Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Cartels Next Door: (3rd in a 6 part series); ‘Mayor of Mexico’ ran a slick operation

Posted by DD Republished from Albuquerque Journal
Thanks to BB reader Judeg99 for the heads-up on this story.

Previous in 6 part series;
Part One: Cartels' Roots Run Deep in N.M.
Part Two;  Far from dead, Juárez Cartel flexes its muscles 

A tunnel built by the Sinaloa Cartel between Tijuana and San Diego, discovered by law enforcement in December 2016. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter

THIRD IN A SERIES: Drugs come across the U.S.-Mexican border in many ways – from Mexican couriers carrying backpacks across the desert to sophisticated trucking operations designed to thwart U.S. border and customs officials to elaborate tunnels. A lot gets seized, but the amount that gets through generates billions of dollars in profits for the cartels and fuels a host of problems here, from addiction to crimes committed to finance the “habit.”

The pallets marked as frozen sea cucumbers, a delicacy in some Asian restaurants, crossed

easily from Mexico into the U.S. by truck at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego.

After all, frozen seafood moves relatively quickly through U.S. Customs and Border Protection at ports of entry along the Southwestern border. Each port has a limited budget to pay for “spoilage” during unsuccessful drug searches, so without specific information or indicators of drugs in the load of seafood, the loads get processed rapidly.

Once in San Diego, the seafood was flown to Buffalo, in upstate New York, where the pallets – which were actually loaded with heroin, cocaine and fentanyl – were broken open and distributed to drug dealers in western New York.

The money from the drug sales was then laundered through a series of companies, sent to bank accounts in California and then south of the border.

It was a classic Sinaloa Cartel operation, hiding the drugs in plain sight, pushing them out to consumers willing to pay hard cash, and then using legal fronts and banks to cover the money trail.

It was run by Jose Ruben Gil, known within the organization as the “Mayor of Mexico.”

The operation involved people throughout the drug trafficking organization who were tightly aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel, not only in smuggling the drugs, but also in arranging for the money to get back to Mexico. The volume and value of the drugs involved is considered to be too high to “front” to independent operators.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Cartels Next Door:(2nd in a 6 part series) Far from dead, Juárez Cartel flexes its muscles

Posted by DD republished from Albuquerque Journal
Thanks to BB reader Judeg99 for the heads-up on this story.

 By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter

Which cars in the daily traffic jam on the Bridge of the Americas heading into the United States are being used by the Juárez Cartel to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine across the border? (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) 
SECOND IN A SERIES: The Juárez Cartel is one of the heavyweights among Mexican drug cartels that earn billions in profits as they funnel heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into drug-hungry countries such as the United States. Crime, death and ruined lives flow right along with those drugs to places as varied as New York City, West Virginia, Albuquerque and Española.

The death of the Juárez Cartel has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, it is alive and well and doing a booming business.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The threat from Sinaloa

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Original article available at ZETA 
Translated by El Wachito

They are being hunted like flies, and all of them are informants because they are giving away locations and contacts, that's the way that "The Damaso" operate, they go after them and if they find them, it is likely that they will engage in armed combat", warned a trusted source to ZETA, about the war in Sinaloa that has expanded to La Paz and Los cabos.

El Chango Mendez of LFM, with one foot in the USA

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

Subject Matter: Jesus 'El Chango' Mendez, La Familia Michoacana
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

A minister of the Supreme Court will ponder of whether or not to deny an amparo, promoted by the leader of the cartel La Familia Michoacana, promoted against the law on International extradition.

Reporter: Rueben Mosso
The ex leader of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, Jesus 'El Chango' Mendez is on the point of being extradited to the USA, after a Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation ponders whether to deny his amparo, promoted by the capo to impugn the law of International extradition.

In a case of protection approval, the case will return to the Primary Collegiate Court in Penal matters  of Mexico City in order to resolve some legal aspects and after conclusion, the PGR could execute the order of extradition.

The Federal District Court of South New York is claiming 'El Chango' Mendez because between 2006 and July of 2011, during his leadership of La Familia, he is associated with distribution in USA territory of cocaine and crystal meth.

The Cartels Next Door (a 6 part series) : Cartels' Roots Run Deep in N.M.

Posted by DD Republished from Albuquerque Journal 
Thanks to BB reader Judeg99 for the heads-up on this story.
By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter
 Mexico’s drug cartels earn billions of dollars in profits as they funnel heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into drug-hungry countries, including the United States. Crime, death and ruined lives flow right along with those drugs to places as varied as New York City, West Virginia coal country, Albuquerque, Española and western Europe. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the cartels rival international corporations in size and reach. The drugs they peddle are cheaper and more plentiful than ever before, claiming thousands of victims every year. The Albuquerque Journal today begins a six-part investigative report on a criminal enterprise wreaking havoc across the country.

A Ciudad Juárez drug runner who goes by the name of Saxon. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal
You don’t have to look south across the border to see the Mexican drug cartels in operation. They are operating right next door.

Heroin rings and methamphetamine dealers with direct connections to international drug traffickers based in Mexico have operated out of stash houses in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights, horse ranches in Valencia County, communities on the Navajo Nation and small towns a stone’s throw from the Mexican border.

And while we in New Mexico focus on drug-fueled property crimes such as auto theft and horrific violence such as the murders of 10-year-old Victoria Martens and Rio Rancho police officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner, our state is much more than a local market. It is a primary corridor for the cartels to ship drugs nationwide.

Federal law enforcement estimates the Sinaloa Cartel alone controls somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of illegal drugs used in the United States. It supplies dealers in cities and states including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New England, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.

The Juárez Cartel supplies heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana dealers in North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Minnesota, New Mexico and parts of Texas.
A Homeland Security officer inspects the interior of a tractor-trailer rig that had been carrying produce into the United States through the port of entry at Santa Teresa. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

There is plenty of proof of Mexican cartel operations in New Mexico, as evidenced by some of the operations taken down by law enforcement. For example:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The High Cost of Torture in Mexico

Posted by DD republished from Human Rights Watch
Originally published in Animal Politico
Managing Director, Americas Division

Secretary of Defense (SEDENA) Apologizes For Soldiers Using Torture
 Torture will be on the agenda of the Mexican Congress this month. Curbing the widespread practice should be an urgent priority for all branches of the Mexican government. Its impact on Mexico has been devastating, not only for the many individual victims, but also for the credibility of the criminal justice system itself.



Take, for example, the case of Taylin Wang and “Pedro Salazar,” a kidnap victim for whom we’ll use a pseudonym to protect his identify and privacy.

Wang came to Mexico from her native Peru seven years ago in search of a better future for her children. She found work selling clothes, then opened a Peruvian restaurant. She married a Mexican, and together they were raising her 7- and 9-year-old daughters and 16-year-old son. When the federal police raided their home in February 2014, she was 7-weeks pregnant.

Recently, Wang provided Human Rights Watch with her account of the raid, in the hope—she said—that her story might help prevent others from a similar fate.

Wang and her husband, who had gone to bed late after watching a horror movie, were awakened by police bursting into their residence around 3 a.m. The officers did not present an arrest warrant. Instead they pulled her out of bed, called her a “whore,” and demanded to know where her “lover” was. They took her husband to another room, where they were holding the three children.

One of the officers stripped off Wang’s nightgown and forced her onto the bed. With the other officers looking on, he raped her with his gun, mashed her breasts with his hands, and asked if she liked it.

El Mochomo files to rescind guilty plea and Chapo Update

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
El Mochomo filed with the court to withdraw his guilty plea 
 From the motion filing:
Court of Appeals considers “three factors in reviewing denials of motions to withdraw: ‘(1) whether the defendant has asserted a viable claim of innocence; (2) whether the delay between the guilty plea and the motion to withdraw has substantially prejudiced the government's ability to prosecute the case; and (3) whether the guilty plea was somehow tainted.’” West, 392 F.3d at 455. The District Court has broad discretion is reviewing a motion to withdraw a guilty plea. See, e.g., United States v. Hanson, 339 F.3d 983 (D.C. Cir. 2003).

Which do you guess is the basis of withdrawal he is using?

If you guessed (3) you are correct. And he has a good shot at being victorious at some point, maybe appeal.  I have a mountain of documents and opinion to peruse, and little time, but I am working on an overview.  As I previously reported, Mochomo was extradited on limited charges, and no ROS waiver.  Such a waiver is given by Mexico to allow or give permission to the United States to add charges subsequent to the extradition.

Sinaloa Cartel: Chino Antrax Sentencing

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
There is an scheduling update in the United States case against Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa.  Aréchiga is better known by his Sinaloa Cartel moniker of “Chino Antrax”. He was the one of the founders and leaders of the Sinaloa enforcer group Los Ántrax along with Jesús Peña (El 20). The group operated for and under the direction of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

Aréchiga was arrested on December 30, 2013, while at the Amsterdam International Airport. Dutch police arrested the wanted man,  on behalf of a Interpol warrant issued by the United States. He was subsequently extradited to the U.S. to stand trial, but pleaded guilty after cutting a plea deal. 

According to court documents, there was a sentencing date scheduled for January 17th 2017.
“Minute Order by Judge Dana M. Sabraw: Sentence With PSR set for 1/12/2017 10:00 AM in Courtroom 13A before Judge Dana M. Sabraw.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Sinaloa counter-attack

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

Subject Matter: Sinaloa cartel vs CJNG in Baja California Sur
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

January 2017 has been the a very violent month, with 32 Homicides in Los Cabos, 12 In La Paz, five in Loreto,   One in Comondú and one in Mulegé. "It's already a War, of two cartels, they are fighting and we as authority, there is nothing we can do ": source of Coordination Group of  Public security

In a clear message of "here we are and we are going to face it", the Sinaloa Cartel gave a hard and bloody coup against cells of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) at 2:20 pm on Sunday, January 29 in the colony The Zacatal of San José del Cabo.

"It is already a place of war, the two cartels are fighting it and we as an authority we can do nothing, and if we participate maybe a massacre is worse, it was a very meaningful notice where these two people, where they practically ripped  to shreds," he said. A member of the Public Security Coordination Group in Baja California Sur, after the execution of two hitmen in the service of the cell "La Barredora".

The murder took place in Juan Pedrín Castillo and Fabián Chacho Cota, right on the corner where the Fire Station is located. According to witnesses, the deceased were "following them along the Pedrín and were "made" and terminated (...) When they were "made" the men who traveled in a black Hyundai ", tried to flee.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

“The greatest instrument the oppressor has is when they have closed off the gaze of the outside world from what is happening.”

Posted by DD for Borderland Beat Republished from The Irish Times

DD:  The title to this story is one of the reasons that BB exists - to shine a little light on what is happening and allow the outside world to gaze inside.   That is what the protagonist in this story, Maria Esmeralda Saldana, is also doing.  

 Borderland Beat has reported  on the Zeta's control of the coal mining operations in Coahuila and another on the abuses the people of the small town of Cloete have suffered.  For more info see Borderland Beat stories by Havana Pura at and DD at

A typical Zeta owned or operated "posita" in Coahuila

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sinaloa:"El H2" participated in September ambush of military in Sinaloa

Guest Reporter Anasazi with material from Radio Formula journalist Omar Sánchez de Tagle,

Journalist Omar Sánchez de Tagle, indicated that the authorities do not want to say that "El H2" was the one who planned the Culiacan attack, but what the military sources say is that "he was involved and was at the scene at the moment when we were attacked (the military), but they stop short from giving him full responsibility for the attack.

According to sources from the Secretaries of the National Army and the Navy, all elements determined that Juan Francisco Patrón Sanchez alias "H2", alleged leader of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, participated in the military ambush in September of 2016 in Sinaloa.

Graphic foto on following page..........................

Tijuana: Narco manta de CTNG to Los Nuevos Rebeldes, "No playing for Aquiles"

Tijuana: Narcomanta de CTNG to Los Nuevos Rebeldes

After a hyper violent month in Tijuana, in which over 102 were executed, the violence has not slowed, but intensified, with banners, limbs, entambados, being displayed throughout the city.  The banner went up in La Mesa yesterday, prompting the cancellation of Los Nuevo Rebeldes scheduled performance on Friday night.  Los Nuevos Rebeldes, a group out of Culiacan, well known for their songs to Los Antrax, Chino Antrax, Mayo Zambada, Mayito Gordo, and the Zambada/Imperial/Antrax line of Culiacan. 

"You kill those who sing for us, so we will kill yours...."

"We are going to kill Lenin Ramierz"

The quote likely refers to several executions and killings of singers in Tijuana, including Beto Cervantes, who was executed in Rosarito last fall, found in only his boxers, after an attempted kidnapping.  Hours later, another was shot in Tijuana, who sang for La Cafatera.  

CTNG and CJNG, the loose, and shifty alliance that is responsible for fighting Rene and Alfredo Arteaga Azarte for control of the retail drug trade in Tijuana, have taken some hits in recent months. Arturo Giovanni Herrera, 'El Gross' was killed in Guadalajara, ambushed, and shot multiple times in the head, as he got his haircut.  

Francisco Daniel "El Señor de las Tanquetas, El Dani or H9" Has been executed in Ahuacate, Nayarit by Mexican Forces

Original article available at NNC.MX
Translated by El Wachito

This Friday night, elements of the Fiscalia General del Estado, executed "El H9", member of the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

This was posted by H9, 24 hours ago in his Instagram account: "It is my turn... dogs"

According to information given by law enforcement authorities, the firefight started around 2100, in a street of the small town of Ahuacate, when Law Enforcement officers engage in a firefight against two armed civilians that were traveling on board a red Nissan, Sentra.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The end of "H2" *Graphic Content*

Original article available at DEBATE
Translated by El Wachito

During Friday afternoon, Federal Forces made available to the public the scene were criminals liderated by Francisco Patron Sanchez engage in an armed battle against Federal Forces of the city of Tepic, Nayarit. 


 Members of the Army, Marines and Federal Police were able to anihilate the criminals after two firefights, and "El H2" was also exterminated.

Currently there is a temporary climate of tranquility in the capital state of Sinaloa, and people believe that it will remain in that manner due to the fall of "El H2".

Idalia Romelia Salazar Gonzales, ex-sister in law of "El Chapo" executed in Zapopan, Jalisco *Graphic Content*

Original article available at PROCESO
Translated by El Wachito

Guadalajara, Jal.- Idalia Romelia Salazar Gonzalez, sister of Alejandrina Maria, who was the first wife of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, was executed yesterday in the municipality of Zapopan.

The 45 year old woman was driving around in a white Mercedez Benz by Goya Street, in the intersection with Patria Avenue, in Real Vallarta, when she was attacked by an armed command.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Marines shot and killed "El H2" a Nayarit Plaza leader of the Beltran Leyva Organization *Video*

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito

Juan Francisco Patron Sanchez, alias "El H2" or "El Chico", leader of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, was executed this Thursday night by elements of the Secretary of the Armed Marines of Mexico (SEMAR), in Tepic, Nayarit -where he was the plaza boss-, according to a spokesman of the Presidency of the Republic, Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez, to the journalist Denise Maerker, who made the announcement through her television news show.

Also, "El H2" was executed with 7 of his sicarios, confirmed the SEMAR through their Twitter account: "Today during an armed clash between criminals and Federal Forces, Juan Francisco N. was executed with 7 other criminals".

In a video that was distributed through several social media websites, we can observe the Helicopter of the Marines flying over an area of the capital of Nayarit -colonia Linda Vista, San Juan, Arboledas and Laderas del cerro de San Juan-, after being a target of an armed attack, the helicopter shoot towards the criminals.

Clandestino: Sinaloa Cartel Documentary by David Beriain

Original article available at DMAX
Translated by El Wachito

In Spain, the number 13 is the a number that represents bad luck and 18 represents the age when you become an adult. In El Salvador, these numbers are a synonym of death and violence. In our country, the number 701 does not represent anything. In the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, this number represents a symbol of support and admiration towards their "Mr" el 'Chapo' Guzman, who's fortune ranks him in the 701 place of the Forbes magazine. 

The war between the Mexican Cartels has already left more deaths than the number of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan together. In El Salvador, the murder rate is the same as the one in Iraq during the worst times of the conflict. Journalist David Beriain comes back to DMAX to disclose what, and who hides behind those casualties, that have made Central America one of the most dangerous regions of the planet.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gente de la Tia Juana: Report from Culiacan, Sinaloa

Original article available at Gente de la Tia Juana
Translated by El Wachito
Original article was published in February 7th at 2PM

The war for local-drug trafficking has started in Sinaloa between Ivan and Alfredo Guzman against Damaso and his soon "Mini Lic" Lopez.

Firefight where 1 Marine was killed in Culiacan

Everything started in Navolato, Sinaloa, where after the arrest of "El Chapo" Guzman in Mazatlan, Damaso made an alliance with Cesar Carrillo, brother of the "Señor de los Cielos" and enemy of "Chapo" Guzman. 

Ivan and Alfredo were not very happy with the alliance, however after several meetings, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada convince them that all types of "peace making deals" were good.

Sons of El Chapo claim that Damaso Lopez tried to kill them

Original article available at Debate
Translated by El Wachito

Journalist Ciro Gomez Leyva published in his Twitter account an anonymous letter were it was informed that the sons of the Sinaloan Druglord "El Chapo" were psychically attacked during an armed clash. 

The sons of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman denounced an armed attack, according to journalist Ciro Gomez Leyva from his Twitter account.

According to the journalist, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada was with them during the moment of the attack, however it is unknown if he resulted wounded during the attack.

Sinaloa: Armed commandos engage in firefights in Navolato *Video and Graphic Content*

Original article available at Debate
Translated by El Wachito

Navolato, Sinaloa.- It was around 16:30 today Tuesday, when neighbors of Villa Juarez reported to the authorities that there was a firefight in several streets of the sector. 

A civilian captured part of the armed commando

 Authorities confirmed that rival groups engage in a firefight. The armed clash left 3 killed people, and one pregnant woman among the victims.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PGR ordered to pay 13M USD for alteration of drug trafficking plane

Javier for Borderland Beat  translated from Reforma

Cd. de Mexico An aircraft used to traffic drugs, seized in 2000,as a part of a drug trafficking investigation, was found to have been physically altered by the PGR agency (atty general office) .  Because of the finding the two pilots involved and charged in the case, were absolved of all charges, because the  alteration rendered the aircraft unusable in the criminal process as evidence.

Additionally, the alteration will cost the PGR 13.2 million USD

The aircraft was to have been returned to the legal owner,  the firm Servicios (and) Reparaciones Aeronáuticos, but decided instead to keep the jet and add it to the PGR fleet.

Then in 2006, the jet was dismantled and sold as scrap for 70,000 pesos. The rightful owner of the plane filed a lawsuit against the PGR in 2008, and six years later the court ordered an investigation to determine any illegal administrative activity.

The federal court found against PGR in November 2015 and ordered the PGR pay 271 million pesos (13.2 USD) in damages/losses caused to Servicios (and)  Reparaciones Aeronáuticos.

Leader of the Cartel del Golfo to be extradited to the USA

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

Subject Matter: Mario Ramirez Trevino "El X-20" , "El Pelon"
Recommendation: Read this article by our own Chivis

Mario Armado Ramirez Trevino, "El X-20" or "El Pelon", will be extradited to the USA, after a court denied his amparo to avoid being transferred to this country.

Reporter: Ignacio Alzaga
Mario Armado Ramirez Trevino, "El X-20" or "El Pelon", who had affirmed leadership of the Cartel del Golfo, will be extradited to the USA whose Government who put a five million dollar price on his head before his capture by the Army in August of 2013.

On the 15th of November of 2007 he was formally accused by the Grand Jury of the District of Colombia Court under the charges of conspiracy to fabricate and distribute five kilo grams or more of cocaine and a thousand kilo grams or more of marijuana to knowingly distribute illegaly in the United States.

He was in violation of Title 21 of the code of the United States sections 959, 960, 963 and Title 18 section 2, that sanctions to whomever conspires in agreement to distribute shipments of drugs in this country.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Marines detain "El Cochi" alleged leader of BLO in Nuevo León

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

Subject Matter: El Cochi, Beltran Leyva Organization
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The state informed that in a communication that Palomo Castillo, 27 years of age, was detained in the immediate location of Mariano Escobedo International Airport in the town of Apodaca.

Reporter: Sinembargo Redaction
Elements of the Marines captured Elezazar Palomo Castillo, alias "El Cochi", alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel in the state of Nuevo Leon.

They detailed that "El Cochi" evaded a Naval checkpoint that was established close to the base area, an action that aroused suspicion in the Marines, they ran after the vehicle on foot and detained a person and his vehicle, indicated the document.

Semar explained that Palomo Castillo has two orders of apprehension in the state of Nuevo Leon, for the alleged crimes of aggravated kidnapping and being a member of a criminal group.

El Cochi, they signalled him as an alleged operator of the Beltran Leyva cartel in the town of San Pedro Garza Garcia, he was put at the disposition of SEIDO of the PGR in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon.

Original article in Spanish at Sinembargo

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Guerrero: Police ignore calls for help as 50 sicarios terrorize town

Javier for Borderland Beat material posted on Mx News Daily from Universal and El Sur

It was a night of terror for a small town (330 inhabitants) in Guerrero this week when at least 40 armed men kidnapped seven people, peppered homes with machine gun fire and robbed some residents of cash and belongings.

The attack on Chacotla began at about 10:30pm and wound up some five hours later and despite calls to 911, municipal and state police offices and the Army, authorities didn’t turn up until the following day. The town of is located 40 minutes from the state capital of Chilpancingo.

On Wednesday, five of the kidnap victims were found dead.

Upon their arrival in the town the gang blocked the main road before seeking two people in particular: sons of Gabriel González, also known as El Tigre, a 42-year-old man who no longer lives in the community.

The gunmen took González’ sons, aged 21 and 16, along with their mother before nabbing two of González’ nephews, 22 and 17, from their grandparents’ home.

Extraditions are complicated

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

Subject matter: Extradition of top capos of all cartels
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The extraditibles
Reporter: Luis Carlos Sainz
Before an uncertain political collaboration against crime, extraditions could be bogged down between Mexico and the United States. More than 60 narco traffickers and some foreigners are in prison awaiting this process. Before a tightening of security, trade, migration and diplomatic measures from the USA, Mexico has an ace up its sleeve, ensures the Spanish researcher Jesus Perez Caballero. Z-40, La Tuta, El Viceroy, El Cuini, and fugitives like Rafael Caro Quintero, El Mencho, El Azul, and El Mayo Zambada are currency.

Before Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Mexico delivered in extradition 86 alleged criminals to the United States in a matter of nine months. In exchange the American Government delivered to our country  seven, in the same manner to be processed. Now the panorama in materials of extradition appears uncertain, when there are more than seventy alleged narco traffickers waiting to be sent to the American Union.

The delivery of the ex leader of the Sinaloa cartel during these last days of the administration of Barack Obama as president of the United States could have been the last friendly extradition between these two countries, one can hear the voices of analysts about this subject, into which type of leader Donald Trump will convert into.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Zetas: "El Cano" Killed in prison, 3 days after his arrest

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Tamaulipas Coordination Group (GCT) confirmed this afternoon that the death of José Luis Cano Lumbreras, 37,   (El Cano), was recorded,  inside the Sanctions Enforcement Center (CEDES) of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.

The GCT explained in a statement that the incident occurred shortly before 19:00 pm when the Cano was led to its module after attending a hearing. At that moment he was ambushed by a group of prisoners who, strangled him.

El Cano was Plaza Boss for Vieja Escuela Zetas, or old school Zetas.  He was arrested on Tuesday January 31st.

Please use this link for detailed background information on El Cano and his arrest,  in Otis' previous post.


After a campaign of “sending rapists,” “deportation force,” “whip out that Mexican thing again,” and “bad hombres,” the Trump administration has moved from the theatrical to the practical in its first steps to build a new wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Prior to the inauguration, President Donald Trump’s transition team approached the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior Department about a new physical border. In his first week in office, Trump signed an executive order instructing the Department of Homeland Security to repair existing portions of the border fence and to build new sections as authorized by Congress in 2006. Although the new administration is clearly moving to fulfill its campaign promises, the results of a new physical barrier will likely have a counter-intuitive effect: Mexican drug cartels will grow stronger.

Since 2006, when the Mexican government declared war on the drug cartels, the United States has increased its law enforcement, military, and intelligence cooperation with its southern neighbor. With U.S. support, Mexican authorities have been able to kill or capture 33 out of the 37 most dangerous cartel leaders. The recent extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States is a testament to the value of high-level cooperation between the two countries. As a result of these notable successes, several larger cartels have fractured and have descended into in-fighting.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Holland bank "Rabobank" accused of money laundering and colaboration in Mexico crimes

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

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

Reporter: Paulo Monaco Felipe for La Jornada
We want Rabobank investigated because they and complicit in narco trafficking and because they are indirectly responsible for the disappearance of a person, and thousands of crimes committed in Mexico, said Fernando Hernandez, academic and Mexican activist who lives in Holland, who is a friend of a person disappeared in Durango in December of 2010, his identity is omitted for reasons of security.

