Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Life and Death of a Mexican Hitman

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from

Photo: CRISISGROUP/Falko Ernst
by Falko Ernst

Researching how Mexico can uproot the scourge of organised crime, our Senior Analyst Falko Ernst befriends a doomed hitman on the run from his past. Talking to the sicario in the Michoacán underworld, he learns much about the deadly challenges the new government faces.

It’s 7pm on a Sunday, and night is falling in this Michoacán town. The heat of the day is past, and there’s a pleasant breeze. The first visitors to the park have left for dinner, but many hang around.
Around the park’s outer edges, teenagers stroll in two circular currents.

The boys walk with their friends, in teams of two, three or four. The girls do the same, but in the opposite direction. So the circles intersect, inescapably, again and again. Boys and girls trade shy, longing glances. The lucky few get to hold hands or share a bench, words of affection and maybe a kiss. It’s a teenage ritual, here and in countless municipal parks across Mexico.

Mexico City: 19 Kilos of Coke on a Bus

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Debate

Mexico City:  Elements of the Federal Police seized 19 kilos of alleged  cocaine in a bus that departed from the Central del Norte Bus Station, in Mexico City.

After receiving information about the transfer of the drug in a foreign unit, members of the Anti-Drug Division and a trained K-9 dog chased the unit.

An operation was arranged to locate and stop the advance of the passenger transport unit, which was already en route to Zacatecas.

"With the support of a canine unit dog a detailed inspection was made to the unit in its luggage area, seats, cabin and it was in the bathroom where the K-9 dog  made a positive alert to discover 19 rectangular packages, wrapped with adhesive tape, which when analyzing its content, contained  a white substance with the characteristics of cocaine. "

The driver of the bus, Antonio "N", was arrested and presented to the Public Ministry of the Federation along with the confiscated drug, which could reach an amount worth 6 million pesos in retail marketing of up to 57,000 doses.

Note: I do not know about this math ! Doesn't really match with the prices listed on my Post entitled : Drug Menu from Tepito

BCS Journalist Disappeared

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: NLZP


Cabo San Lucas.- Reporters from the municipality of Los Cabos are reporting the sudden disappearance of journalist Juan Francisco Avilés in the port of Cabo San Lucas, which has been reported by his wife this afternoon , Thursday Nov 15 before the Attorney General's Office.

According to the first reports, the journalist who is the author of a radio program called "El Jitomatazo" dedicated to the citizen complaints, left Thursday afternoon from his home in the Chulavista neighborhood, to help a friend who had a  mechanical problem with his vehicle.

They say that happened at seven o'clock on Wednesday night and since then nothing has been known about his whereabouts. His phone has not answered and his wife is very worried, so she decided to report his disappearance to the authorities.

At the same time, it is reported that an operation is being established to locate Juan Francisco Avilés, also a  reporter for the Radio Diferente station, in the municipality of Los Cabos.

Migrants choose Tijuana POE: Is it because of "sanctuary" and El Chapo not diversifying?

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat - thank you Tu Fren- WaPo

Why is the caravan going all the way to Tijuana to reach the U.S. border? One reason is “El Chapo.”

Why is the caravan going all the way to Tijuana to reach the U.S. border? One reason is “El Chapo.”

Last week, after caravan members recuperated for several days at a Mexico City sports complex, they held a vote. The group opted to travel all the way to Tijuana, Mexico’s largest border city, instead of taking a much shorter route toward the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

So why would they decide to go more than twice as far to reach the U.S. border?

The simplest explanation is that the activist group guiding the caravan, Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), has a strong support network in California, a “sanctuary” state where local officials and courts are more sympathetic to migrants.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Notorious Humberto Moreira diverted 3 Billion MP says his former finance secretary

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma

Javier Villarreal affirms that Humberto Moreira obtained 3 billion pesos by "modifying/inflating invoices"

Back before the house caved in-Javier and Moreira 

Translated by "Cruz" for Borderland Beat!

Javier Villarreal affirms that Humberto Moreira obtained 3 billion pesos by "modifying/inflating invoices"

According to an investigation by the newspaper "El Pais" (the country), the ex-governor of Coahuila took possession of public funds through his own businesses by using the previously stated method. Which obtained benefits of up to 600 million pesos.

