Friday, February 5, 2016

Mexico wants to interrogate Kate Castillo about possible money laundering

Lucio R. Borderland Beat Material  from ABC News, Milenio and El Universal

The controversy is not over for the Mexico-US actress Kate del Castillo.

In January, Mexican newspapers revealed that investigations by  authorities indicated that the Castillo, the owner of "Honor" brand tequila , based in the U.S. state of Delaware.  Also  communications between  Castillo and  Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, revealed that Chapo  wanted to do business with the actress.

The respected Mexican newspaper, El Universal reported having access to documents showing that El Chapo poured money into Castillo’s company.   The company is a limited liability company established on September 10, 2014 under the registration number 5601359.

Prosecutors have ordered that actress Kate del Castillo be located and brought in for questioning about her encounters with drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexican officials said Thursday.

Authorities have been seeking to interview del Castillo for an investigation of possible money-laundering involving Guzman and the actress' tequila business, after last month's revelation that she helped broker a meeting between the capo and actor Sean Penn. She has not been accused of any crime.

Two security officials confirmed that federal prosecutors issued the order because the movie and telenovela star did not voluntarily appear before authorities to give a statement as requested. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BLO: U.S. Trial of El Mochomo is scheduled for February 16th

Lucio R with C. E. Martinez for Borderland Beat

Part 1 of 2: The history of BLO, and the United States 
case against Alfredo Beltrán Leyva

Legal Status
After attorneys for Alfredo Beltran Leyva aka ‘El Mochomo’ first pressed for a speedy trial, they then requested a delay to enter plea agreement discussions. 

The trial for the capo. is scheduled to commence on February, 16th at 10AM in Washington D.C. with Judge Richard J. Leon presiding.

Mayito Zambada/ChinoAntrax 
Government's exhibit list, witness list, and the parties' proposed voir dire questions and jury instructions due by this Friday.

It is the witness list that is the most anticipated pretrial action, for on the list it is expected to include one or more,  of the following cooperatives; Serafin Zambada, Vincente Zambada, Chino Antrax, Jesus Zambada Garcia (El Rey).  Serafin, Vincente, are sons of El Mayo Zamabada,  Jesus is his brother.  All are members of the Sinaloa Cartel, all in U.S. custody, and all having cut deals with the U.S. for favorable sentences.

Another legal status the four share, is they all four were removed from the Bureau of Prisons data base, their locations are confidential and it is assumed they are in the Witness Protection program.

The Beltrán Leyva Organization, (BLO) was founded in the early 70s by the four Sinaloa Beltrán Leyva brothers,  Alfredo, Arturo, Hector, and Carlos.  The brothers worked with, and had close ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, and Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, Alfredo married Chapo’s cousin.

In 2004 and 2005, Arturo Beltrán Leyva led powerful groups of assassins to successfully fight for trade routes in northeastern Mexico for the Sinaloa Cartel.

BLO: The case of the United States against Alfredo "El Mochomo" Beltran Leyva

Lucio R with C.E. Martinez for Borderland Beat

Part 2 of 2 : The case of the  United States  against Alfredo "El Mochomo" Beltran Leyva
Evidence of violence and use of weapons
Such evidence includes testimony from a Government witness who was in charge of the Alfredo’s personal security in Culiacan, Sinaloa, to ensure that Alfredo was not arrested or killed. The Government anticipates that this witness will testify to his/her first-hand knowledge of Alfredo regularly carrying a pistol for his protection from arrest or a rival cartel.

Also, this witness observed Alfredo, attending meetings with Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera in the mountains of Sinaloa, wearing a tactical vest containing grenades. Additionally, this witness is aware that, Alfredo had two support groups of armed men in Culiacan, with each group consisting of approximately 100 men who carried various types of high powered weapons, including AK-47s, AR-15s, bazookas and 50-caliber weapons. cartels. This witness is also aware that Alfredo traveled with a convoy of at least ten cars filled with gunmen for his security.

Presiding judge Richard J Leon
The Government also anticipates testimony from  cooperating witnesses, that will testify to the violence between the rival cartels. In particular, two members of the BLO  who were the chiefs of “sicarios” (or hitmen), “El Rayito” and “Wacho,” were in charge of kidnapping, interrogating and torturing enemies of Alfredo.

