Wednesday, August 16, 2017

San Diego: Mini Lic lieutenant pleads guilty to trafficking from Sinaloa to Tijuana

Mini Lic associate lieutenant pleads guilty to trafficking from Sinaloa to Tijuana 

As Damaso Lopez-Serrano adjusts to live in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego, a looming structure overlooking the city, and the bay, his close associate  Jesus Manuel Salazar-Nunez has pled guilty, on the day he was scheduled to go to trial, in the court of Dsitrict Judge Dana Sabraw, who is overseeing prosecutions against Chino Antrax, and Serafin Zambada-Ortiz. He pled to a three count indictment, conspiracy to import cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.

All these cases, the flow chart of how drugs are trafficked across the country through San Diego, stem from Operation Narco Polo, which will be the defining investigation that brought down the Sinaloa Cartel, as we knew it from 2006 to 2015.

Plazas of organized crime: Narco Plaza Map

Victor Sanchez Valdez for La Silla Rota 

The Plazas of Organized Crime: A classification
Click on image to enlarge

Every day in various parts of the country there are armed clashes  between groups of organized crime, which seek to control as many municipalities as possible. It is a rampant race among dozens of organizations, where the will never be a definitive “winner”.  Even so, these criminal groups have incentives to try and expand their areas of influence and keep the plazas that are under their control.

U.S. Gov to El Chapo’s “Legal Dream Team”, no promises we won't go after your fees

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Before they get into the case the new legal team of El Chapo Guzman wanted assurances from the United States government not to go after their paid fees in a form of forfeiture.  On Friday August 11th, the feds sent a letter to the court addressing this and other issues.  [read the letter below in the included scribd document.]
“Certain private counsel have contacted the government and advised that they have obtained signed retainer agreements from the defendant. These attorneys, however, have sought prospective, written assurance that the government will not seek, at any time, to forfeit any legal fees collected by them for their representation of the defendant. In response, the government has advised private counsel that it will not grant a blanket, prospective assurance that it will forgo forfeiture of any and all funds received from the defendant for his legal fees. The government also advised that, should an actual forfeiture issue arise with respect to attorney fees, the parties can address the issue at that time. Therefore, the government respectfully requests that the Court deny the defendant’s request to set a deadline to provide the aforementioned assurance as moot.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Criminally Charged: Texas police Chief in collusion with Cartel del Golfo leader

Bjeff for Borderland Beat republished from the Monitor

Chivis Note:

A tiny town with big problems…
La Joya  is a tiny Texas town which dots the southern border having  a population of 4000.  It appears that  Hernandez hoped to use his police chief position to bump-start a political career. He was a candidate for Hidalgo County sheriff, with unsuccessful bids for the Democratic Party nomination in 2012 and 2014. He later attempted an unsuccessful write-in campaign in November’s general election.Hernandez replaced former chief Julian Gutierrez, who was fired by the La Joya Mayor. Gutierrez had worked as a lieutenant in the department before he replaced former chief Jose Del Angel, who committed suicide in 2011. In the criminal complaint against Hernandez, it is alleged that Hernandez told an informant that he was “close friends” with CDG leader “El Toro”. Read details in the complaint at bottom.

El Toro was killed in April in a massive shootout with the Mexican Marina. -Note Chivis-

Federal Police officer who captured El Chapo moved to embassy in D.C. for safety

posted by Yaqui for BB republished from Reuters photo from Alternativo Noticias

A Mexican federal police officer who captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in northwest Mexico last year was moved for his own safety to a posting at the Mexican embassy in Washington, DC, according to two Mexican law enforcement sources.

Nicolas Gonzalez was a senior federal police officer in the northwestern state of Sinaloa during the January 2016 capture of Guzman, the sources said. Gonzalez is now Mexico's law enforcement emissary in Washington, according to the sources and the Mexican foreign ministry website.

Currently awaiting trial in New York after being deported to the United States, Guzman was re-captured in the Sinaloa town of Los Mochis. The kingpin, who ran the feared Sinaloa drug cartel, had been on the run after infamously escaping through a tunnel from his high-security jail in 2015.

