Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Possibly 30 Years for Canadian Narco with ties to Sinaloa Cartel and the Mafia

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |

By Chivís Martínez for Borderland Beat

Canadian Drug Kingpin , Jimmy Cournoyer, with Ties to the Rizutto and Bonanno Crime Families, the Hells Angels and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Plead Guilty in 2013 to Narcotics Trafficking Crimes Carrying Sentence of 20 Years to Life and $1 Billion in Forfeiture.

He will discover his fate on August 20th when his sentence will be handed down. 

However, U.S. feds are now seeking a 30 year sentence, arguing that a lighter sentence would amount to little incarceration time for Cournoyer, due to the fact he has elected to spend his sentence in Canada. Canada has a very liberal probation system that would drastically cut actual time spent behind bars.  

Pointing out that Cournoyer "had a cadre of high-priced lawyers in Canada and the United States working to intimidate and threaten underlings into not cooperating with authorities. Various lawyers helped monitor several criminal cases related to Jimmy Cournoyer's massive cross-border drug trafficking network, probing for tips about investigations, warning co-conspirators against testifying and even offering 'bribes,' pay-offs and implied threats of harm to themselves or members of their families," say prosecutors.
Cournoyer feared his 1.2 million dollar Bugatli would draw attention from law enforcement
French Canadian Jimmy “Cosmo” Cournoyer was living the life Chino Antrax thinks he had.

A Canadian “narco newbie”  at the age of 21, and until his arrest at age 33, he developed a billion dollar marijuana business operating a business with associates such as the Hells Angeles, Sinaloa Cartel,  and New York’s Bonnano Crime Family while being back by Montreal’s Rizzuto mob (Vito Rizzuto below left). 

Cournoyer was part of an operation with the mafia on both sides the US/Canadian border that involved in a vast cross border trafficking that channeled Canadian ecstasy and weed to New York, then using  the profits in purchasing  Mexican cocaine, which was shipped back to Canada.

U.S. Federal prosecutor Steven Tiscione stated “the illegal narcotics distributed worldwide by members of the criminal enterprise have a retail value of more than $1 billion… conservatively.”

U.S. charges the Cournoyer network specialized in growing and distributing potent hydroponic marijuana harvested in British Columbia.. The marijuana was then transported by Hells Angeles, in motor homes and trucks, across Canada.
By 2009, he sent at least 1,000 pounds of hydroponic cannabis a week to New York, most of it to a Bonnano associate.

The biker gang and the Montreal mob then smuggled the marijuana from Quebec into upstate New York, where trucks delivered it to a warehouse in Brooklyn, authorities and sources said.

Cournoyer acquired his $1-billion drug empire by “gaining control over ports and customs checkpoints through a combination of covert operations and outright political corruption” and abusing “sovereign tribal lands” on First Nations’ reserves “that are almost impossible to police,” prosecutors said.

Additionally, he maintained a 2 million dollar execution fund, used to eliminate known or potential informers. 

Cournoyer was apprehended by Mexican police on Feb. 16, 2012 when he landed in Cancun for a planned vacation.

Cournoyer’s  Brazilian-Canadian model girlfriend,  Amelia Racine’s (at left) jailed brother, Mario Racine, was reported to be acting as the kingpin’s trusted lieutenant.

U.S. is seeking 800 million dollars in forfeiture

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Federal Commissioner Alfredo Castillo, An Anachronism and Horror


Proceso: Javier Sicilia*
Translated by Jorge A. Borrel-Guzman

In The Communicating Vessels of Tradition and the Return of the Sinister (Los vasos comunicantes de la tradición y el retorno de lo siniestro, Sin embargo magazine, July 9th, 2014), Tomás Calvillo makes an important and accurate determination regarding the presence and conduct in Michoacán of federal commissioner Alfredo Castillo:

“More than a figure of the republic, the commissioner resembles a royal visitor [agent] of the colonial period,” specifically “José Gálvez.

Similarly to visitor Gálvez, who was sent in 1767 by King Carlos III to Michoacán to re-establish his authority, commissioner Alfredo Castillo was instructed by Enrique Peña Nieto, in January 2014, to fulfill the same purpose. Just like Gálvez, Castillo also intends to control the rebellions that erupted in that state. 

While Gálvez tried to control the rebellions derived from the expulsion of Jesuits, Castillo tries to control those derived from the atrocities of organized crime. Just like the royal visitor, Castillo uses jail and summary judgment. Unlike Gálvez–because today it is politically incorrect–, he doesn’t apply the gallows, lashes, or exile. Instead, he applies pressure, intimidation, falsification of evidence, and authoritarianism as a mark of government.

