Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Honduras: Mexican Cartels Work Closely with Street Gangs

Monday, November 29, 2010 |

Attorney General Roy David Urtecho says that street gangs in his country are seeking to establish direct business contacts with Colombian and Mexican cartels and they have also tried to take over all drug smuggling operations in the Central American nation of Honduras.

The gangs known as MS-13 and M-18, have recruited over 70,00 youths who have traditionally been the lookouts and sicarios for the capos, but they are now making an effort to take formal control of the drug trade within their own country.

Commenting at an international forum on law enforcement, Urtecho says that the Sinaloa cartel is one of the main groups that maintain a heavy presence in the area, and states that his country is an imprtant gateway for Colombian drugs to enter Mexico and the United States. He went further to say that Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán has stayed in Honduras at various times and continues to do so to this very day.

"We have also found evidence of abandoned planes and vehicles that have been have marks of Venezualan and Columbian origin that have been used to trasport drugs."

The Attorney General of Honduras said that in 2002 the gang problem in the nation dramatically grew after the massive deportation of latino immigrants from the U.S. that resulted in a replenishing of the MS-13 and M-18 ranks. It was at this time that the Mara gangs became a serious source for sicarios for the Mexican cartels, who were seeking for a way to establish security for drug shipments through the Central American country, as well as recruiting soldiers for the bloody war in northeastern Mexico.

New Aspirations

About two years ago the top echelon of the Mara gangs began to restructure their organizations in Honduras, They were no longer satisfied with simply being enforcers and gunslingers. "Now they wanted the real power. They had been seeking an understanding with the cartels in Mexico and Columbia, to establish themselves as legitimate traffickers instead of street level thugs."

"Once they had control over the level of violence in the country, they began to impliment a system of bosses and subordinates; they went from hiring themselves out as the armed branches of various foreign criminal organizations to fully operating all criminal activities in Honduras. Even as we speak, they have a complete monopoly over the violence and drug smuggling routes in the country," said Urtecho.

He added that the new members of the Maras gangs are making an attempt to blend in with regular society; they no longer cover themselves in tattoos or wear gang style clothing or represent colors. This is because of the influence of the international cartels.

There is of course, the age-old argument of poverty and education; the mara gangs have been around for quite a long time, the fact that they commit murders, robbery, extortion, and drug dealing is nothing new. But what has changed is their attitude to the game; the new generation wants to imitate the success of their Mexican and Colombian brethren and make a name for themselves as the legitimate leaders of their own cartels.

La Barbie in Honduras

The murder of two intelligence officers revealed that Edgar Valdez Villarreal (a) La Barbie, formed a training school for sicarios in Honduras. This incident happened a while back: when he was working as the head of sicarios for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa cartel. The aim of this school was to recruit competent killers to go after rival groups and their police contacts.

According to police records, the structure of this group formed around La Barbie; he arrived in 2007 and 2008 and began to help plan executions of enemies in the northern part of the country. He did this with collaboration from established criminal groups who were already working in Honduras.

La Barbie arrived with about a dozen Mexican sicarios who answered directly to him. He wasted no time in "cleaning" the up any problems the Mara gangs and the CDS were having on a local level. This strategy was reminiscent of the murder of several members of the Zacapa cartel that is attributed to Valdez Villarreal when he was is Guatemala, back in March of 2008. That particular crime took place in Río Hondo, a municipality of Zacapa, Guatemala.

The Sinaloa and Gulf cartels are primarily in control of the drug trade in Honduras and other countries in Central and South America. They are working with the Atlántic, Copán, Santa Bárbara and Central cartels of Honduras to establish a working relationship and insure that shipments of cocaine travel without any delay or impediment.

Further Evidence

Colombian police have previously arrested various criminals with links to La Barbie and the FARC (rebel group).

