Sunday, November 19, 2017

Federal Police and Cartel del Golfo Confrontation in Tamaulipas

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Televisa News article with additional pictures from Reynosa Codigo Rojo

Subject Matter: Cartel del Golfo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

3 persons died during a confrontation between elements of the Federal Forces and alleged members of the criminal group Cartel del Golfo in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

The gunfight occurred when armed men were travelling in a grey colored pickup attacked Federal Forces who were carry out a vigilance patrol in the Arecas Fraccionamiento.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tamaulipas: El Pata de Queso" dies in hospital after Tuesday's "Capture"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
After his arrest on Tuesday, today Martiniano de Jesús aka “Pata de Queso” died while hospitalized.  He died from kidney failure, resulting from pancreatitis.

The regional leader of the Zetas was also referred to Z-74 and belonged to the Old School Zetas.

He is yet another narco that the government says is responsible for the killings of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.  He is also named as a “generator of violence” and on the most wanted list.  Investigation by the federal police indicates he was responsible for directing many kidnappings including one of “a US citizen”.   That may be the US citizen identified by DNA in 2011, during the exhuming of 193 bodies in fosas near and around San Fernando.  The American,  was forcibly pulled off a  Matamoros intercity bus Along with dozens of others, after Zetas questioned people on the bus before deciding who to abduct.

The abduction occurred in November, 2010, at the time when heavy violence, massive shootouts, riots and killing erupted, after the killing of CDG CapoTony Tormenta.  This marked a pivot in the narco war in Tamaulipas and is responsible for Zetas gain of power in the state.

Aftermath scene where Tormenta was killed in a shootout with military 

Regional Leader of Los Zetas captured in Tamaulipas and dies in hospital Thursday

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


Subject Matter: Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, El Pata de Queso
Recommendation: No Prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Federal forces detained in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, an alleged regional boss of Los Zetas Old School, Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, El Pata de Queso, who is linked to the deaths of 72 migrants in 2010, and with the homicide of a representative of the collective of disappeared, Mirian Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Functionaries of the Federal Government said that the suspect was giving statements in the headquarters of SEIDO, of the PGR, since yesterday, and that it was he that coordinated the killing of the foreigners in the town of San Fernando.

They indicated that the alleged criminal, who they believed was dead some years ago, but thanks to intelligence work, they localized him in San Fernando, where he was a regional boss of Los Zetas Old School.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

El Chapo premier lieutenant , "El Marito Choclos" identified as a body entombed in lime

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Designated on United States Kingpin list

On Sunday October 21st a body in advanced decomposition was discovered at a dairy farm in Stanza Torralba subdivision of Culiacán.  The body was entombed inside a 50 gallon blue container and encased in lime.  Although the decomposition prevented immediate identification, it was assumed the body was that of Sinaloa Cartel operative Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo, age 35.   AKA "El Marito Choclos", had been reported missing 10 days prior. He had been shot.

The U.S. Treasury Department [OFAC] designated Valenzuela as one of the main financial operators and lieutenants of Sinaloa Cartel. In the list published in November 2015 by the foreign government, he was linked with Guadalupe Fernández Valencia,  “El Padrona”,  who was arrested by Mexico’s Federal Police, in February , 2016. The U.S. froze assets at that time. She is the sister of “El Animal”.

ABC Chicago reports; “Federal prosecutors in Chicago on Wednesday asked a federal judge to drop the charges against Valenzuela Verdugo, 36, since the "government has obtained credible information that defendant Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo died on or about October 22, 2017. Specifically, the government has learned from, among other sources, a copy of a Mexican death certificate, that Valenzuela Verdugo is deceased."

Indictment 29 pages 30 defendants:

WARNING: On second page is a very graphic photo, there is no further text.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mexican traffickers making New York a hub for lucrative — and deadly — fentanyl

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Washington Post
Married couple Rogelio Alvarado-Robles and Blanca Flores-Solis were arrested in August, a few weeks after arriving from Mexico. Investigators found 213 pounds of narcotics in their apartment in the Kew Gardens neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens. (Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York)

The middle-aged couple in the station wagon went shopping at a New Jersey         Walmart on a warm night in August. They stopped for dinner at an IHOP on the way home. And  when they arrived at their apartment building in a quiet residential section of Queens, the narcotics agents ­following them got a warrant to go inside.

