Mexican federal police on Feb. 28 announced the capture of Victor Torres Garcáa AKA Édgar Mauricia Barrera Corrales AKA “El Papirrin”—alleged leader of a drug network that calls itself “The Resistance.” “El Papirrin” was detained in Uruapan, Michoacán, along with two alleged associates, several guns and bags of drugs. La Resistencia was so-named because it was formed as an alliance of various cartels to resist the drive by Los Zetas to dominate Mexico’s narco networks. “El Papirrin” was said to be a veteran of the Beltran Leyva cartel.
Also reported detained by army troops in Michoacán was a female state police officer who was travelling in a three-vehicle convoy of vehicles with eight assault rifles, ammunition and a bag of marijuana seeds. The other members of the convoy escaped into the bush. The officer was on medical leave at the time she was detained, yet was wearing a bulletproof vest.
In the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, state prosecutors reported that the bodies of five men had been found dangling from bridges over a highway in the coastal city of Mazatlán. Four of the bodies were gagged and showed signs of torture. (AP, International Business Times, Mexico edition, Feb. 28)
See our last post on Mexico’s narco wars.