Friday, August 26, 2016

Spain: Narco operative reveals Mexican cartel interests in Europe

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with C.E.M republished from SOFREP
Thought to be a Zetas operative, Spain says he was an independent for 
BLO, Sinaloa, CDG and  Zetas

An investigation by Spanish authorities has uncovered an alleged cocaine trafficking network headed by a Mexican citizen linked to several different drug cartels, shedding light on the “franchise model” Mexican crime groups use to traffic drugs to Europe.

On August 23, EFE reported it had obtained access to a Spanish police report alleging Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano — also known by the aliases “El Mono” and “El Ingeniero” — headed a trafficking ring that brought cocaine into Spain through the port of Valencia, Spain’s second busiest seaport and the sixth busiest in Europe.

Spanish police arrested Muñoz on March 18 in Madrid, accusing him of money laundering and criminal association. Soon thereafter, US authorities unsealed a federal indictment charging Muñoz with drug trafficking, money laundering and weapons violations in the United States. The United States also requested Muñoz’s extradition from Spain.

US prosecutors identified Muñoz as an “important member” of the Zetas organization. However, the
Moreira leaves Spain prison 2nd left

arrest order issued by Spanish prosecutors said that Muñoz worked “independently,” maintaining “business relationships with various Mexican drug trafficking cartels” including the Zetas, the Sinaloa Cartel, the Gulf Cartel and the Beltran-Leyva Organization, reported EFE.

Spanish investigators are also looking into possible ties between Muñoz and Humberto Moreira, the former governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila, who was arrested in Madrid in January, according to EFE. Moreira is suspected of laundering money he embezzled from public coffers during his time as governor as well as helping launder money the Zetas earned from drug trafficking.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tijuana: Girlfriend & brother of 'El Karate' de CAF attacked

Girlfriend & brother of 'El Karate' de CAF attacked

In an afternoon, daylight attack, loved ones of Carlos Gonzalez, 'El Karate', CAF operator, who was detained earlier in the year, were injured, after gunmen fired upon them from a vehicle, while traveling in a silver Malibu, California plates.  Bryan February Moreno, 24, 'Karate's' brother, who was the driver, managed to drive to the Hospital de Carmen de la Colonia Cacho. 
His passenger, identified February as 'Leslie', 28 years old, was also injured.  The shooting took place near Santa Fe Plaza, in an area known as 'Bow Tie'.  Carlos initially Gonzalez, was detained in late presumably near Mexicali, with other men, February family, bearing the same 'presumably' surname. They were arrested with high caliber weapons and kilos of crystal.  

At the time, it was said 'Karate' or 'Karateca' was second in command of what remains of the CAF structure in Tijuana, yet, this seems unlikely for several reasons, including the circumstances of his arrests.  He remains jailed, facing several murder and organized crime charges.  In the past 2 years, there have been numerous instances of CAF, ex CAF and their family members being executed, attacked, and kidnapped in Tijuana, as organizations and alliances shift, wither, and die under a changing guard.

There remains a constant murkiness to these killings, some are attributed to rival groups, such as Los Aquiles, and narco retail feuds, like the family members of 'El Mono' who were attacked earlier this year.  Others, are said to be internal settling of accounts, like the case of Logan gang member 'El restaurant', found in black bags, beaten to death, late last year.  His death was later said to be by members of his own kidnapping crew, who left a note from Aquiles, to cause confusion.  'El Illames' was shot, and injured at his resturaunt 'Fusion 40' in Tijuana late last year, and another CAF operative was executed near his home in Spring of this year.

Bullet wounds and private hospitals, flesh seared by bullets, aliases and nicknames, killings and kidnappings play out in Tijuana, bodies buried, prayers said, death omnipresent under the glare of the city lights from across the border...

Sources: AFN Tijuana

Televisa story report: 3 sons of El Chapo were kidnapped

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with C.E.M

The following story is from Televisa.  Although they cite “confirmed by authorities” it has not been officially confirmed on any government website, as of this hour.  Nor has Televisa named who specifically confirmed this story.   It has always been the opinion of this BB reporter that Ivan was kidnapped along with his brother Alfredillo.  The government disputes, or at least has not confirm this.  Nor have they confirmed their release.  Bear in mind the government have no reason to avoid confirmation, as the brothers are wanted in the U.S. but not in Mexico for criminality. 

