Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Authorities issue arrest warrants in the murder of candidate Purón..his widow announces pregnancy

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat ,,,Big thanks to mi Amiga Lacy

Purón was 112th candidate murdered in the past 14 months of Mexico's bloody election campaign

Puron and wife at the birth of María Constanza
On Fathers Day, Cynthia Villarreal Sánchez, the widow of murdered congressional candidate Fernando Puron announced she is pregnant.

The young widow announced through her personal Facebook account and confirmed it later in an exclusive interview with Periódico Zócalo. "I feel a lot of happiness, I am eight weeks pregnant and I know in this way that Fernando is giving me the strength to keep going despite his absence," she said.

This is the second child of Villarreal and her husband, who was killed minutes after leaving a political debate on Friday June 8th.  Puron, was running for deputy, (similar to a congressman) of the 11th district of Coahuila.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

“The Bullet of Impunity”

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El País

By: Javier Garza Ramos, Torreón, Coahuila.
June 18, 2018

The bullet that killed Fernando Purón Johnston , PRI candidate for federal deputy in Piedras Negras, Coahuila on Friday, June 8, was the same one used six days earlier, on June 2, that killed Pamela Terán Pineda, candidate for councilor El Juchitán , Oaxaca, and Juana Maldonado Infante, candidate for local deputy in Jopala, Puebla .

The same bullet was used the next day, on Saturday June 9, which wounded Rosely Magaña, candidate for councilor in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, who died 72 hours later. And it was the same bullet that killed Alejandro Chávez, candidate for mayor of Taretan, Michoacán on Thursday, June 14th.

This same bullet  has killed 44 pre-candidates and candidates for election and other 70 officials and political figures in this election process. No ballistic proof is needed to sustain the claim, just follow the path of the bullet of impunity.

Mireles: I ask Pena Nieto to keep his hands off the election

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

Subject Matter: Dr Mireles Valverde
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

They ambushed him, imprisoned him, shaved him, took off his hat and everything that identified him as the leader of the self-defense groups of Michoacán. However, José Manuel Mireles Valverde survived and, he says, never lost his dignity even though he was about to be broken by the psychological torture to which he was subjected.

In an interview with SinEmbargo, in Morelia, Michoacán, where he currently resides, the man who rose up in arms in February 2014 to cleanse Tepalcatepec, his people, from criminals sends a message to President Enrique Peña Nieto: "Take your hands of this election. We guarantee that you can retire in Santa Paz and that the history of the Mexican Nation judges you. It does not go clean, because it takes shit up to the scruff of the neck, he and all his people, but if he takes his hands off the election he will go calmly and peacefully, even if he brings corruption to all his subsequent generations. "

Juan Pistolas, Jefe de Sicarios for CJNG captured in Guadalajara

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

Subject Matter: Juan Pistolas, Juan Francisco N, CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Federal forces gave a big hit against the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion when they captured the alleged head of sicarios of said criminal organization in Guadalajara in the metropolitan zone. Identified as Juan Francisco N, Juan Pistolas, he is responsible for the distribution of drugs and firearms for the cartel.

Omar Garcia Harfuck, from the Criminal Investigation Agency, affirmed that the detained probably trained in camps, people recruited for weapons handling training and operational tactics. Juan Francisco N probably enrolled people in the criminal service of the group, in order to keep the areas of Guadalajara and Tlajomulco de Zuniga under control, in the presence of antagonistic criminal group," the official said.

Along with him, Sergio Alan N was arrested, probably in charge of the defense of weapons and drugs in the service of the same criminal group and under the orders of Juan Francisco N. In a message to the media, Harfuch mentioned that the capture was made possible by the work carried out by the AIC, Marines and Federal Police personnel.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tamaulipas offers $ 17 million pesos for 9 narco priority targets

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

The Attorney General's Office of the State (PGJE) published on its website the list with the names and photographs of the criminal leaders that constitute Tamaulipas Most Wanted.  -Click on image to  enlarge-

According to the publication of the agency, the list starts with Jaime Guadalupe García and / or Javier Guadalupe García Martínez, for whom a reward of 2 million pesos is offered.