They found several suitcases loaded with brick-shaped bundles of what appeared to be heroin. But   lab tests determined that most of it — 141 pounds — was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and supremely dangerous opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

It was the largest fentanyl seizure in U.S. history. There was enough inside the apartment to kill 32 million people, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The married couple who were arrested, Rogelio Alvarado-Robles, 55, and Blanca Flores-Solis, 52, had no criminal record in the United States. They had flown to New York a few weeks earlier with Mexican passports. They had no weapons.

Atty William Purpura officially joins El Chapo's defense team

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

El Chapo’s lead attorney, Eduardo Balarezo, announced today that attorney William Purpura,  has joined the El Chapo defense team.  

In August, Purpura  was one of the four high profile defense attorneys who announced they had signed on to the case.  However only Balarezo followed through.  

The issue was a threat by the government of a possible seizing of funds forwarded to the attorneys for payment.  It is their contention, that  the money would probably not pass the smell test and “dirty money” gained through illegal activities, would not be able to be used for Chapo’s legal defense

Purpura defended Richard Anthony "Richie Rich" Wilford in his drug trafficking case.

Press release below:

2017 DOJ-DEA National Drug Assessment Report

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article regarding some information derived from a new DEA Drug Threat Report.  I had hope to follow the first article with a follow-up, but have been away since that time.  To read that original article use this link:  2017 Drug Threat Report: RCQ leads Sinaloa, Mexico is greatest heroin source, 6 major cartels

Below is the full report from the DOJ and DEA
Table of contents click to enlarge

Table of Contents

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The love of his life was lured into a deadly trap. Then so was he

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat-republished from WaPo written by Michael Miller

he story of the American O'Neil McGean's murder in Mazatlán, one year ago, was unusual and mysterious in itself.  But there lies a backstory that begins in 2010 with another murder in the U.S. In the end two men, once partners, then close friends, were both dead, both lives leading to a similar murderous fate.

I wrote a post for BB about the Mazatlán murder.  Prompted by emails from his friends in Mexico and I eventually connected with his brother Donnie.   I must say, never have I seen such support from friends, neighbors and family for their lost loved one.  This man was highly respected and loved.  Donnie sent me this WaPo post.  It is for Donnie I republish this article to highlight the recent anniversary of O'Neil's murder.  Donnie and the McGean family's search for answers go on, although it was my advice that perhaps it was time to accept that they most likely will never receive all the answers they search for from the Mexican Government.  Just as the families in 93-95% of all other Murders in Mexico. -Chivis-

Betts left McGean right
Written by Michael Miller 

To the hundreds of students who lined up outside the funeral home that April evening in 2010, Brian Betts had been a beloved Washington middle school principal. A second father. An inspiration.

“R.I.P. Mr. Betts,” said their shirts and hoodies.

“Mr. Betts, We Love You,” read their signs.

But to O’Neil McGean, who stood in the Pierce Funeral Home parking lot in Manassas, Va., gripping a friend’s hand and fighting back tears, Brian had been so much more.

Behind bars: 3 armed men and dressed in military clothes

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Debate

The three accused wore military type olive green pixelated uniforms and identified themselves as Charly N, 30 years old, Braulio N 18 and Pedro N 23 years old, from Sierra de Rosario

El Rosario, Sinaloa.- Elements of the Municipal Police of Mazatlan detained three men from Rosario who had in their possession exclusive military use heavy weapons, the arrest was on the old road to San Marcos, La Noria, near the El Placer community.  

According to data from the authorities, the municipal agents were carrying out prevention rounds through the rural area when they noticed a group of armed people who, upon seeing the security units, fled towards the mountains, initiating pursuit.

Immediately the agents strategically mobilized and moments later managed to arrest the subjects without triggering their weapons.   

Narco manta from CJNG threatens Los Zetas and functionaries of the SSP in Puebla

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, Los Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Gabriela Hernandez
Today two narco mantas were found on the bridge on the Periferico Ecologico in Puebla, in which the CJNG allegedly launch threats against functionaries of the Secretary for State Public Security and the leaders of the criminal group Los Zetas.

