Thursday, September 21, 2017

El R7 alias El Piolin of the CTNG detained in Guadalajara

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Televisa News article
Subject Matter: Juan Jose Perez Vargas, El Piolin, El R7, JP
Recommendation: Read this article by BB reporter El Wachito see link

With information from Hiram Espinosa
In Guadalajara, Jalisco, authorities detained Alberto N one of the leaders of the Cartel Tijuana Nueva Generacion, allegedly responsible for the wave of violence in the frontier city. A Alberto N, is identified with the aliases El JP, El Piolin and El Amarillo and El R7. ( Otis: in previous Zetatijuana articles this individual has been identified as Juan Jose Perez Vargas).

According to investigations of the PGJE of Baja California, El R7 orders the assassinations of rivals. He is part of the struggle for control of Tijuana with the Cartel Arellano Felix. Alberto N has arrest warrants issued by the Baja California authorities.

His arrest occurred at the junction of Lazaro Cardenas and Lopez Mateos Avenues while travelling in a Jeep accompanied by two people in possession of drugs, ninety thousand dollars in cash in local and foreign currency.

According to statements of the detainee, he was in Guadalajara visiting a relative.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Veracruz: Three decap heads in sombreros have been identified

Last week macabre images of three decapitated bodies made the rounds on social media.  The victims bodies were carefully wrapped in black bags bound tightly with tape.  The decapitated heads were adorned with bright patriotic  colored sombreros.

The three decapitated bodies discovered in a street adjacent to a  Xalapa, Veracruz park, have been identified as brothers, members of a band, Juan Salvador, 27,  and Jorge Luis Patiño León, 31.

The third victim is Denisse Yazaret Morales Juarez, and English teacher and wife of Jorge Luis. On his facebook account, Jorge Luis Patiño León appears as teacher of the Ignacio Manuel Altamirano elementary school, based in Xalapa.

Denisse vanished on September 12, the brothers the next day.  

It was not the first killing befalling the band.  A 15 year old band member was previous kidnapped and killed.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

United States put sanctions on businesses and individuals linked to Los Cuinis and CJNG

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

Subject Matter: Los Cuinis and CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The Treasury Department of the United States listed four businesses and three Mexican citizens for their links to the CJNG. The USA authorities made reference to Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, the leader of Los Cuinis, and his associates as " special designated narco traffickers", as conforming with the law of designation of foreign heads of narco trafficking (Kingpin Law).

In the communication they detailed the imposition of sanctions against these organizations allied to narco trafficking on the 8th of April of 2015, together with their heads.

With these antecedents, all that these individuals posses are under the jurisdiction of the United States are frozen from today, and that USA citizens are prohibited from carrying out transactions with the businesses and individuals nominated.

Teloloapan Guerrero: Mexican Troops Kill 8 After Being Ambushed

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso and El Financiero

Sept 18, 2017
MEXICO CITY - At least nine people died including eight civilians and one soldier, which was the result of a clash between military personnel and members of the La Familia criminal group in the municipality of Teloloapan, located in La Tierra Caliente region in the  north of the state of Guerrero.

Faced with the surprise attack, Mexican Army troops repelled the aggression and during the exchange of shots managed to shoot down 8 civilian criminals carrying large caliber weapons, while a military soldier by the name of Oscar Alexis "N", was wounded and later died while being attended to in the community hospital. 

The confrontation was recorded Saturday night at 10:45 p.m., at the crossroads to the town of Pachivia , on the highway that connects the municipal head of Teloloapan with the town of San Antonio Acachautla, official reports indicate.

Boss of Los Cuinis captured in Uruguay will be extradited to the US

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

Subject Matter: Gerardo Gonzalez Valencia
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
The Uruguay Justice Department accepted the petition of the United States for the Mexican narco trafficker Gerardo Gonzalez Valencia, member of Los Cuinis, part of the Catel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, who can be found in prison in Montivideo for suspected money laundering activities.

