Friday, April 28, 2017

Due To Lack of Evidence, Former Mayor of Temixco Is Released

Miguel Ángel Colín Nava

Articles by: Jaime Luis Brito (Proceso), David Monroy (Milenio), Benito Jiménez (Reforma) | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

A state judge ordered the release of the former mayor of Temixco, Miguel Ángel Colín Nava, who is charged with the alleged diversion of more than 80 million pesos ($4,219,300 USD).

Colín Nava was released at the end of the trail-related hearing held on Thursday, in which the judge considered that the evidence provided was not sufficient enough to bring him to trial and send him to custody.

Jesús González Otero
This would have been the second arrest of a former mayor because last month his Cuautla counterpart, Jesús González Otero, was arrested under the same accusations.  Both belong to the PRD party.

The former official was mayor of the Morelos municipality during 2012-2015 and was apprehended yesterday afternoon when he left the hospital ‘Dr. José G. Parres’, located in Cuernavaca, where he currently works.  He was then taken to the Social Reinsertion Center of Atlacholoaya, in the municipality of Xochitepec.

Juan Jesús Salazar Núñez
According to Juan Jesús Salazar Núñez, head of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, there was an investigation against Colín Nava carried out by the Superior Audit and Inspection Entity (ESAF), whereby a judge granted the arrest warrant against the former mayor, predecessor of Gisela Mota Ocampo, also belonging to the PRD party, who was assassinated a few hours after taking office on January 2, 2016.

"El Chito" arrested, alleged leader of La Linea, linked to 60% of the executions in Juarez

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article with additional photo from Milenio, and information from Diario de Juarez

Subject Matter: Miguel Angel Amaya Loya, La Linea, Juarez Cartel
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Patricia Davila
Miguel Angel Loya, "El Chito", alleged leader of La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel, was detained by Federal Forces. He is allegedly responsible for 60% of the executions in various restaurants and night centres, he is to be charged with kidnapping, extortion, sale of, distribution and transit of drugs in the State.

In a short communication, the PGR indicated that Amaya Loya was detained together with Saul , another important member of the criminal organization. Without mentioning an exact location, they signalled that during searches carried out in Ciudad Juarez, they arrested two men, and confiscated two handguns, two kilograms of crystal, a packet of cocaine, a packet of crystal, 28 doses of crystal, fifty three thousand dollars, four vehicles, and diverse radio equipment.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Massacre in bar in Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Massacre in Veracruz bar
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Orizaba, Veracruz
Yesterday afternoon, a strongly armed group of Sicarios stormed into bar "La Botana" located in the Francisco Ferrer Guardia colonia in the south of Orizaba and opened fire.

Unofficially it is said that the group of sicarios travelled to the bar on board two vans, the Sicarios jumped out and ran into the interior of the bar, where they found the group of men they wanted to execute, among them an alleged jefe de plaza of a criminal group in the zone.

Warning, strong violent images on the next page, view with caution.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Three policemen are executed in Ixtapa

Posted by DD Republished From Diario de Zihuatanejo 
Thanks to MexBungalows for the tip
Translated by me and my computer. 

DD; There are rumors that there is more to this story than we have here and when we can confirm them we will post updates.

Zihuatanejo Gro.  April 25 2017   Three municipal police killed is the preliminary count of an armed attack against the command of this corporation in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

The aggression was perpetrated around three o'clock in the middle of this tourist destination, in the vicinity of a shopping center. 

The area was surrounded in a few minutes by elements of the various police and military and Marines, as well as personnel from the State Attorney General who took charge of the legal proceedings.

Police reports indicate that among the dead is the commander Pablo Hurtado and agents Casareo Sanchez and Efrain Buillen.

It was reported that suspected gunmen aboard a Suburban truck pulled up in front of the facility and immediately opened fire with high-power weapons.

The commander was lying dead at the gates of the of the command and two more dead in the interior.

At press time the mega operation to  find those responsible had not produced any detentions.  
Photos on next page

From the Sinaloa truce, to the empowerment of the CJNG

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

Subject Matter: Sinaloa Cartel, CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

In the study of the project Justice in Mexico at the University of San Diego, the struggle between the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel has been analyzed, for control of the zones and routes for narco trafficking has led to a 20% increase in homicides in 2016. Augmented by the poor socio-economic conditions in Mexico and the heroin epidemic in the United States, investigators urge that the drugs problem is a problem of public health.

