Saturday, August 10, 2019

San Miguel de Allende: Extortion Shuts Down Cantinas in Historic El Centro

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: MND +Aristegui
                         Crime gang extortion closes bars in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Five cantinas in the historic center preferred shutting down to complying with extortion demands 

San Miguel de Allende , Guanajuato, is one of the tourist destinations in Mexico that have been best positioned for both domestic and foreign visitors ;  however, several businesses have suffered from a wave of extortion and for that reason have been forced to close their premises.

They are bad times in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. In the last 10 months,  the town with a large population of American and Canadian Expats has suffered a wave of violence that has left 70 dead, including two municipal police officers and two women aged 14 and 20.

Although the officials of municipality of San Miguel de Allende denied that there are extortions to the canteens of the historic center of the city, the owners live in fear of being victims of organized crime, because they received suitcases with drugs and threats allegedly signed by the Santa Rosa cartel from Lima.



Notimex had access to one of the extortion notes that were left in the cantinas of the town center, and it specifies that two suitcases were delivered with 100 doses of marijuana and 100 of cocaine, with a value of 28 thousand pesos, and they will come for the money for it  twice a week .

“Since if you do not obey these conditions a corrective will be given. Sincreley: Mr. Marro from Santa Rosa de Lima ”, reads in the handwritten note on a notebook sheet, which even contains a phone number.

Bar owners who spoke to the newspaper El Universal on the condition of anonymity say that suitcases filled with marijuana and cocaine were left in their premises three weeks ago, accompanied by notes saying they had between 22 days and a month to sell the drugs.

The owners preferred to throw the drugs away and close their bars before the deadline. At least five located in the historic center of San Miguel have closed down because of the threats, leaving at least 80 people without jobs.

The owners also said they did not report the extortion to the authorities because of fear of retaliation similar to that which took place earlier this month in the nearby city of Celaya. On August 5, after Celaya business owners staged a demonstration to protest extortion, businesses were attacked, ie shot up and four people were killed.
Violence has been on the rise in San Miguel de Allende,  a city that was chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine as the top travel destination in the western hemisphere in 2019.

Celaya under siege of the cartels:
In the municipality of Celaya , merchants fear for their lives . On Monday, August 5, at 5:00 p.m. an armed command entered the tortilla "La Indita" and shot the three women who were in the place : the owner, Virginia "N", 60, and the employees Dalinda "N" and Martha Cecilia "N". All died.
The attack was allegedly perpetrated by extortionists , since the owner of the tortilleria had not paid the flat collection/ extortion fee. The criminals probably belong to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel .

Some time later that same afternoon, another group of armed people shot at a business selling construction materials called "La Fortaleza" , where one person was killed and another injured. Almost simultaneously, two more businesses were attacked on Adolfo López Mateos Boulevard.

The NGO Semáforo Delictivo registered 49 homicides in the municipality in the first six months of the year, compared to 15 in the same period last year. And according to federal statistics, high-impact crimes like residential burglary have gone up 36%.

According to the organization More Security in San Miguel de Allende, there have been 72 murders in the city this year, and the rise in crime is related to the federal government’s crackdown on fuel theft in the state.

Anonymously, for fear of reprisals, merchants declared that they preferred to close their business before the deadline that came in the handwritten note on a notebook sheet, which, in some cases, was up to one month.

Likewise, they have not denounced the fact before the authorities, and they only chose to throw away the bags with the illegal substances and close their businesses. At least 80 people working in these sites lost their jobs.

The five canteens that remain closed in the Historic Center of San Miguel de Allende are located on the streets Canal , Hidalgo , Mesones , Insurgentes , Hernández Macías and Relox , where many national and foreign tourists travel.

33 comments:

  1. The director of obras publicas suffered a kidnap attempt last week too. Things are getting pretty fucked up in San Miguel. Another guy killed last night.

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    1. Thank you for your local input........if you are there, info on the ground is very important.

