Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Acquitted of all charges: Mireles may sue Peña, Osorio and Castillo for robbing him of almost 3 Years of life.

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Dr. José Manuel Mireles, founder of the self-defense groups in Michoacán, celebrated the ruling of a Federal Court that declared his absolute freedom and acquitted him of all charges. 

He also reiterated via twitter, that the charges were fabricated, after he decided to save his people.  He is considered by many of having been a political prisoner incarcerated  for 2 years and 11 months in federal prisons.

His defense attorney reports they are considering filing a lawsuit against  former Commissioner Alfredo Castillo, the former Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, and  President Enrique Peña Nieto, for false imprisonment and fabricated charges. 

New US State Dept Travel Warning Highlights 5 Mexican States

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: US State Dept

July 18, 2018
NOTE: I first read this is Mexican Press. Check out this cool website where these images and much more come from: HERE

Mexico Travel Advisory:  July 16, 2018  Mexico - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
       Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime. Some areas have increased risk.

Please read the entire Travel Advisory.
Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. government employees are also not permitted to drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel on Highway 15 between Nogales and Hermosillo.

DO NOT Travel to:

Colima State due to crime.
Guerrero State due to crime.
Michoacán State due to crime.
Sinaloa State due to crime.
Tamaulipas State due to crime.

The War on Drugs 2017: Sedena Deployed 52,807 Troops

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio
July16, 2018 By: Rubén Mosso

The Secretariat of National Defense deployed in 2017 the largest number of soldiers in 12 years of struggle against drug trafficking, Sedena commissioned to that task  52,807 elements. It is the highest number of Army personnel that daily fights the nine drug cartels that operate in different regions. 

At the beginning of Felipe Calderón's administration, in Mexico there were 37, 253 soldiers in work to reduce violence, which includes the security of strategic facilities, tasks of eradication and interception in application of the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives, as well as as support for public safety. 

After a criminal assault against federal, state and municipal forces, 45,000 soldiers were commissioned to fight the criminal groups in 2007 after Calderon won the 2006 presidential election.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Four TONS of Drugs Destroyed in Baja, CA

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Unimexicali

July 17, 2018

The Attorney General's Office (PGR) incinerated nearly four tons of narcotics in Baja California and destroyed 86 slot machines, all of which related to various preliminary inquiries, investigative files and criminal cases. 

The Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), through its Delegation in Baja California, reported that 3 Tons, 107 kilos 495 grams plus 100 milligrams of marijuana were incinerated; 438 Kilos, 146 grams plus 800 milligrams of methamphetamine hydrochloride; 37 Kilos, 773 grams plus 750 milligrams of cocaine hydrochloride; and 19 Kilos 802 grams plus 419 milligrams of methamphetamine.

They also incinerated 8 Kilos 697 grams plus 100 milligrams of Fentanyl; 5 kilograms 90 grams plus  800 milligrams of diacetyl morphine hydrochloride; 8 grams 500 milligrams of Mescaline; one  gram of Peyote;  2 kilos 11 grams plus 400 milligrams of Heroin; as well as 4 marijuana plants and 132 tablets, ie pills type unnamed.

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Kiko" Trevino, Last Leader of Los Zetas, Goes on Trial Today in Texas

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

         Texas "Kiko" Treviño, US Citizen, last leader of the Zetas, is being tried in Waco, Texas

By: Juan Alberto Cedillo  July 16, 2018
Nuevo Laredo, Tampaulipas

Juan Francisco Treviño Chávez Jr., "Kiko" , the last king of the Zetas who renamed the Northeast Cartel (CDN), will be tried in Texas this Monday on seven counts, "including five that go from 10 years in prison to life imprisonment, " the Texas newspaper San Antonio Express News reported.

An alleged former leader of Mexico’s bloodthirsty  Los Zetas cartel is going on trial , which starts Monday in a federal court in Waco, Texas accused of conspiracy to traffic multi-kilogram quantities of marijuana and cocaine inland through South Texas and laundering millions of dollars in proceeds.

El Chapo granted a short continuance, New trial date in November 5th

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A partial victory for El Chapo, jury selection begins November 5th

Joaquín “El Chapo Guzmán’s trial has been continued to November 5, 2018. The defense had asked for an extension of 5 months,.  The added time was to be allowed sufficient time to, review the massive amounts  of information forwarded  by the government earlier this month.

