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Friday, December 3, 2021

"260 Pirate Broadcasting Stations, Some Belong To Narco Traffickers”

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

There are subversive groups with political interests to people linked to organized crime, said José Antonio García, president of the chamber.

In Mexico there are more than 260 radio stations that operate irregularly, violate the rules and broadcasting rights in the country and in the worst case, are run by organized crime, denounced José Antonio García, president of the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT).

In an interview with MILENIO, the industrial representative explained that the number of pirate radio stations could be even higher, because they operate in marginal areas; that is, in localities where there is no traditional coverage.

“Illegal stations increased with the pandemic, there are subversive groups that politically manage these stations, others that have to do with organized crime that are being installed and others that are commercially trying to exploit them without having participated in a frequency bidding before the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (Ifetel) ”, he said.

Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero, according to García, are the entities with the highest number of pirate stations; however, a large presence was found in the State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

In recent statements by Adolfo Cuevas Teja, Ifetel's president commissioner, he recognized the need facing the radio industry in Mexico after the proliferation of illegal stations, even though the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law provides the possibility of accessing the spectrum.

The same regulation indicates that currently they can impose fines from 100 to 20 thousand days of minimum wage, in addition to a penalty for each day that Ifetel verifiers are not allowed to access their facilities up to a maximum of 10 calendar days, in addition to seizing the station team.

At the time, Carlos Ponce, general director of Verification in the Compliance Unit of the Institute, commented that in the last seven years, about 657 stations were verified, of which 350 had their equipment confiscated and operations suspended. So far this year 60 have been seized, but they estimate that there are at least 500 illegal stations.

In an exercise carried out by this medium, it was found that through platforms such as Amazon or Mercado Libre, a wide variety of equipment can be purchased to install a short, medium or long wave radio station; ranging from 2,000 to 120,000 pesos.

"The most important thing is the dismantling and that the Institute seizes the assets (the transmitter, the antenna, the tower) or any equipment that is installed illegally," García added.

From Ifetel there is a section within its electronic platform to file complaints against radio broadcasters that operate without a concession.

They seek to elevate punishments

In order to strengthen the sanctions against pirate radios, the CIRT is working on a bill to consider and punish these activities as a federal crime.

"We seek that it has a penalty in addition to the fines that came into existence (...) We have already finished putting together this initiative," explained Antonio García after maintaining that at present the law is soft against these activities that are not considered illegal.

Milenio Noticias

San Miguel Octopan, Guanajuato: Authorities Capture Several Cartel Jalisco Gunmen

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Video translation is as follows:

In the state of Guanajuato there are 5 people murdered in the community of San Miguel Octopan belonging to the city of Celaya. In 3 days people have been taken from their homes and shot to death during the early morning hours.

The first event occurred at 5 am on Tuesday when armed individuals entered a home. They took out a man and murdered him. Afterwards, yesterday at 4:30 in the morning another murder with the same modus operandi was registered in the community.

This Thursday just after 2 in the morning an armed group entered a house in the community and murdered 3 people, a woman and her 2 children. After this last event, there was a chase and an exchange of gunfire. In the vehicles they located large caliber weapons and tactical equipment of a particular criminal group.

Nuevo Casas Grande, Chihuahua: Rubén Armando Hernández aka El R7 Captured

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Video translation is as follows:

Federal forces captured Rubén Armando Hernández, known as El R7, in Nuevo Casas Grandes. He is one of the alleged members of the criminal group La Línea.

He is also credited with having participated and being one of the material perpetrators of the massacre in Bavispe on November 4, 2019. 

So far there have already been 24 people arrested and charged as well as linked by this for this case.

Milenio Noticias

Ensenada, Baja California: Javier Patiño Garibay Shot Dead While Resisting His Kidnapping

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

In Ensenada, Baja California, a man was killed while resisting being kidnapped by two subjects in the parking lot of a wholesale grocery store.

