Monday, November 19, 2018

Body of US Hiker Found in Urique: “El Chueco” of Gente Nueva named as Culprit

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Charlotte Observer and El Heraldo


This story was updated at 8 a.m. Mon, Nov 19. By: By Jane Wester and Mark Price

The body of Patrick Braxton-Andrew, who went missing in northern Mexico at the end of October, has been recovered, according to a Facebook page maintained by friends and family during the search; specifically in the Copper Canyon in the Sierra of Chihuahua.

After weeks of searching, the governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua announced Thursday that Braxton-Andrew died on Oct. 28, the day he was last seen leaving for a walk near his hotel.

Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral Jurado said in a Facebook post that Braxton-Andrew was killed by drug cartel leader Jose Noriel Porfilo Gil, also known as “El Chueco.”

Braxton-Andrew’s body was found on a beach in the town of Urique, according to Corral’s Facebook post. Corral’s post does not make clear if investigators believe Gil himself killed the teacher or if they suspect one of the drug dealer’s associates.

From El Heraldo:

Patrick "asked a lot of questions " so they thought he was from the DEA;  It surprised them that he spoke Spanish very well; he  did not know that the party he attended was  "El Chueco's" people.

Residents of Urique say that Patrick was killed because the criminal group led by "El Chueco" believed that he was an undercover DEA agent, because of the trips he made to two areas located on the river bank and because of the questions he asked as part of of his interest in the culture of the region.

"He asked a lot" expressed two inhabitants of the area, who found it strange that a "gringo" spoke Spanish so well, unlike other tourists who practically communicate in sign language when they travel to that place.

The day of his disappearance, he was at a party where there were armed people and the inhabitants believe that with his questions they felt threatened and that is why they killed him. Foreign tourists are received daily and had no problems with the groups that operate in the region, but Patrick was the exception.

On the other hand, the family of the young teacher already announced that they will take action to demand justice and the recovery of their body: "Hello everyone. Although we are all still mourning for Patrick, we have work to do and we are asking for your help. We're still looking for justice for Pat. We will have actions and requests for social media that we will start publishing in the coming days. Please, stay informed and thank you for your continued support. "

"El Chueco":

José Noriel Portillo Gil known in the world of drug trafficking as "El Chueco", became the most wanted criminal by state and federal authorities, by linking him directly as the author of the death of Patrick Brexton-Andrew.

All the inhabitants of Urique know "El Chueco", because he controls the transfer of drugs in the region through the armed group that commands, named "Gente Nueva", the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Unfortunately for Patrick, he also met him and according to the statements of the governor, Javier Corral, they met at a "malandros" party, where they apparently hung out together. What the young tourist did not know is that this criminal is guilty of the displacement of indigenous people by the drug trafficking of Mesa de Arturo, Bahuichivo, Cerocahui and San Rafael in Urique and the municipalities of Guazapares and Uruachi.

The young teacher, of Spanish and Algebra, never thought that "El Chueco", who is  only 26 years old, controlled the area, had arrest warrants for the crime of deprivation of liberty and there was a folder of investigation for the crime of organized crime.

This subject is linked to the Salazar group, a family that operates in Chínipas. It should be noted that José Noriel Portillo Gil, alias "El Chueco", is a relative of Servando Meza Osorio, alias "el Servandito" and / or "el 21", who was in charge of the criminal organization after the death of Juan Meza Osorio, alias "el Palancas" in January 2015. This family relationship is because the father of "El Chueco" named Aurelio Portillo Meza, is the first cousin of "El Servandito".

According to the inhabitants of Urique, José Noriel has eight other brothers, two older than him and the rest are minors. He is also accused of leading the attack on Urique's command post.

Governor Corral who commented that "El Chueco" is one of the generators of violence and rampage there in the Sierra de Chihuahua, José Noriel Portillo Gil ... "and we are going to capture him and the accomplices who participated in this murder and we are going to continue with the search operation of Patrick's body ".

Braxton-Andrew, 34, graduated from Davidson College and taught Spanish at the private Woodlawn School in Mooresville. The school canceled classes and athletic practices Friday “out of respect and remembrance for Patrick,” said a school Facebook post.

His family said the body’s recovery gave them “a sense of relief,” according to the Facebook post. Last week, his parents told the Observer they wanted to stay in Mexico until his body was found.

Investigators have not said why he was targeted, but they say it had nothing to do with an attempt to purchase marijuana or any other drugs, said Corral’s post.

“Under the progress in the investigation, I can say that it was a cowardly and brutal murder, of a totally innocent person, a clean man whose misfortune was to cross his walk with this criminal,” said Corral’s post.

Braxton-Andrew’s body back to North Carolina, where they’ll hold a “celebration of life,” they told the Observer.

