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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Guardia Nacional Seizes Illegally Chopped Wood In Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Michoacán

By "El Huaso" for Borderland Beat

The Guardia Nacional located and seized about 100 illegally chopped logs in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, State of Michoacán, according to a press release on August 4. Illegal logging is becoming a major criminal market in Mexico, accounting for 1/3 of wood sales in the nation according to authorities.

They discovered the site when patrolling in the town of Zitácuaro, Michoacán. 

The seizure was made by the National Guard in joint effort with the Michoacán State Police, the Environmental Protection Battalion of the National Guard, and the Federal Environmental Prosecutor (PROFEPA by its initials in Spanish). 

Upon locating the site, security forces established a perimeter and looked for the loggers, but were unable to find them.

PROFEPA is holding the logs and will undertake the investigation.


Illegal logging is an increasing problem in Mexico, often exploited by criminal groups who illegally fell trees for sale. The nation has lost about 8% of its forest cover in the last two decades, according to NGO GlobalForestWatch.

In an interview with El Financiero, the director of the National Commission of Forests (CONAFUR), León Jorge Castaños Martínez said “It is a very, very serious problem, which has been growing because there is a deficit of wood from national production".

InSight Crime has reported that CJNG, Los Correa, La Familia Michoacána, and Carteles Unidos are all involved in illegal logging in the state. 

Sources: Guardia Nacional Press Release, InSight Crime, El Financiero, Global Forest Watch

New Deputy Director of Police in Culiacan, Sinaloa Assassinated Hours After Taking Office

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado was shot to death a few hours after taking office. Other officers around him were not attacked and were alleged to have been disarmed by the gunmen.

According to personnel from the Ministry of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic, Juan Miguel was appointed deputy director of the Municipal Police this afternoon. The agent known as the “Boxer” also owned El Boxer seafood. Silva Alvarado was appointed Deputy Director of the police force on Saturday morning. And he served as commander of Costa Rica. 

The homicide occurred minutes after 10:00 PM. outside Corporativo 120, located on Alfonso Zaragoza Maytorena Boulevard, in the Tres Ríos Urban Development, just near the Sinaloa State Attorney General's Office. The deputy director was at the scene along with other agents in three patrols, organizing an operation to review bars and cantinas.

According to the information provided, armed men arrived at the site and shot the commander before fleeing. The agents who were on the site were unable to repel the attack. Juan Miguel fell dead on the sidewalk of Corporativo 120 with shots to various parts of his body.

In addition, versions not confirmed by the authorities indicate that the municipal policemen were subdued and disarmed by the aggressors.

The undersecretary of State Public Security, Carlos Alberto Hernández Leyva, said that it was a direct attack on the commander. He pointed out that the gunmen came to shoot Juan Miguel with long weapons and did not fire at the other police officers who were at the scene. He mentioned that after the homicide elements of all the police corporations and the National Guard were deployed in the area in a search operation for those responsible.

The State Secretary of Public Security, Cristobal Castañeda, made the incident known through his Twitter account: “Elements of the @SSPyTM_Culiacan were attacked by armed civilians; directly an element was attacked and unfortunately lost his life,” although he did not mention “El Boxer.”

The assassination of the deputy director on the day he took that position comes on the same day that 250 soldiers from the Army were deployed to increase security in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Apulco, Zacatecas: The CJNG Kidnaps Four Surveillance Camera Workers

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat


Video translation is as follows:

This past Thursday afternoon, four workers from a company that installs and maintains video surveillance cameras were abducted by a group of heavily armed individuals at the entrance to the municipality of Apulco in the state of Zacatecas.

A video circulates on social networks from the video surveillance camera that is installed on the side of the road where it is observed that a worker with a blue cap is near the camera finishing repairs. When a white vehicle with tint appears from which several men with long weapons descend. In the broadcast you can see the workers vehicle parked.

And although they are not seen within the film, there are other employees supporting their partner who is at the top of the ladder. Seconds later, another white pickup appears from which a dozen armed men descend and begin to spread out in the area. Afterwards the four workers are observed advancing with their arms raised in the air towards the armed men who point their guns at them.

One individual with a blue cap is still wearing his safety harness. He had just come down from the utility pole. The armed subjects force them to get onto the truck’s bed. And they take them away inside this vehicle in the direction of the municipality of Huejotitlán. Local media reported that these images are transmitted in real time to the bases of the Sedena and the National Guard which are just a few minutes away from the place where the abduction occurred.