Among them Mexican citizen Julio César Piña Soberanís, who said he was the emissary of Valdez Villarreal. Julio Also had ties to the FARC who were a primary source of cocaine for La Barbie's group, and they were "responsible for coordinating and camouflaging multi-ton quantities of cocaine," according to an anonymous police source.

Another previous arrest with ties to La Barbie happened in Costa Rica. Walberto Salazar Cuero, (a) Guavita, was responsible for drug distribution for guerrilla groups operating in Panamá, explained the same official.

Source Articles:

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion/182082.html

http://www.laprensa.hn/Internacionales/Ediciones/2010/09/01/Noticias/La-Barbie-formo-escuela-de-sicarios-en-Honduras

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Anonymous said...

The real drug pushers here have been the Right Wing Colombian and US governments, not FARC, a group of Leftist political insurgents battling for their lives...

'Colombian police have previously arrested various criminals with links to La Barbie and the FARC (rebel group).'

To say that the death squad government of Colombian is anything other than a total group of thugs is pure US government and Pentagon propaganda. These Colombian military thugs are not heroes.

The spread of drug trafficking across Central America and now into Mexico is a DIRECT result of US military interventionism in these regions for well over not just the last 3 decades, but over the last century and more, even farther back than that.

Ernest1

Anonymous said...

I agree Ernest 1, anyone who studied history would say the same (at a college level) the problem is how do we fix it? Its no use going back and saying wtf? We need a solution ASAP... I say militarize a good portion of costa rica or panama (better panama especially taking into consideration that there's no highway between central america and south america). Create a line where nothing comes in, then create a blockade 300 miles off of each coast, no small vessels can come in. This should be a job for a coalition of countries. There u solve the coke problem. With marijuana, legalize it, and tax the living hell of it. You want to be a good for nothing pot user? Pay up.. as for the large vessels coming in, have a large task force of k9 units smelling a large quantity of south american shipments. Its not easy or inexpensive, but you won't be throwing money in a bottemless hole like the merida plan...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous you are an armchair drugwar genius. Your "300 mile blockade" will surely stop all submarines, aircraft and boats that are able to get 310 miles from the coast. And I'm sure that whatever you mean by "militarizing" two sovereign nations is necessary to stop the massive flow of coke that is surely being brought overland through the Darrien Gap on mules. Even a "good for nothing pot user" can see the brilliance of this plan.

Anonymous said...

Have you heard of radars? UAVs? Those things can be used to stop the drug influx... The subs they used are not high tech, the boats cannot go that far from the coast either. What is your solution? This Drug War in Mexico is not doing shit, all its doing is creating new cartels. What is your solution? The current one is not working, and will not work... Legalize all drugs? Create a wall between Mexico and the US? Tell me, I am all ears...

Anonymous said...

They are being chased like the dogs that they are and are falling every other day. These criminals have pushed thier goverment to far and now they will be destroyed. The good ol days of running thier dope with ease are over. These Cartel hoodlum , losers have everyones attention now. The biggest mastake a drug dealer can make.
Thier so called routes are now hot forever. America will secure the border, it is the demand of the entire nation.
So now the heat is on for the rest of those drug dealing assholes. They lit thier own house on fire. Calderon will beat thier ass's and if they take thier shit to the states, Marion Il. awaits them. 23 hour lock down and a life in a cage devoid of all family, freinds. Just you and your cellmate all day long.
Death or prison. That is thier only options..What losers!!!

Anonymous said...

Alot of chicago latin kings work for el chapo were im at, and i knew one that worked for juarez. They're there mainly to take bullets even though they dont know that

'lito 'brito said...

gee lets regress

and even further back in time before the USA was the Spanish who completely fucked up Mexico central and south America...and even further back before the Spanish were the Aztecs ...the Maya ...the Inca who enslaved whole populations ...and even further back before that was mother nature who has always enslaved mankind to her rules ...and even further than that ..blah blah blah...why just pick on the most recent offender ...i mean if you are gonna play the blame game ...include all the guilty partys...what about the one who caused all the problems...god is to blame ...he kicked humans out of the garden...

