Friday, March 24, 2017

Drugs, Alcohol, parties and prostitutes in the prison at Culiacan where 5 capos escaped

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

Subject Matter: Culiacan Prison
Recommendation: See link to article on the escape by 5 prisoners

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Luxeries, excess and parties, is what its like to live inside the Culiacan prison, where this past Thursday Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon "El Azulito", Alfonso Limon Sanchez "El Limon", Jesus Pena Gonzalez, "El 20", Rafael Guadalupe Felix Nunez "El Changuito Antrax and Javier Zazueta Rosales "El Pancho Chimal" escaped.

The daily newspapers in circulation El Universal and Reforma informed that the closed circuit tv cameras inside the Aguaruto prison, captured the prisoners with cellular telephones, consuming marijuana and cocaine, cells with flat screen TV's, prostitutes coming into the prison and a party a day before the escape of the five capos.

The festivities inside the prison were carried out with music, alcohol and drugs, according to Reforma a group of familiars of prisoners in modules 7 and 5 of the prison, where the capos were housed, were the governors of the prison for Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, sons of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo, and also for Ismael Zambada Garcia "El Mayo".

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Los Cabos: 3 dismembered bodies discovered, as narco war continues in region

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
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On Sunday, "hieleras" (ice coolers) were discovered containing dismembered remains.  The grisly contents were discarded in the heart of the tourist section of the popular vacation destination of Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur). Marking the first such violence in the tourist area.

The remains of two male and one female have not been identified.

On March 3 and 4, six bodies were found in an area close to Cabo San Lucas.  An uptick in violence in the region has been noted in the last five months,  near the tourist areas, but the Sunday find, the first that hit the heart of the tourism area.

On Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4th


A female body found on a desolate area leading to the airport.
3 Bodies, all male, discovered shrouded in plastic and covered with a tarp found in San Jose del Cabo.  Bodies revealed signs of torture


Two bodies, a male and a female, were found near airport.  Both bodies had bullet impacts

29 prisoners escape from the Ciudad Victoria Prison and 10 have been recaptured say authorities

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

Subject Matter: Prison break out in Ciudad Victoria
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The spokesman for security of Tamaulipas, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, informs that there were 29 prisoners escaped from the prison at Ciudad Victoria and that ten have been recaptured by Federal and State authorities, who launched an operation to find the other 19.

The Finances of Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel

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

Subject Matter: Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
Papers confiscated from the criminal organization of the descendants of the extinct capo Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, can describe his finances. The current expenditure of the group, that nominally includes, payments to corrupt Police, gasoline, cellular telephone bills and rent for houses and furniture, is more than a million pesos monthly. As well as extraordinary expenditure for fire arms, ammunition, repayments, and fit out of vehicles modified to carry drugs, armaments and money.

Investigation carried out since 2013 by Federal Authorities in the Cartel de los Coroneles or "La Corona" that permitted the capture of Javier Carrasco Coronel "El 06", in November of 2016, in Sinaloa, contain part of the accountability that form rudimentary running of the criminal organization.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Protected By Autodefensas, Students Return To School in San Miguel Totolapan

Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Guerrero— Protected by autodefensas, students from San Miguel Totolapan returned to school on Monday, March 20, after schools at different educational levels (preschool, primary, secondary, and upper secondary) closed for three months because of the presence of the criminal group “Los Tequileros”.

According to information from the newspaper El Sur, autodefensa members known as “Movimiento de La Paz” are responsible for protecting students.

Federal and state authorities have been ignorant of the problem of violence and insecurity experienced by the inhabitants of the municipality, so that neither members of the different state police units nor the Mexican Army have been present to provide protection in the area.

In the municipal seat, there are three kindergartens, three primary schools, two secondary and upper secondary schools, some of which have closed their doors since January for fear of Los Tequileros.

And this criminal group is the main perpetrator of the kidnappings, extortions, and homicides that have been registered during the last three years in the Tierra Caliente region in Guerrero.

Therefore, autodefensa members have been responsible for providing protection not only to the students, but also to the teachers and workers of these institutions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BLO: Alfredo "Mochomo" Beltran Leyva to be sentenced on April 5th

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat-thank you Narcomics!

A week prior to the originally scheduled trial, Alfredo “Mochomo” Beltran Leyva informed his attorney, Eduardo Balarezo, of his desire to enter an “unconditional guilty plea”.  The plea is as bad as it sounds, he unlike any other narco who has litigated in the federal court of U.S. did not seek  a deal in exchange for a favorable sentence,     
From the point of the extradition filing and as the process continued, the case contained irregularities. If one retrieves the life of the case beginning at “Zero”, as Borderland Beat previously pointed out, only at the point that Beltran Leyva was nearing the end of his prison sentence in Mexico, did the United States have him in their crosshairs.  He was not mentioned in previous BLO Cartel indictments, nor named in previous witness testimony given by cooperatives, such as the Flores twins who named, and gave critical information against  scores of capo’s and cartel members they interacted with.  Yet one of the twins was slated to testify in behalf of the U.S. in any trial against Beltran Leyva. 