Drug cartel violence in Cancun and Los Cabos

Republished from New York Times

Reporter: Andrew O'Reily

In January, a lone gunman entered the trendy Blue Parrot nightclub in the upscale Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen and opened fire. Chaos ensued as the crowd scrambled for cover as the gunman traded shots with another man inside the club and security working the annual BPM music festival tried to suppress the melee.
When the bullets stopped flying in what is believed to be a drug cartel-related gunfight, five people were dead – including a Canadian bodyguard caught in the crossfire and an American teenager who was trampled to death as panicked partiers fled the club.
On Sunday, sunbathing tourists were forced to take cover on the white sand beaches of Los Cabos – a popular getaway at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula – as gunmen unloaded and left three people dead.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The grim truth of Los Cabos

The truth of Los Cabos 

Aftermath of shootout in Acapulco, April 2010
There are signs.  Messages in the bodies, signals in the bound, executed bodies, who lay in the sun, or sit in the dark, until they are discovered.  There are patterns in the bullets, the ring of heavy arms firing from shoulders of men wearing t shirts and jeans, chasing down another, emptying bullets into the fleeing, until they are lifeless and bleed out, onto the pavement.

There is a sense of familiarly and foreboding in the coolers with body parts, with lifeless severed heads, twisted expressions and slicked, damp hair, eyes staring out of the OXXO coolers.  The mass graves, the fosas, the digging, shovels and heavy equipment, unearthing the secrets men tell, when they are alone, tired, beaten and bloody too, they whisper "I will tell you where there are bodies". Where we buried the bodies.

La Paz: Cousin of soccer player "El Chuletita" Orozco tortured and exeucted

Cousin of "El Chuletita Orozco" tortured and executed

In the early hours of Thursday morning, August 9th, in an inner colonia in La Paz, Diana Laura a man's body was discovered, as have many since the narcounemdo wars came to the city in 2014.  The man was Emillio "El Capote" Ibarra Penuelas, cousin of Javier Antonio Orozco Penuelas, "El Chuletita", who played for Tampico Madera league.  

Ibarra-Penuelas was confirmed to be "dedicated to narcocomunedo" in Laz Paz, by the state intelligence agencies.  Bands of narco retailers sometimes aligned and sometimes loyal to factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, and increasingly the CJNG bloody the streets of La Paz to control the sales of drugs, mainly crystal among the colonias. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mexico: counterfeit,tainted alcohol causing tourists blackouts-robbed and assaulted

  • Until July 27th, the U.S. state department failed to warn travelers of tainted alcohol, served at resorts and clubs causing blackouts.      
  • 36-40% of  Mexican alcohol is counterfeit, made by cartels.                                                                                                             
Dead after drinking alcohol at resort
Mexican authorities swept through 31 resorts, restaurants and nightclubs in Cancun and Playa del Carmen in recent days, suspending operations at two for unsanitary alcohol and in the process discovered a sketchy manufacturer that was supplying tourist hot spots.

Regulators seized 10,000 gallons of illicit alcohol from the company, noting its “bad manufacturing practices,” according to government officials. They did not release the company's name.

Among those suspended: the lobby bar in the Iberostar Paraiso Maya, a resort in the complex where Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman, (at left) drowned amid suspicious circumstances while on vacation with her family in January.

Other vacationers later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they had blacked out and been assaulted at the resort after drinking at the beach and pool bars.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

El Chapo: Inside the Hunt for Mexico's most notorious drug king

Rush hour starts early on Heroin Highway, generally by 6 a.m. Hockey dads in sport-utes; high school teens in car pools; commodities brokers and pensioners making their early-morning runs into Chicago on I-290. The Eisenhower Expressway – the Ike, as locals call it – is a straight shot in from the western suburbs to the mob-deep blocks of West Chicago. So Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords are up with the sun to pitch their work to the early birds, hugging the corners under the Ike's offramps to do much of their day's business by 8 a.m. Since cheap, potent heroin flooded Chicago 10 years ago and addicted a bell-cow demographic – middle-class whites – those corners off the Ike have become bull markets for gangs strong enough to hold them down. "They serve you in your car, quick-out in under a minute, and you're back home in Hinsdale before the kids wake," says Jack Riley, the ex-special agent in charge of the Chicago office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "That's why gangsters kill for those corners. They're the Park Place and Boardwalk of the drug game."

