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El Desmadre and the Aftermath of Choix

Sunday, May 6, 2012 |

Sending 600 troops plus to the sierra of Choix
The governor of Sinaloa was critical of the Operation Condor in the region of the high mountains in a measure to combat organized crime that resulted in a confrontation between criminals and members of the Army that killed over 20 people. 

"Things have changed. If some people think that Operation Condor had a pleasant memory, for others it did not, at least when it comes to the aspect of human rights. We should implement our own operation. In fact it has already being implemented," said the Governor. 
The commander of the Third Military Region, General Moses Melo, said that more than 300 troops have already been deployed in the area of ​​the mountains of Sinaloa and Choix, and he will deploy an additional 300 troops in order to reach a total of 600. These will be in addition to the Ministerial Police that the governor will send. 
"We are doing all this to ensure the respect of human rights, above all we want to create conditions for those who have been displaced from their homes, so they can trust and return to the place that they left because of the violence," he said. 
The governor said that criminals are "fighting for plazas" not just in terms of distribution, but also in production, both in urban and rural. Now they are claiming the mountains as theirs." 
In this respect, the governor explained that "the criminals monitor who is engaged in producing and selling drugs, and if they observe a rival group looking for product, they tell the growers not sell to the rival groups and only to sell to them, if they refused, the executions suddenly appear." 
Given the fact that some of the criminals who were killed by the army in Choix are from other states (Sinaloa Cartel?), the governor said it will reach out to other authorities like Sonora and Chihuahua to work in a coordinated investigation. The region of Choix has been a strong hold of the Beltran-Layva faction. 
Displaced by violence people came to El Fuerte seeking refuge 
Due to the outbreak of violence that persists in the high mountains, families arrived en masse to the town of El Fuerte. On foot or hitching a ride they were seen in the region of Chinobampo. 
On Friday and Saturday 25 families were received from the towns of La Cofradía, Sabino Cuate, El Platanito and El Pantano. 
"We came here because the people from over there told us we'd better get out to this side because they were awaiting the arrival of the bad people," said a housewife displaced by violence. 
With fear in their faces, the children are afraid to talk about life in the high mountains, the women have a hard time expressing the days they lived in the presence of strange people in their homes. 
"We came because we were told that in the other ranches the gunmen came and forced the women to make tortillas to eat and even to kill a cow because they are many," said one of the displaced. 
They talk about the sorrow they felt when they left their husbands at home to care for the animals and to protect the few things that have managed to buy with a lot of sacrifices. "Most of the men stayed up there on the ranch, but yet a few others got out coming here to Chinobampo." 
There are about 70 people that have been displaced. Some settled in the town of Montoya with relatives, others remain in Chinobampo and the shelters are ready to service 30 people, including children, women and senior citizens. "We will do everything possible to support these people who by necessity have had to leave home," said Vianey Melendrez de Rubio mayor of DIF. 
She said members of the community have offered food and clothing, among other assistance. Thousands of families left their home 
Thousands of families in the hills of Sinaloa were driven away by the wave of violent and are starting to move to Mazatlan. 
They live in shantytowns, rent houses in disadvantaged areas or manage to move in with relatives. 
Without work and with a social and emotional shock is the side effect of the brutal violence of the displaced that is both real and alarming. 
Last week, Alejandro Higuera Osuna, mayor of Mazatlan, acknowledged the lack of an emergency plan to deal with the large flow of refugees. 
According to a report of the Monitoring Centre on Internal Displacement, since 2007, violence in Mexico has caused shifts in Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Michoacán and Guerrero. 
The document is critical of the Mexican government for lack of attention to the serious problem. "There is no mechanism to monitor or report on the issue of displacement, to ensure the physical and legal protection of the property that is left abandoned, or provide support to integrate the displaced to their new surrounding. The Mexican government also has not sought the support of international community," said the Report.

Gatilleros Decompose in the Mountains of Choix.
The bodies of the sicarios killed in shootouts that happened all week at the top of the mountains of Choix on the border with Chihuahua are starting to decompose and give out foul odors.


