Arturo Pedroza Aguirre and the rise of the Gulf Cartel

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Arturo Pedroza Aguirre and the rise of the Gulf Cartel

leChef
Does anybody know anything about former police commander Arturo Pedroza Aguirre? I think he was essential in rocketing Osiel Cardenas Guillen to his position as head of the Gulf Cartel. There has been much talk about Osiel ruthlessly elbowed his way to the top, hence Mata Amigo, and somewhat being portrayed as a criminal mastermind, but I don't buy that. Somebody paved the way for him as he was far from the upper echelon of the Gulf Cartel when arrested in 1997 for shooting up the street while drunk, brought before said police commander, and consequently released. I believe that meeting was the starting point of a long lasting arrangement and a defining moment of what CDG became in the 2000's.

Arturo Pedroza Aguirre is mostly cited as telling CDG where to find El Chacho, but there is so much more to this character and the overlaps of where he moved around as police chief and upstarts and take-overs by CDG in various cities. He connected Osiel to the political elite and I think he and/or others were actually running Osiel, at least until his arrest. After that, crime spiraled out of control.

Fun fact: Metro 2 Gregorio Saucedo Gamboa AKA el Goyo AKA el Caramuela and brother of Karis was embedded within Osiel's crew by Arturo Pedroza Aguirre after their meeting. El Goyo was apparently one of the best police men Pedroza Aguirre had.

It would be really helpful if anybody has any stories, picture, links or remotely connected details on Arturo Pedroza Aguirre.
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leChef
Anyone?

I have sort of reached a temporary dead end
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Parro
Espionage, children's game.

There is no reason to be so astonished by the New York Times' denunciation of the alleged spying that the Mexican government victimizes journalists and human rights defenders.

It is not a simple surprise and simply because that practice or custom of the governments, federal, state and municipal, has been recurrent for many years.

Although it is not easy to prove because it is a practice exercised precisely by the authority that should investigate and sanction it, here in Tamaulipas, for example, it was always an open secret that the administrations of Manuel Cavazos Lerma, Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba, Eugenio Hernández Flores and Egidio Torre Cantú, had special teams to listen and spy on the most intimate activities of a long list of characters of their interest.

In that list there was everything: politicians of the same party in power or opponents; businessmen, editors, reporters, social leaders and even criminals.

In fact, a veteran and intelligent person named Arturo Pedroza Aguirre, a commander of the disappeared State Judicial Police and also of the current Ministerial Police, must remain in force on some state or municipal payroll.

The so-called "Child's Face" was, (is it?), Since the 90s or maybe before, the indiscreet eye of the governments in turn. His ability for this illegal practice of recording foreign conversations that were later used as currency, pressure or blackmail, led him to become a man close to the spheres of the ruling class in Tamaulipas.

In fact, Hernández Flores went so far as to place his spy within the same structure as the Command, Control, Communication and Computing Center, the so-called "C-4". From there, the tampiqueño Pedroza was pleased to illicitly gather information from those who were uncomfortable to "Gober".

And I say illicitly because nobody has the right to violate your privacy unless there is a court order involved.

Under that context, if espionage was common at that time, we do not see why we should be surprised by denunciations like the New York Times. With so much technological advance, surely that practice is now a children's game.

Contacto - mid 2017.  "Child's Face", recording, pressure and blackmail, illicitly gathering information."

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Parro
http://www.uam.es/personal_pdi/economicas/cresa/nota0104.pdf

A good article about our friend, Arturo Pedroza Aguirre.
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canadiana
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We appreciate the article and your effort Parro but are you able to translate?
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PART 1

Research notes ----------

THE TRADE IN ILLEGAL DRUGS IN MEXICO

Nuevo Laredo: disorganized crime

Carlos Resa Nestares

It was eleven o'clock on the night of April 8, 2003 when Martín Fonseca Martínez entered
the emergency room in the Central Hospital of Nuevo Laredo. An ambulance had collected him minutes before on the side of the road. His face was bloodied and had bruises all over his body. According to his
own story, he was traveling west of the city when another vehicle blocked the passage. A person took and him and shoved him into the car. Once inside they tied his hands.  From that moment the captors mortified him with blows, insults ... and questions. After an old-fashioned mobile interrogation session and no answers, one of the vehicle's occupants, he came up with the crux of the matter. It was not that Fonseca Martinez was a tough guy. "Hey, this one does not. He's the guy we're looking for, we're wrong. "

The beating stopped and minutes later they released him. In his leisurely escape, one of the kidnappers threw a one hundred dollar bill to the bundle."To be healed," he said. In the following month this same misunderstanding was repeated on two other occasions.