“We are very, very proud of Patrick, and of the way he lived. He did what he wanted to do. He followed his path,” his mother, Jean Braxton, said last week.

46 comments:

  1. El Chueco, just like El Tigre of the Harry Devert murder, is one stupid son of a bitch. Who knowingly kills an undercover DEA agent? Like Miguel Felix Gallardo says in the new season of Narcos, that is like shooting yourself in the leg. Chueco will be captured/killed soon; the Mexican law enforcement agencies can be surprisingly effective when they pull their heads out of the sand.

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    1. its like shooting your self in the foot

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    2. But yet they still did it lmao

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    3. More like shooting yourself in the head and hoping it doesn’t kill you just ask RCQ, Don Fonseca, Juan Matta B, and Gallardo was my nvolved as well. The only one not in prison or dead is RCQ

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  2. This poor teacher did everything the USA government tells you not to do when you visit Mexico.. The he attends a narco party where most sicairos Are doing Coke/Meth and are extremely paranoid.. He served himself in a platter..

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    1. He did not know they were a Narco cartel. Does not pay to vacation in Mexico. USA will now have that cartel fixed in it's radar.

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    2. The teacher’s only mistake was being in Mexico for any reason.
      He was foolishly naive to think he would be safe if he were to only mind his own business, especially when traveling in the third-world and moving among the people of the third world.

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    3. "The teacher’s only mistake was being in Mexico for any reason.
      He was foolishly naive to think he would be safe if he were to only mind his own business, especially when traveling in the third-world and moving among the people of the third world."

      Going to a bad hombres party is not minding your own business, mind You.

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    4. yea everybody thinks usa so safe, you just as easy get murdered in chicago taking a walk. if it wasn't for the great addictions of americans there wouldn't be so much violence due to the demand of drugs. people get murdered everyday in usa.

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  3. What is a "malandros" party? And what is 9:19 am talking about doing Coke/Meth with him?

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  4. When the homies are drinking kawamas best to keep your distance.

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  5. There is more to this story

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  6. I would be extremely surprised if he was DEA; however, I think the locals description of what happened sounds very real. Likes to hang with locals and get to do a little more than scratch the tourist surface. However, he happened upon the wrong people to hang out with. I purposely did NOT say he was “ partying” with them, but you can bet real dinero on the fact “ los malandros” - shady guys- we’re doing all of the above. There is nothing to indicate that the misguided Patrick was doing drugs or drinking, but I can see every reason the bad guys would get paranoid with him asking a lot of questions.
    Hideous.

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    1. I too would be surprised if he was DEA, but then I have not been doing coke all day.

      006 Did you authorize the hit on this under cover Rambo?

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    2. Too sloppy for DEA...I know...I know they can be sloppy and have a history to of poor decisions. However I can’t imagine a DEA supervisor authorizing an unsupported ground agent putting themselves in that type of situation i.e. Small-town, lots of people unknown to him, and lots of people doing Coke and meth, And I find it hardest to believe a DEA agent would, If in that situation and in that context asked questions that could perhaps arouse suspicion of him being LE. It just doesn’t add up just a naïve tourist. My condolences and prayers and my heart goes out to his family… May you Rest In
      Peace

      Oh if only we had 006 to provide some clarity in context…

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  7. El chueco signed his own death warrent! What a dumbass!🤐

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  8. 006 where are you? I though sinaloa dosent kill innocents. Its gonna take you a few days to figure out how to paint this one.

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  9. 10:38 you're probably right. Kill as many natives as you like but kill an American and all of a sudden you're toast. Sad.

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    1. Forest
      And whos fault is that ? This is Mexico not the US or any other country,more Mexicans are killed by fellow Mexicans than we can count,all with almost total impunity,yes its sad but dont whine about it being someone elses fault

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  10. Thats why i dont go to Mexico. I understand completely the desire to get in deeper with the people than the stuporficial tourist zones, problem is, there's a low grade war going on and white, westerners aren't welcome, despite good intentions. If one wants to go amongst the people, I would pick a country with less crime and less dope than what exists in Mexico today. Its getting hard, but still possible.

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    1. This young college professor was well-educated and could read. Unfortunately, he wasn't willing to do his homework - or believe - that ALL of Mexico has been living with drug wars and the cartel's campaign of death and carnage for decades. I grew up in Southern California and moved out of that state 30 years ago when the cartels took over - so this information on the cartels is not new. There are some really high-end tourist hotels in Urique. Am sure the police were paid by the hotel-owners to take care of this ASAP - so the uninformed tourists keep coming

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  11. How come when a Us citizen dies everybodies whining and complaining making a big deal yet when the US military kills innocents around the world no one says anything in fact they praise them?