There are also 2 million pesos for information on Víctor Manuel Pérez Rico, Heriberto Bazán Rodríguez, José Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez, Miguel Ángel Álvarez Campos, Petronilo Moreno Flores and Luis Alberto Blanco Flores.

El Bazan was in custody twice in the last two years...last time on June 15th when he escaped in a red truck

Mexico City: Human remains with narcomanta found on Insurgentes Norte

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Milenio
Armando Monroy/ Cuartoscuro
In an unprecedented event for Mexico City, on Sunday morning the remains of at least two people were scattered on Insurgentes Norte Avenue, at the intersection of Ricardo Flores Magón, in the Nonoalco Tlatelolco neighborhood. 

The police of the Ministry of Public Security were alerted at 5:20 in the morning that the human parts were on Insurgentes Avenue.

When the police arrived they found several body parts and a blanket with an alleged narcomensaje hanging on one of the bridges in the area. 

The Attorney General's Office of Justice informed that the Public Prosecutor's Office initiated an investigation file for the crime of intentional homicide. 

6 Municipal Police killed by Huachicoleros in Puebla

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

Subject Matter: Killing of 6 Municipal Police in Puebla
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

 Six Municipal Police of Amozoc were assassinated in Chachapa by members of a band dedicated to the robbery of petroleum products from Pemex. The Secretary of Public Security have detained two persons deemed responsible. The Municipal President, Jose Cruz, said that the Police arrived at the zone after a telephone call that denounced a dispute in the area.

The crime was committed on the San Cristobel highway, where the State Attorney General encountered the bodies on the edge of a field of maize, with the bodies lying side by side with one female among them.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Despite being on the kingpin list, Rafa Marquez plays in the World Cup for Mexico

op-ed by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Mexico defeated defending champion Germany today 1-0

In August of last year, Rafael Marquez Alvarez, aka “Rafa” was placed on a kingpin list.  He is  star soccer player who is on Mexico’s national team and is playing in his fifth World Cup, only the third player to do so. [use this link to read my post of the sanctions]

At the recent World Cup practice scrimmage in California’s Rose Bowl, the soccer star out was MIA.
He is accused by the United States of having assisted Raul Flores Hernandez, leader of the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization in money laundering and using numerous businesses and bank accounts to clean drug profits.

21 Mexicans were placed on the same sanctions list and also had their assets frozen.  One was Norteno band leader Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo, pointed out by Peña Nieto as “a great example for Mexican youth.”

El Melvin, in April caught on video kidnapping, is tortured and dismembered

Posted by Wolf88 for Borderland Beat

Wolf88: Yesterday El Melvin was kidnapped by a rival group and was brutally tortured got tortured and dismembered.  His body was found in a streets of Jalisco.

Supposedly El Melvin was responsible for the kidnapping of several persons in Jalisco.  About a month ago there was a video that was circulating on the Internet and was posted in the front page of BB it was a video of a kidnapping that occurred in Jalisco I am posting the video to refresh your memory. 

On a Facebook page called "Jalisco Rojo" is where they posted the information and the pictures but not the video associated with El Melvin’s killing.

Note from Chivis: “El Melvin” was a member of organized crime who operated in the north and east of Guadalajara, kidnapping people.  He was captured on video a few months ago when he kidnapped a person in Colonia San Marcos.

Below is the kidnapping video from April


Saturday, June 16, 2018

How 'La Barbie' became the top-ranking leader of a Mexican drug cartel

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from LMT online 
Valdez' home,  teen years in Laredo

Mexican drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez Villarreal, otherwise known as "La Barbie," was sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to serve nearly five decades in prison for his violent drug-related crimes.

