Friday, August 7, 2020

The return of Caro Quintero brothers, Rafael leading the Carborca Cartel and Miguel one year 'out' of Victorville federal prison

By Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat

Seven weeks ago, images of a massive attack on Caborca, Sonora was registered.

A convoy of an armed commando entered the city and terrorized the residents of the city, with kidnappings, shootings and buildings, including residential homes set afire.

Daylight the following day on social media video clips of the culmination of the night of terror was revealed in a scene that looked like something out of a horror movie.  Drivers passing on the Caborca/Sonoyta Highway began calling in emergency lines reporting seeing a “pile” of dead bodies.

A dozen corpses found abandoned on the highway had been severally tortured before being executed.  It was the passersby that recorded the scene and uploaded the grisly images on social media.

Searching with the Mothers of Mexico's Disappeared

"MX" for Borderland Beat; The New Yorker
Three women embrace as they contemplate the body of a man they discovered after identifying and digging up a burial pit last year.

When I texted Mirna Medina on a Tuesday afternoon, a little more than a year ago, she replied with a voice message that was cordial but abrupt: “Hi, yes, good afternoon, we’re working now, we just found a body, but yes, I’m available.” I had flown to Culiacán, the capital of the west-coast state of Sinaloa, Mexico, several days before, not anticipating that she would be nearly impossible to get ahold of. Replying to her message, I offered awkward condolences and asked when and where we could meet, but she didn’t respond that day, or the next.

Mirna lives in Los Mochis, a town three hours north of Culiacán, in a region called El Fuerte. There she leads a group of about two hundred, with more than a hundred active members who scour the city’s surrounding countryside searching for the bodies of desaparecidos—the disappeared—men and women, usually in their twenties or thirties, victims of cartel-related violence. The group consists mostly of mothers hoping to find their children’s remains. The journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who reported on drug cartels before his death, dubbed Mirna’s group las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte, the Trackers of El Fuerte. (Valdez was murdered in 2017, likely by sicarios—assassins—working for one of the cartels.)

Meet World’s Most Wanted fugitive Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada – Mexican king pin who can’t be traced

Mica Borderland Beat   Radio Times

Meet World’s Most Wanted fugitive Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada –Mexican king pin who can’t be traced. 

Mexican drug pin Zambada is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations.

Five of the world’s most dangerous criminals will be explored in new Netflix documentary, World’s Most Wanted.

The docuseries examines how five of the world’s most threatening offenders have remained at large – sometimes for more than 25 years – and why cops want to put them behind bars for good.

Mexican drug pin Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is one of the five fugitives mentioned in the series.

So what exactly did he do? Here’s everything you need to know about the drug lord, who hasn’t been seen in years.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Santa Ana Police Commander Executed

 By Buggs for Borderland Beat

On July 30, 2020 a group of sicarios ambushed and killed the Santa Ana state police commander, Daniel Hernández.

The incident happened at Estacion Llano, a place located between Santa Ana and Benjamin Hill.

Narco Banners talk about Alliance Between Rafael Caro Quintero and La Línea

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
Sonora Violento

Several narcomantas (narco banners) were displayed early this morning in different parts of Mexico City, Culiacán, Hermosillo, Chihuahua and Obregón.

The most interesting was in the Sonoran capital that was left hanging in Pedregal de la Villa, south of the city.

In the text there is a message for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador "AMLO," where they point out who are the real culprits of the many executions happening in Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa.

Nuevo Laredo: Blockades today and shootouts between CDN, State Police and SEDENA

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

An armed attack against a command of the State Police unleashed a series of shootings and blockades in various points of Nuevo Laredo today.

Despite low traffic, the criminals set up narco-blocks to delay support for the patrols that were ambushed on the way to the airport from the highway.

In addition to blocking important arteries such as the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo highway, the second Periférico ring road, and the Piedras Negras highway with trucks and vehicles, organized crime also crossed trucks on busy streets in the downtown area, such as Peru and César López Avenue. from Lara.

CDS narco message in Pénjamo, Guanajuato

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

This morning a narco-message was hung on the "Callejón Jalisco” vehicular bridge in the municipality of Pénjamo, Guanajuato, it was signed by El Cholo, leader of Gente Nueva de los Salazar, a cell and armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel.

A passerby driving a car made the discovery at 8:30am and reported it to the 911 emergency system.

The abbreviated message simply states “We continue the clean/purge”. 