In commenting on the ruling, Eduardo Balarezo, El Chapo’s defense attorney said;
"Mr. Guzman is highly disappointed with the decision to continue the trial for only two months. Given the immense amount of information dumped upon the defense by the government at the last minute, Mr. Guzman thought a 5 month continuance was appropriate. He believes that the prosecution is purposely playing games in an effort to deny him a fair trial and trusts that an impartial jury will see through the smoke and mirrors at trial.”

Colima: Governor confirms murder of "El Americano"

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Colima governor confirmed the death of Luis Antonio Torres "El Americano", ex-member of the self-defense groups in Michoacán and designated as a member of organized crime. The murder was conducted during the attack on a popular nightclub in Manzanillo.

The attack occurred on Saturday night, outside the "Bar Nudus" nightclub, located on the Miguel de la Madrid coastal boulevard.

It was there that Luis Antonio Torres "El Americano"  died.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cd Obregon: Father Shot Dead inside Church

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Uniobregon

                   Saturday Night Massacre: El Buen Pastor Church, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora

Ciudad Obregon, Sonora  July 14, 2018

A man was riddled with bullets and killed before the altar of a church, where he tried to take refuge with his son in his arms when he was persecuted by his aggressor with a rifle who shot him several times in front of the crowded church congregation with no regard for the child or the gathering of about 40 people. 

In an attempt to flee his assailants, Victor Alejandro "N", got out of his car and entered  the church of El Buen Pastor with a child in his arms where he was murdered last evening while the people calmly waited for the beginning of the mass at 7:00 pm in the parish of The Good Shepherd, located in the Casa Blanca neighborhood.  He was screaming: " No ! Not my my child ! "

"Canasto" , CJNG Financial Officer Arrested in Queretaro

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio

                                                   Jesús Contreras Arceo, "Canasto"

By: Ignacio Alzaga  July 15, 2018

The PGR captured, without firing a single shot, Jesús Contreras Arceo, 'Canasto', allegedly in charge of operating the finances of the criminal organization. He is also identified as one of the leaders of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación.

The detainee was wanted by the United States government, which intends to prosecute him for money laundering and drug trafficking , particularly for the distribution of large shipments of methamphetamine. He faces charges for using the illicit proceeds of drug trafficking for the financing and operation of the CJNG.

Without firing a single shot, staff of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) made the order of provisional detention for extradition purposes in the state of Querétaro.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sinaloa cartel: 13 y/o Alabama girl beheaded, after witnessing her grandmother's murder

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat WSB Atlanta

Beheaded a 13 Year Old girl with special needs

The grandmother was associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, a drug-trafficking organization, a Madison County sheriff's investigator testified today.

OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. - An Alabama 13-year-old found dead in a wooded area last month was beheaded after she saw two men stab her grandmother to death, an investigator testified Thursday.

The grisly details of Mariah Lopez’s slaying came out during the preliminary hearing of Yoni Martinez Aguilar, reported.

Aguilar, 26, and Israel Gonzalez Palomino, 34, are each charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Lopez and her 49-year-old grandmother and legal guardian, Oralia Mendoza.

Tamaulipas:: “El Cadete” leader of CDN 2M Reward

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

He was once the police commander of Nuevo Laredo police, before joining the ranks of  Cartel del Norteste  aka CDN.   He is one of the leaders of the cartel along with Huevo Treviño.  His name is Martin Rodríguez Barbosa, aka “El Cadete”.

Now he is one of the most wanted in Tamaulipas, with a reward offered of 2M MPs.

Rodríguez is suspected of being responsible for the March attack on the Mexican Marines that resulted in the death of a family hit in the crossfire.

Sometimes There is a Price to Pay for Dirty Politics (unintended consequences)

Posted by DD from material at Concentrado Noticias
Thanks again Tu Fren for the tip. 
PRI Meade slandering Nestora in debate with AMLO. 

The PRI slandered Nestora Salgado, must pay a fine of 322 thousand pesos

 The Special Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Branch of the Federation determined that the PRI slandered Nestora Salgado while she was a candidate (and now elected) to the Senate, with a spot during the campaign  for which the Tribunal set a fine of 322,400 pesos against the party. .

