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18 May 2011
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Latin America Military and
Security Watch
Table of Contents
MEXICO
SINALOA
CHIHUAHUA
COAHUILA
SAN LUIS POTOSI
VERACRUZ
CHIAPAS
JALISCO
NAYARIT
Bodyguard of PRI Gubernatorial Candidate Murdered in Reforma,
Nayarit – 18 May 2011
SONORA
Soldiers Seize $(USD) 240,720 from Residence in San Luis Rio
Colorado, Sonora – 19 May 2011
Army Lieutenant Colonel Accused of Providing Support to Los Zetas in
Sonora – 18 May 2011
Soldiers Dismantle Synthetic Drug Lab in Etchojoa, Sonora – 18 May
2011
MICHOACAN
GUERRERO
OAXACA
TAMAULIPAS
NUEVO LEON
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CENTRAL AMERICA
Los Zetas Leader Believed to be the Mastermind Behind the Massacre
of 27 Farm Workers is Arrested in Petén, Guatemala – 18 May 2011
Guatemala Police and Detain Los Zetas Operator in La Libertad, Petén
– 18 May 2011
Authorities Seize $(USD) 260,157 at La Aurora International Airport in
Guatemala City, Guatemala– 18 May 2011
Hitman Set on Fire by Citizens in Mixco, Guatemala – 18 May 2011
VENEZUELA
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MEXICO
SINALOA
CHIHUAHUA
COAHUILA
SAN LUIS POTOSI
VERACRUZ
CHIAPAS
JALISCO
NAYARIT
Bodyguard of PRI Gubernatorial Candidate Murdered in Reforma, Nayarit – 18 May 2011
On 18 May 2011 at 0400 hours, gunmen shot and killed José Antonio Rodríguez Salazar at his residence
located on 2nd Street (between Lerda and Tejeda Streets) in Reforma [17.8601-93.1517], Nayarit. Prior
to being killed, Rodríguez Salazar served as the bodyguard for Roberto Sandoval, the PRI candidate in the
Nayarit gubernatorial race.
Spanish Source: http://www.milenio.com/node/722064
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SONORA
Soldiers Seize $(USD) 240,720 from Residence in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora – 19 May 2011
On 17 May 2011, soldiers noted a female flee into a residence after noticing their presence on Oaxaca
Avenue and 16 Street in the Jalisco neighborhood of San Luis Rio Colorado[32.4528-114.7718], Sonora.
This prompted soldiers search the residence. Those items seized from this location were reported as
follows:
 $(USD)240,720
 91 grams of crystal meth
 1 pistol
 5 vehicles
 1 four wheeler
 3 pieces of jewelry
Following this incident, the female mentioned above was arrested.
Spanish Source:
http://www.terra.com.mx/noticias/articulo/1114308/Decomisa+Ejercito+240+mil+dolares+a+mujer+arma
da+en+Sonora.htm
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Army Lieutenant Colonel Accused of Providing Support to Los Zetas in Sonora – 18 May 2011
On 17 May 2011, multiple narco banners were posted in areas
throughout Sonora. All of these messages were directed to
Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Mederos Sánchez, and read as
follows: “We have suffered enough abuses at the hands of
Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Mederos Sánchez. He's protecting
Los Zetas who want to gain power in Navojoa. We want
peace, we don't want what is happening in other states to
happen here”. These banners were not signed by any particular
group.
Spanish Source:
http://www.blogdelnarco.com/2011/05/aparecen-mantas-en-sonora-acusan.html
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Soldiers Dismantle Synthetic Drug Lab in Etchojoa, Sonora – 18 May 2011
On 18 May 2011, soldiers assigned to the 60th Infantry Battalion
discovered a synthetic drug lab while conducting operations in
Etchojoa[26.9116-109.6271], Sonora. This lab reportedly had the
capacity to produce up to 10 kilograms of crystal meth per day, and
is considered to be one of the largest to be dismantled in the state of
Sonora. Those items seized from this lab were reported as follows:
 32 plastic buckets
 98 sacks of caustic soda
 120 sacks of tartaric acid
 (101) 200 liter containers
 1 vehicle
Spanish Source: http://www.milenio.com/node/721989
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MICHOACAN
GUERRERO
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OAXACA
TAMAULIPAS
NUEVO LEON
CENTRAL AMERICA
Los Zetas Leader Believed to be the Mastermind Behind the Massacre of 27 Farm Workers is
Arrested in Petén, Guatemala – 18 May 2011
On 18 May 2011, Guatemalan authorities arrested Hugo Álvaro GÓMEZ Vásquez, 37, aka Comandante
Bruja, at a camp located at La Mula farm in Tactic[15.3205-90.3525], Guatemala. This area is located
approximately 15 kilometers from Los Cocos in the northern sector of Alta Verapaz. Information
regarding this individual was reported as follows in this article:
 GÓMEZ Vásquez is originally from Guatemala, and is considered to be a high-ranking leader
with in the Los Zetas organization.