Riley, the town's most famous federal agent since the days of the Untouchables, put together a strike force that jailed the major kingpins and left the gangs rudderless and scrambling. "We knocked down the big guys – the suppliers and OGs – but the young ones started killing their way up. That's what happens when you get your targets: The gangsters don't know who they work for." Actually, even before his strike force rolled up the leaders, no one here knew who they really worked for. Riley estimates that Mob City has 150,000 gangsters in residence – and though most are in endless wars with one another, they've all blindly served the same master for 10 years: Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo. The king of all kings has likely never set foot here, though he made this city his American office, trucking heroin (and coke) from Mexico by the metric ton and taking billions of dollars out in small bills. Chicago has been a most congenial hub for Chapo. Centrally located and braided by interstates, it is a day's drive, or less, from most of America – and from the Mexican border.

Oddball trio at center of $4.5M Detroit heroin mystery

By Robert Snell | TheDetroit News;              posted by Huero on Borderland Beat

Detroit — A pediatrician, a horse groomer and a barber walked into a Novi drug den last month, triggering the second-largest heroin seizure in Metro Detroit history and a $4.5 million mystery federal agents are still unraveling one month later.

Federal agents are tracing the oddball backgrounds of the three men and their possible ties to a Mexican drug cartel after finding $500,000 and 88 pounds of heroin in the Novi condominium. The heroin was packaged in bricks of a brown powdery substance and DEA agents fear the drugs were laced with fentanyl, a powerful pain medication fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic that is so toxic a drop small enough to fit on the tip of a pen is considered fatal.

Interviews and federal court records indicate the July 10 bust disrupted a heroin pipeline stretching from Mexico to Metro Detroit and involved a cast of characters who made repeated trips to the area in recent months.

“Oh, there is more to the picture than meets the eye,” said defense lawyer Elias Escobedo, who represents Adolfo Verdugo Lopez, the 51-year-old pediatrician who hails from the Sinaloa drug cartel’s home turf in Mexico.

Friday, August 11, 2017

'Los Ántrax' creator : "El 20" arrested, sentenced, escaped, captured, then....set free

Siskiyou_kid for Borderland Beat translated and republished from Rio Doce
Claims of torture by arresting agents set him free and a bag of money sent to the judge

Note: In Mexico there is no punishment for escape or attempted escape.  The caveat; there were no crimes committed while the escapee is free.

Jesús Peña González, 'El 20', was captured and sentenced, then he escaped and then is granted his freedom

Even though the Attorney General considers Jesús Peña González a high-ranking narcotrafficker in the Sinaloa Cartel, the criminal proceedings against him are a series of screw ups.

Documents from the District Court and the Collegiate Court show evidence of illegal actions by the Secretary of the Navy and the PGR, favoring the case of  'el 20', alleged chief of security for Ismael 'el Mayo' Zambada, and creator of 'Los Ántrax' along with José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, 'el Chino Ántrax'.
The arrest, Peña González home is the the brown and white structure No.. 642
Peña González escaped from the Culiacán penitentiary last March and Peña defeated the PGR in the Supreme Court of Justice with the ratification of an amparo that annuls the conviction and sentence.

Chihuahua Drug Runners---The World’s Greatest Ultrarunners

Siskiyoukid for Borderland Beat republished from Texas Monthly by Ryan Goldberg Photographs by David Ramos

The Drug Runners-Tarahumara of Chihuahua

It was a half hour after midnight and Silvino Cubesare Quimare was approaching the ghost town of Separ, in southwest New Mexico. Tall and lithe, his skin browned from years of laboring under the desert sun, he strode through the darkness. Strapped to his back were two homespun burlap packs, one filled with 45 pounds of marijuana bricks and the other with enough burritos and gallon jugs of water to survive another week in the wilderness. With him were five cousins and a nephew, each shouldering a similar load. They trudged silently past the scars of an old copper mining trail, long-gone railroad tracks and trading posts that once upon a time exchanged men, minerals, and equipment across the border to Chihuahua. Up ahead, they saw the lights of a highway and knew they were within a dozen miles of their drop-off. They’d reach it before daybreak.

It was April 2, 2010, and over five days they had traveled roughly five hundred miles from their village of Huisuchi, in the remote Sierra Madre mountains of northern Mexico. For months, Huisuchi had been cursed with drought. Though clouds had gathered off and on over the villagers’ homes—dark, billowing masses that overshadowed their huts among the fields of corn—it had not rained. 

