Matthew Lickona 11:44 a.m., May 24
Baja & Border News Translations: Human Remains Found in Cistern; Christmas Expo 2012 Opens
Human Remains Found in Cistern (El MEXICANO, 11/29/12 by Said Betanzos)
TIJUANA, BC - Apparently human bones were found at the site known as "La Gallera" that Jose Santiago Meza, "El Pozolero", would have left there when disposing of corpses with caustic soda.
Fernando Ocegueda Flores, President of the United Association of the Disappeared of Baja California, confirmed they found the remains and once extracted in entirety will have to be transferred to Mexico City to obtain DNA to determine identity.
The activist could not hide his joy when staff of the Hazardous Materials Fire Division dressed in special suits, began to withdraw the skeletal remains with the help of a few shovels. The discovery occurred yesterday four hours after they began the excavations with the help of a backhoe hammer operated by personnel of the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (CESPT).
Authorities of the Specialized Attorney in Investigations of Organized Crime (SEIDO) oversaw the work from 10 a.m. because they had to break and remove a concrete slab that was covered with earth.
The building is located on a calle in the Cioac farms section in colonia Maclovio Rojas to the East of Tijuana. The search began last Tuesday when on that day, SEIDO authorities dug at that same place and search dogs with human remains specialists began to alert as a positive signal, so they returned yesterday.
The military even monitored the work since yesterday morning, which drew the attention of the neighbors. Work is expected to continue tomorrow in the building that was abandoned since 2009 . As El Mexicano reported, Meza Lopez testified before the Federal Public Ministry, in the area known as "La Gallera" was the remains and bones of about 80 people. "Pozolero" confessed he placed the corpses by orders of the Félix Arellano Brothers criminal organization when he worked for them and drug trafficker Teodoro García Simental, "El Teo", when he was captured in January 2010. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2012/11/29/633062/hallaron-huesos-en-la-gallera.aspx
Christmas Expo 2012 Opens (El MEXICANO, 11/29/12 by Alberto Valdez)
MEXICALI, BC - The Municipal President, Francisco Pérez Tejada, inaugurated the Expo Navidad 2012, organized by Social Development Municipal (DESOM), which is an exhibition for the sale of diverse Christmas crafts.
The exhibition is on the Esplanade of the Municipal Palace and will remain open Thursday with work made by women who attend the Desarrollo Humano Integral (Center of Integral Human Development) in the Municipality.
During the ceremony, the Mayor highlighted the two-day exhibition will help promote products and crafts produced with both affection and dedication by Mexicali women who want to spend their time on something productive.
Pérez Tejada explained that productive projects have been launched by XX City Hall as proof Integral de Los Naranjos is the center of human development which has become a "mini factory" for school uniforms that has worked very well.
"We were already committed to open the center of Integral human development in the nationalist colony, because the women already had concerns of having space to have productive and recreational activities", he said. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2012/11/29/633060/abren-expo-navidad-2012.aspx