Friday, October 20, 2017

Kate del Castillo: "I had sex with Sean Penn, it was just business"

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

In case you missed it, Kate del Castillo was a guest on Good Morning America today promoting her film, out on NETFLIX Friday.  There has been drama surrounding the film titled “The Day I Met “El Chapo”.  The big story yesterday was the revelation that Sean Penn, who accompanied Castillo on the clandestine trip to meet the capo in a Mexican jungle, was attempting to stop the film from using footage about his alleged cooperation with the United States government in catching Chapo. The film reportedly suggests that Penn alerted U.S. authorities to the fugitive drug lord’s location, this was after the meeting with Chapo arranged by Castillo in September 2015.

Penn’s camp suggests that if NETFLIX releases the film, “blood may be on their hands”.  Meaning there may be retribution or as in the narco world it is said “A settling of scores”.

CJNG Guanajuato Boss: El Cholo killed in shootout

Chivis Martinez

On Wednesday afternoon, Enrique Eguia López alias "El Cholo", alleged CJNG cell chief in the southern area of Guanajuato, was shot and killed. Local media reports reveal that he was a former Jerécuaro ministerial police agent.

At a press conference, Israel Aguado Silva, PGJE deputy prosecutor for justice, said that the events took place around 3:30 pm on Wednesday as ministerial agents carried out intelligence work in the community of El Terrero in the municipality of Jerécuaro.  They were shot upon by two men who were riding aboard a Honda. When the police repelled the aggression, the aggressors attempted to flee and  the pursuit began amid an exchange of gunfire.

"El Cholo" was hit by the gunfire from the agents and fell dead in the public highway, while the other man managed to escape.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sicarios leave Sinaloa and form cartel in Mexico State, dramatically named: "New Empire"

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo
 "The Plaza has an owner CMNDTE", ''charging floor" and taking credit for attacks, signed "Nuevo Imperio"


According to the Security Atlas and Defense of Mexico, in 2006 only six drug trafficking organizations were identified in the country, and four years later increased to 10. Thereafter, PGR reported in 2014 a total of nine cartels controlling 43 criminal groups. Today, however, there are 14 criminal organizations operating in 96 of the municipalities of the Mexico State, and 10 have presence in the 16 delegations of the country's capital.

Mexico City, October 15 (Infobae / SinEmbargo) .- The drug cartels in Mexico are like The Hydra. In a decade that has cost the country 193,000 deaths and 30,000 missing - according to official figures - criminal groups have expanded and fragmented.

There is no official figure or consensus among specialists. But recently Francisco Torres Landa, secretary general of the United Kingdom Against Crime Foundation (MUCD), said that the number of criminal gangs operating in the country has increased from six to 400 in 10 years.

One of these groups appeared recently in the State of Mexico, which borders the capital of the country. Authorities identify the group as the New Empire cartel and attribute its appearance to the breakup of the Sinaloa Cartel, which at the time was led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loaera, now in prison in New York, United States.

"This is part of the fragmentation, having removed the big heads, the only thing that it creates is the dispersion of interests and even struggles to reach higher distinction in different geographical areas," said Torres Landa.

Does Netflix Documentary suggest Sean Penn ratted out El Chapo?

Chivis republished from Daily Mail and TMZ

Sean Penn is 'trying to block a Netflix documentary that suggests he told authorities he was secretly meeting with El Chapo' in Mexico

Sean Penn has reportedly tried to block or edit a Netflix documentary that suggests he told authorities that he was meeting drug kingpin El Chapo prior to his capture.

The documentary, which is set to be released on Friday, apparently includes interviews with some people who suggest the Hollywood actor ratted out El Chapo to the US Department of Justice, TMZ reports.

They claim Penn told the DOJ that he was traveling to a secret location in Mexico to interview El Chapo for his now infamous Rolling Stone article.

The interviews feature in the documentary - The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story - which includes details of the meeting and background on what led to Penn's article.   

Several of Penn's lawyers have reportedly been in contact with Netflix multiple times to pressure them to edit out any reference that he contacted the DOJ prior to the meeting.

TMZ obtained an email from the executive producer of the film, David Broome, in which he seemingly details his concerns about pressure from Penn.     

'My concern is that we are taking an immense amount of pressure from all directions related to Sean Penn and currently Netflix has done a great job of hanging tough... but their nerves are on edge,' he wrote.

