Tuesday, June 19, 2018

“The Bullet of Impunity”

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El País

By: Javier Garza Ramos, Torreón, Coahuila.
June 18, 2018

The bullet that killed Fernando Purón Johnston , PRI candidate for federal deputy in Piedras Negras, Coahuila on Friday, June 8, was the same one used six days earlier, on June 2, that killed Pamela Terán Pineda, candidate for councilor El Juchitán , Oaxaca, and Juana Maldonado Infante, candidate for local deputy in Jopala, Puebla .

The same bullet was used the next day, on Saturday June 9, which wounded Rosely Magaña, candidate for councilor in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, who died 72 hours later. And it was the same bullet that killed Alejandro Chávez, candidate for mayor of Taretan, Michoacán on Thursday, June 14th.

This same bullet  has killed 44 pre-candidates and candidates for election and other 70 officials and political figures in this election process. No ballistic proof is needed to sustain the claim, just follow the path of the bullet of impunity.

Mireles: I ask Pena Nieto to keep his hands off the election

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

Subject Matter: Dr Mireles Valverde
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

They ambushed him, imprisoned him, shaved him, took off his hat and everything that identified him as the leader of the self-defense groups of Michoacán. However, José Manuel Mireles Valverde survived and, he says, never lost his dignity even though he was about to be broken by the psychological torture to which he was subjected.

In an interview with SinEmbargo, in Morelia, Michoacán, where he currently resides, the man who rose up in arms in February 2014 to cleanse Tepalcatepec, his people, from criminals sends a message to President Enrique Peña Nieto: "Take your hands of this election. We guarantee that you can retire in Santa Paz and that the history of the Mexican Nation judges you. It does not go clean, because it takes shit up to the scruff of the neck, he and all his people, but if he takes his hands off the election he will go calmly and peacefully, even if he brings corruption to all his subsequent generations. "

Juan Pistolas, Jefe de Sicarios for CJNG captured in Guadalajara

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

Subject Matter: Juan Pistolas, Juan Francisco N, CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Federal forces gave a big hit against the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion when they captured the alleged head of sicarios of said criminal organization in Guadalajara in the metropolitan zone. Identified as Juan Francisco N, Juan Pistolas, he is responsible for the distribution of drugs and firearms for the cartel.

Omar Garcia Harfuck, from the Criminal Investigation Agency, affirmed that the detained probably trained in camps, people recruited for weapons handling training and operational tactics. Juan Francisco N probably enrolled people in the criminal service of the group, in order to keep the areas of Guadalajara and Tlajomulco de Zuniga under control, in the presence of antagonistic criminal group," the official said.

Along with him, Sergio Alan N was arrested, probably in charge of the defense of weapons and drugs in the service of the same criminal group and under the orders of Juan Francisco N. In a message to the media, Harfuch mentioned that the capture was made possible by the work carried out by the AIC, Marines and Federal Police personnel.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tamaulipas offers $ 17 million pesos for 9 narco priority targets

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

The Attorney General's Office of the State (PGJE) published on its website the list with the names and photographs of the criminal leaders that constitute Tamaulipas Most Wanted.  -Click on image to  enlarge-

According to the publication of the agency, the list starts with Jaime Guadalupe García and / or Javier Guadalupe García Martínez, for whom a reward of 2 million pesos is offered.

There are also 2 million pesos for information on Víctor Manuel Pérez Rico, Heriberto Bazán Rodríguez, José Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez, Miguel Ángel Álvarez Campos, Petronilo Moreno Flores and Luis Alberto Blanco Flores.

El Bazan was in custody twice in the last two years...last time on June 15th when he escaped in a red truck

Mexico City: Human remains with narcomanta found on Insurgentes Norte

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Milenio
Armando Monroy/ Cuartoscuro
In an unprecedented event for Mexico City, on Sunday morning the remains of at least two people were scattered on Insurgentes Norte Avenue, at the intersection of Ricardo Flores Magón, in the Nonoalco Tlatelolco neighborhood. 

The police of the Ministry of Public Security were alerted at 5:20 in the morning that the human parts were on Insurgentes Avenue.

When the police arrived they found several body parts and a blanket with an alleged narcomensaje hanging on one of the bridges in the area. 

The Attorney General's Office of Justice informed that the Public Prosecutor's Office initiated an investigation file for the crime of intentional homicide. 

