Saturday, December 16, 2017

Government Alleges Attorney of passing messages on El Chapo's behalf

 By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

he government filed a motion seeking to delay production of discovery that would identify government witnesses because of unspecified “security concerns.”  Eduardo Balarezo, attorney for Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, responded saying that delaying production would violate his client’s right to due process,  and the ability to defend himself. The government in turn replied with an incredible accusation, saying that Balarezo had contacted potential witnesses and that he had passed on messages from his client, and that one of the people spoken with took the message as a threat. The letter below denies unequivocally the government’s “baseless allegations”.

It is permissible for defense attorney’s to contact possible witnesses.  Balarezo did reach out to persons that are possible witnesses, all agreed to meeting him…except one. One wonders how it is possible El Chapo could even give a threatening message to pass on to anyone, since he does not have the privilege of speaking to his attorney in private or contact visits.

Alleged Mistress of El Chapo Back in Court in D.C.

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Debate

"La Chapa Diputada "/ "El Chapo" Guzman Loera
Dec 13, 2017

Judge Rudolph Contreras of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia in the US capital postponed for the second time the judicial hearing of Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, former congresswoman from Sinaloa who has been imprisoned in the United States since the end of August on charges of drug trafficking .
As in the judicial hearing last October, Sánchez López appeared in the courtroom in the orange prison suit, her hair was pulled back on the  right side and the  twitch in her eyes was very visible. As on previous occasions, she did not speak during the five minutes that the audience lasted, and she followed through a simultaneous translation device.
Her attorney, Heather Shaner, did not object to the prosecution's request to postpone the court hearing for another 60 days until February 13, 2018 given the "complexity" of the case.

Friday, December 15, 2017

San Diego: The fentanyl gateway

San Diego: Fentanyl Gateway

Tijuana is quietly the entry point for most of the fentanyl in the county, as the heroin crisis rages from the Bronx to quiet midwestern towns, and across San Diego, relapsed addicts found nonresponsive in their childhood bedrooms.  It's a deeply personal story for some, the children or parents of addicts, for whom the news of major arrests and seizures don't matter as much as the less than a tenth of a gram that their loved one ingested.

Last summer, a DEA operation resulted in the arrest of a Lemon Grove woman, the daughter of the former mayor (Of Lemon Grove, Marry Sessom Baker) one Anna Baker, 31 years old.  She was in possession of 44 kilos of fentanyl, trafficked from Tijuana, and assumedly awaiting transshipment to Los Angeles, and further points east.  

At that time, it was the largest seizure of fentanyl in San Diego county, and likely the country, as San Diego has been the premier corridor of fentanyl trafficking. It is up almost 900% percent from 2015, which resulted in a handful of seizures, to a more routine standard of dozens of kilos.  Authorities have seized over 540 kilos in 2017.

Mexico's most sinister serial killers + Otis list of the worst cartel killers

Written and Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Noreste article

Subject Matter: Mexico's most notorious serial killers and Cartel killers
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

A record of the history of impulsive men and women with a cruel impulsion of death ( Otis: plus a selection of the worst killers from Cartels, who for some reason don't make this articles list, despite killing sometimes for pleasure, when it was not required ).

Reporters: Infobae and Otis B Fly-Wheel
He was called El Chalequero. He killed 20 women in eight years. All prostitutes that he beat, strangled and decapitated in the central zones of Mexico City. He was compared with "Jack the Ripper", because they were contemporaneous and he was the first serial killer registered in this country.

His history is contained in the first of four volumes of the "Red Book", edited by the Foundation for Economic Culture (FCE), that is a compilation of the crimes and criminals in Mexico's history, but it is not unique.

There was before, another Red book, published in 1870 by liberal writers such as Vincente Riva Palacio, Manuel Payno and presumably even Manuel Zarco, who made a compilation of the most famous crimes of his times.

Since then, the Red Book has been a strong element in the information on offer from Mexico, of the serial killers and the main protagonists. Through the recounting of crimes and murders, both of the individuals, and the collective ones that shake us by waves, it is possible to narrate a chronicle of the country, wrote the journalist and playwright Vincente Lenero in the prologue of the first volume of the Red Book in 2008.

