Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article
[ Subject Matter: Cartel Los Salazar, Sonoyta
Recommendation: Read this article by BB Reporter Havana Pura on Los Salazar]
Reporter: Milton Martinez
Agents of the Federal Preventative Police of the State of Sonora, detained 11 people allegedly members of the Cartel Los Salazar, who were travelling in 3 vehicles, in which were found 10 rifles, three pistols, two bullet proof jackets, 6 tactical vests and 35 magazines.
According to a report from the Division of Regional Security of the PFP, the Agents were patrolling the streets in the town of Sonoyta " General Plutarco Elias Calles" when they saw inside a Chevrolet Tahoe Van, with Arizona plates, two armed men.
The armed men tried to escape, but were stopped a little further on by more uniformed units, in the Calle Benito Juarez, in the Centro Colonia of Sonoyta.
In the interior of the van, they found an AR15 rifle, with 25 rounds of ammunition, two pistols, one 9mm calibre and one .45 acp, with two magazines.
Detained were Jose Rene N, driver of the van, and Victor Manuel N. Allegedly they are part of the organization Los Salazar, that operate in this region.
The detained informed the Federals that they were going to meet nine accomplices who they would meet in Calle Jose Maria Morelos and Pavon, of the Central Colonia of this town.
After learning this the Federals implemented and operation with Sedena, and the State Police and Municipal Police, that culminated in the detentions of Jose Manuel N, Jorgio Antonio N, Jesus Enrique N, Belisario N, Cristian Enrique N, Castulo Daniel N, Alonso N, Jose Noe N, and Rafael Esteban N.
These last, were travelling in two vehicles, a grey Honda model 2012, and Nissan Sentra in blue, model 2003. In these vehicles, authorities found 9 more rifles type AK 47, a .45 acp pistol, 33 magazines, 2 bullet proof jackets and six tactical jackets.
Sonoyta, is found 426 kilometres North East of Hermosillo and the frontier with Lukeville, Arizona, in the United States.
This border has a fight for control of the contraband routes of drugs and illegal immigrants, between the criminal groups of Los Salazar and Los Memos.
The group Los Memos, is commanded by Adelmo Niebla Gonzalez or Guillermo Nieblas Nava, of the principal operators and trusted friend of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera.
Niebla Gonzalez, El Senor, El Viejon, or El G-3, was captured in September of 2012, and was considered one of the principal operators of the Pacific Cartel to transit drugs to the United States. On the 27th of May 2014 he escaped from a prison in Culiacan.
In all, Los Salazar, were headed by Adan Salazar Zamorano, alias Don Adan, detained on the 15th of February of 2011, has passed the reins to his sons, Jesus Alfredo and Adan Salazar Ramirez, who up to today run operations for the Sinaloa Cartel in this State, and dominate the North East of the State.
This May past, battles registered in Sonoyta around the un built up areas of Sonora, led to more than 1200 people abandoning their homes carrying only their clothes.
Before this the Governor Guillermo Padres, responded that because of these injustices, that Sonora is the frontier State that is most secure in Mexico.
The forceful deployment was caused by intense criminal activity in a new social phenomenon in this State. Different to that which occurred in Veracruz, Guerrero, Michoacán, Tamaulipas and six other States.
According to the most recent information of the IDMC the criminal violence and politics, principally, in Mexico has led to more than 281,000 people to flee their communities in fear.
Original article in Spanish at Proceso