Monday, October 19, 2020

Veterinary student from Zacatecas was kidnapped, tortured and murdered after family pays her ransom

 "stevectpa" for Borderland Beat

Jennifer Mejia Perez 

The lifeless body a woman who was found last week was identified as Jennifer Mejia Perez (aged 20), a veterinary student of the Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ). She had been kidnapped the day before. Her body was dumped on the side of the highway leading to Villa Gonzalez Ortega municipality.

Different police corporations arrived and cordoned off the scene when the body was found. The body of the young woman showed apparent signs of torture and firearm impacts. At the scene authorities said the killers left a written message that alluded to an organized crime group. 

Her body was handed over to the Forensic Medical Service team in Zacatecas. When the body was first found, she had not been identified; her relatives showed up at the local morgue and confirmed her identity hours later.

Sources outside the investigation mentioned that Jennifer was kidnapped and that those responsible demanded a considerable sum of money from the family to release her. However, despite the ransom payments made to the abductors, the young woman was tortured and killed.

Young lawyer killed in parking lot in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas

 "stevectpa" for Borderland Beat

David Coutiño Lara (pictured) specialized in Mexican criminal law

A young lawyer was killed yesterday afternoon in the Toks shopping center parking lot in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. His name was David Coutiño Lara (aged 36). Eye-witnesses said that the lawyer had just left a restaurant and was walking towards his vehicle when armed men showed up and killed him at the scene. Coutiño was with his sister and another lady.

Investigators confirmed that Coutiño was shot at least five times from behind; the perpetrators of the attacked escaped in a vehicle and are at large. One of the officers stated that the now deceased had at least two shots in the head and the other shots were distributed in his back. Over 14 bullet casings were found at the scene. Eye-witnesses called the emergency number 911 when they saw the incident. Paramedics were the first to arrive at the scene and confirmed that Coutiño died instantly.

Monterrey Nuevo Leon: An extortioner wanted more money, an employee kills him, all caught on security cam

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  El Norte

After he went into a Monterrey business multiple times attempting to charge “piso”, an extortioner was shot to death in Colonia Moisés Sáenz, in Apodaca.

The crime was reported to the police at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, however the cameras recorded the incident at 6:02 p.m..

In a video recorded by the cameras of the business "Pollo y Carnes La Subida", to which EL NORTE had access, the alleged extortionist can be seen talking to another person on a cell phone to warn him that the employees did not want to give him money.

"No, they don't have anything, they won't give me anything".

"They say the boss took everything, I'm inside here, but they don't want to give anything."

Sonora: They finish off an injured Marina in an ambulance

 Steve C Borderland Beat Source

Empalme, Son.- On Sunday afternoon, a group of armed men violently ended the life of a man identified as a military man who was being transported aboard a Red Cross ambulance and injured another.

After being initially shot, they got into a black sedan and drove to the Red Cross, where they were boarded on to an ambulance to be transported to a hospital.

20 armed men arrived and blocked the three accesses to the Red Cross facility. The hitmen got into the ambulance and finished off the young sailor in front of the paramedics who were attending to him. Empalme will be without emergency service as all staff left.

"La Fany" Zetas Veracruz plaza boss arrested

 Steve C Borderland Beat Source

Paso del Macho, Ver.- Fany N, alleged head of the Los Zetas plaza, in the Paso del Macho region, was detained by elements of the Public Security Secretariat this Saturday, October 17.

The Ministry of Public Security confirmed that Fany N, identified with the alias of “La Fany”, was detained while traveling on the Camarón de Tejeda-Paso del Macho highway, in the section of the town known as Actopan, about 80 kilometers from the port from Veracruz.

Along with “La Fany”, State Police arrested Santiago N, Jesús Alejandro N and Ember N, also members of the same criminal group Los Zeta, with influence in that region.

During the operation, elements of the Ministry of Public Security seized the vehicle in which they were traveling, a firearm, cartridges, a backpack with various doses of drugs, knives and knives.

