Thursday, November 30, 2017

Where is El Mayo Zambada, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel that has never been captured

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

Subject Matter: El Mayo Zambada
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The capo has maintained a low profile. Apart from the images taken with Julio Scherer, almost no images exist of him.

Reporter: Jose Luis Montenegro
Ismael Zambada Garcia, better known as "Don Mayo" or simply "El Mayo", is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the oldest criminal organizations consolidated in Mexico according to a recent report by the anti-drug agency the DEA.

His accumulated experience is proportional to the size of his buisiness. Currently El Mayo Zambada and the Sinaloa Cartel export and distribute wholesale quantities of "methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine and heroin to the US", thanks to maintaining distribution centres in cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago," says the same DEA report.

After more than 50 years of criminal activity, Zambada Garcia is one of the oldest and most influential drug barons in the States of Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango, which comprise the so called Golden Triangle where the largest amounts of narcotics come from.

Early Start

According to unofficial versions from Mexican Security Organizations, El Mayo began his criminal career in 1964, when he was only 16 years old. For this he counted on the help of Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Rafael Caro Quintero, two of the old guard of Mexican Capos, and founders of the Guadalajara Cartel.

El Mayo, El Chapo Isidro and El Mencho, among the 14 capos that EPN hasnt managed to detain

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

Subject Matter: Capos, EPN
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Its exactly a year until the end of the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, his Government has captured 108 of the 122 priority objectives, alleged criminals that were on the list and considered highly dangerous and the principal generators of violence in the country, among them Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias El Mayo.

Today they form part of the structure of six narco trafficking cartels, two bands of kidnappers, one chief of person traffickers, and whom the Government have offered rewards that go between 10 to 30 million pesos for information leading to their location or capture.

Between the alleged criminals most sought after that have been detained or taken down during the present administration are: Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo, ex leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and Vincente Carrillo Fuentes, alias El Viceroy, ex leader of the Juarez Cartel.

Others detained or taken down are: Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias El Ingeniero, ex leader of the Tijuana Cartel, as well as Hector Beltran Leyva, El H, of the Beltran Leyva Organization; Miguel Trevino Morales, El Z-40, of Los Zetas; and Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, El Chayo, of the Knight Templars.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Government of Coahuila disqualifies report that denounces complicity of Moreira Brothers with Los Zetas

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso           
               Humberto y Rubén Moreira. Foto: Especial
MEXICO CITY (APR) .- The government of Coahuila presented this morning [Nov 27] a document to answer and clarify "inaccuracies" contained in the report prepared by the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas.

The document - presented by the government secretary, Víctor Zamora Rodríguez, and the head of the entity's Human Rights Office, Federico Garza - rejects the assertions about the control exercised by The Zetas cartel in Coahuila, based on testimony from ex members of that criminal organization, among whose statements is the complicity of the governments of Humberto and Rubén Moreira.

The statements concerning collaboration of the State with the organized crime are totally false, affirmed Zamora Rodríguez; evidence of this, he added, is the decrease in homicide rates related to organized crime, as well as the improvement in security.

After specifying that in 2012 there were 688 intentional homicides, and this year 94 have been counted, the state official stressed: "In a simple contrast with reality it is evident that it does not correspond or does not fit with what is happening today, because this administration has directed its actions to fight against the interests of organized crime."

Ice-coolers with human heads and narco cartulinas left outside TV station in Guadalajara

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

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

Reporter: Gloria M Reza
Guadalajara: In two different points of the City, persons unknown left two ice-coolers, together with a cartulina that carried threats, in the interior of one of these were two human heads.

The two coolers with the heads inside were found outside the installations of Televisa Guadalajara that is located on Avenida Alemania, almost at the cross roads with Enrique Diaz de Leon, in the Moderna Colonia.

With one cooler was a narco cartulina with a threat against a State Police Chief. "Jesus Hunberto Boruel Neri, key 1202, here we have left these two heads, if now you make this public, not like Sunday 19-11-2017 when we launched grenades at you and you hid".