El Chapo denied contact legal visits

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

On Tuesday, the court ruled against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in denying his request for contact legal visits.  This translates to Guzmán’s attorney visits will remain behind glass without privacy and without the ability to review videos etc with his attorneys. 

I wrote an article regarding the denial of Guzmán’s privileges but the ability to have contact visits is the most important in defending his case fairly.  For those who insist on making it about Guzmán, instead of an uncompromised system of justice, one would think a successful appeal may be of concern.

Cartel de Sinaloa search for the leader of la linea in Chihuahua

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a milenio article with additional material from youtube

Subject Matter: Sinaloa Cartel, Gente Nueva, La Linea
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Members of Gente Nueva, the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel, stormed the village of Gomez Farias in a search for Jose Luis Gonzalez Montes, El 32, but didn't find him during the search of two houses.

Reporter: Milenio Digital and Juan Jose Garcia Amaro
Members of the Sinaloa Cartel stormed the town of Gomez Farias, Chihuahua in a search for Jose Luis Gonzalez Montes, El 32, leader of La Linea, one of the groups that operate in the state, informed the Prosecutor Cesar Peniche Espejel.

"We know that we have a problem, but it is not exclusive to Chihuahua but is implicated in other states as well, what occurred yesterday in Gomez Farias was the incursion of an armed group in a search for an antagonistic criminal leader", he signalled.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

El Marro threatens Cjng in Guanajuato

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a El Pacifico MX article

Subject Matter: El Marro, CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

A video is circulating in social networks where El Marro of Guanajuato sends a message to the people of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

" In this field whenever we bury bitches, sons of bitches we are going to take out the shit, here and in our state assholes, and how much they want, we are here sons of bitches, arriba Guanajuato, sons of bitches, "

Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz, El Marro, of the Grupo Santa Rosa de Lima, Guanajuato, is head of sicarios for homicides, kidnapping, extortion, drug sales and fuel theft in the state of Guanajuato. His closest assistants are Fabian Lara Belman aka "La Vieja", Noe Lara Belman "El Puma" and Jose Mario Lara Mendoza alias "El Magia".

This person has the sole responsibility for the murders in the state of Guanajuato.

This municipality has the largest number of illegal fuel pipe tapping's this year, in what seems like an open challenge to the criminal groups dedicated to that activity, this area houses the headquarters of the 12 Military Zone.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alleged Murderer of Activist Miriam Martínez is killed in San Fernando, Tamaulipas

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico

Juan Manuel Alvarado López was accused of the murder of activist Miriam Rodríguez, co-founder of the Citizen's Community in Search of Missing Persons in the state.

Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez. 
The representative of the group of missing persons in San Fernando, Miriam Elizabeth Rodriguez Martinez, was killed by a group of armed men on the night of Wednesday, May 10 at her house. Especial  

Juan Manuel Alvarado López, alias "Alushe", identified for the murder of activist Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, was killed in a confrontation in San Fernando, reported the Attorney General of Justice (PGJ) of Tamaulipas.

The alleged offender's death occurred after state police tried to defend him from assault Saturday afternoon in downtown San Fernando. Police captured four members of a criminal group, probably engaged in kidnapping and extortion.

Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez was murdered on May 10 when gunmen shot her outside her home in San Fernando. The activist was cofounder of the Citizen Community in Search of Disappeared in Tamaulipas. Rodríguez Martínez was looking for the remains of her daughter Karen Alejandra, who was kidnapped and murdered in January 2014. 

A prominent political leader is murdered in Guerrero

Posted by DD republished from NM Politics

By  Kent Paterson

 DD note:  Political murders have already started as the 2018 July 1 Presidential  election draws near. 

 Ranferi Hernandez Acevedo, fought against corruption and Government oppression  of the people of Guerrero since the 1990s during the political crisis arising from the Aguas Blancas massacre of 17 unarmed small farmers by Guerrero state police on June 28, 1995
An important political and social leader in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has been murdered. Authorities confirmed Sunday the death of Ranferi Hernandez Acevedo, whose body was found in a burning vehicle with those of his wife Lucia Hernandez Dircio, 94-year-old mother-in-law Juana Dircio and chauffeur late Saturday on a rural Guerrero highway, according to Mexican press accounts.

The travelers had been considered missing for several hours before their remains were recovered.

