Sunday, March 12, 2017

Silvestre Piolo Blas: From Professional Soccer Player to Heroin Trafficker

An Original Borderland Beat Story written by Chuck B Almada

***Note From Chuck: Hi to all Borderland followers and fans, I had to take a brief hiatus from contributing to the blog due to professional and educational reasons, but now I am happy to be back full of energy and eager to report on important stories and issues that matter to all of us. For the past few days, I have been working on this story, a story that perhaps none of you have heard about. This story is by far an exclusive to Borderland Beat and I hope you all enjoy it. This story was possible thanks to information received from reliable sources and also with information obtained through the Open Records Act that helped corroborate some of those facts***


ATLANTA, GA- Early this month, several Spanish language outlets, including Univision, ESPN Deportes, El Debate, and even the Official Twitter account of Monarcas Morelia announced the death of former professional soccer player, Silvestre Blas Fierros better known as “Piolo.”  Up until today, the details surrounding the death of the 23 year old were unknown. Univision originally reported:


“Through social media, Monarcas Morelia revealed that their former player, Silvestre Blas Fierros died this past Wednesday from unknown causes in the United States. Blas Fierros lived in the United States after leaving Monarcas Morelia, the team in which he debuted in 2014 against Necaxa when he was 20 years old. As of right now, there has been no information regarding the death of the soccer player. In their Twitter message, Monarcas Morelia limited their information to only sending their condolences to the family of the soccer player" (Univision, 2017)
After conducting extensive research throughout the web, all news outlets contained similar information as the above statement, with none mentioning details surrounding the soccer player’s death. Through several reliable sources, Borderland Beat received exclusive information regarding the death of Piolo and his activities in the United States prior to his death.



Piolo was found dead on February 26, 2017 in an upscale Atlanta apartment. According to sources, a lock smith was hired by two other unidentified Hispanic men and requested that he unlock the door to the apartment where Piolo would be found deceased. Once the locksmith unlocked the door, he immediately saw Piolo obviously dead on the floor. The locksmith asked the two unidentified men that hired him if they were going to contact police and they told him that they would. The locksmith immediately left the location and contacted police to let them know what he had just witnessed. The police arrived to the Atlanta apartment to find Piolo still on the floor and no one else inside. Piolo did not show any signs of trauma and a death investigation immediately started.

While Investigators were carrying out the death investigation, they located large quantities of narcotics to include over 30 pounds of Heroin, over 1 pound of pure Fentanyl, and several other items associated with large scale drug trafficking. 
The death of Piolo appeared to be that of an accidental overdose as it appeared that he possibly confused the Fentanyl as cocaine and instantly overdosed after taking a hit.

According to a Fusion TV Network Documentary titled, Death by Fentanyl, “Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin. It’s so potent that an amount the size of three grains of sugar is lethal to an adult. First synthesized in the 1960’s by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Fentanyl was initially used as a general anesthetic during surgery. Its only acceptable, “on-label” use is for reduction of severe pain in cancer-sufferers. Today, the drug has two main sources: the prescription drug industry, and Mexican drug cartels" (Fusion, 2016).
Additionally, a trafficker told Fusion that “there’s almost nobody making pure heroin anymore, because El Diablito (fentanyl lazed heroin) is so much stronger.

 A Cleveland Ohio Fox8 news report indicated that February 2017 was the highest month for deadly heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County’s history. “At least 60 died from heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two, bringing this year’s total to 109" (Fox8, 2017). News such as this one are becoming a common occurrence throughout our country; with more and more people dying from heroin and fentanyl related overdoses.
The loss of life is always a tragedy, but with the death of Piolo, perhaps many innocent lives were saved. The quantity of heroin and fentanyl found in Piolo’s apartment, which was described as a straight up stash house, was in indication that Piolo and his associates were big time suppliers to the Atlanta area and to the East Coast.