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Zetas: Sister of Miguel and Omar Treviño arrested

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

The Treviño sister is "Jefa de Plaza" of Nuevo Laredo

Procuraduría General de Justicia de Tamaulipas announced the arrest of Ana Isabel Treviño Morales.  She  was arrested Monday night in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, the city of which she is the “Jefa de Plaza” (Plaza Boss).  

The arrest was directed by the Attorney General of Tamaulipas (PGJT), and conducted by the Army and the Federal Police.

The PGJT, stated that the detainee is the sister of Miguel Ángel and Omar Treviño Morales, aka Z42 and the Z40, and is accused of a kidnapping, committed in November of 2016.

The A.G. said intelligence indicates that the Treviño Morales family operate the Zetas cartel mainly in Nuevo Laredo, where they control organized crime activities of; human trafficking, drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping, homicides, disappearances, oil theft, among others.She, along with her friend 'La Teniente', also control organized crime activity in Coahuila bars.

Tunnel Rats stalk border smugglers

Posted on Borderland Beat by 'LeChef' from San Diego Union Tribune

It’s a name only a bureaucrat could love: Confined Spaces Entry Team.

Squad members call themselves something else: Tunnel Rats.

For the past seven years, they’ve been going underground to locate, map and seal off the tunnels used by cartels to smuggle drugs from Mexico to San Diego and beyond.

Theirs is a little-known part of the high-stakes hide-and-seek game that plays out daily along the border. While much of the attention, especially lately, has been focused on walls and what happens above ground, more than 80 tunnels have been found in California and Arizona since 2011.

Some have been almost 3,000 feet long and contain tracks for motorized carts, as well as lights, elevators and ventilation. One ended underneath a house in Calexico built just to provide cover for the tunnelers.

26 Executed In Veracruz in 3 Days, Including a Mayor and his Wife

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Proceso

Nov 28, 2017
Xalapa, Veracruz

 Adjustments of accounts between criminal gangs continue to escalate the wave of violence in the Mexican State of Veracruz, where until Sunday morning, 21 people have been murdered in the state. Now, 26 people have been murdered in 3 days, 23 of them in 48 hours.

Saturday night, four dismembered bodies were left outside a learning center in Colonia Libertad  in Poza Rica, in the north of the state.   Among the 30 pieces of human bodies were left several narco mantas/ messages that warned that the victims were extortionists and thieves. In the place there were also brooms that allude to the "cleaning" of the territory by a criminal group. 

See Otis's Post from Monday Nov 27:

In Cordoba, in the downtown area several shootings occurred in the urban area, in addition to a civilian, who was wounded and two alleged assassins lost their lives at the hands of a different criminal group. The bodies were left inert inside a Bora vehicle of recent model. 

On Friday afternoon, six bodies appeared floating on the Papaloapan River, in the basin of the same name. The corpses, some of them half naked and with evident traces of beatings and torture, were male. Four of the bodies later appeared in the municipality of Amatitlán.

Two arms found of cousins decapitated in CDMX

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

Subject Matter: Jesus Alexandro Herrera Paz, Carlos Samuel Herrera Molina
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter:Noel F Alvarado
Two arms were discovered in a bag in the Campestre Guadalupana Colonia corresponding to the cousins Jesus Alexandro Herrera Paz and Carlos Samuel Herrera Molina, 19 and 17 years of age respectively and nephews of the Commander of Police Investigation, Octavio Ortiz Sanchez, who bodies and heads were discovered on the 1st of November in the Ampliacion Penitenciaria in the Venustiano Carranza delegation.

As well as the arms, there was the facial mask of one of them, flayed off by the killers, whom allegedly are linked to the criminal organization of La Union, whose center of operations is the Barrio of Tepito.

It was through experts reports that personnel from the Attorney Generals Office of the State of Mexico, managed to establish that the arms found last Sunday in black plastic bags correspond to the nephews of the Police Chief of the Attorney Generals Office of CDMX.

Monday, November 27, 2017

FEM confirms body found in Carrizalillo, Chihuahua is body of missing Uber driver

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo

More than a decade ago, Chihuahua was the most lethal state for women, so recent figures cause alarm: so far this year, at least 86 femicides have been committed, 34 percent more than in 2016, according to official figures.