The bodies of 4 men and 1 woman discovered in Veracruz/Oaxaca

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY Steve C  Source

The five-fold execution is suspected to be related to the murder of the commander of the Jesús Carranza Municipal Police, Jaime Cervantes Milagro, which occurred on Saturday in Acayucan.

During the morning of this Sunday, inhabitants of the town El Paraíso, Oaxaca, belonging to the municipality of Matías Romero Avendaño, while they were going to their daily work, found five people without life on the ground near some private properties located on the road of dirt road Paraíso - Nuevo Morelos, which communicates Veracruz with the state of Oaxaca.

After the discovery, they notified the police authorities to arrive at the site, when they arrived at the site, they confirmed that the five people were already dead, including a woman, unofficially it was said that one of those executed was a former element of the Police Municipal of Jesús Carranza.

The five people found dead showed signs of blows, their hands were tied at the back and all were left on top and face down.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Old-school Gulf Cartel figure 'Rafita 82' killed in Nuevo León

"MX" for Borderland Beat; TY "leChef"

Rafael Isassi Garcia held significant power in Tampico, Tamaulipas, as a Gulf Cartel plaza boss

Rafael Isassi Garcia, commonly referred to by his alias "Rafita 82", was killed in a drive-by shooting in Santiago Municipality, a suburb in the Monterrey metropolitan area. Investigators say four armed men attacked Isassi while he was heading to a ranch.

Neighborhood residents told the police that they heard at least nine gunshots and saw a Dodge Durango vehicle leave the crime scene at a high speed seconds after the attack. Paramedics were called to the site and confirmed that Isassi was killed instantly. He was traveling with his nephew Javier (aged 20) who survived with minor injuries. Surveillance cameras captured the Dodge Durango vehicle in question. Authorities have the vehicle's license plates but did not confirm if they were able to see the assailants' faces.

Isassi was a high-ranking Gulf Cartel member who once held a top cartel role in the Tampico, Tamaulipas, plaza for many years. He worked under former cartel boss Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna, a close henchmen of legendary kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen. Both of his former bosses are serving prison time in the United States after being extradited from Mexico over a decade ago.

"The brother of AMLO asks that I be imprisoned for 12 years" says journalist Carlos Loret de Mola

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Source

AMLO's brother was on film receiving bags of cash from AMLOs nominee for an anti-corruption position

By Carlos Loret de Mola

Pío López Obrador, brother of the president of Mexico, after being caught on videos illegally receiving packages of cash, filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office (FGR). It says he is the "victim" and asks that whoever is responsible for the dissemination of the videos be punished with 12 years in prison. In the same letter, it establishes that the disclosure was made in the weekly program under my charge on the Latinus news platform.

Pío López Obrador and the person who gave him the money, David León Romero, have already testified before the FGR about the complaint filed by the opposition National Action and Democratic Revolution parties after the videos were released.

However, Pío López Obrador went further: he did not stop to give his statement, but instead sought to attack by means of a complaint. It was filed with the FGR on October 2. Pío López Obrador speaks of the disclosure of his videos as "facts allegedly constituting crimes committed to the detriment of his person and his family (...) through the Latinus communication platform, directed by journalist Carlos Loret de Mola." He asks that he be recognized as an adjunct to the Prosecutor's Office and that it initiates an investigation on the matter.

Guanajuato: Saturday murders total 8

Steve C Borderland Beat

Guanajuato-  The violence this Saturday continued with the murder of eight people with the most occurring in Salamanca.

2 Killed in León

The body of a woman was found in a plastic bag on a soccer field in the San Francisco de Asis neighborhood. The finding was reported at 6 p.m., witnesses said that during a soccer game a person approached in a car and discarded a black bag. Minutes later, a spectator realized that inside the bag was a human body.

They say she was a woman because she had long brown hair, "said a young man. Police confirmed the report and waited for the game to end to secure the scene, which was taken over by the State Attorney's Office.