 Hernandez was a founder and former Guerrero state president of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) as well as an ex-state legislator. More recently, he was a prominent member of a Guerrero movement of activists historically associated with the PRD that is supporting the 2018 presidential bid of Morena party leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Also on Saturday, Enrique Baños Herrera, Morena member and activist with the Fodeg social organization, was taken by men from his workshop and beaten into a coma in Ometepec, Guerrero, the Acapulco-based publication reported. It’s not known if the vicious assault was related to the Hernandez murder. There was no immediate public comment from Lopez Obrador about either the Hernandez slaying or the Baños attack.

Sinaloa Cartel cell responsible for recent murder of journalist

Posted by Stevectpa-Republished from El Universal translated by Mexico Daily

The murder last March in Chihuahua of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea, 54, has been linked to hired gunmen associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, the state Attorney General’s office revealed this week.

The investigation has found that one of the four hitmen who killed Breach on March 23 is the nephew of Crispín Salazar, leader of a regional gang known as Los Salazar.

Thought to be a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel, the gang is based in and operates from the remote mountain Chihuahua municipality of Chínipas, close to the border with Sonora and also Breach’s hometown.

Sources quoted by the Attorney General said Breach’s murder was revenge by Los Salazar, who felt betrayed by the journalist’s exposés on their modus operandi.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover Allegations

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from InsightCrime
See 17 Dead in Cadereyta Prison

                   At least 13 died in rioting at Cadereyta prison
Written by James Bargent

At least 13 people have died in a prison mutiny in north Mexico that some witnesses claim was a backlash against an attempted takeover of the prison by the Zetas, highlighting the criminal control and corruption that are pervasive in the penal system.

Trouble at Cadereyta prison in the state of Nuevo Leon erupted when inmates took three guards hostage on October 10, reported AFP.

17 Dead in Cadereyta Prison

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Processo
see Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover

                 National Human Rights Commission Reprimands NL                     Government for its Lack of Attention 

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Following the riot in the Cadereyta prison that left 17 people dead, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) expressed concern about the lack of adequate response from the authorities to address the problem in detention centers in Nuevo Leon, which has been warned by the commission before, and urgently demanded to restore order.

In a statement, the Commission pointed out that Deputy Inspectors, in coordination with personnel of the State Commission on Human Rights, went to Cereso de Cadereyta to verify that the current situation is a result of violent acts, in order to verify that human rights of inmates and their families are not violated.

New fighting and narco blockages in Reynosa

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

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

There have been numerous robberies of large amount of vehicles with extreme violence by armed criminals.

Antagonistic criminal groups last night converted Reynosa into a battle field, in a day of violence that submerged the population into a night of chaos and terror with gun battles, road blocks and massive robbery of vehicles.

Simultaneously during the contingency, which frightened the population for more than two hours due to the detonations of high powered rifles, roadblocks made with hi-jacked public transport services and foreign vehicles.

At the same time, unidentified men threw hundreds to tyre puncturing spikes ( ponchallantas ) int into the streets affecting dozens of private vehicles that were stranded on avenues, boulevards and freeways.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

PGR detains "Big Papa" in CDMX, fianacier of the CdG and one of the most sought after by the DEA

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

Subject Matter: Nazario Cavazos de Luna, Big Papa
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Thanks to Yaqui for the heads up on this article

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
The Criminal Investigation Agency of the PGR detained Nazario Cavazos de Luna, alias Big Papa, in Mexico City, alleged operator of the Cartel del Golfo and included in the most wanted list of the DEA.

The PGR informed that the suspect was captured in a zone of Mexico City, without violence, with an arrest warrant that has an extradition order attached, moved by a Judge of the Sixth District of Federal Penal Processes.

"The arrest of this individual was carried out in strict adherence to due process and at all times his rights were respected", said a PGR spokesman on the arrest of Nazairo Cavazos de Luna.

The Federal Government had already carried out an operation to arrest de Luna, on one of his properties in the town of Bustamante, in the State of Nuevo Leon, but he managed to escape and relocate to the Capital.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Femicide and victim blaming in Mexico; Mexico's largest state rocked by slayings of women

Posted by DD Materials from Council on Hemispheric Affairs,   ABC News

  It seemed like any other day in the life of a 19-year old girl. On September 8, Mara Fernanda Castilla, a political science student had just been enjoying a night out with friends in the college town of Cholula, in the central state of Puebla. At around 5 am, she decided to use a Cabify car, a ride-sharing platform popular in Latin America, to get home safely. However, she never made it home and was reported missing by her sister a few hours later[i]. Following a week of investigations, the local Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that Castilla’s body had been found wrapped in a sheet at the bottom of a ravine, in the border between Puebla and Tlaxcala.

