Thursday, January 18, 2018

In 17 days, organized crime responsible for 90 murders in Chihuahua

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Jornada
The number of alleged homicides committed by organized crime groups rose to 90 in Chihuahua during the first 17 days of the year, according to a newspaper account prepared based on reports from the State Attorney General. The 11 most recent murders in this area occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday.

An attack on Wednesday left three dead and one wounded, after men armed with high-powered rifles fired at their victims at the corner of 55th and Rosales street, in the neighborhood Popular, of the capital of Chihuahua. The assailants fled in a vehicle. 

Also in the Chihuahua capital, a young man was shot to death in Teófilo Borunda street in the Santo Niño neighborhood. Another young man was injured in the attack and the identity of the victims is still unknown.

Video: Sicarios attack in Salvatierra Hospital, Guanajuato

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

Subject Matter: Sicarios storm into hospital to finish off injured person
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Five killed in Guanajuato, sicarios return to kill a survivor wounded in an earlier shootout

An armed commando of no less than four subjects broke into the General Hospital of Salvatierra this morning in Guanajuato, to execute a patient and the police who had him in custody.

According to preliminary reports, the gunfight was registered around 08:00 am Wednesday morning. The victim had been taken into hospital the night before after surviving another armed attacked in a house in the La Hacienda colonia where five persons lost their lives.

The information portal Agora, published a video that showed the moment when the assassins broke into the lobby and fired at the inhabitants of a particular room. At this time the identity of the victims are unknown, and the authorities have established a security perimeter around the area to carry out the corresponding investigations.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Video: "The Chase" the evolution of the Mexican Drug War

By Chivis Martinez video production from WMR

How the Mexican Drug War evolved to where it is today.

The mutilated body of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena sparks the largest manhunt in DEA history. Suspected in the murder the Padrino [Godfather] Former police agent and the Mexican drug lord himself, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. El Padrino controlled drug trafficking in Mexico, until he made a momentous error in judgement by ordering the murder of Camarena. The first U.S. agent killed on foreign soil, The hit on Camarena was “a settling of scores” as Camarena brought down the massive Bufalo Ranch marijuana farm.  Costing Gallardo billions.  Gallardo was not satisfied in simply taking Camarena’s life, he ordered a physician to bring him back from the brink of death, so he could once again be tortured. Multiply times.
Gallardo was the body guard to Sinaloa Governor
Gallardo until that point operated  all border trafficking, and changed the dynamic of trafficking when demanding the Colombians pay for usage of Mexico’s drug routes not only by cash but also by cocaine, expanding Mexican trafficking from heroin and marijuana to include cocaine.

The bloody battle for the Veracruz Plaza

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

Subject Matter: Veracruz, Los Zetas, CJNG
Recommendation: Read this article by BB forum contributor Mica

Reporter: Noe Zavaleta
In the first 12 days of January, a dozen human heads were abandoned in the insides of four vehicles, with the advertisement that a " criminal cleaning" was going on in the southern zone of the State. The dismembered corpses of the victims, alleged criminals, according to the governor Miguel Angel Yunes Lineares - were left in black garbage bags, the same were found inside of cars in Tlacotalpan, with five bodies, Sayula de Aleman with four bodies, Minatitlan two bodies, and Cosoleacaque with one. The macabre photos from the scenes were circulated in national and international media.

The capital saw a night of terror this past Saturday the 13th, when alleged sicarios of Z-35 ( old school zetas) left nine dismembered corpses in the inside of a minivan, as well as three cartulinas threatening the Secretary of Public Security, Jaime Tellez, and his Director of Operations, Gerardo Guzman, whom were responsible for "not respecting our agreement".

"More united than ever, the people respect", was the phrase that they left in the three messages. In the morning a man had been kidnapped in the Laureles colonia and executed with 14 bullets in front of the Judicial power base of the State.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Emeli, 11 years old, murdered by asphyxiation; stepfather suspected

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Periodico Central

The mother admitted that she was taken from her house to attend a party, supposedly forced by her husband, the stepfather of the girl, who was the victim of the sixth feminicide in Puebla this year.

By Edmundo Velázquez

Emeli, the eleven-year-old victim of the sixth feminicide in Puebla, was suffocated, according to the necropsy law that was stated in the preliminary investigation. So far, her stepfather is the main suspect and her mother has already testified before the General State Prosecutor's Office (FGE).