"Humberto Moreira, ex-president of the PRI party, took possession of money from the treasury through public tenders in which his businesses took part in, some of which ended up invoicing 600 million pesos, according to the declaration that he presented in San Antonio, Texas, Javier Villarreal Hernandez, who was his financial secretary between 2008 and 2010", reported by Jose Maria Irujo, investigative journalist of El Pais.

More Murders and Human Remains in BC / BCS

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta and BCS Noticias

                10 homicides recorded in the last hours in Tijuana including a dismembered body

By: Uriel Saucedo Photo / Ángeles García
Extra Material from: El Sol

Tijuana.- In different violent events that occurred in the last 24 hours, a total of 10 people were killed, among which were a dismembered body and a double homicide, with no one detained so far.

The majority of these killings were as a result of direct armed attacks, which occurred in the Rural Presa, La Mesa, Natura, and Sanchez Taboada delegations.

It is worth mentioning that of the total number of people executed, one woman was among the victims and the others were men. This is only initial reporting from Today, Saturday Nov 17, 2018.

Sinaloa Cartel Dominated Mx City Airport, Beltran Leyva-Toluca

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia

So large were the quantities of drugs that the Cartels moved , that the same federal authorities have not been able to size them up. They also continue operating in different airports.

While the Sinaloa Cartel seized control of the International Airport of Mexico City , the Beltrán Leyva did that of Toluca. Although they still operate, their best years to receive and send cargoes through these channels was between 2010 and 2013, intelligence sources comment.

Under the shelter and protection of police commanders and airport workers, the Sinaloa cartel, with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada , smuggled heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and cash.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Guanajuato/Irapuato: Several People, Including 5-Year-Old-Child, Killed in Shootout Between Rival Sicarios

Oaxaqueño for Borderland Beat

On Wednesday night, at about 10:15pm local time, a shootout erupted in the parking lot of the shopping mall Murano, located in the western part of Irapuato, some 3 kilometers west of the city center. Reportedly, about 12 men and one woman were drinking alcohol between two vans of luxury class in the mall’s parking lot. The attackers, said to be about 8 men in vans and a car as well as 2 men on a motorcycle, opened fire on them. One man of the attacked group died while three others were injured. Additionally, a woman (bystander) was wounded. In the course of the attack, the group under fire armed themselves with firearms out of the nearby vans, thereby repelling the attack by shooting back.

Seriously Wanted: Mexican Drug Traffickers in N CA, USA

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: RdHdBKBLT

                                                     Rodrigo Moreno Rios aka "Shorty"
                                            and HEROIN, Says Humboldt Drug Task Force

To date, HCDTF has confiscated 27.36 pounds of methamphetamine, 34.57 pounds of heroin, and 3.06 pounds of cocaine. Some of these stats are based upon investigations involving these fugitives.

By: Kym Kemp / First Chapter from September:

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

After a several month-long investigation, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) has identified Rodrigo Moreno Rios (aka “Shorty”) as one of the primary leaders in a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) in the Eel River Valley.  Moreno Rios is believed to employ multiple individuals who assist in the delivery of heroin to Humboldt County communities.

Colombia dismantles drug trafficking network linked to El Mayo

Chivis Martinez BB Thank you BB Follower- from Zocalo

Colombian authorities dismantled a "Family Clan" that exported shipments of cocaine through speedboats to Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.

The captures of nine members of the "Family Clan" were carried out by the Anti-narcotics Police in coordination with the Attorney General's Office and international agencies in the Colombian Pacific, the anti-drug institution reported. The coup that allowed dismantling "the criminal organization known as 'El Clan Familiar', was possible to the work of criminal investigation against that drug trafficking structure led by Iván Darío Valecilla Hurtado or 'Pali', who supposedly was the link in Colombia of 'El Mayo Zambada' leader of the 'Sinaloa' cartel.

Missing NC Teacher: Reported Dead and Killed by Sinaloa Cartel

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Charlotte Observer

                      Patrick Braxton-Andrew, the 34-year-old North Carolinian schoolteacher

Patrick Braxton-Andrew, the 34-year-old Davidson schoolteacher and tutor who was presumed missing for weeks in a remote part of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is believed to have been murdered by a drug trafficker in that region, according to the state’s top politician.

For 18 confusing, nail-biting days, Patrick Braxton-Andrew’s disappearance — from a tiny, remote north-Mexican town at the bottom of a breathtaking ravine larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon — remained a mystery.