Dies close to home

In another case, also in León, a man was shot to death near his home, in the Jol Gua Ber neighborhood.

The crime happened at 8 o'clock yesterday night on Recreación Street. According to neighbors, the victim was going home when two men on a black motorcycle approached her.

The 'Culiacanazo', remains an open wound

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

On October 17, 2019, the most shocking criminal event in the history of Sinaloa occurred: a series of decisions that paralyzed Culiacán and caused a wound that has not yet  healed.

That day, the Sinaloa Cartel took by surprise all the inhabitants of this city, threatening them with their rifles, blocking streets and causing terror as an act of negotiation with the federal authorities who had arrested one of the sons of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, "El Chapo".

The relationship that existed between civil society and the criminal organization was fractured, not broken, but strongly splintered, specialists have defined, because that day the violence that they can exercise against the population was revealed.

"That day we thought that war was going to come, we learned about all the weapons that criminal groups could have," said Anajilda Mondaca Cota, Doctor in Social Sciences and Humanities for the Autonomous University of the West.

Surrounding this at stake was  a social discourse constructed by criminal groups, that of their being protectors of the city.

"There was the belief that the cartel cared, but that day we wondered if they were really good, because maybe they never were," said Dante Aguilera, activist member of the Juan Panadero Popular Graphics Workshop.

"This has happened because the government has left them."

On October 17, 2019, an operation was carried out by the National Guard and the Army in Culiacán. They tried to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, Guzmán Loera's son, and that was achieved, but that caused an unexpected reaction, said Tomás Guevara Martínez, Doctor of Social Sciences for the Autonomous University of Sinaloa.

"It took all citizens by surprise, we did not expect something like this to happen." he said.

The operation of the federal forces began around 2:00 p.m., when Guzmán López's house in the Tres Ríos subdivision began to be surrounded. Fifty minutes later, the elements entered the house and the sound of guns and rifles began to echo like a scene of terror.

There were at least 500 armed men, members of criminal groups, surrounding the house to prevent the arrest of Chapo’s son, but they did not succeed.

Immediately, that violence spread to the entire Tres Ríos sector, the Infonavit Humaya, Vicente Guerrero and Villa Universidad neighborhoods.

There, up to 13 people were said to have died, including a soldier and three civilians who were passing through the place without knowing of the violence unleashed.

The armed men stole more than 50 vehicles, threatened the people of Culiacan with rifles, some were beaten and others were injured.

"My girlfriend and I were coming to the University when we saw that there were some armed men. We turned around here and it sounded  like a bullet hit the car. It turned off and we ran, that's when I felt that a bullet had hit me in the leg "said Eddy, an anonymous witness.

"When we went out there were men in front shooting at the policemen and we hardly ran when I realized that blood was coming out of my chest, but I could not stop, the bullets hit the floor and buzzed very loudly past until we took shelter in the supermarket."

The strategy of the armed groups was to hold hostage the city, close the entrances and exits to roads with blockades made with trailers and burning cars. The same with different streets and the airport of the city.

The violence escalated until more than 40 prisoners from the Aguaruto prison fled after rioting and the lives of at least 200 people were threatened in the March 21 military housing complex.

"There were armed men who came in and wanted to take the military," said another witness.

All that event ended with the presidential order to release Guzmán Loera's son. The armed men withdrew celebrating with bullets in the air, leaving the ashes of the burned vehicles and damage quantified in millions of pesos.

"The attack that stained black on Thursday, October 17, 2019 was a disruptive event. It broke the level of violence that the city had experienced, broke the tranquility of its inhabitants, it sowed a latent fear that arises again when rumors spread or shootings occur.  They interrupt the daily routine again, "said Óscar Fidel González Mendívil, State Commissioner for Victims.

"The impacts of the violence deployed that day by organized crime have not yet been recognized or studied. As we said a year ago, the act made us all victims."

