Mexico high court upholds keeping military on police duties

Source: ABC News

11/30/2022

Mexico’s Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a constitutional change that allows the military to continue in law enforcement duties until 2028.

The court ruled against appeals that argued law enforcement should be left to civilian police forces. Critics warned President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is militarizing the country, and ignoring the separation of powers.

Eight of the court’s 11 justices voted to uphold the changes that Congress approved in October.

Putting soldiers and marines on the streets to fight crime was long viewed as a stopgap measure to fight the country’s well-armed drug cartels. In 2019, legislators voted that civilian police should take over those duties by 2024.

But López Obrador supports relying on the military indefinitely because he views the armed forces as more honest. The president has given the military more responsibilities than any Mexican leader in recent memory.

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez human rights center wrote Tuesday that “the judicial branch has lost an opportunity to act as a counterbalance against the militarization of the country.”

Most experts agree Mexico needs better paid, trained and equipped civilian police. Mexico’s state and municipal police are often corrupt, poorly trained and unprofessional.

López Obrador has relied almost exclusively on the military for law enforcement. He eliminated the civilian Federal Police force and created the National Guard, which he now wants to hand over completely to the Defense Department.

The president is also relying on the armed forces in other areas , from building infrastructure projects to running airports and trains.

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Mexican searchers exhume 53 bags of human remains after dog is spotted carrying human hand

11/22/2022

Source: Fox News

About 53 bags of human remains have been uncovered since late October from a makeshift grave site in the Mexican town of Irapuato, an excavation that started after locals reported seeing a dog walking with a human hand in its mouth. 

Irapuato is in Guanajuato, which has the highest homicide rate within any of Mexico’s 32 states. The violence is mostly driven by a years-long war between the Jalisco cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Gunmen attack police station, sparking deadly shootout in Mexico

11/22/2022

Source: CBS News

Gunmen opened fire on a police station in the north-central state of Guanajuato Sunday, and several people were killed when police returned fire. Police in the city of Celaya said that several attackers had been killed, but did not give an exact number. The attack occurred in a town on the outskirts of the city.

Celaya police chief Jesús Rivera said three police officers had been wounded, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Guanajuato has the highest number of homicides of any of Mexico’s 32 states.

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Police in Mexico spot dog with human body part in its mouth — again

11/17/2022

Source: CBS News

Police in southern Mexico said Wednesday they found a dismembered human body after spotting a dog trotting down the street with a human arm in its mouth. It was the third time in the last month that canines have been seen in Mexico trotting off with human body parts. 

Police in the southern state of Oaxaca said they responded to a call Wednesday morning about “a black dog that carried in its mouth a human arm.”

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Guardia Nacional gestiona 846 mdp para inteligencia anticrimen

Fuente: Milenio

28/10/2022

La Guardia Nacional prepara la adquisición de una plataforma para la intervención de comunicaciones privadas y equipo para la localización de celulares que estén relacionados con delitos, con el fin de incrementar sus capacidades en el combate a los grupos de la delincuencia organizada, proyecto para el cual prevé destinar 846 millones 532 mil 358 pesos.

El anterior es uno de nueve planes enviados por la corporación a la Secretaría de Hacienda para la adquisición de diversos equipos, vehículos y contratación de servicios de mantenimiento, con lo que busca fortalecer sus trabajos de inteligencia.

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Huachicoleros tejen red con policías y funcionarios; caso Olmeca

Fuente: Excelsior

17/10/2022

Empleados de Pemex, elementos de la Guardia Nacional (GN), agentes ministeriales y exfuncionarios estatales están implicados en una red de huachicoleo que opera en Tabasco y Veracruz y a la que el Ejército ya tiene en la mira.

Reportes obtenidos por el grupo de hackers Guacamaya detallan la operación de un grupo delictivo encabezado por Gabriel “N”, Gabo, junto con al menos otras 29 personas, entre ellas cuatro trabajadores de Petróleos Mexicanos y dos guardias nacionales.

En la trama, llamada Caso Olmeca por los elementos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional a cargo de la investigación, participan también tres proveedores de combustible ilícito, nueve operadores de tractocamiones, dos colaboradores encargados del “manejo de recursos” y cinco clientes que compran el huachicol.

