Gary Newsome, Ensenada Baja MX, Editor
La Voz de la Frontera
""Tijuana (OEM) .- After a week of suspense, exculpatory evidence, declarations, statements, testimony and other legal work, Judge Evelyn Parra Meza Blanca federal release order issued by former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon for the crime of possession of firearms exclusive use of the Army.
At dawn today, Tuesday 14 June, after consideration and analysis, reporting was taken by a clerk of the Ninth District Court to be presented to Hank Rhon is marked under the law.
It was about three hours when a convoy left the federal building located on Paseo de los Héroes, the Zona Rio, to go in haste to the penitentiary complex of the mushroom, where several media and waiting for the moment of notification.
From this notification, Hank Rhon longer suspect and get rid of being prosecuted and subjected to a trial for the crime of possession of firearms for the exclusive use of the military.
Like, get rid of having to be hospitalized during the entire proceedings in the prison, for having obtained an unfavorable ruling, the son of Professor Hank González, and owns several bookmakers as well as the granting of the Hippodrome Tijuana(racetrack at Tijuana), had not reached bail and had to remain detained pending a final decision to release him or the imposition of corporal punishment.
Of course, as indicated by law, the Attorney General's Office, through the federal prosecutor and his investigators, may appeal the release order. If so, the matter would be reviewed by another instance.""
La Voz de la Frontera
""Tijuana (OEM) .- After forensics and ballistics work, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) found that two of the weapons seized in the case Hank Rhon are related homicides. This result, according to information from the authority, which integrates the local Public Ministry and provided a preliminary investigation of the eleven defendants, two of them free, to exhaust the relevant procedures for the crimes committed by both guns.
The caliber of the weapon is .40 and .380, which were analyzed with a system known as IBIS, which determines when a firearm was used in a crime such as homicide or injury. PGR and notified the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) to attract state jurisdiction research, and that murder is a crime, not federal common order as in the case of the weapons seized last Saturday.""
June 4, 2011
""The announcement from the Attorney General's Office said soldiers responding to a citizen complaint caught three armed people near a hotel and they acknowledged that weapons were hidden in a house in the Colonia Hipodromo neighborhood, leading troops to search it.
In addition to 40 rifles and 48 handguns, the Attorney General's Office said troops found 9,298 cartridges, 70 ammunition clips and a gas grenade.
Ramirez, Hank Rhon's spokesman, said soldiers arrived at 3:30 a.m. at Rhon's Tijuana estate, which includes his home, a casino, the private zoo, a soccer complex and a school.
Heriberto Garcia, the top human rights official of Baja California, said Hank Rhon told him that armed men in hoods, some in civilian garb and others in military uniform, broke into the house and disarmed his security guards.
As reports of the detention spread, a crowd of about 200 of Hank Rhon's supporters demonstrated outside the prosecutor's office to demand his release.
They jeered as masked soldiers entered the building with rifles over their shoulders. "Don't take him!" one man yelled through a bullhorn. Many of the protesters wore the red T-shirts used during Hank Rhon's failed campaign for governor.
"He is a person who has done so many good things for this city. He has improved the image of this city," said Julio Diaz, an attorney who showed up to support the former mayor.
Some in the crowd said the arrest was an effort to tarnish Hank Rhon's party, the once dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party, ahead of Mexico's 2012 presidential election and the 2013 vote for Baja California governor. Hank Rhon has been widely considered a potential PRI candidate to try again to win the governor's office.
But the party's president, Humberto Moreira, said he saw no evidence of anti-PRI motives. "I don't think it is part of a 'witch hunt,'" he said of the raid, speaking to reporters in the central city of San Luis Potosi.
Hank Rhon is the son of a legendary figure in the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, Carlos Hank Gonzalez. He served in Mexico's Cabinet, was governor of Mexico State and later was mayor of Mexico City. Hank Gonzalez died in 2001. He started his career as a school teacher and died a billionaire after a life in public service.
Hank Rhon's Tijuana-based gambling operations, which include a giant casino in the center of the city, have long drawn suspicion from U.S. regulators. Law enforcement agencies often see gambling as an easy way to launder illegal money, and Tijuana is a major corridor for drug traffic to the United States.