But although Gálvez’ conduct was comprehensible –he lived in the 18th Century, the epoch of absolutist States and the absence of human rights–, Castillo’s conduct is not. His conduct, apart from being anachronistic and contrary to all republicanism, is, consequently, atrocious. 

During his nearly seven months on duty, he has not been able to re-establish the authority of the republic. On the contrary, he has made an unlawful and perverse use of it. His appointment has resulted in an authoritarian and criminal use of power, or as defined by Tomás Calvillo, sinister.

This word is accurate. It expresses the obscure, the dark, and the atrocious. The most recent evidence of this repeated behavior is the incarceration of José Manuel Mireles. Dr. Mireles, just like Hipólito Mora, was incarcerated, not because of the crimes attributed to him, which, based on the proofs provided by Mireles’ defense, are fabricated, but because of his unwillingness to align himself with such an obscure abstraction that asserts that the legitimate use of force is exclusively exercised by and under the control of the State. 

For commissioner Castillo, that’s what is important–as he appears to reduce the existence of the State to such an idea–and not the crime per se.

That is the only way to explain such things as Hipólito Mora’s liberation, the lack of investigation against former governor [Fausto] Vallejo despite the serious suspicions of his links with The Knights Templars, and against other public figures. That is the only way to explain that, despite all the military intelligence resources available to Castillo, La Tuta [head of The Knights Templar cartel] remains at large and Mireles is in jail.

Mireles’ crime is his refusal to agree with a corrupted State that has failed to re-establish the true rule of law, a failure that he has put in the public spotlight.

We don’t know if the weapons carried by Mireles’ self-defense groups–the only real crime for which he’s being charged–were provided by some drug cartel. Nobody has proved it so far. However, we know that his fight, considering the conditions of violence and corruption of the government of Michoacán, thus far is legitimate and with deep ethical grounds. There is a fine congruence between his words and his actions.

On the contrary, the commissioner, under the cover of the impunity of the State, keeps betraying his word, fabricating crimes against Mireles–weeks before his arrest, Castillo accused him of showing off with the head of a human being–, of imposing, just like a royal visitor in colonial times, an authoritarian order, of violating Michoacán’s sovereignty, and of making policy under the rule of submission or the club. His conduct, as a representative of a government that intends to restore its authority, is disgraceful.

There is no possibility of reaching agreements when political confidence and the ethics on which they should rely are built on defamation, a wrong interpretation of the purpose of the State, and the incarceration and humiliation of the moral leader of the self-defense groups. Because of this, we should ask ourselves if Peña Nieto is, in reality, an authoritarian ruler who, just like Carlos III, sent his agent to serve interests different from security, peace and justice, or if he is a president who, deceived by his government machinery, is being used against the republic.

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Sentencing in the Zetas Money Laundering Trial Bribery Case


By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Sentencing was handed down to two men, with ties to Los Zetas, for attempting to bribe the federal judge presiding over  the Los Zetas money laundering trial.  The men were sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Ramon Segura Flores, and Francisco Colorado Jr. who were arrested in September 5, 2013, appeared before the court and as a part of a plea agreement accepted  full responsibility for their actions. U.S. Judge D. Walter accepted the terms of their plea agreements.

Deportation proceedings to Mexico will be next for the pair.

Segura vowed to the court to never return.

“I declare myself guilty of the charge because I am guilty,” he said in Spanish. “I just want to return home to support my family and be a good father, husband and son.”

Colorado Jr. is the son of Francisco Colorado Cessa (at left).  The elder Colorado was convicted of money laundering charges, for his role in channeling Zetas funds through the U.S. Quarter horse racing and breeding business. 

Said Jr.; “I am ashamed of how I insulted the law,  this is going to affect the rest of my life,”.

The bribery case began its investigation in August 2013, during the money laundering trial and culminated during the penalty phase with the arrest of the two men.

An informant tipped off authorities about the planned bribe of over 1 million dollars, to be paid to the presiding Judge Sam Sparks in exchange for Colorado Sr. receiving a light sentences.   The judge was unaware of the investigation and sting.

Calls were monitored at the jail between son Colorado Cessa Jr. and his father and later between Segura and Cessa. Agents reviewed the recorded conversations at Bastrop County Jail between Colorado Cessa and Colorado Cessa Jr and Segura in which they discussed an agreement and plan to bribe United States District Court Judge within the Western District of Texas who is an officer and employee of the United States.  