Video translation is as follows:

Azucena Uresti: In Ensenada, Baja California a man was murdered when he resisted being kidnapped by 2 subjects in a parking lot. The attackers fled and nothing is known about them.

Male Reporter: Thus, in broad daylight, a man in between his 40s and 50s was killed by 4 gunshots after resisting a kidnapping in the parking lot of the Mayorista Mercado in Ensenada, Baja California.

It was 12:55 p.m. on Sunday, November 8 when a security camera captured the entry of a pick up truck. Two subjects got out of the unit, one of them from the passenger side who was dressed in black covered with a ski mask and carrying a pistol intercepts the victim who was leaving the place walking.

Immediately, his accomplice comes down from the unit, intervenes and the struggle begins. All this before the gaze of some people. The man struggles against the 2 subjects. They hit him and try to get him into the vehicle.

But when one of the criminals could not subdue him, he shot him in the head and the victim fell to the ground. Wherein he was finished off with 3 more gunshots. Immediately the aggressors get into the truck and when reversing they run over their victim.

The attackers left the business located on 3rd Street between Gastélum and Miramar in the Zona Centro neighborhood. And after the murder, the State Prosecutor's Office investigates the motive for the crime and the whereabouts of the aggressors.

Azucena Uresti: The State Prosecutor's Office reported that the murdered man was identified as Javier Patiño Garibay originally from Michoacán. According to the initial investigations he had been imprisoned before for being allegedly responsible for the crime of injuries.

Nothing is known about the aggressors. And so far no one has claimed the body of this man who is currently at the Forensic Medical Service facility in the port of Ensenada.

Azucena Uresti

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Melipilla, Chile: Investigative Authorities Arrested 20 Cartel Jalisco Members

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Video translation is as follows :

Newscaster: And in other news in Chile, alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel were detained. Jorge Martínez has the details. As always it’s a pleasure to hear from you. Go aead with your report sir. 

Jorge Martínez: Likewise. How's it going? And good afternoon. The actual criminality of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has already arrived in Chile. On Wednesday elements of the Chilean investigation detained 20 alleged members of said criminal organization in the Melipilla region, of the Santiago capital. 

The investigations concluded with the arrest of these individuals, of these 20 subjects after a 2 year inquest. During the operation, 63 kilograms of cocaine, small arms, plate carriers, useful items, properties, boats, and several luxury automobiles were seized.

As well as cash. The seizure according to authorities estimates has a value of approximately three thousand eight hundred million pesos. Which is the Chilean equivalent to 453,084 US dollars.

The investigation established that these alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, that in addition to trafficking drugs. They also extorted small merchants.

For now, of the 20 people arrested, 17 are in preventive prison. After they were charged with the crimes of having illicit associates, money laundering, and infractions of the firearms law. For now this is the report.

Newscaster: Jorge, thank you for your report. We’ll stay tuned for further updates. Thank you. 

Jorge Martínez: Thank you. Have a good afternoon. 

Milenio Noticias

Irapuato, Guanajuato: 5 Men Linked For Events That Happened At El Cantador Safe House

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Among the detainees there is a teenager, weapons, drugs, motorcycles, tactical equipment, among other items, were seized

Four men and a teenager were linked to criminal proceedings for their alleged participation in various crimes of events that occurred last Saturday in the El Cantador neighborhood.

As reported by the newspaper El Sol de Irapuato, everything originated after municipal elements had attended to a man who said he had been kidnapped in a home, the State Attorney General released more details of what happened which are the following.

A police deployment in search of a 42-year-old kidnapped man, and a subsequent investigation led Criminal Investigation agents to intervene in a home in the El Cantador neighborhood, in the city of Irapuato, where four men and one minor were captured in possession of war materials and drugs.

The detainees had in their possession 11 assault weapons, three motorcycles, magazines, tactical equipment, rounds, drugs, caltrops, incendiary grenades and communication equipment, among other items. 