The message is a threat against a person identified as "El Lalo Z", who allegedly has been in prison this past yer; also against the Prison Director of San Miguel, Javier Toboada: the State Director of Prisons, Ignacio Antonio Molina Gonzalez, and against Heriberto Galindo Martinez, who is Director of Prisons in Tepexi de Rodriguez.

" This notice is for the dogs Lalo Z, named Jose Gonzelez. Director of prisons in Puebla, Javier Toboada, Secretary Heriberto Galindo Martinez and the actual director of prisons Ignacio Antonio Molina Gonzales and all the balls that protect, CJNG has already arrived, you know that who gave the order to execute "Kalimba" and also the people of Coatzacoalcos Veracruz. Dont stay, we are coming for you, its not important that Moreno protect you, we know who controls the prison.
Atte: CJNG", it said in the narco manta.

“ El Tortillero” Detained: One More of the 122 Most Wanted Narcos

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Proceso

“El Tortillero” Falls: Another of the 122 Most Wanted Narcos

Mexico City Nov 13, 2017

Samuel Lizárraga Ontiveros, El Tortillero , one of the 122 priority objectives of the Mexican Federal government, was arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the Attorney Generals Office (PGR).
In a statement, the agency said the capture was made in the capital of the state of Querétaro, on Sunday Nov 12, "without the use of violence or harm to third parties."

Lizárraga Ontiveros, 34 years old, has an arrest warrant issued by the Fourth Specialized Court in Federal Criminal Proceedings in the municipality of Toluca, State of Mexico, for his probable responsibility of the crimes of / and or regarding organized crime.

He also has three arrest warrants in force in the common jurisdiction for the crimes of kidnapping and homicide, two of them issued by the judicial authority of the State of Chihuahua and third one by the State of Sinaloa. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

26 years in Prison for El Tigre, ex leader of the Cartel del Golfo

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

Victor Manuel de la O Trevino, alias Abel Alfredo Flores Trevino, was accused of the crimes of  belonging to organized crime, crimes against health and carrying arms for exclusive use of the armed services.

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
A Federal Judge sentenced to 26 years and 8 months in prison, the ex-leader of the Cartel del Golfo in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Abel Alfredo Flores Trevino or Victor Manuel de la O Trevino, El Tigre, whose detention in September of 2009, provoked an attack against the army with anti-tank rockets.

Together with El Tigre, Erik Torres Ibarra, was also sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of 100 days for the crime of carrying arms for exclusive use of the armed forces.

The Judge, of the Fourth District of Federal Penal Processes in the State of Mexico, found El Tigre guilty of the aforementioned crimes. Flores Trevino was captured on 4th of September of 2009 by elements of the army when he was encountered aboard a pickup, carrying weapons, after his detention, a commando intended to rescue him, that generated a confrontation with the army, that saw the criminals fire anti-tank grenade launchers against the army vehicles.

Otis: The following information does not form part of the above Milenio article but is intended to give some background on "El Tigre".

When Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino voted for Los Zetas to split with the Cartel del Golfo, they denounced El Tigre, who was trying to arrange a meeting between the heads of CdG and Los Zetas or "the company" as they were known then to CdG.

At the meeting, Los Zetas did not show up but the Army did and arrested El Tigre, the inference being that Los Zetas had given him up.

At the end of that month, seeking revenge for the death of one of their men, Concord 3 who was chief financier of Los Zetas,they issued an ultimatum to the Cartel del Golfo, deliver Samuel "Metro 3" Flores Borrego or face the consequences. CdG responded by expelling Los Zetas from Reynosa and other cities. M3 was eventually killed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kidnappers Use Government Data

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Reforma
Further Reading on the topic Insight Crime


Mexico City (October 29 2017).- To select their victims of extortion and kidnapping, organized crime groups have used federal government databases.

A report from the National Center for Planning, Analysis and Information for Combating Crime (Cenapi) of the PGR indicates that the the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, in particular the Gonzalez Valencia brothers, pioneered the implementation of this technique, from paramilitary groups in Colombia.

Since the 1990’s, the Cuinis found in the kidnapping of avocado workers an alternative entrance to drug trafficking, that they carried out by accessing information from the former Secretary of Agriculture.

