Tuesday, October 31, 2017

San Diego: The rise and "fall" of the man who bought planes for the Sinaloa Cartel

The Rise and "Fall" of the man who bought planes for the Sinaloa Cartel

It was late 2011, and Vicente Contreras Amezquita was on his way home, after a long day, at 41 years old, he had spent more then a decade in his business.  He was originally from Sinaloa, moved to Tijuana as a youth, and began living and working in the United States in the early 2000's.  

It was late afternoon, and there was likely traffic on the 5 South, the interstate that runs parallel to the 5 North, a traffic model of interstate commerce in Southern California.  The product comes in through San Ysidro, and leaves on the 5 North.  The money, the guns, the runners, head towards Tijuana on the 5 South.  

Vicente had money, 96,000 in cash, in his trunk, in a cardboard box, and 5,000 on his person.  The 5,000 was his commission. It had been picked up in Los Angeles, earlier that day.  Amezquita's phones, he had multiple, were being intercepted by federal agents at this point, as well as those of his closest associates. He was being watched, as he drove, as he worked, as he lived. 
Money seized in December 2011

They pulled him over for a traffic violation, and he called his wife, Elizabeth Fregroso, indicted in July 2015 with Amezquita, and others.  She remains a fugitive, as authorities allege she was an active participant in the complex money laundering scheme, of which her husband was the lead defendant.  She cursed when he told her an hour later the money had been seized, and that the police had brought in drug dogs to examine the U.S currency stuffed in a box, in his trunk.

6 found tortured and executed and dumped on the highway at Loma Bonita, Oaxaca

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

Subject Matter: Executions in Loma Bonita, Oaxaca
Recommendation: No prior subject matter required

A discovery was made Monday morning in the immediate location of Los Mangos and Motel California, Agua Clarita, at the side of the Federal highway, all had been tortured and executed, and were found several kilometers from the town. There were 5 men and 1 woman.

The body of the woman was around 50 years of age, meanwhile the men were between 30 and 35 years old. The discovery was made shortly after a caravan of armed men belonging to a criminal group ( Otis: The CJNG reported on by BB reporter El Profe ) threatening acts of violence.

Monday, October 30, 2017

El 109 leader of Los Tigres cartel arrested in Chihuahua

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

Subject Matter: Los Tigres, Chihuahua, Julio Cesar Escarcega Murillo, El 109
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Televisa Noticeros and Francisco Javier Carmona
The alleged narco trafficker leader in the region of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua who according to authorities is allegedly responsible for the wave of violence in the state, was detained this Sunday morning by the State Commission for Security of Chihuahua.

Julio Cesar Escarcega Murillo, alias El Tigre was detained with a group of sicarios that made up his bodyguard.

"Deriving from intelligence work of the State Commission for Security in the town of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, they achieved the detention of six enemies of the peace, pertinent to the Nuevo Cartel del Tigre, as well as securing 8 rifles, two pistols, a grenade launcher and a vehicle, inside of which the detained was caught," said Oscar Aparicio, State Commissioner for Security in Chihuahua

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Narcomantas, dismembered bodies, and ex-policemen killed in BCS

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana  
After the announcement that the armed forces were taking control of public security in La Paz and Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, true carnage has been unleashed in the streets.

In the last hours human remains of a person have been found scattered in four points of the capital, as well as four executed, two of them former municipal police.

On Friday, October 27, three executions took place. One in the Aguajitos neighborhood, another at kilometer 7.5 of the Cabo San Lucas - San José del Cabo highway, and the last one in El Zacatal. The last of which was identified as an officer of the Los Cabos Municipal Police recently dismissed for failing the control and trust exams.

Meanwhile, since that Friday night signs were placed denouncing military personnel who had arrested men who are now missing. The message was signed by relatives of the alleged victims.

"We are CJNG, we are here to stay'' says armed group.

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Debate


A convoy of trucks with armed men drove around through the main streets of Loma Linda, Oaxaca, and left a message on a banner. "Let's go get the extortionists and kidnappers" 

A video circulated on social networks of a convoy of vans with heavily armed men driving through the streets of the town of Loma Linda, Oaxaca (Photo: Twitter). 

