Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ioan Grillo: Mexico's New, Deadlier Crime Warlords

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: US News and World Report

Photo By: Alejandro Cegarra for  USN&WR
A community police officer watches a family run for cover during a shootout between security forces and drug cartel suspects in Buenavista, Guerrero state. 

By: Ioan Grillo, Contributor
Dec. 8, 2017 Chilpancingo, Guerrero Mexico

In this tepid capital of the Mexican state of Guerrero, government security spokesman Roberto Alvarez describes the complexity of the local crime map, from its Sierra Madre mountains to its Pacific coast.

Going north to the mineral-rich city of Iguala, he says, the area is dominated by gangsters who call themselves the "Guerreros Unidos," or Warriors United, a fragment of the older Beltran Leyva cartel, which is a break-off from the more notorious Sinaloa cartel. Turning west from Iguala, the highway then crosses into the territory of the so-called La Familia cartel, led by a local mobster nicknamed "El Guero" or Whitey, who is reported to be barely in his 20s.

This cell of La Familia is also battling a splinter group known as the "Tequileros" (the Tequila drinkers), which dominates a mountainous area above the highway that is known for heroin production. Fighting between these two groups as well as government forces has caused many residents to abandon their homes, leaving phantom villages.

Following the highway south, the road then twists into the domain of the "Caballeros Templarios," or Knights Templar, a once-mighty cartel that has been largely destroyed but has a few surviving outposts. Alvarez rattles off these groups before even beginning to describe the half dozen groups fighting over the state capital Chilpancingo and the sprawling seaside resort city of Acapulco.

"It's a very complicated crime environment, and this makes it difficult to keep order," says Alvarez, who sits at meetings every few days with regional commanders of the army, marines and police forces combating the cartels. "We have to track multiple organizations fighting each other all over the state. The many frontlines lead to a very high number of homicides."

Battles among this plethora of crime groups has made Guerrero one of the most violent states in Mexico this year, with more than 1,900 murders from January to the end of October in a population of 3.3 million. Guerrero boasts a murder rate that is six times higher than that of Louisiana, the U.S. state with the highest rate of murder in 2016.

Tepic, Nayarit: 3 Bodies Hanging from Bridge w Narco Manta

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Debate

Dec13, 2017

Tepic, Nayarit: Three dead bodies were found early this morning suspended off a bridge over the roadway near the route to Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Accompanying the bodies and also hanging from the bridge was a narco manta signed by "Los Mazatlecos"; a cartel cell affiliated with the Beltran Leyvas.

The cadavers were semi nude and hanging by their necks. The local authorities reacted quickly after recieving a 911 call alerting them to the sighting at approximately 6 am. Municipal and State Police went to the scene, which was causing much commotion, then Firemen and Civil protection units responded to remove the corpses while the area was cordoned off.

El F-1, alleged CdG plaza boss of Zacatecas arrested

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

Subject Matter: Francisco Noe Gonzalez Ramirez, El F-1
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The National Commission for Security informed that Federal Forces detained on Tuesday, Francisco Noe Gonzalez Ramirez, El F-1, alleged plaza boss for CdG in Zacatecas.

In a communication, the organization detailed that the narco trafficker was apprehended in a house localized in the town of Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit.

The alleged capo was detained after intense intelligence work that managed to get his precise location and identity, and establish a mobilization zone to carry out the operation.

The CNS detailed that with the information compiled and analyzed they notified the Federal Ministerial Authorities, who issued an arrest warrant from a judge specializing in searches, arraignments and intervention communications.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7 die and transport stopped in Guerrero due to threats from La Familia Michoacana

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

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

Reporter: Jesus Guerrero
Chipancingo: No less that seven people, among them a Municipal Commander and a Ministerial Agent, were assassinated today in the state of Guerrero. Also before the threats of the criminal group of La Familia Michoacan, public service transport was suspended in the towns of Acapetlahuaya and Teloloapan.

A spokesman for the Coordination Group of Guerrero, Roberto Alvarez, said the service had been discontinued since Monday. During Saturday and Sunday, several public transport buses that cover this area had been assaulted.

This Sunday, a threat was announced in social networks warning bus drivers to stop working. The population has also been asked to refrain from moving to or from the towns of Acapetlahuaya, Teloloapan and Buena Vista del Aire.

Attorney General of Tamaulipas offers reward for the capture of three organized crime capos

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

Subject Matter: Capos of CdG, Tamaulipas Government
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The Attorney General of Justice of Tamaulipas has offered up to 2 million pesos reward to whomever gives information leading to the capture of three alleged bosses of criminal groups, for their alleged responsibility in the crimes of extortion and criminal association.

They are: Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, El Pelochas or El M 28, Humberto or Steven Loiza Mendez Betillo, Betito, and Petronilo Moreno Flores, El Panilo.

In a communication: the Attorney General informed that in the towns of Reynosa and Rio Bravo there have been wanted posters put up with the faces of the alleged criminals. All three have attributed the responsibility for acts of violence in towns of Reynosa and Rio Bravo for the control of criminal activities.

Image from Epoca Violenta


Monday, December 11, 2017

Aguila 7 of Los Zetas Old School, captured in Ciudad Victoria

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Tamaulipas Government press release

Subject Matter: Jorge Luis Torres Barron, Zeta Aguila 7
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas:
In an action carried out by elements of the Marines, Jorge Luis Torres Barron, alias Zeta Aguila 7, signalled as a member of a criminal group has been operating in Ciudad Victoria carrying out extortion of truck drivers and drug dealers, informed the coordination group for Tamaulipas.

