What does the Mexico City’s Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera need to recognize that organized crime is operating in the Mexican capital?
The body corpse that leaves the morning of October 19 hanging from the bridge La Concordia, in the eastern Iztapalapa, is an additional event that is related to organized criminal groups to commit unlawful abductions, killings and drugs distribution.
This is first time that this happen in Mexico City. Cartels might not be established in that city, but the fact reveals that they operate in different ways, as have been documented in the local media.
The most recent event is the body of the man as yet unidentified, between 25 and 30 years old, without shoes, wrapped in bandages like a mummy. In the place also it was found a message with threats against an inmate of local prison nicknamed “Miraviones”.
The case is being investigated by the Attorney General of Mexico City, directing by Rodolfo Rios.
The first reaction of Mr. Mancera was that surveillance be reinforced in the border areas. Like in similar cases, the Mayor insists: the problem is the State of Mexico and other entities such as Morelos.
“That’s my insistence, we continue putting checkpoints,” said to the newspaper El Universal without assuming any additional responsibility.
Even that day Mr. Mancera had many public events but he did not make comments about this exceptional case.
But other people are in disagreement with Mr. Mancera, like the activist -and former candidate of the National Action Party to be Mayor of Mexico City-, Yolanda Miranda de Wallace. She says that the city has a real crime problem.
“Although the Mexico City’s Government denies it, yes, there is organized crime, extortion and kidnappings”, she said to the newspaper Reforma.
She spoke of her organization Stop Kidnapping (Alto al Secuestro) has recorded the presence of Los Zetas, as the lead organization in Mexico City, but also of La Familia –this last one grew in Michoacan state.
Mrs. Wallace is not saying anything new. Everything has been recorded over the years, cases that reveal the clear operation of organized crime in Mexico City, through its extensions bands considered by the Police as the “limited scope”.
However, just last July 31, five people were executed in an apartment in the Narvarte area, in the Benito Juarez district. Among those killed were the photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and Nadia Vera, human rights activist in Xalapa, Veracruz in the south of Mexico.
The main line of research aimed at FBJ/BJ-1/ T2/4379/15-07 inquiry, aimed at friends of one of the women, for a drug deal.
Although there was a detainee, the case remains unresolved: Is this a case about organized crime or not?
Before that case, several more have occurred in the Mexican capital, clearly crimes committed by organized crime, not by criminals alone.
In other case, the Downtown Merchants complained that they are extorted by gangs and, despite complaints; the harassment does not end.
The question doesn’t have an answer yet:
Is the organized crime operating in Mexico City?
Reforma newspaper published August 9, 2015, that organized crime operates in Mexico City and its main track has been left in bars and discos, whose owners and drug dealers have been executed.
Investigations of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Attorney General of Mexico City (PGJDF) indicate that the cartels operate at least in the corridors Roma-Condesa and Insurgentes.
According to witnesses, in 2009 the recently extradited to the United States, Edgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie”, then operator of the Beltran Leyva cartel, offered 300,000 Mexican pesos to agents of the elite group in PGJDF for killing a federal police.
In May 2013, in Heaven’s bar, located in the Zona Rosa, there were 13 young people abducted, who were killed by the group La Union Insurgentes, drug dealers.
In June 2015, the bar owner Life, Marco Antonio Cardona, was executed while driving in the company of his girlfriend, in the area of Condesa.
These are only some cases, however the group operation Hand with Eyes (La Mano con Ojos), that is also located in Mexico city, led by Oscar Oswaldo Garcia Montoya “The Compayito” –captured at south of the Capital of Mexico. Mr. Garcia Montoya is a former bodyguard of Arturo Beltran Leyva and “La Barbie”.
In 2010, five members of the Sánchez Pérez family, that distributed drugs in the Ajusco area, south of the Mexican capital, was carried out by a cell of “Los Zetas”, protected by the Police.
None of these crimes are of low impact, such as car theft or passerby.
The list of crimes is much longer. So the question is, again: Is the organized crime operating in Mexico City?