Thursday, February 18, 2016

Los Zetas earn 15 million pesos per month from extorting Topo Chico inmates

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Topo Chico Jail
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required


Reporter: Juan Alberto Cedillo

The second section of the Seventh Military Zone warned Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz that thanks to the complicity of penitentiary authorities, Los Zetas obtained in the prison of Topo Chico some 15 million pesos per month for cobro de quotas ( extortion ), sale of drugs and other business, funds that permit the financing of the devastating narco war currently in the state of Nuevo Leon .

The warning occurred to half of the administration of Medina de la Cruz, but it was not unique: investigators from the Autonomous University of  Nuevo Leon published the book " Prison and Family", challenges for social cohesion and development of the 21st century, in which they document the tragedy that families live with  in the criminal prisons of the state.




Also, Human Rights Organizations warned about the time bomb that threatens the prisons together with organized criminals that have been detained for common crimes.

Military intelligence emphasize that no less than 5 million pesos of the total that was obtained by Los Zetas in Topo Chico was destined for bribes of prison officers, Chief of commissary, and the directors of the prison. In military circles it is rumoured that the bribes also arrived to the commanders of the Secretary of Public Security.

Topo Chico prison operated in a similar manner to the rest of the prisons controlled by organized criminals in the region, among them Altamira, where 80% of the extortion phone calls originated in the North East.

In the Gomez Palacio prison, Durango, members of organized crime imprisoned, left the prison at night in official vehicles with weapons to carry out a series of killings that occurred in the bars of Torreon, Coahuila.

The most scandalous and dramatic case occurred in Cereso #2 of Piedras Negras, where Los Zetas assassinated, between 2009 and 2011 more than 150 men and women whose bodies were burnt. Included in this prison. was the Zeta Capo Omar Trevino Morales, El Z-42, who hid in the prison when the marines were carrying out an operation to capture him. In September of 2012, 132 prisoners decided to leave through the front door of the prison.

In Nuevo Leon, on the 31st of December 2011, Los Zetas showed the control they maintained over the Topo Chico prison. That day they mounted an operation to remove from the prison, Gabriela Muniz Tamez, "La Pelirroja", and hung her from a pedestrian bridge on Colonia Mitras Norte in Monterrey, since she was the girlfriend of a capo of the Cartel del Golfo. The image of the woman hanging bare-chested was shown around the world. (Otis: see link to BB reporter Smurf 's article about this).




Despite the warning received by the Army, Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz did not move to retake control from the criminals, even when the murders of custodians and chief guards occurred on a daily basis.

Extortion for not being tortured

In the Topo Chico prison, before the recent massacre, there were 3.900 inmates in a prison designed to house a maximum capacity of 2500.

The civil association of citizens in support of human rights has documented that prisons like Topo Chico have their own Zeta auto government.

This system is possible thanks to the complicity of the authorities of the penitentiaries, but also because the the ratio of guards to prisoners is 84%, that is to say that there is only one guard for no less than 100 prisoners.

Consuelo Morales, director of Cadhac, mentioned that the auto government of Los Zetas in the prison of Topo Chico control the sale of drugs, food, space to sleep, water and all type of articles.

"Every new intern gets extorted in order not to be beaten or killed that on average goes from 1500 pesos per week up to 50,000 monthly", assured Morales.

He confirmed that the families of the prisoners pay these extortion's weekly or monthly with installments of between 500 to 2000 pesos. He emphasized that Cadhac has evidence that close to 60 percent of the prisoners pay these extortion's.

Corruption provoked massacre

If the government of Medina didn't intervene in Topo Chico, the Federal Government also did nothing  to remove the dangerous organized criminal prisoners, who were controlling that and other prisons.

After the defeat of the PRI in Nuevo Leon, the independent governor Jaime Rodriquez Calderon solicited to Renato Sales Heredia, national commissioner of security, to transfer the prisoners of Federal jurisdiction to Federal prisons.

Renato Sales and El Bronco agreed to the gradual transfers of prisoners, but the convention stayed only on paper and wasn't activated until the killing of the 49 inmates from Topo Chico.

one of the prisoners that was going to be transferred was Jorge Ivan Hernandez Cantu "El Credo", the zeta capo that controlled Topo Chico, but police sources warned him and he promoted an amparo not to be removed from this prison.

Meanwhile Juan Pedro Saldivar, El Z-27, arrived at Topo Chico thanks to an amparo that promoted in the Maximum Security prison in Matamoros, which an corrupt judge who argued that the prisoner didn't have to be in this type of prison.