The residents of the area have expressed fear because on one hand they are being attacked by the gunmen and on another are afraid of getting sick from the stench of the bodies. 
The dead are the sicarios that were killed in confrontations with rivals cartels, but because the dead are not locals, no one bothers to pick up the bodies and give them a respectful burial. The bodies are mostly found inside the line of the state of Chihuahua. It is said that the cartels that were fighting before they met with the military were the Beltran-Leyva faction and the powerful Sinaloa cartel, who appeared to be the ones who moved in to take over the turf controlled by the beltran clan. 
The decomposition does not break down fast enough causing health risks is what the inhabitants fear. The head of the Sanitary District in North Zone, Jesus Caudillo Ginés, dismissed any health problem from exposure to the air around the bodies. 
"In the case of the Ministry of Health, we're looking at it, we will probably coordinate with the Environmental Health department, but we will be ready in case conditions could cause a problem, but right now there is none," said Caudillo Gines. 
He added that he will certainly coordinate with the corresponding authorities, and he made assurances that they are not yet considering a risk of the odors generated by the decomposition of bodies, and in this case he is asking the Sanitary Regulation to monitor the situation. 
He also said that the Health Regulation will contact the appropriate local authorities for the steps that have to take and to reassure the rest of the population. The official said that the decomposition and break down of the bodies will last days. 


The reality in the mountains.
The toll of dead given by the Attorney General of the State, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez in the conflicts in Choix was at 22 that included a soldier and a municipal police officer, but perhaps the real version might be different. 
There are versions by the residents that many civilians were killed by gunmen who arrived in the villages looking for shelter, food and water. Many were already given funerals and buried in their communities. 
They said that there are still a few bodies of sicarios in between the mountains of Choix because they are outsiders and have no one to claim their bodies. This may indicate possibly members of the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) who came from the north of Sinaloa and/or south from Chihuahua. 
An example of this is in the lines of Choix with Morelos Chihuahua, there are at least two bodies among a pine forest, right between two communities called Santa Rosa and Mesa de los Leales. They have also seen more bodies closest to the line with Choix. 
The people have asked authorities to remove these bodies as they are concerned that the decomposition might generate more infections. 
Yesterday morning a resident of the mountains said "the air smells bad, the odor is coming from the dead who are on the side," referring to the dead gunmen who were lying between the hills covered with pines. Other people say that sicarios went up to the top of the mountains of Morelos, after abandoning four wheeled vehicles so that the military could take them up to the top and they could escape the "hot spot", the area where they have staged gunfights between the military and sicarios with at least 20 dead. 
IDs. 
Some of the dead were identified by relatives at the funeral home to which they were transferred to. 
Some were identified as Eleuterio Baca Emeterio Espinoza who is from Palomas, Chihuahua, Ramon Samaniego Ruperto Rodriguez, 34, who is from Navojoa, Sonora, Ignacio Bogue Izaguirre, 35, from Navojoa, Sonora and Alfonso Chavez Chaparro, 22, originally from Cascates Morelos, Chihuahua, who was killed by gunmen when he came home. 


Control.  
After nearly a week of intense fighting in the Sierra of Choix authorities now report that the area is currently controlled by the Army, the State Ministerial Police and Municipal Police.


The Vehicles
One of the "cloned" trucks made to look like an official police vehicle was found by the Mexican military abandoned by sicarios in the Sierra de Choix and was towed to the military installation of the 89 Infantry Battalion in Ahome.

With a heavily guarded operation the armored vehicle was transported on the road Mochis-San Blas and had to actually be recovered by a "Hummer" as this was the only type of vehicle that could enter the location of where the vehicle was abandoned. 

For 2 days a civilian tow truck attempted to recover the clone vehicle while having to cross through primitive villages and steep hills but because of the difficulty of the terrain it was decided to use a vehicle with less weight, 4 wheel drive and the adequate strength to remove the vehicle. 

This vehicle was found intact and did not have any signs of bullet holes to the body. It was an armored truck with fake police logos and official numbers of the Federal Police.

Firefight Extends to the Chihuahua state line
Fighting between armed groups and military were so intense that the fight carried over to the state line of Chihuahua and the sicarios, some dressed in military uniforms and armed to the teeth, had been forced outside the limits of Sinaloa.

