Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explaining the Violence in Acapulco in Recent Months

As previously reported, the arrest of Josué Gutiérrez Sandoval, alias "El Durazno", last December appeared at the time to have triggered a wave of violence in Acapulco, Guerrero.  It was then that I mentioned that there were rumors of a "reorganization" taking place within the Cártel Independiente de Acapulco (CIDA), though only recently has enough information came out in order to better understand the situation that was occurring.

Though the exact timing has not been reported, it appears that it was around this point that a dispute broke out between the then leader of CIDA, Víctor Aguirre Garzón, alias "El Gordo", and Ronaldo Mendoza Matilde, alias "Big Mama", who was not on my radar at the time, but was apparently referenced in a banner in February 2011.    Federal authorities contribute around seventy crimes that were directly connected to this fight.

The question remains, which side did the other leader of CIDA, Víctor Noel Piza Nogueda, alias "El Erizo", take.  Regardless, on January 12 it was reported that Luis Alvaro Leon Morales, alias "El Canario", an operator directly connected to "El Erizo", was arrested, likely based on information that was given by his rivals as part of the dispute between "El Gordo" and "Big Mama".

On February 5, "Big Mama" was arrested in Mexicali, Baja California, where he had moved temporarily, fearing that he would be killed by members of CIDA if he remained in Acapulco.  It was reported that authorities linked him to kidnappings, homicides, and extortion, including businesses and teachers, in colonias of Acapulco such as Cayaco, La Sabana, Renacimiento, and Emiliano Zapata, as well as an attack against a secondary school in the Coloso colonia, which took place last December 8.  It was reported at that time that he was once a member of a criminal group operating in Acapulco, a clear allusion to CIDA, but had left the organization in order to form another group, which was not named in the article, which generated a territorial dispute.

"El Mayo Gordito" launches an amparo for lack of medical attention

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

Ismael Zambada Imperial complains of lack of medical attention in Puente Grande Prison

Ismael Zambada Imperial "El Mayo Gordito"

Zeta Redaction

For the third occasion since he was incarcerated in the Maximum Security Prison of Puente Grande in Jalisco, the presumed Narco-trafficker Ismael Zambada Imperial, son of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada Garcia, made a demand for guarantees of medical attention.

A letter signed by Zambada Imperial was introduced in the Federal Court of Jalisco and turned over to the Fourth District Court of Amparo in Criminal Matters of Zapopan, where the record was filed case no 399/2015.

"El Mayo Gordito" was detained on 12th of November 2014 by the Marines, the Director of Cefereso No. 2 "Occidente", has refused to provide medical care and medicines, without revealing what condition he suffers from.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chiapas: PRI activists behead son of Green Party Leader

Lucio R.  Borderland Beat- posted by Pepe from Proceso and  Chiapas Accion 

"If this is what they do to their allies, imagine how they treat their enemies"....Pepe

Six PRI activists were arrested by the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) as suspected of beheading the son of the local leader of Partido Verde, who was found dead last Monday.

On Monday 23 morning, residents of the municipality of Altamirano reported the discovery of a headless body in the road that stretches from Morelia-La Laguna.  Immediately agents of the Municipal Police and State Preventive Police (PEP) arrived on the scene.

When the agents of the Public Ministry arrived, the head was found to one side of the body.

Witnesses reported that the individual who was identified as Amilcar Guzmán Jiménez, 40 years old, who had been seen drinking alcoholic beverages on Sunday afternoon.

After the murder of Amilcar Guzmán Jiménez, the Attorney General of the State initiated investigations and  disclosed the names of the murderers.

The investigations disclosed that days before his assassination, Amilcar Guzmán Jiménez, who was a member of PVEM and son of a local leader of the party, was threatened with death by members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

This led to the arrest of Ranulf Pérez Méndez, Moisés Pérez Méndez, Jorge Braulio Pérez Hernández, Ronais Hernández Guzmán, Rosember Méndez Pérez Pérez and Fidelino Pérez, all local PRI activists, who were presented as the main suspects in the murder/decapitation.

