Saturday, March 31, 2018

CJNG gains on Zeta "Red Triangle" territory

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma

The Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) has gained territory in Puebla for control of the “huachicol” (fuel theft gas or diesel).

Two groups, one from Veracruz and the other from Tamaulipas, have made a presence in the territory of Puebla to face Roberto de los Santos, alias "El Bukanas", considered the main leader of the Red Triangle, located in the municipalities where the Minatitlán-Mexico pipeline is located.

"El Bukanas" is linked to Los Zetas, the  group that has controlled the theft of Pemex fuel through clandestine connections installed in its pipelines.

Military sources told REFORMA that the CJNG managed to gain territories where the "El Bukanas" operated  the fuel lines, which caused them to move to states such as Hidalgo and Tlaxcala.

CIA's training "El Chapo" board game can now be yours

Chivis Martinez--thank you Christopher for the heads up from ARS Technica

CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request After SXSW 2017 reveal, CIA releases buckets of marked-up board game design notes.

Last year, the CIA used a South by Southwest festival event to reveal one of its weirdest training exercises: a series of globe-trotting, espionage-filled board games. If you're wondering why we're circling back to this news almost exactly one year later, we have four letters for you: FOIA.

A series of Freedom of Information Act requests, filed last June by Southern California tech entrepreneur Doug Palmer, finally bore fruit last week. The CIA has now released rules, art, and design documents for the two board games we played at last year's SXSW.

Meet the Woman Who Won’t Let Mexico Forget a Massacre

Posted by DD Republished from Roads and Kingdoms

 Author:  Photographer:Andre Manteli
Lupita Vasquez woke up on the morning of Dec. 22, 1997, from a good night’s sleep in the hilltop village of Acteal, perched high in the western Hueytepec range in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The early morning fog had filled the surrounding valleys and gorges like a moat.

Forgoing breakfast—it was the family’s custom to fast before prayer—Lupita, 10, and her nine siblings dressed for church and followed their mother toward the hillside chapel where their father, Alonso Vasquez, the village priest, gave his morning Mass. Over 300 people from Acteal and the surrounding hamlets—many of them displaced by paramilitary groups who had swept through the surrounding region in the previous months—had gathered to listen to Alonso’s sermon. He raised his hands and voice so everyone could hear.

Fatal Shoot-Out Disrupts Easter Procession in Acapulco, Mexico

Posted by DD Republished from TeleSUR

One of the robbers died from a heart attack during a shootout with police while an accomplice escaped, said the government of Guerrero.

 Dozens of Roman Catholic devotees dressed as ancient Romans and biblical figures fled a Good Friday procession in panic on Friday in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco after gunfire rang out over a nearby car robbery. 

 Minutes after the confrontation, another man in a home nearby was killed in what was reported to police as a subsequent slew of gunfire. No people in the procession were reported injured.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Mexico Secures Rare Conviction for Journalist’s Murder

Posted by DD Republished from InSight Crime Written byAngelika Albaladejo

Unstoppable violence in Michoacán: they find a van with five bodies in Jiquilpan

Posted by DD Translated for BB by Yaqui from Proceso
Thanks Tu Fren for the tip.  

JIQUILPAN, Mich. (appro) .- The struggles and purges within various "cells of organized crime" operating in Michoacán continue without respite, particularly in the municipalities adjacent to Jalisco, in areas known as the West and Ciénega de Chapala.
This Wednesday  in a truck were found the corpses of five men who showed signs of violence. It is presumed that the victims were narcomenudistin of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG).

At about 11:30 am the Police of Michoacán was informed of the presence of an abandoned car with several bodies inside it on a street in the Los Remedios community.
The uniformed people went to the place on the Cuauhtémoc Norte street, adjacent to the Jiquilpan-Villamar highway,where they inspected a gray Chevrolet Suburban truck, in apparent state of abandonment and in whose interior the bodies were found, which they turned over to the Prosecutor's Office Regional of La Piedad.

