Wednesday, September 15, 2010 |
Borderland Beat Reporter
Four sicarios from the Gulf Cartel (CDG) were abducted and executed by members of Los Zetas recently in the state of Tamaulipas. Videos have since been posted on YouTube and other websites in which the kidnapped sicarios appear beaten and blindfolded. The video is shot outside in a remote location and the interviewer's voice has been edited out, the questions appear written. The interrogations themselves offer insight to the plight of immigrants and poverty stricken citizens of Mexico who are drawn in by promises of big payouts, only to wind up in the hands of their bosses rivals.
Since some of the questions and answers were redundant. I did my best to clean up the transcript and provide a clear picture the situations that lead up to the demise of these men who, whether or not they have committed any crimes, are obviously aware that these are their last moments on earth. Its not easy to watch any of these narco videos, during the interview the person holding the camera waves an ax around in a menacing fashion.
A third video that ends with the execution of all four with a rifle of an unknown caliber was released today. Although I've declined to post it here its relatively easy to find.
Who are you?
Who do you work for?
Who does he work for?
The Metro 3 group.
How were you captured?
I was on patrol.
Who captured you?
Why did they get you?
Because I'm stupid, because I fell and because my comrades left me behind.
Why did they leave you? Did they run?
Yeah, Because they're bitches.
What did you do previously to being a sicario?
I was in the marines.
How long were you in the marines?
Why did you become a sicario?
For the money. Because it was easy
Didn't you have any other skills to earn money? What did else did you do before you started killing people?
I was a burger flipper at a fast food place.
How many people in your group?
When we where in Reynosa there were 10 cells.
10 cells? Really?
And where did they get the people from? Did they use foreigners?
Yes, mostly people Michoacan and Sinaloa but also Guatemalans. They split the cells up between the leaders; some of us went to R-1, others to R-2 and 24 respectively.
Why did they send you?
Because of the alliance between El Chapo and CDG.
Anyone else in that alliance?
I don't know sir.
Well then where are the Michoacano's coming from? Are they also El Chapo's people?
I don't know, that's pretty much what I heard.
So then the Michoanaco's aren't with La Familia?
Well I suppose they were part of the alliance then.
An Alliance between WHO, WHO and WHO asshole? Are they part of the alliance?
And are they badass?
Any of them tough?
How do you know?
They proved it by leaving me behind.
How much did your bosses say they would pay you?
$800 a month.
Did they pay it?
For a while they did but recently they stopped paying me. For the first three months everything was on time and then they missed paying me for this month.
And why do you think that is?
Well because they knew this was probably a suicide mission and they figured “why bother paying these assholes, they're just going to die anyway.”
Maybe so huh? You probably are going to die.
Probably so, nobody is taking into account that I have a family.
Whats your name?
Where are you from?
How did you get here?
I was working with El Payaso in Guatemala. He told me someone had work in Mexico. I traveled here with a group and a man name Pais, he brought us to Oaxaca by way of bus.
How many of you were there?
45 total including some women.
All of you from Guatemala?
No, also Salvadoreans and Nicaraguans.
And who were you all to work for?
The Gulf Cartel, the women were for them I assume.
Where did you end up?
How much did they initially promise to pay you for working in Mexico?
And did they pay you?
So they played you for a fool?
I guess so.
Who are you?
Who do you work for?
Whats the name of the guy that you worked with here?
His name is ___________ goes by the name “El Crimen”
Does he also go by the name Binomio?
Yes, that or Crimen. In Cuidad Victoria it was Binomio, here its Crimen.
What happened to Binomio?
He shot himself in the head
Why? He couldn't stand the pressure?
Yes, his friends say he was having a hard time controlling his area and he was worried that he had been greenlit for decapitation.
He was worried Los Zetas were watching him?
Yes, he refused to surrender when the police approached the house he was in. He later escaped but he was worried that the army or the police were going to hand him over to Los Zetas if they caught him. He had nowhere left to go, he made it out of the house and jumped into his friends' car asking him to drive to a girlfriends' house. While sitting in the backseat he put a gun to his temple and squeezed the trigger.
