HomeNewsAnalysisArrested Farmers Deny Cartel Links
ANALYSIS

Arrested Farmers Deny Cartel Links

MEXICO / 12 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Amidst confusing and suspicious circumstances, Mexican authorities say they have arrested eight members of the Peasant Farmer and Popular Organization.

The group, (Organizaciones Campesinas y Populares – COCYP) — a Chiapas-based syndicate formed in December 1998, and constituted in Chiapas in August of this year, which fights for the rights of small farmers — for their connections to the Zetas and the Pelones, two criminal syndicates that are working in concert in the region. The authorities say that during a raid they found weapons, ammunition and two kilograms of marijuana; they add that the COCYP is involved in drug trafficking and kidnapping. However, the COCYP denies the account, adding that the authorities are targeting them for their political platform and their organization’s growing presence in Chiapas. If the COCYP is part of the Zetas’ criminal syndicate, it would be an indication of the growing sophistication of that organization, which has had little social message to accompany their bloody, authoritarian tactics. Yet it is far from clear.

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Related Content

MEXICO / 6 APR 2011

Speaking at the 28th International Drug Enforcement Conference in Cancun, Mexican National Security Council representative Alejandro Poire said that the…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 1 NOV 2011

Authorities in Mexico have rescued nearly 29,000 animals since 2000, many during operations against organized criminal groups.

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 18 JAN 2013

The United States will set up a new special operations headquarters to train Mexican security forces in counter-terrorism…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…