An economist with a Master of Arts in International Development and a Doctorate in Human Geography, Hernandez has studied in England and the United States. Now he lives in Holland and urges legally to the authority of this country that they are required to implement its reputation as defenders of human rights.

Today he filed a lawsuit in the courts, to demand that they investigate the Dutch bank Rabobank for collaborating with the drug cartels in the commission of all kinds of crimes.

Judge rejects El Chapo's lighter security request, saying "I think we all know the reasons"

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

The defense team of El Chapo sought relaxing of the tough security measures their client is subjected to.

However, Judge Brian Cogan, slammed the door shut on that possibility this morning at the pretrial hearing.  Perhaps assuming that citing the reasons why would be redundant, without mentioning the capo’s previous prison escapes, he simply said;

 "They're taking extra security measures. I think we all know the reasons for that."

The transfer from the ultra-high security SHU unit at Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan to a Brooklyn federal courthouse is an indication of what security measures are being taken with El Chapo.

The 12 car convoy caused the outbound Brooklyn Bridge to be closed for 15 minutes.

El Chapo attended pretrial hearing in NY today

By Chivis for Borderland Beat

Still complaining about accommodations 

“El Chapo” appeared in a Brooklyn, New York, federal courtroom today for a pretrial hearing. 

U.S. Marshalls escorted the Sinaloa capo from high security Manhattan prison cell.

Because of security concerns, last week a judge ordered the hearing to be conducted via web cam, but Chapo requested an in court appearance, which was granted.

Chapo’s 27 year old wife, Emma Coronel, was present in the courtroom, who Chapo quickly spotted as he entered the courtroom, both broke into smiles.

Prosecutors contend that Chapo led the Sinaloa Cartel for 30 years and during that time ordered kidnappings and killing of thousands.

Commandante Cano of Old School Zetas in Ciudad Victoria arrested in a house belonging to the sister of the ex secretary of Public State Security

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

Updated 3/2/17 with more information from Proceso

Subject Matter: Ciudad Victoria, Old School Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Proceso Redaction
In a rescue operation that freed two people, authorities detained Jose Luis Cano Lumberas, alias El Cano, Pepe Cano, or Commandante Cano, considered as leader of one of the groups that has committed multiple crimes in common law and Federal jurisdiction in Ciudad Victoria.

According to Police files, the group led by Cano Lumbreras has carried out crimes like kidnapping, extortion, robbery and homicides, among others in the Tamaulipeca Capital.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"EL Lobo"Hodoyan of the CAF gains his freedom

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

Subject Matter: Alfredo Hodoyan Palacios
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
After 20 years in prison, Alfredo Hodoyan Palacios, of the Arellano Felix cartel, won an amparo and his liberty. He was exonerated of a quadruple homicide of Federal Agents and a Taxi driver in Mexico City in 1996. Before a Judge had condemned him to 50 years in prison. Statements made against him by persons including Everardo " Kitty " Paez were declared void. "El Lobo" was imprisoned in three Federal Penitentiaries the last of which was Cefereso # 15 in Chiapas. (Otis: El Lobo was one of the infamous "CAF narco juniors", most cartels recruit from the poor and working classes, the narco juniors were sons of well to do families from Tijuana, the narco juniors sought power and status through a life of crime with the Arellano Felix clan).

In 2002, a Judge condemned him to 50 years in prison. He was imprisoned for 20 years in maximum security prisons like Altiplano, also in Tamaulipas and Chiapas. Today he saw Tijuana again, his city, where he had a relation with the Arellano Felix brothers, who he knew since his childhood.

The First Tribunal in Penal Matters of the Second Circuit, with residence in Toluca, Mexio State, conceded an amparo promoted by Miguel Alfredo Hodoyan Palacios and with it his liberty. The Judge of Guarantees left with effect the sentence for the homicides of four persons and associated crimes.