These enemies, were individuals from Tamaulipas or Nuevo Leon who were believed to be associated with the Zetas Cartel, or individuals from Chihuahua or Navolato who were believed to be associated with Vicente Carillo Fuentes’s Juarez Cartel

A cooperating witness will testify that he/she was present for meetings held by Alfredo each morning, in which “El Rayito” and “Wacho” would report to Alfredo,  who were kidnapped, interrogated, and tortured the night before. The witness will testify that Alfredo would further instruct the two chiefs,  as to whom of those taken by sicarios, to make “disappear”.

A government witness will present testimony, regarding “Los Numeros” group who controlled drug trafficking in Sonora. This witness is expected to testify that Alfredo’s brother, Arturo, instructed Alfredo, to bring the boss of “Los Numeros” to a meeting with Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, and Alfredo.

UN Panel Ruled That Nestora Salgado is a Political Prisoner

Posted by DD material from El Daily Post  
See footnote at the end of this story for previous BB coverage of Nestora 
The United Nation's  Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled that the detention and continued imprisonment Nestora Salgado by Mexican authorities was and is illegal and arbitrary.  The ruling was made in December, over a month ago, but only communicated to her lawyers yesterday (Tues. Feb. 2).  No explanation was given for the delay.

El Daily Post, reported today that the UN group said;

“In the first place, there is no doubt that the arrest and detention without charges is illegal and thus arbitrary."  Not only did the panel call the arrest arbitrary it said Mexico "should not only free her but also compensate her for the violation of her human rights.Furthermore, the military arresting civilians for presumed crimes when national security is not at risk is worrying.”  

with her husband in Washiington state
 Salgado grew up in Olinalá, a mountainous town of farmers and artisans in Guerrero.  She legally migrated to the US when she was 20 years old and settled in the Seattle area, married a US citizen, and ultimately applied for and was granted US citizenship.  

After making several trips back home to visit family in Olinala she became increasingly concerned about the lawlessness and cartel domination that her hometown was experiencing.  That concern and anguish reached a boiling point  a taxi driver was killed for not paying a "piso" (protection money) to a cartel.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Humberto Moreira retrieves his passport, allowed to leave Spain while awaiting trial

Lucio R. Borderland Beat
Passport in hand, Moreira leaves courthouse
In an abrupt change of mind and without explanation, Spanish prosecutor withdrew their appeal of judges decision, that allowed scandalous former Coahuila Governor, Humberto Moreira to post bail while awaiting trial. 

Prosecutors had vigorously objected to the decision by the court that would allow Moreira to regain his Mexican passport and leave Spain.  Deemed a ‘high flight risk” prosecutors pledged to fight the decision.

But, then they backed off that decision.

Moreira was granted bail on January 22nd.  He has since retrieved his passport and is expected to leave Spain, although when the question of his plans were proposed to him, Moreira said he was uncertain at this time what he would do, he claims it depends on his continuing education plans.

The money laundering case proceeds against him and is expected to be brought to jury trial.

If the former PRI Party national chief does leave Spain and refuses to return for trial, Spain would be forced to file an extradition request.

Eight people including 13 Y.O girl killed in string of shootouts in Tamaulipas

Posted by DD Republished from InformadorMx

A 13 year old child was killed Sunday  in a series of shootouts between gunmen and security forces that caused panic in the border city of Matamoros and resulted in the death of 7 presumed criminals as well as the little girl.  Authorities say she was at a crowded shopping mall with her parents when she was hit by a bullet fired by one of the suspects.  

"Unfortunately an underage girl, oblivious to the facts, was wounded by a bullet projectile fired by one of the criminals," the official coordination group said in a statement Tamaulipas , which integrates the security forces deployed in the region Northeast from Mexico.

She died while receiving medical attention.

 Clashes erupted in different parts of Matamoros, one of the most dangerous cities in Tamaulipas and stronghold of the Gulf Cartel.
Clashes erupted in different parts of Matamoros, one of the most dangerous cities in Tamaulipas and stronghold of the Gulf Cartel. - See more at:

The violence started Sunday afternoon when state police spotted a white SUV with Texas plates speeding and attempted a traffic stop.  The occupants of the SUV opened fire on the authorities and the police returned the fire.  Three suspects were killed.  No police were injured.

