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Violent Friday In Michoacán: 5 Dead

Posted: 03 Jul 2015 09:00 PM PDT

Translated By Valor for Borderland Beat

Michoacanos went through a violent Friday today after a shootout between federal forces and suspected gunmen in the metropolitan area of Jacona-Zamora, with a total of three people dead, and the discovery of two bodies hung from a bridge on a highway in Zinápeacuaro.

The first incident occurred around 10:30 in front of the soft drink company Coca-Cola.  According to police reports, federal agents ordered a car to stop, then it was realized that the men were armed.

The crew of the car ignored the orders and fired upon the police, killing one, whose body was left lying next to a GMC Yukon.

During the shootout, the officers shot dead two of the suspects while arresting the other two.

According to 1aplana, one of the dead was 'El Guasón' who was a plaza boss who operated in Morelia.

Prior to this, police officers found two bodies hanging from a bridge along a highway in Zinápeacuaro in the section Maravatío-Morelia around 8:30 in the morning.

Paramedics who rushed to the scene confirmed that it was two men whose hands and feet were tied.  The bodies corresponded to two males: one between 15-18 years old and the other 30 years old.  Their hands and feet were both tied and showed various wounds throughout the body indicating that they were tortured before being assassinated.

Members of various security corporations sealed off the area until the public ministry agent arrived, who later attested to the events.

PGR withdraws application, Dr. Mireles may be free in 72 hours

Posted: 03 Jul 2015 06:38 PM PDT

by Lucio R. Borderland Beat

We have been down this path before, but as reported by BB previously it was highly doubtful Dr, Manuel Mireles would be released from prison any time before the elections.

The elections have concluded, and PGR called an emergency meeting today with Daniel Moncado, of the Citizens Movement of Michoacán, and Virgina Mireles, sister of Dr. Mireles, to advise them that they have withdrawn the application for review of amparo.  

This clears the way for the release of Dr. Mireles, former leader and spokesman of the autodefensa council of Michoacán, who has been imprisoned in the maximum security federal prison in Hermosillo Sonora since June 2014.

Arley Gomez, head of PGR, made the decision of withdrawal.

Now it is in the hands of the federal judge who issues the arrest warrant.  The judge has 72 hours to reconfirm imprisonment or revoke that order and order the release of Dr, Mireles.

Virginia Mireles has been her brothers greatest advocate in the fight for his freedom, in a case that was surrounded in controversy and suspected of  being created on false charges, stemming from a personal vendetta by the then Michoacán security chief Alfredo Castillo.

Two months ago Castillo made the preposterous allegation that Dr Mireles' intent was to "control Mexico and all of Latin America."

Virginia has reported of Dr. Mireles declining health, saying he is now confined to a wheelchair, resulting from a a spinal injury sustained in prison that has  not been  medically addressed.

It should be noted that Nestora Salgado,  another person considered a political prisoner, was also set to be released from prison which ended badly,  with new charges being imposed against her for  murder

        PGR's Arely Gómez at left, Virginia "Vicky" Mireles right

In a telephone interview with Quadratin, Hipolito Mora, founder of the Michoacán Autodefensas stated; "Finally justice is served, for a man who was always innocent and that they (government) were never able to establish the crimes of which he was accused."

Mora commented after the Attorney General's Office called for the release of Dr. José Manuel Mireles.

"I have always maintained that Dr. Mireles was a stone in the shoe of Alfredo Castillo, because he did not submit to his actions," he said.

That is not exactly how this reporter recalls history, but it appears Mora is now once again supportive of Doc Mireles.

Vicky Mireles with Hipolito Mora

Michoacan A.G. says "El Gallito" is now the leader of Caballeros Templarios

Posted: 03 Jul 2015 12:48 PM PDT

Lucio R. Borderland Beat

In March we posted a post titled "'El Gallito' likely the premier leader of Caballeros Templarios".Today the Attorney General of Michoacán reports that  Homero Gonzalez Silva, alias " El Gallito " is the likely the succeeding leader of the cartel. 

The previous premier leader of the Templarios,  "Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, " El Chayo " was the uncle of Gallito, who was killed by the Mexican Navy in a 20144 operation.

In a statement released to the press, the Apatzingán ambush of June 16th that caused the death of five civilians and two policemen, was at the hand of Templarios sicarios (hitmen).

In the succeeding investigation of the event, facts were developed indicating Gallitos leadership, and that "Templarios ranches" previously belonging to Chayo now belong to Gallito.  

Two of the properties were confiscated by the government this week in the towns of Los Laureles and El Paso Cucha. (below)

Criminal cells in 28 Michoacán communities, previously led by Chayo, now are identified as being led by "El Gallito".

The image included in this post was sent to BB with a message that it is El Gallito.  

Since there are no known photos of him, there is no way to confirm it is him.  However, there is a distinct family resemblance.

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