 Specialized experts carried out the removal of the bodies of five men with evident traces of violence, who were reportedly shot to death.
Some of the victims were half naked and had pieces of rope on their wrists and feet.
After the performance of the experts, the prosecutor in turn ordered the removal and transfer of the corpses to the Forensic Medical Service so that the autopsy required by law would be carried out, while the van was secured  and placed at the disposal of the corresponding authority.
It transpired that the victims would be narcomenudistas of a band known as "Los eloteros", serving the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel, who who were deprived of their freedom on Sunday 25 in the municipality of Villamar, a municipality near Jiquilpan and Zamora.
It should be noted that to date this year 602 have been executed in Michoacán due to the rivalry between at least 13 criminal cells operating in the state.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Bodies burning on busy streets as violence explodes in suburbs of Acapulco.

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Debate

March 28, 2018

Two bodies are set on fire in the public thoroughfare of Guerrero

The police located two bodies, the first had tied hands, and the other was a dismembered corpse wrapped in sacks........

Acapulco- In the afternoon, in the community of La Sabana, which is located in the suburban area of ​​this port, a group of assassins on board several vehicles left the bodies of two men lying down , which they set on fire in full via public, in the port of Acapulco , Guerrero .  
Witnesses of the double crime told the police that armed men pulled the bodies out of a car and then one of them was sprayed with gasoline and set on fire , in a very busy area , and the other body was dismembered.
This happened on Lázaro Cárdenas Avenue , in front of the market and before dozens of witnesses.

El Vincentillo, son of El Mayo and witness in the United States against El Chapo, will be sentenced in December

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

Subject Matter: Vincete Zambada Niebla, El Vincentillo
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Vincente Zambada Niebla, alias El Vincentillo, son of the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael Zambada Garcia, El Mayo, and collaborator with the United States government in the case against Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, will be sentenced in December of this year in Chicago, Illinois.

El Vincentillo, 43 years of age and born in Culiacan, was detained on the 18th of March of 2009 in Mexico city after arranging a meeting with DEA agents in the Sheraton hotel in Paseo de la Reforma, located a block from the United States embassy in Mexico.

El Mencho has de-throned El Chapo and is now Chicago's public enemy #1

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

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

Reporter: Carlos Alvarez
Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, one of the leaders of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, is the new public enemy number one of Chicago, Illinois, according to a declaration of Brian McKnight, new agent in charge of the DEA in Chicago, during an interview with ABC7.

The agent in charge of one of the biggest cities in the USA, also affirmed that the CJNG is behind a considerable part of the illegal drug trafficking to the city, where before the public enemy number one was the Sinaloan capo Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo, ex leader of the Sinaloa cartel, and now imprisoned in New York awaiting the start of his trial.

El Gordo of the Sinaloa Cartel captured in New York

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

Subject Matter: El Gordo, Francisco N
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

An alleged narco trafficker from Mexico nicknamed El Gordo was presented this Tuesday in a New York court accused of trafficking Fentanyl in volumes capable of killing 10 million people said prosecutors.

Francisco N, 41 years of age, is an alleged member of the Sinaloa Cartel, led by El Chapo Guzman, also imprisoned in New York, the accusations against him show that this group of narco traffickers now are changing to this sythentic drug known as Fentanyl.

El Gordo is indicated as the Mexican connection in charge of sending Fentanyl to New York and of organizing a system of contraband in Arizona and California utilizing vans, cars and people.

Fentanyl is 50 times more potent that heroin, and is provoking an alarming amount of deaths through overdose, that totalled 1400 in New York in the past year. Two or three milligrams is enough to kill the user, according to USA functionaries.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

At the mercy of the mob: lynching in Mexico

by El Profe for Borderland Beat


Lynchings in Mexico have been increasing consistently over the past twenty years—with a spike in the last six months.

The definition of lynching is “to put to death by mob action without legal approval or permission.” In the context of mob violence in Mexico, lynching can be seen as a crude attempt at moral justice, due to lack of authority present in order to properly prosecute a criminal.

In this sense, it is not a "crime of passion" but rather an attempt to enact order in a community in disarray. 

Lynching or “justice by one’s own hand’’ reflects a society that enables a de-facto authority organized by criminal groups who enforce through violence. Instead of a just application of rule of law, the authority of both criminal groups and mobs is paradoxically exerted through lawless violence.

