Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tijuana: Portrait of an Encobijado

Portrait of an Encojibado
(contains graphic images)

January 2014:

The floor is dirty and stained, cigarettes stubbed out into the cold hard concrete, smoked to the end by murderers and enforcers, inhaling and talking casually, dressed in jeans and sneakers, as the life was choked from 'El Sureno.  One of the men present texted his wife, 'I just want you to know that I love you guys, and I am only going to kill one more, I have never killed anyone who didn't deserve it, I'll see you later'.  Juan Castro-Navarro, the man mentioned above, had been under investigation by Homeland Security agents since early 2013, who were intercepting his communications.  In November, HSI agents received a title III wire intercept on Castro-Navarro's phone.  Within 30 days they had seized 30 pounds of meth, and 2 pounds of heroin, in Ontario, CA.
Luis Fernando Torres Baltzar, "El Suereno'

I wrote about the sentencing and backstory of Juan Castro Navarro last summer, Castro-Navarro, revealed at his sentencing texted gleefully and ironically, about a man at his feet, being strangled to death in a grimy Tijuana stash house.  He couldn't be tried for the murder that happened in Mexico, in early 2014, but the District judge used it to enhance his sentence, saying Castro-Navarro had become a monster.  A newspaper article and the intercepted text messages were shown at the sentencing.  The images have been released by Zeta, and is a grim portrait of the life, handcuffs and barren safe houses, stench of death and stale beer, in cigarette smoke and urine from the victim.


This case gives us a chance to examine more closely, the bodies we routinely read and see, tossed dismissively, bound, gagged, scarred with bullets, knifes, blunt objects, on the streets of Tijuana.  El Sureno, the subject of Castro-Navarro's text messages was a gang member in Tijuana, possibly deported from Los Angeles, and working amongst the cities trafficking groups.  Castro-Navarro was a methamphetamine and heroin trafficker, and broker, who linked runners to customers in California and abroad.  He organized dozens of loads, with dozens of pounds of both drugs.  

El Sureno was an affiliate of a gang member in LA, known as David.  David, linked with Oscar Ureta-Cervantes, a partner of Castro Navarro, through El Sureno.  David wanted to take multiple pounds of meth a week, and quantities of heroin. Middle men would receive a few hundred for every pound sold.  Another customer, another account for Castro-Navarro.  But, David broke rank, on his first run, pulling a pistol on the Cervantes, and taking all the product.  

Castro-Navarro, another individual named Marlon, and Cervantes ordered El Sureno picked up, and brought to a safe house for interrogation, which he texted updates to his wife about.   Suereno was tortured, given an opportunity to make a deal, and pay a ransom of 20 pounds of meth for his release. He was beaten with a bat, his backside showing extensive bruising, and finally strangled to death.  

Associate: Did you beat him or choke him?
J (Castro Navarro's PIN):  The second.
Associate: (Winking emoji) 

Juan Castro Navarro, and his girlfriend Eloisa Monjardin German Magana

In Tijuana, in the life, people are kidnapped, beaten til bloody, staining the floors and mattresses with blood, sweat, human waste, as victims lose control of their bodily functions....their torturers and murderers are not all sociopathic monsters, but men who drink at the bars, buy their kids Christmas presents, let their wife's know they will be running late at work...

Link to previous story: http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2015/06/san-diego-tijuana-trafficker-texted.html

Source: Zeta Tijuana 


78 comments:

  1. Oh well. I doubt drug runners think they'll be sued or fired for stealing from their boss. Besides he probably would have ended up as an informant collecting workers comp paychecks for life!

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    1. A este sureñillo lo encobijaron porque tenia frio :)

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  2. Who cares a good cartel member is one that is dead. No one likes the cartels. The are detrimental to the harding working men and women that don't destroy lives by distributing drugs.

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  3. "I just want you to know that I love you guys, and I am only going to kill one more, I have never killed anyone who didn't deserve it, I'll see you later"

    What the f**king champion writes that kind of text message? I just don't understand.

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    1. Must be in the book, Drug Dealer 101. If I had a $1 for every hustler that told me 'I've never killed anyone who didn't deserve it,' I'd be in the Cayman Islands reading this....

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  4. The drugs passing through Mexico are the very same drugs passing through the US and yet the mayhem that these drugs leave in its wake in Mexico and the US is so different.

    The US has the largest incarceration rate in the world (with 50% being non-violent drug offenders?) and a high (in comparison to other similar nations) murder rate, but nothing in comparison to the mass murder taking place in Mexico since the start of the war on drugs.