VIDEO:Police Flee As Sicarios Carry Out Execution

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
A video taken by a cell phone shows the complicity on the part of members of the Municipal Police of Escuinapa and the State Preventative Police with a group of armed men who execute a man from the community of Cristo Rey, located in the municipality of Escuinapa, Sinaloa, this past Wednesday.
The video shows how the victim is taken away from his home by at least two individuals and later three shots are heard.
Body of Elías Botello Constantino, dumped off of Mazatlán- Durango Hwy
Just before the homicide, agents belonging to the municipal and state preventative police are shown just outside the home, as they are fleeing the location and getting into their patrol vehicles as the armed sicarios arrive.
Moments later in the video, it is shown how two individuals take a man out of a house, then take him near one of the trucks, while the woman recording the video details what is happening.
The exact moment of the crime isn’t recorded because the phone is aimed across the street, but three gunshots are heard.  Immediately, the video aims back to where the trucks and sicarios are.
It was reported that the police have been arrested and brought before the public prosecutor.   
According to local media, the police chief stated in a news conference that six members, four of them state police, and two municipal police, have been detained and brought before the state attorney general to continue and investigate the case.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bloody weekend in Guerrero; Violence is spiraling

Posted by DD 

Yahoo News reported a teenager's quinceanera  on Saturday evening became the scene of a ghastly massacre in southern Mexico where nine people were fatally shot, including two minors, officials said on Monday. (a quinceanera is a Latino traditional birthday party for a young girl on her 15th birthday - a kind of coming out party)

Details are still scant and the exact number killed are not clear.   Governor Hector Astudillo.announced that 11 people were killed at the party, but investigators from the Attorney Generals office said they found only 9 bodies.

There are conflicting reports of exactly what happened.  Governor Astudillo said in his announcement  "There was a problem at a 15th birthday party, and according to the information we have, 11 people were killed".

Most of the Mexican press is reporting that two opposing groups of armed men met by chance at the location of the party and a balacera erupted between the 2 groups.  

BBC is reporting that the EFE news agency, citing family accounts, reported that the shooting could have started after a disagreement between two families who were attending the party.

To further confuse the issue of what happened is a report by Telesur that all of the bodies showed signs of torture and they were all shot in the head.   But that doesn't fit with a scenario of a quarrel between 2 families or a chance shoot-out between 2 rival gangs.

Hepefully the A/G will issue a statement soon as to what their investigation revealed. 

A report of the murders reached the authorities in the municipality (county seat) of  Coyuca de Catalán.  A convoy of 70 Federal Police, State Police and soldiers embarked on the hour long trip to Cundancito, a puebla of about 500 residents to verify the deaths and investigate what happened.

The Murders of 2 Families, Including A Baby, Shakes Oaxaca

Translated By Valor for Borderland Beat

In the first incident, registered in the municipality of Pinotepa Nacional, located along the oaxacan coast, a 24 year old merchant with his seven month old baby and wife were killed.

This family was outside of a shop when they were attacked by gunfire around 20:40 hours on Friday.

 The State Investigation Agency has carried out the corresponding investigations to find out the murderers of the family, the report said.

On that same night in the middle of the municipality of Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, another three person family was executed, including their 14 year old daughter.

The information from the SSPE said that the 40 year old man and the 14 year old died at the scene, while the mother was transferred to a hospital, where she died hours later.

So far, the Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca has not provided further details or the motives for these crimes.

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Violent January In Morelos

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

During the first month of the year, Morelos registered 44 violent murders, mostly related to the settling of scores and many blamed on criminal groups, including the murder of the mayor of Temixco, Gisela Mota Ocampo.

With everything and the imposition of the Mando Único (Unified Command), the executions were concentrated in 12 municipalities.  The victims included five women, three minors, and a policeman.

Cuernavaca registered 11 murders, Cuautla and Temixco registered five each; followed by Yautepec and Xochitepec with four, Amacuzac and Puente de Ixtla with two, as well as Miacatlán, Temoac, Tepalcingo, Ciudad Ayala and Coatlán del Río.

The most notable case was that of the PRD mayor of Temixco, Gisela Mota Ocampo, who was assassinated inside of her home in front of her family, 16 hours after taking office.

In Puente de Ixtla, located in the south of the state, an armed commando executed a policeman outside of his home.

In the neighborhood Satélite in Cuernavaca, armed individuals intercepted a family riding in a luxury car and shot them over 20 times, leaving three people dead, including two minors.

Also in the capital of the state, two butchers were killed inside their businesses in the town of Ocotepec, while in the neighborhood Sacatierra, a shootout was reported which left one person dead.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ciudad Victoria Tamaulipas: 828 Kilos of cocaine discovered in Transport truck

Lucio R. Borderland Beat from Reforma

The Federal Police (PF) said 828 kilograms of cocaine was discovered  in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, where the load was being transported in a truck. Sources said that two individuals, identified as Christian David Pizaña Aquilar, 30, Martinez and Jorge Nájera Martínez, 23, were arrested. 

The drug was hidden in containers with double bottom.

In conducting patrols, members of the PF noticed  that a truck was driving recklessly, even wandering into  the opposite lane. At kilometer 53 of 1085  Ignacio Zaragoza Road, at the junction with the road Victoria-Monterrey (La Aurora), the officers pulled over the vehicle  for review. 

When the police asked the driver, Pizaña Aguilar, was where he was going and what was he transporting, he appeared shaky and nervous. He replied that he was coming from Veracruz carrying empty containers, on route to Monterrey.

The vehicle and its crew, were moved to the premises of the Federal Police in Ciudad Victoria. In presence of authority ministerial the containers were inspected and found that 20 were empty.

However, upon further inspection, they found 734 packages of cocaine, under the false bottoms, wrapped with plastic duct tape, about 828 kilos 998 grams of cocaine in total. 

BLO Boss 'El 2000' captured in Guasave, Sinaloa

Lucio R. Borderland Beat material from El Debate and BB

Francisco Hernández García, alias El 2000 or El Panchín , a leader of  Beltran Leyva Organization, was arrested in Guasave, Sinaloa.  He was the replacement for Hector Beltran Leyva.

He was on the list of targeted criminal priorities, identified by the Mexican Government.

He was in charge of drug trafficking to the U.S. from the States of, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi, Coahuila and Sonora.

Francisco along with his brother,  Jose Manuel Hernandez Garcia, are also wanted in the disappearance of journalist Alfredo Jimenez Mota a reporter for El Imparcial, who vanished in April 2005.

In 2007, in the city of Cananea Sonora, he is suspected of leading a shootout which left 23 dead, including 5 police. Two other police were found badly tortured.

Details of the arrest have not been made public at this time.
Jimenez Mota

Secretive operation nets dozens of Sinaloa cartel members

DEA, FBI, BP, ICE were all a part of this, "Operación Mexicana Diablo Exprés"...

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's cartel took another massive hit over the weekend after dozens of its members were arrested in a secretive cross-border operation, officials said. It's unclear, however, if Guzman's recent arrest had anything to do with the unusual operation by Mexican and American officials.

The highly secretive, daylong law enforcement operation around the Arizona border with Mexico resulted in the arrest of two dozen alleged high-level members of the Sinaloa, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tijuana: Portrait of an Encobijado

Portrait of an Encojibado
(contains graphic images)

January 2014:

The floor is dirty and stained, cigarettes stubbed out into the cold hard concrete, smoked to the end by murderers and enforcers, inhaling and talking casually, dressed in jeans and sneakers, as the life was choked from 'El Sureno.  One of the men present texted his wife, 'I just want you to know that I love you guys, and I am only going to kill one more, I have never killed anyone who didn't deserve it, I'll see you later'.  Juan Castro-Navarro, the man mentioned above, had been under investigation by Homeland Security agents since early 2013, who were intercepting his communications.  In November, HSI agents received a title III wire intercept on Castro-Navarro's phone.  Within 30 days they had seized 30 pounds of meth, and 2 pounds of heroin, in Ontario, CA.
Luis Fernando Torres Baltzar, "El Suereno'

I wrote about the sentencing and backstory of Juan Castro Navarro last summer, Castro-Navarro, revealed at his sentencing texted gleefully and ironically, about a man at his feet, being strangled to death in a grimy Tijuana stash house.  He couldn't be tried for the murder that happened in Mexico, in early 2014, but the District judge used it to enhance his sentence, saying Castro-Navarro had become a monster.  A newspaper article and the intercepted text messages were shown at the sentencing.  The images have been released by Zeta, and is a grim portrait of the life, handcuffs and barren safe houses, stench of death and stale beer, in cigarette smoke and urine from the victim.