Capo seeks to reestablish the Arellano Felix cartel in Tijuana and makes threats against the weekly periodical Zeta
April 7, 2017
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Investigators from Mexico and the United States reported that Jose Roque Garcia, linked to the Arellano Felix Cartel (CAF), returned to Tijuana, Baja California, with the intent of restoring the criminal organization without the support of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG).
When he was arrested in 2004, along with Eric Ballesteros Estrada and Jaime Ocampo Morineau, Roque García admitted that he was involved in kidnapping and drug dealing, and that he had also murdered some people, many of whom he had disposed of in acid.
Roque García spent some years in the prison of El Hongo, located in the municipality of Tecate, but obtained his freedom. In 2009, he was apprehended again in search operations against CAF members. Then he was not known of until 2017, because he is now wanted by authorities in Mexico and the United States, according to information published by the weekly Zeta.
In talks he has held with other members of the criminal group, investigators have learned of his criminal intentions to re-establish himself and, moreover, "end the weekly Zeta."
Last Wednesday 5, the co-director of Zeta was informed of the threat against the media publication.
According to the note, a binational intelligence group that prosecutes drug trafficking and organized crime groups obtained the threat made by Roque García, and stated that attacking the newspaper's building is not the only criminal plan of the criminal identified as originating in the Logan neighborhood of San Diego, California.
Theirs is a series of acts of high-impact violence, made in an attempt to demonstrate criminal power and snatch the city from the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel, to retrieve it for the Arellano Felix Cartel, which he intends to head, without its leaders: Francisco Javier Arellano Felix "El Tigrillo", captured in 2006, and Fernando Sánchez Arellano, "The Engineer", in 2014.
Zeta stressed that once again it is under threat and, under these conditions, the development of the trade of investigative journalism is risky in this country.
Nevertheless, he said, in this context of insecurity and violence, impunity and institutional corruption, he remains committed to his readers, friends and advertisers. "We will continue to report, making investigative journalism despite the threats, as long as we rely on trust and solidarity."
Since Thursday 4, units of the State Police Preventive of the Secretariat of Public Safety of Baja California guard the offices of the weekly magazine, in the face of the latent threat made by Roque García of attacking the building.
"Under these conditions we will continue to investigate, interview, analyze and publish what happens in Baja California and Mexico," the weekly said.