++ The Nuevo León Congress approved a measure to set up a special committee to investigate the attack on the Casino Royale. Local PRI deputy César Garza Villarreal said that if the local Attorney General’s Office finds evidence inculpating mayor Fernando Larrazábal, either directly or indirectly on the Red casino case, the state Congress will impeach the mayor.
++ PRD national leader Jesús Zambrano called on PAN national chairman Gustavo Madero to punish Fernando Larrazábal, the Monterrey mayor, because he refused to take a leave of absence during investigations. Security spokesman in Nuevo León, Jorge Domene, announced that the Attorney General’s Office might release more information about the investigation into attack on the Casino Royale.
++ Nuevo León Governor Rodrigo Medina asked the Interior Secretariat to speed up the process to close down 30 casinos operating illegally in Nuevo León.
++ President Felipe Calderón said that it will be up to the next president to see the final results of his organized crime policies.
++ U.S. President Barack Obama said he opposed a solution to Mexico’s organized crime problems by reaching an agreement with criminal gangs.
++ Authorities in Tampico, Tamaulipas, captured Manuel Alquisires García, "El Meme", who is accused of being the Gulf drug cartel financial operator.
Officials had already detained "El Meme" in July 1998, together with Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, leader of the gang…. Both were incarcerated in a Matamoros penitentiary, but an armed commando rescued El Meme in December 2002.
++ Navy troops captured 13 suspected members of the Los Zetas criminal gang in Veracruz… Among those arrested was Héctor Tejeda Vázquez, "El Pitufo", who is accused of killing a military officer last August.
++ Authorities in Mexico State arrested 19 alleged members of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel among them public prosecutor’s office agent in Jilotepec, Elizabeth Lemus.
++ The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity arrived in Oaxaca where poet Javier Sicilia demanded justice from the state government for victims of repression under former governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
++ Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard complained that the new federal budget for 2012 once again cuts back on federal funding for Mexico City.