Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Attorney General of Tamaulipas offers reward for the capture of three organized crime capos

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

Subject Matter: Capos of CdG, Tamaulipas Government
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The Attorney General of Justice of Tamaulipas has offered up to 2 million pesos reward to whomever gives information leading to the capture of three alleged bosses of criminal groups, for their alleged responsibility in the crimes of extortion and criminal association.

They are: Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, El Pelochas or El M 28, Humberto or Steven Loiza Mendez Betillo, Betito, and Petronilo Moreno Flores, El Panilo.

In a communication: the Attorney General informed that in the towns of Reynosa and Rio Bravo there have been wanted posters put up with the faces of the alleged criminals. All three have attributed the responsibility for acts of violence in towns of Reynosa and Rio Bravo for the control of criminal activities.

Image from Epoca Violenta


Monday, December 11, 2017

Aguila 7 of Los Zetas Old School, captured in Ciudad Victoria

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Tamaulipas Government press release

Subject Matter: Jorge Luis Torres Barron, Zeta Aguila 7
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas:
In an action carried out by elements of the Marines, Jorge Luis Torres Barron, alias Zeta Aguila 7, signalled as a member of a criminal group has been operating in Ciudad Victoria carrying out extortion of truck drivers and drug dealers, informed the coordination group for Tamaulipas.

During his arrest, authorities confiscated a van, 2 packets and 162 doses of a herb with the characteristics of marijuana, as well as 46 doses of white powder and 13 doses of rock, as well as an AK47 assault rifle, a pistol, spare magazines and ammunition, which were put at the disposition of the PGR.

The detained, signalled as a member of a criminal organization, was also being sought by the PGJ of Tamaulipas, who had arrest warrants against him for the crimes of extortion and criminal association, regarding his dedication in Ciudad Victoria to extorting drivers on transport routes.

With actions such as this, the Group for Coordination in Tamaulipas reaffirm their commitment to the recuperation of law and order and peace in the state of Tamaulipas, with the support of the armed forces and in collaboration with state and municipal authorities.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Morelos State Police claim they never heard the screams or cries of women or children at Temixco, El Senor de la V promises revenge

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

Subject Matter: Temixco Massacre
Recommendation: see link to original report on events

Reporter: Milenio Redaction
The State Police that participated in the confrontation in Temixco with members of an alleged band of criminals, in which four women died, a minor of 13 years old and a baby of three months, related that they heard no shouts or voices of women or children that would have alerted them that they were inside.

"If someone had said there were children, today would be a different history", said one of the uniformed officers interviewed by Carlos Puig for Milenio TV.

The gun fight that happened with the people of Jose Alberto Valdez, known as El Senor de la V, and alleged leader of a cell of the CJNG, with links to the Beltran Leyvas, who had been detained on two occasions, but set free with judicial orders.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Acapulco suspends classes until January 8th due to wave of violence in outlying neighborhoods

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo            


In some areas of Acapulco there is no public transport and classes were suspended in 14 schools in the area, where teachers and parents agreed to return January 8, 2018. Also, Ciudad Renacimiento, Mozimba, Progreso including UAG schools chose to suspend activities due to insecurity.

By Jacob Morales Antonio

Guerrero / Mexico City, December 9 (ElSur / SinEmbargo) .- The wave of violence that began last Tuesday in the Sinaí neighborhood spread and affected 28 surrounding neighborhoods where there is no public transportation, and caused the suspension of classes of 14 schools in the area where teachers and parents agreed to return their children January 8, 2018.

10 days after the holidays began, the schools yesterday looked empty and closed, without any notice on their doors. But they are not the only ones, other schools of Ciudad Renacimiento, Mozimba, Progreso and even the Autonomous University of Guerrero (UAG) also opted to suspend classes due to insecurity.

On a tour of Sinaí and other surrounding neighborhoods, El Sur noted the closure of the buildings, located in areas populated by Afro-descendant and indigenous migrants from Costa Chica and Montaña del Estado, who work in hotels, shopping centers, or sell handicrafts on the beaches.

20 Years of Impunity: The Attack on Blancornelas and Zeta

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ZETA

Tijuana BC: November 27, 1997
By: Jesus Blancornelas
Nov 27, 2017

I will never forget it. The suit and tie. Mustache trimmed well. Thick lips. Flattened nose. Brown. Dark brown glasses with silver, yuppie hairstyle. No more than 35 years old. Sitting in the back of the new dark green car. He lowered the electronically controlled window. Pistol in hand, he stuck  out his arm, stiffly. I saw him when he pointed at us and started firing. The outbursts stunned me. The surprise did not give me time to be scared. My dread. Ten minutes before, when leaving home, the usual "we'll see you " to my wife. I climbed into the Explorer truck.

 "Good morning," I said to Valero,  as he opened the door and I climbed into the vehicle."Good morning," Luis replied. His hands were on the wheel. I threw my briefcase into the backseat and the holster with a Beretta gun . I should have carried it in my hand, but I did not expect that precisely that day we would be attacked. 

