Monday, February 19, 2018

Mexican Children’s Drug and Alcohol Consumption Up %200

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Excelsior

      Mondragón and Kalb: Consumption of drugs and alcohol in children increased up to 200%.
Mexico City Feb 19, 2018

The Commissioner Against Addictions indicated that if these are not taken care of in time they will lead to / cause serious consequences , physical damages, scholastic desertion, teen pregnancy, familiar violence and even the death.

The National Commissioner Against Addictions, Manuel Mondragón and Kalb, indicated that in recent years the consumption of drugs and alcohol among minors increased to 200%, mainly in the case of girls .

"I must say with regret that, both in drugs and alcohol, the difference was six men for a woman and today the numbers  are tied to  minors. That is to say, the consumption of men increased by 50% or 60% in recent years and the consumption of women by 200%, ", the National Commissioner  explained.

Nayarit: Mutilated Bodies, positively identified as SEIDO agents

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Last night the PGR agency of Mexico announced that the bodies discovered in Xalisco, Nayarit  have been positively identified as those of the abducted SEIDO agents,  Octavio Martínez Quiroz and Alfonso Hernández Villavicencio. 

The bodies could not be positively identified with the exception of DNA analysis. 

The remains were discovered in the trunk of an abandoned KIA.  

Initial reports indicated there were 3 bodies because the remains were so grossly dismembered, later the correction was made reporting there were 2 not 3 bodies.

The agents, ages 28 and 26, who live and work in Mexico City, were in Nayarit for the February 4th Christening, of a family member of one of the agents.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Another Culiacan Birthday Party Gone Awry

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Debate

Extra Material from: Universal
By: Javier Cabrera Martinez

Feb 17, 2018

Culiacán, Sin.- Elements of the Military Police burst into a birthday party that took place in a auto workshop at 3:30 am on Friday, Feb 16 and held 62 attendees for 16 hours. The 62 people included men, women, seniors, children and the musicians, waiters and a taquero and his wife hired to cater the event. 

Unofficially it is reported that the auto shop "qualified as a ballroom ", the building was often used as a  salon for events and parties in the Colinas de Riviera neighborhood in Culiacan. 

The celebration had  entertainment provided  by the group of musicians , in the hall there were horns and mounted musical instruments similar to those used by "chirrines".

Gov has "Chapo Letter" sealed, "He may secretly pass messages"

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

                              With a mountain of evidence, why are prosecutors                               blocking Chapo's right to a fair trial?

Chapo Letter    

On Thursday I posted a statement written by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.  On that same day, Chapo asked permission to address the court, so that he may   read his prepared statement.  The statement consisted of listing his conditions of confinement, his health and his inability to defend himself against the charges filed against him.

Clearly, Judge Cogan and the prosecution team were taking off guard.  Judge Cogan cautiously asked attorney Eduardo Balarezo, to put in context what his client wanted to address.  

Balarezo told the court that his client wanted to address “Special Administrative Measure” or SAMs, which he says is barring his ability to defend himself.  Further, that he wants his family to pay his attorneys.

Supposedly, his family has not paid attorneys because they want to “hear it from the horse’s mouth”. 
He also was overheard saying to his translator, “Tell him I am sick”.  Chapo is prohibited from  communicating  with anyone; not his family, the press, or his attorney privately.

Full Episode: "The Trade" A documentary look inside America's heroin crisis

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Showtime

Series Premier full film

The Trade Showtime’s Docu-Series. A documentary look inside America's heroin crisis. In Mexico, Don Miguel struggles to control the local poppy fields. In Ohio, Det. Edwards closes in on a heroin dealer. In Atlanta, Skyler moves home to get clean.

The Trade spotlights the opioid crisis through the eyes of the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web. It’s directed and executive produced by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land).

See what you think BB readers-

Saturday, February 17, 2018

8 killed: Nuns flee after relatives killed in Chilapa, Guerrero

Posted by Canadiana from El Universal and El Sur

Dialogue between the bishop of Chilpancingo/Chilapa and criminal gang bosses, appears to have gone askew, as it has been revealed that a Catholic nun’s relatives were executed last month on January 31, in Chilapa, Guerrero.

Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza said this week that four nuns who were operating a school in Chilpancingo have fled, after the parents and sister of one of them were killed, allegedly by the Ardillos gang.

The bodies of the nun’s parents were found in plastic bags January 30, on the outskirts of Chilapa, alongside bodies of five artisans from Veracruz.

