Telephone calls from narco traffickers intercepted in the United States

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El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 10-19-10

Washington, D.C. – Investigations by United States federal authorities included the monitoring of telephone calls of Mexican drug cartels, according to The Washington Post.

Using powerful, modern technology, U.S. authorities have been able to intercept telephone calls in Mexico that resulted in spectacular arrests such as that of Jesus Quinonez Marquez, Prosecutor General of Baja California, who was an operative in a narcotics ring. Quinonez was known as “El Rinon,” and he was arrested by the FBI last July in San Diego, California in an investigation that resulted in criminal charges against 42 more people.

Besides Quinonez, 34 other suspects were detained in the United States and 8 more are fugitives.

The case against Quinonez Marquez, who is accused of being part of the Arellano Felix Cartel, was brought about by a huge number of telephone calls intercepted by communications towers on the border between the USA and Mexico, according to the newspaper.

“The telecommunication companies object to the growing involvement of the government in the operation and distribution of their services,” said Albert Gidari, legal representative of the industry to El Diario.

To read the English version Washington Post article involving this arrest, click on the hyperlink below:


El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 10-19-10

Municipal policeman found dead in Sinaloa

San Ignacio, Sinaloa – A municipal policeman was found dead this morning, with his hands and feet tied. The body had signs of gunshots to the head and body. Six fired cases from a .38 Super were found at the scene. The body was found next to his personal vehicle and he was dressed in civilian clothes.


Armed gunmen attack police in Durango – one dead

Gomez Palacio, Durango – On Monday afternoon, gunmen attacked a group of Preventive Policemen in Gomez Palacio. The gun battle started in Colonia Cinco de Mayo in Gomez Palacio and ended in neighboring Torreon, Coahuila, leaving one policeman dead and five wounded. Ten policemen from the Public Security Police of Gomez Palacio were reinforced by 12 policemen from Torreon, Coahuila, 10 Coahuila State Policemen and members of the Mexican Army. Three policemen were transported by ambulance to a hospital, one of them critically wounded.

At the scene there was also a wrecked pickup containing the unidentified dead body of a man killed by gunshots.


El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 10-19-10

“Zetas” and “La Familia” collide in Colima

Colima – Finally, the State Government, the State Prosecutor, the Secretary of National Defense and the Secretary of the Mexican Marine Corps have proof that the violence in Colima during the last few months has been provoked by a dispute between “Los Zetas” and “La Familia” about drug routes formerly controlled by Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who died in a confrontation with the Mexican Army in the State of Jalisco.


The State Prosecutor announced that a joint operation involving the Mexican Army and Mexican Marines resulted in the capture of four members of “La Familia Michoacana” after they (the members of La Familia) had a gun battle with gunmen from “Los Zetas.”

In statements taken from the four suspects, they admitted to being members of “La Familia” in Colima, whose job it was to eliminate members of “Los Zetas” who operate in the state.

Seized from the suspects were AK-47’s, a pistol, ammunition and an SUV. The suspects admitted to being hit men and were being paid 4,000 pesos a month.

They were charged with various crimes relating to their membership in organized crime.


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