Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Chasing El Chapo

Borderland Beat Posted by DD, republished from Fusion

It seems that since Chapos escape from prison last month every investigative journalist that covers the Mexico beat has made a trip to Sinaloa to get "first hand" news.  This reporter from Fusion, , took a little different approach.  She went into Chapo's home turf to find out what the authorities were doing in their search for Chapo.  And she found a military presence (sort of)  near Chapo's home town of Tuna.  Mostly what she found first hand was a lot of beautiful scenery of the Sierra Madres and an invitation (not from the military) to leave town within the next 30 minutes..

We went to Mexico for a firsthand look at the hunt for El Chapo

Mexico’s notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is still on the run after escaping prison earlier this year. El Chapo made his second escape from a maximum security prison in Central Mexico through a secret shower hatch and a 1-mile tunnel.

Days after his shocking disappearance, Fusion’s Mariana van Zeller arrived in Mexico to get a first hand look at the hunt for the world’s most wanted man. What she witnessed was beyond anything expected, and her mission then took an unexpected turn.

In this Fusion original special, Narcos, Guns & Money: Chasing El Chapo, van Zeller also travels to El Chapo’s hometown in Culiacán, Sinaloa—one of Mexico’s most dangerous places—to understand why a community continues to revere a drug kingpin that has brought so 

much violence and death to his country and abroad.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Map: Cartels and Subgroups operating in Mexico

Lucio R. Borderland Beat information from PGR agency published in Vanguardia

Information within and illustrated  on maps,  is according to the PGR agency, ( the premier investigative arm of the Attorney General of Mexico).  Readers may identify discernible omissions of both cartels and subgroups, or disagree with given information,  nonetheless, this is what Vanguardia is reporting.

They identify subgroups working for larger cartels, and the area of influence.  

Groups who began as operational subgroups, or enforcer groups for a large cartels, sometimes become consolidated and splinter into an independent group.

Such is the case of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA), Los Rojos and Los Ardillos, which splintered from the Beltran Leyva Organization.  

Guerreros Unidos splintered from La Familia Michoacana.  Cártel del Poniente/La Laguna, separated from  cártel del Pacífico.

16 years in an United States prison for Chapos cousin

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article

[ Subject Matter: Jesus Gutierrez Guzman
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Jesus Gutierrez Guzman was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for intent to extend the business of the Sinaloa Cartel to Europe and the United States.

Jesus Gutierrez Guzman
Reporter: EFE
A Federal Judge from the United States sentenced Jesus Gutierrez Guzman to 16 years in prison and ordered him to pay a 10,000 dollar fine for trying to extend the business of the Sinaloa Cartel to Europe and the United States.

Once the 54 year old Gutierrez Guzman has finished his sentence in a United States Federal prison, he will be deported to Mexico, according to the District Prosecutor of New Hampshire, Donald Feith, in charge of the prosecution.

The cousin of the Sinaloan Capo was detained in Madrid in 2012 by the Spanish Police and the Office of the FBI in Boston, when he tried to extend to Europe, the dominion of the violent Sinaloa Cartel, led by El Chapo, who wanted to utilise Spain as a base.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Relentless Hunt against Autodefensa Leaders: Jesús Bucio Assassinated

Jesús Bucio Cortés

By: César Vázquez | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat 

Another founding member of the autodefensas of Michoacán was assassinated today.  Jesús Bucio Cortés was the founder and leader of the autodefensa group of Tancítaro.

The incident occurred Sunday when an armed group was stalking the road in which the autodefensa leader was also on.  He was ambushed towards the area known as Púcuaro, located in the municipality of Tancítaro.

Along with the leader of the autodefensas was his brother, who was also killed, who accompanied him on their way to the community of El Zapote when they were hunted down from the mountains.

Jesús Bucio Cortés was being pointed out in recent days because of his constant denunciations of recent attempts by the Caballeros Templarios in trying to return to the region.  He also denounced that avocado farmers were being extorted again by the criminal group.

The autodefensa leader of the region had also arrested José Manuel Montero Nambo, who had kidnapped his son.  He personally took him to the Mil Cumbres CERESO (Social Rehabilitation Center), but three months later, the capo was out on the streets.

He even claimed that this man was the main enemy in the region and that he constantly stalked the communities as well as threatening them in taking revenge.

The perpetrators of this crime are unknown.  At this moment, security forces, other autodefensa groups, and the Fuerza Rural are combing the area in order to find those responsible.

So far there are no arrests, although a strong operation is taking place in the avocado growing area.

Hunted Autodefensa Leaders

Friday, August 28, 2015

Millions in product falls in Ensenada

Millions in product falls in Ensenada

After a grim and bloody week, where in an escalation of recent public attacks, gunmen descended upon on a funeral parlor, and murdered two, and leaving 10 wounded, in Tijuana,a large drug shipment was lost in Ensenada. 

