Friday, November 17, 2017

Tamaulipas: El Pata de Queso" dies in hospital after Tuesday's "Capture"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
After his arrest on Tuesday, today Martiniano de Jesús aka “Pata de Queso” died while hospitalized.  He died from kidney failure.

The regional leader of the Zetas was also referred to Z-74 and belonged to the Old School Zetas.

He is yet another narco that the government says is responsible for the killings of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.  He is also named as a “generator of violence” and on the most wanted list.  Investigation by the federal police indicates he was responsible for directing many kidnappings including one of “a US citizen”.   That may be the US citizen identified by DNA in 2011, during the exhuming of 193 bodies in fosas near and around San Fernando.  The American,  was forcibly pulled off a  Matamoros intercity bus Along with dozens of others, after Zetas questioned people on the bus before deciding who to abduct.

The abduction occurred in November, 2010, at the time when heavy violence, massive shootouts, riots and killing erupted, after the killing of CDG CapoTony Tormenta.  This marked a pivot in the narco war in Tamaulipas and is responsible for Zetas gain of power in the state.

Aftermath scene where Tormenta was killed in a shootout with military 

Regional Leader of Los Zetas captured in Tamaulipas and dies in hospital Thursday

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


Subject Matter: Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, El Pata de Queso
Recommendation: No Prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Federal forces detained in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, an alleged regional boss of Los Zetas Old School, Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, El Pata de Queso, who is linked to the deaths of 72 migrants in 2010, and with the homicide of a representative of the collective of disappeared, Mirian Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Functionaries of the Federal Government said that the suspect was giving statements in the headquarters of SEIDO, of the PGR, since yesterday, and that it was he that coordinated the killing of the foreigners in the town of San Fernando.

They indicated that the alleged criminal, who they believed was dead some years ago, but thanks to intelligence work, they localized him in San Fernando, where he was a regional boss of Los Zetas Old School.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

El Chapo premier lieutenant , "El Marito Choclos" identified as body entombed in lime

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Designated on United States Kingpin list

On Sunday October 21st a body in advanced decomposition was discovered at a dairy farm in Stanza Torralba subdivision of Culiacán.  The body was entombed inside a 50 gallon blue container and encased in lime.  Although the decomposition prevented immediate identification, it was assumed the body was that of Sinaloa Cartel operative Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo, age 35.   AKA "El Marito Choclos", had been reported missing 10 days prior. He had been shot.

The U.S. Treasury Department [OFAC] designated Valenzuela as one of the main financial operators and lieutenants of Sinaloa Cartel. In the list published in November 2015 by the foreign government, he was linked with Guadalupe Fernández Valencia,  “El Padrona”,  who was arrested by Mexico’s Federal Police, in February , 2016. The U.S. froze assets at that time. She is the sister of “El Animal”.

ABC Chicago reports; “Federal prosecutors in Chicago on Wednesday asked a federal judge to drop the charges against Valenzuela Verdugo, 36, since the "government has obtained credible information that defendant Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo died on or about October 22, 2017. Specifically, the government has learned from, among other sources, a copy of a Mexican death certificate, that Valenzuela Verdugo is deceased."

Indictment 29 pages 30 defendants:

WARNING: On second page is a very graphic photo, there is no further text.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mexican traffickers making New York a hub for lucrative — and deadly — fentanyl

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Washington Post
Married couple Rogelio Alvarado-Robles and Blanca Flores-Solis were arrested in August, a few weeks after arriving from Mexico. Investigators found 213 pounds of narcotics in their apartment in the Kew Gardens neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens. (Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York)

The middle-aged couple in the station wagon went shopping at a New Jersey         Walmart on a warm night in August. They stopped for dinner at an IHOP on the way home. And  when they arrived at their apartment building in a quiet residential section of Queens, the narcotics agents ­following them got a warrant to go inside.