On Thursday, a tragic answer emerged: According to a Facebook post written by his family, Mexican authorities determined that the 34-year-old Davidson man — an algebra and Spanish teacher who thrived on backpacking through Latin America — was killed Oct. 28 by “a criminal organization” in the state of Chihuahua.

The post also indicates, however, that Braxton-Andrew’s body has not yet been recovered, and that police have not yet made any arrests. And, so, large questions remain.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Patrick died on October 28th,” the family’s Facebook post reads. “The search continues to recover his body so we can bring him back home.”

The Wounded of the Narco-Warriors

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ZETA

         Thieves and narcomenudistas turned into thugs, fail in the fulfillment of homicidal orders:

In Tijuana, in 2017 there were 895 injured by firearms, and this year the city has already accumulated 1,033 people injured by bullets in eleven months. Failed murderous thugs face minimum sentences of nine to twenty years in prison, and the fines /payments they are supposed to pay range from 500 to 8,000 Pesos.

According to unofficial versions of those involved, this week, in the North Zone, Jorge Alberto Avila Alvarado "El Chacal", ordered the assassination of Víctor Manuel Berrelleza "El Tiburón", alleged criminal of one of the cells of the Sinaloa mafia headed by Edgar Moran Zavala "El Turbo". But the improvised homicidal operation, perpetrated on Monday, November 5, was not successful.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

El Chapo Trial Thursday highlights:

Chivis and Mica's Chapo Trial coverage for Borderland Beat

 El Chapo said; "if anything had ever really given him pleasure, it was to have killed Ramon Arellano Felix."

El Rey Zambada, brother of El Mayo Zambada leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, took the stand again today.

Wearing his prison blues he did not lock eyes with Chapo until the lunch break, then a noticeable meeting of eyes and a little nod.

Jesus el Rey Zambada is the first cooperative witness, one of up to 16 anticipated to testify.

During his testimony Zambada repeatedly referred to Mayo and Chapo as both being premier leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, attacking defense claims that Mayo was the real leader and Chapo the figurehead.

US Issues New Travel Warning for 5 States in Mexico

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

                                                     LEVEL 4 = DO NOT TRAVEL

NOGALES, Sonora:  When renewing the travel alert, the United States warned its citizens and employees not to visit the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas because of the high crime rates recorded in these entities.

The alert indicates that "violence, homicides, kidnappings, and robberies in all its forms are widespread" and justifies that this call is based on "the limited capacity that the US government has to provide emergency services to its citizens in Mexico."

In addition, it prohibits its workers from traveling at night hours, the use of taxis even from the Uber application, and they are also prohibited from driving off the main roads in Sonora and Baja California.

According to the modality of the Department of State, level 1 alert "normal precaution"; level 2, "increase caution"; level 3 "reconsider the trip due to delinquency"; Level 4 "DO NOT TRAVEL".

"El Champis" Chief of Sicarios for Los Rojos Arrested

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

                                               The chief of sicarios of "Los Rojos" falls in Jojutla

CUERNAVACA, Morelos:  Alberto "N", known as "El Champi" , and according to authorities, who served as regional head of hitmen of the criminal group known as "Los Rojos", was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by elements of the Police of the Single Command.

According to the authorities, El Champi was arrested in the municipality of Jojutla, in a "clean" operation in which no gunshots were fired. This subject is 24 years old and served as chief of hitmen of the criminal organization headed by Santiago Mazari Hernández or Mazari Miranda, known as "El Carrete" .

"Through an operation was carried out the arrest of Alberto" N ", alias "El Champi" , 24, head of regional assassins (sic) of said criminal group, which operated mainly in the southern area of ​​the state and who he also has several arrest warrants against him because he is related in various investigative folders for high-impact crimes, "said the spokesman for Governor Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo, Francisco Reyes.

"El Champi " is one of the people who has caused the most violence in Morelos, according to the spokesperson. "It is considered one of the most sought after objectives because he is a person (sic) who has generated more violence in the state of Morelos."

Special Op “Jaguar “ Siezes Arsenal in Petatlán, Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Televisa

            Authorities repel aggression and secure arsenal in Petatlán, Guerrero. (SSP Guerrero)

State police, special operations group ''Jaguar'' and elements of the Mexican Army on Thursday, Nov 14 confiscated an  arsenal and detained  heavily armed civilians after repelling an attack in the municipality of Petatlán, Guerrero .