Reporter: Ines Garcia Ramos
The dispute for the territory controlled by Joaquin "El Chapo Guzman" against the CJNG in alliance with other organizations against the Sinaloa Cartel in different regions of Mexico, is one of the causes for the rise in homicides in the last few years.

David Shirk, Director of the program Justice in Mexico, spoke with Zeta about this and other announcements in the annual report "Violence and narco trafficking in Mexico", after his presentation in the University of San Diego.

Justice in Mexico started in 2001 as an investigative initiative to study the systems of justice in Mexico. Since then it has evolved into a study of public politics that could reduce the levels of crimes and violence.

Monday, April 24, 2017

“Don’t Back Down, Give It Your Best”: Mireles Says In Regards To His Struggle for Freedom

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Morelia, Michoacán – Dr. José Manuel Mireles Valverde, who was the spokesman for the nonactive Autodefensa Council of Michoacán and the leader of the autodefensas in Tepalcatepec, sent out an audio that was shared by his family in which he states: “Don’t back down, give it your best,” this, in regards to their struggle for Mireles to be liberated.

The material lasts for 1:29 seconds, in it, you can hear Mireles say verbatim:

“I am José Manuel Mireles Valverde, from the CEFERESO of Tepic, Nayarit, reiterating my faith and my confidence to the team that is preparing for my release, the best way possible.”

“Mainly to the Citizens’ Movement, Dante Delgado, Manuel Antúnez, Daniel Moncada, and to my lawyer, Ignacio Mendoza Jiménez.  We know how difficult it is for them to help me get out of my situation and we know that they are really giving it their best.”

“Therefore, from this channel, I reiterate my gratitude and I invite everyone to give it their best, to not back down, I am holding up and I know that they are giving it their best, this is my greeting and a strong brotherly embrace to everyone.”

Source: Cambio De Michoacán

5 towns have the worst dispute for control in Tamaulipas

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article with additional picture from the Borderland Beat archive.

Subject Matter: Cartel del Golfo, Los Zetas
Recommendation: See link to article by BB reporter DD on recent events in Tamaulipas

Reporter: Ruben Mosso and Ignacio Alzaga
After the blows given by the Federal Forces to the Cartel del Golfo and to Los Zetas, the violence has not ceased in Tamaulipas, because ten criminal cells of different organizations are disputing for control of the State, a war that is concentrated on five towns.

The disputes are centred on Nuevo Laredo, Tampico, Ciudad Reynosa, Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria.

At the end of the 90's decade, the ex leader of the Cartel del Golfo, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, El mata Amigos, or the friend killer, gave birth to a structure that impacted the nation, because the new armed wing he created, Los Zetas, changed the panorama of organized crime.

At least 35 killed in drug violence across Mexico: officials

Posted by DD Republished from Reuters

Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, Uriel Sanchez in Guerrero, Jesus Bustamante in Sinaloa, Tamara Corro in Veracruz,; Editing by Michael O'Boyle, Grant McCool and Chris Reese

At least 35 people killed in Mexico in different incidents of drug gang violence over the weekend; 12 of the deaths took place in El Chapo's Sinaloa state - Representational imageREUTERS/Henry Romero
At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011.

In Sinaloa state, twelve people were killed in different incidents during the early hours of Sunday, according to local officials.

Battles between gangs have increased in the area following the arrest last year of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was extradited in January to the United States.

Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico's west coast state of Michoacan.

The shootout took place Saturday in an isolated village of the municipality of Churumuco, which borders on Guerrero state, where eight bodies were found on the main street and another in the nearby sierra, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The expansion and threats of CJNG in Tijuana

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, Tijuana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The criminal families of Los Arzate and Los Uriate have united in a bid to contain the expansion of the CJNG in the East zone of Tijuana, which has resulted in a war, 443 people have been asassinated in four months. Operating with impunity, the cartels have initiated a campaign of intimidation against Police Chiefs, which they have done publicly with narco mantas.  The protagonists in this criminal struggle have no arrest warrants against them, even on the part of the PGJE of Baja California.