According to officials of the Prosecutor's Office in the area, the mother of the minor - sexually abused before being murdered - was initially questioned before the regional Public Ministry, but will have to go to the central building of the Prosecutor's Office in the capital of Puebla to give more details.

So far there is a key witness, her brother, 15 years old. The young man has provided important information about the events. Unofficial versions indicate that the teenager was not in the house because his stepfather ordered him to leave and arrange a stand where they sell vegetables every Sunday. This fact also leads to the stepfather being the main suspect of the feminicide.

Control for street drug trade pushes Tijuana to grisly new record: 1,744 homicides in 2017

Posted by Chvis for Borderland Beat  from SD Union Tribune  Written by Sandra Dibble
Click on image to enlarge
elcome to 2018,” read the threatening and neatly penned message left early this month with the bodies of a man and woman gunned down in the outlying Tijuana development of Villa del Alamo. “The plaza is not Sinaloa’s, it belongs to Nueva Generación.”

After spiking to unprecedented levels last year, the bloodshed in Tijuana has continued at an unrelenting pace in these first days of the new year as two powerful drug trafficking organizations battle for control of the city’s lucrative street drug sales: The long-established Sinaloa cartel and a newer, aggressive group known as the cartel Nueva Generación Jalisco, often abbreviated as CJNG.

As homicides soared to unprecedented levels across Mexico in 2017, Tijuana registered one of the steepest increases in the country. The tally for the year was a record 1,744 homicides — almost double the record of 910 homicides set in 2016, according to figures from the Baja California Attorney General’s Office.

Video:Toys from CJNG leader, El Mencho, given to Children on Kings Day

Posted by Char for Borderland Beat Video from Gillonautas

Nueva Italia, Michoacán

Chivis Note: In Mexico the last celebratory day of the Christmas Holiday season is Mexico, Día de Los Reyes (known elsewhere as Epiphany) to honor the Three Wise Men denoting when they brought gifts to Jesus Christ. 

It occurs on January 6th and people celebrate by exchanging gifts. 

Seemingly, taking a page out of the book; how to win hearts and minds, reminiscent of Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, El Mencho has a toy give away.  You can see Mencho’s men with weapons, guarding the situation on the side, and hearing children thanking Mencho.

Char’s Note: 6 days ago this video was published I just found it. Cjng armed men lead by El Arabe, el Chaparrito, and maestrillo give free toys to the kids you can even hear the kids saying “Tío Mencho” “Uncle Mencho”.

Let’s take a look at what else Mencho gives to children in this archive article written by my cousin Lucio.  Use this hyperlink to the dynamite story

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tijuana BC 2018 : 77 Murdered in the First Two Weeks

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Sol de Tijuana

                                                                  Welcome to 2018

By: Uriel Saucedo Jan 14, 2018
Angel F. Gonzalez Jan 7, 2018
Extra Material from: UniMexicali/ Uniradio Informa

The three people killed on Jan 6, 2018,  make of total of 32 violent deaths, ie, criminal murders in the first five days of this year. At least 5 people were found in various incidents  and Colonias of Tijuana in the last 24 hours. With this figure, January averages just over 6 people executed every day in its first five days.

At 11:35 am, Municipal Police officers went to the Colonia Valle Imperial, Section One, where they reported the presence of what looked like human remains. Elements of the Attorney General's Office of the State (PGJE) arrived moments later and, when going down to a ravine, they confirmed that they were indeed human bones. The remains were transferred to the facilities of the Forensic Medical Service so that the cause of death is defined and the deceased is identified through necropsy.

Los Rojos leader arrested after being recognized in elevator by PGR prosecutor

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat translated and republished from Reforma

Los Rojos second in command in Guerrero

Jorge Higashi Chávez, "El Higashi", alleged leader of the criminal group Los Rojos, was casually recognized by a prosecutor of  SEIDO while the two were in an elevator of the luxurious CDMX Reforma complex. [Mexico City formally changed its name from 'Distrito Federal' or 'DF' for short, to 'Ciudad de Mexico', abbreviated as 'CDMX]

"El Higashi", who according to the PGR led a band of kidnappers who operated in Guerrero, Puebla and the CDMX, lived in apartment 222 of the complex,  just in front of the PGR headquarters.

Sources close to the case reported that, after the narco was recognized; "immediate orders" were issued for the search of his apartment, resulting in the seizure of weapons and 3 vehicles,  and his arrest.

On January 5, SEIDO Prosecutor Abraham Huertas, was in the complex to render reports as to the owner of the 1001 parking space.