Valero offered himself kindly as an escort six months before that November 27, 1997 day. When I published something in April I felt the threat of danger, he left his modest but quiet tow truck business to protect me. That morning, as always, he had his loaded gun under his right thigh, at hand. Days before I saw how he fired. We went to the shooting range. He taught me how to fire a gun. How to hold it, stretching the arm, aiming, and teaching me when to pull the trigger. 

Said Luis Valero: "Do it until you feel better."

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mireles: The Government Betrayal

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

Subject Matter: Mexican Government, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
Towards the first decade of the 21st Century, organized crime expanded its crime spectrum in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan. Not only did it keep the region ravaged by the violence associated with drug trafficking, but with extortion's, kidnappings and rape.... Unprotected by the authorities, and fed up with the wave of death and abuse, several Michoacan communities took up arms to face the executioners. A central figure in that movement, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde tell the details of it in his book, Todos Somos Autodefensas. The awakening of a sleepy town, which also tells how the Federal Government betrayed its commitments to the Auto-defensas, to the point of even imprisoning the community. We print a fragment from the book, with the authorization of Grijalbo.

On April the 14th of 2013, the disarming of the Auto-Defensa Groups was planned and organized for May 10th, by an agreement that took place in the space now occupied by the Ceferso # 17 Tierra Caliente. During the meeting, I told Federal Commissioner, (Alfredo Castillo Cervantes): How is it possible that you are planning disarmament for May 10th if we still have Auto-Defensa prisoners, if the rule of law in Michoacan is still not restored, if we still do not have a fair distribution of justice in the state of Michoacan, if we still do not have efficient public security in Michoacan?

"By May 10th, I will have it resolved", was his response. All your imprisoned Auto-Defensas will be released; all the leaders of the cartel and their people, their Sicarios will be arrested. You are going to have a fair dispensation of justice; you are going to have efficient public security, because you are going to be public security, you yourselves are going to be backed up in large areas from the Armed Forces of the nation and the State. On one side, you are going to be forming part of the State Rural Police, on the other side they will form part of the Defensas Rurales of Sedena.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Foreign Zeta Plaza Boss in the sight of Veracruz Authorities

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

Subject Matter: Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Noe Zavaleta
The Government of Veracruz has identified 17 key persons that operate in the Los Zetas Cartel, of which, the most important is a Plaza Boss who is foreign to Mexico, and whose capture has been categorized as a priority.

According to the document called Criminal Structure of Coatzacoalcos, from the Sub-Secretary of Operations of the Secretary of State Public Security, containing the 17 specific objectives, including the Plaza Boss, and Sicarios, one of whom is a foreigner, halcones, kidnappers, gas thieves, extortioners and a woman who is in charge of distribution of drugs in the marginal zones of the federal State.

For three years, this criminal group "has been reduced", because of apprehensions and the death of its criminal leaders in confrontations with the authorities, and confrontations with antagonistic criminal organizations that are disputing territory with them.

Victims at Temixco died in cross fire revealed the Morelos Prosecutor

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

Subject Matter: Civilians killed in Temixco
Recommendation: Read this article on the original reports of the events

Reporter: Jaime Luis Brito
On social networks there have been two photos published, that appear to have been taken by Forensic staff who attended to remove the bodies of the victims of the massacre of Temixco, in which one can see the women killed in a bath room, in contrast, the Attorney General Javier Perez Duron, claimed it was false that the victims had received a "coup de grace".

In the images one can observe a baby of three months who was killed. The body in an orange colored romper suit was found within a meter of the bath room door. In the interior of the bath room there are four bodies crammed in, with the markers of the Forensic unit marking out the wounds. Two Forensic experts can also be seen, wearing the regulation clothing.

In a press conference in which he would not take questions, the Prosecutor Javier Perez Duron read a brief statement to clarify the information which had been published before, with respect to the statement that the bodies had received a "coup de grace", "this is false", he said.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3 Policemen Shot Dead on the La Paz Malecon/ 6 in 48 Hours

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

Bienvenidos a La Paz, BCS
Dec 3, 2017
Extra material from Various Sources incl: BCS Noticias
El SudCaliforniano, Colectivo Pericue; RIP: Max Rodriguez

Around 5:00 p.m. this past Saturday, December 2, three officers assigned to the State   Tourist Police were killed in the middle of the Malecon in La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Commander Juan Polo Arreola, the supervising commander Christian Alberto León Aguiar, and Edmundo Vega Martínez, were left without life inside their patrol vehicle with the license number SSP 00001.

7 Los Zetas Sicarios killed in Ciudad Mante

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article with additional pictures from Epoca Violenta

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

During a security operation in Ciudad Mante, implemented after an anonymous call, 7 alleged sicarios lost their lives, with arms and ammunition decommissioned.

Reporter: Milenio Digital
During a security operation in Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas, elements of the Army and State Security had a confrontation with a group of alleged criminals, that left a total of seven aggressors dead.

