The Mexican state of Nuevo Leon's top organized crime investigator, Marcelo Garza y Garza, apparently rejected la plata, and last week he died a hero's death. The SA Express News' Sean Matteson had more yesterday on his assassination in Monterrey, which Grits discussed earlier:
Marcelo Garza y Garza [was] a respected cop and key Mexican ally of U.S. law enforcement.UPDATE: Beyond the Border blog reports Sept. 12 that another police officer has been killed in Nuevo Leon.
Until Tuesday, Garza, 36, had been the only chief of Nuevo León state's organized crime investigations division.
He worked closely with the U.S. war on drug gangs and, unlike many police officers executed by the cartels, he doesn't appear — so far — to have had illicit links to the bad guys he loved to throw in jail.
"Marcelo was by far our closest collaborator and most trusted confidant," a senior U.S. official said on condition of anonymity. ...
"This is no longer ... a war between (cartels) and executions between them," said Gov. Natividad González Parás. "They have now put government functionaries in their sights."
State authorities appear in a paralytic shock over Garza's execution. Officials reinforced their personal security and refused to discuss details of the killing with the media.
For more background on organized crime in Mexico, see Sam Logan's April reports from ISN Security Watch ("Mexico's Parallel Power," 4-7-06 and "Organized Crime: Mexico's Top Threat," 4-26-06), plus prior Grits posts on the subject: