Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Yolk of Los Zetas in Coahuila

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

"The yolk of Los Zetas" in Coahuila: control of prisons, kidnapping, killings, burning of bodies....

Subject Matter: The Yolk of Los Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Patricia Davila
In a memo from 2003, the DEA assured that Los Zetas ( the then armed wing of the Cartel del Golfo), already controlled Ciudad Acuna and Piedras Negras, Coahuila. In 2010 and 2011, their control of the north of the State was total, and the towns their had already submitted, moreover the prison at Piedras Negras was a virtual extermination camp.

To this was added that the State Government was negligent and some of its officials accomplices. The Federation was indifferent and complacent, in an environment where victims were ignored. The Los Zetas violence described above was the responsibility of the DEA and the Mexican Federal Police, entities that refuse to reveal the identities of those involved.

The above facts were revealed by researchers Sergio Aguayo and Jacobo Dayan in the research piece entitled "El Yugo Zeta", North of Coahuila, 2010 -2011 and presented this Tuesday the 21st at the College of Mexico (Colmex).

Based on journalistic reports, including some published in Proceso, as well as unpublished information obtained from other files and testimonies, both specialists explain what happened in the Piedras Negras jail, the dimensions of Los Zetas revenge started on March 18th 2011, and the responsibility of the United States Government in that Massacre.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Confrontation between CJNG and Nueva Familia leaves two dead in Michoacan

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, Nueva Familia Michoacana - Viagras
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Francisco J Castellanos
Angamacutiro, Mich, a confrontation between antagonistic groups of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and La Nueva Familia Michoacana - Viagras, took place in the Echeverria Colonia of this town, leaving two dead as well as one person injured.

At the scene, representatives of the Law confiscated three pickups and a motorcycle, as well as flyers signed by the CJNG. According to information given by official contacts, the confrontation occurred in Calle Mariano Escobedo. Local Police arrived at the scene and found two dead men with bullet wounds of large caliber.

The deceased were unknown to the local population, although one of them was wearing a tactical vest with CJNG on it. Meanwhile, it transpired that there was a third, alleged wounded gunman, identified as Jose Jaime L, 20 years old, who was transferred to a hospital in the region.

From the Zeta to the A

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

This article will not be for everyone, it contains a breakdown of the philosophical reasoning behind why the violence in Mexico is what it has become. The article is cerebral and I would humbly suggest that if you come to BB to view pictures of the dead, or are a cartel cheerleader, you may wish to pass this article by.

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Government corruption in Coahuila
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Fabrizio Mejia Madrid
I don't know if its good or bad. Evil is not a being, an autonomous substance, but an action. That is what I thought as I read the report before the International Criminal Court on Coahuila between 2009 and 2016, detailing the crimes against humanity committed by State and Federal Authorities together with Los Zetas.

The horrors committed against the population of Allende, or the use of prison as a war factory, documented not only how power in Mexico has become an event of evil, but how that domain is acquired on someone already devastated, humiliated, helpless, its a desire towards nothing.

The question is not, if then evil is more or less what it was in the years of the "dirty war" , with the origin of Los Zetas in the Mexican Army, or in any case, that they have refined and extended the techniques of cruelty, but what as happened to us as a culture.

Both in cases of stubborn corruption among Governors, who, according to this report, today received from traffickers arrested in Texas, trucks of money to finance their election campaigns, which makes a brotherhood together with the traffickers;with the absolution, "I leave myself and go against everything that exists, abandoned to a kind of will of nothing".

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

La Paz BCS: State Human Rights Commissioner Assassinated

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: BCS Noticias

Silvestre de la Toba Camacho
Nov 21, 2017
La Paz, Baja California Sur

Approximately 7PM Monday evening an armed group shot repeatedly at the family vehicle of Silvestre de la Toba Camacho with large caliber automatic weaponry while attempting to block the vehicle's movement. Camacho was the  ombudsman and a  commissioner  of the State Human Rights Commission of BCS. He and his 20 year old son died at the scene and his wife and 17 year old daughter were seriously wounded and were transferred to the city's hospital.

The events took place in the vicinity of the Boulevard Forjadores at its junction with Colosio Boulevard , where the attackers unloaded their weapons against Camacho's Ford vehicle.

Unofficial sources indicated that during the attack witnesses heard at least 30 detonations, followed by 3 isolated shots; moments after which the vehicle carrying the De la Toba family crashed into the wall of the Casino Caliente.

Death details murky in BP Agent's death, may have fallen into culvert

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Information remains elusive regarding the deaths of border officer, Rogelio Martinez, 36 years old, and his partner. The FBI has taken over the case.

Martinez and his partner were patrolling near, highway 10,  from the Van Horn, Texas station , investigating suspicious activities near the expansive Big Bend National Park.  What exactly happened subsequently, is a mystery to the public.

