Saturday, January 21, 2017

El Chapo: Florida Indictment and the Colombian Cifuentes Cartel connection

Chivis for Borderland Beat

How the case of El Mochomo may be a factor in the case of El Chapo...........

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There are indictments against Chapo in six federal districts.  The feds say they decided to prosecute Chapo in Brooklyn, with the assistance of Miami federal prosecutors, determining the two offices working in conjunction would bring the strongest case against Chapo.  Below is the Florida indictment. Notable is they are charging him with 5 counts and asking for a life sentence.

Coronel Barreras
There are two other co-defendants in the indictment.  One is Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa.  He is the leader of the Colombian Cifuentes Villa drug organization.

It was the Sinaloa Cartel connection to Cifuentes Villa, that authorities were able to connect Chapo's father in law, Inés Coronel Barreras, father of Emma, as the connection or liaison between the Colombians and Chapo.  And according to the Florida indictment was one of Chapo's money launderers, funneling money into the United States.

Below is taken from  a BB 2013 article.  The Florida indictment follows.

Video: El Chapo is awaken and told of his extradition

Friday, January 20, 2017

El Chapo: "No tunnel will be built to his bathroom" say feds

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat Includes Pretrial Detention Filing and Indictment

The capo had the look of “surprise, shock and even a bit of fear” now that he was facing “American justice.”

In Brooklyn
This morning Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn New York, issued their plan in keeping the Sinaloa Cartel leader known as “El Chapo” Guzman in custody.

The feds distributed the memo (full document below) saying that measures have been made to assure there will be no prison outbreaks while Chapo is in United States custody.

Angel  Melendez, the special Homeland Security Investigation agent, said at a news conference “I can assure you no tunnel will be built to his bathroom”,   this in reference to Chapo’s tunnel escape from Mexico’s maximum security prison No. 1 known as “Altiplano”, in the state of Mexico.  Before Chapo’s escape from Altiplano, there had never been a successful escape from the prison.

Chapo’s escape tunnel was created from one mile away, and opened into his shower floor.

Melendez also spoke of seeing Chapo for the first time upon his arrival, he said he looked into Mr. Guzman eyes and saw “surprise, shock and even a bit of fear” now that he was facing “American justice.”

That is no surprise to anyone following the extradition saga of El Chapo, his surrogates speaking on his behalf, have often mentioned the fear El Chapo had of being extradited to the United States.  He was under the impression he could even receive a sentence of death.

Guerrero: Woman and 2 Year Old Found Dismembered

Photo by:
Jorge Alberto Martínez

By: Ezequiel Flores Contreras | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

On Thursday night, the bodies of a woman and a two year old boy were found dismembered in a ravine located east of the capital.

The finding was reported at around 8:30 pm in the neighborhood Norberto Flores Baños, considered as part of the city of Chilpancingo’s miserable belt, where criminal gangs fight for control of this strategic place in the city. 

According to the preliminary reports, it is indicated that neighbors of the place found remains of a child dismembered on the main street of the colony.

Ministerial authorities arrived at the location, which them confirmed the event and also recovered the remains of a woman also dismembered inside plastic bags.

So far, state authorities have not issued a position on the findings of the bodies of a child and a woman who were found dismembered in this spiral of violence that does not stop in the state.

Morelos: Human Remains Found In Different Parts of Cuernavaca

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Cuernavaca, Morelos; January 18, 2017 – The dismembered body of a man was left in three different locations of the state capital. The remains were found on Wednesday morning.  At one of the locations, a message from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel was found.

It was around 6:00 hours when emergency personnel were alerted on the discovery of human remains inside black bags in the vicinity of the Secretary of Public Safety, located on Heroico Colegio Militar Avenue.

The location of body parts under the same conditions was also reported outside of the general hospital of Cuernavaca and a few meters from the main entrance of the Social Security Clinic #1 on Plan de Ayala Avenue.

