Monday, June 18, 2018

Tamaulipas offers $ 17 million pesos for 9 narco priority targets

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

The Attorney General's Office of the State (PGJE) published on its website the list with the names and photographs of the criminal leaders that constitute Tamaulipas Most Wanted.  -Click on image to  enlarge-

According to the publication of the agency, the list starts with Jaime Guadalupe García and / or Javier Guadalupe García Martínez, for whom a reward of 2 million pesos is offered.

There are also 2 million pesos for information on Víctor Manuel Pérez Rico, Heriberto Bazán Rodríguez, José Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez, Miguel Ángel Álvarez Campos, Petronilo Moreno Flores and Luis Alberto Blanco Flores.

Mexico City: Human remains with narcomanta found on Insurgentes Norte

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Milenio
Armando Monroy/ Cuartoscuro
In an unprecedented event for Mexico City, on Sunday morning the remains of at least two people were scattered on Insurgentes Norte Avenue, at the intersection of Ricardo Flores Magón, in the Nonoalco Tlatelolco neighborhood. 

The police of the Ministry of Public Security were alerted at 5:20 in the morning that the human parts were on Insurgentes Avenue.

When the police arrived they found several body parts and a blanket with an alleged narcomensaje hanging on one of the bridges in the area. 

The Attorney General's Office of Justice informed that the Public Prosecutor's Office initiated an investigation file for the crime of intentional homicide. 

6 Municipal Police killed by Huachicoleros in Puebla

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

Subject Matter: Killing of 6 Municipal Police in Puebla
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

 Six Municipal Police of Amozoc were assassinated in Chachapa by members of a band dedicated to the robbery of petroleum products from Pemex. The Secretary of Public Security have detained two persons deemed responsible. The Municipal President, Jose Cruz, said that the Police arrived at the zone after a telephone call that denounced a dispute in the area.

The crime was committed on the San Cristobel highway, where the State Attorney General encountered the bodies on the edge of a field of maize, with the bodies lying side by side with one female among them.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Despite being on the kingpin list, Rafa Marquez plays in the World Cup for Mexico

op-ed by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Mexico defeated defending champion Germany today 1-0

In August of last year, Rafael Marquez Alvarez, aka “Rafa” was placed on a kingpin list.  He is  star soccer player who is on Mexico’s national team and is playing in his fifth World Cup, only the third player to do so. [use this link to read my post of the sanctions]

At the recent World Cup practice scrimmage in California’s Rose Bowl, the soccer star out was MIA.
He is accused by the United States of having assisted Raul Flores Hernandez, leader of the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization in money laundering and using numerous businesses and bank accounts to clean drug profits.

21 Mexicans were placed on the same sanctions list and also had their assets frozen.  One was Norteno band leader Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo, pointed out by Peña Nieto as “a great example for Mexican youth.”

El Melvin, in April caught on video kidnapping, is tortured and dismembered

Posted by Wolf88 for Borderland Beat

Wolf88: Yesterday El Melvin was kidnapped by a rival group and was brutally tortured got tortured and dismembered.  His body was found in a streets of Jalisco.

Supposedly El Melvin was responsible for the kidnapping of several persons in Jalisco.  About a month ago there was a video that was circulating on the Internet and was posted in the front page of BB it was a video of a kidnapping that occurred in Jalisco I am posting the video to refresh your memory. 

On a Facebook page called "Jalisco Rojo" is where they posted the information and the pictures but not the video associated with El Melvin’s killing.

Note from Chivis: “El Melvin” was a member of organized crime who operated in the north and east of Guadalajara, kidnapping people.  He was captured on video a few months ago when he kidnapped a person in Colonia San Marcos.

Below is the kidnapping video from April


Saturday, June 16, 2018

How 'La Barbie' became the top-ranking leader of a Mexican drug cartel

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from LMT online 
Valdez' home,  teen years in Laredo

Mexican drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez Villarreal, otherwise known as "La Barbie," was sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to serve nearly five decades in prison for his violent drug-related crimes.

During Valdez's reign in Mexico, the cartel leader left a track of dismembered and decapitated bodies in the streets, hanged corpses from bridges and other crimes. But for this native Laredoan, Villarreal's upbringing was far from violent - on the contrary, it was described as homely.

Carla Valdez, a prosecutor in Texas and one of Valdez's six sisters, told U.S. District Judge William Duffey on Monday that she and her siblings were raised by humble, hardworking parents who taught them strong values and morals.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty (Dirtier)

 Posted by DD  Republished from The Real News Network 

Story courtesy of:

LAURA CARLSEN: This week the gloves came off in the Mexican elections. What appears to be hundreds of thousands of phone calls are being made to cell phones throughout the country, Claiming that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador poses a danger to society. At the end of the recording, which consists of incendiary and often false statements against the candidate, there is a loaded question, and the voice asks the person to mark one to determine whether it’s a Lopez Obrador sympathizer or not.