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
There had been an accord between the Cartels of Sinaloa, CJNG, and Arellano Felix. In Tijauana they had divided it up into various zones, but the CJNG have unilaterally changed and have started to move their marijuana and crystal meth through every zone in the City; recently the crews from he Sinaloa Cartel, the brothers Arzate Garcia "El Aquiles" and "La Rana", and Los Uriate have been operating separately confronting each other, they have temporarily combined to recoup the criminal activities, in the delegations of Los Pinos, La Presa, in East Tijuana and Sanchez Taboada. These are the thoughts of a member of the State Counsel for Public Security in order to explain the wave of executions that has shook the City, and the co locations of the Narco manta threats left on bodies.

Not being a major aside, in territorial terms, the jewel in the criminal crown in the delegation of Sanchez Taboada, where for the last three years, the CJNG established its illicit centre of criminal operations.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Federales Kill leaders of CDG and Zetas this Morning; Reynosa Burning

Published by DD with material from El Manana, Valor Por Tamaulipas, Milenio
Most photos from Twitter  
Thanks again to Tu Fren for the tip.  More details as they come in

El Toro and burned out bus
Federal Forces elements killed Juan Manuel Loaiza Salinas alias "El Toro" (CDG) and "Pancho" Carreón (Zeta) during an operation that triggered the burning of trucks, homes and some businesses.

At 2:30 today, elements of the Navy began a series of operations where the leader of the criminal group operating on this border was killed during the fighting.

Throughout the city were recorded blockades and burning vehicles, as a result of the death of "El Toro " and "Pancho" Carreón.

Pancho Carreon
  The government of Tamaulipas announced the death of 'El Toro' and 'Pancho' Carreón during a confrontation in Reynosa.

In his Twitter account, the state government published: 'In Tamaulipas, Federal Forces confirm that after fighting with criminals, the delinquents 'El Toro' and 'Pancho' Carreon (sic) died.

Government Tamaulipas


In Tamaulipas, Federal Forces confirm that after confrontations with criminals, the delinquents "El Toro" and "Pancho" Carreon died.
08:34 - 22 Apr 2017

One of the dead, Francisco Carreón, 'Pancho Carreón', was identified by authorities as leader of a cell of the self-styled 'Cartel de los Zetas Vieja Escuela'.

Julián Loisa Salinas, better known as 'El Toro', was designated as head of the Gulf cartel in Reynosa.  Attempts by the police to capture him on several occasions led to several clashes with the criminal organization.

amazing how a pair of glasses changes his appearance

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fifth Communicator Assassinated in Mexico in Less Than Two Months

Photo: Raúl Pérez / Proceso

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Journalist and activist Juan José Roldán, 36, became the fifth journalist killed in the last two months after his body was found with signs of torture on a dirt road in the state of Tlaxcala, the Union of Tlaxcala Journalists (UPET) reported.

Members of the UPET reported that Roldán’s body was discovered Sunday morning in the municipality of Calpulalpan, when the 911 emergency service reported finding a man without vital signs.

Therefore, UPET demanded a transparent and immediate investigation to punish those responsible, and in agreement with the state attorney general’s office (PGJE), they have already begun work to clarify the incident.

Juan José Roldán

On April 14, another communicator in charge of the police section of a blog in Baja California Sur was assassinated, while in March, the murder victims were Journalist Ricardo Monlui in Veracruz, Cecilio Pineda in Guerrero, and Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua.  In addition, the reporter and director of the newspaper La Opinión de Poza Rica, Armando Arrieta Granados, was seriously injured after being shot in Veracruz, as he is still in recovery.  None of the above cases have been solved yet.

Regarding Veracruz, the state continues to be the one that poses the greatest danger to journalists, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (ONU-DH) in Mexico.

Corruption at a Level of Audacity ‘Never Seen in Mexico’

Posted by DD Republished from New York Times

By Elisabeth Malkin
Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, was escorted by the police after his arrest in Guatemala over the weekend. He disappeared in October, a week before a judge issued an arrest warrant on charges of organized crime and embezzlement. Credit Danilo Ramirez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
 MEXICO CITY — When the authorities caught up with him at a lakeside hotel in Guatemala this past weekend, Javier Duarte, a fugitive former Mexican governor, went quietly.

Less than a week earlier, the Italian police had surrounded another former Mexican state governor, Tomás Yárrington, as he finished dinner at a restaurant on a Florentine piazza, ending his five years on the run.