Though there are no official figures specific to lynching, a February 2018 report conducted by the Belisario Domínguez Insitute states that since 1992 there have been 366 recorded lynchings throughout Mexico, at least 142 of them occurring since the beginning of 2017. They occur mostly in central Mexico: Puebla and the State of Mexico. In the past six months there have been at least 20 lynchings or attempts to lynch in the state of Puebla alone.

Marinas Ambushes in NL, Tamps Leaves 5 Dead 12 Wounded

Translated By Yaqui for Borderland Beat from El Sol de Leon

 By Manrique Gandaria

A Mexican marine and four suspected gunmen were killed during a coordinated series of ambushes against marine patrols in a northern Mexico border city, authorities reported Sunday.

The attacks late Saturday and early Sunday left a total of 12 marines wounded.

Authorities said marines were ambushed three separate times in Nuevo Laredo, a city across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Marines returned fire and killed one gunman in the first attack, but suffered three wounded.

 The first attack occurred during a patrol carried out in the City of Nuevo Laredo, when the Marines received firearm shots from moving vehicles, so based on the Manual of Use of the Common Enforcement Force of the three Armed Forces and in order to reduce the level of aggression and reduce the danger of casualties of civilians and naval personnel, this aggression was repelled.

“El H", presumed leader of the Tlalpan Cartel arrested in Mexico City

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo
Foto: Luis Carbayo, Cuartoscuro
“El H", presumed leader of the Tlalpan Cartel arrested in Mexico City; is related to shooting in CU. The subject is designated by the Mexico City authorities as the main distributor of drugs in Ciudad Universitaria and the south zone of the City. 

Mexico City, March 27 .- José Alejandro, alias "El Hugo" or "El H", was arrested last night by elements of the Mexico City Secretary of Public Security in Magdalena Contreras.

The subject is designated by the authorities as a leader of drug dealers and main distributor of drugs in Ciudad Universitaria and the south zone of the City.

The arrest took place at the intersection of San Jerónimo and Orquídea avenues, in a house where "El H" tried to take refuge after noticing police presence, however, he was cornered by the uniformed men.

Sinaloa Cartel Convoy In Sinaloa (Video)

Posted by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from Youtube

Reminiscent of other videos, CDS like to post videos of convoys of Sicarios. This popped up on youtube this week.

Monday, March 26, 2018

“For The Future Of The Children”: ‘Alfa’, In The Community Guard

Article By: Iván Sanchez  | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Their participation began with the preparation of food for the members of the guards, then they took up arms to reinforce security— they are the women of the United Communities.

On the 6th Anniversary of the United Communities of the municipality of Los Reyes, Michoacán, Revolución 3.0 Michoacán had the opportunity to talk with Alfa, a member of the guard of the community of Cherato.

Alfa, is the code name that she receives within the community guard, which was integrated from the threat of organized crime after they seized the avocado orchards of the community. 

Epilogue and Reflections of Mireles, from Todos Somos Autodefensas

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from the Book "Todos Somos Autodefensas" by Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde

After almost three years of the start of the judicial process that appears perpetual, Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde defines from prison part of his ideas both political and human. Like wisp's of the rescue of his actual condition, Mireles positions ideologically about what happened nationally with written reflections, compiled from different letters sent from his cell, and is open to different interpretations.

"People that are sleeping and submissive, will be a people lost and defeated".

It is a key moment for all Mexicans, all united, we can make a true social change, a change that comes to mitigate our lack of trust, a change that will create liberty, peace and tranquility.

It is to awaken consciousness now, to not to have buy the will to act tomorrow. Sometimes I think that for this, I want to finish with public education, because we will learn more. Because we will also learn that when the right contravenes justice, justice must prevail, as it does not come from the hands of the people themselves.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Four young people executed in bar area of Iguala

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso                 
                        Uno de los jóvenes asesinado en el interior del bar La Chismosa. Foto: Especial

By Ezequiel Flores Contreras , March 25, 2018

CHILPANCINGO, Gro. ( - An armed group executed four young people this morning in the cantinas area of the city of Iguala, located in the tumultuous north area of the state.

