Monday, March 19, 2018

Zetas had support from police in the 2011 Allende massacre says CNDH; asks PGR to act

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico

The CNDH asked the Attorney General's Office to investigate officials from the municipality of Allende, Coahuila, for their probable link with the 'Los Zetas' group responsible for the 2011 massacre. 
Allende, Coahuila, municipio donde se perpetró una masacre, en 2011.
Foto: Kirsten Luce / National Geographic. Imágenes de la edición julio 2017
In March 2011, an armed group appeared in Allende, Coahuila, destroyed residences and deprived dozens of people of their freedom, which, according to statements made by alleged criminals, was carried out with the consent of the municipal police, according to the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), when issuing recommendation 10/2018.

In that document, it is stated that the right to freedom and personal integrity was violated, with the forced disappearance of 38 people, including 3 minors and diverse residents of Allende, whose identity could not be determined.

Those events, he explained, are attributable to people who -according to the ministerial investigation on the case- accepted to be part of the criminal group of the "Zetas," and said that they acted with the support or acquiescence of security elements of the municipality.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Out of Control Arms Traffic in Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Bajopalabra

Luis Jijon Leon, Mar 17, 2018

Guerrero :  The state authorities have acknowledged that there is no control in the arms trade in Guerrero, which has turned the entity into an arsenal where more and more powerful weapons appear in the hands of criminals, from German rifles HK 93A with grenade launchers up to  C-4 explosives.

According to information from the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) of the State of Guerrero, so far this month at least 40 weapons, 15  long guns, full cartridges/ magazines, explosives, and tactical equipment have been seized and they have arrested 26 people.

Attack on Taxi Leads to New Blockades in Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from : El Sol

By: Natividad Ambrosio
Iguala, Guerrero Feb 17, 2018

Two women were killed and three others injured, including the driver of the vehicle, a collective taxi, in an armed attack perpetrated by a group of men in military style clothing on the Teloloapan-Iguala Highway en route to Pachivia,  in the Municipality of Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc, in the Northern region of the State of Guerrero.

According to police reports, the events occurred minutes before 7 am , Thursday, Feb 15, when drivers using the route called for help from the Rescue and Public Security bodies.  Based on the first investigation of the incident, two women were killed in the attack and three more were injured, among them the taxi driver named Jesus N.

Emergency service personnel arrived , who provided assistance to the occupants of the taxi, transferring the three injured people to clinics in the city of Teloloapan where their health status is reported as serious.

Meanwhile agents of the Public Prosecutor's Office carried out the legal proceedings and transferred the bodies of the two dead women to the Semefo in Iguala.

The military checkpoints were removed about two weeks ago near this point on the Iguala-Ciudad Altamirano road.

Friday, March 16, 2018

SCJN: Mexico's Supreme Court OKs Warrantless Police Searches

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Universal

Extra Material from: El Economista
By: Leopoldo Hernández -Feb 13, 2018

The Totality of  Mexico's Supreme Court , La Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, declared the constitutionality of  police stops, inspections and / or searches of persons and vehicles without a judicial order, but only when there is a reasonable suspicion or flagrancy, in accordance with the National Code of Criminal Procedures.

“El H” / "El Yordin" of Los Viagras Arrested and Michoacan Burns

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Michoacan3.0

 Feb 15, 2018
Additional Info: SecundoEnfoquo and Michoacán3.0

For the second day, alleged Mexican narcos burned vehicles in Michoacán. Violent actions prevented the passage of road sections in the Tierra Caliente region, civilians set fire to at least three business transport vehicles, several of them large semi-tractor trailers. This was Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Feb 14th, two blockades and three vehicle burned were on the road that connects the town of Nueva Italia, municipality of Múgica with the city of Apatzingán . The first one was in the

18 arrested in Jalisco and Nayarit for the abduction and murder of the two Seido agents

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

Subject Matter: Arrest of subject accused of kidnap and murder of Seido agents
Recommendation: See link to article by Guest reporter JD on their kidnapping

Reporter: Abel Barajas
The PGR and the Marines detained 18 alleged members of the CJNG implicated in the kidnapping and death of two agents of the Agency for Criminal Investigation in Nayarit. In 10 searches of homes in Jalisco and Nayarit, Federal authorities captured the suspects, among them those responsible for publishing on the Internet a video of the agents, among them two municipal police and three Colombians, one of whom is the alleged intellectual author of the crime.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Authorities implicated in 34 cases of torture against Ayotzinapa students

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
PGR, Semar, the Federal Police and even Tomás Zerón participated, says Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

In 34 cases of people prosecuted for the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, there is solid evidence that reveals torture by elements of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Federal Police (PF) and the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), according to a report by the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

According to the document, the 34 people - 33 men and one woman - were tortured with the aim of incriminating themselves and pointing out other possible perpetrators, in addition to being victims of other violations of their fundamental rights, during and after being arrested by agents of the Federal Government, among them, the then director of the Agency of Criminal Investigation (AIC), Tomás Zerón De Lucio.