Before his arrest, Segura had just testified in behalf of  Colorado Sr..  During Segura’s testimony US attorney Michelle Fernald asked him if he ever participated in criminal activity with Cessa, he answered emphatically "no". 
Fernald reminded Segura he was under oath, he acknowledged that and again answered no.

Knowing Segura was about to be arrested for the bribery attempt, Fernald could not hold back a smile as she turned away. 

Lead Federal Prosecutor Robert Pitman said,  "From the beginning in the case we indicated it was all about keeping corruption from Mexican drug cartels out of the United States and this is just another example of what cartels believe they can get away with and an example that we will do whatever to not let them and will do whatever we can to stop them."

"Mamito" gave compelling testimony
They were facing a 250,000 fine and up to Five years in jail, but the case ended in a plea agreement.
Colorado Jr. and Segura each pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official.  Colorado Cessa, Colorado Jr.’s father and Segura’s former business partner, is serving 20 years in prison on money laundering conspiracy charges.

He also pleaded guilty in March to charges in the bribery case and is expected to be sentenced to additional time in October.

Attorneys for the men said their clients had already served their time and will be deported.
 To read more on the bribery case link here 

and for more information of the bribery case and Zetas money laundering trial link here and for our complete coverage of all the weeks of trial, which includes testimony and information from and about Zetas type Zetas Money Laundering Trial in the search bar.

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Shootouts erupt in Nuevo Progresso, Reynosa and Rio Bravo Tamaulipas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 |

Borderland Beat

At Least 10 dead in Nuevo Progreso including "El Pantera"
Violence erupted tonight the result of clashes between cells of organized crime in the town of Nuevo Progreso, resulting in a flurry of shootouts and blockades generated in several block of this border town.  The gunfights lasted more than three hours, beginning with fighting between organized crime groups and ending with a shootout against federal forces.  

At least 10 dead in Nuevo Progresso alone.

"El Pantera"(CDG) was killed in a 11:00 PM clash between elements of SEMAR and the CDG
group..  He was second in command of the Nuevo Progreso plaza.

The first shooting occurred at 19:00 hours on side streets of the of Nuevo Progreso, the neighboring town of Progreso, Texas. According to unofficial reports, the shootings were continuous at first, but then became more sporadic, the persecutions alerted the inhabitants of this town of 25,000 residents. 

Shootouts also ensued in neighboring Rio Bravo and Reynosa municipalities. 

The confrontation between criminal cells has intensified after the arrest last week of "El Comandante Alemán", the leader of the Gulf Cartel in that municipality. 

Miguel Angel Alemán Salinas was the presumed successor of Juan Manuel Rodríguez Rodríguez, aka "Juan Perros", who had just been arrested a month prior. 
Authorities are yet to report numbers of injured or killed in the shootings between criminal groups.

Blockages were reported at the junction of the Reynosa-Rio Bravo highway, access to Reynosa International Airport, access to the Reynosa-Matamoros highway, the Rio Bravo to Reynosa highway and near the Pharr-Reynosa International bridge. 

Sources: Reforma, Faceboo-MVS

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La Tuta's lieutenant arrested in BC served as police chief in Michoacan


Borderland Beat

Tijuana: On Monday following the capture of regional leader of the Caballeros Templarios , Juan Carlos Almazan Mendoza, 35,  the Attorney General of Baja California (PJEBC) reported that the member of the criminal organization was masquerading as entrepreneur of the construction industry in the western area of this border town. 

Almazan Mendoza, is known to be  a lieutenant for  Servando Gómez Martínez( La Tuta), but moved to the city in 2013, living in a luxury residential subdivision, of la zona, Playas de Tijuana, where he bought a house from which he was operating Templar activities out of.
Almazan, nicknamed “El Pillo” was police chief in Nueva Italia, a civil servant in Tingambato and in 2009 he served as head of the Secretariat of public security of the municipality of La Huacana .

El Pillo has accumulated arrest warrants on charges of kidnapping and murder, committed in municipalities in the region of Tierra Caliente , including Apatzingán and Nueva Italia. In one warrant out for his arrest, he is suspected of being connected to at least six illegal deprivation of liberty crimes and killings in the town of Apatzingán.

He had had a direct line to cartel leaders, such as the now deceased Enrique Plancarte Solis, alias' Kike Plancarte'; Miguel Ángel González Godoy, alias' El Migueladas' and La Tuta the leader of Templarios organization. He was in the city to help organize a Templarios cell, and was funded by Templarios.