After repelling the attack, the uniformed detained ONE of the aggressors and seized firearms, chargers and cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy and Air Force, uniforms, tactical equipment, two vehicles and two motorcycles.

Through a statement, the State Public Security Secretariat reported that on Wednesday, when conducting tours in crime prevention in the vicinity of the town of La Palma towards the town of Potrerillos, police and military personnel observed two vehicles and two motorcycles in which approximately 12 armed men were traveling, who assaulted the soldiers with gunfire, at the same time as they were descending from the vehicles to try to flee.

More Sinaloa Cartel Heroin in N Ca

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Rdhdblkblt

                                               DTF says $32,000 found in the suspect’s possession

        Drug Task Force Intercepts Nearly 2 Pounds of Heroin plus $32,000 in Cash in Eureka , Ca

Note: On Nov 1st I did a Post Entitled: Humboldt County's largest Heroin Bust

I made note then that while we here at BB are so used to reading about the hundreds or thousands of Kilos busted, we must remember that those shipments are meant to be delivered to "HUBS". These are the kind of small busts that are insidious to small communities, especially small rural communities all over the country. These are the drugs and the people that are hard at work doing cartel business and feeding the ever growing heroin, meth, cocaine and fentanyl laced drugs that are so ruinous to lives, families and entire communities. Here is just one more example. The last "biggest bust" netted 4 pounds of heroin, $35,000 , guns and 3 Mexican nationals were arrested. 

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

El Chapo Trial: "Blood thirsty Chapo even killed family" here is the backstory

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Details surrounding the killing of; Chapo cousin Juancho, El Guacho and El Güero

Prosecutors described El Chapo as “bloodthirsty, even killing family members”.  That may or may not be true, but this is the story which begins in 2010.

The family member is the cousin of El Chapo, Juan Guzman Rocha aka Juancho.  He was a Sinaloa Cartel enforcer working in the Los Antrax group.

When he was arrested Manuel Fernández Valencia, aka “La Puerca”, confessed to Federal Police that he personally knew El Chapo.

He also told authorities about the death of his son, Marcial, [below] who died on August 29th of 2010 in Culiacán.   It was a case of mistaken identity; the assassins thought Marcial was the son of El Chapo because he was driving a white Ferrari. Alfredo Guzmán drives a Lamborghini of the same color. When the killing happened, it was initially reported in the press as the son of El Chapo.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The country of 2 thousand clandestine graves

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana, originally published in

[For interactive map visit here/ map by state here]

From 2006 to 2016 authorities in Mexico reported the finding of 1,978 mass graves, and the PGR 232. There were 24 state prosecutors who recognized that they found clandestine graves in their territory with at least 2,884 bodies. It is not possible to know the exact amount of brutality. The data obtained through requests for information only approach our understanding of it.

By: Alejandra Guillén, Mago Torres and Marcela Turati

Visualization: David Eads *
On February 20, 1943, the Purépecha community of Angahuan watched in astonishment as the earth opened, expelling black smoke from its interior and began giving birth to the Paricutín, the youngest volcano in the world. More than 60 years later, that same Michoacan municipality was the site of another discovery: when digging the land, the police found six men tied, half naked, blindfolded, with their jugular cut. It was September 7, 2006.
The first clandestine grave of the year had just been discovered in that wooded tourist spot, only half an hour from the thriving city of Uruapan. It happened after locals said they saw a luxury van pass by; upon looking, they detected ground that had been removed.

A narcomessage to A.G. candidate in Obregón Sonora signed by CJNG

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat -TY BB followers via email-from 'Asi es Periodosmo Real'

This morning a 'narcomanta' was hung on the fence of preparatory school Cobach 1 of Obregón city,
Sonora.  The Message was addressed to one of the Attorney General candidates of Sonora and singed by CJNG. 

The 'narco message' was written on canvas and hung in the perimeter fence of the school that is located on Jalisco Street, in Colonia Libre Municipality, a street heavily traveled by the patrols of the Municipal Public Security Secretariat.