During Valdez's reign in Mexico, the cartel leader left a track of dismembered and decapitated bodies in the streets, hanged corpses from bridges and other crimes. But for this native Laredoan, Villarreal's upbringing was far from violent - on the contrary, it was described as homely.

Carla Valdez, a prosecutor in Texas and one of Valdez's six sisters, told U.S. District Judge William Duffey on Monday that she and her siblings were raised by humble, hardworking parents who taught them strong values and morals.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty (Dirtier)

 Posted by DD  Republished from The Real News Network 

Story courtesy of:

LAURA CARLSEN: This week the gloves came off in the Mexican elections. What appears to be hundreds of thousands of phone calls are being made to cell phones throughout the country, Claiming that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador poses a danger to society. At the end of the recording, which consists of incendiary and often false statements against the candidate, there is a loaded question, and the voice asks the person to mark one to determine whether it’s a Lopez Obrador sympathizer or not.

My call came in the other afternoon. A woman’s voice began: “As you know, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is criticizing major businessmen, which threatens private investment, and the jobs it creates. If you agree that Lopez Obrador picking fights with businessmen even though it risks losing national and foreign investment and job creation, mark one on your phone.”

It sounds like that. It’s not a bad translation. That’s literally how absurd the call was. Other people got calls on different hot button issues in the campaign. Here’s one that warns that Lopez Obrador would release criminals from prison.

Note how the caller plays on fear, saying that AMLO would withdraw the armed forces from the drug war. Which, incidentally, is exactly what every major international human rights organization and most national human rights organizations have been demanding for years.

Two Mourners Gunned Down At Religious Wake In Mexico

Posted by DD Republished from TeleSur 

Mourners were gathered at an outdoor wake in Guadalajara early Wednesday when armed men drove by, killing two people and injuring eight.

Two mourners were killed by gunfire while they attended on outdoor wake in the early house of Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

While neighbors were gathered at the wake of a man fatally shot in another sector of Guadalajara on June 10, armed men drove up in several vehicles and opened fire on the crowd, The Informador reports.

State police and paramedics confirmed that two people, aged 35 and 38, died shortly after and eight others were injured, including a child, in the attack.

Witnesses say that a short time before the fatal shootings, several people began firing into the air with longarm weapons before driving away.

The subject of the wake was killed during a shootout between special officers and civilians in Guadalajara on Sunday.

The killers hid on rooftops then took refuge in a farm inhabited by three women who told poice they wouldn't give up the attackers. The women finally released the suspects after three people were killed.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sinaloa Cartel Juárez leader extradited, one of 24 leaders named by the U.S.

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma

Arturo Shows Urquidi alias "Chous", 47, was extradited to the United States.

According to US authorities, Urquidi is one of the 24 alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera and Ismael "Mayo" Zambada García, accused of federal charges for criminal association in April 2012.

According to the indictment, Urquidi was responsible for the loading and unloading of cocaine, drug-related products and firearms in warehouses of the Sinaloa cartel in Juárez.

He is accused of conspiracy to conduct business through a pattern of criminal association, counts on a possession conspiracy charge with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana, a conspiracy charge to import five kilograms or more of cocaine and one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana into the United States.

Violence and unemployment dry up Tlapacoyan, Veracruz: young people and wealthier families flee

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo                             


In Tlapacoyan, the crime that causes the most pain and fear is kidnapping. This is recognized by its Municipal President, Ofelia Jarillo Gasca, of PAN-PRD. However, townspeople don’t report it as groups of kidnappers have exercised harsh control through fear. 

The mayor says that the insecurity situation is so critical in Tlapacoyan that 30 to 40 wealthier families have left. Almost everyone had to live in an environment of violence or endure kidnapping. Those people, he ads, were people with money, who generated jobs with their businesses and now have left, leaving a complex situation for the town. The municipality is also already a capital of migration, where month after month truckloads of young people leave in search of the American dream. 