Marinas Capture Sofia del Carmen Treviño, Niece of “ Z40 and Z42"

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso
"La Jefa del Plaza" By: Juan Alberto Cedillo Jan 12, 2018

Nuevo Laredo, Tamps -- Sofía del Carmen Monsiváis Treviño, niece of brothers Miguel Ángel and Oscar Omar Treviño Morales, "El Z40 and El Z42", respectively, and presumed leader of the sicarios for the CDN was captured for her probable responsibility in the murder of Ricardo Martínez Chávez, regional coordinator of the local Attorney's office, and four other ministerial agents, the PGJT reported today in a press release.
                                                       Ana Isabel Trevino Morales, Sister of "Z40 and Z42"

Sofía del Carmen is the daughter of Ana Isabel Treviño Morales and inherited the direction of the Cartel del Noreste (CDN) in Nuevo Laredo after her mother was captured last November.

Ricardo Martínez Chávez, regional coordinator of the Attorney General's Office (PGJT), two of his bodyguards and two dependancy officials were killed with more than 200 shots on Thursday Jan 4 at about 10:30 pm after a meeting in this city. They were ambushed by various gunmen and at the corner of Eva Samano and Municipio Libre Streets.  In addition a Ministerial Agent was wounded.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Journalist Killed in Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas. He wrote about electoral violence in Mexico

Posted by DD
Sources;  NYT,   Infolliteras

Saturday, January 13, in the middle of the afternoon the 77 year old journalist Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez was murdered while in his car while maneuvering on the streets in downtown Nuevo Laredo.  His daughter was in the car with him but was not injured.  He is the second journalist killed in the country so far in 2018.

 State  security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez told The Associated Press.   the body had stab wounds and there may have been gunshots.and said they were investigating to see if his death was related to his work.

 Dominguez had worked for different print media outlets, including the Diario de Nuevo Laredo newspaper, but he was currently an independent journalist who wrote opinion columns for news websites, Rodriguez and other journalists said.  The journalist had a political column and did not work for any media at this time, although he previously had a job at El Diario de Nuevo Laredo .

9 dismembered bodies found in van in Lomas del Tejar, Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Dismemberment's in Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Hernandez
Nine bodies were found Saturday night in the El Tejar fraccionamiento, authorities presume that the victims were kidnapped with a man who was found executed in front of the Crystal Plaza. The events were registered on Lomas de Tejar Avenue in the aforementioned fraccionamiento, where a motorist phoned the 911 emergency number to report a van with the tailgate open and human bodies in the interior.

Elements of the Secretariat of Public Security attended and confirmed the discovery. The preliminary report from the authorities said that the victims were related to a man who was executed in Lazaro Cardenas on Saturday afternoon.

The victims were found in the back of a Nissan van, registration plates YHR 7449, which was removed by persons of the Attorney General of Veracruz office with the body parts being removed by the Medical Forensic Service (Semefo).


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Map: In six weeks, 25 decapitated corpses in same area of Veracruz

Posted by Mica republished from Reforma

In six weeks, over 2 dozen decapitated corpses  in same area of Veracruz,  over CJNG plaza dispute

Click on image to enlarge

January 12, 2018.- Four human heads were found by the authorities of Veracruz in the Municipality of Sayula de Alemán, placed on the trunk of a car.  The horror was discovered on a dirt road that connects the communities of San Isidro and El Mije.

On the windshield of the car was left a cardboard with a threatening message, while in the trunk of the car were dismembered bodies.

Also left with the decapitated heads were  a bottle of liquor and a broom.

According to military authorities, leaving a broom next to a murdered person means there is a “cleansing” between cartels or criminal gangs.  Sayula de Alemán is located south of Veracruz, about 350 kilometers from Xalapa.

Recent, similar murders

Photo Journalist Attacked by State Police in Guerrero

Posted by Yaqui from: CPJ

               Bernadino Hernandez , Mexican Photo Journalist attacked by police in Guerrero State
                He was covering the events Posted here on Borderland Beat by  Otis:

Mexico City, January 10, 2018-------Authorities in Mexico's Guerrero state should thoroughly and credibly investigate alleged police violence against a reporter in the town of La Concepción, in the Municipality of Acapulco, on January 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists ( CPJ ) said today.