The inquiries revealed that Cabify’s driver Ricardo Alexis had allegedly subdued her and took her to a motel, just blocks from Castilla’s home, where he later raped and strangled her.[ii] Security video footage shows that Alexis parked in front of Castilla’s home for several minutes without her exiting the car before heading to the motel.[iii] Her cellphone and clothes were also found at Alexis’ home in a small town in Tlaxcala[iv]. Alexis will now go to trial and if found guilty, he may face up to 85 years in prison; 60 of them for the crime of femicide.[v]

Friday, October 13, 2017

San Diego: Body found in oil drum in Chula Vista bay

Body found found in oil drum in Chula Vista bay

There is a slight chill, a hesitant breeze, as San Diego eases into fall, particularly along the bay, even as the sun hits it's brightest points of the day.  There are dozens of small boats, yachts among them anchored along the marina, off J Street and Marina Parkway, the park looks out onto the bay, a tranquil landscape amidst the gloom and steel of the industrial area surrounding it.

A 55 gallon oil drum, weighted down with cement blocks, and a metal chain, was pulled out of the Bay, late yesterday afternoon.  Investigators on the scene say it may contain human remains, due to the smell emerging from the drum.  Family members of a recent missing person arrived on the scene, hoping for relief or closure, one way or another.  Authorities confirmed nothing else, as of today.

For some who know, who read, who saw, who remember, there are shades of other bodies found in strange ways across San Diego, especially Chula Vista, Bonita, Eastlake.  They were found on golf courses, in parking lots, strangled and beaten in vans, with messages painted on the side.  They were found sometimes in plastic drums, acid singed remains of humans, carne asada roasted outside to cover the scent.  They were found with toothpicks, hundreds of them, around the body and face of the victim.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Where Are the 60 Million Pesos for Turning in El Chapo?


Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Debate

According to data obtained through transparency no one has collected this money

The $60 million pesos that the Attorney General's Office (PGR) has offered for the whereabouts of former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin ¨El Chapo¨ Guzman, who has been imprisoned in the United States since January 19, is the highest the federal government has allocated for one person; however, it has not been collected.

Data from that plan provided to El Universal indicate that the present administration has been ineffective in finding the whereabouts of members of organized crime, victims of homicides, missing persons and the kidnapped. None of the 390 economic rewards announced since 2013, which total $976 million pesos, has been collected, according to information obtained via transparency.

Dismemberments in Poza Rica

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, dismembered kidnapper and wife
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Around 8:30 pm two corpses were left dismembered on the corner of the Las Garzas and Flamingos roads in Infonavit Gaviotas, which provoked an intense mobilization of the police in a question of minutes on the part of elements of the Fuerza Civil assigned to the metropolitan zone.

Various blocks were cordoned off and neighbours and were prohibited from moving within the zone to preserve any evidence, at the site of the discovery of the cadavers, there were the bodies of a woman and a man.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

El Oso of the Sinaloa Cartel arrested

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

Subject Matter: El Oso, Rey David Santiago Vargas, CDS, El Licenciado, Sons of El Chapo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Rey David Santiago Vargas was captured in 2016, when he worked under the orders of El Licenciado, but he was set at liberty due to the case against him not being proven.

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Elements of the Federal Police apprehended Rey David Santiago Vargas, El Oso, alleged operator of the Sinaloa Cartel under the orders of Ivan Archivaldo and Alfredo Guzman Salazar, sons of capo Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

The suspect had been captured in 2016 by the special forces of the Mexican Marines, at that time he worked under the command of Damaso Lopez Nunez, El Licenciado, who was detained in May of the present year in Mexico City, however, Santiago was set free under the law.

El Oso was found in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, and according to the primary reports he is responsible for coordination of the criminal cells that operate in the towns of Culiacan, El Dorado, Mezquitillo and Sanchez Celis, he was dedicated to surveillance of the authorities, as well as kidnapping, extortion and operations against rival groups.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The devastating murder of Mara Fernanda Castilla and reality of femicide in Mexico

The devastating murder of Mara Fernanda Castilla and reality of femicide in Mexico

In the early hours of the morning of September 7th, Mara Castilla laughed, drank, with friends, shot glasses and beers, mixed drinks and cigarette smoke, bar stools, bouncers and waitresses, in low cut tops and heels, a blur of music and conversation. The intimate secrets and whispers in ears, and shouting voices over the pulsing soundtrack, the kind of night that defies age, and invites one to live in the moment, enjoy the youth, or deal with age.  Mara was 19.  