This Televisa story is attributing the kidnapping to Alfredito Beltran Leyva, bear in mind Televisa also has a story of leader of CJNG being responsible.  In my opinion that makes more sense.  But since the government is being closed mouth about this event, giving zero information since last week, it is impossible to determine what is happening.

If anything, the theory that there is an alliance between Alfredito and Mencho leading to a joint clash against Sinaloa is a possibility. Mencho has made some smart strategic alliances, and joining with those familiar with and having access to Sinaloa territory sounds pragmatic, although there, to this point has not demonstrated this to be fact.

Mexican Cartels Traffick Drugs, Humans, and now fish bladders

Posted by DD republished from Mexico News Daily

Fish bladders fetch more than cocaine

Trafficking in totoaba swim bladders has been a successful business model since 2014 when organized crime entered the market.

Since then, the illegal fishing of the endemic Gulf of California species of fish has flared, putting not only totoaba on the endangered species list but the threatened vaquita marina, which shows up as bycatch in gillnets.

“They entered the business forcefully, applying their organizational structures and their corrupting influence. [Organized crime] had established networks, routes, contacts, points of sale and padrinos, or sponsors, in official institutions. What was used to traffic drugs was implemented for the totoaba,” explained an unnamed Army chief in an interview with the newspaper Reforma.

The favored route for totoaba swim bladder traffickers is by air, their destination several Asian countries that treasure the organ for its aphrodisiac and healing properties.

The federal environmental agency Profepa revealed in a report that 1.5 kilograms of cocaine have the same selling price as just one kilo of totoaba swim bladder.

“There’s current data that suggests the price of one kilogram [of totoaba swim bladder] on the black market is reaching US $15,000,” said the document.

The Environment Secretariat (Semarnat) has reported that the main modus operandi of traffickers is to camouflage the bladder with other swim bladders, for which the proper trading permits have been authorized.

“The training of police agents isn’t enough, be it at the municipal, state or federal levels. The situation is the same with the Army, Navy and customs personnel: they’re not trained to detect these crimes,” said an environmental official.

The Federal Police and the federal Attorney General’s office in the state of Baja California have often called upon specialists from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) to identify confiscated swim bladders, to determine whether they belonged to the totoaba or the Gulf corvina.

“While corvina swim bladders have a small, horn-like appendix, totoaba ones have a larger one, of almost the same length as the bladder. This appendix is also twisted, like a braid . . . if complete, it can be easily identified,” say UABC specialists.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mexico has impounded 40,000 weapons in the last four years

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

Subject Matter: Weapons smuggling from USA to Mexico
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Rafael Montes
The Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu alerted that in four States of the USA that make up the frontier with Mexico there exists no less than 9000 legal outlets that sell firearms and more than 23,000 licenses for selling arms over the Internet or in outlets like supermarkets, " that endow the transnational criminal organizations with enormous firepower."

In her participation in the second Conference of the States that are party to the Treaty on the arms trade of the United Nations, commented that this facility to purchase weapons at the border translates into the fact that 70% of the weapons seized by Mexican authorities are from buyers or distributors of the United States, and that 60 % of the confiscated weapons are manufactured in the USA.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An alliance of narcos against Sinaloa

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

Subject Matter: Cartel internecine warfare
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The kidnapping of Jesus Alfredo Guzman, son of "El Chapo" Guzman, in Puerto Vallarta would have been for vengeance. Jalisco authorities signalled CJNG as the authors of the kidnapping. A source consulted by ZETA affirms that there exists an alliance between CJNG and the Beltran Leyva Organization. Seido is investigating the privation of liberty at the La Leche restaurant. "Alfredillo" has charges pending in the Federal Court of Illinois for drug trafficking.

Reporter: Zeta investigations
Intelligence sources estimate that behind the kidnapping of Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar "Alfredito", son of narco trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and another five persons in Puerto Vallarta on the morning of the 15th of August, one finds a perverse alliance between the CJNG and the Beltran Leyva brothers, with a view to creating the most powerful criminal organization in Mexico.