Initially, far right news outlets such as Breitbart were quick to insist the attack was by “illegal aliens", most reports indicated the attack was from gunfire.  Authorities were compelled to discount gunfire but did not give an alternative method of attack, or even say there was an attack.  Breitbart then reported the Border Patrol Union stated, there was an attack by illegals, by ambush, with rocks.

However, that was proven to be untrue, posted on their website is a message that the cause is still undetermined.

Late yesterday, yet another possibility was given when it was determined that accident had not been ruled out, that the men may have fallen into the culvert by mishap. This would explain why neither officer drew their weapons during this time.  The unnamed survivor has amnesia since the accident; by the time help arrived he was in poor condition and no recall of the incident.
Rio Grande flows through Big Bend

Monday, November 20, 2017

United States Border Agent killed on the Texas Border

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article
Subject Matter: Killing of Rogelio Martinez
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

UPDATED 05:43 AM 11/21/17

Agent Rogelio Martinez and his colleague patrolled in the area of Van Horn station, when they were attacked, another agent was wounded.

Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36 years old died after the attack
Reporter: Juan Jose Garcia

"An agent of the Border Patrol of the United States died resulting from wound suffered on patrol.   The incident took place on the Big Bend sector, near Interstate 10 and  Van Horn, Southwest, Texas, where his colleague was wounded", said the spokesman of the Federal Corporation, Douglas T Mosier.

He explained that the agent Rogelio Martinez, 36 years old, and his colleague, patrolled close to the interstate highway 10, in the area of Van Horn station.

The colleague of agent Martinez was wounded and needed medical attention, and was transferred to a local hospital.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Federal Police and Cartel del Golfo Confrontation in Tamaulipas

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Televisa News article with additional pictures from Reynosa Codigo Rojo

Subject Matter: Cartel del Golfo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

3 persons died during a confrontation between elements of the Federal Forces and alleged members of the criminal group Cartel del Golfo in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

The gunfight occurred when armed men were travelling in a grey colored pickup attacked Federal Forces who were carry out a vigilance patrol in the Arecas Fraccionamiento.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tamaulipas: El Pata de Queso" dies in hospital after Tuesday's "Capture"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
After his arrest on Tuesday, today Martiniano de Jesús aka “Pata de Queso” died while hospitalized.  He died from kidney failure, resulting from pancreatitis.

The regional leader of the Zetas was also referred to Z-74 and belonged to the Old School Zetas.

He is yet another narco that the government says is responsible for the killings of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.  He is also named as a “generator of violence” and on the most wanted list.  Investigation by the federal police indicates he was responsible for directing many kidnappings including one of “a US citizen”.   That may be the US citizen identified by DNA in 2011, during the exhuming of 193 bodies in fosas near and around San Fernando.  The American,  was forcibly pulled off a  Matamoros intercity bus Along with dozens of others, after Zetas questioned people on the bus before deciding who to abduct.

The abduction occurred in November, 2010, at the time when heavy violence, massive shootouts, riots and killing erupted, after the killing of CDG CapoTony Tormenta.  This marked a pivot in the narco war in Tamaulipas and is responsible for Zetas gain of power in the state.

Aftermath scene where Tormenta was killed in a shootout with military 

Regional Leader of Los Zetas captured in Tamaulipas and dies in hospital Thursday

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


Subject Matter: Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, El Pata de Queso
Recommendation: No Prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Federal forces detained in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, an alleged regional boss of Los Zetas Old School, Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, El Pata de Queso, who is linked to the deaths of 72 migrants in 2010, and with the homicide of a representative of the collective of disappeared, Mirian Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Functionaries of the Federal Government said that the suspect was giving statements in the headquarters of SEIDO, of the PGR, since yesterday, and that it was he that coordinated the killing of the foreigners in the town of San Fernando.

They indicated that the alleged criminal, who they believed was dead some years ago, but thanks to intelligence work, they localized him in San Fernando, where he was a regional boss of Los Zetas Old School.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

El Chapo premier lieutenant , "El Marito Choclos" identified as a body entombed in lime

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Designated on United States Kingpin list

On Sunday October 21st a body in advanced decomposition was discovered at a dairy farm in Stanza Torralba subdivision of Culiacán.  The body was entombed inside a 50 gallon blue container and encased in lime.  Although the decomposition prevented immediate identification, it was assumed the body was that of Sinaloa Cartel operative Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo, age 35.   AKA "El Marito Choclos", had been reported missing 10 days prior. He had been shot.

The U.S. Treasury Department [OFAC] designated Valenzuela as one of the main financial operators and lieutenants of Sinaloa Cartel. In the list published in November 2015 by the foreign government, he was linked with Guadalupe Fernández Valencia,  “El Padrona”,  who was arrested by Mexico’s Federal Police, in February , 2016. The U.S. froze assets at that time. She is the sister of “El Animal”.