6 Municipal Police killed by Huachicoleros in Puebla

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

Subject Matter: Killing of 6 Municipal Police in Puebla
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

 Six Municipal Police of Amozoc were assassinated in Chachapa by members of a band dedicated to the robbery of petroleum products from Pemex. The Secretary of Public Security have detained two persons deemed responsible. The Municipal President, Jose Cruz, said that the Police arrived at the zone after a telephone call that denounced a dispute in the area.

The crime was committed on the San Cristobel highway, where the State Attorney General encountered the bodies on the edge of a field of maize, with the bodies lying side by side with one female among them.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Despite being on the kingpin list, Rafa Marquez plays in the World Cup for Mexico

op-ed by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Mexico defeated defending champion Germany today 1-0

In August of last year, Rafael Marquez Alvarez, aka “Rafa” was placed on a kingpin list.  He is  star soccer player who is on Mexico’s national team and is playing in his fifth World Cup, only the third player to do so. [use this link to read my post of the sanctions]

At the recent World Cup practice scrimmage in California’s Rose Bowl, the soccer star out was MIA.
He is accused by the United States of having assisted Raul Flores Hernandez, leader of the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization in money laundering and using numerous businesses and bank accounts to clean drug profits.

21 Mexicans were placed on the same sanctions list and also had their assets frozen.  One was Norteno band leader Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo, pointed out by Peña Nieto as “a great example for Mexican youth.”

El Melvin, in April caught on video kidnapping, is tortured and dismembered

Posted by Wolf88 for Borderland Beat

Wolf88: Yesterday El Melvin was kidnapped by a rival group and was brutally tortured got tortured and dismembered.  His body was found in a streets of Jalisco.

Supposedly El Melvin was responsible for the kidnapping of several persons in Jalisco.  About a month ago there was a video that was circulating on the Internet and was posted in the front page of BB it was a video of a kidnapping that occurred in Jalisco I am posting the video to refresh your memory. 

On a Facebook page called "Jalisco Rojo" is where they posted the information and the pictures but not the video associated with El Melvin’s killing.

Note from Chivis: “El Melvin” was a member of organized crime who operated in the north and east of Guadalajara, kidnapping people.  He was captured on video a few months ago when he kidnapped a person in Colonia San Marcos.

Below is the kidnapping video from April


Saturday, June 16, 2018

How 'La Barbie' became the top-ranking leader of a Mexican drug cartel

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from LMT online 
Valdez' home,  teen years in Laredo

Mexican drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez Villarreal, otherwise known as "La Barbie," was sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to serve nearly five decades in prison for his violent drug-related crimes.

During Valdez's reign in Mexico, the cartel leader left a track of dismembered and decapitated bodies in the streets, hanged corpses from bridges and other crimes. But for this native Laredoan, Villarreal's upbringing was far from violent - on the contrary, it was described as homely.

Carla Valdez, a prosecutor in Texas and one of Valdez's six sisters, told U.S. District Judge William Duffey on Monday that she and her siblings were raised by humble, hardworking parents who taught them strong values and morals.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty (Dirtier)

 Posted by DD  Republished from The Real News Network 

Story courtesy of: Rompeviento.tv

LAURA CARLSEN: This week the gloves came off in the Mexican elections. What appears to be hundreds of thousands of phone calls are being made to cell phones throughout the country, Claiming that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador poses a danger to society. At the end of the recording, which consists of incendiary and often false statements against the candidate, there is a loaded question, and the voice asks the person to mark one to determine whether it’s a Lopez Obrador sympathizer or not.

My call came in the other afternoon. A woman’s voice began: “As you know, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is criticizing major businessmen, which threatens private investment, and the jobs it creates. If you agree that Lopez Obrador picking fights with businessmen even though it risks losing national and foreign investment and job creation, mark one on your phone.”

It sounds like that. It’s not a bad translation. That’s literally how absurd the call was. Other people got calls on different hot button issues in the campaign. Here’s one that warns that Lopez Obrador would release criminals from prison.

Note how the caller plays on fear, saying that AMLO would withdraw the armed forces from the drug war. Which, incidentally, is exactly what every major international human rights organization and most national human rights organizations have been demanding for years.

Two Mourners Gunned Down At Religious Wake In Mexico

Posted by DD Republished from TeleSur 

Mourners were gathered at an outdoor wake in Guadalajara early Wednesday when armed men drove by, killing two people and injuring eight.