The Mexican narco trafficker, who was detained at the end of April of 2016 in the Uruguayan Capital city is accused in the United States for the crime in the decade of the 1990's in the State of California, as well as drug trafficking.

In June of 2016, the United States solicited Uruguay for the extradition of Gonzalez Valencia, and the extradition request was finally accepted by the Judge Beatriz Larrieu, according to details of a sentence of the 28th of August passed on today for public opinion from the EFE.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren’t Latinos coming across.

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
In this tunnel, Border Patrol agents discovered 30 illegal immigrants, including 23 Chinese nationals.   (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP) 
Undocumented Chinese immigrants take the lead in apprehension numbers
                 At around 1 a.m on Saturday August 26, California Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery; a crudely constructed tunnel that was being facilitated to smuggle illegal immigrants in to the United States. 
And the overwhelming majority of the immigrant group were not Mexican, or even Latino, 23 of the group of 30 were Chinese.  There were 21 Chinese males and 2 females.  There exists a new human smuggling trend that is setting records, as it did in 2016, when the number of undocumented Chinese migrants, surpassed the number of Mexicans.  The steep price tag that Chinese migrants must pay to be smuggled into the U.S. is 50 to 75 thousand USD, making it a very lucrative industry.

He brought death and bullets to Tijuana, El Guero Chihuahua,will be extradited to the United States

Translated by Oits B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate and Zetatijuana articles

Subejct Matter: El Guero Chihuahua, Oscar Adan Rodriguez Guevara, CAF
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Detained in coordination with the Government of the United States, he will be sent to that country. Even thought the Attorney General of the United Stattes has not published the charges against Oscar Adan Rodriguez Guervara. According to the coordination group of Baja California, El Guero has interests in the businesses, Tabule, Futbol 7, and Charey; as well as a relation with the family of Ayon Diaz of Centro Cambiaro Bulevar, accused of money laundering and criminal service to two heads of the CAF, Jose Manuel Lopez Nunez, Don Balas, and Juan Lorenzo Vargas, El Chan.

Participating in the transit of drugs to the United States, laundering funds of illicit activities for old members of the Cartel Arellano Felix, as well as investing in real estate and establishing lawful businesses, these are the operations of Oscar Adan Rodriguez Guevara, El Guero Chihuahua, as reported by the Security Coordination Group in Baja California. However, US prosecutors continue to fail to report the charges which will be raised against him.

According to the investigation that led to the capture of the criminal, for purposes of extradition to the United States, according to authorities, Rodriguez Guevara will be linked to money laundering to at least three companies.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tijuana BC: 105-110 Murders in 15 Days

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Zeta

BC GOV "Kiko Vega " Formally announcing his Crusade for Security
Sept 17, 2017

The statistics of bloody events in Tijuana continues to increase and seems to have no end. Malicious homicides amount to 1,169 events so far in 2017. As of the close of the edition, 105 people had lost their lives in September.

On September 12, 100 days had passed since Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid launched the Crusade for Security, with various initiatives to reduce violence, however in those same days 511 murders were committed.

The murdered were dismembered, calcined, signed, bagged; executed by shots or blows and have increased the number in the last seven days to 50 dead. Monday, September 11 is considered the most violent day of the year with 13 homicides. Most of the crimes were committed in the Eastern Zone of Tijuana.

Ruling against Chapo's motion to dismiss indictment due to improper extradition

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
click on image to enlarge
On Friday, a no surprise decision was filed in the U.S. case against Joaquin El Chapo Guzmán. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan overruled an effort by Joaquin Guzman, challenging his extradition from Mexico to face charges in New York and Florida of international narcotics conspiracy, and the indictment against him, based on the foundation he was extradited improperly to NYC. Without touching on the evidences of the case, Guzmán’s attorneys focused on the indictment being improper, violating the extradition treaty between Mexico and the United States.