"It was an 'intelligence system', which consisted of reviewing the department of health registry of the then Secretary of Agriculture to know who were the farmers with large areas of avocado production - where their gardens were located - and how much their sales reported for export," says the document, signed on July 4, 2016 by Víctor Hugo Pérez Castro, director of the Cenapi sector, and handed over to a federal judge.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Luciano Rivera arrested

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
Bruno Fabián Martínez Hernández 
 by Manuel Ayala
[On Thursday Nov, 9] José Bruno Martínez Hernández, alias "Bruno", alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Luciano Rivera, was arrested in a coordinated action between the State Preventive Police (PEP) and the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena).

The detainee is the brother of José Luis Martínez Hernández, who was booked on September 14, already linked to the possible participation in the murder of the Rosario newscaster.

José Bruno is accused of having deprived the life of the newscaster with a gunshot, on July 31, on the premises of Bar La Antigua, located in downtown Playas de Rosarito. He is the third involved in the case that has been secured.

This subject is linked to part of the criminal structure of the Sinaloa Cartel and has a criminal record of theft, drug possession, weapons carrying, and fights, mainly in the center and north of the city.

José Bruno was detained in De la Silvana street, Colinas del Sol neighborhood, carrying a firearm and approximately 50 grams of cocaine, the subject was placed at the disposal of the corresponding authorities who will be in charge of corroborating the information issued and determining his legal situation.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Criminal cell, linked to 33 homicides in GDL and Tlaquepaque, captured

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Occidental

        Capturan a célula criminal vinculada a 33 homicidios en GDL y Tlaquepaque

Román Ortega García

Elements of the State Attorney General's Office captured five members of a cell of the New Generation Cartel in the El Carmen neighborhood of Guadalajara. They are linked to 33 homicides spanning from August to date in southern Guadalajara, on the border with Tlaquepaque.

The Attorney General of the State, Eduardo Almaguer Ramírez, reported that the operation in which said subjects were arrested was carried out in a farm located at the intersection of Juan Sarabia and José María Sánchez streets, where the elements of the Prosecutor's Office found three corpses wrapped in black plastic bags inside a room.

“The criminal group’s safe house was located at this spot and at the time of being arrested in 'flagrante delicto' they had three people as victims, which they had there, already prepared to be thrown on the street," said Almaguer Ramírez.

The arrested are: Tomás N, Bryan Yael N, Luis Humberto N, Edgar Asunción N, and Daniel N, who are linked in 10 investigations with 33 homicides, including the three bodies located in the house where they were captured.

The prosecutor detailed that the cell leader Tomas N had been identified from last October 15, the date in which he participated in the murder of three people inside a house that he set on fire in the Cinco de Mayo neighborhood of Guadalajara.

Cancelled: “El H’s” Extradition to the US

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from El Debate

"El H",  Hector Manuel Beltran Leyva
Extradition to the US Cancelled
Nov 8, 2017
Extra material from: El Universal
By: Diana Lasteri

On October 25, 2017 the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) canceled the authorization it issued to extradite Héctor Manuel Beltrán Leyva, "El H", to the United States to face the accusation against him by the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia for drug trafficking.

Beltran Leyva's lawyer argued that the digital photographs submitted for his extradition are not original and his anthropometric record is obsolete.

The federal judge who in charge of the extradition procedure of Héctor Manuel Beltrán Leyva, "El H", initiated several proceedings to prove the initial identity report of the capo, to be positive that the incarcerated man is the same subject whose presence is required by the United States .

In compliance with a writ of amparo issued by the Fifth Collegiate Court in Criminal Matters in Mexico City, the Mexican Foreign Ministry annulled the agreement of September 26, 2016 in which it granted the extradition of "El H".

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The secret story of how the Zetas turned Coahuila into hell

 Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico


     Elementos incautados a presuntos narcotraficantes (AFP)

Massacres, incinerated bodies, collusion of authorities. Former members of the Zetas declare in US courts how crime controlled everything in Coahuila for 6 years. 

Alberto Nájar BBC World, Mexico City
November 6 2017

Forced recruitment of teenagers to become hit men. Villages completely destroyed. Hundreds of people incinerated.

