Saturday, June 30, 2018

132 political murders since September compared to just nine six years ago

Posted by DD from material in Mexico News Daily 

The election tomorrow, July 1, has been called the largest in Mexico's history.  That is based on the number of  municipal, state, and federal elections being held. Accordingly it could also be based on the number of candidates on the ballots.  But it could also be based on the number of candidates murdered since early Sept. when the official campaign cycle began.  

 The numbers were revealed this week by the risk analysis firm Etellekt.

Forty eight (48) candidates were assassinated since Sept.  In the 2012 election when Pena Nieto was elected there was one (1) candidate murdered.   

When you add the 48 murdered candidates to the other politicians who were assassinated in this election cycle the total rises to 132 murders.  "Other politicians" include pre-candidates, militant party members, former and current mayors, councilors, political activists, party leaders, former candidates and former members of council and Congress are all represented in the 132 political murders recorded.   There were just 9 recorded in the 2011-2012 cycle.  

With armed people, PRI candidate blocks access to populations of Oaxaca

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Aristegui Noticias

Photo: AN
Oscar Toral, PI-PVEM candidate for reelection as mayor of Asunción Ixtaltepec, has paid armed people to prevent entry to various communities.

Santiago Ixtaltepec, Oax.- Violating all law and order to carry out the elections of July 1, PRI-PVEM candidate and current municipal president of Asunción Ixtaltepec, Oscar Toral Ríos, commands armed persons to block access to the municipal agencies of Lázaro Cárdenas, Santiago Ixtaltepec, Sitio Las Flores and Mazahua, report townspeople.

According to the testimonies, Oscar Toral ordered the closure of all vehicles to these towns, with dump trucks and armed persons, among who are Ravit Ruiz, Cornelio Ruiz and Griselda Escobar, who are part of the Oscar Toral project in this municipality.

The whistleblowers, who preferred to leave their names in anonymity for fear of reprisals, demanded that the state authorities urgently intervene in the situation, which scares the population two days before the elections.

"El Flaco Sierra", cell leader of the Gulf Cartel, captured in Reynosa

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Imparcial
                Cae el "Flaco Sierra", líder de célula del Cártel del Golfo en Reynosa; se desatan bloqueos tras su detención

Elements of the Army and the Criminal Investigation Agency of the PGR detained Luis Miguel "N", "El Flaco Sierra", leader of a cell of the Gulf Cartel, in the border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Sources from the security cabinet and from the Tamaulipas Coordination Group confirmed the capture of the alleged criminal, one of the main generators of violence in the area and a priority objective of the federal government and the authorities of Tamaulipas.

The arrest unleashed a series of blockades in different parts of the city, including the roads to San Fernando and Matamoros.

According to federal authorities, "El Flaco Sierra" disputes the leadership of the Gulf Cartel with Petronilo Moreno Flores, "El Panilo"; Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, "El Pelochas"; Juan Miguel Lizardi Castro, "Miguelito"; Andrés Martínez Granados, "El Pause"; Agustín Ordorica López and Luis Bravo Bautista Ramírez.

A week ago, the government of Tamaulipas and authorities of the United States jointly presented the Campaign of Security and Prosperity, a strategy against nine criminal targets that operate in the small border of the entity.

Among them are Juan Gerardo Treviño Chávez, "El Huevo", leader of the Zetas and Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez, "El Contador", leader of the Gulf Cartel.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Brother of "El Bukanas" arrested in Puebla

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from El Universal

                         Elementos de la Policía Federal. Foto:

The Federal Police arrested Saul "N" in the municipality of Acultzingo, identified as the second in command of the criminal group led by his brother Roberto "N"

by Manuel Espino Bucio

The Federal Police arrested Saul "N" in the municipality of Acultzingo, Puebla, identified as the second in command of the criminal group headed by his brother Roberto "N", known as "El Bukanas.”

The general commissioner of the Federal Police, Manelich Castilla Craviotto, reported on his Twitter account that the capture derived from the exchange of information between the governments of Puebla and Veracruz.

"El Bukanas’ ” criminal group is responsible for the wave of robbery and vandalism of freight trains between the limits of Puebla and Veracruz, activities that combine with the theft of fuel in both entities.

