Sunday, March 18, 2018

Out of Control Arms Traffic in Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Bajopalabra

Luis Jijon Leon, Mar 17, 2018

Guerrero :  The state authorities have acknowledged that there is no control in the arms trade in Guerrero, which has turned the entity into an arsenal where more and more powerful weapons appear in the hands of criminals, from German rifles HK 93A with grenade launchers up to  C-4 explosives.

According to information from the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) of the State of Guerrero, so far this month at least 40 weapons, 15  long guns, full cartridges/ magazines, explosives, and tactical equipment have been seized and they have arrested 26 people.

Among the weapons seized are German-made rifles, as well as powerful explosives. On March 4 in the Sierra de Guerrero, four people were arrested and the authorities confiscated nine long weapons, among which was a rifle model HK 93A, of the German company Heckler and Koch. In addition, a grenade launcher, 26 loaders for different types of weapons, thousands of  216 live cartridges of different calibers, presumed liquid opium gum, tactical equipment and powerful explosives called C4. 

Attack on Taxi Leads to New Blockades in Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from : El Sol

By: Natividad Ambrosio
Iguala, Guerrero Feb 17, 2018

Two women were killed and three others injured, including the driver of the vehicle, a collective taxi, in an armed attack perpetrated by a group of men in military style clothing on the Teloloapan-Iguala Highway en route to Pachivia,  in the Municipality of Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc, in the Northern region of the State of Guerrero.

According to police reports, the events occurred minutes before 7 am , Thursday, Feb 15, when drivers using the route called for help from the Rescue and Public Security bodies.  Based on the first investigation of the incident, two women were killed in the attack and three more were injured, among them the taxi driver named Jesus N.

Emergency service personnel arrived , who provided assistance to the occupants of the taxi, transferring the three injured people to clinics in the city of Teloloapan where their health status is reported as serious.

Meanwhile agents of the Public Prosecutor's Office carried out the legal proceedings and transferred the bodies of the two dead women to the Semefo in Iguala.

The military checkpoints were removed about two weeks ago near this point on the Iguala-Ciudad Altamirano road.

Friday, March 16, 2018

SCJN: Mexico's Supreme Court OKs Warrantless Police Searches

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Universal

Extra Material from: El Economista
By: Leopoldo Hernández -Feb 13, 2018

The Totality of  Mexico's Supreme Court , La Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, declared the constitutionality of  police stops, inspections and / or searches of persons and vehicles without a judicial order, but only when there is a reasonable suspicion or flagrancy, in accordance with the National Code of Criminal Procedures.

“El H” / "El Yordin" of Los Viagras Arrested and Michoacan Burns

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Michoacan3.0

 Feb 15, 2018
Additional Info: SecundoEnfoquo and Michoacán3.0

For the second day, alleged Mexican narcos burned vehicles in Michoacán. Violent actions prevented the passage of road sections in the Tierra Caliente region, civilians set fire to at least three business transport vehicles, several of them large semi-tractor trailers. This was Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Feb 14th, two blockades and three vehicle burned were on the road that connects the town of Nueva Italia, municipality of Múgica with the city of Apatzingán . The first one was in the

18 arrested in Jalisco and Nayarit for the abduction and murder of the two Seido agents

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

Subject Matter: Arrest of subject accused of kidnap and murder of Seido agents
Recommendation: See link to article by Guest reporter JD on their kidnapping

Reporter: Abel Barajas
The PGR and the Marines detained 18 alleged members of the CJNG implicated in the kidnapping and death of two agents of the Agency for Criminal Investigation in Nayarit. In 10 searches of homes in Jalisco and Nayarit, Federal authorities captured the suspects, among them those responsible for publishing on the Internet a video of the agents, among them two municipal police and three Colombians, one of whom is the alleged intellectual author of the crime.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Authorities implicated in 34 cases of torture against Ayotzinapa students

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
PGR, Semar, the Federal Police and even Tomás Zerón participated, says Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

In 34 cases of people prosecuted for the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, there is solid evidence that reveals torture by elements of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Federal Police (PF) and the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), according to a report by the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

According to the document, the 34 people - 33 men and one woman - were tortured with the aim of incriminating themselves and pointing out other possible perpetrators, in addition to being victims of other violations of their fundamental rights, during and after being arrested by agents of the Federal Government, among them, the then director of the Agency of Criminal Investigation (AIC), Tomás Zerón De Lucio.

The report entitled "Double Injustice: Report on human rights violations in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case,” which documents the torture suffered by the detainees between September 2014 and January 2016, was presented this Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, by the High Commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein; and in Mexico City, by the representative in the country of said Office, Jan Jarab.

