"La Familia" Cartel Makes Mexico An Offer

La Familia cartel in Mexico is tired of being blamed for the massive violence in Mexico. It says it's not to blame. So it's making Mexico an offer. It's calling a truce on all criminal activity for the month of January.

In the one-page message, distributed by e-mail and in some cities door by door, the gang claims it will halt all crime activity during January to demonstrate that the cartel "is not responsible for the criminal acts federal authorities are reporting to the media."

Three weeks ago, Mexico said La Familia had been totally dismemebered and turned from drugs to robberies to make money. For Christmas, La Familia sent out a message saying Federal Police and the Zetas were behind the violence.

“La Familia Michoacana disavows it self of all criminal acts that occurred in the state of Michoacán, they are acts done and fabricated by the Federal Police. They seem to be only dedicated to making false claims and then killing those they implicate in crimes.”

In Monterrey, Mexico, on December 31, a half-dressed female was found hanging from the bridge. Gabriela Muniz Elizabeth Tamez, "La Pelirroja" had been in jail, charged with (or serving a sentence for) kidnapping. Prison officials were taking her to the hospital for tests when the transport vehicle was assaulted by armed and masked men, who apparently, were not out to free her, but kill her. And apparently, the prison guards (and even the doctor) were complicit:

After the murder of the ‘Redhead’, the Attorney General Jorge Aldala ordered the arrest of the four guards who were with her when she was taken, also arrested was the director of the Topo Chico prison and Adrian Guerra, head of prison security as well as the Doctor who ordered her medical leave and hospital visit for testing.

Were the Zetas behind the kidnapping and hanging? It seems at the time of her arrest in 2009, she had a boyfriend named Victor, aka Sooty, who deserted from the Zetas and was later killed.

At that time also said that "The Redhead" was the mate of a man identified only as Victor, nicknamed "Sooty", who allegedly worked for the Zetas and then deserted.

More on the crime here, including the Zetas' influence in Monterrey.

Hours before the appearance of the body a leaked a new cable Wikileaks appeared where U.S. diplomats reported to their superiors in Washington that the cartel of Los Zetas had control of the police in Nuevo León, including the capital, of Monterrey, where they know the leader of that band, Heriberto Lazcano, once lived. According to the cable, there is frequent fighting between Los Zetas and the military in the metropolitan area of Monterrey which is being reported by the media.

Or, was the Redhead's kidnapping and hanging the work of the new cartel in town, the New Federation, which supposedly is an alliance between the Sinaloa, Gulf and La Familia cartels, formed for the purpose of destroying the Zetas? Does La Familia even have a presence in Monterrey (state of Nuevo Leon)?

In any event, if the violence continues during January, will La Familia's "It Ain't Me Babe" get any respect?

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    Mexico is on life support (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 08:50:10 AM EST
    Makes no difference what this one cartel says. First, you cannot trust them. Second, you cannot trust the government. If you want to see what America will be like in a few decades, head on down to Mexico. Then again, maybe we'll get there sooner.

    Classic Prohibition Catch 22... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 09:37:01 AM EST
    Prohibition breeds so much corruption and violence, it becomes impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys...and eventually both police and thieves become bad guys, causing the civilians endless pain and suffering, and all over a measley couple drug/anti-drug dollars.

    Drug addiction causes but a fraction of the problems this greed addiction causes...I tell ya.


    Story from this week's SDReader (none / 0) (#6)
    by Dadler on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 10:29:07 AM EST
    "Tijuana Violence in the Name of the State"

    When the "good guys" seem just as bad as the bad guys, well, which way is the exit please?



    It's an old song bro... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 11:20:23 AM EST
    assuming there are no major changes (none / 0) (#2)
    by pitachips on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 09:10:01 AM EST
    in our own policy towards drugs, i think my kids and grandkids will be reading these kinds of stories even long after i'm gone.

    Wow It's So Big of Them (none / 0) (#3)
    by Saul on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 09:17:57 AM EST
    To show that it's not us we will for one month halt all crime activities.

    Next to Pakistan, IMO Mexico's drug violence is the greatest danger to U.S.   Look how close this is to us and yet Mexico and U.S can't control it.

    Ciudad Jaurez is becoming a ghost town with all the people leaving that city due to the horrendous violence.  

    In 911 we lost 3000 people.  Since 2008 the murders in Ciudad Juarez have come to 6000

    We got trouble, trouble with a capital T right here in Ciudad Juarez.

    Where are our security priorities.  Forget Iraq and Afghanistan.  

    3000 in 2010, in city of 1.5 million (none / 0) (#5)
    by pitachips on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 10:17:35 AM EST
    That is insane.

    I think the cartels are making sure to not allow the violence to spill over in the US, but who knows how long that will last.


    spillover (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 10:32:09 AM EST
    "Want To Be Sent Home in Pieces?"  

    It's here, it's there, it's everywhere. Prohibition, I mean. Ahem.


    But it does not spill over to El Paso (none / 0) (#10)
    by MKS on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 01:27:32 PM EST
    El Paso and Honolulu are routinely ranked number one and two in terms of safety.

    El Paso had only 5 murders as of mid December 2010.


    The HPD in real (none / 0) (#13)
    by MKS on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 04:20:46 PM EST
    life seems real impressive.....They were quite gentle with the bums on the beach.....an inherent dignity and respect for other people:  "Heh, Molly what's up today?"

    In El Paso, 2 of the homocides were a murder- suicide of an elderly couple, and one was a guy running another guy down in his truck outside a bar....

    Re: the new Hawaii Five O: the new theme song and sequence don't have the iconic shot of the long haired raven beauty turning to face the camera....


    Heard via NPR crime rate in NY (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 05:25:15 PM EST
    went down by something like 70% during the most recent storm.  

    Mildly amusing concept. A Mexican (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 11:42:52 AM EST
    drug cartel concerned about its reputation.

    The banksters are loving every minute (none / 0) (#16)
    by SeeEmDee on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 07:49:03 AM EST
    All that dirty money keeping them afloat; of course they don't want drug prohibition to end.

    Never mind that it's causing the destruction of civil society in drug-producing countries and adding to repressive laws in drug-consuming ones. So long as that lovely dirty money keeps rolling in, like oil-soaked waves after an oil-tanker wreck, they don't care.

    While innocent people get killed in the crossfire, lives are ruined more by the drug laws than the drugs, and billions upon billions of dollars get flushed down a gold-plated toilet while unemployed people like the 99ers face homelessness and hunger and desperately need that wasted money.

    Yessir, all to 'save the children'...and the banks.