Monday, November 30, 2015

Sinaloa: 2 bodies discovered in torched van may be missing Australian surfers

Lucio R. Borderland Beat
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Lucas and Cox
On November 21, there was a report in local media that at around 10:30am In the vicinity of Juan Aldama (El Tigre) Navolato, around 10:30 am, a van was discovered torched to complete destruction and inside were two deceased persons.  

At the time other than the vehicle being a Chevrolet step up van without license plates, officials said it was unknown how the event occurred or the identification of the victims.

Inside the van was found a grill and canned food, speculation and rumor replaced solid facts and information. It wasn’t until five days later that Mexican authorities pooled facts together and concluded the victims found in the van were most likely Australian natives, Canadian residents Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both 33, travelling in Mexico on a surfing trip and to visit friends.

Last heard from the day before the discovery
On the day prior two Edmonton Canada residents who went on a road trip to Mexico to surf and visit friends were last heard from and now are feared missing or worse after family lost contact with them for over a week now.

Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both Australian nationals who have lived in Edmonton during the summer construction season for the past several years,  left for Mexico in a 1992 Chevrolet van on Sept. 28 from Alberta.

“They’re incredibly keen surfers, very talented surfers. They love finding waves all around the world … I know they’ll be trying to find random waves. But I don’t think that’s what they were doing,” said Lucas’s girlfriend Josie Cox, from Edmonton, on Saturday. “I think they were trying to make their way to Guadalajara, like they planned.” Cox was meeting Lucas in Guadalajara.
Coleman and Gomez
Both men are experienced travelers who have been to Mexico multiple times and speak Spanish.

The men remained in contact with their friends in Edmonton via text, email, and Facebook as they travelled through the United States and into Mexico. But Cox says the last day she heard from Lucas was Nov. 20, the day of their three-year-anniversary, and the day before the Chevi Van was found with the two bodies in Sinaloa.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ex Police from Jalisco killing Municipals in Tijuana

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

[ Subject Matter: CJNG in Tijuana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Reporter: Zeta Redaction and Cortesia
Jorge Javier Castro Valle and Cesar Josue Castro Aguayo, members of the CJNG and ex policeman from Jalisco, were detained for being allegedly responsible for the homicide of Municipal Policeman Victor Manuel Inzunza Luna, on the night of 27th of November in Tijuana.

Cesar Josue Castro Aguayo, alias "El Percheron", 23 years of age and sub commander of the Municipal Police of Guadalajara, Jalisco, declared that the homicide was ordered by a criminal nicknamed "El Sapo".

Castro Aguayo was identified as an active member of the CJNG. For the past year, he has been hiding in Tijuana and his function was to buy arms in the United States to send them to Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shootouts In Tamaulipas Leave 7 Dead

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Shootouts between the police and alleged criminals, occurring both Thursday and Friday in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, left seven dead.

First, on Thursday, the Coordination Group of Tamaulipas (GCT) reported that: state police belonging to the Fuerza Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas Force) were attacked on two occasions by members of a criminal group, leaving two dead in the line of duty, while a policewoman was injured, along with an innocent bystander.

In the first attack, which occurred shortly after 19:00 hours in Independencia street located at the center of the border municipality, two unidentified gunmen who were driving in a sports car were killed.

During this attack, state policeman Ramón Zúñiga died, while a policewoman was injured by a gunshot.  Her condition was reported as stable and out of danger.

During the second attack, the state police were searching for the assailants, who were also attacked by armed gunmen at the crossing of the streets Independencia and Galeana, leaving Officer José Dionisio Bañuelos Chavira dead while an innocent bystander was injured.

The attackers, who were traveling in several vehicles, created blockades in some parts of the city in order to evade federal forces who were sent in to support the forces of the Fuerza Tamaulipas.  The assailants escaped taking exit roads to Reynosa, Río Bravo and Valle Hermoso.

