Friday, April 20, 2018

Italy extradites Mexican Governor to the U.S. accuses Mx of systematic human rights violations

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
In Italy moments prior to extradtion

Mexico denied extradition  because of systematic human rights violations

Former Tamaulipas, Mexico governor, Tomás Yarrington, has been extradited to the United States from Italy.  This comes on the heels of Italy denying Yarrington’s request to stay in Italy and avoid extradition to Mexico or the U.S. 

Yarrington’s attorney’s has argued that extraction of their client to Mexico would place him in harm’s way. The man, 60 years, was hiding in Paola Italy for at least 6 years, where he lived incognito, posing as an entrepreneur. Yarrington was arrested last year in Southern Italy.  He had been a fugitive since 2012.

Yarrington was the governor between the years of  1999 and 2005, representing the PRI Party.

In 2012, a Mexican federal judge issued two warrants for his arrest on charges of organized crime and drug-trafficking.

In 2013 he was indicted in Texas for racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges.

Yarrington was a equal opportunity colluder, having ties with both Zetas and CDG cartels while being on the payroll of both and receiving large payoffs.

Yarrington in 2017, inset photo with EPN taken in 2012

Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro, El Dany of the Cartel Arellano Felix, killed in Tijuana gymnasium

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

Subject Matter: Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro, El Dany, Cartel Arellano Felix
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ines Garcia Ramos
Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro "Dany", who was arrested by federal forces in April 2009 for his participation as leader of a cartel cell Arellano Felix (CAF), was executed this afternoon while exercising in a gym in Tijuana.

According to the first reports, Godoy Castro, who had just left prison, was in the Family Fitness establishment in the Alameda Otay shopping plaza, located on the Lázaro Cárdenas Boulevard and near the US Consulate in Tijuana, when he was shot in the head.

The Pacification of Mexico

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

Subject Matter: Rampant criminality in Mexico
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Since the first half of the nineties, Mexico has experienced a security crisis. At the end of his six-year term, Carlos Salinas had to create a Security Commission that depended directly on him. It was only to manage his departure, while Ernesto Zedillo presented the National Public Security System in his first year in office.

Reporter: Jorge Carrasco Araizaga
Since then, those who have succeeded have improvised around this proposal and have created, dissolved, modified  the police corporations and the bodies responsible for developing public safety policies.

In that quarter of a century, crime followed its own dynamic. It grew and developed, for internal and external reasons, until it became what it is now: a belligerent force that challenges the State on a daily basis.

It has taken territory, plundered and murders its population, wins cultural battles and even receives indirect subsidies from the police and military personnel who have been trained with resources from the treasury.

For some time now, the Mexican State has failed to guarantee the integrity of people and the possession of their property, the premise from which the State emerged as an institution.

Navy and PGR detain "El Tolin", in law of El Menchito and son of El Chelo

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

Subject Matter: Jose Luis Ochoa, El Tolin
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Elements of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) in coordination with the Attorney General's Office (PGR) detained José Luis Gutiérrez Ochoa, alias "El Tolín",  in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas, state of Nayarit, he is the son of José Luis Gutiérrez Valencia, "Don Chelo" and brother-in-law of Rubén Oseguera González, "El Menchito", son of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG).

Through a statement, the federal institutions announced that "El Tolín", and / or "77" and / or "El Senor de la TT", was arrested during an operation carried out in the residential complex Green Bay II, located in the interior of the El Tigre golf club, where they were confiscated two handguns with  cartridges -among them a 9 millimeters-, and synthetic drugs (around 300 doses of crystal meth).