The villagers had danced, and their children had tossed handfuls of water toward the sky, asking their god Onorúame for help, but relief had not come. By early spring their corn was burned on the stalk. 

Rather than face starvation, Silvino’s cousins had approached him with an idea: they could go on a drug-running mission across the border. It was a quick-paying job, and it would help their village. “You’re strong and you know the way,” they pleaded. “You’ve done this before.”

Son of President Maduro of Venezuela linked to El Chapo Guzman

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

Subject Matter: Nicolas Maduro Guerra, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Unknown
An ex military officer assured today that Nicolas Maduro Guerra, son of the President transported packages of unknown contents to the airport on the island of Margarita, where he affirmed persons close to the Venezuelan Government maintained meetings with the narco trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

In an interview with Canal TV Colombia, the ex Venezuelan Captain, Sunny Balza Dugarte, who is seeking political asylum in the United States assured that cargoes were delivered and sent during the night from vehicles that went directly to the planes on-loading ramps with unknown cargo.

The operations, according to Balza, were carried out in the military loading area of the International Aeroport of Caribe Santiago Marino, located on the island of Margarita, and that there was no control over the airport or the narco traffickers.

The ex military, who faces arrest warrants in Venezuela, did not detail that the cargo's contained illicit substances because of the type of packaging that entered the aircraft was marked as owned by the state oil company PDVSA.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Puebla: The Capture 'Doña Lety', Cancun narco leader

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat material from Excelsior and Quintana Roo Hoy
The Federal Police and the Navy Secretariat (Semar) yesterday detained Leticia Rodríguez Lara, aka "Doña Lety" or "La 40",  identified as leader of a Cancun cartel, which conducts criminality in different municipalities of the Riviera Maya.

Authorities explained that Doña Lety was detained in a coordinated operation by both authorities in the state of Puebla.She was arrested on the Mexico-Veracruz highway.

Investigations by the federal government indicate that Leticia Rodríguez Lara, a former agent of the Judicial Police, is originally from Veracruz. In Cancún she allied with the Cartel del Pacífico against the Los Zetas cartel to eliminate their presence in Cancún, Zetas had a lock on Cancún for years. Leticia Rodríguez Lara is investigated for homicides, as well as kidnappings and extortions committed in Cancun, and Quintana Roo, in the dispute for the control of the “plaza” (Territory, turf)The dispute is between cartels of the Zetas, Gulf and Nueva Generación Jalisco.

The dispute over Cancún; The struggle for control maintained by Doña Lety, led to the formation in August 2016 of the group known as Los Combos, organized to overthrow Dona Lety. A failed attempt to assassinate Dona Lety transpired last April.

Los Combos was identified by the Army in September 2016, who told local media the presence of a new cartel in the Cancún-Playa-Tulum corridor. At present this is fractured by internal problems.

A Journalists Murder Underscores Growing Threat in Mexico

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from the Chron

Riodoce Co-Founder Javier Valdez Cardenas
Executed with 12 Bullets on May 15, 2017
with in Sight of his Office
By: Maria Verza, AP
Aug 4, 2017

But on this day, in the shadow of their own tragedy, they've come together to talk about security. It's important to change their routines, they are told. Be more careful with social media. Don't leave colleagues alone in the office at night.

Two senior journalists discuss what feels safer: to take their children with them to the office, which was the target of a grenade attack in 2009, or to leave them at home.

 In this June 26, 2017 photo, local journalists gather for a press conference concerning the kidnapping of 8 people at an upscale restaurant, at the Sinaloa Attorney General's office in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico,not long after the murder of Javier Valdez Cardenas, one of the Co-founders and inspiration for Riodoce.

CJNG is going for control of all national territory after breaking alliance with El Mayo Zambada

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

Subject Matter: Territorial expansion of the CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

(Otis: this article makes some fairly big claims about CJNG, and should promote some good discussion in the comments section.)

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion will dispute more territory with the Sinaloa Cartel after breaking its alliance with El Mayo Zambada, and taking control of Fuerzas Especiales de Los Damaso.

