Translated for Borderland Beat from a Michoacan 3.0 article by Otis B Fly-Wheel
Updated 1st Feb
This Thursday morning, elements of the Mexican Army detained Frederico Villegas Garcia alias "El Lico" and another two men for crimes that have not been revealed in an official manner.
These actions provoked anger among the residents of Atunez, who maintain blockades of the Cuatro Camino - Apatzingan highway to demand the release of the three captives.
During the operation the three men were arrested around 1 am when they were in their respective homes, prompting dozens of neighbors to come out and defend them.
As part of the actions of town people after the arrest, they blockaded both entrances to Atunez with vehicles, but the Army managed to avoid them.
So far the blockade continues, the three arrested men belonged to the false autodefensas of the region, so that cannot be ruled out as a reason for their arrest. ( Otis:, El Lico, is also meant to be the financial co-ordinator for Los Viagra ).
Because of these actions, all buses moving in and out of the Tierra Caliente have been suspended until further notice.
Since last Tuesday, elements of the Mexican Army and Marina initiated a series of operations in the Tierra Caliente, to dismantle the Los Viagra criminal organization and the Knights Templar.
These actions are part of the Group for Coordination, Michoacan, the commission that replaces the now defunct, Commission for Security and Integral Development in Michoacan, who's primary goal is to capture Servando Gomez "La Tuta".
Updated from Proceso
The Governor of Michoacán, Salvador Jara Guerrero, informed today that Frederico Villegas Garcia, "El Lico" was given his freedom for lack of evidence against him in respect of charges of carrying weapons for exclusive use of Federal Forces.
According to the mandate, the Commander of the Fuerza Rurales detained on the morning of 29th January, together with Emanuel Martin Gutierrez Rojas "El Pantera" and Luis Alberto Tapia La Puerca, in the tenancy of Atunez, had permission to carry said arms.
The only crime he was charged with was the possession of a stolen car, but as it is a misconduct, he paid "bail" and was set free.
His companions suffered a different fate, both were brought before a Judge, and transferred to the Federal Prison in Tepic, Nayarit. They were not able to demonstrate that they were members of the Fuerza Rurales, nor permits to carry arms of this type.
Jara Guerrero ruled that the law had negotiated with the people who blocked a section of the road to Apatzingan - Cuatro Caminos to the heights of Atunez following the arrest of "El Lico".