Friday, August 15, 2014

Michoacán mayor, a woman, in federal custody for murder, extortion and organized crime association

Guadalajara -
Dalia Santana Pinedam, the sitting municipal president of Huetamo de Núñez, Michoacán, was arrested Thursday by federal authorities and has already been transferred to a high security prison in the State of Mexico. Michoacán may have been secured from Los Caballeros Templarios (The Rural Defense Force, to the rescue in Michoacán), but it remains far from free of corruption and criminal infiltration. More local officials have been executed there than in any other of Mexico's 32 entities.

Among other things, Santan Pinedam, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) since 2012, stands accused of ordering Huetamo city employees to hand over 20% of their paychecks to Servando Gómez Martínez, a/k/a la Tuta, the ultimate boss of the Templarios and the sole remaining official of the group who continues to evade federal and state security forces. She is also accused of the April 2013 murder of an associate, and demanding the payment of a derecho de piso (extortion fee) even from petty street vendors, all to help support Templarios' operations in Michoacán.

July 26 - Regional violence remains unabated in Michoacán, and spares no political party
Mar. 22 - "There is no respect for life in Michoacán, nor a government"
Feb. 17 - Michoacán belongs to organized crime: 55% of Mexicans
Feb. 14 - Michoacán, a deadly no man's land

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