The body of the nun’s 18 year old sister was found three days later in Chilapa. She had been brutally tortured, raped, dismembered and decapitated.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Elite Mexican Soldiers Recruited by Cartels

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Guardian

          "The training stays with you'': Say the elite Mexican GAFE Soldiers recruited by cartels.

 Feb 10, 2018

Last year, Mexico’s murder rate reached the highest level on record – and years of military defections are fueling the violence.

Delfino was handpicked twice. At 18, he was chosen by the Mexican army to join its elite unit, the airborne special forces group known by its Spanish acronym, Gafe, where he specialized as a sniper.

Ten years later, he was recruited again – this time by the very people he’d been trained to kill.

Nowadays, the only outward sign of his military background is the camouflaged hat on his head, and the Panther .308 sniper rifle slung across his back. 

A shock of violence leaves Acapulco, once a jewel of tourism, 12 dead in 24 hours

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo

The situation of violence in the state of Guerrero does not seem to end. In the last 24 hours at least 12 people were killed in the entity. 

Acapulco, one of the state's most popular tourist destinations, daily records deaths, executions, kidnappings and more crimes, a situation that has made it one of the most violent municipalities in the country. 

Despite the statements of Governor Hector Astudillo that the violence in the entity has been contained, the facts show otherwise. 

Guerrero / Mexico City February 16 (ElSur / SinEmbargo) - A new violent day yesterday left nine men and three women shot to death in different neighborhoods, in addition to the discovery of a human skull.

Also, two ‘’Acatianguis’’ [Acapulco outdoor market] stalls and one car were burned.

Oaxaca: 17 People Assassinated in 48 Hours

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from:El Siglo de Durango

Extra Material/ Photos from: ImparcialOaxaca
By: Floriberto Santos, Feb 16, 2018
San Juan Lachigalla, Oaxaca

At least seven people were shot dead in San Juan Lachigalla and a former mayor was killed in Ejutla de Crespo, Thursday morning; the massacre of seven people in the municipality of Lachigalla occurred around 1:30 am , Feb 15, during  a popular Valentine's Day dance celebration. 

According to witnesses, the Valentine's Dance on Wednesday began with entertainment by the musical group  Los Paniqueados de Oaxaca.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Complete Letter: El Chapo writes a letter to Judge Cogan; "All I ask for is a fair trial"

by Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

There is much packed in this letter…Guzmán does not want a deal, just a fair trial. He wants his family to know he wishes is attorneys to be paid.  He requests medication……..

February 15, 2018

Text of Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s statement to Judge Cogan (translated from the Spanish original)
Judge Cogan 
I, Joaquin Guzman-Loera, want to explain to you the problems that I have regarding my case: 
Due to the rules that you authorized, I find it impossible to mount my defense in a case that you yourself said is very complex.
Due to the rules you authorized, I have not had contact with my wife for 13 months, either in person, on the phone or by letter. It has never been explained to me why that contact is not allowed. Six month s ago I wrote her a letter and, as far as I know, she has not received the letter. Because of the impossibility of contact, she has not been able to help me get the funds to pay my lawyers.

Nayarit: Dismembered human remains may be those of CJNG abducted SEIDO agents

by Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Remains found in trunk of car were "butchered"

Human remains found in Nayarit; PGR investigates if they belong to abducted SEIDO agents.

The PGR announced the discovery of human remains in the state of Nayarit. They are investigating whether the agents are Octavio Martínez Quiroz and Alfonso Hernández Villavicencio, members of the SEIDO AIC, registered with the  Attorney General for Organized Crime Investigation.

The Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that the human remains found inside the trunk of a Kia car in Xalisco, are "possibly belonging" to the two missing agents.

A first report affirmed that the remains in the car found in Xalisco in the first minutes of this Thursday were of three people, but later, a source from the Nayarit Prosecutor's Office specified that it was two people, as there was confusion because the bodies were dismembered.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

513 kilos of marijuana seized in Ensenada

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta


by Marco A. Flores

More than 513 kilos of marijuana were seized by elements of the State Preventive Police (PEP) after being located inside a reportedly stolen van abandoned in the Gómez Morín neighborhood of Ensenada.

At approximately 2:11 p.m. today, agents of the state corporation that patrol Fernando Robles Avenue, of the aforementioned demarcation, observed a 1994 model Nissan Quest truck, apparently abandoned.

The engine was on and the door was semi-open, which is why the officers approached to verify that everything was in order, but they noticed that inside the car there were several packages.

More than 120 packages accounted for an approximate weight of 513 kilos, 110 grams of marijuana, which after being confiscated allows to avoid the possible manufacture and distribution of 1 million 26 thousand 220 doses of said intoxicant.

Cartels turn New York into a fentanyl distribution center

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota

          Así es como los cárteles mexicanos buscan apropiarse de Nueva York 

Traffickers use a drug that is 50 times more powerful than heroin 

They had a couple of weeks in the United States from Mexico. The middle-aged couple had been in New Jersey, had gone shopping at a Walmart, had dinner at an IHop. They returned home only to be arrested.

US anti-narcotics agents, with a search warrant in hand, entered the apartment located in one of the apartment buildings in Queens.

Inside one of the many suitcases the couple had arrived in the United States with, the officers found drugs, but not "the usual ones."

It was not methamphetamine, nor cocaine, much less marijuana, it was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and extremely dangerous opioid, 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Purebred Quarterhorses Slaughtered near Victoria, Tamaulipas

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Mañana 

                               Tomas Yarrington Revulcaba, Ex PRI Governor of Tamaulipas
Feb 13, 2018
Extra material from: El Universal

Hooded individuals arrived in two vans and opened fire on the facilities of 150 hectarea horse ranch  "La Providencia" , located at Kilometer 87 of the Zaragoza-Monterrey highway; in Ejido San Cayetano in the Municipality of Guemez, Tamaulipas, according to witness statements at 8:40 am.

The armed comando aboard two SUVs attacked the ranch registered in the name of Eduardo Rodríguez Berlanga, "La Conga", presumed associate of former PRI Tamaulipas Governor Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba, where they riddled a worker and at least 17 horses quarter horses with AK 47's. 

The Ranch property is estimated to be worth $300,000 and in reality the property of the Former Governor of Tamaulipas. Tomas Yarrington who is being held in an Italian jail accused of  money laundering and organized crime charges.

WARNING : photos of  a slaughteredhorse on the following page

The MS-13 Threat, does Trump’s Deport Push Boost MS-13?

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from The Cipher Brief

Note:  I agree that President Trump’s advisers have led him down the path of great hype with respect to all things MS-13.  Who will challenge the administration?  Fooling Trump about gangs is easily accomplished when 99.9% of the American public is ignorant about cartels and gangs.  Interests about Narcos, Cartels and U.S. gangs have not been cultivated in the U.S. press and Americans follow the headline and do little outside research.  In the case of MS-13, the gang has greatly diminished, but is fast growing according to some accounts.  The U.S. Government data of 2017 has a figure of 8k.  This article says 10k.  One must wonder if the administration's MS-13 publicity is inadvertently attracting some to the gang that would not have joined otherwise.  

The article addresses the announcement that the U.S. will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to face deportation.    The government is giving until September of 2019,  for refugees who have not already done so, to apply for green card status.

The story of 'El Negro's' secret corrupt life dug up by Prescott man

LeChef for Borderland Beat republished from AZ Central By Dennis Wagner

 An ex-cop in Prescott digs into the corrupt life of "el negro" with FBI records and uncovers a secret plot to kill Mexico’s president.

Mexico City’s police chief was not an imposing man: short and pudgy, with thick jowls.

But as Mike Rothmiller sat across from Arturo Durazo Moreno 35 years ago, the air of authority was unmistakable.

Durazo, known as “El Negro,” was a lifelong friend to President Jose Ernesto López Portillo, and one of the most powerful men in Mexico.

Rothmiller was a lowly Los Angeles police detective who had traveled south with his partner Kenny Hamilton to work out an intelligence-sharing deal in preparation for the upcoming Los Angeles Olympics.


An LAPD informer close to Durazo — a former Colombian police officer who immigrated to the United States — had set up the entente. And a police cavalcade had brought the detectives totheir meeting with the chief.

Then, immediately after the introductions, Durazo leveled an accusation: The American guests were CIA agents posing as cops. Through a translator, Durazo brushed off their denials and began talking about arms shipments and drug smuggling.

“You know what I do for the CIA and the Contras?” he asked.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Video released of SEIDO Agents Abducted by CJNG

JD for Borderland Beat from youtube Animal Politico and Reforma

The two agents of the SEIDO who disappeared on February 5, were abducted the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación.  

They were forced to participate in a video.