The report entitled "Double Injustice: Report on human rights violations in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case,” which documents the torture suffered by the detainees between September 2014 and January 2016, was presented this Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, by the High Commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein; and in Mexico City, by the representative in the country of said Office, Jan Jarab.

Michoacan: heighten violence after arrest of Mencho's nephew, "El H",

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Crazy violence has increased in Michoacán.  Yaqui is working on a detailed post regarding the arrest of “El H”. It will be up  tonight or Friday AM

Yordín Oseguera, is the nephew of CJNG leader “El Mencho”.  Yordin is better known as "El H", the Viagras "Jefe de plaza"of Apatzingán, and was captured in an operation in Pinzándaro, Michoacán, of the Buena Vista region.

Oseguera is be linked to the murder of Jose Tadeo Mendoza, "El Árabe", (below) which took place on February 18. Mendoza, was a “Most Wanted”, in Michoacán. "According to the result of the autopsy, the body was tortured, with a chest fracture, skull fractures at the base of the skull, and two gun shots to the head.  The body was buried in a clandestine grave.  Mendoza was a regional leader for CJNG.

Tomas Tovar Rascon aka Tito Torbelino and the circumstances of his death and its aftermath

Written by Otis B Fly-Wheel

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel
Tomas Tovar Rascon was born on May 24th 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona. His was descended from parents from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Living in Phoenix was not easy for him, he had to work at a young age to support his mother and siblings.

At age twelve, he began to learn the accordion to realize his dream of being a Norteno Banda singer. Like many before him, he dreamt of singing corridos and more specifically narco corridos. He longed for the narco trappings, money, pretty girls, money, nice cars, money, gaudy gold plated weapons, money, did I mention the money?, and all the things fame brings.

After learning the accordion to the required level of competence, Tito set about writing his own songs. In the banda style, he began writing corridos. His preference was for corridos based on real events. Carrying on the legacy of corrido writers before him. He would later change to narco corridos as the money began to roll in, and the offers from narco’s became more numerous.

Some of his narco corridos were his most famous songs including “El Comando X”, his tribute to Chalino Sanchez, “Rosalino Sanchez Felix”, and “Mi Clave Es El 01”. The first and last of these are dedicated to the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

CJNG outbid Mexican Govt for Zetas Old School "El Cursi"

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

Subject Matter: Sergio Enrique Calderon Quintanilla, El Cursi
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

At the weekend, Federal forces and the Panista-Perresdista government of Miguel Angel Yunes Linares put out a bulletin for Sergio Enrique Calderon Quintanilla, El Cursi, plaza boss of  Old School Los Zetas in the south of Veracruz, and offer a reward of half a million pesos to whomever provides information leading to his capture or location.

Reporter: Noe Zavaleta
During a meeting of the Veracruz coordination group over the weekend, President Yunes Linares announced the capture and dismantling of a gang of kidnappers who operated with Calderon Quintanilla, whom he announced as Brayan N, Ismael N, Jhonatan Luis N, and Christian N.

Following on from this, this morning on Calle Independencia in the Insurgentes colonia, in the municipality of Minatitlan, elements of the Public Security Secretariat and the State Attorneys Generals Office, found a burned vehicle, a red Versa with licence plates YKW9393.

Inside the car there was a narco manta signed by CJNG in which a reward of one million pesos is offered to anyone who gives information on the whereabouts of Calderon Quintanilla, El Cursi, but also for two alleged sicarios with the nicknames El Concha and El Pinto.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PGR Will Return Property to “La Reina del Pacifico”

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Universal

By: Diana Lastiri and Tasneen Hernández
03/11/2018 01:48
Extra Material from: Debate

Sonora - The Attorney General's Office (PGR) has announced that one of the properties in litigation will be returned to Sandra Ávila Beltrán, "La Reina del Pacífico", located in Hermosillo, Sonora.

The "Queen of the Pacific", as Sandra Ávila Beltrán is known , is in a legal battle with the Attorney General of the Republic to have her houses and /or property returned to her,  plus two insurance policies.

Phantom CEO arrested in modified Blackberry, drug case, customers include Sinaloa Cartel and Hells Angels

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat material from Android Police, News.Au,  Pacer  read Canadiana's post here

FBI busts Phantom Secure CEO for selling secured BlackBerry phones to drug cartels, used for trafficking and murder.   Former customer, a convicted Sinaloa Cartel member, is a cooperating witness.

There are several companies that offer encrypted and untraceable phones for use by the more private figures among us, and Canada-based Phantom Secure is one of them.

However, its founder and CEO, Vincent Ramos, has been arrested by the FBI on several charges, all of which are related to selling locked-down BlackBerry phones to members of illegal organizations such as the Sinaloa drug cartel and the Hells Angels.

Police, the death squads in Veracruz: kidnapping, killings and dissapearance of youngsters

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

Subject Matter: Police and Los Zetas in Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Police in the Mexican state of Veracruz created units that employ dirty war tactics to kidnap, kill and disappear youngsters, suspected of being informants or mules of the narco cartels. The Police during their patrols surveil the youngsters, but don't register any arrests. Then they are lifted and given over to squadrons who specialize in interrogation and torture.

