Monday, November 14, 2011

El Diego is no match for Armida.











It takes courage to trust.

At times trusting in one's Faith is even more difficult.

Some of you have asked about an update on the on going situation in Mexico.

My family continues to be safe, and continue to pray, show

Faith and "trust" that one day Mexico will be free again.

Unfortunately the violence continues with over 43,000 people killed

since the war on drugs was declared by President Calderon.

Three of those as you know were family members, a brother-in-law and two cousins.

All were strong, caring, loving family men.

All three were respected members of society; two business men,

and one an educator and beloved university dean.

All were victims of the on going violence in Cd. Juarez.

Last night I was on the phone with Armida who has always

been very close to me.

It was her husband who was kidnapped, ransomed and murdered last August 31st.

Armida no longer cries, transforming her grief into the dangerous job

of citizen advocacy.

She has always been a tough woman, an attractive, hazel eyed, funny,

but nonsense 5 ft. 5, 140lb. mother, grandmother and sister.

She continues to help coordinate neighborhood crime watch patrols,

and has fought city hall on several occasions to barricade streets into

various neighborhoods in and around Cd. Juarez.

She is definitely a woman of great Faith, and deep trust in her people

or "mí pueblo" as she calls her friends, neighbors, and community.    

Armida and I were discussing the man, we now know was responsible

for Rodolfo's kidnap and murder.

We had been praying and trusting that the judicial system didn't fail. 

The man responsible for Rodolfo's murder is José Antonio Acosta Hernández,

alias "El Diego", was a top leader of the Juarez Cartel and a group

of "sicarios," (assassins) and drug traffickers known as “La Linea."

I wrote about his capture two months ago, back on Friday July 30th.

Why do we remember the date, because he had been held for 60 days

pending more investigation.

Quite often in Mexico, the term "more investigation" means that in 60 days

upon paying a large sum of money to a judge, you are released.

Our prayers were sort of answered, "El Diego", was not released but ordered

held another 100 days.

A ruthless man, he is believed to have ordered the first car bombing attack

to take place in Mexico.

The bombing killed several Federal police officers and civilians last year in Cd. Juarez.

At the time of his arrest he was one of the most wanted men in Mexico with

a reward of 1 Million dollars for information leading to his arrest.

But his manhunt accelerated when he began to taunt and threaten attacks

on DEA agents working in Mexico.

He had said to have also begun planning more car bomb attacks on the

U.S. consulate and at the International bridges

linking Cd. Juarez  with El Paso, Texas.

His criminal organization, "La Linea" coordinated dug trafficking into the

U.S. for the Juarez cartel.

One of the top seven major cartels, and one headed by

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes “El Viceroy”.

He was also responsible for coordinating attacks against both law

enforcement groups and any rival criminal groups.

When drug trafficking became more challenging because of better

drug interdiction programs by law enforcement two and a half years ago,

he turned to business extortions and kidnappings.

That is what we now know he is accused of having ordered - specifically on

Rodolfo's kidnapping.

He led what was considered one of the most ruthless armed paramilitary

groups in northern Mexico.

He was a former member of the state's investigative police and get a load of this,

- Mexico's own high level anti-kidnapping unit.

He was fired from the force in 2007 after failing a "vetting" exam for all

state police agents.

He operated under the orders of Juan Pablo Ledezma, or called “el JL”

who is Vicente Carrillo’s right hand within the Juarez cartel.

The capture of El Diego came after a carefully coordinated surprise

operation by the Mexican Federal police, Army troops and DEA.

The operation took place without the knowledge of any of the local Juarez,

and state police forces.

We continue to pray, to hope and trust that one day the senseless violence

will come to an end.

Armida has had many opportunities to leave Cd. Juarez but has long decided

on staying.

To help her "pueblo."

Make it a día of prayer for our beloved Armida!