In the video you can see the two men wearing a white shirt that reads "SEIDO" in black letters. Both are surrounded by armed and hooded men.

In the recording, the agents denounce  "abuses" in the anti-drug operations [against drug traffickers families]   the federal government and the pair read a message against the secretaries of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete, of the Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos and of the Navy, Vidal Francisco Soberón Saenz.

The Mexican towns where even the police fear to tread

LeChef for Borderland Beat from El Pais  written by Zorayda Gallegos 

With officers gunned down, abducted or run out of town, Chihuahua precincts are close to defeat

Patrolling the streets of Práxedis, in el Valle de Juárez.

Jorge lives in an improvised campsite in Práxedis, a silent town in the north of Mexico where few cars or people venture out on the streets. He is a member of the state police force, sent in by the Chihuahua state governor to combat the terrifying rate of violent crime. It is the state police that now handle a substantial portion of law enforcement in the area.

The Valley of Juárez, a region of Chihuahua bordering the US, has been a war zone riddled with organized crime for the past 10 years, due to its location at the crossroads of the routes used by drug traffickers and people smugglers. “We’ve been here since 2015 – there were no local police left because they had either been killed or abducted,” says Jorge at the precinct. When he first arrived here, he felt as though he were driving through a ghost town. “People didn’t come out on the streets, but bit by bit things have gone back to normal,” he says.

Práxedis and Guadalupe belong to the Valley of Juárez, a region surrounded by desert that was previously a prosperous cotton-growing area. But since the drug traffickers moved in more than 10 years ago, the territory has been a battleground for the Sinaloa and La Línea cartels smuggling drugs and people across the inhospitable gulf dividing this part of Mexico from the US.

Sinaloa Cartel: Massachusetts biggest drug bust 33 pounds of fentanyl

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Boston Herald

Enough drug to kill every man, woman and child in the state 

Federal agents and Boston police have seized more than 33 pounds of fentanyl — enough of the deadly synthetic opioid to theoretically kill every man, woman and child in Massachusetts — funneled in by Mexico’s  Sinaloa cartel.

Allowed wiretaps after
being busted
A lengthy wiretap operation by a joint task force including Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Boston police resulted in an

early-morning sweep of the drugs and 37 suspects, including alleged kingpin Robert Contreras, 42, of Roxbury.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley called the investigation “one of the longest, most far-reaching and most successful state wiretap investigations in Massachusetts history. ... But it did not stop there. It continued up the ladder to identify a second group at the top of the domestic pyramid, one with direct ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.”

Contreras was ordered held on $1 million bail during his arraignment yesterday on charges of trafficking fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

Ex Tijuana Pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested in San Diego in possession of more than 20 kilos of Heroin and Cocaine

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

Subject Matter: Arrest of Esteban Loaiza
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
The ex Mexican baseball pitcher, Esteban Antonio Loaiza Veyna, was detained this afternoon, Friday the 9th of February, in San Diego, California, United States, on charges of transporting drugs for sale.

The Sheriff's department of San Diego County, informed that the ex sportsman, 46 years of age, and born in Tijuana, Baja California, faces charges after being detained for possession of more than 20 kilos of heroin and cocaine, charges that carry a bail of 200,000 dollars.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

"El Z43": Hiding in Plain Sight in Mexico City

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio Feb 11, 2018

Identified as the last of the active founder Zetas , the last of the "numbered" of the criminal organization, José María Guízar Valencia, "El Z43" , took refuge six months ago in Mexico City, where he was a regular gambler at horse races at the Hipódromo de las Américas.

That was one of the activities he carried out in the capital city , from where even with his diminished power,  he managed drug trafficking operations and organized crime in the southeast of the country.

"Z 43", for whom the US government offered a reward of $5,000,000 hid in the suite of a hotel in Colonia Roma, for which he paid a monthly rent of 20,000 pesos. Intelligence reports to which Milenio had access, reveal that at least since August 2017, Guízar Valencia had moved to Mexico City, but he did not completely cease his business as head of the Tabasco plaza for the Los Zetas cartel .

Family contends Navy arrested a vegetable vendor after confusing him with "El Mayo Zambada"

Char for Borderland Beat republished from Cafe Negro-El Portal Politico de Sinaloa

Culiacán, Sinaloa.- The special group of the Mexican Navy that killed four assassins during a confrontation outside a party hall in La Limita de Itaje, was looking for Ismael El Mayo Zambada, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and during the operation arrested a merchant, who was  confused with the alleged drug trafficker.