Residents of nearby communities fear for their lives and are begging for intervention from the authorities to avoid a tragedy as they have learned that the sicarios have displaced whole families from their homes while passing through the high mountains of Choix.

General traffic has been drastically reduced in some localities in the state of Chihuahua and even some of the residents have blocked the entrance to the mountains to prevent people from going up or down to their communities because of the danger against the attack by the "fake soldiers" and the fear of stray bullet that could endanger family members.

Air traffic from civilian aircraft has been restricted as a safety measure, as it is feared that some of the armed group will attempt to escape at all costs.

Source: El Debate

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43 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

El CDS y El Ejercito Mexicano contra Los Zetas, Beltranes, y Juarez...

Anonymous said...

Beltran are losing there only plaza

Anonymous said...

Haha gn still scared of El jl! Keep turning your people! Haha

Anonymous said...

They need to stop pussy footing around with these scum bag piece of shit good for nothing criminal cartels and send in 10,000 troops and kill every single stinking one of them!

Anonymous said...

Le mataron la mano derecha al chapo isidro

Anonymous said...

BORDERLANDBEAT, YOU ARE I'LL INFORMED THE INVADERS WHERE PART OF THE BITCHASS BELTRAN LEYVA, Zetas, AND CRRILLO FUENTES CARTELS. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE MY UNCLE WAS INVOLVED IN THE FIGHTING!! HE IS A FARMER IN CHOIX!! IF YOU NOTICE THE DEAD BODIES HAVE THEIR SHIRTS LIFTED, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE SINALOA CARTEL DOES!!! REMEMBER PUSSY ARTURO BELTRAN LEYVA!!! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, THE OUT OF TOWNERS ARE PUSSY zetas!!! CDS AL 100

Anonymous said...

600 army men damn!!!!! Beltrans y Zetas I feel fucken sorry for you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I believe you May 6, 2012 2:37 PM because Beltran leyva have a strong precense in Mazatlcan and los ZEtas are the ones leaving to mazatlcan to regroup and cry about how el chapo is sending the army to kill them..Why would "farmers" leave their land to go to Mazatclan

scoop said...

Finally a story that gives a brief description of the horrific life innocent broke familys have to indore and all you guys can comment about is which scum is winning or losing " their plaza." All that drug money and the dumb asses didn't buy any food and water before they went to invade farms and kill people. If your gonna jock em go ahead and get in your car and drive to choix, im sure they could use some blowjobs also.

Anonymous said...

the pussy's here are CDS, CDS todos son bolas de traidores El Mayo fue que entrego a Nacho coronel. Si no fuera por la traicion de la barbie arturo toda via estuviera vivo y viera acabando con todos de CDS el si era chingon no como los traidores de los CDS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

El chonte from la guamuciliar died he was head of sicarios of chapo isidro in la bahoma my aunt say he was alway in la cofradia for partys and trying to take the young girl who the majority r my cuz and pa el comPa que deci de el FAdes que Es so cuenta de face these beltrans r fucking up a beautiful place like gusave and I'm glade they got there candy ass handed to them peace loks

Anonymous said...

just keep the cartel body count coming.
the only good drug dealer is a dead drug dealer.

Anonymous said...

BORDERLANDBEAT, YOU ARE I'LL INFORMED THE INVADERS WHERE PART OF THE BITCHASS BELTRAN LEYVA, Zetas, AND CRRILLO FUENTES CARTELS. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE MY UNCLE WAS INVOLVED IN THE FIGHTING!!
Responding: That's why tu tio es un Farmero from up north! which means your intelligence is of limited capacity as well!!!

Anonymous said...

At least something is happening, Human Rights BS the Governor is 6 feet up the ass of narcos F him, the key to the whole BS can of worms is to kill the USA demand, TALK about entitled, Americans think they should be high AND have a high standard of living, F them, The world does not owe the USA a high life , IT's Over, Responsible Managment of the USA dictates get rid of doper low lifes, quit subsidizing them even if they are BLACK,Brown, or Green.