Two mourners were killed by gunfire while they attended on outdoor wake in the early house of Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

While neighbors were gathered at the wake of a man fatally shot in another sector of Guadalajara on June 10, armed men drove up in several vehicles and opened fire on the crowd, The Informador reports.

State police and paramedics confirmed that two people, aged 35 and 38, died shortly after and eight others were injured, including a child, in the attack.

Witnesses say that a short time before the fatal shootings, several people began firing into the air with longarm weapons before driving away.

The subject of the wake was killed during a shootout between special officers and civilians in Guadalajara on Sunday.

The killers hid on rooftops then took refuge in a farm inhabited by three women who told poice they wouldn't give up the attackers. The women finally released the suspects after three people were killed.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sinaloa Cartel Juárez leader extradited, one of 24 leaders named by the U.S.

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma

Arturo Shows Urquidi alias "Chous", 47, was extradited to the United States.

According to US authorities, Urquidi is one of the 24 alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera and Ismael "Mayo" Zambada García, accused of federal charges for criminal association in April 2012.

According to the indictment, Urquidi was responsible for the loading and unloading of cocaine, drug-related products and firearms in warehouses of the Sinaloa cartel in Juárez.

He is accused of conspiracy to conduct business through a pattern of criminal association, counts on a possession conspiracy charge with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana, a conspiracy charge to import five kilograms or more of cocaine and one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana into the United States.

Violence and unemployment dry up Tlapacoyan, Veracruz: young people and wealthier families flee

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo                             


In Tlapacoyan, the crime that causes the most pain and fear is kidnapping. This is recognized by its Municipal President, Ofelia Jarillo Gasca, of PAN-PRD. However, townspeople don’t report it as groups of kidnappers have exercised harsh control through fear. 

The mayor says that the insecurity situation is so critical in Tlapacoyan that 30 to 40 wealthier families have left. Almost everyone had to live in an environment of violence or endure kidnapping. Those people, he ads, were people with money, who generated jobs with their businesses and now have left, leaving a complex situation for the town. The municipality is also already a capital of migration, where month after month truckloads of young people leave in search of the American dream. 

By Ignacio Carvajal

Tlapacoyan, June 14 (SinEmbargo / BlogExpediente) - With almost 60 thousand inhabitants, Tlapacoyan does not appear in the data of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. For the agency that measures the incidence of kidnapping, extortion and homicides, this municipality in the north of the state shows very low statistics of violence. However, last week in this municipality three women were murdered and the town rebelled, blocking off the road.

Karina Sanchez Valdez of Los Zetas sentenced to 34 years in Prison

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from La Journada and ValorporTamaulipas articles

Subject Matter: Los Zetas, Karina Sanchez Valdez
Recommendation: See extra article matter below on Sigifredo Najera Talamantes, "El Canicon"

A federal judge of the State of Mexico sentenced Karina Sánchez Valdez, a member of a Zetas cell in Nuevo León, who was commanded by Sigifredo Nájera Talamantes "El Canicón" to 34 years in prison.

The First District Judge in Federal Criminal Proceedings of the State of Mexico found this woman guilty for organized crime in the form of laundering, crimes against health and stockpiling of firearms and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, reported the PGR .

In addition to the prison sentence, the justice minister imposed the payment of a fine of 3 thousand 674 days of salary. Sánchez Valdez was arrested on March 20, 2009 by elements of the National Defense Secretariat in Saltillo, Coahuila, along with "El Canicón" and five other of her alleged lieutenants.

In the capture operation they secured 24 grenades, 8 rifles and 3 handguns, a grenade launcher, magazines, cartridges, 5 vehicles and 10 million 110 thousand 700 pesos.
On September 7, 2015 "El Canicón" was found dead in his prison cell in the Altiplano. His death was apparently the result of cardio-respiratory arrest.

Mexican Narcos Invest in Dubai

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

Investigative Report June12, 2018
Check out: C4ADS

The luxurious city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become in recent years a den of international magnates enriched with criminal capital and sanctioned by the United States Treasury. 

Along with smugglers of nuclear material, sponsors of armed conflicts, kleptocrats, money launderers and financial terrorists also appears Mexican Hassein Eduardo Figueroa Gómez , a businessman from Jalisco who, along with his father, Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vázquez, was identified as a drug trafficking ringleader by the Kingpin Act in 2012.