"It was determined that, in the spot, the PRI implicitly attributed the crime of kidnapping to the now elected candidate to the Senate and the false fact that she was released due to failures in the police, even though it had access to official documents for verification of the true information "said the Chamber.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Badiraguato: Lots and Lots of Opium Gum and Chemicals

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Cafenegroportal

July 13, 2018
By: Omar Daniel Baez

Elements of the Secretariat of National Defense , SEDENA, located a stash of illicit substances in the mountain area of the municipality of Badiraguato , where were hidden 139 kilograms of opium gum and 750 grams of heroin and ready for commercialization and transport.

The Command of the 9th Military Zone, reported that the military elements were making a tour in the community of Tameapa, located 25 kilometers from the municipal seat, when they detected a storage and /or processing area / clandestine lab with lots and lots of illicit chemical substances.

Continuing the exploration in the area, they found a few meters away, several containers hidden among the shrubs that had inside the packages of gum of opium .

To extract a kilogram of this drug requires harvesting at least one hectare of poppy, however, a single seed pod can be cut up to three times, depending on the size.

The price of opium gum can vary from 10,000 to 20,000  pesos, depending on the area, the season and the scarcity of the product, so this seizure could represent between 1.3 and 2.7 million pesos. 
( lets say average 2,000,000 P = $100,000 USD )

Ioan Grillo: Mexico's Own Refugee Surge

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: USNWR

             Central Americans Fleeing Violence and Political Unrest Await Processing on Mexico's
                               Southern Border with nothing more than what they are wearing.
By: Ioan Grillo
Mexico’s Own Refugee Surge:
Tapachula, Mexico:  Yesica Cashpal had been celebrating Father's Day with her husband and two young children in their home in El Salvador when there was an ominous knock at the door from local gang members. Speaking to her husband, the gang members demanded they be able to utilize the house to stash drugs and weapons. When he refused, they became angry and said they would tell their boss and there would be consequences.

Comparing U.S. Detention Policies to Other Countries:

Cashpal, 24, knew the gang's threats were not idle; they had killed dozens in the area and three years ago murdered her very neighbor, leaving his body for hours in the sun while people were too scared to call the police. So the same night as the threat, the family abandoned their home and headed north with little more than the clothes they were wearing.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Interview with Cuitláhuac Garcia, Governor-elect of Veracruz

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota


Despite the degree of corruption and insecurity, the governor-elect advised that the armed forces will not be on the streets, only in exceptional cases


Xalapa, Ver.- For Cuitláhuac García Jiménez, Veracruz experienced two transitions in recent years marked by corruption and insecurity, to the extent that it is necessary to declare the state a "humanitarian crisis" in order to create a savings and spending program for victims.

In addition, the governor- elect says the violence will not be faced with the Armed Forces, except in exceptional cases in which he will ask for the help of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

It is 4:30 p.m. in a liaison office of Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (MORENA) in Xalapa. The elected leader gets ready for an interview with LA SILLA ROTA and at the same time organizes with four collaborators -no older than 30 years- his next event on the agenda, a talk with Sara Ladrón de Guevara González, rector of his alma mater, the Veracruzana University (UV). 

Already settled in an office decorated with photographs of his meetings - always taken by the hand of López Obrador - Cuitláhuac sits behind a desk to talk about the challenges he will face starting December 1, 2018. The images on the walls foretell a close link of the state with the federation. 

Chapitos vs Guanos: Violence Unleashed in Sinaloa, 11 killed on Wednesday

Posted by Char for Borderland Beat from Sinaloa Press

Violence rips in Sinaloa as “Chapitos” war against  “Guanos”  for control.

During the last hours 11 people have been found or executed, the majority in the state capital, among the victims is a woman.

There were 8 dead in the city of Culiacán and 3 in  Sinaloa de Leyva.

In the early hours of Wednesday,  the body of a man wrapped in blankets was located by the International Highway Mexico 15, at the height of El Limón de Los Ramos

Later another man was found in the Derivadora Dam of the Culiacán River, he was half naked, and he had visible marks of torture, his hands handcuffed and with a shot to the head.

“If there’s not a change in Mexico with Andres Manuel, then God help us.”

OP/ED by DD for Borderland Beat

There can be no doubting that a major shift has taken place in Mexican politics.  

