The Oaxaca Real Estate Cartel Exposed –

The Oaxaca prosecutor’s office said it got the connection to the process from a man who seized property in San Felipe del Agua, in the state capital.

OAXACA.– After the revelation of the modus operandi of the “Cartel del Despojo” in Oaxaca, which was linked to the murders of a magistrate, a PAN candidate and an electoral financial operator, he was arrested and linked to a lawsuit ARM (Mendiola) C., probably responsible for the crime of dispossession by seizing a property located in San Felipe del Agua in this capital.

In a statement, the Office of the Attorney General of Oaxaca noted that it had obtained an order binding the lawsuit against the ARMC, likely responsible for the crime of dispossession to the detriment of GOS assets, committed in the city of Oaxaca of Juárez, in the Valles Centrales region.

According to investigation file 8343/FVCE/OAXACA/2022, the defendant probably attempted to violently seize a property located in the San Felipe del Agua agency in the capital of Oaxaca.

Following the victim’s complaint, the Public Prosecutor’s Office intervened and opened the corresponding investigations through the Directorate of Preliminary Investigations and Procedures, which succeeded in establishing the probable participation of the accused who had the execution an arrest warrant.

After the arrest, the ARMC was presented before the judge who had requested it, who decided to associate it with the trial, imposing precautionary measures and granting four months to close the additional investigation.

On September 15, Federal Public Security Undersecretary Ricardo Mejía Berdeja revealed how the dispossession of real estate is carried out in Oaxaca, where “criminal groups, managers or leaders are part of this operation of dispossession of real estate, which, in collusion with officials, they commit crimes such as physical violence, extortion, threats and even death in order to seize said property.

According to the Oaxaca Public Prosecutor’s Office, a total of 1,467 investigation files were integrated from March 2021 to July 2022, of which 213 dispossession files are related to the falsification of notarial deeds.

Even, he added, some homicides like the cases of the candidate for the municipal presidency of Ocotlán de Morelos, Ivonne Gallegos Carreño; the magistrate of the Court of Administrative Justice, Enrique Pacheco Martínez and the doctor Carlos Eduardo López Martínez, who was the operator of the elected governor, Salomón Jara Cruz and executed in Juchitán de Zaragoza, “have indications of dispossession of property”.

one of the cases

The Redacción portal mentioned that A. Mendiola and his family have investigation files from at least seven families in the Costa region, among which he cited the case of Adriana Ricárdez Hofmann, who shared his testimony and reviewed what lived:

“It all started in 2008, with the visit of the Mendiola Cottiers and a lawyer representing them, to the office of the Commissariat of Communal Property in San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca, arguing that they owned property in Playa Panteón which in fact belonged to my family over 40 years ago.

“The Mendiolas claimed to have no original documents, more than supposed proof from their father and only notarized copies (this is their modus operandi, they certify manipulated copies to notaries because the original documents do not exist ).

“We present all documentation that proves our peaceful and continuous possession, for over 40 years, which has been supported by all of our neighbors and the community.

“Months later, his lawyer appeared with a group of armed people. They brought with them wire mesh and poles, pretending to fence off the property, threatening my mother and father with small arms, clubs and machetes, 2 of them armed with goat horns, which, without agreeing to show their identity, pretended to belong to the Ministerial State Police. Of which we have photos.

“Noticing that something very serious was happening, all the residents of the Playa Panteón neighborhood reacted and immediately arrived to arrest them, as did the representative of the Puerto Ángel agency. With the presence of the Municipal Agent and already surrounded, these people were ordered to withdraw and leave in peace the sole and legitimate owners of the said property.

“In the following days, the Mendiola Cottiers, using the same apocryphal documents, bring another lawsuit on Acapulquillo, a neighboring bay, with the intention of dispossessing six other families of their lands and homes, for which a meeting is called at the ‘Municipal agency, where the president of the Commissariat in turn, Jesús Reyes, tells them at this time that their documents are false and are not recognized by said administration.


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