    What is the root cause of the differnce? The extensive poverty in Mexico?

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    1. Not different at all my friend, not at all. In the US these crimes are not well publicized.

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    2. The difference is:
      --on the US everybody makes some money, some guys are even happy to get paid in species instead of cash, and more money moves around and back to the money laundering banks.
      In mexico, paying in species leads to bad debts, uncollectable, enforced distributorships, forced concoction of minidealers and little tienditas, competing with each other for the depleted markets, complicated with the exploitation and shakedown 9f cash by all the police corporations and the military...all of it for unos pinchis pesos that are never enough...

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    3. I don't think poverty has much to do with it. It's the fact that no one is ever charged with that violence cause they either have the police on their payroll or the police just will not even try to investigate 97% of murders in Mexico. If you kill a cop in Mexico they might just say they're investigating but if you kill a cop in the US they will man hunt you till they catch you.

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    4. well, I don't know the answer, but all countries share their perrcentage of nuts. I believe that the US has similar violence rates, just classified differently: Homicides in Mexico (all, including war on drugs) 17,000/year, gun accidents in Mexico 0, killings/deaths in external wars: 0, population 120 million. As in the US Homicides 18,500, gun "accidents" 24,000, killings/deaths in external wars 60,000 population 300 million, make you numbers ...

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    5. On the US you can kill a cop in self defense, if you can prove it.

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  5. If you want to live don't go around stealing

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  6. If you swim with sharks,you got to have teeth.

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  7. "surenos" mistake was vouchin for somebody that obviously he diden't know well.. or he was in on it.. either way, trash taking out trash.

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  8. 'their torturers and murderers are not all sociopathic monsters'
    Of course they are not monsters,dont you people get it?Violence is infectious,takes on a life of its own

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    1. Violence is a form of survival, illness, or addiction...just like drugs of any nature

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    2. Oh, yeah... Really, wow.

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    3. You need to learn psychology. Hate and anger CAN be "infectious", or influenced onto some prone people, but violence is not necessarily. Its the way mexicans are raised in such awful environments in that country. Like brazil. Look at any violent person, their environment has VERY MUCH to do with their violent tendancies. And just bc you text your wife bullshit as youre killing another human does not mean anything other then clearly hes also a manipulative prick. She obviously did not approve of his lifestyle, so he fed her this crap. As for buying xmas presents, that has nothing to do with anything. Who doesnt buy xmas presents? Even the ice man, the italian mafia hit man, bought his kids presents and led a very normal family life. And he was BRUTAL and totally indifferent. Thats an interesting case, I recommend anyone interested in this to read about him.

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    4. Watch the documentaries first... then watch the "iceman" movie. Really good. You almost feel for him. But then realized what he was.

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    5. 11:56 Read the txt messages again, she obviously did approve of his 'career' path. Most likely she was just using him.

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    6. The Ice Man was a diagnosed psychopath and a paranoid personality. He was completely detached from the suffering he inflicted on to others. I am personally glad he is dead, I don't think many of these killers in Mexico have mental issues to that degree. Most of them are just low life trash, evil people who place no value on human life. Just basic run of the mill scum.

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    7. Well, the nazis and their supporters were well educated and cultured people, it made no difference when the time came to show dedication and love for "the fatherland of the wolf" by arresting exploiting, robbing and gassing the German jews, the polish jews, the french jews and all the jews they could get their paws on...

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  9. Que loco pero asi don las cosas. People should know better that if you steal drugs you will pay with your life, but I have a feeling his friends in L.A don't give a shit. Just like the friends of the American men named Danny who was dissolved in Tijuana because he owed money to the cartel. His friends didn't pay and he was killed.

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    1. It would be interesting to know what percentage actually do steal.I bet it's 50% at 1 time or another.They are criminals.Now if it was you or I we wouldn't steal,that threat would work but then again we are not criminals and can be trusted but wouldn't want that risky business and value our lives,families and freedom over $.I guess that's why Chapo killed anyone that was late with a load.He figured it was being screwed with.Some crimals will steal someone else's load and let someone else pay with their life but maybe the ripoff artist will if he knows who he is but maybe not enough time.I don't know if they are killed within 24 hours.Smart ones will jump the border or move.I don't also know if there's a bust wouldn't that person be safe in prison in USA?