Relatives of Antonio Valenzuela Iribe, 70, who is one of the two detained by the Navy, reported that the arrest of the merchant was illegal, and that during the operation the sailors also simulated executing at least 10 young people who were in the party ordering them to say where the "M" (Mayo Zambada) was and where the weapons were hidden.

"The sailors grabbed my grandfather and put a hat on him and compared it to a photo. Then a sailor approaches me and says: what's that man's name?  I say: Antonio Valenzuela, why? And he tells me: he is not called that. And I answer again and I say: Who are you confusing with? And he says: “we're not confusing him, it's Mr. Mayo Zambada."

Narcos create panic and terror in Acapulco colonias

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  from Reforma

120 commercial establishments closed due to the situation of insecurity.

Acapulco, Guerrero.- Several colonias in Acapulco are paralyzed by the terror imposed by drug traffickers.

The paralysis occurs after 72 hours in which the port registered murders, fires of transport units, shootings and persecutions.

In the neighborhoods Jardín, Azteca, Almendros, Miramar, Jardín Mangos, Palmas, Tehuacán and Muro, a de facto "curfew" prevails from 8 o'clock at night.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Seven killed, supposedly CJNG, after commando storms Jalisco restaurant

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat- from Koneocho  video from Milenio

7 Killed in El municipality de San Pedro Tlaquepaque in the greater Guadalajara area and last Saturday 10 killed in Guadalajara 

Social media is reporting that the uptick in Jalisco violence in the Guadalajara region, is a conflict between El Marro and El Cholo against Mencho.  Cholo and Marrro split from Mencho and now are at war with CJNG.

Take note that the many of those shot were armed.  The victims were said to be Menchos men.  A BB reader wrote that one of those killed may have been “El Flaco” and that he had a CJNG tattoo.

A commando killed seven people Thursday in the municipality of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.

The events occurred in the seafood restaurant "Don Cangrejo", located in the Guadalupana colonia, where at least 10 armed individuals arrived and, without saying a word, began shooting the patrons.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Guachochi Chihuahua: El Gabacho Jefe de Plaza killed in confrontation

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Thursday afternoon the Chihuahua Public Prosecutor's Office announced a confrontation between state police and armed groups in the municipality of Guachochi, where one person died and another was injured.

According to the official report,  members of the Sinaloa cartel opened fire on state police officers conducting a routine patrolling of the area and during the clash a person identified as Rafael PV, alias "El Gabacho", was killed.  The deceased man is jefe de plaza for the region and operator of the Sinaloa cartel.

After a quick intervention of the troops assigned to the Division of Rural Operations, the capture of Julián GO was achieved, who is a member of the same CDS cell.

Weapons as well as packs of cocaine were secured.

Corrido singer, Javier Reyes "El príncipe del Corrido" Gunned Down

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  From Reforma,  and Facebook

Corrido singer Javier Reyes, known as "El principe del Corrido", was murdered early this Friday in Colonia San José, Tláhuac Delegation.

Reyes, 33, was known to compose a corrido for  the late leader of the Tláhuac Cartel.

Javier Reyes, was gunned down  in the streets of the Tláhuac delegation. The murder occured   between the streets of Hoja Seca and Luis Alcaráz, in the San José neighborhood. The singer is known to be the one who composed a corrido to Felipe de Jesús Pérez Luna, "El Ojos" leader  of the Tláhuac cartel, killed by federal forces last year.

It is also known that Javier Reyes, sang at parties organized by the son of El Ojos, whom they call "El MK". MK replaced his father as leader of the cartel. 

CTNG: “El Kaibil” Detained After High Speed Chase

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Unimexicali  Feb 4, 2018

                                                    Jose Angel N, "El Kaibil", CTNG

Authorities in Baja California reported the arrest of José Ángel N, "El Kaibil", considered a priority criminal target due to his alleged collaboration with the Cartel Tijuana Nueva Generación and his probable involvement in homicides and kidnappings. 

Intelligence work of the State Preventive Police in coordination with the Municipal Police led to the location and detention of José Ángel known by the alias of "El Kaibil" who is alleged leader of a criminal cell dedicated to executions mainly in Playas de Rosarito in the Santa Fe and Campos neighborhoods.

"He had an active arrest warrant for the crime of theft of a motor vehicle and an admission to the Tijuana Social Rehabilitation Center," authorities said.

