Friday, October 15, 2010

Update on Valle de Juarez: Still Deserted, Still Dangerous

I posted some articles in April about the Valle de Juarez, which was wreaked by violence last Spring. Here is an update. See my post from last April for some background.

Two years ago La Linea (the Juarez Cartel) and the Sinaloa Cartel (also known as the Pacific Cartel and the Chapo Guzman Organization), among other conflicts began to fight over control of the Valle de Juarez, a sparsely populated area Southeast of Juarez along the Rio Bravo (Rio Grande in English) with communities across from Fabens, Texas, such as Praxedis G. Guerrero, Guadalupe, and El Porvenir. It is an area with high poverty and small farmers irrigating from the federally managed irrigation district.

When the top man for the Juarez cartel in the Valle, Rodolfo Escajeda (a.k.a. El Rikin) was arrested in Casas Grandes in September 2009 by the Mexican army, Gabino Salas Valenciano, a.k.a "El Ingeniero," from the Sinaloa Cartel, made a bid to take over the entire territory, and has largely succeeded in doing so. In the ensuing violence, over half of the residents moved away, and those remaining behind still in in fear of their lives, as municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies have largely abandoned the area to the cartel.

This morning four so-far unidentified dead bodies were discovered in the Valle near the highway between Praxedis and Guadalupe, each with multiple gunshot wounds. The beat goes on.


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