Thursday, April 4, 2019

Michoacan–Tierra Caliente

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - Michoacan–Tierra Caliente

In 2009 La Familia Michoacana declared war against Mexican President Felipe Calderon through a letter delivered a warning. The following is a segment of the message from La Familia Michoacana, reacting after the death of their leader Nazario Moreno González.

"Beware Felipe Calderón, pray to your holy saint because we come with the blessing of our God. Our God Nazario, may God rest his soul. This will not stop until Familia Michoacana dies. We are going after Calderon and all his fucking family, our groups are ready in Michoacan."

On July 14, 2009, La Familia Michoacana tortured and murdered twelve Mexican Federal Police agents and dumped their bodies along the side of a mountain highway along with a written message: "So that you come for another. We will be waiting for you here." The federal agents were investigating crime in Michoacán state; President Calderón, responded to the violence by dispatching additional 1,000 Federal Police officers to the area.

The infusion, which more than tripled the number of Federal Police officers patrolling Michoacán, angered Michoacán Governor Leonel Godoy Rangel, who called it 'an occupation' and said he had not been consulted. Days later, 10 municipal police officers were arrested in connection with the slayings of the 12 federal agents.

By December 2010, the streets of Michoacan were set ablaze, burning vehicles blocked the highways.  Black smoke could be seen from miles away, it was a war zone. The smell of burnt tires and gun powder permeated the air.  As bullets ricochet off the pavement, screams of panic could be heard as helicopters flew overhead.  Outnumbered and out gunned the criminals began to vanish into the hills surrounding Apatzingan, taking their dead with them.

It would go down as one of the fiercest battles the drug war had seen, lasting several days.  This was to be the last stand of the once mighty La Familia Cartel and their leader Nazario aka "El Chayo" or "El Mas Loco" Moreno Gonzalez.

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