How is Manzanillo and the state of Colima doing
Calderon's "War on Drugs"?
Better armed and trained police
Many people in this state are working very hard to make
positive changes and protect citizens from the cartels. Obviously, with
Manzanillo being the biggest port in Mexico, the cartel leaders want to
control Colima, especially the port, where much of the drugs, arms, and
precursor chemicals arrive. Our elected officials are passing new laws,
developing new programs, and increasing the patrols of the Army, Navy, and
the various police forces to prevent that from happening.
Burning of drugs from a raid
|They are routinely catching and locking
up bad guys (most from out of state); buying new equipment for our police
officers (better guns and bulletproof vests), getting them better training,
and paying them more than any other police force in the entire country.
Better pay; less chance of corruption, according to the government.
of Manzanillo is also the headquarters for the Pacific Naval Fleet, as well
as the Mexican Army. Over the years, they have done some amazing military
maneuvers, and have busted hundreds of people for drug trafficking, weapons
violations and murder. More criminals are caught and jailed than get away in
Colima, and the government plans to augment the current security by
establishing many new ideas.
You can feel safe in Colima wherever you go.
Most people who live here are not afraid. The
people of this state do not want the cartels here; they want Colima to be a
better place to raise their families without fear. Criminals are caught many
times by an anonymous tip, and Colima has a free emergency number if you
suspect someone is up to no good. And guess what, the police will
come—immediately. (In some border states, the police don't show up for hours
after an incident--or after they're sure the criminal got away.)
Navy helicopters in the skies
We have a very good “neighborhood watch” program,
even though it isn’t official. The free numbers to call follow almost every
story of an arrest on the daily police page of every newspaper, both
online and printed:
|Se hace un llamado a
la población en general para que denuncie de manera anónima hechos
delictivos a la PGJ a los teléfonos gratuitos: 01 800 581 l770, 01 800
506 8360, así como al 01 800 830 6415.
Army destroying fields of marijuana
Here are some
of the accomplishments of the Manzanillo and Colima government, police and
- Training of federal customs agents at
the port on how to recognize and identify different types of drugs and their
- The secretary of education has
initiated a new program in the secondary schools throughout the state, with
more than 23,000 students participating in “By Being Free of Addictions, You Learn
- Former governor Silverio Cavazos
invested 800 thousand pesos (about $67,000 USD) in equipment to detect drugs,
arms, explosives and IEDs—specifically: black powder, ammonium nitrate,
plastic explosive, black powder fuse, dynamite, amphetamines,
methamphetamines, ecstasy, and Chinese, Czech and Russian semtex;
- The state has passed a law
prohibiting dark tinted windows in vehicles, and in the first month ticketed
more than 350 vehicles for same. (Criminals are known to like that method of
hiding--both their faces and guns/ammunition inside the vehicle. Police office
have been killed because they couldn't see what was inside the vehicle.)
- In a 2-day joint operation, Dec. 9
and 10, the PGR and the Mexican Navy, captured César
Gerardo Larios García alias
alleged head of the organized crime in Colima. Also seized
were a cache of weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, various handguns,
marijuana and cell phones. The raids took place in 3 different houses in
Colima, Tecoman and a warehouse in central Manzanillo.
- At the port the PGR has found and
destroyed 37 tons of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine (Oct. 2009);
- Of the 32 states and the D.F., Colima
ranks third to last in illicit drug consumption and the fourth to last with
less people dependent on alcohol. According to the
Encuesta Nacional de Adicciones, they reveal that Colima state has
illicit drug use of 2.4% of the population between 12 and 65 years of age,
only below Tlaxcala, with 2.2, and Chiapas, with 1.7%.
- Of the 32 states and the D.F., Colima
ranks fourth to last in alcohol dependency. 3% of
the population between 12 y 65, only below Chiapas, with 2.5%; Guanajuato,
2.3%, and Baja California, with 1.5%.
