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Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 a Violent Year in Coahuila

Posted on Borderland Beat Forum by BJEFF
This is a recap that concentrates on Saltillo the capital, though events from other cities are included it does not capture the reality of the rampant violence of Piedras and Torreon.

The escape of 129 prisoners from the prison of Piedras Negras, the execution of Jose Eduardo Moreira, son of former Gov. Humberto Moreira, the killing of Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of the Zetas cartel, and the execution of electoral officer Nathaniel Rivera have been security events that have recapped the first years of Ruben Moreira as state governor.

In his campaign platform, Moreira made it clear that security would be one of the hallmarks of his administration, with the phrase "I'll handle security."

Here is an account of the violence  that have occurred in the state during the first year in office Moreira.


 The first month of the current administration had no respite or any influence because it was the Christmas season. In December attacks continued in the bars and clubs of  Torreon  Also  there was a killing of a policeman chief  and his stepson in Saltillo, and the kidnapping of seven Police graduates.
[number signifies date]
3 Organized crime "welcomes" the new administration with an attack on bar "La Barra" of Torreon, where three people died.  

5 The municipal police chief  of Saltillo, Emmanuel Almaguer Perez and his stepson , are executed  while in their  vehicle.

7 Three men aged between 20 and 30 years old were gunned down in Vista Hermosa, in Saltillo.

9  Seven Coahuila police graduates are kidnapped, which unleashes a confrontation where two people are rescued and one dies.

13  Serafin Pena Santos, director of Cereso of Saltillo, is killed by eight bullets in front of a technical secondary University Avenue.

23  The municipal police  Gilberto Escobedo was kidnapped but later found 
good guys are really the bad guys

Eduardo "Lalo" Moreira



The first month of 2012 shocked the city Saltillenses because it presented the first "hanging", common in cities like Monterrey and Torreon.

16 The director of Women Cereso [prison], Silvia Parra Perez of Saltillo, is ambushed and kidnapped in the morning by armed men.  later released.

18 Appears the first hanging in Saltillo. The body of Joel Espinosa Luis Sosa is found in the MDV,  after being executed and hung on that structure.


The month of "love and friendship" was not so, and was characterized by the killing of police and elements involved in drug trafficking.

4 The elements of Alfredo Peralta Police Investigating Oscar Ramirez and Jesus Ontiveros are riddled in Torreon.

14 Arturo Alvarez Andrade, police chief of Saltillo, was killed by three bullets in Saltillo outside his home in Lomas de Guadalupe.

16 After the capture of federal and state control by the PGR, an armed group attacked and killed Jorge Bazaldua, the trusted  Tobias Sergio Salas, is one of the state officials arrested, allegedly for his links drug trafficking.


During April, a zeta leader is arrested in  Saltillo, causing  violence to break out   including that massive shootout at the  building of the PGR, which injured three federal agents.

1 Three bodies of women are found in a clandestine grave in the ejido .

28 José Alberto González Xalate, "El Paisa", whom federal authorities identified as a member of Los Zetas is arrested, a fact that triggers a series of shootings in Saltillo.

29  Aboard two Humvees,  a heavily armed commando attacked and  shot the building of sub Attorney General's Office in Saltillo, injuring three federal agents and a civilian passing by.


During the summer of this year, the shootings are intensified in Saltillo. In June it became necessary to shut down schools and close shops for the security of people.

3 A total of 11 dead and over 10 wounded by gunfire was the aftermath of  the shooting attack by a command at the rehabilitation center  located in Ejido La Union in the rural area of ​​Torreón.

22 On this day occurred one of the most violent days in Saltillo, and chases after clashes throughout the day between gunmen and authorities, there was a total  of nine people killed: eight criminals, one civilian and three state troopers injured.

9  Zocalo reporter Saltillan Stephania Cardoso and her little son are kidnapped after attending a party. Days later she speaks  through social networks ensures that all right, but still in danger. [some doubts on this story]


These days, a shootout in middle of the night woke from their dreams to Saltillo.