And despite this, the federal forces elements never came to support the victims. The attorney general's office in the state of Zacatecas issued the search bulletins for the missing men who were identified as Jaime Fernandez Morales, Hector Abner Donoso Cruz, Jose Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, and Sergio Esau Ramirez Alonso.

The surveillance cameras in Apulco have served to demonstrate the constant presence of convoys of armed men. Despite this evidence and the recent confrontations, security has not been reinforced in that area where dozens of families live in fear, many more have fled. Local media indicates that the armed individuals who kidnapped the four young men are members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.




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13 Hitmen Killed in SLP After Abducting and Killing Officer

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13 cartel hitmen were killed by GCE officers inside a house in San Luis Potosi just hours after their group was caught burying a dead GCE officer who they had recently abducted.




On August 3, 2022, an officer of the State Civil Guard (GCE), named Héctor Mayorga Muñoz and his wife were driving a patrol vehicle down highway 70 just outside the town of Tamasopo, San Luis Potosi, when they were ambushed by a group of cartel hitmen who forced them to a stop. Armed hitmen forced both the officer and his wife out of their vehicle at gunpoint, pushing them into one of their vehicles.

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: Organized Crime Disposes Of A Male Cadaver

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A corpse was thrown among the shrubbery north of Chihuahua 

An executed and handcuffed man appeared north of the city. 

The body was discovered in the bushes on Transformación and Castaño streets. 

He was found manacled and badly beaten. 

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Memo Fantasma Released from Colombian Prison Due to Delays in Starting Trial

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias Memo Fantasma during one of his remote hearings was released after being in custody without trial for over a year.

The noted drug trafficker and former member of the Bolívar Central Bloc (BCB) of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias Memo Fantasma, was released on the afternoon of this Friday, August 5, due to the expiration of terms.

Acevedo was one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the country. His criminal life began in the times of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel. Memo Fantasma went unnoticed for more than 30 years by the Colombian authorities. He became "a businessman" who lived for a time in Spain before his capture.

Memo Fantasma is being investigated for allegedly laundering 54,000 million pesos from the Central Bolívar Bloc of the AUC, a structure led by Carlos Mario Jiménez, alias Macaco, who demobilized in 2007. Guillermo León Acevedo, accused of some 15,000 deaths attributed to the self-defense groups,  was not part of the demobilization and continued to launder assets from underground.

The judicial process against Memo Fantasma has been long and, in any case, this new free man will still be linked to the investigation for the crimes of conspiracy to commit a crime, illicit enrichment, and money laundering.

The request for release was raised this Wednesday at the Paloquemao Judicial Complex, in a third attempt by his defense to obtain the freedom of alias Memo Fantasma. The defense argued that 286 days had passed since they filed his indictment, but the trial against him never began and the maximum legal term is 240 days, so the accused would be spending unnecessary time as an insurance measure.

The delays in starting the trial of this defendant have not been the responsibility of him or his defense, according to the latter, and they have not sustained delaying maneuvers to force his release due to the expiration of terms. On the contrary, he points out that circumstances beyond his control have arisen: requests for postponement and rescheduling from the Attorney General's Office, problems with the court's agenda, and other matters beyond Acevedo's control.

The accusing entity expressed its disagreement with the decision but did not present resources to appeal it. Neither did the delegate of the Attorney General's Office. ”They took a long time digitizing the evidence; the delay is not only the responsibility of the defense but also of the Prosecutor's Office, "said the official from the Public Ministry.

It should be noted that the Prosecutor's Office had tried to extend the insurance measure, but on June 30 that intention was ruled out. According to the judge, the delegate prosecutor was not able to give weighty arguments for that decision to be made. In this sense, as a scolding, the judge stated that a “less simple” argument could be presented in the face of the risks that persisted or existed in this case. “No circumstances have been presented to reach that conclusion, you didn't say anything at all,” she concluded.

However, justice has already made some decisions regarding those involved: a guarantee control judge released his mother, Margoth de Jesús Giraldo Ramírez, and his grandmother, María Enriqueta Ramírez. Both were involved in the same case and were accused of figurehead, for unjustified assets of 4,973 million pesos and 1,654 million pesos, respectively.