According to statements that five reporters gave to local media after the alleged violence, state policemen attacked a journalist covering the violent clashes between police and soldiers and members of a self-styled community police force.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Full Detailed State Department Mexico Travel Advisory and travel tips

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

After the U.S. State department’s 10.10.2018 Mexico travel warnings, many people were confused and wondered why a certain city or state was not on the list.  The fact is, main stream media chooses to highlight certain locals and only include a morsel of the overall listings.  For whatever reason seldom is the actual warning republished in full. I have uploaded the warning to my scribd page and embedded it in this post.  This gives you a total and accurate account of the advisory.

It lists states, cities, level of caution, with level 4 being the greatest warning, stating an entire state should be off limits regarding travel. It also gives specifics to each locale and what restrictions imposed on government employees.

As far as travel, some common sense actions should be followed, like the use of ATMs, or which taxis to use or avoid, but since narco violence is fluid, one really should check and know before you go.  

Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: NYT

BY THE GUN: José Santos at a checkpoint near the entrance to Tancítaro. Fed up with both the cartels and the government, the people of Tancítaro pushed out both.
                                   Photo Credit: Brett Gundlock for The New York Times
Jan 7, 2018

Tancitaro, Mexico :  The road to this agricultural town winds through the slums and cartel-controlled territory of Michoacán, ground zero for Mexico’s drug war, before arriving at a sight so strange it can seem like a mirage.

Fifteen-foot stone turrets are staffed by men whose green uniforms belong to no official force. Beyond them, a statue of an avocado bears the inscription “avocado capital of the world.” And beyond the statue is Tancítaro, an island of safety and stability amid the most violent period in Mexico’s history.

Local orchard owners, who export over $1 million in avocados per day, mostly to the United States, underwrite what has effectively become an independent city-state. Self-policing and self-governing, it is a sanctuary from drug cartels as well as from the Mexican state.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cancun: 3 Dead 7 Injured in Restaurant-Bar Armed Attack

Chivis Martinez

Three are dead and seven wounded, the result of an armed attack that occurred last night at a restaurant bar located in a popular neighborhood of Cancun, Quintana Roo, “The Mexican Caribbean”.  Authorities attributed the assault to organized crime.

According to preliminary data issued by the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo, shortly after 8:40 pm local time,  the local emergency center received a report of gunfire at the restaurant bar, “ La Palapa de Choki”.

When arriving at the location,  emergency and public security, reported  two dead and seven wounded, the wounded  were transferred to the General Hospital of Cancun.

It was reported tonight that three of the injured are serious injury.

Volunteer Was Key Figure Unwinding Cartel

Posted by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat,  written By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — After more than 70 convictions, North Dakota authorities say they've largely dismantled a violent Mexican drug cartel in an investigation that drew in hundreds of agents over a dozen years. But no investigator may have had more to do with their success, they say, than one workaholic lawyer-turned lawman who did almost all his work for free.

Brad Berg helped connect a drug dealer from Mexico who set up shop in North Dakota to the Arelleno Felix cartel and several of the organization's key players. Now that the case is mostly closed, except for one accused hit man fighting extradition to the U.S., Berg is winning praise from his peers in the wake of documents recently being unsealed in the case.

Berg undertook much of the arduous research in the massive drug conspiracy being tried in federal court in North Dakota. He spent weeks at a time in southern California, working with drug agents there, interviewing suspects and examining gruesome crime scenes. He learned Spanish and read Mexican newspapers on a daily basis. One of the big breaks in the case came when Berg fingered a leading cartel member through his code name.

Drug agents in San Diego quickly discovered that Berg's intimate knowledge of the drug ring was invaluable, California Department of Justice agent Steve Duncan said.

11 Killed 30 arrested: Extra-judicial killings of Communitarios in Acapulco, says Human Rights Organization

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

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

Reporter: Jesus Guerrero
No less than one communitario was killed in an extra-judicial manner in a disarming operation that Police carried out on Sunday in La Concepcion, in the town of Acapulco, accused Abel Barrera. The President of the Center for Human Rights signaled that, according to a witness, the commander of the communitarios, Crescenciano Everardo Lorenzo, was killed while he was disarmed and handcuffed.

Also, said Barrera, there are other versions that another two auto-defensas were also killed extra-judicially. "We are going to be talking with the people of the community of La Concepcion and the families of the victims, and we are going to know the horrendous things that occurred during this operation", he said.

The activist described the Police operation as an excessive action, since almost 300 agents and soldiers acted against 30 communitario policemen, who had low caliber weapons and many of whom were unarmed.

U.S. Travel Advisories, against travel to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa or Tamaulipas

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

Subject Matter: US travel warnings
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Mathieu Tourliere
The Government of the United States today called for its citizens not to travel to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, or if there to leave soon, due to the high levels of criminality in these regions and added Mexico to its list of countries that must be visited " with major precaution".