Eric Olson, senior associate of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, said the arrest is surprising because Hank Rhon and his family have survived decades of suspicion.
"One begins to think they are untouchable," he said.
The arrest poses a serious test for Mexico's judicial system, Olson said.
"Can they hold someone accountable from a very powerful political family?" Olson said. "He and his father have been surrounded by suspicion for decades but nothing has ever quite stuck."
A 1999 report by the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center singled Hank Rhon out as an associate of drug smugglers, but then Attorney General Janet Reno called the report incomplete and said its conclusions were "never adopted as official view."
In 1988, two of Hank Rhon's employees were convicted of killing a Tijuana journalist who reported on corruption for the crusading weekly Zeta.
And in 1995, he was detained at Mexico City's airport when customs agents found he failed to declare such items as ocelot furs, ivory carvings, sculptures covered in precious stones and pearl-encrusted vests, the Attorney General's office said in a statement.
Hank Rhon, the father of 19 children with several different women, said several years ago he was too rich to be corrupt.
"I don't put anything in my pockets. I take it out," he said. "I have a really big business ... and with that money I support myself, my wife, my kids and grandkids."""
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Gary Newsome Editor, Reporting Begins HERE:
June 4, 2011
A citizen reported seeing armed men outside the Hotel Palacio. The military went there, saw the armed men and arrested them. No laws broken there. If you see an armed person on the street, you can arrest him without a warrant as it is a probably crime in progress. The arrested men said the arms were stored in a house in Colonia Hipódromo.
The military went to the house and they staked it out. They observed armed men outside the house who then entered the house. The military followed them inside. No warrant needed, there was a crime in progress (violation of Mexican federal firearms and explosives law) and it was a hot pursuit.
The echoes of the gun shots that killed Donaldo Colosio in Tijuana in 1994. The PRI run government news releases, at the time, did little to dispel the suspicion that "dark forces" within Hanks father ruled PRI-dominated government had masterminded the murder. While two men were apprehended by eyewitnesses to the shooting of Colosio, one of those apprehended, a judicial police agent, was immediately released. Police sources, however, were quoted in Reforma as saying, "Both men apprehended were given a paraffin test, which showed that both had recently fired guns."
You'll find, Tijuana is not an ordinary place and Jorge Hank is not an ordinary person. Even after the THOUSANDS of murders, kidnappings and the Millions of Mexican nationals fleeing El Republica, some murders and crimes stay in the memory.
But, 23 years ago, on April 20, 1988, Hank Rhon's security chief, Antonio Vera Palestina, murdered the founder of Zeta magazine, Héctor “El Gato” Félix Miranda. It was Tijuana business as usual. Vera was sentenced to 25-years in prison for the murder. Hank Rhon was never tried for that murder and when asked how he would remember the journalist after the writers death, Jorge Hank said, "I won't remember him".
Since the race, the triggerman/racer has been established as being a top hit-man for the Arellano Felix drug cartel:
"March 17, 2008—Mexican federal police arrested a member of the Arellano Félix drug cartel on Saturday on suspicion of involvement in the 1997 shooting of Zeta Editor Jesús J. Blancornelas. Federal police officers arrested Saúl Montes de Oca Morlett in the tourist city of San Felipe, Baja California, as he was getting ready to participate in a car race, according to a statement issued by the federal Secretary of Public Security. Montes de Oca, known as “El Ciego” (The Blind Man), was wanted for drug trafficking and kidnapping. Police also believe he was involved in the attack on Blancornelas, founder and editor of the
Hank Rhon was mayor of the city of Tijuana, "Alcalde", from 2004 to 2007. While Jorge Hank was mayor of
On November 13, 2007, during the running of the Baja 1000 to Cabo San Lucas, the underground criminal activities in Baja Mexico became exposed to an international audience, when a helicopter monitoring the race and one team in particular, went down. CLICK HERE FOR THE EXCLUSIVE INSIDE STORY
The bull-ring of Tijuana that was a central focus of the historic (Baja 1000 2006) run from Tijuana to Ensenada, with the race ending in La Paz, that year, was dismantled-torn down shortly (2007) after the run. The former site of the bullring of
The assassination of Cardinal Posodas was directly storied to Jorge Hank Rhon. Also HERE
"Two Aeromexico flight attendants claim to have seen 'Jorge' Hank Rhon seated in the first class section beside the Arellano brothers during their flight from the scene of the cardinal's assassination."