Michoacan: heighten violence after arrest of Mencho's nephew, "El H",

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Crazy violence has increased in Michoacán.  Yaqui is working on a detailed post regarding the arrest of “El H”. It will be up  tonight or Friday AM

Yordín Oseguera, is the nephew of CJNG leader “El Mencho”.  Yordin is better known as "El H", the Viagras "Jefe de plaza"of Apatzingán, and was captured in an operation in Pinzándaro, Michoacán, of the Buena Vista region.

Oseguera is be linked to the murder of Jose Tadeo Mendoza, "El Árabe", (below) which took place on February 18. Mendoza, was a “Most Wanted”, in Michoacán. "According to the result of the autopsy, the body was tortured, with a chest fracture, skull fractures at the base of the skull, and two gun shots to the head.  The body was buried in a clandestine grave.  Mendoza was a regional leader for CJNG.

Tomas Tovar Rascon aka Tito Torbelino and the circumstances of his death and its aftermath

Written by Otis B Fly-Wheel

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel
Tomas Tovar Rascon was born on May 24th 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona. His was descended from parents from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Living in Phoenix was not easy for him, he had to work at a young age to support his mother and siblings.

At age twelve, he began to learn the accordion to realize his dream of being a Norteno Banda singer. Like many before him, he dreamt of singing corridos and more specifically narco corridos. He longed for the narco trappings, money, pretty girls, money, nice cars, money, gaudy gold plated weapons, money, did I mention the money?, and all the things fame brings.

After learning the accordion to the required level of competence, Tito set about writing his own songs. In the banda style, he began writing corridos. His preference was for corridos based on real events. Carrying on the legacy of corrido writers before him. He would later change to narco corridos as the money began to roll in, and the offers from narco’s became more numerous.

Some of his narco corridos were his most famous songs including “El Comando X”, his tribute to Chalino Sanchez, “Rosalino Sanchez Felix”, and “Mi Clave Es El 01”. The first and last of these are dedicated to the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

CJNG outbid Mexican Govt for Zetas Old School "El Cursi"

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

Subject Matter: Sergio Enrique Calderon Quintanilla, El Cursi
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

At the weekend, Federal forces and the Panista-Perresdista government of Miguel Angel Yunes Linares put out a bulletin for Sergio Enrique Calderon Quintanilla, El Cursi, plaza boss of  Old School Los Zetas in the south of Veracruz, and offer a reward of half a million pesos to whomever provides information leading to his capture or location.

Reporter: Noe Zavaleta
During a meeting of the Veracruz coordination group over the weekend, President Yunes Linares announced the capture and dismantling of a gang of kidnappers who operated with Calderon Quintanilla, whom he announced as Brayan N, Ismael N, Jhonatan Luis N, and Christian N.

Following on from this, this morning on Calle Independencia in the Insurgentes colonia, in the municipality of Minatitlan, elements of the Public Security Secretariat and the State Attorneys Generals Office, found a burned vehicle, a red Versa with licence plates YKW9393.

Inside the car there was a narco manta signed by CJNG in which a reward of one million pesos is offered to anyone who gives information on the whereabouts of Calderon Quintanilla, El Cursi, but also for two alleged sicarios with the nicknames El Concha and El Pinto.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PGR Will Return Property to “La Reina del Pacifico”

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Universal

By: Diana Lastiri and Tasneen Hernández
03/11/2018 01:48
Extra Material from: Debate

Sonora - The Attorney General's Office (PGR) has announced that one of the properties in litigation will be returned to Sandra Ávila Beltrán, "La Reina del Pacífico", located in Hermosillo, Sonora.

The "Queen of the Pacific", as Sandra Ávila Beltrán is known , is in a legal battle with the Attorney General of the Republic to have her houses and /or property returned to her,  plus two insurance policies.

Phantom CEO arrested in modified Blackberry, drug case, customers include Sinaloa Cartel and Hells Angels

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat material from Android Police, News.Au,  Pacer  read Canadiana's post here

FBI busts Phantom Secure CEO for selling secured BlackBerry phones to drug cartels, used for trafficking and murder.   Former customer, a convicted Sinaloa Cartel member, is a cooperating witness.

There are several companies that offer encrypted and untraceable phones for use by the more private figures among us, and Canada-based Phantom Secure is one of them.

However, its founder and CEO, Vincent Ramos, has been arrested by the FBI on several charges, all of which are related to selling locked-down BlackBerry phones to members of illegal organizations such as the Sinaloa drug cartel and the Hells Angels.

Police, the death squads in Veracruz: kidnapping, killings and dissapearance of youngsters

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

Subject Matter: Police and Los Zetas in Veracruz
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Police in the Mexican state of Veracruz created units that employ dirty war tactics to kidnap, kill and disappear youngsters, suspected of being informants or mules of the narco cartels. The Police during their patrols surveil the youngsters, but don't register any arrests. Then they are lifted and given over to squadrons who specialize in interrogation and torture.

Reporter: Lev Garcia
The Police of the Mexican state of Veracruz, infested with corruption, created units that employ dirty war tactics to kidnap, kill and disappear no less than 15 persons, the majority of them youngsters, suspected of being informants and mules of the narco cartels, according to accusations presented to the State Attorney Generals Office.

The denunciations presented this past week against ex Police chiefs of Veracruz, show all the signals of violations of human rights, similar to the campaigns against the guerrillas in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Police during their patrols surveil the youngsters, but make no arrests. Then enter the death squads specializing in interrogation and torture that function in the same academy as the Police, at later kill or disappear the bodies, according to the accusations.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wave of Independent Politicians Seek to ‘Open Cracks’ in Mexico’s Status Quo

 Posted by DD Republished from NYT

DD Note; 
We at BB get a lot of comments from readers who have given up on Mexico ever changing.   Some think that a revolution is the only way to cleanse Mexico of corruption and violence.  Some (we try to delete these but a few slip through) are just racist from people who hate Mexicans.  Some have just given up hope.   

But many readers and the public at large is unaware of movements at the grass roots level of just ordinary people who have said "Basta" (enough) and are working to challenge the status quo of corrupt political parties that have essentially held Mexico in a strangle hold for decades.  The people involved know that change comes slowly and takes only one step at a time.  But they are becoming a "wave of Independents seeking to open cracks in the status quo".   They believe that if you open enough cracks in the status quo it will eventually crumble of its own weight.   

This story is a profile of that movement. ...

Speaking of Pedro Kumamoto, a voter said;  “He is not a politician, he is one of us,”   “He is a normal person and that is what makes him so great.  A Mexican politician does not ride a bike or wear tennis shoes."   “I just trust him, he said. “He has my vote.”

The Benjamines of the Cartel Arellano Felix

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

Subject Matter: Los Benjamines, Los Pilotos
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The Criminal Investigation Agency of the PGR is investigating Los Benjamines, one of which is 26 years old, one of 19 years and one of indeterminate age, sons of the oldest and youngest of the Arellano Felix brothers. Among them, the Federal Investigators seek to identify "El Piloto", who has been designated as the actual head of a cell of the Cartel Arellano Felix that operates transiting drugs through Baja California. This month this cell has been linked also to kidnapping and extortion, the CAF have returned to kidnapping and "cobro de piso".

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
It is said that there are three new Arellanos visible. With the detention of Fernando Sanchez Arellano in 2014, the criminal dynasty of the cartel had been cut, until now.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Op-Ed: How "Gringo" (2018) exploits and mocks the kidnapped and murdered in Mexico

How "Gringo" exploits and mocks the kidnapped and murdered in Mexico

Violence gets inside you.  It whispers and calls your name, slinking and edging its way through your dreams, your private moments, your refuges.  I walk around with numbers in my head. 350 killings in Tijuana this year.  I do the math.  4 killings a day.  4 family members on average.  How many people impacted?

I run my hands over a 50 gallon blue drum. The kind that turn up with bodies stuffed inside.  It feels rough, scarred.  I wonder about those who die, those who kill, those left behind, and all who will die.  I think existentially about the killings, and I think in moments. The moments before you are tortured.  A single stylish nike trainer left outside the gym in Culiacan.  The knots tying the noose, to be wrapped around her neck.  The blood left behind after executions in a Tijuana neighborhood, staining the hard concrete, soap and hot water swirling atop the aftermath of carnage.

“ La Rana” Detained: Tied to Ayotzinapa "Missing" 43 Student Teachers

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Financiero

                          Federal Police arrest ''La Rana'' implicated in the Ayotzinapa case

Mexico City - Feb 12, 2018

Erick Uriel 'N', had a "decisive" involvement in the disappearance of young people that occurred in September 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero said prosecutor Alfredo Higuera.

Elements of the Federal Police arrested Erick Uriel ''N'' alias "La Rana" on Monday linked to the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal School Raúl Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa .
Alfredo Higuera Bernal, prosecutor of the Ayotzinapa case , said that Erick Uriel 'N' was arrested in compliance with an arrest warrant for the crimes of organized crime and kidnapping.

Zetas Texas Trial: Pancho Colorado dies in U.S. prison cell

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Noreste thank you "HL"

Attempted bribing judge, in Zetas money laundering, horse racing trial

Zetas Trial Pancho is circled in red

Mexican businessman Francisco Colorado Cessa, alias "Pancho Colorado," died of a heart attack Sunday morning, inside a prison cell in the United States, in which he was incarcerate  since June 2012, convicted of money laundering for  the Los Zetas Cartel.

This was reported to the Veracruz newspaper Noreste, and according to sources of close relatives. Then, his death was confirmed by his son José Antonio Colorado Salman in social networks. 
"I'll love you all my life, thank you so much, you will always stay in my heart, rest in peace, dear dad I love you." 

Jalisco has autodefensas

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

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

Reporter: Julio Cardenas
Before the criminality that plagues Colonias like Jardines Alcalde, in the Jalisco capital, locals are organizing to form groups of autodefensas. On social networks, locals using the hashtag #YoSoyAutodefensaYaBasta, are recruiting people with the intention to prepare strategies for security, like street patrols, and situations of risk.

"Already, we have 30 locals in the group of autodefensas. Now is the hour to repel the thugs that come in and steal, I don't care if I get shot, if that happens give my body to my family", said one person on social networks.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mexican Judge attempts to cross Tijuana/San Diego border with 38 lbs of cocaine

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from S.D. Union Tribune 

A Tijuana municipal judge is charged with drug smuggling after 38 pounds of cocaine were found hidden in his Jeep Liberty while crossing the border, according to a complaint filed in San Diego federal court.

Eduardo Francisco Sais Peinado was arrested Feb. 10 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to the complaint and jail records.

A Tijuana city official said Sais was fired from his judicial post that same day for a work-related matter but declined to elaborate further, including if the arrest had anything to do with the dismissal.

Trump speaks about the death penalty for drug traffickers

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A couple of time in the past few months President Donald Trump has thrown out the idea of the death penalty being imposed on drug traffickers and he said it at a Saturday, to an jam packed crowd in Moon Township Pennsylvania.

He isn’t sure how the American public feels about the possibility saying; 'I have never polled that, I don't know if that's popular. I don't know if that's unpopular. Probably you'll have some people who say 'Oh that's not nice', Trump said, ‘But these people are killing our kids and killing our families! And we have to do something.'

'Think of it, you kill one person you get the death penalty, in many states,” Trump said,  'You kill 5,000 people with drugs, because you're smuggling them in and you're making a lot of money, and people are dying and they don't even do anything,' he continued.

BCS Opens DNA Blood Bank to Help Identify Missing Persons

Translated By Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Mundo Digital

March 9, 2018

With the opening of the National Bank of Genetics DNA samples will help facilitate the identification of missing persons.

The Attorney General of the State (PGJE), in coordination with the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the Federal Police (PF), invites interested parties to participate from March  9 to 11th in the taking genetic blood  samples from relatives of missing persons.

The Attorney General of the State of BCS, Daniel de la Rosa Anaya,  said that the event will be in the Blood Bank, located in the street Lic. Primo Verdad, between N. Bravo and M. Ocampo, ie, in the old  Salvatierra Hospital building , this weekend from 9am to 5pm the DNA samples will be taken.

BOLA, BC: US Citizen Bludgeoned to Death, Suspect In Custody

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: AFN and San Diego Tribune

                      Suspect arrested in killing of elderly U.S. citizen in Bahía de los Angeles

Bahia de Los Angeles, BC once a typical sleepy fishing village and a paradise of fishing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, turtle nesting and whale watching is particularly known for the Blue Whale and Fin Whale populations , the two largest and fastest whales on earth. An unforgettable sight with the desert islands dotting the backdrop of the azure Vermillion Sea.

Ensenada, BC, March 4, 2018 
The Deputy Attorney General of Ensenada through the Ministerial Police of Baja California linked  the legal process of the alleged murderer identified as Gabriel "N", 28 years of age, for his alleged participation in the death of the American Charles Lewis Crabtree of 75 years old.

The murder occurred between 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. on January 8, when the defendant took a hammer and allegedly hit the "elderly man"  several times on the head while he was outside of his motorhome, located in Campo Amigo, at Km 5 of the Transpeninsular Highway #1 in the delegation of Bahía de los Ángeles, where he lived at Campo Amigo.
Cultural Note: In Mexico a person of this age is referred to as in their " Tercera Edad", the third stage of life, it is a term of respect.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

CDS : US Justice Dept Serves Up 75 Money Laundering Charges

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

Extra Material from US DOJ March 8, 2018

The Department of Justice of the United States today filed charges against 75 people who were part of a money laundering network linked to the Sinaloa cartel that brought "tens of millions of dollars " of illicit origin from the United States to Mexico in the period between 2015 and 2018.

In the suit, filed in the Southern District Court of California, José Roberto López Albarrán, arrested in San Diego (California) on February 9, is named as the ringleader of this money laundering organization in Mexico from drug traffickers in U.S.

Adam Braverman, federal district attorney, said the modus operandi of the organization went from mobilizing cash across the border between San Diego and Tijuana BC, Mexico to make deposits in banks across the country and then transfer the money to the neighboring country.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Who actually killed El Gallo de Oro, Valentin Elizalde and why?

Written by Otis B Fly-Wheel

Reporter: Otis B Fly-Wheel
Born on the 1st of February in 1979 in Hitonhueca, Sonora. His mother was Camila Valencia, he had two brothers and a sister. He lived there for five years before moving with his father Everado “Lalo” El Gallo Elizalde and his brothers to Guadalajara, Jalisco. Then moved again to Guasave, Sinaloa. His childhood seems to have been unremarkable. None of the towns he lived in were particularly poverty stricken, so his upbringing was unlike a lot of his predecessors in the corrido business, who came from poverty in the small mountain rancheros of the Sinaloa mountains.

His father was a musician who died in a road traffic accident on the “curve of death” in Sonora. His father left him an inheritance, so while building his skills as a musician he studied for a Law degree at the University of Sonora, but left University to pursue his musical career.

Valentin created his own group in the banda style, with a large brass section called Banda Guasavena. Before forming his own group he sang with other bands among them Banda Triguera from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Banda Cosala, and Banda Hermanos Morales.

His sights were firmly set on a recording and in 1998 he managed to record his first album entitled Mas alla del mar or Beyond the sea. This was recorded by Discos y Cintas Acuario, owned by Pedro Rivera, who had given Chalino Sanchez his first major record deal.

He recorded albums with Pedro until 2001. In 2002 he was discovered and groomed by Universal Music Group with whom he signed exclusive contracts. This was the right move for Valentin and he was nominated for many music awards with them.

El Gallo de Oro was killed in Reynosa in 2006 after giving a concert at  the Reynosa Palenque. He was gunned down with his chauffeur and manager in his vehicle while leaving the concert. There are three competing theories as to why he was killed and we will look at each in turn.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gov of Jalisco Says Wave of Violence is Not Over

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

Guadalajara, Jalisco Feb 8, 2018

After the violent day of Tuesday in Jalisco, in which in less than 12 hours 17 people were murdered, the governor of the state, Aristotle Sandoval , acknowledged that the situation in the state is critical.

" Complicated days are coming, I will not lie to you , the wave of violence is not going to end, what we can and are obliged to do, and what we are going to do is contain it, we have  skin in the game , to prevent this crisis from shaking our state, Gov Sandoval said during a state tour of  deliveries of patrols and equipment to authorities in Jalisco's 112 municipalities.

He went on to say that to contain the wave of insecurity that exists in the entire country there is no other route than the coordination between police corporations and the continuous work of the authorities of the three levels of government.

Los Cabos, the most dangerous city in the world 2017

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

Subject Matter: Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: EFE
Los Cabos, in Baja California Sur, was registered in 2017 as the most violent city in the world, with Caracas second and Acapulco third, according to information divulged in Mexico.

"With a rate of 111.33 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, in 2017 Los Cabos was the most violent city in the world, included for the first time in these rankings", indicated the Citizens Council for Public Security and Penal Justice.

In its annual list, was indicated with a slightly lower rate of 111.19 the second placed Caracas, capital of Venezuela, followed by Acapulco with a rate of 106.63. The report indicated that, based on its classification, that it had been determined that there has been a "rapid and pronounced decrease" in homicides in cities of Honduras.

TJ, BC: New Murder Record Set; 8 Violent Murders Overnight

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

Feb 7, 2018  -  Tijuana, BC :  Between Monday and Tuesday there was  a record of at least 8 violent deaths in Tijuana. The one that most shocked the citizens was the one that was recorded  at 4:00 pm on  Las Fuentes Boulevard, where two men were shot, and a minor was injured.

The reason for the public outcry was because the neighbors were so  moved because two dogs came and huddled with the corpse of one of the deceased, one dog just layed down and the other seemed to be guarding the body.