The 'narcomanta' was reported to the Police by the educational staff and removed today when the students arrived at the school

El Chapo Trial: Jesus "El Rey" Zambada, brother of El Mayo, testifies as a cooperative witness

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Jesus Zambada, brother of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada took the stand in the trial of El Chapo this afternoon as a cooperative witness and pointed out El Chapo as one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Zambada gave testimony affirming that El Chapo operated the cartel with his brother El Mayo.

He testified that he began his cartel career as an accountant, he also stated that before his 2008 arrest he was a Sinaloa cartel lieutenant, describing his role in the cartel as “the leader in Mexico City.”

He claims that El Chapo operated a staging warehouse in Mexico City, as a stopping point for cocaine flown in from Colombia.  Further stating that the cartel controlled the airport in Mexico City, paying off the government to conduct business untouched.

El Chapo Trial Day 2- EPN and Fox were on the payroll"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Today prosecutors requested judge Cogan throw out the opening statement of the defense.  Reasons given is that defense strayed from speaking solely about “evidence that will be presented in trial” Judge Cogan reprimanded the defense without throwing out opening statements of the defense.

A point of contention was that Presidents of Mexico were on the cartel payroll.

The prosecution filed a motion overnight demanding that judge Brian M. Cogan strike the entire statement from the record, calling it “rife with impropriety” and based on “blatantly inadmissible hearsay.”  [read that filing below]

Said Lichtman; “This is a case that will require you to dismiss what you were taught to believe in about the way governments work and how they behave he continued  “This is a case which will require you to open your minds to the possibility that government officials at the very highest level can be bribed, can conspire to commit horrible crimes; that American law enforcement agents can also be crooked.”

80 Policemen Investigated for Aggressions in "San Juanico"

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Sol

Tlalnepantla, Mexico
The trustee Alberto González Aguilar said that the Tlalnepantla police had failed to intervene and a "tremendous vacuum" was left by Mayor Ugalde Alegría, who practically abandoned the inhabitants of those communities and did not show up during the conflict.

The Citizens accuse the authorities of "abuse of power and aggression" after a patrol showed up looking for four delinquents who had robbed a gas station near Gustavo A Maduro. 

Another version says young hooded men looted a Bodega Aurrera. Some nearby neighbors grabbed shopping carts from the paring area and went to retrieve merchandise ditched by the thieves and return it to the store; shouting '' San Juanico No Es Rateros" !

Valle de Mexicali BC: Huachicoleros of Water

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

                               Irrigating Hay Fields with Stolen Water in El Valle de Mexicali

Note: This may not be a particularly enticing piece to most of you, but it is of highly personal interest to me. I have been following Colorado River Water issues for decades. This peculiar area of northern Baja, Ca is full of small Indigenous Ejidos and the water theft issue is as interesting to me as is the odd cultural aspect of this corner of BC. This is a Zeta Investigative piece. See most interesting link at end. Sadly, as most things Mexican , even water distribution is corrupted.

Dozens of ranches, construction companies and farmers are responsible for the loss of almost 2%  of the water that reaches Baja California, with the complicity of authorities and the Irrigation District.

On the morning of September 15, 2018, a dozen water pipes were installed next to Canal 27 de Enero. Immediately  a small pump was placed and began to fill each of the water trucks with 10,000 liters of the vital liquid.

According to an official of the National Water Commission (Conagua), who preferred to omit his name, the trucks belonged to several companies located in Ejido Cuervos. The ag production was for export and they were occupied irrigating the roads in order to prevent the rise of soil and feces.

The same source indicated that they had to "run" them from the area, as they did not have permission to use the water.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

El Chapo's defense: "Mayo Zambada is the real leader of Sinaloa Cartel"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Emma enters Brooklyn Courthouse
After two jurors were dismissed today and their replacements selected, opening statements began in the afternoon in the trial of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán.

The U.S. prosecutors went first with their opening statement.  They gave an overview of the charges that brought El Chapo to trial including his global drug trafficking operation, and multiple murder conspiracies. 

Missing were murder charges that the government quietly dropped over the summer.

When it was the turn of the defense, we were able to get a peek into the defense plan of El Chapo and their reply to the charges of the U.S. and it is one we’ve heard before…..that it is El Mayo Zambada that is the real leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and El Chapo was a figurehead. 

A few months ago, in July, I wrote an article,  [link here for article]   About a document that was supposed to be redacted, but with a couple of moves one could see under the black out. 