During his arrest, authorities confiscated a van, 2 packets and 162 doses of a herb with the characteristics of marijuana, as well as 46 doses of white powder and 13 doses of rock, as well as an AK47 assault rifle, a pistol, spare magazines and ammunition, which were put at the disposition of the PGR.

The detained, signalled as a member of a criminal organization, was also being sought by the PGJ of Tamaulipas, who had arrest warrants against him for the crimes of extortion and criminal association, regarding his dedication in Ciudad Victoria to extorting drivers on transport routes.

With actions such as this, the Group for Coordination in Tamaulipas reaffirm their commitment to the recuperation of law and order and peace in the state of Tamaulipas, with the support of the armed forces and in collaboration with state and municipal authorities.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Morelos State Police claim they never heard the screams or cries of women or children at Temixco, El Senor de la V promises revenge

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from Milenio articles

Subject Matter: Temixco Massacre
Recommendation: see link to original report on events

Reporter: Milenio Redaction
The State Police that participated in the confrontation in Temixco with members of an alleged band of criminals, in which four women died, a minor of 13 years old and a baby of three months, related that they heard no shouts or voices of women or children that would have alerted them that they were inside.

"If someone had said there were children, today would be a different history", said one of the uniformed officers interviewed by Carlos Puig for Milenio TV.

The gun fight that happened with the people of Jose Alberto Valdez, known as El Senor de la V, and alleged leader of a cell of the CJNG, with links to the Beltran Leyvas, who had been detained on two occasions, but set free with judicial orders.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Acapulco suspends classes until January 8th due to wave of violence in outlying neighborhoods

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo            


In some areas of Acapulco there is no public transport and classes were suspended in 14 schools in the area, where teachers and parents agreed to return January 8, 2018. Also, Ciudad Renacimiento, Mozimba, Progreso including UAG schools chose to suspend activities due to insecurity.

By Jacob Morales Antonio

Guerrero / Mexico City, December 9 (ElSur / SinEmbargo) .- The wave of violence that began last Tuesday in the Sinaí neighborhood spread and affected 28 surrounding neighborhoods where there is no public transportation, and caused the suspension of classes of 14 schools in the area where teachers and parents agreed to return their children January 8, 2018.

10 days after the holidays began, the schools yesterday looked empty and closed, without any notice on their doors. But they are not the only ones, other schools of Ciudad Renacimiento, Mozimba, Progreso and even the Autonomous University of Guerrero (UAG) also opted to suspend classes due to insecurity.

On a tour of Sinaí and other surrounding neighborhoods, El Sur noted the closure of the buildings, located in areas populated by Afro-descendant and indigenous migrants from Costa Chica and Montaña del Estado, who work in hotels, shopping centers, or sell handicrafts on the beaches.

20 Years of Impunity: The Attack on Blancornelas and Zeta

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ZETA

Tijuana BC: November 27, 1997
By: Jesus Blancornelas
Nov 27, 2017

I will never forget it. The suit and tie. Mustache trimmed well. Thick lips. Flattened nose. Brown. Dark brown glasses with silver, yuppie hairstyle. No more than 35 years old. Sitting in the back of the new dark green car. He lowered the electronically controlled window. Pistol in hand, he stuck  out his arm, stiffly. I saw him when he pointed at us and started firing. The outbursts stunned me. The surprise did not give me time to be scared. My dread. Ten minutes before, when leaving home, the usual "we'll see you " to my wife. I climbed into the Explorer truck.

 "Good morning," I said to Valero,  as he opened the door and I climbed into the vehicle."Good morning," Luis replied. His hands were on the wheel. I threw my briefcase into the backseat and the holster with a Beretta gun . I should have carried it in my hand, but I did not expect that precisely that day we would be attacked. 

Valero offered himself kindly as an escort six months before that November 27, 1997 day. When I published something in April I felt the threat of danger, he left his modest but quiet tow truck business to protect me. That morning, as always, he had his loaded gun under his right thigh, at hand. Days before I saw how he fired. We went to the shooting range. He taught me how to fire a gun. How to hold it, stretching the arm, aiming, and teaching me when to pull the trigger. 

Said Luis Valero: "Do it until you feel better."

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mireles: The Government Betrayal

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

Subject Matter: Mexican Government, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
Towards the first decade of the 21st Century, organized crime expanded its crime spectrum in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan. Not only did it keep the region ravaged by the violence associated with drug trafficking, but with extortion's, kidnappings and rape.... Unprotected by the authorities, and fed up with the wave of death and abuse, several Michoacan communities took up arms to face the executioners. A central figure in that movement, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde tell the details of it in his book, Todos Somos Autodefensas. The awakening of a sleepy town, which also tells how the Federal Government betrayed its commitments to the Auto-defensas, to the point of even imprisoning the community. We print a fragment from the book, with the authorization of Grijalbo.

On April the 14th of 2013, the disarming of the Auto-Defensa Groups was planned and organized for May 10th, by an agreement that took place in the space now occupied by the Ceferso # 17 Tierra Caliente. During the meeting, I told Federal Commissioner, (Alfredo Castillo Cervantes): How is it possible that you are planning disarmament for May 10th if we still have Auto-Defensa prisoners, if the rule of law in Michoacan is still not restored, if we still do not have a fair distribution of justice in the state of Michoacan, if we still do not have efficient public security in Michoacan?

