Monday, July 31, 2017

Death at San Ysidro; border officers encourage teen to drink liquid meth at Point of Entry

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Cruz drinks meth as CBP officer smiles

Last Friday night, ABC news on their weekly news magazine 20/20, a report was presented whereby a 16 year old Mexican high schooler was encouraged to drink fluid the teen claimed was juice, but what custom border patrol agents suspected was meth. He complied multiple times. Four to be exact.

And within 2 hours he died an excruciating death, after congesting a concentrated form of liquid meth that was 100 times greater strength than normal.

The event transpired in November, 2013 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.  The San Ysidro POE is the land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, and the busiest land border crossing in the world. 50k plus southbound vehicles, and 25k plus northbound vehicles cross the POE each day.  Once ongoing construction to modernize and expand is completed, that number will experience a   substantial  increase.

By all accounts, from those who knew him best, 16 year old Cruz Velazquez, of Tijuana, always was a good kid.  His future plans included earning a university degree.  However, his sister says he had recently begun associating with a group of dubious young people that were different than his regular group.

Financier of El Mini Lic arrested in Atizpan

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

Subject Matter: Nahum Abraham Sicairos, El Quinceanero
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Cesar Velazquez
Personnel of the Investigative Agency of the PGR, with support of the army, detained this morning Nahum Abraham Sicairos Montalvo, El Quinceanero, alleged financial operator of Damaso Lopez Serrano, El Mini Lic.

Sicairos Montalvo was apprehended as part of an operation in the Residential Franccionamiento Real Esmeralda, in the town of Atiapan de Zaragoza, in State of Mexico.

A little after 7am, the detained was taken from a house and transferred to the installations of SEIDO, in Mexico City, under a strong security operation.

Rosarito Beach, Baja California: Mexican Journalist killed, eighth this year

Chivis for Borderland Beat from La Jornada

It does not appear, from first reports, that the murder was related to his profession, nonetheless he died a hero........

At  dawn today, Rosarito Beach Journalist Luciano Rivera was killed by gunfire, according to the Public Security Directorate of that municipality.

The events transpired inside the bar La Antigua, located in the center of town  around 1:40 in the morning; According to the first reports, it occurred when the young reporter entered the bathroom and according to witnesses was assaulted after he defended a woman who was harassed by the alleged murderers.

By the time the Red Cross paramedics arrived, Rivera had died. The reporter participated in various tasks of the CNR Channel 54 of Playas de Rosarito.

Mexican Cyber-Mercenaries

 Translated from Proceso by Erin Gallagher ...follow Erin on Medium

After reporting threats against him, Mexican journalist Alberto Escorcia is more threatened than ever.

The following is a translation of a July 22, 2017 report by Mathieu Tourliere in Proceso magazine...

Mexico City (Proceso): When Alberto Escorcia Gordiano decided to dedicate himself to social network analysis about three years ago, he thought that he entered in a “calmer” world that he could “control.”

However, he started receiving death threats that forced him to leave the country twice. He even had to change his address after two individuals forced the door of his apartment open the night June 9. The police told him that they were “probably thieves,” reports Escorcia in an interview with Proceso.

- What part of your work could set off these attacks? he’s asked.

- I don’t really publish very severe things, but I do show that the cyber attacks and threats are coordinated operations; They’re not just two or three accounts spreading a rumor. My graphs and articles show that they are the product of two or three thousand organized accounts that have a purpose and an impact.

El Culichi, CDS plaza boss in Torreon, Coahuila killed by Police

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

Subject Matter: Oscar Santiago N, El Culichi, CDS, Coahuila
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

During the early hours of Sunday the 30th of July, there was a gun battle registered between an armed commando and elements of the Coahuila Force, in the Eduardo Guerra colonia in Torreon.

The Police managed to take down with gunfire an alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, identified as Oscar Santiago N, alias El Culichi, 30 years of age approximately.