The Sandcastles-Tracing Sanctions Evasion Through Dubai's Luxury Real Estate Market report from the private firm Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), located in Washington, to which Universal had access, Figueroa Gómez and Figueroa Vázquez  were accused by the US of trafficking tons of chemical precursors from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to Mexico, to sell to  Mexican cartels to produce methamphetamines.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

“In journalism, the love of what we do goes beyond fear,” After Miroslava Breach murder, her newspaper closed. Now it's back.

 Posted by DD Republished from El Paso Inc. 

After the murder of his journalist Miroslava Breach in March  2017 the owner of the popular newspaper El Norte told his readers goodbye because he was no longer going to risk the life of his other reporters and staff due to increasing violence in his city of Juarez.  He told them this would be the last edition of El Norte that they would ever read.  

                              BUT HE IS BACK AND ANNOUNCING
                 “In journalism, the love of what we do goes beyond fear,”
El Norte owner Oscar Cantu closed the popular daily more than a year ago after one of its journalists was killed.  He is relaunching the publication even as media companies are under increasing pressure from cartel violence and the state. 

Precursor Providers to Sinaloa and CJNG DTO's

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

June12, 2018

The names of Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vázquez and his son Hassein Figueroa Gómez first sounded in 2012, when they were designated drug lords by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, for its acronym in English) of the US Department of the Treasury. .

The accusations were formalized after, in November 2011, Figueroa Vázquez was captured due to his links with Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

These are the main distributors of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine that  Mexican cartels employ dedicated to producing methamphetamine for the US market, using a network that goes from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to our country.

According to the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, they resorted to suppliers in countries where such chemical precursors are legal. In the investigation Belgium cooperated , as "part of a global effort to intercept the access of Mexican drug trafficking organizations," said the DEA.

How the Chief of Police created a reign of terror in Veracruz

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

Subject Matter: Forced disappearances by Police forces
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Nathaniel Janowitz
Hugo Murrieta could draw anything. When their birthdays approached, the children of the city of Coatepec knocked on the door of the house where he lived with his mother on the coast of the Gulf of the violent state of Veracruz. They told Murrieta what his favorite cartoons were, mostly from Disney movies, and he drew them with messages that they put on their birthday parties.

"I never charged them, I just asked them for the material," says his mother, María del Carmen. "He did it because he liked to draw."

The lady is famous in Coatepec for the delicious chiles she has been preparing and selling daily for decades. Every day, Murrieta, 22, helped his mother make deliveries throughout Coatepec and in the nearby city of Xalapa, the state capital, in the taxi he drove from time to time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jalisco: Mencho on the run as Mexican Navy in hot pursuit

Posted by Char for Borderland Beat from Contramuro

The night that he presented the images in his television news program, Ciro Gómez Leyva asked: In what country of the world does the armed forces attack and nothing happens?......We had the answer on the screens: in Mexico.

At the time of her arrest, Rosalinda González Valencia, wife of Nemesio Oseguera, alias El Mencho, immediately destroyed her cell phone.

"They are not unpremeditated," high-level sources told Semar yesterday.

They emphasize that the head of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation  is "furious" over the capture of his spouse, but that the lethal reaction they expected, after the capture of the woman, has not occurred.

"We surprised him," an admiral told us.

Video: Narco Lab and Huachicol Found in Basement of Municipal Palace in Edmx

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Debate

June 11, 2018

México State:  In clandestine places, often hidden from society, clandestine drug labs have been located, but this time was different. In the basement of the  Municipal Palace in the Municipality of Isidro Fabela a center of distribution of stolen fuel was located; along with deposits with chemical materials and various implements  found to treat these materials. The investigations have established that this site was used as a laboratory to produce some type of synthetic drug in the community of Tlazala, in Isidro Fabela.

The finding was made by the elements of the Army and the Office of the Attorney General of Justice, who also carried out operations in Nicolás Romero and Jilotzingo.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mexico not pressing massive bribery charges due to election

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico
                     Investigación por caso Odebrecht fue archivada para no afectar al PRI en las próximas elecciones, revelaron fuentes a The New York Times.

The investigations into alleged acts of corruption of officials of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto in the Odebrecht case have been hampered because it could affect the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), ahead of the elections on July 1, say three people interviewed by The New York Times.

According to what these three people told the newspaper, the millions of dollars in bribes from Odebrecht were paid to the officials who work for the company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), through accounts in tax havens to guarantee infrastructure contracts.