In its platform for updated travel alerts, the State Department recommended that tourists reconsider their travel plans to 11 states in Mexico: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, State of Mexico, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Zacatecas, due to the "serious risks to security and integrity" that are there.

The US Foreign Ministry warned that violent crimes such as murder, kidnapping and robbery are widespread in Mexico and recommended its citizens take precautions in bars, clubs and casinos.

The country’s main tourism destinations — Cancún, the Mayan Riviera, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Mexico City — have no travel restrictions.

Nearly a million dollars found in Reynosa to Puebla bus

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a press release

Mexico City.- The Secretary of the Navy - Armada of Mexico informs that, in joint operation with personnel of the State Police of Tamaulipas, they secured 981 thousand 140 dollars in cash that was transported hidden in a side panel inside a passenger bus of a commercial line of transport that made the journey from Reynosa to the city of Puebla. (Otis: I bet El Mayo has lost more than this out of his trouser pockets running for the bus!).
The finding was made last Sunday night at a checkpoint of the State Police located in the area known as Periquitos, on the Reynosa road to San Fernando, at the height of the village Alfredo V. Bonfil
Naval personnel who provide support at the control site detected with Gamma ray equipment, that there were irregularities in the internal structure of the bus, which led to its verification, so that specialized experts found and accounted for 43 packages with dollars in cash, on a side panel of the truck that was purposely assembled to hide the bundles which were wrapped and sealed in sturdy plastic.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Mini Lic" pleaded guilty today

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat  from  US DOJ Press Release

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. 

Mini Lic

Sinaloa Cartel cell leader Damaso Lopez-Serrano aka “Mini Lic,” pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for purpose of unlawful importation following his self-surrender to U.S. law enforcement authorities at the Calexico West, Mexico Port of Entry on July 27, 2017.

Lopez-Serrano, 29, of Culiacan, Mexico, is believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the United States.  Lopez-Serrano pleaded guilty to all charges in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Diego on Aug. 19, 2016, charging him and five of his close associates with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine intended for importation and conspiracy to import methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.

Lopez-Serrano also pleaded guilty to an indictment returned Dec. 4, 2016, in the Eastern District of Virginia by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine intended for importation.

In a proceeding today before U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Lopez-Serrano accepted responsibility for his role as a leader within the Sinaloa Cartel, acknowledging that he organized the transportation and distribution of thousands of kilograms of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, for importation from Mexico into the United States. Lopez-Serrano also admitted to possessing firearms for the purpose of promoting the Sinaloa Cartel’s narcotics trafficking activities. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. before Judge Sabraw.
“Damaso Lopez-Serrano’s conviction strikes a serious blow to the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel and its violent drug trafficking activities,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “The Administration, the Department and our law enforcement partners are steadfast in our commitment to pursuing and dismantling the international drug rings that poison our communities.” “Cartel leaders have two options – self-surrender or we will work with our counterparts to find you, arrest you and extradite you to San Diego,” said U.S. Attorney Braverman. 
“For Lopez-Serrano’s distribution of literally tons of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin across the border to America, he will now face justice in a San Diego federal court.”

El Chapo's Trial Postponed Until September

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Surprising news came today in the U.S. case against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, The judge granted defense's request for a trial continuance.

On Monday, subsequent to defense unopposed request, the judge indicated he would make the decision in February, only two months before the scheduled trial. 

Docket text on Monday:
RESCHEDULING ORDER as to Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera. The Status Conference previously set for 1/19/2018 is rescheduled by the Court to 2/15/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 8D South. By 2/8/2018, the parties are to submit separately their proposed agendas for the 2/15/2018 status conference. Time is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act until 2/15/2018; case previously designated complex. Ordered by Judge Brian M. Cogan on 1/8/2018. 
Not knowing if the court date would be postponed would put a hardship on the defense, however in today’s ruling the defense is granted the continuance.  They are scheduled to attend a status meeting where thy will determine the exact trial date sometime in September. 

“Dona Maria “: Human Trafficker that Kidnaps Migrants

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: La Zeta

                                            Human Trafficker: America Mendoza Liberato

Zeta Investigations Jan 8, 2018

The organization led by América Mendoza Liberato ,"Doña Mary", is one of the strongest dedicated to the traffic of undocumented immigrants and kidnapping of migrants in Tijuana. Along with her brothers, her husband and daughters, they have accumulated hundreds of arrests, charging thousands of dollars over the years and accumulated criminal records.

