Mexico City, June 23, 2002
Press Release 568/02

AS A PART OF THE ACTIONS AGAINST THE ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE, THE PGR BROUGHT CHARGES AGAINST HECTOR PALMA SALAZAR, ALIAS “EL GUERO PALMA”


The Attorney General’s Office informs on the activities conducted over the week from June 17 to 22, 2002.

Actions of the Institution

- The PGR brought formal charges against Jesus Hector Palma Salazar or Luis Hector Palma Salazar, alias “El Guero Palma”, for his alleged penal responsibility in the commission of the crimes of violation of the Federal Law on Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking, namely for abetting the trafficking, sale, transportation, smuggling into and out of the country of the narcotic denominated cocaine.

The First District Judge “A”, a Federal Judge in the State of Mexico, ordered the arrest of Palma Salazar, for the above charges, under the understanding the Federal Public Ministry formally served the said order on June 20, at the Center for Social Readapting Number Two, of Puente Grande, Jalisco, where the accused is currently serving a sentence of seven years in prison issued by the First Unitary Tribunal of the Fifth Circuit.

- The General Inspector’s Office will participate, and if need be, will use its faculty to attract the investigations opened into the homicide of Roberto Carlos Mendoza, at the facilities of the Attorney General’s Office in Nuevo Leon.

So far, the investigations lead to believe, a number of irregularities were committed by the officials at the Delegation in Nuevo Leon

Therefore, the Attorney General, Rafael Macedo de la Concha, instructed the personnel of the General Inspector’s Office for the Attention of Crimes committed by Public Officials of the Institution, to review the investigation and its results, so as to opportunely bring charges against the officials who turn out to be responsible of the irregularities established by preliminary investigation 0156/FESPI/02, opened at the central area of the Institution.

- After the attack he suffered, the First Subcommander Norberto Islas Rangel remains hospitalized at the Red Cross in Polanco, where physicians report his condition as serious but stable. The Subcommander was shot at on June 16, as he and his wife were driving home in their Suburban van on Pedro Moreno street, in the Guerrero neighborhood. Apparently, an individual intended to assault them.

-The Specialized Prosecutor for past Social and Political Movements, Ignacio Carrillo Prieto, met with the residents of the community of “El Quemado”, municipality of Atoyac de Alvarez, Guerrero, where in 1972, security officers took a total of 95 men to the football field of the town’s school, for punishment, that included disappearances, executions, and incarcerations for several years, according to witnesses.

After viewing the scene – reenacted by the inhabitants of the community- occurred in 1972, the Prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo Prieto coordinated the tasks and the taking of statements, which were conducted on the spot; and heard the reports of the relatives of the victims and representatives of diverse social organizations.

- The reforms to the Law on the functioning of Financial Establishments in the Federal District passed by the Federal District Legislative Assembly touch on banking institutions, infringing on the faculties of the Congress of the Union, and thus violate constitutional precepts, therefore the Attorney General, Rafael Macedo de la Concha brought an unconstitutionality suit, against the said reforms.

- Jose Jorge Campo Murillo, Deputy Attorney on Penal Procedures “C, inaugurated the Automated Finger Prints identification System (AFIS), in Cancun, Quintana Roo.

This system permits to access the National Finger Printing Data Base, set up by the National Public Security System; it saves time and guarantees reliable results, in the search for suspects across the nation.

Each Delegation of this Institution will have its station for the remote gathering of fingerprints tabs, thus permitting the processing and transmission of fingerprints, and information on anyone involved in a crime.

-Based on the warrant issued for Carlos Colin Padilla or Javier Alarcon or Jorge de la Mora Shoering or Jorge de la Mora Schmill, the Fifteenth Judge in the Federal District remanded him for his probable responsibility in the commission of the crime of violation of the Federal Law on Organized Crime and operations with illegal proceeds.

This judicial resolution, issued within the constitutional time period, comes in addition to the ones issued in trials 12/98 and its cumulative 25/99 (the Maxitrial and the Cancun case) of the Fifth District Judge, a Federal Judge in the Federal District, as well as case 88/97-1 and its cumulative 23/98-1 of the Seventh District Judge, also a Federal judge in the same jurisdiction. Colin Padilla is believed to be the top lieutenant of the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias “El Senor de los Cielos”, and one of the main operators of the criminal organization headed by the Carrillo Fuentes brothers.

- Agents of the Federal Investigations Agency (AFI) served the arrest warrant issued by the Second District Judge “A”, in the State of Nuevo Leon for Santiago Morales Marquez, in the Municipality of General Escobedo, case 31/2002, for his probable responsibility in the commission of the crime of violation of the Law on Injunctions, foreseen and sanctioned by article 211, fraction I, of the Law on Injunctions and Litigants, sanctioned by article 232, fraction I, of the Penal Federal Code.

According to the findings of preliminary investigation PGR/UEDO7027/97, Morales Marquez is linked to the criminal organization of the Carrillo Fuentes brothers, among them the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias “El Senor de los Cielos”, whom he protected.