The important thing, he said, is to serve people with a social perspective, since everything was repaired, the walls, the windows of the restaurants in the Tres Ríos sector, the traffic lights and the streets, where the vehicles caught fire, however, in Culiacán the open wounds of the inhabitants still remain.

California: Mexican pharmacist smuggled counterfeit pills with fentanyl, across border, into Monterey County, triple spike in ODs

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY Gus Source The Californian 

A Mexican pharmacist allegedly ran powerful sedative and opioid drugs across the border, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

Francisco Javier Schraidt Rodriguez, 61, would smuggle bottles of alprazolam and “M30 pills,” which are bluish counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and the letter “M” and number “30,” from his pharmacy across the U.S. and Mexico border.

Once in the United States, Schraidt Rodriguez would ship bottles of alprazolam (aka Xanax) and the M30s to contacts in Monterey County, prosecutors said.

Matthew Sanchez, 25, sell the alprazolam and M30 pills to users, prosecutors said in the Thursday press release.

One person who bought drugs, including the M30 pills, from Sanchez overdosed Sept. 5, 2019, after taking at least one of the fentanyl-laced pills.

Captured communications showed Schraidt Rodriguez and Sanchez both knew the counterfeit pills contained fentanyl, including those sold to the victim who died, prosecutors said.

Schraidt Rodriguez sold $81,859 of the counterfeit, fentanyl-laced M30 pills, alprazolam, and other drugs during the operations from June 2018 through Nov. 2019.

At the peak of their drug sales, Sanchez would buy approximately 100 counterfeit pills at a time, prosecutors said.

Sanchez and Schraidt Rodriguez are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and alprazolam as well as the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.

If convicted, the men each face up to 20 years in prison for distribution of the drugs as well as 20 years to life for distributing the fentanyl-laced pills to the victim.

Those powerful opioid pain killers are responsible for a spike in overdoses, hospitalizations and enrollment in treatment in Salinas and Monterey County, experts say. 

"Fake Oxycodone pills are flooding Monterey County,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson said. “These fake pills are laced with fentanyl. The drug dealers who are pushing these fake pills couldn’t control the amount of fentanyl in them even if they cared. Fentanyl is dosed in micrograms. Dealers don’t have the equipment or the ability to control what they are selling. Our young people are dying by the score from ignorance and indifference.”

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In 2019, Monterey County's fatal opioid overdoses more than tripled 2018's 10 deaths, according to Monterey County Public Health. 

Doctors have said they're seeing more younger people coming in after overdosing. 

Treatment centers say they have also seen increases in people seeking help for opioids. 

Sanchez would not be the first Monterey County defendant facing prosecution for selling fentanyl-laced drugs that killed someone. 

Xavier Jimenez-Robledo, 19, is facing 20 years if convicted of selling "M30s" to a teenager, who survived an overdose at his house in April, and to Thomas Henderson, 20, who died May 9 after an overdose, authorities have said.

Additional M30s were found in both victims' rooms. 

Jimenez-Robledo's case, filed June 12 in federal court, is pending, records show. 

Chivis note: use hyperlink at the top to access interesting infograms with this story

Editor's note: The federal judicial system normally does not provide mug shots of defendants.

Top Three Narcos Wanted by the DEA

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus  Source

The drug traffickers have not stopped their operations because of the Covid-19 restrictions, but the DEA, at the same time, has not stopped, either. The hunt for the top 3 most wanted Drug Lords, some of the most dangerous men wanted by the DEA continues.

According to the DEA, the capture of the famed Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and his appearance in U.S. Federal Court last year, sent a message you will get caught. With El Chapo behind bars, the DEA is now looking for his son.

"One of our fugitives is El Chapo Guzman‘s son Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar and he too has been involved in narcotics trade, involved with his father, trafficking cocaine methamphetamine heroin across the southwest border," said Dante Sorianello, the assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the San Antonio district.

