Saturday, January 25, 2020

Nine people gunned down in Parador de Villagrán, Guanajuato

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Proceso

At least nine people were killed Friday night in the restaurant of a hostel located on the Villagrán-Celaya road.

The massacre occurred at a site called “Parador San Fernando”, located at kilometer 075 + 000 of said road, on the boundaries between Villagrán and Salamanca.

Around 9 p.m., through 911, people who arrived at the site found the victims and requested the presence of police and paramedics. It is one of the most deadly massacres so far in January, with homicidal attacks practically every day in different municipalities of the state.

The first to arrive were municipal police from Villagrán, who discovered three bodies in the parking lot.

Paramedics confirmed the death of the nine people.

There are allegedly two survivors, although this information has not been confirmed by the authorities.

Feds: U.S. Marine veteran built cocaine pipeline as Mexican drug kingpin

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  La Opinion and San Diego Tribune

Ángel Domínguez Ramírez Jr., "El Zeta 39", conducted  "business" with the Jalisco Nueva Generación, Sinaloa, del Golfo, Los Zetas and Los Beltrán Leyva cartels. He founded “El Seguimiento 39”The US Attorney's Office accused Ángel Domínguez Ramírez Jr. of using his military training as an ex-marine to work as a member of the Los Zetas paramilitary cartel …
Mexican Navy officers stand guard next to a helicopter loaded with seized bags of cocaine in this 2018 file photo. A Marine Corps veteran with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico has been accused of running a massive cocaine smuggling operation
The following is from an article posted 11 months ago, which gives the backstory of Dominguez, the Zeta and founder of “El Seguimiento 39” related to my  previous post.

A U.S. Marine veteran who rose to power as a reputed Mexican drug kingpin has been named in a massive cocaine trafficking indictment in San Diego.

The investigation into Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr.’s organization revealed “an unprecedented level of corruption within the Mexican government, local police departments, federal police agencies and military,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a recent court filing.

More than 41 people have been charged in the case, which has yielded 5,000 kilograms of seized cocaine and more than $9 million in drug proceeds.

The command of Mx Federal Police faces new charges in U.S. for protecting a little known cartel, which works with multiple groups

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  Reforma

The most important command of the Sensitive Affairs Unit (UAS) of the Federal Police collaborated with a criminal organization so far little known, called “El Seguimiento 39”.

According to the United States Department of Justice, “39” was a kind of "cartel’s cartel" that worked with multiple criminal groups.

The above, according to the indictment filed yesterday by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn against Iván Reyes Arzate, the former PF command that next Monday was to be released and deported to Mexico, after partially purging a 40-month jail sentence for filter information to the Beltrán Leyva cartel.

The Prosecutor of the Eastern District of New York requested the permanent detention of Reyes Arzate to avoid his return to Mexico, while being prosecuted for the new charges, which focus on the period from September to November 2016.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Unicef ​​urges actions for the safety armed children recruited by cartels

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

Read Sol's post for backstory

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urged the Mexican State to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety and integrity of all populations and that no child, adolescent or adolescent is recruited by armed groups.

He also indicated that it is essential that conditions of development are generated in these communities so that girls, boys and adolescents can exercise their rights in equal opportunities and develop their full potential.

"Children and adolescents in Mexico must be protected against this unacceptable practice, since it is an obligation of the Mexican State derived from International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law," said Christian Skoog - representative of Unicef ​​in Mexico.

Mexico Issues Arrest Warrant for "Mini Lic" in the Killing of Journalist Javier Valdéz

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  diariolibre

The Mexican Attorney General's Office issued an arrest warrant for the alleged drug trafficker Dámaso López Serrano, for the murder of journalist Javier Valdez in 2017, federal authorities reported.

Lopez, best known by his nickname "Mini Lic", surrendered to the US authorities in California on the US border with Mexico. He walked across the U.S. border at California’s Calexico Port of Entry on July 27, 2017 and promptly surrendered himself to customs officers.

He is the son of the imprisoned Dámaso López Núñez who once belonged to the Sinaloa cartel.

Feds, Chicago police investigated Juarez Cartel links to 2016 Gage Park murders, lawyers say

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Chicago Sun Times

The attorneys for a Chicago man accused in the killings of six relatives want information about an informant and the three cartel hit-men the informant says were responsible for the murders.

Two weeks after the Chicago police found six bodies scattered around the blood-stained interior of a Gage Park bungalow, a former federal informant in Mexico told detectives drug cartel members carried out the slaughter over a multimillion-dollar debt, lawyers for a man charged in the 2016 murders said.

Months before Diego Uribe Cruz and his girlfriend Jafeth Ramos were charged with killing his relatives over money, police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents spent weeks investigating a tip from the informant who had been deported to Mexico, according to Uribe Cruz’s team of assistant Cook County public defenders.