Mexico City, November 25.- The body of a woman was located [the morning of November 25] on a dirt road in Carrizalillo, in the capital of Chihuahua.

In the setting of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, neighbors who passed through the place were the ones who located the woman's body, that, according to El Diario de Juárez , belongs to Alma Rosa Trillo García, the Uber driver who disappeared the afternoon of November 22 when she went to work in her vehicle.

According to the news agency, the Women's Special Prosecutor's Office (FEM) has already engaged in investigation after agents of the Femicide Research Unit took care of reporting the found body.

In addition, through a press release, it was reported that in the report filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office, it was noted that the woman was a driver of the Uber platform.

The history of The Reyes Pruneda narco family, Tamaulipas, 1975

Posted by 'Le Chef' for Borderland Beat a republished  excerpt from  "Los Tufos del Narco 1 –Narcos Viejos" author: Jose Luis Garcia Cabrera Edition difficult to find, try for edition 3 which includes the material below and covers years 1920 thru 2000-Interview with Juan N link here
Click on image to enlarge
The two middle-aged men listened with respect to the voice of Don Juan N. Guerra who, by his tone, echoed in the room like sighs of the cold winter.

They were his partners in the planting, harvesting and transfer of marijuana, as well as clandestine laboratories where the milky juice extracted from the fleshy bulbs of the poppy was treated. Because each one knew precisely their respective activities, on rare occasions all three met publicly to discuss issues of "work", like this one.

"I thought it was convenient to talk to you before the matter got out of hand," don Juan said to his two associates.

Veracruz: 4 dismembered in Poza Rica, Sicarios caught laying out body parts and killed by Security Forces

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

Subject Matter: Dismemberment's, Decapitations, Poza Rica, Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The savagery in Veracruz continues unabated with more dismemberment's and decapitations

Reporter: Noreste Redaction

This Saturday night, a group of alleged Sicarios that remain unidentified, while arranging for display some dismembered people outside a distance learning centre in the Libertad Colonia, were discovered by Police.

A chase ensued through the streets of the same Colonia, and when cornered four of the Sicarios were killed inside their own vehicle.

The events were registered around 22:40 hours on Saturday, when it was reported to an emergency number, that a group of individuals travelling on board a PT Cruiser, were lowering human remains and depositing them outside a distance learning center.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

El Rancho Negro, Chihuahua: Meth, Death, and Porn Cult

Translated by Yaqui from Proceso

Cult Leader Orson William Black Jr.
Extra Material from Various Sources
Nov 25, 2017 Cuauhtemoc, Chih.

In the quiet Mennonite plains of the outskirts of this city, a US citizen, Orson William Black Jr, former member of a polygamous sect founded in the nineteenth century, decided to found his own sect with another twenty plus of his countrymen and women. Until the day of his arrest, on Saturday Nov 4, no one imagined what was allegedly happening within his commune: rituals that included pedophilia and a secret link with narcos and organized crime. Besides being on the lam for 15 years from US Authorities for sexual abuse of minors; it is now suspected that he was engaged in cooking meth, animal and human trafficking, and transmitting child pornography over the internet.

Black, 56, is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect that began after the mainstream Mormon church disavowed polygamy.The sect advocates plural marriage, and its members commonly have legal marriages with their first wife and "spiritual marriages" with other wives.

The group is mainly based in the twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah. Its leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life sentence in Texas after being convicted of sexually assaulting girls he considered brides.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tijuana, the strongest CJNG border plaza

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
Main Areas of Mexican Cartel Influence

According to the DEA's most recent annual report, from 2015 to date, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel made Tijuana the main point of entry for their drugs into the United States. Although the Sinaloa Cartel dominates most of the border, the agency stresses the rapid expansion of this cartel and the levels of violence it has generated in Mexico.

In two years, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) went from having an incipient presence on the border of Tijuana to controlling half of the drug traffic through this border, with the Sinaloa Cartel as the only rival.