Mexican president stops to take pictures with narco-ballad singer in Sinaloa

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Narco-ballad singer El Komander posing with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) stopped to take a photograph with a narcocorrido ("narcoballad") singer when he visited the state of Sinaloa on Wednesday. Alfredo Rios, better known professionally as "El Komander", is famous both in the U.S. and Mexico for his popular ballads that recount Mexico's brutal drug war. Many of his songs glorify violence and cartel members.

El Komander lives in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa and the stronghold of the Sinaloa Cartel. He has composed songs about the group and some of its former leaders, including the notorious kingpins Ismael "El Mayo" Zamabda and Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. After AMLO left with his entourage, reporters interviewed El Komander. The singer also said he was happy to have met AMLO.

AMLO's photo with the singer and his family comes after the president faced harsh criticism for taking a picture with El Chapo's mother during his last visit to Sinaloa, as reported by Borderland Beat.

Photojournalist murdered in Uruapan, Michoacán

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat TY Gus
The photojournalist and professor at the Inter-American University for Development (UNID), Luis Eduardo Ochoa Aguilar, 29, was assassinated Tuesday night at the Infonavit Los Aguacates.

According to reports from the C5i of the Regional Police Station, Ochoa Aguilar was killed with several bullet wounds while on his way to buy food in the company of a cousin.
According to reports, both were intercepted by people who rigged them with firearms and stripped them of their belongings. They then moved to a recreational park, where he was shot.

Personnel from the Specialized Crime Scene Unit (UEEC) gathered evidence at the scene for the opening of the investigation, which will seek to determine whether the attack is related to his work in various media.

A report from Primera de AM says he was shot in the head while he was attempting to stop a fight.

A check of his work doesn’t give an indication that he ever published work linked to organized crime.

The Sicilianization of Mexican drug cartels: an analysis of the extortion industry

"Redlogarythm" and "MX" for Borderland Beat
Extortion is one of the most lucrative activities conducted by cartels in Mexico
Extortion can be defined as the action through which one individual obtains a resource from another through intimidation or threat of violence. This criminal activity has been used by organized crime groups since early modern human civilization. In fact, it has been the most common and reliable practice for criminals since it involves few risks and low costs, and can provide significant revenue if applied to the correct segment of the population. Mexico has not been an exception.

In fact, extortion has formed part of the daily Mexican life since the second half of the 20th century. The rampant political, administrative and police/armed forces corruption has created a system of thousands of individuals who make a living out of obtaining money from others by threatening them with the use of force if they refuse to make the payment. Nowadays, extortion in Mexico is manifested in many forms, including derecho/cobro de piso ("user rights"), where the business owners are asked to pay criminals periodically in order to be able to work.

In this report, Borderland Beat will analyze derecho/cobro de piso and its effect on Mexico's private sector, ranging from the humble street vendor in Mexico City to the transnational avocado industry in Michoacán. This is a very vast topic which cannot be addressed purely on the basis of economic theory. Thus, Borderland Beat developed its own field research. We interviewed several business owners in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León for this report, and asked them a range of questions about their experience. We designed this report according to their answers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Sonora: Video clip of El H's funeral, sicario chief of Los Salazar

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus

On July 17th “El H” sicario chief of Los Salazar was gunned down while sitting in a barber’s chair in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora.

This video clip allegedly of his funeral reveals a couple of 50 caliber weapons sitting at attention near the coffin.

He replaced El Napoleón who was executed inside a restaurant at the end of 2019.

320 federal prisoners from the Altiplano prison arrive in Coahuila after "making room" for El Marro

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat 

José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, El Marro is now an inmate in  Altiplano, Mexico’s only supermax prison.

First authorities had to do a little housecleaning.

320 inmates had to be transferred out before the arrival of El Marro.

In two groups, the inmates, confirmed of not being members of Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, were transferred to Coahuila, specifically to the Cefereso number 18 Mesillas in Ramos Arizpe.

Official explanation: the transfer was made in consideration that "the inmates are not in suitable conditions for an effective coexistence" with the Huachicolero leader.

Virtual and Private...El Marro's first hearing is held

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Reforma

"My brother was abducted, tortured, even marked as an animal, so I ask that the process be private and without spectators."

The detention control hearing against José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, "El Marro", was held virtually and privately in Guanajuato, at the request of his defense.

Initially, the process was carried out in front of the media in the Orality Court located next to Cereso Mil in Valle de Santiago.

However, the lawyer for "El Marro" and the other detainees asked that the hearing be private.

The defender argued that in other judicial processes, in which he has also represented relatives of "El Marro", attorneys were put at risk by the information disclosed, adding that his own family has suffered attacks by a criminal group of Jalisco, without directly mentioning the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación.

