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After threats, Juárez mayor in El Paso

By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
Posted: 02/24/2009 12:00:00 AM MST

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EL PASO -- Police are investigating threats against Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz, who moved his family to El Paso for safety, El Paso police Detective Carlos Carrillo said Monday.

"We received information that the Juárez mayor lives in El Paso, and that possibly they were going to come to El Paso to get him," Carrillo said. "He has not asked us for our help, but it's our duty to protect any resident of our city who may be under threat."

Juárez police said written threats against Reyes Ferriz and his family were left in different parts of Juárez after the police chief, Roberto Orduña Cruz, resigned Friday. The threats were written on the kind of banners and posters that the Juárez drug cartel has used to send messages to police and others.

Meanwhile, Mexican authorities were unraveling a shooting Sunday in Chihuahua City that killed one of Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza Terraza's bodyguards.

Alejandro Chaparro Coronel died

While defending another state agent in a convoy. He was a commander who served on the Chihuahua state police force for 11 years.
The assailants wounded two other bodyguards, both also members of the state police.

Mexican officials said police returned fire and wounded one suspect, Eduardo Hernandez Valdez, 36. He served in the Mexican army from 2001 to 2003.

The Chihuahua governor, who drove his own vehicle with the bodyguards behind him, said earlier he did not know whether the attack targeted him or stemmed from an unrelated dispute between his bodyguards and the armed suspects.

"We cannot speculate and will comment only about what we know," the governor said.

Chihuahua state officials said they had indications that the shooting was an isolated case stemming from a disagreement between the governor's bodyguards and one of the suspects.

Officials said the bodyguards stopped one suspect's vehicle because they thought it was following the convoy. Then a second vehicle approached, from which two armed men exited and started firing at the bodyguards.

The suspects' vehicles, which were stolen, were found burned outside Chihuahua City.

Both the Juárez mayor and Chihuahua governor belong to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Hector Garcia, the federal attorney general's regional director in Chihuahua state, said at a Monday news conference that the government will investigate any federal violations in connection with Sunday's shooting.

Garcia, who is serving his second tour in Juárez, gained notoriety in 2003 when he claimed publicly that the Juárez drug cartel had been dismantled and no longer existed.

Juárez city official Guillermo Dowell said the violence in Juárez and Chihuahua state is comparable to what occurred in Ireland and Iraq, "where people were killed not because of what they did or failed to do, but to plant terror in a city and its authorities."

He said Reyes Ferriz remained committed to fighting back with a clean and competent police force.

"The mayor's position is that the city police have to serve the public and not some organized criminal band, and he will continue to clean up the police force in a process he began since the first moments of his administration," Dowell said.

Violence against high-ranking politicians in Mexico is not new. In 2001, Patricio Martinez Garcia, then the Chihuahua state governor, survived an assassination attempt by the Juárez drug cartel and a corrupt policewoman.

FBI agents in El Paso had warned him about the cartel's plans. A Chihuahua state policewoman was charged and imprisoned in the plot.

5 years 34 weeks ago, 11:06 AM

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that ASU is warning students not to go to Nogo or Rockey Point for spring break because of kidnappings etc... In San Diego, they're saying the same about TJ. These drug cartels are getting out of hand. Their shit has taken over all border towns and is spilling into places like Phoenix where their drug related kidnappings, robberies, and murders are soaring. Drop houses can be found even in nice neighborhoods in the burbs, where hundreds of illegals are jam packed being held ransom. These scumbags don't play by any rules and have started beheading family members and many other dickless acts which resenble terriorist fighting methods and scare tactics in the middle east. The cartels have arsenals which rival the Mexican govt military. That shit has already spread south into central and south america, and now we're startign to smell their stench up here. This is getting out of hand. All of the Mexican Governmet is corrupt, and it is starting to affect american citizens.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
5 years 34 weeks ago, 4:20 PM

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It has moved up to Cottonwood and Sedona. With the cut backs to law enforcement we have to be more watchful and protect our own, we even have MS13 in the area. Home invasions and theft are on the rise all over Az.

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5 years 34 weeks ago, 2:51 AM

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share some of the intel reports we get here about future cartel plans. it's ridiculous. We'll just say the tactics used in the desert have given people ideas.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:50 AM

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operations in the south. They are being hired by the cartels to guard their shipments.

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They are easily identifiable by the MS13 tats. And MS13 bleed like anyother asshole. These guys are a menace and I wonder how many are here illegally?

5 years 33 weeks ago, 10:05 AM

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They don't all have tats now. There are some members that are joing the military to get combat experience, then taking it back to their buddies. They don't get tats until their time is up in the service, because they know we look for that stuff. And there are a bunch here illegally. They started as an El Salvadoran gang, but they've pretty much moved to Guatemala now.

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