heard that man,they trying to show how much they know,without really knowing shit,or explaining anything?
chiuas=Chihuahua.ms=Los Ms(Cartel group).gabino?.linea=La Linea.(Armed wing of Juarez cartel)g.n=Gente Nueva(Armed group of Sinaloa cartel).b.l.=Beltran LeyvaBLO.M.z=Mayo Zambada. so confuzing.Anything helps,but dude,you can research a little right here on BB with the,,,,,"search"function.

Anonymous said...

@ThinkTank 28.7 Narcovision thank u for the intel and dont be a stranger let us the people know whats going on when u know something or hear something

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