Official reports indicate that the multiple crime originated after a brawl inside a bar called La Chismosa, where two young people were murdered. The shooting spread to Ignacio Aldama Street, where two other men were shot.

The violent incident was recorded around 4am on Sunday and caused panic and terror among people having fun in this nightlife area of cantinas condoned by the municipal authorities.

Do Not Enjoy: This Book is Intended to Make You Angry

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: The Nation

                              Rubin Espinoza, Photo Journalist, Murdered in Veracruz , 2015

 Welcome to Veracruz, Mexico, One of the Most Dangerous Places in the World to Be a Journalist

                    Killing reporters here is only one element in a campaign of state terror.

By: James North March 23, 2017

Xalapa, Mexico—This pleasant colonial city in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, the capital of Veracruz state, is deceptively calm. Despite the surface normality, Veracruz may be the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist. In the past seven years, a total of 25 reporters have been murdered, and another four have disappeared, according to the journalists I’ve talked to here. 

One more reporter has just been murdered in Veracruz state, on March 21. Leobardo Vázquez, who ran a news website, had apparently gotten threats from local officials. By contrast, in the entire United States, over the past 16 years only one journalist has been murdered for doing his job.

Despite the danger, some reporters here keep on reporting, as I just learned during several days of intense conversations with some of the most courageous people I have ever met. 

Coca-Cola Plant Shuts Down Indefinitely After 40 years in Altamira, Guerrero

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

             160 Coca Cola Just Became Unemployed over Insecurity, Ciudad Altamira, Guerrero

March 25, 2018 Chilpancingo, Guerrero

The soft drink bottler Coca-Cola FEMSA (KOF) announced the indefinite closure of its operations in Ciudad Altamirano, in the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero, due to the fact that it has registered two months of harassment by criminal groups against its bottling plant  in the absence of a rule of law in the area.

Early yesterday, ie the early morning hours of Friday March 23, an armed group tried to launch Molotov cocktails and shoot at the company, which has been operating in the area for 40 years. The attack, according to official sources, was staved off by agents of the Estatales or the State Police, and the only thing they criminals  managed to hit was a truck in the main access.

The spokesman of Grupo Coordinación Guerrero (GCG), Roberto Álvarez Heredia, reported that around 3 AM, about 20 men tried to break into the bottling facility. With a truck they rammed  the security gate and at that moment the agents arrived and a confrontation began.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fifteen Tortured and Murdered Bodies Found In Aquiles, Michoacán

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Michoacan321

March 24, 2018

Aquila, Michoacán.- During the morning of this Friday, about eight bodies executed were located in the bed  of an abandoned pick up truck in the Municipality of Aquila, located in the Costa - Sierra region of Michoacán, municipal authorities confirmed.

The number of dead is now confirmed to be FIFTEEN, not EIGHT as reported last night, all with gunshot wounds, according to Universal

Security personnel of that municipality warned that the finding could stem from an armed confrontation between two antagonistic criminal groups operating in that area or an "adjustment of accounts" between the organized crime groups. 

The vehicle with the stacked bodies was located on federal highway 200 Lázaro Cárdenas - Manzanillo, at the height of the Huahua community, and /or the community of El Manzanillal in Aquila.

Graphic photo on next page

The Drug War Debate Reshapes Mexican Politics

Posted by DD Republished from OXY
MEXICO DF. (appro) .- The afternoon was declining, but not the mood of the people who waited in the streets for about two hours to see Andrés Manuel López Obrador pass

When Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) proposed amnesty for cartels in December to end the country’s drug war, he drew sharp criticism from multiple stakeholders. But three months later, he retains his lead for the July 1 elections. He hasn’t retracted his proposal. His critics haven’t backed off. A deepening divide is shaping the discourse ahead of the upcoming polls.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Serafin Zambada: Son of El Mayo, describes upbringing under the constant threat of bloodshed

Posted by Chivis Martinez republished from San Diego Union  by Kristina Davis

When at nine his mother took him to a doctor, sicarios stormed inside killing his grandparents, uncle and aunt

The day Serafin Zambada Ortiz turned 2, a car bomb exploded outside his birthday party.

