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Tecate mayor calls out her cops to face down the Baja state police

Olga Zulema Adams says debt paid off the day before

Tecate’s mayor Olga Zulema Adams
Tecate’s mayor Olga Zulema Adams

Last Wednesday, October 21 around 3:00 pm, 30 officers from the state prosecutor's office and state security and intelligence guard arrived at Tecate's city hall to make a warrant effective against Tecate’s mayor Olga Zulema Adams and two other public servants.

To avoid arrest, Adams locked herself in her office and used almost 100 municipal police to block the building entrances; they guarded Zulema Adams for at least four hours.

According to state prosecutor Hiram Sanchez Zamora, the warrant was issued by a civil judge because of city of Tecate debt totaling 5,567,000 pesos ($265,981) to a gasoline supplier company (Gasmart), that had not been paid.

Adams, according to prosecutors, has been urged to pay since 2019, but the notification has been ignored. For this reason, she was accused of contempt of state authority. Though the warrant was sent out October 16, it was not until last Wednesday that authorities tried to make it effective.

Almost all the municipal police officers of this small city were there, even some who had finished their daily shift already. This action was criticized the next days because the murder of a 40-year-old man took place at 5:00 pm one mile away, while the police focused their elements on the guarding of Adams.

At 6:00 pm, a Tecate civil court employee arrived with a document signed by the judge Manuel Castro that made the warrant without any effect. One hour later, Adams got out of city hall and said that the debt was paid entirely one day before, and she claimed to be a victim of political violence from Baja California’s governor.

“To make an arrest always two or three people are sent, but yesterday was 30 elements, they closed streets and came with press. They wanted to make a political circus in front of the city hall. The order was to take me, even when we already have paid," she said on Thursday at a virtual press conference.

On the other hand, the governor Jaime Bonilla on his daily virtual press conference noticed that warrants need to be carried out even if they are against mayors. And he criticized the use of municipal police forces. “On photos, it looked like a security house, just as in the movies where criminals protect themselves”.

Zulema Adams stressed that since June of this year they had denounced this political prosecution to the prosecutor's office in Mexico City.

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Tecate’s mayor Olga Zulema Adams
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Last Wednesday, October 21 around 3:00 pm, 30 officers from the state prosecutor's office and state security and intelligence guard arrived at Tecate's city hall to make a warrant effective against Tecate’s mayor Olga Zulema Adams and two other public servants.

To avoid arrest, Adams locked herself in her office and used almost 100 municipal police to block the building entrances; they guarded Zulema Adams for at least four hours.

According to state prosecutor Hiram Sanchez Zamora, the warrant was issued by a civil judge because of city of Tecate debt totaling 5,567,000 pesos ($265,981) to a gasoline supplier company (Gasmart), that had not been paid.

Adams, according to prosecutors, has been urged to pay since 2019, but the notification has been ignored. For this reason, she was accused of contempt of state authority. Though the warrant was sent out October 16, it was not until last Wednesday that authorities tried to make it effective.

Almost all the municipal police officers of this small city were there, even some who had finished their daily shift already. This action was criticized the next days because the murder of a 40-year-old man took place at 5:00 pm one mile away, while the police focused their elements on the guarding of Adams.

At 6:00 pm, a Tecate civil court employee arrived with a document signed by the judge Manuel Castro that made the warrant without any effect. One hour later, Adams got out of city hall and said that the debt was paid entirely one day before, and she claimed to be a victim of political violence from Baja California’s governor.

“To make an arrest always two or three people are sent, but yesterday was 30 elements, they closed streets and came with press. They wanted to make a political circus in front of the city hall. The order was to take me, even when we already have paid," she said on Thursday at a virtual press conference.

On the other hand, the governor Jaime Bonilla on his daily virtual press conference noticed that warrants need to be carried out even if they are against mayors. And he criticized the use of municipal police forces. “On photos, it looked like a security house, just as in the movies where criminals protect themselves”.

Zulema Adams stressed that since June of this year they had denounced this political prosecution to the prosecutor's office in Mexico City.

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"to make a warrant effective against"

"governor Jaime Bonilla on his daily virtual press conference noticed that warrants need to be carried out even if they are against mayors"

In both instances would be clearer to write "to serve a warrant" ("warrants need to be served")

Also, the governor didn't notice this, he said it!

Oct. 27, 2020

It's a direct translation from Spanish: "las órdenes deben ser ejecutadas"

Oct. 28, 2020

A direct translation of "las órdenes deben ser ejecutadas" would be "orders must be executed."

Oct. 28, 2020

Just another typical piece of political jockeying south of the border. And it was actually rather minor. The country has no real functioning legal system; what they have would have worked up until the typewriter was invented. It is rather funny to read this story with its awkward use of translations into English. I suppose that this caliber of reporting, as clumsy as it was, is better than no reporting at all. It could and should remind all US residents and citizens that going into Mexico, even sleepy, old and funky Tecate can have its perils. If you are halfway smart, don't cross into Mexico for any reason.

Oct. 27, 2020

Yeah, I live in Mexico most of the time, and you are wrong about a lot of things. Please do not ever come here for any reason. You'd just mess up the beauty of the culture and the place. You see what is in the news, then judge a whole country based on the snippets...can we judge the entire US based on the gangsters in LA, Chicago, and Baltimore? US politics based on the mess in and around the White House over the last four years? US legal system based on bad cops and inequal laws regarding race or social status? No....

Oct. 28, 2020

I promise I won't cross the border for any reason. TJ's standing as (one of) the most violent, as in murders, cities (city) in the entire world should give anyone pause.

Oct. 29, 2020

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