Ken Leighton 11 a.m., May 3
State official: Eight crime cell lieutenants controlling narcotics and violence in Baja California
Official stated that local leaders and gangs have been identified, authorities working to stop them
Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, the Secretary of Public Security in Baja California, spoke briefly with the press on Wednesday, May 8th, in regards to organized crime in the state. The official stated that eight crime cell lieutenants are responsible for the majority of narcotics that move through the state. He also stated they are responsible for the majority of homicides which occur.
According to state figures, the first three months of 2013 saw a rise in homicides in comparison to the same time period in 2012. State investigators have claimed that at least 85% of those homicides are linked to gang and drug violence.
De la Rosa Anaya would not elaborate on the criminal cells, yet stated that they are the same groups which have operated in the state in recent years. He went on to say that the leaders have been identified and authorities are working to stop them.
The Cártel de Sinaloa has become the dominant organized crime group in the state in recent years, even though the long time resident group, Cártel Arellano Félix, remains highly active. The Drug Enforcement Agency recently declared the six most wanted drug traffickers in the San Diego-Tijuana area. Five of those men are associated with the Cártel de Sinaloa, one with the Cártel Arellano Félix.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury also released, on May 7th, the names of the eight alleged Cártel de Sinaloa lieutenants that run the border cities from Mexicali to Nogales, Sonora.
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