The original agreement contained the agreement that Guzmán would be extradited to either Texas or California.  However, when Guzmán was awoken for the middle of the night transfer, it was done without prior attorney notification, or prior documentation of the extradition city change.  The contention is that this action or inaction violates the confusing, ambiguous “Rule of Specialty” doctrine. Essentially, in the cases of Mexico to U.S. extraditions, within the four corners of the agreement, there can be no additions.

Remember the case of Alfredo Beltran Leyva? His appeared to be a clear violation of the Rule of Specialty. For two reasons; one, charges were added when he arrived in the U.S. and there was not a “waiver” signed by Mexico. The waiver is a caveat, stipulating to changes, post extradition.   There was not one in the Beltran Leyva case. There is a contention that there is one in Guzmán’s case but he denies there is one, or one he has ever seen or signed.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Narcos" series location scout murdered in Mexico

Material from El Pais and Variety 
Narcos scout was only 37 years olf

Variety reports; Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.” The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and “Apocalypto.”

Netflix issued the following statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.

Muñoz’s bullet-riddled body and car were found in a remote area near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have the highest murder rate in Mexico. In July, 182 cases of homicide were reported in the densely populated state, a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants.

Nuevo León: El Gafe of CDN apprehended, Rumors of A CDN split

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

omandante GAFE, of cartel CDN, has been apprehended in Guadalupe Nuevo Leon. A suspicious truck evolved into a routine check by police were attacked by armed men who were in the vehicle, which led to a chase and shooting this morning through several streets of Guadalupe.
The incident resulted in an injured police officer and two narco criminals being apprehended.  Seized were weapons, the vehicle, which damaged in the shootout.

A woman and a man managed to escape.

"Comandante Gafe", is one of the leaders of the CDN-Northeastern Cartel, who is in dispute over Tamaulipas narco plazas.

“El Comandante Gafe" is responsible for piso [extorted tax] murders, including women and children in a never-ending war against the Old School Zetas and CDG cartels.
CDN is the Treviño faction of Los Zetas cartel. 

They are in conflict with the other Zetas group Los Zetas “Vieja Escuela”, or old school Zetas.

Friday, September 15, 2017

García, Nuevo León: PGR Confirms the Finding of 149,000 Human Remains (bones)

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: PubliMetro

"Extermination Camp"
Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Extra Photos: Fundel
Sept 14, 2017

From May 31 to date experts from the State Attorney General's Office have found 149,000 bones in a building in the municipality of Garcia, Nuevo Leon, detectives revealed to the  relatives of missing people on Thursday.

In a tour carried out within the estate between family members and prosecutors in charge of the search, they were informed that from the fragments obtained it may still not possible to obtain any genetic profile to identify the victims. "We do not know how many people account for this many fragments," said one of the persons responsible for the search of the families.

The group belonging to Families United for Our Disappeared in Nuevo Leon (Fundenl) said they are not satisfied with the information obtained, because there is nothing concrete about what was found there. "We only know that there are almost 150,000 remains, but we do not know to they belong, we don't know who they are" said one of the mothers who accompanied the group.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

50,000 CA Marijuana Farms: Banned Pesticides Showing Up in CA Water

Posted by Yaqui from: US News and World Report


Intro thanks to: Kym Kemp Sept 10, 2017

Yesterday, U.S. News and World Report posted an article from Reuters about how banned pesticides and other chemicals found in illegal marijuana grows may be affecting drinking water. Tests done by various official entities show toxic chemicals in “rivers and streams that feed the state’s water supply, prompting fears that humans and animals may be at risk.”

Dogs and even law enforcement officers have gotten ill from coming into contact with the poisons.

Mourad Gabriel of Integral Ecology Research Center stands amid an illegal marijuana grow site in Northern California. Gabriel led research with UC Davis connecting rat poison at such sites to the deaths of fishers, weasel-like mammals proposed for federal listing as a threatened species.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Leader of Los Zetas in Reynosa killed and six accomplices taken prisoner

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

Subject Matter: Ricardo Carreon Olvera, El Calo, Reynosa
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Coordination Group for Tamaulipas detailed that after the operation, the detained six accomplices of El Calo

The Coordination Group for Tamaulipas informed that the leader of Los Zetas in Reynosa, Ricardo Carreon Olvera, alias El Calo, died in an operation Tuesday afternoon, while they were carrying out an arrest warrant for him.