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is vying for control of the entire national territory. Unofficial sources from the Centre for Research and National Security (CISEN) presume that the break up of the organization led by Nemesio Oseguera Gonzalez, El Mencho, with the faction of the Sinaloa Cartel headed by Ismael Zambada Garcia, El Mayo, with whom he had an alliance after the recapture of Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo, in January of 2016.

The breakup of the two cartels, the two most important in drug trafficking in Mexico, could have been motivated by the recent delivery to the US authorities of Damaso Lopez Serrano, El Mini Lic, head of the Los Damaso faction of the Sinaloa Cartel, after the capture of his father, and head of the Fuerzas Especiales del Damaso. FED had allegedly been transferred to the control of the CJNG.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Soccer star Rafael Marquez named in Largest Mexican Cartel Kingpin Designation

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Mexican soccer star and a Norteno band leader are 2 of 22 sanctioned 

As a result of several long-term DEA investigations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today identified Mexican national Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization (Flores DTO) as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

In addition to Flores and the Flores DTO, OFAC also designated 21 Mexican nationals and 42 entities in Mexico for providing support to the narcotics trafficking activities of Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores DTO and/or for being owned or controlled by the Flores DTO, its members, and trusted associates.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman retains lead attorney of Alfredo "El Mochomo" Beltran

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

El Chapo Hires legal Dream Team....

Among many complaints from El Chapo Guzmán about his treatment and case, Guzmán’s wife Emma made it known the family was shopping for a new attorney. So it comes as no surprise that a new lead attorney has been retained. The surprise is that the attorney, Eduardo Balazero was the lead attorney that tried the case of Alfredo “Mochomo” Beltran Leyva. “Mochomo” was expected to become a witness against Guzmán, if ever the case went to trial.  It was wisely expected he would cut a deal with the feds in exchange for testimony . However, that never happened, Mochomo cut no deal, pleaded guilty and offered nothing.Balarezo notified the court in May that he had no intentions of going forth with Mochomo’s appellate case.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tijuana: "El Tribi" CJNG/CTNG cell leader detained

"El Tribi" CJNG cell leader detained 

To understand the killings in Tijuana, you must understand, to a degree, these men.  The detainees, the ones whose name dance across narco mantas, glistening in the morning sun, whose names line the pages of ZETA, whose songs are published on Youtube, and played in private parties, and mariscos spots, with pistols in their waists, newer model vehicles, cocaine, meth, alcohol in their systems...

Tribi, one of these men, was detained today, with a weapon and crystal meth, in neighborhood in Tijuana. He is said to be operating in Ciudad Jardin, El Cortez, Altamira, Los Altos, among others.  It was reported he was arrested in San Antonio de Los Buenos.  Heavy violence and killings are routine in those neighborhoods.  

"El Tribi", whose name has long rang in the circles mentioned above, appearing even in the latest edition of Zeta.  Jesus Salvador Padilla Rodriguez, is one of the main crystal meth distributors in the Western area of Tijuana, under the line of Javier Cabera Beltran, known as "R4", "JP". 

La Familia Michoacana accuse Astudillo of protecting Guerreros Unidos

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

Subject Matter: La Familia Michoacana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
A group of armed subjects that identified themselves as members of the criminal group La Familia Michoacana accused the Governor Hector Astudillo Flores of giving protection to the PRD Mayor of Teloloapan, Robel Uriostegui Patino, as well as the community guard of this town linked to Guerreros Unidos.

The video which appeared in social networks this weekend, in which one can observe a dozen men carrying rifles, their faces covered and wearing military type uniforms, warn about a resurgence in the violence in the North region of the Tierra Caliente.

In this part of the State, where Astudillo promotes mining projects and provides security to investors, the groups of La Familia Michoacana and Guerreros Unidos maintain a confrontation for control of the routes for growing and transit of heroin and the profits generated by the mining industry which has left a trail of death, disappeared and displaced.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Damaso Lopez "Mini Lic" indicted in San Diego

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

on right with El mayos son
Damaso Lopez Serrano, believed to be the godson of  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, who turned himself in to U.S. authorities, amid a power struggle conflict against the sons of El Chapo Guzmán, has charges filed against him, has been indicted and appeared today in San Diego ninth district federal court.

When he gave himself over to U.S. authorities in Calexico it was thought he  had no charges against him. The investigation lasted five years and involved intercepts of more than 250 communication devices. In 2015, there were tens of thousands of communication intercepts.