This incident occurred in the Colonia Cañadas del Florido, the juvenile wounded is 10 years old and had a wound between the back and the shoulder.

The aggressor is presumed to have left a narco manta on an orange card, it is also presumed that he fled in a free taxi. The local authorities confirmed that there was an operation in the area and until Tuesday night, there was no signs of violence.
NOTE: When I looked at this piece, I had NO IDEA that I would see these images; Beware Animal Lovers, Graphic Photos !

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

San Diego: Esteban Loaiza charged federally in cocaine case

Esteban Loaiza charged federally in cocaine case

A month after his arrest in Imperial Beach, the former baseball player has been charged in federal court in San Diego, after the charges in Chula Vista were dismissed. A federal complaint filed today details the Feb. 9th arrest of Loiza with additional details.  He his being charged with one count of possession of cocaine, with intent to distribute, in violation of USC 841.

The process will now proceed in federal court, and Loaiza has remained in custody, unable or unwilling to make the 250k bond, that set in state court, after his arrest.  He will be transferred to federal custody at the San Diego MCC, or remain in custody at the central jail downtown, where he was transferred in February from Chula Vista.

Rosarito BC: "Mega Bust” of Narco Lab, 235 K’s of Meth + 3 Detained

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Unimexicali

By: Sonia de Anda and UniradioInforma
and El Sol de Tijuana Feb 7, 2018

TIJUANA , BC   In a joint operation carried out between the State Preventive Police (PEP) and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena),  a large crystal methamphetamine laboratory was located inside a company building that allegedly sold lamps on the Rosarito - Tijuana Highway. It was also next to an Elementary School. Note: I assume this means the "Carretera Libre" not the toll section of Numero Uno, the Transpeninsular Highway.

Three people were arrested,  apparently belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel, and the authorities secured  235 kilos of methamphetamine.

According to information issued by the PEP, the finding of this laboratory is the result of intelligence work carried out with the Sedena after getting information that inside the decorative lamp business, located on José Manuel Toro Street, there was suspicious movement and drugs , so they went  to the building to conduct surveillance.

Tortured, raped, and disfigured: No arrests in the case of 6 murdered escorts

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Valor Por Tamaulipas
                        Las mujeres asesinadas en México en el último año
MEXICO - The murder count of escorts, four Venezuelans, one Argentine and one Mexican, continues without end in this country and already adds six in the last year, after the recent death of another Venezuelan named Kenny.

The murders of these women, in the framework of the wave of femicides that has shaken the country for at least a decade, have remained unpunished so far, despite its media impact.

The peculiarity of this new case is that Kenny, the Venezuelan, was burned with acid. It is not known whether before or after being victimized.

What is known is that her body appeared with traces of torture and her face completely disfigured and abandoned on public roads in the municipality of Ecatepec, one of the most dangerous areas of the State of Mexico, adjacent to Mexico City.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

59 politicians killed so far during electoral process

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Nación 321
 Photo: Cuartoscuro
More than 50 politicians have been murdered in Mexico since September of last year

by Héctor Gutiérrez

The ex-precandidate for the PRD from the mayor’s office of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Homero Bravo Espino, was assassinated Friday night in said municipality.

According to the authorities, Bravo Espino, who worked as director of Public Works in the City Council of José Azueta (Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo), was attacked by unknown persons in the community of Barrio Viejo and later died.

The murder of Bravo Espino adds to the worrying dark figure that has been recorded since the beginning of the electoral process.

From September 2017, the month in which the electoral process started, to date, 58 politicians ahve been assassinated, including mayors, deputies and candidates for a position of popular election, an average of 9.6 people per month.

Jalisco: Truck abandoned with 8 dismembered bodies

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from El Sol and Twitter fotos posted by Char on forum

The dismembered bodies of at last eight people were abandoned in the bed of a truck, which was located a few meters from a shopping center in Colonia Morelos,  Guadalajara, Jalisco.

A message was also left in the vehicle.  In part it is reported as reading:
“They thought I would not return; now I am here” 
Sincerely, El 20
Passersby detected the grisly sight around 7:30AM today, at the intersection of Nightingale and Partridge, reporting finding a red pick-up truck, in which were several mutilated bodies and on top of them a wheelbarrow, as well as a message written on  white poster board.

Violence has intensified in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Guadalajara since last Saturday, after the execution of Ramón N. alias El Marro.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

CDG: imprisoned Jefe de Plaza of Quintana Roo, killed in Cancún hospital

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Charged with murder in the deadly brothel fire

Last July, federal forces arrested Federal forces arrested Alfonso Enrique Contreras Espinoza, alias "El Poncho",  CDG Jefe de Plaza linked to the drug distribution network in Quintana Roo.