Oaxaca.- On social media networks, a video of a convoy of heavily armed men crossing the main streets of Loma Bonita is circulating. Through loudspeakers, they boast that they belong to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and that they are there to stay.

In the images a long line of vans is observed cruising through the streets of the town; some witnesses said that there were seven vans and that they are heard with loudspeakers saying that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel had arrived.

Repeatedly, the voice of a man was heard during the drive saying, "We are from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, bastards."

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"El Cadete": turned himself in to the DEA he is suspected of many murders in Mexico

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from El Diario and Pacer

 "El Cadet", suspected murderer of the singer Tito Torbellino

Note from Chivis
It appears that El Cadete is going the same path as Mini Lic.  His turn in was initiated on the 11th and awaited for the grand jury to come back with the indictment.  They did on the 22.  He waived his right to bail hearing, the court thereby ordered a “without prejudice” order, meaning it can be addressed later. 

They have also ordered that he be held in protective custody away from other defendants.

Beginning at a date unknown to the grand jury and continuing up to 21 and including September 22, 2017, within the country of Mexico and 22 elsewhere, defendant SAJID EMILIO QUINTERO NAVIDAD, aka "CADETE, /1 who will first enter the United States within the Southern District of 24 California

After post below full documents on the detainment and indictment.

He was one of the drug trafficking 122 objectives of the Mexican Federal Government and having has a extradition order against him, the cousin of the Sinaloan Rafael Caro Quintero, Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad surrendered to the DEA to contract  an agreement for his complicity  related to organized crime.

Quintero Navidad, identified by the US Treasury Department Plaza de Sonora “plaza chief” , is suspected as being responsible for the murder of the singer known as Tito Torbellino as well as the attempt on singer Javier Rosas happened in Culiacan.

“El Cadete”, Cousin of RCQ Arrested at San Ysidro Border Crossing

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Riodoce

By: Alejandro Monjardin
October 27, 2018

Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad, "El Cadete", cousin of Rafael Caro Quintero, was arrested in the United States for drug trafficking and money laundering, the Justice Department has reported. The United States Government considers Quintero Navidad to be one of the highest ranking leaders of a Mexican Drug Cartel to be arrested in the United States.

The drug cartel leader's name flew on banners in Hermosilla, Agua Prieta and Nogales taking credit for a number of murders in Sonora, Mexico. In Sinaloa, he is linked to the attack of singer Javier Rosas who was injured in March 2015 and the murder of singer Tito Torbellino  but Quintaro Navidad will not face charges for those criminal acts in the US. 

"EL Cadete" was one of the main partners of Ismael "Mayo" Zambada , current head of the Sinaloa Cartel , but since 2014 Qunitero Navidad has been the head of  the Beltrán Leyva Cartel in Sonora, responsible for the trafficking of drugs in the Sonora-Arizona corridor. Federal Authorities have detected relationships between leaders, lieutenants, and associates involved in money laundering for the criminal groups of Rafael Caro Quintero and the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mexican Govt Does Nothing About Huichol Leaders Assassinations

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: IC Magazine

Two Brothers and Indigenous Rights Activists Were Killed in Mexico and the Government Is Not Responding

                                    "The tribe is living in fear in the wake of the homicides."
              Huichol Leader Assassinations are "A Wound to the Heart of the Community"

By: Tracy Barnett
May 25, 2017 Guadalajara, Jalisco

As commissioner of public lands for the indigenous Wixárika territory of San Sebastian Teponahuaxtlán, Miguel Vázquez Torres was at the forefront of the legal fight to recover 10,000 hectares of indigenous ancestral lands from surrounding ranching communities. He was among those who repeatedly urged the federal and state governments to intervene to prevent violence in the increasingly tense region that had been the subject of land conflicts for more than a century and, more recently, an increasing presence on the part of the drug cartels.

