Sandbags and empty barracks at abandoned military base. Sandbags and empty barracks at abandoned military base.

New base abandoned after just 5 months

Chihuahua military facility flooded during the rainy season

A 21-million-peso army base intended to improve security in the Rarámuri Sierra of Chihuahua today sits empty, abandoned by the military after just five months.


The problem? It is subject to flooding.

Building the military facility was a promise made by former governor César Duarte Jáquez, now a fugitive from justice, and the Army approved the plan in 2013. It would be built in the municipality of Guachochi, located near the fertile poppy and marijuana country of the Golden Triangle, an area where there has been an increasing number of confrontations among drug cartels.

The Duarte administration pledged that the 400-million-peso base would be ready the following year, but construction took two years in the end.

And the facility that was finally delivered, which cost only 21 million pesos (just over US $1 million), was used by the military for just five months because it flooded constantly during the rainy season.

Five-hundred soldiers moved in last May, bringing specialized all-terrain equipment and heavy artillery that would bring peace and security to the region. By September, they had left, leaving the base completely abandoned.


Governor Javier Corral Jurado has said that his administration will look for the resources to build another facility instead.

“I’ve told [the military] plainly and clearly about the [state’s] finances; we’ll both look for the resources because they were promised a 400-million-peso headquarters but received a 21-million-peso barracks that’s not even worth 4 [million].”

“There was a lot of stealing there . . . .”

The military carries on operating in Guachochi, using a facility it has occupied for years, conducting joint operations with municipal, state and federal police that are known as Mixed Immediate Reaction Forces.

According to the state Attorney General’s office, there were 233 homicides linked to organized crime in the area during 2016: 73 in Guachochi, 15 in Balleza, 17 in Batopilas and 128 in Guadalupe y Calvo.

The increased acts of violence by warring drug cartels in several areas of Chihuahua have triggered the deployment of additional military personnel, said the governor, who added that the Federal Police presence will be augmented by another 450 officers.

Source: Reforma (sp) El Heraldo (sp)

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  • Jose Yates

    Maybe the navy can use it.

  • cooncats

    The Mexican lament: “There was a lot of stealing there…”

    Pretty much universally applicable anywhere in the country.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      Apparrently there’s a national epidemic of kleptomania that’s spreading rapidly – and there’s no cure.

      • David Nichols

        Sadly, “epidemic” suggests sudden onset–this problem is cultural and has been for centuries…

  • K. Chris C.

    The contractors, and their pol and crat patrons, still got paid.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    “According to the state Attorney General’s office, there were 233
    homicides linked to organized crime in the area during 2016: 73 in
    Guachochi, 15 in Balleza, 17 in Batopilas and 128 in Guadalupe y Calvo.”
    Wow, it’s a good thing the military is there to provide protection and security for the population, or the area would REALLY be dangerous.

    These stories are reaching the point where we have to ask if they are SATIRE.
    They simply can’t be true, can they? This is comedy, right?
    They built the base, but forgot to consider the climate?
    A military base abandoned because of RAIN?
    And this is a TRUE story?

  • WestCoastHwy

    Definitely there are no Mexican Army Corps of Engineers! Being an ex-military service volunteer (it’s a service not an occupation is my opinion like in Germany which was suspended in 2011) the only one that has more fun, I saw the US army set up shop with only tents in an extremely remote area with the help of CBs that was occupied for several years; the cost was budgeted in that years military Federal budget. (sure would not be an army dog just because everyone has the duty to burn the latrines)

    Now I know I’m comparing apples to nuclear reactors but WTF is wrong with Mexico? First of all, these areas is remote to the point that there is only a criminal presents and most of the time there is only one way in and one way out except for the occasional air field but come on man, there’s RADAR. Secondly, with Technology, there is no way these criminals would be allowed to operate year after year in these areas without the compilation of Recon unless someone is allowing the criminals to operate.

    The Irony here lies in the fact that in most Western Countries, these areas would be producing serious monies from some kind of free business operation but not Mexico. The Hillbillies are too powerful a force to be reckoned with!


    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      The entire story is bogus – they stole the money, what else is new?
      Now they can approve a new “budget”, build a bigger base, and steal even more (again).

      Mexicans must pay a lot of money in taxes – how do they cover the tens of billions stolen by their politicians?

  • WestCoastHwy

    Mexican Army Corps of Engineers, two thumbs up! (the rear) What a rock these people are and about as worthy. Or maggot, is what a U.S. Marine would label.

    So, after years………..and…………years………….and…………..years, these areas are still controlled by Criminals without abatement. Hillbillies are no match for the Mexican Army.

    But really folks, these areas are the cash crop of Mexico and if it were to fail, the Mexican Economy would fail. So, good thing the Mexican Army has left so business can continue without intervention or maybe it will be like in the U.S. L. P. A., there won’t be enough people to harvest!