It is that way that, for at least six years, the Zetas drug cartel continued to control the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Coahuila, in northwestern Mexico.

In three trials conducted in Texas courts, former members of the organization revealed details of massacres, bribes to police, mayors and officials of two state governments.

The Zetas, the witnesses said, controlled several prisons in the state including one, in Piedras Negras, where 150 rivals were incinerated.

Between 2007 and 2013, there were atrocious murders in Coahuila. Hundreds of people were stripped of their property. An unknown number of teenagers were forced to become hit men and more than 1,600 people disappeared.

The result: one of the worst periods of violence in history. The consequences are still being felt .

"It was hell but we still suffer every day, night after night," María Elena Salazar, of the United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila (FUUNDEC), tells BBC Mundo.

Eight years ago his son Hugo Marcelino González disappeared in Torreón, the most prosperous city in Coahuila. Since then there has been no news of his whereabouts. He was one of the victims of the invasion that the Zetas undertook in the state. "My son disappeared just at that time, during that wave of violence," he recalls.

You are more likely to win the lottery than see a crime solved in Mexico

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

Subject Matter: Impunity, inefficiency, Mexican Justice System
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Patricia Davila
The insufficiency's and inefficiencies of the criminal investigations are the heart of impunity in Mexico, above all in crimes of major impact, signalled a study of the incompetence of  prosecutors offices of the country, carried out by the investigator Guillermo Zepeda Lecuona.

In a press conference, Federico Reyes Heroles, president of the organization Zero Impunity, told of the study" State Indices of unemployment of Prosecutors Offices", whose result is that in Mexico it is more probable to get a double win in the National Lottery than solve a crime, which currently stands at a rate of 1 to 0.9 % respectively.

According to the study, only 9.7% of the crimes committed are reported in the country. Of these, only 65% are investigated. This means that only 6.4% of the crimes committed in the country are investigated. According to these numbers, the un-investigated figure, for authorities is 93.6%.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The fall of onetime high powered attorney, Todd Macaluso: Private planes, Tijuana to Haiti, and hundreds of kilos of cocaine

The fall of onetime high powered attorney, Todd Macaluso: Private planes, Tijuana to Haiti and hundreds of kilos of cocaine

Todd Macaluso, 55, was the cliche of a wealthy lawyer, in many of the ways one would imagine.  His vast Rancho Santa Fe mansion, (ranking affluent neighborhood in Southern California) his private planes, his pilot's license, his younger, blonde instagram pic ready wife, Tonya.  The kind of person whose image summed up a Hollywood version of an out of control, morally bankrupt attorney.

The Lawyer, in younger days
His downfall was also the kind of screenplay that Netflix could spend at least 5 episodes covering. It is a classic Southern California comedy of errors and federal prison, with international locales, and drug traffickers, sun drenched resorts, private planes, high profile attorney's, millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

We will start from the beginning, or where I feel the relevant points are.  In 2008 Macaluso was part of a legal "dream team", to represent Casey Anthony, the young Florida mother accused, and acquitted, of killing her child.  She was largely presumed to be guilty, and the evidence overwhelmingly points to her guilt.  Nevertheless, she was acquitted, in part due to Macaluso and others, including Alan Dershowitz, infamous attorney, tied closely to Jefferey Epstein, the hedge fund fixer, who plead guilty to charges of soliciting minors for sex, in a pedophile ring he ran out of his Palm Beach mansion in the mid 2000's. 

Agents arrested for killing 2 Americans

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

Subject Matter: Extra-judicial killing
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Reforma redaction
Two Coahuila police officers were accused of killing a US citizen and a legal resident of the United States at a check point on the Saltillo-Zacatecas highway, state attorneys revealed.

Apparently, the agents tried to cover up the killings by saying that the Americans shot first, the version of events was already denied.

Two members of the Metropolitan Operational Reaction Group (GROM), an elite unit, on October the 28th were in front of a roadblock near Saltillo, when the victims, both Americans, apparently did not stop at the checkpoint.

That same day, the Police issued a statement in which it was stated that the agents " answered the attack, culminating in the death of two probable perpetrators who were travelling aboard the vehicle."