sounds kinda stupid huh?

how about trying to come up with a solution germane to the problem at hand

the USA needs to really get serious about guarding our southern borders, along with a sensible immigration policy , we need to realize that we are inextricably tied to Mexico, and serious changes need to be implemented ...

for one i suggest we make it easier for Mexicans to enter the USA legally and not cater to the business owners who knowingly look to employ Illegals , just so they can cheat them on their wages

if you can show a valid Mexican passport, and a US employer will sponser you, issue a 6 months renewable work visa , and a US temporary workers ID, along with a tax number, so that Mexicans could legally work and help pay into the system....that would take a big chunk out of the human smuggling activities that is a major part of the cartels business


do whatever it takes even if it includes constant patrolling 24/ 7 /365 along every inch of the border to ensure nothing or nobody comes into this country illegally, it would mean hiring a lot of new BPA's , more equipment...and so on...what is the alternative...ignore Mexico's problems , and hope they go away, if we really got serious about guarding our borders , it would hurt the narco bad...if they couldn't get their product to the "gran mercado" that is the USA....it would take the profit out of it


just a thought...

Anonymous said...

So we are to blame the Spanish and Aztecs for US policies that have led to the current violence, Brito? I hardly think so. Nor should we take your rather conservative view of human nature supposedly being so horrible and sinful and what all, and that American policies have nothing to do with anything bad happening as nothing but rather lame apologism for US/ Mexican government policies of building their countries into ugly police states.

Ernest1

'lito 'brito said...

@ ernest 1


you don't give a shit about Mexico...all you care about is beating your political agenda drum....

even when i offer solutions that really would help, you just keep on with the same old shit, like a broken record...

how the hell is immigration reform , and stopping the flow of contraband at our borders turning Mexico in to a police state

you claim to know so much about Mexico...and yet you don't even know how much Mexicans would love to live in a peaceful safe country...one of the things ANY Mexican will say that they admire about the USA is the safety, safe to raise a family...live ,work...live a normal life

sorry we don't all have the proclivity to pontificate at your altitude, some of us live on earth

the fear is real pendejo...

what are your solutions...

harp on the USA...???

Anonymous said...

Burrito Man, do you know that I have to pull my punches with you, or otherwise BB won't publish my responses? Pretty sad.... I get tired of having to write twice to get published once in response to you.

'you claim to know so much about Mexico...and yet you don't even know how much Mexicans would love to live in a peaceful safe country...one of the things ANY Mexican will say that they admire about the USA is the safety, safe to raise a family...live ,work...live a normal life'

Rah! Rah! Rah! USA! Of course Mexicans and all other peoples, too, Burrito, always want peace for themselves. But you are now an American citizen and way too many US citizens don't give much a damn about promoting peace for other peoples and have become cheerleaders for militarism and 'policing' like you have become.

You are now a conservative both here and in regards to Mexico and US conservatives like yourself have no answers to war, poverty, and drugs other than having elites in other countries and our own, using Force against everybody else.

'sorry we don't all have the proclivity to pontificate at your altitude, some of us live on earth the fear is real pendejo...what are your solutions...harp on the USA...???'

Yes, I harp on the US since the US elites are dead set on intervening everywhere and running everybody else's affairs for and against them. As a conservative, you rail out that you are for 'law and order' but that's never really the case. Conservatives everywhere simply want FORCE used and don't really give a rat's ass if the elites and super rich destroy law and order and security for everybody else who don't have big money and power. You, as a conservative, simply think that all issues devolve down to whether the trains run on time or not? Beat the rabble down and keep them trains running. In Mexico, the rich though destroyed the train system and trains no longer run whether on time or not, Burrito. You conservatives can't keep anything running right except looting society for the corporate elites and leaving others needing to make themselves into pistoleros to have a couple of pesos in hand from time to time.

Ernest1

Smurf said...

