Tag Archives: La Familia

Narco ‘Tet Offensive,’ as criticism mounts of government security strategy

The government captured one of the most-wanted members of the La Familia cartel, Arnaldo Rueda. His arrest set off a furious two-day counterattack by the cartel against at least 14 police and army posts in Michoacán, Guerrero, and Guanajuato that left 5 army and police officers dead and at least 18 wounded; five civilians were also reported killed. Noted columnist Ciro Gómez Leyva, “In the war against the narcos, July 11th seems like a kind of Tet offensive, the synchronized, made-for-Hollywood offensive by the … North Vietnamese army that, despite being characterized as a military disaster, created the perception that the otherwise invincible U.S. army would never win in Vietnam.” In a separate development, reacting to the mounting evidence of human rights violations by the Army, El Universal asked, in its lead editorial, “Is it time to rethink the drug war?” (Universal 7/12, 7/13, Milenio 7/13)

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)