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mexico report flags shortcomings in fight against corruption

Reposted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Reuters

FILE PHOTO - A man keeps Mexican pesos inside a safe in Mexico City, Mexico, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
by Stefanie Eschenbacher
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government has noted serious shortcomings in its fight against corruption in a classified report seen by Reuters, which was prepared ahead of an international evaluation of the country’s efforts to combat money laundering. 

The undated government report estimated that the drug trade, tax fraud and other crimes were worth at least 1.13 trillion pesos ($58.5 billion) a year in Mexico, with all of that money susceptible to money laundering.

In October last year the government published a much shorter official version of the findings, which broadly described the risks of money laundering without going into detail.

Report reveals Los Zetas control of Moreira brothers’ governments in Coahuila

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso
"The secret story of how the Zetas turned Coahuila into hell" to be posted soon

 Humberto Moreira, exgobernador de Coahuila. Foto: Octavio Gómez

By Juan Alberto Cedillo
SALTILLO, Coa.- While Rubén Moreira offered his last government report in which he boasted that "the big bosses that ravaged Coahuila are no longer" and that peace and tranquility returned to the state, the University of Texas, in Austin, United States, made public a study that reveals that the Zetas gave million dollar bribes to the Moreira brothers' governments.

The study, titled "Control over the entire state of Coahuila: An analysis of testimony in trials against Zeta members in San Antonio, Austin and Del Rio," was previously presented to the Human Rights Commission of the US House of Representatives.

The report collects the testimonies given by the Zetas kingpins Enrique Rejón Aguilar, Efrén Tavira, Alfonso Cuéllar, Héctor Moreno and Humberto Uribe Tapia, among others, who confess to the bribes they paid to the Humberto and Rubén Moreira governments.

Cartel Enforcer Warns of Escalating Violence in Cd Juarez Plaza Disputes

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Business Insider

By: Christopher Woody Oct 24, 2017
Extra Material Nov 1, 2017 from: Zocalo and Proceso

A Mexican cartel enforcer's prediction about a valuable border territory appears to be coming true.

Ciudad Juarez has seen a persistent increase in deadly violence over the past two years. The violence appears in large related to conflict between organized-crime groups. The state government has attempted to confront criminals and weed out corruption officials, but crime remains high.

In late 2016, a Mexican cartel boss warned that despite a significant decline in violence in Ciudad Juarez after 2012, the struggle for control of drug trafficking there had never ceased. "Absolutely nothing has changed, just the order was that we be more discreet, that we don't shoot at people in the street," said "Jorge", a cell leader for La Linea, a gang linked to the Juarez cartel.

According to "Jorge", Juarez was set to see more violence between factions vying for control of narcotics flowing through and being sold in the city. "The war is because the people of Sinaloa Cartel want to sell crystal meth and we , ie La Linea, aren't going to leave," Jorge said in November. "There are orders to do whatever is needed in order to not permit any of that."

Rafael Caro Quintero has again been identified by the DEA as one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, along with "El Mayo" Zambada , since the extradition to the US of "El Chapo" Guzman Loera. They remain the bosses of cells in Phoenix, Arizona; supervising distribution routes through the US to various cities and have a complete lockdown on control of the entire border region of Sonora.

Seven bodies discovered dismembered and semi-burnt in Chilapa, Guerrero

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

Subject Matter: Guerrero, killings
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ezequiel Flores Contreras
Seven dismembered bodies, in black bags and semi-burnt, were located this morning in an urban zone in the town of Chilapa, where the violence simply does not cease.

The discovery of the human remains, all of them male, was reported close to 08:30 hours Sunday morning in the outskirts of the Las Margaritas Colonia, where the road connects with the village of Acatzactla, indicate official reports.

The same reports mention that in the property known as Las Pilas, human remains were located inside 8 black bags that were burned.

Officially, it was reported that there are seven dismembered and burnt bodies but it is still not possible to determine why they were killed, the ministerial authorities continue to carry out forensic work in the area.

Dismemberments carry on in Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Dismemberments in Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Drivers of vehicles advised authorities, that they had seen two bodies of men who had been dismembered and decapitated.

