Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tijuana: PEP stash house raid reveals arsenal and 122 kilos of crystal

PEP raid stash house 

In the latest in a series operations by the PEP (State Preventative Police) 122 kilos of crystal and an arsenal of weapons were found in a stash house, in Colonia La Cienega, La Mesa.  This comes just days after the PEP recovered 16.5 kilos of cocaine in an arrest, a crystal laborotio, and another 16 kilos of crystal in the last 24 hours.

In addition elements of the Army, and the PEP were involved in finding a narco tunnel, near the Tijuana airport on Thursday.  The PEP has been at the forefront of most of the latest hits to criminal groups in Tijuana, mostly involving CJNG.  Their tactics, outside activities, and motivations have been questioned.  

This latest seizure comes after a citizen complaint, (which is how many of these alleged seizures begin), the complaint detailed a man moving packages out of a vehicle, and into a store.  Elements of SEDENA and the PEP arrested one person at the scene, and seized 42 plastic bags containing 122 kilos of crystal, as well as boxes containing more crystal and marijuana.  

Reflective of the undercurrent of killing and war in Tijuana, also found was 13 rifles, including at least one rocket launcher, nine magazines, 163 cartridges.  It isn't unknown if these weapons were for shipment further south to areas like La Paz, Sinaloa, Jalisco, to aid in fights there.  It is likely they were to support groups in Tijuana, and likely were brought across from the United States.  

It is also probable all these recent seizures are tied to one group or cell leader operating in Tijuana, given their domino like trajectory, and the involvement of the PEP.  Fall leaves and wind sweep through San Diego and Tijuana, a slight chill of death and looming killing hangs in the air, with the weather, a cold winter of executions and death....

Sources: AFN Tijuana 

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Short History of Mexican Drug Cartels

Posted by Chuck B Almada, Republished from a San Diego Union-Tribune article
Written by Kristina Davis October 21, 2016
A gun decorated with gold belonging to Mexican drug lord of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, is displayed in the Drugs Museum at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in Mexico City.
 Contraband has been flowing across the Mexico border into the U.S. for the past century, beginning with alcohol during Prohibition and moving onto drugs, namely marijuana and later cocaine.

The birth of Mexico’s major cartel can be traced to Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, nicknamed “The Godfather,” who in the 1980s became the country’s liaison with Colombian cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar of the infamous Medellín cartel.

Gallardo went increasingly underground after the arrest of his cartel’s co-founder, Rafael Caro Quintero, for the murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, and the drug lord later held a summit among Mexico’s larger drug traffickers. The meeting divided up Mexico into “plazas” — or regions — to be controlled by various drug-trafficking organizations.

The agreement solidified major players in the trade, including the Sinaloa Federation and the Arellano Félix brothers of Tijuana.

CJNG rules Guanajuato

Translated by Chuck B Almada Borderland Beat from a Union Guanajuato article

El Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) is the only criminal organization operating within the state of Guanajuato

This is according to information contained in a PGR (Attorney General’s Office) report which was Veracruz.

 made available through a freedom of information act request. The PGR reported that Guanajuato is one of 8 states in which CJNG has a presence. According to PGR, the criminal organization headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes AKA El Mencho has a presence in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guanjuato, Nayarit, Guerrero, Moreles, and

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chapo's Extradition Appeal Denied

Posted by Chuck B Almada, Republished from a BBC article
October 20, 2016

A Mexican judge has rejected an appeal by drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman against his extradition to the US.

The foreign ministry approved the extradition in May but Guzman's lawyers have been fighting the decision in a district court. They say they will now take the case to a higher court.

The head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel was recaptured in January after escaping for a second time from a maximum security prison. Mexico has said it expects to extradite Guzman to the US by February.
He faces multiple charges in the US, including drug trafficking and murder.

In a statement, the Mexican attorney general's office said the federal judge had "decided to reject the protection" sought by Guzman.

Andres Granados, one of Guzman's lawyers, said he would seek a Supreme Court hearing and might take the case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ministerial Police attempted to rescue owner and workers of one of the biggest meth labs discovered in Tijuana

Original article available at ZETA   Translated by El Wachito

During Tuesday afternoon of October 18 in the area of La Mesa de Tijuana, Federal Ministerial Police and elements of the Preventive State Police (PEP) pointed their firearms at each other after an argument that led to hand to hand combat. 

PEP officers accused the Ministerial officers of attempting to rescue 3 criminals who were in their possession. Meanwhile, Ministerial officers accused PEP of trying to extort criminals by stealing from them, and lying about being Ministerial officers.
Criminals detained during the operation

In front a house located in 12850 of the Las Ferias avenue of the Colonia Lomas de Agua Caliente, the State police had laying on the ground 3 criminals, identified as Arturo Felix, Rigoberto Mendoza and Jonathan Flores. They were found in possession of meth and the house in front was identified as a possible laboratory of drugs.