Please refer to our comments policy. If the comment isn't constructive or if its full of personal attacks without addressing the subject at hand; it will NOT be published!

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2009/04/moderation-of-comments.html

This is implemented across the board Ernest1, including lil' brito's comments (Which do not always get published either!)

Play Nice everyone!

Gerardo said...

Ernest 1
"Burrito Man, do you know that I have to pull my punches with you, or otherwise BB won't publish my responses? Pretty sad.... I get tired of having to write twice to get published once in response to you."

Ernesto, we moderate comments in order to keep the debate as civil as possible, both you and Lito have passionate views that, nfortunately, at times have to be excluded for reasons that I am sure both of you are aware of.

In fact, Lito's comments are moderated more often than yours, he never complains but re-writes his commentary or abandons the effort. This is a formula I believe you should adopt.

Ernesto we continue to post your comments because the are valid to a point, just as valid as those who you oppose. Your voice is an important counterbalance to equally extremist polar views. But do not forget, my friend, you suffer equally from the same tunnel vision as those whose views you reject.

As an example, your sympathy for the FARC movement in Colombia shows a lack of understanding of that country's recent history. Both sides in this civil war are equally bloodthirsty and brutal. This conflict began as a scism between elites fighting for power over a complex set of issues that erupted over 60 years ago and was not orchestrated by the CIA. On the contrary, one side in this civil war has been able to manipulate the CIA to continue its hold on power.

I personnally rejoiced when Mono Jojoy was killed, he was as brutal as any Mexican drug capo or Colombian General.

Enesto, si no estas de acuerdo con BB puedes llevar to comentarios a otro sitio.

Su servidor Gerardo

Buela! said...

Since the subject has been raised. You guys know I love you all at BB..and I can see sometimes when we get off subject and make it personal perhaps at a points time to pull the plug..BUT I think you do disservice to eveyone and evrything when you impose censorship. No blog does this and should not and others are pretty nasty at times. But to censor Op for any reason changes the dynamic of an open forum, it is good to know the pulse of the people, all people even those we disagree with. Like E-1. Brito is possaionate about Mx and E1 is passionate about ideology but I think it is good to hear it all...but cut out the name calling I agree that is bad but don't throw out the baby with the bathwater...

as always just my dos centavos!!!

Paz

'lito 'brito said...

as long as it is on subject , not racist , not too abusive , not too repetitive it pretty much gets printed....

i am addicted to BB so what can i say...but some of my best tirades don't make the cut...jajaja...

i was a political science major in the college days ...so i love a good debate...funny one of my oldest dearest friends was the extreme conservative ...i was the radical liberal...we were drawn together by our love of debate and our shear opposition to one anothers views....now we have sort of changed ..she is the hippie now...


I am well aware of the meddling done by the USA ,..but i keep in mind all the other meddlers out there...i am against ALL the meddlers...not just the USA... many of the causative factors were in play well before the USA even existed..and to me any blame for problems in Mexico can't be placed unless Spain is mentioned...Spanish was not the native tongue of Mexico...and their legacy cannot be denied...Mexico is a far older nation and culture than the upstart USA..and has influenced the USA as much as the USA has influenced Mexico..at one time the peso was accept in parts of the US over the American dollar ...the two nations are first cousins, linked by blood sweat, tears and treasure...what happens to one cannot help but affect the other

but to me the situation in Mexico has exceeded discourse...i can only see a hard line approach

it is also funny that i am labeled right wing.....if you were to see me in a crowd , you would definately say i look like a very liberal minded hippie type, and if you had a conversation with me ...you would say LIBERAL...

i am not right or left wing they are both antiquated concepts ...the wing that i prefer to side with is the CORRECT wing...whichever it may be

and to me the correct wing in the situation in Mexico is to side with law and order...without some semblance of peace...there is no chance of anything else

'lito 'brito said...

yeah i guess i am just selfish...i just want to be able to live in Mexico and have a life and not be terrorized by the criminals...i don't even care if there is some crime...there always is...but you cant let it take over..the USA is safe and all ...pero esta es no Mexico...and the last thing i would ever want to see is Mexico become some vassel of the USA...or even become too much like it ...but i don't think that is gonna happen ...Mexico is too proud and stubborn to ever be a puppet of the USA...and that is good


the USA is the fashionable big bad wolf of the day ...and all the chicken littles squack about it

wasn't it communism before

and the nazis before that

Anonymous said...