"By May 10th, I will have it resolved", was his response. All your imprisoned Auto-Defensas will be released; all the leaders of the cartel and their people, their Sicarios will be arrested. You are going to have a fair dispensation of justice; you are going to have efficient public security, because you are going to be public security, you yourselves are going to be backed up in large areas from the Armed Forces of the nation and the State. On one side, you are going to be forming part of the State Rural Police, on the other side they will form part of the Defensas Rurales of Sedena.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Foreign Zeta Plaza Boss in the sight of Veracruz Authorities

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

Subject Matter: Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Noe Zavaleta
The Government of Veracruz has identified 17 key persons that operate in the Los Zetas Cartel, of which, the most important is a Plaza Boss who is foreign to Mexico, and whose capture has been categorized as a priority.

According to the document called Criminal Structure of Coatzacoalcos, from the Sub-Secretary of Operations of the Secretary of State Public Security, containing the 17 specific objectives, including the Plaza Boss, and Sicarios, one of whom is a foreigner, halcones, kidnappers, gas thieves, extortioners and a woman who is in charge of distribution of drugs in the marginal zones of the federal State.

For three years, this criminal group "has been reduced", because of apprehensions and the death of its criminal leaders in confrontations with the authorities, and confrontations with antagonistic criminal organizations that are disputing territory with them.

Victims at Temixco died in cross fire revealed the Morelos Prosecutor

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

Subject Matter: Civilians killed in Temixco
Recommendation: Read this article on the original reports of the events

Reporter: Jaime Luis Brito
On social networks there have been two photos published, that appear to have been taken by Forensic staff who attended to remove the bodies of the victims of the massacre of Temixco, in which one can see the women killed in a bath room, in contrast, the Attorney General Javier Perez Duron, claimed it was false that the victims had received a "coup de grace".

In the images one can observe a baby of three months who was killed. The body in an orange colored romper suit was found within a meter of the bath room door. In the interior of the bath room there are four bodies crammed in, with the markers of the Forensic unit marking out the wounds. Two Forensic experts can also be seen, wearing the regulation clothing.

In a press conference in which he would not take questions, the Prosecutor Javier Perez Duron read a brief statement to clarify the information which had been published before, with respect to the statement that the bodies had received a "coup de grace", "this is false", he said.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3 Policemen Shot Dead on the La Paz Malecon/ 6 in 48 Hours

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

Bienvenidos a La Paz, BCS
Dec 3, 2017
Extra material from Various Sources incl: BCS Noticias
El SudCaliforniano, Colectivo Pericue; RIP: Max Rodriguez

Around 5:00 p.m. this past Saturday, December 2, three officers assigned to the State   Tourist Police were killed in the middle of the Malecon in La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Commander Juan Polo Arreola, the supervising commander Christian Alberto León Aguiar, and Edmundo Vega Martínez, were left without life inside their patrol vehicle with the license number SSP 00001.

7 Los Zetas Sicarios killed in Ciudad Mante

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article with additional pictures from Epoca Violenta

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Ciudad Mante
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

During a security operation in Ciudad Mante, implemented after an anonymous call, 7 alleged sicarios lost their lives, with arms and ammunition decommissioned.

Reporter: Milenio Digital
During a security operation in Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas, elements of the Army and State Security had a confrontation with a group of alleged criminals, that left a total of seven aggressors dead.

In a communication, the PGJ of Tamaulipas informed that due to an anonymous call they had implemented an operation to locate an encampment in which, alleged illicit activities had taken place.

On arrival at the  location, in a breach known as El Nacimiento, in Ciudad Mante, the security elements received gunfire, which initiated the confrontation.


Don Chelo of CJNG gunned down in firefight ten days after leaving prison, gold plated pistols and exotic animals found at his ranch

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

Subject Matter: Don Chelo, Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia
Recommendation: Read this article by BB reporter DD

UPDATED 12/6/2017 WITH FACE PHOTOS, Thanks Tia Chivis, and new material from Milenio

Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia, who organized a narco party in the Puente Grande prison in 2013, died in a gunfight with the Mexican Marines at Rancho La Esperanza in Jalisco

Reporter: Milenio Digital
Ten days after being freed from the Puente Grande prison, Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia, Don Chelo, alleged member of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion died during a confrontation with the Secretary of the Marines on a ranch in Tonala, informed sources from the Attorney Generals Office of Jalisco.

Around 03:00 am, Marines carried out an operation on the La Esperanza ranch and had a confrontation with armed men, that left two Marine elements wounded and three civilians dead, among them Don Chelo.

On the 9th of May, Milenio published fragments of a video of two hours duration of a party organized in 2013 inside the Puente Grande prison organized by Don Chelo who during the years of his incarceration controlled the prison.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

AeroMulas: The Women Drug Mules of Heroin

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

"Don't Be A Drug Mule "
By: Luis Carlos Sainz /Nov 2017
Zeta Investigations

Mothers of families, often poor, become "human mail carriers", traffickers of the derivative of opium, ie heroin. They are arrested with the drug in double bottoms of suitcases, attached to the body, in their footwear, or in the vagina. About 70 percent of the secured heroin and criminal cases against "chiva" traffickers on commercial flights in the country are registered in Baja California. Women heroin transporters get, on average, 10-year  prison sentences. Three sisters imprisoned at the end of 2015 were strangely acquitted.