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (better known by his initials as AMLO) is no longer one of the four candidates for President of Mexico, he is President Elect AMLO.  Some are calling his election a "landslide".  I think it is bigger than that - it was a 'Tsunami'.  He won by over 53% of the vote, twice as many as his nearest competitor, the Pan candidate, and the PRI candidate only got 14%.  

A map showing his election victories state by state drives home the immensity of his victory.  Moreno is the party that AMLO created just 4 years ago and it's color is purple.

In a sea of maroon lies a single, small island of blue: Guanajuato, the only state in Mexico where Andrés Manuel López Obrador didn’t win the popular vote in Sunday’s presidential election.

Nephew of El Chapo killed, son of "El Guano", who is in a power struggle with Chapo's sons

Posted  by Mica for Borderland Beat  from Altavoz

Culiacán, Sin.- One of the people who died during a fierce confrontation in the municipality of Badiraguato, between two groups of drug traffickers of the Sinaloa Cartel, is supposedly Aureliano Guzmán Araujo, aka El Pelón or El Guanito, who is the son of Aureliano Guzmán Loera, alias El Guano, brother of drug trafficker Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán.

The confrontation was recorded yesterday afternoon around 18:00 hours on one of the main streets of the municipal capital of Badiraguato.

Neighbors and police reported that two armed groups that had been pursuing each other,  from one of the communities nearby, a  confronted each other there.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

La Paz BCS: Beltran Leyva “Jefe del Plaza“ Falls

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Mundo Digital

                                                                 Andres Ulloa Márquez
   "El Parajo":  Identified as the main generator of violence in the state capital city of La Paz, BCS
                     His arrest was announced by the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico City

As a result of intelligence, investigation and field work, elements of the Intelligence Division of the Federal Police, in coordination with State and Municipal authorities of the government of  Baja California Sur, captured Andrés  "N", alias "El Pájaro" , identified as one of the main objectives in the state and generator of violence in the state.

This person is designated as alleged coordinator of illegal activities for the criminal group of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, dedicated to the sale and distribution of drugs in Baja California Sur, particularly in the municipality of La Paz, where he was responsible for the plaza.

Monterrey: 15 Dead In One Night but AMLO has a Plan

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from:

By: Jesse Chase Lubitz  June 9, 2018
Additional Material from Universal, MND, El Horizonte

Extortion is believed to have been behind a night of violence Saturday in three municipalities in Nuevo León in which 15 people were killed. Twelve of the victims died in attacks on bars and cantinas. Ten people were wounded as suspected organized crime gangs launched attacks on six bars.

Three more people were assassinated in the municipalities of Cadereyta and Linares. More attacks followed in Juárez, Monterrey and Apodaca.

Luxury transportation bus drives through Nuevo Laredo shootout on route to Monterrey

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Zocalo...thank you BB Fren

After a bus received gunfire, during a shootout that broke out Tuesday in Nuevo Laredo, a driver drove the unit with several passengers, from the conflict, to the safety of  Monterrey.

Unit 5248 of the company Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales (ETN) arrived at midnight at the company's headquarters located in Churubusco and Miguel Aleman, safeguarding the passengers.

This morning the authorities of the General Prosecutor's Office and the Monterrey Police inspected the bus.

According to a police source, the events occurred on Monday afternoon at Reforma Avenue, in Colonia Concordia in Nuevo Laredo, where the bus passed through the site where a shootout was occurring. 
The bus received at least six impacts, four on the front windshield and two on the sides.

After being shot at, passengers were seized by hysteria, who asked the driver not to stop driving.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Weaponized drone with grenades targets home of Baja California security chief

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat for Zeta Tijuana

After  07:00 hours on Tuesday, July 10, two drones were directed to  fly over the house of the Secretary of Public Safety of Baja California, Gerardo Sosa Olachea, located in the Los Laureles neighborhood, in Tecate, near the road to Cove.

Shortly before 07:30 hours witnesses could see when the devices descended on the property, which at that time was occupied only by the family housekeeper.

The headquarters  of the State Preventive Police (PEP) received two reports regarding the drones, first, of the drones  flying over and the second indicating that in the house of Sosa Olachea they had located at least one of the drones equipped with camera and audio. In this device, fastened with adhesive tape,  were two fragmentation grenades that failed to  detonate when they descended.

"Tuitera" reports receiving telephone death threat from CDN

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A young woman using the name of @ loba_indomable "tuitera” who tweets narco news and at risk situations in the northern area of Tamaulipas, says she has been threatened death through her telephone. 

She reports that she was contacted by the people of Juan Gerardo Treviño Chávez, aka "El Huevo" through ATT number 8282813827 from Cadereyta Nuevo Leon. Treviño reportedly has family in Cadereyta. "Huevo Treviño" is the leader of the Northeast Cartel aka CDN.  CDN is the Treviño faction of the Zetas Split, the second faction is Old School Zetas.

CJNG Announces “ Limpia “ of Pueblo Huachicoleros

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

July 12, 2018 Puebla, Puebla

In a video circulating on social networks, alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) warn of a "cleaning" in the municipalities of the so-called Red Triangle of this entity.

Armed men, dressed in dark colors, hoods and masks, warn that they will act against alleged thieves, specifically huachicoleros, ie hydrocarbon thieves whom withdraw products from clandestine sources who are  operating in the municipalities of Tlacotepec, Palmar de Bravo and Esperanza.

One of the subjects, who appears to be the leader, reads a statement where he mentions nicknames such as "El Miki", "El Chimbombo", "El Chinamite", "El Cochiloco", as well as a commander of the threatened group whom he does not  name. He then warns that they had already sent a message to this group, although he does not specify what kind of warning.

Jalisco: How powerful is "Nueva Plaza", CJNG's enemy splinter group?

Posted by Char for Borderland Beat from La Opinion 

Facing protests and outrage over the deaths of three film students, the Jalisco state authorities blamed the events - and later ones that have occurred Guadalajara, the country's third largest city - on a deadly dispute between the powerful Cartel Jalisco New Generation Cartel and an antagonistic CJNG splinter cell, named “Nueva Plaza”.

The leader of Nueva Plaza, according to the authorities, is Carlos Enrique Sánchez, aka 'El Cholo', 38 years old. He is accused with multiple antecedents of violence and capable of being released from jail with great secrecy, He did not stay in prison, not even when charged for the murder of a rival.  When arrested Sanchez had one million pesos.  

Neither the judges nor the state prosecutor (whose head, Luis Carlos Nájera, recently suffered an attack and resigned) has explained, how 'El Cholo' managed to achieved his freedom, after he killed a man in Tlaquepaque in 2007 who tried to defend a woman the scoundrel was arguing with.

Jalisco: masked men kill 7 inside a farm

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat material from LaCornica and Zeta

Below:The journalist Ricardo Balderas reports that a commando entered a farm and fired at its inhabitants, in the Francisco I. Madero neighborhood. 

A group of heavily armed individuals entered a building, on a farm,  where a meeting was taking place and fired leaving seven people dead.

Upon arrival of municipal and state policemen, they found 5 women and 2 men killed by gunshot.

The farm located in Colonia Francisco I. Madero, Tlaquepaque, is now under the protection of the authorities, the number of fatalities was confirmed by the Tlaquepaque Police. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

AMLO: Legal Poppy Production for Pharmacueticals

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: TeleSur

June 9, 2018
Part 2, below from Milenio

Mexico's president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is open to the idea of selling opium for pharmaceutical use, a senior aide said on Wednesday.

The move would be a sign of the deep changes the next government is considering over the U.S.-led ''war on drugs'' approach.

"Why not sell it to pharmaceutical companies?" said Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge who is the incoming president's pick to run the Interior Ministry.

She said the next president, a 64-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, supported a public consultation on the possibility of regulating opium and decriminalizing marijuana.

Sanchez said the newcomers were also exploring decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use, saying it no longer made sense for Mexican authorities to engage in a violent struggle against the drug when Canada and several U.S. states have already adopted more lenient policies.

US Citizen Shot Dead in Mexico City Restaurant

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio

June 9, 2018
By: Jorge Becerril

Mexican gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a female U.S. citizen as she dined at a popular taco restaurant in Mexico City. The two gunmen rode up on a motorcycle and stopped in front of the business and began shooting. The intended target was a man who was injured but survived the attack. 

The murder took place on Saturday early morning at an upscale taco restaurant in the ritzy Miguel Hidalgo section of Mexico City, information released by Mexico City’s Attorney General’s Office revealed (PGJDF).  