ABC Chicago reports; “Federal prosecutors in Chicago on Wednesday asked a federal judge to drop the charges against Valenzuela Verdugo, 36, since the "government has obtained credible information that defendant Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo died on or about October 22, 2017. Specifically, the government has learned from, among other sources, a copy of a Mexican death certificate, that Valenzuela Verdugo is deceased."

Indictment 29 pages 30 defendants:

WARNING: On second page is a very graphic photo, there is no further text.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mexican traffickers making New York a hub for lucrative — and deadly — fentanyl

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Washington Post
Married couple Rogelio Alvarado-Robles and Blanca Flores-Solis were arrested in August, a few weeks after arriving from Mexico. Investigators found 213 pounds of narcotics in their apartment in the Kew Gardens neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens. (Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York)

The middle-aged couple in the station wagon went shopping at a New Jersey         Walmart on a warm night in August. They stopped for dinner at an IHOP on the way home. And  when they arrived at their apartment building in a quiet residential section of Queens, the narcotics agents ­following them got a warrant to go inside.

They found several suitcases loaded with brick-shaped bundles of what appeared to be heroin. But   lab tests determined that most of it — 141 pounds — was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and supremely dangerous opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

It was the largest fentanyl seizure in U.S. history. There was enough inside the apartment to kill 32 million people, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The married couple who were arrested, Rogelio Alvarado-Robles, 55, and Blanca Flores-Solis, 52, had no criminal record in the United States. They had flown to New York a few weeks earlier with Mexican passports. They had no weapons.

Atty William Purpura officially joins El Chapo's defense team

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

El Chapo’s lead attorney, Eduardo Balarezo, announced today that attorney William Purpura,  has joined the El Chapo defense team.  

In August, Purpura  was one of the four high profile defense attorneys who announced they had signed on to the case.  However only Balarezo followed through.  

The issue was a threat by the government of a possible seizing of funds forwarded to the attorneys for payment.  It is their contention, that  the money would probably not pass the smell test and “dirty money” gained through illegal activities, would not be able to be used for Chapo’s legal defense

Purpura defended Richard Anthony "Richie Rich" Wilford in his drug trafficking case.

Press release below:

2017 DOJ-DEA National Drug Assessment Report

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article regarding some information derived from a new DEA Drug Threat Report.  I had hope to follow the first article with a follow-up, but have been away since that time.  To read that original article use this link:  2017 Drug Threat Report: RCQ leads Sinaloa, Mexico is greatest heroin source, 6 major cartels

Below is the full report from the DOJ and DEA
Table of contents click to enlarge

Table of Contents

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The love of his life was lured into a deadly trap. Then so was he

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat-republished from WaPo written by Michael Miller

he story of the American O'Neil McGean's murder in Mazatlán, one year ago, was unusual and mysterious in itself.  But there lies a backstory that begins in 2010 with another murder in the U.S. In the end two men, once partners, then close friends, were both dead, both lives leading to a similar murderous fate.

I wrote a post for BB about the Mazatlán murder.  Prompted by emails from his friends in Mexico and I eventually connected with his brother Donnie.   I must say, never have I seen such support from friends, neighbors and family for their lost loved one.  This man was highly respected and loved.  Donnie sent me this WaPo post.  It is for Donnie I republish this article to highlight the recent anniversary of O'Neil's murder.  Donnie and the McGean family's search for answers go on, although it was my advice that perhaps it was time to accept that they most likely will never receive all the answers they search for from the Mexican Government.  Just as the families in 93-95% of all other Murders in Mexico. -Chivis-

Betts left McGean right
Written by Michael Miller 

To the hundreds of students who lined up outside the funeral home that April evening in 2010, Brian Betts had been a beloved Washington middle school principal. A second father. An inspiration.

“R.I.P. Mr. Betts,” said their shirts and hoodies.

“Mr. Betts, We Love You,” read their signs.

But to O’Neil McGean, who stood in the Pierce Funeral Home parking lot in Manassas, Va., gripping a friend’s hand and fighting back tears, Brian had been so much more.

Behind bars: 3 armed men and dressed in military clothes

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Debate

The three accused wore military type olive green pixelated uniforms and identified themselves as Charly N, 30 years old, Braulio N 18 and Pedro N 23 years old, from Sierra de Rosario

El Rosario, Sinaloa.- Elements of the Municipal Police of Mazatlan detained three men from Rosario who had in their possession exclusive military use heavy weapons, the arrest was on the old road to San Marcos, La Noria, near the El Placer community.  

According to data from the authorities, the municipal agents were carrying out prevention rounds through the rural area when they noticed a group of armed people who, upon seeing the security units, fled towards the mountains, initiating pursuit.

Immediately the agents strategically mobilized and moments later managed to arrest the subjects without triggering their weapons.