As soon as she got off the plane, she was greeted by the icy January wind on the border.  She  went to
get her suitcase from the baggage area and hurried to the exit. The slim, white-skinned lady -like her name- drew attention for her wide striped skirt in black and gray tones, her black scarf and her multicolored suitcase, but above all, for her peculiar way of walking.  She took short, wide steps.

An anonymous call leads to horror: thousands of scorched human remains found in Coahuila

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo


Silvia Ortiz, mother of the disappeared Fanny and who heads the group Vida, says that an anonymous call warned one of the members of the group that a plot of land of the San Antonio El Alto farming co-op was used by alleged organized crime members to disappear their victims.

The group went to the place Ortiz indicated and found thousands of skeletal remains and a leaky drum, similar to those used by organized crime to burn bodies. In addition to the drum and bone remains, they found dental pieces and a series of non-biological objects of great importance to the group.

Coahuila / Mexico City, December 4 (Infobae / SinEmbargo) .- Following an anonymous report, members of the group searching for missing persons, Victims for their Rights in Action (VIDA), located approximately 3,000 remains on a plot of land located in Coahuila. Apparently, the victims were burned in diesel drums.

An anonymous call warned one of the members of the VIDA group that a plot of the San Antonio El Alto farming co-op was used by alleged members of organized crime to disappear their victims.

Relatives of missing persons went to the site for the first time on Saturday to conduct the search. In the location they found shell casings, shoes, clothes, teeth and 3 thousand burned bone remains, the organization reported.

Mexico Militarized?

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

Subject Matter: Militarization of Mexico
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

These are the measures of the Law of Internal Security approved by deputies and that have been questioned by the Opposition and Non Governmental Organizations

The application of the Law of Internal Security will correspond to State and Federal forces, and in exceptional cases to the Armed Forces.

Where there is major violence, more soldiers

The armed forces could participate in work to combat crime when the civilian authorities do not have the resources

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Its Own Anti-Corruption Drive, Commissioners Say

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from NY Times
President Enrique Peña Nieto touring an area hit by an earthquake in September. Mr. Peña Nieto agreed to the creation of an anti-corruption commission last year, but its members say they have been stymied. Credit Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg  

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s landmark anti-corruption drive, inaugurated by President Enrique Peña Nieto under intense pressure to answer the scandals jolting his administration, is being blocked by the government’s refusal to cooperate on some of the biggest cases facing the nation, according to members of the commission coordinating the effort.

Attempts to look into the use of government surveillance technology against civilians, the embezzlement of tens of millions of dollars through public universities and allegations of widespread bribery to win construction contracts have all been thwarted, commission members say.

Marred by scandals that have embroiled his administration, his allies and even his own family, Mr. Peña Nieto agreed to the creation of a broad anti-corruption system last year that was enshrined in the Constitution, a watershed moment in Mexico.

But after nine months of pushing to examine the kind of corruption that ignited public outrage and brought the new watchdog into existence, some of its most prominent members say they have been stymied every step of the way, unable to make the most basic headway.

The PRI: I dont want to know anything about them, Jose Manuel Mireles

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

Subject Matter: Jose Manuel Mireles
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Angel Soto
With a serene but imposing face, Jose Manuel Mireles has the look of someone who has seen the horror in the first person. He came to FIL de Gguadalajara to present his new book "Todos Somos Autodefensas" from Random House publishing.

Among a small crowd that he made his way through while entering, he answered some of the questions put to him by Milenio.

With what historical character do you identify yourself?

I do not identify with any. I know the history of Mexico, I know the greatest men the country has had, but honestly and humbly, I would not put myself in any of their shoes.

What do you like most and hate most about Mexico?

From Mexico, I can not hate anything, because I am Mexican. If I hated something, from Mexico I would hate myself. I like my country. We only have one Mexico, we will never have another, even if we flee from this nation, we will continue to be Mexicans wherever we are.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Los Viagras Videotape Forced Confessions before Beheadings

Posted by Yaqui from: Daily Beast

      Cartel hitmen Force "Confessions" From Victims Before ISIS-Style Beheadings in Mexico

By: Jeremy Kryt
Dec 3, 2017

One of at least three decapitations last week was caught on camera as cartel violence continues to soar. Members of the Viagras cartel videotaped a rival hitman confessing to “sins” in  the western Mexican state of Michoacán last Thursday, then bent his neck backward over a block of wood and sawed off his head with a carving knife.

The beheading video was posted to social media, along with a warning to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). In the clip, the decapitated victim also claims to be the brother of Juan Carlos Márquez Pérez, a.k.a. “El Duende” (The Goblin), a CJNG operative arrested back in 2015.

Mexican mafiosos appear to have borrowed the practice of beheading their enemies from Middle Eastern terrorists such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS). Decapitations in Mexico have risen dramatically over the last several years due to their perceived shock factor. Head cutting has become the signature move for crime groups looking to intimidate opposing factions, pressure law enforcement, and cow local citizens.

Assassination of Chihuahua Special Police Chief caught on video

By Chivis Martinez

Two armed assassins entered a restaurant and  killed officer Edgar Pérez de la Peña, 38,  who was thehead of the Municipal Police Special Operations, under the command of the State Police.

