Friday, December 2, 2016

BLO-Sinaloa Cartel: Manuel Fernandez Valencia "La Puerca" sentenced in Chicago to 27 years

by Borderland Beat staff

A former top operative of Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva Cartels, was sentenced on Wednesday to 27 years in prison.  Manuel Fernandez-Valencia alias La Puerca or “El Animal”,  now 48 year old man was arrested in Mexico in 2010.

A Chicago federal judge sentenced a Mexican national, accused of being a top drug trafficker for the Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyva cartels, to 27 years in prison.

Federal District Court Judge Ronald Guzman sentenced the former narco on Wednesday, Zachary T. Fardon, the U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

Fernandez-Valencia was charged in a 2010 drug trafficking indictment along with 20 other co-conspirators

The plea deal, Fernandez-Valencia, whose operation centers were in Los Angeles, and Chicago,  pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. And admitted to operating a cocaine pipeline along with The infamous Flores twins who betrayed Chapo, Pedro and Margarito Flores. also read 'The Twins who betrayed Chapo" using this link)

The Flores brothers became cooperating informants and each received 14-year prison sentences after pleading guilty in 2012. (link to post of "Hollywood" the twins biggest customer")

The drug trafficking operation, involved using the support of the Beltran Leyva Organization and the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic vast amounts of narcotics into the U.S.

Mexican Mafia ‘cold-blooded,’hitman gets five life terms

Borderland Beat from San Antonio Express by Guillermo Contreras

A former enforcer for the Texas Mexican Mafia drew five consecutive life prison terms without parole Wednesday for his role in the killings of five people, including Balcones Heights Police Officer Julian Pesina.

Ruben “Menace” Reyes, 37, was deemed a threat to society by Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra, who took the unusual step of recommending that he serve his sentence at a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Administrative Maximum Facility houses or has housed many of the country’s most infamous criminals and terrorists. Heriberto Huerta, the San Antonio native who founded the Texas Mexican Mafia in prison in the 1980s, is serving life terms at that lockup, where inmates are isolated for most of their stay.

“I have looked for the good in this defendant and I have found very little,” Ezra said of Reyes. “Unfortunately, there is little to no hope in rehabilitation of this defendant. He has no conscience. … He poses a danger because of his propensity to murder.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

$11 Million Worth Of Heroin Seized In The Victor Valley

A tractor-trailer hauling $11 million dollars worth of heroin through the Victor Valley was busted by the California Highway Patrol Thursday morning.

CHP officer Robert Mendenhall told Victor Valley News he stopped the tractor-trailer for speeding on the northbound 15 freeway, north of Highway 395 in Hesperia at about 8am.

“Subsequently, I pulled out my k9 sniffed the exterior of the tractor-trailer, the dog alerted, the dog also then alerted inside the trailer. We then located a large quantity of narcotics inside the rear of the trailer mixed in with the load.,” Officer Mendenhall stated.

According to Mendenhall, they estimate the truck was transporting 100 kilograms of suspected heroin to the country of Canada before it was intercepted. The drug has an estimated street value of $11 million dollars.

Mexican police warns Zeta Magazine of a CJNG ordered attack

Mica for Borderland Beat material from   Zeta 
Israel Alejandro Vazquez Vazquez "El 50", was upset his photo appeared in Zeta

In 1988, Zeta co-founder Héctor Félix Miranda was killed. Co-founder Jesús Blancornelas survived a 1997 assassination attempt in which a bodyguard was killed. In 2004, editor Francisco Javier Ortiz was murdered…….

Mexican police told the staff of the Tijuana news weekly "Zeta" that a cartel member had ordered the paper's office be shot up in retaliation for publishing photographs of wanted  drug cartel members on its front page.

Zeta printed the photos of 10 wanted men on Friday. The paper, which has seen several staffers murdered by cartels, reported the threatened attack on Monday.

The threat came from one of the eight members of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation that appeared on the cover of ZETA,  in alliance with the Arellano Felix Cartel, waging war against the Sinaloa Cartel who have hijacked this northern border by their criminal actions. 

