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Marina stop to ‘Yellow’, the murderer of 4 elements of force

August 12th 2012   ·   0 Comments

The Navy arrested another alleged killer of Los Zetas who allegedly played a key role in the kidnapping and murder of four elements of the Navy and a civilian in April.

Authorities said the suspect, Mauricio Guizar Cardenas, alias ‘The Yellow’, was arrested on July 26 at a hotel in Huejotzingo, a town of Puebla with about 90,000 inhabitants. Elements of Marine special forces arrested ‘The Yellow’. The marines are part of the Navy.

The marine special forces also seized anti-tank rocket launcher, 20 grenades and two handguns, according to the press release. In the operation also seized an undisclosed amount of a synthetic drug known as “crystal”. The statement said no injuries were reported.

According to authorities, Yellow is suspected of being one of the leaders of Los Zetas in the states of Tabasco, Veracruz, Chiapas, Campeche and Quintana Roo, also known as ‘The Color’ and ‘El Gordo’.

Yellow is a top lieutenant of Omar Oscar Treviño Morales, aka “The Z-42 ‘, military officials said. According to published reports, the Z-42 is a senior member of Los Zetas.

The Z-42 for Los Zetas laundered money by buying and breeding racehorses in the United States, according to a federal indictment filed in the Western District of Texas. According to published reports the Z-42 is a fugitive.

Captured after the arrest Yellow The Chilango

Yellow is the second alleged high command of Los Zetas to be arrested on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping and killing of the sailors and a civilian.

On May 9, sailors captured Jesus Hernandez Marco Rodriguez, alias ‘El Chilango’ in Xalapa. The alleged gunman Chilango is a hierarchy between Los Zetas in the state of Veracruz, Navy officials said.

The Chilango is suspected of being one of the planners of the kidnappings and murders of the sailors and civilian, said Vice Adm. Jose Luis Vergara, spokesman for the Navy. In addition to these killings, it is suspected that El Chilango has committed seven, the spokesman said without elaborating.

The four elements of the Navy killed were employed as drivers, had just finished a training course of two weeks in repair of motorcycles in the Police Academy of Veracruz in Xalapa.

On April 18, the four elements of the Navy were traveling back to their base in the city of Veracruz when they were reported missing. According to authorities, their ages ranged from 22 to 34 years.

According to published reports, the bodies of four sailors and a civilian woman were found abandoned on a road near Jalapa on April 23. All the bodies showed signs of torture, say the reports, which do not indicate who found the bodies.

Gruesome evidence of the murders in photos and video

The same day the bodies were found, sailors arrested two suspects, both teenagers. One of the young Romeo Dominguez Velez, he seized a Blackberry where they found forty photos and a one-minute video of the murders, Milenio.

According to the newspaper, one of the photos shows one of the teenagers holding several fingers cut between the teeth of the fingers belonged to women, Milenio.

Captured another alleged leader of Los Zetas

Three days before the marine special forces arrested at El Amarillo, another unit of the Navy captured another alleged leader of Los Zetas, William de Jesus Torres, known as “Eat Worms”.

Puebla Marine noticed a gun in the waist of “Eat Worms” and arrested him, said GlobalPost.com. According GlobalPost.com, in just a few days, the sailors arrested 5 other alleged members of Los Zetas in Mexico City where they were part of a cell.

Army after leaders of transnational criminal organizations

Capture or kill the alleged leaders of organized crime as The Yellow and The Eat Worms is part of the government’s strategy in the fight against drug cartels.

The arrests and deaths of the leaders of transnational criminal organizations are having a positive effect, said President Felipe Calderon. “We have weakened their structures,” the president said in 2011.

A security analyst agreed that eliminating the cartel leaders, arresting or killing either, is producing some impact.

“Long term, its main contribution is to have set limits on these criminal organizations and to prevent their growth,” said Carlos Rodriguez Ulloa, a security analyst Collective Security Analysis with Democracy (CASEDE). He added: “In the short term, capture or death of the kingpins of the drug could lead to violence as criminal figures struggle to fill the power vacuum.”

Prosecute the kingpins of organized crime is part of a sound public safety policy, said Alexander Hope, a security analyst at the Institute for Competitiveness and author of the blog Silver or Lead.

The government’s priority should be the leaders of the most violent transnational criminal organizations, Hope said.

He added: “The more violent is a criminal group, more resources should be used to capture their main leaders.”

The United States Northern Command Mexico commends the work of organized crime

Mexican authorities have succeeded in capturing or killing 22 of the 37 leading high priority on organized crime, said General Charles H. Jacoby, commander of United States Northern Command Armed Services Committee Senate in Washington last March.

“The decapitation strategy has succeeded,” said the general.

However, Jacoby said, organized crime groups, particularly in northeastern Mexico are still powerful and well armed.

There are various estimates regarding the number of deaths since President Calderon ordered the army to pursue organized crime groups in December 2006.

The death toll will reach 60,000 by the end of the mandate of the President in December, said Jorge Castañeda, foreign minister from 2000 to 2003. Castañeda made the comment during an interview with National Public Radio.

Mexico and the United States cooperate in combating transnational criminal organizations, especially through information intercambo.

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