 The Los Zetas cell in Guatemala is known as the Zeta 200.
 He is thought to have ordered the massacre of the 27 farm workers in Petén.
 According to authorities, Gomez Vasquez is linked to the kidnapping and murder of Luis Carlos
Bardales Tobar, his son Luis Alberto, and his wife Keiry Franco. Franco has been identified as
the niece of Ottoniel Salguero.
 Ottoniel Salguero is the owner of the Los Cocos ranch, the location where 27 farm workers were
murdered and decapitated. Left at the crime scene were messages signed by Los Zetas and
directed to Salguero.
 Los Zetas are said to have charged extortion fees to Ottoniel Salguero
Items seized from the camp in which GÓMEZ Vásquez was arrested from included:
 28 rifles
 Military uniforms
 Bulletproof vests
 Vehicles
All of these items were reportedly used to carry out the massacre of the farm workers at Los Cocos
Ranch.
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Spanish Source: http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/modHome/detalleExclusiva/91394
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Guatemala Police and Detain Los Zetas Operator in La Libertad, Petén – 18 May 2011
On 18 May 2011, police and soldiers arrested Toribio BARRENO Pérez, 30, at a camp utilized by Los
Zetas. This camp was reported as being located at the La Mula ranch and is said to be 15 kilometers away
from the location in which the 27 farm workers were massacred. According to authorities, BARRENO
Pérez worked as a security guard at the camp, and at the time of his arrest, he was guarding the camp with
a fragmentation grenade. Following his arrest, Barreno claimed to be a farm worker from the San Diego
community of La Libertad, Petén.
Spanish Source: http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/justicia/Detienen-presunto-zeta-campamentoPeten_0_482951928.html
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Authorities Seize $(USD) 260,157 at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City,
Guatemala– 18 May 2011
On 18 May 2011, authorities seized $(USD)260,157 worth of
undeclared cash at the La Aurora International Airport in
Guatemala City[14.5833-90.5276], Guatemala. The cash in
question was seized from Mexican national Elisa Saraí
HUAJACA, 33, as she was attempting to board a COPA airline
flight to Panamá.
Spanish Source: http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/justicia/Detienen-aeropuerto-mexicana-US260mil_0_482951890.html
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Hitman Set on Fire by Citizens in Mixco, Guatemala – 18 May 2011
On 18 May 2011, a video posted online depicts
citizens in Mixco,Guatemala, carrying out justice
following the murder of a female from the
community. During the video, citizens can be seen
setting the responsible party of the murder on fire. It
was also noted that authorities were operating in the
area, but that citizens decided to take this matter into
their own hands.
Comment: The five minute video of this incident is
graphic and can be viewed at the Blogdelnarco website.
Spanish Source: http://www.blogdelnarco.com/
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VENEZUELA
Former General Carlos Peñaloza Denounces Pact between Venezuela and Iran to Create Missile
Base in Venezuela – 19 May 2011
On 17 May 2011, the former
commander of the Venezuelan
Army, General Carlos
Peñaloza, denounced a
proposed pact between
Venezuela and Iran to
construct a missile base in
Paraguaná [11.9479 69.9980], Venezuela.
According to Peñaloza, the
German media source Die
Welt acquired the following
information regarding this
proposed deal between Iran and Venezuela:
 On 08 December 2010, Die Welt reported that Iran and Venezuela had signed a secret pact to
construct an intermediate-range missile base in Paraguaná. On 13 May 2011, it was reported that
that Iranian companies/universities would carry out the work (the Iranian engineering firm
Khatm-al Ambia and the University of Schariff in Tehran). This same project will also financed
by Iran given the fact that Venezuela does not have the funds necessary for completion.
Venezuela’s role in this deal is to provide the location.
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The proposed location of this missile base is the heart of the oilfields in Paraguaná. This area is
located 27 kilometers south of Aruba.

The base would be jointly operated by Iranian and Venezuelan military personnel and equipped
with the following types of missiles:
o Shahab 3 missiles: range of 1500km
o Scud-B missiles: range of 330km
o Scud-C: range of 700km
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According to analysis done by General Peñaloza on his website www.puestodecombate.org (combat
post), countries to include Colombia, Panamá, Brazil, and United States (East Coast) could be targets
of these missiles.

By working with Venezuela, Iran is able to bypass the sanctions placed on them by the United
Nations. These sanctions, if adhered to, would oblige Russia to cancel the sale of five anti-aircraft
missile S-300PMU-1 battalions. However, these same items are now being purchased by Venezuela
with Iranian cash, and will be installed in Paraguaná. Russia is demanding that Venezuela pay $800
million in cash for these items.
Comment: The complete article by General Carlos Peñaloza has been published on his website:
http://www.puestodecombate.org
Spanish Source: http://informe21.com/~mgessen/venezuela/general-carlos-penaloza-denuncia-pactomortal-iran-venezuela-pone-venezuela-medio-pleito-n
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