Guerrero: Price of Poppy Paste Plummets

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: MND
June 29, 2018
Thirty years ago, a kilogram of opium paste sold for as much as 80,000 pesos in the mountains of the southern state of Guerrero, remembers a long-term resident.

But today, says Arturo López, who lives in the municipality of Leonardo Bravo, a kilo of the same product fetches just 5,000 pesos (US $250) or 16 times less.

The drastic price slump — exacerbated recently by a reduction in demand for opium paste due to its substitution in heroin production with the synthetic opioid fentanyl — has had a devastating impact on the sierra region, which is located in the geographical center of the state.

“Thirty years ago, a kilo of opium paste was bought for 50,000 or 80,000 pesos. The farmers handed it over to the narcos, who paid very well . . . They took care of transporting it to the clandestine laboratories and distributing it,” he explained.

CJNG Zapopan: “El Sobrino” Emilio Alexandro “N” Detained

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Excelsior

                                                                       "El Sobrino"
June 28, 2018
By: Marcos Muedano w extra info from: MND

The federal government arrested Emilio Alexandro "N", "El Sobrino ", a member of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG), on June 19 ,who, according to the authorities, participated in the attack against former Secretary of Labor and ex-attorney general of Jalisco, Luis Carlos Nájera Gutiérrez de Velasco , last May 21.

"El Sobrino" is also investigated for kidnappings and homicides of different people in the municipalities of Amatitán, Jalisco, and Jala, Nayarit, during November and December of 2017. 

The investigation lines of the PGR indicate that Emilio Alexandro "N" was a link of the main structure of the criminal group, an organization for which he obtained information on the operations that would be carried out by federal and state authorities.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

US to Colombia: “RoundUp” those Coca Plantations

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: TeleSur

Sighting pressure from the United States, Colombia’s Minister of Defense says the country will reinstate the policy of eradicating its coca production with glyphosate, this time with the help of drones.

Luis Carlos Villegas announced on Monday that the government will reinstate its practice of fumigating the illicit crops with glyphosate, an herbicide that Colombia’s Constitutional Court prohibited in 2015 arguing it threatens the health of local communities and the environment.

Villegas, trying to quell fears regarding the chemical’s negative health impacts, said that by using drones to disperse the Roundup creates “half the concentration of the poison that the planes had," saying that "the risks to people and the environment are quite mitigable."

In 2015 the U.N. cancer research center labeled the potent weed killer, devised by Monsanto, as a probable carcinogen.  Tractors will also be used to rid areas of the crop, said the defense minister.

Villegas added on Tuesday that the National Council of Narcotic Drugs still needs to authorize the drone use, but that 10 teams will start the practice by next Wednesday. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Vicente Carrillo Leyva, son of "El señor de los cielos" leaves prison

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from El Debate

After nine years , two months and eleven days in prison, Vicente Carrillo Leyva , "El Ingeniero" ,was released from federal prison in Jalisco. 

The son of the late Juarez Cartel chief, Amado Carrillo Fuentes , "El señor de los cielos" ["The Lord of the Skies"], left the federal prison at midnight on June 12, after completing his sentence for the crime of money laundering, according to court documents.

Carrillo Leyva was arrested on April 1, 2009 by the Federal Police at his home on Calle de Sauces, in Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico City, and faced six criminal proceedings He was acquitted in four and sentenced in two.

On March 7, 2011, he was imprisoned in the Penal de Occidente, in Jalisco.

Government has evidence indicating El Chapo was not top leader of Sinaloa Cartel

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman’s attorney, Eduardo Balarezo filed with the court,  a motion to the government’s opposition to compel with respect to potentially exculpatory evidence.

Exculpatory evidence is evidence that could be in the favor of Guzman.  In this case,  the stand out is that Guzman was not the premier leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, but was working under others.  

Balarezo contends that the government has possessed evidence all along, that Guzman was not the head of the cartel, a charge against him in the case. 

Guzman was charged with overseeing a continuing criminal enterprise. Balarezo said the government sent him a bullet-pointed list of possibly exonerating information about Guzman on June 4, including material detailing his "relative standing" among other drug dealers.

The government says they were only required to prove Guzman supervised five or more people.

"Whether he was equally powerful or more powerful does not negate his role," said government attorney Andrea Goldbarg.