When he was 9, just hours after he and his mother had left a Mazatlán hotel to treat an outbreak of the chickenpox, an assassin squad stormed inside, killing his grandparents, uncle and aunt.

It's what happens when your dad is the one of the most powerful drug kingpins in the world.

The constant threat of bloodshed kept Zambada's world very small as a child, moving from place to place under the watchful eye of his mother, at times staying hidden indoors while other children got to play soccer.

"I lived in a golden cage with luxuries that were useless," Zambada wrote of his upbringing amid turbulent narco wars.

Iowa family found dead in Tulum condo

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Appears to be no outward signs of trauma

A family of four from Iowa who went missing after traveling to Mexico was found dead Thursday night in their condominium in a tourist complex in the country, police confirmed to Fox News.

The family – Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41, Amy Marie Sharp, 38, Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Maria Sharp, 7 – left their hometown of Creston, Iowa, to travel to Tulum, Mexico, on March 15, the Des Moines Register reported.

Paul Ver Meer, the chief of the Creston Police Department, told Fox News the family was found dead Thursday night in a condo they rented in Tulum. The family’s cause of death is not immediately known but the department is awaiting autopsy reports.

Guanajuato: 8 Dead, 24 Wounded in Palenque Massacre

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Periodicocentral

Guanuajuato.- On Wednesday night March 21, armed persons broke into a hall that served as a clandestine palenque named "Palenque Bar California" in the Colonia Carmen, Municipality of Purisima, where a cockfight was being fought and 8 people were killed, among them Alfredo López, father of the Municipal President of San Francisco del Rincón , Ysmael López .

The responding authorities found 6 dead and two more of the 24 injured in the attack died in the hospital were they were taken by paramedics who were forced to wait to respond because of the continual shooting.

According to local media this morning an armed commando of men with high powered guns arrived at the local and started shooting. They were traveling in a van and by motorcycles.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Prepare for Statistics, Math and Shell Co's: Ruelas Torres DTO

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from : Riodoce

Special March 18, 2018

Companies and partners of the Ruelas Torres cartel , targeted  by the US Treasury Department,  are government beneficiaries and money launderers ; plus they are tied to "El Chapo Isidro".

The United States Department of the Treasury cataloged 8 people and 8 companies as "significant drug traffickers," with links with the Ruelas Torres Cartel, whom have for years benefited from  Mexican government programs and supports and /or subsidies, including some in the manner  of state government contracts.

On the blacklist of the Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, for its acronym in English), which was released on March 6, 2018  includes these companies:

Agricultural Ruelas, SPR DE RI, Gael Comercializadora 4 SA de CV, Joel Constructora, SA de CV,
Vania Constructora, SA de CV, Cruzita News, Dispersiva Gael, SA de CV, Felix Tapia,SC RL de CV.

VERACRUZ: Another Journalist Murdered Overnight

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Aresteguinoticias

             The journalist Leobardo Vázquez Atzin is murdered in Gutiérrez Zamora, Veracruz.

By: Violeta Santiago Feb 22, 2018

Gutiérrez Zamora, Ver.- During the night of Wednesday, March 21, journalist Leobardo Vázquez Atzin was murdered , who had worked for media such as Noreste , La Opinión de Poza Ricaand Vanguardia de Veracruz and who had recently opened a Facebook page called Enlace Regional Informative .

The first inquiries indicate that it was at his home in the municipality of Gutiérrez Zamora , where the lifeless body of the communicator was found, although the form of the homicide has not been specified.

Ana Laura Pérez Mendoza, president of the State Commission of Care and Protection for Journalists, confirmed the murder of Leobardo Vázquez.

Mexican authorities light up a Sicario convoy in Sinaloa with a helicopter minigun ( short video)

Posted by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from Vanguardia Youtube

This short video extract is of an alleged Sicario convoy being shot up by a general electrics minigun from a Mexican authorities helicopter. There isn't much information about the clip, but I would suspect this helicopter is a black hawk, belonging to the Marines.