"Jalisco/El Salto: Armed Commando Leaves Three Men Dead"

Oaxaqueño for Borderland Beat 

On Monday morning before noon, an armed commando, aboard reportedly two or three vehicles, shot dead three men, allegedly aged between 30 and 35 years. The assassination took place in colonia Lomas del Verde, located in the municipality of El Salto, some 12 kilometres southeast of Guadalajara’s city center and in vicinity of Guadalajara’s international airport. Reports indicate that the victims, who are said to have lived in the area, were talking together in the street before being attacked by the sicarios. Over 30 cartridges of different caliber were found on the crime scene. The attackers, whose exact number remains unclear, fled the scene unidentified.

Oaxaqueño Analysis:

This killing, which bears the hallmarks of a planned and targeted attack, is highly likely to be attributed to the split within CJNG and the ongoing conflict between Mencho (CJNG) and Cholo (Nueva Plaza). Considering that Cholo’s group is said to be dominant in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, including El Salto, and taking into account that the victims have lived in the area, it appears to be likely that the sicarios belonged to Mencho. However, this is just an assumption of me. Let us know what you think in the comment section.

Emma arrives at Brooklyn courthouse as the trial of El Chapo begins

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

The wife of El Chapo, Emma Coronel made her way to the Brooklyn court entrance, complete with her very own government “umbrella holder”, rushing past shoulder to shoulder  reporters, photogs and a long line of citizens waiting to enter.

Inside, proceedings began where juror drama left off last week.  Juror number 1 ended last week with a refusal of Cogan to allow her off the jury.  She was sobbing in the hallway waiting to speak to Cogan.  She said she was upset because she thought people at her place of employment figured out she was serving on the El Chapo case.  She works for a media company.  Cogan listened to her but decided there just was no reason or hardship to dismiss her, and that was that.

Or so we thought.

Veracruz: CJNG sends message to Veracruz governor, "We did not kill Valeria, your days have ended"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat- from Periodistas Guerrero-
Governor attributes congresswoman's daughter's  murder to CJNG.  CJNG says "not us, it is your state police...."

In  messages addressed to the Governor, CJNG points out that his "reign" has ended and that they are not dedicated to killing innocent women.  Around four o'clock on Sunday morning, unknown subjects left narcomantas in different areas of Poza Rica and Coatzintla, in which they dissociate themselves from the participation in the execution of Valeria, the daughter of  Morena party congresswoman Carmen Medel.

In the messages addressed to Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, Governor of the State, they indicate that his "reign" has ended and that they are not dedicated to killing innocent women, that they "cleaned out" all those rats but they still remained.

Armed command executes three men in Cancun

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Periodistas Guerrero

A commando of armed subjects, execute three people when they were drinking outside a house in Supermanzana 227.

Half an hour after the attack, paramedic ambulance arrived, as well as the Municipal and State Police.

Monday, November 12, 2018

100 involved in 4 hr Confrontation in Filo de Caballos Guerrero leaving 7 dead

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from La Jornada-Thank you BB Follower via email-

Leonardo Bravo, Gro. At least seven civilians killed and several wounded, in addition to 20 houses shot at, one of them burned and 30 vehicles shot at, was the balance of the incursion of three thousand members of the Community Police Front of the State of Guerrero (FPEG), to the community of Filo de Caballos, municipality of Leonardo Bravo, located in the Sierra Madre del Sur.
In an interview, Humberto Moreno Catalán, coordinator of the Community Police of Heliodoro Castillo, explained that the taking of Filo de Caballos, was achieved after more than four hours of confrontation with about one hundred armed civilians.

American killed may have been partially beheaded in Playa del Carmen

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Two days ago there was a killing of a foreigner in Playa del Carmen.  Initially reported as a Canadian, however, he was an American, 27 year old Taylor Kristopher Meyer of Hermosa Beach, in Cancun to celebrate a friends 30th birthday.

Friday, when an altercation occurred  in Lazaro Cardenad park in Colonia Colosio.   When police arrived they discovered Meyer dead with a stab wound to the chest.

Today a suspect was taken into custody.  Armed with an arrest warrant police have taken Hilario N into custody, he is accused of Meyer’s murder. 

The murder reporting by the press has been almost nonexistent, and plagued with inaccuracies.