“Mini Lic”, and five of his  associates are accused of trafficking drugs into the U.S.from May 2005 to August 2016.

The amount of drugs have not yet been specified, but in general terms it was recorded on the indictment of being more than a pound of methamphetamine, more than two pounds of heroin and more than 11 pounds of cocaine.  In superseding indictments information will become more specific.

Foreign Troops in Mexico

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

Subject Matter: Foreign troops operating in Mexico against El Narco
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Raymundo Riva Palacio
After the publication of the transcripts of the conversation between the Presidents of Mexico and the United States on the 27th of January of this year, when Trump said to Enrique Pena Nieto that he was " 100% ready to send American troops to Mexico to kill narco traffickers, the newspaper the Washington Post that revealed the transcription asked, " can Trump send troops to Mexico?

Peter DeShazo, Professor of Latin American Studies at Dartmouth College, responded; "Its improbable that the Mexican Government will permit elite units, like the Green Berets or SEAL's, to confront the drug cartels, or to play a support role to the Mexican units. It is not a unilateral theme. The organized crime is an international concern, and is not a purely domestic theme from Mexico", De Shazo, said that Trump is exceeding what is required. Trump doesn't need to send troops, because his military have been in Mexico for some time.

Not in the form that the Washington Post remembers in the American invasion of 1847-48, or the American flotilla in Veracruz in 1914. This model of intervention corresponds to actions long in the past. The present deployment has distinct face and has been in Mexico for various years, since the dawn of the second world war, there has been a bilateral agreement that both countries can use, without the necessity to solicit authorization, the airports and military bases of each nation in extraordinary situations.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

CDS: Internal War Continues; Los Chapitos vs Los Damasos and Company

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Debate

Damaso Lopez Serrano, aka "El Mini Lic"
July, 2017

Last week Dámaso López Núñez Serrano, better known as "El Mini Lic" was handed over to US authorities, and yesterday ; Nahúm Sicarios alias, "El Quinceañero", was captured, the financial operator of the first, these facts indicate a marked  blow to organized crime, but José Reveles, an expert on issues of organized crime and drug trafficking and author of several books on the subject, says in an interview given to the Broken Chair, said that the violence will not end .

US Federal Agents Flew a Secret Spy Plane to Hunt Drug Cartel Leaders in Mexico

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Buzz Feed 

Neither the US Marshall Service nor the Mexican Government wants to talk about their joint efforts to hunt drug kingpins. BuzzFeed news spotted a US Marshalls spy plane circling the skies around the time of a prominent capture in Sinaloa.

By: Peter Aldous and Karla Zabludovsky
Carlos Alvarez for Zeta
Aug 3, 2017

At 7:50 a.m. on May 1, Mexican marines stopped a vehicle carrying a key player in the bloody war for control of the Sinaloa drug cartel. David López was the chief bodyguard of Dámaso “El Licenciado” López, formerly the right-hand man of the cartel’s then-leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Shortly afterward, while being transported to a federal prosecutor’s office, the bodyguard collapsed and died. His boss was detained in Mexico City the following day.

But the official account of the bodyguard’s capture in Eldorado, Sinaloa, provided to BuzzFeed News by Mexican authorities under a freedom of information request, omitted an important detail. On April 28, and again on the morning of the capture, a small Cessna plane circled above Eldorado, a city of fewer than 25,000 people. The aircraft was operated by the US Marshals Service, and is part of a small fleet of spy planes used to hunt fugitives, in part by tracking their cell phones.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Mexico's Deadliest Town. Mexico's Deadliest Year.

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from the NYT

Colima's Very Active Volcano
An Auspicious Symbol
Award Winning Photo by Nat Geo Photographer Sergio Tapiro
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Nat Geo Award Winner 2017 
By:Azad Ahmed
Paulina Villegas Contributes from Mexico City
Aug 4, 2017

TECOMÁN, Mexico — He slumped in a shabby white chair, his neck unnaturally twisted to the right. A cellphone rested inches away, as if he had just put it down. His unlaced shoes lay beneath outstretched legs, a morbid still life of what this town has become.

Israel Cisneros, 20, died instantly in his father’s one-room house. By the time the police arrived at the crime scene, their second homicide of the night, the blood seeping from the gunshot wound to his left eye had begun to harden and crack, leaving a skin of garish red scales over his face and throat.