From the filing:

More importantly, the government deliberately ignores the value to the defense of at least 9 other items (bullet points 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 19, 21 and 23) that specifically indicate that Mr. Guzmán was not the leader, nor a leader, of the so-called Sinaloa Cartel or some other drug-trafficking organization. 
Since the favorable or exculpatory nature of that information escapes the prosecutors who “make a judgment as to the exculpatory character and materiality of evidence that might fall within the ambit of Brady,” Mr. Guzmán reminds the government of the first count in the indictment. 
Count 1 charges that from 1989 to 2014, Mr. Guzmán engaged in a continuing criminal enterprise and that he “occupied supervisory and management positions,” and was “one of several principal administrators, organizers and leaders of the continuing criminal enterprise.”Doc. No. 14 at 5; see also 21 U.S.C. § 848(b). That the government can claim with a straight face that those specific items are not favorable or exculpatory strains credulity.

Two "inlaws" of El Mencho arrested in Zapopan

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

Subject Matter: Los Cuinis, CJNG
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

This Tuesday, the Secretary of National Defence informed that Arnulfo N and Ulises N, inlaws of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, leader of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion were arrested.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Michoacan: Barrio Azteca Founder-Capo, 'El Tablas' arrested, U.S. top ten most wanted

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat  material from Reforma and FBI website

Accused in Juarez U.S. Consulate 2010 murders 
click on any image to enlarge
The Army and the Attorney General of the Republic detained Eduardo Ravelo Rodríguez "El Tablas" in Uruapan, Michoacán, one of the 10 most wanted by the FBI and leader of the criminal organization "Barrio Azteca", linked to the Juarez Cartel .

The alleged drug trafficker was apprehended along with Juan Arturo Padilla Juárez "El Genio" or "El Vaquero", Martín Alonso Bustos Rodríguez and Raúl Alberto Mendoza Coronado, considered as members of the closest circle of "El Tablas".

At the time of the arrests, executed during a search with judicial authorization, the suspects were in possession of small arms, chargers, and methamphetamine, which were seized, according to information from the PGR.

Ravelo Rodríguez was on the list of the 10 most wanted by the FBI, who offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information to find his whereabouts, he is accused of being  responsible for the planning and killing of three Americans in 2010 in Juárez. 

Retailers experiment with blue lights to deter drug use in bathrooms

Posted by "Canadiana" Borderland Beat republished from Canadian Press

Making it more difficult to see their veins

Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject heroin and other drugs have been seeking the relative privacy of the stalls to shoot up.
The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. It's an idea that's been around for years but is getting a fresh look as a result of the nation's opioid epidemic.

"The hardest-core opiate user still wants to be accurate. They want to make sure the needle goes in the right spot," said Read Hayes, a University of Florida researcher and director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, a retail industry-supported group that is looking at the lights' effectiveness. The purpose of the blue light is to "disrupt that process" and force people to go somewhere else to take drugs, he said.

Turkey Hill Minit Markets, a 260-store chain based in Lancaster, is one of two convenience store chains and a supermarket chain working with the loss prevention group to field-test the blue bulbs. Hayes, whose group devises methods to combat theft and violent crime at stores, said that the study is still in its infancy, but that initial feedback from stores that have been using them has been positive.

129 is the new assassination tally, as another candidate is murdered and four others

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat  from EFE

Emigdio López Avendaño, a Morena party candidate for the Congress of Oaxaca and four members of the party were killed. Two more were wounded but only one required hospitalization, said the Oaxaca Prosecutor's Office.

The armed attack occurred on the road from San Vicente Coatlán to Ejutla de Crespo , an area where López Avendaño was a candidate for local congressman.

Salomón Jara Cruz, coordinator of Morena in the region and candidate for this party of  the Mexican Senate, condemned the assassination and asked Alejandro Murat, governor of Oaxaca, not to allow the act go unpunished.

"They defame me" says Mencho's wife

Posted by Char for Borderland Beat from El Universal

Rosalinda requested the press removed from courtroom, saying, "I am not a criminal, I have been defamed."

Rosalinda González Valencia, wife of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, says she is not a criminal and that after her arrest she has been publically defamed.

During the initial hearing, held behind closed, against the wife of the leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, [CJNG] the Attorney General's Office accused her of organized crime, committing operations with resources of illegal origin.

