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Cable sobre enfrentamiento entre sicarios y policías en una zona residencial en Morelia

En una nota diplomática fechada en septiembre de 2008, la Legación estadounidense en México relató la maniobra de detención de Arnold Rueda Media, lugarteniente de La Familia

ID: 216396
Date: 2009-07-13 21:01:00
Origin: 09MEXICO2039
Source: Embassy Mexico
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/13/2029
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, PHUM, PTER, PINR, KCRM, SNAR, MX
SUBJECT: LA FAMILIA CARTEL RETALIATES FOR ARREST OF
HIGH-RANKING LEADER

Classified By: Acting Political Minister Counselor James P Merz.
Reason: 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (SBU) Summary. On July, 11, Mexican Federal Police
(SSP) arrested Arnold Rueda Media -- the fourth highest
ranking member of the organized crime syndicate known as "La
Familia" -- at a residence in Morelia, Michoacan in southern
Mexico, approximately 120 miles west of Mexico City. When a
subsequent rescue attempt failed, La Familia launched a
series of attacks on police -- and to a lesser extent the
military -- throughout Michoacan as well as the neighboring
states of Guerrero and Zacatecas. The attacks produced the
deaths of at least three police officials and two soldiers.
La Familia is known for its violence, but the apparent
ability of this group to undertake a targeted and coordinated
attack took look law enforcement officials by surprise. End
Summary.

2. (C) Mexican Federal Police arrested high ranking La
Familia leader Rueda Medina at a residence on July 11. Rueda
Medina was reputedly the right hand man of La Familia head
Nazario Moreno (AKA "Chayo"). His responsibilities included
designating plaza bosses, infiltrating police at all levels,
and coordinating attacks against La Familia rival, Las ZETAS.
Rueda Medina maintained international contacts for
importation of pseudo-ephedrine and is widely considered one
of the most significant methamphetamine traffickers in
Mexico. While Rueda Median had been under investigation by
SSP and PGR for some time, SSP took the opportunity,
independently, to arrest him by using a confrontation between
rival factions of LA FAMILIA and ZETAS at two safe houses in
Morelia as cover for its operation.
3. (SBU) Just minutes after Rueda Medina's arrest, La
Familia operatives launched a rescue attempt as authorities
sought to transfer Rueda Medina from the residence to a
federal post. As part of the rescue attempt, gunman
reportedly threw grenades and fired high caliber weapons,
including military assault weapons. When the rescue attempt
failed, the fire fight spilled out onto the streets of
Morelia. Separately, small units of cartel members commenced
attacks at locations throughout the area including on a
federal police barracks in Patzcuaro, a hotel where police
are housed in Apatzingan, a police barracks in the port of
Lazaro Cardenas, a police convoy outside Nueva Italia, and a
police base in Huetamo. Two additional attacks took place in
states just beyond the border in the neighboring states of
Guerrero and Zacatecas.

4. (SBU) Reports indicate that police and soldiers
effectively repelled the eight individual attacks and Rueda
Medina remains in custody. Although reports vary on the
total number fatalities on both sides, initial reports
indicated that three police and two soldiers were killed and
twelve wounded. Three police were killed in the attack on
the convoy on the road near Zitacuaro and the two off-duty
soldiers were killed as they returned to their barracks in
Zamora. The gunman used hit and run tactics in their
attacks. Government sources did not confirm that any cartel
members were killed or wounded. Open source reports
indicated that at least two cartel members were arrested and
remain in custody.

5. (C) Comment: Clearly, the government's arrest of Rueda
Medina prompted La Familia to launch its attacks in an act of
retaliation and intimidation. These indiscriminate attacks
against off-duty soldiers and police convoys appeared
precipitated by opportunity as much as coordination.
Retaliation against the government when it makes a high level
arrest of this nature is not unusual. In this instance,
however, the swiftness and apparent coordination of the
attacks took authorities by surprise. The ability of this
crime syndicate to not only mobilize bands of it members
quickly in response to an event but also conduct operations
with tactical precision is a development law enforcement
officials will need to examine in preparation for moving on
high-profile criminals in the future. .



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