The events were recorded on video, Friday afternoon at the La Mariscada de Richie, located on Avenida Aldama, where he was attacked as he was dining with his family.

The shooting took place in the city of Cuauhtémoc, one of the most violent cities in Chihuahua, where cartels continue to fight over drug trafficking routes to the northern border.

The two gunmen can be seen entering the restaurant, acting very suspicious from the onset.   They grabbed a menu, and sat themselves in the table directly adjacent to the victim.   Oddly, the victim sat with his back to the door, rather than in direct view of the entry, to survey who enters and their actions. 

CNDH Warning: Violent Deaths of Mexican Minors

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Ríodoce

By: Francisco Sarabia
Extra Material from: Proceso
Gloria Leticia Diaz Nov 30, 2017

Every day, seven children and adolescents are victims of homicide or disappearance, as one of the effects of the ten years of war against drug trafficking and the militarization of public safety, warned Juan Martín Pérez García, executive director of the Network for the Rights of Children (Redim).

Violence against children and adolescents in Mexico turns on the red light worldwide. A recent UNICEF report states that the death rate of children between 14 and 17 years old is so high that more than half of the homicides that affect this age group in the world occur in only ten countries and Mexico occupies the fifth place on this list.

The report "Hidden in Plain Sight: A Statistical Analysis of Violence Against Children," cited in a report on the vulnerability of children and adolescents that was recently prepared by the National Commission for Human Rights, shows that the homicide rate of girls, boys and adolescents in Mexico is comparable to those in Myanmar, Botswana, Mozambique and Togo. 

It also reveals that out of 195 countries, only 23 exceed the homicide rate of children under 20 years of age in Mexico.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Veracruz:five butchered bodies discovered on the road; CJNG, the probable authors

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo

In the first 10 months of the year the files for intentional homicides in Veracruz add up to 1 thousand 382, kidnappings 146, and violent carjacking 2 thousand 333. None of the three classifications has a superior antecedent in the last 20 years.

Mexico City, December 2 .- Authorities in Veracruz find the remains of five people in the municipality of Chacaltianguis, a few meters from the town of La Sabaneta José Azueta, Veracruz.

According to the first reports, in addition to the five mutilated bodies found by the local police, a posterboard was left in the location in which the Jalisco New Generation Cartel was attributed with the incident.

The remains, according to the first reports, are of people who would have been taken between the borders of Veracruz and Oaxaca in the last 48 hours.

Las Rastreadoras de Sinaloa Find Nine More Bodies Near Los Mochis

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Ríodoce

"Las Rastreadoras" Joined Forces with the Association of Mothers of Missing Persons
For The Common Cause

By: Luis Fernando Najera
Nov 30, 2017

Macabre Findings:

Three months ago, the Association of Mothers with Missing Persons joined their searches with the group known as "Las Rastreadoras".  They knew that behind the city, the outskirts of Los Mochis, Sinaloa ie, was a new clandestine grave with an indeterminate number of bodies.

Despite having vague indications, they could not search the place because more information was scarce in the short term. In that 90-day period, at least three other searches turned out to be unsuccessful, although many others were positive for the group working on their own terms.

On Sunday, November 19, instead of spending the day with their families, they gathered for one more day of searching, just as they have done since they were formed, in 2015.

By their own means, armed with shovels, pick axes, machetes, rods, and  pry bars they organized their search party. They chose a place: behind Urbi Villa del Rey, where they had heard that there were bodies buried, where months before they had found a corpse in that same location.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Texas: A tractor trailer mishap, may have caused the death of border agent

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Click on image to enlarge
FBI is exploring a truck sideswipe accident causing border agent death

The theory is; on November 18, the night of the death, it was unusually dark and moonless, with the agents standing outside their vehicle, when a tractor trailer struck men and knocked the two into a culvert .

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo was one of the first responders and came up with the tractor trailer theory.  He based this on the numerous accidents in the isolated area.

The agents were called to the area to investigate suspicious activity.  They may have exited their vehicle to survey the area.

Mexico's Michoacán a Tangle of Rivals

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from InsightCrime        
by Deborah Bonello
The decline of the Caballeros Templarios has left Michoacán at the mercy of a tangle of rivals, none of whom appear able to reassert the supremacy that previously imposed a limit to the violence within the state.

Recent reports from Mexican outlets point to the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) and the Viagras as the two dominant groups within the key southern Pacific state. This represents a dramatic shift from the status quo over most of the past decade, in which the Familia Michoacana and its successor, the Caballeros Templarios or Knights Templar, exercised virtually unchecked control over the local underworld.

CJNG reportedly first established itself in several cities just over the Jalisco border in northern Michoacán and has been fighting to carve out a toehold farther south. Among CJNG’s principal operators in Michoacán is Miguel Ángel Gallegos Godoy, or “Migueladas,” a veteran of the Familia Michoacana who has long operated out of La Huacana, a mid-size town in the center of the state.

The Viagras have grown largely as an answer to the out-of-state would-be hegemon. Headed by Nicolás Sierra Santana, the Viagras initially formed as part of the so-called self-defense movement — in essence, local civilians took up arms to drive criminal groups from their town — that emerged early during the current administration of Enrique Peña Nieto in Michoacán. Rumors that the Viagras, like other self-defense cells, had made the leap into open criminality have trailed them for years. Today, government officials describe them as one more criminal gang, fighting CJNG forces for control of several municipalities in the Tierra Caliente region.