So it was particularly painful to learn that Miguel and his brother, Agustín, a young attorney also active in the land restitution project have become victims of the violence that they had worked so hard to avoid. They were both gunned down on Saturday, May 20. Preliminary investigations implicate an organized crime cell operating on the border between Jalisco and Zacatecas states.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

El Vic , Financial Operator of El Chapos sons arrested in Santa Fe

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

Subject Matter: Victor Manuel Felix Beltran, El Vic
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Jorge Becerrill
This morning in a fraccionamiento of Sante Fe, Victor Manuel Felix Beltran, alias El Vic, identified as a principal financial operator of the sons of El Chapo Guzman was detained. He is allegedly responsible for the transit of heroin to the United States.

Elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency detained El Vic, in a luxury franccionamiento, located at kilometer 16 of the Mexico - Toluca highway, in the limits of the delegations of Cuajimalpa and Alvaro Obregon.

The operation started at one in the morning and the alleged criminal was detained without a shot being fired. Minutes before 6 am, El Vic, 30 years of age, was transferred under a strong security operation to SEIDO.

El Pelochas Metro 28

Written for Borderland Beat by Otis B Fly-Wheel

Subject Matter: El Pelochas, Metro 28, Luis Alberto Blanco Flores
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel
Recent events on the Reynosa-Rio Bravo border have plunged the citizens of Reynosa into a living hell of insecurity, gun battles and fear. The antagonists creating this unrest are Los Metros with their base in Rio Bravo and Reynosa, and Los Escorpiones from Matamoros with Alfredo Cardenas and Commandante Panillo, M 100.


It seems that of all the cartels currently operating, those in the north east have been constantly infighting since the fall of their respective leaders. I'm talking about Los Zetas and the Cartel del Golfo, and the death of Heribierto Lazcano Lazcano, El Lazca, for Los Zetas and Mario Ramirez Trevino, El Pelon or X 20 of the Cartel del Golfo after his capture and subsequent imprisonment.

Baja Ca: 3,396 Narco Tienditas in BC, More than 1,000 in Tijuana

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from : Zeta Investigations

                                                PEP interacting with local TJ drug dealers

Despite the fact that 90 percent of the murders are related to the sale of drugs in more than 1,000  tienditas , ie " shops "or points of drug sales, specifically in Tijuana,  which have been denounced, the C4 Coordination Group does not work together on the information they collect from the detainees for narco-trafficking and murders. At the moment the operatives against narcomenudeo, ie, daily drug sales, are fighting those of the Cartel Tijuana and "Los  Achilles", but they also  give operative freedom to the CJNG and "Los Uriarte", in zones where crime is out of control.

In Tijuana, the Sánchez Taboada, Presa, Presa Rural, Pinos and Zona Centro neighborhoods are identified as the areas with the highest sales of narcotics; they are also those that concentrate 50 percent of violent homicides. However, with the exception of the Zona Centro, the rest have a poor record for busting the  narcomenudeo activity that according to the Coordination Group, causes between 80% and 90% of the homicides.

Corporations have concentrated on reducing the criminal operations of traffickers in La Zona Centro, which has been classified as a "safe zone", but where 92 homicides as of  September have ocurred, and 400 narcomenudistas have been captured so far this year.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Guanajuato: IED Drone with Remote Detonation seized in a cartel vehicle stop

Chivis Martinez republished with permission  by Small Wars Journal 

Note: I have written about my concern regarding the war weaponry amassed by CJNG, it was notable for many reason,s not the least of which no other cartel has these types of weapons.  And the progression is rapid, recently the discovery of the first ManPad and now this IED Drone.   December of 2015 and January of this year was the first time ISIS acquired/used an IED Drone, it appears that CJNG it keeping up with terrorists in that respect. Those unfamiliar with these weapons, go to youtube for videos.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #35:  Weaponized Drone/UAV/UAS Seized in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato with Remote Detonation IED (‘Papa Bomba’) Payload

Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan

An improvised explosive drone (‘dron bomba’) was interdicted by Mexican Federal Police/Policía Federal (PF) in Guanajunto in Central Mexico at daybreak of Friday, 20 October 2017. Four men were arrested following a ‘high-risk’ vehicle stop on the Salamanca-Morelia highway.  The discovery of an improvised Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)—also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)—is the latest example of cartel weapons evolution. The IED is consistent with recent papas bombas (potato bombs) employment by the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).  Guanajunto is currently contested by several cartels including the CJNG, Los Zetas, and the Sinaloa cartel.