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    2. No maybe in fed pen 23hr lock down but my understanding is they want you dead in prison you gonna die quick and anyone in that line of work knows getting robbed is not allowed let alone stealing my guy says i owe X i better have X or proof i payed i've seen guy's sweat over 700$ checkin western union receipts

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  10. 24 top gangsters in El Chapo's drug cartel busted in US-Mexico sting, chapo snitched?

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    1. Chapo snitched what did you expect, he sold oranges

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    2. Chapo is an idiot for getting caught he got betrayed like he betrayed everyone else

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    3. any big names?

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    4. What do you expect,they're criminals betray each other all the time?

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    5. I am on the fence here, why had he not snitched sooner? is the results of the campaign to catch him? One thought i had is he talked to avoid USA ..... guess time will tell as it always does the truth will be revealed!

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  11. Drinking beers at bars and buying their kids gifts for christmas doesn't mean they are not sociopaths.

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    1. Agree 8:37. And just for the record, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM; 5th ed.), which came out in 2013-14, renamed the Sociopath Personality Disorder to Antisocial Personality Disorder, adding additional criteria's too. Whereas psychopath is considered genetically based, medical tests would have to determine whether psychopath or not.

      http://www.theravive.com/therapedia/Antisocial-Personality-Disorder-DSM--5-301.7-(F60.2)

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    2. 11:11 Great piont, thanks.

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    3. --What kind of mental disorders did the iran/contra drug trafficking rogue agents suffer?
      --What kind of mental disorders did the mexican DFS agents suffer to end trafficking drugs?
      --I understand their narco-puppets are the devil personified, but I want to understand their narco-puppet masters...

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  12. Chapo and his people are hitting rock bottom, no more power

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    1. Les va pasar lo que al cartel Arellano. Los van agarrar a todos.

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    2. Mencho already has Sinaloa. He is just waiting for more clearing, acting like an ass in other areas to thwart the actions from his group and/or now groups from the move in into Sinaloa. With this strategy, he may spiral down quicker than Guzman did. Guzman has a closer relationship to Mexico than Mencho. Guzman would have lived a comfortable life if only he would have retired. He is a little ignorant in that aspect. Some retire and travel, while others don't retire and end up in prison or dead.
      Some are kicking back with what area is now on the chopping block, while others are fighting in the shadows outside the area for that area that may be up for grabs-unless a Sinaloa native steps in and takes Guzman's lead.

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    3. True that, looks like mexico was tired of chapo

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    4. Lmao mencho has sinaloa ?

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    5. Thank fuck....but what still pisses me off is how Chapo is still getting so much publicity & fame like he's some sort of fckin celebrity. Just a few days ago, he was mentioned on that dumbass Ellen DeGeneres show as a joke. And don't forgot that damn merchandise sale going in California. Hope he gets extradited to the ADX & maybe he can reconnect again with his old friend Osiel Cardenas Guillen

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    6. Osiel will eat him up for breakfast.toe to toe.catchin the square. all my real mexicans know what im talkin bout.

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  13. Every so often codes show up here. If you pay attention you see them. You might think someone is speaking gibberish. Numbers are also used as codes. You just have to know what to be looking for. - El Soldado PerdIDO

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    1. Old news soldado perdido.

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    2. What do you mean? I am lost.

      :/

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    3. You are probably right but you,i or no one else is going to crack it nor will it lead any of us to a pot of gold aka 1000 kilos or where el chapo buried his money.its also known that spys us porn sites and dating sites to communicate as do terrorists.

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  14. The tittle should read:
    A day in the life of a big bad azz sureño,poor guy,he though he was the shit dealing this and dealing that y mira.....
    Gone like the mf wind....

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    1. 9:22. "he though he was the shit dealing this and dealing that y mira....." with guzman's pretty blonde girls

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    2. Damb, very poetic....

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  15. "Secretive operation nets dozens of cartel members"

    "The highly secretive, daylong law enforcement operation around the Arizona border with Mexico resulted in the arrest of two dozen alleged high-level members of the Sinaloa, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman."

    "ICE helped Mexican federal police into the U.S. to keep them safe during the operation, Christensen said."

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/secretive-us-mexico-cross-border-operation-sinaloa-cartel-arrests/

    Mexican report:

    http://www.milenio.com/policia/Cartel_de_Sinaloa-detenidos_Cartel_de_Sinaloa-Policia_Federal-violencia_Sinaloa_0_674332710.html

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    1. When will the real names and the "apodos" of those arrested be released, if ever?