The blockades were subsequently removed by the military and federal authorities, which secured three rifles, two pistols, magazines, cartridges, and a car.

Meanwhile on Friday, the group reported on three more deaths in the municipality of Río Bravo:

Oaxaca-Veracruz: 8 bodies found slashed to death in ongoing Ver turf war

Lucio R. Borderland Beat

The bodies of eight men, with either throats slashed or having been beheaded, were discovered in El Ejido Colonia Morelos, of the municipality Cosolapa, Oaxaca, on the border of Oaxaca and Veracruz.

The victims were bound foot and hand with duct tape, blindfolded and were left in and around a gray SUV with Federal District license plates.  There were no gunshot impacts on the bodies, indications are they were hacked to death at the bloody scene.  All the men were clad  only in underwear when found.

A narco cartulina was left at the scene, which reads;  

This is what will happen to those who work with “El Chiquis”

El Chiquis is  known as the name of the plaza chief of Cordoba, Orizaba and Tezonapa  Veracruz.

Some reports say it was a message to Los Zetas.

The vicinity of the discovery has become known as a preferred dumping ground for bodies in recent weeks, it is suspected that the killings transpire on the Veracruz side of the border, where there has been an uptick in cartel violence in recent months in a Veracruz turf war. 

In twenty seven days in November there were a total of 41 bodies reported dumped in the area.

Farm workers made the discovery, "Peasants who were to work in the vicinity of the hamlet Morelos (municipality) in Cosolapa, found the bodies and notified us ," reported the deputy commander of the state police.

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The grievance of "Don Neto"

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

[ Subject Matter: Ernesto Rafael Fonseca Carrillos
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

The Federal Judge who granted the degree of confinement to the legendary drug trafficker, requested new tests to be carried out to make sure that the home that will house Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo did not facilitate his evasion from justice. Carrillo thinks that his rights have been violent to prolong his imprisonment in an "unjustified" form. The defence team of the capo claims there is talk of Police or Army monitoring devices to oversee his client, while the Law signals that he will remain at the disposition of the authorities of Social Reinsertion.

Ernesto Raphael Fonseca Carrillo "Don Neto"

Reporter: Zeta investigations
They told him yes, but they haven't told him when. The narco trafficker Ernesto Raphael Fonseca Carrillo continues observing the passing of days, of the months and the years of a maximum security prison in Jalisco. This past April they considered the media of confinement, in substitution for the shame of prison, but the capo remains in prison.

Time passes and "Don Neto" Fonesca loses hope. His defense team have pointed out a home to continue the sentences that were imposed upon him, also they have been asked to conduct tests to prove that the proposed place complies with the requirements of the Law.

Archive: Interview with Juan Nepomuceno Guerra Cárdenas

Lucio R. Borderland Beat posted on forum by Bjeff
Juan N. at far left
Note from Lucio:  Juan Nepomuceno Guerra Cárdenas, born and died in Matamoros, Tamaulipas (July 18, 1915 – July 12, 2001) was the founder of the gulf cartel (Cartel del Golfo).  The “original capo” with only a sixth grade education,  headed a 20 billion dollar a year cocaine trafficking business.  He began his career of criminality in the 1930’s, trafficking alcohol into the U.S. during the prohibition era.

During his longevity, having lived until the age of 85, he only spent a few hours incarcerated. 

Last June Tamaulipas governor Egidio Torre Cantú, cut the ribbon at the dedication of a street in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, named in honor of the man who made criminality his life, Juan N. There is a PR video of the ceremony, but the street name is not included and neither a photo of the street sign.