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Armed Criminals Hijack Truck At Gunpoint On Highway In Chichimequillas, Queretaro

 By "El Huaso" for Borderland Beat

Key points:

  • Armed criminals hijacked a cargo truck on the Queretaro - Irapuato highway in Queretaro.
  • This highway in particular is known by truckers to be unsafe.
  • Highway theft is up 9% in Mexico this year, with  35,384 cases so far this year.
  • 89% of cargo theft in Mexico occurs on highways.
  • Highways are considered by 60.1% of Mexicans to be unsafe.

This afternoon, armed criminals hijacked a cargo truck at gunpoint in Chichimequillas, on the Queretaro - Irapuato highway in the state of Queretaro. The criminals then drove the vehicle in the direction of Mexico City. Cases of highway theft are increasingly frequent in Mexico, on the rise again after a drop during Covid-19.


The truck's dashboard video shows two large SUVs pull ahead to block it. A man leans out of a window and waves a firearm at the drivers, ordering them to stop.


A camera inside the vehicle pointing at the drivers shows their shocked reaction, as they stop the vehicle, terrified. As the truck stops, five armed masked men get out of the two SUVs and point their weapons at the drivers. Breaking glass can be heard. The drivers put their hands up and surrender the vehicle.


The inside camera shows two of the criminals enter and drive the truck away. According to Poresto, the truck was recovered by local authorities further down the highway.

In May, Queretaro news outlet Diario Rotativo reported that traversing this highway is dreaded by truck drivers due to the daily violent attacks by criminal groups. According to their article, criminals hijack vehicles, sometimes kidnapping the drivers, and steal the cargo. Sometimes, local police will even threaten and assault the drivers, demanding that they not report the hijackings.

Highway theft and robbery of cargo is on the rise in Mexico after plummeting due to diminished transport due to Covid-19. There have been 35,384 robberies on highways and streets in Mexico so this year, representing a 9% increase from the 32,433 robberies in the same period last year. 



Since 2020, two out of every three robberies of cargo in North America have taken place in Mexico.

89% of  cargo theft occurs on highways, according to a report on cargo theft in Mexico by SafeLink, highlighting the shocking insecurity on the nation's highway system. 

Highways are considered one of the most dangerous locations by Mexicans, with 60.1% answering that they feel unsafe on them, according to a recent government survey on citizen perceptions on security.

Sources: Cinco Radio Official TwitterRotativo, ENVIPE 2021 (Page 52/60), SafeLink, Transportemx, Cronica, Graphs made by TreResearch, Poresto

Celaya, Guanajuato: Subject Killed After Attacking Police Officers With Fragmentation Grenade

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

This is the third attack against elements of the Municipal Police so far this week

The incident took place in the Soriana parking lot on 12 de Octubre Avenue. 

Elements of the Municipal Police received an attack with a fragmentation grenade by subjects who were on board a motorcycle, which triggered a chase, and armed confrontation and the death of one of the allegedly involved.

This is the third attack against elements of the Municipal Police so far this week.

Around 6:00 p.m. this Thursday, the attack was recorded when police elements carried out surveillance and prevention patrols on Avenida 12 de Octubre, near the Soriana commercial store.

The Ministry of Citizen Security reported, through a statement, that the uniformed men were attacked for no reason by two people who were riding a motorcycle, where a fragmentation grenade was thrown at them, which, when detonated, failed to injure anyone.

A chase immediately began for those responsible, starting on Camino a San José de Guanajuato and later they entered Mar Caribe street on the Nuevo Celaya neighborhood, until they reached Orozco street, where the alleged perpetrators got off the motorcycle.

In the area it was learned that the alleged perpetrators of the attack entered a house, and elements of Public Security followed them.

According to official information, one of the subjects tried to fire a firearm at the officers, but was neutralized, while the second managed to flee.

The subjects were riding a motorcycle, which was a few meters from the house. Therefore, the cordoning was carried out in several streets around this event in the Nuevo Celaya neighborhood.

At the scene, the black motorcycle was secured, without license plates, which is being investigated if it has a report of theft, in addition to an AR-15 long weapon.

The processing of the scene, evidence and testimonies was undertaken by the Attorney General of the State of Guanajuato (FGEG) in order to determine who the assailants were. 