- In fulfillment to the Program of
Destruction of Narcotics and Article 181 of the Federal Code of Penal
Procedures, the general office of the judge advocate general of the Republic (PGR)
incinerated almost 60 kilos of diverse drugs, related to 176 arrests. Before
the presence of personnel of the Internal Contraloría of the PGR, 58 kilos,
555 gm, 900 mg of marijuana; 19 gm 400 mg of marijuana seed, 21 plants of
marijuana, 294 gm 951 mg of methamphetamine; 203 gm 25 mg of cocaine; and 58
gm 100 mg of heroin were destroyed. (Nov. 2009)
- The PGR of Colima incinerated 11
kilos, 58 gm of diverse drugs related to 54 arrests: 65 mg of marijuana, 4
plants of marijuana, 90 units of psychotropic drugs (LSD), 47 gm 513 mg of
methamphetamine, and 8 gm of cocaine. (Jan. 2010)
- The PGR of
Colima, incinerated diverse drugs related to 309 arrests: 91 kilos 522 gm 447
mg of methamphetamine; 12 kilos 943 gm 849 mg of marihuana; 154 marijuana
plants; 3 kilos, 153 gm 900 mg of cocaine; 14 gm 300 mg of heroin; 100 mg of
amphetamine; 100 mg of pseudoephedrine; 160 gm marijuana seeds; and 32 tablets
of LSD. (March 2010)
- Working along with the PGR, Tecoman
preparatory and university teachers and principals learn about the different
types of drugs, what they look like, in case a student is seen with them, or
unknown substances are found in a student’s backpack. (April 2010)
- In Colima primary schools this year,
students are given an 83-question test to determine future problems with drug,
alcohol and tobacco addiction, sexual orientation, sexual abuse and family
violence. Of the students questioned, 15 were found to have drug-related
- In June 2010, the PGR arrested 61
individuals on charges relating to possession and distribution of drugs,
namely: 445 kilos, 800 gm of ephedrine; 49 kilos, 202 gm, 500 mg of cocaine;
12 kilos, 6 gm, 289 mg marijuana; 478 grams, 600 mg methamphetamine; 300 mg
heroin; 4 marijuana plants, and a sheet of tabs of LSD.
- In August, 2010 in Colima, the
Programa Nacional de Combate al Narcomenudeo,
arrested 35 individuals for drug trafficking, and seized and destroyed: 9 tons
of phenyl ethyl alcohol; 64 tons of phenyl acetate; 83 tons, 800 kilos of
ethyl alcohol; 5 tons of phenyl ethanol; 3 kilos, 771 grams, 500 mg. of
marijuana; 3 gm., 300 mg. cocaine; 15 gm., 600 mg. methamphetamine; 203 gms.
500 mg. of heroin; and 2 sheets LSD.
- Also in
August in the Programa Nacional de Control de Drogas, 53 individuals were
arrested, and seized were 2 kilos, 103 gm., 400 mg. of marijuana; 1 kilo, 721
gm., 930 mg. of methamphetamine; 200 mg. cocaine; and 50,000 pesos.
violation of the Federal Firearms Act, 20 pistols, 15 assault rifles, 2,789
bullets, 98 clips, and 3 grenades were seized and destroyed. (August 2010)
December, the PGR arrested Leonardo Lopez Vasquez, “El Leo” with an AK-47
assault rifle, clips and cartridges; a .38 pistol, clips and cartridges, and 1
kilo, 538 gm. marijuana.
- This December, two men,
Isidro Ruelas Corrales y José Severiano De la O
Mora, were arrested with the following firearms in their possession:
IMI Galil calibre 7.62
mm; AK – 47, calibre 7.62 mm; AK-42, calibre 7.62 mm; Colt M-16, calibre 5.56
mm; M-16, calibre 5.56, equipped with a Grenada launcher; Winchester rifle
scope; 1 9 mm Beretta pistol, 1 .38 Colt Super; calibre 9 mm; 1 S&W .22 mm, 4
grenades; 17 clips for AK-47; 2 clips calibre .223 mm; 2 clips calibre 308
mm.; 2 clips 9 mm pistol; 2 clips 38 super; 1 clip pistol .22 mm; 629
cartridges 7.62 x 39 mm; 93 cartridges calibre .223 mm; 23 cartridges calibre
.12 mm; 26 cartridges calibre 38 Super; 15 cartridges calibre 9 mm.; 84
cartridges calibre 7.62 mm; 135 cartridges calibre 308 mm; 34 cartridges
calibre .22 mm; short wave radio; a cartridge belt, a Dodge Ram king cab,
model 2010 with Jalisco plates, and a Chevy Tracker, no plates.
- 100 Kilos,
220 gm. of cocaine was destroyed by the Mexican Navy this month. (Dec. 2010)
Mexican Army located and burned 3,000 sq. meters (0.741 acre) of marijuana
Dec. 2 in Minitatlan. The density of the plants was 5/sq. meter, or 15,000
plants. Also found was 15 kilos of packaged marijuana, and 300 grams of seeds.
- On Dec. 12, the PGR burned 12 kilos,
819 gm.300 mg. of marijuana; 4 kilos, 802 mg. of methamphetamine, 896 gm. 600
mg. of marijuana seeds; 4 gm. 509 mg. of cocaine; and 3 gm. of heroin. This
was the result of raids on secret labs.
- The governor announced that the roads
where criminal groups cross into Colima from Michoacan and Jalisco will be
closely guarded by elements of the army and navy as well as state and
municipal police. (Dec. 10)
This information was derived from the following source,
and translated into English:
Radio Levy has a
police page (in Spanish) with much more than mentioned here. No claim is made as
to the accuracy of the information mentioned above.
For those who do not read Spanish, this
is helpful, but not exact.
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