President Andrés Manuel López Obrador questioned the local and state authorities of Chihuahua for possible links with Jose ‘N’ aka ‘The Twisty’, responsible for the murders of two Jesuit priests in the municipality of Urique.
The president indicated that the recent events have provoked criticism from his opponents who avoid the responsibility of the municipal government of Urique and the state led in the last six years by the PAN.
“It makes me very mean that an event like this unfortunate occurs… and these hypocrites, the first thing they do is turn to look at us, at me,” he criticized.
“If we act in strict adherence to the law and in accordance with our responsibilities as authorities, is this not a matter of common law? what doesn’t that have to do with a local government responsibility?”, He launched.
Obrador also questioned the links between municipal presidents and state governors with criminal groups after it became known that ‘El Chueco’ has the ability to place public security chiefs in the region where it operates.
“Didn’t many candidates for municipal presidents, even governors, rely on criminal groups? Didn’t they start receiving money so that when it was won at the town hall, the Secretary of Public Security would be handed over and that is why many municipal police officers are at the service of these groups? ”, He detailed.
According to the president, “they reached the extreme of winning elections for municipal presidents and the next day the bosses sent for them and told them, gentlemen, that’s what the rules are going to be that they have to comply with.”
‘El Chueco’ operates for the Sinaloa Cartel
The alleged perpetrator of the murders of Jesuit priests, José Noriel Portillo, alias ‘El Chueco’, is a leader of ‘The Salazars’ in the municipality of Urique in Chihuahua.
This criminal group is part of the Sinaloa Cartela group that bribed the former Secretary of Public Security, Genaro García Luna, with millions of dollars in order to control the Federal Police during the six-year term of Felipe Calderón.
Its influence ranges from Urique to Guazapares and Chínipas, as well as in several municipalities of the neighboring state of Sonorasuch as Álamos, Navojoa, among others.
At the end of April of this year, the Secretary of National Defense, in collaboration with the Secretary of the Navy and state corporations, were about to arrest himbut managed to escape by air to Chínipas.
According to reports from the Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua, José Noriel has the ‘power’ of place public security chiefs and affects the local political sphere, in addition to controlling the production and transfer of drugs in the region.