HomeNewsBriefMexican Generals Arrested for Alleged Ties to Drug Trade
BRIEF

Mexican Generals Arrested for Alleged Ties to Drug Trade

MEXICO / 17 MAY 2012 BY GEOFFREY RAMSEY EN

Two Mexican generals, one of them a former deputy defense minister, have been arrested on suspicion of links to organized crime, in a scandal that could develop into the highest-level case of military corruption under the administration of President Felipe Calderon.

On May 15 the security forces arrested retired General Tomas Angeles Dauhare and General Dawe Gonzalez, handing them over for questioning to the country’s main organized crime unit, the Office of Special Investigations into Organized Crime (SIEDO).

An official from the Attorney General’s Office, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the two are suspected of colluding with Mexican criminal syndicates. The men are expected to face a judge in the coming days, who will weigh evidence against them and determine whether to proceed with a trial.

If the judge deems that the case merits a trial, it would be the biggest corruption scandal yet to hit the outgoing Calderon administration. Angeles was second-in-command of the military during Calderon’s first two years in office, helping to implement the first stages of the president’s crackdown on drug trafficking organizations before retiring in 2008. Dawe is an active-duty general, and has led military forces in the troubled states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa.

InSight Crime Analysis

A trial of these military officials would be a major blow to the legacy of Calderon, who has attempted to cast himself as a crusader against powerful drug trafficking networks in Mexico. The deployment of the army in border cities and areas dominated by criminal groups has been a pillar of his security strategy. While some have criticized the use of the military over alleged human rights abuses, Calderon has defended his reliance on the armed forces, and many analysts see their deployment as necessary due to widespread corruption among local and state police.

This case could inflict serious damage on the military’s reputation as a relatively clean force. If it emerges that the officials received bribes from cartels, as in the 1997 case of General Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo (arrested for accepting payoffs from the Juarez Cartel), it could spark a renewed national dialogue on the role of the military in internal security. This could even encourage current front-runner for the July presidential elections, Enrique Peña Nieto, to reverse his positive stance on deploying the military to fight organized crime.

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.

Tags

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

AYOTZINAPA / 28 OCT 2014

With more than 150 bodies reportedly found in clandestine graves and 240 people missing thus far this year in Guerrero,…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 1 NOV 2010

Mexican authorities Sunday announced the capture of Sergio Villareal Barragán, alias El Grande, allegedly head of an assassin's network for…

MEXICO / 19 OCT 2011

Nearly 45,000 soldiers and marines have deserted the Mexican Armed Forces since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and…

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…