Intelligence reports indicate that Contreras Espinoza, was acting as operations coordinator in the Benito Juárez municipality, where he carried out the sale and distribution of drugs, in addition to the collection of “piso” in establishments.

The charges against Contreras Espinoza feds executed an arrest warrant against Alfonso Enrique Contreras Espinoza for the crime of qualified homicide and attempted murder, for the fire of a brothel in La Supermanzana 67.  Five were killed in the 2014 fire.

It was during his incarceration he apparently needed hospitalization for a leg issue. He was currently incarcerated at the Center for Social Reintegration (CERESO) in Cancún.

Mexico City: "Cartel de Tepito" and "Los Rodolfos" dispute control of UNAM campus

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Universal

A shooting and double homicide speed up investigations against three groups of drug dealers that operate at CU

by David Fuentes

The double homicide last Friday in the area known as El Frontón de Ciudad Universitaria (CU), expedited investigations that the Mexico City authorities already had going, which began in 2015, when information was cross-referenced with the Attorney General's Office ( PGR), revealing that the Tláhuac Cartel had more than 20 various drug vendors in all corridors of the university campus.

The first progress made on this double homicide case points to the fact that after the death of the leader of the criminal cell operating in Tláhuac, Felipe de Jesús Pérez Luna El Ojos, and the subsequent capture of who the federal authorities identified as a possible successor, Uriel Isaac "N" El Cochi, who was arrested in Monterrey on January 11, the dismantling of the group is in process.

Another blow to the organization was the murder, on the 27th of the same month in the Tláhuac delegation -also by Navy personnel- of Ricardo Ferro Pérez, alias El Peque or El Richi, nephew of El Ojos who had been the newest presumed leader of the crime group, thus weakening it even more.

Michoacan: Dr. Mireles says he will accept the offer of senator...if

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Last week the spokesperson for the political party Morena, Yeidckol Polevnsky, spoke on behalf of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and offered Dr. José Manuel Mireles Valverde him senatorial seat.

The former leader of the auto defensas of Michoacán, says  that he would only accept if AMLO personally makes the proposal.

"I owe Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador my gratitude and my recognition, for all the support he gave me in his messages and demonstrations demanding my release while I was imprisoned."  he stated.

AMLO has the wind in his back in his third and last attempt to win the presidency.  López Obrador, 64, says that this will be the last time he fights for the presidency.

Saying, “If I don’t end up in Los Pinos, I will go to ‘La Chingada’, the name of his ranch.

Osorio Chong was the candidate that  looked best in the polls to succeed Peña Nieto, until in a surprise move the president opted for José Antonio Meade.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Jalisco: El Marro killed, jumped sides from El Mencho CJNG

Chivis Martinez  info from Milenio, Proceso and BB Archive

A man known as ‘El Marro’ was gunned down in Guadalajara.  Previously loyal to El Mencho, the leader of CJNG, he jumped sides becoming a leader of a dissident cell that split from CJNG.

The faction is responsible for a large wave of violence between the warring groups.

“El Marro” was killed on the stairs of the Pan American volleyball complex, located inside the Avila Camacho sports complex.

According to witnesses, five gunmen arrived and fled in a Charger truck.  The body had eight bullet impacts, and at least twenty casings scattered about.  Apparently El Marro put up quite a fight, he resisted being abducted, which led to his murder.

El Marro and El Cholo jumped from CJNG and created a criminal group. In March of 2017, after the El Cholo ordered assassins to murder “El Colombiano", who was the financial chief of Mencho. He was murdered in a commercial plaza in Puerto Vallarta inside a Walmart parking lot.

Mexico police charged with using death squad tactics on drug suspects

Posted by DD Republished from The Guardian

Veracruz police picked up youths and turned them over to specialized interrogation and torture squads, according to indictment
Veracruz state police stand at roadblock along the highway leaving Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on 2 July 2017. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Police in Mexico’s corruption-plagued state of Veracruz set up units that used death squad-style tactics to abduct, kill and dispose of at least 15 people who they suspected of being drug cartel informers and drug runners, according to charges filed by state prosecutors.

The allegations filed against the former top police commanders in Veracruz show all the signs of the human rights abuses of Mexico’s notorious anti-guerrilla counterinsurgency campaigns of the 1960s and 70s.
Police in marked patrol cars picked up youths but never recorded their arrests. Instead they turned them over to specialized interrogation and torture squads working at the police academy itself, according to the indictment, and they were later killed and their bodies disposed of.

