Tag Archives: Beltran Leyva

PAN candidate acknowledges negotiating with cartels

Reporte Indigo published audiotapes of Mauricio Fernández Garza, the PAN candidate for mayor in San Pedro Garza García, the home of many of Monterrey’s major corporations. Fernández Garza is heard stating during a private lunch meeting that family members of the Beltrán Leyva cartel live in San Pedro, that they are as responsible as the authorities for the low crime rate by keeping the rival Los Zetas out, that the Beltrán Leyvas are ‘in agreement’ with the town’s public security plan, and that authorities accept drug dealing as long as it is not done in the open. Reporte Indigo editor Ramón Alberto Garza argues, “These revelations … are a direct hit at the political waterline of the PAN. … We have here a PANista confessing to negotiating with one of the most powerful cartels. And this isn’t the candidate in some forgotten hamlet. Fernández Garza … is a person of the highest political and economic profile in … Monterrey, the national enclave of panismo.”  Fernández Garza said his comments were misinterpreted and denied ever negotiating with the Beltrán Leyvas. (Reporte Indigo 6/12, Universal 6/12)

Security officials arrested; new narco banners appear

The recently ousted Minister for Public Security of Morelos state,
Luis Ángel Cabeza de Vaca, and the police chief of Cuernavaca,
Francisco Sánchez González, were arrested by the organized
crime unit (SIEDO) of the Justice Ministry which is investigating
narco penetration in the state by the Beltran Leyva cartel. SIEDO
has carried out a series of sweeps since May 6. Separately, socalled
narco banners appeared in prominent public spaces at least
10 states, many signed by the La Familia cartel. The messages
were directed against President Calderón, Security Secretary Genaro
García Luna
, and other security officials. In Cuernavaca, a
police commander and three other officers were arrested for personally
putting up the banners on behalf of the Beltran Leyvas. (Reforma
, AP 5/17, Universal 5/18)

Two senior narcos captured

A 400-man federal task force captured one of the top lieutenants of La Familia, Rafael Cedeño Hernández, at a baptismal ceremony in Morelia, along with 43 others. Cedeño controlled cartel operations in the port of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán. Separately, one of the chiefs of the Beltran Leyva cartel responsible for marijuana growing operations along the Costa Grande of Guerrero, Rubén Granados Vargas, was captured. (Universal 4/18, 4/19)