Authorities have not provided an official statement, but it is presumed that the motive for the murder could be a rivalry between political parties in the municipality of Altamirano.


Video: This world 2015 secrets of Mexicos drug wars

Posted on Borderland Beat by Otis B Fly-Wheel. BBC Documentary in English

Original Video on Youtube

Jose Manuel Mireles Lawyer makes Public his Legal Records

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

The Lawyer of Dr Jose Manuel Mireles, the ex leader of the auto defensas who was detained in Michoacan this June passed, said that the Legal Records of his client, will be available on an internet page.

The Legal documents that relate to Dr Jose Manuel Mireles, the ex leader of the auto defensas who was detained in Michoacan this June passed, will be available on an internet page so, " all Mexicans can see how justice functions", said his Lawyer Javier Livas.

"There are more than 2000 pages in the records, and we want that all Mexicans they can see how justice functions", said the Lawyer in an interview with Ciro Gomez Leyva for the Formula Group.

He said what they are looking for is, " to make all the world enter this case, the process against the Doctor, how this procedure functions, that with the knowledge of the people of how our paper justice system works, there will be sympathy for Doctor Mireles.

Boss of a Cell of CJNG, one of the victims of confrontation in Jalisco

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

After a new confrontation occurred on the Monday night in Jalisco, the second of the week, the State Attorney General confirmed the death of four presumed criminals. Among them was Heriberto Acevedo Cardenas, "El Gringo", Boss of a cell of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, and only identified now.

Heriberto Acevedo Cardenas, "El Gringo"

According to the Attorney General Luis Carlos Najera, "El Gringo" was the leader of organised crime cells in the Towns of Tlajomulco, Cocula, Zacoalco, Tapalpa and Atemajac de Brizuela.

Further to this he was the guy who bribed the Cocula Police Chief to enable the Cartel to work freely, forcing the State Attorney to take charge of security in the town since last December, he said.

At the press conference, the prosecutor said the alleged cartel leader, orchestrated the attack in which four soldiers were killed who secured a fuel farm in the Town of Guachinango in May 2014.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Narco corrido Singer Rogelio Brambila Lizárraga, Killed in Tijuana

Lucio R. Borderland Beat- using material from AFN and Proceso

Today the Baja California’s attorney general’s office confirmed the death of Rogelio Brambila Lizárraga, a singer of the Tijuana Norteño band "Los Plebes de Arranke".

He was murdered in the early hours of Saturday.  He was killed on Manuel M. Flores Street in the Montebello division of the border city of Tijuana.  His body, in a sitting position,  was discovered inside a white Audi with gunshot wounds. There were several bullet impacts on the vehicle body and windshield.

The Tijuana based group "Los Plebes de Arranke" is known for composing and singing corridos that are in reference to the Arellano Felix Cartel. 

The Twenty-two year old was asleep at home when he received a phone call at 1 a.m., that caused him to leave his residence.  He told his family he was leaving; “to buy tacos”.

Shell casings from 9mm and .40 caliber weapons were found at the scene.  

Tamaulipas Group for Coordination capture "El Visquetin" of CDG in Tampico

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

Luis Manuel Kadour Ponce "El Visquetin"
The Group for Coordination communicated that the State Force for Tamaulipas achieved the capture of Luis Manuel Kadour Ponce, Plaza Boss for a criminal group that operates in Tampico and Madero and is know by the following nicknames: "El Visquetin" "El K 23", "El R3" and "El Fresa 2".

At the moment of his detention in the disco "scent club" in Tampico, he was caught with a 40mm grenade launcher and 2 cell phones.

In an operation carried out on Sunday 22nd of March, Kadour Ponce tried to bribe the Police with 400K pesos, to let him go free, before which, he had threatened the Police saying he was  the Boss of Plaza in the South Zone.

After receiving a complaint from a citizen, in which it was reported that aforementioned Kadour Ponce was accompanied by several subjects, the state Police arrived and detected a vehicle illegally parked with several men on board, who fled and threw the grenade launcher onto the pavement. (Otis: lucky there wasn't a negligent discharge.)