The current cycle of violence in Nuevo Laredo took off on September 26, 2002 with an event
pretty harmless That day a commando fired at the door of a gym. Inside he exercised
the commander of the Ministerial Police in Nuevo Laredo, Arturo Pedroza Aguirre. The looks
accusers turned against Fernando Manuel Moreno Martínez, a former member of the Service
Secret, former agent of the Judicial Police of the State of Tamaulipas, former godmother of the Judicial Police
Federal and gunman of the notorious local syndicalist Pedro Pérez Ibarra. He had reasons. Four months
Pedroza Aguirre had arrested him, although he released him without charge. To strange eyes it seemed a typical police strategy, the result of the need to demonstrate who is in charge. A
periodic step of a dance that the police can capitalize immediately, with extortion, or
in the medium term, subjecting it to protection. Pedroza Aguirre already knew this methodology. In 1997, as he passed through the command of the judicial police in Matamoros, he had applied the same
medicine, in two different episodes, to two distinguished drug exporters: Osiel Cárdenas
Guillén
 and Hugo Baldomero Medina Garza. And he did so despite the fact that there were charges against Medina Garza.
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PART 2

But Moreno Martinez could have another more personal reason for the rancor. A few days before his
arrest, a command of twenty people dressed as federal police entered the home of
Dionisio Román García Sánchez in San Pedro Garza García. They kidnapped him, tortured him and threw him and dropped him in Reynosa. Moreno Martínez had been a partner and friend of García Sánchez in the
drug distribution business. One of the many theories about this incident pointed to Pedroza Aguirre as the director of the murderous command. One year after Moreno's arrest
Martinez, by the frequency of the Municipal Police, a voice communicated its execution. Three days appeared his corpse, subjected to intense torture, in San Nicolás.

But Pedroza Aguirre was more precise in the information about his attack. Days later he pointed
as responsible to Edgar Valdés Villarreal and two of his assistants. The last two, frightened
by public signaling, they fled to the United States. One of them returned after one year
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to visit his mother. The next day a commando kidnapped him and he never heard from again
he. The fate of Valdés Villarreal, a former judicial police of Coahuila, was not much better. A command
he kidnapped him in July 2003 in the company of Sergio Villarreal Aparicio. In a lapse of three fateful
days kidnapped a cast of relatives of Villarreal Aparicio. In three different incidents
disappeared his second and his first wife, cousins ​​among themselves, his brother-in-law, two minors and his ex-father-in-law and now uncle politician, José Támez García, a historic drug distribution in New
Laredo Támez García, already retired from the business, had been kidnapped a year earlier. Only recovered his freedom after paying a million dollars.
Apart from the sentimental entanglement of Villarreal Aparicio, the story presents other affinities. In 1973
On a ranch owned by Támez García, eight people were executed. The episode was the pistol shot
of exit to a brutal repression in Nuevo Laredo. In 2003 in a ranch of his ex-son-in-law Villarreal
Aparicio in Coahuila, which had previously belonged to another of the daughters of Támez García, the Army
He stopped eight people. In the press release of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic,
accused of very serious crimes. But at least one of the detainees, the former police commander
Judicial Federal and member of the special commands of the army, Pablo Obregón Ramos, recovered
freedom one month after his arrest. It was the golden opportunity that one expected a command to
assassinate him at his home in Reynosa.
Valdés Villarreal, according to the information of Pedroza Aguirre, was associated in the business
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PART 3