She left alone, in the familiar, barely controlled chaos of those evenings, last call, last drink, last chance, last smoke, last night. There are moments outside clubs and bars, across Puebla, across Mexico, across the world, where the next few hours are decided.  Everyone must decide, where do I go now?  To go home with girlfriends, enjoy the night with your best friends, fall asleep on the couch, the next afterparty, the handsome stranger you met earlier, or the co worker/friend, who you suddenly want to know better.  

430 Year Sentence for Homicide of 11 Women in Chihuahua

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Milenio

Pedro Payán, a member of ‘Los Aztecas’, caught the girls, promised them work, then drugged them and forced them to prostitute themselves in a hotel in Cd. Juárez between 2009 and 2012.

Chihuahua- Pedro Payán Gloria, aka El Pifas , a member of the Los Aztecas gang, was sentenced to 430 years in prison "for sexually exploiting and depriving eleven women of their lives," indicated during the court hearing held in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

The victims were drugged and forced to prostitute themselves at the Hotel Verde between 2009 and 2012, stressed the agent of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Specialized Women's Office (FEM) to fully emphasize the guilt of Payán Gloria. 


El Pifas and other individuals, several of them already sentenced to 697 years in prison due to these same events, threw the victims into a clandestine "cemetery" located in the Arroyo El Navajo, which is located in the Valley of Ciudad Juárez . 

'El Pifas' y otros sujetos arrojaron los cuerpos de las 11 mujeres a un ‘cementerio’ clandestino ubicado en la zona del Arroyo El Navajo, de Ciudad Juárez.

"Payán Gloria, together with other members of the Los Aztecas gang, recruited 11 women who were held captive at the Hotel Verde in Ciudad Juárez, where they were forced into prostitution," the MP agent said at the trial.

With testimonial and scientific evidence, the investigator recorded that El Pifas actively participated in the recruitment of young women, who were promised employment, then drugged and forced to provide sexual services, selling drugs through threats and physical punishment.

Each of the young women were made contact with in the historic center of the border city, where many women look for work, and take the bus to go to work or housing. On the way they were caught by the human and drug traffickers that operate in this area.

”After evaluating the evidence presented, the Court of Appeal finds sufficient components to convict, for which it issues the exemplary sentence that further establishes the payment of more than half a million pesos for repairing the damage," reported the WEF.

It should be noted that on July 27th, 2015, five subjects belonging to the same gang were sentenced to 697 years in prison for the femicide of the 11 women and payment of more than 9 million pesos for damages.  


Manuel Vital Anguiano, Edgar Jesús Regalado Villa, César Félix Romero Esparza, Jesús Hernández Martínez and José Contreras Terrazas, took advantage of the moment of violence in Ciudad Juárez to kidnap vulnerable women, due to their age and socioeconomic level, said the president of Court, Catalina Ruiz Pacheco.

The victims were identified as: María Guadalupe Pérez Montes, Lizbeth Avilés García, Perla Ivonne Aguirre González, Idalí Juache Laguna, Beatriz Alejandra Hernández Trejo, Jesica Leticia Peña García, Deisy Ramírez Muñoz and Andrea Guerrero Venzor, Monica Liliana Delgado Castillo, Jazmín Salazar Ponce and Jessica Terrazas Ortega. 

Narco Production and Violence Displaces Thousands in Sinaloa's Sierra

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Riodoce By: Miriam Rodriguez of Riodoce

Violent territory control shifts thousands of families again : Interactive Map

NOTE: You MAY have to GO to the LINK to actually access the INTERACTIVE Version of the Map but we think it works now.  Get to know "our ", ie, that of Riodoce's interactive map with information about people displaced by violence in 2017 in the Municipalities of  Concordia, San Ignacio and Badiraguato in the Sierras of the State of Sinaloa just so far this year in 2017.

The son of Pablo Escobar sends a message to the makers of Netflix Narcos

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Noreste article
Subject Matter: Cali Cartel, Narco's series on Netflix
Recommendation: Read this article by BB reporter Chivis see link

"The traffickers from Cali are seeing Narcos, and they are not happy about it. Narco's tells a bad version of the real events, that could lead to conflicts in real life".

