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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Warrant Issued for Former Federal Police Anti-Drug Chief Ramón Eduardo Pequeño on Torture Charges

 "Socalj for Borderland Beat"

Ramon Eduardo Pequeno is accused of being responsible for ordering the torture of members of the Los Zodiacs kidnapping gang alongside Luis Cardenas Palomino and others.
A federal judge ordered the apprehension of the former head of the Federal Police Anti-Drug Division, Ramón Eduardo Pequeño, for his probable responsibility in the crime of torture to the detriment of four alleged kidnappers accused of being part of the Los Zodiacos gang.

The victims' lawyer Héctor Pérez Rivera told Milenio that Eduardo Pequeño is accused of being one of the material authors of the torture of Mario Vallarta Cisneros and Sergio Cortez Vallarta, brother and nephew, respectively, of Israel Vallarta, former sentimental partner of convicted French kidnapper Florence Cassez.

The arrest warrant pointed out, it was released "within the same criminal case 10/2020 by the Twelfth District Court of Federal Criminal Proceedings" in Mexico City, last year. Luis Cárdenas Palomino, a former Federal Police Chief under Genaro Garcia Luna was recently arrested for his involvement in the torture of the kidnapping group, as reported by Borderland Beat.

What degree of participation did Eduardo Pequeño have? 
“Material author, like all the other participants. They are all material authors.”

Are Luis Cárdenas Palomino and Ramón Eduardo Pequeño the two highest-ranking former officials involved?"
"Yes, they are the only high-ranking characters involved in the criminal case."

At a recent hearing, former director of the Federal Security Regional Police, Luis Cardenas, reserved his right to testify after being accused by the Fiscalía General of the Republic (FGR) as probable responsible for the crime of torture.

The former federal command requested the duplication of the constitutional term, from 72 to 144 hours, so that his legal situation could be defined, after appearing for almost four hours. FGR probably assumed that Cardenas Palomino ordered agents of the Federal Police the torture of four people, to force them to accept that they were part of the Los Zodiacos gang of kidnappers.

The brothers Eduardo and Ricardo Estrada Granados are the other alleged kidnappers believed to have been tortured.

The FGR accused that Cárdenas Palomino ordered the torture of four people in 2012: Eduardo Estrada Granados, Ricardo Estrada Granados, Sergio Cortez Vallarta, and Mario Vallarta Cisneros. The last one is the brother of Israel Vallarta, former boyfriend of French national and convicted kidnapper Florence Cassez.

Cassez was arrested in Mexico in 2005 and sentenced to 60 years for kidnapping. Her boyfriend was part of a kidnapping ring known as Los Zodiacos and she was convicted for assisting him. After 7 years of tensions between Mexican and French authorities, she was released for violations in due process since the police staged the filming of her arrest and did not contact consular authorities promptly.

Throughout her imprisonment and after she was released, Cassez was firm on her innocence. But some of the kidnapping victims identified her as one of the abductors and said she was involved in the gang. In 2013, Cassez was allowed to return to France, where she now lives.

Pequeño García was the Chief of Intelligence at the Federal Police, and Cárdenas Palomino, Former Chief of the Regional Security Division. Both belonged to García Luna’s closest circle

Both Cárdenas Palomino and Ramón Eduardo Pequeño are singled out in the United States for allegedly protecting and receiving bribes from the Sinaloa cartel. Currently, both are under indictments in New York. The former chief of both commanders, the former Secretary of Public Security, Genaro García Luna, remains awaiting trial in the United States. 

According to the ProPublica report, Pequeño García, Cárdenas Palomino, and García Luna had a high level of cooperation with the Sinaloa cartel. The Mexican officials agreed not to interfere with the cartel’s operation, most of which was based in the U.S.

Moreover, they provided the cartel leaders with information about legal operations against them and focused on arrests involving other cartels. In addition, they put the most corrupt officials to monitor security agencies in the areas where the Sinaloa cartel operated. 

The accusations are part of an investigation on corruption at the Mexican government that began after Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was declared guilty of 10 crimes related to drug trafficking and for which he was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2020, Pequeno had his bank accounts frozen in relation to Garcia Luna trafficking allegations, as reported by Borderland Beat.

Regarding Ramón Pequeño, a report mentioned that “he supervised the anti-drugs units that were specially examined by the U.S. Drugs Control Administration and that were related to two massacres in Mexico that left tens, and possibly hundreds of dead and missing people.”

Pequeño García, who was the chief of intelligence at the Federal Police, and Cárdenas Palomino, former chief of the Regional Security Division of the same institution, and both of whom belonged to García Luna’s closest circle, has been previously praised by U.S. authorities on their fight against Mexican drug cartels.

Although the accusations do not directly link Pequeño and Cárdenas Palomino to those cases, they mention leakage of information and suggest both of them were working with drug cartels.

Sources: MilenioEl Universal; Borderland Beat archives


  1. Otro puerco en la mira!

  2. just simply by the way he gave out his speeches you were able to tell that he wqs a real douche bag


  4. Pequeno the public face and voice of mexicos perp walks and fight against drug trafficking lmao

  5. The police are another cartel operating in Mexico. Disgusting. Look how they shoot up innocent people in Tamaulipas, this and huge crimes. Cartel de los Puercos.

  6. No governments backing them, no invasion of plazas and wars started throughout the Republic. Another article regarding the governments help of CDS and how all those bogus corridos had wannabes UTI. PAZGUATOS. Now he just weeps😭 in his cell for not having the huevos to go out shooting

  7. Kidnappers and cartel criminals deserve torture.

  8. Guess the money is so good. It's worth the chance, it's not the cartels, it's the crooked politicians, who do not care about mexico, get rich and move to the U.S

  9. All levels of government are Curupt bin Mexico, they tortured a kidnapping squad years ago, and years later the kidnappers are suing the past chief, dumb laws in Mexico.

  10. Is Garcia Luna snitching?

    1. No bro, he is hiding from the law.

    2. How is he hiding when he's in prison?

    3. Garcia Luna is in US custody. If he was informing the arrests would likely be for trafficking/bribery as they’re all under indictment in the US. This is for a domestic prisoner torture case

    4. Last I heard he was hiding somewhere in Texas.

    5. SMH @10:34,1:35

  11. Torturing Cassez and Vallarta is the least of their problems, fabricating evidence and murdering their own confederates or targeting rival cartels like BLO to steal their business was and is no problem either, then what the fack is their problem?
    My problem is that for about 30 or more years, genarco and Co. have been working with impunity and all the charges in the world are still beating out of the right case.
    They may have started working for narcos, but by the FECALATO they were Masters and Commanders after betraying Vicentillo Zambada, Vicente Carrillo, el Benja, BLO, etc, they deserve more prison than El Chapo and La Mencha put together
    Leer: "El Expedient Secreto de Luis Cardenas Palomino".


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