Álvaro Uribe Vélez, ex-President of Colombia, arrested for bribing ex-paramilitary witnesses

"redlogarythm" for Borderland Beat; Reuters
Álvaro Uribe Vélez in 2020

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez said on Tuesday the Supreme Court had ordered his detention amid an investigation into alleged witness tampering and fraud. Uribe, a mentor of President Ivan Duque who now serves as a senator, has repeatedly declared his innocence and questioned the court’s independence.

The court has not yet released its ruling and it was unclear whether Uribe, a divisive political figure, would be held under house arrest or possibly behind bars. “The privation of my liberty causes me profound sadness for my wife, for my family, and for Colombians who still believe that I have done something good for the country,” Uribe wrote on Twitter.

The Supreme Court ruling would mark the first ever in Colombia ordering the detention of a former president. Duque has repeatedly backed Uribe and said he should be allowed to defend himself while free. The case stems from a long-running feud between the right-wing Uribe and leftist Senator Ivan Cepeda.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

This is how Things are in Sonora

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

The murders in Sonora increased by 60% in 2020, after the bloody war that this northern state is experiencing. 

Just this last month of July in Ciudad Obregon reached up to 21 executions in just 5 days after the end of the month, it was a quiet month relatively speaking but it adds to the hundreds of executions in the city. Obregon joins Caborca, Hermosillo, Empalme, Guaymas, Etchojoa, Huatabampo and Navojoa in the wave of homicides related to criminal cartel activities.

In Obregon this weekend the businessman and owner of the restaurant "La Palapa del Bucanero" was executed. Sergio Meraz Reyes was shot to death inside his vehicle. He was known in the business and social circles in the local community.

Commander of the police in Hermosillo Jesús Martín Miranda Martínez

In Hermosillo, municipal police commander Jesus Martin Miranda Martinez was executed, and his partner, also a municipal officer, was abducted by an armed commando.

One of the U.S. "Most Wanted", Rubén Velázquez Aceves "El Ingeniero"quietly arrested, CJNG command

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Source Reforma

Rubén Velázquez Aceves "El Ingeniero", command of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and one of the most wanted men by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

In the most absolute secrecy, the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) arrested in Zapopan for extradition purposes Rubén Velázquez Aceves "El Ingeniero", command of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation CJNG) and one of the most wanted men by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

On July 18th three weeks after the attack on Omar García Harfuch, Velázquez Aceves, the alleged drug trafficker from Guadalajara, was arrested by agents of the Federal Ministerial Police when he descended from a KIA vehicle on Calle Azahares, in Colonia Bugambilias.

For security, he was transferred to the Colegio del Aire Military Air Base in Zapopan, where he boarded a flight that took him to Tapachula, Chiapas, to finally be admitted to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation Number 15, in the Villa de Comaltitlán Municipality.

Velázquez Aceves is a veteran of drug trafficking in Jalisco, he was born on October 17, 1954 in Guadalajara, he studied until high school and his legal occupation was that of "merchant".
The authorities knew of an address of the alleged trafficker in Paseo de los Naranjos, in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, but apparently,  he never appeared at that location.

Unlike other operators in this criminal group, Velázquez Aceves is one of the most interesting to Americans.

The DEA identified since 2013 "El Ingeniero" as one of the main lieutenants of Rubén or Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", since together with José Alcalá Gaytán "El Actitud" he directed the CJNG drug distribution network in California, Illinois and New York.

Video: La Teniente captured, right arm of CDN leader El Huevo

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat La Silla Rota, Frontera Al Rojo Vivo

Guadalupe Villareal, alias "La Teniente'', the former policewoman is one of the people closest to Juan Gerardo Treviño," "El Huevo" leader of the Northeast cartel

This morning Guadalupe Villareal, alias "La Teniente", an alleged leader of the Northeast Cartel was arrested,  after an operation carried out by elements of the Ministry of National Defense and the National Guard, in Tamaulipas.

The 41-year-old " Lieutenant " was detained along with her romantic partner, Edna "N", in the Sandia neighborhood of Nuevo Laredo.

"La Teniente" has an arrest warrant for the crimes of  homicide, criminal association, and crimes committed against public servants; She is indicated as responsible for the informants or hawks, as well as for the bars and nightclubs in the area where they carry out illicit activities such as human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, torture, and murder.

La Teniente is considered one of the most violent criminals in the area,  she planned and executed armed aggressions against public servants.

Drugs accumulate on the border: in desperation the Sinaloa Cartel improvises

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus  Infobae
The health emergency due to COVID-19 has caused a decrease in traffic between Mexico and the United States.