En los informes más recientes sobre el caso, fechados en agosto pasado, se detallan las ubicaciones de al menos nueve puntos de extracción de combustible, tanto en instalaciones de Pemex como en puntos de ordeña, así como los negocios o predios donde las pipas de la red criminal cargan el combustible robado. La zona de operación abarca desde Cárdenas, Huimanguillo y Villahermosa, en Tabasco, a La Tinaja, en Veracruz.

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Mexico is world’s deadliest spot for environmental activists

Source: AP News

09/29/2022

VICAM, Mexico — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead in June 2021.

The murder of Indigenous land defenders often conjures up images of Amazon activists killed deep in the jungle — and Colombia and Brazil still account for many of the deaths. But according to a report by the nongovernmental group Global Witness, Mexico saw 54 activists killed in 2021, compared to 33 in Colombia and 26 in Brazil. The group recorded the deaths of 200 activists worldwide in 2021.

Latin America accounted for more than two-thirds of those slayings — often of the bravest and most well-respected people in their communities.

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Why Is Mexico’s Security Strategy Failing?

Source: Forbes

9/27/2022

During the administration of President Andres Manuel López Obrador, Mexico has struggled with historically high levels of homicides. On September 22, 2022 during a morning press conference López Obrador faced off with journalist Jorge Ramos over his government’s track record of dealing with violence. Ramos held up a placard showing that AMLO’s government has overseen more murders than any other administration in modern Mexican history. López Obrador chose to deny and deflect. “I don’t agree with you,” he countered. López Obrador continues to remind voters about the violence Mexico experienced during the presidency of Felipe Calderon (2006-2012.) He does not mention, however, that his own government has overseen a significantly higher level of violence. According to data from Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the country recorded 42,676 murders during the first three years of Calderon’s government, a time when Mexico was considered to be “at war” with its drug cartels. Under López Obrador, the government has promoted the slogan “hugs not bullets” and also embraced a massive expansion of Calderon’s militarized security strategy. What has not disappeared, however, is the violence. Mexico has recorded 109,059 murders between 2019 and the end of 2021, during the first half of López Obrador’s sexenio. In order to discuss the issue of violent crime in Mexico, I reached out to Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

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The Empire of Los Chapitos

A postcard from Culiacán

Source: Ioan Grillo Substack, Narco Politics

We run into the punteros by the tollbooth on the road from Mazatlán into Sinaloa’s colorful state capital of Culiacán. They are operating so brazenly they have even put up a tarp to shield themselves from the punishing sun. An older guy with a baseball cap and mustache stands under the tarp with his open palm above his belt buckle in the pistol-packing pose. A younger guy with a mop of black hair buzzes over to us on his motorbike and asks what we are up to. 

Punteros is a term you hear more in Sinaloa, the cradle of Mexican drug trafficking, than in other states. It is often used in place of halcones, the lookouts for the cartels, but the punteros of Culiacán are a little different. Halcones in other Mexican cities usually adopt a low profile as they keep their eyes open for anything that moves and report it up the chain by cellphone or radio. The punteros in Culiacán can be more overt, so marking the territory, or el punto. They usually have motorbikes and are often armed. And they frequently sell drugs at their point as well as providing eyes.

We are filming a shot of the highway with a drone, which is grabbing their attention. When the puntero comes over, I explain we are making a documentary series which is just about music and he looks over the shoulder of the cameraman at the images from the sky. Our local producer gives the puntero a fist bump and asks what he is selling. The puntero flashes bags of weed and wraps of cocaine and asks if we want to buy. 

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Convoy de vacunación queda en medio de ataque armado; muere un policía en NL

Fuente: El Universal

9/20/2022

Un convoy de vacunación que se dirigía al puente Colombia, quedó en medio de un ataque armado contra elementos de Fuerza Civil Nuevo León, mismo que dejó un saldo de un policía muerto, dos lesionados y dos detenidos.

De acuerdo con información de Fuerza Civil de Nuevo León, sus elementos sufrieron un ataque con armas de fuego por parte de integrantes del crimen organizado, cuando realizaban un operativo especial en el municipio de Anáhuac, al norte de la entidad.

Posteriormente fue detenido un presunto agresor, a quien se le aseguró un arma.

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