Ensenada, an hour or so south of Rosarito is generally quieter then it's northern counterparts, a port city, which attracts ex pats and tourists, is a corridor for drug loads coming up to the border.  It is routine for large amounts of marijuana, packed tightly into pangas to be captured of Ensenada, or while offloading their product further north, in US coastal areas.  

The federal police claim that during a chase, a truck carrying the shipment was abandoned by it's driver, after attempting to block the officers, chasing a 1996 Ford Aerostar. The federal police were apparently attempting to stop the latter vehicle.  The driver and the Aerostar were not detained.  

Inside the black truck were 220 packages, of drugs wrapped for transport to Tijuana, and across the San Ysidro, point of entry, one would assume.  Some of the crystal and heroin could be headed for the colonias in Tijuana, where retail groups break them into smaller quantities, these groups are ground zero for the violence in the city, as of now.  

169 kilos of crystal, 22 kilos of heroin, and 28 kilos of cocaine was the total amount.  Everyone has different ideas about the exact, or near exact amount, but either way it's at least worth 1.5 million to it's owners, much more on the other side of the border, or sold in sub gram amounts in Tijuana and Rosarito. 

Goverment Seizes Property of Sinaloa and Zetas Cartels

Lucio R. Borderland Beat-material from 24-horas and La Pared (SiskiyouKid)

Los Zetas

In its latest theater production, the Mexican government conducted several raids in the past week to seize properties of Sinaloa and Zetas cartels. 

In Coahuila, the backbone state of Los Zetas, the PGR agency of Mexico seized Zetas property in 9 locations of Monclova.

Zetas fascination of quarter horses was well represented in the raids as agents confiscated 9 race horses.  Other property seized; a dozen tracks, and a bulldozer.

United States asks for extradition of "El Viceroy"

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article

[ Subject Matter: Extradition, El Viceroy
Recommendation: Some prior knowledge of the Juarez Cartel would be useful]

Reporter: Ruben Mosso

A Federal Judge ordered the provisional detention with end of extradition for Vincente Carrillo Fuentes "El Viceroy" leader of the Juarez Cartel, who is required by the North Texas District Court in the United States.

However, another Federal Judge order a break, for the moment, whatever the intent of the Mexican Government to submit the capo, put on a provisional suspension of the order.

Carrillo Fuentes became the second narco trafficker of the top level, after the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquin Guzman Loera, against who the Mexican Government have ordered a detention order with end of extradition, in the present administration.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DEA: Mexican Cartel influence in the U.S. 2015

By Lucio R. for Borderland Beat. Material from U.S. D.E.A. agency 2015 report
Click any image to enlarge
The information in this report, and maps, reflect data collected by the United States Criminal Task Force (OCDETF)

The report identifies cartel cells operating in the U.S. as:

Sinaloa, Gulf Cartel (CDG), Juarez, Los Caballeros Templarios (LCT) Beltran-Leyva (BLO), CJNG, Los Zetas, and Los Moicas.

Presently limited to the West Coast, CJNG has ventured into the U.S., news reports have indicated that CJNG is challenging Sinaloa in some of its areas of influence.

Sinaloa maintains the most significant presence in the United States, dominating the west coast, Northeast and Midwest.

CDG and Zetas dominate the southwest border. 

LCT:  continues to traffic through cells and splinter groups.

Battles in the mountains of Sinaloa leave 10 dead

Translated by Otis b Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

[ Subject Matter: Sinaloa, gun battles
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Reporter: Proceso Redaction and RioDoce
Two confrontations occurred on the Wednesday morning in the communities of Cacalotan and Aguaverde, in the Town of El Rosario, Sinaloa, that left 10 people dead and four injured.

According to reports from the Municipal Police of El Rosario and local media, the first confrontation between rival groups, occurred on the Cacalotan where four bodies and four vehicles with bullet impacts were found, one of the vehicles was burned, with hundreds of spent cartridges lying around.

The other confrontation happened in Las Yacas, syndicate of Aguaverde where six men were found executed.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gunmen attack mortuary in Tijuana: 2 dead, 7 injured.

Borderland Beat

2 men killed and 7 people injured, including a woman, in the aftermath of a shootout in the early hours of today, outside the "La Esperanza" funeral home located in the Zona Centro district.  The attack took place when the services for 2 men, executed this past Wednesday, was being held. 

The shootout happened at about midnight when a group of armed men fired upon a group of people outside the funeral home located on the Negrete avenue between Aguacaliente Blvd. and 11th Street.