Part of the parking lot of the commercial plaza was cordoned off and vehicles entering and leaving were being checked.

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Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua: The Dark Days Have Once Again Returned

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Criminals leave a decapitated corpse a few steps away from the household appliance manufacturing plant Electrolux.

A decapitated male who was cut into pieces appeared on the Electrolux road. Human remains were scattered across the road on the pavement, 100 meters from the assembly plant. 

The scene is located at Miguel de la Madrid and Artemio de la Vega streets. In addition the remains were wrapped in a shaded blanket with the head inside a bag.

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Grandparents, Age 90 and 96, Executed by Cartel Hitmen in SLRC, Sonora

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Police were called to the scene of a triple homicide which took place inside a private residence within the border city of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora. Two of the victims were an elderly couple, age 90 and 96 years old were two of the murdered victims.




The Triple Homicide


At approximately 10:00 pm at night on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 62-year old man named Felizardo attempted to hide inside his parents home, where he lived, from a group of cartel members who were hunting him. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Uruapan, Michoacán: Most Of The Victims In An Avocado Orchard Died Of Strangulation

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat


The authorities reported that the bodies found correspond to 10 men and two women.

The authorities continue to find clandestine graves in the entity.

After the discovery of 12 bodies in an avocado orchard in the community of Caltzontzin, in Uruapan, authorities determined that the cause of death of most of the victims was strangulation while the rest died of suffocation.

In the clandestine grave detected in the east of the municipality on Wednesday, 11 bodies were initially found and the following day, this Thursday, the number rose to 12, corresponding to 10 men and two women.

The victims were in an advanced state of decomposition, once the expert actions were concluded, they were transferred to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) for the practice of the law autopsy.

In the area, three points of disturbed earth were located that, once they were explored, bones were found. 

During the month of July, another clandestine grave was found in the town of Los Negritos, municipality of Villamar, where 26 human remains have been located so far.

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First Of Its Kind Drug, To Reverse Effects Of Cocaine Intoxication, Awarded Grant

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

An enzyme that efficiently degrades and metabolizes cocaine has been given a ‘cooperative agreement grant’ from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) part of the National Institutes of Health.

The recombinant enzyme is a double-mutant cocaine esterase 200 mg intravenous (IV) solution and treats cocaine intoxication, which refers to the state of when cocaine has deleterious effects on several body systems – in particular cardiovascular.

Physiological effects

TNX-1300 demonstrated activity on reversing the physiological effects of IV cocaine challenge in people who use cocaine in a prior phase 2a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study.

Last year (2021), more than 24,900 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses involving cocaine.

Seth Lederman, president and chief executive officer of Tonix Pharmaceuticals, said: “This grant award underscores the unmet need for safe and effective treatments for cocaine intoxication and validates the progress we have achieved to date with TNX-1300.

Serious issue

“Cocaine intoxication remains a serious issue in the U.S. where there is currently no specific pharmacotherapy indicated treatments. By targeting the cause rather than the symptoms of cocaine intoxication, we believe TNX-1300 may offer significant advantages to the current standard of care for cocaine intoxication.”

Tonix recently announced the design of a new single-blind, open-label, placebo-controlled, randomized phase 2 clinical trial of TNX-1300 for the treatment of cocaine intoxication. The phase 2 study, which has the potential to serve as a pivotal trial, is anticipated to start in the fourth quarter of 2022, pending US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreement.

TNX-1300 has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA. As a biologic and new molecular entity, TNX-1300 is eligible for 12 years of U.S. market exclusivity upon approval by the FDA, in addition to expected patent protection through 2029.

Illegal

Cocaine is an illegal recreational drug taken for its pleasurable effects and associated euphoria, as well as mental alertness, in some cases. Pharmacologically, cocaine blocks the reuptake of the neurotransmitter dopamine from central nervous system synapses, resulting in the accumulation of dopamine within the synapse and an amplification of dopamine signaling which reinforces the drug taking. With the continued use of cocaine, however, intense cocaine cravings can occur, resulting in a high potential for continued use and addiction, as well as the risk of cocaine intoxication. 

TNX-1300 (T172R/G173Q double-mutant cocaine esterase 200 mg, IV solution) is being developed under an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the treatment of cocaine intoxication. TNX-1300 is a recombinant protein enzyme produced through rDNA technology in a non-disease-producing strain of E. coli bacteria.

