Sunday, March 08, 2009

This Just In: 99.4 Percent of Houston Homicides Unrelated to Mexican Gangs

As part of our ongoing coverage of how insanely fucking dangerous Houston is, and how it should be avoided at all costs, we bring you the Houston Chronicle's latest front-pager about the city's killer drug gangs. Fan's of the Chronicle's reporting will not be surprised to learn that the focus of the piece is on Mexican gangs, of course.

[I]in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target — the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city — walked away.

Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway.

His murder and the assassination gone awry point to the perilous presence of Mexican organized crime and how cartel violence has seeped into the city.

...Authorities, saying it’s tough to spot cartel connections because the gangsters work in several jurisdictions, point to at least seven homicides in the Houston area since 2006, as well as nine home invasions and five kidnappings tied to cartels. They believe there are many more.

So out of roughly 1,100 homicides in the last three years, at least seven were Mexican gang-related - about 0.6%. You can see why they held the front page for this one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's why we always avoided Houston! Crime central!