The contracts, payments of bribes and monetary transfers that were revealed by the Brazilian government and Mexican media on the case are corroborated with the files that are part of the investigation.

However, Mexican authorities did not extend the investigation to seek new contracts or payments that the Brazilian government may have overlooked, the three people who know the case told The New York Times.

La Barbie sentenced this morning ..but it is sealed

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

AP reports 50 years details are sealed

Edgar La Barbie Valdez Villarreal, was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and was extradited to the U.S. in September 2015. He pleaded guilty in January 2016 to charges of conspiring to import and distribute cocaine and conspiring to launder money.

He was sentenced today in Atlanta in a hearing slated for 9:30 AM. Prosecutors were asking the court to send him to prison for 55 years [660 months] and order him to forfeit $192 million.  He was facing leaving prison in a pine box, before he cut a deal.

His sentencing is sealed, which probably indicates he is set to testify against one or more defendants.  With the trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán closing in, a good guess is that Valdez will be on the witness list.  He was on the witness list against Alfredo “ El Mochomo” Beltran Leyva.  Beltran Leyva pleaded guilty and did not seek a plea deal. 

Although the particulars are sealed, AP is reporting he was sentenced to the 50 years the  government was apx asking for.

Below is the 27 page government sentencing memorandum, it is a historical background of Valdez and details of his criminal life and interactions with others including Zetas and Osiel Cardenas.  It is worth reading.

Boss of Cartel del Tigre arrested in Chihuahua

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

Subject Matter: Cartel del Tigre, El Chuma, Chihuahua
Recommendation: see link to article by myself on El Tigre

Reporter: Reforma Redaction
Elements of the State Commission for Security and the Federal Police detained one Jesus Manuel B.L, alias El Chuma, alleged new boss of the Cartel del Tigre. The Attorney General of the State informed that, after the capture of Julio Escarcega, El Chuma had assumed command of this criminal group.

Together with El Chuma, were arrested another two persons called Espiridion C.P, alias El Zorry and Jose Luis R.P nicknamed El 77, who, added the functionary, were known members of the criminal cell that operates in the region, and who work for Escar Gamboa Sosa, alias El Once.

The arrest was made in the municipal capital of Nonoava, where the troops carried out patrols, when they noticed the presence of three armed men. "The alleged criminals fled when they noticed the Police presence, but after a chase, the officers managed to thwart their escape attempt, and arrested the three armed men."

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Feds and Ca State Officials Crackdown on Mexican Cartel Grows Again

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat

Feds and California State authorities seek a crackdown on Mexican cartel pot grows on public lands as they ramp up the efforts to keep illegal grows and growers from poisoning more of California's wildlife, streams, rivers and people.

June 10, 2018
Material from: Redheaded Blackbelt, Ukiah Daily Journal and Houston Times Standard

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and U.S. Attorney and Eureka native McGregor Scott said during a news conference last week that they want to “redouble” efforts to eradicate illegal marijuana grows and pesticide use on public lands that are ravaging the environment and putting the general public at risk.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Video: Piedras Negras Federal Candidate Killed as he exited debate

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

“We took back the city from the Zetas!” said Purón in the debate minutes before his murder

Violence continues out of control during this deadly Mexico election season.

The latest murder is that of PRI candidate, Fernando Purón Johnston. which was recorded by a security camera. He was shot twice, one was a head impact. 

In the footage, the shooter is seen to the far left adjacent to the UA de C building in Piedras Negras,  he moves to the left just under the sign, wearing a jacket and a cap.  Meanwhile Purón Johnston is mingling with a few supporters, and taking selfies, when the killer makes his move, extracting a gun from his jacket moving towards his target, gets close and shoots.

Rambo will cross the border to fight a drug cartel

Posted by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Universal

                       Rambo will cross the border to fight a drug cartel

Sylvester Stallone is planning to direct the fifth installment of the American war hero saga, which is already being written

Movie actor Sylvester Stallone will fight a drug cartel in the movie Rambo 5, according to the latest information published in the Deadline entertainment and cinema news portal.

According to the publication, the fifth installment of the saga, which began in 1982 with First Blood, will begin shooting next September.