According to a Department of Justice report titled ‘Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area:’
“Mexican DTOs (Drug Trafficking Organizations) use the Atlanta region as the leading drug distribution center and bulk cash consolidation center in the eastern United States. They are the principal wholesale drug distributors in the region, supplying most other mid-level and retail-level traffickers in the region.

Mexican DTOs operating in the Atlanta region consists of local independent distribution cells that typically use their familial connections in Mexico to obtain wholesale quantities of drugs and distribution cells that are part of drug cartels operating in Mexico, which include cartel-connected bulk cash coordinators. Independent distribution cells, comprising most of the Mexican DTOs operating in the Atlanta region, are not affiliated with any specific cartel in Mexico. As long as members of independent distribution cells receive sufficient supplies of drugs, they are not concerned with which cartel in Mexico supplies the drugs. Nonetheless, several Mexican cartels operate in the region as evidenced by Project Coronado, a 2 year federal investigation that targeted members of La Familia Michoacana" (US-DOJ, 2010).

According to his ligamx.net profile, Piolo Blas is a native of Huetamo, Michoacan Mexico. Borderland Beat has published numerous articles regarding incidents in Huetamo including several battles between antagonist groups that fight for the control of the area. Among the news stories published by Borderland Beat is one about the arrest of the Huetamo mayor, Dalia Santana Pineda in 2014 for extortion and murder. There are several groups operating in Huetamo and Michoacan in general so it is hard to tell what group Piolo was specifically working for.


 As I know that his family is probably suffering for their loss, many would-be-victims got a second chance at life as his heroin and fentanyl won’t be able to poison their lives. I understand that many argue that addicts deserve to die because it is their choice in the first place and I admit that I was one of them, but the more I have seen the more I admit that addiction is something that I will never understand. Addiction is a serious issue that sometimes starts by accident in the form of a legal prescription. We need to wake up and acknowledge that oftentimes our very doctors that we trust with our medical conditions are the gateway to addiction as they prescribe opiates as if they were candy. We see how our veterans return from combat and easily become addicts as doctors take the easy way out and prescribe them opiates instead finding the root of the problem and treating it. Once you go down the slippery slope of opiate addiction, it is almost impossible to survive.
It is not known how long Piolo had been living in Atlanta, but through our sources, we learned that Piolo leased the upscale two thousand dollar per month apartment less than a month prior to this death. Our sources also indicate that Piolo lived in Houston prior to coming to Atlanta. Our sources has indicated that there are more details to Piolo’s death including the items found and seized and the actions of the two unidentified men once they found Piolo’s body and the reason that prompted them to check on him; however, those details will not be released at this time.

 The death of Piolo is an example of the consequences of “don’t get high on your own supply.” In this case, the consequences led to his immediate death and I’m sure that the ripple effect of his death is still being felt all the way in Mexico with the real “owners” of the large quantity of narcotics. As it is common with this industry, heads will roll and by now, a new person has filled the void created by Piolo.
El Corrido del Piolo by Unicos de la Tuba

References:


Fox 8. (2017). February was highest month for deadly heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County history.

Fusion. (2016). Death by Fentanyl.

Univision (2017). Falleció exfutbolista de MonarcasMorelia en Estados Unidos

53 comments:

  1. Nicely written =)

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    1. Chuck you don't need to understand addiction, just have in mind that it is a disesase that don't discriminate and kills thousands every year

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    2. Addiction needs to be understood, it is the #1 weapon of the drug traffickers, they do not live off the casual party animals, their bread and butter is the permanent full time functioning addicts.

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  2. Very Nice Chuck! Great to have you return........ Chivis

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  3. I praised him FIRST!

    CHIVISSSSSSSSSSSSS <3

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  4. I had heard about his death and wonder why they wouldn't say the reason.

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  5. USA is fuckt all cartels from Sinaloa to the zetas operated or sell drugs to Mexicans in the USA it's crazy

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  6. I agree Chivis very nice article short and straight to the point.