By Ignacio Carvajal

Tlapacoyan, June 14 (SinEmbargo / BlogExpediente) - With almost 60 thousand inhabitants, Tlapacoyan does not appear in the data of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. For the agency that measures the incidence of kidnapping, extortion and homicides, this municipality in the north of the state shows very low statistics of violence. However, last week in this municipality three women were murdered and the town rebelled, blocking off the road.

Karina Sanchez Valdez of Los Zetas sentenced to 34 years in Prison

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from La Journada and ValorporTamaulipas articles

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Karina Sanchez Valdez
Recommendation: See extra article matter below on Sigifredo Najera Talamantes, "El Canicon"

A federal judge of the State of Mexico sentenced Karina Sánchez Valdez, a member of a Zetas cell in Nuevo León, who was commanded by Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes "El Canicón" to 34 years in prison.

The First District Judge in Federal Criminal Proceedings of the State of Mexico found this woman guilty for organized crime in the form of laundering, crimes against health and stockpiling of firearms and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, reported the PGR .

In addition to the prison sentence, the justice minister imposed the payment of a fine of 3 thousand 674 days of salary. Sánchez Valdez was arrested on March 20, 2009 by elements of the National Defense Secretariat in Saltillo, Coahuila, along with "El Canicón" and five other of her alleged lieutenants.

In the capture operation they secured 24 grenades, 8 rifles and 3 handguns, a grenade launcher, magazines, cartridges, 5 vehicles and 10 million 110 thousand 700 pesos.
On September 7, 2015 "El Canicón" was found dead in his prison cell in the Altiplano. His death was apparently the result of cardio-respiratory arrest.

Mexican Narcos Invest in Dubai

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

Investigative Report June12, 2018
Check out: C4ADS

The luxurious city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become in recent years a den of international magnates enriched with criminal capital and sanctioned by the United States Treasury. 

Along with smugglers of nuclear material, sponsors of armed conflicts, kleptocrats, money launderers and financial terrorists also appears Mexican Hassein Eduardo Figueroa Gómez , a businessman from Jalisco who, along with his father, Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vázquez, was identified as a drug trafficking ringleader by the Kingpin Act in 2012.

The Sandcastles-Tracing Sanctions Evasion Through Dubai's Luxury Real Estate Market report from the private firm Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), located in Washington, to which Universal had access, Figueroa Gómez and Figueroa Vázquez  were accused by the US of trafficking tons of chemical precursors from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to Mexico, to sell to  Mexican cartels to produce methamphetamines.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

“In journalism, the love of what we do goes beyond fear,” After Miroslava Breach murder, her newspaper closed. Now it's back.

 Posted by DD Republished from El Paso Inc. 

After the murder of his journalist Miroslava Breach in March  2017 the owner of the popular newspaper El Norte told his readers goodbye because he was no longer going to risk the life of his other reporters and staff due to increasing violence in his city of Juarez.  He told them this would be the last edition of El Norte that they would ever read.  

                              BUT HE IS BACK AND ANNOUNCING
                 “In journalism, the love of what we do goes beyond fear,”
El Norte owner Oscar Cantu closed the popular daily more than a year ago after one of its journalists was killed.  He is relaunching the publication even as media companies are under increasing pressure from cartel violence and the state. 

Precursor Providers to Sinaloa and CJNG DTO's

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

June12, 2018

The names of Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vázquez and his son Hassein Figueroa Gómez first sounded in 2012, when they were designated drug lords by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, for its acronym in English) of the US Department of the Treasury. .

The accusations were formalized after, in November 2011, Figueroa Vázquez was captured due to his links with Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

These are the main distributors of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine that  Mexican cartels employ dedicated to producing methamphetamine for the US market, using a network that goes from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to our country.

According to the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, they resorted to suppliers in countries where such chemical precursors are legal. In the investigation Belgium cooperated , as "part of a global effort to intercept the access of Mexican drug trafficking organizations," said the DEA.