Monday, April 23, 2018

US reports systematic violation of human rights and impunity in Mexico

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota
Photo: Bernandino Hernandez/AP
Recognizes legislative advances against torture and disappearances, but reprimands extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, as well as crimes against journalists.

The Department of State of the United States made a long list of human rights violations in Mexico under the government of Enrique Peña Nieto its annual report on the subject.

While it establishes that in principle civil authorities in general maintain effective control over security forces, it also highlights that among the issues related to the violation of human rights include the participation of the police, the military and other state officials, sometimes in coordination with criminal organizations, in illegitimate homicides, disappearances and torture.

In addition, harsh and potentially deadly prison conditions in some prisons.

In addition to that, arbitrary arrests and detentions; intimidation and corruption of judges; violence against journalists by the government and organized criminal groups.

Reports of 5 CdG sicarios killed in Reynosa

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Reforma article with additional information from Valorportamaulipas

Subject Matter: Reynosa, CdG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Reforma Redaction
A confrontation between armed men and elements of the State Police has left no less than 5 dead in the common land of Los Cavazos, after a chase that started in the Rancho Grande colonia.

According to the primary reports, the shoot out occurred after State Police intercepted an apparently armored pickup in common land close to Los Cavazos. The confrontation left five criminals dead, others in diverse vehicles fled the area and a search operation to locate them was launched in the city.


Mexican Army raids cartel camp in Guerrero ( Video ), with more arrests

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

Subject Matter: Raid of a cartel camp
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

In a video from the United States site Breibart News, it shows soldiers of the Mexican army and Police forces searching for and piling up weapons that could have been used during the attack against Municipal police on 17th of April

Reporter: Sinembargo Redaction
The State of Guerrero Attorney General informed of a special operation that has been implemented to find those responsible for the recent assassination of 6 State Police, in coordination with elements of Special Forces of the Secretary of Public Security and personnel of the Mexican Army assigned to the 27th Military Zone.

They continue patrolling around the location of the site of the ambush near the community of El Naranjo, Zihuatenejo, where they arrested 4 persons, two male, two female, pertinent to a criminal group.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Armed Convoy Culiacán Sinaloa

Char for Borderland Beat

Part 1

Note from Char:

This video  was published in 04-20-2018 there is definitely more than 30 trucks, all the subjects are armed with assault rifles and some trucks appeared to have 50 cal. Guns in the back.
In one of the videos I saw some of the hitmen say “puro Ivan......a la verga ‘Guano’ ”..........

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mireles heads "pluris" of Morena in Michoacán Congress

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Universal

Although José Manuel Mireles faces criminal proceedings for federal crimes, the "presumption of innocence" allows him to retain his political rights for his aspiration 

Morelia, Michoacán.- The ex-leader of the self-defense groups in Michoacán, José Manuel Mireles Valverde, heads the list of candidates for local deputies through the proportional representation of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena).

The candidacy of Mireles Valverde was approved tonight during the session of the General Council of the Electoral Institute of Michoacán, where the lists of candidates for ‘plurinominal’ local legislators and other positions of popular election were given the green light.

The arguments to give rise to the aspiration of José Manuel Mireles to reach the State Congress was that, despite facing criminal proceedings for federal crimes, the "presumption of innocence" allowed him to retain his political rights.

Priest Shot Dead in Mexico Marks 2nd Clerical Murder in Week, 23rd since 2012

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Washington Post

alphaspirit via via CNA.
MEXICO CITY — Roman Catholic authorities in Mexico say a priest has been killed in the west-central state of Jalisco, the second cleric slain in the country this week.

The Catholic Multimedia Center says that 33-year-old Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia was shot dead late Friday in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara.

It said Saturday that early reports indicate he was killed by unidentified attackers in the parish office while performing the sacrament of penance.

According to the center, at least four priests have been slain in Mexico this year and 23 have been murdered since 2012. It says Mexico leads Latin America in the killings of priests.

On Wednesday, Rev. Ruben Alcantara Diaz was stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Sinaloa: Culiacán and Mocorito area schools closed due to 'huachicolera' violence

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Noroeste

Note: A Huachicolero is "one who sells adulterated (possibly stolen) gasoline outside of normal distribution channels."

Noroeste traveled through the area of Guamuchilera, Recoveco and Villa Angel Flores, where it was observed that the schools of these communities remained closed. 

Schools in the communities of Caimanero, El Limón of Los Ramos, Tamarindo, Guamuchilera and Recoveco temporarily closed due to violence caused by criminal groups that are struggling to control the sale of illegal fuel.