The second series of "El Chapo" on Netflix

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

Subject Matter: Second series of "El Chapo" on Netflix
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Columba Vertiz De La Fuente
This 15th of December, Netflix will launch a second fictional series of El Chapo, created by Silvana Aguirre Zegarra and Carlos Contreras, and produced by Daniel Posada.

It will see Joaquin El Chapo Guzman represented by the Mexican actor Marco de la O in his first escape from prison, and will reveal the key role played by "the corrupt government" to help him rise above the heads of the opposing cartels, according to a statement from the American platform.

The chapters will show the consequences of their search for the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well as the impact that these organizations have on the lives of their closest neighbors, such as their families.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ioan Grillo: Mexico's New, Deadlier Crime Warlords

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: US News and World Report

Photo By: Alejandro Cegarra for  USN&WR
A community police officer watches a family run for cover during a shootout between security forces and drug cartel suspects in Buenavista, Guerrero state. 

By: Ioan Grillo, Contributor
Dec. 8, 2017 Chilpancingo, Guerrero Mexico

In this tepid capital of the Mexican state of Guerrero, government security spokesman Roberto Alvarez describes the complexity of the local crime map, from its Sierra Madre mountains to its Pacific coast.

Going north to the mineral-rich city of Iguala, he says, the area is dominated by gangsters who call themselves the "Guerreros Unidos," or Warriors United, a fragment of the older Beltran Leyva cartel, which is a break-off from the more notorious Sinaloa cartel. Turning west from Iguala, the highway then crosses into the territory of the so-called La Familia cartel, led by a local mobster nicknamed "El Guero" or Whitey, who is reported to be barely in his 20s.

This cell of La Familia is also battling a splinter group known as the "Tequileros" (the Tequila drinkers), which dominates a mountainous area above the highway that is known for heroin production. Fighting between these two groups as well as government forces has caused many residents to abandon their homes, leaving phantom villages.

Following the highway south, the road then twists into the domain of the "Caballeros Templarios," or Knights Templar, a once-mighty cartel that has been largely destroyed but has a few surviving outposts. Alvarez rattles off these groups before even beginning to describe the half dozen groups fighting over the state capital Chilpancingo and the sprawling seaside resort city of Acapulco.

"It's a very complicated crime environment, and this makes it difficult to keep order," says Alvarez, who sits at meetings every few days with regional commanders of the army, marines and police forces combating the cartels. "We have to track multiple organizations fighting each other all over the state. The many frontlines lead to a very high number of homicides."

Battles among this plethora of crime groups has made Guerrero one of the most violent states in Mexico this year, with more than 1,900 murders from January to the end of October in a population of 3.3 million. Guerrero boasts a murder rate that is six times higher than that of Louisiana, the U.S. state with the highest rate of murder in 2016.

Similar frontlines between splintered cartels cut through large swaths of Mexico, from the 2,000-mile border with the U.S. to the Caribbean coast. Mexico's so-called drug war now involves dozens of crime groups fighting each other in multiple battles crisscrossing the country.

This cartel fragmentation is one of the key reasons that Mexico is suffering a new high in overall violence. The nation's total body count has topped 20,800 in the first 10 months of 2017, the highest number this century.

Tepic, Nayarit: 3 Bodies Hanging from Bridge w Narco Manta

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Debate

Dec13, 2017

Tepic, Nayarit: Three dead bodies were found early this morning suspended off a bridge over the roadway near the route to Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Accompanying the bodies and also hanging from the bridge was a narco manta signed by "Los Mazatlecos"; a cartel cell affiliated with the Beltran Leyvas.

The cadavers were semi nude and hanging by their necks. The local authorities reacted quickly after recieving a 911 call alerting them to the sighting at approximately 6 am. Municipal and State Police went to the scene, which was causing much commotion, then Firemen and Civil protection units responded to remove the corpses while the area was cordoned off.

El F-1, alleged CdG plaza boss of Zacatecas arrested

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

Subject Matter: Francisco Noe Gonzalez Ramirez, El F-1
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The National Commission for Security informed that Federal Forces detained on Tuesday, Francisco Noe Gonzalez Ramirez, El F-1, alleged plaza boss for CdG in Zacatecas.

