Sunday, June 28, 2020

Two police chiefs killed in Michoacán; one was an ex-Army special forces member

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Cesar Ivan Marin Jaimes
Two police chiefs from Zamora Municipality, Michoacán, were killed in a drive-by shooting last week. Their names were Cesar Ivan Marin Jaimes, Director of Public Security in Zamora, and Antonio del Moral Padilla, Commander of the Zamora Municipal Police. The former was a member of the Mexican Army's elite Special-Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE) in the late 1990s.

Both men were driving through the Mexico City - Guadalajara highway in a Volkswagen Jetta when gunmen cut them off the road and shot them from a moving vehicle. The attack occurred in Churintzio Municipality near the payment booth in Copándaro. Investigators said that the evidences found at the scene showed that both police chiefs responded with fire but were eventually overwhelmed by their killers.

In 2019, the former Director of Public Security in Zamora, Daniel Torres Hernandez, was murdered on his day off while he was with his family in Jalisco. He had less than six months on the job. No one has been arrested for the crime.

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Profiles
Cesar Ivan Marin Jaimes joined the Mexican Army in 1998 and was part of the 12th Infantry Battalion in Morelia, Michoacan. During his time in the military, he served as a member of the Special-Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE), a former elite unit of the Mexican Army. Members of the GAFE were trained in aerial assaults, intelligence gathering, counter-insurgency tactics, marksmanship, prisoner rescue, rapid deployment, sophisticated communication and anti-drug operations.

It is worth noting that Marin Jaimes was in the GAFE during a pivotal point in the unit's history. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, several members of the GAFE left the military and joined the Gulf Cartel under kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen. These ex-military members formed Los Zetas, which originally provided security services to Cárdenas Guillén and carried out executions on the cartel's behalf.

A lot of the information about the GAFE remain confidential, but given the fact that it was a special forces unit, it is likely that the group was not as large as others in the Army. This means that Marin Jaimes may have met and trained with several individuals who would eventually be part of Los Zetas's original core group.

Marin Jaimes reached corporal rank while in the GAFE and left the military in 2001 to join the Michoacan State Police. He held several leadership roles in the police force, including anti-theft director and investigation chief of the Michoacan Transit Police agency. He was also sub-director of three police forces in Michoacan, and served as the director of Public Security in the municipalities of Tangamandapio, Lazaro Cardenas, Puruandiro and Zamora.

Antonio del Moral Padilla, the other police chief killed with Marin Jaimes, was once arrested in February 2011 for his alleged involvement with organized crime groups. However, he was released after investigators were unable to prove his ties to them.

Background and investigation
The Michoacán government has identified Zamora as one of the most violent municipalities in western Mexico since on average there are between two and five gunshot murders per day.

On April 29, 2019, Daniel Torres Hernandez, then Director of Public Security of Zamora, was shot to death when he was with his family in the municipality of Ocotlán, Jalisco.

The Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the main line of investigation they were pursuing was a possible revenge attack from a local drug cartel. According to the Michoacán Public Security Secretariat (SSP), the victims were heading back to Zamora after a meeting with their superiors in Morelia, the state capital.

There are several active drug cartels in this part of Michoacán. One of them is the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of Mexico's most powerful crime groups. There is also the Nueva Familia Michoacana and Los Viagras. Los Viagras is a spin-off group of the Knights Templar Cartel and is currently competing against the CJNG for control of Michoacán.

Sources: La Jornada; El Universal; NTR Zacatecas; Infobae; Silla Rota

32 comments:

  1. Jetta must mean "coffin with wheels" in Spanish.

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    1. Jetta is a model car made by Volkswagen, which is in Germany.

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  2. Ambushed while returning from a meeting with their superiors means they were sold out by their piece of shit greedy superiors!
    Screw Mexico and all of its coward cartel cheerleaders!

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  3. Michoacanos killing a girl children because sinaloa kill 15 of them fxcking cowards keep on opening your mouth on bb because in real life you all weak and cowards

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    1. You must feel really brave typing from hundreds of miles away

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    2. Yeup that’s why

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  4. cjng killing innocents

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    1. Like Chinos sister?

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    2. Like Nini killing Negros sister?

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    3. All cartels kill Innocents. To hell with them all.

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    4. Or like M1 killing chalito araujos 14 year old brother?

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  5. So one dude front passenger side, other dude rear driver side...anyone else find it odd nobody in the driver seat?

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    1. You think someone keeps their seat while being shot at?

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    2. If he was being shot at while driving why are they no bullet holes in the driver seat? Must have moved over to where the bullets where landing

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    3. Look at the picture. No bullets holes on drivers side windshield...so, whoever's was in driver seat was not being shot at

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    4. Driver was unharmed?

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    5. Or he was shot from the door side.

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    6. It looks to me like someone else was driving, got out and/or was not targeted. The only other logic reason for where they are was if the guy in the back seat was actually the driver, got out right when they pulled over and got in the back (to grab guns maybe) before they came up to shoot them

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    7. i was about to say that maybe the guy on the back was actually the driver and since the shots where directed on the passenger side that gave him the opportunity to jump to the back for cover and try to fight, afterall he is right behind the driver side. But then again it wouldve probably been easier to just open the door and get out, use the car and door as shield since the shots seem from the opposite direction.

      jumping to the back while being shot at seems too complicated, and they where attacked while driving so getringnout wasnt happening yet jumping to the back while in motion makes no sense.

      so it does seem as there was someone else driving the car and made it out, high ranking officials with very minimum protection? seems like maybe they where indeed set up by their superiors and the driver was obiously part of it.

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  6. These guys were head of Zamora Police but were caught traveling without vest and only carrying short arms? WOW, You would think they would protect themselves alot more than that. Driving through Michoacan is dangerous.

    -el Pancho de la Bachilleres

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  7. Mexico is a failed state, unbelievable!!

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  8. NOT innocent bystanders
    Police men in Mexico MEAN corruption
    One of those guys had BEEN arrested FOR DRUG ties but later RELEASED???
    Yup, CARTEL related and THEY were deep in IT

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  9. The driver jumped out before the shooting started.
    If there were only two of them they both would have been in the front seats.

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  10. They were setup by the driver, passenger got hit from the front glass, passenger behind driver was hit from left side window. 100 percent the driver and killers knew each other or on payroll. Interrogate or waterboard driver, murders solved. Leaving the driver unscathed must been a valuable asset to them. CLEAR & SIMPLE

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  11. They choosed the money and Someone the bullets for them. Crime always pays.

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  12. Its the people who do things like they did to the girl in that video Its Sick its Evil against all of Any God
    This is past the point
    The President Must stop these actions
    This is just pure Evil I cant bare the thought of children of tomorrow in Mexico
    This must stop I hope the wrath of God shows his face soon to this sub human garbage.

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  13. One dude was move why else would his shit be up and shorts down?

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  14. In Mex 100% - no exceptions! - of police are cartel affiliated.

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  15. If i was police and army i would overthrow amlo's government, they r the cartel

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