The Police called for the support of the Army, and after taking pictures and his details it was confirmed that he was Kadour Ponce.

Original post in Spanish at  , thanks Pepe and Bjeff from the forum for this source.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Arrested: "El Comandante Ramas" , Zetas Tamaulipas Regional Chief

Lucio R. -Material from: Vanguardia archive, Tamaulipas Gob,  and "Pepe"

Some reports are calling today’s arrest of Comandante Ramas,  as “the man who was the replacement for Z42”, “Z40’s closest compadre”,  And “the greatest target subsequent to  Z42”.

While he is/was a long time Zeta and an important regional leader, he has never been mentioned as
the new Zs premier leader.

His name is Ramiro Pérez Moreno, alias “El comandante Ramas”, “7-4”, or “El Rama”.  As of 2013 he was reported as the Jefe de Plaza for Nuevo Laredo.

Escaped from prison in 2008

In researching his history there isn't much in the press/blog archives, but there is an interesting story from 2008.

In 2007, "El Ramas," was arrested in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, along with Salvador Alfonso Martínez Escobedo, "La Ardilla,"- a close friend of Lazca, who  later became a senior Zeta- and with Gerardo Sánchez Trujillo, Alfredo de la Fuente Ramos and Luis Antonio Rodriguez Azuara.

They were incarcerated, when a year later, an armed commando with AK47s and AR15s burst into the Centro de Readaptación Social (Cereso) "Duport Ostión" in Coatzacoalcos.  

After the gunmen immobilized guards and officials, they liberated all the men named above, who were apart of the 2007 arrest. 

The armed commando was described at the time: “a group of Los Zetas, the armed enforcers for Golfo Cartel”
Lazca and Ardilla
What is reported about Monday’s capture, as reported by Tamaulipas State government:

The Tamaulipas Coordination Group announced that in an operation by state and federal security forces, on Monday March 23, Ramiro Pérez Ramos "El Rama," classified by the National Security Commission as regional commander of the cartel Los Zetas and one of the leaders of that group, was arrested in the city of Nuevo Laredo.

He was added to the Federal list of 14 priority objectives in the second phase (2014) of Tamaulipas Security Strategy.

A ground operation led to the arrest of Pérez Ramos with several of his accomplices identified as Carlos Roberto Hernandez "El Pato," Humberto Eleuterio Gutiérrez Martínez, "El Sonrics," Luis Rolando Caudillo Garza, "El Guicho," and  Daniel Israel Peña de la Rosa "El Piedrolo."

They refer to him as Ramiro Pérez Ramos, however his booking name in 2007 in Moreno not Ramos.

The Army detain an operator from the Sinaloa Cartel

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

Heriberto Salgueiro Nevarez is the brother of Jose Salguiero Nevarez presumed Lieutenant of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was detained in October of 2012.

Heriberto Salgueiro Nevarez
City of Mexico
Heriberto Salgueiro Nevarez, identified as one of the principal operators of the criminal cell Gente Nueva, and armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel in Chihuahua, was detained today by the Mexican Army during an operation carried out in Culiacan.

The mysterious dissapearance of the 12 autodefensas

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

Tierra Caliente, that place in Mexico set on fire by the Caballeros Templarios with their colluding Government contacts, now seems calm. But new indications are that the understanding and the impunity did not disappear with the capture of Servando Gomez Martinez "LaTuta" and the death of Narazio Moreno "El Mas Loco".

It only appears to have dissipated like a cloud of dust, in Michoacán the dead leave their clandestine graves, some of them made of flesh and bone and others their stories. In the case of a dozen auto-defensas that disappeared in Uruapan at the end of November past and of those only the heads of two the Serafin brothers have been located.

Relatives and self defence forces colleagues of those missing auto-defensas say they have confirmed details from the Governor himself that men were kidnapped and killed by Federal Police.

A mausoleum like the final resting place of a Templar.

Uruapan, Michoacán, 18th of March (SinEmbargo)
At the beginning of December 2014, the crematorium of the Municipal Cemetary of Apatzingan broke down because of over use, so the head of Pedro Serafin, the only part of the Rural Policeman found so far, had to be buried in a full coffin.

