Arrest made in ambush that killed 5 Mexican federal police

9/1/15 Yahoo News

jaliscoAuthorities have captured the “intellectual author” of an ambush that killed five federal police officers in March, Mexico’s national security commissioner said Tuesday.

Renato Sales Heredia announced that federal authorities arrested 27-year-old Javier Guerrero Covarrubias, the chief of gunmen for a drug cartel he did not name. Officials previously blamed the Jalisco New Generation cartel for the March 19 attack that left 10 dead in Ocotlan, Jalisco.

That attack was followed by another ambush that killed 15 state police officers and a rocket-propelled grenade attack that downed an army helicopter killing 10.

When federal police attacked a ranch where the gang allegedly was hiding out in May, 43 were killed.

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Mexico Federal Police Take Over Security in 13 Municipalities

10/20/14 Bloomberg

federal police mexicoMexico’s federal police took over security in 13 towns after investigators uncovered alleged links between local police and organized crime, a security official said. Authorities were investigating the disappearance last month of 43 students from the town of Iguala in the southern state of Guerrero when they made the discovery, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said at a news conference yesterday. Twelve of the towns are in Guerrero, where authorities are looking for the teaching students who disappeared last month from the town of Iguala, 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of Mexico City, after clashes with local law enforcement left six people dead. Gang members acting in tandem with local police killed 17 of the students, state prosecutor Inaky Blanco said on Oct. 6.

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Mexico loses second security official in 2 months

federal police mexicoLos Angeles Times, 03/19/14

The government of Enrique Peña Nieto has lost its second senior security official in as many months, underscoring concern about rising crime and how effective the administration’s policing policies are. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong on Tuesday formally announced the resignation of Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, national security commissioner, whom he praised for his work to improve intelligence and fight corruption.
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Mexico appoints new chief of federal police

Latitudes Press.The Washington Post, 03/19//14

The Mexican government has chosen the man who runs its national security council to be the new chief of federal police two days after the previous official resigned. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Tuesday that Monte Alejandro Rubido is replacing Manuel Mondragon as the head of the National Security Commission. Senators must still approve the appointment.


Under Gang’s Rule, a Mexican City Loses Hope in the State


michoacanenglishThe New York Times, 01/16/2014

Like the shutters closing in an old Western, the metal gates on storefronts in this town slammed shut and their owners fled as first a powerful drug gang took hold and then the federal police and soldiers arrived to restore order, stirring fears of a bloody showdown.

There was good reason: Even as the federal forces massed in and around City Hall on Tuesday, a pharmacy was burned around the corner, which many took as a signal that the criminal gang with a lock grip here was still in control. On Wednesday night, somebody was shot yards from the regional offices of the federal prosecutor, where dozens of officers are now stationed. Last week, City Hall itself was firebombed, its lobby scarred with soot and still smelling of smoke.

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Mexico’s Federal Police Reorganized into 5 Regional Commands

Policia MexicoThe Latin American Herald Tribune, 10/31/2013

The overhaul of the Federal Police has started, with the law enforcement agency being reorganized into five regional operations commands to fight crime more effectively in Mexico, the National Security Commission said.

The federal law enforcement agency will have northwestern, northeastern, central, western and southeastern commands, National Security Commissioner Manuel Mondragon said.

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Mexico again missing deadline on vetting police officers

Policia MexicoThe Los Angeles Times, 10/17/2013

Five years and millions of U.S.-supplied dollars later, Mexican authorities are acknowledging they are still a long way from purging and improving local and federal police forces, among the most corrupt institutions in the country.

The deadline for certifying hundreds of thousands of police nationwide — already blown once — is Oct. 29. This week, the government said the process will not be completed by that date and suggested there should not be a deadline at all.

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