Monday, September 23, 2013

Mexican 10th Military Zone gets new commander

Gen. Martinez Castuera
By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

General de Brigada Sergio Alberto Martinez Castuera has been appointed the newest commander of the Mexican 10th Military Zone, according to Mexican news reports.

The 10th Military Zone encompasses most of Durango state all the way to the sierras, and has been involved in a number of small counternarcotics operations earlier in the spring.

General Martinez Castuera gained his second star in November, 2010, and he served a commandant of the Mexican Army's prestigious military academy, Heroica Colegio Militar between 2011 and 2012.

During that time, charges had surfaced of harassment of cadets, evidenced by an open letter by a woman identified as  Pacheco Gabriela Matias.  It is unclear in the letter if the harassment was to females only, or to all cadets, but the charges included theft and abuse.  No details of any charges were listed in the letter which had been published in a number of Mexican newspapers and magazines.

Whatever became of the charges is also unclear in subsequent news reports, but whatever become of the charges it doesn't seem to have affected the general.

General Martinez Castuera also previously served as commander of the 11th Military Zone in Zacatecas.

What is most interesting about General Martinez Castuera's appointment is that he had served as commander of Mexico's Cuerpo de Fuerzas Especiales or Corp of Special Forces in 2008 and 2009, and implemented the initial training program for Mexican Fuerzas Especiales in counternarcotics operations.

How this comports to his appointment to the 10th Militarty Zone is that last spring the Secretaria de Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda told local news reporters in Durango that finding Joaquin Loera Guzman, AKA El Chapo, the leader of Mexico's largest drug cartel, is a "priority", as he put it.

It long has been rumored that Loera maintains a residence somewhere in the sierras of Durango.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com. His latest work of non-fiction, The Wounded Eagle: Volume 2 went on sale September 1st at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

15 comments:

  1. All these so called important people are nothing but a fuckN joke....let me see 10+yrs. Of lookN 4 el chapo N no dice he's just no were 2 be found. All these maggots sure enjoy getN them FEDERAL RESERVED NOTES. That's why nothing changes just pawns that get so called arrested by some superior investigations :)

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  2. The. only way Brigade General Sergio Martinez can becomes Commander of the 10th Military in Durango is if Chapo Guzman gave his stamp of approval. Once that occured EPN decided to give him the post. If anything, this general and his special forces group will protect CDS's strategic drug trafficking corridors and Chapo himself. EPN and PRI have no intention of capturing Chapito.

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  3. Ok, ok, whos the first bidder?

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  4. Dont get it twisted homie, these military guys know exactly where everyone is, and if there is any question about that, just think about how on every level the groups have their people in place. All the big guys are just a phone call away

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  5. Did he get raped as a cadet in the military colllege? See cadet Ingrid Berenice Martinez Mungia,and abuses of cadets in military schools in Mexico,drugs dealing and murders

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  6. They left out the most important part in the guy's biography. Which cartel pays him? One thing is for certain everyone in Mexico's establishment is corrupt.

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    1. Same in the White House, you complain about mexican politicians, and do nothing to kick Obanana out of the WH. 90% of politicians here in the US are corrupted.

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  7. And yet nothing will change..

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  8. I wonder how much Chapo pays HIM ?

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  9. Las estrellas Que lo adornan a Este general no lo van a salvar de las balas. Asi Que Plata o plomo?

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  10. I dont understand why mexico would announce this, i mean anywhere you can get transparacy is good but is it important to make a big announcement as who is controlling the military for a certain plaza. So now you know who to create contacts with?

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  11. Not sure why people are calling Mexican officials corrupt when Obama is send AR15s to Mexican cartels...

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    1. The money from selling weapons to the cartels goes to gun lobby members,the NRA,and gun manufacturers,since gw bush administration,they wanted some of that drug money on the sly...

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  12. Otro puto corrupto .

    lastima que mexico es un pais bonito

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