The head, from what is now known to be a single person, was found a few steps from a police base where a message was found that threated a man that allegedly works for Los Rojos.

Children See Violence As Normal

By: Perla Miranda & Alejandra Canchola | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Previously, on the streets of Mexico, children would play with spinning tops, marbles, doctor or police, they got along together and assumed roles that were constructive and functional in a peaceful society; today, given the climate in which violence prevails, they must learn to be victims or aggressors and have modified their behavior to use their creativity in actions that make them feel safe, according to specialists in the human rights of children.

Nelia Tello, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a specialist in intervention models among young people, explained that children are influenced by a violent environment that internalize it as if it were something natural, “[it] doesn’t cause them any surprise, it’s the world in which they were born in and in which they develop,” she said.  She added that minors can create two sense of defense: being aggressive or tolerant to violent acts.

The first case has to do with those children who, when witnessing any kind of violence, become anxious and this feeling of uncertainty causes them fear, which in turn makes them aggressive even when no one is bothering them.

This social violence that is seen in the media, assaults and deaths, is affecting their customs of everyday life; then, they are incited to defend themselves and they become very aggressive, all the while they are waiting for others to attack them and they prepare themselves to defend,” she explained.

On the other hand are children who learn to tolerate violence, who are educated under a system of overprotection that don’t learn to live together and live in isolation.

That is why, according to Tello, violence has become a means in which children have to survive and for that, they create different social skills.

At 11 years old, Juan David Hernández designed a backpack that serves to protect himself from the shootings and robberies that occur every day in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, the city in which he lives in.

At a state-level science fair, he explained that his backpack has a bullet-proof vest, an alarm, a lamp, and a GPS system that connects to his parents’ phone.

New York's Indictment against El Chapo

  Video: El Chapo's arrival to Long Island

El Chapo.s-1 Filed Indictment by Simone Electra Wilson on Scribd

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Airplane carrying "El Chapo" has landed on Long Island

Borderland Beat

The plane carrying Mexican drug lord Joaquin Archivaldo "El Chapo" Guzman Loera has landed at MacArthur Airport on Long Island Thursday evening just hours after it was announced he was being extradited to the United States. 

El Chapo’s attorneys say they were not notified of the extradition. “It was illegal. They didn’t even notify us,” said lawyer Andres Granados, who accused the government of extraditing his client to distract from nationwide gasoline protests. “It’s totally political.”

The Sinaloa capo will be incarcerated in the maximum-security Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Mexico says the extradition was a goodwill gesture towards both the outgoing and incoming U.S. administration.  

Chapo on his way to New York

Within one day of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and on the last full day of Barrack Obama’s presidency, the Sinaloa Cartel leader known as “El Chapo” was extradited to the United States.

The aircraft transferring Chapo, departed at 5:31 pm (ET) from Mexico to New York. The DEA agency received custody of the capo in Ciudad Juárez, on the border with Texas.

Today the Supreme Court of Mexico rejected the last two appeals filed by the Sinaloa captain against his extradition.

The U.S. Justice Department issued a statement confirming that Guzman was en route to the United States and expressed gratitude to Mexico for its cooperation.

 “We extend our gratitude to the government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzmán Loera to the United States.”

Breaking Story; Chapo extradited today

Posted by DD

The New York Times and NBC news are reporting that Mexican authorities had today extradited Drug Lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman  to the United States.
Several U.S. jurisdictions want to try the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel on federal drug trafficking charges, including prosecutors in San Diego, New York, El Paso, Texas, Miami and Chicago.

Guzman was recaptured in January of 2016 in the town of Los Mochis, almost six months after he used a tunnel to escape from a maximum-security Mexican prison in a brazen and elaborate jailbreak. 

This is a developing  story and we will provide more details and coverage from the Mexican press.