El Chapo Guzmán says: I will not make a deal with the U.S. or rat out anyone

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Counsel for Joaquin El Chapo Guzmán confirmed to Borderland Beat,  that he will not accept a plea deal with the United States, nor will he cooperate, leading to indictment, or give information of any collaborators he has ever worked with.

If that means life in prison, than he will take it with head held high,

“Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán will not negotiate with the United States Attorney's Office, nor will he accuse any of the people with whom he has ever collaborated, on the contrary, he will face every test that the US government may have against him, even if it means the possibility of facing life in prison, said El Chapo’s lead attorney, Eduardo Balarezo.

Balarezo goes on to say that he is firm in the decision that he will not enter negotiations with U.S. prosecutors, “as many others have done”, but will have dignity to face justice without giving up anyone else.

Frozen Fees

Still in question, is the possibility that Balarezo’s attorney fees, and the fees of other attorneys privately representing Chapo’s may be frozen.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Chapo Isidro" Free on 5,000 Peso Bond

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Riodoce By: Alejandro Mojardin for Riodoce
Historical Background: Borderland Beat Chapo Isidro History and Chapito Isidro recognized 

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores

In July 2014, agents of the United States Department of Justice and the Mexican Marina stepped on the heels of the cell leader of Los Mazatlecos, Fausto Isidro Meza Flores. "El Chapo Isidro"  managed to escape but his pursuit sparked a series of clashes for four days that left 12  hitmen dead and one DEA agent injured.

Three years later, the operator of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel has an amparo/ suspension by a judge which prevents him from executing an arrest warrant issued by the district court in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. The cell leader, sought the protection of federal justice on August 25th.

To grant the suspension of issuing the arrest warrant , the judge requested a deposit of 5,000 pesos or approximately $280 US Dollars.

Monday, September 11, 2017

5 Dismembered bodies left in Port of Veracruz

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

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

Reporter: Sinembargo Redaction
Elements of the Veracruz Police located three human head of men on the hood of a car that appeared abandoned in the Port by the assassins. The vehicle on which the heads were left was in the Diaz Serdan Colonia.

The report said that a little before midnight on Sunday, armed men were seen travelling in a white and black pickups.

The rest of the body parts were in plastic bags left on the road next the vehicle where the killers had thrown them. There was also a narco manta left with the heads threatening vehicle thieves, with a claim that the Navy and Secretary of Public Security were not protecting the interests of the people by arresting the thieves.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Texas Gang Assessment, "Tango Blast" tops numbers

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat material from DPS Texas Gang Assessment
Tango Blast 19,000 members in Texas

Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which was developed to provide a broad overview and update of gang activity in Texas.

“This report provides an overview of gangs operating in Texas, which gives law enforcement important information to help protect our communities from these violent organizations,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Gangs and their associates remain a significant threat to public safety in our state, not only because of their penchant for violence and criminal activity, but also their relationships with other criminal organizations, such as Mexican cartels.”

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"El Pozolero": 10,500 Bones Found in Narcofosa La Gallera

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Zeta

Sept 4, 2017 Tijuana, BC

Six years after the first human remains were found at the site where "El Pozolero" dissolved 300 bodies in acid, 10, 000 additional bone fragments were found, which represent a new hope for the families of missing persons.

 The United Association for the Disappeared in Baja California, headed by Fernando Ocegueda, will initiate a state campaign jointly with federal authorities to take genetic samples of relatives of missing persons in all of Baja California in an  attempt to identify the more than 100 kilos of bones found recently.