The informant allegedly told police that a week before the bodies were discovered, a Juarez Cartel boss had dispatched three of his enforcers to Chicago after Uribe Cruz’s uncle — also one of the victim’s estranged husband — made off with a $3.5 million drug shipment.

When her cousin becomes Veracruz prosecutor, “La Jefa” of Los Zetas is released

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS Source

Left to tight; Veronica, Guadalupe, El Comandante 

Veracruz attorney general, Verónica Hernández was admitted to the Local Congress and happens to be the first cousin of Guadalupe Hernández, better known as “La Jefa”, who is the operator of the criminal group “Los Zetas ” and close to the boss Hernán Martínez Zavaleta , known as “ El Comandante ”.

Now, according to a journalistic investigation by the journalist Gabriel Rasgado, it is pointed out that “La Jefa”, who had been apprehended since 2017, was released only two weeks after Verónica Hernández arrived at the FGE. (state attorneys office)

San Luis Potosí, Mexico: CJNG Releases a Video Message

Video translation is as follows:

This release is for the entire population of the state of San Luis Potosí. We are the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación. And we want to inform you with the latest news within the state. Initiated by a confrontation in the municipality of Villa de Arriaga last Monday, January 13 against the ministerial police cartel led by José Guadalupe Castillo Celestino.

In this act you murdered a woman. And your detainees from that confrontation are nothing more than strangers from Villa de Arriaga that we had. The woman was only accompanying the driver of the car. Of which your Ministerial Police were assaulting with gunfire to stop.

That caused the Ford Explorer truck to roll over and have the woman ejected from the vehicle. We were informed that armed people were attacking a vehicle.

Raul Ortega Villa aka "El R", Former Sicario for Beltrán Leyva Cartel Granted Bail

They released 'El R' again, alleged hitman of the Beltrán Leyva

A federal judge granted the release, on bail, to Raúl Villa Ortega, who is linked to the massacre of 24 people in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico

For the second time, a federal judge granted the release, on bail, to Raúl Villa Ortega El R, alleged hitman of the Beltrán Leyva and who is linked to the massacre of 24 people in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, whose bodies were located in La Marquise.

Just last Tuesday he was arrested in Polanco by elements of the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) while driving on Horacio Street, in Polanco. In the middle of the seats of the Suburban in which he was traveling there was found a .9 mm caliber pistol, a magazine with 14 rounds.

Cuernavaca, Morelos: Armed Men Open Fire on La Chelería Bar

Armed subjects traveling in a red vehicle shot at the facade of the "La Chelería" bar, located on Avenida 10 de Abril, in the Granjas neighborhood in Cuernavaca, placing a narco manta with threats between cartels operating in the state.

In social networks a video has been disseminated in which 4 subjects who descend from a car open fire against a bar in Cuernavaca, during the early morning hours.

According to the video, the events occurred around 1:19 am on Wednesday.

Juárez, Chihuahua: The Second Corpse Wrapped In a Blanket is Dumped Today

Organized crime moves freely without anyone bothering them, while Governor Javier Corral has breakfast with police chiefs every day.

Another corpse wrapped in a blanket was found this morning in the streets of Colonia Miguel Enríquez Guzmán.

The executed wrapped in a blanket was left at the entrance of a house under construction.

Neighbors reported the discovery at the intersection of the streets 5 de Privada Abril and Batalla de Celaya.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Guerrero's Child Soldiers: A New Sign of The Decomposition of Violence in Mexico

A group of minors, between 6 and 15 years old, armed march to repudiate the killing of ten people at the hands of drug trafficking

A minor carrying a rifle in Chilapa, Guerrero. On video, minors marching.

On Wednesday, 19 minors between the ages of six and fifteen headed a column of armed self-defense groups in Guerrero, a state in southwest Mexico.

The image could go unnoticed in a country submerged for several years in a violent conflict, but the photograph reproduced by local media is a new sign of the decomposition caused by insecurity.

The young men loaded old and rusty rifles to repudiate the murder of ten Nahua Indians in the region this weekend.

The children marched along with some 2,000 people with their faces covered by handkerchiefs and wearing the uniform of the community police, an armed body formed 25 years ago by residents of 16 municipalities in the southeast of Guerrero and members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities and Peoples Founders (CRAC).

76 prisoners escape through a tunnel of a prison in Paraguay: at least 40 were members of the same Brazilian cartel

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS  Univision
Clothes are seen in a tunnel entrance at Pedro Juan Caballero city jail in Paraguay, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Dozens of inmates escaped from this prison early morning, mostly of Brazil's criminal group PCC, "Capital First Command." 

