As the drug war progresses the transitive nature of this war is a study in of itself. Apart from struggling to realize sheer numbers of dead and missing, elements of war not often written about on a Mexican Drug War blog are essential to determine where the war is and where it is heading.
Increasing cartel presences in Central America have tiny, fragile nations under the thumb of some of the powerful cartels. Guatemala is an example. By its own estimation 75% of the country is under the control of cartels, namely Los Zetas, with the Sinaloa Cartel also having a good presence in specific areas of the south and a portion of the north border.
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Abaten soldados a 5 en Tamaulipas
Five dead was the outcome of a clash between gunmen and the Army Sunday afternoon, December 16th, in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.
In a bulletin of the Attorney General of the State, stated that the incident took place at 13:10 am today in the streets and Pamorán Jose Sulaiman Chagnon.
“There was a confrontation between armed civilians and the Mexican Army in the streets and Jose Sulaiman Chagnon Pamorán of this capital city, killing five people and property damage in two cars and a unit shock military officer,” the statement.
Prosecutors supported by the Forensic Services Unit and state police began a preliminary investigation into the facts.
“Attesting that within a Rogue Nissan truck, 2012 model, white color and Tamaulipas plates, were the bodies of five civilians killed,” he said.
Authorities identified two of the deceased as Amado Gustavo Teran de la Fuente, 33 years old and Esau Shealtiel Cepeda Espinoza, 22. The other three with ages ranging between 25 and 30 years.
“From inside the Nissan Rogue was found five .223 caliber firearms that along with the vehicle, were secured by the Public Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office,” says the newsletter.
The bodies were transferred to the Medical Examiner for tests corresponding legal.
Un saldo de cinco muertos fue el saldo de un enfrentamiento entre sujetos armados y elementos del Ejército esta tarde en Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.
En un boletín de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado, se precisa que los hechos se registraron a las 13:10 horas de hoy en las calles José Sulaimán Chagnón y Pamorán.
“Se registró un enfrentamiento entre civiles armados y elementos del Ejército Mexicano en las calles José Sulaimán Chagnón y Pamorán de esta ciudad capital, con saldo de cinco personas muertas y daños materiales en dos vehículos particulares y una unidad oficial militar por choque”, indica el comunicado.
Agentes del Ministerio Público apoyados por la Unidad de Servicios Periciales y de la Policía Ministerial iniciaron una averiguación previa sobre los hechos.
“Dando fe que dentro de una camioneta marca Nissan Rogue, modelo 2012, color blanca y placas de Tamaulipas, se encontraban los cuerpos de cinco civiles muertos”, se informó.
Las autoridades identificaron a dos de los occisos como Gustavo Amado Terán de la Fuente, de 33 años de edad y Esau Salatiel Cepeda Espinoza, de 22 años. Los otros tres con edades que oscilan los 25 a los 30 años.
“Del interior de la camioneta Nissan Rogue se encontraron cinco armas de fuego calibre .223 que junto con el vehículo, fueron aseguradas por el Ministerio Público de la Procuraduría General de la República”, precisa el boletín.
Los cuerpos fueron traslados al Servicio Médico Forense para los exámenes que legalmente correspondan.
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