The coalition of the Beltran Leyva with Los Zetas in Sonora, Los Guerreros Unidos in Guerrero and other criminal factions in diverse territories; and the pact of the CJNG with the cartel Arellano Felix and their infiltration in sectors of the Sinaloa cartel in Baja California, are clear signs of territorial expansion in the market and transit of drugs.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Marines find 800 kilos of cocaine of the coast of Colima

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

Subject Matter: Mexican Marines, Cocaine shipment found
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The marines found 24 packages with 713 bundles of cocaine, they detained six people, three people of these from Mexico, two from Ecuador and one from Colombia.

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Elements of the Marines confiscated more than 800 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Manzanillo, Colima, the drugs were being transported in fast motor boat named "Starwalker".

Personnel working for Naval Intelligence obtained information about the shipment that navigated along the coast of Colima and Michoacan, to implement the operation in which participated aircraft of King Air, two units of the Oceanic Patrol and two interceptors, with the aim of impeding illicit activities along the Mexican coast.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

U.S. Response to Rafael Caro Quintero: No Forgiveness

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with C.E.M. translated from Proceso

The US government does not abandon its goal, of bringing to justice Rafael Caro Quintero for the kidnapping, torture and murder of federal agent Enrique Kiki Camarena in February 1985.

"He participated in the torture, ordered the kidnapping and murder of Kiki; we have evidence, including recordings, and witnesses, "says the official of one of the most important US federal agencies, who agreed to the interview on condition that his identity not be disclosed.

"No, we will not rest; we will continue to insist on his arrest and extradition".

Reports of Chapo's son set free after kidnapped in Puerto Vallarta

By Texcoco for Borderland Beat
Range Rover seized at La Leche
Note by Chivis:  The respected RioDoce Sinaloa newspaper, broke a story yesterday that kidnapped Alfredo Guzman, son of El Chapo was freed.  RioDoce has excellent Sinaloa sources and usually are correct in their stories, but have jumped the gun in the past.  Based on their reputation, mainstream Mexican media followed by republishing the story, attributing it to RioDoce.  Anabel Hernandez added that her "Guzman family sources" also reported to her that Alfredo was freed.  But she also cited the same family sources in her early reporting information on the kidnapping, which turned out to be false.  We are not sure about the release, as there is no confirmation a full day later,  but we though we should at least advise BB readers what is being said.  The latest and the superseding 22 page indictment against Alfredo (Alfredillo) I have added at bottom of begins below

Unofficial sources reported that Alfredo Guzman Salazar was released after five days in captivity from being kidnapped by armed men in a luxurious restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Two different sources confirmed to Ríodoce weekly newspaper, about Chapo's son, although there is people saying that Ivan Archivaldo, the eldest son of Joaquin Guzman, El Chapo, was also among the kidnapped victims in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, on the early hours of Monday 15, they were all released.

So far there is no information about where they were released, but sources say that they are all unharmed and some already in Sinaloa. So far no authority finding confirms release of six people.

For the Attorney General's Office (PGR), which this took control of the investigation on this case week as the victims are still missing.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chapo Drama: Chapo ordered transferred back to Altiplano

Lucio R. Borderland Beat by CEM

Yesterday a judge ordered the transfer of  El Chapo returning him to Altiplano No1 prison.  The actual transfer is likely not to occur immediately, but may take months. 
The transfer is a legal “win” for the Sinaloa capo, whose attorneys filed a request for an injunction that would return Chapo to the maximum security prison he tunneled his way out of in July of 2015.

While in Altiplano, Chapo, his attorney’s and family waged a campaign to have him transferred from Altiplano.  Chapo’s wife Emma came out of the shadows at that time, embarking on a media blitz claiming that Chapo was being subject to ill treatment, violating his human rights and rendering him sick.  She claimed she feared his life was in jeopardy.

Subsequent to his recapture he was transferred to Juarez prison No,9 where his attorneys and wife began a campaign for his return to Altiplano.  Among the complaints were his loss of hair because of stress and development of hypertension.

