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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nacho Coronel and his PAN Friends

Presdient Felipe Calderon during a press conference with Jalisco Governor Emilio González Márquez to his right.

The discovery of a personal computer of Ignacio Nacho Coronel, after his execution by troops of the Mexican Army, has unnerved many prominent political figures in Jalisco and Mexico, because allegedly the computer contains a wealth of information of a network of complicity at the highest level of government that allowed the capo his uninterrupted operation in the trafficking of drugs from within the state and Mexico at large.

Two other relevant data in this regard are at least 7 million dollars in cash in suitcases arranged supposedly for the payment that is apparently detailed in a statement on the laptop of Nacho Coronel. The other are the confessions of Hiram Quinones Gastelum, who as his top lieutenant was known to have political and police connections, most apparently identified with the National Action Party (PAN).

Although the army has guarded custody of this sensitive information that was obtained after the elimination of Colonel - a success that Felipe Calderon urgently needed amid so many questions about the failure of the drug war - rumors have begun to circulate at the highest level of government of the Felipe Calderon administration, who now has better data of a possible collusion by officials from his party in Jalisco with cartel bosses.

According to unofficial information that has begun to seep it has not yet been determined how to use the information found in the Laptop of Nacho Coronel, although there are only two options for Calderón: Proceed against police chiefs and politicians linked to the narco network or maintain current impunity.

The stern face shown by Governor Emilio González Márquez of Jalisco at a dinner with Felipe Calderón during the inauguration of the stadium for las "Chivas" - was evident because he was not advised of the tactical operation against Colonel made hours earlier, and the silence of the former Governor Alberto Cardenas and Francisco Ramirez Acuna, precisely reflects a sense of nervousness.

In fact, Ramírez Acuña, former Secretary of the Interior, President of the Chamber of federal representatives and aspiring to head the PAN, reacted angrily when reporters asked for his opinion and more information on the capture of the drug lord who ruled in the state since December 2006 .

- "No, there's no comment."

- "Why?"

- "Because you already have it" - he said angry - "There is no more! You don't need to continue commenting!"

It is hard to understand the angry reaction of Ramirez Acuna, but one thing is certainly known: The criminals can only operate freely through the ineptitude or complicity of the authorities, and one can start to speculate how a narco network can take sanctuary in Jalisco without the collusion of police and politicians that have influence in the system.

In Jalisco it has been documented how prominent drug traffickers from Sinaloa settled with their families in the Guadalajara metropolitan area since the early 80s, at the begining of Operation Condor, and they became incorporated into the frivolous local bourgeoisie, thanks to their flamboyant lifestyle .

Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, Don Neto, Rafael Caro Quintero and Manuel Salcido "El Cochiloco," among others, lived in the capital of Jalisco as if nothing, with the knowledge of PRI governors such as Flavio Romero de Velasco, Carlos Rivera Aceves, Enrique Álvarez del Castillo and Guillermo Cossío Vidaurri.

With the arrival of PAN in state government it allowed for drug traffickers to maintain a haven in Jalisco until it expanded in January 2001 up to the federal level with the election of president Vicente Fox, whose governor was Alberto Cardenas, the same time when Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera escape the maximum correction prison of Puente Grande.

Some of the most wanted Sinaloa narcos on the run, or their families, were residing in Jalisco: Juan Jose Esparragoza El Azul, Ismael El Mayo Zambada, Ignacio Nacho Coronel and the Beltran Leyva brothers, who then formed the Federation.

This was Known by governors and police chiefs in the state, but it is evident that they enjoyed protection at the highest level, which now is possible to understand an incident that took place in March of last year: The capture and release of Colonel José Angel Carrasco, nephew of Nacho .

It turns out that "El Changel," as he was known, was arrested on March 14 along with five other men, after a shootout with soldiers in the town of Tlajomulco, and were turned over to the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) and the Weapons that were confiscated were turned over to the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR).

But then the very own PGJE said no crime could be proven against the suspects because they did not have the five weapons that had been confiscated, which were in the custody of the PGR, so they let them walk. This, despite that the prosecuting attorney, Thomas Coronado, said the detainees had been placed under the authority of the PGR, but were never actually brought in.

The fact is that Colonel Carrasco was not bothered until the army killed him on the same day as his uncle Nacho was killed, because they were no longer protected by the characters that are named on the computer that has unnerved many of the PAN in Jalisco.

Source: Proceso


  1. I wonder if they found anything in the laptop that would prove once and for all the ties between Calderon and the Sinaloa Cartel.
    Although we are Mexicans and tend to get sloppy, even if they did find anything I doubt anybody would have the balls to publicise it.

  2. Interesting question, but if Calderon's administration does, in fact, have 'strong ties' with the Sinaloa cartel, then why is El Mayo's brother in custody in Mexico and why was his son extradited to the United States?

    I mean, wouldn't that be a breach of contract? Especially, when dealing with his son.

    Granted, I understand that corruption is everywhere (literally everywhere), but these constant allegations of a link between Calderon and Sinaloa need to be backed up by evidence, not just assumptions, rumors and gossip that the Juarez and Beltran-Leyva cartels are probably responsible for.