Reports of El Chapo claiming he is being sexually harassed

Ok folks….at first I thought this story must have been created from poor translating, but when several mainstream media sites posting the same story, and giving source credit to one of El Chapo’s attorney’s, I thought I would post it, if nothing else perhaps for a good laugh.

Joaquin Guzman Loera aka “El Chapo”, imprisoned leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has been complaining of his treatment and accommodations since “go”, and now his list of complaints supposedly includes, “sexual harassment”.

According to reports in U.S. papers, Chapo's  attorney, Sylvia Delgado says, her client insists he is being harassed by a prison guard who “squeezes” him and touches him in a manner that makes him feel “uncomfortable” and “embarrassed”.

Chapo further says,the guard constantly awakes him at night, and instead of just touching his shoulder, the guard, squeezes and gropes him.

Another Priest Murder in Mexico Raises Security Questions

Posted by DD from America Magazine and Mexico News Daily  

Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes, 36, parish priest
A Catholic priest who disappeared January 3 in Coahuila was found dead last week half buried on a vacant piece of land in the municipality of Parras de la Fuente.

Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes, 36, parish priest at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in the community of Aurora, Saltillo.   Hernández’ death brings to 16 the number of priests killed in the last four years. At least 31 have been murdered since 2006

Hernández had intended to take a vacation starting January 3, according to church officials, but when friends and colleagues became worried after he did not answer his cell phone. According to a statement by the Saltillo diocese, a friar visited his living quarters at the parish and found that while Father Hernández was missing, his suitcase and some other personal items were still at the residence.

A cellphone, tablet and computer were missing.

The circumstances of Hernández’ death are similar to those of a Michoacán priest killed last September. Alfredo López Guillén, a parish priest in Puruándiro, was murdered after a falling-out with two soldiers during a social visit in López’ home.

Feds target 'drive-through' Cochise County marijuana traffickers

Guest reporter Siskiyoukid republished from Arizona Star By Curt Prendergast 
Monday agents seized 3200 lbs of marijuana transported on flatbed
Federal authorities are targeting a drug-trafficking organization that reportedly smuggles 10,000 pounds of marijuana through Cochise County every month.

Two cases in U.S. District Court in Tucson shed light on a decade of brazen cross-border smuggling by the Agua Prieta, Sonora-based Toscano-Siqueiros drug-trafficking organization.

Federal prosecutors say Leonel “Tiger” Toscano and Martin “Tin Tin” Siqueiros run an organization that specializes in “drive-through” smuggling, in which convoys of trucks and SUVs loaded with thousands of pounds of marijuana drive across the border and head to Tucson or other destinations.

In drive-throughs, smugglers drive vehicles over ramps placed on top of the border fence, cut holes in the fence and drive through the breaches, or drive across areas with little or no fencing, court records show.

After crossing the border, scouts with encrypted radios alert drivers to law enforcement efforts. The drivers wear laminated cards around their necks that list code words to decipher the scouts’ messages, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors filed drug-trafficking charges against nine men in connection with busts in November 2015 and January 2016. Prosecutors say they were drivers for the Toscano-Siqueiros organization.
Above agents seize narco clone vehicle designed to look like a Fish & Wildlife truck
“This drive-thru crew has been operating in the Southern Arizona area with little to no consequences for many years,” federal prosecutor Christina Vejar wrote in court documents.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quintana Roo:Former Governor Mario Villanueva, leaves U.S.returns to Mexico prison system

Guest Reporter for Borderland Beat

The former governor of Quintana Roo, Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid was extradited from the U.S. returning to Mexico.  He was received by PGR (Attorney General Office) and AIC (Criminal Investigation Agency)elements at 12:30pm at the Mexico City Airport.

The prisoner had been detained at the Migrant Care Center in Louisiana since  Dec. 30 when he left the Lexington hospital prison.

The family of Villanueva Madrid reported making a  request for house arrest because of chronic health issues.  For years, Villanuenva, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which had been acquired during his imprisonment in the high security prison of Altiplano, in the State from Mexico.