In the lead up to the ceremony, none of the press reported that the name of the street was “Juan N. Guerra” in honor of Juan Nepomuceno Guerra Cárdenas. 
June 2015, street dedication to honor Juan N. Tamps Governor getting hug, mayor at left

By Dane Schiller

A slump-shouldered 80-year-old Juan N. Guerra seems a lifetime away from the Stetson-wearing towering man forever forged into the lore of Mexico's underworld. Guerra's name has been whispered by at least three generations. He was legendary long before his promising younger cousin, Juanito, climbed to the top of what authorities contend is a $20-billion-a-year cocaine empire.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Tixtla: Four Community Policemen Dead

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Armed men ambushed and assassinated four Community Police members of the House of Justice “La Patria es Primero” (“The Motherland Comes First”) of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC) in the neighborhood El Fortín, located in Tixtla, when they were patrolling the city.

According to El Sur, the assailants fled in ten trucks.

Members of the Community Police reported that at 2:20 pm on Thursday, they received an anonymous phone call warning them about the presence of armed men.

Six Community Police members went to the site on board a truck; they came out of the truck and searched the area to look for the armed men.

Later, the attackers caught up with the Community Police and attacked them with AK-47’s, killing four of them.  The other two members were not injured in the attack.

The bodies were covered with sheets and mats and were removed by villagers and taken to the House of Justice “La Patria es Primero” in the neighborhood El Fortín.

Forensic experts and public prosecutors based in Tixtla arrived at the scene, conducting relevant proceedings.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CNDH: Federal forces responsible for extrajudicial killings in Apatzingán

Lucio R. Borderland Beat material from CNDH

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) found  extrajudicial executions at the hands of the Federal Police in the events of January 6 in Apatzingán, Michoacán.   This was announced by the Ombudsman Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez  when submitting recommendation 3VG / 2015 for serious human rights violations in the case, which is directed to the Department of Defense, the National Security Commission, the government of Michoacán and the City Hall of Apatzingán.  

Excessive use of force by elements was found, which also caused the death of  ten people. 

Between 2:30 and 7:40 pm on January 6,  44 federal police and 287 military conducted an operation against elements of the autodefensas (self-defense) .  In that event, one person was killed in the parking lot of City Hall of Apatzingán.  In the second event, which occurred between 7:41 and 11:31 hours, nine people were killed.

Four of those killed in a black truck had 27, 7, 7 and 8 bullets, respectively.

"The deceased were not in possession of firearms therefore posed no threat to life or physical integrity of the Federal Police or anyone else, "says the report.  

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Zeta Leader for Poza Rica and Orizaba arrested

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

[ Subject Matter: Alejandro Castro
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Alejandro Castra Alfonso, alleged zeta leader in Poza Rica and Orizaba, Veracruz

Reporter: Patricia Davila
Federal forces detained Alejandro Castro Alfonso, alleged leader of the Zetas in Poza Rica and Orizaba, Veracruz, he is one of the 122 priorities of the actual Government, informed Renato Sales Heredia, National Commissioner for Security.

Castro Alonso, who also goes under the name Pascual Sandoval Oritz, is related to a criminal group dedicated to drug trafficking, robbery and the theft and sale of hydrocarbons, as well as extortion and kidnapping.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Coastal Municipalities Lay Out Conditions for Signing the Mando Unificado

By: Rodrigo Caballero | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Aquila, Michoacán— Before signing the so-called Mando Unificado (Unified Command), the municipalities of Chinicuila, Coahuayana and Aquila laid out some conditions in a cooperative agreement between the communities of the coastal sierra region of Michoacán.

Some of these conditions include the cancellation of arrest warrants against Héctor Zepeda Navarrete, Germán Ramírez Sánchez, Fredy Cruz Martínez and Evanivaldo Arceo Rojas who are currently members of the Community Police Force and Fuerza Rural in the area.

The agreement includes seven points including the freedom of José Manuel Mireles Valverde, Cemeí Verdía Zepeda and Agustín Villanueva Ramírez, as well as over the 300 autodefensa members who are regarded as political prisoners.

Furthermore, it appeals that Article 115 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States to be respected since it states that each municipality is responsible for its own safety, which they believe that the Mando Unificado would violate their sovereignty.