América Mendoza Liberato has been detained 48 times trying to cross the border in an undocumented manner, but her criminal record goes further. Mexican and American agencies, as well as victims, place her as one of the main traffickers of people and kidnappers of migrants in Tijuana.

The 54-year-old woman, nicknamed "Doña Mary", "La Doña", "La Jefa" and "Doña María", started trafficking in people in the nineties, but for six years she has consolidated her criminal organization mainly with her husband, daughters and brothers.

The Return of “ El Atlante”

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: La Zeta

                                     "El Atlante", Alfonso Lira Sota Released from Prison
Zeta Investigations
Jan 8, 2018

Alfonso Lira Sotelo returned to the criminal struggle for the territory in Baja California. Investigators say he is recruiting criminal groups by selling them cheaper drugs. He was released after three years of being accused of carrying weapons, possession of drugs and being presented as a criminal operator of the Sinaloa Cartel for Mexico and in the United States.

The criminal group formed by the members of the Arellano Félix Cartel (CAF), allied with Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG),  exposed his release through a narcomanta and the authorities of the Coordination Group confirmed it: Alfonso Lira Sotelo "El Atlante" was released, and they confirmed that he has been out almost two months trying to resume his criminal leadership in Baja California.

This man was identified by the Coordination Group as a drug trafficker, head of a cell dedicated to the trafficking of drugs and settling accounts in Tecate, but with mobility throughout the coastal area of ​​Baja California. Throughout his criminal history he has served as a head of  criminal cells of several factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, and at some point they operated with lieutenants identified with the CAF.

Manta links Federal Public Ministry with organized crime in Jalisco

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

Subject Matter: Government collusion with Cartels
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Goria Reza M
A manta that was located in Tonala accuses the Federal Public Ministry of allegedly receiving funds from organized crime and handing over to elements of the Secretary of the Navy to Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia, Don Chelo, in law of the leader of the CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho.

The manta, which was placed in an overpass of the Santa Rita colonia, in the municipality of Tonala, said the following:
"Lic, MPF Oscar Cruz Reyes bit the hand that feeds him, you sent the Navy to Chelo, yout truck was stolen, CJNG."

In his twitter account, the Tonala Police mentioned that " we verified under the command and leadership of the MP, at two different points, the appearance of tarpaulins with a criminal message. Gutierrez Valencia was arrested in January 2010 in Puerto Vallarta, under the name of Antonio Herrera, at that time he was part of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mexico’s Presidential Election Could Get Really Dirty

Published by DD
Sources  The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Business Insider ,
World Politics Review

This year’s election in Mexico is already shaping up to be one of the dirtiest and most violent in decades.   General elections are scheduled to be held in Mexico on 1 July 2018.   Voters will elect a new president to serve a six-year term, 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 128 members of the Senate. 


Though dirty and violent political campaigns are no longer shocking nor big news this one could  shock the nation  like nothing since the assassination of  Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1994. 

The horror: police kidnap 7 young people; two are dead, 3 were saved and the rest ... no one knows

    Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo      
Three young people were missing. Three, aged 15, 16 and 20, were arrested by municipal police on December 27 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. According to the story of one of the victims, they were taken to a safe house and then handed over to a section of the Ministerial Police in Acapulco, where they were held in isolation and tortured for seven days. 

On January 3, they were left tied up in front of a shopping center in the capital of Guerrero. Other police officers found them, but instead of being handed over to their relatives, two of them were arrested on charges of robbery and rape; the third managed to escape.

By Zacarías Cervantes

Guerrero / Mexico City, January 9 (ElSur / SinEmbargo) - Between December 23 and 31, seven young people were reported missing after being detained by police in Chilpancingo. Two of them turned up dead, three reported being tortured by the officers and two are not yet located.

On January 3, three young people were located behind a Soriana department store next to the Municipal Palace of Chilpancingo. They were half-naked, bound by their hands showing signs of torture, but alive.

Marines have taken down 670 criminals

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article with additional video from youtube

Subject Matter: Mexican Marina
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

During 407 confrontations against criminal groups they have detained 102 and wounded 43

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Without the support of other agencies, the Secretary of the Marines have registered 407 confrontations direct with organized criminals during which they have killed 670 members of narco trafficking cartels.

From the last six years until today, the group of Special Forces of the Marina has had the task of locating the generators of violence, a mission that has allowed them to capture and neutralize the most important characters of different criminal organizations that spread across the country.