Reporter: Infobae

"Netflix should be more responsible", assured the son of Pablo Escobar. "I don't know well what happened and the mistrust I read in the notices", he said in relation to the assassination of producer Carlos Munoz Portal, 37 years of age, who appeared dead in Mexico this past month while researching locations for the new series of Narco's. But later he added, " unfortunately Mexico is very violent place. If I was in Africa filming lions, it wouldn't surprise me if one of them killed me".

Juan Pablo Escobar, changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin after the death of his father in 1992, has questioned the manner in which Netflix are recounting the narco trafficking history in Colombia and Latin America. "The narco traffickers in Cali are seeing Narco's and are not liking it. It annoys them that their names and their cities are being utilized to tell accounts of events that are not true. Their accounts of the history are bad and could create conflicts in real life", he advertised in the Daily Mirror.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ex-Governor Eugenio Hernández Flores Captured

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Riodoce
Looking relaxed during capture
The former governor of Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández Flores (2005-2010), was arrested Friday in Ciudad Victoria by the State Attorney General's Office, who filed an arrest warrant against him for embezzlement and money laundering.

Through the alias Alberto Berlanga and the company GMC S.A. de C.V. of Altamira, Hernández Flores made a 2007 purchase transaction of $16 million pesos for a 1,600 hectare plot of land located in the Industrial Port of Altamira, which is property of the state, and actually valued at $866 million pesos.

According to the agency in a press release, the purchase and sale transaction involved the companies Materials and Construction Villa de Aguayo, owned by Fernando Cano Martinez, alleged alias of Tomás Yarrington (predecessor of Eugenio in the government of Tamaulipas) and GMC, SA of CV of Altamira, property of Berlanga Bolado, ex-secretary of Public Works and Urban Development under Hernández Flores.

Following El Chapo's extradition: The power of the Sinaloa Cartel diminishes by half

chivis martinez for borderland beat republished from animal politico 

With El Chapo having been arrested and extradited, the Sinaloa cartel reduces its presence in Mexico.   Data from the PGR reveals that the activity of that organization has decreased in the country.

The cartel has gone from having a presence in eleven states, and now only operate  in seven and with less criminal cells in operation.

The presence of the Sinaloa Cartel in the states of the country has been on the decline since the extradition to the United States of its leader, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, last January.

In 2017, El Chapo’s organization lost its presence in the Mexican Pacific area, in states such as Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco, where it has surrendered territory to the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).

The Sinaloa organization has also ceased operations in the Yucatan peninsula, according to information from the Attorney General's Office (PGR) regarding criminal organizations with operations in the country.

SLP: Another Mexican Photo-Journalist Found Dead

Posted by Yaqui from: The Guardian

Photo-Journalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro
By: David Agren, Mexico City, Oct 6, 2017
Additional Info from: Proceso

Today Mexican photo-journalist Edgar Esqueda Castro was found dead after abduction by armed men. Yesterday, Oct 5th, the group of armed men appeared to be agents of the State Ministerial Police. The 
 body of Edgar Esqueda was found Friday morning near the Ponciago Arraigo International Airport in the industrial city of San Luis Potosí, some 200 miles (350 kilometres) north of Mexico City, according to local media.

Edgar Esqueda’s body, was half naked, showed signs of torture and his hands were tied behind his back. found in San Luis Potosí. Esqueda had previously received threats from authorities over photos he published of shootouts.

The Mexican photo-journalist who was abducted at gunpoint from his home has been found dead, the seventh journalist to be killed this year in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers. Esqueda covered police and crime for the digital outlets Vox Populi SLP and Metrópoli SLP.
Vox Populi SLP reported on its Facebook page that Esqueda’s hands had been bound and his body showed signs of torture.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dispelling Mexican Narconarratives: Why Most Fiction Gets It All Wrong

Republished by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Remezcla

by Freddy Martinez
When Oswaldo Zavala talks about the US-Mexico drug trade, he does so with a desperation common to those who study it. Zavala, who was born in Ciudad Juárez and is an associate professor at CUNY Graduate Center, understands that most people may never read any of his ideas, published mostly in academia, and may also never take the time to investigate narcotráfico as much as he does. But that doesn’t stop him from trying to counter popular depictions of the US-Mexico drug trade whenever he can. Spend enough time with him, talk about the drug trade long enough, and, more likely than not, you’ll come to realize that most of what you know about it is a myth.
Roberto Bolaño_Culture
Roberto Bolaño