El Chapo’s son was released a few hours after his arrest, because the Sinaloa Cartel wreaked havoc in Mexico with gun fights and violence on the streets. El Chapo’s son was involved heavily in the business of his father, and while Mexico may have come under pressure to release him in order to save innocent lives, the DEA does not feel the same, which is why Guzman is still in hiding.

Mexican General Cienfuegos L.A. hearing was brief, he remains in Metro detention in Los Angeles for now

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Source and KTLA Los Angeles

The former Secretary of Defense in Mexico, General Salvador Cienfuegos, was detained at California airport his first hearing was yesterday in Los Angeles

The audience of Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, former head of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) with Enrique Peña Nieto, it barely lasted five minutes, where he heard the three charges against him related to drug trafficking; His next hearing will be on Tuesday, October 20, at 1:00 p.m., it is speculated, in New York.

The retired general was detained the night of this Thursday, October 15 at the California airport, USA, when he arrived with his family. The arrest warrant was issued by Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon since August 14, 2019.

Via video, they were read three counts of conspiracy to the manufacturer, import and distribute drugs, plus a money laundering charge.

"The fight against drug trafficking should be a partnership" says US ambassador to Mexico

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

Los Angeles Consul spoke twice to Mexico's former security chief, after his arrest in U.S.

The United States Ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau, urged that the authorities work together on both sides of the border against organized crime.

"The fight against organized crime and drug trafficking is a shared fight. Criminals and drugs kill Mexico and the United States," said the diplomat on his Twitter account.

"We urgently need to work shoulder to shoulder on both sides of the border. It is not easy at all, but we are more the good guys."

For her part, the Consul of Los Angeles, Marcela Celorio, reported that she had already met twice with the former Secretary of National Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos, who has been detained since Thursday  in the United States.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

How Chapo Isidro initiated the downfall of General Cienfuegos

 By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Mexico was not in partnership in the U.S. investigation and arrest of Mexican General Salvador Cienfuegos on Thursday night at LAX.

In the indictment, unsealed yesterday, albeit bare bones and will be superseded, it charges that Cienfuegos during the years of December 2015 to February 2017 with drug trafficking and money laundering in collusion with Beltran Leyva’s H2 cartel.  

During those years H2 was led by Juan Francisco Patron.  Patron was killed in February 2017, interestingly, killed the very month and year the U.S. seemingly alleges Cienfuegos stopped his criminality. 

Since he is charged with steering his military away from H2 and notifying H2 of any operations, he obviously betrayed the cartel.

Yesterday I posted the story of H2 who they were and their violent end in 2017 in an all-out effort by the military both land and air killing the leader and a dozen of his men (image below).

Chapito Isidro

According to the NYT the initiation of the investigation by the U.S. stems from the 2013 investigation of apparent BLO heir; Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, commonly known by his moniker El Chapo Isidro.

Isidro in the opinion of this contributor is the most intelligent, calculating leader ever in the drug war of Mexico.  It is his skills that have allowed BLO to continue with a heartbeat and profitability. He is BLO.

2,224 pounds of meth, 893lbs cocaine 13 lbs heroin tied to Sinaloa cartel seized in California – largest haul in DEA history

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Borderland Beat Follower  DEA-LA

DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea and local law enforcement officials announce the largest domestic seizure of methamphetamine in DEA history

LOS ANGELES – At a press conference today, DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea and Los Angeles Field Division Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner announced the seizure of 893 pounds of cocaine, 13 pounds of heroin, and 2,224 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, which is the largest domestic seizure of crystal methamphetamine in DEA history. 

In June 2020, the Los Angeles Field Division, Southwest Border Group 2, began investigating a large-scale drug trafficking organization with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel involved in the transportation and delivery of large quantities of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine.  During the course of the investigation, agents identified a Southern California-based narcotics courier/stash house manager along with multiple locations and vehicles associated with the courier and the DTO.

