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Mexican Police Chief Arrested In Connection With Cartel Killing Of 9 Americans

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We all know Mexico is a failed narco-state & that many Mexican officials and law enforcement agents are on cartel payrolls. If this police chief is guilty of working with the cartel that killed 9 American family members, he and all involved should face American justice.

“JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The police chief of a northwestern Chihuahua town has been placed under federal custody, and Mexican media are linking his arrest to the murder of nine American citizens on Nov. 4.

Fidel Alejandro Villegas was taken into custody in Juarez on Christmas Eve by federal police and flown to Mexico City shortly after, the Mayor of Janos told Mexican media on Thursday. Villegas is the police chief of the town of Janos, some 30 miles southeast of Antelope Wells, New Mexico and 70 miles west of Juarez.

According to Milenio, a major Mexico City news portal, Villegas is being questioned in connection to the drug trafficking groups that operate in the region.

Both the Sinaloa cartel and La Linea, the remnants of the old Juarez cartel operate in the area and were engaged in a series of skirmishes in the days prior to the killing of nine members of the LeBaron clan of northwest Chihuahua. Three adult women and six children were killed when the three vehicles they were driving just west of the Chihuahua-Sonora border were shot at multiple times. A Mexico City police official days later named La Linea as the authors of the massacre.

So far, two brothers, Hector Mario and Luis Manuel Hernandez, also from Janos, have been arrested in connection with the shooting, the federal Attorney General’s Office said earlier. Members of the Hernandez family deny their relatives’ involvement in the killing.

Sebastian Pineda, the mayor of Janos, on Thursday told Mexico City radio news show MVS that “everyone has been taken by surprise” by Villegas’ arrest.

“It is a grave accusation. They are saying he’s involved in drug trafficking, with the massacre of LeBaron,” Pineda told the station, according to a recording of the interview.”

Vice is reporting:

“Villegas, the fourth person arrested in the case, was arrested on suspicion of colluding in the killing and working with cartels, and is awaiting trial in Mexico City. It’s likely authorities will now trawl through Villegas’ life to see if they can find cartel connections.

“They’re going to investigate his bank accounts and his financial history for evidence of bribes and paybacks and where they might have come from,” Emmanuel Gallardo, a Mexican journalist who covers organized crime, told the Daily Beast.

Police in the area are notoriously corrupt, and cartels exercise control over much of the region. Prosecutors have alleged Villegas is connected with La Línea, the enforcement wing of the Juárez Cartel, the Daily Beast reported.

The families were ambushed while driving between La Mora and Colonia LeBarón. The families were gunned down, and one car caught fire and burned the five people inside beyond recognition. Countless theories about what, exactly, happened have emerged in the weeks since. Mexican authorities have hypothesized they were accidentally caught up in a turf war between rival cartels, but the families disagree.

“We were deliberately targeted, used as bait to lure one cartel against another,” Life Langford, a cousin of some of the victims, told Reuters not long after the killings. “They shot us up, burned our vehicles to send a smoke signal into the sky.”

Very few details about Villegas’ arrest and the allegations against him have been made public. But a member of the LeBaron family said he was not surprised a high-level police officer was tied up in the case.

Julián LeBaron told the New York Times it was “common knowledge down here that the police work with the criminals.”

“They have a monopoly on security and they get paid a wage for protection, and later we find out that they participate in the murder of women and children,” he said. “These people take resources to protect us and they are murderers themselves.””

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Cartels Make Power Plays in Mexico During Pandemic

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After the Mexican government’s lackluster response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was well-documented by international media, ruthless cartels that already wield significant power are stepping in to fill the void.

“Alejandrina Guzman is using her company, El Chapo 701, to pack and deliver care boxes full of food, masks, hand soaps and other supplies, dubbed Chapo’s provisions, around Guadalajara,” Fox News reported.

Guzman is the daughter of notorious drug kingpin and cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Cartels are reportedly delivering the supplies to Mexican citizens.

In what appears to be an effort to antagonize Mexican authorities, Guzman has printed her father’s image on the medical face masks that the cartel henchmen wear while delivering the supplies.

El Chapo 701 is a legitimate company in Mexico, illustrating the mesh between legal business operations and illegitimate cartel operations. The company’s name was inspired by Forbes Magazine, which once dubbed El Chapo, who is serving a life sentence in a Colorado “Supermax” prison, the 701st richest man in the world.

He was estimated to be worth $1 billion.

“We are working and contributing. A great pleasure to visit your homes and give you these Chapo handouts,” Guzman reportedly said in a Facebook post with an image of herself wearing a face mask bearing her father’s likeness.

Cartels often exploit poor Mexican citizens by filling power vacuums where the government fails.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation is becoming more dire in Mexico.

South of the U.S. border, the country has reported 8,261 confirmed cases and 686 deaths as of Monday.

Bloomberg reported Sunday that hospitals in Mexico City, the country’s capital, are near full capacity despite the fact that the virus has not yet reached its peak.

Less than one month ago, while most Western countries were sheltered in place, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was on the campaign trail, posting videos of himself surrounded by crowds, shaking hands, and visiting restaurants.

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CBP Seizes $1.5 Million Worth Of Cartel Fentanyl In Indiana

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This is enough fentanyl to kill over 1 million Americans. President Trump was right to announce that our military will go after the cartels who produce the deadly drug & smuggle it into the U.S. Cartels are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to ship more & more of these deadly poisons into our country & they must be wiped out.

On March 30, Indianapolis U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted approximately four-and-a-half pounds of fentanyl in a package destined to East Elmhurst, New York.

The shipment was transiting through a local express consignment facility when CBP K9 Balbina alerted to the package. When officers opened the shipment they found a white styrofoam cooler lined with padded black material. The cooler held two sealed packages of white powder that tested positive for fentanyl. The street value for the fentanyl is about $1.5 million.

Indianapolis Port Director James Moore praised the canine staff for their outstanding interdiction. “Opioids pose a real danger to every community in America and are having fatal consequences across our nation,” said Moore. “This week our CBP officers were able to stop an enormous amount of these deadly narcotics from hitting our streets.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug with a potency roughly 100 times greater than morphine. It was originally developed to control pain for cancer patients. Large quantities of fentanyl have been manufactured in China but it is now mostly made in Mexico, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“These efforts show our resolve to prevent these deadly drugs from entering our communities,” said Chief CBP Officer Tim Hubbard.

With more than 1,500 canine teams, the CBP Canine Program is the largest and most diverse law enforcement canine program in the country. The Canine Program supports canine training initiatives and serves as a resource center for a multitude of domestic and international law enforcement partners, and its graduates consistently excel in the field and in competition.

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