They found several suitcases loaded with brick-shaped bundles of what appeared to be heroin. But   lab tests determined that most of it — 141 pounds — was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and supremely dangerous opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

It was the largest fentanyl seizure in U.S. history. There was enough inside the apartment to kill 32 million people, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The married couple who were arrested, Rogelio Alvarado-Robles, 55, and Blanca Flores-Solis, 52, had no criminal record in the United States. They had flown to New York a few weeks earlier with Mexican passports. They had no weapons.

Atty William Purpura officially joins El Chapo's defense team

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

El Chapo’s lead attorney, Eduardo Balarezo, announced today that attorney William Purpura,  has joined the El Chapo defense team.  

In August, Purpura  was one of the four high profile defense attorneys who announced they had signed on to the case.  However only Balarezo followed through.  

The issue was a threat by the government of a possible seizing of funds forwarded to the attorneys for payment.  It is their contention, that  the money would probably not pass the smell test and “dirty money” gained through illegal activities, would not be able to be used for Chapo’s legal defense

Purpura defended Richard Anthony "Richie Rich" Wilford in his drug trafficking case.

Press release below:

2017 DOJ-DEA National Drug Assessment Report

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article regarding some information derived from a new DEA Drug Threat Report.  I had hope to follow the first article with a follow-up, but have been away since that time.  To read that original article use this link:  2017 Drug Threat Report: RCQ leads Sinaloa, Mexico is greatest heroin source, 6 major cartels

Below is the full report from the DOJ and DEA
Table of contents click to enlarge

Table of Contents

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The love of his life was lured into a deadly trap. Then so was he

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat-republished from WaPo written by Michael Miller

he story of the American O'Neil McGean's murder in Mazatlán, one year ago, was unusual and mysterious in itself.  But there lies a backstory that begins in 2010 with another murder in the U.S. In the end two men, once partners, then close friends, were both dead, both lives leading to a similar murderous fate.

I wrote a post for BB about the Mazatlán murder.  Prompted by emails from his friends in Mexico and I eventually connected with his brother Donnie.   I must say, never have I seen such support from friends, neighbors and family for their lost loved one.  This man was highly respected and loved.  Donnie sent me this WaPo post.  It is for Donnie I republish this article to highlight the recent anniversary of O'Neil's murder.  Donnie and the McGean family's search for answers go on, although it was my advice that perhaps it was time to accept that they most likely will never receive all the answers they search for from the Mexican Government.  Just as the families in 93-95% of all other Murders in Mexico. -Chivis-

Betts left McGean right
Written by Michael Miller 

To the hundreds of students who lined up outside the funeral home that April evening in 2010, Brian Betts had been a beloved Washington middle school principal. A second father. An inspiration.

“R.I.P. Mr. Betts,” said their shirts and hoodies.

“Mr. Betts, We Love You,” read their signs.

But to O’Neil McGean, who stood in the Pierce Funeral Home parking lot in Manassas, Va., gripping a friend’s hand and fighting back tears, Brian had been so much more.

Behind bars: 3 armed men and dressed in military clothes

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Debate

The three accused wore military type olive green pixelated uniforms and identified themselves as Charly N, 30 years old, Braulio N 18 and Pedro N 23 years old, from Sierra de Rosario

El Rosario, Sinaloa.- Elements of the Municipal Police of Mazatlan detained three men from Rosario who had in their possession exclusive military use heavy weapons, the arrest was on the old road to San Marcos, La Noria, near the El Placer community.  

According to data from the authorities, the municipal agents were carrying out prevention rounds through the rural area when they noticed a group of armed people who, upon seeing the security units, fled towards the mountains, initiating pursuit.

Immediately the agents strategically mobilized and moments later managed to arrest the subjects without triggering their weapons.   

Narco manta from CJNG threatens Los Zetas and functionaries of the SSP in Puebla

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

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

Reporter: Gabriela Hernandez
Today two narco mantas were found on the bridge on the Periferico Ecologico in Puebla, in which the CJNG allegedly launch threats against functionaries of the Secretary for State Public Security and the leaders of the criminal group Los Zetas.