BCS: Violence Intensifies in Cabos

Yaqui for Borderland Beat Material from Octavio Dia, El Sudcaliforniano and Colectivo Pericue

Thirteen people have been executed and three others wounded in the last few days. The murders were
carried out by hitmen in Los Cabos and the city of La Paz.

The first shootout was on Friday afternoon on the federal highway between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, near the Guaymitas gas station resulting in the deaths of two men and the wounding of one woman. According to the first reports, the gunmen arrived and opened fire on the occupants of a white vehicle.

Personnel from The Urgent Services arrived and transported the victims. PGR confirmed that another man died at the hospital. That person was also in possession of spent cartridges from a 9 mm handgun. The location was cordoned off and the Detective Services began their initial investigation.
The night before two men were assassinated in a taqueria located in the neighborhood of Primero de Mayo in San Jose del Cabo. The victims were eating dinner when the gunmen burst in and shot them. The situation generated chaos

in the restaurant and the two men were on the floor. However, it is possible that the two victims were employed at the taqueria and another man who was wounded at the scene was transported for Urgent Care medical attention according to the PGR.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guerrero: No room in morgue freezers, bodies left in parking lot

The bodies of the 10 men executed yesterday found in the Chilpancingo area,  remain lying on the parking and entrance area of the Forensic Medical Service of the capital (Semefo), because there are no room in the morgue freezers. The weather in the city is averaging 81 degrees Fahrenheit.

The storage capacity has been exceeding capacity because of the runaway violence that has  plagued the region and reflects the failure of the federal security strategy that directs the Army to gain stability in the  state and assist municipal authorities to combat drug trafficking. All three government entities, have long been accused  of corruption and being in collusion with organized crime.

In the Semefo of Chilpancingo, which depends on the state Health Department, there are two cold storage units with the capacity to store 100 bodies each  and both are typically near or over capacity.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tijuana: "Chapito Trejo" armed wing of Los Chapito Uriarte executed in front of his family

Original article available at ZETA
Prior recommended reading: Chapito Uriarte arrested in Tijuana and Threats against Los Chapito Uriarte
Translated by El Wachito

Members of the Security Council of the State of Baja California confirmed that Juan Jose Trejo Gutierrez "El Chapito Trejo" known by the authorities as a criminal that belongs to a cell of drug traffickers from the Sinaloa Cartel identified as "Los Uriarte" was executed in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

 According to information from Sinaloa Press, the authorities from the State informed that last Saturday, November 26, around 11AM, Trejo was traveling in a Jetta with car plates from Baja California, in the Colonia Jardines de Fatima when we was executed.

The victim was traveling with his wife and three kids. The car stopped in front of a store, when an armed man unloaded his gun against him. In regards to the hit man , there are two versions, one that the sicario stopped in front of the vehicle and shot him, and another one that he shot him from car to car, however the authorities are still investigating.

Monday, November 28, 2016

'Only two powerful cartels left': rivals clash in Mexico's murder capital

Posted by DD republished from The Guardian

DD:  Most of the events and incidents included in this story have been reported in detail previously on Borderland Beat, but this story encapsulates the activity in one story.

 Amid a 10-year crackdown on cartels, the drug trade continues and factions have splintered – leaving Sinaloa and CJNG facing off in Colima state
Mexican soldiers walk next to the site of the incineration of more than 20 tons of cocaine in Manzanillo. Photograph: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images 
Standing guard at the scene of the crime, the two police officers surveyed the shattered glass and bullet-pocked bodywork of the Mercedes Benz hatchback and offered their analysis.

Nuevo Leon: 5 and 7 year old killed in baby shower gun attack

The government of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, offered a reward of one million pesos to anyone who provides information to assist locating those responsible for an attack with firearms against guests attending a "baby shower", where three people were killed, including a five and  seven year old.