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  7. There's was a shootout in Rosarito

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    1. When y how who what ??? Ke alguien mes plike

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  8. Great article Chuck. Very glad to see you back with us and hope to see a lot more stories in the future.

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  9. Should have stayed with the soccer team

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  10. Welcome back Chuck. That's for taking the time and hooking us up with this article. Saludos from Los Angeles, El Nemesis -

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  11. Thank you Chuck. Few people realize how slippery this slope is. Addiction is an occupational hazard but by the time one starts moving this weight, the big hats are well aware of the persons addiction and the risks that go with it. Often time DTO's have outright bans on using the product because of the huge risks that accompany such use. Now with Fentanyl on the set, it is going to be interesting to see what happens to the lowly poppy farmer. Better living through Chemistry is here folks and it ain't a pretty picture. The days of shoot'n dope and skip'n rope are over. This shit kills just like PCP, AKA Dodo Dust, killed and maimed.

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  12. Excellent reporting, writing, analysis. Cinco Estrellas *****

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    1. 1:06 ay no mames güey.
      una estrellita por el esfuerzo y otra por getting posted.

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  13. Thank you chuck. Good to have you back!
    Mn

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  14. Futbol clubs' owners need to be named, specially the richest ones, like El America, emilio azcarraga had his cocaine vans arrested in Nicaragua or Venezuela, and his uncle Carlos azcarraga ws arrested on the US, escaped and was never seen again, carlos ahumada kurtz was also involved and argentinian Armando Maradona, they are also actively maarrying anybody famous or rich, or "spanish", also involve futbol clubs all over the US, attracting the young to turn them into users.
    --But for the worst:
    "Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Got Duped, Patients Got Hooked And Why It Is So Hard To Stop" by Anna Lembke, MD.
    --This is about hundreds of millions of opioid pills sold legally that create addiction and then patients must go to "cheaper" riskier and deadlier heroin and fentanyl by the millions too...
    --thanks for creating the pain craze that feeds the greedy bastards with OXI, they are the same crazy greedy bastards that flooded the minority neighborhoods and high schools with their crack for the masses and "Weapons for Gangs" bullshit...only this time it is Educated Big Pharma pushing by mail instead of "Freeway's Way"

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  15. The title refers to him as drug trafficker but nothing in the article refers to this allegations.
    Sad way to die either way.

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    1. 30 pounds of heroin and a pound of pure fent may not be kingpin status, but those aren't personal use amounts either lol. The article even says his apartment was likely being used for a stash house. With the quantity discovered there, that's probable.

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    2. Except for the 30 lbs of heroin and 1lb of pure fentanyl found in his apartment...

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    3. Read the article again: it states specifically that Piolo was found with wholesale quantities of drugs in his apartment. Obviously those drugs weren't there for personal use.

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    4. @6:00 Did you even read the article? Do you know how big of a quantity 30 pounds of heroin, and 1 pound of pure fentanyl is? You aren't hanging out with a quantity that large unless you are a trafficker. The apartment was rented in his name. It was a stash house. He was a trafficker.

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    5. I wouldnt say drug trafficker.. couldve just been stashing for someone else making good money that way. Theres a big difference between stashing and selling. Anyone can stash, not everyone can sell.. gotta know the right ppl. And in court of law charges are different when found w drugs than caught distributing. Quite the difference, but obviously he was doing something he shouldnt have.. poor dude, such wasted talent. ppl dream of playing sports for a living

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  16. So sad he could of been the Michael Jordan of soccer

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  17. What if he was killed (by overdosing him) and set up (planting the drugs) to look like a trafficker?
    Nothing is as it seems when it comes to the drug trade.

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    1. 30 lbs is a lot to leave behind for that, coulda just left the needle and some powder.

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    2. You don't plant 30 pounds of heroin and 1 pound of pure fentanyl. What would someone with access to that kind of weight gain by setting him up to appear to be a trafficker? Someone with access to that quantity of product is not going to want to throw it away to frame some nobody former soccer player. In fact they are likely extremely pissed that the stash house was found. It's a pretty straightforward situation: He OD'd in a stash house. No need to make it more complicated than it actually is.