The agents found in the war material, 22 pyrotechnic artifacts, plastic bags filled with different mixtures of gunpowder and chemicals, which they would hurl with mortar, they used them to signal or warn of police presence, it gave them the opportunity to flee when they carried out their criminal acts at night.


Under charges of kidnapping a 42-year-old man, who was rescued, the detainees were placed at the disposal of the Public Ministry. 30 year old Secundino Luis “N”, known as “El Diz”; Axel Eduardo "N"; alias “El Cacario”, 21 years old; Gabriel “N”, 25 years old and Luis Gustavo “N”, 18 years old, the latter from the state of Jalisco.

An adolescent who also participated in the events was placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Adolescent Unit.

In relation to the events, Criminal Investigation agents learned from SPM of the location of a handcuffed male, with tape over his mouth, who was kidnapped at a home on CTM street in the El Cantador neighborhood.

Upon his intervention, the victim told the agents that he lived in the Los Príncipes neighborhood and that on November 25 of this year, he arrived at a bar called "Pequeño Juan", in the downtown area, where he had met with a friend at 9:00 am.

At that site, a silver or gray vehicle arrived, from which armed men got out and went to him and forced him into the car, where they covered his face and took him for a time to a home where they beat him. And they told him that they belonged to a cartel, and that he had to work for them.

Subsequently, the hitmen moved the victim, always kept his face covered, until Saturday the 27th in the morning when he was released due to police intervention. He was transferred to receive medical attention.

The State Attorney General's Office was able to establish through evidence and traces located in the place that, in the same address where this man was held captive, another person could have been kidnapped.

The medical report carried out on the victim determined that he had first degree burns on his private parts, abrasions on his hands and ankles, contusions on his face and other injuries caused by torture.


In the warehouse of a farm, the hitmen hid numerous firearms and narcotics, among the seizure were the following items:

Three motorcycles, 11 .223 caliber long firearms, 24 magazines, 280 rounds, tactical boots and vests, ballistic helmets, 25 camouflage green shirts with a cap, gloves, balaclavas, belts, labels with different insignias on velcro with the name of criminal group, 35 caltrops, bags with green and dried grass apparently marijuana, 22 black incendiary grenades with wick. With the approximate diameter of six centimeters, cleaning instruments, pallet wrap rolls and gray tape.

In a detention control hearing, a Judge of Guarantees qualified as legal the detention and retention of the detainees Secundino Luis “N”, Axel Eduardo “N”, Gabriel “N” and Luís “N”. And in a subsequent hearing they were charged by the Public Ministry for the crimes of disappearance committed by individuals, provided for and sanctioned by article 34 of the General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons, Disappearance Committed by Individuals and the National System for the Search of Persons, in relation to articles 9 and 13 Section III, of the Federal Criminal Code.

For the crime of injuries, established and sanctioned in the Criminal Code for the State of Guanajuato and Against Health in the modality of Simple Possession of Narcotics; collection and carrying of firearms, established in the Federal Penal Code.

The State Attorney General's Office confirmed the alleged responsibility of the accused and the Judge authorized the opening of a formalized investigation for a period of three months and imposed preventive detention as a precautionary measure for the entire duration of the process

El Sol de Irapuato

DEA in Colorado Busts Drug Ring Tied to Sinaloa Cartel

 "Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Overall, 19 people were indicted, with two other people identified and arrested after the indictment. The Grand Jury indictment includes 20 counts, which outline how the enterprise distributed cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl throughout Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver, and Jefferson counties.

Investigators said it is believed the drug trafficking ring in Colorado has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. Law enforcement seized over 110,000 counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, 6 kilograms of methamphetamine, 8 pounds of heroin, 11 kilograms of cocaine, and $450,000 in cash in the bust.