The events occurred around 2 am in the morning, when the emergency system received reports that Coahuila Force were attacked by gunfire, and that the subject were aboard two vehicles on the crossroads of Lazaro Cardenas.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Guerrero: 7 killed as Police Escort ambushed transporting 1 Million MXN, funds slated for social programs

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from El Manana

 5 Dead Municipal Police Escorts for Bansefi Delivery
 for the Mexican Federal Gov't Program Prospera
Two Bansefi Employees also were murdered
Note from Yaqui   A description of the Prospera Program can be found here.   The idea was simple enough: give money to a mother to encourage her to send her children to school and to the health center. That simple idea, which began in the 1990s, has now become a nationwide program in Mexico, benefitting 5.8 million families – a fourth of the country’s total population.

An armed commando of up to 15 men shot to death five municipal police officers and two employees of Bansefi to strip them of $977,000 thousand Pesos in Federal support monies that would be distributed to marginalized communities of Ahuacuotzingo, Guerrero.

According to state authorities, the armed group ambushed agents and bank employees on the road leading to the community of Tecozaca, in the vicinity of the town of Zompazolco. In these events, registered yesterday morning, a employee  of National Bank for Savings and Financial Services who was injured in the attack reported it  by telephone.

How Mexican Cartels Prey on Chicago's Chaos

Republished by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from the Daily Beast

As Mexican Cartels manage to get more and more heroin into the U.S. each year, Chicago’s gangs are scrambling to be the ones to distribute it.

By: Jeremy Kryt
July 29, 2017

It’s summertime on the South Side of Chicago, and the sirens never seem to stop. In neighborhoods with names like Little Village, Back of the Yards, and Dolton, squad cars and ambulances scream day and night past shuttered storefronts and boarded-up houses. Welcome to the one of the most violent cities in America. There were 764 homicides here in 2016, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. That’s a jump of more than 50 percent from the previous year, with most of them occurring in poor “ghetto” communities on the South and West Sides.

All that killing is fueled, at least in part, by the city’s booming drug trade.

Native poet Carl Sandburg once dubbed his home town “Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler.” Add one of the country’s busiest airports and a cluster of major highway arteries to all those railroads and you get what DEA agent Mark Giuffre, of the Chicago Field Division, calls a “logistical hub” for narcotics trafficking.

The Heroin Highway Leads Into and Out of Southside Chicago
The Heroin Highway

Jaime Zapata killed with a gun from operation fast and furious

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Jaime Zapata, Los Zetas
Recommendation: Read this article by BB Founder Buggs

Today a Judge in the United States found guilty two members of Los Zetas for the death of the frontier agent.

El Piolin confessed that the assassination of Agent Jamie Zapata was a mistake
This Thursday a Federal Judge found guilty two members of a narco trafficking cartel from Mexico involved in the assassination of an agent in the service of Immigration and Customs in the United States in February of 2011.

A communication from the Prosecutor reported that Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, 36 years of age, and Jesus Ivan Quezada Pina, 29 years of age, both members of Los Zetas cartel, were declared guilty at a Federal trial in Washington for murder and intent to murder a Federal agent and weapons charges.

They were sentenced for the shootout that occurred on the 15th of February of 2011 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where they killed agent Jaime Zapata and wounded another agent.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

El Taliban of Los Zetas sentenced to 30 years in prison in the United States

Translated by J. Cheever Loophole for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

Subject Matter: Ivan Velazquez Caballero, El Taliban
Recommendation: Read this article by BB Matriach Chivis

Reporter: Juan Alberto Cedillo
Micaela Alvarez, Federal Judge from Laredo, Texas, dictated a sentence of 30 years prison for Ivan Valezquez Caballero, El Taliban, ex plaza boss of Los Zetas in the North East of Mexico, for the crimes of narco trafficking and money laundering.

Vazquez Caballero, 47 years old, rose up the ranks of Los Zetas with Miguel Trevino Morales, a ruthless criminal in the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo accused of ordering killings in the United States, and mass killings in Mexico, said the San Antonio Express newspaper.

It was said that while Trevino lead the criminal organization, before being arrested in 2013, Velazquez became an informant for the Federal Drug Administration ( DEA ), eventually testifying against Francisco Colorado Cessa, a Veracruz businessman who helped Los Zetas to launder money buying quarter mile horses in US territory.

Mini Lic currently has no arrest warrants in Mexico or the USA

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

Subject Matter: Damaso Lopez Serrano, El Mini Lic
Recommendation: Read this article by BB report J

Reporter: Abel Barajas
Even though he was identified as one of the visible heads of a new generation of narco traffickers, there are no known arrest warrants for Damaso Lopez Serrano, El Mini Lic, in Mexico or the United States.