Reporter: Lev Garcia
The Police of the Mexican state of Veracruz, infested with corruption, created units that employ dirty war tactics to kidnap, kill and disappear no less than 15 persons, the majority of them youngsters, suspected of being informants and mules of the narco cartels, according to accusations presented to the State Attorney Generals Office.

The denunciations presented this past week against ex Police chiefs of Veracruz, show all the signals of violations of human rights, similar to the campaigns against the guerrillas in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Police during their patrols surveil the youngsters, but make no arrests. Then enter the death squads specializing in interrogation and torture that function in the same academy as the Police, at later kill or disappear the bodies, according to the accusations.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wave of Independent Politicians Seek to ‘Open Cracks’ in Mexico’s Status Quo

 Posted by DD Republished from NYT

DD Note; 
We at BB get a lot of comments from readers who have given up on Mexico ever changing.   Some think that a revolution is the only way to cleanse Mexico of corruption and violence.  Some (we try to delete these but a few slip through) are just racist from people who hate Mexicans.  Some have just given up hope.   

But many readers and the public at large is unaware of movements at the grass roots level of just ordinary people who have said "Basta" (enough) and are working to challenge the status quo of corrupt political parties that have essentially held Mexico in a strangle hold for decades.  The people involved know that change comes slowly and takes only one step at a time.  But they are becoming a "wave of Independents seeking to open cracks in the status quo".   They believe that if you open enough cracks in the status quo it will eventually crumble of its own weight.   

This story is a profile of that movement. ...

Speaking of Pedro Kumamoto, a voter said;  “He is not a politician, he is one of us,”   “He is a normal person and that is what makes him so great.  A Mexican politician does not ride a bike or wear tennis shoes."   “I just trust him, he said. “He has my vote.”

The Benjamines of the Cartel Arellano Felix

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

Subject Matter: Los Benjamines, Los Pilotos
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Criminal Investigation Agency of the PGR is investigating Los Benjamines, one of which is 26 years old, one of 19 years and one of indeterminate age, sons of the oldest and youngest of the Arellano Felix brothers. Among them, the Federal Investigators seek to identify "El Piloto", who has been designated as the actual head of a cell of the Cartel Arellano Felix that operates transiting drugs through Baja California. This month this cell has been linked also to kidnapping and extortion, the CAF have returned to kidnapping and "cobro de piso".

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
It is said that there are three new Arellanos visible. With the detention of Fernando Sanchez Arellano in 2014, the criminal dynasty of the cartel had been cut, until now.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Op-Ed: How "Gringo" (2018) exploits and mocks the kidnapped and murdered in Mexico

How "Gringo" exploits and mocks the kidnapped and murdered in Mexico

Violence gets inside you.  It whispers and calls your name, slinking and edging its way through your dreams, your private moments, your refuges.  I walk around with numbers in my head. 350 killings in Tijuana this year.  I do the math.  4 killings a day.  4 family members on average.  How many people impacted?

I run my hands over a 50 gallon blue drum. The kind that turn up with bodies stuffed inside.  It feels rough, scarred.  I wonder about those who die, those who kill, those left behind, and all who will die.  I think existentially about the killings, and I think in moments. The moments before you are tortured.  A single stylish nike trainer left outside the gym in Culiacan.  The knots tying the noose, to be wrapped around her neck.  The blood left behind after executions in a Tijuana neighborhood, staining the hard concrete, soap and hot water swirling atop the aftermath of carnage.

“ La Rana” Detained: Tied to Ayotzinapa "Missing" 43 Student Teachers

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Financiero

                          Federal Police arrest ''La Rana'' implicated in the Ayotzinapa case

Mexico City - Feb 12, 2018

Erick Uriel 'N', had a "decisive" involvement in the disappearance of young people that occurred in September 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero said prosecutor Alfredo Higuera.

Elements of the Federal Police arrested Erick Uriel ''N'' alias "La Rana" on Monday linked to the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal School Raúl Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa .
Alfredo Higuera Bernal, prosecutor of the Ayotzinapa case , said that Erick Uriel 'N' was arrested in compliance with an arrest warrant for the crimes of organized crime and kidnapping.

Zetas Texas Trial: Pancho Colorado dies in U.S. prison cell

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Noreste thank you "HL"

Attempted bribing judge, in Zetas money laundering, horse racing trial

Zetas Trial Pancho is circled in red

Mexican businessman Francisco Colorado Cessa, alias "Pancho Colorado," died of a heart attack Sunday morning, inside a prison cell in the United States, in which he was incarcerate  since June 2012, convicted of money laundering for  the Los Zetas Cartel.

This was reported to the Veracruz newspaper Noreste, and according to sources of close relatives. Then, his death was confirmed by his son José Antonio Colorado Salman in social networks. 
"I'll love you all my life, thank you so much, you will always stay in my heart, rest in peace, dear dad I love you."