Apart from the point that they are members of Los Zetas, the capos disputed the control of Topo Chico. The two moved in the interior surrounded with 20 prisoners who had the function of bodyguards and looked after them day and night, in their luxurious cells where they enjoyed the pleasures offered by five star hotels.

Daily, women arrived at their cells that appeared in some nigh time programmes of local tv, but if the wives, daughters or sons attracted them, they sent for them. Due to this situation, the young women who came to Topo Chico did so without cosmetics, with dirty clothes and as bedraggled as possible.

The night of Wednesday the 10th of February, around 11pm, the group of "El Z-27" commenced to search for their rivals to assassinate them while "El Credo" was enjoying a conjugal visit.

The numerous group of followers of "El Z-27" moved freely through the whole prison and took the C2 and C3 outpatient inmates and took them to the courtyard, and proceeded to beat them to death.

Meanwhile the rival group commenced their defence. Even though the details are not known, some of the families of prisoners recounted that after a few minutes the riot started and prisoners set fire to the kitchen, the food cellar and other points of the prison.

At least five inmates were beaten and dumped on mattresses and set on fire. The riot carried on for about 40 minutes and at 11:52 a mutiny inside Topo Chico was reported to the Ministry of Public Security.

When General Atunez, the Secretary for Security, arrived to take control of the situation, he found scenes of dozens of dead in different places, many in the courtyard as well as another 50 inmates injured.

Around 40 of those were transferred to the visiting rooms for lawyers where they were attended by paramedics; close to ten of those with grave wounds left in ambulances to hospitals.

With the intent to evade his responsibilities, El Bronco assured that the situation was inherited from Rodrigo Medina a time bomb which exploded on him 120 days into his administration.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

33 comments:

  1. Is the same any where...I did some time in soledad prison, I'm a paisa I don't gang bang..but the norteño and sureño gang controlled the prison..., but at a lower scale...

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    1. Soledad, thirty years ago it was known as a Gladiator school.Does it still have they same reputation?

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    2. @ 1022 Well I got locked up for a dui, I'm not going much into detail but it was a felony case.. anyway the experience in soledad was not that bad, compared to mexico...but there is corrupted guards and gangs controlling certain things..it all depends in your luck and how big or willing to fight you are...the norteño are really strong and the sureños are crazy, among the other gangs black and white....the problem here is corrupted officials...the law is only good if it applies to everyone regardless of gang or corruption pressure...I personally I'm a huge paisa, fat and tall, they used to call me cabezon, because I looked like a fat mexican troll..but I never got raped because I paid off for protection , I figured is better to stay of politics and fight when needed..there was a case where some cholos where due for release, and because of pressure from the gangs they where order to attack rivals days before and end it up doing more time...so in mexico I figured is the same , but more extreme with no laws....I think the solution in mexico is to make levels, like here, so the crazy ones don't corrupt the ones doing less time..

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    3. The prison culture of extortion has spilled onto the US and mexico's streets, that is one of the most repugnant aspects of it, not for nothing prisons have the reputation of being finishing schools for criminals of all levels and colors, and prisons administrators benefit from it, as much as politicians lawyers gangbangers and police...

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  2. Good job otis, but the internet to evade is straight from televisa because el bronco refuses to pay extortion fees for good reviews, I am sure in their view el bronco will be evading responsibility until televisa starts receiving it's corporate welfare check, and this "message in el bote" may serve to scare a few other publicity contractzzz with other governors, pero no se la van a acabar...

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    1. O so now the TV stations are getting in on extortion?Did they learn it from PRI or doesn't crime or PRI own Televisa?

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    2. historically pri and televisa have been in bed for a very long time and now that televisa is on a financial and viewer decline is grasping on anything it can it's hands on, they sell reputation and image to politicians and anybody that that's not contributing will get burned or criticized on national tv

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    3. Televisa monopoly has always been milking the mexican oligopoly, but since peña nieto was estado de mexico secretario de gobierno, all the states pay televisa for propaganda, they call it commercial propaganda, in the form of documentaries or telenovelas, news... whatever they can afford, all legal and full of kickbacks for later campaigns...
      --"la mula bronca rodriguez" told loret de moolah he was not paying one cent to televisa for propaganda...
      --Joaquin lopez doriga just had a scandal for trying to extort 5 million dollars from a mexican billionaire woman...