Sicarios try to shoot down a Marines Helicopter, five of them dead

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article with additional images from Valor por Tamaulipas

Subject Matter: CdG try to shoot down Marines Helicopter
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Friday, September 8, 2017

Review :"Bloodlines", Los Zetas, Treviños, and the American Quarter Horse Racing Scheme

Review by Adam V.(Siskiyou_kid) for Borderland Beat
image from Texas Observer
Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by Melissa del Bosque

Veteran reporter Melissa del Bosque is an excellently researched book about the federal investigation into the Treviño Morales brothers, and their attempts to launder millions of dollars in illicit cash through the purchase, running, and breeding of champion quarter horses. Bloodlines is set for release Sept. 12 and it's an easy read that introduces the reader to the history of organized crime in Mexico, and fleshes out the current situation leading to a riveting story of ruthless crime bosses and the people who are tasked with taking them down. Del Bosque accomplishes this seamlessly, without boring any ardent follower of events in the narco world.

We are introduced to how the Zetas paramilitary force, has broken away from the Gulf Cartel, where they worked as enforcers. They went to war against their former benefactors, as well as other groups, including the Sinaloa Cartel, which was the most powerful criminal organization in Mexico at the time.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

US / CBP Has Busy Week Busting Millions Worth of Drugs at Border Crossings

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from USCBP

USGS Border Marker near San Ysidro, BC /US Border Crossing
The Busiest Border Crossing in the World
Extra Link: USCBP
US Customs and Border Patrol News Releases
Sept 8, 2017

CBP Field Operations Seizes Nearly $4 Million in Meth in a Commercial Trailer at the Pharr, Texas International Bridge:

The seizure occurred on Sept. 5, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2008 Freightliner tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 36 packages containing 199.61 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the trailer.

Guanajuato: Reporter who first published security video of commando attack is gunned down

Thank you Tu Fren material from Pagina Negra

10th Reporter Killed in Mexico This Year

Juan Carlos Hernández Ríos, was murdered Tuesday night. Hernández was a collaborator of the La Bandera Noticias de Yuriria portal.

The 29-year-old journalist was attacked by two men dressed in black who carried large-caliber weapons as the reporter left home in the Guadalupana colony.

Hernández Rios, who was editorial assistant and photographer of the news portal, was transferred to the community hospital of Yuriria, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim, worked for the La Bandera Noticias portal, which in recent months has managed to bolster police content.

Hernández Rios, was the first reporter to publish the security video of the commando police  attack that killed 7 including 4 police this past Monday.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

litigation update of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A press release from Attorney Eduardo Balarezo, announces he now formally represents Joaquín “El Chapo" Guzmán.  

In the press release, Balarezo gives his first statement as Chapo’s attorney. 
Mr. Balarezo has represented many high profile defendants including Zhenli Ye Gon and more recently, Alfredo Beltran Leyva.

William Purpura the attorney in the John Gotti Jr case, will also represent Chapo.

In the statement, [see below] Mr. Balarezo  projects the trial will last apx 3-4 months

Other case news:
  • Files for dismissal of indictment
  • Chapo says U.S. prison is torture; that his treatment is the worse in the U.S.
  • Still denied visits or phone calls from wife and family
  • No contact counsel visits
  • Accused of shipping 181 million grams of cocaine in U.S.
  • Eduardo Balarezo and William Purpura are now  formally representing Guzmán
Chapo is “subjected to torture”

Rocco Morabito: How a fight with his wife led to the downfall of Italy's 'Cocaine King'

republished from

The 'Ndrangheta manage at least 60 per cent of Europe's cocaine trade, and deal directly with Mexican Cartels, Zetas and CDG, along with South American drug cartels for their supply. They also traffic heroin, cannabis and weapons.

The downfall of an Italian mob boss who evaded police for 23 years came after he checked in to a hotel because of an argument with his wife, it has been revealed.