$5 Million US Reward Announced for Stepson of El Mencho, Juan Carlos Valencia González

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Juan Carlos Valencia González is accused by the State Department of conspiring to distribute illegal substances in the United States and of using firearms during a narcotics transaction. It is alleged that he could be the future successor of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho" leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).

Through a statement presented by the State Department, the United States government announced that they will grant up to $5 million to anyone who provides information that leads to the capture or conviction of Valencia González.

The legitimate children of Nemesio Oseguera who are in the records of the Mexican authorities are Jessica Johanna and Rubén Oseguera "El Menchito", who was supposed to be his father's successor, until his capture in 2014 and his subsequent extradition to the United States.

According to sources close to the CJNG, Juan Carlos Valencia González, alias "El JP" or "El 3" would be the favorite of "El Mencho" to take his place in command of the criminal organization he runs.

The unrecognized children according to the Mexican government are Laisha Oseguera González, who is being investigated by the authorities, and presumably Juan Carlos Valencia González, whose mother Rosalinda González Valencia is married to Nemesio Oseguera.

According to other sources, "El JP" would actually be the son of Armando Valencia Cornelio, alias "El Juanito" or "El Maradona, who had a relationship with Rosalinda González, so the criminal would be the stepson of "El Mencho," a version which is supported by the US government.

"El JP" is identified by Mexican authorities as the alleged perpetrator of the kidnapping of Jesús Alfredo and Iván Archivaldo, sons of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, an event that occurred on August 15, 2016 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Likewise, he is suspected in the attack against the former Jalisco prosecutor Luis Carlos Nájera in 2018, as well as the session of the agents of the Special Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime Investigation (Seido), Alfonso Hernández Villavicencio, and Octavio Martínez Quiroz.

The criminal wanted in Mexico and the United States began his operations in the CJNG more than a decade ago when the organization was a dependent group of the Sinaloa Cartel known as "Los Matazetas" who defended the territory against rival criminal associations.

NAME: Juan Carlos Valencia González 
ALIASES: Pelon, El R-3, El JP, Tricky Tres, O3 
DOB: September 12, 1984 
POB: Sana Ana, California (United States) 
CITIZENSHIP: Mexican, United States 
HEIGHT: 5’9” 
WEIGHT: 170 lbs 


The defense and control of the Plaza de Michoacán against La Familia Michoacana would have been a key event for “El JP” since it created the elite groups: El RR and Grupo Delta, who also fought against the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and Los Viagras: which caused him to gain the trust of "El Mencho", who allegedly would have named him his successor in the event of his death or capture.

On July 20, 2020, during a press conference hosted by Mexican President Lopez-Obrador, Secretary of Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval Gonzalez provided an analysis of social media videos depicting the armed wing of the JCJNG, Grupo Elite. Sandoval described one of the leaders of Grupo Elite as Juan Carlos Gonzalez, alias “El R-3.”

According to the statement, this series of rewards "is part of the strategy that the US government has implemented to combat drug trafficking and transnational organized crime at a global level and specifically against the CJNG in Mexico, " the statement read.

The bounty program, in coordination with US intelligence agencies, has managed to capture 75 criminals and traffickers in the world since its creation in 1986 and has awarded 155 million dollars in remuneration for informants.

Sources: DOJInfobae

San Miguel Octopan, Guanajuato: Grupo Elite Executes Santa Rosa de Lima Operative Who Threatened Mencho

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

In a video released at the beginning of November by Borderland Beat. Where members for the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel threatened and insulted El Mencho on film. 

Operatives for Grupo Elite, the armed wing of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel have recorded themselves participating in a home invasion at night. 

And executing with a barrage of gunfire one of the alleged men who insulted their leader Mencho. 

Warning: Graphic video

Digital and video translation is as follows:

Victor Daniel Elizondo Martínez is one of the individuals who participated in a group challenging and insulting the leaders for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. He was located at his home in San Miguel Octopan. He was executed with gunfire by the Grupo Elite of the CJNG. 

Sicario #1: Open the door!

