Mexican cartel targets a Cancun bar, 5 killed

February 18, 2019 | Brainwave Science

 

Mexican cartel targets a Cancun bar, 5 killed: Brainwave Science

SITUATION

Multiple gunmen entered a bar in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun and opened fire on unsuspecting and innocent people. Five people lost their lives and five were injured. This bar, called La Kuka is located on the main avenue in central Cancun. It is 4 miles (6km) away from the seaside tourist hotel zone. There were four gunmen, one of them was carrying a long gun and three carried handguns. Of the three injured, two were in a critical condition.

Violence has been rising in Cancun and Quintana Roo. There are reports of the Jalisco New Generation cartel moving into the area and fighting local gangs for control. The cartel has been described as one of the most powerful in Mexico by US authorities and is known for its brutality.

CHALLENGE

The bloodshed comes a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead. Last month, the federal authorities reported that 774 people had been killed in the state last year, more than double the 359 killings recorded in 2017. In January, gunmen shot and killed seven people at a house in Cancun, an incident that authorities attributed to a dispute between street-level drug dealers. State police said at the time that a suspected gang leader linked to the Jalisco gang was believed to be behind the attack.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is a Mexican criminal group based in Jalisco and headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords. Through online videos, CJNG has tried to seek society’s approval and tacit consent from the Mexican government to confront Los Zetas by posing as a “righteous” and “nationalistic” group. Such claims have stoked fears that Mexico, just like Colombia a generation before, may be witnessing the rise of paramilitary drug gangs. By 2018 the CJNG became the most powerful cartel in Mexico.

The law enforcement agencies have made significant progress in arresting high profile members of the CJNG. Ever since 2011, several members of this gang have been arrested. In 2011, the operations chief and one of the founders of the organization, Martin Arzola Ortega, was arrested. The following year, the successor of Ortega was also captured. At the time of Peza’s arrest, it was announced that twelve suspected members of the Jalisco Nueva Generation cartel, including leaders Martin Arzola and Abundio Mendoza Gaytan, had been arrested since July 2011 on extortion, kidnapping and drug charges. On March 9, 2012, another founder of the organization, Erick Valencia Salazar, alias El 85, was captured by the Mexican Army along with another high-ranking lieutenant in Zapopan, Jalisco. All through the years, many cartel members have been arrested. The latest arrest happened in July 2018, Mexican authorities arrested José Guadalupe Rodríguez Castillo (alias ‘El 15’), a local leader of the cartel.

Because the authorities have senior members of this deadly group in their custody, they have the opportunity to extract  critical information from them, which can help to not only bring this cartel down but also throw light on their rivals and their operations, thus helping in significantly reducing the drug trade and violence in the affected areas.

However, conventional interrogation and intelligence gathering mechanisms fail when it comes to reliability and efficiency. They are not applicable to a wide range of cases. They deliver results after a long time and account for most of the cost incurred on the investigation.

Of only the investigators and interrogating authorities had a reliable, accurate and efficient method which could detect if a suspect has anything to do with the crime, then they would be able to save time and cost, and do more with a smaller workforce. During this time, the icing on the cake would be if the authorities are able to avoid torture and suffering of the arrested suspects.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

A company based in the United States of America has introduced a technology which can do all the above and more. Brainwave Science, headquartered in suburban Boston is proud to present iCognative to all agencies which deal with investigation and interrogation in areas like law enforcement, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, border security, prostitution, human and drug trafficking, forgery, hijacking, employee theft, insurance fraud, financial fraud, immigration, and national security.

Brainwave Science believes in the elimination of torture, coercion and suffering from the process of interrogation and investigation. It does so by directly detecting the presence or absence of specific crime-related information in the mind of an arrested suspect. To accomplish this, it employs EEG sensors which simply collect the reaction to stimuli by measuring brainwaves. Stimuli are crime-related images, words or phrases displayed on a computer screen. These measurements are transmitted to a portable computer where they are analyzed. The iCognative test usually takes 45 minutes. The results showing statistical confidence in percentage are displayed at the end of analysis in two categories: “Information Present” or “Information Absent.” iCognative has revolutionized forensic sciences because it is highly accurate (99.9%) in its ability to detect if crime-specific information is known to a suspect in question or not. It is highly reliable, a quality which investigators value the most. This is because they do not want an innocent person to get incarcerated and the guilty to roam scot-free. Forensic sciences have been waiting for such a tool which can have a transformative impact. Unlike DNA, which is only applicable in 1-2% of cases, iCognative is applicable in 85% -90% of all criminal and civil cases.

iCognative is highly portable. It can be used in most of the cases, provided that an investigation has been carried out so that the investigators can select appropriate stimuli for the arrested suspects. It takes a very short time for any agency or team to adopt iCognative. In a matter of days, the staff can be trained to use iCognative and begin reaping its benefits.

In this case the stimuli which can be used in the iCognative test of the arrested suspects are, details already gathered from the investigation of previous cases against CJNG, details gathered from interrogation of all previously arrested CJNG cartel members, CCTV footage of the gunmen approaching, leaving the premises, footage of the assault, details of weapons used, vehicles used, date and times of the attack, etc.

Not only can the investigators find out if the arrested suspects have information about executing and/or planning this attack, but they can also detect if they are likely members of any gang, find out their place in the hierarchy of the gang, detect linkages with other gangs and organizations using the inbuilt database technologies.

The Mexican authorities can put their pool of arrested in CJNG gang members to the iCognative test and gather an unprecedented amount of useful intelligence which can help them to deal with such a deadly gang and make Cancun and other Mexican towns safer for tourists and citizens.

Main Source: Independent

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