According to the electronic system of the Federal Courts of the American Union, until yesterday, there has not been a registered indictment or accusation of wrong doing against the son of Damaso Lopez Nunez, El Licenciado, operator of the Sinaloa Cartel.

In Mexico he was part of the list of priority objectives of the Federal Government, however, there is no registration of orders of apprehension for cases of narco trafficking, nor amparos against capture for crimes of any nature.

Friday, July 28, 2017

10 bodies left on the street in Nuevo Laredo with a narco manta

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Noreste article with additional information from Sinembargo

Subject Matter: Slaughter of family members in Nuevo Laredo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

No less than 10 persons were killed and left in front of a house in Nuevo Laredo. On top of the bodies was a narco manta. The bodies were discovered in the early hours of Thursday and authorities proceeded to search the area.

Reports on social networks, although not confirmed by authorities, pinpoint the macabre finding at the crossroads of Lincoln and Porfirio Diaz in the Viveros colonia.

At the close of this edition, even though they had been consulted, neither the PGJ or the State Security spokesman had confirmed the events. The place where the bodies were found is close to a sports stadium, expo, and zoological, a zone frequented often by families of Nuevo Laredo.


Police raid 3 CJNG training camps and capture 19 sicarios and kill 1

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

Subject Matter: Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Alberto Osorio
The State Attorney General (FGEJ) confirmed the detention this Thursday of 19 persons and the death of one alleged delinquent who died confronting Police agents, during a macro operation carried out in the early hours in the Valles region, after the discovery of three new training camps.

According to state authorities, the trainees in these encampments were held against their will by dozens of subjects pertinent to the CJNG. The press ganged people were contracted to provide their services as private police and contacted through social networks.

The prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer confirmed today at a press conference the location of 5 narco camps found in less than 10 days, two last week in the delegation of Navajas and three more on Thursday the 27th, in the boundaries between Ahuisculco and the village of Navajas.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sinaloa: Mini Lic surrendered to DEA at Calexico, California border crossing

Mini Lic surrenders to DEA at Calexico border crossing

Note: Procesco reports that he had not surrendered, but was arrested trying to cross into Calexico, after hiding in the valleys of Mexicai for days, trying to find the border, and when they discovered his identity, he was taken into custody. 

Like others before him, Damaso Lopez Serrano, son of Damaso Lopez, had a good run for awhile, which he documented on his instagram account, luxury cars, guns, buchonas, all the cliches of the narco life, punctuated with the essential peace signs and emojis, and aspirational proverbs.  His cousin El Liebre, was often mistaken for him, through his own social media posts. 

It was reported today that he turned himself into DEA officers at the Calexico border crossing, where he had been hiding, presumably in Mexicali for the last several weeks.  It was clear that the Damaso Lopez organization had been more or less wiped out, between the raids in Mexico City, and killings in El Dorado, the Lopez's home town.  Mini Lic had vanished into rumors and speculation after the arrest of his father. 

It was never clear exactly what his sons responsibilities were, if any.  It was said after Joaquin Guzman Loera's arrest in Mazatlan, that he was to step up and assume a role, other then playboy narco-junior.  He posed for pictures with Mayito Gordo, sometime before his arrest in November 2014.  He moved freely in the Culiacan social scene. His name appeared in narco banners in La Paz, in sloppily written ink, as the bloodshed dripped into the city, fueled by retail drug wars, beginning in 2014.  His father was said to be behind a surge in violence in Baja California Sur, including La Paz, as cells under direction, and not, contested cells said to be under control of Ismael Zambada.  

Lopez Serrano, at one point was close with Los Menores, shouting them out on instagram, and through his corridos, but sometime after the initial 2014 arrest of Chapo Guzman, and his subsequent escape and re capture, there was a shift.  It is still unclear who exactly participated in the kidnapping of Los Menores from La Leche, in August 2016, or what the motive was, but it's clear that Damaso Lopez Sr. was involved.