"El Tolín" was made available to the agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation, in order to determine his legal status. According to the PGR, this subject served as operator of the CJNG in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

'We are watching you': Political killings shake Mexico election

Posted by DD Republished from Reuters  

 CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Magda Rubio had just launched her campaign for mayor of a small city in northern Mexico, when a chilling voice came through her cell phone. “Drop out,” the caller warned, “or be killed.” 
File Photo Guachochi mayor candidate Magda Rubio speaks during an interview with Reuters in Ciudad Juarez , Mexico, March 31.  Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzales
It was the first of four death threats Rubio said she has received since January from the same well-spoken, anonymous man. She has stayed in the race in Guachochi, located in a mountainous region of Chihuahua state that is a key route for heroin trafficking. But two armed body guards now follow her round the clock.

“At 2 a.m., you start to get scared, and you say, ‘something bad is going on here’,” she said.

An explosion of political assassinations in Mexico has cast a pall over nationwide elections slated for July 1, when voters will choose their next president and fill a slew of down-ballot posts.

At least 82 candidates and office holders have been killed since the electoral season kicked off in September, making this the bloodiest presidential race in recent history, according to a tally by Etellekt, a security consultancy based in Mexico City, and Reuters research. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Video: 6 police in Guerrero were given coup de grace, 24 hrs, 23 dead

Chivis Martinez  from Reforma:  This post is an update to Otis' post 

UPDATE: with video (Discretion advised, video contains graphic content).

The six state police officers who were ambushed and murdered in the community of Las Mesillas, in the municipality of José Azueta (Zihuatanejo), received the coup de grace and were robbed of their weapons, state authorities reported.

According to the report, the ambush suffered by the officers who were in a patrol occurred almost parallel to the events that were registered in the community of Coacoyul, where another group of state police officers were attacked by some 15 armed criminals.

In Coacoyul, where after two clashes between federal forces and assassins there was a balance of ten dead and a wounded ministerial police.

According to the report, the criminals carried assault rifles of AK-47 and AR-15.

In the ambush registered in Las Mesillas, six agents were the deceased, who were returning from a community in the Municipality of Petatlán, where they took into custody a group of people for precautionary measures.

Cuauhtémoc: The heart of Mexico City amidst deaths and narcos

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota

Just this month, the Cuauhtémoc delegation has registered four incidents linked to organized crime.

by Rodrigo Gutiérrez González

Insecurity is felt in the center of Mexico City. Several neighborhoods of the Cuauhtémoc delegation have been the scene of violent acts related to organized crime.

This lived reality by the residents of the area are reflected in the data: homicides, injuries, and drug dealing has been on the rise.

Just this month, the Cuauhtémoc delegation has registered four events allegedly linked to organized crime.

US Judge dismisses torture by Semar of "El Chuy Raul", bodyguard of "El Alfredillo"

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

Subject Matter: El Chuy Raul,  Jesús Raúl Beltrán León
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
US federal judge Rubén Castillo ruled Tuesday that Mexican citizen Jesús Raúl Beltrán León, alias "El Chuy Raúl" or "Trebol," can not contest drug trafficking charges in Chicago, Illinois, on the basis that elements of the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) tortured him in the presence of agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English), when he was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in November 2014.

16 left dead after confrontation between civilians and Police in Zihuatanejo

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Ya Vas article and image from Google Maps

Subject Matter: Confrontation between civilians and State Police
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

No less than 16 people were left dead after a confrontation between State Police, Ministerial Police, Marines and Army against civilians in distinct points of this town. A Police report gave an account, around 6pm in the afternoon, a first confrontation happened in the locality of La Quebradora, El Coacoyul, with three civilians killed.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

14 murders in a 36-hour period as drug cartels overrun Cancun

Posted by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Forensic tam carries the body of a Canadian woman stabbed to death 

Violence rocked Mexico’s most popular tourist town, leaving 14 dead and five more injured in a 36-hour span, Noticaribe reports.

The deaths and injuries were the result of six separate incidents between the morning of April 4 and the evening of April 5.

Nine people were killed on April 4 alone.

In the past decade, the highest number of people killed in a single day in Cancun was five.

The killings are  linked to organized crime.