Another Tijuana, BC Weekend: 15 Murdered

Translated By Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

From Friday night, Nov 9 to Sunday Nov 11 at 11 pm at night, 15 intentional homicides were counted in Tijuana. Burnt bodies, men executed on public roads or inside homes and others who lost their lives when they arrived at the hospital, are some of the cases.

The first event was recorded on Friday 9 at 11:22, when a man of approximately 55 years was found strangled inside a canal, located on Ahome Street in the Campestre Murúa neighborhood. The body was wrapped in a blanket.

While at 6:30 in the afternoon, a couple was found executed on Cedros and Molino street in the Las Torres neighborhood, where four 9-millimeter casings were located.

Almost at the same time, a man died in the facilities of the Red Cross in the delegation La Presa, after they attacked him with bullets in the La Morita neighborhood and  he arrived by his own means to the medical institution. He was found lifeless in the parking lot of the place.

CDMX/State of Mexico: Violent Saturday Night in Mexico City’s Southeastern Outskirt

By Oaxaqueno for Borderland Beat sources used to write this post at bottom

On early Sunday morning, two violent incidents, both bearing the hallmarks of organized crime, left a total of six people killed and several others injured.

The first incident took place in front of a bar called “El Botanero”, located in colonia La Vente, in the satellite city of Ixtapaluca (State of Mexico) some 30 kilometers southeast of Mexico City’s center. At about 04:30 hrs local time, a Seat León with license plates of the state of Guerrero was intercepted by two other cars. An unknown number of assailants then apparently got out of the cars and opened fire, killing two men, identified as Ariel Ledezma (30), Adrián David Peniche Aguilar (32). While one of the deceased died in the backseat of the car, the other was purportedly shot dead while trying to disembark. In addition to that, the driver of the attacked car, identified as José Francisco Quintana Villanueva (34), was seriously wounded by four bullet impacts and transferred to a hospital. In total, there were 25 9mm cartridges found at the scene. The attackers fled the scene unidentified in the two cars.

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Truck with 50 cal. machine gun and arsenal found abandoned in NW Sonora

Posted by Steve CTPA BB Forum from Excelsior

Soldiers of the Mexican Army found an armored truck, that on the roof of the cab it has mounted an enormous caliber 50 machine gun and in its interior an arsenal of assault rifles and magazines.

The finding was in the desert region of the municipality of Caborca , a few kilometers from the border between Sonora and Arizona.

Sources from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) confirmed that the finding was finalized on Saturday by troops from the 45th Military Zone who carried out ground reconnaissance work near the Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Ejido.

“El Vidal ” Could Be Sentenced to 50 Years for Killing 2 Girls in BCS

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ElMundoDigital

"El Vidal "N", head of a criminal group that operated in Los Cabos, is related to the forced disappearance and murder of two young women and possibly a man found dead near them, in legal terminology : the material author of the crime.

"El Vidal" was arrested in Culiacan, Sinaloa on Friday Nov 3. The girls bodies were discovered along with a man known only as Pedro, buried on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo near the end of October.

This Wednesday, Nov 7 , in the Justice Center of San José del Cabo, the Public Prosecutor managed to have the Control Judge determine exceptional preventive detention against the accused for the disappearance of Jhoselyn and Yesenia "N", of 18 and 16 years in San José del Cabo, so he  was interned in the CERESO  of that municipal seat.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veracruz: 5 arrested for the murder of congresswoman's daughter

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma
CJNG blames state police
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Miguel Angel Yunes, Governor of Veracruz, said that there are already five people arrested for involvement in the murder of Valeria Cruz, daughter of the federal deputy Carmen Medel.

At the end of the meeting of the Veracruz Coordination Group on public safety, the state leader said that the detainees belong to a cell of a criminal group, who executed the girl in a gym in Ciudad Mendoza.

"So far we have arrested five people who could be linked to this crime," he said when presenting the identified subjects as Jesus del Carmen, Jose Enrique, Guillermo, Luis Angel and José Luis, "El Canek" or "El Caner. "

Guanajuato: Murder Rates up 400%

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Excelsior

                                                         The State of Guanajuato:

In the state, intentional homicides have grown up to 400% from January 2015 to September 2018. The Attorney General's Office of the State of Guanajuato (PGJEG) has not been able to solve the crimes perpetrated against their own personnel. They no longer say the crimes committed are considered "not serious"; which was, apparently, their previous stance. 

