Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tamaulipas-Oaxaca: Two Journalists killed in less than 24 hours

Posted by DD Republished from in part from JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS Blog and Proceso

Journalist killed in Tamaulipas, Mexico is second journalist killed in that country in less than 24 hours

Less than 24 hours after the death of a journalist in Oaxaca, a reporter in Tamaulipas state has been killed by a group of armed men. She is the eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

On the morning of June 20, journalist and teacher Zamira Esther Bautista, 44, was shot while in her car outside of her home in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico.

According to Proceso, Bautista was a freelance journalist and teacher, but had covered the social section in newspapers El Mercurio and La Verdad de Ciudad Victoria.

A cartulina left with the journalist attempted to link her to members of a criminal group in the city, according to a statement from the state government.   (DD the statement from  The Grupo de  Coordinacion  Tamaulipas simply referred to her as "a woman was deprived of her life..." . It did not identify her as a full time teacher and a part time journalist) 
El mensaje que dejaron junto al cuerpo de la periodista. Foto:Proceso

 The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) explained that these types of notes are common in the city and state “as means of seeking to discredit citizens and justify ‘the settling of accounts.’”

 Proceso reported that she was killed at 6:30AM:as she was entering her car to go to shool to her teaching job.  It reported that seconds later a group of armed men in another car drove up and shot her. 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chapo's wife travels to D.C. requests international investigation into the abuse of "El Chapo"

Republished from CNN posted by BB forum user "Mica"

The wife of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman traveled to Washington earlier this month launching her efforts to seek an international investigation into her claim that Guzman's human rights are being violated while he awaits extradition to the U.S.

Emma Coronel Aispura, a former beauty queen and a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico, spent several days in Washington, where she held a meeting at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization for American States.

A spokeswoman for the commission, Maria Isabel Rivero, confirmed the meeting with Aispuro but, citing privacy issues, would not discuss the purpose or details of the visit.

"Every single person who asks for a meeting at the IACHR is received under rules of confidentiality for the security of the persons involved," she said.

U.S. officials questioned Coronel during her entry and departure from the U.S. as part of the customs process, according to a U.S. official. But the dual U.S. and Mexican citizen is not charged with any crimes, so she was allowed to enter and leave.

Andres Granados, an attorney for Guzman, told CNN in a telephone interview that the purpose of Coronel's visit was to file a petition with human rights commission and to seek an investigation into the conditions of his imprisonment in Mexico.

In February, Coronel told Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo she feared for her husband's life in Mexico's Altiplano prison, saying, "They want to make him pay for his escape."

"They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are," Coronel said. "They are there with him, watching him in his cell. They don't let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Report: Chapo issues retaliation orders from prison for La Tuna attack

Lucio R Borderland Beat by C.E. Martinez

The Hunt for "El Guano" Chapo's brother
10 days ago, on Saturday June 11th, reports began coming out of Sinaloa of a heavily armed commando of at least 150 men, stormed the town of La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, and two adjacent towns.

Reports indicated that the home of Consuelo Loera Guzman, the mother of Sinaloa Cartel capo Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (El Chapo) was ransacked and robbed. 

The reason for the attack is said to be, in part, a search for the brother of El Chapo, Aureliano Guzmán Loera, aka El Guano.

The larger motive goes back years, precisely to January 21, 2008.  On that date, Alfredo Beltrán Leyva aka “El Mochomo”, and three of his guards, were arrested  in Culiacán, Sinaloa.  With Mochomo, were two suitcases with 1 Million USD, fragmentation Grenades, assault weapons, 4 dozen bullet proof vests,  which bore FEDA, which stands for Special Forces of Arturo.  Arturo was the leader of BLO (Beltrán Leyva Organization) and Mochomo’s brother.

The arrest transpired because of information from an anonymous call to authorities.  The caller reported that Mochomo was expected at the address for an exchange of money owed to their Colombian partners.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Valentin Elizarde's ex wife executed in Sonora

This Monday morning June 20 Blanca Vianey Durán Brambila, former partner of Valentin Elizalde died after being shot in the head. The incident occurred on Chihuahua street between Guerrero and No Reelección in Cajeme, Sonora.

40-year-old Blanca was taken to a nearby hospital, however, she did not survive the attack. The now deceased, was accompanied by her daughter who witnessed the attack, she was unharmed in the accident. She is also the daughter of the late singer Valentin Elizalde shot dead in Reynosa, Tamaulipas in 2006.

According to witnesses who were at the scene, the person who shot Blanca is a male who after shooting Duran Brambila, in the head fled on a Grand Cherokee. So far the identity of the murderer, his whereabouts and the motive is unknown.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

“El Mochomito”, nephew of El Chapo, the author of the attack on his mother's house

Alfredo Beltran Guzman El Mochomito, eldest son of Alfredo Beltran Leyva and nephew of Joaquin Guzman Loera El Chapo Guzman has declared war on the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in La Tuna, the heart of his territory in the Golden Triangle that for decades had been untouchable and a safe place for him and his family.