Chapo’s attorney, Jose Rodriguez, says the decision of the judge is “irrevocable”.  Authorities are taking a different view, saying they will appeal the decision.  Prison commissioner, Eduardo Guerrero, said yesterday, “This center (Juarez) is the best place for Guzman Loera, we believe it has features best suited for his detainment.”

Other Chapo family drama

Yesterday BB posted a photo purportedly depicting actress Kate del Castillo and Jesus Alfredo, the kidnapped son of Chapo.  Its validity was suspect primarily because it had not surfaced prior to yesterday.  Authorities explained that the photo was taken from one of the cell phones left behind at the La Leche restaurant, the scene of the kidnapping. 

PV; Mexico won't rule out Ivan was one of the kidnapped.

Posted by DD from El Universal
Translated by DD

Jalisco State Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer told El Universal that there is one person among the abductees who remains unidentified. Authorities have not ruled out it could be Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, Chapo Guzmán's 32-year-old son. Chapo is believed to have 18 children.

Among evidence that indicates Iván Archivaldo, whose birthday was Monday, may have been present are witnesses who say "Las Mañanitas," a traditional Mexican birthday song, was sung inside the restaurant before the abduction carried out by several gunmen carrying high-caliber weaponry.

Jesús Alfredo also made a social media post on Sunday in which he indicated that he was with his brothers -- specifically Iván Archivaldo who "has been like a father to me," he wrote in the post.   

"Good little Sunday with my brothers. Now hopefully there were moments like this every day. Although things are ugly, not all the money in the world could pay like family. Family, brothers are ground gold," Jesús Alfredo wrote, (translated from Spanish.)
When asked if Iván Archivaldo was among the kidnapped, Almaguer said "he could not affirm."
"Of the elements we have and images we reviewed and diligence carried out, so far we have no elements to confirm or presume the presence of this person," Almaguer said.

He also confirmed that there were two private flights out of Puerto Vallarta minutes after the fact. One of the log records showed that the plane would fly to  the city of Leon, Guanajuato (with passengers) ; and the other plane to San Luis Potosi with seven passengers, six women and one man, however, 'the governor of San Luis Potosi, following an investigation, tells us that they never got a flight from Vallarta' that night.

Sinaloa Cartel: Treasury Designates Top Sinaloa Cartel Associates

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with CEM

“A strategic blow to the Sinaloa Cartel”

“A strategic blow to the Sinaloa Cartel”, is how the U.S. Treasury Department describes actions against two key Sinaloa Cartel operatives, by adding them to the Kingpin List.  On Tuesday, the Treasury Department imposed Kingpin Act sanctions on two men with alleged ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, including one of its key money launderers.

As a result any and all U.S. assets are now frozen, and they are barred from doing business in the U.S.  The Treasury office says that the move will greatly compromise the cartel’s ability to move drugs and launder drug money from the U.S. to Mexico, South America, and Central America.

Press Statement below:

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two Mexican nationals and two Mexican companies pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, a money launderer, and Jose Olivas Chaidez, a key narcotics trafficker, have been designated as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) for materially assisting, supporting, or providing services to the Sinaloa Cartel and/or high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel members, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia and his top lieutenants.  OFAC has also designated two Culiacan, Sinaloa-based companies, Nueva Atunera Triton, S.A. de C.V. and Operadora Eficaz Pegaso, which are owned, controlled, or directed by, or acting for or on behalf of, Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza.  As a result of today’s action, all assets of those designated that are within U.S. jurisdiction or are in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Puerto Vallarta Mexico: Alfredo Guzman kidnapping video

El Chapo's son's Kidnapping timeline and map

Lucio R. with CEM for Borderland Beat timeline from NoticiasSPV 

Big thanks to "Mica" of BB forum who contributed this information.  The timeline is translated by Mica.

click to enlarge-explanation below
There are only two routes.
  • The broken black line (with arrow) that runs through the Melacon.  It is doubtful they took this route,  it's cobblestone and you pass a judicial police building.
  • The second route is the purple line, which is most likely the route taken, is much faster and goes through a tunnel.  Where the  purple arrow ends, a single lane road going uphill with speed bumps on the road. Once here, it's a long road to nowhere.
Recent photo of Alfredo Guzman-with Kate Del Castillo