At least three other former Mexican state governors are missing, and more than a half-dozen are under investigation or fighting prosecution on corruption charges. Whatever the accusations, the governors in this rogues gallery share at least one trait: All behaved as if they were untouchable.

“The decades of impunity have generated a level of audacity and absurdity that we have never seen in Mexico,” said Max Kaiser, an anticorruption expert at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a research organization.

This excess is more public than ever, pushing Mexicans to a boiling point.

Empowered citizens, transparency laws and a freer media are now exposing the schemes that governors have used to siphon public funds for their private use. But though the scrutiny has produced mounting evidence of misdeeds, the governors have rarely faced justice.

Governors, who like presidents serve one six-year term, control state legislatures, state auditors and state prosecutors — a dominance that gives them the power of a modern potentate.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Javier Duarte de Ochoa told Guatemala that he could not hire a defense lawyer, since he did not have 'the financial resources to do so'

Posted by DD some material republished from Sin Emgargo

By DD for Borderland Beat

Let the Games Begin;  The ex-Chancellor or Guatemala issued a statement that Duarte could have been deported in one day, just as Chapo was in 1993 for entering the country illegally if Mexico had really wanted him.  Mexico initiated the extradition process (which Duarte is fighting for now) which stopped the deportation.   You have to ask why Mexico would want his return slowed.  (Possibly it is an "election detention") 

But things may not be going exactly as Duarte had envisioned. Between his capture on Saturday night and his first audience on Wednesday, Javier Duarte's trek in Guatemala is a sequence of unthinkable scenes before he escaped in October.

"After having humiliated so many women, karma comes to Javier Duarte, who in Guatemala was booed by the prisoners of Mara Salvatrucha and comes out in handcuffed photos, lying on the ground," says the reporter Veracruz.  These are the same prisoners he will be incarcerated with.  

 Before his hearing, Duarte was not well either 'fired' by other detainees. In a video shared by Víctor Hugo Michel, editorial director of El Financiero Bloomberg TV, maras and narcotraficantes shout: 'Son of the great whore!'.  Surrounded by reporters, police, prison guards and other officials, one of the detainees reached through the crowd and "zapped" Duarte on the back of the head.

Tijuana: Two burned bodies thrown in river channel

Two burned bodies thrown in river channel 

The sun's gaze burns down across the city, in the height of it's power and heat, above two smoldering bodies, which lay across the concrete of the Alamar river channel.  The two were discovered this morning, dropped off sometime in the late night or early morning. 

Tossed from a vehicle, likely a truck, where they were thrown into the bed, and then thrown across the small wall, the charred ash of their singed, deformed flesh, leaving deep black marks across the white concrete, ash mixing with dust, dirt, and dancing in the wind, a scent of cooked flesh in the air. 

How do you burn a body? Still alive? Why do you burn a body?  Concealment? Message?  Doused in gasoline, then lit with a cigarette, lighter, or tossed on a fire, made from tires and pallets, in an industrial area, stash house, sweat stained hands shaky with crystal, pistols in their waists, smoke infesting their hair and clothes, sweatshirts and jeans.  

What temperature does flesh melt at?  Skin charred to a crisp, a flaky black replacing the softness of skin, that which our bodies are wrapped in.  Stained, scarred, damaged, bruised reflections of ourselves, and our lives.  The hands with which we touch others, how we make connections, show respect, kindness, intimacy, love, the lips which touch others to show affection, physical efforts of our thoughts. 

The nose, the mouth how we taste, how we smell, how we indulge in meals, with family, friends, alone, how we communicate, how we share our memories, thoughts, goodbyes.  And eyes, the eyes, which betray our true intentions and feelings, which we see our lives through, the lives of our loved ones, and eyes that have seen horrors.  Hands that have committed them.  

An unbearable heat, the deformation of our faces and flesh, infecting our bodies, filling our nostrils with smoke, taking our sight and our touch, and our taste, and leaving a blackness, a void of humanity.  A place where bodies are burned, a place where men know how to burn a body, watch as the first traces of black flesh appear across a face, a sight that have seen before.  

A void that will consume you, consume me, alone, in the earliest and darkest hours of morning, and you wonder what matters, adrift, you lose yourself in that place, and you wonder what the screams sounded like, who heard them, and where their children are, and how they were children once, who played and laughed, gazed the way children do at adults...

Sources: AFN Tijuana