In the community of El Tamarindo the inhabitants were questioned about the reason for the absence of educational establishments, and they responded that it was due to fear of the "scoundrels.”

Since the 15th of April videos began to circulate of armed men in different points of the central zone of Sinaloa, like Culiacancito, El Tamarindo and El Limón de Los Ramos.

Detain 4 suspects in ambush leaving 6 policemen brutally murdered in Guerrero

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Killing was not enough

The video released on social media was horrific, even by Mexico standards of violence.  Six Guerrero State policemen were ambushed in Zihuatanejo by armed gang members.  One of the gunmen videotaped the aftermath. 

Killing the policemen was not enough for these vile assassins, giving each policeman a shot to the back of the head.  But as their corps lay on the pavement, they abused the bodies, making animalistic sounds, cursing kicking the heads so that brain matter was forced out of the skulls, assuring a shocking sight to those who will bear witness to what remained of six men.  A video was sent in to BB and it was posted yesterday.  

If you missed it, the video is below, however be forewarned it is very graphic.

"This is to let you know that with El 40 and El Chivo Loco no one messes with, our comrades are not going to die in vain, enter here you will leave the same way you came in.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Italy extradites Mexican Governor to the U.S. accuses Mx of systematic human rights violations

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
In Italy moments prior to extradtion

Mexico denied extradition  because of systematic human rights violations

Former Tamaulipas, Mexico governor, Tomás Yarrington, has been extradited to the United States from Italy.  This comes on the heels of Italy denying Yarrington’s request to stay in Italy and avoid extradition to Mexico or the U.S. 

Yarrington’s attorney’s has argued that extraction of their client to Mexico would place him in harm’s way. The man, 60 years, was hiding in Paola Italy for at least 6 years, where he lived incognito, posing as an entrepreneur. Yarrington was arrested last year in Southern Italy.  He had been a fugitive since 2012.

Yarrington was the governor between the years of  1999 and 2005, representing the PRI Party.

In 2012, a Mexican federal judge issued two warrants for his arrest on charges of organized crime and drug-trafficking.

In 2013 he was indicted in Texas for racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges.

Yarrington was a equal opportunity colluder, having ties with both Zetas and CDG cartels while being on the payroll of both and receiving large payoffs.

Yarrington in 2017, inset photo with EPN taken in 2012

The Pacification of Mexico

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

Subject Matter: Rampant criminality in Mexico
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Since the first half of the nineties, Mexico has experienced a security crisis. At the end of his six-year term, Carlos Salinas had to create a Security Commission that depended directly on him. It was only to manage his departure, while Ernesto Zedillo presented the National Public Security System in his first year in office.

Reporter: Jorge Carrasco Araizaga
Since then, those who have succeeded have improvised around this proposal and have created, dissolved, modified  the police corporations and the bodies responsible for developing public safety policies.

In that quarter of a century, crime followed its own dynamic. It grew and developed, for internal and external reasons, until it became what it is now: a belligerent force that challenges the State on a daily basis.

It has taken territory, plundered and murders its population, wins cultural battles and even receives indirect subsidies from the police and military personnel who have been trained with resources from the treasury.

For some time now, the Mexican State has failed to guarantee the integrity of people and the possession of their property, the premise from which the State emerged as an institution.

Navy and PGR detain "El Tolin", in law of El Menchito and son of El Chelo

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

Subject Matter: Jose Luis Ochoa, El Tolin
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Elements of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) in coordination with the Attorney General's Office (PGR) detained José Luis Gutiérrez Ochoa, alias "El Tolín",  in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas, state of Nayarit, he is the son of José Luis Gutiérrez Valencia, "Don Chelo" and brother-in-law of Rubén Oseguera González, "El Menchito", son of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG).

Through a statement, the federal institutions announced that "El Tolín", and / or "77" and / or "El Senor de la TT", was arrested during an operation carried out in the residential complex Green Bay II, located in the interior of the El Tigre golf club, where they were confiscated two handguns with  cartridges -among them a 9 millimeters-, and synthetic drugs (around 300 doses of crystal meth).

"El Tolín" was made available to the agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation, in order to determine his legal status. According to the PGR, this subject served as operator of the CJNG in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro, El Dany of the Cartel Arellano Felix, killed in Tijuana gymnasium

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

Subject Matter: Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro, El Dany, Cartel Arellano Felix
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ines Garcia Ramos
Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro "Dany", who was arrested by federal forces in April 2009 for his participation as leader of a cartel cell Arellano Felix (CAF), was executed this afternoon while exercising in a gym in Tijuana.

