#Insecurity | Santo Domingo, corpse trash

In the whole year, eleven bodies have been located at the limits between San Luis and Zacatecas

By The Sax

Thanks to the work of activists, the municipality of Santo Domingo has managed to stop, for the moment, the installation of a dump of toxic waste in a private property located in this town of the San Luis Potosí’s  Altiplano, however, meanwhile, has become a dump of corpses for organized crime groups operating in the border area of ​​San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas.

Santo Domingo is one of the municipalities with greater territorial extension of the state but, in the semi-desert, where the living conditions are not at all easy, it is sparsely populated. In the whole municipality there are 11 thousand 333 inhabitants and in the municipal seat they live only 712. In less than two months, the scarce inhabitants of this municipality have witnessed the finding of six corpses of people executed.

The collaboration agreement on security to “armor” borders, signed by governors Juan Manuel Carreras from San Luis and Alejandro Tello Cristerna of Zacatecas, has been of little or no use since last March, so far this year, at least 11 corpses with signs of execution have been thrown on roads and sites of the area, 9 of them after the signing of said agreement.

Of these lifeless bodies, six were found in Santo Domingo and five in Villa de Ramos, both on the border with the neighboring entity. Meanwhile, in addition to the arrest of a suspected cattle burglar and a drug dealer, the surveillance operations have not yielded greater results.

The area of ​​the San Luis Potosí’s Altiplano has not been alien to the violence of organized crime. While media attention and the authorities themselves are concentrated in the Metropolitan Zone and the Huasteca, the people of the semi-desert potosino live their own drama.

In February of this year, the mutilated bodies of two men were left in bags on the road leading to El Barril and La Chaparrosa, witnesses said that they saw armed men aboard a van throwing the black bags into the asphalt belt, even some limbs were irrigated on the road, to the astonishment of the motorists who passed by place and gave part to the authorities.

Twenty days later, the governors of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí, accompanied by their respective Secretaries of Government, Attorneys and Secretaries of Public Security, and even the delegates of the PGR in those states, signed the agreement.

A month later, specifically on April 12th, on state road 175, which communicates the towns of Casa Blanca and La Dulce Grande, in the municipality of Villa de Ramos was located the lifeless body of a man. Beside the corpse, the killers left a message written on a card in which they threatened an opposing group. The report was received at emergency number 911 in Zacatecas, so it was authorities in this state who lifted the body that was sent to the Legal Medical Service as an unknown.

The following incident happened on June 12th, when two other corpses were found bagged. This time the killers left the bodies at the entrance to La Chaparrosa, on a dirt road. These were two men of approximately 40 years of age who were also not identified; according to the newspaper reports of the day of the events, were not inhabitants or originating in the municipality of San Luis Potosí, as there were no recent reports of missing persons in the area.

A month later, on July 16th, the scene of the crime moved to Santo Domingo. In the community of San Antonio Calihuey was located the lifeless body of a woman. The victimarians left her tied and with a scarf on her face. She wore dark trousers, black blouse and dark tennis shoes. Neither was identified.

On 8th August a couple took turns: residents of the Illescas community found the bodies of a man and a woman. They were facedown, tied up and gagged; they had traces of violence and a shot in the head.

On the 29th, a man’s body was found in the El Arenal community, belonging to the Illescas delegation. He was tied hands and feet with duct tape. This corpse was abandoned near a road that leads to the municipality of Villa de Cos, in Zacatecas, and was not identified either.

The most recent finding occurred just last September 4th, again in Arenal, on the road from Illescas to Villa de Cos. The bodies were in a van with plates of Zacatecas. The identity of the victims was not established. One of the dead appeared to be a young man, who was found wearing shorts with blood on his head and a belt around his neck; the other victim had her face covered with a black bag and a hole at the level of the left temple.

In the town of Illescas there are 1,727 habitants.


Regarding the limits with Zacatecas, the government of that entity and the one of San Luis Potosí signed a collaboration agreement in matter of procuration of justice and public security, in order to strengthen the fight against the crime in an efficient way in the municipalities bordering both States of the Republic.

Governor Alejandro Tello visited San Luis Potosí to participate in an inter-institutional meeting on public safety in Zacatecas-San Luis Potosí, where, along with his counterpart Juan Manuel Carreras López, they planned a joint security strategy, according to the authorities of that entity.

Both mandataries signed as witnesses of honor a collaboration agreement signed between the owners of the Attorney General’s Office of Justice of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí, as well as the Secretariats of Public Security of both entities.

Alejandro Tello requested the security authorities of both states to generate a synergy to combat the crime and offered all the disposition and guarantee of the administration in his charge to give results to the Zacatecas people and the Potosinos.

The Zacatecan president thanked the possibility of carrying out the collaboration agreement, since -he said-, security is the great subject of Zacatecas, where, informed its counterpart Juan Manuel Carreras, every Monday the Local Coordination Group meets to make decisions in this matter.

Tello Cristerna stressed that his administration, in coordination with other authorities, has managed to dismantle gangs of kidnappers, detain drug dealers, seize weapons and drugs; however, there are still major challenges and hence the need to coordinate with governor Carreras to combat the incidents that occur on the Zacatecas-SLP highway.

The governor of San Luis Potosí, Juan Manuel Carreras, considered that to the extent that there is greater communication and coordination between the two neighboring governments, there will be better results in the fight against crime, so he thanked the agreement reached.

The agreement is to adopt comprehensive anti-criminal policies that will allow the design and implementation of joint strategies to address the phenomenon of crime.

Both administrations agreed to have information exchange, consultation, analysis, updating, creating databases of mutual utility to be available in an agile and timely manner, through the links that each party designated for that purpose.

The agreement takes into account the prevention of crime, as both parties commit to identify criminogenic factors that allow the design of strategies to combat the criminal phenomenon.

They will also carry out joint investigation of criminal acts, execution of arrest warrants, reaprehension or arrest warrants, and for this purpose, they will keep updated the exchange of information on those orders.

Both governments will be able to carry out flagrant detentions, joint operations, expert services and share experiences and information in the implementation of the accusatory and oral criminal system, all based on respect for human rights.

Altiplano: red spotlights

As stated above, the San Luis Potosí’s Altiplano is not exempt from the violence propagated in the entity by the organized crime cells, in the face of the inertia of the authorities. Only in Matehuala, the most important municipality of the region, so far this year have registered, 13 homicides with signs of execution, according to a newspaper count.

During this month-to-month year, at least one account settlement case has been recorded: in January a young man’s body was found on a dirt road leading to the community of Santa Lucía, near the facilities of the CBTA 52. The corpse was not identified at the time of the discovery, because in its portfolio it did not carry any identification, although its assassins if left him two wrappings with white powder.

In February, another 25-year-old man, identified himself, died after being shot while traveling in his car on Santa Ana Street and Viejo a La Paz road in the Guadalupe colony.

Three executions were recorded in March. Two dead bodies were found on the way to the community of Sacramento, on March 22th, and on the 25th, another corpse was found on a road near the community of El Chamizal, on the border with Villa de la Paz.

Three other cases occurred on April 3rd, 4th and 9th, respectively. In May and June, two executions were carried out each month, in July none were recorded, and in August one more was recorded, bringing a total of 13.

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