Stallone himself is working on the script with Avi Lerner, who has paired up with the actor on several occasions in movies such as The Expendables and will produce the new film of the Rambo franchise, an epic saga where Sylvester plays a war hero that, in spite of not abiding by military protocols, always achieves his goals.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Illicit Opioids — Not Prescription Meds — Are Fueling America’s Epidemic

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from AZ Central

The opioid problem now isn't so much about doctors and legitimate prescriptions. It's about illegal drugs entering through our border with Mexico.

Most fentanyl comes from Sinaloa Cartel

In 2014, 8 pounds of fentanyl from Mexico was seized by US border agents in the Southwest; in 2015, 200 pounds of fentanyl was seized. 

From October 2016 to August 2017, about 950 pounds of fentanyl was seized nationwide — and more than half of it (550 pounds) was seized at the San Diego and Tucson field offices on the Mexico border.

My sheriff office led the largest drug bust ($2 billion) in Arizona history against Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. 

Pablo Escobar's widow and son are charged with money laundering for Colombian drug dealer

The widow and son of cocaine cartel leader Pablo Escobar have been charged with money laundering in Argentina - and have each had assets worth $1 million seized.

Victoria Henao and her son Juan Pablo Escobar Henao are accused of being part of a criminal organisation and intermediaries in Argentina for Colombian drug dealer Jose Piedrahita.

The pair, whose characters were portrayed in the hit Netflix series Narcos, will remain free while the case proceeds, said Argentina's official judicial news agency.

They can appeal the decision by local judge Nestor Barral, who also ordered the seizing of some of their assets for about $1 million each. Former Colombia soccer international Mauricio Serna was also charged.
Serna is a former midfielder who helped Boca Juniors win South America's Copa Libertadores in 2000 and 2001. The team won the 2000 Intercontinental Cup by beating Real Madrid. He was a regular with Colombia's national team.

Risk Atlas higlights vote buying and violence hot spots in Mexico

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico                     

The study indicates hot spots of violence against candidates and politicians, purchase of votes, and anomalies during the electoral process.

by Agustín Salgado

Social organizations developed a risk atlas in which the regions of the country most prone to vote buying are located, the electoral sections that have behaved in an atypical manner, and the states where there have been acts of violence against political actors.

The document, presented Thursday night in Mexico City, establishes that from 2006 to May 8 of this year, 292 people, including mayors, candidates, pre-candidates, leaders of political parties, deputies, officials, ex-legislators, social leaders, in addition to journalists who cover elections, have been murdered or disappeared during the electoral campaigns.

The atlas, which can be consulted at atlasriesgoelectoral.mx, was presented on Thursday night in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, by political scientist Boris González Romero.

ONC predicts 2018 will be another year of failed security, worst in 20 years

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Sin Embargo

By Sugeyry Gándara

Crimes related to gender violence in Mexico, in the first four months of 2018, were increasing by 40.8 percent, on average, according to official figures. According to analysts consulted by Sin Embargo, the lack of reporting, the under-reporting of violence, the weakness of institutions and the lack of prevention, are some factors that do not allow adequate attention to violence that affect, at least, 30.7 millions of women.

Every hour, in our country, five crimes of gender violence were committed, according to figures from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP). While last January there were 2 thousand 656 investigation files for some type of crime, in April, 3 thousand 739 were registered.

Mexico City (Sin Embargo) - The National Citizen Observatory (ONC) predicted that 2018 will be even more violent than the previous year, as it is expected that the incidence of homicides and femicides will increase by 6.88 percent over the previous year.

Tamaulipas government and 7 Agencies of the United States Collaborate to capture criminal leaders of Los Zetas, Cdg and CdN

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an Aristeguinoticias article

Subject Matter: Mexican-USA Inter agency cooperation
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The government of Tamaulipas announced Thursday a program of collaboration with 7 United States Federal Agencies, to facilitate the detention of leaders of Los Zetas, the Cartel del Golfo and other criminal groups that operate on the frontier with Texas.

This program of collaboration is without precedent, " the bi-national force is the largest assembled against these criminal groups", said the state government.

Chinese linked to CJNG arrested in CdMx

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

Subject Matter: Chinese linked to CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
Elements of the Army and the PGR captured 10 persons allegedly linked to the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and other criminal organizations, who are dedicated to money laundering of said criminal groups in Mexico City.

At the moment of their capture they were found with $10,510,000.00, the equivalent of 206,000,000.00 Mexican Pesos. Israel Lira Salas, functionary of SEIDO, mentioned that 6 of the detained were of Chinese origin and the rest were Mexican.