The federal authorities identify her as the financial chief of the CJNG.

Narcomanta in CD Juarez

Posted by Buggs)translated by Siskiyou_kid

Two narcomantas appeared hung in the overpass of the Santa Rosa neighborhood.

In the banners, threatening messages were sent to a group of criminals who were accused of extorting and murdering innocents.

Message for city of Juarez....We come to clean the city of extortionists, rats, and kidnappers. We are already here to take out the garbage.... We will protect both large and small business owners, and we are only dedicated to narcotrafficking.

We ask the people of Juarez [los Juarenses] to pardon us, we come to put an end to all of you that are distributing crystal in our streets and all that are charging quotas [extortion], we are here to do what the authorities have not done to help the Cartel of Ciudad Juarez...We are here and we will finish it with you.


Monday, June 25, 2018

30 Municipal Police Detained in Ocampo, Michoacan

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Mich321.0

           A Surprise Operation had to be carried out by the SSP to Detain the Municipal Police
By: Carbell Lucio
June 25, 2018

Ocampo, Michoacán:  In a surprise operation carried out early this Sunday, about 30 elements of the Municipal Police of Ocampo, some say the town's entire police force, were arrested and will be transferred to the city of Morelia to be investigated for their alleged participation in criminal acts, including murder of the PRD mayoral candidate, Fernando Ángeles Juárez.

In the operation, carried out by the Sub Secretariat of Public Security, the director of Public Safety of Ocampo, Óscar González García, was also arrested, is said to have fired shots at the Michoacán Police when they was preparing to arrest him on Saturday morning. 

High level officials of the SSP Michoacán, said that the surprise operation was necessary after "the humiliation" that Venancio Colín, director of State Public Safety, suffered in a first attempt to arrest the municipal police on Saturday he was "run out of the place by no more than 16 municipal police elements, even though I was in charge of an operation with more than 60 officers of the State Police, so a new action plan had to be implemented ".

World Cup 2018: 16 Fans Killed in Mexico Within 24 Hours

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: TeleSurtv

                                                                     World Cup 2018
June 25, 2018

In the first of two attacks took place along the Texas border around 11:00 a.m. local time. Six people were killed during the first attack during a drive-by shooting as they sat watching the soccer game from inside their garage on Saturday, June13, 2018.

According to witnesses, a van pulled up to the home and a group of armed attackers jumped out and fired at the party of soccer fans. Neighbors immediately called local police to report the incident and an investigation is underway.

Within the course of an hour, another five people were murdered when a pair of gunmen burst into a barber shop and killed the two clients and three barbers found inside.

Eleven more soccer fans were shot and killed in Mexico following the nation’s win against South Korea in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, police reported.

3 arrested from the Cartel Beltran Leyva

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

Subject Matter: Beltran Leyva Organization
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Eleuterio Burgos Lara, Don Tello, and the brothers Sergio Alberto and Ulises Burgos Campo, who work for Chapo Isidro will be house in the Aguaruto penitentiary, Sinaloa, for three months whilst the investigation against them is concluded.

A Federal Judge heard charges against three members of the criminal organization headed by Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, El Chapo Isidro. Meza Flores assumed control of the Beltran Leyva brothers cartel, and are considered the group creating most of the violence in the corridor that goes from the city of Guamuchil to Gausave and Los Mochis in Sinaloa, they are also attributed to acts of violence in Mazatlan and Nayarit.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

May 2018: The Deadliest Month in Mexico Since 1997

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Telesurtv

                                      The World Watches Mexico's Violent Election Process
June 24, 2018

According to the national registry, 2,890 people have been murdered so far this year, which translates to roughly 93 victims per day or 4 per hour.

With just 10 days to Mexico's July 1 presidential elections, a new report shows violence has reached a new peak with almost 3,000 murders committed last month alone, the National Public Security System said Thursday.

There has been a total of 2,890 murders, which translates to roughly 93 victims per day or four every hour: the highest homicide rate since 1997.

Since January, a total of 13,298 people have been murdered in Mexico: a 21 percent increase on the same period last year.

