Mexican National Guard: born to fight crime but deployed to stop migrants

The beginning of 2019 has been the most violent in the history of Mexico. To combat this insecurity, Lopez Obrador created the National Guard, but after an agreement with Donald Trump this body has been deployed to stop migration to the U.S., leaving aside the objective for which it was formed.

The Law of the National Guard defines that this is a police, armed and civil institution with technical, operative and command autonomy. Image: Twitter
The Law of the National Guard defines that this is a police, armed and civil institution with technical, operative and command autonomy. Image: Twitter

The National Guard was deployed just a few days ago and has already given its first blows against organized crime.

The first case was in the municipality of Acuamanala de Miguel Hidalgo, in Tlaxcala, where an international network of human trafficking for sexual exploitation was dismantled.

The National Guard, in collaboration with the Investigation Division of the Federal Police and the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), released seven Honduran migrants and arrested eight persons linked to an international human trafficking network.

According to the Secretariat of Citizen Security and Protection (SSPC), coordinated research determined that this group of people, identified as family members, operated mostly in the states of Tijuana, Tabasco, San Luis Potosí, Morelos and Puebla.

In addition, thanks to their financial histories, they were able to learn who lent names and received bank deposits from the victims.

This network operated by hooking victims through falling in love; later, they were forced to prostitute themselves in different states of the country, in order to cover a daily quota.

Thanks to various police reports, search and arrest warrants were obtained that allowed simultaneous operations to be implemented in nine properties, where five women and two men were apprehended.

Seven migrants of Honduran nationality were also rescued and received the necessary attention in a manner that was in keeping with their human rights.

Detentions in Puebla

In the city of Puebla, Puebla, a man was arrested while hiding in a downtown hotel.

On the other hand, an operation was also carried out in the Union market, known as "the black hole", leaving a balance of 39 people arrested for administrative misdemeanors and two more for crimes against health, as well as 650 insured doses of various narcotics.

The Secretariat of Public Security and Municipal Transit reported that the review of the supply center was coordinated by the three levels of government.

The operation ended with the arrests of Alma "N", 38 years old, and Saúl "N", 37 years old, accused of crimes against health because they possessed drugs.

According to the municipal authority, 39 people were arrested for various crimes, for which they were put at the disposal of a qualifying court.

Various products of illicit origin, such as auto parts, household appliances, computer equipment, audio, machinery and gardening tools, were also secured.

It was around 1:30 p.m. when agents from various police corporations arrived at the market to search the commercial premises, allegedly following a citizen complaint alerting them to the sale of retail drugs and illicit products.

The National Guard, Federal, State, and Municipal Police, as well as the municipalities of Cuautlancingo, San Andrés and San Pedro Cholula and Foreign Trade personnel,  participated in this operation.

In addition, staff from the Municipal Treasury's Commercial Regulation and Regulation Unit and the Department of Public Roads of the Municipal Government Secretariat (Segom) also collaborated.

In recent days, markets in Puebla, such as Unión, Morelos, Independencia, Xonaca and La Acocota, have received operations in search of drugs and products of dubious origin.

All these centers were considered by the authorities as bastions of Cristian "N", alias El Grillo, one of the most dangerous capos of Puebla and member of the cartel Jalisco New Generation, arrested last June 27 in Mexico City.

By Agencies

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The National Guard begins to operate

Members of the National Guard (GN) of Mexico began operating this Friday in the municipality of Minatitlán, Veracruz, where last week 14 people were killed at a party.

Their entry into function occurs within the framework of the visit of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), to the municipality, who gave some information on the security strategy. In addition to the first territorial coordination in Minatitlán, the National Guard also began its work in the Tuxtepec Region, Oaxaca, according to local media reports.

During his traditional press conference, AMLO announced on Friday morning the start of the operations of the new security corps in Mexico, although the secondary laws that will regulate its operation are pending approval in the Senate.

"We started in Veracruz, today in Minatitlan with the National Guard, remember that there are 266 coordinated (entities), then, the first one that is already established with the number of sufficient elements will be that of Minatitlan today."

With the operation of the controversial body, the Administration of López Obrador seeks to confront the insecurity that, during 2018, left more than 33,000 dead.

"We have been working on this since the beginning of the Government, the different forces are meeting in more than 100 coordinated entities, but we were waiting for the reforms to the Constitution, now we can act legally, even though secondary laws are lacking," AMLO said.

Because of this, López Obrador asked the legislators to call an extraordinary session, since the ordinary one ends next April 30, with the purpose of approving the secondary laws on the National Guard.

What is the National Guard in Mexico

The Law of the National Guard defines that this is a police, armed and civil institution with technical, operative and command autonomy. Its purpose, the text explains, is to carry out the public security function in charge of the Federation and of some federal entities and municipalities, in accordance with the coordination mechanism and agreements concluded for that purpose.

The specific objectives of the National Guard are to safeguard the life, liberties, integrity, and patrimony of the people; contribute to the generation and preservation of public order and social peace; as well as safeguarding the assets and resources of Mexico.