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    1. Well when US Military kills scores theyre usually terrorists and unfortunately other innocent are collateral damage nice deflection but dumb comparison

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    2. You should worry more as to why your own government couldn’t give a crap about its own people and only swings into action when an American is killed.
      You should demand MORE of your own government instead of demanding that the murder of Americans be given the same low priority as your murder would be by the Mexican Government.

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    3. 1212 it is a big deal, mess around with US citizens, law abiding. I assure you investigating on our side will happen. We understand your country is running rampant on homicides. Soon Mexico will lose millions in tourist dollars, due to high crime everywhere.

      DEA msg region 26

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  12. Wth the hiker looks like R5 twin. They look just alike.

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  13. To Los Mochis on the Copper Canyon railroad was a blast, coming back, I know we ran into some questionable types, we kind of ignored them. And this was 10-15 years ago. Yes, they are out there. I saw a guy with a baseball cap "DEA" on the train but you know, he was the opposite.

    Speaking of twins, I think I saw a picture of him with a brother or something. Yes, they do look like twins.

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  14. No one in the USA praises the military for inadvertently (or otherwise) killing innocent people. In fact members of the military who knowingly kill innocent people are charged with murder just like anyone else. And no one is "whining and complaining"... Rather I see people saddened by this tragic event and voicing their thoughts and feelings on the matter. Your comment is as heartless as it is stupid.

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  15. Why in GODS NAME would you go around hiking in the sierras de chihuahua ?? U couldn’t pay me to do that.

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  16. This idiot El Chueco has obviously never heard of Kiki Camarena! Even if they thought he was a DEA agent they should’ve known the absolute dumbest possible thing they could Possibly do is kill him! The killing of DEA agent Kiki Camarena brought down the biggest drug lord the world has even seen in Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo who most likely had over half the Mexican government on his payroll! If he was brought down by the killing of a DEA agent this El Chueco moron doesn’t stand a chance in hell!

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    1. Chapo was far larger, not to mention mencho. Your info is dated.

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    2. Maybe relatively in today’s world but Felix Gallardo is the largest most powerful drug lord Mexico has ever seen. Perhaps you should do some actual research and reading and not just the past ten years. Felix Gallardo had influence and power over virtually ever plaza in Mexico was close with and had multiple presidents on his payroll and had more influence, clout, and Power then Chapo, mayo, and El Mencho combined,
      He was the leader of the Guadalajara cartel and after his demise all the cartel leaders who are in power now or most of them met and divided out his territories with his blessing; if you actually do some reading from the 70s and 80s you’ll find that in relative financial terms Cartels were making much more money back then due to less overhead and because they were much better organized when compared to the disorganized crime of today’s cartels

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    3. 9:04AM
      Reading from the 70's - 80's 😂😂😂😂

      Name 5 articles or books that I can read from 1970 - 1980 that will educate me on your level!

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  17. El Chueco is a dead man, because the cartels will take him out. In November 1998, Swiss tourist Max E. Was shot on the Copper Canyon train by Mexican bandits. The bandits we're tortured, some say skinned alive, by the cartel. They simply don't want any attention brought to their corner of the world. In my opinion, el Chueco is dead man walking

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  18. Low life scum, regardless Shouldn’t have gone to a party, I have family in Mexico and it’s known you don’t go somewhere where you don’t know any one.. this is messed up. My condolences to the family.

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  19. To be asked "come, senor have a drink with us", and denying that request, can have lethal effect as well honestly in that place. There can be no judgement on what he did or should've done. Condolences to the family.

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  20. Rule number one when visiting mexico is you dont ask too many questions to the locals in rural towns. You can call chueco a low life pos etc.. but favt of the matter is braxton shouldn’t of been where he was asking too many questions. If he attented a party where there was drugs and people with guns then the outcome is on him. #commonsense

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  21. Javier corral should take charge of 2pac n biggies the 43 studenst murder case...

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  22. Cds run by murdering tweakers. Killing innocents.

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  23. The mayor of Urique, Mayra Diaz, is the sister of one of El Chuecos main hit men. I’m not sure if this would affect the way this was dealt with, but it shows how bad the narco is infiltrated in local governments. She’ll get busted or killed eventually.

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  24. I'm so glad the authorities were actually able to solve this crime. I just wish they treated every other murder "as serious". In my opinion this is the biggest factor or non factor if you will on the war on drugs. Over 90 percent of homicides go unsolved in Mexico. Drug cartels have no reason to fear consequences.

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  25. Found on a beach? What beach this is high mountains and canyons.

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  26. If the Marina's was to kill that cartel, in that remote area, I would be sure another cartel, would jump and take over that area.

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