Monday, July 17, 2017

Las Varas, Chihuahua: A Refuge for Criminals

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Debate

 "The Gunfire was heard from up above at the cemetary"
 Entire families are moving or being displaced for fear of death.
July 14, 2017
Extra Material from Milenio
Madera, Chihuahua:

In the face of the critical situation in the state of Chihuahua, residents of the town of Las Varas are abandoning their homes for fear of being victims of criminals in the area.  "Estacion Babicora", as it is known by the locals, is  located in the municipality of Madera and is on the route to the larger city of Cuahatemoc in the Northwest area of what is known as "The Golden Triangle". 

After a confrontation in the community of Rubio, when Cesar Raul Gamboda  Sosa was killed on May 19, one of the leaders of la Linea, Carlos Arturo Quintana, "El 80" took refuge in the area.

Armed groups belonging to the La Línea Cartel, at the service of the Juarez Cartel and the CJNG at the service of the  Sinaloa Cartel have made surrounding communities a grim scenario of deaths, clashes, confrontations and fear.




This week, the families Salazar and Mendoza left in search of a safer place that allows them to sleep in peace, without the prospect that at any moment they will be riddled with bullets.
Madera Township, by its isolated location, has become the favorite territory of the hit men of these criminal groups to transport large shipments of drugs towards the Arizona desert. The mountainous area  facilitates camouflage for poppy planting.


In Madera people no longer speak of illusions, much less of celebrations, because each event can be interrupted by an unexpected shoot-out between the criminal groups that dispute their control of the area, who travel without consideration of whom they leave dead in their wake.

A villager tells Milenio that while they were attending a mothers day celebration they were interrupted by a deadly shootout which broke out and left about 20 dead.

"Suddenly we began to hear the vehicle engines revving and they started shooting amongst themselves, we all had to get to the house and down on the floor.", the man explained. Around 60 armed men, aboard pick/up trucks  and large SUVs began a confrontation with their entire arsenal.

The Community of Las Varas Invoked a Curfew  / Photo: La Cronica de Chihuahua
The most recent confrontation that took place last Saturday, July 2, was the trigger for families to decide to leave the community before death reached them. The authorities said the evidence includes .50 caliber bullet casings, grenade launchers, hand grenades and bullets from AK 47's.

"It was about 5 o'clock in the morning and the shooting was heard up there towards the cemetary, it lasted several hours ....... people are encouraged to leave only when the soldiers come to watch the area, if not, they prefer to remain locked up inside their houses" he added.

Mexican Military "Encouraging" its citizens to leave their communities

The gun caps of AK 47's ( Cuernos de Chivas /"goat horns") are still lying on the ground of the pantheon where the battle was unleashed, bullet holes are now the decoration of most of the walls, there are hundreds and hundreds of them.

"Imagine, there are about a thousand people living here, now I think maybe as many as 500 have gone and some of those are missing,  but others  remain here.''

"Now no one goes out into the streets, there have been many confrontations, many incidents, many dead, many families are leaving town for lack of work and the insecurity," says a woman of Las Varas.

Burnt Cars and Hundreds of bullet holes in their walls: the scene in which the inhabitants live 
Photo: La Silla Rota

While the citizens and families are giving consolation to each other, the municipal president says: "What can be done?" 


People are moving out, the towns are becoming empty, soon there will be only traces of blood and the bullets that ended the lives of so many people. Difficult to believe: currently there is only one business open. 

In a Press Conference,  The AG of Chihuahua, Cesar Augusto Peniche Espejel, said that the confrontations were led by Roberto G.M., "El 32" for the Juarez Cartel, identified as an ex-police officer, who was arrested recently but given "liberty"a few hours later. The side of "Los Chapo's" was    
commanded by a man known as "El Jaguar".

Scott Stewart, VP and Analyst for the Stratfor Intelligence Agency : "This confrontation is due to "La Linea" retaking power in Chihuahua right in step with politics. Organized crime is starting to become  more decentralized in Mexico now, with wars in smaller areas. The fight for key trafficking  areas and routes between La Linea and the CDS is erupting in more and more rural areas and on small turfs , not big cities like Ciudad Juarez."

67 comments:

  1. I believe in that people who chose to do drugs are going to do em and not give a shit where they come from. These people suffer the consequence of drug addiction and imprisonment. But when people are moving from there homeland to relocate and no interaction from the goverment! There is an unhumantarian problem where other entities from other countries need to step in. Back in the day the traffickers stayed low key moved there shit. Now its out of hand and the game needs to be gutted out and organized better. Cause what is going down is not organized crime its crimes against humanity and something has to give. El Lp..