5  A confrontation in Saltillo left a toll of four dead suspects, three soldiers injured and a woman traveling in the same vehicle as the attackers. The facts were reported around 3:32 am on crossing of Boulevards Luis Echeverria and Miguel Hidalgo.


Shocking was meeting in Saltillo was a safe house where organized crime guarding hostages, even from other cities, including Monterrey.

9  Ten kidnap victims were freed and five suspects, including 16-year-old arrested in Saltillo, during a raid by federal police.

28  Three adults and a child are executed by a command inside a garage and car wash.


The now famous flight of dozens of inmates Cereso of Piedras Negras,

11 The municipal police in  Reyna Barajas,  assigned to the Coordination of alcohol, and Maribel Ugalde, the Police Special Unit for the Investigation of Family Violence, are found executed with bullets to the head on the highway Saltillo- Torreón.

17  In the largest mass escape in memory, 129 inmates escaped from Cereso of Piedras Negras.

18  Ignacio Meza Rueda, deputy director of the Municipal Police of Saltillo, is ambushed and executed in the MDV.

19  One dead, two injured are the casualties  of an assault of a commando into the restaurant "The Frigate"




Perhaps most shocking month: Jose Eduardo Moreira is executed, son of former Gov. Humberto Moreira, in an alleged "narcovenganza" in which police were involved in  Acuña. Also killed Heriberto Lazcano, top leader of the Zetas.

2  In a Piedras Negras clash between authorities and criminals, is killed Alejandro Chavez Trevino, nephew of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the second Zeta leader.

3 Jose Eduardo Moreira, son of former Gov. Humberto Moreira, Acuña is executed in revenge for the GATES killing of Alejandro Chavez Trevino.

7 In a confrontation in Progresso,  killed by elements of the Navy is  Heriberto Lazcano, top leader of Los Zetas.

12  Elements of the Federal Police arrested three men and rescued a person deprived of liberty  during a raid in Torreon.


The continued violence claiming the lives of security personnel, in this case a member of GROMS.

3  10 people are killed in Torreon in two different events. Six killed   when a commando broke into a ritual of Santa Muerte and four more to be found inside a car,  two couples dismembered.

5  After a series of clashes in Piedras Negras, six criminals are killed by federal forces, disrupting classes for 2000 students. That same day, in Saltillo, a narcomanta created panic by appearing in the MDV.

8   Omar Juarez, "The Peluso" Saltillo plaza boss of Los Zetas, is captured by the Navy of Mexico.

10  A local group element GROMS dies after chase and confrontation with criminals in the Metropolitan Park.

22. Military troops a property located five kilometers from the bypass  Berrueto Eliseo Mendoza,  where there were half-buried human remains.

24  Four people were executed inside a taxi were located on a road near the boundaries between Piedras Negras and Zaragoza.

28  In Saltillo, GROMS elements fought gun battles against a group of criminals, four killed 


The 2012 violent closes December 1. The kidnapping and execution of Nathaniel Rivera and the appearance of 4 "hanging" in the MDV.  highlighted  the news this month.

1 During the first hours of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto and even before he received the presidential sash, a group of thugs appeared in Saltillo with attacks on government installations and the Institutional Revolutionary Party building. Through a statement, warning that it was the "first phase" of their conflict.

3  An ambush on  PGJE officers left  an officer dead and seriously injured  another in Jupiter Street North  in Saltillo.

7  The dawn of this day are four bodies hanging in Megadistribuidor. According to early investigations, this act would be part of a clash between two rival gangs of organized crime.

8  The execution of  a mining entrepreneur in the Carboniferous Region of Coahuila.

12 It is revealed that kidnappers are members of the PAN in Coahuila, some of them identified as Guillermo Anaya team.

17 In El Ejido Guadalupe Victoria, in Saltillo, are found the bodies of six people executed.

18  They confirm that Nathaniel Rivera, executive secretary of the IEPC, is among the six people found tortured and executed in Ejido Guadalupe Victoria.