San Diego: 14 year old girl killed, friend kidnapped may be in Tijuana

14 year old girl murdered in San Diego neighborhood 

The body of Anna Hernandez, 14, was found wrapped in a blanket by police, her body decomposing, behind the apartment complex off 29th and Market, on November 18th.   It is a familiar scene in Tijuana, a body with visible trauma, wrapped grotesquely lovingly in a blanket.....This time played out with even more indescribable brutality, as the body concealed within the blanket is only a child. And now another is missing, as posters are passed out in Tijuana, and authorities and families remain silent for now...

Anna Hernandez attended San Diego High School, a few blocks from downtown San Diego, and lived in the Grant Hill Neighborhood, adjacent to Memorial Park.  She went missing on November 13th, with her friend Nelly Espinosa, who lived a few blocks from where Ana's body was discovered. Nelly was two years younger then Ana. Police have not named any suspects, or confirmed that Nelly was kidnapped, or that the two incidents are related. Authorities confirm Anna Hernandez was beaten and shot, possibly more then once before she died. 

A High Tech High student, where Anna attended school before a recent transfer stated that Anna had recently fallen in with a bad crowd, but that she was a sweet girl.  It's a vague statement, that may not mean anything.  Even in a gang neighborhood, it's hard to imagine, that a mere bad crowd could end in a badly beaten decomposing body, of a child.  

In Tijuana, the body wrapped in a blanket is known as encoibjado, and the ways bodies are left to be discovered can have some significance at times, though the constant bloodshed and frenzied killings have lost some of their meaning in the constant flow of blood and tears.  In non drug related crimes, it usually indicates the perpetrator had some kind of concern for the victim, and knew them or even loved them.  This is seen in child killings and sexual abuse cases frequently, and can often indicate a loved one, or someone close is responsible.  It is a crime, and act of intimacy.

It isn't too much to assume that the killing likely wasn't done in the lot behind the apartment complex, and Ana's body was merely left there, to be discovered, though she was possibly killed very shortly after she went missing on the 13th.  To beat a 14 year old, and then shoot her would require a private or more private area, very likely extremely close to where they were possibly abducted from. Another apartment, abandoned building, possibly a site where homeless or teenagers drink or smoke.  This may indicate that the UNSUB (Unidentified Subject) is familiar with the area, and perhaps the victims themselves.  

Theories are likely to sweep the neighborhood and the school she attended, with not a lot to go on, I would venture this is a person close to the girls, someone who lived in the neighborhood, and may have had another motive besides sexual assault or murdering Anna, a grudge against another family member, or a custody issue.  Domestic, or close would be my first thought abuse or otherwise, and not retaliation for unpaid drug debts, and to be clear there is NO evidence of criminal elements in the families, as of now.  

It's a gruesome and wrenching parallel of the two sister cities, San Diego and Tijuana, a heart breaking and brutal story, that renders me cold and hopeless, devastated....

Sources: NBCSan Diego, 10news San Diego 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tijuana: 'El Chichi' de Los Erres detained

Los Erres leaders arrested 

Less then two weeks after the arrest of Issac Chavez Alhiu Cabera, 'El Puma', second in command of Los Erres/Los Pelones a distribution/trafficking and enforcement cell, the third in command in Tijuana has been detained.  Mario Alberto 'El Chichi' Gonzalez was detained by the PEP in Zona Centro on Sunday in Tijuana, Chichi had a warrant against him for crimes against health.  Chichi is accused of executions related to drug distribution of rivals, and kidnapping.  

Authorities allege he was responsible for the distribution of crystal in colonias in Tijuana, including Zona Norte and Zona Centro, highly contested territory in recent months, between groups of Aquiles, El Gross, the remaining family and cell of 'El Mono'.  Los Pelones/Los Erres were birthed in the Teo and Inge days of 2008, and originally trafficked in Mexicali, after many were arrested and imprisoned for various organized crime offenses, the group fell from power.  