Anonymous said...

the only tragedy on all this, is all the poor law abiding and hard working Mexican people suffering this nightmare.
Mexico really needs to wake up and put a stop to all this.

every one of those thugs have no honor or love for their country.

Anonymous said...

@2:13 PM...They sent 10,000 troupes to Juarez and 2 years later they ship out failures. There are powerful criminal organization all over Mexico that are never going to let Little Hitler Chapo with his buddy Calderon take anything. And when PRI takes over in July, Chapo, and all PAN politicians better run. Chapo and Calderon are the war mongers and the people know this.

Anonymous said...

Jajajana,so many cds fans,u are all wrong!!!! Its the beltran,zetas and carrillo fuentes stomping on cds,the majority dead are gn,as usual the government helps them out,but not even like that can chapo win a single damn plaza!!!! Fuck cds,traitors and cowarxs you all are the real lacras!!!

Anonymous said...

Will this nightmare ever end?

Anonymous said...

I remember when there was honor and discrecion in the game. Now everyone is snitching and hurting the weak and innocent. i keep hearing about the demand for dope from the u.s. is the cause and the gringos addictions. Lets think for a moment is there only white folks here last time i checked we were the majority. Lets stop pointing the finger and blaming others for the corruption our country is involved in. Bottom line is everyone with the hunger and balls to succed is here in the u.s. Working and making it. All the lazy fucks and cowards are still in mexico. oh yeah lets not forget the assholes who got deported and think they are still banging in another country. There is no tetirement plan for you.

Anonymous said...

No honor that sums it up. These cowards are a cancer that needs to be dealt with by any means necessary.

Anonymous said...

U must be an insider,because hoe in the fuck do u know this.???...u dumbfuck!!!

Anonymous said...

I think ive read that the Beltrab Leyvaz hold more than just Choix.

Guasave,Los Mochis,Navolato,Ahome,Mazatlan,Sinaloa de Leyva....maybe im wrong????

Either way I doubt this will wipe out the remaining Beltran Leyvas in Sinaloa. Carillo Fuentes is also operating in Sinaloa.

Anonymous said...

Hey idiot you DON'T HAVE TO capitalize every word and your uncle was probably hiding under his bed like the good farmer he is he didn't grab a gun and go rambo on the coked out BLO. This isn't call of duty cartel warfare so quit that shit and as for calling one of the most feared and respected cartel leader a pussy that shit makes you look like an ignorant fuckturd who knows nothing, just open your eyes and you will quickly realize who the biggest pussies of them all are "CDS"bunch of snitches
IF IM WRONG CORRECT ME

Anonymous said...

What a fool... You really think people are ever going to stop consuming drugs? In Malaysia they have death sentences for drug use, and or lengthy prison sentences, and guess what, people still get high...lots of em. The only answer is decriminalization. Before you accuse me of being a bleeding heart or liberal, just know I am far from that. There just is no other answer. It's amazing how many times history repeats itself and the same tired rhetoric always gets spewed.

Anonymous said...

Ur absolutely right!!!

Anonymous said...

I cant believe all these kids postin my uncle said dis my aunt said that, u might as well tell us wat ur granny says too!!! Listen i doubt we will truly know who was all involved or who lost becuz da media can be bought!!! Wat we need is an investigative reporter to go onscene and get first hand accounts from locals and maybe those involved!!!

Anonymous said...

Why all these people getting but hurt cause zetillas, beltranez, and carilloz, are getting whoopt? Only thing worst thank being a zetilla is wearing a skirt and doing high kicks for them pathetic!!!

Anonymous said...

It has begun in Sinaloa and in Nuevo Laredo, I just hope the innocent are left unharmed. PS I know La Barbie is locked up in Mexico but what ever happened to that guy? Has he ratted everyone out yet? or is he ever going to be sent to the US?

Anonymous said...

Your uncle's s a class act....so after breaking into the poor farmers houses and demanding that they cook for them what Ever food they might have left for their family and themselves, your uncle then then borrowed their phone to let you know what's going on....am I getting this right?

Anonymous said...