Captured : “El Z 43 “, José Maria Guízar Valencia, US Citizen

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio

José María Guizar Valencia was captured during an operation of the Navy and the Federal Police.

Feb 9, 2018

Since 2014 the United States has offered a reward of $5,000,000 for information leading to the arrest of "El Z40". Elements of the Ministry of the Navy in coordination with the Federal Police captured José María Guizar Valencia, "El Z43" , also known as "Charly", "Chema" or "Carlitos ", identified by the federal government as the leader of Los Zetas and one of the 122 priority objectives , revealed federal officials. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fighting for the Plaza: CDS Vs CJNG in Pacific States

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Economiahoy
Feb 7, 2018
Extra Material from: Universal

Mexico, which in 2017, experienced its blackest year with 25,339 homicides, is living a reconfiguration of the map of violence with three municipalities in the western state of Colima among the most dangerous in the country, warned today the NGO Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

"There is a change in violence, in the configuration of the clashes between criminal groups; from the north of the country, which we had before in the states of Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Coahuila, now it is moving towards Colima, in the Pacific Region," said the president of this civil entity, José Antonio Sanchez Ortega.

"The change towards the Pacific is due mainly to the fact that the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) are fighting in this area for control of the plaza and drug trafficking routes " the expert said.

Authorities and experts clash over presence of CJNG in Mexico City

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota
              Chocan autoridades y expertos sobre presencia de CJNG en CDMX

Official PGR reports contradict their current refusal to recognize the presence of the organization in Mexico City, while experts confirm it.


Monday morning, narcomantas allegedly signed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) appeared on Periferico between Rio Hondo and Chihuahua in the Progreso neighborhood of the Alvaro Obregon delegation; illustrating an alleged immersion of the criminal group in the capital.

After this finding, the question arises: Does the CJNG operate in Mexico City?

This is what the authorities say

According to a document of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) obtained via transparency, dated November 2017, the CJNG is the drug trafficking group that has the most presence in the country.

Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Guerrero, Morelos and Veracruz are the eight states where the criminal organization has been detected.

As for Mexico City, the PGR rejects the existence of a drug trafficking group with marked territory, thus ruling out the Tláhuac Cartel.

Coahuila: Prison Chief caught on camera holding a weapon to the head of the prison dentist

Posted by LeChef for Borderland Beat  from Vanguardia

Israel Frias Luna, director of the Social Reinsertion Center (CERESO) of Torreón, has been relieved of his post

The State Security Commission clarified that Israel Frias Luna, director of the Center for Social Reinsertion (CERESO) of Torreón, has already been removed from his position, after the director appeared in images, threatening a doctor with a weapon while the two were the Coahuila prison.

On social networks, the images began circulating in which the prison chief appears in one of the images drawing his charge gun, and in a second image where it is placed on the head to Dr. Magadan, who is a dentist inside the prison. 

José Luis Chapa Reséndiz, Coahuila state security commissioner, reported that Frías Luna was immediately removed from his position as director of the Torreonense Cereso and is placed under investigation by the internal control body.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

San Luis Potosí: Attack leaves 3 dead and 4 wounded

Translated by El Profe from Valor Por Tamaulipas
This morning a commando of heavily armed civilians with AK-47 assault rifles, commonly known as a goat horn [cuerno de chivo], riddled a group of people in the Morales neighborhood [of San Luis Potosí], leaving 3 people dead and at least one more seriously wounded, as authorities moved to the site of the attack and began with the corresponding investigation folder.

According to the facts, the violent incident occurred around 1 am at the intersection of Calle de la Plata and Morales-Saucito Avenue belonging to the Saucito neighborhood. In the area, a group of young people were chatting, when suddenly a truck with heavily armed civilians arrived and when they were a few meters away, took out the high-powered weapons and started firing at them.

After the attack, the gunmen fled at full speed to an unknown destination, while at the scene, three males lost their lives and one more had serious injuries.

Photo surfaces of murdered priest posing with weapon at dance

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

21 killed in so far in President Peña’s presidential term.
6 Killed in Guerrero in less than 3 years

As reported in my previous posts, two priests were among 3 killed in an armed attack in Guerrero.

The murdered priests are Germain Muñiz García, a native of Apango and parish priest of the church of San Cristóbal, in the mining town of Mezcala. And Iván Añorve Jaimes, from San Luis La Loma, municipality of Tecpan de Galeana and parish priest of the Sagrada Familia church in the town of Las Vigas, municipality of San Marcos, in the Costa Chica region.