Coca plants

Cocaine esterase (CocE) was identified in bacteria (Rhodococcus) that uses cocaine as its sole source of carbon and nitrogen and that grows in soil surrounding coca plants. The gene encoding CocE was identified and the protein was extensively characterized. CocE catalyzes the breakdown of cocaine into metabolite ecgonine methyl ester and benzoic acid.

Wild-type CocE is unstable at body temperature, so targeted mutations were introduced in the CocE gene and resulted in the T172R/G173Q double-mutant CocE, which is active for approximately six hours at body temperature. In a phase 2 study, TNX-1300, at 100 mg or 200 mg IV doses, was well tolerated and rapidly reduced cocaine effects after a cocaine 50 mg IV challenge.

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Rafael Caro Quintero Claims Torture, Humiliation and Isolating Treatment in Altiplano Prison

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

The Amparo filed alleges acts of torture, isolation, abuse, and torment.

A person identified as José Mora León, filed a claim for Amparo in favor of the former leader and founder of the Guadalajara cartel, Rafael Caro Quintero, against alleged acts of torture against him, as he is accused of being a victim of ill-treatment and humiliation inside of the maximum security prison Altiplano, in the State of Mexico.

The lawsuit alleges that the Sinaloa capo has suffered acts of "incommunicado detention, segregation, isolation, captivity with physical and psychological torment, mistreatment, abuse of authority, torture and life-threatening injuries."

The lawsuit was brought before the Eighth District Court of Federal Amparo and Trial in the State of Mexico, under file 1182/2022, against the general director of the Federal Center for Prevention and Social Reintegration number 1 Altiplano, based in Almoloya de Juárez. Therefore, the suspension of these acts allegedly committed against Caro Quintero was ordered.

In the trial of guarantees, it was established that the responsible authority must issue a report on the indications and compliance with the protection measures within a period of no more than 24 hours.

The former leader of the Guadalajara cartel managed to prevent his extradition, momentarily, through an Amparo, while the trial of guarantees is resolved. Rafael Caro Quintero is wanted in the United States for the murder of Enrique Kiki Camarena, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the crime occurred in 1985.

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Ex DEA Agent: Four Witnesses And A Transcript Revealed The Complicity Of Bartlett, The CIA And Drug Traffickers In The Murder Of Kiki Camarena

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A federal court granted the first indefinite suspension to drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero against his immediate extradition to the United States, the extradition of the Guadalajara cartel founder will only be possible until the entire process is provided for the current laws and agreements.

A transcript of a recording that "by mistake" was delivered by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and at least four witnesses of the so-called "Operation Legend", are the testimonies that link the former Secretary of the Interior, Manuel Bartlett Díaz, and former CIA agent Ismael Félix Rodríguez, with the murder of Enrique Camarena, “Kiki” Camarena, former DEA agent Héctor Berrellez said.

In an interview for Aristegui en Vivo, Berrellez said he was "sad" by the determination of a Mexican judge that stopped the possibility of an express extradition of the Guadalajara Cartel founder, Rafael Caro Quintero. He considered that the delay in sending the Sinaloa capo to the United States is for fear that he will expose the complicity of Mexican and American officials with Mexican drug traffickers and the murder of DEA special agent Enrique Camarena Salazar.

If Caro Quintero were extradited here, it would be very shameful, it would implicate Bartlett and Ismael Félix Diaz, in 1984 the United States Congress refused to get involved in the war in Nicaragua, so the CIA did it clandestinely with a meeting in Mexico, They asked for help in Mexico, Mexico refused to do it openly, only clandestinely, in a meeting Bartlett suggested using the drug traffickers' infrastructure for the CIA, and they had a meeting with the drug traffickers, they helped the CIA to transport the weapons, he concluded.

Héctor Berrellez added that his accusations against Bartlett and the CIA are supported by all those testimonies and other sources, despite the fact that the current director general of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Manuel Bartlett Díaz, and the CIA itself have denied repeatedly any relationship with the kidnapping and murder of “Kiki” Camarena.

In fact, Berrellez explained that the torture of Camarena, which occurred shortly before his murder, was intended to find out if the then DEA agent knew anything about the relationship between the CIA, Bartlett and the great Mexican drug traffickers such as Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and Juan Manuel Salcido Azueta, alias “El Cochiloco”.