Gerardo, I understand your POV on this...

'Ernesto, we moderate comments in order to keep the debate as civil as possible, both you and Lito have passionate views that, nfortunately, at times have to be excluded for reasons that I am sure both of you are aware of.'

However, when somebody tells me to get out of my own country repeatedly as Lito has done, and then BB pulls my reply to that offensive command by Brito, I did feel like I should mention it that my reply was lifted offline. I think that telling somebody to get out of the country he was born in and has passed about 6 decades living in is a pretty foul thing to do and that replying to that should be hopefully allowed to take place.

'Ernesto we continue to post your comments because the are valid to a point, just as valid as those who you oppose. Your voice is an important counterbalance to equally extremist polar views.'

Hey, well I appreciate that BB and you at least see it that way, Gerardo. I have been censored off discussion groups, papers, and groups in my lifetime by liberal, radical, and conservative sites alike (when they don't like what I write or say), so I appreciate it when the urge to always DELETE is actually resisted by others.

I find that many liberal-Left places are sometimes some of the worst about censoring other's POVs. So it's a bad habit that I have seen from many of my own co thinkers as much as from people who have views different than mine.

'But do not forget, my friend, you suffer equally from the same tunnel vision as those whose views you reject. As an example, your sympathy for the FARC movement in Colombia shows a lack of understanding of that country's recent history.'

Sorry, Gerardo, but I cannot and do not equalize the violence of the FARC and that of the US propped death squad government there in Colombia, though I am not going to say that FARC is made up of a group of saints. Because I differ with you on this is no reason to pull out that DELETE button on me, though, I would hope???

I travelled to Colombia just a little over a year ago, and it is definitely a traumatized society. But do you really think that it is principally FARC that made it that way, Gerardo? I do not.

Buela has it right on what makes a site interesting, I think... He wrote....

'You guys know I love you all at BB..and I can see sometimes when we get off subject and make it personal perhaps at a points time to pull the plug..BUT I think you do disservice to eveyone and evrything when you impose censorship.'

He is right. BB is doing good and yet dialog can get out of hand at times. Flames can come to dominate. But try to keep the finger off DELETE though. Buela tells why that is much better....

'No blog does this and should not and others are pretty nasty at times. But to censor Op for any reason changes the dynamic of an open forum, it is good to know the pulse of the people, all people even those we disagree with.'

This is absolutely true! Buela has it right!

'Like E-1. Brito is possaionate about Mx and E1 is passionate about ideology but I think it is good to hear it all...but cut out the name calling I agree that is bad but don't throw out the baby with the bathwater...'

Buela and Gerardo, I hear what you are saying and agree. Brito and I need to keep the name calling down and I CERTAINLY have been guilty of that, too, as charged, so I have to do better as I know.

'I personnally rejoiced when Mono Jojoy was killed, he was as brutal as any Mexican drug capo or Colombian General. Enesto, si no estas de acuerdo con BB puedes llevar to comentarios a otro sitio. Su servidor Gerardo'

I don't particularly rejoice when anybody gets killed.

OK, Smurf, I will try to do better.. Got you.

Ernest1

Buela said...

But Brito...how do you know it makes it? you say if it isn't too much of those things it makes it? How do you know? Hmmmm...you can't. only the administrator knows! and man I would love to see those of yours that get tossed out, I bet I would LOVE those. jeje though maybe some you are saying "whew" glad that one didn't make it..