According to information gathered by Proceso from direct witnesses, the group of more than 50 armed men dressed in black and wearing hoods who attacked Saturday morning La Tuna in Badiraguato, Sinaloa and forcibly entered Consuelo Loera's hacienda, El Chapo mother, acted under the orders of El Mochomito and not on orders of Isidro Meza Flores El Chapo Isidro as it had been reported.

It was confirmed that at the time of the attack Guzman Loera's mother was in the building under the care of a woman who helps with the housework. The group of men entered the house, pointed a gun at the person who cared for Mrs. Consuelo and took away her phone, from the mother of El Chapo they demanded the keys to the house, they stole motorcycles and cut off the Internet of the house.

An attack on 'El Chapo' Guzmán's mother's house may be a sign of a looming cartel war

On Saturday, 150 heavily armed men reportedly stormed into the community of La Tuna, the home of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's mother in Mexico's Sinaloa state, looting homes and leaving multiple people dead in what may be a salvo in a nascent cartel war.

At least three people from La Tuna and surrounding communities were killed,according to La Jornada en Línea, first spotted by British journalistDuncan Tucker.

Local news site Riodoce reports that as many as eight people were killed in the raid, but neither publication could confirm the number of deaths.

The raiding party also sacked the home of Consuelo Loera, the mother of "El Chapo" Guzmán, who lives in a house built by Guzmán in the community where he was born, which sits in the middle of the Golden Triangle, an area of heavy drug production solidly in the control of his cartel. They took two vehicles called Razers and at least three all-terrain motorcycles and cut telephone and internet lines.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

150 Gunmen shoot up the home of El Chapo's mother, kill neighbors

Lucio R. Borderland Beat Material from El País-RioDoce and Facebook
Update Below

150 gunmen burst into the sanctuary of Guzman Loera, they killed three neighbors and ransacked maternal home.

Testimonies collected by local media said the large group of gunmen arrived mid-morning, seemingly without fear. One group burst into the mansion of Consuela Loera, (at top)stole two cars, three motorcycles and cut telephone lines.

Consuela was not harmed.

Simultaneously, other parts of town were attacked. One of the neighbors was dragged from his home and killed in the street. Many people, have fled the area in fear.

Who directed the attack remains a mystery. A first version,  by expert  Cynthia Valdez, indicated that the brazen attack was a settling of scores within the Sinaloa cartel. Namely retribution against Guzman Loera’s  sons, Ivan and Alfredo.

Other sources indicate that the attack was perpetrated by the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, old and fierce rivals El Chapo. For years they fought a war that horrified the country. Guzman Loera had hired BLO initially as armed wing, until in 2008, when Alfredo Beltran Leyva, aka “El Mochomo” was arrested. Mochomo was a lieutenant of Chapo’s at the time.  Chapo was accused of setting Mochomo up by working with the feds, in exchange for his son to be released from prison.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Alleged "Chapo's" goddaughter broadcast a family celebration video

Grecia Venegas Oviedo, daughter of Julian Venegas Guzmán, compadre of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, released a home video where the Sinaloa leader appears during a birthday celebration in 1992.

The recording released by the website "Nayarit Online" shows the child celebration held in Compostela, Nayarit. The recording, which lasts one minute, allowed to see the then little girl in the arms of her godfather, "El Chapo Guzman".

The tape was shared a month and a half after the disappearance of Julian Venegas, who according to local media, was kidnapped last April 1 by an armed group and since then his whereabouts are unknown.

Allegedly, the incident occurred while Julian was traveling from Compostela to Puerto Vallarta with his girlfriend, who did not suffer any mishap.

On June, she published a letter on her Facebook profile with the following message:

"El Guero" Palma transferred to Altiplano No. 1 faces murder charges

Lucio R. Borderland Beat material from PGR

“El Guero Palma” arrived in Mexico through the border city of Matamoros Tamaulipas, where he was greeted by Mexican officials, agents of the Mexican Navy, and an arrest warrant on murder charges.

He was then transferred to Mexico City via airplane, and from there PGR agents transferred him to prison in a Federal Police helicopter.  He is now imprisoned at  The Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1  more commonly known as "Altiplano".  Altiplano is the prison El Chapo made famous by his escape through a tunnel.

Although the attorney general’s office could not find outstanding charges to keep him incarcerated, at least one state did.  The arrest warrant was issued by the attorney general of the Mexican state of Nayarit, where the murders allegedly occurred. 

Reports are being published that say he will remain in Altiplano for a short while to be processed, then transferred to Jalisco.

SEDENA an agent in charge of El Chapo found tortured and murdered

Lucio R. Borderland Beat material from La Prensa and Diario

The blanket-wrapped body of a man was discovered on a dirt road  near colonia Felipe Ángeles in Juarez, has been identified as Jorge Mauricio Melendez Herrera.  Melendez, was an active member of the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena). 

The federal PGR agency has taken over the investigation, after it was confirmed that Melendez was assigned to the special federal operation in charge of the Juarez prison custody of  Joaquin Guzman Loera ("El Chapo").