At this point in time I haven't seen any footage of the newly ordered black hawks provided by the USA for the Mexican Army in service in combat. The video starts as the convoy has already been attacked, and is strafed again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

San Diego: Serafin Zambada Ortiz sentenced to 66 months

Serafin Zambada-Ortiz sentenced to 66 months

Years after his arrest, after the press conferences and seizures, some of the lead defendants, and most high profile names in Operation Narco Polo are being sentenced.  In San Diego Federal court, in front of District Judge Dana Sabraw, Serafin Zambada Ortiz was sentenced to roughly 66 months in prison, or 5 1/2 years.

He will released in September, having already served the majority of his sentence in the San Diego MCC, since his extradition from Nogales in September 2013, when he was detained with his wife, who was later released, on a warrant from San Diego, alleging drug conspiracy and distribution charges. 

One Candidate Murdered Every Four Days in Mexico Elections: OAS

Posted by DD Republished from Telesur

"We are concerned about several elements in the Mexican election; the first is the assassination of candidates," OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said. | Photo: @Almagro_OEA2015

 A spike in assassinations in the run-up to Mexico's regional and national elections is "absolutely unacceptable," the Organization of American States (OAS) warned on Friday, March 16.

"It is an average of one murder of a candidate every four or five days: that is a margin of violence absolutely unacceptable in an electoral process, we are very worried," said OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

Mexico's next president – as well as numerous senators, federal deputies, governors and mayors – will be contested in July when millions of voters head to the polls.

"We are concerned about several elements in the Mexican election: the first is the assassination of candidates and political leaders in the country," Almagro said during a conference at the Casa America in Madrid.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Nuevo León: Identified body of teenager leads to report of eight people disappeared in Nuevo Laredo

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso
                        El cadáver de un adolescente enterrado en un rancho de Anáhuac, Nuevo León. Foto: Especial
By Luciano Campos Garza

NUEVO LAREDO, Tams. After the discovery of a body of a teenager buried in a ranch in Anahuac, Nuevo Leon, the disappearance of eight people in this city was reported, in events that could be related to extrajudicial executions.

According to a source close to the investigations, who requested anonymity, the victims include two women.

This Tuesday, at 10 o'clock in the morning, the body of Ángel Ulises García Aguiñaga, 16, a high school student was found, who according to accounts of his friends was arrested by elements of the Navy-Navy Secretariat of Mexico (Semar).

The young man lived with his grandmother in the Itavu neighborhood of the city and was last seen at 6 pm Monday, March 19 by his uncle Óscar Santiago, who went out to look for him after realizing he had not arrived back home to sleep.

Acapulco: Armed men break into school, torture and shave heads of 20 students

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso
Photo: Quadratín
by Ezequiel Flores Contreras

CHILPANCINGO, Gro. - An armed group broke into two school buildings in the outlying area of Acapulco, where they subdued the teachers and students; 20 of the latter were tortured and their hair was cut off in front of dozens of witnesses.

The first incident occurred this morning around 8:15, in the telesecundaria of the Frontera neighborhood in Acapulco. At least four young people carried weapons, "sticks and hooks,” threatened the teaching staff and subjected the students to being stripped of money and mobile phones, according to official reports.

Then, they selected 20 students who allegedly "sell drugs" on campus and, in front of the student community, tortured them and cut their hair as a form of harassment.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Zetas had support from police in the 2011 Allende massacre says CNDH; asks PGR to act

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico

The CNDH asked the Attorney General's Office to investigate officials from the municipality of Allende, Coahuila, for their probable link with the 'Los Zetas' group responsible for the 2011 massacre. 
Allende, Coahuila, municipio donde se perpetró una masacre, en 2011.
Foto: Kirsten Luce / National Geographic. Imágenes de la edición julio 2017
In March 2011, an armed group appeared in Allende, Coahuila, destroyed residences and deprived dozens of people of their freedom, which, according to statements made by alleged criminals, was carried out with the consent of the municipal police, according to the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), when issuing recommendation 10/2018.

In that document, it is stated that the right to freedom and personal integrity was violated, with the forced disappearance of 38 people, including 3 minors and diverse residents of Allende, whose identity could not be determined.

Those events, he explained, are attributable to people who -according to the ministerial investigation on the case- accepted to be part of the criminal group of the "Zetas," and said that they acted with the support or acquiescence of security elements of the municipality.

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.

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.”