The woman died after being shot outside the taqueria restaurant ''El Califa''  in Paseo de las Palmas, near Sierra Gamón, in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City on July 7, 2018. "El Califa"is part of a chain of popular upscale taco restaurants. 

The two gunmen were reportedly attempting to kill a 46-year-old man who was the doorman at a swanky bar in the Polanco neighborhood. 

El Chapo seeks continuance of trial, scheduled for September 5th

By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Due to the government’s recent production of discovery, of over 117k recordings and thousands of pages of documents, the defense in the case of El Chapo is asking the court for a continuance.

The influx of this recently produced material, must be reviewed in preparation of the scheduled September 5th trial.
“Just like any other person, Joaquín deserves a fair trial.  The government’s conduct - whether intentional or inadvertent - deprives him of that right,” says lead defense, Eduardo Balarezo.

Balarezo filed the request for continuance last Friday.

In total, so far, the government has provided, according to the government, more than 320,000 pages of documents and thousands of intercepted and recorded audio communications and dozens of videos.

Revisiting the 2010 El Mayo interview by Proceso

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from Proceso by Julio Scherer García

This interview took place in 2010, El Mayo is now 70 years old. Since his name is lately prominent  in the El Chapo case I thought a revisit may be due;

Ismael Zambada Garcia, aka "EL Mayo", one of the most wanted drug lords in the world, was interviewed at an undisclosed location, somewhere in the Sinaloa's hills, by the founder of the Mexican magazine, Proceso, Julio Scherer. 

This is an extract of the interview, and a picture in which the face of the drug lord can be seen for the very first time since the 70's. (He's the one with the baseball cap, below the R letter stands for Reporter, and the M, stands for Mayo)

R-I asked the Capo about Vicente "Vicentillo"

M- He is my son, the first of five, I call him "mijo". He is also my compadre.

R- Zambada continued with his personal account:

M- I got my wife, five women, 15 grandsons and one great-grand son. They, the six of them (the women), are here, at the ranch, daughters of the bush, just like me. the bush is my home, my family, my protection, my land, the water I drink. The land is always good, the sky, is not.

R- I don't understand.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Court approves sale of marijuana seeds in pharmacies

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Milenio

Decriminalization of marijuana

The Second Chamber granted amparo for 3 people in order to obtain the seeds to cultivate and consume their own marijuana for recreational purposes; it is a "wake-up call" for Congress to legislate on the issue. 
by Rubén Mosso

The Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation opened the door for three citizens to legally acquire, for only one occasion, before the Cofepris [Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk], marijuana seeds in drugstores or in an establishment destined for the production of authorized medicines with derivatives of cannabis. 

Eduardo Medina Mora, president of the Second Chamber said that this ruling is a "wake-up call" for the Congress of the Union to legislate on the issue. 

"The sentences we issue in this Supreme Court must have a practical effect and be obviously deferential to reality ... I believe that the issue of behaviors that are prohibited in the General Law of Health regarding marijuana, should not be addressed from an exclusive or basic personal liberties point of view, but from a perspective of public policy.

“El Licenciado” extradited to the U.S., Mexico says he is potentially key witness against El Chapo

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Once the most trusted person to El Chapo, Dámaso López aka “El Licenciado”, has been extradited to the United States,  just in time for the September trial of Joaquín Guzmán, aka El Chapo.  Dámaso López  was airlifted to the U.S. out of Juarez.

The relationship began when Damaso Lopez assisted Chapo in his prison break, from Puente Grande Prison in Jalisco.  Lopez was the chief of security at the prison, and helped Chapo set up a network of corruption during his incarceration. 

Then in 2001, according to Mexican authorities, he planned for and allowed the capo to escape.  

It has been speculated that talks have been in the works for months and a deal was agreed upon between the U.S. and Damaso, as well as his son, Damaso Lopez-Serrano, aka “Mini Lic,”who gave himself up to the U.S. in 2017. It appears talks began in depth in  2017.  An interpreter was requested at that time and an indictment was initiated in  December, 2017.

Damaso's lost a power struggle war with Chapo’s sons and Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada, which placed his son in danger of being killed and ultimately he gave himself up.  Reportedly, Damaso was aided by El Mencho in the clash.  The rupture between the Lopez and the Guzman occurred after the kidnapping of the Chapo’s sons in a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta at the hands of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación aka CJNG  in August 2016.  

