A former police officer in the War on Drug Trafficking narrates his experience.
The ex-police officer says that at one time criminals had an active “police hunt”. For each element killed they were offering anywhere from 20 thousand to 100 thousand pesos.
I saw many dead. Refrigerators full of bodies parts. Fingers, ears and hands, “José Alejandro, a former agent of the defunct Federal Police, told El Sol de Puebla. He lived through the so-called” War against Drug Trafficking “in his own flesh. This during the six-year term of former president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.
After the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) opened the call for the recruitment of new elements. José decided to try his luck in this job. A few years before he had served within the ranks of the military.
After passing various tests. Such as psychological, psychometric, polygraph, medical and toxicological. José was required at the age of 29 to begin police training for a year at the academy located in the state of San Luis Potosí.
In 2007, José was sent to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to support police operations against drug trafficking.
Through different checkpoints the ex police officer faced all kinds of situations. Among which stand out were the theft of vehicles, seizure of “huachicol”, seizure of luxury trucks, weapons and drugs.
The latter in large quantities, which were around 15 tons of marijuana and about 3 tons of cocaine, among other quantities. In addition to arms trafficking corridors full of large-caliber weapons exclusively used by the Mexican Army, such as AK-47 rifles, fragmentation grenades, and Barrett .50 BMG Long Guns.
“They have a lot of imagination,” said José, who added that many times they found a nuisance in the gas tanks of vehicles, hidden among fruits or inside food cans; all with the help of a canine unit.
The officer was never injured during a confrontation, nor did he see any of his companions die, but he did see many criminals killed, approximately 4 in each confrontation.
He recalls that criminals begged for help when they were injured: “Help me, help me, I’m dying,” even though they were always given medical attention, he said.
All the officers were forbidden from answering their phones during duty hours. However, on one occasion he answered a call from his wife during a shooting. “Hey, I hear gunfire (she said), yes, yes, (he answered), right now we are busy at the moment”, when a burst of bullets was heard.
He says that at one time there was an active “police hunt,” as criminal groups set a price for the death of federal officers, which ranged from 20,000 to 100,000 pesos, depending on the officer’s status.
José even participated in the arrest of important drug lords, although he reserved the names for reasons of safety.
Likewise, he recalls that the criminals offered him large amounts of money in exchange for avoiding their apprehension. Which started at 50 thousand pesos and reached up to one million pesos. Ranches and luxury vehicles were also offered. Although it was too tempting an offer, he never accepted to safeguard the integrity of his family, he noted.
In Ciudad Juárez, he cordoned off the perimeter during the attack on an annex in which 10 people were murdered on November 17, 2009. He was also present during the proceedings carried out in the so-called “Massacre of Villas de Salvárcar”. In which 60 students from the Colegio de Bachilleres CBTIS 128, campus 9 and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, were riddled with gunfire. It left a balance of 16 deaths.
José attributes the crime wave to the lack of opportunities among the new generations, poorly paid jobs and the economic situation in general. “Young people see easy money and this is where groups start to recruit them,” he emphasized.
Finally, the ex policeman man left the Federal Police before its imminent extinction and subsequent transformation into the National Guard (GN). Because according to him there were too many obstacles during his annexation process to be a military man, so he decided to abandon his ranks.