We are going to kill 10 narcos for every innocent civilian killed

We will kill ten narcos for every innocent civilian killed, say the auto defensas of Tamaulipas

Nuevo Laredo Tamps.

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

A group of Auto Defensas of the frontier city of Matamoros threaten to kill 10 members of organised crime for every innocent civilian that is killed by any group identified with the Cartel del Golfo.

The proclamation appeared hours before a corpse appeared executed with a coup de grace in the San Angel Colonia on the outskirts of Matamoros this past 19th of March.

They were warned in advance, first the Commanders, then the pointers and the hawks, all of the people that work for Angel Prado Rodriguez alias "El Orejon" or Ciclon 7 are to be assassinated, the town of Matamoros requires your blood, while you have bathed in the blood of the innocent, continue killing good people Angel Prado, and we will kill ten of yours for every innocent. Indicated the text that started to circulate on social networks that are against the violence in the frontier of Tamaulipas

The supposed group of auto defensas say these have assassinated two men of Ciclone 7 identified as "Memo" and "Bogar".

United Auto Denfensas of Matamoros we go for you , already we located you in your armoured blue suburban, nor the PFP who will join the unemployed bitch, the town of Matamoros requires your death, and with those who are close we are negotiating the price, concludes the text.

Until now the only group of Auto Defensas that are operating in Tamaulipas is the armed column of Pedro J Mendez that appeared in the rural Municipality of Hidalgo.

The column was associated with a faction of the CDG " Zeta Cleaners", and its three years since they stopped extorting, kidnapping and committing other crimes in Central Hidalgo, but they continue in surrounding area.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

Sunday, March 22, 2015

singer javier rosas gunned down

Lucio R Borderland Beat with Material from Bandamax,  El Debate and YouTube

Singer Javier Rosas was shot along with three others in Culiacan, Sinaloa, resulting in two people being  killed and two injured.

The victims were travelling in a white Suburban in the parking lot of a department store when they came under gun fire.

Javier Arturo Rosas Almaral, 23,  is originally from Culiacan, became famous for the ballad “En la sierra y la ciudad”  (From the mountains to the city) better known as “La China”

One of victims was killed while still in the vehicle.  The other three including Rosas ran towards the department store entrance doors when they were shot, one being killed at the scene, the two others, including Rosas, were  injured from bullet impacts.

It is reported that one of the dead was identified as Adolfo Antonio Lizarraga of Hermosillo, Sonora and Carlos Almaral, cousin of the singer, who was dead in the van.

The shooting occurred on  República de Brasil street.  Rosas was transferred to a hospital, where Bandamax is reporting the singer as in critical condition and has undergone surgery.

Just three months ago in December, 2014 gunfire broke out at a Rosas concert while he was  singing at a Durango night club.  See below for a video of several clips from that December incident.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 2015: New Cartel Map, including Zeta and CDG cells in Tamaulipas

Lucio R. Borderland Beat 
-Click to enlarge-
For comparison above is Stratfors 2015 map
Reforma accessed this information from  the PGR agency using the freedom of information act as of  March 2015.  To compare Guerrero and Michoacan maps of Victor Sanchez link here 


Los Metros,  Grupo de Apoyo Ceros M3, in  Reynosa;

Los Rojos in Matamoros;

Grupo Dragones, in Tampico,

Grupo Bravo, in Aldama

Grupo Pumas in El Mante

Also operating in Tamaulipas (CDG) but  with no specific zone:

Los Fresitas,
Los Sierra,
Los Pantera,
Grupo Lacoste
Los Ciclones


Grupo Operativo Zetas, in El Mante, Soto La Marina and Victoria

Comando Zetas, in  Reynosa, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Miguel Alemán, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz  and  Ciudad Mier;

El Círculo and  El Extranjero, in Jiménez, Ciudad Victoria, Madero and  Abasolo.

Néctar Lima and  Unidad Zetas, in  Nuevo Laredo

Grupo Delta Zeta in Valle Hermoso.