The detention, explained the functionary, derived from search warrants that were issued on the 26th and 28th of May for several houses in Mexico City, where personnel from the Army and SEIDO captured the 10 persons.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Close to trial, U.S. Prosecutors reveal having exculpatory evidence that could help Chapo

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

“The ultimate aim of our criminal justice system is not only to secure convictions, but also to ensure  that the rights of the accused are protected. Two days ago, the government disclosed that it possesses evidence that can mitigate Mr. Guzmán’s role in the charged offenses or possibly exonerate him. The fact the the government is disclosing this evidences so close to trial shows that it is interested in obtaining a conviction at all costs - Mr. Guzmán’s rights be damned. All Mr. Guzmán asks for is a fair trial and the ability to defend himself as any other defendant.” [Eduardo Balarezo]

Prosecutors in the Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán trial have just revealed on Monday that they have in their possession an abundance of ‘Brady’ material.  Brady evidence is exculpatory evidence, favorable to a defendant.  It could potentially exonerate a defendant.  Or result in a reduced a sentence.
There are 41 separate items of exculpatory evidence.

And they have had this evidence before Guzmán’s extradition.  

PAN headquarters in Tamaulipas attacked

Translated by El Profe from La Silla Rota 

            Atacan a balazos la sede del PAN en Tamaulipas

Neighbors living near the PAN headquarters commented that around 5:30 am they heard firearm bursts  

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas (La Silla Rota) - The headquarters of the PAN State Committee in Tamaulipas was attacked by gunmen this morning. There were no injuries.

Neighbors at the headquarters of the offices of the National Action Party commented that around 5:30 today, two bursts of large-caliber firearms were heard.

The offices were without staff and the watchman was on the upper floors so he was not injured.

A preliminary report from the agents of the Investigating Police made an expert ballistics survey stating there are more than 25 bullet marks in the facilities.

Marinas Lose Control at Protest in Jalisco: Have to Call in the Municipales

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

        Mexican Marinas Vehicles with "CJNG" Scrawled across the Hood and Shattered Windshield

And: Animal Politico June 5, 2018

Ciudad Guzmán.- At least three people were wounded by bullets after elements of the Navy fired into the air to disperse a demonstration against enforced disappearances in the municipality of Zapotlán El Grande, in southern Jalisco and ended ended in violent clashes between civilians and sailors.

Although a peaceful protest was called at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon on the outskirts of the municipal seat, about 200 people protested the cases of disappearance of people in the state and consider those responsible: Elements of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (Semar).

According to the local media El Sur Jalisco, a group of young people, some with their faces covered with handkerchiefs and banners, struck out the four tires of a truck in which sailors, ie marinas, who were sent to guard  the protest and surrounded the vehicle. The youths threw stones, sticks and other objects and wrote in the truck "rats", "justice fucking thieves" and the acronym "CJNG", which identifies the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. This went on for two hours; the Marinas caught up in the middle.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"La Garra", The bloodthirsty CJNG leader that little is reported about

Posted by LeChef for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota

The Cartel Jalisco New Generation is the youngest transnational criminal organization, but also the most powerful in Mexico and the United States, according to DEA.

Therefore, the leaders of this organization automatically become the “most wanted” criminals. Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes AKA El Mencho, is the supreme leader and therefore the number one public enemy for Mexican and US Authorities.

However, working for him, is a drug trafficker of whom little has been spoken of and who represents a key role in CJNG.

6 unarmed Transit Police in Salamanca Guanajuato slaughtered (Video and article)

Posted by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat with additional information from Epoca Violenta and Milenio

There are at least four cartels in Guanajuato, but the principal players are Los Zetas from Tamaulipas, a faction of the Cartel de Noreste, and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

In 2013 a large number of Zeta operators emigrated to this state to "colonise" it. They are the alleged perpetrators of this massacre, but all of the cartels mentioned above have a reputation for extreme violence with zero regard to consequences.

13 years in prison for the "Betty la Fea" brother of El Senor de los Cielos, Armado Carrillo Fuentes

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

Subject Matter: Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, Betty la Fea
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, Betty la Fea, was accused of crimes against health, carrying of weapons and ammunition for exclusive use of the armed forces and was detained in August of 2013.