The Naval Institution also coordinates operations carried out in the north of the Republic jointly with the Army, the Federal Police, the Attorney General of the republic and offer support to state prosecutors.

Documents from the Ministry of the Navy reveal that from 2006 to the present, when the war against drug trafficking was declared, 670 criminals died in the 407 direct confrontations, with 43 injured and 102 detained.

Monday, January 8, 2018

San Diego: Mini Lic to plead guilty, ending an era

Mini Lic to plead guilty this week

*Note, the change of plea hearing has been changed to Wednesday
Edited to reflect the change

Late last year, in the hours toward midnight, during he midst of the seemingly never ending haze of Christmas parties, and relentless, frenetic holiday cheer, I found myself on the balcony of a downtown condo.  Directly behind me was the Metropolitan Correctional Center, MCC, the federal jail in San Diego.  

This particular unit did not overlook the detention center, but rather, loomed in front of it, facing the bay, the hotels, lights of Coronado across the water.  I felt it's presence though, as I am frequently more lost in thoughts, than I am interested in those around me.

As I have noted in these kinds of articles, the MCC houses almost everyone, who was anyone in the Sinaloa structure post 2010, all those who were caught, anyway. Or, to be more precise, those who trafficked through the Tijuana/San Diego corridor, from Chino to Serafin, and Mini Lic, who sent tractor trailer and truck loads of meth, cocaine, and heroin from Sinaloa to Tijuana.  

Gro: Suspect arrested in American Ixtapa Beach murder, argument over theft

Posted by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Reforma

                               Prostitute, stolen money, led to murder-No drugs                                       and little alcohol in victims system

The man who allegedly shot and killed California city official, Douglas Scott Bradley, on December 28 in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo was arrested in this capital, Guerrero's Attorney General, Xavier Olea said.

The director of Administrative Services in the city of Imperial Beach in California, according to Olea, was reportedly killed after having an argument with a bar worker who he accused of stealing money.

The 50-year-old official would have been in the bar 40-20, where he hired the sex services of a woman named Africa or Keila and with whom he went to a hotel.

However, according to the Prosecutor, Bradley had an altercation with the woman and went back to bar 40-20 denouncing the theft and demanding the return of his money.

At the bar there erupted several altercations by employees of the bar and clients, and when leaving the business he was followed by an individual, who shot to him.

Confrontation between Marines and Sicarios leaves 7 criminals dead in San Jose del Cabo, BCS

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

Subject Matter: Authorities confront sicarios in Los Cabos
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

On the night of this Saturday 6th of January, in the town of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, in colonias like Zacatal, Las Veredas, Costa Dorada and Santa Rosa, of San Jose del Cabo, was a scene from a real battle field.

Sources of information revealed to Zeta that the Armed Forces and sicarios had confrontations in these localities, that left seven sicarios dead.

The Marines came up against an armed group that were really well armed. The confrontation reflected what they could see coming, what we saw was common and was a reaction of the armed forces to criminals, commented an agent of the Secretariat of Public Security.

For a start, the criminal cell that the armed forces confronted had weapons for exclusive use of the military, as well as tactical jackets and radio communication equipment.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Journalist José Gerardo Martínez murdered in a street market in Coyoacán, Mexico City

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana

José Gerardo Martínez Arriaga, a journalist from El Universal, was killed last night during an assault in the Coyoacán Delegation of Mexico City.

According to the national circulated newpaper's own information, the 35-year-old journalist, who worked as an editor, went to a street market in Coyoacán to buy toys to mark Three Kings Day when he was the victim of an assault in the Ajusto neighborhood, where he was given first attention for a gunshot wound.

The newspaper reports that elements of the Public Security Secretariat of Mexico City (SSP-CdMx) transferred Martínez Arriaga to the Xoco hospital for a gunshot wound to his abdomen. However, he lost his life when he was operated on.

El Zavala, alleged Plaza boss for Los Rojos in Tlaquiltenango arrested

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from Morelos PGR news bulletin

Subject Matter: Los Rojos, Morelos
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

As a result of preventative actions and intelligence to combat criminality and guarantee the security of Morelenses, agents of the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Police (PIC) achieved the detention of the alleged plaza boss of Los Rojos in the town of Tlaquiltenango.

On Wednesday night, elements of the PIC in conjunction with the South Region of the Attorney Generals Office put into effect an operation in the Gabriel Tetepa colonia, where they located and arrested David Ivan "N", alias "El Zavala", 42 years of age.

