Several Mexican former and current Mexican generals have been arrested in the past week and the news of their arrest has been missed. Don’t be surprised however. This past Thursday (May 17) a third general was detained and questioned by Mexican investigators in Mexico City. This came only hours after two other officers were put on house arrest as they were being investigated for ties to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.
The general is Ricardo Escorcia and he was detained and questioned by investigators. General Escorcia is now retired and it is believed he has ties to the drug cartel along with two other generals who were detained and questioned on Tuesday. The Mexican Defense Department released a statement but gave no specifics. It did say, however, that the order to detain Escoria was issued simultaneously with the other two detentions ordered and that the aim of the detentions is to have them testify in ongoing investigations into the drug cartel that are being conducted by civilian investigators.
Escoria retired in 2010. He had served as chief of the military base in Cuernavaca which is a city south of Mexico City and is believed to be within the territory of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. Leyva was killed in a shootout with Mexican Marines in Cuernavaca in 2009. The Mexican Marines were called in after authorities said the army in the region was acting to slowly on intelligence received from the US on the drug lord’s location. Escoria was the head of that slow acting army.
The other two Mexican Generals detained this past week are Roberto Dawe Gonzalez and Tomas Angeles Dauahare. Both are now under arrest and will remain so for at least 40 days as investigators try to strengthen their case. The Attorney Generals office is alleging that these generals protected members of the drug cartel in the Leyba cartel’s conflict with the Sinaloa cartel which has gone on since 2008. General Angeles Dauahare served as the Assistant Defense Secretary in 2006 until 2008 under current Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Thus far he is the highest ranking government official to be linked to the drug cartels in the Calderon administration.
Genreal Dawe Gonzalez is still an active military member serving in a base in the western Mexican state of Colima.
Dauahare’s attorney says that the general told his wife that he’s being accused of taking money from Edgar Valdez Villareal who is a former top hit man for the Beltran Leyba cartel. Villareal was arrested in 2010.
Back in February of this year yet another high ranking member of the military was arrested. Retired General Juan Manuel Barragan Espinosa was arrested for alleged ties to organized crime. Also, General Manuel Moreno Avina and 29 other soldiers under his command in the town of Ojinaga (across the border from Presidio, TX) are being tried on charges of torture, homicide, drug trafficking, and other high crimes. Back in 1997 General Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo was arrested while serving as Mexico’s drug czar. He was charged with protecting Amado Carrillo Fuentes who was a cocaine kingpin at the time.
Since Mexican President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels it is believed that more than 47,000 people have been killed in drug violence according to Mexican government figures.
So for those of us who use our brains none of these arrests come as a surprise to us as we pretty much had figured out government and military involvement with the drug cartels. Corruption runs high and deep in Mexico as I’ve said many times before.