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    1. Poverty, corruption and demand (in that order) are the prime causes of cartel violence.

      Legalization would solve most of it. ... and NO the robbing and exthorting poor villages would not sustain well-armed cartels (but which illicit drugs does), so that would NOT be a substitute.

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    2. I am for all kinds of bandit ways of life and have no objection to moving illegal drugs for the fk of it! And thats how it should be...moving dope for the thrill of defying international laws..fk it. But greed and corruption have over stepped there boundries years ago and it has put the whole country of Mexico in shambles and it needs to be stopped for the sake of human life!!. El lp!

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    3. @8:42
      So what your implying is that drugs are necessary to run the cartels? Robbing, stealing , extortion and kidnappings are not sufficient means from its citizens.
      I find this hard to believe. If municipal and government officials were to simply do their jobs, Mexico would not be in a dire state. Lack of enforcement efforts and its corruption practices has led to what it is.
      Poverty is not an excuse for why many engage in illegal activities or criminal behavior. There are many parts of the world where poverty is a norm. But such a state of category does not contribute to such unwanted behavior and activities. Many are content with what they have and don't. Beautiful principles which hold true and dear to their living and meaningful existence.

      E42

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    4. "Peniche Espejel of the banking peniche that robbed their own bank and escaped to Australia or NE Zealand?...
      I hear that bank robbing banker is back I Tabasco ot yicatan doing "Government Projects"...Don Castor "El Gordo" Ochoa also had some reforestation contracts with the mexican government on the yucatan peninsula on top of his ranchos and properties and his sinaloan wife by the time he got whacked by the carrillo fuentes.
      The point is you can't trust a peniche or the military in chihuahua, or the state police or the town mayor and his municipales, woder who is trying to depopulate the area now?
      Cesar Duarte is still in prison in El Paso?
      --Curiously Stratfor's opinion is "they don't know nothin'" probably have witnesses and alibis, they wuzn't even there.

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    5. @11:39 You say, "Poverty is not an excuse for why many engage in illegal activities or criminal behavior. There are many parts of the world where poverty is a norm. But such a state of category does not contribute to such unwanted behavior and activities." but until you really live there and are in the same situation you wouldn't know so don't rationalize.

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  2. CJNG at the service of Sinaloa? Hard to believe

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    1. Before they turned enemies you dumbshit

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    2. I was thinking the same thing. I think its more likely cjng and linea are pacted against sinaloa

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    3. I think this Cjng-Ncdj alliance is bullshit

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    4. I love u Tijuana soy la guera PAISA

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    5. La Linea and CJNG are linked up.

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    6. I've read that also. it's probably Gente Nueva, not CJNG.

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    7. It's hard to believe that both of those cartels are pussies?

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    8. Cjng and cds were allies, mencho didn't take orders from mencho just like chapo didn't take orders from mencho.

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    9. 10:22 they aren't talking past tense you dumbshit

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    10. Its gente nueva not cjng

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    11. La guerita Paisa saludos

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  3. Mexican government can stop all this chaos but choose not to. Excuses of budgets and lack of personnel are a joke. Citizens bear the consequences and the horrors. Sheep amongst wolves are what citizens are.
    This criminal business and behavior in Mexico has gotten out of control.
    Legalization of the death penalty is needed. Along with speedy judiciary system and stiffer sentences. In the end it's government practices which are involved.

    E42

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    1. If they legalize the death penalty in mexico, they'll probably end up executing their enemies, not the actual killers!

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    2. They always screw it up huh.

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    3. @9:08 Es todo. Tu si sabes compita. Remember, I would imagine that many times the government and military are paid to look the other way or not look at all. Preguntale a Moreira.

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    4. Quien los manda andar de ratotas. No solo se roban el dinero de los pueblos si no tambien lo que les dan para combatir el crimen.

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    5. @6:03 pm
      You do make a valid point!

      E42

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  4. The photo at the top of the article says it all.

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    1. The sign looks like many signs out in the country where I live. When the good ol' boys don't have a place to go target practice they use any sign they find to shoot up.

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  5. Why does it say CJNG on behalf of Sinaloa. You mean GN right ?

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  6. Land robbery by the high government

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  7. Arriba toda la gente bonita de Chihuahua y que se pudran los feos.

