Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Semei Verdía re-arrested on charges he "murdered" Templarios in May clash

By Lucio R. Borderland Beat

Salvador Jara, the graduate from the  Fausto Vallejo University of corruption, the PRI Governor of Michoacán made good on his threat to assure indigenous autodefensa leader, Semei Verdía,  remains incarcerated.

He presumed Verdía would be locked up for the foreseeable future, but was dealt a blow when the federal government determined the case against Verdía lacked evidence.  That is zero evidence, as none was presented.

Verdía was ordered released by the court.

Jara was incensed and said there would be new charges filed, this time from his puppet administration. 

He followed through on his threat.

Verdía was re-arrested at 11:30 pm, as he was leaving the prison in Tepi, Nayarit, where he was held since the July 19th arrest.

On the Michoacán state PGJE twitter page the following was tweeted (paraphrased):

“PGJE makes it known we have completed two arrest warrants against Cemei (Semei) Verdía Zepeda, for the criminal acts of aggravated robbery and homicide.”

According to the state agency, the warrants were issued by two separate criminal courts in the state.

After the new arrest in Tepic, Verdía was immediately transferred back to Michoacán, to the Mil Cumbres State prison in the state capital of Morelia.

Without providing details, PGJE stated that the crime of robbery originated from the city of Aquila. 

Noteworthy, these charges were never spoken of, nor Verdía ever questioned about them.  These magically appeared, timely for Jara and goons to assure the humble indigenous leader remained in prison.

The “murder”

The “murder” stemmed from a conflict between organized crime members and  the coastal autodefensas.  In the attack 4 members of Caballeros Templarios were killed and 2 autodefensas.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Semei Verdia to be released and American tourist assisted citizens in attack by government forces

Lucio R. Borderland Beat

Update on the Semei Verdia release below

New video at bottom

In this video I would recommending beginning around 1:30, before then is wasted shaky footage.

View the video keeping in mind the government said those killed and wounded, mostly children, was due to the firing of weapons from armed citizens.

They had to revise the story after videos appeared showing citizens were not armed, except for those armed with black painted sticks.  The government then said government forces, “shot into the air”, which may have resulted in some people being hit.

Witnesses, including tourists said soldiers indiscriminately shot at anything, buildings, people outside, anything.  Some people were hit simply sitting inside their homes. 

This action by federal forces goes even beyond extrajudicial killings of late, these amount to the slaughter of innocents.

This event stemmed from the arrest of the Indigenous autodefensa leader Semei Verdia on July 19th

Investigation: Bridge to Fear

Lucio R. Borderland Beat Republished from KRGV-Thank you BB Reader for the Heads-up

Corruption and kickbacks on both sides the Los Indios International Bridge

On the U.S. Side: Cash quotas started at $20 a shipment and grew to $450

CDG behind the threats

“They have called me. They've threatened me, and sometimes past, they have kidnapped some of my clients,” said a woman we’ll call “Martha.” She’s one of the U.S. transmigrante business owners who spoke to the CHANNEL 5 NEWS I-Team.

Transmigrantes are Latin Americans who buy used goods in the United States and take them through Mexico to Latin America to sell. The Mexican government states transmigrantes can only cross at the Los Indios International Bridge.

Several wait by the road for inspectors to clear their shipments before crossing into Mexico. Transmigrantes must get through U.S. customs and Mexican customs.

They hire a U.S. transmigrante business to help them through the port of entry. The business assists with getting vehicle titles and filling out various forms. The U.S. transmigrante business must also work with the customs broker in Mexico to get the necessary Mexican paperwork ready.

Some U.S. transmigrante business owners said they’re forced to pay cash quotas, or bribes, to keep operating. One business owner said the “quotas” started in 2006. A man we’ll call “Juan” said the head of one local transmigrante company told all the others they would have to pay “quotas” to get the required paperwork from Mexico.

“He tell us that we have to pay the money here. … They was charging the money inside the USA,” said “Juan.” He told us the payments started at only $20.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The engineers of El Chapo

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

[ Subject Matter: Engineers, El Chapo Guzman, tunnel building, Sinaloa Cartel
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Far from the Mexican frontier from California to Arizona, in the storm drains of Culiacan, Sinaloa, and below "Altiplano" Cefereso no.1 in Alomoloya de Juarez, Mexico State, Joaquin Guzman Loera extended a network of underground passages both to distribute drugs and to escape from the authorities. The worlds most want Kingpin, discovered in Engineering, his best weapon and tool.

Reporter: Ines Garcia Ramos
In a cell of less than 8 square metres with a bed and a concrete floor, shower and toilet included, was the space where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman waited for 1 year and 139 days, while under "Altiplano" a tunnel was excavated to facilitate his escape.

The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel who occupied cell number 20, in the supermax area of "Altiplano". The prison constructed to house 724 inmates, but since August 2014 has a inmate population of 1140, according to the statistics of the Federal Government.