Chapo's wife speaks publicly for the first time since his extradition

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from El Comercio

Chapo’s wife breaks her silence outside courtroom

Atty Balarezo far left, Emma and Atty William Purpura to her right

The young wife of Mexican Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán , spoke for the first time on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, since her extradition to the United States more than a year ago and said she was worried about his health.

Emma Coronel a 28 years, mother of twin girls, he had with the former head of the Sinaloa Cartel, complained that cannot visit her husband or talk to him on the phone after a hearing in the Federal Court of Brooklyn, where on September 5th  the trial against her husband will begin.

"I have not seen him for 15 months, I see him in the Court nothing more. I do not have any kind of communication with him, neither visits nor calls. The only ones who see him are the girls and the lawyers," Coronel said in Spanish..

The defense, with lead atty Eduardo Balarezo, complains about his clients  detention in almost total isolation since his extradition to the United States on January 19, 2017.

Jalisco: Mexican Navy were looking for Mencho, when attacking state police

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Mexican Navy, SEMAR, were searching for El Mencho when mistakenly  attacking police.  Mencho, whose name is Nemesio Oseguera is the leader of the CJNG cartel and is often  transferred between points via cloned patrol vehicles.

Governor of Jalisco, Aristoteles Sandoval, traveled to Mexico City to file a complaint because the navy seized five patrols of a single force when undertaking the operation in Jilotlan de los Dolores, after the killing of mayo Juan Carlos Magana.

The mayor was shot dead on Sunday.  In an official statement, prosecutors said that municipal police received a report on Sunday of a body in a vehicle on a highway outside town.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Leader of CDN in Tamaulipas arrested

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Reforma article with additional information from Epoca Violenta

Subject Matter: Ismael Gilberto Lopez Guerrero, El Mayito
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Benito Jimenez
Elements of the Army detained a subject with the nickname El Mayito in Tamaulipas, identified as leader in the structure of the Cartel del Noreste and identified in a preliminary manner as Ismael Gilberto Lopez Guerrero.

The capo was captured in the Los Garza colonia, of this frontier city, together with another subject in possession of two rifles, an AR-15 and and AK-47 also known as Cuerno de Chivo or goats horn, as well as a 30-30 caliber rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun, two pistols, one 5.7mm and one .40, 4 weapon magazines for different weapons, 600 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, 50,000 dollars American and two vans.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

43 Student attack in Iguala was guided from Chicago

Posted and translated by El Profe from Reforma

Chivis Note; Intriguing events in the case of the Iguala deadly attack and disappearance of 43, (one murdered student left  the scene had his face skinned and eyes gouged, therefore there were 44 altogether) . It was during a drug trafficking bust,  and investigation of GU targets in Chicago, that the information was gleaned from Blackberries used by suspects and confidential informants.  Revealed in those transcripts were conversations with GU in Chicago and GU in Mexico from and about the Iguala massacre on September 26th and subsequent days. Mexico GU called to seek guidance regarding how to proceed.

The entire massacre was from bad information.  GU was told Los Rojos were the targets.  And they worried that the mess would cause them the business.

The omissions and negligence that leave femicides in Mexico unpunished

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico

Women of different ages concentrated on the Angel of Independence on March 24 to place an offering in memory to Nefertiti and Grecia Camacho, 16 and 14 years, killed by municipal police in Rio Blanco, Veracruz. They also denounced the latest murders and attacks against women and demanded justice for the murder of Kenni, a woman attacked by her ex-husband in the commercial plaza, Reforma 222.  PHOTO: ADOLFO VLADIMIR/CUARTOSCURO.COM

Data collected on judicial action in cases of feminicide registered in the last four years at the national level allow us to document a road of impunity composed of resistance, omissions, negligence and acts that violate the rights of victims, according to a report by the National Observatory of Feminicide. 

by Andrea Vega

On October 4, 2010, at approximately 9:30 am, Rosa Diana Suárez Torres was alone in the kitchen of her home, in the municipality of Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico, when she heard her door opening. It was Gilberto, her ex-boyfriend, who demanded she give him her cell phone. Faced with Rosa's refusal, he grabbed her by the neck and began to strangle her. Only because she handed him the phone, he released her, but threatened her with death.