At a time when everyone knew the Tijuana Cops were 'off the leash' to pillage. Tijuana and its people had their dignity stolen, their self respect and reputations, gone. Later, after Hank Rhon left office, the federal government took over the Tijuana police department, taking all of their guns and rifles.
When the July 2009 US State department cables, WikiLeak, was released, it basically gave up that Jorge Hank Rhon runs (owns) "the Plaza" (the land and the structure of the famous Tijuana Bullring) and is the main money launderer in Baja Norte. All of this was during the huge crime wave of 2007 & 2008 that train wrecked Baja Norte tourism. And everything else Baja Norte.
Politically speaking, with a PAN Governor in Baja Norte, a PAN President and the Sinaloan Cartel taking the AFO pie, the PRI institution of "Jorge Hank" is a vestige of an ugly image of a pistol at the head of Colosio, firing. An echo that has now turned into a horror story. Jorge Hank no longer has the Mexico City protection he had the day Colosio died. When his father, brother and a handful of Mexico City dinosaurs ran Mexico.
Since 2004, the many years of other cartel interests moving in on the AFO pie, are years away from the days of journalist Andrew Reding reported on the Aeromexico airline flight that carried Cardinal Posadas' murderers away from Guadalajara to Tijuana. They say that Jorge Hank Rhon was sitting with Benjamin and Javier Arellano Felix, the alleged Tijuana Cartel (AFO: Arellano-Felix Organization) bosses.
CLICK HERE "To Cap It All Off", Even the bust of ZAPATA! has no respect
The social decomposition got so bad that in 2008, it finally was reported in 'BorderFire' and Channel 10 in San Diego, that an internal DEA report, that warned of a possible 'Camerena' event, (a potential killing of a law enforcement officer in Mexico or the USA) was likely. In 2006, under the cover of "para BSMC", the report was redacted and circulated to the desert off-road racing community and general public, as "Black Commandos", A stark warning for travel to Mexico.
CLICK HERE FOR ARCHIVED REPORTING IN 2008
At a time when the Bush adminstration refused to come clean with the American public about the real dangers in Baja Norte and elsewhere.
The criminals were so out of control, they began dressing as officers of the law to conduct their criminal activities with complete impunity. In 2007, the Hall family of San Diego, among thousands of others, became victims of the crime spree. CLICK HERE
Shockingly, some in the desert racing community tried to cover-up the crimes, to protect their 'business interests'. CLICK HERE These vacuous shells even 'deleted' travel warnings that could have protected people like the Hall family. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TONS & TONS & TONS OF BUSTED DRUGS IN BAJA Mexico
Today, the travel business situation is so bad in Baja Norte, that when the recent Baja 500 race ran last weekend, reports of the widespread accidents and rescue failures were blacked out to try to help protect Sal Fish's SCORE desert off-road races in Mexico. "Any more information going out about the safety, rescue and true travel situation during the races could signal the death knell for tourism in Northern Mexico". An insider at SCORE said, "the black-outs are to protect SCORE".
From the recent Baja 500 2011 Reporting:
News published on June 4, 2011
Baja Racing News.com has called on the radio relay rescue operator to step down in light of the fiasco of the recent proceedings
InSecurity Update: Black Commandos Run Rampant in Baja Norte Today!
Some time ago, the United States Government decided the Hank Rhon family was a threat to the country. We've always wondered why anyone would want to do business with known criminals. Just because they were 'untouchable' doesn't make them any more warm and fuzzy?
But, then again, how much did SCORE get paid? Twice in four years, SCORE has been paid thousands of dollars, by at least 'QUESTIONABLE' sources, for "services".
BajaRacingNews.com has always wanted to get to the bottom of the "Amounts and sources of Questionable Mexico Money", the hundreds of thousands of dollars, all at the expense of the American racers going to Mexico and their relationships with certain people in desert off-road racing. It is known, from our source in the tourism department source in La Paz, Baja Sur, that SCORE was paid in excess of $100,000 for ONE race event! Stay tuned...
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