Valdes Villarreal, according to the information of Pedroza Aguirre, was associated in the business of the drug trade with Eloy Treviño García. The voices that are heard in the Municipal Police station
They had pointed out the corpse that would follow Moreno Martínez. Its end was not so tragic. After
a delation, the army would stop him in August 2003 in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco. Treviño
Garcia had a long career behind him. He worked as a group leader in the Judicial Police of
Tamaulipas despite having an arrest warrant for distribution of drugs. He left the discipline
police and became a private gunman of Juan García Ábrego. This activity resulted in his
first arrest. Interestingly, an individual with the same surnames Treviño García, but
name Emilio, was head of homicides of the Ministerial Police in Nuevo Laredo until March
2003
The radical confrontation of Pedroza Aguirre with this whole group, united by fairly lax leagues and
often in internal conflicts of interest, which is generically called Los Chachos,
by the nickname of García Sánchez, it does not stop having its certain irony. Many of its members had
been companions in the Judicial Police of Tamaulipas in the early nineties. In fact,
García Sánchez's greatest merit was to be the son of a director of the Judicial Police who was dismissed
in 1988. He had enjoyed the friendship and protection of many policemen in the city, from the
deceased Guillermo González Calderoni, who began his career as commander of the Judicial Police
Federal in 1980 in Nuevo Laredo until today. In Nuevo Laredo, González Calderoni
it coincided with another historical one of the Mexican police, although in this case by the branch of the Direction
Federal Security, Rafael Chao López.
All the uncovered by Pedroza Aguirre suffered after a cluster of misfortunes. The only one
remains free and alive is the victim of the innocent attack. He finished a police career of twenty
years in June 2004. He was dismissed as commander of the Ministerial Police already in Matamoros.
Between Nuevo Laredo and his resignation he had been the leader of an ethereal group of homicides that provided him with
coverage to move around the state and commander in Tampico. In this destination he was reunited
with one of his great friends, the coordinator of public ministries of the Procurator's Office
General of the Republic, Martín Gutiérrez Gómez. Both had coincided in Nuevo Laredo with
the same charges.
Pedroza Aguirre retired with a dazzling record: accusations prescribed for the protection of thieves
of automobiles in the State of Mexico, the same ones that would be repeated already in Tamaulipas,
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PART 4 (sorry, Google Translate)

leading role in two recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission and a
brief passage through the prison, from 1999 to 2001, for the crimes of abuse of authority, intimidation, coalition
of public servants, injuries and those that result. In less technical language, Pedroza
Aguirre
 had shot an individual in the ankle. The crime of this was to compliment the bride
Pedroza Aguirre in the recurring space of setbacks: a gym. Then he took advantage of his
condition to intimidate you. None of these antecedents coerced the Federal Bureau of Investigations
to send you a couple of congratulations for your services to international cooperation.
The activity of Pedroza Aguirre in Nuevo Laredo coincides in time with the arrival of the group
which is called Los Zetas at the expense of a funeral wreath that ended up kicked by federal police
and military. What's more, Pedroza Aguirre's run over from the command post of Nuevo Laredo
overlaps in days with the murder of the first boss of Los Zetas, Arturo Guzmán Deceña
 at the hands
of the military. Another timely denunciation led the military to the restaurant where he was.
Pedroza Aguirre had a long history of conflicts with the Municipal Police of Nuevo Laredo.
But the episode that accelerated his departure took place in November 2002. Pedroza Aguirre entered in the office of the director of the Municipal Police of Nuevo Laredo, gun in hand and hitting
who crossed their path. He requested the immediate release of one of his subordinates,
arrested for kidnapping. Pedroza Aguirre achieved his purpose and left. His arrogance created a
institutional conflict that occurred with him outside of Nuevo Laredo, at least organically.
The history of Los Zetas is not the classic one of a privatization of the protection industry. Neither
It can be said that the Zetas have been distributors of drugs in the strict sense.
Although they carried out some transactions on their own, that was not their function or with the military,
first, nor in the company of Cárdenas Guillén afterwards. Only their easy access to the merchandise them
it allowed operations of smaller scale. The Zetas have been, above all, a cooperative of
the violence. In principle they rendered their services to the army. Between 1999 and 2000, in different batches,
They changed clients and went on to sell their trades to a private drug dealer, Cárdenas
Guillen
. They privatized their clientele. There were not many differences in the type of service provided. Other circumstance remained constant beyond the transition from public to private activity. A
over time they were always subject to a single client, which in the end gave a certain sense
of patronage and assimilated them to the organization that paid them. Los Zetas arrived in Nuevo Laredo with the intention of extorting or selling private protection to whom
let it go The productive factors that are invested in both activities are very similar: violence
and credibility. They wanted to diversify their demand. On top of your potential agenda
customers were drug merchants. They have the best conditions: they have money, some
in large quantities, and many rights that are diffuse or at risk, susceptible to being protected.
But his clients did not end up in the narrow scope of the dying exportation of drugs.
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PART 5