Rosa went to the public prosecutor's office to report the facts and request a restraining order against Gilberto. The official who attended said that "that only existed in the United States." Nothing was done. Weeks later, on December 31, Rosa was murdered by Gilberto, who left her body in an area that serves as a playground for children on Avenida Felipe Angeles, in Atizapán de Zaragoza.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tamaulipas: Six bystanders killed in Reynosa shootout

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat  Translated and Republished from El Norte

The State reports that six innocent bystanders were killed in a crossfire. Although policemen would have participated, Procuraduría blamed only the criminals involved.  This is not the first to be killed in the same manner, this is the fourth incident  in a few weeks.  Last time witnesses said it was the Marina that killed the innocents. 

REYNOSA .- The innocent population is paying for the resurgence of violence on this border.

In the fourth similar incident since Easter, six innocents died and another was seriously wounded on Wednesday, in a crossfire between gunmen in the Colonia Petrolera de Reynosa, the Tamaulipas Attorney's Office reported last night.

Although the shooting was recorded on Wednesday afternoon, the authorities did not report the deaths of civilians until last night after relatives went to identify their loved ones at the Forensic Medical Service yesterday.

During the violent day of Wednesday, state police confronted gunmen in the area, but the Attorney General's office stated that the innocents were victims of "an armed confrontation between criminal groups."

Placed on U.S. 10 most wanted, Mexican Marina ordered to get Rafael Caro Quintero, "Dead or Alive"

Posted by Siskiyou Kid from Riodoce 3.20.18

Marines Search for Rafael Caro Quintero; they’ll get him down from the Sierra dead or alive...Citizens complain of being roughed up in the process.

Dozens of elite elements of the Mexican Navy [Marina] occupied a large part of the lower Sierra of Badiraguato last week, after receiving information that Rafael Caro Quintero was hidden in the area.

"We know he's still here, and that's why we continue in the area, because the command is to catch him dead or alive, and we're going to take him back. How are we going to take him? Let him decide, "said one of the agents of the Navy patrolling the area, and whom Ríodoce interviewed.

According to testimonies of residents of the communities of La Noria, Las Juntas, Babunica and Bamopa, the marines arrived there Wednesday March 7 in four Blackhawk helicopters, from where, without even landing, they rappelled down from the Aircraft to aggressively enter some homes in search of the drug trafficker.

Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Griselda Blanco in new film " The queen of cocaine"

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

Subject Matter: Griselda Blanco film
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The pay per view channel "Lifetime" has made a film Griselda: The Queen of Cocaine, based on the real history of Griselda Blanco, the Colombian narco trafficker, who trafficked cocaine into the United States in the seventies and eighties.

Reporter: Columba Vertiz De La Fuente
The renowned actress Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Griselda, known as La Madrina, and will be directed by none other than Guillermo Navarro, who won the Oscar for photography for Pans Labyrinth by Guillermo de Toro.

The feature film Griselda: The Queen of Cocaine premiered last Wednesday in Mexico. Griselda was an important leader of the Medellin cartel and a pioneer in cocaine drug trafficking and participated in the Cocaine Cowboys war in Miami.

Zeta-Jones said about the role:
"This is not the first time that I play a woman of Latin descent, nor is it the first time I play a woman involved in the world of drugs. As an actress, it was very difficult to embody the role of this woman, who is very different from me in many ways, not only culturally, but in terms of the decisions she makes. But I have to say that this was a project done with a lot of passion."

 "We were able to take the story of Griselda to the Lifetime screen and, while there are other Griselda projects on the horizon, which will be performed by Latinas, this woman has occupied my life out of curiosity for many years. I worked hard to get this project to be created. And I had the blessing of working with our wonderful director Guillermo Navarro and incredible actors like Juan Pablo Espinosa. "