In a communication, the organization detailed that the narco trafficker was apprehended in a house localized in the town of Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit.

The alleged capo was detained after intense intelligence work that managed to get his precise location and identity, and establish a mobilization zone to carry out the operation.

The CNS detailed that with the information compiled and analyzed they notified the Federal Ministerial Authorities, who issued an arrest warrant from a judge specializing in searches, arraignments and intervention communications.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7 die and transport stopped in Guerrero due to threats from La Familia Michoacana

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

Subject Matter: La Familia Michoacana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Jesus Guerrero
Chipancingo: No less that seven people, among them a Municipal Commander and a Ministerial Agent, were assassinated today in the state of Guerrero. Also before the threats of the criminal group of La Familia Michoacan, public service transport was suspended in the towns of Acapetlahuaya and Teloloapan.

A spokesman for the Coordination Group of Guerrero, Roberto Alvarez, said the service had been discontinued since Monday. During Saturday and Sunday, several public transport buses that cover this area had been assaulted.

This Sunday, a threat was announced in social networks warning bus drivers to stop working. The population has also been asked to refrain from moving to or from the towns of Acapetlahuaya, Teloloapan and Buena Vista del Aire.

Attorney General of Tamaulipas offers reward for the capture of three organized crime capos

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

Subject Matter: Capos of CdG, Tamaulipas Government
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The Attorney General of Justice of Tamaulipas has offered up to 2 million pesos reward to whomever gives information leading to the capture of three alleged bosses of criminal groups, for their alleged responsibility in the crimes of extortion and criminal association.

They are: Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, El Pelochas or El M 28, Humberto or Steven Loiza Mendez Betillo, Betito, and Petronilo Moreno Flores, El Panilo.

In a communication: the Attorney General informed that in the towns of Reynosa and Rio Bravo there have been wanted posters put up with the faces of the alleged criminals. All three have attributed the responsibility for acts of violence in towns of Reynosa and Rio Bravo for the control of criminal activities.

Image from Epoca Violenta


Monday, December 11, 2017

Aguila 7 of Los Zetas Old School, captured in Ciudad Victoria

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Tamaulipas Government press release

Subject Matter: Jorge Luis Torres Barron, Zeta Aguila 7
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas:
In an action carried out by elements of the Marines, Jorge Luis Torres Barron, alias Zeta Aguila 7, signalled as a member of a criminal group has been operating in Ciudad Victoria carrying out extortion of truck drivers and drug dealers, informed the coordination group for Tamaulipas.

During his arrest, authorities confiscated a van, 2 packets and 162 doses of a herb with the characteristics of marijuana, as well as 46 doses of white powder and 13 doses of rock, as well as an AK47 assault rifle, a pistol, spare magazines and ammunition, which were put at the disposition of the PGR.

The detained, signalled as a member of a criminal organization, was also being sought by the PGJ of Tamaulipas, who had arrest warrants against him for the crimes of extortion and criminal association, regarding his dedication in Ciudad Victoria to extorting drivers on transport routes.

With actions such as this, the Group for Coordination in Tamaulipas reaffirm their commitment to the recuperation of law and order and peace in the state of Tamaulipas, with the support of the armed forces and in collaboration with state and municipal authorities.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Morelos State Police claim they never heard the screams or cries of women or children at Temixco, El Senor de la V promises revenge

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

Subject Matter: Temixco Massacre
Recommendation: see link to original report on events

Reporter: Milenio Redaction
The State Police that participated in the confrontation in Temixco with members of an alleged band of criminals, in which four women died, a minor of 13 years old and a baby of three months, related that they heard no shouts or voices of women or children that would have alerted them that they were inside.

"If someone had said there were children, today would be a different history", said one of the uniformed officers interviewed by Carlos Puig for Milenio TV.

The gun fight that happened with the people of Jose Alberto Valdez, known as El Senor de la V, and alleged leader of a cell of the CJNG, with links to the Beltran Leyvas, who had been detained on two occasions, but set free with judicial orders.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Acapulco suspends classes until January 8th due to wave of violence in outlying neighborhoods

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo            


In some areas of Acapulco there is no public transport and classes were suspended in 14 schools in the area, where teachers and parents agreed to return January 8, 2018. Also, Ciudad Renacimiento, Mozimba, Progreso including UAG schools chose to suspend activities due to insecurity.

