Violence and Corruption in Guerrero, Mexico

On October 5th, two criminals confessed to the killing of 17 of the 43 “normalista” students that disappeared more than a week ago in the town of Ayotzinapa, according to authorities in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

The massacre was held in a hill in the area of Pueblo Viejo, close to the mass grave where the 28 corpses were found on October 4th, according to the head of the local Justice Department, Iñaky Blanco Cabrera.

The killers, a professional executioner and a drug dealer, also identified the head of public security of Iguala, Francisco Salgado, as the one who gave the order to detain the students, while one of the leaders of the criminal gang known as “Guerreros Unidos” (“United Warriors”), identified with the nickname of “El Chucky”, was the one who ordered their killings.

Finally the Office of the Attorney General, the Ministries of the National Defense and Navy, and the state police, confirmed that the missing students are among the corpses found in the clandestine grave.


Iguala, Guerrero Mayor is linked to Drug Cartel

A report by the Center for Investigation and National Security (Cisen) confirmed that José Luis Abarca Velázquez, mayor of Iguala who requested a leave of absence, has close ties to organized crime groups operating in the north of the state of Guerrero.

Abarca, “who laundered money and was the straw man” of Arturo Beltrán Leyva, amassed a considerable fortune thanks to the connections of his wife, mother in law and brothers in law with the late drug lord, according to the document obtained by EL UNIVERSAL.

José Luis Abarca, "who laundered money and was the straw man" of Drug Lord Arturo Beltrán Leyva,
José Luis Abarca, “who laundered money and was the straw man” of Drug Lord Arturo Beltrán Leyva        (Photo:

The report, dated October 1, says that Abarca bribed state and national leaders of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD ) with cash and in-kind donations for the operation of their committees.

One of Abarca’s brothers in law, Salomón Pineda Villa, better known as “El Molón”, served time at the Cefereso prison in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, for drug crimes. He was released in June 2013 and became the local chief of the Guerrero Unido cartel in Iguala.

Also, Alberto Pineda Villa “El Borrado” and Mario Pineda Villa “El MP”, brothers in law of Abarca, were operators of the Beltrán Leyva cartel for many years; however, they were executed after they distanced themselves from the drug lord.

María Leonor Villa Orduño, Abarca’s mother in law, was also an operator and straw man of Arturo Beltrán Leyva.

On the violent events registered on September 26, the report states that after demonstrating in Iguala, a group of about 100 students from the teachers college Raúl Isidro Burgos intended to go to the Plaza de las Tres Garantías, where María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, the mayor’s wife, was expected to give a speech.

Pineda ordered her security chief to tell the municipal public security director, Felipe Flores Velázquez, not to allow the students to reach the venue.

Flores ordered police forces to stop them and at least six police cars blocked their way. However, the students decided to step down from the buses and face the security forces, that opened fire against them.

The clashes left three dead and over 18 injured. Some students escaped in another bus and were chased by the Municipal Police.

The document states that hours later, preventive police officers opened fire against the bus in which the soccer team Avispones de Chilpancingo traveled because they thought they had found the students, killing the bus driver, a 15-year-old player and a bystander.

According to the report, Abarca ordered his security chief to chase and arrest the students in order to “teach them a lesson”.


The Army, Federal Police and Gendarmerie take over the situation in Iguala, Guerrero.

Officers from the Mexican Army, the Federal Police and the National Gendarmerie began their patrol operations in the municipality of Iguala, Guerrero, under the command of commissioner Enrique Francisco Galindo Ceballos, after taking control of the area.

The Federal Police will take over the functions of the municipal police, after many of its members are suspected of being involved in the disappearance of 43 students from the teachers school (normalistas) of Ayotzinapa.

The police and military intend to “keep the criminal actions which have dislocated all sorts of living in that region from remaining in impunity and be able to clarify, locate and arrest those responsible according to the law,” expressed National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.


Federal forces took control of security in Iguala. (Photo JORGE SERRATOS  / EL UNIVERSAL)
Federal forces took control of security in Iguala. (Photo JORGE SERRATOS / EL UNIVERSAL)
State of Guerrero

In a message to media, Rubido said that soldiers from the National Defense Ministry disarmed all operating officers from the municipal police and are keeping their guns under watch, while local police men will be subject to confidence tests and some will be sent to the Sixth Military Region in the state to Tlaxcala, in order to receive training.

Rubido added that each and every one of the guns under watch will be checked to determine if they are authorized for use in that area.

After the kidnapping and homicide of students, the Office of the Attorney General will be in charge of the forensic side of the investigations, to determine which weapons were used in the assassination of the young men and women, while the intelligence community will participate in the investigations on the massacre.