Thursday, July 5, 2018

San Diego: The desperate upper class drug smugglers

San Diego/Tijuana: The desperate upper class drug smugglers

It happens every day, every hour, across Mexico, but especially in Tijuana, a transit point for millions of dollars worth of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  Over drinks, over dinner, over a sipped beer or slammed shot, maybe the odd line of cocaine in an upscale bar, an arrangement is made. Over coffee, or lunch, in an office, or a ranch outside the city, the back of a casino, tired overworked waitresses, lingering cigarette smoke, the bleary drone of slot machines and jackpots, promotions and massive flat screens, an offer is presented.

The arrangement comes from a friend, comes from a friend of a girlfriend, a generous offer to sometimes desperate men, the desperation concealed by their job titles and upmarket houses, former glory days.  These types are targeted by brokers, by sort of a feelers, men and women who lure them into their service, for sex, money, a chance for redemption in financial prosperity.
Eduardo Sais Peinado

G.U. Leader in Iguala case is acquitted on additional charges because of "torture"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Material from El Diario and El Universal

Most if not all of  GU arrested in the Iguala case have been acquitted of charges pertaining to the case.  Casarrubias has been acquitted in those charges and now has only has charges of organized crime pending.

A federal judge acquitted Sidronio "N" [Sidronio Casarrubias], identified as the alleged leader of "Guerreros Unidos," of the crime of possession,  of  weapons that are for the exclusive use of the Army because his statements were obtained through torture.

Despite the acquittal, he will not be released because another criminal proceeding for organized crime is still pending. The Second District Judge of Federal Criminal Proceedings in the State of Mexico took into account that the arrest of Sidronio "N" was illegal and that the first interrogations, in which he described the events that culminated with the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa normalistas, do not have probative value because it is possible that the Attorney General's Office obtained them with torture.

"Sidronio 'N' or Santiago 'N' is acquitted of the crime of carrying firearms for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy or Air Force," the judge ruled.

Brothers-in-law of 'El Mencho' took advantage of closeness to the boss to do business

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Milenio

The Arnulfo and Ulises Jovani González Valencia brothers, alleged financial operators of the criminal group of Los Cuinis, were charged. 

by Rubén Mosso

A federal judge charged the Arnulfo and Ulises Jovani González Valencia brothers, alleged financial operators of the Los Cuinis criminal group, brothers-in-law of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel. 

Manelich Castilla, commissioner of the Federal Police, confirmed the capture of the brothers which transpired on June 26, in the Park Virreyes residential development in Zapopan, as well as in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco. 

The commissioner said that Arnulfo González, who was arrested in Zapopan, established his operations centers in Bolivia in 2016, where he formed a financial structure dedicated to money laundering through the purchase and sale of real estate.

“He also served as a liaison with cocaine suppliers in countries of South America, a drug that was sent to Mexico for distribution to some states and to be sent to the United States," he said.

Manelich assured that Arnulfo used apocryphal identifications so as not to be detected by the authorities; He recalled that the OFAC of the Treasury Department added him to the "black list" of asset launderers. 

Chihuahua: Voting in Mexico, with an AK-47 in tow

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
A man armed with a cuerno de chivo (AK47) casting a vote in a Chihuahua voting booth

The "Together we will make history" coalition, led by Morena, swept the candidacies in the municipality of Juarez and the majority of municipalities in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with the exception of the capital and mountain communities (Sierra Tarahumara), which went to PAN and PRI. These towns are reportedly controlled by narcos (drug traffickers).

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won only  21 municipalities, including Balleza and also in Batopilas, Cusihuiriachi, Chínipas, Guachochi, Guadalupe and Calvo, Huejotitán, Mahuarichi, Ocampo, Matachí.

Readers will recognize those Chihuahua municipalities as some of the most violent in the cartel war.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mexico’s Ninis: World Bank Report Shows Numbers Skyrocket

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Universal

June 4, 2018
Full 42 Page WB Report Here: Mx Dropouts

The World Bank identified that in Mexico the "very persistent" problem of young people who neither study nor work (ninis), ie school dropouts has grown , which "may be linked to organized crime and violence , which increases the risks for young people and the society as a whole ".