I met Zavala recently at Caffe Reggio in Greenwich Village to talk about 2666, a posthumous, sprawling novel written by Robert Bolaño, the Chilean novelist many consider to be the greatest Latin American writer since Jorge Luis Borges. Divided into five parts, 2666 centers around Santa Teresa, a fictionalized Mexican city based on Ciudad Juárez. Published in the years before the 2006-12 surge in the city’s murder rate – when more than 100,000 people died – the novel connects five interrelated stories that riff on a central theme of violence. At its heart is an investigation into the femicide occurring in Santa Teresa, killings which were inspired by Ciudad Juárez’s own decade-long history of unsolved murders of women. Bolaño’s realistic depiction of narcos in 2666 gave Zavala a way to pick apart what he calls “narcocultura”— a string of sensationalist novels, telenovelas, music, and movies that imagine the narcos’ powers too broadly.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Culiacán, Sinaloa: One Year Anniversary of Deadly Military Ambush

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Debate

Outskirts of Culiacan, Sinaloa Oct 1, 2016
One Year Anniversary of Deadly Military Ambush by Narco Gunmen
See BB Posts for Details of Ambush: Borderland Beat
Oct 1, 2017

Culiacán, Sinaloa: On the first anniversary of the ambush that left five soldiers dead and 11 seriously wounded, federal authorities have  responded with arrests and assurances, but have not succeeded in the arrests of all participants. Twelve months have passed since of the assault and Federal Authorities have detained only three people. The events near Culiacan against the armed forces began yet another wave of violence in Sinaloa. 

The attack happened the night of September 30 and / or in the early hours of Oct 1, 2016 when a convoy of military personnel were transporting to Culiacan the alleged narco Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega, alias "El Kevin", who had been injured in a clash with soldiers in the town of Bacacoragua, Badiraguato.

The versions of events released by the Attorney General's Office early that morning revealed trucks of heavily armed gunmen lie in wait for the soldiers while the Mexican Military personnel were on the way to the Espacios Barcelona and the gunmen attacked and rescued "El Kevin" from the Military; who was being transported toward the hospital in Culiacan by ambulance of the Red Cross.

Seconds previous to the attack on the Military convoy and the ambush were captured with  cameras near  the north exit of Culiacán; but no one ever expected that.

U.S.Government wants Chapo in Chains

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

The U.S. government is really messing with El Chapo. 

Prosecutors are sticking it to him in every way possible, and using every legal maneuver at their disposal, even when it is far from necessary and borders on the ridiculous. 

I should say, from the beginning of this case, I did not much care about  the outcome.  I didn’t care about Joaquin El Chapo Guzmán, or his legal fate.  In fact, if ever there was a case that a drug trafficker's life sentence should end behind bars, when his dead cold body is carried out in a pine box, then this is that case.  That scenario would be poetic justice to many narco watchers.

But then something greater than him became relevant.  The U.S. government began at “go” treating him as though he is the second coming of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. A terrorist of the highest.   It has been an education to this reporter that rights could be denied a person,  who according to our constitution is innocent until proven guilty. The 14th amendment to the US Constitution guarantees this to every person, immigrants included, “equal protection under the law.”

Chihuahua Police search for El 80

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

Subject Matter: Carlos Arturo Quintana, El 80
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
After the kidnapping of Cipriano Escarcega, Director of Civil Protection of Carichi, on the morning of this Tuesday, State Police and elements of the Army mounted an operation in the Zona Occidente of this Municipality.

The State Commission for Public Security, Oscar Aparicio Avendano, informed that the captors of Escarcega, father of Julio Cesar Escarcega Aranda, leader of the criminal group El Tigre, from La Linea in Cuauhtemoc - burned his house and his vehicles.

Also, said the Commissioner, they killed a civilian identified as Cesar Alan Marquez Macias and injured a Municipal agent.

Aparicio Avendano anticipated that tomorrow they will fly to Carichi, where Carlos Arturo Quintana, El 80, controls the North West zone. Quintana was the one who allegedly with his sicarios kidnapped Escarcega.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

12 Alleged Criminals Caught, Including Attackers from the Carol Event Hall in Ciudad Victoria

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat From Processo
Los rastros del ataque en Ciudad Victoria. Foto: Especial

MEXICO CITY (AP) - In three different operations in Victoria, Tamaulipas, state police captured 12 people allegedly involved in drug trafficking, homicides, criminal association, security offenses and weapons carrying.