Among the characters in the local drug industry, susceptible to being extorted, were
all the acquaintances of García Sánchez. In addition to the aversion that came to them Pedroza Aguirre
all of them, this group of individuals, each with their own distribution networks, were joined by
fact that they bought massive amounts of protection in the Municipal Police of Nuevo Laredo.
Moreno Martínez was the contact through his brother Hugo, second commander in that
institution. The objectives of Los Zetas, like those of Pedroza Aguirre, met with a source
direct competition in the Municipal Police. And that conflict over the sale of protection, or even
for extortion, it has been the main source of recurrent deaths within the Municipal Police.
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By a series of carambolas, the direction of the troop of the Municipal Police would come to the hands of
Martín Hilario Landa Herrera. Among many others, Treviño García was his subordinate in the Police
Court of Tamaulipas between 1989 and 1994. Landa Herrera is also a police survivor
Judicial de Morelos at the time when the kidnappers proliferated. But the Municipal Police,
the same as the state police or federal security agencies are far from behaving
as a monolithic entity. Internal disputes within the Municipal Police take shape in incidents
ridiculous, like the one that confronted Landa Herrera with the director of the Police Academy
the entry of three cadets, and end in murders.
The military personnel stationed in Nuevo Laredo and its surroundings are quite harmless
the population in general, which includes the murderers. The bodies of the executed have reached
appear just two kilometers from one of your permanent roadblocks. They have a long history of
marijuana shipments found on the edge of the Rio Grande. Those who send from the city
of Mexico, on the other hand, have a surgical efficacy. In return, they show a respect for the
human rights that would make Harry the Dirty grow pale with envy. In March 2003 a group of
thirty Gafes entered a garage to destroy before taking a van of a
customs agent, a whiskey box and an armored Audi that had been used the previous day in a
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PART 6

 No further mention of Arturo Pedroza Aguirre in the rest of the research paper, but goes on in considerable detail other drug traders such El Chapo, etc.  

I apologize about the translation coming out of Google and will work to have this information translated better when time is available.  
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leChef
Thank you for your effort, Parro. I have read everything that google has to offer on the subject, so I have read those articles you found.

I am very interested if someone has additional info to add, some personal knowledge. It is a long time ago, I know, but it seems crucial in the way a lower level Osiel Cardenas could grab the reigns. It always puzzled me.

The question I am seeking to answer is if Osiel Cardenas answered to somebody else, and by Pedroza Aguirre placing Metro 2 El Goyo within his organization to keep him on a leash, justifies that theory. It also plays well into what that one article is touching on to with the background of a 90's environment where different police organizations controlled the narco organizations in terms that the narcos had to pay to operate, and that there were fierce competition between municipal and state. That certainly changed during the first decade of the new century in a humongous power change in favor of the DTOs.

It is also interesting to notice how Los Metros is totally fragmented these days compared to the origin where almost all the first recruits came from various Metro-police organizations in Tamaulipas.

I am also trying to track Pedroza Aguirre's career and find correlation with how CDG expanded with his help. He was definitely overlapping in Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo, but I did not find out when he started out in Tampico, and if that correlates to when T36 el JC went there to take over as the official story goes.
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Hats off to you Parro!That's quite a bit of translating.You are quickly turning into an old pro on here in such a short period of time.Cheers.
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Parro
Thanks, you got the old part right
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I agree to that. Hats off for Parro!