In its report by Miguel Szekely Pardo: Ninis in Latin America, 20 million young people in search of opportunities , the international organization describes that in Mexico that problem is presented by three factors: "An increase in the proportion of ninis men, the lack of job opportunities for young people and an increase in the illegal market that made organized crime demand more workers. "

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Redacted material revealed, a peek at governments evidence that El Chapo was never Sinaloa Cartel leader

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Government evidence indicates who was/is leader of Sinaloa Cartel

Borderland Beat followers:

Some of you are upset I removed a document from my post titled "Government has evidence indicating El Chapo was not top leader of SinaloaCartel".  The document, which is a letter of reply, includes redacted material, essentially naming 9 pieces of evidence from 41  in the hands of the government.  The government disclosed as having this evidence, without producing additional context with respect to the potentially exculpatory evidence, indicating El Chapo was not the top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and never had been. This is one of the charges against him.   Only now, two months before trial, that the defense was made aware that such evidence existed.

There appears to have been a malfunction with the government website, possibly in the process of uploading the document on to the website, whereas the redacted information could be compromised.

This was revealed to me, by a BB follower, who determined how to expose the reacted material, that is under the text, and blackened out in a court filing. Although it is not the entire list of material the government has, it gives a glimpse into what is claimed.

When the error was discovered, the document was then prohibited in accessing by  the public.  I decided at that time to remove the document  from my BB post and my Scribd page, along with the revealed information the BB follower had posted on comments.

However, after thinking about it for a day, I have proceeded with this post I had in draft and share it with readers,  revealing the 9 points of evidence disclosed.

It begins from 1999, which at the time the government determined there was no premier leader governing but rather leaderless allied groups. From 2002 that perception changes.  

On the following page.....

Tecalitlan, Jalisco: PRI Municipal President Assassinated

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: SinEmbargo

Armed subjects assassinated the PRIista of Tecalitlan Jalisco, Victor Jose Guadalupe Diaz Contreras.
The Attorney General of the State of Jalisco (FGE) confirmed the murder of the mayor of Tecalitlán , Víctor Díaz. With this, there have been 10 mayors and former mayors killed in Jalisco since 2004 .

July 2, 2018 
Extra Material from: Udgtv and Rice Univ.

The Municipal President of Tecalitlán, Jalisco, Víctor José Guadalupe Díaz Contreras, was murdered on Monday by armed individuals. According to the first reports, the aggression was reported around 12:00 in the Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Diaz Contreras died instantly.

The PRI mayor traveled in a vehicle with another official and a Civil Registry officer when an armed  commando opened fire on them with heavy weapons, AK47 bullet casings were found at the scene.

The Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office reported that it began with the corresponding investigations to find those responsible for the death of the PRI Mayor:

"The FGE is already carrying out the corresponding investigations to find those responsible for the murder of the Mayor of Tecalitlán, Víctor Díaz, as well as the assault on two other individuals, one an officer of the Civil Registry who accompanied him, who already receives medical attention, he was transported to Ciudad Guzman."

Monday, July 2, 2018

Mexico's New President's agenda includes amnesty for drug growers, kingpins

op-ed by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Trump speaks with AMLO:

Trump reveals this morning he spoke to AMLO saying "we had a good conversation about a half hour long”.  They spoke about border security, NAFTA, trade and the possibility of a separate trade treaty between Mexico and United States.  Trump said he had a conversation with AMLO during one of his previous campaigns, at which time Trump told him, “someday you will be the president of Mexico”. . Something that AMLO remembers.  Trump thinks they will have a good relationship but says “we will see.” 

Mexico’s new president "AMLO" views that are radically different that the past:
*It is not the problem or responsibility of Mexico to help the United States fight its “Drug War” 
*Amnesty for drug kingpins and growers of marijuana and opium poppy plants 
*Greatly reduce Mexico’s military in the fight against cartels 
 *AMLO’s suggestion regarding the U.S. border; he  says the United States should send its military to guard its borders.
*Open Borders:   He is in support of “Open Borders” and has no interest in helping the United States in its “illegal immigrant” problem
Mexico has a new president, at the end of its bloodiest campaign in history with over 130 murdered candidates. [22 of Mexico's 31 states have seen a political assassination since campaigning began in September. According to according to Etellekt, a crisis management group]