Seven of the detainees, according to local prosecution authorities, may be directly related to the killings and injuries of several people committed Saturday night in an event hall in the state capital. 

Some of the Detainees. Fotos: Especial

Lola La Chata, Grandmother of Mexican drug trafficking Part 2

Written for Borderland Beat by Otis B Fly-Wheel

Subject Matter: Lola La Chata
Recommendation: Read part 1 of this article see link

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel

You have bewitched me, body and soul
The quote above is from pride and prejudice, but never can it have been more accurate than Lola La Chata's effect on men of the time. It was her gift, she was not the most beautiful woman ever born, she was not a slim model figure, she did not come from noble family whose names meant something. But very few women have been able to bewitch men like she could.

Apart from her husbands, many authority figures fell in love with her, as did a lot of other men who simply could not resist her charms. Dr Leopoldo Salazar Viniegra, whose arguments for the treatment of addicts led to the legalization of drugs in Mexico for a 6 month period, was the cause of hardship in her life but even he was bewitched by her and he wrote to her.

"This, I must tell you for your own satisfaction, has not diminished my admiration for you. I consider you to be a perfect product of our time. For you, a drug addict is merely a good customer and nothing more. For me, he is an unhappy person dragged in the dust by civilization".

"As it is, you as a drug dealer have had better luck than those of us entrusted with incorporating the addicts into active, social, and living people. You have accomplished a marvel, and this is a real compliment to your talent and ability, of knowing how to maintain position and gaining always the goodwill of the whole police force".

Monday, October 2, 2017

Piedras Negras, Coahuila: 37 Assasinated Victims Remains of Los Zetas Identified

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from El Debate

The Coahuila Prosecutor's Office identified 37 victims who were assasinated and incinerated by Los Zetas between 2009 - 2012 in the CERESO state prison of Coahuila. Piedras Negras, Coahuila is on the US border of Texas.

Sept 29, 2017: Saltillo, Coahuila.- The Coahuila Prosecutor's Office of the Disappeared have identified 37 victims who were murdered and burned by Los Zetas DTO inside the Piedras Negras penitentiary center, but have yet to identify at least 113 people, as reported yesterday Sept. 28 as reported by  the head of the investigative unit; José Ángel Herrera.

"As a result of two stages of investigation, it has been possible to confirm the identity of thirty-seven people who were victims of the crime of disappearance of persons," Herrera said in a press conference.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Juarez: Barrio Azteca hit man arrested, suspected in 30 killings

Republished by Chivis from El Paso Times

Juárez police said they arrested an alleged hit man for the Barrio Azteca gang suspected in 30 killings, including a triple homicide at a barbershop last week.

The arrest took place after a shooting that killed three people and wounded another Friday outside a barbershop on Mesa Central street in southeast Juárez, police said.

Oscar Ernesto A.G., alias "El Karin," was arrested following a car chase after witnesses told police that the shooters had fled in a white Chevrolet Malibu.

Police said they found an AK-47 rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and about a pound of marijuana in the car.

The 34-year-old man allegedly told police that he was a member of a gang hit squad and that the victims were in a rival group selling crystal methamphetamine out of the barbershop, a police news release states.

The Vicious Cycle of Decommisioning Narco Planes

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Riodoce

                                   Sedena secures small planes, sells them and re-seizes them:
            This plane seized in the 2008 Culiacan Operation was seized again in Venezuela in  2009

By: Alejandro Monjardin Sept 20, 2017

In 2008, a Cessna 210 registration XB-JSO , white with blue strips, was secured in a Culiacán International Airport hangar and nine years later, on Monday Sept 11, 2017 they found it with 400 kilos of cocaine abandoned in Guanajuato. SEDENA secures many small planes linked to narco trafficking, which are then recovered by their owners and ultimately reseized. There is one plane seized in 2008 that was , once again secured at the airport in La Palma, Navolato, Sinaloa in 2015.

The aircraft was one of the 103 that the Mexican Army and the Attorney General's Office (PGR) seized in the hangars of the airport in February 2008. That year in Sinaloa, the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) was constantly deploying operations at aerodromes and airports as part of the strategy to combat drug trafficking. There are others that were seized prior to 2008.