Tijuana: Zona Norte the principal point of sale of drugs

Original article available at PSN
Translated by El Wachito

La Zona Norte, is not only a spot where bars profit from prostitution and the consumption of alcohol. The coordinator of the Subprocuraduria de Investigaciones Especiales of the PGJE, Miguel Angel Guerrero Castro revealed that la Zona Norte is the principal point of the sale of drugs in the city and this generates conflict between members of the Sinaloa Cartel, Arellano Felix, Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, and drug traffickers that consider themselves independent in the sale and distribution of heroine and meth.

The problem has grown to such magnitude, that in the middle of the fight for the control of the plaza the murder rate has increased.
"Its all because of the local drug dealing, that the cartels have started a small scale war for the control and distribution of drugs and that's what we are currently investigating", stated Guerrero Castro.

Jalisco: 6 found alive with hands amputated in a "settling of accounts"

Guest Reporter "Javier"

Seven suspected robbers were left with their hands amputated, in Tlaquepaque, a town in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

According to Eduardo Palacios, commander of the Tlaquepaque Police, victims were kidnapped the day prior. The victims were discovered Monday evening outside an event hall in Tlaquepaque, which is on the southern outskirts of Guadalajara. He says they range in age from 24 to 44 and include six men and one woman.

One of the attacked was found dead next to a cartulina ((cardboard message) with a handwritten message containing the message "This happened to us for  pick-pocketing," as well as other warnings.

The message was signed by “Grupo Elite Anti-Ratas.”

The other six, including a woman, were found without hands and injuries to the wrists that were most likely made with machetes.

Besides amputation wounds, which were covered with plastic, victims had the word "rat" painted on various parts of their bodies.

Two suspects are in custody for the crime.

On the next page are very graphic photo and videos, the second page has no further text .............

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Giant meth chemical supplier: Zhenli Ye Gon extradited from U.S. transferred to Altiplano

Guest Reporter Siskiyou_kid for Borderland Beat Material from South China post, EL Universal, Sinembargo

A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking, whose house infamously contained a mountain of cash weighing 2 tons, was handed over by US authorities to Mexican authorities as he has exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his lawyer told Reuters.

Zhenli Ye Gon’s July 2007 arrest in the United States and the seizure of USD $205 million in cash at his Mexico City home several months earlier, played a role in high-profile money laundering investigations by US authorities at the British banking giant HSBC and the Las Vegas Sands Corp. casino company. The discovery of the money, almost entirely consisting of US$100 bills, along with a few pesos and Hong Kong dollars, was hailed as the biggest cash seizure in drug enforcement history.
US prosecutors charged Ye Gon, the former owner of the now defunct Mexican pharmaceutical wholesaler Unimed Pharm Chem, with importing chemicals that cartels allegedly used to produce the illegal drug methamphetamine. Ye Gon’s attorney, Gregory Smith, says his client was a legitimate businessman.

The case collapsed in 2009 after key witnesses recanted or refused to testify, according to court records. Since then, Ye Gon has been imprisoned in a Virginia jail, held on the basis of an extradition request from Mexico, where he faces charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

Doctor Mireles Might Soon Leave Prison

Translated by Chuck B Almada for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article October 17, 2016
Written by Francisco Castellanos

#Liberen a Mireles #LiberenaMireles

Judge grants appeal on Doctor Mireles' case due to an omission in the revision of evidence.

Morelia, Michoacan- The defense of the ex leader of the Autodefensas, Jose Manuel Mireles Valderde, through attorney, Ignacio Mendoza Jimenez confirmed that an appeal (amparo) had been granted so that the federal justice could again revise the evidence in the case. According to documents, the defense accuses the Second Tribunal Unitario of the 11th circuit of negligence when analyzing the evidence presented during a motion to dismiss hearing.  

"The solicited constitutional protection should be granted to the complainant, to the effect that the responsible declare void the requested resolution and issue another in which there is an analysis of the evidence This order was issued by the First Unitarian Tribunal of the 11th circuit during the ruling for the indirect appeal hearing 32/2016-III, which consists of legal size sheets.

Judge who handled El Chapo’s cartel case is assassinated

Anonymous Guest Reporter material from the Sun and aristegui news

A judge who has investigated some of Mexico’s biggest drug gangs — including El Chapo’s feared Sinaloa Cartel — was assassinated on Monday.

Shocking footage shows Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias being shot in the head while he was out jogging in Metepec, 30 miles west of Mexico City.

The mystery gunman runs behind him before shooting him in the back of the head at point-blank range. Bermudez, 37, lies dying in the street as the gunman flees. According to local reports, he was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.

President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned the murder and ordered the attorney general’s office to take over the investigation.

Culiacan: Survivor of the military ambush speaks to the cameras

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito

"If only our citizens demonstrated the courage that my man had..." Mexican Marine ambushed in Culiacan speaks *Video*

Last night, journalist Denise Maerker transmitted through Televisa an interview with a Mexican Marine by the name of "Roberto", a survivor of an attack against a military convoy, which occurred during a Friday morning last September 30 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, were 5 soldiers were killed and 10 more heavily injured.