Cartels operating in central Mexico, Familia Michoacana controls most territory

Chivis notes are in parenthesis:  Translated and republished from Animal Poltico
Breakdown of territory for; LFM, CT, CJNG, Zetas, Sinaloa, BLO and others...

By: Víctor Manuel Sánchez Valdés*

A little over three years ago, I published an article called “Why did violence increase in Edomex?” (Available link here ), which included a series of maps indicating in which of the 125 municipalities of the State of Mexico were criminal organizations were operating,  such as the La Familia Michoacana (LFM), the Zetas, the New Generation Jalisco Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, the Cartel del Golfo CDG), the Guerreros Unidos, Caballeros Templarios, among others.

In the three years since, the presence of criminal organizations has spread in the State of Mexico and Mexico City. An example is what occurred last week in  Tláhuac; That is why I considered it pertinent to update my database and perform a new radiograph of the presence of criminal organizations operating in the State of Mexico, now including the 16 delegations of Mexico City.

This database was constructed from a review of the journalistic material that has been generated around the criminality in these entities. In particular, a systematic search for reports for each municipality, delegation and criminal organization was made. Used when at least two independent reports were found that confirmed the presence of a criminal organization in a municipality or delegation, during the period from January 1, 2014 to June 8, 2017.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Matamoros Tamaulipas: Narco Camp Discovered

Translated and republished from Reforma

Elements of the Army discovered an area used to train members of organized crime, used as well  for the amoring and cloning of vehicles in Matamoros.

The National Defense Ministry (Sedena) reported the finding as occurring on Thursday, when military personnel assigned to the Eighth Military Zone carried out patrols in the southeast sector of the city after receiving an anonymous complaint.

As soldiers moved in on the site, criminals blocked their passage by hurling ponchallantas (tire spikes) to avoid military intervention.

At the site, the agents found several abandoned buildings and training areas used for the training of members of the crime organization.

Seized in the operation  was a total of 13recent model  vans, two of them with armor, one with cloned distinctions of the Secretary of Marina and another with emblems of the federal Police, in addition to two automobiles.

Deportee Kidnap Victim Freed: Talks of Beating and Starvation

 Posted By DD for Borderland Beat from

US / Mexico Border between Laredo,Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Thanks to Tu Fren for the Heads Up and Link
By: Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer
Additional reporting by: Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News
Extra Material from News5Cleveland
Aug 2, 2017

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The Painesville man who was kidnapped Tuesday night by a Mexican crime cartel after being deported to a dangerous city in Mexico, was released Sunday night after enduring five days of beatings and starvation. Francisco Narciso was released after his girlfriend in Painesville wired two payments of nearly $4,000.

Francisco Narciso said he was accosted by two men with guns Tuesday night shortly after he was taken to Nuevo Laredo by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

"He had just bought a bus ticket to another city when he was approached by two men with guns," said his girlfriend who is the mother of his two children but does not want to be identified. She talked with him by phone Sunday and he told her about his ordeal. "They went to either side of him, put the guns to his side and ordered him to get into a truck," she said.

Routes and Capos of the drugs trafficking cartels in Tijuana

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

Subject Matter: Cartels operating in Baja California
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

In the criminal struggle that has caused 1137 executions, 5 criminal cartel cells have invaded Baja California, all converged on Tijuana and fight for criminal control in Ensenada for the arrival of drugs. "El Checo" Flores, of Mexicali has expanded into Tijuana, "El Tigre" Soto started out in State capital and expanded into Tijuana and Rosarito in Ensenada, a town in which they are fighting against Victor Mejia "El Griego", of Los Aquiles

Reporter: Zeta Investigations and Cortesia

All of the drug routes in Baja Califorina converge on Tijuana, evidence of this is the ten tonnes of marijuana secured by the State Preventative Police and the Army in the Nueva Aurora colonia, discovered in a search by the PGR on the 18th of July.

Before, on the 2nd and 17th of the same month,  244 packets and 33 bags on a yacht, also in the Flores Magon colonia, inside a car they found 62 kilos of marijuana, 213 more kilos of marijuana in a house in the Xochimilco colonia, and 100 kilos of marijuana on a dirt road in the Playas de Tijuana delegation. They were counted among the many other captures of 1 to 5 kilos of the drug.