The detainee is held at the disposal of the authority that requests him. He served as a front for the criminal organization, claiming ownership of its real estate assets. As preliminary investigation PGR/UEDO/056/99 shows, he also took charge of recovering the assets seized by the authorities, and purchased with the income made from the illegal drug trade.

-In four operations conducted in the States of Chihuahua, Durango and Sonora, Agents of the Federal Investigations Agency arrested Jose Luis Bernabe Haro, Felipe Amarillas Mendivil, and Neves Pinto Cota, for tax fraud, and Jose Luis Tagle Lopez, for embezzlement to the prejudice of PEMEX.

The first operation, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, was based on the warrant issued by the Second District Judge in that state, for Jose Luis Bernabe Haro, auxiliary case 33/95, for the crime of tax fraud, committed by the company Operadora de Comedores Industriales de Chihuahua, S.A. de C.V., to the prejudice of the national treasury for the amount of 261 thousand 228 pesos and 18 cents.

In another operation in the city of Durango, Durango, the agents arrested Jose Luis Tagle Lopez, auxiliary case 11/93, which led to the arrest warrant issued by the Second District Judge in the Municipality

of La Laguna, for the crime of embezzlement, to the prejudice of the state run company PEMEX.

In Guaymas, Sonora, the federal investigations agents arrested Felipe Amarillas Mendivil, based on the arrest warrant issued by the Second District Judge in the State of Sonora, based on preliminary investigation 10/99, for his alleged responsibility in the crime foreseen and sanctioned in article 108 and 109, fraction I of the Fiscal Code of the Federation. The fraud amounts to 572 thousand 327. 25 pesos.

Also, in the said state, the agents served the arrest warrant issued by the First District Judge in the State of Sonora, for Nieves Pinto Cota, for her alleged responsibility in the commission of the crime of tax fraud, preliminary investigation 10/99, for the amount of 754 thousand 929 pesos.

- In another case of tax fraud, Agents of the Federal Investigations Agency arrested Roberto Perez Delgado, in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, for alleged tax fraud, and equivalent fraud, for the amount of three million 521 thousand 622 pesos and 11 cents, to the prejudice of the national treasury.

The Third District Judge, in the State of Chihuahua issued the corresponding arrest warrant for Perez Delgado, based on the findings of preliminary investigation 74/98, which shows that in 1995, as the manager of the business “Impregnadora de Maderas Industrializadas”, an audit of the Tax and Public Credit Secretariat found he had failed to file a statement on the full amount of the income made for the fiscal year 1991.

- As a result of the cooperation between diverse government instances, the First Judge of the Low Court of the Judicial District of Hidalgo, based on Iguala, Guerrero, ordered the arrest of Hector Javier Marban Salazar or Hector Marban Salazar, Juan Ubaldo Rodriguez Carbajal or Ubaldo Rodriguez Carbajal and Felix Llamas Andrade, who were detained since May 30, as suspects of kidnapping, and held at the Regional Center for Social Readapting in Iguala, Guerrero.

On March 4, the three men kidnapped a 70 year old farmer, whom they killed one day later, nevertheless they undertook negotiations with his relatives for a ransom. On the 16th of the said month they received a first payment, and on May 30, when they turned up to collect the second payment, they were arrested by the Federal Investigations Agency, on the outskirts of Tierra Colorada, Guerrero.

After their arrest, Hector Javier Salazar or Hector Marban Salazar, Juan Ubaldo Rodriguez Carbajal or Ubaldo Rodriguez Carvajal and Felix Llamas Andrade were turned over to the Federal Public Ministry Agent assigned to the Specialized Unit on Organized Crime (UEDO), who requested and obtained the corresponding arraignment from the Federal Jurisdictional Organ, so it could jointly conduct the corresponding investigations with the Justice Attorney’ Office in Guerrero.

- On June 20, Agents of the Federal Investigations Agency (AFI), assigned to the Delegation of the Attorney General’s Office in the State of Mexico, caught the following men red-handed, Francisco Gonzalez Cuetara, David Moreno Rodriguez, Jorge Albitier Hernandez and Gustavo Ramirez Perez, as they were organizing a clandestine horse race, on the charges of violation of the Federal Law on Gambling and Betting.

In response to a citizen’s report, the Federal Public Ministry Agent opened a preliminary investigation, which led to the joint operation conducted by the AFI agents and agents of State Public Safety of the said state, at the height of kilometer 4+000 of the Otumba-Ciudad Sahagun highway, in the town of Axapusco, State of Mexico.

A horse race was about to begin, when the agents arrested Gonzalez Cuetara, Moreno Rodriguez, Albitier Hernandez and Ramirez Perez, while their horses were seized.

Combat against the drug trade and organized crime:

-Based on search warrant 2/2002 issued by the Ninth District Judge, and the order 1334 for the attention of the commission of drug crimes, AFI agents dismantled in the State of Nuevo Leon a laboratory used for the production of the drug known as “Ecstasy”, which probably was distributed in San Antonio, Texas, and New York, in the United States of America, where each dose sells for up to 40 dollars.