On October 2, 2020, through investigative means, agents and Fontana Police Department investigators established surveillance on the courier’s residence.  During surveillance, Fontana Police Department investigators observed the target and a secondary associate load two duffle bags into a vehicle and leave the location.  The courier target and the associate ultimately met with a third associate at a Sam’s Club parking lot in the city of Moreno Valley where they unloaded and delivered the two duffle bags to the third associate.  During that time, investigators detained the courier target and the two other associates in the parking lot for questioning and they were later released.

Friday, October 16, 2020

(Indictment) Former Natl Security Chief Salvador Cienfuegos worked with Cártel de Nayarit (Beltran Leyva) alleges United States Attorney

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Reforma Borderland Beat Archives

The United States accused Salvador Cienfuegos, Secretary of National Defense in the past sexenio (EPNs six-year term), of having worked for the H-2 Cartel, a violent criminal group based in Nayarit, in exchange for bribes.

The United States Attorney for Eastern Brooklyn today asked Judge Carol Bagley Ammon that, once he is sent from Los Angeles to New York, General Cienfuegos be under permanent arrest, in a letter detailing his alleged criminal activities and the risk escape if released on bail.

"Evidence including thousands of intercepted messages from Blackberry reveals that, when he was Secretary of Defense, the defendant, in exchange for bribes, assisted the H-2 Cartel in numerous ways, including ensuring that there were no military operations in  against the group; assuring initiating military operations against their rivals; obtaining maritime transport for drug shipments; acting to expand the territory controlled by H-2 to Mazatlán and the rest of Sinaloa, "the Attorney General's Office for the Eastern District of New York said today.

Cienfuegos also introduced cartel leaders to other corrupt Mexican officials, and alerted the DEA investigation, which led to the murder of a cartel member who was not actually collaborating with the US agency. 

CJNG paranoia in Tierra caliente, clemente and his family forced into exile

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  La Silla Rota

“The CJNG now also includes children on its blacklist: grenade launchers and rifles are pointed at them.”  (CJNG has never established boundaries, children were never off limits)

There are already about 90 families from the Michoacán Sierra de la Tierra Caliente who have had to abandon their homes and heritage to avoid being assassinated by cells of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación  aka CJNG who residents say are “excessively paranoid.”

The families flee so as not to be burned, beheaded or dismembered alive.

The CJNG now also includes children on its blacklist: grenade launchers and rifles are pointed at them.

La Silla Rota presents stories of two families who have lost everything and now seek to reach the northern border alive to seek asylum in the United States.

This is the first story:  

Don Clemente has no words to describe what he had to live and that forced him to abandon his heritage he built for 30 years. "It's one thing I don't know how to describe. They were going to kill me and my children, says the 53-year-old man with his voice cracking with emotion.

He narrates that a few days ago, heavily armed and hooded people who identified themselves as being from Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación entered his home. The construction worker points out that these men have no scruples, because they not only attacked him, but also his children and his wife.

Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico's former, Secretary of National Defense detained at LAX

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Reforma

At the request of the DEA for criminal conspiracy, money laundering and drug trafficking.

First hearing in Los Angeles at 2:30pm today

Once again it happened in the United States.

This time it is General Salvador Cienfuegos, head of the Defense Secretariat in Enrique Peña's administration, who was arrested in the United States.

He is the highest official of the Mexican Government, ever captured abroad.

Chief of the Army for the entire term of Enrique Peña Nieto, General Cienfuegos was arrested, at the request of the DEA, at the Los Angeles Airport, California, on charges of criminal conspiracy, money laundering and drug trafficking.

The General was traveling with his family, the family members names were not disclosed but were released.

Tlatlaya, 22 people were executed in June 2014 by the military.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

EL Azul: New leader of Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been arrested

 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Adán Ochoa, aka El Azul,  leader of Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel was detained by the Guanajuato authorities. He was the successor for El Marro Jose Antonio Yepez.

The governor of Guanajuato himself, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, announced the arrest through his Twitter account.

The arrest was announced by the governor of Guanajuato.

El Azul had the leadership of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel for only two and a half months’ time.