|El Papacho and his criminal group|
The detention of Mauricio Luna Aguilar "El Papacho" in the Valle de Juarez, is a media circus and half justice.
"El Papacho" is a member of the Sinaloa Cartel, and has spread terror in this region and that caused around 90% of the people in the Valle de Juarez to leave the area.
With the title of "Authorized Crime", members of 10 families were exiled from the Valle de Juarez, today offered a press conference, of them five had to leave the region because of threats by Luna Aguilar, and agents Federal, State, and Military.
In the press conference, the families required of the Mexican Authorities to arrest the officers who have facilitated crimes against the citizens of that region, who have been stripped of their heritage.
"It was and remains the State," they warned.
On February the 18th, the Attorney General of the North presented as a detainee, Mauricio Luna Aguilar and blamed him for at least 20 homicides in the Valle de Juarez.
Together with him were other members of his criminal group : Isidro Soto Aguilar "El Pantera", and leader of the cell, Juan Carlos Nuria Gomez, "El Parral", Karina Carrillo Griego, Jonathan Arturo Torres Rodriguez, "El Jhon", Antonio Carrillo Griego, "El Tono" or "El Tio", and Juan Cuellar Cereceres "Qunitanilla".
With these arrests, are also the killing of members of the Sinaloa Cartel that worked in this region, Leonardo Ruben Morales Rodriguez, "El Toga", and Jesus Manuel Morales Rodriguez "El Meno".
"El Toga" had been arrested in 2012 and was freed months after.
One of the exiled persons, recounted that "El Papacho" was like a rogue since he was a teenager, but when he was recruited into the Sinaloa Cartel, became one of the most aggressive and brazen criminals.
From 2008, the citizens of Valle de Juarez, consisting of the Municipalities of Praxedis G Guerrero and Guadalupe Distrito Bravo, have been persecuted, robbed, murdered and disappeared, while the Government has done nothing.
|Praxedis G Guerrero Municipality Bottom left of picture|
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Spector, with long experience in the defence of Mexicans exiled association, denounces that all the complaints previously made against this criminal group were ignored by the Government in different instances.
He adds the question, "How can it be possible for someone to murder 20 people? In Mexico, in Chihuahua, and in the Valle de Juarez organized crime runs everything."
At the press conference there were present, Jorge Reyes Salazar, 7 of his family members were executed, Isela Estrella Chavez, Lucia del Carmen Rangel, Gerado Gamez Hinojos, who was president of the municipal PRI of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos, Victor Garcia Archuleta and Armando Archuleta, friends of 3 young people killed this past December, one of them a student and activist, Sandra Flores and Miguel Murguia.
Also a Rodriguez family member, who had a relative beheaded a week ago, when three families were forced to flee.
Since 2008, there has been impunity for these people, like a hood for them to commit their crimes, they exiled 90% of the people of Valle de Juarez, added Spector.
He includes, that "El Papacho" kidnapped two siblings of the Reyes Salazar family, Magdalena and Elias, together with the wife Luisa Ornelas, who were found murdered days after.
Sarah Salazar, mother of the Reyes siblings, identified "El Papacho" on different occasions, and even though he was detained in the North Zone, when the current Attorney General for the Zone, Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Nicolas, a few hours later freed him and gave him a lift to his house.
In the case of the assassination of the student and activist Elmer Garcia Archuleta, his brother Edgar Ivan and a cousin, Gabriel Gandara Archuleta, the family is involved in an asylum process for 13 people, who were staying at the home of Elmer's Uncle, Armando Archuleta, resident in United States.
|Elmer Garcia Archuleta|
Spector says that the return of violence in the Valle de Juarez coincided with the disappearance of the Normalistas of Ayotzinapa, in Iguala, Guerrero on September of the past year.
However the Lawyer explained the situation that the Valle de Juarez caught the attention of the citizens and the Authorities themselves, when Elmer was murdered with his brother and cousin, since he was a student and renowned activist with credibility and prestige.
The case has a connection with the Iguala phenomenon, so the towns of Chihuahua considered they had their own Iguala. The Archuleta family, were the only ones to put a direct complaint in against "El Papacho".
The day they kidnapped Elmer from his house, he had been wearing a long pair of multi - colored boxer style briefs, that his Uncle Armando had given him as a Christmas present in 2013. His uncle had given him those shorts at Christmas, multi - colored his wife had bought them for him, but thought the colors would better suit someone younger like Elmer, said Spector.
On the day that "El Papacho" was apprehended, they were surprised that he was wearing the same pair of shorts.
This is symbolic of the most cruel violence, its like saying "yes you fuckers, what are you going to do about it", he is the terror of small towns, committing crimes against humanity, there is even a remembrance day to commemorate the people he killed, in a place where the families have buried their dead in Fabens, Texas, because they cannot bury them in Valle de Juarez, "El Papacho" threatened the people in the Valley not to take part in the commemoration.
|El Papacho's Group at Bail Hearing|
However, he said that not only had "El Papacho" forced into exile more than 200 Juarenses, but that Federal, State, and Military agents had took part, as is the case with the Multi-homicides of the Rodriguez family, which involved Federal agents.
We have information that the Valle de Juarez, the Federal Police are aligned with La Linea, because they saw that the Sinaloa Cartel were not moving drugs, but stayed in the plaza only to extort, threaten and kidnap, said the Lawyer.
He explained that according to the information that he has, La Linea were moving drugs, and the others were just creating havoc to maintain the terror in the Valley.
About the detention of "El Papacho" and the other presumed members of his criminal group, he said it was strange that suddenly he was detained, when people had been denouncing him for years, he therefore concluded that the arrests were a "media show".
The families that were exiled, have confirmed that those in the Valley had been visited by the criminal group to threaten people not to give any testimony against the detainees.
Personnel of the District Attorneys Office of Chihuahua have taken testimony from the exiles, assure that the perpetrators will be in Jail for many years.
Original article in Spanish at Proceso
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