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    4. Just what Mexico needs-Another protection racket!Looks like Italy has nothing on Mexico.They are THE masters.

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  3. And the Empire screams at Cuba for human rights.
    Hilarious!
    How the Empire and Darth wish Cuba could be recreated into a Mexico or Guatemala or Afghanistan or another narco state they control!

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    1. "They" are working on it, Otto Reich former ambassador to Venezuela, son of a cuban mama and a German father, became a neo-nazi libertarian agitator, to spite his daddy, no doubt...
      --he is behind a lot of Venezuela's problems, was behind the release of terrorist bomber luis posada carriles, drug trafficking to the US and terrorista "Arab styled springs" of liberation in other countries, including USAID obamaphones...
      --that is the kind of "friends" the cubans are going to be dealing with...

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    2. Tell him to go to Mexico to start an Arab Spring against the Mexican politicos!

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  4. Bottom line....there is corruption at every level of the Mexican Government....what is new????

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    1. 4:o1 what is new is that the willi-pendejos never quit asking about the dumbest questions...
      --thanks for your very important question...

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  5. Let them kill each other, who cares about that % of the population, in the end NO one told them to land in there.

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    1. I know a lot of people think this, but there are inmates in Topo Chico who have not yet been convicted and sentenced of any crime. They have hardened convicts mixed in with guys just picked up for petty offenses. Federal and State offenses are also mixed.

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  6. Let them kill each other, who cares about that % of the population, in the end NO one told them to land in there.

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    1. Tell that to your family and friends, nobody expects to "land" in prison, we all think it is a 50/50 chance they get away for it, never expect that getting cogido is 100% forever, the families that pay the extortions and ransoms are the best in the world, but maybe paying mordidas, piso, plaza, extortion or ransom should be penalized, even worse than demanding them as much as having prisoners living in infrahuman conditions, people like that are no better than the nazis...

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  7. Sounds like 60% of the prison population needs to stop being weak

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  8. So do the zetas no longer move weight.? Are the now just a band of extortion experts?

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    1. They still move weight.. Mostly in Texas..

      http://www.dea.gov/docs/dir06515.pdf

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  9. Sinaloa rules!!!! Tetaz tabledance

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  10. Another article that proves zetas are pussies and that they have no hustle cant make a killing moving drugs so they resort to extortion

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  11. To bad they didn't all kill each other. Along with all the corrupt guards.

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  12. Not sure where the information that Zetas executed Gabriela Muniz was obtained. It is well documented that a splinter group from The Federation composed of Sinaloa, La Familia and Gulf Cartels which called them selves " LA NUEVA FEDERACION" They were adamant about cleaning up Z when they took credit that late December of 2010. Please Revise.

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    1. Are you claiming that the original article doesn't say the Zetas did it?
      If not I suggest you take it up with Juan Alberto Cedillo the author of the article

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    2. @OBFW
      The whiners name is ADR , ano de gruey. He is a Latin King supporter his opinion doesn't matter.
      I doubt this Familia Golfo Sinaloa merger.

      XR is Zetas .

      Fools are stupid if they think Zetas don't have power they just aren't what they were they never will be again. If they are smart they consolidate before they end up like CDG and it's every. Cell for them selves

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    3. Año De Rey = ADR?
      That is Latin Kings, always interested...

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  13. That's ghastly!Extorting the families for 100's a month so they don't get killed.Exactly like kidnapping for ransom but under a government umbrella.Sick!

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    1. Surviving an encounter with a hardened convict on the US was real exciting for some american youthz, SCARED STRAIGHT WAS LIKE BOOTH CAMP FOR MANY, others just learned on tv, but gang banging shot through the roof, created the worst with the crack epidemic, sent the maras back home to replicate, and fed the overflow of prisoners in Mexico where drugs are force fed to customers without money because everybody must buy or die, we are lucky only a few hundreds a month are getting murdered over it, police and military must kidnap for ransom because of a shortage of "criminals" to extort on the street...their employers barely have money to steal for themselves and kick up the "quota" to the bossman...

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    2. Boy I never thought of that 1:a shortage of 'rich' criminals to extort.

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  14. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/drug-lord-chapos-wife-afraid-for-his-life/ar-BBpIvFv?li=BBnb7Kz

    not sure if you guys have seen this new one yet...just came out on msn

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    1. @3:46 I saw the story on Business Insider earlier this afternoon. But those stories are really just a teaser for the full interview she did with Telemunco that will be aired Sunday. We will try to have that interview up in a video as soon as possible.

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