Some 76 prisoners from a prison in the Paraguayan city of Pedro Juan Caballero, bordering Brazil, escaped this Sunday through a tunnel they dug for weeks, police said Sunday. These are 40 Brazilians and 36 Paraguayans, mostly from the same criminal group dedicated to drug trafficking.

"The escape occurred early Sunday through a tunnel built" by the inmates that started in one of the internal toilets, said police spokeswoman, Commissioner Elena Andrada. "Our best men moved to the border to try to recapture the escapees."

"There are only 25 meters between the tunnel and the nearest gatehouse (of guards)," he said , assuring that only one inmate was unable to escape and that hundreds of bags of soil were found during the first review of the site.

San Luis Potosí, S.L.P.: Politician Related to Pegasus Spyware Found Dismembered


• It has the victim's identification, who was missing since yesterday

SLP - The Attorney General of the State of San Luis Potosí (FGESLP) reports that, after the processing of a mini-cooper type vehicle, by specialized personnel from the Expert Services area, three bags were found inside with human remains.

These remains correspond to a male person who had a research folder for his search, he was missing since January 21, 2020.

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: The Majesty and Decay of “El Negro” Durazo

Video translation is as follows:

Reporter: Of this size is the opulence of power in Mexico. To the south of the country there is a property that could summarize the degradation of Mexican politics.

We are in Zihuatanejo, we are heading to the mansion of "El Negro Durazo", known as El Partenón to see how this property is after years of abandonment.

Arturo Durazo Moreno, better known as “El Negro” Durazo, was the police chief of Mexico City during the López Portillo administration, between 1976 and 1982.

Upon leaving his post, he became the number one enemy of the country because of the chain of abuses he committed. He is accused of murder, torture, drug trafficking, weapons collection, fraud and bribery, as well as extortion, against police officers who worked for him.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

AMLO: In my government there are no pacts with crime:

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY Neal en Nevada  Proceso

The socialist president of Mexico blames conservativism for corruption and rise of criminal organizations.  He did not address his administration ending 2019 with the deadliest toll in history

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that in his government there is no protection or agreements with criminal organizations as in the case of the security secretary in the administration of Felipe Calderón, Genaro García Luna.

"It is no longer as they did before, it is not the case as of Mr. García Luna, this is different, that (complicities such as those of the former official arrested in the United States) has to do with conservatism because, with all due respect, they are very corrupt”.

The issue was thus addressed by the president in his morning press conference, when a foreign correspondent asked him why he always spoke badly about his adversaries, but never about the cartels, a word he has avoided in his expressions using “criminal organizations instead."

Once was Mx 'Public Enemy No. 1', Alfredo Ríos Galeana, the legendary prison escape artist, dies at 69

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

Once known as "Public Enemy No. 1" dies in free Social Security clinic--During the years he was on the lam in California, Ríos Galeana lived in the house of a Christian pastor,  who supposedly probably influenced him to become a believer, to such an extent that he recorded a disc with religious themes entitled "Transformed by God."

Alfredo Ríos Galeana, the legendary assailant of the 70s and 80s, died last December at a social security clinic in the capital of Oaxaca from a blood infection called sepsis, federal sources reported.
The so-called "public enemy number one", who escaped three times in prison, died at age 69, after spending the last stage of his imprisonment in the Federal Criminal Court of Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, Oaxaca.


Former military, former agent of the Mexican State Police and former commander of the Radiopatrullas Battalion of that entity, the criminal of 1.96 meters tall was imprisoned for the first time in the Lecumberri Penitentiary in 1973, accused of robbery, although he was acquitted of his charges.

Since the late 1970s, when he resigned from his police badge, he began to become a celebrity for the bank robberies he perpetrated in Puebla, Hidalgo, the State of Mexico and the capital of the country.

Colombia: We’ll Spray Toxic Chemicals to Keep Americans from Doing Drugs

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  VICE

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The Colombian government has published a proposed law that will allow it to resume a controversial program of aerial fumigation of coca crops using glyphosate, a weed-killer thought to cause cancer in people exposed to it regularly and in high doses.

“The resumption of the spraying would increase the capacity of the Colombian state to confront drug trafficking in less time and in a more effective way,” said Colombia’s Ministry of Justice in a statement announcing the decree in late December.

The decree, similar in legal status to an executive order in the U.S., calls for a program of new crop-spraying flights, with national police oversight. The plans are in the final stage of their passage to law, and spraying is expected to begin “in the second half of this year,” said Ricardo Vargas, an expert in crop fumigation and coca at National University of Colombia.

The proposals by the Colombian president, Ivan Duque – after a five year hiatus in coca spraying – have been criticized by local government officials, environmentalists, drug policy experts and rural communities living under the proposed toxic flight paths.

