“Listen, listen”, a young person says while filming with his cell phone. What is heard are shots and what is observed in the images are the flashes of weapons. Bullets in the middle of the night in the neighborhood Padre Mugica, in Villa Lugano, an area dominated by drug gangs that dispute the territory and where, tired of the violence, the neighbors cut off General Paz Avenue last night and today to demand greater security. They got tired of living in fear. This afternoon, the City Police Infantry evicted that picket line that occupied the collector of that artery that borders the metropolitan area.

Villa Lugano neighbors set fire to containers in protest at the actions of drug gangs in the area

Villa Lugano neighbors set fire to containers in protest at the actions of drug gangs in the area (Hernán Zenteno /)

Two years ago the neighborhood was in the middle of a dispute between two drug gangs. One of the areas was taken over by a detachment from the criminal organization led by Marco Estrada Gonzáles, better known as Marcos, who operated from Villa 1-11-14, in Bajo Flores. The neighbors got tired of being in the middle of the dispute, “he explained to THE NATION a judicial source.

During the eviction of the General Paz collector, there was a confrontation between neighbors with the City Police and two protesters were arrested.

The Padre Mugica complex has 12 built modules, with three buildings in each. It was part of the work that left unfinished the Shared Dreams program, run by the Fundación Madres de Plaza de Mayo.

Dumbo and Marcos

One of the drug lords in the area of ​​the Padre Mujica neighborhood is known by the nickname of Dumbo. It was one of Marcos’s slopes.

During the pleading of the trial that ended with the sentence of 24 years in prison to Estrada Gonzáles, Attorney General Diego Velasco argued that drug sales in Villa 1-11-14 were divided into shifts between Marcos and his brother Fernando, plus known as Pitty and who is a fugitive from Justice.

Now, investigators from the drug underworld have the version, unconfirmed, that Dumbo would have taken Marcos’ turn and the territory around the Padre Mugica neighborhood is also disputed.

Last night, after the shooting confrontation between the gangs, the neighbors cut off General Avenue at the level of Pedro de Mendoza Street. They demanded greater security measures.

Villa Lugano neighbors set fire to containers in protest at the actions of drug gangs in the area

Villa Lugano neighbors set fire to containers in protest at the actions of drug gangs in the area (Hernán Zenteno /)

Last night, according to a judicial source, the alleged drug traffickers arrived and shot a neighbor’s dog that had barked at them.

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The traces of the shots were left on the facades of a hairdresser and a house. Eight impacts were recorded at the window and another ten around the door; the neighboring house was shot at least twice.

It was 9:30 p.m. yesterday when personnel from the Neighborhood Commissioner 8A of the City Police arrived at Avenida Castañares at 6700 to try to find the perpetrators of the shots.

“In the place, a large number of bullet wounds were found and a Mobile Criminalistics Unit (UCM) was requested,” said a police source.

After a confrontation between drug gangs, residents of the Padre Mugica neighborhood of Villa Lugano demand safety by cutting off the General Paz and Castañares collector.

After a confrontation between drug gangs, residents of the Padre Mugica neighborhood of Villa Lugano demand safety by cutting off the General Paz and Castañares collector. (Santiago Filipuzzi /)

Intervened in the case criminal, misconduct and misdemeanor prosecutor from Buenos Aires Celsa Ramírez, who arranged to carry out proceedings for the investigation of illicit crime and the firing of a firearm

The tension last night escalated to the point that the neighbors, tired of the situation, threw stones and bottles at the personnel of the Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA) of the Neighborhood Prevention Unit of the INTA neighborhood who were trying to reorder the vehicular traffic slowed down by the cut of General Paz avenue and the collector.

“It is at that moment that the City Police personnel begin to disperse the people who were carrying out the protest and the assistance of the PNA Anti-riot Operational Group is requested. Once there, the specialized agents fired four controlled shots with a police shotgun, two with a roar and two with anti-bullying. As a result of the incidents, a member of the force was injured and had to be referred to the Santojanni hospital, ”explained sources from the Ministry of National Security.

A neighborhood colonized by drug dealing

Neighbors said that two years ago the drug traffickers colonized the neighborhood. And that they use teenagers to intimidate everyone by dint of the firepower they display.

“Our house was shot at. It’s all smashed. Now we are in a street situation, they ruined the work tool that was my barber shop. We and our 3 children could have lost our lives. I also have rented a room where a family lives. Two months ago a boy was shot three times in front of my house. The day before yesterday when they passed shooting up, we didn’t know who it was for, my dog ​​came out barking and they shot him. I asked why they had shot him and his answer was to come with machine guns and shoot my house, “said Ariel, the owner of the attacked hairdresser.

Raids in Villa Lugano after protests by neighbors over clashes between drug gangs

Raids in Villa Lugano after protests by neighbors over clashes between drug gangs (Hernán Zenteno /)

“This started two years ago. These people take over the houses, kick out the families and give guns to boys of 14 and 15 years old. There are about 20 or 30 people, all with weapons. People got tired of reporting because the police did nothing. They only last 10 minutes in here, they look and leave, ”said the threatened neighbor in the Padre Mugica neighborhood.

And he defined “It is no longer our neighborhood, it is theirs”

For his part, Naomí, the hairdresser’s partner, said: “They hurt minors no matter who they are. If they have a problem with a person, you cannot approach them because you become part of the problem. We want the police to take care of them 24 hours a day. We need to see what is happening here because we need a solution ”.



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