Their benefactor and alleged director, Jose Soto Gastelum 'El Tigre', an upper level Sinaloa cell leader in the area, is said to have gotten many of them released, in 2013 through bribes and lawyers, to reunite the cell, under the Los Erres banner.  Their leader was killed in Mexicali in 2013, Adrian Beltran Cabera, R-4, and assuming command was his younger brother Javier Beltran Cabera, El Javi, and the already arrested 'El Puma'. 

'El Puma' is said to have been responsible for the attempted murder of Jhared Carlos Rodriguez, in a popular Tijuana restaurant in June 2014.  The PEP claims they have mostly dismantled Los Erres, only their leader, and his boss remain free.  El Tigre is also accused of having in his group a man whom Border Patrol officials claim threw a rock at an agent, with intent to kill or harm, while being pursued, leading immigrants across the border.  

Tigre, after being placed on the DEA's most wanted list 2 years ago, has evaded the kind of press and indictments that have ensnared Aquiles, and his brother, who both face federal trafficking charges in San Diego County, and are said to be under pressure in Tijuana, to maintain control of their operations.  Aquiles and La Rana continue to direct their people in the bloody struggle for control of the retail market, their newest rival is Arturo Herrera, "El Gross', a former Aquiles loyalist, who is said to have switched teams, and is now working with CJNG, though this is unconfirmed. 

As one group may fall from power, another rises, complicating the already blurry and bloody Tijuana plaza.  

Sources: AFN Tijuana 

In Baja California they protect criminals

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

[ Subject Matter: Cartel Arrellano Felix, Sinaloa Cartel
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Arrests and recent homicides suggest a wave of attacks on the economic and operational structure of the Cartel Arrellano Felix on the part of  Sinaloan traffickers. State Police operatives are used to arrest an element of the CAF. while the intelligence section attack "El Tigre", head of the Sinaloa Cartel in this region.

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
Jorge Ernesto Penuelas Parra, a criminal in the service of the Cartel Arrellano Felix (CAF), was a fugitive from justice. Against him the State Public Ministry solicited and obtained orders of apprehension for homicide and kidnapping that date back to 2010.

The Ministerial investigators and the information from intelligence sources, allege that he is one of the men carrying out criminal activities at the side of Juan Sillas Rocha ( captured during November of 2011) during the internal war in the CAF against the criminals in the service of Eduardo Garcia Simental "El Teo" (2008 - 2011).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DEA-DOJ Drug Threat Assessment 2015

Lucio R. Borderland Beat material from Threat Assessment Report
Map of Mexican Cartels areas of influence or conflict-Click any image to enlarge
DEA and the  Department of Justice, released its 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment, see below embedded in its entirety (148 pages).

In its report, the NDTAS states that Baja California and its border continues to traffic the most drugs coming into and being transported throughout the U.S. and by the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) led by Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman. 

On the Pacific Coast, up through the northwest with nexus into Canada, heroin and meth make up the greatest drug threat.

Listed in the report are cartels of Mexico, Colombia, Dominican and Asia, with a listing of drugs of abuse.  This extensive report addresses most  areas of interest pertaining to cartel activity in the U.S.

Interesting read;  is the trafficking activities plus U.S. locations of activity and operational structure of cartels. (other than Mexican cartels).  Beginning  on page 4 of the report.

Cities Highlighted (Pages 3-4):

Mexican TCOs pose the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them. These Mexican poly-drug organizations traffic heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana throughout the United States, using established transportation routes and distribution networks. They control drug trafficking across the Southwest Border and are moving to expand their presence in the United States, particularly in heroin markets.

Boston, Massachusetts: Many of the local distribution groups are increasingly dealing with and receiving cocaine directly from Mexican organizations based in states such as Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Chicago, Illinois: Mexican TCOs pose the most significant threat. During 2014, Mexican organizations continued to dominate the wholesale distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine, Mexico-produced marijuana, and heroin (both Mexican black tar and South American heroin) in Chicago.