Sicario #2: Get on your knees, get on your knees!

Captive: Wait, wait! 

Sicario #2: Quickly get down!

Sicario #3: Drag him out, drag him out, drag him out!

Sicario #2: Get on your knees!

Sicario #3: Drag him the fuck out!

Sicario #2: Everyone else needs to get inside!

Sicario #3: We’re in charge here you son of a bitch!

Captive: No,no,no!

Sicario #3: Everyone else get inside, get inside! Drag yourself this way you dog! Walk this way! Walk this way! Walk this way!  Get on your knees, get on your knees!

Captive: Wait, wait, wait!

Sicario #3: Get on your knees, get on your fucking knees!

Captive: Ok. But tell me why?

Sicario #3: Stay the fuck down!

Captive: No buddy, you’re mistaken! No! Cousin no!

Sicario #3: This is one of those sons of bitches who made that video insulting my father Mencho. 

Captive: No,no,no, buddy! That wasn’t me!

Sicario #2: I’m still recording here. Let everyone know why, let them know why this happened. 

Sicario #3: This is what happens for insulting my father Mencho you son of a bitch!

El Blog de Los Guachos

Colombia - 145.3 Tons Of Cocaine Seized By Global Coalition

The following is the direct text of a Reuters articleReporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; writing by Oliver Griffin; editing by Dan Grebler.

BOGOTA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Military and police authorities from more than 40 countries across Europe and the Americas confiscated 145.3 tons of cocaine in the eighth phase of Operation Orion, a multinational naval operation against drug trafficking, Colombia's navy said on Monday.

The figure represents the highest amount of cocaine seized during the operation so far.

Some 575 people of different nationalities were captured during the campaign, which ran between October and November, Colombia's navy said, adding that 49 vessels were immobilized, as well as six submarines and three planes. The operation also confiscated 66 tons of marijuana.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tabasco: Cartel del Noreste Warns Corrupt Policemen, Announces A Purge

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The Tropa del Infierno, an armed wing for the Cartel del Noreste (CDN) has sent out a video message for all corrupt policemen within certain municipalities in the state of Tabasco. Just as well, the announcement of an upcoming purge is also mentioned. 

San Luis Potosi: CJNG's Bélica Interrogates An Operative For Los Alemanes, Then Dismembers Him

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

In recent days Borderland Beat released a video of a new armed criminal cell known as Operativa Bélica or the Bloodthirsty Operatives. This particular cell is suspected of being an armed wing for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. 

And in their fight for control and supremacy in the state of San Luis Potosí. An operative from the opposing the Los Alemánes Cartel has been captured alive. 

Within this broadcast the illicit affairs of their criminal counterparts are narrated before the camera. 

The following film has been deemed safe for all to see.

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: 5 Cadavers Discovered In A Clandestine Grave

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Tula de Allende, Hidalgo: Inmates Break Out Of Prison, Car Bombs Used

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Video translation is as follows:

Breaking news. An armed group exploded 3 car bombs to remove several inmates from the Tula prison in the state of Hidalgo. So far the authorities have confirmed that 9 inmates managed to escape. 

2 officers were injured in the subsequent clashes. No detainees have been reported from this escape. These are the images of what has happened in the town of Tula. We will keep you updated. 

Two Narcos Arrested After Shootout With Police In Reynosa

 "HEARST" for Borderland Beat

A police chase in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, going after three vehicles of heavily armed men ended with most of the presumed hitmen escaping; however officers managed to detain two stragglers. 

At approximately 3:30 pm on November 29, 2021, law enforcement personnel watching government surveillance cameras (C-5 cameras) spotted three SUVs full of armed men in the San Valentin neighborhood of Reynosa. State Police officers were dispatched to follow the vehicles. 

The police patrol cars caught up with the three SUVs near the Ventura neighborhood. The SUVs began accelerating, trying to lose the patrol cars, leading to a car chase through the city.