Mexico: Gulf Cartel's accountant found shot dead

October 12, 2011 - 11:05 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican marines in the violent border state of Tamaulipas found the body of the alleged top accountant for the Gulf Cartel drug trafficking network, who had apparently been shot to death, the navy said Wednesday.

A statement said the marines found the body of Cesar Davila Garcia in a house Tuesday after they received a tip from a citizen. A pistol was also found near him and the marines were sending his body for investigation.

Davila had been the accountant for leading cartel figure Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as "Tony Tormenta," who was killed by federal forces last November, the navy said. Garcia was then tapped to be a local leader of the cartel and later was made the primary accountant for the organization, it said.

Tamaulipas, which borders Texas from Laredo to Brownsville, has been the scene of intense violence since the Gulf Cartel started fighting for control with its one-time allies, the Zetas drug gang.

Marines have mounted a campaign against the Gulf Cartel recently. Earlier this week the navy announced that marines had killed 11 cartel members, arrested 36 and seized 4 tons of marijuana in a series of raids.

Fourteen people, including three state police investigators and a local police officer, were reported killed in eight separate incidents Wednesday in Ciudad Juarez, a violent city across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Arturo Sandoval, spokesman for the northern division of the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office, said the three investigators were in a car working on an extortion case when they were attacked by gunmen on foot.

The municipal police officer was shot to death after the end of his shift, but he was still in uniform in his car outside a shopping center, Sandoval said. He said 10 more people were killed in six other attacks.

Elsewhere in the state, gunmen killed six people in a house where drug users gathered to take heroin in the state capital, which is also called Chihuahua, said Carlos Gonzalez, a spokesman for the state prosecutor's office. He said the gunmen arrived in one car, found the victims outside, ordered them into a room and shot them.

Gunfire also rocked Saltillo, a city in the border state of Coahuila.

People awoke to a series of morning gunbattles in at least three locations. One person was killed in crossfire, according to a statement from the Coahuila state attorney general's office that said the fighting was between rival criminal organizations. Police and troops who responded were fired on at several locations, authorities said.