This is indicated by the annual report of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), published in October of this year, which reveals how the CJNG, the fastest growing during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, converted Tijuana to its main entry point to the United States for the sale of drugs.

Although the California-Arizona corridor continues to be under the control of the Sinaloa Cartel, as explained in the report entitled National Evaluation of the Drug Threat 2017, the CJNG has presence in the first area through the cities of San Ysidro and San Diego, the closest to Tijuana, as well as Riverside, Orange County, the Los Angeles area and San Francisco in northern California.

From there, the CJNG jumps to the West Coast until Seattle, Washington, where it fights for a quarter of the drug sales market. In Tucson, Arizona they have a minimal presence, same with El Paso, Texas, border with Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Friday, November 24, 2017

El Chapo Denied Bible in Jail Because Feds Fear It Could Hold Secret Codes

Posted by DD Republished From The Daily Beast

The world's most powerful drug kingpin slipped out of maximum-security prisons in Mexico twice, so the U.S. is taking zero chances.

*Chivis Note: In the article, it speaks of a possible conflict of interest by Chapo Attorney, Eduardo Balarezo.  It names former client Alfredo Beltran Leyva as the conflict. 

This is inaccurate. See letter below from Balarezo to the court.  The person in question is in Mexico and Mr. Balarezo has never spoken to the person.  Chapo signed the waiver so it is a moot issue.  

Prison authorities are so afraid El Chapo could receive secret codes behind bars that they won’t even let him have a Bible. 

The infamous drug lord, whose real name is Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, is locked up in a highest-security isolation cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, awaiting trial for for a litany of charges related to drug trafficking. 

 “It’s a bible that came from Amazon,” Balarezo said in Spanish during a press conference Wednesday. “Same as the dictionary” El Chapo also hasn’t received, Balarezo added.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Yolk of Los Zetas in Coahuila

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

"The yolk of Los Zetas" in Coahuila: control of prisons, kidnapping, killings, burning of bodies....

Subject Matter: The Yolk of Los Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Patricia Davila
In a memo from 2003, the DEA assured that Los Zetas ( the then armed wing of the Cartel del Golfo), already controlled Ciudad Acuna and Piedras Negras, Coahuila. In 2010 and 2011, their control of the north of the State was total, and the towns their had already submitted, moreover the prison at Piedras Negras was a virtual extermination camp.

To this was added that the State Government was negligent and some of its officials accomplices. The Federation was indifferent and complacent, in an environment where victims were ignored. The Los Zetas violence described above was the responsibility of the DEA and the Mexican Federal Police, entities that refuse to reveal the identities of those involved.

The above facts were revealed by researchers Sergio Aguayo and Jacobo Dayan in the research piece entitled "El Yugo Zeta", North of Coahuila, 2010 -2011 and presented this Tuesday the 21st at the College of Mexico (Colmex).

Based on journalistic reports, including some published in Proceso, as well as unpublished information obtained from other files and testimonies, both specialists explain what happened in the Piedras Negras jail, the dimensions of Los Zetas revenge started on March 18th 2011, and the responsibility of the United States Government in that Massacre.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Confrontation between CJNG and Nueva Familia leaves two dead in Michoacan

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, Nueva Familia Michoacana - Viagras
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Francisco J Castellanos
Angamacutiro, Mich, a confrontation between antagonistic groups of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and La Nueva Familia Michoacana - Viagras, took place in the Echeverria Colonia of this town, leaving two dead as well as one person injured.

At the scene, representatives of the Law confiscated three pickups and a motorcycle, as well as flyers signed by the CJNG. According to information given by official contacts, the confrontation occurred in Calle Mariano Escobedo. Local Police arrived at the scene and found two dead men with bullet wounds of large caliber.

The deceased were unknown to the local population, although one of them was wearing a tactical vest with CJNG on it. Meanwhile, it transpired that there was a third, alleged wounded gunman, identified as Jose Jaime L, 20 years old, who was transferred to a hospital in the region.

From the Zeta to the A

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

This article will not be for everyone, it contains a breakdown of the philosophical reasoning behind why the violence in Mexico is what it has become. The article is cerebral and I would humbly suggest that if you come to BB to view pictures of the dead, or are a cartel cheerleader, you may wish to pass this article by.