GATES Tactics called into question: Body with Messsage found in Nava, Coahuila

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with material from La Rancherita, BB Readers 

Coahuila  Violence

BB readers on the ground in northern Coahuila have been reporting extrajudicial executions and kidnappings by police groups in the state.

Coahuila is one of the blackout narco news states, limiting factual reporting or a complete lack of reporting on most stories. 

BB has several reliable sources on the ground that send us information, and beginning 8 months ago we began receiving emails and comments from people on the ground expressing fear, while reporting the  Coahuila state police groups known as GATES and Policía Estatal Acreditables have been killing and kidnapping people, and not solely the bad guys.

According to citizens, the “disappearances” have been indiscriminately selected, innocents, young, old, female, male, In numbers as much as those connected to criminality.

The bulk of the violence is occurring in; Piedras Negras, Nava, Allende, Morelos in the area of Cinco Manantiales (Five Springs), and to a lesser degree Acuña.

Resurgence of Violence in North Coahuila

Borderland Beat posted by DD republished from Proceso and el Norte  

 Piedras Negras, Mexico (July 25, 2015) .- The violence caused by the drug war has had a resurgence in northern Coahuila.

The awakening of what the authorities themselves have called 'the monster' of drug trafficking has resulted in executions and shootings.

In Piedras Negras, at least five innocent civilians and a suspect were injured after a clash sparked yesterday morning.

 Through a statement, the State Security Commission reported that the incident occurred during a patrol..

Riding on Boulevard Eliseo Mendoza Berrueto, agents of the Group of Special Weapons and Tactics detected a Jetta car with plates of Coahuila.

Officials said the car matched the description of a car that had been reported as involved in depriving a person of their liberty.  The officers signaled the Jetta to stop and the suspected criminals fired on the agents.  and the agents responded to the aggression with gunfire.

In the shooting one of the criminals was wounded, while the other two were arrested on the spot.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Zacatecas: Zetas exerting power, Zetas Beheading Video released, Extrajudicial killings of 7

by Lucio R. Borderland Beat written with material from AccesoZac, El Circo Zac, Zacatecas 3.0 
Zeta's leave decapitated head of Lizeth Ruiz in cooler

Zacatecas, becoming stronger Zetas

There is an uptick in violence in Zacatecas, as Zetas have returned with even greater force than before.

Cartel Monterrey (CDN) has been on the ground in Zacatecas supporting Los Zetas.

Beheadings are back

Beheadings and the video taping of the gruesome atrocities, have made a comeback.

After the discontinuing the practice of decapitation video publishing, the violent conflict in Zacatecas has resumed the practice.

[WARNING: Decapitation Photo on Second Page]         

Prosecutors in Jalisco launch wide ranging search for 2000 missing

Borderland Beat posted by DD republished from Fox News Latino

 Promises are made by the government and then they are forgotten all too often in Mexico.  Maybe, just maybe the new Attorney General for the State of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer,  may keep his.

An operation has been launched to find the "nearly 2,000 people" reported missing in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, state prosecutors said.

The operation started on Saturday, with some 100 agents visiting the homes of victims to try to determine their whereabouts and close the cases of people who have been located, the Jalisco Attorney General's Office said.

"With actions like this, we are following through on the commitment we made to Jalisco's residents to work to protect their security," Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said.

Almaguer replaced Luis Carlos Najera as the state's top law enforcement official in early July.

The operation comes after the AG's office and the state government denied for more than two years that disappearances were a problem in Jalisco, which ranks No. 2 in Mexico in terms of forced disappearances, trailing only the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Guatemala extradites Zeta to United States

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

[ Subject Matter: Jairo Estuardo Orellana, extradition
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Jairo Estuardo Orellana, was accused of various assassinations to make his life as a drug trafficker easier, he was transferred under tight security

Jairo Estuardo Orellana, alleged Guatemalan narco trafficker, was extradited to the United States, under tight security, he was taken into custody by Agents of the DEA.

Orellana is required by the Court of Colombia, Virginia, for the crimes of conspiracy to use fire arms to traffic drugs in the United States.

The Government vice-Minister, Elmer Sosa said to the Association Press that the Government were satisfied with the capture.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

San Diego indictment: Cessna planes purchased to launder drug profits

San Diego: 200 count Indictment accuses 9 of money laundering

According to the 200 count indictment, a Tijuana airplane broker, Vicente Contereras Amezquita and 8 others conspired through 2007 until 2012 to facilitate the purchase of Cessna airplanes for drug traffickers.  The 44 year old Amezquita was arrested last week, and in federal court yesterday, he remains in custody awaiting a detention hearing on July 30th.  

The indictment alleges Amezquita and his conspirators laundered 3.6 million dollars in drug proceeds, in the 5 year time period they were operating.  The conspirators engaged in "convoluted financial transactions" to purchase Cessnas and plane parts, including tires.  The deposits were all made in increments of under 10,000 to avoid scrutiny, in a process known as structuring.  