The message is a threat against a person identified as "El Lalo Z", who allegedly has been in prison this past yer; also against the Prison Director of San Miguel, Javier Toboada: the State Director of Prisons, Ignacio Antonio Molina Gonzalez, and against Heriberto Galindo Martinez, who is Director of Prisons in Tepexi de Rodriguez.

" This notice is for the dogs Lalo Z, named Jose Gonzelez. Director of prisons in Puebla, Javier Toboada, Secretary Heriberto Galindo Martinez and the actual director of prisons Ignacio Antonio Molina Gonzales and all the balls that protect, CJNG has already arrived, you know that who gave the order to execute "Kalimba" and also the people of Coatzacoalcos Veracruz. Dont stay, we are coming for you, its not important that Moreno protect you, we know who controls the prison.
Atte: CJNG", it said in the narco manta.

“ El Tortillero” Detained: One More of the 122 Most Wanted Narcos

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Proceso

“El Tortillero” Falls: Another of the 122 Most Wanted Narcos

Mexico City Nov 13, 2017

Samuel Lizárraga Ontiveros, El Tortillero , one of the 122 priority objectives of the Mexican Federal government, was arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the Attorney Generals Office (PGR).
In a statement, the agency said the capture was made in the capital of the state of Querétaro, on Sunday Nov 12, "without the use of violence or harm to third parties."

Lizárraga Ontiveros, 34 years old, has an arrest warrant issued by the Fourth Specialized Court in Federal Criminal Proceedings in the municipality of Toluca, State of Mexico, for his probable responsibility of the crimes of / and or regarding organized crime.

He also has three arrest warrants in force in the common jurisdiction for the crimes of kidnapping and homicide, two of them issued by the judicial authority of the State of Chihuahua and third one by the State of Sinaloa. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

26 years in Prison for El Tigre, ex leader of the Cartel del Golfo

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

Victor Manuel de la O Trevino, alias Abel Alfredo Flores Trevino, was accused of the crimes of  belonging to organized crime, crimes against health and carrying arms for exclusive use of the armed services.

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
A Federal Judge sentenced to 26 years and 8 months in prison, the ex-leader of the Cartel del Golfo in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Abel Alfredo Flores Trevino or Victor Manuel de la O Trevino, El Tigre, whose detention in September of 2009, provoked an attack against the army with anti-tank rockets.

Together with El Tigre, Erik Torres Ibarra, was also sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of 100 days for the crime of carrying arms for exclusive use of the armed forces.

The Judge, of the Fourth District of Federal Penal Processes in the State of Mexico, found El Tigre guilty of the aforementioned crimes. Flores Trevino was captured on 4th of September of 2009 by elements of the army when he was encountered aboard a pickup, carrying weapons, after his detention, a commando intended to rescue him, that generated a confrontation with the army, that saw the criminals fire anti-tank grenade launchers against the army vehicles.

Otis: The following information does not form part of the above Milenio article but is intended to give some background on "El Tigre".

When Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino voted for Los Zetas to split with the Cartel del Golfo, they denounced El Tigre, who was trying to arrange a meeting between the heads of CdG and Los Zetas or "the company" as they were known then to CdG.

At the meeting, Los Zetas did not show up but the Army did and arrested El Tigre, the inference being that Los Zetas had given him up.

At the end of that month, seeking revenge for the death of one of their men, Concord 3 who was chief financier of Los Zetas,they issued an ultimatum to the Cartel del Golfo, deliver Samuel "Metro 3" Flores Borrego or face the consequences. CdG responded by expelling Los Zetas from Reynosa and other cities. M3 was eventually killed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kidnappers Use Government Data

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Reforma
Further Reading on the topic Insight Crime


Mexico City (October 29 2017).- To select their victims of extortion and kidnapping, organized crime groups have used federal government databases.

A report from the National Center for Planning, Analysis and Information for Combating Crime (Cenapi) of the PGR indicates that the the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, in particular the Gonzalez Valencia brothers, pioneered the implementation of this technique, from paramilitary groups in Colombia.

