Note: With a .25! Just think what the Mexican people could do
against crime and corruption if they were adequately armed. Given
any kind of chance, they will fight back.
Sonora man chases down assailants, kills one
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:27 am
A Nogales, Sonora man who was beaten and robbed at his doorstep by
two armed men got up and chased down his assailants, shooting and
killing one man who had a criminal record in Santa Cruz County.
The incident began at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, when Jaime
Somoza Jaimes, 36, was surprised by the pistol-carrying men as he
returned home in the Residencial Greco neighborhood, the Sonora State
Investigative Police (PEI) said in a news release.
The muggers reportedly threatened Somoza with their guns and hit him
in the head, knocking him to the ground. They continued hitting him
until his son arrived and fought with one of assailants. At that
point, the PEI said, the men ran off with Somoza's wallet and an
unspecified amount of money, firing three shots as they fled.
Somoza got up, found a .25-caliber firearm and got into his SUV to
chase down the perpetrators. When he caught up with them, he
reportedly shot 36-year-old Eduardo Rodolfo Crispin Sesma of Nogales,
Sonora once in the thorax as he was pulling out a .45-caliber pistol.
His accomplice escaped.
At that point, Somoza's son and brother arrived and attacked the
wounded man until police arrived. Investigators later retrieved a
pistol from the now-dead Crispin.
Investigators also recovered three spent 45-caliber shell casings at
The PEI said Somoza, his son and brother were questioned but not
Court and prison records show that Crispin was convicted of marijuana
possession and burglary in Santa Cruz County Superior Court in April
2000, and was later released by the Arizona Department of Corrections
in July 2002.
Sinaloa cartel now calling shots in border region
Experts agree that his mark already being felt
Por: Omar Millán 30 Noviembre 2011 @ 9:48 am
Tamaño: Aumentar Tamaño de Letra Disminuir Tamaño de Letra
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and cartel he leads, from Sinaloa, appear
to have emerged the victors to control drug trafficking in the
Tijuana region. Mexican Attorney General's Office
By Omar Millán
TIJUANA – After a three-year bloody battle between the Arellano
criminal organization and a breakaway cell that left 2,327 dead and
dozens missing, the winner appears to be the Sinaloa cartel.
The Arellanos' bitter rival has firmly established itself on this
stretch of the border and is inaugurating a new era in organized
crime, two experts agreed.
This has occurred despite the crackdown authorities have carried
against organized crime in this region, which they have called a
"One cartel has been dismantled, but another one has arrived because
… consumption has not changed in a fundamental way and that leads to
cartels being present in this city," said Vicente Sánchez, a
researcher in the respected think tank College of the Northern border.
Signs of this new phase can be seen already; the number of violent
deaths and high-profile crimes are down significantly.
According to authorities, most of the murders that occurred this year
are linked to disputes among drug dealers or among various groups or
cells, a kind of "clean-up" or reorganization that's going on at that
level, mainly in the city's east side.
Sánchez said the main difference with the old criminal organization
that controlled the transportation and sale of drugs in this city is
that the Sinaloa cartel is relatively less violent.
Although not dedicated to the kidnapping industry nor targets the
general population, the Sinaloa cartel is a criminal group that, like
the others, uses violence to impose its will, the researcher noted.
But that cartel, unlike other criminal organizations in Mexico, turns
to violence as a last resort, according to Víctor Clark, a
sociologist who has analyzed drug trafficking on the border for more
than two decades.
The cartel runs its enterprise – from dealing drugs on the street to
money laundering – more like a corporation, and treats each seizure
as the price of doing business, Clark said.
The Sinaloa cartel is the largest and most powerful one in Mexico.
The organization, headed by the fugitive Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, has faced several setbacks in Baja
California this year.
These include the army's discovery in July of 300 acres of marijuana
plants south of Ensenada, the largest drug field ever found in
Mexico; the tons of marijuana in packages seized headed into the
United States in recent months; and the nearly 800 pounds of cocaine
confiscated in Tijuana in early October.
Then there's last week's seizure of $15 million in cash found inside
a vehicle, among other law enforcement operations.
Authorities have not yet linked the cross-border, sophisticated
tunnel discovered Tuesday to any organization, but if recent history
is a guide, it's likely an operation of the Sinaloa cartel.