There had been tensions for months, as disputes being retail sales, and slot machines, in areas south of Culiacan escalated.  Then the kidnapping in August, after the storming of Los Menores grandmothers house in La Tuna.  The kidnapping was humiliating, as video footage leaked, and thousands watched the sons of Chapo Guzman be pushed to the floor, and taken away, in waiting SUV's, in the sweltering heat.  

They were released days later, and recent reports indicate a ransom was paid, as well as the safety of Ruben Osguera Cervantes, El Mencho's son, Menchito, who was imprisoned in Altiplano.  Rumors ran that Alfredo Beltran's son, El Mochomito was behind the kidnapping, after he was arrested late last year, in Zapoppan.

The feud between Los Damasos and Los Menores began shortly thereafter, with running gunfights, ambushes, and betrayals, as well as a war fought in the media.  Both sides published letters to various Sinaloa publications accusing the other of betraying them, and Isamel Zambada.  Both sides blamed various killings, including the killing of 5 army soldiers in Culiacan, on the other. 

Bodies were dropped from a small plane into El Dorado in April 2017, and confrontations continued, as Los Montanas, the armed wing of Damaso's tried to keep Los Menores out of their territory.  In May, a video leaked of a bizarre looking Damaso Lopez Sr. eating mariscos and talking, it was said to be filmed by a hacker he had recruited for his media war against Los Menores.

There was an arrest, possibly a killing of his brother, El Pollo, in El Dorado, and then the raid on the Mexico City condo where had been living with his wife.  He looked nothing like the video leaked, which may have been a brother or family member.  Days later his bodyguards were detained, and soon after more of the cell fell in El Dorado.  In Nuevo Leon, a financial operator linked to Damaso Lopez Sr. was executed with two other men outside a bar. 

Mini Lic had vanished.  His father was said to be grave fear of his life, and was eager to be extradited to the United States, rather than be murdered in prison.  He is wanted in Virginia on a drug trafficking indictment from 2011.  There are no unsealed indictments charging his son.  It is not even known whether he was actively involved in trafficking across the border, or even whether his father was post 2014, or solely retail sales in Mexico City, Sinaloa, and Southern Baja.  

If he has no pending cases, he will solely be turning to the DEA for protection, and to protect himself and his family from the reach of his former friends and family, Ivan and Alfredito Guzman.  He will tell the DEA everything he knows about the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, and expect to live out his life in witness protection.  It is not known what his assets or his fathers were, or if he's allowed to bring any with him, as La Barbie wanted to, when he was working out a surrender deal in the late 2000's, with various federal agencies.  

Pictures of Mini Lic leaked this year show a slightly heavier man, more family orientated, in family events and gatherings, he looked like a Mexico City junior, carefree and casual.  He finally made his way off instagram, and under the harsh spotlight.  Of course, only to vanish again into the vast resources of the federal government, telling a young lifetime of secrets and stories.

Sources: ZETA Tijuana, Mileno

Misael on forum, who first posted the story. 

UK: Mexican Cartel Responsible for Decapitations and Torture Planning to Flood Britain with Cocaine

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Telegraph UK

Traditional Method of Snorting Lines of Coke
By: Rosina Sabur July 24, 2017

A brutal Mexican drug cartel responsible for decapitations and torture is planning to flood Britain's drug market with huge quantities of cocaine. The Sinaloa cartel has reportedly made a pact with a Romanian crime gang who have control over goods lorries, allowing the cartel to operate in Britain on a large scale, the Times has revealed. The alliance with its infamous drug lords, often described as the largest and most powerful cartel in the western hemisphere, will increase fears over the level of security at the UK's borders.
Port of Dover, UK

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CPJ: Mexican Journalist Threatened in Michoacán

Republished by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from

Protesters Demanding Justice for the Murder of Salvador Adame
Mexico City, July 26, 2017

Mexican authorities must undertake a swift and credible investigation into death threats sent to José Maldonado and ensure the journalist's safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

Maldonado, who is based in Morelia, the capital of the central Mexican state of Michoacán, told CPJ he received a threatening email on July 21 signed Raúl Solorio. The email warned Maldonado, the 49-year-old editorial director of Agencia Mexicana de Noticias Noventa Grados, to stop reporting on the activities of the state's law enforcement agencies. The message, which CPJ has viewed, ends with a series of implicit death threats against Maldonado. The journalist told CPJ he does not know of anyone named Raúl Solorio.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Confrontation between Military and criminals in Matamoros leaves 3 dead and 5 wounded

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

Subject Matter: Army vs Sicarios confrontation
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The confrontation occurred on the border of Matamoros, with 2 soldiers killed and one sicario

Authorities released information about a confrontation between elements of the Army and an armed group. The events occurred on the border between Matamoros and Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas where 5 persons were registered with serious wounds and two army elements and one sicario were killed.