My call came in the other afternoon. A woman’s voice began: “As you know, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is criticizing major businessmen, which threatens private investment, and the jobs it creates. If you agree that Lopez Obrador picking fights with businessmen even though it risks losing national and foreign investment and job creation, mark one on your phone.”

It sounds like that. It’s not a bad translation. That’s literally how absurd the call was. Other people got calls on different hot button issues in the campaign. Here’s one that warns that Lopez Obrador would release criminals from prison.

Note how the caller plays on fear, saying that AMLO would withdraw the armed forces from the drug war. Which, incidentally, is exactly what every major international human rights organization and most national human rights organizations have been demanding for years.

Two Mourners Gunned Down At Religious Wake In Mexico

Posted by DD Republished from TeleSur 

Mourners were gathered at an outdoor wake in Guadalajara early Wednesday when armed men drove by, killing two people and injuring eight.

Two mourners were killed by gunfire while they attended on outdoor wake in the early house of Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

While neighbors were gathered at the wake of a man fatally shot in another sector of Guadalajara on June 10, armed men drove up in several vehicles and opened fire on the crowd, The Informador reports.

State police and paramedics confirmed that two people, aged 35 and 38, died shortly after and eight others were injured, including a child, in the attack.

Witnesses say that a short time before the fatal shootings, several people began firing into the air with longarm weapons before driving away.

The subject of the wake was killed during a shootout between special officers and civilians in Guadalajara on Sunday.

The killers hid on rooftops then took refuge in a farm inhabited by three women who told poice they wouldn't give up the attackers. The women finally released the suspects after three people were killed.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sinaloa Cartel Juárez leader extradited, one of 24 leaders named by the U.S.

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma

Arturo Shows Urquidi alias "Chous", 47, was extradited to the United States.

According to US authorities, Urquidi is one of the 24 alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera and Ismael "Mayo" Zambada García, accused of federal charges for criminal association in April 2012.

According to the indictment, Urquidi was responsible for the loading and unloading of cocaine, drug-related products and firearms in warehouses of the Sinaloa cartel in Juárez.

He is accused of conspiracy to conduct business through a pattern of criminal association, counts on a possession conspiracy charge with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana, a conspiracy charge to import five kilograms or more of cocaine and one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana into the United States.

Violence and unemployment dry up Tlapacoyan, Veracruz: young people and wealthier families flee

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo                             


In Tlapacoyan, the crime that causes the most pain and fear is kidnapping. This is recognized by its Municipal President, Ofelia Jarillo Gasca, of PAN-PRD. However, townspeople don’t report it as groups of kidnappers have exercised harsh control through fear. 

The mayor says that the insecurity situation is so critical in Tlapacoyan that 30 to 40 wealthier families have left. Almost everyone had to live in an environment of violence or endure kidnapping. Those people, he ads, were people with money, who generated jobs with their businesses and now have left, leaving a complex situation for the town. The municipality is also already a capital of migration, where month after month truckloads of young people leave in search of the American dream. 

By Ignacio Carvajal

Tlapacoyan, June 14 (SinEmbargo / BlogExpediente) - With almost 60 thousand inhabitants, Tlapacoyan does not appear in the data of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. For the agency that measures the incidence of kidnapping, extortion and homicides, this municipality in the north of the state shows very low statistics of violence. However, last week in this municipality three women were murdered and the town rebelled, blocking off the road.

Karina Sanchez Valdez of Los Zetas sentenced to 34 years in Prison

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from La Journada and ValorporTamaulipas articles

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Karina Sanchez Valdez
Recommendation: See extra article matter below on Sigifredo Najera Talamantes, "El Canicon"

A federal judge of the State of Mexico sentenced Karina Sánchez Valdez, a member of a Zetas cell in Nuevo León, who was commanded by Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes "El Canicón" to 34 years in prison.

The First District Judge in Federal Criminal Proceedings of the State of Mexico found this woman guilty for organized crime in the form of laundering, crimes against health and stockpiling of firearms and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, reported the PGR .

In addition to the prison sentence, the justice minister imposed the payment of a fine of 3 thousand 674 days of salary. Sánchez Valdez was arrested on March 20, 2009 by elements of the National Defense Secretariat in Saltillo, Coahuila, along with "El Canicón" and five other of her alleged lieutenants.

In the capture operation they secured 24 grenades, 8 rifles and 3 handguns, a grenade launcher, magazines, cartridges, 5 vehicles and 10 million 110 thousand 700 pesos.
On September 7, 2015 "El Canicón" was found dead in his prison cell in the Altiplano. His death was apparently the result of cardio-respiratory arrest.

Mexican Narcos Invest in Dubai

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

Investigative Report June12, 2018
Check out: C4ADS

The luxurious city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become in recent years a den of international magnates enriched with criminal capital and sanctioned by the United States Treasury. 