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    3. 30 pounds is worth ? probably more than a long lived addict could do in his life, depending on purity . Pure gets stepped on 10 times was my understanding years ago . It was defiantly not a plant unless it was .000000000000009 heroin

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    4. @9:39 and everybody else: Amen!

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  18. the road was smooth...

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  19. Sad that a young professional athlete star has fallen victim to the epidemic which Americans are facing with today. Not only a high volume of heroine was discovered but fenenyl which is the main culprit for many deaths world wide.
    Nevertheless despite stardom people today prefer to engage in such activities. Referring to the pointless behavior of drug trafficking where in reality he was well off with his career. These choices and paths many undertake are dreams. A blurry picture of the reality that comes behind such activities. Where death and prison are the true outcomes for such.Drug Money blinds an individual with only falsehood . When will the people wake up to this Russian Roulette game .
    Condolences to the family which I am sure are heartbroken and distraught.

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  20. He's bot.the first and definetly.wont.be the last from dying.of a O.D
    But there's a lotta mystery surrounding.his death.
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    Nice report btw

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  21. Nobody deserves to die because of an addiction, be it alcohol/opiates or legal/illegal. Were still living in the dark ages as far as options for people addicted- and hardly any new/different treatment- this opiate problem is going to give the crack era a run for doing the most damage-
    Usually i understand why the cartels would do something like pushing a "purer product" ie fentynl- but if i had to guess if you asked 10 dope addicts, all 10 would take the pure dope and pass on the fent-
    Fentynl is fucking this whole dope game up- nobody can be sure of what theyre giving their custys- they can assume- and i dont think the dealers want dead customers either- nothing about fent is good- even the high is really short- thats why its called the crack of opiates- the line between getting high and dying is so small its not worth it- why do the cartels not understand that shit is trash and nobody wants it. And if you sell it, do everyone a favor amd sell it as fent, not some pure dope etc-
    And whoever commented above about him not having enough for kingpin status?? Lol if 30 lbs of h isnt kingpin status, idk what is

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    1. This guy gets it. Good to see there are still a few heads on this site that know what they're talking about instead of these armchair narco's lol... 30 keys is A Lot; especially if it's high purity... probably $65K a piece! Even crazier if it goes small retail; supposedly a kilo makes one million stamp bags... 1,000,000 X $6 ... I wonder if the 1Key of FEN is just there as cut? I have no idea how bulk FEN works but it seems like it would be to add strength to a weak shipment because you never see FEN sold on the street as FEN and that's why so many people are dying. Someone who does 5 bags of dope can be killed by 1 bag of FEN. Shit is so dangerous and stupid. Thankfully that shit is history for me! #CannabisSaves

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    2. He definitely had weight! No shmuck with this amount. How much of it was purchased or moved prior to the findings? He was a player.
      Regardless my condolences.

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    3. Fentanyl appeals to narcos is bc you don't need to move as much of it compared to H. 1 kilo of Fent smuggled into the US is obviously an easier task than 50 k's of H. Also once Fent is introduced it instantly stretches all H presently in a market. In turn, less H needs to be produced and smuggled in for future orders. It minimizes a traffickers risk and exposure to law enforcement, when moving it on a wholesale level. Less weight, less movers , fewer snitch

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  22. DEP Piolo... Te voy a extrañar mi niño chulo.. 💔😢

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  23. Why would you push drugs when you can push something more addicting, food. Legal and people consume food every single day.

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    1. Kate del Castillo, is this you?

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  24. Y todavia haci con toda oportunidad de hacer algo bueno en su vida y este guey se mete en el narco. No mamen! De que ay putos avaros y o gente mala en este caso en Mexico y si lo ay. Para que nos hacemos pendejos?