In a communication, the PGJ of Tamaulipas informed that due to an anonymous call they had implemented an operation to locate an encampment in which, alleged illicit activities had taken place.

On arrival at the  location, in a breach known as El Nacimiento, in Ciudad Mante, the security elements received gunfire, which initiated the confrontation.


Don Chelo of CJNG gunned down in firefight ten days after leaving prison, gold plated pistols and exotic animals found at his ranch

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

Subject Matter: Don Chelo, Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia
Recommendation: Read this article by BB reporter DD

UPDATED 12/6/2017 WITH FACE PHOTOS, Thanks Tia Chivis, and new material from Milenio

Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia, who organized a narco party in the Puente Grande prison in 2013, died in a gunfight with the Mexican Marines at Rancho La Esperanza in Jalisco

Reporter: Milenio Digital
Ten days after being freed from the Puente Grande prison, Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia, Don Chelo, alleged member of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion died during a confrontation with the Secretary of the Marines on a ranch in Tonala, informed sources from the Attorney Generals Office of Jalisco.

Around 03:00 am, Marines carried out an operation on the La Esperanza ranch and had a confrontation with armed men, that left two Marine elements wounded and three civilians dead, among them Don Chelo.

On the 9th of May, Milenio published fragments of a video of two hours duration of a party organized in 2013 inside the Puente Grande prison organized by Don Chelo who during the years of his incarceration controlled the prison.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

AeroMulas: The Women Drug Mules of Heroin

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

"Don't Be A Drug Mule "
By: Luis Carlos Sainz /Nov 2017
Zeta Investigations

Mothers of families, often poor, become "human mail carriers", traffickers of the derivative of opium, ie heroin. They are arrested with the drug in double bottoms of suitcases, attached to the body, in their footwear, or in the vagina. About 70 percent of the secured heroin and criminal cases against "chiva" traffickers on commercial flights in the country are registered in Baja California. Women heroin transporters get, on average, 10-year  prison sentences. Three sisters imprisoned at the end of 2015 were strangely acquitted.

As soon as she got off the plane, she was greeted by the icy January wind on the border.  She  went to
get her suitcase from the baggage area and hurried to the exit. The slim, white-skinned lady -like her name- drew attention for her wide striped skirt in black and gray tones, her black scarf and her multicolored suitcase, but above all, for her peculiar way of walking.  She took short, wide steps.

An anonymous call leads to horror: thousands of scorched human remains found in Coahuila

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo


Silvia Ortiz, mother of the disappeared Fanny and who heads the group Vida, says that an anonymous call warned one of the members of the group that a plot of land of the San Antonio El Alto farming co-op was used by alleged organized crime members to disappear their victims.

The group went to the place Ortiz indicated and found thousands of skeletal remains and a leaky drum, similar to those used by organized crime to burn bodies. In addition to the drum and bone remains, they found dental pieces and a series of non-biological objects of great importance to the group.

Coahuila / Mexico City, December 4 (Infobae / SinEmbargo) .- Following an anonymous report, members of the group searching for missing persons, Victims for their Rights in Action (VIDA), located approximately 3,000 remains on a plot of land located in Coahuila. Apparently, the victims were burned in diesel drums.

An anonymous call warned one of the members of the VIDA group that a plot of the San Antonio El Alto farming co-op was used by alleged members of organized crime to disappear their victims.

Relatives of missing persons went to the site for the first time on Saturday to conduct the search. In the location they found shell casings, shoes, clothes, teeth and 3 thousand burned bone remains, the organization reported.

Mexico Militarized?

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

Subject Matter: Militarization of Mexico
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

These are the measures of the Law of Internal Security approved by deputies and that have been questioned by the Opposition and Non Governmental Organizations

The application of the Law of Internal Security will correspond to State and Federal forces, and in exceptional cases to the Armed Forces.

Where there is major violence, more soldiers

The armed forces could participate in work to combat crime when the civilian authorities do not have the resources

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Its Own Anti-Corruption Drive, Commissioners Say

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from NY Times
President Enrique Peña Nieto touring an area hit by an earthquake in September. Mr. Peña Nieto agreed to the creation of an anti-corruption commission last year, but its members say they have been stymied. Credit Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg  

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s landmark anti-corruption drive, inaugurated by President Enrique Peña Nieto under intense pressure to answer the scandals jolting his administration, is being blocked by the government’s refusal to cooperate on some of the biggest cases facing the nation, according to members of the commission coordinating the effort.

Attempts to look into the use of government surveillance technology against civilians, the embezzlement of tens of millions of dollars through public universities and allegations of widespread bribery to win construction contracts have all been thwarted, commission members say.

Marred by scandals that have embroiled his administration, his allies and even his own family, Mr. Peña Nieto agreed to the creation of a broad anti-corruption system last year that was enshrined in the Constitution, a watershed moment in Mexico.

But after nine months of pushing to examine the kind of corruption that ignited public outrage and brought the new watchdog into existence, some of its most prominent members say they have been stymied every step of the way, unable to make the most basic headway.