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Government corruption in Coahuila
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Fabrizio Mejia Madrid
I don't know if its good or bad. Evil is not a being, an autonomous substance, but an action. That is what I thought as I read the report before the International Criminal Court on Coahuila between 2009 and 2016, detailing the crimes against humanity committed by State and Federal Authorities together with Los Zetas.

The horrors committed against the population of Allende, or the use of prison as a war factory, documented not only how power in Mexico has become an event of evil, but how that domain is acquired on someone already devastated, humiliated, helpless, its a desire towards nothing.

The question is not, if then evil is more or less what it was in the years of the "dirty war" , with the origin of Los Zetas in the Mexican Army, or in any case, that they have refined and extended the techniques of cruelty, but what as happened to us as a culture.

Both in cases of stubborn corruption among Governors, who, according to this report, today received from traffickers arrested in Texas, trucks of money to finance their election campaigns, which makes a brotherhood together with the traffickers;with the absolution, "I leave myself and go against everything that exists, abandoned to a kind of will of nothing".

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

La Paz BCS: State Human Rights Commissioner Assassinated

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: BCS Noticias

Silvestre de la Toba Camacho
Nov 21, 2017
La Paz, Baja California Sur

Approximately 7PM Monday evening an armed group shot repeatedly at the family vehicle of Silvestre de la Toba Camacho with large caliber automatic weaponry while attempting to block the vehicle's movement. Camacho was the  ombudsman and a  commissioner  of the State Human Rights Commission of BCS. He and his 20 year old son died at the scene and his wife and 17 year old daughter were seriously wounded and were transferred to the city's hospital.

The events took place in the vicinity of the Boulevard Forjadores at its junction with Colosio Boulevard , where the attackers unloaded their weapons against Camacho's Ford vehicle.

Unofficial sources indicated that during the attack witnesses heard at least 30 detonations, followed by 3 isolated shots; moments after which the vehicle carrying the De la Toba family crashed into the wall of the Casino Caliente.

Death details murky in BP Agent's death, may have fallen into culvert

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Information remains elusive regarding the deaths of border officer, Rogelio Martinez, 36 years old, and his partner. The FBI has taken over the case.

Martinez and his partner were patrolling near, highway 10,  from the Van Horn, Texas station , investigating suspicious activities near the expansive Big Bend National Park.  What exactly happened subsequently, is a mystery to the public.

Initially, far right news outlets such as Breitbart were quick to insist the attack was by “illegal aliens", most reports indicated the attack was from gunfire.  Authorities were compelled to discount gunfire but did not give an alternative method of attack, or even say there was an attack.  Breitbart then reported the Border Patrol Union stated, there was an attack by illegals, by ambush, with rocks.

However, that was proven to be untrue, posted on their website is a message that the cause is still undetermined.

Late yesterday, yet another possibility was given when it was determined that accident had not been ruled out, that the men may have fallen into the culvert by mishap. This would explain why neither officer drew their weapons during this time.  The unnamed survivor has amnesia since the accident; by the time help arrived he was in poor condition and no recall of the incident.
Rio Grande flows through Big Bend

Monday, November 20, 2017

United States Border Agent killed on the Texas Border

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article
Subject Matter: Killing of Rogelio Martinez
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

UPDATED 05:43 AM 11/21/17

Agent Rogelio Martinez and his colleague patrolled in the area of Van Horn station, when they were attacked, another agent was wounded.

Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36 years old died after the attack
Reporter: Juan Jose Garcia

"An agent of the Border Patrol of the United States died resulting from wound suffered on patrol.   The incident took place on the Big Bend sector, near Interstate 10 and  Van Horn, Southwest, Texas, where his colleague was wounded", said the spokesman of the Federal Corporation, Douglas T Mosier.

He explained that the agent Rogelio Martinez, 36 years old, and his colleague, patrolled close to the interstate highway 10, in the area of Van Horn station.

The colleague of agent Martinez was wounded and needed medical attention, and was transferred to a local hospital.

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.