 Sources: RioDoce Frontera-AFN

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In Video: "Mayor of Chilapa is linked to Los Rojos"


Borderland Beat

A video was posted on Youtube of a man who was kidnapped, while being detained by men armed with AK-47s,accuses the mayor of Chilapa de Alvarez, Francisco Havier Garcia Gonzalez (at left), of having ties to the leader of “Los Rojos” Zenen Nava Sanchez “ El Chaparro”. 

The person deprived of his freedom is identified with the name of Filiberto Meneses Garcia, he is a halcon in Guerrero municipality of Chilapa. He ssaid  that the director of vehicle maintenance from Chilapa, Fortunato Nava Diaz, aka “El Loco” is the link between the PRI mayor and “El Chaparro”. 

According to official report,s Meneses Garcia works as driver of the taxi number 235 and last Friday the 18th, in Chilapa, was intercepted by armed people whom took him to the community of Tlanicuilulco, in the municipality of Quechultenango, considered as the bastion of the criminal group “Los Ardillos”, who commands the family of the congressional committee chairman of Guerrero, the local Deputy from PRD, Bernardo Ortega Jimenez. 

Two days later, relatives of the taxi driver filed a formal complaint with ministerial authorities to report he was missing. This case was added to the other 10 who went missing during the confrontation between criminal bands and state police 2 weeks ago left 14 dead and several people wounded.  (below)
In the video entitled ‘El Manotas” Zenen's Alcon, AKA “El Chaparro” boss of the plaza of Chilapa de Alvarez Guerrero”. The video is one minute 23 seconds duration. The armed people questioned the victim about the alleged relation of politicians with Zenen Nava“ El Chaparro. “El Chaparro speaks to Fortunato, he is who organizes the meetings with El Chaparro to give him the time and place to meet the municipal President, Francisco Javier Gonzalez El Tepache”, said the kidnapped man in the video.

His captors question him about the relation of the PRI former counselor Francisco Benitez “ El Tigre” with “EL Chaparro structure. “Benitez is whom organized the March for peace in Chilapa, he has the responsibility of charging cuotas (fees, piso) to businesses and tickets for taxi drivers (taxi drivers must pay organized crime to conduct business these are called pasajes or tickets). also he charges fees to the constructor worker, taxis driver, and people that sells knock off CD’s”, said the kidnapped victim. 

They then asked about a politician identified as Rufino Eusebio Juarez, candidate for the candidacy of the municipality of Atlixtac in the mountain region.

“About that”, Meneses Garcia said: “He is the one that collects the cuotas of the municipal presidents of the surroundings areas, important people, and politicians of Chilapa. He is also is the Godfather of Geovani AKA “ El Chivo” second in command of la plaza of Chilapa, along with his father Jorge AKA “ El Aloque” both are natives from the town of Moyotepec.” 

Tomorrow a group of citizens headed by the former counselor of PRI Francisco Benitez, called for a second march to demand security and the release of the people of people who was deprived of their freedom two weeks ago, among them the son of the politician and leader of taxi drivers and dealers of Chilapa. Benitez' son, Tizoc Francisco Benitez,  was kidnapped on July 7, during the first shootout of the month.

He says the number of missing is large but people are fearsome of reporting kidnappings.

"It's worse when someone has his missing family and remains silent, because that way the government assumes that nothing happens," he explained.

This is the same person in charge of charging cuotas, according to the man in the video.

Is BLO regaining strength in Guerrero?

Posted by Itzli "The capture of a leader of the local group La Familia, José María Chávez Magaña, El Pony -on Tuesday the 1st in Pénjamo, Guanajuato–, and of the head of the group Guerreros Unidos, Gonzalo Martín Souza Neves –on Tuesday the 10th in Puebla–, mark a new stage in the dispute of the drug corridor that connects the sierra and the northern zone of Guerrero with the south of the state of México, where it is warned of an upsurge of violence, of which in Chilapa, plaza that connects the mountain with the center of Guerrero, left last week 14 dead and 9 injured. 

Federal informants consulted by this newspaper acknowledge that the group directed by Héctor Beltrán Leyva, El H –seated in Acapulco–, allied with the local gangs seek to retake control of the plazas that Arturo Beltrán Leyva once dominated, which now are under the control of what is left of Los Rojos."