Drogheda, Ireland: Ruthless Irish Gangsters Copying Brutal Mexican Cartels by Dismembering Victims

EXCLUSIVE Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was beheaded and his body cut up as part of a gang war which has led to comparisons with Mexican drug cartels

Keane Mulready-Woods, 17 from Drogheda, whose remains were found in Dublin

Ruthless Irish gangsters have copied Mexican cartels’ notorious practice of dismembering victims to scare rivals.

The gangs – who make most of their money selling cocaine – carry out the grisly practices to intimidate their opponents.

And things went to another level when Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was dismembered by a “psychotic serial killer”.

His limbs were cut off and his head was found in the boot of a burning car after he disappeared in Drogheda, Co Louth, two weeks ago.

Oaxaca: In 72 hours, at least 16 people were executed

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat TY Neal in Nevada Proceso

In 72 hours, at least 16 people were executed in Oaxaca, including four women and the deputy director of the Institute of Expert Services of the Attorney General's Office in Tuxtepec.

On the morning of this Monday, the bodies of three young people who were tortured and subsequently executed in the boundaries between Oaxaca and Veracruz were located, at the height of the community of Las Pilas, already in Oaxaca territory.

The bodies, with visible traces of torture, were abandoned on the side of the Interstate Highway La Granja-Temacal, which links the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

So far, those executed have not been identified, it was only stated that two of them would be approximately 25 years old and their complexion was thin and brown skin, while the other victim would be about 40 years old and has a tattoo on the right side of the chest.

Arrest "El R" the author of the 2008 massacre of 24 innocent people

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   La Silla Rota
Raul Ortega Villa aka “El R” a former collaborator of BLO was arrested in Polanco. He was the author of the massacre of 24 innocents people

Intelligence agents detain one of the men who between 2002 and 2010 was among the closest to the Beltran Leyva bosses, Arturo and Hector Beltran Leyva, in addition to El Indio and La Barbie.

In the words of Oscar Oswaldo Garcia Montoya La Mano con Ojos “The Hand with Eyes” former body guard of Arturo Beltran Leyva, during 2010 and 2012, they hit the metro area with murders and dismemberment during 2010 and 2012, and it was “El R” who recruited them and who murdered 24 people in La Marquesa.

According to police reports “El R” was arrested in Horacio and Moliere aboard a Suburban.  He was captured in 2010 but released shortly after by a judge.

“El R” was also commanded by Adrian Ramirez aka “El Hongo” when associated with BLO.

Later he became the enemy of La Mano con Ojos and Jose Jorge Balderas Gara aka “El JJ” during the years the Valle de Mexico was in dispute.

Mexico's Former Security Chief: Genaro Garcia Luna Is Not Interested in Plea

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS  KVIA

NEW YORK, NY — Mexico’s former top security official is “very much looking forward” to fighting charges he took tens of millions of dollars in drug-money bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

Genaro Garcia Luna “adamantly denies that he accepted any bribes” and is not interested in negotiating a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department, defense attorney Cesar de Castro told reporters.

“He intends to go to trial,” de Castro said, adding Garcia Luna is in “very good spirits” .

De Castro’s remarks followed a hearing in Brooklyn federal court in which U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan urged prosecutors to begin handing over discovery to Garcia Luna’s defense.

Genaro Garcia Luna:U.S. judge signals slow-moving corruption trial for former Mexican security chief

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  WTVBAM and Reuters

A U.S. judge designated the drug corruption trial of former top Mexican security official Genaro Garcia Luna as "complex" on Tuesday, raising expectations for slow-moving proceedings as he set the next court date for April 2.

The arrest of Garcia Luna in Dallas last month sent shockwaves across Mexico, where he spearheaded the country's "War On Drugs" for many years beginning in 2006.

Federal Judge Brian Cogan in New York granted U.S. prosecutors' request to declare the trial "complex," which effectively waives the need to bring a person to trial within 70 days once they have been indicted, as stipulated under the U.S. Speedy Trial Act.

Michoacán: Monarch Butterfly Activist Vanishes in Mexican Cartel Country

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   ElHeraldoMexico

On January 13, the disappearance of Homero Gómez, defender of the forests of eastern Michoacán and main promoter of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of Ejido El Rosario was reported missing…..

The Attorney General of the State of Michoacán reported that municipal police officers from Ocampo and Angangueo were called to testify about the disappearance of activist Homero Gómez González .

On January 13, the disappearance of Homero Gómez, defender of the forests of eastern Michoacán and the main promoter of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of the El Rosario El Ejido, classified as the largest in the world, was reported.

The agency added that work continues to locate Gómez González, who was last seen in the town of El Soldado, municipality of Ocampo.