According to the first reports, Godoy Castro, who had just left prison, was in the Family Fitness establishment in the Alameda Otay shopping plaza, located on the Lázaro Cárdenas Boulevard and near the US Consulate in Tijuana, when he was shot in the head.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

'We are watching you': Political killings shake Mexico election

Posted by DD Republished from Reuters  

 CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Magda Rubio had just launched her campaign for mayor of a small city in northern Mexico, when a chilling voice came through her cell phone. “Drop out,” the caller warned, “or be killed.” 
File Photo Guachochi mayor candidate Magda Rubio speaks during an interview with Reuters in Ciudad Juarez , Mexico, March 31.  Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzales
It was the first of four death threats Rubio said she has received since January from the same well-spoken, anonymous man. She has stayed in the race in Guachochi, located in a mountainous region of Chihuahua state that is a key route for heroin trafficking. But two armed body guards now follow her round the clock.

“At 2 a.m., you start to get scared, and you say, ‘something bad is going on here’,” she said.

An explosion of political assassinations in Mexico has cast a pall over nationwide elections slated for July 1, when voters will choose their next president and fill a slew of down-ballot posts.

At least 82 candidates and office holders have been killed since the electoral season kicked off in September, making this the bloodiest presidential race in recent history, according to a tally by Etellekt, a security consultancy based in Mexico City, and Reuters research. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Video: 6 police in Guerrero were given coup de grace, 24 hrs, 23 dead

Chivis Martinez  from Reforma:  This post is an update to Otis' post 

UPDATE: with video (Discretion advised, video contains graphic content).

The six state police officers who were ambushed and murdered in the community of Las Mesillas, in the municipality of José Azueta (Zihuatanejo), received the coup de grace and were robbed of their weapons, state authorities reported.

According to the report, the ambush suffered by the officers who were in a patrol occurred almost parallel to the events that were registered in the community of Coacoyul, where another group of state police officers were attacked by some 15 armed criminals.

In Coacoyul, where after two clashes between federal forces and assassins there was a balance of ten dead and a wounded ministerial police.

According to the report, the criminals carried assault rifles of AK-47 and AR-15.

In the ambush registered in Las Mesillas, six agents were the deceased, who were returning from a community in the Municipality of Petatlán, where they took into custody a group of people for precautionary measures.

Cuauhtémoc: The heart of Mexico City amidst deaths and narcos

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota

Just this month, the Cuauhtémoc delegation has registered four incidents linked to organized crime.

by Rodrigo Gutiérrez González

Insecurity is felt in the center of Mexico City. Several neighborhoods of the Cuauhtémoc delegation have been the scene of violent acts related to organized crime.

This lived reality by the residents of the area are reflected in the data: homicides, injuries, and drug dealing has been on the rise.

Just this month, the Cuauhtémoc delegation has registered four events allegedly linked to organized crime.

US Judge dismisses torture by Semar of "El Chuy Raul", bodyguard of "El Alfredillo"

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

Subject Matter: El Chuy Raul,  Jesús Raúl Beltrán León
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
US federal judge Rubén Castillo ruled Tuesday that Mexican citizen Jesús Raúl Beltrán León, alias "El Chuy Raúl" or "Trebol," can not contest drug trafficking charges in Chicago, Illinois, on the basis that elements of the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) tortured him in the presence of agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English), when he was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in November 2014.

16 left dead after confrontation between civilians and Police in Zihuatanejo

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Ya Vas article and image from Google Maps

Subject Matter: Confrontation between civilians and State Police
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

No less than 16 people were left dead after a confrontation between State Police, Ministerial Police, Marines and Army against civilians in distinct points of this town. A Police report gave an account, around 6pm in the afternoon, a first confrontation happened in the locality of La Quebradora, El Coacoyul, with three civilians killed.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

14 murders in a 36-hour period as drug cartels overrun Cancun

Posted by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Forensic tam carries the body of a Canadian woman stabbed to death 

Violence rocked Mexico’s most popular tourist town, leaving 14 dead and five more injured in a 36-hour span, Noticaribe reports.

The deaths and injuries were the result of six separate incidents between the morning of April 4 and the evening of April 5.

Nine people were killed on April 4 alone.

In the past decade, the highest number of people killed in a single day in Cancun was five.

The killings are  linked to organized crime.