Local, State and Investigative agents, along with Army personnel began a search operation in the near areas looking for the gunmen but no one was arrested.

According to preliminary reports, inside the mortuary, the services for two young men executed this past Wednesday were being held. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Michoacán: Weekend Attacks

Churumuco, Michoacán: Autodefensa Leader Assassinated
Antúnez, Michoacán: Shootouts- Roadblocks
Mayor of Parácuaro Requests Help: “Don’t Leave Us Alone”
Autodefensa Roadblock Attacked: No Casualties

By: Carlos Arrieta (Animal Politico), Mi Morelia | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Antúnez, Michoacán: Shootouts- Roadblocks

Following the shootouts that occurred Saturday, residents of Antúnez set up roadblocks at the entrances and exits of the town.

Police reports have reported that the presence of heavily armed men in the area of Úspero have been detected.

Therefore, inhabitants set up roadblocks made up of sand/dirt filled burlap bags and cement.

According to an article from Etcetera, the community decided to rearm themselves in order to prevent criminal groups from entering the community.

The situation is tense in the area.  The first skirmish took place on Thursday, August 20 which left a truck riddled with bullets.  The second occurred on Saturday, which left one dead and three wounded as well as five bullet riddled trucks abandoned in the center of Antúnez.

Churumuco, Michoacán: Autodefensa Leader Assassinated

'PeñaBots': Automated Twitter accounts (BOTS) impede protests, hinder critics, send threats

Lucio R. Borderland Beat republished from Wired Magazine, Revolution News, video from Vice

Iguala September 26, 2014, night from hell

Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists

More than 75,000 automated Twitter accounts (BOTS)  are being used to combat protests and attack critics of the government, according to research presented by writer Erin Gallagher at the Chaos Communication Camp in Zehdenick.

The automated accounts, known as Peñabots, first appeared during the election of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2014, a group of students departed the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College for a protest in Iguala, Mexico, about 80 miles away.(Note: actually they were going to DF to protest, not Iguala) They never arrived. What happened on the road to Iguala remains a mystery, but we know that at least three students were killed and another 43 are missing. The government’s official story is that the 43 students were killed after being handed over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel on the orders of the mayor of Iguala. But investigations conducted by  the U.S. publication The Intercept paints a darker picture of complacency at higher levels of government.

The incident was emblematic of broader fears and frustrations with violence and corruption in Mexico and sparked a wave of ongoing protests across the country. Like so many modern protest movements, activists turned to social media to organize and promote their cause. One Twitter hashtag in particular—#YaMeCanse or “I am tired”—became a central hub for organizing protests and disseminating information.

El Viejon of CDG arrested

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

[ Subject Matter: Oscar Leon Mendoza Cepeda "El Viejon", Cartel del Golfo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
Oscar Leon Mendoza Cepeda, member of the Cartel del Golfo who operates in the centre of Tamaulipas state, was detained by Police in Ciudad Victoria.

The subject known as "El Viejon", 55 years old, was captured together with Brigida Laurentina Guerrero Aguilar in a populous sector of the Tamaulipan Capital, informed a communication from the Coordination Group for Tamaulipas.

Mendoza Cepeda was captured with 14 weapons, 20 wraps of drugs, a vehicle, magazines for weapons, bottles of whisky and cell phones.

At the moment of his detention, some people attempted to bribe the State Police, offering 10,000 pesos to set him free.

The authorities confiscated the following:

  • 7 rifles with 2500 rounds of ammunition
  • 7 pistols of different calibre's
  • 58 magazines
  • 20 wraps of cocaine
  • 35 cell phone, 16 of which were new
  • 11 bottles of whisky (large)
  • 45 bottles of whisky (small)
  • 2 copied uniforms
  • 4 tactical jackets and a tactical helmet
  • a sedan automobile
Mendoza Cepeda and Guerrero Aguilar were put at the disposition of the Federal Public Ministry together with the weapons, ammunition and other evidence.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Shootouts in Antúnez, Michoacán: 3 Injured, 1 Dead

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

A series of shootouts Saturday morning in Antúnez, municipality of Parácuaro, Michoacán, left three people injured and one dead by gunfire.

The first shootout occurred around 09:00 hours at the main entrance of the community of Tierra Caliente.

An hour later, another shootout occurred near the main square, which stopped for a few moments and then reignited for about 45 minutes.  This shootout left three people injured, whose identity are still unknown, and one person dead, who according to the authorities was involved in the shootout.

Hours before, Jesús Barragán, commander of the Fuerza Rural of Uruapan, was injured by armed gunmen, who apparently were trying to kill him, according to authorities of the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) (Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado).

The status of the police commander was reported as delicate.  He is being treated at a hospital in the region under heavy security.

 Shootout Footage: