Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From the Sinaloa truce, to the empowerment of the CJNG

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

Subject Matter: Sinaloa Cartel, CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

In the study of the project Justice in Mexico at the University of San Diego, the struggle between the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel has been analyzed, for control of the zones and routes for narco trafficking has led to a 20% increase in homicides in 2016. Augmented by the poor socio-economic conditions in Mexico and the heroin epidemic in the United States, investigators urge that the drugs problem is a problem of public health.

Reporter: Ines Garcia Ramos
The dispute for the territory controlled by Joaquin "El Chapo Guzman" against the CJNG in alliance with other organizations against the Sinaloa Cartel in different regions of Mexico, is one of the causes for the rise in homicides in the last few years.

David Shirk, Director of the program Justice in Mexico, spoke with Zeta about this and other announcements in the annual report "Violence and narco trafficking in Mexico", after his presentation in the University of San Diego.

Justice in Mexico started in 2001 as an investigative initiative to study the systems of justice in Mexico. Since then it has evolved into a study of public politics that could reduce the levels of crimes and violence.

Monday, April 24, 2017

“Don’t Back Down, Give It Your Best”: Mireles Says In Regards To His Struggle for Freedom

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Morelia, Michoacán – Dr. José Manuel Mireles Valverde, who was the spokesman for the nonactive Autodefensa Council of Michoacán and the leader of the autodefensas in Tepalcatepec, sent out an audio that was shared by his family in which he states: “Don’t back down, give it your best,” this, in regards to their struggle for Mireles to be liberated.

The material lasts for 1:29 seconds, in it, you can hear Mireles say verbatim:

“I am José Manuel Mireles Valverde, from the CEFERESO of Tepic, Nayarit, reiterating my faith and my confidence to the team that is preparing for my release, the best way possible.”

“Mainly to the Citizens’ Movement, Dante Delgado, Manuel Antúnez, Daniel Moncada, and to my lawyer, Ignacio Mendoza Jiménez.  We know how difficult it is for them to help me get out of my situation and we know that they are really giving it their best.”

“Therefore, from this channel, I reiterate my gratitude and I invite everyone to give it their best, to not back down, I am holding up and I know that they are giving it their best, this is my greeting and a strong brotherly embrace to everyone.”

Source: Cambio De Michoacán

5 towns have the worst dispute for control in Tamaulipas

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article with additional picture from the Borderland Beat archive.

Subject Matter: Cartel del Golfo, Los Zetas
Recommendation: See link to article by BB reporter DD on recent events in Tamaulipas

Reporter: Ruben Mosso and Ignacio Alzaga
After the blows given by the Federal Forces to the Cartel del Golfo and to Los Zetas, the violence has not ceased in Tamaulipas, because ten criminal cells of different organizations are disputing for control of the State, a war that is concentrated on five towns.

The disputes are centred on Nuevo Laredo, Tampico, Ciudad Reynosa, Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria.

At the end of the 90's decade, the ex leader of the Cartel del Golfo, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, El mata Amigos, or the friend killer, gave birth to a structure that impacted the nation, because the new armed wing he created, Los Zetas, changed the panorama of organized crime.

At least 35 killed in drug violence across Mexico: officials

Posted by DD Republished from Reuters

Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, Uriel Sanchez in Guerrero, Jesus Bustamante in Sinaloa, Tamara Corro in Veracruz,; Editing by Michael O'Boyle, Grant McCool and Chris Reese

At least 35 people killed in Mexico in different incidents of drug gang violence over the weekend; 12 of the deaths took place in El Chapo's Sinaloa state - Representational imageREUTERS/Henry Romero
At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011.

In Sinaloa state, twelve people were killed in different incidents during the early hours of Sunday, according to local officials.

Battles between gangs have increased in the area following the arrest last year of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was extradited in January to the United States.

Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico's west coast state of Michoacan.

The shootout took place Saturday in an isolated village of the municipality of Churumuco, which borders on Guerrero state, where eight bodies were found on the main street and another in the nearby sierra, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The expansion and threats of CJNG in Tijuana

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, Tijuana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The criminal families of Los Arzate and Los Uriate have united in a bid to contain the expansion of the CJNG in the East zone of Tijuana, which has resulted in a war, 443 people have been asassinated in four months. Operating with impunity, the cartels have initiated a campaign of intimidation against Police Chiefs, which they have done publicly with narco mantas.  The protagonists in this criminal struggle have no arrest warrants against them, even on the part of the PGJE of Baja California.

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
There had been an accord between the Cartels of Sinaloa, CJNG, and Arellano Felix. In Tijauana they had divided it up into various zones, but the CJNG have unilaterally changed and have started to move their marijuana and crystal meth through every zone in the City; recently the crews from he Sinaloa Cartel, the brothers Arzate Garcia "El Aquiles" and "La Rana", and Los Uriate have been operating separately confronting each other, they have temporarily combined to recoup the criminal activities, in the delegations of Los Pinos, La Presa, in East Tijuana and Sanchez Taboada. These are the thoughts of a member of the State Counsel for Public Security in order to explain the wave of executions that has shook the City, and the co locations of the Narco manta threats left on bodies.

Not being a major aside, in territorial terms, the jewel in the criminal crown in the delegation of Sanchez Taboada, where for the last three years, the CJNG established its illicit centre of criminal operations.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Federales Kill leaders of CDG and Zetas this Morning; Reynosa Burning

Published by DD with material from El Manana, Valor Por Tamaulipas, Milenio
Most photos from Twitter  
Thanks again to Tu Fren for the tip.  More details as they come in

El Toro and burned out bus
Federal Forces elements killed Juan Manuel Loaiza Salinas alias "El Toro" (CDG) and "Pancho" Carreón (Zeta) during an operation that triggered the burning of trucks, homes and some businesses.

At 2:30 today, elements of the Navy began a series of operations where the leader of the criminal group operating on this border was killed during the fighting.

Throughout the city were recorded blockades and burning vehicles, as a result of the death of "El Toro " and "Pancho" Carreón.

Pancho Carreon
  The government of Tamaulipas announced the death of 'El Toro' and 'Pancho' Carreón during a confrontation in Reynosa.

In his Twitter account, the state government published: 'In Tamaulipas, Federal Forces confirm that after fighting with criminals, the delinquents 'El Toro' and 'Pancho' Carreon (sic) died.

Government Tamaulipas


In Tamaulipas, Federal Forces confirm that after confrontations with criminals, the delinquents "El Toro" and "Pancho" Carreon died.
08:34 - 22 Apr 2017

One of the dead, Francisco Carreón, 'Pancho Carreón', was identified by authorities as leader of a cell of the self-styled 'Cartel de los Zetas Vieja Escuela'.

Julián Loisa Salinas, better known as 'El Toro', was designated as head of the Gulf cartel in Reynosa.  Attempts by the police to capture him on several occasions led to several clashes with the criminal organization.

amazing how a pair of glasses changes his appearance

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fifth Communicator Assassinated in Mexico in Less Than Two Months

Photo: Raúl Pérez / Proceso

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Journalist and activist Juan José Roldán, 36, became the fifth journalist killed in the last two months after his body was found with signs of torture on a dirt road in the state of Tlaxcala, the Union of Tlaxcala Journalists (UPET) reported.

Members of the UPET reported that Roldán’s body was discovered Sunday morning in the municipality of Calpulalpan, when the 911 emergency service reported finding a man without vital signs.

Therefore, UPET demanded a transparent and immediate investigation to punish those responsible, and in agreement with the state attorney general’s office (PGJE), they have already begun work to clarify the incident.

Juan José Roldán

On April 14, another communicator in charge of the police section of a blog in Baja California Sur was assassinated, while in March, the murder victims were Journalist Ricardo Monlui in Veracruz, Cecilio Pineda in Guerrero, and Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua.  In addition, the reporter and director of the newspaper La Opinión de Poza Rica, Armando Arrieta Granados, was seriously injured after being shot in Veracruz, as he is still in recovery.  None of the above cases have been solved yet.

Regarding Veracruz, the state continues to be the one that poses the greatest danger to journalists, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (ONU-DH) in Mexico.

Corruption at a Level of Audacity ‘Never Seen in Mexico’

Posted by DD Republished from New York Times

By Elisabeth Malkin
Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, was escorted by the police after his arrest in Guatemala over the weekend. He disappeared in October, a week before a judge issued an arrest warrant on charges of organized crime and embezzlement. Credit Danilo Ramirez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
 MEXICO CITY — When the authorities caught up with him at a lakeside hotel in Guatemala this past weekend, Javier Duarte, a fugitive former Mexican governor, went quietly.

Less than a week earlier, the Italian police had surrounded another former Mexican state governor, Tomás Yárrington, as he finished dinner at a restaurant on a Florentine piazza, ending his five years on the run.

At least three other former Mexican state governors are missing, and more than a half-dozen are under investigation or fighting prosecution on corruption charges. Whatever the accusations, the governors in this rogues gallery share at least one trait: All behaved as if they were untouchable.

“The decades of impunity have generated a level of audacity and absurdity that we have never seen in Mexico,” said Max Kaiser, an anticorruption expert at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a research organization.

This excess is more public than ever, pushing Mexicans to a boiling point.

Empowered citizens, transparency laws and a freer media are now exposing the schemes that governors have used to siphon public funds for their private use. But though the scrutiny has produced mounting evidence of misdeeds, the governors have rarely faced justice.

Governors, who like presidents serve one six-year term, control state legislatures, state auditors and state prosecutors — a dominance that gives them the power of a modern potentate.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Javier Duarte de Ochoa told Guatemala that he could not hire a defense lawyer, since he did not have 'the financial resources to do so'

Posted by DD some material republished from Sin Emgargo

By DD for Borderland Beat

Let the Games Begin;  The ex-Chancellor or Guatemala issued a statement that Duarte could have been deported in one day, just as Chapo was in 1993 for entering the country illegally if Mexico had really wanted him.  Mexico initiated the extradition process (which Duarte is fighting for now) which stopped the deportation.   You have to ask why Mexico would want his return slowed.  (Possibly it is an "election detention") 

But things may not be going exactly as Duarte had envisioned. Between his capture on Saturday night and his first audience on Wednesday, Javier Duarte's trek in Guatemala is a sequence of unthinkable scenes before he escaped in October.

"After having humiliated so many women, karma comes to Javier Duarte, who in Guatemala was booed by the prisoners of Mara Salvatrucha and comes out in handcuffed photos, lying on the ground," says the reporter Veracruz.  These are the same prisoners he will be incarcerated with.  

 Before his hearing, Duarte was not well either 'fired' by other detainees. In a video shared by Víctor Hugo Michel, editorial director of El Financiero Bloomberg TV, maras and narcotraficantes shout: 'Son of the great whore!'.  Surrounded by reporters, police, prison guards and other officials, one of the detainees reached through the crowd and "zapped" Duarte on the back of the head.

Tijuana: Two burned bodies thrown in river channel

Two burned bodies thrown in river channel 

The sun's gaze burns down across the city, in the height of it's power and heat, above two smoldering bodies, which lay across the concrete of the Alamar river channel.  The two were discovered this morning, dropped off sometime in the late night or early morning. 

Tossed from a vehicle, likely a truck, where they were thrown into the bed, and then thrown across the small wall, the charred ash of their singed, deformed flesh, leaving deep black marks across the white concrete, ash mixing with dust, dirt, and dancing in the wind, a scent of cooked flesh in the air. 

How do you burn a body? Still alive? Why do you burn a body?  Concealment? Message?  Doused in gasoline, then lit with a cigarette, lighter, or tossed on a fire, made from tires and pallets, in an industrial area, stash house, sweat stained hands shaky with crystal, pistols in their waists, smoke infesting their hair and clothes, sweatshirts and jeans.  

What temperature does flesh melt at?  Skin charred to a crisp, a flaky black replacing the softness of skin, that which our bodies are wrapped in.  Stained, scarred, damaged, bruised reflections of ourselves, and our lives.  The hands with which we touch others, how we make connections, show respect, kindness, intimacy, love, the lips which touch others to show affection, physical efforts of our thoughts. 

The nose, the mouth how we taste, how we smell, how we indulge in meals, with family, friends, alone, how we communicate, how we share our memories, thoughts, goodbyes.  And eyes, the eyes, which betray our true intentions and feelings, which we see our lives through, the lives of our loved ones, and eyes that have seen horrors.  Hands that have committed them.  

An unbearable heat, the deformation of our faces and flesh, infecting our bodies, filling our nostrils with smoke, taking our sight and our touch, and our taste, and leaving a blackness, a void of humanity.  A place where bodies are burned, a place where men know how to burn a body, watch as the first traces of black flesh appear across a face, a sight that have seen before.  

A void that will consume you, consume me, alone, in the earliest and darkest hours of morning, and you wonder what matters, adrift, you lose yourself in that place, and you wonder what the screams sounded like, who heard them, and where their children are, and how they were children once, who played and laughed, gazed the way children do at adults...

Sources: AFN Tijuana 

Tijuana: Morning brings narco mantas across the city

Narco Mantas hung across the city

The banners hang in the sun's earliest light, gently swaying in the light breeze, it is not an uncommon sight in Tijuana. A striking contrast of beauty, the awe of sunrise, and the ugliness that lurks within it, written out in black letters across white cloth. Threats, taunts, information, accompanied by battered, beaten, bloodied bodies of men, and women, often in handcuffs, bound at the wrists, gray and black tape across their mouths, telltale signs of torture.  

The banners went up in Lazaro Cardenas, in Otay Mesa, another on a pedestrian bridge in Zona Rio. Found in Zona Rio was a black trash bag, assumed to be human remains, blood, sticking and smearing the inside of the bag.  The message was addressed to Jose Maria Gonzalez Martinez, the Deputy Attorney General of the Attorney General's office dedicated to organized crime.  

The message accuses Martinez of working with "lacras", (La Rana and Aquiles) and failing his obligations to the messages sender, who released a kidnapping victim, he had apparently been given permission to take.  It's signed by Enrique Andrade, likely dead, as it's signed "I hate you in hell", the message seems to be assigning blame to Martinez for the death, and more importantly publicly announcing his ties to Los Aquiles.  

Banners are likely from CTNG, who have locked onto Aquiles, leaving mantas and body parts across the cities, as shootings occur on a daily basis across the colonias which are the forefront of the battle in Tijuana.  Sunrises and sunsets across a city, with each day there is another message, another body wrapped with tape, executions in Sanchez Tadoada, bullet holes through clothes, leaving the scent of fresh death in the air, a smell of blood and pavement, exhaust fumes, and a city at war. 

Sources: AFN Tijuana, Zeta Tijuana 

Mexico accepts that Yarrington will be extradited to the United States

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

Subject Matter: Tomas Yarrington's extradition from Italy
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Information has arisen that after taking careful analysis of evidence for crimes into account against Yarrington, that Italy will proceed with an extradition request from the United States and not Mexico.

"The Governments of the United States and Mexico have agreed to solicit the Italian Minister of Justice to authorize extradition proceedings of the United States, as well as seeking authorization for the re-extradition of Yarrington to Mexico, they indicated in a joint declaration of the Attorney Generals of both countries, Raul Andrade and Jeff Sessions.

The Attorney Generals met this Wednesday in Washington, and after which they gave out a pronouncement together that they highlight that the detention of Yarrington in Florence this past 9th of April was the result of cooperation between authorities from Mexico, Italy and the United States.

In the pronouncement, the Attorney Generals states that Yarrington faces serious charges both in the United States and in Mexico, which are the product of criminal acts allegedly committed by the ex Governor in both countries during his mandate as Governor between 1994 and 2004.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Social Media Reports On Shootouts in Nochistlán, Zacatecas

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Dozens of citizens and neighbors of the municipality of Nochistlán de Mejía, located at 224 kilometers south of the capital of Zacatecas reported on a violent shootout through various social networks that lasted for several hours during the early hours of Wednesday without the authorities having so far issued an official communication in regards to the incident.

Various videos and messages of the citizenship recorded the events where strong machinegun bursts can be heard throughout various parts of the area where the presence of armed groups in the area has been denounced.

The “magical town” of Nochistlán has been a disputed area of alleged members of organized crime who are fighting for the drug trafficking corridor bordering both the north and northwest with the municipality of Jalapa, south with Yahualica in Jalisco, to the east with Apulco, to the west of the municipalities of Juchipila and Apozol, to the north and northeast with Teocaltiche in Jalisco and finally to the south bordering with the municipality of Mezticacán, also located in Jalisco.

Neighbors of the area alerted on the presence of trucks with armed men on board moving throughout highways and roads as well as in the urban area of Nochistlán.

Source: ZHN

“Video 2: Shootout some moments ago in Nochistlán, the following video shows the northern outskirts of the municipality as the two convoys of armed subjects attacked each other.”

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Pancho Chimal funeral accompanied by bursts of gunfire in Culiacan

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Pancho Chimal
Recommendation: See link to article by BB Reporter J on his death

With bursts of gunfire, and the sounds of Sinaloa bands and with Manta messages for the local population, Sinaloa Cartel says goodbye to Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, alias Pancho Chimal.

Yesterday morning Fransisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, aka Pancho Chimal, was buried in Aguaruto, Culiacan, who was killed during a sustained firefight between Federal Forcecs and suspected criminals in Tepuche.

After a finger print test was carried out, authorities confirmed it was Pancho Chimal. Pancho Chimal was the leader of a group in Villa Juarez, Los Chimales; he is credited with having given the order for the ambush of the Military on September 31st of 2016.