Four different witnesses told me that they were in meetings where the murder of KIki Camarena was planned, but the plan was not murder, abducting Camarena was not to kill him, it was to interrogate him, that is why they bandaged him and should not have killed him, what happened was that during the interrogation he was tortured too much, the orders were to leave him alive, to get all the information that could be obtained and to see to what extent he was aware of what was happening at the Rancho de Veracruz, he said.

According to Berrellez, there are two recordings of the torture that Camarena suffered at the hands of Mexican drug traffickers, of which four transcriptions were made. However, there is also a fifth transcript that was provided to the DEA, but the CIA refused to release the recording to which it was related.

In that last transcript, it is in which the torturers asked the then DEA agent what he knew about the contras and the relationships of Mexican drug traffickers with “dirty” Mexican rulers and politicians, linked to drug trafficking.

He explained that despite the fact that "Kiki" Camarena clarified that he did not know who else was involved in the business and that he had only heard about the Veracruz ranch "because a lot of drugs were unloaded there," his captors continued to torture him to death, without him being killed. The original plan of the high command of Mexico and the CIA, since they thought to release him alive. "That's why they blindfolded him," he said.

“In that transcript, he asks Camarena what he knows about the Veracruz ranch that Caro Quintero had and Camarena replies that the only thing he knew is that they were downloading many tons of cocaine, they ask him how he knows that and he answers that a Commander from the Federal Judicial Police told him. They ask him what he knows about the contras and he says he doesn't know anything, that he doesn't know what the contras are. They also ask him in that transcript what he knows about politicians and rulers who are involved or in association with the Guadalajara Cartel and he answers that he knows nothing about that, ” said Berrellez.

He revealed that an informant and CIA element known as “Torreblanca” provided him with that information, which he was later able to corroborate with two more witnesses who had previously been at the service of the Mexican drug lords, René López Romero and Ramón Lira, the latter a former bodyguard for Ernesto Carrillo Fonseca, “Don Neto”.

“El Torreblanca was a CIA agent and I recruited him as an informant, I brought him with us and he told me that in that Veracruz ranch they were training the contras. And that in that ranch, he had put the communications, the communication towers so that they could communicate from the ranch with planes that came and left for South America and he told me that while he was there he saw that a lot of cocaine was being dropped. And those who were in charge there were from the United States and a CIA agent, who was their handler, their boss was Ismael Félix Rodríguez, a well-known CIA agent, they were the ones in charge of the operations at the Veracruz ranch ”, he pointed out.

The contras and the alliance with Bartlett

During the interview, Héctor Berrellez affirmed that given the refusal of the United States Congress to finance a war against the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, and under the pretext of combating the expansion of communism in Latin America, he met with the then Secretary of the Interior, Manuel Bartlett, who warned that the Mexican government could not directly help supply weapons to the counterinsurgent militias.

Therefore, he suggested using the same routes used by drug traffickers to smuggle weapons to El Salvador and later to Nicaragua, an alliance that was accepted by all, so that the Mexican government, the CIA and the Mexican drug traffickers became partners. and accomplices, a relationship that Enrique Camarena was about to discover and that would have cost him his life

I worked in Mexico, I know how the drug traffickers work, the drug traffickers are not picking people up, questioning them, blindfolding people and even recording everything they are saying, that operation was not done by drug traffickers, that operation was done by politicians, by rulers and policemen, when drug traffickers kill, they kill, he said.

Given the questions that have been made to his statement, Héctor Berrellez affirms that if it were lies, he would have already been arrested and imprisoned in his country, emphasizing that he is still free and was also able to record a documentary in which he makes his theory known about this case, which could not spread so easily if it were a mere defamation.

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Narco's Pet Tiger Shot During Attack at Private Residence, Michoacán

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Cartel members shot a narco to death at his residence in Morelia, Michoacán. When authorities arrived at the residence to investigate the homicide, they discovered the narco victim had kept a Bengal tiger as a pet on the property and the tiger was shot during the attack. 


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On August 01, 2022, the state Attorney General’s Office (FGE) announced that while they were investigating a reported homicide at a residence in Morelia municipality. They were also told that another man had been injured in the attack. 


When they arrived on scene, the dead man was located and confirmed to no longer have vital signs. Meanwhile, the injured man was stabilized and sent to receive medical treatment.