Two hour shoot out in Morelos between CJNG and Security Forces leaves 6 Dead

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

Subject Matter: CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Commissioner for Security of Morelos informed that the gun battle in which 6 persons died, one of them a minor, was between Police and alleged members of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

Reporter: Milenio Digital
The Commissioner for Security of Morelos, Alberto Capella, informed that the gun battle of this morning in which 6 persons died, among them a minor, was between State Police and alleged members of a cell of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

In a press conference the Commissioner detailed that the confrontation was registered during a security operation and citizens denounced a series of criminal events in said location.

Around 03:00, State elements detained the son of a man identified as "El Crispin", who allegedly is the leader of a criminal cell of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion in Temixco.

"Said subject was detained in a vehicle type Mazda, as well as carrying a 9mm sidearm, he had bags with a green vegetal substance with the characteristics of marijuana", detailed the functionary.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Where is El Mayo Zambada, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel that has never been captured

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

Subject Matter: El Mayo Zambada
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The capo has maintained a low profile. Apart from the images taken with Julio Scherer, almost no images exist of him.

Reporter: Jose Luis Montenegro
Ismael Zambada Garcia, better known as "Don Mayo" or simply "El Mayo", is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the oldest criminal organizations consolidated in Mexico according to a recent report by the anti-drug agency the DEA.

His accumulated experience is proportional to the size of his buisiness. Currently El Mayo Zambada and the Sinaloa Cartel export and distribute wholesale quantities of "methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine and heroin to the US", thanks to maintaining distribution centres in cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago," says the same DEA report.

After more than 50 years of criminal activity, Zambada Garcia is one of the oldest and most influential drug barons in the States of Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango, which comprise the so called Golden Triangle where the largest amounts of narcotics come from.

Early Start

According to unofficial versions from Mexican Security Organizations, El Mayo began his criminal career in 1964, when he was only 16 years old. For this he counted on the help of Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Rafael Caro Quintero, two of the old guard of Mexican Capos, and founders of the Guadalajara Cartel.

El Mayo, El Chapo Isidro and El Mencho, among the 14 capos that EPN hasnt managed to detain

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

Subject Matter: Capos, EPN
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Its exactly a year until the end of the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, his Government has captured 108 of the 122 priority objectives, alleged criminals that were on the list and considered highly dangerous and the principal generators of violence in the country, among them Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias El Mayo.

Today they form part of the structure of six narco trafficking cartels, two bands of kidnappers, one chief of person traffickers, and whom the Government have offered rewards that go between 10 to 30 million pesos for information leading to their location or capture.

Between the alleged criminals most sought after that have been detained or taken down during the present administration are: Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo, ex leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and Vincente Carrillo Fuentes, alias El Viceroy, ex leader of the Juarez Cartel.

Others detained or taken down are: Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias El Ingeniero, ex leader of the Tijuana Cartel, as well as Hector Beltran Leyva, El H, of the Beltran Leyva Organization; Miguel Trevino Morales, El Z-40, of Los Zetas; and Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, El Chayo, of the Knight Templars.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Government of Coahuila disqualifies report that denounces complicity of Moreira Brothers with Los Zetas

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso           
               Humberto y Rubén Moreira. Foto: Especial
MEXICO CITY (APR) .- The government of Coahuila presented this morning [Nov 27] a document to answer and clarify "inaccuracies" contained in the report prepared by the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas.

The document - presented by the government secretary, Víctor Zamora Rodríguez, and the head of the entity's Human Rights Office, Federico Garza - rejects the assertions about the control exercised by The Zetas cartel in Coahuila, based on testimony from ex members of that criminal organization, among whose statements is the complicity of the governments of Humberto and Rubén Moreira.

The statements concerning collaboration of the State with the organized crime are totally false, affirmed Zamora Rodríguez; evidence of this, he added, is the decrease in homicide rates related to organized crime, as well as the improvement in security.

After specifying that in 2012 there were 688 intentional homicides, and this year 94 have been counted, the state official stressed: "In a simple contrast with reality it is evident that it does not correspond or does not fit with what is happening today, because this administration has directed its actions to fight against the interests of organized crime."

Ice-coolers with human heads and narco cartulinas left outside TV station in Guadalajara

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

Subject Matter: CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Gloria M Reza
Guadalajara: In two different points of the City, persons unknown left two ice-coolers, together with a cartulina that carried threats, in the interior of one of these were two human heads.

The two coolers with the heads inside were found outside the installations of Televisa Guadalajara that is located on Avenida Alemania, almost at the cross roads with Enrique Diaz de Leon, in the Moderna Colonia.

With one cooler was a narco cartulina with a threat against a State Police Chief. "Jesus Hunberto Boruel Neri, key 1202, here we have left these two heads, if now you make this public, not like Sunday 19-11-2017 when we launched grenades at you and you hid".

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Zetas: Sister of Miguel and Omar Treviño arrested

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

The Treviño sister is "Jefa de Plaza" of Nuevo Laredo

Procuraduría General de Justicia de Tamaulipas announced the arrest of Ana Isabel Treviño Morales.  She  was arrested Monday night in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, the city of which she is the “Jefa de Plaza” (Plaza Boss).  

The arrest was directed by the Attorney General of Tamaulipas (PGJT), and conducted by the Army and the Federal Police.