Since the 1990’s, the Cuinis found in the kidnapping of avocado workers an alternative entrance to drug trafficking, that they carried out by accessing information from the former Secretary of Agriculture.

"It was an 'intelligence system', which consisted of reviewing the department of health registry of the then Secretary of Agriculture to know who were the farmers with large areas of avocado production - where their gardens were located - and how much their sales reported for export," says the document, signed on July 4, 2016 by Víctor Hugo Pérez Castro, director of the Cenapi sector, and handed over to a federal judge.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Luciano Rivera arrested

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
Bruno Fabián Martínez Hernández 
 by Manuel Ayala
[On Thursday Nov, 9] José Bruno Martínez Hernández, alias "Bruno", alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Luciano Rivera, was arrested in a coordinated action between the State Preventive Police (PEP) and the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena).

The detainee is the brother of José Luis Martínez Hernández, who was booked on September 14, already linked to the possible participation in the murder of the Rosario newscaster.

José Bruno is accused of having deprived the life of the newscaster with a gunshot, on July 31, on the premises of Bar La Antigua, located in downtown Playas de Rosarito. He is the third involved in the case that has been secured.

This subject is linked to part of the criminal structure of the Sinaloa Cartel and has a criminal record of theft, drug possession, weapons carrying, and fights, mainly in the center and north of the city.

José Bruno was detained in De la Silvana street, Colinas del Sol neighborhood, carrying a firearm and approximately 50 grams of cocaine, the subject was placed at the disposal of the corresponding authorities who will be in charge of corroborating the information issued and determining his legal situation.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Criminal cell, linked to 33 homicides in GDL and Tlaquepaque, captured

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Occidental

        Capturan a célula criminal vinculada a 33 homicidios en GDL y Tlaquepaque

Román Ortega García

Elements of the State Attorney General's Office captured five members of a cell of the New Generation Cartel in the El Carmen neighborhood of Guadalajara. They are linked to 33 homicides spanning from August to date in southern Guadalajara, on the border with Tlaquepaque.

The Attorney General of the State, Eduardo Almaguer Ramírez, reported that the operation in which said subjects were arrested was carried out in a farm located at the intersection of Juan Sarabia and José María Sánchez streets, where the elements of the Prosecutor's Office found three corpses wrapped in black plastic bags inside a room.

“The criminal group’s safe house was located at this spot and at the time of being arrested in 'flagrante delicto' they had three people as victims, which they had there, already prepared to be thrown on the street," said Almaguer Ramírez.

The arrested are: Tomás N, Bryan Yael N, Luis Humberto N, Edgar Asunción N, and Daniel N, who are linked in 10 investigations with 33 homicides, including the three bodies located in the house where they were captured.

The prosecutor detailed that the cell leader Tomas N had been identified from last October 15, the date in which he participated in the murder of three people inside a house that he set on fire in the Cinco de Mayo neighborhood of Guadalajara.

Cancelled: “El H’s” Extradition to the US

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from El Debate

"El H",  Hector Manuel Beltran Leyva
Extradition to the US Cancelled
Nov 8, 2017
Extra material from: El Universal
By: Diana Lasteri

On October 25, 2017 the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) canceled the authorization it issued to extradite Héctor Manuel Beltrán Leyva, "El H", to the United States to face the accusation against him by the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia for drug trafficking.

Beltran Leyva's lawyer argued that the digital photographs submitted for his extradition are not original and his anthropometric record is obsolete.

The federal judge who in charge of the extradition procedure of Héctor Manuel Beltrán Leyva, "El H", initiated several proceedings to prove the initial identity report of the capo, to be positive that the incarcerated man is the same subject whose presence is required by the United States .

In compliance with a writ of amparo issued by the Fifth Collegiate Court in Criminal Matters in Mexico City, the Mexican Foreign Ministry annulled the agreement of September 26, 2016 in which it granted the extradition of "El H".