This morning there was a discovery of the bodies of two persons of male sex, who were left under a bridge of the federal highway 150 Veracruz - Cordoba, at the height of the vehicle bridge that crosses with the federal highway 180.

Vehicle drivers advised the authorities, saying that they had observed two bodies of male sex, who had been found dismembered and decapitated, also that there were fluorescent cartulinas, in which were noted the illicit activities that were carried out by both subjects.

The bodies were transferred to the installation of the forensic medical services.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Wives of Guerreros Unidos Take Control

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

By: Dennis A. García Nov 4, 2017
The Guerreros Unidos organization, a splinter of the Beltrán Leyva cartel (BLO) , recently identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as one of those that has extended its operations in the United States, is led by women, most of whom are wives of the Guerrero Unidos leaders who have been arrested.

An investigation opened by the Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) points to a new structure that includes women, including the wives of the brothers Casarrubias Salgado, founders of the criminal group, ministerial sources reported.

With a low profile since the arrests of those allegedly involved in the disappearance of the 43 normalistas of Ayotzinapa , which occurred in September 2014, some of the women took part in the control and decisions within the cartel, which distributes heroin in the United States. To the new conformation the wives of the heads of sicarios are also united . Within the structure, some of them act as controls but also as hawks (halcones).

Friday, November 3, 2017

“El Tatos” Controls Mexican Prisons with Brutality and Torture

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Zocalo

"El Tatos" or Luis "N"
Luis Fernando Arias Gonzalez Nieto 
October 26, 2017
Extra Material from MVT News Oct 31, 2017: Includes Video, Warning Extremely Graphic:
I cannot recommend watching it.

Mexico City.- A criminal group whose members are imprisoned in prisons in the State of Mexico and are headed by a subject identified as Luis Fernando Arias, "El Tato" or "El Tatos", who use torture and extortion, under the presumed complicity - at least by omission - of prison authorities, to obtain important amounts of money and material goods such as houses, land and even automobiles; Whomever does not give into their demands costs them their lives.

A package of several videos, delivered to the MVT News Agency, document the methods of torture used by this criminal group; they are videos that are delivered through third persons on the outside, to the relatives of their victims who are imprisoned in the Mexican penitentiaries, to pressure for the delivery of money and material goods, under such threat that, those who does not yield to their demands, "will be tortured until they die. " 

The agency reported that the relatives of inmates who are imprisoned in jails like El Bordo de Xochiaca, in Nezahualcóyotl; Chiconautla, in Ecatepec, and La Palma, in Almoloya de Juárez, requested on several occasions, via letter, the intervention of the Director of Prevention and Social Readaptation of the Government of the State of Mexico, Luis Arias González, to curb what they described as "an environment of terror and extortion against the prisoners ".

Puebla: Fuel theft gang leader killed while in surgery to change appearance

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat material from El Manana

The huachicolero (fuel theft) leader Jesús Martínez Miron alias El Kalimba was attempting to alter his fingerprints and facial identity, through surgeries at the EPMAC Clinic, when he was shot to death last Monday.

This was revealed by the Puebla Attorney General who, in addition, confirmed that the motive was a settling of accounts within his criminal group, which is dedicated to fuel theft.

He and three others, two men and a woman, were gunned down at the EPMAC clinic in the Colonia Lomas 5 de Mayo in Puebla capital.  

Puebla has been embroiled in violence as gangs clash over fuel.  16 people were killed in last week in fuel theft gang disputes.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tijuana: Snapshot of the killings

Tijuana: A Snapshot of the Killings

The killings in Tijuana have quietly and devastatingly passed 1400, with 181 in October.  I say quiet, because this is nearing Juarez levels of violence, and yet it remains mostly out of the public eye.  In the colonias, the sprawling concentrated pockets of urban poverty, and relentless violence, they are anything but "quiet".  

The blue and red lights of various authorities assigned to "clean up" after the killings pierce many windows, and reflect off graffiti smeared walls,  sidewalks, small businesses, taquerias, mariscos stands, teinditas.  The image is a surrealist nightmare, a never ending fever dream of killing. 