Dubbed the "Cocaine King of Milan", Rocco Morabito had been wanted since 1994 after playing a major role in the drug trafficking trade between South America and Italy. The 50-year-old – a member of the notorious Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta organised crime syndicate – is said to have been living in Uruguay since 2002.

He was recently arrested in a downtown hotel in the country's capital of Montevideo, authorities said Monday (4 September).

Investigators claimed he had checked in to a room alone after having an argument with his wife.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Guanajuato: 7 Dead in commando attack including 4 police officers (video)

Thank you Tu Fren... from Proceso

CELAYA, Gto.- Seven people, including four municipal police, a Transit employee and two employees of a gas station, were riddled by bullets, when armed  individuals aboard four pickup trucks attacked in Apaseo el Alto.

Around midnight Monday, at a gas station located at the corner of Daniel Ángel Ortega and Guadalupe Mandujano streets,   four Tahoe trucks arrived with a large group of men with long guns, who began the gun assault.

The employees managed to throw themselves on the floor. However, several members of the command approached and shot the two in the head, they died at the scene.

"El Guero Chihuahua" of CAF Detained for Trafficking

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Zeta

Adan Rodriguez Guevara aka "El Guero Chihuahua"

Sept 4, 2017 Tijuana BC
For the purpose of extradition and in coordination with US authorities, the State Preventive Police (PEP) captured Adán Rodríguez Guevara "El Güero Chihuahua" at 6 pm on Thursday, August 31. That was the information provided by the authority in its first reports. They then stopped the flow of information on the grounds that it could cause conflict in coordination and in process.

Of the detainee, "El Guero Chihuahua", the Baja California Coordination Group has this information: "he has a lot of money, owns a restaurant and a bar, trafficks cocaine to the United States and within the local criminal organization is identified as the chief of assassins and right-hand man of José Manuel Núñez López, "Don Balas", a  criminal lieutenant of the Cartel Arellano Felix (CAF).

According to public records, this is the third time that the Baja California Coordination Group has arrested the man named Adan Rodriguez Guevara: the first time he was arrested by the PEP in 2004 and identified as the leader of the group of thugs called "Los Omegas" in the service of Núñez Lopez.

Video Police Caught Applying Coup de Grace to 3 Sicarios

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

Subject Matter: See Post Title
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Four alleged criminals had died after a chase by Police, but the Police shot them again just to make sure.

Reporter: Unknown
Nuevo Laredo
This past Friday the 1st of September, around 5:30 pm a chase was registered that finished with a confrontation on the part of elements of the Tamaulipas Police Force against four Sicarios.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Book Review: Martin Corona, Confessions of a Cartel Killer Part 2

Confessions of a Cartel Killer: Part 2
Steve Duncan, a California Justice Department special agent, was the first handler of Martin Corona, and wrote the foreword in Corona’s book, Confessions of a Cartel Hitman. Below are three excerpts from that foreword, followed by questions proposed to Duncan, by “J” and Chivis and his answers. Gratitude to Steve for giving his time, assuring we received the information we asked for.

Excerpts from Duncan’s foreword:

First excerpt;
We got a multiple murderer; a brutal hit man who participated in many killings and murdered at least eight people himself. He often left victims near death. He destroyed families in the United States and Mexico. We got him. Martin Corona, an accomplished hit man for the extremely violent Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization. He signed a plea agreement created by the prosecutor and me. Corona then stood before a federal judge and pled guilty to cocaine distribution.  He was sentenced to roughly twenty-five years.

Wait!  He pled guilty to cocaine distribution when he was a multiple murderer and you’re good with that? Hold on now, there’s more.     

Corona was thirty-seven years of age.  In the federal system, you do 85% of your sentence.  In this case, 20.6 years.  Corona would be released when he was fifty-eight years old.  He was sentenced in October 2001, he would not be released until 2022.

During intensive debriefings with Corona in 2001, he confided to our team that he had Hepatitis C, a virus that is chronic and can lead to an early death. We feigned sympathy but after we locked Corona back into his cell, we smiled.  We truly believed he would die in prison.  “Divine intervention,” I thought.

