Tamaulipas, an exchange of guns for groceries and appliances! will it work?

Tamaulipas, collecting weapons in exchange for food!

Tamaulipas, collecting weapons in exchange for food!

In Tamaulipas, authorities of the three branches of government disarm society in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state and surrounding municipalities, to implement the campaign “an exchange of guns for groceries and appliances.”

Through the State Public Security Ministry, the government reported that Tamaulipas under the Comprehensive Program for safety, the authorities of the Ministry of National Defense, the state and the municipality of Ciudad Victoria will start this campaign to receive/collect, weapons and firearms which people have in their possession.

Starting from 7-11 November of next week the Ministry  will install these stands at known points of the city, where people who voluntarily want to exchange their guns for staple goods or appliances can go.

According to state institutions, this program has been conducted in other municipalities of the state where an influx of citizens found acceptable to avoid the use of firearms and thereby prevent crimes.

The development of these activities, in strict compliance with the guidelines established for this fact, people surrender their firearms will not be subject to investigation and protect your identity, so that the artifacts will be received in an anonymous and confidential.

One of the points where they will be carrying out the swap, Tamaulipas Cultural Center will be located will be performing at the Cultural Center located in Tamaulipas and the capital city services will be from 9:00 to 16:00, in the period mentioned above.

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Murder in Hermosillio, Mexico! drive-by shooting!

One hours flight to Hermosillio

One hours flight to Hermosillio

Hermosillo, Son., October 29 .- A person dead and two injured by a firearm projectile was the outcome of a shooting attack carried out at noon today in the colony “The Apache,” which is located south west of this capital.

What transpired among the witnesses of the crime one fatality by the name of Hugo Ivich, friend and former representative of the artist Grupero Valentin Elizalde, who was also gunned down in November 2009.

The incident took place 12:15 pm on the southbound lane of the boulevard Seri Road at the junction with White Feather street, when the now deceased flowed from west to east in a Chevrolet vehicle, line Tahoe, license plates WBL -1076.

According to police reports and witnesses, there were two assailants who were traveling in a white pickup truck,  it  passed to the right side of the driver for them to shoot down the representative grupero.

At the scene the body of Hugo Ivich was found, who was traveling with a child who was unhurt.

The two injured people were taken to the nearest hospital for emergency medical care, apparently there were two suppliers of a grocery store sector.

Officers of the State Police cordoned off the scene investigating and among them commented that the victim was a friend and former representative of the “Gallo de Oro”.

On November 25, 2009, Valentin Elizalde was shot dead along with two others, coming out of a presentation in the arena of the Fair and Exhibition of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Mexican army has stationed an entire battalion in a northern border town

 

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Mexican troops marching into town!!

Mexican troops marching into town!!

The Mexican army has stationed an entire battalion in a northern border town abandoned by most of its residents late last year amid a brutal turf war between the Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels.

Soldiers began patrolling the area months ago, but it was only Monday that the troops formally moved into the newly constructed base in Ciudad Mier.

Hundreds of residents lined the town’s main street to welcome the 652 soldiers of the 105th Battalion, one of three new military units deployed to the state of Tamaulipas.

Ciudad Mier and many other towns in the northeastern state have been found themselves caught in the crossfire after the March 2010 rupture of the alliance between the Gulf cartel and its former armed wing, Los Zetas.

Gunbattles – some lasting up to eight hours – between the criminal organizations forced about 7,000 people from Ciudad Mier and neighboring villages to move into a shelter in the city of Miguel Aleman.

By last month, however, some 4,800 residents had returned to Mier, thanks to the army patrols.

Life in the town is starting to return to normal, but the signs of violence are everywhere – on houses and businesses, on the exterior of the church, where bullet holes and broken windows can be seen, as well as in the dozens of closed businesses and abandoned houses.

A second army base is being built in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, where 72 migrants, the majority of them from Central America, were massacred by Zetas in August 2010, and a third base is under construction in Ciudad Mante, another strife-torn part of the state.

Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are very weak tactically

Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are very weak tactically

Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are very weak tactically

“The criminal groups of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are very weak tactically, operationally and financially in Tamaulipas,” that is what the spokesman for the Department of the Navy, Rear Admiral Jose Luis Vergara Ibarra said. Luis Vergara said this while talking about Marine operations on this region in recent days, that includes a confrontation in the town of Miguel Alemán that killed 10 suspected criminals and wounded 22.

At the headquarters of the Navy situated in this border city, the admiral noted that the weakening of these criminal groups is reflected in the increased use of armored pickup trucks and because the members of these groups have no formal training in the use of weapons, and went on to say that they seem to have increasingly less resources.

The admiral added that in the confrontation last Saturday in Miguel Alemán; “We did not have any casulaties or injuries,” and also said that they faced a group of men “who took up arms in a desperate way” and without any knowledge confronted trained federal forces.

Vergara Ibarra said that from October 5 to date, the Navy has detained a total of 36 suspects and 11 more that were killed in clashes with the Marines, and they also managed to seized four tons of marijuana, 65 long guns, five handguns, 18,221 rounds of ammunition, two anti-tank grenades, four hand grenades, 35 rocket propelled grenades and an RPG with 324 RPG cartridges.
They also seized four heavily armored trucks or homemade tanks, also known as Monster trucks.

Among those arrested was Ricardo Salazar Pequeño, alleged head of the plaza in Miguel Alemán working for the Gulf Cartel and Gabriela Gomez Miguel Flores, the alleged accountant for the criminal group