 Note: from From my own research, it seemed as if C.I.D.A. won the war against La Barredora and reabsorbed its members into their organization. Thereafter, it appeared that C.I.D.A. was reabsorbed within the BLO. This article alludes to this and indicates that they will now seek to take control over areas controlled by Los Rojos. What will be interesting to watch is how the BLO will handle Guerreros Unidos and CJNG affiliated groups.

 sources: El Sur, Monitor Expresso, Face Book, Proceso

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Legislature Asked to Rescind "Bullet Act" After 12 Year Old Boy Killed


Borderland Beat

Puebla Governor Rafael Moreno Valle sent an initiative to the State Legislature that it might on Tuesday repeal the Law to Protect Human Rights and Regulate the Legitimate Use of Force, better known as the "Bullet Act", which was passed on May 19 by the LIX Legislature in Puebla.

The Legislature's agenda establishes as Point 16: "Official reading of SGD/0120/2014 of Citizen Luis Maldonado Venegas, Secretary General of Government, who by agreement with Citizen Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, Governor of the State, sends the Initiative of Decree by virtue of which the Act to Protect Human Rights and Regulate the Legitimate Use of Force by Police Agencies of the State of Puebla be abrogated."
The governor's action follows an escalation of protests in the state after the death of a thirteen-year old boy in a demonstration on the highway, where he was wounded on July 9, presumably by a rubber bullet. After being diagnosed brain dead, the finally died last Saturday.

The "Bullet Act" Last May, Puebla's lawmakers approved the law that permits the police to use firearms and other non-lethal [weapons] in violent protests, emergencies and natural disasters. Article 7 of the law regulating the "legitimate use of public force" states: "The police officer may only make use of the firearm in case of the legitimate defense of himself or third parties in imminent danger of death or serious injury."

The law was approved with 35 yes votes cast by legislators from the Institutional Revolutionary [PRI] and National Action [PAN] parties; five leftist deputies from the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and Green Democratic Revolution parties abstained. In the event of violent demonstrations, the law established that police will make gradual use of force for the subjugation of people and by the use of "batons, chemical irritants, electrical control devices and stun guns."

The law was to be applied during violent public demonstrations, acts of vandalism, arrest warrants, or when there might be acts of violence or robbery during a natural disaster, stated the [original] initiative presented by the Governor of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, who is now reversing his position. 

Aristegui Noticias- translated by Jane Brundage Mexico Voice

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After 10 Days of the Feds Operation: Chapito Isidro Vanishes

Monday, July 21, 2014 |

Borderland Beat: Republished from RioDoce  posted on forum by Siskiyou_Kid

A gray Black Hawk helicopter rose from the grass at the Ángel Flores baseball park, while on the ground Marine Corps commands roamed the streets of this city in vehicles, armored and with mounted artillery, as well as in civilian patrols. 

Tens of kilometers from here, in the audit office of Bamoa [in Guasave Municipality], infantry units "combed" the area and set up checkpoints and searched vehicles. 

In the opposite direction, in the baseball stadium of Estacion Naranjo, MI-27 rescue and assault helicopter remained on the ground. The troop, anxious, but friendly. 

Marines faced reporters, and  although they asked for identifications, they did not prevent their work. It was only recommended that they don't take pictures and keep an eye on their identification. It was rather interesting to know their opinion and were asked what the [civilian] population thinks about their operations. They smile, address their units and continue in their work. 
They let reporters stay in the theater of operations. It is the heart of the search for members of the cartel of Guasave. There they are hunting for Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, El Chapito Isidro, leader of the group and two of his top lieutenants  known to be still alive, Jesus González Peñuelas, Chuy González, and Conrad "n", El Conrado, who operate in the northern part of the state. 
A marina infantryman says: "[they are] not very brave, because we are everywhere, we can go everywhere, why so concerned with us?, why did they run?" Why did they not come [to us]?" 
And he says: "Wherever have they been (hidding) we are going to get them". He says no more,. "Nothing more until then, thank you". 

Another marina infantryman comments that almost none of those in his command know each other. This is because they were stationed in various commands in the country, distributed in ports and coastal cities. That were all brought together because of their specialties. There are gunners, artillerymen, pilots and intelligence personnel, intelligence analysts... All have something in common: experience in ground operations, skilled with weapons, short or long, and all are on a target: the Guasave Cartel. 

No one knows how long they will stay in this region, they didn’t know they were coming, either. One day they were called up, without instruction. They were mounted in trucks or helicopters and transported to an unknown region. They knew it was dangerous, that there would be shooting and certainly some dead. So they arrived, with adrenaline flowing to the one hundred [to the extreme]. 