The rushed indictment was bare bones, boiler plate issue.  When he pleaded guilty,  he was pleading to one charge, taking place in Washington State in November, 2010, the bust occurred while Beltrán Leyva was incarcerated in Mexico.  It is the contention of the U.S.,  that the defendant was still continuing to give operational orders while behind bars.

Tamaulipas:Female kidnapper pleads for her life before being shot 14 times

Posted by senorjoe material from NuevoLaredoVivo

Female kidnapper/extortionist pleads for her life before being shot. She was accused of using the name of cartel when kidnapping/extorting.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chihuahua: 'La Línea' Leader El Cabo killed in shootout

Chivis for Borderland Beat...........

The State Attorney General's Office (FGE) confirmed the death of César Raúl Gamboa Sosa, alias 'El Cabo', leader of the 'La Línea' criminal group that maintains control in the Cuauhtémoc region.

"El Cabo" was shot and killed by police and soldiers at La Quemada ranch.

Sunday afternoon there was a confrontation in Rubio, in the region of Cuauhtémoc, where municipal
police officers arrived after a report was called in to the emergency line. On arrival they were confront by gunfire.  They called for  for support from state and military elements.  

Four policemen were injured (some reports say killed) and eight suspects were killed, including Gamboa Sosa. In addition, 17 armored vehicles were seized, the FGE reported.

The conflict has been continuing for weeks, between 'La Línea' from Namiquipa and 'La Línea' from Cuauhtémoc, leaders El Cabo vs El 80.  Yesterday a human head was discovered in a foam cooler near Colonia Álvaro Obregón, Cuauhtémoc.  

It was the head  belonging to a bodyguard of El 80s,  who was killed and decapitated on the order of El Cabo.  it is suspected the decapitation led to the shootout.

Veracruz: 47 more skulls unearthed in mass graves

Chivis for Borderland Beat

The Sánchez Pérez family (above) disappeared in September 2016, while attending the Beer Festival, now six months later their remains were discovered  in one of the dozens of  clandestine graves, also known as "narco fosas"  in Alvarado, Veracruz. Narcofosas are mass graves used by cartels to dispose of bodies.

On Sunday,  the Attorney General's Office confirmed that the Queretanos were found, buried in one of the graves in Arbolillo, Alvarado, along with at least 44 more bodies.  

As of now only 6 persons have been identified from the remains unearthed.

Veracruz is notorious for its narcofosas, with thousands of bodies being discovered in the past decade.  More than any other state in Mexico. Funding allocated by the federal government to Veracruz for DNA data cataloguing, was allegedly pilfered, during the corrupt administration of Javier Duarte.  There are only 276 DNA results, instead of the thousands that should be in the data bank.  

Brady’s Super bowl Jersey’s found in Mexico, at La Prensa Director's home

video released of culprit posing as international press stealing the jersey...

Jersey's found in Ortega's home

The NFL issued the statement that confirms that in a joint operation the Brady Superbowl jersey was recovered and now in the hands of the NFL.

“"Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered," the NFL said in a statement released on Monday, March 20. "Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots' victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.”

With the help of Mexico’s attorney general’s office PGR, and the federal police, Tom Brady’s stolen jersey's, was recovered in Mexico. This came after a request by the FBI for collaboration in the search, an informant came forward leading investigators to Mexico.

Federal Police and the PGR recovered the stolen jersey, at the home of Mauricio Ortega, a director of the newspaper La Prensa, federal sources confirmed.

The theft of the jersey valued at 500k USD, is a federal crime in both countries.

Video of theft: 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Five prisoners escape from Culiacan prison, including son of El Azul, Pancho Chimal and the leader of Los Antrax

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

Subject Matter: Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon
Recommendation: No prios subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Alejandro Monjardin
The Chief of Security from the prison of Culiacan, an Agent of State Preventative Police, Jose Mario Murillo Rodriguez has disappeared, after the escape of five prisoners yesterday, informed the Secretary of Public State Security. Genaro Robles Casilla.

He said yesterday they called him for the operation implemented after the escape yesterday, and today he had not been located and that he is being investigated along with some custodians. The Attorney Generals office has begun an inquiry to establish how the escape was made.

The Under-Secretary of Security, Cristobel Castaneda Camarillo, indicated that it has not been ruled out that they had been aided by prison guards, and may have escaped hidden in vehicles.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tijuana: Dead dog with message left in front of Zona Rio bar

Dead dog left with message enfrente de Zona Rio bar

In the early morning hours, the dog's crumbled body lay in front of the door, a bow macabrely wrapped around his neck, a twisted, mocking message of disrespect, blood ran across the lifeless animal, dropped outside Caval Antro Y Bar on Paseo Independencia, in Zona Rio.  

Alongside the dog, lay a cardboard cut out with a message.  The exact message was not revealed by authorities responding to the scene, but the message was said to threaten bands scheduled to perform at the bar over the weekend.

"El Fantasma" and Los Populares de Illano, are set to tomorrow night, from the businesses facebook page.  This comes a few weeks after a banner signed by CTNG and CJNG, was placed at Las Pulgas, in anticipation of a performance by Los Nuevos Rebeldes, known for Culiacan, and Sinaloa corridos. 

The message left at Las Pulgas stated their would be consequences if the group performed, the performance was canceled.  Referencing an escalating blood feud between groups who performed for both Sinaloa backed Aquiles, and their rivals in Tijuana, the banner claimed they would kill those who sang for them, because their singers had also been killed.  Lenin Ramirez was mentioned by name, 'We are going to kill Lenin Ramirez". 

Animals, sometimes pigs, and dogs are often used to send a message to rival groups, slaughtered to send the ritualistic message of disrespect and disregard.  In Northwestern states, groups associated with Zetas and the CDG have left dead pigs at the scenes of body drops, or by themselves.  

In 2010, after a double murder in Tijuana, a CAF lieutenant, Jose Najera Gil, under what was once known as the Fernando Sanchez Organization, ordered a dead dog to be thrown at the headstones of the victims, in Chula Vista, San Diego.  The order was carried out, a dead dog was thrown against the headstones, with a message saying "The family is next". 

Sources: AFN Tijuna 

Cristian Was Kidnapped In Chilapa, Guerrero; He Was Found With a Bullet in the Head Next To another Minor

Cuartoscuro Archive
Last Saturday, Cristian left his house after midday to do homework with some of his classmates.  He told his parents that from there, he would go to see his girlfriend and that he would be back late, but he didn’t return.  Cristian was kidnapped by armed men and someone told his parents that they saw him when they took him in a taxi with tinted windows, after that, they didn’t know about his whereabouts until the following Monday when he was found in the neighborhood Panorámica, located east of Chilpancingo.  Next to him was the body of Luis, a 16-year-old boy from Xocomulco, located in the municipality of Chilapa.  Luis also had a bullet to his head.

By: Zacarias Cervantes | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

March 11, 2017— During the funeral of Cristian Peralta Rendón, there wasn’t just crying, there was also anger, despair, rage and calls for justice to the government on the part of their relatives and friends.

They boy was 14 years old and was studying his second year of secondary school in Chilapa, where gunmen kidnapped him on Saturday, March 4 and on Monday, March 6, he was found seriously wounded in a neighborhood east of Chilpancingo next to the corpse of another boy.

Cristian only had on a pair of boxers and had a bullet in the head.  He was transferred alive to the hospital Raymundo Abarca Alarcón where he died Wednesday morning.

After midday on Thursday, Cristian’s body was transferred from his home on Calle 8 Sur de Chilapa to the cemetery where his relatives, friends, and neighbors buried him.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

El Chapo does not see the light of the Sun, according to his Lawyers

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an Informador.Mx article

Subject Matter: El Chapo Guzman, incarceration conditions
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Lawyers of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman officially solicited, this Monday to Judge Brian Cogan that the "finish or modify immediately the imprisonment conditions in which the capo lives since he was extradited to the USA on the 19th of January.

In a 24 page letter to which we had access, the defence solicited that they finish that severe isolation in which the ex leader of the Sinaloa Cartel lives, without outside contact to anyone other than his three Lawyers and a translator, with only one hour outside his cell, Monday to Friday.

"We solicit the Court to free Mr Guzman and put him in the general prison population. As an alternative, the Court might modify certain sections and dispositions of the special administration applied to Guzman Loera because of his dangerousness and history that his defence lawyers consider unconstitutional, specially communication restrictions.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

El Cuini to be extradited to the USA

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

The SRE concedes the extradition of Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, identified as number 2 in the CJNG, but he will be extradited when amparo he promoted finishes.

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
The Secretary for Exterior Relations conceded an extradition to the USA of capo Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, El Cuini, identified as number 2 in the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, the exchange will be realized when the amparo he promoted terminates.

According to Judicial registers, Gonzalez Valencia was approved for extradition on 21st of December of 2016, a resolution that the complainant contested, was the motive for the stay of disposition of a Judge of the 12th District in Penal Matters of Amparo in City of Mexico, which refers to his personal liberty, in a place where he is imprisoned, and at the disposition of the authority that carries out the procedure of extradition.

In April of 2015, a Judge of the 16th District of Federal Penal Processes of the North Preventative Prison, in City of Mexico, ordered the provisional detention with end of extradition of El Cuini.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tijuana: 5 executed in Zona Norte

5 executed in Zona Norte

In a small room between Primera and Miguel F. Martinez streets in Zona Norte, a grim stash house of sorts, a man clings to life.  His associates, friends, perhaps family lay dead, between the floor, and and the bleak furnishings, a few battered couches.  Blood leaked from their wounds, all head shots, one or two apiece, spreading out onto the floor.  

Three women and two men, executed, ambushed, likely betrayed.  All 9mm shells, no signs of heavy weapons, long rifles.  They were part of a narco retail cell operating in La Zona.  The kind of group that bears both the blame, and burden for many of the constant killings and mutilations, severed limbs, and bullet holes, weaving in and out of flesh, hot bullet shells dancing across victims insides.

These killings were different then the public executions, shootouts in bars, clubs, mariscos stands, these people saw their killers, and interacted with them before they were killed.  Single shots mostly, no signs of torture, or bounding have been reported.  More then one, to retrain, and to kill 5 people, without problems. At least 3. 

They may have thought they were going to leave.  They were either surprised, lured, or betrayed. They may have begged, pleaded, confessed. They may have stood defiant to the end.  They may have anticipated the shot, as the deafening crack of gunshots echoed across the room, flinched before the bullet pierced their skin, into the back of their skull. 

The retail cells are many, tentacles of larger cells, dispersed all through Tijuana, esp in La Zona.  The family and group of the fallen El Mono, Manuel Luis Toscano, known as Los Iqualos, still maintains a presence.  The people of Los Aquiles have a certain degree of control.  The people of CTNG, formerly under 'El Gross' operate.   It is simply the largest retail market in the city.

The Red Light district attracts sex tourism from San Diego, and internationally, sending hundreds to the bars and brothels that line the area.  Meth and heroin are sold at a retail level to the desperate addicts of Zona Norte, whose addiction consume them, fuel blood and violence across the city. "Globitos" small quantities of crystal and heroin are packaged, labeled, and sold by the retail cells, who in turn pay plaza, and buy product from a larger group.  

Most all of us, are more then what we do, more then what we have done, or will do, and complexity and humanity lays behind the killings and brutality.  There are very few truly evil people.  It is undeniable though that in death, what we leave behind can represent us, our desperation, our fears, our failures. 

-Maria Guadelupe Ramos Navarro, was 22, bullets struck her neck, and left shoulder.  "Gabriel' was tattooed above her left breast.  

-Unknown male victim, single shot behind the ear, another to the jaw, three skulls tattooed on his forearm.

-Unknown male victim, 30-35 years, single shot behind the ear, "Margarita" tattooed on his left breast. 

-Unknown female, 40-45 years, single shot to the head. 

-Unknown female, 30-35  years, single bullet to the head, behind her ear. "Suerte Puta" tattooed on her chest.

Items found in the room include a 9mm pistol, a box of .22 caliber ammunition, a Truconnect phone, and a glass pipe...

Sources: AFN Tijuana 

Small Wars Journal: Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #29

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #29: By Robert J. Bunker and Marisa Mendoza

Vehicular Ramps Used to Bypass Border Fencing, "As borders tighten, smugglers raise their game"

  Photos from Border Patrol-Campo Ca
…Ongoing measures to erect 670 miles of new fence on the border are credited with helping to cut arrests to some 870,000 last year from 1.1 million. Nevertheless, smugglers are trying and, in many cases succeeding, in breaching every kind of barrier thrown in their paths.

Sturdy steel posts have been sunk in the ground in many areas to stop vehicles crossing north, although drug traffickers have responded by building elaborate vehicle ramps to drive cars over the top, border police say.

“It’s like the old show ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ cars flying through the air,” said James Jacques, a supervisory Border Patrol in San Diego, Calif.

Illegal border crossers are also routinely beating pedestrian barriers using ladders tailor-made in clandestine Mexican workshops, border police say, while others have used screwdrivers to try to clamber over new 14-foot tall, steel-mesh barriers designed to deny handholds.

One such attempt was foiled. “It took the man a while, and by the time he got to the top, we were waiting for him,” said Andrew Patterson, a Border Patrol agent in Yuma, Arizona…

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Silvestre Piolo Blas: From Professional Soccer Player to Heroin Trafficker

An Original Borderland Beat Story written by Chuck B Almada

***Note From Chuck: Hi to all Borderland followers and fans, I had to take a brief hiatus from contributing to the blog due to professional and educational reasons, but now I am happy to be back full of energy and eager to report on important stories and issues that matter to all of us. For the past few days, I have been working on this story, a story that perhaps none of you have heard about. This story is by far an exclusive to Borderland Beat and I hope you all enjoy it. This story was possible thanks to information received from reliable sources and also with information obtained through the Open Records Act that helped corroborate some of those facts***

ATLANTA, GA- Early this month, several Spanish language outlets, including Univision, ESPN Deportes, El Debate, and even the Official Twitter account of Monarcas Morelia announced the death of former professional soccer player, Silvestre Blas Fierros better known as “Piolo.”  Up until today, the details surrounding the death of the 23 year old were unknown. Univision originally reported:

“Through social media, Monarcas Morelia revealed that their former player, Silvestre Blas Fierros died this past Wednesday from unknown causes in the United States. Blas Fierros lived in the United States after leaving Monarcas Morelia, the team in which he debuted in 2014 against Necaxa when he was 20 years old. As of right now, there has been no information regarding the death of the soccer player. In their Twitter message, Monarcas Morelia limited their information to only sending their condolences to the family of the soccer player" (Univision, 2017)
After conducting extensive research throughout the web, all news outlets contained similar information as the above statement, with none mentioning details surrounding the soccer player’s death. Through several reliable sources, Borderland Beat received exclusive information regarding the death of Piolo and his activities in the United States prior to his death.

Border Patrol Tunnel Rats

By Javier,  Guest reporter Borderland Beat
They are called "tunnel rats", when referring to the U.S. Border Patrol agents who descend  into underground Narco Tunnel that have appeared along the U.S., Mexico border over the past 20 years.  What may appear clear above ground, could have border patrol on duty below the surface.

Sinaloa Cartel  capo Chapo Guzmán, is credited as the innovator behind the drug tunnels, used primarily to traffic drugs.  But the most infamous usage of the Guzmán tunnels, which increasingly have become very sophisticated over the years, was on  the night of July 11, 2015, when chapo disappeared into the underside of his prison cell shower, descending a ladder,  to the tunnel, hopped on a motorbike and exited to freedom.  Albeit, for only six months.

Arguably, the greatest factor of Sinaloa’s trafficking success, are the tunnels. It provides  the ability to transport drugs, in bulk,  to its number one customer, the United States.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

International coaine trafficker of the Comorra Mafia in Napoli arrested in Tamaulipas

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

Subject Matter: La Cosa Nostra, Italian Mafia, Tamaulipas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Giulio Perrone, alleged member of the Italian Mafia from Napoli, has been sought by law enforcement for 10 years for his probable responsibility in international cocaine trafficking.

Giulio Perrone, alleged leader of the Italian mafia in Napoli, was detained by elements of the PGR in Tamaulipas, for his alleged involvement in international cocaine trafficking.

The detainee, 64 years of age, originally from the province of Gragnano, Italy, had a red notification in Interpol and a sentence of 20 years, 11 months and eight days in prison, handed down by the Napoli court.

Perrone, who has been for 10 years in the list of most sought after fugitives by the Italian Government, delivered by the authorities of his country.

Arturo Beltran Leyva, the life, the death of "El Barbas" part 3 "The final stand of Don Arturo"

Arturo Beltran Leyva, the life, the death of "El Barbas" part 3 "The final stand of Don Arturo"

Written for Borderland Beat by Otis B Fly-Wheel, with additional material and photos the BB archive.

Subject Matter: Arturo Beltran Leyva, El Barbas, El Fantasma, El Botas Blancas, La Muerte
Recommendation: Read Part 1 of this article here see link
                              Read Part 2 of this article here see link

Born in the cradle of narco's, La Palma ,Badiraguato Sinaloa in December of 1954,though some put his birth day as September 1961. Arutro Beltran Leyva also known by the nicknames, "El Barbas", El Botas Blancas, El Fantasma and La Muerte, he worked with small time poppy growers and learnt his trade from Amado Carrillo Fuentes , and later became known as Jefe de Jefes, boss of bosses. His life was characterized by the extreme violence he visited upon anyone who stood in his way. He was eventually cornered and killed by Mexican Marines with the ELINT intelligence help of the US 7th Special Forces group in Cuernavaca, leading to a power vacuum and the "Hydra Effect".  

Big thanks go out to Chivis and BB's friend Narcomics, for the images. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @narcomicscorp

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel

An alliance with the Executioner
As Don Arturo made his plans to take what he saw as rightfully his from the Sinaloa Federation, he realized that he would not be able to do it with the personnel available to him in the BLO. Despite the large amount of crews in his organization ( see crews section in Arturo Beltran Leyva part 2 ), he saw common ground with Los Zetas.

Los Zetas were unhappy at this time with Osiel Cardenas Guillen from the Cartel del Golfo and were making their own plans to split from their parent organization and seize power for themselves. Leading Los Zetas at this time were Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, "The Executioner" and Miguel Trevino "El Z-40". Los Zetas also found common ground with Arturo in his willingness to resort to horrific violence to achieve his aims as a first resort.

Arturo arranged a meeting with the heads of Los Zetas in Torreon, Coahuila. At this meeting it was agreed that three cities were key to their plans for domination. Torreon, Acapulco and Aguascaliente. Torreon was a strategic city for drug trafficking and was previously dominated by the Sinaloa Federation.

The war for Torreon was defined when Los Zetas/BLO alliance attacked Carlos Herrera Araluce in Gomez Palacio, Durango, who was key for the Federation in the city. By some miracle Herrera Araluce and his wife survived the attack, and immediately left the country for Spain. Los Zetas then delivered an ultimatum to Lawyer Alberto Romero, who later disappeared in the form of a letter and a video showing the torture of a Police commander of Coahuila, Enrique Ruiz Arevalo.