A container of  fentanyl disguised as alcohol

The drug trafficking business is experiencing difficult times: the coronavirus has redoubled controls at border points. It has also reduced air traffic to a minimum.
For this reason, drug traffickers have had to find alternatives that alleviate the pressure that the pandemic has produced. In Mexico, despair has prompted the Sinaloa Cartel - one of the most powerful structures in Mexico - to hire "mules” or American smugglers.

A drug dealer who operates for people from Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada revealed to the Rio Doce journalist, Miguel Ángel Vega, that due to the temporary closure of the San Ysidro or Calexico sentry box, only US citizens can enter and leave the country.

"As gringos cross the merchandise, they charge more, and now that less (drug) is crossed and there is a shortage, the price increased, because it is more expensive to send the drug, and because the second immigration inspection in Indio has become tougher," he said.

Faced with the difficulties of drug trafficking, the Sinaloa organization has encountered increased police surveillance on the border. “No one is crossing anything right now."

                                                                          Mota above

Some, for example, mota we are going to have to throw away because it has been drying for almost three months and it is stored there, and if it is not sold soon it will spoil. The case of Chiva (very low-quality heroin) is different because it can last a long time and nothing happens, but mota does not,” said the narco.

Patty Hartman, a DEA spokeswoman in Washington, said that trafficking has not stopped, but has hampered the ability of cartels to move drugs to the United States, causing accumulation of illicit drugs on both sides of the border.

Last March, it was reported that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply chain became complex. This vulnerability caused the Sinaloa Cartel to increase methamphetamine prices. On the orders of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, the crystal went from 2,500 to 15,000 pesos.

A "cook" allied with the criminal group told Río Doce that the instructions were received through a WhatsApp message that read "If you don't obey, pay attention to the consequences."

Although chefs typically have a one-month supply of chemicals on hand, they had difficulty replenishing stocks in those days.

"Prices are very high right now. Due to the coronavirus, there is very little distribution or import from China to Mexico City. It is difficult to obtain chemicals. You can get them, but the prices are going up for everyone,” explained one cook.
Before the world crisis, a kilogram of fentanyl was sold wholesale to 870,000 pesos. Currently, it costs up to 1,000,000 pesos.

Drug cooks speculated that the methamphetamine price ordered by "El Mayo" had more to do with opportunism than with chemical shortages. They claimed that as methamphetamine production has increased, competition from rivals has increased and profit margins have decreased.

Mexican cartels have dominated the crystalline methamphetamine trade, especially since the mid-2010s, when the United States began restricting the sale of cold medications, used to make methamphetamine in local laboratories.

This has also stimulated Mexican drug traffickers to decrease heroin production. Cartels have found it much more lucrative to manufacture synthetic drugs as it can be produced year-round with chemicals that, until recently, were cheap and readily available.

Heroin, by contrast, requires huge poppy fields, which can only be seasonally harvested by farmers.

Justice in Mexico releases 2020 Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico Report

"MX" for Borderland Beat; Justice in Mexico

Justice in Mexico has released the second edition of Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico, coordinated by Laura Y. Calderón, Kimberly Heinle, Rita E. Kuckertz, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk. Initially titled Drug Violence in Mexico, the report was reissued under a new name beginning last year with the tenth edition.

The switch reflects recent shifts in the nature of organized crime, including the diversification of criminal activities. In an ever-changing world, Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico works to compile important statistics regarding key trends while providing insight to help understand an uncertain future.

The report cites two factors that have contributed to recent patterns in crime: infighting amongst splinter groups and diversification of revenue sources. As larger criminal organizations disband, smaller groups are left in their wake. These small enterprises often lack the logistical capacity to form trans-national criminal partnerships, and instead turn to predatory crimes to maintain revenue. Robberies, kidnappings, and territorial violence can all be linked to the actions of low-level criminal organizations as they fight to increase their market share.

2 Plus Tons of Cocaine Decommissioned near Acapulco, Guerrero

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Televisa / msn/ 24horas
Navy seizes more than two tons of cocaine and fuel in Guerrero
The smaller boat, cocaine and fuel were secured and made available to the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation of Acapulco, Guerrero.

The Secretary of the Navy-Navy of Mexico ( SEMNAR) seized 2,240 kilograms of alleged cocaine, 500 liters of fuel, as well, from a smaller vessel, on the coastline of Guerrero.

The cargo was transported in packages and drums on board a smaller “Imemsa” type vessel manned by four people. Imemsa is a type of panga.

According to the Navy, personnel from an Ocean Patrol ship sighted the smaller vessel with two outboard engines moving at high speed southeast of the port of Acapulco, Guerrero, for which reason they established an operation with surface units, aircraft units and personnel of the Marine