In fact, authorities have said most of the drugs, cash and tunnels
uncovered this year belonged to the Sinaloa cartel, which challenges
the claim law enforcement and military leaders have made frequently
that no single organization controlled trafficking in the region.
Those seizures did not lead to a convulsion of violence, a common
response by other cartels.
That's not to say that the Sinaloa cartel will not use violence. The
same week the $15 million was discovered in Tijuana, authorities
found 23 people who had been assassinated in Guadalajara and 17
burned to death in Culiacán, events that Mexico's Attorney General's
Office blamed on the Sinaloa cartel.
The organization is fighting other ones, including the Zetas cartel,
for control of strategic drug routes along the border. These clashes
have generated unprecedented levels of violence in the states of
Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Chihuahua.
Clark explained that since the capture Nov. 4 of Juan Francisco
Sillas Rocha, the lieutenant of cartel leader Fernando Sánchez
Arellano, the Sinaloa cartel has been able to dominate the border
He said it's clear to him that the Arellano cartel has the least
influence than it has ever had, and raised the possibility that its
leader may have even signed an agreement with the Sinaloa cartel
after the bloody internal fight from 2008 to 2010.
The beginning of the end for the Arellanos began in late 2007, when
Teodoro García Simental did not recognize Fernando Sánchez Arellano,
the nephew of the founders of the cartel, as the leader of the
organization, Clark said.
A blood bath began the next year to eliminate Fernando Sánchez
Arellano, known as "The Engineer," according to state Attorney
General Rommel Moreno.
Authorities said Sánchez Arellano had inherited the top job after
Francisco Javier Arellano Félix, known as "El Tigrillo," was detained
off the Baja California Sur coast in August of 2006.
Without Francisco Javier Arellano new traffickers flocked to the
border, including cells from the Sinaloa and La Familia de Michoacán
And the problems and violence escalated between García Simental and
In the ensuing three years, more than 2,000 people were killed,
dozens disappeared and an indeterminate number moved out of Tijuana,
all which combined to put an end to the Arellano organization.
Sánchez, the researcher for Colef, said the criminal groups currently
operating in the city are not independent, rather associated with a
cell or are paying a "user's fee" to be able to work in a certain
area. They are mercenaries that have no problem switching allegiances
if need be, he said.
For his part, Clark said that, unlike the Arellanos, the Sinaloa
cartel prefers to work silently, avoiding public attention.
However, like the other criminal organizations, the Sinaloa cartel
uses the strategy of infiltrating law enforcement, in addition to
bribing police and judicial leaders, Clark said. And it has far
superior economic power than the other organizations, he noted.
The researcher attributes the drop in high-profile murders this year
in Tijuana to this strategy rather than the coordinated law
enforcement-military efforts to control drug trafficking. The other
researcher, Sánchez, says the reduction of these crimes is due to a
combination of both.
Baja California authorities said that there have been 436 murders in
Tijuana through Nov. 19, about 300 less than the same period last year.
Authorities and politicians, for their part, say that the drop in
violent deaths is the result of the efficient coordination between
the various levels law enforcement agencies and the military.
They have held up the these efforts as a national model; in fact
President Calderón has cited "the Tijuana model" as an example of how
the war against drug traffickers can be won.
The Sinaloa cartel's operation extends into the United States, where
the son of its co-leader, Vicente Zambada Niebla, and nearly three
dozen others have been indicted.[ They are accused of conspiring to
import tons of cocaine and large quantities of heroin to Chicago and
other American cities between 2005 and 2008.
In documents filed this month in the U.S. District Court in Chicago,
the son alleges that U.S. authorities allowed him and other cartel
traffickers to operate their business in exchange for information on
rival cartels. He said he was promised immunity from prosecution in
the United States if he provided that intelligence to DEA agents.
Federal prosecutors deny those allegations and are pressing their
case against the son and his alleged accomplices.
In Mexico, President Calderon's Cabinet has made defeating the
Sinaloa cartel a priority of the federal government.
Its leader, "Chapo" Guzmán, 51, remains at large after escaping from
a prison in 2001.
This year, Forbes magazine listed his worth at $1 billion and called
him the world's most wanted criminal.