According to an analysis by Mexico Evaluates, called the homicides and huachicol, (fuel theft) the dominant pattern in Guanajuato, only in the first nine months of 2018 there have been 1,947 homicides perpetrated in the state. The organization describes the violence in Guanajuato as"Lethal".

Tijuana: The War of Narcomenudistas

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

                 In the streets of Tijuana there is still blood running and it seems to have no end.

Projections by the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) estimate that the year 2018 will close with around 2,500 dead, a historical figure for Baja California.

64% of the crimes in Tijuana have been committed in delegations such as Los Pinos, La Presa, Centro, Sanchez Taboada and San Antonio de los Buenos, where there is a struggle for the control of the plazas for the sale of drugs between members of the  Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and of Sinaloa Cartel. To gain ground, CJNG sells larger doses of crystal meth ( ice ) for the same price, which raised an indiscriminate war. Between the leaders of cells that bring in check to the authority they emphasize Jose Luis Mendoza Armenta ,"El Güero Chompas", Edgar Alejandro Herrera Pardo "El Cayman", Rodolfo López Arellano "El Cabo 30" and Iván Leonardo Peña Peralta "ElTurbo".

The battle between the cells of the cartels for the control of the sale of drugs increases the statistics of homicides, which up to the end of the edition, accounted for 2, 083 victims.

Intentional crimes have been recorded more frequently in the delegations Los Pinos, La Presa, Centro, Sánchez Taboada and San Antonio de los Buenos. Only in those points, so far this year has been deprived of life to one thousand 443 people, 64 percent of all murders committed on this border.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

CDN leave bodies and messages in San Luis Potosi and Monterrey

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat- Thank you Sol!- from Loba Indomable and Vigilante

Yesterday, two executed men were found in San Luis Potosi accompanied by a narco message signed by CDN.

Additionally, messages were hung in various parts of Nuevo Leon

Violence Continues to Rise in Playas de Rosarito, BC

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta

By: Inés Garcia Ramos
Not only are the murders of the priest Arturo Orta and the former coach of Xolas, Mar Ibarra, in Rosarito; Athletes, mothers and collateral victims have also been killed. With a rate of 84 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in the municipality, only 1 in 9 alleged perpetrators has been arrested.

      From January 1 to October 31, 2018:  92 people have been murdered in Playas de Rosarito. 
Of these homicides, 18 in October. Although the number may seem small compared to the more than 2,000  homicides registered so far this year in Tijuana, in reality this places Rosarito with a rate of 84 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

Since the arrival of PAN mayor Mirna Rincón Vargas, the municipality has seen an increase in this crime. While in previous years, as in 2015 and 2016, 52 and 88 victims had been counted, respectively, in 2017 the figure reached 121 people killed in 111 different events

The DEA and ICE: Hiding Cameras in Streetlights

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Quartz

By Justin Rohrlich & Dave Gershgorn

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hidden an undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights around the country, federal contracting documents reveal.

According to government procurement data, the DEA has paid a Houston, Texas company called Cowboy Streetlight Concealments LLC roughly $22,000 since June 2018 for “video recording and reproducing equipment.” ICE paid out about $28,000 to Cowboy Streetlight Concealments over the same period of time.

It’s unclear where the DEA and ICE streetlight cameras have been installed, or where the next deployments will take place. ICE offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio have provided funding for recent acquisitions from Cowboy Streetlight Concealments; the DEA’s most recent purchases were funded by the agency’s Office of Investigative Technology, which is located in Lorton, Virginia.

Ford is the latest big business closing its Guerrero dealership because of "extortion and insecurity"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat REFORMA

The automobile distributor Ford closed its operations in Chilpancingo due to the insecurity and payment of floor suffered by organized crime, informed the local leader of the National Chamber of Commerce (Canaco), Pioquinto Damián Huato.

"We know that they were charging them 20 thousand pesos a month, but then the delinquency increased their quota resulting in them closing and leaving  Chilpancingo," said the president of this organization.

He affirmed that the situation of insecurity and violence in this capital continues to be extremely concerning and has resulted in generating and economic spill from businesses closing and moving.  

"Of the big businessmen that still remain in this capital, we can say that at most there are ten",