What did you tell R-2?
That Crimen killed himself.
And R-2, does he ever fight?
No he just stays in Reynosa and orders other people to do the fighting for him.
Where does R-2 live? Where does he hang out at?
He has a place he refers to as the Eagle's Nest.
But where is that, asshole? Don't get smart with me.
Don't know, its somewhere in Reynosa.
What territories does CDG hold?
Reynosa and Matamoros, They claim they're advancing but so far I've see no signs of it.
And R-1, does he fight?
No he communicates with us via two-way radio and tells us that we're winning but he doesn't show his face around here. We've ask him for support on many occasion but he refuses to send help. He really has no idea what the situation is for us here.
So he never shows up huh? Just spends his time hiding?
Exactly, he sends a few of his people but its never enough.
So where you from?
Why did they send you up here?
To clear the way for the Gulf Cartel.
What happened in Miguel Aleman, did you guys take a beating from Los Zetas or what?
Yeah, they really let us have it, we left 11 dead comrades laying on the road.
And all this fighting continued up until you were captured, How many were killed?
When you were abducted, How many of your guys died?
Well uhh...There's the blond that you had up a the house. They called him La Bola
Who was La Bola?
He was the brother of a guy name Guicho.
Where is Guicho from?
Reynosa I think.
Who does Guicho work for?
Was La Bola's brother killed?
So the guy who died on us yesterday, what's his deal?
He was here to lend support to R-10.
And R-10 is second in command of the Plaza?
Yes, him and La Bola shared the responsibility.
So who was running the operation here?
It was R-10 with the help of La Bola. They sent us here.
Who are you?
Where are you from?
What's your story? Are you a bodyguard or a killer?
(cut off) ---- R-1 Sir
Where did they get you?
Were you there under the orders of R-1?
No, we were already there waiting for reinforcements.
Why? Your guys had already taken a beating there, why did he bother sending anyone?
Because they supposed to be sending a large contingent of La Familia and people from Sinaloa.
What happened to the group who came here ahead of you?
They told us to go help the guys they had sent previously but when we got here they were already dead. They told us to hold our positions and promised to send reinforcements.
So you weren't even here when the war started ?
How long ago did they send you?
About 11-12 days ago.
So from the last time we really gave it to you guys in Aleman and Mier huh?
Yes sir, I've been in the state for two months. 11 days here and two months altogether with 8 people from Michoacan.
So the Michoacano's they sent up here with you have been killed right?
So why after they got embarrassed did they still send you guys?
We were all supposed to be the tip of the spear.
That's How R-1 wanted it. He would get on the radio and play us corridos and say 'yeah guys.we winning! We're winning!' but he never actually came up here himself.
So why did he send the Michoacano's first? Because they're stupid? Or because they aren't they same race as you?
So you were just passing through Reynosa?
So what you're telling me is the Gulf Cartel just passes through Reynosa and sometimes they send idiots to clear the path ahead of them?
What were they going to pay you?
Did they pay you in Reynosa?
Well they paid the first month but they haven't paid me yet this month.
Two months of work for one months pay?
So the people who say they are coming to take over this plaza don't pay huh?
No sir, they don't pay anything.
And while you guys are out here fighting and dying R-1 sits back and plays songs for you over the radio?
Yes, in fact the first time I heard him playing it was right before they abandoned me while I was being abducted.
Damn, so they abandoned you too huh?
How did it happen?
We were in a convoy of seven trucks when saw another rival group approaching in their trucks. I was in the back when the driver took off and eventually I fell out.
They didn't wait for you at all?
When they saw the lights of the other trucks they just took off. We exchanged fire with the other truck but I was hit in the foot when I fell out.
And there they left you. So anybody who could make it to the truck was fine, those who didn't were simply left behind?
Yeah , If they would have waited I could have jumped in the back. It wasn't like I even had to get to the front seat.
Well front, back, doesn't matter; you're still pretty screwed now right?