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  8. Love u Tijuana soy la guera paisa

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    1. 12:29 you lie, Chole,
      wrong from start to end,

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  9. It takes two cartels full of imbecils to battle La Linea - CJNG & CDS??? Then people of the states of Sinaloa, Jalisco as well as Durango and Sonora and even almost the entire U.S. state of California and Illinois claim that these four states mentioned have the "toughest" people in the Mexican nation! La Linea taking them all!

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    1. La linea have people from every state of Mexico and so does zetas. The day of that battle between gente nueva and linea/zetas, the people caught from linea/zetas were ftom puebla, michoacan and tabasco.

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    2. @ 2:13 Everywhere I've been Mexico and the States ppl in "the know" have always included Chihuas on that list.. I have no idea what your talking about

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    3. Lmmfao. Their is a loudmouth from Chihuahua here in my city, and not three days ago some paisano from michoacan, that was half size, shut it for him. It was extremely pathetic, really!

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    4. La linea needs help from cjng to take em all smartguy obviously they meant gente nueva

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    5. Nah bro Durango is another low key level don't compare us to other states !! We don't talk we just do it

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    6. Haha pathetics fighting whos state is tougher

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    7. @4:39 you're stating your opinion of the people of Chihuahua based on one fight. That's really smart!
      Durangenses do talk a lot of shit. I've handled a couple (not one), myself without problem however.
      P.S. it was stated here on BB also by some people that CJNG was a partner with CDS even up until recently. It was also stated that CJNG don't like Zetas which up until recently also where rumored to be allied with CDJ. So who's telling the truth???

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    8. Lol bunch of losers thinking they are tough.
      You can tell these guys have never been in a real dangerous situation. They would know any man is big with a gun in hand.
      Doesn't matter the size. Lol

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    9. @6:08 calm down Machete! I'm sure you are the only person in this whole site who sits behind a computer yet and can claim he's cheated death more than he cares to remember!

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    10. Mayweather is trying to prove HE is tough, for 1pp million dollars plus fees and expenses and commissions, I hope
      Espero que le partan su madre al güey por coyón y correlón

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  10. Goes to show you a broken government. Where its citizens are murdered and robbed of living.
    A country in chaos and corruption. Where civil liberties does not exist.
    Same bullshit different day for many citizens in Mexico.
    Can only pray one day it finds peace and tranquility.

    E42

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  11. Cjng was never in the service of cds, if anything they would rather work with linea and take out cds. Big typo!

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    1. Yes they were. How do you think they got their start? A good portion of cjng were cds before guy. I see you're new to this cartel bs..

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    2. 4:13 they were partners tontito never eas cjng in service of cds. Matter of fact after nacho got killed mencho went independent and later cds and cjng made a truce and joined cartels. 4:13 is obviously a newbee here lol

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    3. CJNG was created for el chapo, as a comando to fight zetas in Veracruz, los matazetas...

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  12. Compa ocupo saber quien rifa en Jimenez, chihuahua

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    1. Los chapos controlan jimenez, camargo, saucillo,delicias, parral,naica.. todo lo que es el sur de chihuahua. Pero poco a poco la linea se esta asiendo mas fuerte y les va quitando mucho terreno. De vez en cuando se les mete la linea a matar malandros a jimenez.. La linea biene recio del norte del estado y van quitando plazas poco a poco.. en camargo los buenos son la familia arellanes y los bojorquez. Son de los chapos y son originarios de aya de guadalupe y calvo.... .el FM_

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  13. Están mal Cuauhtémoc no está en el triángulo de oro no saben nada fake news... La pelea es entre línea y cds nomas...

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    1. 5:20, Durango Chihuahua y Sinaloa son el triangulo de oro pendejo.

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    2. No sabes nada idiota soy de Chihuahua y se lo que digo pendejete está más cerca de sonora infórmate.

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  14. The infamous "el jaguar" is still out there huh, the one that carries a blessed bullet to give himself a grace shot invase the enemies are closing in on him. Only the real ones will understand this lol amino compa Arley

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  15. so what hapoend to brolly banderas anyone knw

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    1. Ese guey es la verdadera esposa de el Chapo. Ema Coronel es solo para taparle el ojo a el macho!

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    2. He's probably dead

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    3. Brokey banderas is more than likely worm food

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    4. Pos andan mal y atrasados de noticias,
      a mi la Puta Tuta me dijo que el Broli Banderas era mio nomás.
      Atentamente-El Sol Prendido

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    1. Mucho mi broly aye que Rico soy la guera paisa

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    2. Al Broli tambiénn le gusta que se lo enchufen cuando lo planchan como toda una "Mariposa Monarca"

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