''El Guano", Brother of "El Chapo" Guzman Suspected in Military Ambush

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat Zeta Oct 17, 2016
Carlos Alvarez

Aureliano Guzman Loera, alias "El Guano", brother of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, "El Chapo", former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, is being blamed by the Federal Government as the mastermind of the military ambush that occurred in Culiacan, Sinaloa on Friday, Sept 30, when five soldiers were killed and ten others wounded.

Journalist Carlos Loret de Mola reported Monday in his column, "Reporter Stories", published in the newspaper "El Universal" and on "Wake Up with Loret" a program on Televisa TV Network that "First level Security Cabinet sources" ensured this information.

The official investigation, which came through the Specialized Deputy Attorney Investigator of Organized Crime (SEIDO), The Attorney General of the Republic, "took a turn" and they now presume that "El Guano" ordered the rescue of Julio Oscar Vega Ortiz, "El Kevin" which resulted in the killing of the soldiers.

This is how Los Zetas committed Massacres. "When it was over, we slept normally"

Translated by Chuck B Almada for Borderland Beat from an El Pais article October 10, 2016
Written by Pablo De Llano (El Pais)

Within the records of extreme violence in Mexico, the name of Los Zetas stands out. The cartel created during the [late 90s] by deserted Mexican soldiers, incorporated the tactic of civil terror to organized crime. The more savage, the more fear they caused among society and the more that the authorities became submissive, also causing the silence on behalf of the media while they enjoyed an uncontested control of territory. The machine of death of Los Zetas reached its climax during two tragic episodes, which an academic report is currently trying to clarify: the murder of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas in 2010 and the disappearance of an uncertain number of people (estimated at 300) in 2011 in Coahuila.  
Under the direction of Political expert, Sergio Aguayo and the sponsorship of the Comisión Ejecutiva de Atención a Víctimas, the Centro de Estudios Internacionales del Colegio de México, an investigation was carried out; that report was named “Abandonment (en el Desamparo).” This report analyzed these two terrible cases and highlighted the lack of attention received on the victims and with the conclusion that didn’t surprise anyone: “The state has not done its homework.”

San Fernando Municipality, Tamaulipas-August 2010, witness statement of one of the survivors: “They tied our hands, they covered our eyes, and then they made us form a “U,” first the women and among them was a pregnant one. They told us to shut up, to not scream because they would kill us.” At that time, according to the report, San Fernando was an “extermination camp.” These 72 migrants that passed by San Fernando en-route to the American dream actually experienced their worst nightmare. Los Zetas and Gulf Cartel were at an open war with each other for the control of Tamaulipas and the Zeta strategy was to annihilate everything that smelled like the enemy.  Amid rumors that the Gulf Cartel was recruiting migrants to fight against them, Los Zetas, a group so violent that the citizens wouldn’t dare to even mention their name, intercepted these 72 migrants, took them to a ranch, and offered them to join their organization. Three said yes according to the survivor (the report couldn’t determine of these three survived and became sicarios for Los Zetas or if they were part of the 72 murdered). Then, the carnage began. “El Alacran, El Chamaco, and El Sanidad killed them all with 9 millimeter coup de grace.” This according to a confession made by cartel member. “ When it was over, we slept normally.”

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tijuana: PEP seize 16 kilos of cocaine

16 kilos of cocaine seized in Tijuana

In another hit by Los PEP, the State Preventative Police force, which has been responsible for dozens of seizures this year, found another 16 kilos, worth roughly 22,000 each. The car was intercepted on Boulevard Diaz Ordaz in Los Pinos, the driver, Edgar 'N" was in a 2006 Kia, with American plates. He allegedly asked to be let go, because "he did not want trouble".  

The kilos were wrapped and sealed for import to the United States, wrapped with a green piece of tape, and what looks like dryer sheets on the first layer of the wrap. Likely a tip, or a previous arrest, and 'confession' led to this arrest.  Los PEP have been accused of rape, extortion, and kidnapping in Tijuana, in recent weeks.  

Drivers to the US are often recruited to cross product, some in ignorance, or intentionally misinformed of what they are carrying.  The federal prison in San Diego, MCC, Metropolitan Correctional Center is home to many of them.  They face serious federal sentences, and are often compelled to cooperate to reduce their sentences, though many don't, fearing reprisals from their family in Tijuana.  Many are first time drivers, looking to supplement their income, not hardened criminals, though many drivers are professionals also.  

Typically, drivers carrying loads of cocaine, crystal, or heroin cross are found in the San Ysidro border crossing, according to court records, and criminal complaints.  Larger marijuana loads typically are found in the Otay Mesa crossing.  This is another aspect of the drug trafficking issues, that effect the communities.  Families often lose the sole source of income to US prisons, for multiple years.  If they are citizens, or residents, they are deported to Tijuana, where they often end up back in organized crime and drug trafficking.  No longer useful to cross loads, they are recruited back as gunmen and sicarios.  

Sources: AFN Tijuana