    As for the infamous laptop, I wonder if the U.S. government is going to attempt to get their hands on it. After all, he was wanted by the FBI for quite some time and now that there is no possibility of a criminal prosecution against him, all that's left is the information on his laptop. That is, of course, if someone isn't tampering with it as we speak.

  3. PAN= Sinola

    those who do not play are assinated. Refer to the latest Governor "hit list" of 5 for an example. Or the BB article of Moriera fam.
    The fact is Cartels run the elections + Media

  4. Do you recall when Calderon released el chapo's wife from custody within 24 hrs? his excuse? did not want reprisals? That made no sense...then why search for any high profile cartel? the only explanation in my mind was he was ordered to release her within the cartel. At that time, for me, I was then certain Cadleron was sleeping with the enemy.

  5. Or selling it to the highest bidder. It would be a great blackmail tool as well. That is why the laptop and its content is unlikely to see the light of day.

  6. Everyone commenting on this blog is a moron and don't know squat. (most can't even spell correctly)

  7. Anonymous (August 4, 2010 11:47 AM):

    I understand how that would look bad, but the truth is that the law enforcement agency that arrested her in Mexico had no probable cause to seize her for a longer period of time.

    It's the same in the United States, otherwise law enforcement (here in the U.S.) would be at fault for violating your constitutional rights.

    Since when is it a crime to be the wife (or one of several) of a drug cartel leader?

  8. There can never be 100% Protection..
    Just as Calderon can not control the entire mexican military.
    Once in a while big fish must go down, regardless...

    The public and the media must be fed, as well as the sideline observers..

  9. Anonymous (8.4.10 12:05 PM):

    That's very plausible. If I find any article regarding the U.S. government's potential interest in the laptop, I'll email it to the BB.

  10. You know, one of the first excuses that the open borders groups in the U.S like to spout-off about every time we try to make an impact on illegal immigration is that it will then make the illegals afraid to cooperate with the Police. In my experience- they come here (understandably) afraid of the Police. What sane person wouldn't? This article just goes to my point.

  11. I bet the laptop, in it's original state, will never be seen, if ever seen at all.

  12. Chapos former wife had financial assets far exceeding that reported to the ministry of finance, she was wanted for money laundering. There was plenty of evidence which is why the press on both sides the border were stunned by Calderon's release of her and his reasoning why.
    I think BB had a few articles regarding this as well the NY Times and LA Times among others.

  13. SQUAT defined
    To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels. 2. To crouch down, as an animal does. ...

    I DO know squat, see it at the gym everyday

    Love & Blessings, A BB Moron

  14. I know that in this case BB is only taking an article from "Proceso" and translating it into English but I think it is irresponsible to use a title like that and then post the picture of President Calderón, as if insinuating that he had ties with Nacho Coronel.

    If somebody has some hard facts it would be good to see them but if not promoting rumors does a lot of bad for Mexico as a country and for BB's image as well.

  15. PLEEEEEEZE! This is a blog not a court of law, a discussion of news, opinion and commentary. BB clearly establishes a disclaimer..see "The Skinny" get a grip, all this love for corrupted politians and cartels, I am allowed an opinion and my opinion is the politians including Calderon are corrupt fuckers who have destroyed Mexico. between the cartels and politians there is little difference in the end effect, that is my opinion, so what? A lot of bad for Mexico? Jesus, that would be good because now outside Mx a small % have a clue how bad it is, until that is acknowledged no one will care about solutions..

  16. the picture of calderon with the senator is showing the gall that these stuffed suits have in congress with the way they run politics they should be wearing yute and huaraches so good for BB posting that pic in this article.

  17. Per (
    A second A second alleged Zeta hitman has been taken into custody in Brownsville, according federal officials.
    Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, also known as “El Pelochas,” 29, is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service

  18. Anonymous (8.4.10 8:21 PM):

    I'm not saying he's not corrupt, in fact, I stated that corruption is everywhere, but what I'm saying is that you need real evidence, not just what appears to be evidence of corruption.

    It's healthy and important to question everything. And it's also an asset to know your rights, here, in the U.S., and in Mexico. The only serious problem is that you don't have a chance to do that in Mexico, because of all the violence.

    Also, the only law enforcement agency that I've read that's active, and correct me if I'm wrong, is the federal police in Mexico. What about local law enforcement agencies? Why don't they do their part in protecting Mexican citizens that are not involved in organized crime.

  19. "...I know that in this case BB is only taking an article from "Proceso" and translating it into English but I think it is irresponsible to use a title like that and then post the picture of President Calderón, as if insinuating that he had ties with Nacho Coronel...."

    Everybody has a bias.

    I would like to thank BB for being a source of information that would otherwise go unknown and unavailable to the majority of us.

    Thanks for being here.

  20. "I know that in this case BB is only taking an article from "Proceso" and translating it into English but I think it is irresponsible to use a title like that and then post the picture of President Calderón, as if insinuating that he had ties with Nacho Coronel."

    But they are calderon's friends and of his party. Until Mexico starts really hitting the corrupt political system that has been engrained for so long, we will continue to see impunity, no matter how much you want to cover it up to make it look good, caca!


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