The two students walked through Guasave naked. (Screenshot)
An organized crime group would be behind the ‘tablazos’ of two young minors in the municipality of Guasave, who were exhibited naked in the streets and in the facilities of the Autonomous University of the West (UAdeO) for selling vape pens.
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The attorney general of the state of Sinaloa, Sara Bruna Quiñonez Estrada, assured that there is an organized crime group that is behind the ban on the sale of vapes in some areas of the entity.
“They tell us that at least for the north-central zone (of the state) there is a group, for a reason they went to criminalize the young people,” the prosecutor said at a press conference.
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During the afternoon of Monday, December 4, a series of videos began to circulate on social networks of two young people walking completely naked and with two pieces of cardboard on their backs, all while a hooded person hit them with a board and insulted them.
Two hooded men entered the UAdeO. (Screenshot)
“This happens to me for selling vapes. This is a warning for all the missing ‘chapulines’. The others are going to fare worse, we already have them located,” read on the cardboard that the young people had who at first mentioned that they were UAdeO students.
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During the recordings, no authority from the three levels of government was seen taking action against the aggressor despite the fact that, according to unofficial reports, complaints were made to the corporations.
“They refused to file a complaint or complaint, they did not want to provide the name of the person who put them in that situation. The mothers of both were present and agreed that no complaint should be filed. This way the investigation will not be successful, but we are attentive,” said prosecutor Quiñonez Estrada who assured that the Autonomous University of the West ruled out that they were her students.
The head of the state Public Ministry said “the idea of taking them there (UAdeO), I imagine, was for greater humiliation on the part of the person who took them.”
Prosecutor Sara Bruna Quiñonez Estrada said that no incidents of this type had been recorded. Photo: Sinaloa Prosecutor’s Office
He added that during the interview with the authorities, the young people recognized that they are dedicated to selling vapes.
“They had arrived that day on a motorcycle outside a shopping center to sell vaping cigarettes, when armed people arrived and what we all already know happened,” explained Bruna Quiñonez.
The Sinaloa prosecutor assured that this is a new type of crime by organized crime groups “in the face of the fight that is being waged against the distribution of fentanyl.”
“(Organized crime groups) are trying to diversify. I think it’s inventive: they are doing experiments to see if they get better results from other types of drugs,” said the prosecutor.
On October 18, another young man who was ‘picked up’ by armed subjects was captured by residents of the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, walking naked through the streets with a message similar to that of Guasave.
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“This happened to me because I was selling ‘vapes’, this is a warning for the missing grasshoppers. The others are going to do worse, they have been warned, we have already identified them,” reads the message from the young man who was later tied with adhesive tape to a light post.
According to reports from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), in the municipality of Guasave and in some parts of the city of Los Mochis, municipality of Ahome, cells of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel operate, led by Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias El Chapo Isidro, subject for which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States offers a reward of five million dollars.