Along with smugglers of nuclear material, sponsors of armed conflicts, kleptocrats, money launderers and financial terrorists also appears Mexican Hassein Eduardo Figueroa Gómez , a businessman from Jalisco who, along with his father, Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vázquez, was identified as a drug trafficking ringleader by the Kingpin Act in 2012.

The Sandcastles-Tracing Sanctions Evasion Through Dubai's Luxury Real Estate Market report from the private firm Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), located in Washington, to which Universal had access, Figueroa Gómez and Figueroa Vázquez  were accused by the US of trafficking tons of chemical precursors from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to Mexico, to sell to  Mexican cartels to produce methamphetamines.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

“In journalism, the love of what we do goes beyond fear,” After Miroslava Breach murder, her newspaper closed. Now it's back.

 Posted by DD Republished from El Paso Inc. 

After the murder of his journalist Miroslava Breach in March  2017 the owner of the popular newspaper El Norte told his readers goodbye because he was no longer going to risk the life of his other reporters and staff due to increasing violence in his city of Juarez.  He told them this would be the last edition of El Norte that they would ever read.  

                              BUT HE IS BACK AND ANNOUNCING
                 “In journalism, the love of what we do goes beyond fear,”
El Norte owner Oscar Cantu closed the popular daily more than a year ago after one of its journalists was killed.  He is relaunching the publication even as media companies are under increasing pressure from cartel violence and the state. 

Precursor Providers to Sinaloa and CJNG DTO's

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

June12, 2018

The names of Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vázquez and his son Hassein Figueroa Gómez first sounded in 2012, when they were designated drug lords by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, for its acronym in English) of the US Department of the Treasury. .

The accusations were formalized after, in November 2011, Figueroa Vázquez was captured due to his links with Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

These are the main distributors of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine that  Mexican cartels employ dedicated to producing methamphetamine for the US market, using a network that goes from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to our country.

According to the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, they resorted to suppliers in countries where such chemical precursors are legal. In the investigation Belgium cooperated , as "part of a global effort to intercept the access of Mexican drug trafficking organizations," said the DEA.

How the Chief of Police created a reign of terror in Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Forced disappearances by Police forces
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Nathaniel Janowitz
Hugo Murrieta could draw anything. When their birthdays approached, the children of the city of Coatepec knocked on the door of the house where he lived with his mother on the coast of the Gulf of the violent state of Veracruz. They told Murrieta what his favorite cartoons were, mostly from Disney movies, and he drew them with messages that they put on their birthday parties.

"I never charged them, I just asked them for the material," says his mother, María del Carmen. "He did it because he liked to draw."

The lady is famous in Coatepec for the delicious chiles she has been preparing and selling daily for decades. Every day, Murrieta, 22, helped his mother make deliveries throughout Coatepec and in the nearby city of Xalapa, the state capital, in the taxi he drove from time to time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jalisco: Mencho on the run as Mexican Navy in hot pursuit

Posted by Char for Borderland Beat from Contramuro

The night that he presented the images in his television news program, Ciro Gómez Leyva asked: In what country of the world does the armed forces attack and nothing happens?......We had the answer on the screens: in Mexico.

At the time of her arrest, Rosalinda González Valencia, wife of Nemesio Oseguera, alias El Mencho, immediately destroyed her cell phone.

"They are not unpremeditated," high-level sources told Semar yesterday.

They emphasize that the head of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation  is "furious" over the capture of his spouse, but that the lethal reaction they expected, after the capture of the woman, has not occurred.

"We surprised him," an admiral told us.

Video: Narco Lab and Huachicol Found in Basement of Municipal Palace in Edmx

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Debate

June 11, 2018

México State:  In clandestine places, often hidden from society, clandestine drug labs have been located, but this time was different. In the basement of the  Municipal Palace in the Municipality of Isidro Fabela a center of distribution of stolen fuel was located; along with deposits with chemical materials and various implements  found to treat these materials. The investigations have established that this site was used as a laboratory to produce some type of synthetic drug in the community of Tlazala, in Isidro Fabela.

The finding was made by the elements of the Army and the Office of the Attorney General of Justice, who also carried out operations in Nicolás Romero and Jilotzingo.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mexico not pressing massive bribery charges due to election

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico
                     Investigación por caso Odebrecht fue archivada para no afectar al PRI en las próximas elecciones, revelaron fuentes a The New York Times.

The investigations into alleged acts of corruption of officials of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto in the Odebrecht case have been hampered because it could affect the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), ahead of the elections on July 1, say three people interviewed by The New York Times.

According to what these three people told the newspaper, the millions of dollars in bribes from Odebrecht were paid to the officials who work for the company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), through accounts in tax havens to guarantee infrastructure contracts.

The contracts, payments of bribes and monetary transfers that were revealed by the Brazilian government and Mexican media on the case are corroborated with the files that are part of the investigation.

However, Mexican authorities did not extend the investigation to seek new contracts or payments that the Brazilian government may have overlooked, the three people who know the case told The New York Times.