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    1. 2:18 by the time they get famous, they are usually addicted, people are always tempting school athletes all over the US, on all the gyms too, all you have to do is go to any gym and pay attention to the most cut and expensive looking guys, always surrounded by men and women, go to bars and someone will come to you to see "what you need", eagerly, there are some mexicans there too, but they are usually american citizens and only spic english.

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  25. Grazie for an outstanding article. My prayers go out to his family.As far as I'm concerned the more reporting on this the better. Addiction is a mental health issue most of the time. Sadly,the new US President is trying to cut the healthcare benefits for mental health services,drug treatment program's and decrease the already low drug treatment centers.It is sheer insanity. As to why dealers are cutting heroin with fentanyl,according to drug traffickers interviewed on tv shows like "Drugs Inc.",it's cheaper for them to use it due to the fact it is manufactured,not grown and everything that entails.Many traffickers have straight up stated they don't care if people die...they are on it for the money only. Once again thank you for the much needed powerfully written article. God bless.

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  26. Look at the fentynal crisis in Vancouver Canada. Setting overdose records every month

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    1. 7:42 PM. You are so correct. The same is happening in Ohio,the new number one state for opioid deaths due to fentynal.This is now a North America epidemic. Knowledge is power. Brilliant article. Thanks.

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    2. Fentanyl caused deaths all over the US is a national secret, more guarded than the opiates prescribed by the american doctors dedicated to cure "pain" of people with no other illness than "pain", now, name those who legislated to authorize the fabrication, commercialization, and lobbying of these poisons.
      --name the brands and investigate the legislation...how much it cost to pass it and who were the lobbyists.

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  27. I wonder if the two other males knew he was stashing.. how and why would you just leave 30 lbs of heroin when the man is dead.. might as well take it and have the biggest come up of your life than to let the police take it and burn it, unless they did take most and only left that..

    And why was a locksmith opening a home to two other men w o even checking to see if they were the residence. Or even ID them.. pretty odd..

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  28. Wrong ball, lol

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  29. @4:57 I understand what youre saying- And back before this fent problem even started, OD's were good for business. Now when people od and its known fent, the opposite happens.
    The Dominicans and Columbians could really capitalize on this whole situation if they were smart. They have the h and the coke. Fuck the Mexicans. Team up and take over. Where I'm at, meth hardly exists (gay scene) and everyone wants coke. And the coke that IS here is shit most of the time. Let the Mexicans slang their meth. This could be possible if the right people got together.
    Also, you have to question who would go on to a show like drugs inc if they had even a half a brain, and were involved with the big players in the game, the last thing they'd be doing is some interview for some retarded tv show .

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    1. You got the part about the Dominicans and the Colombians right; in the DR they don't even have x-ray machines in the customs check.

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  30. For those of you on here saying addicts would prefer heroin to fentanyl you are wrong. I'm a USMC vet I did two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. I even fought in the second battle of Fallujah without serious injuries but in Afghanistan our humV hit a ied and I took shrapnel and broke 4vertebrae in my back and was prescribed morphine then oxy80mg then couldn't get enough and started a two year heroin binge. Me and other addicts specifically looked for H with feyt in it. Because the high was better. We did always shoot a small amount every time we would buy because there's no way to know how much feyt is in it. Then once we knew the strength we would shoot much more based on strength. Anyways I'm a year sober now because of ibogaine. I tried methadone suboxone and rehab twice but those are just substitutes. Luckily I discovered ibogaine and spent my life savings to go to a ibogaine clinic in Costa Rica and it was a miracle not only did it prevent withdrawal but also took away all desire to use any substance and helped my ptsd more then any veteran hospital. Of course ibogaine is illegal in the US after numerous studies at university's with amazing success rates. BUT big pharma doesn't want a cure they want people to pay to stay on suboxone or methadone for life.

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  31. How innocent people are spoiling their lives! Addicts need awareness that how long does heroin stay in your urine and harm it badly.

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