At the moment of his capture, "El Zavala" was found to have a 9mm firearm in his possession with 3 spare magazines, 109 plastic bags with white powder inside with characteristics similar to cocaine, and 49 bags with a chemical powder in with the characteristics of the drug known as crystal.

Coahuila: 3 executed at "La Coneja's" brothers ranch

Chivis Martinez-thanks Tex  some information from Zocalo

Message left with bodies

Friday morning three young men were executed on the La Ribereña highway.  All three men were killed by a  “coup de grace” to the heads, execution style.  The men were workers at the ranch "El Japo" where they were heading when the abduction and murder occurred.

There was a message left with the bodies warning,  that the same fate awaits any traitors who support ranchers, signed with  “Here We Are”.

The bodies of the executed Manuel Martínez Guevara, Sergio Silva Martínez and Roberto de la Cruz Cantú were handed over to their families.

The men  were traveling to the ranch which is owned by Eulalio Gutiérrez, brother of Alejandro Gutiérrez, former senator and former deputy secretary general of the PRI, that faces trial for embezzlement in Chihuahua.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

32 DEAD in 24 Hours in Chihuahua: Sinaloa vs Juarez

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia

Dec 6, 2017
Also carried by: Aristeguinoticias and La Jornada

In less than 24 hours, the dispute to control the sale of drugs to the retail market ( narcomenudeo) of the criminal groups La Línea and Gente Nueva, armed and operational wings of the Juárez and Sinaloa cartels, respectively, left 32 dead in the municipalities of Ciudad Juárez , with 23 crimes  
in the Chihuahua capital, seven; and Bocoyna and Cuauhtémoc, with one each. Among the victims are five women.

Ricardo Realivázquez Domínguez, municipal public security secretary of Juarez, said that most of those executed on Thursday and Friday belong to the Los Mexicles gang, part of Gente Nueva (Sinaloa cartel) that disputes Los Aztecas (Juarez cartel). ) for the narcomenudeo. He said that the authorities will be carrying out special operations and intelligence work to locate those responsible for these killings.

The mayor of Juarez, independent Armando Cabada Alvídrez, said he is not losing control of the city despite this wave of violence. The increase in murders in recent days / hours does not reflect a loss of security control, but a conflict between criminal groups, he said.

Cabada Alvídrez said not to believe in truces with criminals and that the only way to face the problem is with arrests. In 2017, the State Attorney General's Office documented 770 people killed in Ciudad Juarez alone, an average of two daily cases and more than 2,000 throughout the state.

Chilpancingo, Gro: All Municipal Police Under Criminal Investigation as Mexican Military Takes Over Public Security

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

Jan 5, 2017
By: Ezequiel Flores Contreras
Extra Material from: Universal and El Sol de Acapulco
Jose Francisco Zorroza for El Sol

CHILPANCINGO, Gro. The 123 agents of the municipal police of Chilpancingo, including the director of the corporation, Esteban Espinoza Montoya,  are subject to investigation for the crimes of organized crime, forced disappearance and qualified homicide.

Preliminary investigations determined that only 80 municipal police are certified and the situation of the rest of the uniformed is unknown, sources indicated.

Municipal Police Chief Esteban Espinoza Montoya
The government of the State of Guerrero, confirmed that, in coordination with the Mexican Army, they took control of the Public Security of the municipality of Chilpancingo and that as of yesterday, the security was in charge of the state force of the entity. In addition, it indicates that this facilitated "the ministerial diligences carried out by the Attorney General's Office for the commission of various crimes in which presumably preventive police are involved in the capital."

Friday, January 5, 2018

Chanito de Culiacan challenges Mencho, reminiscent of murdered "El Pirata'

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo, Facebook and YT

Through his videos, "El Chanito de Culiacán" had maintained rivalry with his counterpart "El Pirata de Culiacán". In 2016 a false rumor spread on social networks about his alleged murder by hit men, and now he insults  and threatens to find "El Mencho".

Mexico City, January 4 (However) .- After the murder of Juan Luis Lagunas, "El Pirata de Culiacán", a second youtuber of Sinaloa, threatens Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG).

It is a young man known as "El Chanito de Culiacán" who has gained fame in social networks for his videos in which, like "El Pirata", he advocates organized crime and exalts narcoculture. In the recent video released on January 4, the young man is seen presumably armed with an assault rifle and exclusive use of the Army, accompanied by a young child with his face covered, who also seems to carry a weapon.