Wednesday, August 6, 2014



Posted August 4, 2014, 1:53 a.m.
Army seizes drugs, cars, and long and short arms
Disclose results of July the Mexican Army in the region.
Reports the activities of Military Zone 45 July in Nogales

Hiram G. Machi
Nogales, Sonora - NUEVO DIA

The Ministry of National Defense released the results achieved during his ongoing struggle against drug trafficking and related to actions during the month of July in the jurisdiction of the 45th organized crime. Military Zone, which includes the municipalities of northern Sonora, including Nogales.
Officially informed that there were more than two tons of seized drugs, weapons, rounds of ammunition and the arrest of over 25 people associated with illegal activities.

In the letter sent by the Mexican Army stated that said 27 people were arrested, and the seizure of 116 kilos of methamphetamine and 2,231 kilograms of marijuana; and the seizure of 40 rifles, 20 handguns, 117 magazines, 18 thousand 561 cartridges of different calibers, one fragmentation Grenade and 25 motor vehicles were seized, as well as manual destruction of two airstrips in the mountainous region.

Through the newsletter sent to the media the importance of confidential anonymous tip about illegal activities by making available to the public phones (631) 3130-316, (631) 3521-252 and email 45zm @ mail ratified


Police find arsenal at Juárez hotel
By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
POSTED: 08/05/2014 08:11:50 PM MDT

Chihuahua state investigators found an arsenal in a Juárez hotel during the weekend, officials said.

State police raided the Hotel Montecarlo on Avenida Paseo Triunfo de La Republica in the north Juárez, the state attorney general's office said.

Narcotics investigators obtained a search warrant after receiving information about drug dealing allegedly taking place in the hotel.

Authorities said that police found 13 handguns, four rifles and an Uzi submachine gun as well as ammunition in various rooms and in the lobby of the hotel. Investigators also found marijuana and heroin residue, officials said. The hotel manager Alfonso Rangel Herrera, 29, was arrested.


Note: Victim disarmament continues. Very harsh penalties for non cartel citizens for firearm possession.
"It's a program where everyone wins: people get rewarded for voluntarily swapping their firearms while we make sure that guns are out of the hands of criminals,"

Mothers with small children and the elderly were turning in the most weapons, authorities said.

Juarez: More Homes Without Weapons program swaps guns for gift cards
By Lorena Figueroa / El Paso Times
POSTED: 07/20/2014 08:29:21 PM MDT

Soldiers with the Juarez Military Garrison inspect and destroy guns turned in by Juarez residents in exchange for grocery gift cards. The program, More Homes Without Weapons allows gun owners to turn in the firearms, no questions asked. ( Lorena Figueroa / El Paso Times)
JUÁREZ >> Mexican authorities are disarming Juárenses with gift cards.

The venture, called More Homes Without Weapons, is an attempt to get guns off the streets and reduce firearm accidents and deaths during domestic violence incidents, which are soaring as a segment of homicides in 2014, according to authorities.

"It's a program where everyone wins: people get rewarded for voluntarily swapping their firearms while we make sure that guns are out of the hands of criminals," said Brig. Gen. Vicente Antonio Hernández Sánchez, commander of the Juárez Military Garrison.

Under the gun-exchange program, people receive 500 pesos, or about $40, on a gift card that can be used at Soriana supermarkets in Juárez for each firearm they turn in with no questions asked. People exchanging rifles or assault weapons can earn two cards.

Uniformed soldiers examine each weapon to determine its worth, before they destroy it on site at an exchange module at Parque Central, in central Juárez.

The program is a national campaign that comes as President Enrique Peña Nieto implements his security strategy against crime.

The federal government, through the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense, or Sedena, reactivated the program this year in the city with the coordination of Juárez and Chihuahua governments as well as the Private Initiative.

The program kicked off July 11 and will continue until authorities run out of the 300,000 pesos, or about $23,000, worth of gift certificates that were donated by the Agencia de Seguridad Integral, a company that provides private security services to people and businesses.

In February there was another gun-exchange program held at the Juárez City Hall for a few weeks. The local government gave 100,000 pesos, about $7,700, to finance it.

Hernández Sánchez said that Juarenses voluntarily turned in 173 handguns and 168 rifles and shotguns between February and last Wednesday.

Since the More Homes Without Weapons campaign began, about 15 people have turned in firearms each day, said Lt. José Alfredo San Martín, who is in charge of the exchange module.

"Most of what we have received so far are low-caliber hand guns and a .30-caliber old carbine from the Mexican Revolution days," he said.

Although they do not qualify to receive a gift card, people have also turned in BB guns, ammunition and gun magazines in hopes of receiving the gift certificate, he added.

Mothers with small children and the elderly were turning in the most weapons, authorities said.

"We do not expect young men who may be involved in criminal activities to give their weapons away, but their mothers, wives or sisters, who are tired of violence and want to live in peace, to do it," Hernández Sánchez said.

Authorities hope the gun-exchange program affects the illicit firearms market, as availability of weapons becomes more limited. They also want to reduce the number of firearm accidents in homes and the use of firearms in domestic violence cases.

Because of strict gun control laws in Mexico, most firearms in the country are obtained on the black market, stolen from police or military, or purchased legally in the U.S. and then smuggled across the border into México.

Private citizens who want to own firearms legally are restricted to having semi-automatic handguns or rifles of a caliber no greater than .380 and .22, respectively, and keep them within their home.

It is a federal crime if private citizens have anything larger than those calibers.

Private citizens also have to travel to Mexico, D.F., to purchase weapons at the only legal gun shop in the country and register them with Sedena.

Although the gun-exchange program is strictly anonymous, some people fear that authorities will ask questions. Most get nervous at the exchange module.

"I was scared and, to be honest with you, ashamed to come. I do not want anyone to think that I am a thug," said Erasmo Morales who, with his wife Martha, went to the module.

Morales asked questions and came back a few minutes later with a shotgun wrapped in plastic bags. He received two gift certificates.

Morales said the weapon belonged to his grandfather, who gave it to him 10 years ago to keep it away from his brothers.

He did not know what to do with the weapon when his grandfather passed away earlier this year, until he heard about the gun-exchange program through the news.

Patricia Andrade was nervous to show the soldiers a pistol she and her husband found three years ago at the home they rent at La Cuesta neighborhood.

Soldiers at the module determined she had turned in a blank pistol and told her she couldn't receive a gift certificate.

They gave her the option to keep it or to leave it at the module to be destroyed.

"Get rid of it and the chance to be used to scare off people," she told the soldiers.

Lorena Figueroa may be reached at 546-6129.

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