HomeNewsBriefJuarez to House Police in Hotels After Cartel Threats
BRIEF

Juarez to House Police in Hotels After Cartel Threats

JUAREZ CARTEL / 1 FEB 2012 BY CHRISTOPHER LOOFT EN

Juarez may spend $2 million to house the city's municipal police force in several hotels with heightened security, after a drug cartel appeared to be acting on threats to kill one police officer a day.

Last week banners known as "narcomantas" began appearing throughout Ciudad Juarez, signed by a group calling itself the New Juarez Cartel, thought to be a faction of the Aztecas street gang operating under a new name. The banners accused Police Chief Julian Leyzaola of colluding with the New Juarez Cartel's rivals and vowed to kill one policeman per day until he either steps down or stops targeting the group. Eight Juarez policemen have been killed this month in increasingly brazen attacks, including one shoot-out which left three suspected hitmen dead.

Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia came out in support of Leyzaola, claiming that he will leave office before he allows Leyzaola to step down. For his part, Leyzaola blamed Johnny Morales Gonzales, alias "El Tin Tan," for the violence, urging citizens to turn the alleged New Juarez Cartel leader in. Leyzaola mistakenly distributed a photo of Morales, which later turned out to a potrait of a resident in El Paso, El Diario de Juarez reports.

The city treasurer said they have set aside a 25 million peso budget (about $2 million) to house off-duty police in two hotels over the next 90 days, according to El Diario. The police are receiving a discounted rate on the rooms.

InSight Crime Analysis

A common tactic seen in Juarez is the assassination of police believed to be working for a rival cartel. Since the Sinaloa Cartel began open warfare against the Juarez Cartel for control of the city in 2008, a reported 175 municipal police officers have been killed. The public threats by the New Juarez Cartel seem like a new spin on this strategy.

Their accusation that Leyzaola is working with another criminal group may just be a calculated bid to detract from Leyzaola's perceived legitimacy as one of Mexico's most effective police officials. But the threat has now increased the pressure on both Leyzaola and Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia to stem the killings; if they don't, they could be blamed for the loss of more police officers.

These developments cast more doubt on the effectiveness of the police force. Police are supposed to protect the local population; diverting resources to ensure their security implies less protection for the citizens of Juarez. And with Juarez holding the title of the hemisphere's most dangerous city -- until it was recently surpassed by Hondras' San Pedro Sula -- its residents need all the security they can get.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

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.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 8 SEP 2014

A new report by the Organization of American States (OAS) acknowledged the increased threats that migrants face in Mexico,…

JALISCO CARTEL / 31 MAY 2016

Mexico's Jalisco Cartel is attempting to wrest control of Baja California Sur from the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a new…

MEXICO / 12 NOV 2013

A former US Army and Texas police officer is accused of leading a kidnapping gang captured by authorities in Mexico,…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Gender and Investigative Techniques Focus of Workshops

26 NOV 2021

On November 23-24, InSight Crime conducted a workshop called “How to Cover Organized Crime: Investigation Techniques and A Focus on Gender.” The session convened reporters and investigators from a dozen…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Names Two New Board Members

19 NOV 2021

In recent weeks, InSight Crime added two new members to its board. Joy Olson is the former executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America…

THE ORGANIZATION

Senate Commission in Paraguay Cites InSight Crime

12 NOV 2021

InSight Crime’s reporting and investigations often reach the desks of diplomats, security officials and politicians. The latest example occurred in late October during a commission of Paraguay's Senate that tackled…

THE ORGANIZATION

Backing Investigative Journalism Around the Globe

5 NOV 2021

InSight Crime was a proud supporter of this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which took place November 1 through November 5 and convened nearly 2,000 journalists…

THE ORGANIZATION

Tracking Dirty Money and Tren de Aragua

29 OCT 2021

InSight Crime was delighted to support investigative reporting in the Americas through a workshop with our friends at Connectas, a non-profit journalism initiative that facilitates collaboration…