The Federation and the Juarez cartel retreated from Torreon, next was Acapulco, and another campaign of be-headings, kidnapping, and executions saw the Federation driven from the town. Lastly was Aguascalientes, which suffered the same fate as the other two cities with the Federation being driven out and BLO/Zetas sharing the plaza.

To dethrone the Federation, El Chapo and El Mayo must die

Don Arturo knew that if he was going to kill "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, currently languishing in prison in the USA, that first he would have to get rid of the people protecting him. As Arturo had been in charge of paying off bribes to those in power high up in the Army, PGR and Mexican Government he was uniquely placed to know exactly who to kill. Indeed the Sinaloa Federation had relied on the extravagance of Arturo and his brothers to charm, or bend the arms of those in power so the Federation could continue its drug production, logistics and sales without interference.

Arturo knew that on while El Chapo had holistic protection, to get close, he had to kill those protecting him locally, the Municipal and State Police in Culiacan and the surrounding regions, who were in the position to tip off  El Chapo to any upcoming threats to him or his immediate family.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The US government is worried 'El Chapo' Guzman's legal team may have cartel infiltrators

Posted via forum by Mica, and republished with the permission of the author Christopher woody. For Business Insider

Guzman, right, and defense attorneys Michael Schneider, center right, and Michelle Gelernt, center left, in a court sketch, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Christine Cornell

 Former Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has pleaded not guilty to the array of charges against him and his next court date is May 5.

But the legal wrangling around the Mexican capo has not slacked.

In the most recent development, US prosecutors slated to face Guzman in an Eastern District of New York courtroom have asked that US authorities investigate any foreigners added to Guzman's legal team.

US Attorney Robert Capers and Arthur Wyatt, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section chief for the Justice Department's Criminal Division, argued that, based on their experience, an unvetted member of the defense team could compromise the case brought by the government.

"If a foreign lawyer or investigator that also was a member of the Sinaloa cartel was united with the defense team, [they] could travel to the United States, review the evidence that is protected, and travel later out of the United States with that knowledge," Capers and Wyatt wrote in a letter to Eastern District judge Brian Cogan.

"If a member of the cartel traveled to the United States and found out the identity of a cooperating Mexican witness, [they] could later travel to Mexico with this information and give the name of the witness to other members of the Sinaloa cartel who could kidnap or kill the family of that witness," the letter added
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, January 19, 2017, after his extradition from Mexico. Reuters
The letter was confirmed to Univision by Jose Refugio Rodriguez, one of three Mexican lawyers who represented Guzman in his home country.

He said that while they are not allowed to act as lawyers on Guzman's behalf in the US, they had been advising his current legal team and could visit him in the future.

Refugio Rodriguez said it was the right of prosecutors to look into the background of members of the defense team, but he said he took issue with this specific request as it seemed to cast Guzman's Mexican lawyers as complicit with the kingpin, which he said violated the presumption of innocence

Guzman's defense attorneys, Michael Schneider and Michelle Gelernt outside the federal courthouse in the Brooklyn, New York, January 20, 2017. Reuters / Joe Penney
 In their letter, Capers and Wyatt denied that they did not trust Guzman's Mexican lawyers, but said that in the past "foreign professionals," including lawyers, had used their status to commit crimes and bribe officials.

Guzman's US lawyers — Michael Schneider and Michelle Gelernt, two court-appointed public defenders — criticized the request as a "prohibition" on foreigners joining the defense and said the prosecutors' letter did not offer legal arguments for why "the citizens of other countries are less trustworthy than Americans."

According to Refugio Rodriguez, Guzman's US lawyers have already brought a motion against the request, "because lawyers cannot be treated like criminals."

Duarte’s wife found abundance she craved

Posted by DD republished from Mexico News Daily

Karime Macias;  "I deserve abundance"
The wife of former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte was a tireless shopper, spending 8 million pesos on clothes, personal articles and luxury hotels during her husband’s first 14 months in office, according to documents obtained by the newspaper Reforma.

Karime Macías Tubilla, who disappeared with her husband last October, spent US $511,740 in the United States, 1.27 million pesos in Mexico and 51,000 pesos in a jewelry store in Brazil between December 2010 and January 2012, a credit card statement revealed.

Macías, believed to be the person who copied the phrase “I deserve abundance” 45 times in a notebook discovered last month in the city of Córdoba, went on shopping sprees in which she spent an average of 675,000 pesos a month, nine times the monthly salary of her husband, now wanted on corruption charges.

The credit card purchases were racked up on an American Express Platinum card in the name of Moisés Mansur Cysneiros, a close friend of Duarte and a presumed accomplice in his alleged embezzlement of public funds.

La China will return to Baja California Sur

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

Subject Matter: La China, Melissa Calderon Ojeda
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The transfer of Melisa Calderon Ojeda aka La China, to a Federal penitentiary in the State of Morelos was illegal, estimates a Judge of La Paz district, who conceded an amparo and ordered that she be returned to the penitentiary from which she was transferred in March of 2016.

Reporter: Luis Carlos Sainz
Due to penitentiary authorities in Baja California Sur illegaly moving the ex Jefa de Sicarios of the Las Fuerzas Especiales de Damaso, Meliso Calderon Ojeda, a Federal Judge conceded an amparo and ordered her return to La Paz penitentiary.

Melisa Margarita Calderon Ojeda is currently imprisoned in Cefereso No. 16 Femenil in Caotlan del Rio, in the State of Morelos, however, her return to her former penitentiary will depend on resolving the revision that was put before the Public Ministry of the Federation.

Her original transfer was agreed to because she required special forms of security or vigilance, so the authorities in BCS solicited a space for her in the Morelos Maximum Security Prison, and commissioned the OADPRS with base in Mexico City to authorise her transfer, which they did on 23rd of March 2016.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sinaloa Cartel Sicario arrested in Tijuana

Original article available at El Mexicano
Translated by El Wachito

Elements of the Preventive State Police (PEP) captured Sicario that had links to the Sinaloa Cartel. He was found in possession of a modern assault rifle that had capabilities to perforate armored vehicles of the highest bulletproof grade. 

He was detained in Colonia Planetario, delegacion San Antonio de los Buenos.

At the moment of his arrest, he was traveling at high speeds. The gun was of caliber 5.56 and attached a grenade launcher.

According to the PEP, at the moment of the arrest, the Sicario was heading to a location where he would locate a Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion(CNJG) member to execute him.

According to ZETA, the Sicario is identified as Rafael "N', 25 years old, and arrived to Tijuana a month ago from Sinaloa.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Santa Fe, Veracruz Grave

The latest report of the exhumation work in the collective grave of Colinas de Santa Fe in Veracruz highlights that most of the remains found in the grave are of young high school and college aged men and women.  The search groups narrate that they haven’t walked through half of the land and they don’t stop from discovering corpses.  People continue to disappear in Veracruz, in the context of the war declared by the delinquency against the local government.  240 bodies from 170 clandestine graves have been exhumed.

By: Ignacio Carvajal García | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Mexico City/Veracruz, March 7, 2017— Blogexpediente had access to the latest report on exhumation work in the collective graves of Colinas de Santa Fe, and what stands out the most of the 240 bodies exhumed so far is that they mostly consist of young people.

The last cutoff on the works in the collective graves of Colinas de Santa Fe state that 240 bodies from 117 clandestine graves have been exhumed.

And in the middle of the cluster of bodies, the mothers of the collective Solecito, who are actively working in this grave, what has surprised them is the high number of young people among the victims.

“Most of them are young people, women and guys, although people with gray hairs have also been found, despite the advanced state of decomposition, that detail has been observed,” said a source close to the work on the grave, at the request of anonymity.

Among the findings of the various graves, which show the slaughter of young people; clothing, footwear, and intimate clothing corresponding to the ages of 14 and 25 are also abundant.

The information that this medium accessed shows that the finding of bodies far from diminishing increases, and these graves are not even half of the terrain.

The last cutoff on the works in the collective graves of Colinas de Santa Fe state that 240 bodies from 117 clandestine graves have been exhumed. Photo: Cuartoscuro Archive
They consist of 125 graves located until the beginning of March, of which 177 have been worked on, which have resulted in the findings of 240 skulls, which is equal to the number of victims, more than half, correspond to boys who were high school or college aged.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"El Kevin" Found executed in Navolato

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito

Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega, alias "El Kevin" was found dead -encobijado- last Sunday, in the parking lot of a mall in Navolato, Sinaloa, his body -had signs of bullet wounds- has already been claimed by his family, according to Denise Maerker. This information was also confirmed by the local newspaper El Noroeste.

"El Kevin" was rescue by an armed commando of 50 sicarios, last September 30th, after ambushing a military convoy that was protecting an ambulance of the Mexican Red Cross, in Culiacan. El Kevin was medically treated by military personnel in an hospital of Badiraguato, after a firefight.

El Lucifer, head of Sicarios for Fuerzas Especiales del Damaso arrested in BCS

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Zetatijuana article with additional picture from the Borderland Beat archive

Subject Matter: El Lucifer, Las Fuerzas Especiales de Los Damaso
Recommendation: See Link to article on El Lucifer

On Monday afternoon, March 6, in the streets of San José del Cabo, Los Cabos municipality, in Baja California Sur, "El Lucifer", an alleged plaza leader and chief of Sicarios for the Dámaso Special Forces (FED), was arrested. 

According to data obtained by ZETA, a surprise operation was carried out to identify the occupants of vehicles with tinted windows, to find arms and drugs that are flooding the conflict zone, in calles Batalla de Puebla and Eduardo Rodriguez in the El Zacatal colonia. They stopped a particular vehicle and captured the Jefe de Plaza in La Paz and Los Cabos, together with two women of approximately 18 years of age.