Spokesman security and corruption, Aldo Fasci Zuazua, he said that according to initial investigations, problems from drug sales, provoked the attack which happened  at a home located between Mercurio and  Marte streets, in colonia Puerta  del Sol in the metropolitan municipality of Santa Catarina.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Culiacan: "Mayo's" Compadre Olegario Chaidez executed

Original article available at El Debate
Translated by El Wachito

A man that was standing next to a pick up truck by the entrance of the Asociacion de Charros of Culiacan, was executed by high powered assault rifles.

The unit where the man was killed at the moment of receiving gunshots was a Ford Lobo Raptor, gray color, with car plates FT-30-749 of the state of Durango.

More phantoms found in Duarte’s dealings

Posted by DD Republished from Mexico Daily News

 After uncovering phantom companies they're now finding phantom projects 

 First came the accusations that Veracruz governor-on-leave Javier Duarte had embezzled public funds through the creation of phantom companies.

Now the Federal Auditor’s Office (ASF) and the state comptroller have uncovered phantom projects.

In 2012 the state’s Finance Secretary obtained two loans valued at 1.3 billion pesos from the federal development bank Banobras and the infrastructure and security financing program known as Profise.

But an audit has found that of the 17 projects for which the funds were intended, four do not exist. The state reportedly spent close to 400 million pesos on them.

One was the Periférico Sur beltway in the state’s capital, Xalapa, whose completion was certified in 2012 by two state comptrollers.

Reported on paper as a 100% complete, construction of the 142-million-peso project never even began, reported the newspaper El Universal.

Sinaloa Cartel: Juarez Valley Leader “El Águila” arrested

The alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel operating in the city and the Valley of Juárez, identified as Rogelio HF alias “El Águila”, was arrested  by members of the State Preventive Police.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor, César Augusto Peniche,  said the arrest Friday night transpired while the suspect was  riding in a Chevrolet Trail Blazer, gray in color, model 2004, with registrations State of Durango, in the streets Sierra de Moncayo and Cordilleras Vienticas in Colonia Villa Bonita, in the border town.

He said there, the police officers secured a .308 mm caliber weapon, and  a box with 20 rounds of ammunition caliber .223 millimeters and four transparent wrappers containing a chemical with the characteristics of the drug known as crystal.

Peniche said the subject, 47, has investigations  on charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery in Durango.

Bloody Dawn in San Jose del Cabo, BCS

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat Material from El Sudcaliforniano, Colectivo Pericue,
BCS Noticias and  Zeta Tijuana

On Wednesday, Nov 23 the citizens of San Jose del Cabo, BCS awoke to the sound of gunfire and large weapons fire beginning at approximately 3:30 am. Loud explosions could be heard which turned out to be from machine guns and grenade launchers with M32A1 50 ammunition.

When it was over the toll stood at 8 dead, including 2 minors and a mother and child felled by explosive gunfire that hit their home. The initial report said 6 dead, however, 2 others died in a simultaneous attack nearby. The attacks appear to have been a premeditated, coordinated attack carried out by factions of rival drug cartels, which included a decoy incident that took the local security forces out of town by 35 kilometers. Security Forces responding to the Emergency Response Network chased a vehicle north on the road to Mireflores, which was shooting at them with a Cuerno de Chivo (AK47) and subsequently arrived at a scene with a vehicle engulfed in flames which had a plastic mannequin in the drivers seat.

Meanwhile, back in the town of San Jose del Cabo, gunmen fired what were apparently large automatic guns , (Cuernos de Chivos or AR15’s) and pummeled a two two story houses with 50 caliber mortars fired from grenade launchers as was ascertained later in the El Zacatel neighborhood. The two houses were known as drug trafficking locations.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tamaulipas: 11 Year old boy creates a "Bulletproof backpack" for school science project

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito

During the "Creativity and innovation state contest: ExpoCiencias Tamaulipas 2016",  organized by the Secretary of State Education, an 11 year old boy, named Juan David Hernandez Rojas, presented a project named "Security backpack", which was inspired on the violence that Reynosa currently suffers.

The kid assured that his creation could help his classmates and other kids to survive a firefight or prevent them from becoming victims of a crime, because "there is a lot of criminal activity" in his city, said the sixth grade student of the Lazaro Cardenas del Rio Elementary School.