The PGJT, stated that the detainee is the sister of Miguel Ángel and Omar Treviño Morales, aka Z42 and the Z40, and is accused of a kidnapping, committed in November of 2016.

The A.G. said intelligence indicates that the Treviño Morales family operate the Zetas cartel mainly in Nuevo Laredo, where they control organized crime activities of; human trafficking, drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping, homicides, disappearances, oil theft, among others.She, along with her friend 'La Teniente', also control organized crime activity in Coahuila bars.

Tunnel Rats stalk border smugglers

Posted on Borderland Beat by 'LeChef' from San Diego Union Tribune

It’s a name only a bureaucrat could love: Confined Spaces Entry Team.

Squad members call themselves something else: Tunnel Rats.

For the past seven years, they’ve been going underground to locate, map and seal off the tunnels used by cartels to smuggle drugs from Mexico to San Diego and beyond.

Theirs is a little-known part of the high-stakes hide-and-seek game that plays out daily along the border. While much of the attention, especially lately, has been focused on walls and what happens above ground, more than 80 tunnels have been found in California and Arizona since 2011.

Some have been almost 3,000 feet long and contain tracks for motorized carts, as well as lights, elevators and ventilation. One ended underneath a house in Calexico built just to provide cover for the tunnelers.

26 Executed In Veracruz in 3 Days, Including a Mayor and his Wife

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Proceso

Nov 28, 2017
Xalapa, Veracruz

 Adjustments of accounts between criminal gangs continue to escalate the wave of violence in the Mexican State of Veracruz, where until Sunday morning, 21 people have been murdered in the state. Now, 26 people have been murdered in 3 days, 23 of them in 48 hours.

Saturday night, four dismembered bodies were left outside a learning center in Colonia Libertad  in Poza Rica, in the north of the state.   Among the 30 pieces of human bodies were left several narco mantas/ messages that warned that the victims were extortionists and thieves. In the place there were also brooms that allude to the "cleaning" of the territory by a criminal group. 

See Otis's Post from Monday Nov 27:

In Cordoba, in the downtown area several shootings occurred in the urban area, in addition to a civilian, who was wounded and two alleged assassins lost their lives at the hands of a different criminal group. The bodies were left inert inside a Bora vehicle of recent model. 

On Friday afternoon, six bodies appeared floating on the Papaloapan River, in the basin of the same name. The corpses, some of them half naked and with evident traces of beatings and torture, were male. Four of the bodies later appeared in the municipality of Amatitlán.

Two arms found of cousins decapitated in CDMX

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

Subject Matter: Jesus Alexandro Herrera Paz, Carlos Samuel Herrera Molina
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter:Noel F Alvarado
Two arms were discovered in a bag in the Campestre Guadalupana Colonia corresponding to the cousins Jesus Alexandro Herrera Paz and Carlos Samuel Herrera Molina, 19 and 17 years of age respectively and nephews of the Commander of Police Investigation, Octavio Ortiz Sanchez, who bodies and heads were discovered on the 1st of November in the Ampliacion Penitenciaria in the Venustiano Carranza delegation.

As well as the arms, there was the facial mask of one of them, flayed off by the killers, whom allegedly are linked to the criminal organization of La Union, whose center of operations is the Barrio of Tepito.

It was through experts reports that personnel from the Attorney Generals Office of the State of Mexico, managed to establish that the arms found last Sunday in black plastic bags correspond to the nephews of the Police Chief of the Attorney Generals Office of CDMX.

Monday, November 27, 2017

FEM confirms body found in Carrizalillo, Chihuahua is body of missing Uber driver

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo

More than a decade ago, Chihuahua was the most lethal state for women, so recent figures cause alarm: so far this year, at least 86 femicides have been committed, 34 percent more than in 2016, according to official figures.

Mexico City, November 25.- The body of a woman was located [the morning of November 25] on a dirt road in Carrizalillo, in the capital of Chihuahua.

In the setting of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, neighbors who passed through the place were the ones who located the woman's body, that, according to El Diario de Juárez , belongs to Alma Rosa Trillo García, the Uber driver who disappeared the afternoon of November 22 when she went to work in her vehicle.

According to the news agency, the Women's Special Prosecutor's Office (FEM) has already engaged in investigation after agents of the Femicide Research Unit took care of reporting the found body.

In addition, through a press release, it was reported that in the report filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office, it was noted that the woman was a driver of the Uber platform.

The history of The Reyes Pruneda narco family, Tamaulipas, 1975

Posted by 'Le Chef' for Borderland Beat a republished  excerpt from  "Los Tufos del Narco 1 –Narcos Viejos" author: Jose Luis Garcia Cabrera Edition difficult to find, try for edition 3 which includes the material below and covers years 1920 thru 2000-Interview with Juan N link here
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The two middle-aged men listened with respect to the voice of Don Juan N. Guerra who, by his tone, echoed in the room like sighs of the cold winter.

They were his partners in the planting, harvesting and transfer of marijuana, as well as clandestine laboratories where the milky juice extracted from the fleshy bulbs of the poppy was treated. Because each one knew precisely their respective activities, on rare occasions all three met publicly to discuss issues of "work", like this one.

"I thought it was convenient to talk to you before the matter got out of hand," don Juan said to his two associates.