27  Five children escape the Juvenile Detention Center in the Bellavista neighborhood, after beating guards, also  find in  Viesca six bodies.

28  Cesar Garcia Guevara, element Municipal Preventive Police, was killed from  15 shots in the Buenos Aires colonia of Saltillo.


  1. they need to hurry up and finish getting the rest of the prisoners that escaped they are zetas kill them all they are assholes. killers fuch them zetas

  2. i heard that,zetas in cd acuna are,torturing people in the old soldier's base,in the 28 colonia and some kids in bikes are halcones on the look out for marines

  3. What the fuck did i just read, that shit was confusing as hell, some words didnt even make sense.

  4. Coahuila scum. La gente son cochinos. Coahuila jijiji

  5. Lalo Moreira es cochino. Jijiji

  6. The Nerve of Mexican government taking credit for killing Lazca its was just dumb luck that they found him no hard work or intelligence just solders out on patrol hell did did not even know it was him that's how incompetent Mexicans is your a solder or a cop and you don't know what the leader of the los zetas looks like Mexico is doomed it will be come just like Colombia drug war

  7. Thank you Chivas for this great news item. From reading Borderland and how you have expressed your feelings on this area has opened up my eyes as a American citizen to this particular region. All we have ever really been exposed to is the border areas and what the news over here reports which is not too much. By following your reports as a American woman I decided last year to cancel my living plans in San Luis Potosi and Tepic. If I listened to travel agents and major news outlets, they try to whitewash what is really happening, the advice they give is don't go out at night, don't leave resorts, so and so on, what is the point of that? I want to be free to go wherever and that is not possible in Mexico right now. Thanks again. You are my go to person

  8. @1:32pm I just pray its CDS and CDG Sicarios.

  9. all those,fools in the pictures look like,innocent people huh? nahh dont get fooled they are killers and wont think twice to kill a kid a oldman rape women and even kill a whole family if they have to i really think some of these people can be living in the states now some are us citizens so keep your eyes open and dont think twice to call the police or grab your gun and blast a zeta

  10. hope to see,all these,lowlifes in prison again or just dead i heard some of these zetas are still in coahuila acuna and piedras, and the rest are in monterrey and zacatecas

  11. hey chivis it would be nice if you can refresh the pics of the prisoners that escaped,let in us know on the pic who has been captured or killed plse chivis we,would apriciated if u did we stay true to to borderland beat

  12. To me Coahuila was the craziest state in Mexico this year ,especially in Piedras Negras and Saltillo , dont forget Torreon , ciudad Acuna and Monclova

  13. @1:18 do you mean you hope that it is the CDS using the old base as a torture facility? We in Acuña are ready for the Z to be gone

  14. @1:32

    tell me more.
    where are the bodies dumped? Did you here of decaps in September? Before Lalo's killing?

  15. (@10:47am)No i mean i hope the Zetas are killing there rivals and not toturing and killing innocents..

    And anyways i hear CDG doin same thing to innocents in reynosa...extortion,kidnappings etc.

    So i hope it isnt as the old saying goes "better the devil you know" if CDG take Acuna.

  16. @10;47am No i mean i hope the zetas are killing there rivals and not innocents.

    And anyways i hear CDG are Extorting and kidnapping and killing innocents in Reynosa right now.

    So i hope for your case it isnt as the old saying goes"better the devil you know" if CDG take Acuna.

  17. chivis i hear from friends that,acuna everyone knows who the zetas are,but people are real scared to snitch on them but shit its easy to find them all you really got to do is ask around in laberintos club

  18. December 31, 2012 3:45 AM OF course everyone knows, do you think they are all hiding in a city they control? They control the military and the police so they can operate freely. This is how it works.


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