On July the 9th, following the assassination of Commander Antonio Garcia Garcia in Ensenada, the primary investigation of the coordination group revealed that the officer who was riddled with bullets by drug traffickers who were unloading in the San Quintin valley for the CJNG, Los Michoacanos de San Telmo, who initially were criminals for Alfonso Lira "El Atlante" and whose principal activity was the control and logistical transfer of drugs to the Tijuana frontier.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Saltillo, Coahuila: CJNG leaves narco message gives 4 cartels 72 hrs to get out

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Yesterday morning, CJNG narcomantas were reported being circulated throughout the city of Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila. It says they have arrived, will clear out cartels now in operation, and gives warning to all who are cooperatives with the cartels.

The message orders cartels it claims are operating in the city; El Cartel Del Golfo, Los Zetas,  El Cartel Del Noreste, and Sinaloa Cartel,  to leave Saltillo within 72 hours.

The message chastises El Mayo Zambada and the children of El Chapo Guzmán, Ivan and Jesús Alfredo who are also known as "Los Menores ("The Minors) who tells them they should be ashamed of how low their cartel has fallen.

CJNG ended with a message to the Coahuila Governor Ruben Moreira.  Stating “It is a pity that in the capital of your state, four cartels operate and no one did anything to get them out.  We will.”

Tijuana: The Executors

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito

To this date, 1071 executions have been reported in Baja California. This sum has already surpassed the executions in 2014, 2015, and its about to surpass the executions of 2016. The Coordination Group has decided to focus their efforts on the capture of the Cell Leaders, who in their insane war, they have dedicated themselves to fight over the small scale drug sale points. The executors are 3 from "Los Aquiles" and 2 from "Los Chompas" of the Sinaloa Cartel; 2 of the "Pilotos" who belong to CAF; and 3 from CJNG. Only 1 has apprehension orders. 

Víctor Hugo Mejía López, "El Griego". René Arzate García, "La Rana" Alfredo Arzate García, “El Aquiles” , "El Mayor".

With 165 murders in Tijuana and 197 murders in Baja California, May was listed as the bloodiest month in the border city. Then in June, with 206 executions across the state, became the most violent state of the country. In that context, during the last six weeks, the State Secretary of Public Security, Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, has repeated in speeches and interviews that the fact that until July 14 there were 1,071 executed in BC and 824 only in Tijuana, Does not mean that there are thousands of assassins. The reality is that they are a few hitman and most of them belong to three cartels.

De la Rosa has made an effort to point out that those responsible are barely a dozen of traffickers and that their hitmen are not many. He speaks about 60 hitman, but only eight account for the majority of the victims.

According to the Coordination Group, a member of the municipal order explained that the hitmen seem numerous because when arrested or killed, they are quickly replace. "For example, we are realizing that the life of a killer is not very long", and depends on the information that they have.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Terror in Guanajuato: 10 Executed Including Police Chief of Celaya

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Proceso

Official Dodge Ram P-up of the Chief of Police of Celaya
 Additional Material from Debate
 July 31, 2017

GUANAJUATO, Gto. In two different attacks committed in the early hours of Monday the  director of the Police of Celaya and his escort were assassinated, while in Abasolo a police woman was riddled by bullets at her home in an attack by armed men that left eight dead, with a total of 10 victims in both events, according to the PGR.

Around three in the morning of Monday, an armed group arrived in several vehicles to an address on Allende Street in the Municipality of Abasolo, meters from the towns square, where the municipal police agent along with family members were murdered, according to the initial information. The group began firing towards the house and at those who were inside. Some were able to run towards the street, but were hit by the alleged assassins and killed.

One Million Peso Reward Offered for "El Bukanas"

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Proceso

Reward Offered for Former Top Cop Turned Top Fuel Thief
Extra Material from El Cambio
July 27, 2017

The locality of San Marcos Tlacoyalco is surrounded by personnel of the Mexican Army, Marine Armada of Mexico and Gendarmerie.

A hundred federal soldiers are currently operating a strong operation in the town of San Marcos Tlacoyalco, according to the first unofficial versions indicate that they are  looking for the second in command  of "El Bukana's" criminal group who control the area.