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    2. For those not crossing la Frontera in the middle of the desert, take your pick of the ports of entry, nogales, San luis, mexicali, sonoyta/lukeville, going into mexico and coming into the usa from mexico, either or both your car identification and or personal Identification will be recorded and saved. Of the subject but police agencies in the usa routinely listen to people's phone conversations using a special device. Yes, this is a warrantless search, but they still do it. NSA is even worse.

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    3. Well, keep no secrets and don't tell them over the obama phones güey...

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  16. So it's CDS taking out CAF cholitos?

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  17. Chivis, rumor has it that El Chapo escaped again...have u heard anything?

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  18. I'm not sure if its a real story or its fake, but I just read that Chapo escaped again.

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  19. All this crap about Chapo. He's an embarrassment to the men of Mexico. Quick - extradite him for an ass fucking in the US because that is what the bitch needs.

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  20. Nortenos are even killing rats in mexico dammm that bald head sewr rat thought he was the shit unti a norte came and took his life good cause those punk rats deported extorcion and kill innocents in mexico but in the USA they stay kill
    -lil G-

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    1. You ain't no G Little G! Come to Manchester, England and I'll show you how real G's play you lil muppet!! Viva English Zetas

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    2. Stay in school lil G.

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    3. Best comment of the year^^^

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    4. I was thinking of putting this comment on a tshirt.

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  21. Sadly history repeatedly shows that, "ordinary" people like you and I can be caught up or forced into certain "situations" where we become depraved rapists, torturers, and killers.

    One student of humany depravity found that "ordinary" people who become torturers and killers enter situations where:
    (1) AUTHORIZATION. depraved acts are authorized by higher ups who legitimize and reward such acts.
    (2) Dehumanization. people who do heinous things to people are often immersed in situation where victims are defined as deserving of rape, torture, or death because they are such things as rats, roaches, worms, shit, or enemies deserving of violent treatment.
    (3) Routinization. Heinous acts like those of sicario members of Mexican narco cartels are often trained to regard these behaviors as normal even routine parts of their jobs. It can easily happen where raping,tortuing, and killing can be mundane , even "fun" routines.

    I want to emphasize that falling into situations where the above occurs is varied and complex and may not be evident to common folks.

    Yes, psychopaths, sociopaths are definately part of the population who do depraved violent acts because the fit in or are attracted to these things. Again,under certain situations and circumstances some of us could become willing actors in depraved deeds.
    Mexico-Watcher




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    1. So i guess that makes me a sociopath and not a psychopath thanks for clearing it up guys.I only kill cause i have to not because i want to.

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    2. Scary shit.Thx for the insight MW.

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    3. 4:o7-So sad.What happens if you don't kill?I can only imagine.Can you move to another state?Sounds like your life is controlled 100%.

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  22. I just read that El Mayo's oldest son testified against El Chapo and he was an informant. Now we all know the background story but I'm just wondering how come this didn't spark a war between Mayo and Chapo?

    Also if El Azul is indeed "dead" then who runs his plazas?

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  23. 24 Sinaloa cartel members arrested -joint US and Mexico operation

    https://news.vice.com/article/24-sinaloa-cartel-members-arrested-in-secretive-joint-operation-by-us-and-mexico

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  24. What's a title 3 wire intercept?

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  25. Surprised you Chapo Sinaloa haters didn't correct the title as it should read ENCOBIJADO. Chapos haters can't read either I guess

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  26. Breaking news they caught el 2000 in Guasave, Sinaloa he was on of the leaders in the BLO.

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  27. this hommie maybe stole some chapos meth and now he is in hell RIP mexican mafia eme

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  28. Many of the deaths here in Mexico are from instances just like in the USA. Dealers staking out their corners and territory for local sales. This is pall over Mexico. I have seen the local dealers that even deliver to homes in smaller pueblos. Drug use is rampant here in Mexico. I remember the heroin house in TJ. The police do not bother with the junkies because they know there is nothing in it for them and the junkies cannot pay bribes. From taxis to taco stands and more drug use here in Mexico is off the charts. Many people are being killed here and even their families because of drug use by the people. The corners here in Chihuahua are full of people wanting to wash you windows at street corners so they can get their next fix. Every country has their drug problems and no one is to blame for the violence here in Mexico other than the people that live here. If they want it to stop the drug use really needs to stop here in Mexico to help set an example.

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  29. It's spelled encobijado. From the word cobija. Bed spread.

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  30. So his homie that jacked the Cartel guy is the big winner here?

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  31. A Title III wiretap intercept is basically the highest level of interception...Here is a more detailed explanation:

    http://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-92-title-iii-procedures-attachment-c

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