The payments, deposits, and transfers were made from 46 different bank accounts in 5 different states in the 5 year time span of the alleged conspiracy.  The charging documents state that Amezquita picked up the drug proceeds in strip malls, parking lots, fast food restaurants, and airplane hangars. This is very similar to the way the defendants in a another money laundering case out of Chicago conducted their business. 

 That case was unsealed in March, 2015 with over 60 indicted in a complex gold for cash laundering scheme, with traffickers bringing cash to money laundering cells, connected to trafficking groups in Sinaloa.  

The San Diego indictment alleges the purchase of 35 planes during the course of the investigation. This unsealed indictment comes months after Operation Narco Polo, a massive far reaching operation that indicted most of Sinaloa's upper management, and San Diego distribution cells.  The indictment states that traffickers favor the 210 Cessna model plane to run drug shipments, assumedly places like Guadalajara and Sinaloa to Baja California and Sonora.    

Friday, July 24, 2015

US Seizes 8 Tons of Cocaine on a narco sub

Lucio R. Borderland Beat republished by Uncle Grumpy from Business Insider

US authorities gained control of a "narco-submarine" filled with eight tons of cocaine.

In a joint operation, the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and assets from the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, intercepted a "narco-submarine" filled with more than 16,870 pounds of cocaine off the coast of El Salvador.
Sub with the 8 Tons

On July 18, a Coast Guard cutter commandeered a self-propelled, semisubmersible vessel carrying 274 bales of cocaine weighing more than eight tons, according to a press release from US Customs and Border Patrol.

The four individuals found with the illicit contraband were detained by US authorities.

Mexican and South American drug cartels and their broader networks are entirely dependent on an ability to get their product onto US soil. And if there's one thing that these organizations are good at, it's changing their operating methods in order to stay one step ahead of the game.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

"El Chapo", Monterrey's New Piñata Star

By Lucio R. Borderland Beat

I am switching it up, with a little levity at the end of a long day.

In Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, the Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is the new star of piñata artists.

El Chapo" appears in a khaki prison uniform, gun and grenade attached to his belt, there is an optional minuscule Donald Chump.  Minuscule perhaps, to match the Mexican opinion of the blustering blatherskite.

It is available with a sign that reads 

“I Make Home Made Tunnels"

The price of the Piñatas are 200-500 Mx Pesos, (13-32 USD) depending on the options selected.   

Violence explodes in all points of Guerrero- 8 bodies found in Zitalala, with Message from Los Rojos

By Lucio R. for Borderland Beat several regional newspapers were used to compile this report

Maria de la Luz
Violence has erupted greater than usual in Guerrero.  In the last 24 hrs 23 reported killings in Acapulco, Iguala and Zitlala. Below is information on 15 of those killings.

Zitlala: 8 Bodies

(Reforma reports) discovered on El Crusco Hill in Zitlala.  El Crusco is an often used dumping ground of bodies, or executions.  Zitlala borders Chilapa de Alvarez.  The attorney General reports the bodies of all showing signs of great torture and killed by gunshots.  One was decapitated.

There was no personal information with respect to identification of the deceased other than they were all male.  One 10 year old boy was with the fated group, but managed to escape.

A message was left behind with the bodies and signed by “Los Rojos” (contents undisclosed) 
8 bodies in Zitlala

Acapulco: 9thBody

A body of a young woman identified as Maria de la Luz, was  found shot to death on Neron and Amilicar Streets in Acapulco. 

A message was left with the deceased was signed by “Los Rojos”

Acapulco: 10thBody

The body of a man identified as Jose Najera, was found inside a garage.  45 gun shell casings were also found at the scene. (below)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Congresswoman who visited Chapo in prison is the mother of his newborn son

Lucio R. for Borderland Beat republished from an editorial from El Universal

Left to right, Sinaloa PAN party rep, Chapo and Dep, Lucero Sanchez

The congresswoman was appointed not elected to the position

Nobody knows for sure how many children  Joaquin El Chapo Guzman has fathered. The issue became news because after the escape of drug trafficker, federal authority established a line of investigation revealing around a dozen children, known of so far.

What we know for example is that the youngest of El Chapo’s descendants is the son of Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, current deputy in the congress of Sinaloa for the district 16 of Cosala. Similarly it is known that by the influence of El Chapo in the municipality of Cosala sierra of Sinaloa and territory of Guzman Loera, the lady Sanchez Lopez was appointed as deputy to the state congress.

In other words the criminal chief would have corrupted the state structure of El PAN, by having appointed to the  legislator,  the mother of the known youngest son of El Chapo.

It is also known that Lucero Sanchez Lopez, visited El Chapo in the Altiplano prison in May 2015, where they decided on which nationality their son would have, Mexican or American.  He was  ultimately born in the United States in recent weeks.  

(I know this makes little sense, unless they were allowed to visit in the private visiting room, which they have in Altiplano.  The article says literally: "the small son finally saw the light in recent weeks".  She does appear pregnant in the photo from the May visit)