They drove armored patrol units, a double cab with mounted artillery and 4 door civilian vehicles. 

Thus, a section of the command arrived at a house in Estacion Naranjo, in Sinaloa municipality. Few in the group knew it, but it was the beginning of the extermination of the top representatives of Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, El Chapo Isidro.

Estacion Naranjo: The first confrontation
In accordance with the Ministerial inquiries, told by officials of the Office of the Attorney General and the Attorney General of Justice of the State, the skirmishes began at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 10. A pickup truck was stationed outside of a house in Estacion Naranjo, a white Ford with racks and a  grey Chrisler 300. The only inhabitant of the house ran out, shooting, when he saw the military. Marines responded to the fire. The civilian died inside. He had two guns:A .9 mm and a 22 caliber. It was José Martín Apodaca Guzmán, known as El 32. Ministerial intelligence reports placed him as part of the armed wing close to Meza Flores and head of sicarios for the Guasave Cartel. 

The Marines searched the house and found a bag with guarumo (leftovers from leaves, stems and ground seeds of marijuana), seeds for poppy and [marijuana] joints. 

The search revealed that the house actually contained an arsenal. 12 bullet-proof vests with steel plate, three hand grenades, five Motorola radios, 92 magazines for pistols, including .25 caliber, 9mm, .45, and 5.56mm. They also found magazines for rifles, like the G-3, AK-47 cuerno de chivo, and Barret BMG .50 caliber. They also found 3,580 cartridges, from.22 up to 50 caliber. 

In the bed of the double cab pickup they found a 9mm rifle an AK-47, cuerno de chivo, a Barrett and a.22 rifle. 

Four and a half hours after that shooting, at 5:30 PM and six kilometres from El Naranjo, in the town of El Aguajito, Sinaloa, another command located at a group of armed persons, starting the second shootout. There were two dead, and the most substantial group escaped. They were, according to the process of identification, Isidro Gastélum Luque,”El Dos Letras”, el Chilo or el 02, and Jesus Miguel Pacheco Samaniego, known as “Pecas”, Joes, Medio Kilo, Miguelito Manchas or “El Junior”. 

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Chapo and La Barbie Supposedly Initiated a 1000 Inmate Hunger Strike


Borderland Beat Chivis Martinez

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrested in February, is in solitary confinement at Altiplano Maximum Security Prison. Édgar Valdez Villarreal, aka "La Barbie" is in the same prison. The two at one time worked together, but later became enemies when La Barbie jumped ship to Beltran-Leyva. But their joint interest in the conditions of their confinement apparently trump old feuds, as the two have engineered a hunger among 1,000 of the prison's inmates, to protest the violation of their human rights. It began Wednesday, and will continue indefinitely.

Among the complaints:
 inadequate medical attention and not providing medication rotten food (20 inmates got sick last week from eating spoiled chicken.)  
not regularly laundering their prison uniforms no underwear                                           no access to commissary to buy toiletries withholding of family visits and phone calls
 In May, at another Mexican maximum security prison, 450 inmates got food poisoning from rotten or contaminated food served during family visits. (State prisons in the U.S. also have this problem.)

The two are not housed near each other or allowed to communicate with each other, and both are  in solitary confinement, yet they were still able to  develop their planned hunger strike and implement it?

This isn't La Barbie's first hunger strike at Altiplano. Nor are they the first to complain about Altiplano. One of the major druglords of the 70's and 80's, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, has been at Altiplano for over 20 years. His family wrote a letter with similar complaints that was published in 2011.
 They claim he is being held in "inhuman" circumstances in a special lockdown section amid "unhealthy conditions, humidity, a lack of ventilation, bad odors and darkness."
Note: Whereas some of the prisons have horrific conditions,  Altiplano No1 has a good reputation.  It is the only true supermax prison and the only one without an escape.  I wrote an article of the Altiplano Prison No 1. (follow the hyperlink to view)

Capos, including Chapo while at the Jalisco prison he escaped from, are used to being able to pay for luxuries such as private stocked bars, inside apartment like cells, and the company of women at whim.  I am not sure if this article, published by Proceso, is true, especially since all cells are solitary, but I do recall La Barbies 2011 hunger strike.  His complaints were many, he was kept in solitary confinement, rarely allowed out, food was delivered to the cell, not allowed much exercise, no contact with others, visits restricted.

Sounds like prison.

He resumed eating.....

Sources: Proceso, Borderland Beat, Talkleft & Siskiyou_kid

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