Veracruz: 4 dismembered in Poza Rica, Sicarios caught laying out body parts and killed by Security Forces

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

Subject Matter: Dismemberment's, Decapitations, Poza Rica, Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The savagery in Veracruz continues unabated with more dismemberment's and decapitations

Reporter: Noreste Redaction

This Saturday night, a group of alleged Sicarios that remain unidentified, while arranging for display some dismembered people outside a distance learning centre in the Libertad Colonia, were discovered by Police.

A chase ensued through the streets of the same Colonia, and when cornered four of the Sicarios were killed inside their own vehicle.

The events were registered around 22:40 hours on Saturday, when it was reported to an emergency number, that a group of individuals travelling on board a PT Cruiser, were lowering human remains and depositing them outside a distance learning center.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

El Rancho Negro, Chihuahua: Meth, Death, and Porn Cult

Translated by Yaqui from Proceso

Cult Leader Orson William Black Jr.
Extra Material from Various Sources
Nov 25, 2017 Cuauhtemoc, Chih.

In the quiet Mennonite plains of the outskirts of this city, a US citizen, Orson William Black Jr, former member of a polygamous sect founded in the nineteenth century, decided to found his own sect with another twenty plus of his countrymen and women. Until the day of his arrest, on Saturday Nov 4, no one imagined what was allegedly happening within his commune: rituals that included pedophilia and a secret link with narcos and organized crime. Besides being on the lam for 15 years from US Authorities for sexual abuse of minors; it is now suspected that he was engaged in cooking meth, animal and human trafficking, and transmitting child pornography over the internet.

Black, 56, is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect that began after the mainstream Mormon church disavowed polygamy.The sect advocates plural marriage, and its members commonly have legal marriages with their first wife and "spiritual marriages" with other wives.

The group is mainly based in the twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah. Its leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life sentence in Texas after being convicted of sexually assaulting girls he considered brides.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tijuana, the strongest CJNG border plaza

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
Main Areas of Mexican Cartel Influence

According to the DEA's most recent annual report, from 2015 to date, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel made Tijuana the main point of entry for their drugs into the United States. Although the Sinaloa Cartel dominates most of the border, the agency stresses the rapid expansion of this cartel and the levels of violence it has generated in Mexico.

In two years, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) went from having an incipient presence on the border of Tijuana to controlling half of the drug traffic through this border, with the Sinaloa Cartel as the only rival.

This is indicated by the annual report of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), published in October of this year, which reveals how the CJNG, the fastest growing during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, converted Tijuana to its main entry point to the United States for the sale of drugs.

Although the California-Arizona corridor continues to be under the control of the Sinaloa Cartel, as explained in the report entitled National Evaluation of the Drug Threat 2017, the CJNG has presence in the first area through the cities of San Ysidro and San Diego, the closest to Tijuana, as well as Riverside, Orange County, the Los Angeles area and San Francisco in northern California.

From there, the CJNG jumps to the West Coast until Seattle, Washington, where it fights for a quarter of the drug sales market. In Tucson, Arizona they have a minimal presence, same with El Paso, Texas, border with Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Friday, November 24, 2017

El Chapo Denied Bible in Jail Because Feds Fear It Could Hold Secret Codes

Posted by DD Republished From The Daily Beast

The world's most powerful drug kingpin slipped out of maximum-security prisons in Mexico twice, so the U.S. is taking zero chances.

*Chivis Note: In the article, it speaks of a possible conflict of interest by Chapo Attorney, Eduardo Balarezo.  It names former client Alfredo Beltran Leyva as the conflict. 

This is inaccurate. See letter below from Balarezo to the court.  The person in question is in Mexico and Mr. Balarezo has never spoken to the person.  Chapo signed the waiver so it is a moot issue.  

Prison authorities are so afraid El Chapo could receive secret codes behind bars that they won’t even let him have a Bible. 

The infamous drug lord, whose real name is Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, is locked up in a highest-security isolation cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, awaiting trial for for a litany of charges related to drug trafficking. 

 “It’s a bible that came from Amazon,” Balarezo said in Spanish during a press conference Wednesday. “Same as the dictionary” El Chapo also hasn’t received, Balarezo added.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Yolk of Los Zetas in Coahuila

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

"The yolk of Los Zetas" in Coahuila: control of prisons, kidnapping, killings, burning of bodies....

Subject Matter: The Yolk of Los Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Patricia Davila
In a memo from 2003, the DEA assured that Los Zetas ( the then armed wing of the Cartel del Golfo), already controlled Ciudad Acuna and Piedras Negras, Coahuila. In 2010 and 2011, their control of the north of the State was total, and the towns their had already submitted, moreover the prison at Piedras Negras was a virtual extermination camp.

To this was added that the State Government was negligent and some of its officials accomplices. The Federation was indifferent and complacent, in an environment where victims were ignored. The Los Zetas violence described above was the responsibility of the DEA and the Mexican Federal Police, entities that refuse to reveal the identities of those involved.

The above facts were revealed by researchers Sergio Aguayo and Jacobo Dayan in the research piece entitled "El Yugo Zeta", North of Coahuila, 2010 -2011 and presented this Tuesday the 21st at the College of Mexico (Colmex).

Based on journalistic reports, including some published in Proceso, as well as unpublished information obtained from other files and testimonies, both specialists explain what happened in the Piedras Negras jail, the dimensions of Los Zetas revenge started on March 18th 2011, and the responsibility of the United States Government in that Massacre.