The two priests and their four companions, attended a popular celebration in the town of Juliantla, municipality of Taxco, and were attacked directly after leaving the event when they were travelling on the federal highway Taxco-Iguala.

Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels behind the attack at the cock fighting ring

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

Subject Matter: Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel
Recommendation: See link to article on the shootings

In the aggression at the cock fighting club Santa Maria, members of La Linea were after the two principal drug distributors in the State, according to the Attorney General of Chihuahua

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Judge in El Chapo case rules in favor of prosecution... "yes" to anonymous sequestered jury

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

In little surprise, Judge Cogan in the U.S. case against El Chapo, ruled in favor of the prosecution.  Prosecution had requested an anonymous, sequestered jury.

For background on this story use this hyperlink.

Below is the four page decision.

California: The birthplace of ‘Big Sur Holy Weed’ can’t sell cannabis, and growers are crying foul

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat-Republished from Mercury News

Why is Big Sur’s weed legendary but still not legal?

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BIG SUR — For decades, hidden in creases of the wild and rugged Santa Lucia Mountains, farmers have eked out a living growing some of the nation’s most esteemed cannabis, hanging onto the hope that someday they wouldn’t fear arrest.

Marijuana in California is now legal. Yet the fate of farmers in Big Sur — the birthplace of legendary “Big Sur Holy Weed” in the Golden State’s storied cannabis culture — remains more precarious than ever.

As springtime approaches, county officials are issuing licenses to high-tech greenhouse growers, mostly owned by well-funded outsiders, on the edge of urban Salinas — but are rebuffing small traditional farmers on parcels in the more remote reaches of Monterey County such as Big Sur.

It’s a pattern seen throughout the 13 counties that make up the state’s prime cannabis real estate, according to the California Growers Association.

They assassinate blogger 'La Nana Pelucas' detractor of corruption in Guerrero

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Vlogger/Blogger Pamika Montenegro, known in social media networks as the character she portrayed, “La Nana Pelucas”, [Nana Wigs] was shot dead on Monday inside her business, a restaurant located in the Costa Azul subdivision.

Two armed men entered the restaurant, asked for beers and then shot the political satire comedian, multiple times in the head, at close range.

As reported by Quadratín, the murder occurred around 7PM, when the victim was in the company of her husband, in their business called 'A Todos Los Santos Garnachería Gourmet', which is located 150 meters from Coastal avenue.

6 dead 14 wounded in Chihuahua gun attack (Video)

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

Subject Matter: Massacre at clandestine cock fighting ring
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Monday, February 5, 2018

Guerrero:Two priests and a professor murdered, two others injured, in armed group attack

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Sinebargo-Club de Periodistas de Guerrero A.C.
Thank you Noah

Guerrero overflowing with bodies, no room at the morgue 

600 bodies in one morgue

Hours before Carlos Aguiar Retes  officially became the Archbishop of Mexico, two priests were cowardly assassinated.

Mexico continues to be the most dangerous place on earth for Priests. That said, I don’t recall an incident where two priests were attacked and killed together.

The event occurred today when six people (two priests, one teacher, one chemist, one fisherman and a woman, other reports say 2 women) were returning from a dance in the community of Juliantla.

The two priests and a professor were killed early Monday when they were traveling on the dangerous Iguala-Taxco federal highway in Guerrero.

According to the witness, the woman identified as Alba Iris "N", while they were traveling on the highway, a van blocked their way and an armed group descended from the vehicle opened fire,  and then fled.

Michoacán: Narcomantas appear in Morelia warning those working with CJNG

Chivis Martinez for B.B  info from Proceso and 90 Degree Grados-Thanks you Tu Fren

A series of "narcomantas" again appeared in the capital of Michoacán, in which a suspected group calling itself “Fuerza Elite” ["Elite Force"] promises to cleanse the region  of kidnappers, thieves and extortionists.

This morning police were alerted to the appearance of narcomantas (banners with narco messages) in different points of the city.  They were immediately taken down.

The following text was taken from two different narcomantas, having the same theme; we are the good guys coming to clean the region of scourge.  Scourge would be CJNG.

The message was addressed to all citizens, establishing that “Mercenarios Letales” [lethal mercenaries] and  “Nueva Familia Michoacana” have begun working in the city of Morelia, capital of Michoacán and its surroundings, to take out  anyone who supports CJNG.