Reporter: Ruben Mosso
A Federal Judge sentenced Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, Betty la Fea, to 13 years and 8 months in prison, he is alleged to have assumed the leadership of the Juarez cartel, together with his brother Vincente Carrillo Fuentes, El Viceroy.

Betty la Fea was found responsible for crimes against health as well as carrying arms and ammunition in his possession for exclusive use of the armed forces. Alberto Carrillo was detained in August of 2013 by elements of the Federal Police in the locality of Bucerias, Nayarit, together with diverse firearms, ammunition and narcotics.

The sentenced is the brother of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, El Senor de los Cielos, who, after his death in 1997 left the cartel in the hands of his brother Vincente Carrillo, El Viceroy.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cartel del Golfo member interrogated and killed by Los Talibanes

Posted by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a youtube video


I work for COY who is unified with the Cartel del Golfo, with La Senora del Pacifico
The Senora de Pacifico?
How many commanders does she have?
4 commander bosses

Chiapas, Mexico's safest state

Posted by Canadiana for Borderland Beat republished from Mexico Daily

Note: Click on image to enlarge

High-impact crime, first quarter of this year. Green is best, dark red is worst and yellow is in between.

Mexico’s safest state? Chiapas, security watchdog says the state pushed Yucatán out of first place in a ranking of crime statistics

Chiapas has edged out Yucatán to become Mexico’s safest state, according to Semáforo Delictivo, a citizens’ security watchdog.

US Couple and their Dog Murdered in BOLA, Baja Ca

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: sqnoticias

June 5, 2018
additional info: bdoutdoors and El Sol de Tijuana

The bad news is true. Ray Ball and Jo Butler were murdered in their home at the south end of town, Bahia de Los Angeles, while trying to stop the theft of their fishing boat in the middle of the day. Their bodies were found inside their home, along with that of their pet dog, but a baseball bat was found outside the house indicating the couple was marched back into the house and murdered. 

This does not bode well for the town. Violence against Americans has been escalating in the last few years with little or no response from authorities. The town elders and governing officials must do something quickly to solve this crime or dire consequences will follow.

There is also no information yet on the type of boat. Reports state that it got stuck in the sand and the thieves made a run for it into the desert after murdering the couple and being unable to launch the boat.  Speculation is that the 2 assailants took off in two cars and were not from the small village at Bahia de Los Angeles, although it is possible that a lookout is. 

CJNG will not be affected by the detention of La Jefa

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

Subject Matter: CJNG, La Jefa, Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

After the arrest of the wife of "El Mencho", federal authorities focus their sights to stop the leader of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion. They also went for the daughter, Jessica Johanna, considered the marketing brain of the criminal organization. The training of former Guatemalan kaibiles and Colombian paramilitaries of the CJNG is not new. The expansion of the criminal group through "Los Cuinis" has reached Spain, Russia, Italy and Germany

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
The arrest of Rosalinda González Valencia "La Jefa", wife (or former wife) of the alleged drug trafficker Rubén Oseguera Cervantes aka Nemesio Oseguera Ramos "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG), was not violent, but expected and brought about the normal media circus.

Monday, June 4, 2018

BCS Police Get New Equipment that is Not Bullet Proof

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Mundo Digital

           Non Bullet Proof Vests Delivered by the Municipal Administration to its Police Officers
June 3, 2018

Municipality of Los Cabos, BCS.- Of the 400 elements available to the General Directorate of Public Safety, Preventive Police and Municipal Transit, at least 370 have vests purchased for  5,000 Pesos each that do not have metal plates and therefore do not protect them in case of receiving bullet wounds in the chest, in any type of confrontation they may have with criminal groups or individuals.

Following the assassination of Sub-Commander of Sector One of Cabo San Lucas, Juan Enrique Sanchez Ochoa, on May 31, 2018 at the hands of a foreign citizen, this past week, police agents who requested anonymity reported that the current Municipal Administration gave them vests at the cost of  5,000 Pesos each which only have one lining and not a metal plate. Sanchez Ochoa did not have a bullet proof vest on at the time of the incident at 11:35 pm when he went on call to a report of a fight with an unruly person at an establishment. 

There have been various conflicting reports on the incident itself, one that it took place in a casino; another that the gunman did not want to pay his bill. In any event the foreign born man; identity and nationality unknown at this time, took out a gun and shot the responding police Officer Juan Sanchez Ochoa. He was subsequently arrested and Officer Sanchez Ochoa died en route to the hospital nearby.