Today Judge Raul Valerio Ramirez ordered the immediate release of Gen. Roberto Dawe, Gen. Ricardo Escorcia, Gen. Ruben Perez, Lt. Col Silvio Hernandez and Maj. Ivan Reyna from the federal criminal Altiplano in Almoloya, in the State of Mexico, where they have been held in the maximum prison since their arrest last year.
The charges were dropped against the men due to a lack of evidence.
First it was Tomas Angeles Dauahare (above upon release), the Mexican General accused by “Jennifer” and “Mateo” protected witnesses, of protecting the Beltran Leyva Cartel. Based on information provided by the protected witnesses, the general was imprisoned. Then in January of this year in an unprecedented move, the PGR issued this finding;
"With respect to defendant Tomas Angeles Dauahare, the statements of the collaborating protected witnesses have not been corroborated by any probative means, except for the fact that the accused was a public servant in the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena: Secretaria de Defensa Nacional), without having any proof to date to confirm the statements by 'Jennifer' and 'Mateo'", says the court document numbered DGCPPAMDO/707/2013 from the PGR.
Due to the fact there was no evidence to prove the claims of the two protected witnesses, the general was released from prison in April.
One of the witnesses has the code name “Mateo”. Mateo (photo above) is in reality Sergio Enrique Villarreal Barragán, a.k.a. “El Grande”, of the Beltran Leyva cartel. Villarreal was once a federal police officer stationed in Nuevo Laredo, defected and worked with the Juarez Cartel, subsequently moving to CDG, eventually worked with Beltran Leyva as a lieutenant. Villarreal was arrested by the Mexican Marines in 2010 and extradited to the US, in May of 2012.
"Jennifer" and "Mateo", code name for "El Grande", stated on several occasions that Angeles Dauahare helped Edgar Valdez Villarreal, "La Barbie", gain military protection while trafficking cocaine via aircraft in Cancun, Toluca and Cuernavaca airports.
The other witness is yet to be officially identified but who was the key accuser in the case against former drug czar Noe Ramirez Mandujano. Ramirez Mandujano was also released in April after a judge determined witnesses had given contrived testimony and prosecutors had manufactured evidence.
All charges against the five men released on Thursday stemmed from information provided by “Mateo” and “Jennifer”. No substantiating evidence could be found to support the claims.