Melendez’ family reported to the Chihuahua State Attorney General (FGE North Zone), that they had not seen or heard from him in several days.  It was relatives who positively identified the deceased man as Melendez.

Melendez showed signs of torture, and sustained multiple stab wounds, but authorities reported his death was due, to a coup de grâce gunshot blast to the back of his head.

On May 7th Chapo was transferred from Altiplano Prison No.1, to the Juarez Prison, Centro Federal de Readaptación Social (Cefereso) No. 9

"El Guero Palma has been transferred through Matamoros

As I posted yesterday, there was no official word that  Héctor Luis Palma Salazar,  alias "El Guero Palma", had been delivered to Mexico, despite earlier indications and reports. Yesterday a couple of Mexican news outlets reported that he would be delivered today, and now it is being  is reported that he “may” be delivered to the Federal Prison of Matamoros to face two charges. This was based on activity by the feds at the Matamoros, Tamaulipas International airport.  This is being reported by journalist Joaquin Lopez Doriga.

However, federal authorities have not confirmed anything, if he has arrived in Mexico, or if Palma will be delivered into the custody of Mexico,  or the time it will enter national territory. Doriga says police sources, say it will be apprehended and possibly transferred to the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation (Cefereso) No. 2 West. Doriga is reporting this through his social media pages.

UPDATE: And 10 minutes ago (apx 3:30pm) a report out of Brownsville Texas say he was just transferred in that Texas city to Mexican officials.  Supposedly he was taken aboard a PGR aircraft to Mexico City.

Additional fotos on following page

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sinaloa Congresswoman and El Chapo gal pal, stripped of immunity

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with C.E. Martinez

The controversial congressional Sinaloa  representative, Lucero Sánchez López,  has been stripped of her parliamentary immunity.  This action paves the way for a formal investigation and possible prosecution.

Sánchez is, allegedly, the mother of El Chapo’s youngest child, a son, born while Chapo was imprisoned in Altiplano, prior to his escape.  Although she denied visiting the Capo in prison, she was seen on video tape footage at the prison visiting Chapo.

After his infamous tunnel escape from Altiplano,  Chapo was reported seen visiting Sánchez and spending the night with her and their child.  This caused a federal operation in Cosala, the municipality where Sánchez lives, but Chapo managed to flee.

With Sánchez at the prison, was El Chapo’s lead attorney, who confirmed it was Sánchez visiting El Chapo and that he accompanied her to the prison.  It is alleged she used false documents to visit Chapo.

Tamaulipas: Failed Ambush Leaves 8 Gunmen Dead

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

This is the second known occurrence where gunmen ambush federal forces in a month in San Fernando.

Yesterday, armed gunmen aboard two trucks opened fire on a convoy of the federal police, federal forces division, in a failed ambush where eight of the gunmen, belonging to a criminal group that controls the area, died.

The fighting occurred yesterday when the officers carried out surveillance patrols at 13:00 hours, three kilometers from the federal highway Entronque Urracas–Reynosa (also known as “Y”) kilometer 41, along the agricultural corridor of gap 40 that leads to the neighborhood Agrícola Francisco González Villarreal, belonging to the municipality of San Fernando.

In this area, a convoy of members of the federal preventive police led by the patrol vehicle #13754, were on a patrol when they were attacked by armed gunmen that were traveling aboard two trucks.

Upon realizing that they were cut off by the federal forces, the gunmen in the white truck opened fire at the convoy of federal agents, repelling the aggression.

At The Scene

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mireles Will Be Freed This Month Lawyer Says

By: Milton Martínez | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

In a period of four to 20 days, José Manuel Mireles Valverde, former autodefensa leader of Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, will be released; according to his lawyer, Javier Livas Cantú.

The litigant said that after the withdrawal of the judicial review that was announced last Friday by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the writ of protection 52/2014 allowed Dr. Mireles to no longer be “hampered” by the federal authority.

“The only thing still pending is for the issue of the doctor to go down to the Tenth District Court—based in Uruapan, Michoacán—and to consider the effects of the protection, in order to rule on a new resolution, a judicial decree of formal freedom,” he explained.

The former autodefensa is imprisoned in the federal prison in Hermosillo, Sonora, along with his bodyguards, since June 30, 2014, accused of bearing arms for the exclusive use of the Mexican Army and crimes against health.

“As Mireles’ defense, I am very positive because it is very rare for the procurator, Arely Gómez, to offer this type of withdrawal and to send a very clear message that the PGR no longer has a perverse interest and the case is being seen with new eyes,” he said.

Livas Cantú met with representatives of the media after visiting Dr. Mireles, where he explained the legal developments in the case that has kept him imprisoned.

When questioned about the future that awaits Mireles once he is released, he shouted: “In Monterrey, we have big plans for him.”

Separately, the lawyer of the autodefensas, Talía Vázquez, said that Mireles and his bodyguards would leave the prison next week.