The Missing 43: Ayotzinapa arrests are imminent says prosecutor

Posted by DD Republished from   Mexico Daily News and Reuters 

The missing 43
 (Reuters) - Mexican authorities are preparing to arrest dozens of people implicated in the kidnapping and alleged murder of 43 student teachers in southern Mexico more than three years ago, the prosecutor in charge of the case said on Friday.

Prosecutor Alfredo Higuera told a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Bogota he had obtained new information to file charges against 30 people, including local police officers. 

 Higuera explained that the information included evidence about the motive for the disappearance of the students in the city of Iguala on September 26, 2014 but said that the information would not be made public at this stage.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

4 police imprisoned while legal process begins in case of three missing Italians

Chivis Martinez from Milenio

According to the Attorney General of Jalisco, Emilio “N”, Salomon “N”, Fernando “N”, and Lidia “N”, will remain in custody for one year as investigations continue.

The Prosecutors Office of Jalisco, linked four policeman of Tecalitlán Public Security Police force,  to the investigation into the disappearance of three Italians, Raffaele Russo, Antonio Russo, and Vincenzo Cimmino, who were detained by the four police on January 31st and never seen again.

The suspects will remain in custody for at least a year while investigations continue.

Sinaloa: Where Narco Culture and Feminicides Go Hand in Hand

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

Special Report Feb 2, 2018
Extra Material from El Debate

If Sinaloa is the most violent state for women, as official figures affirm, it is because in this region of the country the culture of drug trafficking exploits them and treats them as objects; also because in other entities there is resistance to activate gender alerts and to investigate these murders as femicides, states the legal representative of the Colectivo Mujeres Activas Sinaloenses, María Teresa Guerra Ochoa. 

Here the murders have to do more with a matter of jealousy on the part of couples or ex-partners that are linked to organized crime, ignorance of the authorities and impunity are aggravating the problem, she warns.

Mexico City - On the morning of July 1, 2013, at the intersection of Doctor Mora and Sinaloa avenues, in the residential subdivision Las Quintas, Culiacán, a young woman identified as Karla was shot to death on board a luxurious truck, license plate VMX-3850. The victim was intercepted by the occupants of a white jeep. The assailants spoke briefly with her before shooting her abruptly with 9mm and .38 pistols. The attack was at close range  and the attackers managed to escape.

What was apparently an isolated case was the beginning of a series of armed attacks against women.

Cemei Verdia Zepeda Calls for Reunion of "Los Autodefenses" in Michoacan

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

Feb 28, 2018

Five years after the first self - defense groups were set up in Michoacán to fight organized crime and four years after the municipality of Aquila freed itself from the siege of the Knights Templar criminal group , the leaders of the armed civilian defense group gathered this weekend. .

Summoned by Cemeí Verdía Zepeda , commander of the Community Police of Santa María Ostula, the self-defense leaders of Tepalcatepec, Chinicuila, Coahuayana and Aquila , the group endorsed the fact that  in their municipalities there is no room for criminals , or more narcogovernments.

On the whole, they agreed that even for these elections they will defend their peoples with greater emphasis in order to prevent the cells of organized crime from taking over public positions and returning to power.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Los Zetas Leader “El Cubano” Detained in Cancun

Tanslated By Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio

José Giraldo García, ''El Cubano'', was captured by elements of AIC and  Army  and is considered a head generator of violence in the states of Veracruz and Quintana Roo.

Feb 2, 2018

Elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency and the Army captured in Cancún, Quintana Roo, José Giraldo García Carmenante, "El Cubano" , identified by the federal government as the alleged leader of Los Zetas in the southern state of Veracruz .

As a result of cabinet and field investigations, it was learned that this person was in a home in Cancún, where a search warrant was executed in order to apprehend him. He is wanted for various and diverse crimes, above all organized crime.

Viagra leader's "capture" causes unleashed violence in Michoacan...he then escapes

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat 

Five municipalities suffered blockades and vehicle burning in reaction to Gabino's "capture"

Yesterday morning, reports from the media looked like this:

“The capture of Gabino Sierra Santana, alleged leader of the criminal cartel of Los Viagras in
Gabino Sierra Santana
Michoacán, caused the installation of narcoblocks around Apatzingán, where unknown subjects set fire to a score of vehicles.”

And “The alleged capo Gabino Sierra Santana was arrested, along with eight other people this morning.

This morning

What a difference a day makes.  Especially in Mexico.

“Despite intense operative, the criminal objective of "Los Viagras" escapes”