Violence has permeated every corner of the country, although the highest concentration per 100,000 residents occurred in Colima, Baja California, Guerrero, Chihuahua and Guanajuato.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Baja, Ca: “A Living Hell of Disappearances”

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Unimexicali/ Radioformula

                                   Just Another Day Somewhere in Northern Baja California
By: José Luis Camarillo
June 23, 2018

Recently the State of  Baja California has been enveloped in a dark cloud that casts uncertainty on families that incessantly search for those whom they have lost,  a figure of 14 women and 40 men have disappeared and/or vanished without trace. These are only the reported figures,  declared the president  of the Association United for the Disappeared of Baja California, Fernando Ocegueda Flores. 

He said that in Tijuana alone, plus one case from Mexicali, from last month to date there have been 16 missing women, where one of them was located another was found reported dead, and 14 remain missing. The ages of young women range between 18 and 24 years. All of them with a complaint reportedly lodged with CAPEA. (Spanish language acronym)

Along with these figures, the Municipality of Ensenada joins in with 89 disappearances, mainly in the areas of Valle de la Trinidad, San Quintín, El Maneadero and Ojos Negros, which qualifies this Municipality as an unexpected "red light" focal point.

Puebla government takes control of security in Ciudad Serdán, Puebla

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso
El secretario general de Gobierno en Puebla, Diódoro Carrasco Altamirano. Foto: Octavio Gómez
The Secretary general of Government in Puebla, Diódoro Carrasco Altamirano. Photo: Octavio Gómez
By Gabriela Hernández

PUEBLA, Pue- For the third time in recent weeks, the state government intervened in the security of a municipality, this time in Ciudad Serdán, in light of the increase in crime rates that afflict that region.

In a press conference, the Secretary General of Government, Diódoro Carrasco, as well as the Public Security Minister, Jesús Morales, specified that in the morning 36 members of the Municipal Police of Ciudad Serdán were arrested, including Ignacio Tobón, Police Supervisor and another manager who was not identified.

Carrasco said that this municipal security intervention was based on a decree issued by the PAN governor Antonio Gali Fayad, as happened in San Martin Texmelucan on May 2.

In addition, yesterday the state government took control of the municipalities of Amozoc, after six police officers were found executed on Friday 15.

Friday, June 22, 2018

CJNG increasing the violence in BC

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

Subject Matter: Baja California, CJNG, Sinaloa Cartel, Cartel Arellano Felix
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

The struggle between the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion allied with the remnants of the Cartel Arellano Felix to wrest criminal control away from the Sinaloa Cartel in Tijuana, has incremented the homicide statistics in Baja California, raising the levels to 8 killings per day and more than 200 per month. Aided by impunity, La Mana accuses the PEP of kidnapping, while the CJNG accuse the Municipal Police of torture, don't fuck with me and I wont fuck with you threatens a sicario.

Reporter: Zeta Investigations
The months of April and March raised the bar to 200 assassinations monthly in Tijuana, the 24 hours between the 12th and 13th of June accumulated 16 victims of violent homicides, the biggest number of executions committed in a day in Baja California so far this year.

Until 8 in the morning on Thursday the 14th of June, the statistics of Baja California in matters of homicide closed with 1343 executions, of which 1077 have been committed in Tijuana, 118 in Ensenada, 75 in Mexicali, 37 in Rosarito and 36 in Tecate.

The Attorney Generals Office of Tijuana, notes the results as following: 212 homicides in Tijuana in April, with 12 persons reported detained for this type of crime, with 15 processed and 17 arrest warrants granted.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Authorities issue arrest warrants in the murder of candidate Purón..his widow announces pregnancy

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat ,,,Big thanks to mi Amiga Lacy

Purón was 112th candidate murdered in the past 14 months of Mexico's bloody election campaign

Puron and wife at the birth of María Constanza
On Fathers Day, Cynthia Villarreal Sánchez, the widow of murdered congressional candidate Fernando Puron announced she is pregnant.

The young widow announced through her personal Facebook account and confirmed it later in an exclusive interview with Periódico Zócalo. "I feel a lot of happiness, I am eight weeks pregnant and I know in this way that Fernando is giving me the strength to keep going despite his absence," she said.

This is the second child of Villarreal and her husband, who was killed minutes after leaving a political debate on Friday June 8th.  Puron, was running for deputy, (similar to a congressman) of the 11th district of Coahuila.

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:

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.