Thursday, June 14, 2018

Karina Sanchez Valdez of Los Zetas sentenced to 34 years in Prison

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from La Journada and ValorporTamaulipas articles

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Karina Sanchez Valdez
Recommendation: See extra article matter below on Sigifredo Najera Talamantes, "El Canicon"

A federal judge of the State of Mexico sentenced Karina Sánchez Valdez, a member of a Zetas cell in Nuevo León, who was commanded by Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes "El Canicón" to 34 years in prison.

The First District Judge in Federal Criminal Proceedings of the State of Mexico found this woman guilty for organized crime in the form of laundering, crimes against health and stockpiling of firearms and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, reported the PGR .

In addition to the prison sentence, the justice minister imposed the payment of a fine of 3 thousand 674 days of salary. Sánchez Valdez was arrested on March 20, 2009 by elements of the National Defense Secretariat in Saltillo, Coahuila, along with "El Canicón" and five other of her alleged lieutenants.

In the capture operation they secured 24 grenades, 8 rifles and 3 handguns, a grenade launcher, magazines, cartridges, 5 vehicles and 10 million 110 thousand 700 pesos.
On September 7, 2015 "El Canicón" was found dead in his prison cell in the Altiplano. His death was apparently the result of cardio-respiratory arrest.

Otis: for some background on who is El Canicon, pictured above in green shirt and blue jeans see original article on his arrest by La Journada

Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes, El Canicón, one of the most important members of Los Zetas, who was in charge of the plazas of Nuevo León and Coahuila, was arrested yesterday by Army troops in Saltillo, Coahuila, along with six other drug traffickers, among them are three women.

General Luis Arturo Oliver Cen, deputy chief of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), made the official announcement of the capture. He affirmed that Najera Talamantes is the "intellectual responsible for the torture and execution of nine soldiers belonging to the Seventh Military Zone. These homicides were committed between October 17 and 22, 2008 in the metropolitan area of ​​Monterrey, Nuevo León. "

However, almost two hours before the Army, President Felipe Calderón announced that Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes had been captured, and he named him as guilty of the attacks against the United States consulate and the Televisa facilities in Monterrey.

The president made the announcement at 18:30 hours, during the presentation of the work report of the national ombudsman , José Luis Soberanes, at the official residence of Los Pinos. The press conference in La Sedena began at 8:00 p.m.

Thus, in the presence of the Secretaries of National Defense, Guillermo Galván, and of Marina, Mariano Francisco Saynez, who attended the ceremony in Los Pinos with the head of the National Commission of Human Rights, the President assured that the detention of this dangerous delinquent, who has to pay, precisely, for what he has done to Mexican society, and several of his henchmen, would not have been possible, in the current circumstances, without the valuable help of the Mexican Army .

The capture of El Canicón occurred around 2:30 pm in the Residential San Patricio subdivision, located north of Saltillo. According to police sources, the military pursued about 13 people from the limits of Coahuila with Nuevo León.

In the vehicle chase, several of the delinquents jumped from their vehicles and managed to flee. However, El Canicón and his companions: Fernando Moreno Torres, El Fer ; Alejandro García Galeana, El Gafe ; Giovanni Santos Vargas; Karina Sánchez Valdez and Margarita Pérez Schroeder, were captured.

At the stroke of 3:30 p.m. arrived at the Plan de Guadalupe airport, in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe, a cargo plane of the Attorney General's Office, in which the detainees and the five vehicles would be transported to Mexico City. confiscated.

At 8:00 pm, General Oliver Cen said that Najera Talamantes has been identified as responsible for drug trafficking, human trafficking, theft of fuel from the Pemex pipelines, piracy, homicide, kidnapping and extortion carried out in the state of Nuevo León. organization of Cárdenas Guillén, under the direct line of Heriberto Lazcano, El Lazca and Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, El Z-40 .

Another of the criminal acts that he is alleged to have carried out are the execution of several federal agents: on August 16, 2007, of Roberto Martínez Saavedra and René Lorenzo Torres López; in September 2007, Juan Manuel Morales Ruiz and Manuel Rodríguez Martínez, and in July 2008, Miguel Ángel Salinas Tijerina and Miguel Rojas Alcalá.

According to General Oliver Cen, "with the information provided by El Canicón , Yaneth Deyanira García Cruz, financial administrator of this organization, was also arrested.

At the time of capture, she carried two large suitcases and a briefcase that contained more than 10 million pesos and 900 dollars .