May 6, 2012 5:21 PM . . .
"That's why tu tio es un Farmero from up north! which means your intelligence is of limited capacity as well"!!!
He said himself in his comment,that his uncle is a farmer?You silly bitch made panochas.
What is wrong with being a farmer?Without them your dumb ass might starve.Whatever he farms,what is wrong with it?The man is working hard at whatever it is.So please don't come here thinking you are somehow a better person,because your comment shows what a shallow piece of mierda you are!This shows just a little insight into how peoples lives can be totally disrupted,who are they going to turn to for any kind of help.What would any of us do if strangers turned up with guns on your doorstep,and your family is inside your house?
How powerless must they feel,and then angry?

Anonymous said...

May 6, 2012 9:37 PM .
"Lets stop pointing the finger and blaming others for the corruption our country is involved in"
We need more Mexicans like this.The ones who can get past the idiotic pride and admiration for these rats who are destroying Mexico.The idiotic nationalism that wont allow any kind of criticism.We need Mexicans like this,who look at themselves and see what has to be done.
Saludos to you senore.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute those are clone trucks looks like the real deal to me. Haha and yes blo,and carillos are still kicking ass without the goverments help. As for chapo and mayo why if so high and mighty they can't even cruise el malecon de mazatlan, cds bitch ass ratas working for uncle sam.

Anonymous said...

i dont know if u guys seen the mantas that the beltrans put up in culiacan mochis and guasave...just basically them crying about the military base right near mochis supporting chapos ppl in chiox and it even mentions a few names....so there u have it.

Anonymous said...

@May 7, 2012 4:51 PM

Amen to that! Not too often this kind of opinions come out from Mexico on this site.

Anonymous said...

Whos the ones crying like a bitch

Anonymous said...

See u moron that's why we say are aunt uncle and granny stories cuz they r on the ground and they aren't the media so all they say is the truth so when we comment like I did bout my aunt is cuz that's what actually happen and my aunt tell us like I'm sure the other person uncle did cuz the media probably does have it wrong even though u might not care ther is people that do so if u dont care don't comment and if u do care then take everything as a grain of salt but take it peace Loks

Anonymous said...

Not all of them were innocent rancheros this mofos grow weed for the cartels, so don't feel bad for them, fuck them they feed this shit is in their culture. The main guy here used to work for beltran -leyva but he flipped to cds and tried a hit on chapo isidro who has been whooping cds people like crazy.he went for blood after the attempted hit, but also to cut cds weed and amapola supply. And here comes the army to save chapos people ....again. oh and the drugs. This people have been growing amapola and weed for decades. Its America's drug basket.

Anonymous said...

True corruption is out of control in mexico....our bad. Guess what feeds corruption ON BOTH SIDES? DOLLARS AND A COUPLE OF MILLIONS OF JUNKIES.

Anonymous said...

May 8, 2012 11:10 PM .
Dude i hear you,but what the fuck are you supposed to do to make a little money in this bitch?Especially when there is no other way to go.
End of story.

Anonymous said...

What tha hell is amapola?

Anonymous said...

Your dumbass writes a stupid question like that on here.Why don't u Google it,with the same computer u used to write this,u filthy moron!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

jajaja,beltranes aint losing shit!!!.they only keep getting stronger,again.and over half of the dead are from the cds...jajaja laugh at that chapo fans!!!!!jajajajajajacds aint hold sit down!!!!

Anonymous said...

chapo isidro, beltrans, azules, zetas, juarez, templarios, CDGNG, Golfo or any other group. In the end we want a solution to all this bullshit so what is it? Everything needs to return to corrupt politicians and being run under the water like in the previous years and all the people that display open aggression and torture need to be put down chapo (isidro or guzman), mayo (anthrax), beltranes, zetas. Death will always come in this trade but needs to be put down to a minimum. Lets learn from the past like the Columbians. Now we are the ones killing each other like in the Escobar days. Its always run through Mexico but we were smarter before. Lets continue to make the profit but not kill over 150 thousand in the process. The flow up north will never stop but I think we are all smart enough to profit from it. The quicker we get this the less death we we will see. It hurts to see my Mexico like this.

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