The incident occurred at Los Ejidos Vanguardia, around Carretera Nacional 24.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Pegasus Spyware Use in Mexico : UN Human Rights Experts Demand Independent Investigation

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from NYTimes

Mexican Citizens Protesting Spyware Surveillance
Follow Up to BB's  NYT Post June 21, 2017
Extra Material from UN Press Release

By: Elisabeth Malkin July19, 2017

United Nations human rights experts called on Mexico's government on Wednesday to establish an independent investigation into smartphone surveillance of human rights lawyers, journalists and social activists.

The hacking effort, using advanced spyware whose sale is restricted to governments, has generated a furor in Mexico. The attorney general’s office, one of the agencies that acquired the spyware, known as  Pegasus, has opened an investigation.

But the Mexican government recently blocked a proposal for the country’s new anticorruption board to investigate the hacking — an inquiry that would have been more transparent than an ordinary criminal investigation.

By limiting the case to the attorney general’s office, the Mexican government is investigating itself with no outside oversight, the four United Nations experts said in a statement from Geneva.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mexican Drug Smugglers High on Ford

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from The Daily Beast

By: Jeremy Kryt

Fresh evidence turned up this month at the Ford dealership in Youngstown, Ohio.That’s where the bales of marijuana were discovered, hidden in a batch of Ford Fusions shipped by rail from the company’s plant in Mexico. A subsequent investigation turned up 17 other loaded Fusions in three other Ohio counties and nearby Pennsylvania. In total, police found 400 pounds of weed just between July 7 and 11. That’s more than $1 million which should have gone toward lining cartel pockets, instead of making headlines.

Sinaloa: Famous for Beauty Queens

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Debate

When a Beauty Queen Becomes a Narco Queen
July 7, 2017

Exposed for their beauty or excited by the thought of a life of luxuries and eccentricities, the participants in beauty contests are seen by the world of drug trafficking as easy prey, and are often seen by criminals as trophies who then among themselves become delinquent.

This is when the beauty of women and organized crime set aside the line that divides them and decide to join, here is one of many cases.

Friday, July 21, 2017

With an execution and narco message, Old School Los Zetas united with CdG declare war on CJNG in Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Los Zetas Old School, Cartel del Golfo, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Noe Zavaleta
The violence occasioned by cells of organized criminals worsened in these last hours in the south of the state, with three executions in less than 24 hours, members of Old School Los Zetas in alliance with the Cartel del Golfo declared war on the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

Today in the town of Agua Dulce, 456 kilometres from the state capital, a youngster of 30 years of age was shot dead at a landfill site, his body had bullet impacts in the head and one more in the left hand, as well as visible signs of being beaten.

At his side, an narco message on red card with black letters, on which members of the Los Zetas Old School and Cartel del Golfo assured that they were united for battle against the traitors and those who flipped to and anyone who claims to be a member of the Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generacion.

Warning strong bloody image on the next page, viewer discretion is advised

El Ojos of the Cartel of Tlauhac killed in DF

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

Subject Matter: Felipe de Jesus Perez, El Ojos
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

No less than eight narco traffickers, including the leader of the organization, Felipe de Jesus Perez, alias El Ojos, died today in a shoot out with members of the Mexican Marines in City of Mexico, informed that institution.

Perez was considered the head of the extremely violent organization that operated in the demarcation of Thahuac and Iztapalapa, in the south east of City of Mexico, detailed the Secretary of the Marines in a communication.

