#SEDENALEAKS Reveals Military Corruption: The Army Sells Weapons to Criminals

Hacked Sedena documents reveal that an arms supplier for a criminal group had its base of operations in Military Camp 1 in Mexico City, and another near the eighth regiment in Almoloya; they sold grenades for 26,000 pesos and criminals ordered thousands of rounds of ammunition.

By Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI)

October 8th, 2022

Files hacked from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) have revealed that weapons have been sold to criminals from Military Camp No. 1 in Mexico City.

An intelligence report dated June 10, 2019 details that the Sedena was aware that a military officer was offering tactical equipment, weapons and grenades, in addition to providing mobility and operational information of armed forces to a cell of a drug cartel based in Tejupilco, State of Mexico.

“On May 31 (of 2019), the military officer offered operators of the criminal group 70 cluster grenades at a cost of 26,000 pesos each; the criminal cell confirmed the purchase of eight of them, which were delivered in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico,” reads the military report.

In the metadata analysis of the telephone equipment used by the soldier, authorities confirmed that the base of operations of the soldier linked to criminals is in the municipality of Villa de Almoloya de Juarez, near the eighth mechanical regiment of the Sedena.

In addition, the Sedena said in its confidential report that the supplier of weapons and tactical equipment is another alleged member of the army, whom the criminals refer to as “antiguo” and who – according to the analysis of his phone signal – is based in Military Camp No. 1 in Mexico City.

At the time of the intelligence report, the identity of both soldiers was unknown.

In another report prepared on June 24, 2019, it is mentioned that the military officer who supplied weapons to the criminal cell is the bodyguard of a military commander that the criminals call the “new commander” and who has the rank of Colonel.

In the calls intercepted by the Sedena, the soldier informed a leader of the criminal group that he had had a new boss for two weeks and that he was part of his escort.

He described his superior as a colonel from Tepalcatepec, Michoacan, “who likes money, drinks and is into everything.

The intercepted calls state that a criminal leader asked the soldier for “two thousand rounds of ammunition for AK-47 rifles, five thousand for R-15s and 50 magazines of each type of rifle.

In addition, the military officer offered to collaborate with the criminals in locating the regional prosecutor in Amecameca, because supposedly at the request of the criminal leader they were planning his assassination.

Map of location of the weapons supplier in relation to the Military Camp 1.

More Corruption Cases

The National Intelligence Center also reported, in other reports, the corruption of authorities in Jalisco and Mexico State with criminal groups.

One of the cases described, in a January 2019 report, is that of an active agent of the Joint Task Force for Immediate, assigned to the Guadalajara metropolitan area, who “serves as a liaison between leaders of the Jalisco Cartel and authorities of the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal).”

Among other functions, the report adds, “he is in charge of co-opting other public officials to increase the cartel’s network of corruption.

Another report, also from January 2019, mentions that a criminal cell operating in the State of Mexico, has involvement in public works in municipalities.

For example, telephone intercepts identified that on January 24, 2019, a meeting had been scheduled with two mayors of the State of Mexico and criminal leaders to discuss the purchase of garbage collection trucks.

The military report mentioned that one of the criminal leaders had an interest “in the management of public resources of both municipalities for the financing he receives for the operation of his criminal cells.”

This information was published on October 8th, 2022 by Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI).https://contralacorrupcion.mx/sedenaleaks-revela-corrupcion-militar-venden-armas-del-ejercito-a-criminales/ English translation by Schools for Chiapas.

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