PGR Destroys more than 33 Tons of Precurser Chemicals

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Riodoce


Sept 2, 2017

More than 33 tons of chemical substances and precursors were destroyed by staff of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Sinaloa.

Through a statement, it was reported that the Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), in coordination with personnel from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and the Navy Secretariat, Armada de México (SEMAR) destroyed the massive amounts of chemicals.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Baja California Sur: Tourist Mecca Becoming a Ticking Time Bomb

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Multiple Sources

A Typical Tourist Day in Cabo San Lucas
or any other Mexican Mega Resort Town
By Pedro Juárez Mejía La Puma de BCS
La Paz, BCS Sept 1, 2017
BCS Noticias, Zeta

In three separate shootings registered in three of the five municipalities of Baja California Sur (Comondú, La Paz and Los Cabos), groups of assassins with machine guns, ie "Cuernos de Chivos" murdered 11 people, in a period of less than four hours last Friday August 25.

This week there have been countless murders up and down the entirety of the Baja Peninsula, in both states. Today, Sept 1, 2017 Tropical Storm Lidia is literally putting a damper on violence while much of BCS experiences the most rain they have had in one storm in nearly a century. 6 deaths have already been reported. State of Emergency just declared for all 5 Municipalities of BCS.

The predicted uptick in violence due to the splintering of factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, the arrests of key players and the rise of power of CJNG are all factors as rivals battle for power and plazas.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Book review: Martin Corona, "Confessions of a A Cartel Hitman"

This is the first of two parts...

Much appreciation to former Special Agent Steve Duncan for advancing a  copy of "Confessions". When Steve offered to send me an advance copy, I knew that at BB we had someone who could do the review justice, Borderland Beat contributor “J”. J grew up visiting Tijuana often including the violent years of the city.  He was able to put a personal element in his outstanding review.  Any of you who followed the Tijuana cartel/AFO need not an introduction to Martin Corona. Before becoming a teen he began dealing drugs, beginning his criminal career.  He became a sicario leader of an elite group of enforcers for the Tijuana Cartel.An example of Corona’s killings, is that of the sisters of a target named Ronnie Svoboda. One sister, Luz, was pregnant, the other, Ivonne, was a Paris fashion model, both are shot, Ivonne took 3 bullets in the head.  Luz’ 9 yr old daughter watched all the horror from the back seat, but was physically unhurt.  Amazingly the sisters survived but notunscathed, as Ivonne suffered brain damage.  Just a month later, the little girl would see Corona once again, when he and notorious sicario, David Barron, arrived at the grandfathers Tijuana home to beat her father to death.  He is now remorseful for his ghastly deeds,  From a Boy Scout to an effective, ruthless killer, Corona now asks for forgiveness. After the arrest of Javier Arellano-Félix in 2006, Corona played a key role in the downfall of the cartel when he turned state's evidence. The book also is an excellent source to exemplify how seamless cartel criminality flows from border cities like Tijuana to their U.S. counterpart, in this case San Diego County.  Many affluent Mexican nationals, wealthy by legitimate and/or organized crime endeavors, reside in San Diego cities such as Chula Vista. -C.M.-                                          

"As far as first hand documentation of the way of the gun in Tijuana, the brutality, the killings, the Arellano Felix brothers, their top lieutenants, there are few books like this."

Confessions of a Cartel Hitman by Martin Corona with Tony Rafael:

Review by Borderland Beat Reporter "J"

I grew up going to Tijuana, and seeing the wanted posters of the Arellano Felix brothers as we crossed through San Ysidro, thousands of cars in the night, in the gridlock of the border.  I used to stare at them, stare at the Federales with rifles walking above, and between the cars.  I asked my Mom once, who these men were, why were they wanted.  "Bad people", she had replied, "Bad men".  I wanted to know where they were, "But, Mom where are they"?  At 10 years old or so, I thought they were close by.

In a sense, they were.