CHIHUAHUA .- The Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua reported that he investigates the murder of Armando Morales Pérez, 42, brother of Lorenzo Antonio Morales Pérez, aka “Tony Tormenta”, leader of a Gente Nueva criminal cell in the region.
In a statement, the agency indicated that the authorities of the town of Samachique, municipality of Guachochi, announced that the body of the deceased was located in the community of Humira, so that ministerial agents and experts arrived inside the home where they found the body inside a coffin.
Ministerial elements reported that they interviewed a woman who claimed to be the victim’s wife, who said the victim was injured by a firearm projectile, in addition to being identified as Lorenzo Antonio MP’s brother, aka “Tony Tormenta.”
The deceased’s wife said that a man of unknown identity was the one who informed her about her husband’s whereabouts, at the junction of Samachique and Batopilas. She then went to the site indicated and found her husband with gunshot wounds and transferred him to the hospital Tarahumara Mission, where they pronounced him dead.
In October 2018, Daniel Manjarrez Alonso, aka “El H2”, criminal leader of the La Linea criminal group, the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel, was linked to the dismemberment of six men in the community of Bocoyna, Chihuahua. Next to the bodies was a narcomanta with a threatening message addressed to Lorenzo Morales Pérez.
The bloody dispute over Chihuahua
Chihuahua is one of three states located in the so-called Mexican “Golden Triangle”, known internationally for having one of the highest concentrations of marijuana and poppy crops.
There at least 11 leaders are those who are contesting the control of drug trafficking in the border entity, who belong to the two main criminal groups, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel.
Gente Nueva, (Cartel de Sinaloa) and La linea, (Cártel de Juárez), maintain a fierce struggle for the border territory. Both are responsible for the hundreds of deaths in the territory.
According to official documents, many of these executions are attacks against individuals and in many cases there are indications that a wave of recent attacks have to do with organized crime and local micro-trafficking.