Juan Carlos Sierra Santana, leader of Los Viagras shot dead in confrontation

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

Subject Matter: Los Viagras, Michoacan
Recommendation: See link to article by Chivis on Juan Carlos Sierra Santana

Reporter: Francisco J Castellanos
Juan Carlos Sierra Santana, La Sopa, one of the seven brothers that heads the criminal organization Los Viagras ( Otis: also see Fuerzas Rurales Michoacan), lead by El Gordo Santana, was taken down Sunday afternoon during a confrontation with antagonistic groups in the limits of this town and Buenavista, informed sources from the SSP and the Army.

La Sopa was killed by wounds sustained by bullets. The confrontation was reported by the authorities, but the local Police did not intervene. At the site of the confrontation hundreds of rounds, rifle magazines, rifles, 40 mm grenades and tactical equipment was confiscated.

Monday, March 6, 2017

He Livestreamed About the Cartels—Until He Was Shot Dead

By: Andrea Noel Republished from The Daily Beast

TIJUANA—After a long day of driving and livestream reporting from the narco hotbed of Guerrero state, Cecilio Pineda Birto took his dusty car to a local carwash in the sleepy little riverside town of Pungarabato on Thursday evening.

There, while Pineda was resting in a hammock and waiting for his newly washed car, two men opened fire on him then fled the scene on a motorcycle with the murder weapon in hand.

But the closest witnesses to the attack—the carwash attendants—were not questioned by authorities, as they immediately went into hiding, state attorney general Xavier Olea Peláez said.

First responders were unable to revive the journalist, who had reported for local and national media outlets like La Voz de Tierra Caliente and El Universal. He was soon after pronounced dead, just past 7:30 p.m.

Pineda covered the crime beat and had made a name for himself as a fearless journalist working to keep his community informed, often livestreaming on-the-scene reporting to his more than 31,000 Facebook followers, as he did on Thursday, just hours before his death.

That afternoon, while driving along a Guerrero highway, cellphone in hand, he complained in a livestream about the local and state government’s inaction, corruption, and collusion with dangerous and organized criminals—as he so often did.

His target in what would be his final video was Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, a criminal more commonly known as El Tequilero—the subject of an ongoing, statewide, months-long, failed manhunt. More specifically, he spoke out against the authorities and public officials who are believed to grant Almonte official protection and collude with his criminal underlings.

“Even the hitmen for El Tequilero … have revealed his location,” Pineda said, referring to the feared criminal organization known as Los Tequileros. “The government does not want to arrest them, even though they know exactly where they are.”

CJNG the winner in the war between narcos

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

There is a Federal intelligence report that analyzed the involvement of the most dangerous cartel of the last six years, as the most dangerous in 2016.

The document affirms that in the last year the criminal group led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, and the Gonzalez Valencia family, who go by the nickname Los Cuinis, have consolidated a meteoric rise in the strategy of expansion, where they control almost totally six coastal states of the country, Colima, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero and the two of Baja California, and are exercising power in zones that were historically in the hands of other groups.

The other zones are the states of Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Morelos, Puebla, Quintana Roo and Mexico state. The organizations that, according to the document have been resisting the advance of the CJNG are; The Pacific Cartel, The Cartel del Golfo, Los Zetas, The Knights Templar and La Familia Michoacana.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Money laundering: From the Sinaloa Cartel to LA’s fashion district

Original article available at YouTube
Posted by El Wachito

In September 2014, more than 1,000 federal and local agents raided 75 different locations in Los Angeles’ fashion district. They seized around $90 million dollars, most of it in bulk cash, from the Sinaloa Cartel. Authorities claim it was the biggest money seizure in U.S. history. Correspondent Mike Kirsch examined the issue in this feature documentary for Americas Now.

San Diego: 30 kilos of cocaine seized in Chula Vista

30 kilos of cocaine seized in Chula Vista

The nondescript Mercury Sable sedan made it's way into Chula Vista, getting off the 5 north, coming from the San Ysidro border crossing, winding through the neighborhoods, stoplights,  off the South Bay community, shortly after the sun set, across the horizon.  

Maybe the driver had that feeling, that intuition, the reflexes and instincts that may come with driving nondescript cars with dozens of kilos of cocaine stuffed into hidden compartments.  Nondescript cars under the surveillance of investigators on a task force.  The surveillance team watched as the Mercury pulled into a storage facility in Chula Vista, just before 7:00 PM. 

It was there they made the arrest, dismantled the car, and found a somewhat odd mixture of bundled drug shipments.  The key was the 30 kilos of cocaine, worth 20,000 or so in Tijuana, but there was also just over a half pound of brown heroin, 25 pounds of highly compressed marijuana, and about 24 pounds of crystal meth.  

In all the shipment is worth close to 650,000.  News reports, based on law enforcement briefings, have put it at 1.1 million, which I think is a stretch.  The crystal isn't worth more then 35,000 or so, the marijuana is worth even less, at about 300 a pound X 24.  The heroin is barely 5,000 dollars. You'd have to estimate the cocaine at almost 30,000 to reach 1.1 million.