Son of Javier "el JT" Torres Félix Arrested in Culiacán

By Siski_you for Borderland Beat from RioDoce

One of the men detained early Wednesday morning in Culiacán is the son of Sinaloa Cartel narco trafficker Javier Torres Félix, “El JT”.
Law enforcement agencies report that he is Jesús Javier Torres Urrea, alias El J6.

Among the detainees police also arrested is Rito Javier Torres Félix, the presumed brother of El JT; along with Jesús González García and José Alberto González Carranza.

Torres Urrea is the brother of Misael, arrested in 2014, when he was the magistrate of the town of La Ilama, in Cosalá municipality [county].

After a firce firefight with federal police and state police,  the relatives of Javier Torres were detained early this morning on the Internacional México 15 highway.

The suspects carried AK47 and M16 rifles with attached grenade launchers, a 40mm grenade and more than 200 cartridges.

According to the Sinaloa Secretary for Public Security, they were all riding in a Toyota RAV4 when the police attempted to stop them, precipitating a pursuit.

During the pursuit the suspects fired on the police and started a shootout.

The state and federal police agents were able to overcome the suspects and take them into custody  them.

CPB Had A Busy October Along the US/ Mexican Border

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from:

October 2017 Nogales CBP Officers Seize $458K in Heroin Oct 5, 2017
Nov 1 Material from Zeta
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Tucson man after finding more than 26 pounds of heroin during a failed smuggling attempt on Tuesday morning.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing reviewed a Saturn SUV driven by a 28-year-old man when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s front bumper where they found and removed over 26 pounds of heroin, worth more than $458,000.

Officers arrested the suspect for narcotics smuggling, and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers also seized the vehicle and drugs.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Drug Threat Report:RCQ leads Sinaloa, Mexico greatest heroin source, 6 major cartels

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat information from 2017 Drug Threat Report-DEA-

The United States 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment has been made public.  The 182 page comprehensive report covers twenty sections.  I am currently reading and condensing parts of the report that will likely be Borderland Beat readers’ points of interest.  I will post those and the full report in the days to come.  

Some standout points:

Mexico is the provider of heroin to the United States, followed by Colombia to a much lesser degree.

Rafael Caro Quintero is leading the Sinaloa Cartel along with El Mayo Zambada

Regional and national-scale gang alliances, such as prison-based gangs, are closely associated with Mexican TCOs, and have expanded their control over the drug-tracking conducted by criminal street gangs in their respective territories.

Zetas: Juan Gerardo Treviño-Chávez is leading the cartel

BLO: Fausto Isídro Meza-Flores, alias Chapo Isidro remains a subgroup with BLO, and BLO subgroups depend on alliances with CJNG, Zetas and Juárez to access drug corridors.  Details of these and more ahead.

Mexican TCOs maintain the greatest drug tracking influence in the United States, with continued signs of growth and expansion. By controlling lucrative smuggling corridors, primarily across the SWB, Mexican TCOs export significant quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and possibly fentanyl into the United States annually. Once these illicit drugs are smuggled into the U.S., they are delivered to user markets in the United States through transportation routes and distribution cells that are managed or influenced by Mexican TCOs.

Study sheds new light on roots of Mexico cartel wars

New study asks why drug cartels went to war in Mexico 
Reposted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from InsightCrime

Written by Patrick Corcoran
A new study from two leading researchers ties Mexico's current security crisis to the unforeseen consequences of the nation's democratic opening.

Guillermo Trejo and Sandra Ley tackle the deep-seated roots of Mexican violence in their new paper, "Why Did Drug Cartels Go to War in Mexico? Subnational Party Alternation, the Breakdown of Criminal Protection, and the Onset of Large-Scale Violence."

As Trejo and Ley point out, Mexican criminal groups enjoyed a longstanding period of peaceful coexistence prior to the 1990s. Violent conflicts disrupt business and attract increased attention from security agencies, making them essentially irrational. So, if it was not a prior mode of business and all participants suffer from criminal warfare, why indeed did Mexico descend from a stable, peaceful equilibrium into the current state of constant battle?

The story told by Trejo and Ley dates to the era of democratic turnover at the state level. This began in 1989 with the election of Ernesto Ruffo Appel of the opposition National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional - PAN) in Baja California, the first time that the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Insistucional - PRI) had ever failed to win a statehouse.