X Marks the Spot

Jul 9th, 2010 | By Michel Marizco | Category: Chismes, General News, Politics
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Here’s a story I did on the situation in Tubutama for the Nogales International.

By now, the entire border world, from Nogales, Sonora, cops to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the radio stations to me, now know that a convoy of some 30 vehicles pulled into Nogales late Wednesday night. Everybody seems to know this except the Calderón and Padrés Administrations, apparently.

According to a source at the FBI, nobody’s sure whether the convoy is there to back the Sinaloans who got stomped trying to take out Gilo in the hills or whether these are Gilo’s reinforcements.

I anticipate they are reinforcing the Sinaloa Cartel and I’ll tell you why.

The Mexican government and the Sonoran State Police have chosen to stay out of the fight in the hills; yet we know for a fact that Gilo, Hector Beltrán Leyva’s man, has clashed with the Army. According to a Border Patrol intel report, the Army clashed with Gilo on June 12 – and I think we can safely presume they lost that battle since Gilo is still there a month later.

It has been said in the past, by people smarter than I, that Calderón is focusing his efforts on Sinaloa’s rivals, including Beltrán Leyva, Barbie, and the Zetas. Depending on whom you choose to believe, the Mexican government is doing so either to A) finish off the smaller cartels to bring peace to the country or B) because they are in the pay of the Sinaloa Federation.

What’s going on in Nogales right now is a great example of this. The Army and the state police have left the convoy alone and they’ve been there some 36 hours now.

This suggests the Calderón Administration is letting the Sinaloans finish the job for them. Or try to, anyway. From what people are saying, the convoy has been driving around Nogales all morning. In the July 1 battle, the Sinaloans were backed up by the locals, Sinaloa loyals including Felix the Ice Cream Man, Raúl Sabori and Nini Beltrán but it’s been said on this website that the outsiders took the lead on that attack and that’s why they failed so badly. Here’s what one Nogales resident said: “Good to know the locals can hold their own against those pushy outsiders!”

To be fair, the road up to Tubutama can be tricky to find …(here’s a hint, Tubutama is to the west).

Someone buy them boys a map.

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