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Friday, July 2, 2010

Prosecutor Shot Dead in Ciudad Juarez

The prosecutor in charge of internal affairs at the Attorney General’s Office of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua and one of her bodyguards were shot dead in the border city of Juarez, state officials told Efe on Thursday.

Sandra Ivonne Salas was killed around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the northwestern section of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital.

Salas’s slaying pushed the number of murders in Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, to 303 in June, making it the deadliest month of the year, state officials said.

The prosecutor, who was in charge of internal affairs, analysis and evaluation of operations at the AG’s office, was traveling with two bodyguards when she was attacked.

One of the bodyguards escaped unharmed.

Salas was responsible for evaluating the performance of AG’s office employees assigned to the special investigation units in the northern section of Ciudad Juarez.

She was also heading up the investigation of Maximo Miranda Figueroa, a former AG’s office agent arrested in Costa Rica and accused of stealing public funds, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice.

Salas, moreover, was involved in the probe into the Feb. 4 killing of Carlos Soltero Cano, a 33-year-old AG’s office employee in charge of an anti-kidnapping unit.

A battle between rival drug cartels for control of the border city has unleashed a wave of violence that officials have been unable to stem.

The Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels, backed by hitmen from local street gangs, have been fighting for control of smuggling routes around the border city.

Press reports say the Sinaloa organization, Mexico’s oldest and largest drug cartel, has effectively taken control of Juarez.

Ciudad Juarez, where more than 5,000 people have been murdered since 2008, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

The murder rate took off in the border city of 1.5 million people in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to state AG’s office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,635 last year.

Ciudad Juarez, with 191 homicides per 100,000 residents, was the most violent city in the world in 2009, registering a higher murder rate than San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Caracas and Guatemala, two Mexican non-governmental organizations said in a report released earlier this year.

The death toll for this year in Juarez currently stands at 1,391.

On Wednesday alone, 13 people, including Salas and her bodyguard, died in the border city in killings that appeared to be related to organized crime, bringing a bloody end to June.

Drug-related killings, according to Chihuahua AG’s office figures, totaled 227 in January, 163 in February, 240 in March, 205 in April and 253 in May.


  1. How long will the U.S. ignore this? Maybe when the Cartels start using I.E.D.'s.

  2. they have the minds and materials but they prefer Rpg,s cause they are more acurate at striking a specific target...

  3. i guess you don't read or watch the news. They have been using them in Reynosa, They have also confiscated some. A house in reynosa also blew up awhile back, and it was believed that the explosion at the house was caused by mishandling of C4. This are starting to use a lot of the tactics terrorists use.

  4. People of Juarez have been screaming that the soldiers, the federal police and special operations units get out. hmmmmm wonder why that is. Perhaps end the government cleanup and destablization efforts. Yep the untouchables get touched. The U.S. needs to concentrate on its own country. While the T.V. has lots of Victory images on IRAQ and Afganistan (hahahaha-what a joke) Their country goes down a deep road to hell. Too bad not enough great Americans have risen from their slumber and realized the country has been hijacked. Just like ours.

  5. damn all this complicated shit ..i just want to be able to go to Mexico , drink a cold beer , have a taco, and watch some fine Mexican women dance around...maybe even buy me a hat or a pair of boots, and maybe some doo dadd er a shawl er something like that fer my momma back home...jaysus is that too much to ask? ...damn you all better stop all this shootin and killin and robbin and shit,... it is a startin to piss me all better start playin good or I am a gonna come down there now, an jap slap ever one of you assholes in to the middle of next week...signed THE AMERICAN MALE...

  6. we ain't asleep...just watchin tv...snoooorrrr!!!!!

  7. Thats great hawg jaw, Now you have your priorites clear. you can bet I'd invite you to a beer and some fine bronze women anytime your in my town.
    Signed. Mexicali

  8. hawg jaw, when you come to my beloved country, join us for a drink and try our best steak in the world, i have plenty of beauties waiting for you, sharing you with my secret drug business is definitely out of the questions.. from el chapo


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