He assured that the delinquents fired on the Marines, who repelled the attack in a shoot in which eight members died from the criminal organization dedicated to the sale of drugs, extortion, kidnapping and homicides.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Los Zetas eat human flesh in Tamales and Tostadas

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Cartel Cannibalism
Recommendation: Keep your sick bag handy

(Otis: Given the recent Noreste article I translated about cannibalism in CJNG, and the comments I made in that article about the same thing levelled at Los Zetas, I was not surprised when this article came up today on Debate about cannibalism and Los Zetas.

Juan Sanchez Limon had an interview with reporter J Jesus Lemus Barajas. During the conversation, in the Cefereso of Puente Grande, Jalisco, he narrarated scenes of extreme cruelty, almost surreal, for the levels of violence and horror that go on behind these doors.

The prisoner interviewed was a plaza boss from the centre of the country. He controlled Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas and Jalisco.

He recalled knowing Heriberto Lazcano, chief of the paramilitary group after the death of Guzman Decena, and former corporal in the Mexican forces.

El Teo an idiosyncratic Capo

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

Subject Matter: Teodoro Garcia Simental, El Teo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The former head of Sicarios of the Arellano Felix Cartel, who flipped to the Sinaloa Cartel, is kept in a maximum security prison, given his profile of " a subject with contaminated criminogenic expansion and low crime threshold, showing idiosyncratic social reproach". At the beginning of the current year, Teodoro Garcia Simental was returned from Cefereso 11 Hermosillo to the federal penitentiary of Altiplano, where he faces 18 criminal proceedings for crimes of federal jurisdiction. Three of his brothers are also on penalties with the same characteristics.

Reporter: Luis Carlos Sainz
The image that drug trafficker Teodoro Garcia Simental once tried to give, in the sense that he is a sensitive man, because in previous years, his jailers have told his children that he is a bloodthirsty capo and complained before various authorities, is distorted by a penitentiary criminological study that ensures that the inmate is manipulative and idiosyncratic.

Teodoro, Diego and or Eduardo Garcia Simental, who is also nicknamed "El Tres Letras", "El Alamo", "El Siete", "El Tomatero", "El Ruben", and "El Rojo", was on September the 20th of 2015 transferred from Alitiplano to Cefereso 11 Hermosillo, and in early 2017, returned to the federal prison at Almoloya de Juarez.

With the study carried out, the prison authorities fought a series of amparo trials promoted by "El Teo", who sought to be released from the Sonora maximum security prison; However, it was proven that the inmate has criminological profile to be in a penitentiary with special characteristics.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Javier Duarte and Roberto Borge Seek Legal Protection Against New Arrest Warrants

Javier Duarte (L) and Roberto Borge (R)

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Javier Duarte and Roberto Borge Angulo, two of four former PRI representatives who currently face issues with the Mexican justice system and with the United States, began to move their legal pieces in search of breaking down or at least alleviating the crimes that the Mexican federal government and the local state authorities from which they governed have against them.

For the time being, the former Veracruz governor, who since yesterday has been held in the North Male Preventive Prison, managed and obtained the provisional legal protection of justice against two arrest warrants that were filed by the Attorney General of Veracruz.

Sandra Robledo Magaña, the first district judge in protection matters, granted Duarte de Ochoa a provisional suspension against five crimes: embezzlement, influence peddling, failure to fulfill legal duty, coalition of civil servants, and abuse of authority.

The constitutional hearing which will determine whether it grants the final suspension or refusal to grant protection to Duarte will be held on August 3.

From Panama, where Roberto Borge, who has been detained since June 5th subject to an extradition trial based on an arrest warrant from a federal judge from the State of Mexico for the crime of money laundering, has also began to make his play and filed his first legal protection against any arrest warrant or appearance made against him.

On Friday, June 14, Ciro Carrera Santiago, the 5th district judge of Quintana Roo, based in Cancún, entered the proceeding pertaining to constitutional protections filed by the former PRI governor, and by default, granted him the provisional suspension against the acts that he claims, according to The Council of the Federal Judicature (CJF).

Borge had to pay as collateral the sum of 59,000 pesos, according to the agreements published by the court in relation to the legal protection 1096/2017.

The indictment against Borge Angulo arises from the sale to his next of kin of 25 land properties from the state government’s reserves at lower prices than the market value.

Nevertheless, there are six complaints against him, four from the Attorney General of Mexico (PGR) and two from the state’s district attorney’s office (FGE).

Source: Proceso