Perhaps I should began my Buela Blog and have BB send me those that didn't make the taste test. Bet there is a lot of heart, passion and laugher in many and yes some not so funny, but those gives us an opportunity to vent.

Buggs said...

I am just going to say this once (this is way off topic and a losing proposition), we truly enjoy all comments, we strive for diversity and encourage readers to debate issues to death and with passion. But the issue at hand is not about censorship, but about playing within the rules. It is not what you say, but how you say it; vulgar, racists and profane personal attacks have no place here, period. We will not allow a platform for this BS. Sorry but that is how it is, and it's the best way we can implement this to be fair to everyone.

So just play nice and everything will be OK, I promise!

'lito 'brito said...

buela blog...buela blog...the mostest mudslanginest galdarndest rooten tootenest rockem sockemest blog thet ever wuz....yeeehhhaaawwwww!!!!!!


ernesto ..you are such a drama queen...i never told you to get out...

i only asked why you didn't move if you don't like it ...

i mean even jesus said if a place disagrees with you knock the dust from your feet and travel on...

i mean just why are you in the USA...the rest of the world too dangerous?

the USA ain't my favorite place either....but i am not gonna bitch about it all the time..

the world is a stage...you know, American sumbitches, Russian sumbitches, French sumbitches, Chinese, Japanese, English...on and on all trying to screw each other and everybody else they can...

how about the plight of Philipino Maids in Kuwait

what about the Irish fighting the bloody English for 800 years

damn man ,, so many causes

Tibet,Eritrea, Chinese factory girls, child labor in India

expand...embrace them all...put a lot of plastic bumper stickers on the back of your car ...let the world know what you really think

when you start talking ...do people kinda move away from you?

'lito 'brito said...

maybe we need a regular segment on BB...the "lito y ernesto show , moderated by the always , well mostly always calm Buela C...we could really go at each other...i can talk more shit than a greyhound pimp...jajajaj

but foreals..i am gonna shut up...all this has nothing to do with the truly tragic situation in Mexico...from now on ..I am gonna stick to the point...no matter how wrong Easy E is...esta es acabo para mi

Buggs said...

By the way, almost everything is allowed in the forums section, as long as it does not put anyone at risk.

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2009/04/forum.html

Buela C said...

Brito...

I love the concept of the Brito/E1 show. JEJE
But until then when it gets way personal it does get off topic...I have attacked E1 in his op but I hope I have not personally attacked E1 the Brave formidable foe that most BB readers love to hate. I have stated I will fight the battle to allow his op even though 90% of the time I disagree. He is passionate in his ideolgy, but has blinders on, he is intelligent, but is narrow minded in the sense it is always Black/white never gray. I am not so sure he is in the US but it does not matter because everyone has a right to speech and op without having someone suggesting love it or leave it...nope, not how it works in the US of A

I say kudos to Brito, and kudos to E1 and as always kudos to Buggs and the good folks at BB

Now back on topic a bit. If you follow my comments you will see that I have for months stated that Mx is bad but nothing to what is coming when the "war"shifts to CA. Zetas have a great foothold there and are ruthless, I mean who the fuck goes to a foreign landd and sends a death threats to the president and says who you are? They have training grounds there and recruit. so did Barbie and others. Guatemala, Honduras and el salvador are the most vulnerable..fragile societies, entrenched in abject poverty eaily destablized. US is well aware of this and CIA-DEA-and DOJ are there conducting intelligence, the son of a friend (CIA) and what he is discovering is mindblowing. He just was transfered from afghanistan to a CA country, and he says he fears more for his life there.

You know there is a HUGE problem when you see Costa Rica the "Switzerland" of Latin America requesting armed services (US) because they cannot combat the increasing DTO traffic and crime, resulting in 46 warships and 7000 marines off the shore of Costa Rica.

CA has been woefully ignored in the financial aid sent to combat DTOs..that must be addressed..SOON...

http://www.insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2010/september/19/costarica10091901.htm

Paz

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