The operation took place at a home located on Provincial street N° 700, on the corner with Altilo, in the San Miguel neighborhood, Guadalupe Municipality, Nuevo Leon. At the scene, the agents found several utensils used in laboratories, among them a sink equipped with a rod to rinse small item, a metal scale, plastic sheaths to keep pills, two barrels of acetone, and a manual press to shape pills, zinc chloride, nitric acid, among other chemical substances. In addition, the agents seized a plastic bag containing one thousand doses of “Ecstasy”.

- On enforcing “Plan Usurpation 2002-2003”, launched by the Presidency of the Republic, agents of the Federal Investigations Agency seized during an operation in the state of Nuevo Leon, 11 thousand apocryphal recordings, in compact disk form, 2,400 audiocassettes, 1,400 videos format DVD and VHS and six vehicles.

The seized recordings and the vehicles were turned over to the Federal Public Ministry Agent, who opened the corresponding preliminary investigation of the case.

- On June 15, US authorities deported the Mexican national Juan Jose Sosa Rojas, alias “Juan Garcia Sosa” or Estefano Garcia Sanchez”, who is wanted in Mexico for his probable responsibility in the crime of intentional bodily harm.

An arrest warrant was issued for Juan Jose Sosa Rojas by the Social Defense Judge of the Juridical District in Tecalli de Herrera, Puebla, for his probable responsibility in the crime of intentional bodily harm to the prejudice of Reyna Garcia Hernandez, case 170/97.

- As a result of the cooperation requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), personnel of the Federal Investigations Agency traced the entrance to Mexico of a dangerous fugitive of US justice, which was reported to the authorities in the US, permitting them to arrest him as soon as he reentered the country after a brief stay in Mexico.

As a result of cabinet and field work done by the AFI agents assigned to INTERPOL Mexico, Jonathan Clay Walton was located at Mexico City’s International Airport, just as he was covering the formalities at a Continental Air Lines counter for a flight to Houston, Texas, in the company of a foreign woman.

Following the opportune coordination between the AFI and the FBI, the agency could warn the authorities in the US, the fugitive had left Mexico at 5: 35 pm on June 18, aboard flight 525 of the said airline, to Houston, Texas.

- Agents of the Federal Investigations Agency arrested Hugo Jaime Pineda Alvarez, for carrying a firearm restricted to the Armed Forces, the Navy and the Air Force.

The arrest was made in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, based on the request filed by the Federal Public Ministry Agent who built the preliminary investigation of the case. The AFI informed the official, through INTERPOL, of an arrest warrant issued in Dallas, Texas, in the USA, for homicide.

Accords and events:

- Crime prevention stands among the main priorities of the Attorney General’s Office. To this end, this week, on behalf of the Attorney General, Rafael Macedo de la Concha, the Deputy Attorney on Penal Procedures “A”, Gilberto Higuera Bernal reiterated the call to all the sectors of society to participate in the prevention campaign against drug use.

On the National Day against Drug Use and for the Full Development of Society, Higuera Bernal chaired the “Declaration of the Artists’ Community against Drugs”, and commended the Mexican Actors ’ Guild for its effort in these campaigns.

During his address, Dr. Jose Villa del Castillo, regional representative for Mexico and Central America of the United Nations Drug Control Program, pointed out that prevention must be a comprehensive task that includes reduction of drug offer, and an intensification of efforts

against the illegal drug trade, but it must also involve the promotion of preventive policies.

For his part, Dr. Guido Belssaso, Commissioner of the National Board against Drugs, said drug addiction and the illegal drug trade is a global problem that is growing, despite the efforts of governments and societies. He also acknowledged that with the current administration headed by Vicente Fox, these issues have become priorities.

Juan Imperio, General Secretary of the Mexican Actors’ Guild (ANDA) took the “Declaration of the Artists’ Community against Drug Use”, thus renewing the pledge of their commitment with the PGR in a common cause. He also said, performers would promote entertainment and the development of imagination so as to raise dams against the scourge of drug abuse.

On behalf of the community, actor Roberto Palazuelos said that drug addiction is everyone’s problem, not merely the PGR’s, it is an evil of our times, and therefore called for more awareness in this regard. Finally he invited the media to join these efforts.

- On behalf of the President of the Republic, Vicente Fox Quesada, the Attorney General, Rafael Macedo de la Concha, presided the solemn award ceremony held by the Mexican bar, Mexico City, where he said it is time to steer away from sterile confrontations, and unite so as to “make the Mexico we yearn for come true”,

In an interview at the end of the ceremony, Macedo de la Concha said law enforcement and justice authorities are determined to fight impunity and crime in all its forms, and reiterated that the Attorney General’s Office will always respect the rulings made by jurisdictional organs but will also demand the enforcement of the law, as established by the State of Law.