Six alleged members of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel were sentenced to 171 and 169 years in prison for the crimes of kidnapping, collection and possession of firearms for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces of Mexico, and organized crime.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) declared that those criminally responsible were captured by the Secretariat of National Defense in September 2007 at an address in Apodaca, Nuevo León.
They are credited with having participated in the kidnapping of at least 10 people.
They were sentenced, with the elements provided by the Federal Public Ministry, to 171 years in prison José Luis Rodríguez Esquivel, Mario René Martínez Méndez, Víctor Hugo Casanova Domínguez, Juan Francisco Flores Guerrero, and Luis García Zamora and / or José Robles Moncispais and / or José Robles Monsiváis, reported Excelsior.
Yadira Aquino Zamora, according to the sentence issued by a federal judge on October 30, was sentenced to 169 years in prison.
The involvement of criminals in ten cases of illegal deprivation of liberty in the form of kidnapping, in addition to the collection and possession of firearms, was determined by the elements provided by the Federal Public Ministry of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime Investigation.
When the year 2024 ends, the last of the administration of the president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador, there will be around 500,000 people killed by criminal groups in the country and more than 700,000 will be part of the groups displaced from their places of origin by violence.
Within the International Book Fair (FIL), held virtually, in the forum FIL Thought Is Mexico safe?, experts in security issues presented different reasons as to why there are such levels of insecurity in the country, where 39,000 homicides occurred and 86,000 disappeared were registered in 2019.
The former head of the National Security Commission, Renato Sales Heredia, declared that there are various factors to explain the levels of insecurity in Mexico. He indicated that during the first 21 months of the three past administrations it was observed: 19,000 intentional homicides in the government of Felipe Calderón, 23,000 in that of Enrique Peña Nieto, and 48,000 in that of López Obrador.
Sales Heredia specified that the emergence of the Los Zetas cartel was part of the beginning of the violence and the murders because it generated a war between criminal organizations. This had a significant decrease between 2012 and 2015, however, after that year, with the birth of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), was reactivated because they wanted to seize the places for drug trafficking and sale.
Until today, the war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG continues: a dispute that suits the gun dealers. The increase in intentional homicides by firearms increased substantially in the last 10 years. According to the former head, the number of gun murders increased from three in 10 to eight in 10.
He reported that the presence of the National Guard and the Mexican Army in the streets during the government of President López Obrador has not been the solution to reduce homicides because it is a problem between criminal organizations who thus end their fighting and the war for the squares.
For his part, Eduardo Guerrero Gutiérrez, founding partner of Lantia Consultants, declared the current situation of insecurity and violence in Mexico can be traced since May 2008, when the homicide rate began to increase rapidly.
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