By Jacob Morales Antonio

Guerrero / Mexico City, December 9 (ElSur / SinEmbargo) .- The wave of violence that began last Tuesday in the Sinaí neighborhood spread and affected 28 surrounding neighborhoods where there is no public transportation, and caused the suspension of classes of 14 schools in the area where teachers and parents agreed to return their children January 8, 2018.

10 days after the holidays began, the schools yesterday looked empty and closed, without any notice on their doors. But they are not the only ones, other schools of Ciudad Renacimiento, Mozimba, Progreso and even the Autonomous University of Guerrero (UAG) also opted to suspend classes due to insecurity.

On a tour of Sinaí and other surrounding neighborhoods, El Sur noted the closure of the buildings, located in areas populated by Afro-descendant and indigenous migrants from Costa Chica and Montaña del Estado, who work in hotels, shopping centers, or sell handicrafts on the beaches.

20 Years of Impunity: The Attack on Blancornelas and Zeta

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ZETA

Tijuana BC: November 27, 1997
By: Jesus Blancornelas
Nov 27, 2017

I will never forget it. The suit and tie. Mustache trimmed well. Thick lips. Flattened nose. Brown. Dark brown glasses with silver, yuppie hairstyle. No more than 35 years old. Sitting in the back of the new dark green car. He lowered the electronically controlled window. Pistol in hand, he stuck  out his arm, stiffly. I saw him when he pointed at us and started firing. The outbursts stunned me. The surprise did not give me time to be scared. My dread. Ten minutes before, when leaving home, the usual "we'll see you " to my wife. I climbed into the Explorer truck.

 "Good morning," I said to Valero,  as he opened the door and I climbed into the vehicle."Good morning," Luis replied. His hands were on the wheel. I threw my briefcase into the backseat and the holster with a Beretta gun . I should have carried it in my hand, but I did not expect that precisely that day we would be attacked. 

Valero offered himself kindly as an escort six months before that November 27, 1997 day. When I published something in April I felt the threat of danger, he left his modest but quiet tow truck business to protect me. That morning, as always, he had his loaded gun under his right thigh, at hand. Days before I saw how he fired. We went to the shooting range. He taught me how to fire a gun. How to hold it, stretching the arm, aiming, and teaching me when to pull the trigger. 

Said Luis Valero: "Do it until you feel better."

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mireles: The Government Betrayal

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

Subject Matter: Mexican Government, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
Towards the first decade of the 21st Century, organized crime expanded its crime spectrum in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan. Not only did it keep the region ravaged by the violence associated with drug trafficking, but with extortion's, kidnappings and rape.... Unprotected by the authorities, and fed up with the wave of death and abuse, several Michoacan communities took up arms to face the executioners. A central figure in that movement, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde tell the details of it in his book, Todos Somos Autodefensas. The awakening of a sleepy town, which also tells how the Federal Government betrayed its commitments to the Auto-defensas, to the point of even imprisoning the community. We print a fragment from the book, with the authorization of Grijalbo.

On April the 14th of 2013, the disarming of the Auto-Defensa Groups was planned and organized for May 10th, by an agreement that took place in the space now occupied by the Ceferso # 17 Tierra Caliente. During the meeting, I told Federal Commissioner, (Alfredo Castillo Cervantes): How is it possible that you are planning disarmament for May 10th if we still have Auto-Defensa prisoners, if the rule of law in Michoacan is still not restored, if we still do not have a fair distribution of justice in the state of Michoacan, if we still do not have efficient public security in Michoacan?

"By May 10th, I will have it resolved", was his response. All your imprisoned Auto-Defensas will be released; all the leaders of the cartel and their people, their Sicarios will be arrested. You are going to have a fair dispensation of justice; you are going to have efficient public security, because you are going to be public security, you yourselves are going to be backed up in large areas from the Armed Forces of the nation and the State. On one side, you are going to be forming part of the State Rural Police, on the other side they will form part of the Defensas Rurales of Sedena.