Who: Four individuals (Public Ministry IDs: Christian N., Angel N., Eduardo, N., and Marcos, N.) were arrested by Mexican Federal Police/Policía Federal (PF) in a stolen vehicle in what would be equivalent to a ‘felony’ or ‘high-risk’ stop in the United States.

What: In the back of the stolen vehicle inside the hatchback/rear cargo area, a 3DR Solo Quadcopter in an open case with an IED (‘Papa Bomba’) attached to it with a sling rope and a remote RF detonator was seized. An AK-47 variant assault rifle, 2 magazines, 13 7.62mm bullets, 3 smart phones, 1 texting phone, and 3 black caps (1 with Guanajuato on it) were also recovered.   

Mexico, about to break all records of murders in 2017

Posted by DD material from el Pais and Mexico News Daily

Nearly 50 killed in weekend of violence

Mexico News Daily reported a spate of armed attacks across several states left close to 50 people dead over the weekend, further adding to an already alarmingly high 2017 death toll that is likely to make this year Mexico’s most violent of the past two decades.

Guerrero saw the worst of it: 17 homicides occurred in the state where where six of the victims were found in a clandestine grave in Acapulco. The other 11 fatalities were caused by shootings in both the port city and other municipalities including Técpan de Galeana and Alcholoa.

Sixteen people were killed in Baja California Sur on Friday and Saturday including a one-year-old infant who was caught in the crossfire in an attack at a restaurant in the state capital La Paz. It brought the number of people killed in the state last week to 35.

El Soruyo of the Los Zetas in Tabasco killed by Police

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

Subject Matter: Sergio Meza Flores, El Soruya
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge

Sergio Meza Flores is considered by authorities as the principal generator of violence en Tabasco and Veracruz, related to executions, extortion as well as fuel theft.

Sergio Meza Flores, El Soruyo, identified as a leader of the criminal group Los Zetas, died during a confrontation with Police in Tabasco, informed the State Secretary of Public Security. The corporation considers El Soruyo as the principal generator of violence in Tabasco and Veracruz, related to executions, extortion as well as fuel theft and vehicle theft.

The Governor of Tabasco, Arturo Nunez Jiminez, said that in meeting with the Coordination Group for State Public Security, the operation was carried out together with Sedena, before the fight that may occur for the leadership of the criminal group.

Tabascos Public Security Secretary, Jorge Alberto Aguirre Carbajal said that Sergio Meza Flores had an arrest warrant for vehicle theft in Veracruz.

Monday, October 23, 2017

3 Decapitations in Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Decapitations, Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required


Reporter: Noreste Redaction
The remains of three dismembered men were found on the side of Federal highway 180, on the Boca del Rio - Paso del Toro section, at the La Manga football stadium in the municipality of Medellin de Bravo.

The events were recorded this morning, at 06:00 am, Police were immediately notified and arrived at the scene minutes later to verify the events and cordon off the area. Next to the bodies were two narco mantas with two different messages.

The first one said, " this happened to me for killing taxi drivers and stealing at the Port of Veracruz:, and the second, " I am a kidnapper, this happened to me when I went to collect the ransom at the Port of Veracruz, Port of Veracruz is clear of kidnappers and extortion".

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Violence Intensifies in Mexicali

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana

The cold-blooded murder of a young 18-year-old student became the most important case for the entire Violent Homicide team in Mexicali, but besides this, three more crimes caught the attention of citizens, especially that of a former PEP agent and the shooting of an enterprising farmer in front of the UABC.

Although the Municipal Police director, Alonso Ulises Méndez, says that only 7 percent of the murders that occur in Baja California happen in Mexicali, and has even been overtaken by Ensenada as the second highest place for this type of crime, the events of last week and the beginning of this week, reminded Los Cachinillas [native Baja Californians] that the State Capital is not safe, as code red was activated for a few days following several high impact crimes. 

And although none are related (according to information from the State Attorney General's Office, PGJE), the public perception of insecurity worried the authorities, as the events happened in areas with favorable economic conditions. In one case even, an ex-military man who tried to hide in a barracks after stabbing a man was arrested. 

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 Laplazadiario.com 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.