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Saturday, October 22, 2011

This week in Tancitaro, Michoacan

It was a busy week for the Mexican Army in Tancitaro, a municipality of 30,000 inhabitants in western Michoacan located between Uruapan and Apatzingan. It is an area considered the heartland of the Caballeros Templarios, and before them La Familia Michoacana.

Tancitaro is also known as one of the most dangerous municipalities in the state.

This past Tuesday two young gunmen survived a confrontation with the Army troops in the small community of El Chilar.

The two men, 19 year old Luis Enrique Castillo "el Toro" and 24 year old Sergio Alberto Valencia "el Compas" were captured when the pickup they were travelling in crashed while attempting to flee after an exchange of gunfire with soldiers.

Three other gunmen were able to escape from the scene.

Two AK-47's, one .45 caliber pistol, a small amount of marijuana, ammunition and tactical gear were seized.

On Thursday, three gunmen were not so lucky after engaging in a firefight in downtown Tancitaro with Army soldiers on patrol.

State and Federal police and the Army are responsible for maintaining law and order in Tancitaro. In 2008 seven municipal police officers were attacked and killed by unknown gunmen and in 2010 all sixty municipal police officers were fired and the force disbanded.

In September 2010 the mayor of Tancitaro, Gustavo Sánchez Cervantes, and municipal councilman Rafael Equihua were stoned to death. The previous municipal government resigned after receiving death threats.

In Thursday's incident heavily armed gunmen traveling in three vehicles that included a Chevrolet pickup with California license plates met head on with an Army patrol on a street in the city center. An armed confrontation ensued that emptied Tancitaro's streets.

After the fighting was over three gunmen lay dead in their vehicles, and one soldier was also killed.

The dead soldier was identified as 23 year old Jaime Jesus Bello Aleman. The three dead gunmen were identified as Jorge Luis Quevedo Zúñiga, age 45, a Tancitaro resident and Felipe Flores González, age 48, also from Tancitaro. The third dead gunman was not identified.

Several gunmen escaped into the city streets. There was evidence that some may have been wounded in the fighting.

Soldiers recovered four AK-47's and one AR-15, 30 magazines and 1,500 rounds of ammunition.



  1. Nice pics, now that's reporting and why this site is # one.

  2. Its unbelievable that these guys from CT/LFM keep going at it with the army like its nothing

  3. am i the only one who noticed these guys holding their weapons?? can anyone enlighten me as to why they allowed them to hold their AK's again?? it looks like both the guns have clips in them.... i dont know just seems kind of retarded...

  4. Did these guys ask to pose with the guns to make them look tuff. WTF

  5. am i the only one who noticed these guys holding their weapons?? can anyone enlighten me as to why they allowed them to hold their AK's again??


  6. Thats the end result of a wanna be cartel gunman/ suckerio, they should display those pictures all over Messico to show the kids what they will look like 2 days after joining a gang

  7. kid? please . . how do you kno there are no bullets? the clips are in the guns.... unless you were there personally i dont think you can say for sure there are no bullets.... can you??? way to be a complete jackass.

  8. and dont try and say "there's no way they would allow them to hold loaded AK's" because given the Mexicans track record i would say anything is possible.

    P.S. I would advise not calling people kids in a smartass tone while trying to make them feel stupid. One day that attitude is going to catch up with you. Im old enough to be your father, and MY kids wouldnt run around on the internet talking shit. they were raised better than that. Good luck to you sir, with your attitude, you are going to need it.

  9. Even holding guns, these kids look like they need to be at home on the Xbox or in school. Maybe playing soccer. Not out doing the crap dirty work for the cartels, having no future.

  10. Mexico is so retardedly liberal that these fucks need to be posed with their weapons or near them, otherwise you'd have some douchebag accusing the military of apprehending innocent kids.

  11. October 22, 2011 3:41 PM

    You Mad?

  12. I wasn't trying to be a jackass, I thought you were jocking, no one will give a criminal a gun with bullets after you have arrest them. I'm sure they are holding the guns just for the pictures, and I'm sure the guns have no bullets.

  13. October 22, 2011 3:41 PM You are right, it was not O.K. for me to call you kid, so I apologize for that incident.

  14. Too funny.
    At a website with photos of guys shot to hell.
    2 users are breaking out in a dual for their honor.
    No Sean mamones. Beso, beso, beso.

  15. The man laying on the floor of the truck was not part of the narcs. He was my uncle, he was killed by mistake and instead of the Mexican army taking responsibility of their actions they placed a gun under his arm to make him look bad. He was a hard working man who left six kids behind. Mexico is so corrupt. Rip tio we will get justice for you!

  16. I hate how all these websites are damaging Felipe Gonzalez Flores's name!!!!!! My uncle wasnt part of these filthy drug dealers!!! The fucken mexican soldiers made a mistake and shot an innocent man and to make things worse they tried to frame him by putting a riffle in his hand!!! Even through the picture u can tell that the riffle is out of place cuz if my uncle was trying to dodge the shoots he wouldnt of landed on the floor like he is still holding the riffle!!!!!

  17. scotty mole and the left nutzOctober 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    i believe it. the first thing i noticed in the second pic was the tool pouch. seemed kinda outta place for a narco shootout! that with the way the body is positioned with the gun looks off.

  18. The placement of the gun is way off. Fucking mexican soldiers trying to clean their hands. They had no remorse when they killed him. You will be missed soo much Felipe. You are in a better place and watching over us. I love you.

  19. Well people are retarded this is not even little kids these are grown men and they are part of the cartel shit you peoples don't know shit i visit this town Tancitaro every year and stuff like this always happens.

  20. I am sorry for the loss of your uncle sir. It is a total atrocity that this stuff happens so often and so close to home and the majority just seems to turn their head and ignore it. Attention needs to be drawn to these things.
    I am glad to see that you are standing up for what is right. His sacrifice will never be in vain as long as do that.

  21. Dam, aint that some shit......thats how all payed assassin's will end up, not much brain to go and fight aganist an army without no kind of training!


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