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    2. When pendejos come for their bounty, they should get arrested and Interrogated with the lie detecting tablazos por las nalgas encueradas, and the top should get busy hunting their bosses.

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  2. So then do the narcos then reopen the cantinas with their own people in place. A hell of a way to appropriate a business if so.
    Better that the business owners fled, at least they have their lives and dignity.

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    1. 9:27 They would risk getting killed by their rivals, they would became easy targets, at least i wouldnt do it, but than again these fools have no brains

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    2. 9:27 there is somebody always taking over the displaced people's possessions, that is one great source of affluence, in Nayarit, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Quintana Roo, Chile, Argentina and most of all Colombia, where Alvaro Uribe Velez turned his ass from being Pablo Escobar's possession into a big billionaire asshole pampered by the US... Contimas San Miguel de Allende Gto. cantinas.

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  3. So sad to hear this. I called San Miguel my home back in 1997 and there was none of this crime back then.

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  4. Cjng extorting legitimate business nothing new.

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    1. Not saying they aren't pieces of shit but this is Marro. Starting to extort everybody and trying to take over the plaza. Cjng came in and killed FM and Templarios dealers starting 1st day the last mayors administration (brother of current mayor). Then things calmed down a bit. But when AMLO fucked up Marro gas business Marro start getting into other stuff to pay his people. Started carjacking shitload of cars btween SMA and Celaya. This mayor shitting bricks now because he lost control and now guardia nacional coming in. I bet even even his jalisco backers are putting heat on him now for that. SMA is completly fucked.

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    2. In the note it says its marros people giving cases full of drugs and telling the owners they have to sell the drugs and theyll be back for the money, but marro has no drugs if it was stolen gas them maybe it would of been marro

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    3. Man are you crazy?? Of course he sells drugs. At those strip club on the Libre between Celaya and QRO you want drugs it was his people selling drugs. I doubt he moving weight from South America, but he gets them somewhere.

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  5. those stupid morons
    you must not fuck up pemex and the tourists. You can milk them both a bit but thats it. Whats next...another 10 hanging from bridges?

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  6. As a former long time resident, I would say that "the real Mexico" has finally come to San Miguel.

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    1. El H did not fack up San Miguel Allende, and he used no military, polesias or Guardia Nacional, who were busy persecuting him.
      This shit is not flying for long, report to the Presidency and someone may take action faster. You make Guanajuato important, not tourism.

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  7. Marro's funds got frozen so now he's making his sicarios steal from the businesses smh

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  8. Fear to report because the police and thugs are one and the same.

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  9. HERE IS WHERE I WANT TO HEAR THE SO CALLED MARINA OR SEDENA OR NG OR WHATEVER INVESTIGATION.. WHERE ARE THEY.? THEY. COME ONLY AFTER MASS MURDERS HAPPENED ALSO. MERCHANTS DONT REPORT THE ACTIONS FOR THE REAZON THAT YOU DONT KNOW HOW HIGH IS THE CORRUPTION AH SHIT. IT JUST DONT MAKE ANY SENSE.

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    1. Merchants don’t report instead pay the military for “protection”, at least that’s how it is in my grandparents hometown!

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    2. The governor of guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodriguez, his State's Attorney and his SSP de Guanajuato are corrupt,
      Google El gobernador carnal, Guanajuato Mexico.
      >Guanajuato:¿fiscal carnal o gobernador carnal? | SinEmbargo MX
      >El Fiscal Carnal del PAN, HEREDADO del pasado regimen de Miguel Marquez, Carlos Zamarripa has been on the job for about 10 years, as PGE his position was renamed Fiscalia and he was selected for another 9 years making crime enhancement his #1 priority, and replacement of huachicol profits the challenge to beat.
      Just look at thir faces, they all look like shiny suit politicians mafiosos from a banana republic.

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  10. Mexico - Look south, Honduras, Guatemala, this is your destiny. The criminals won't stop until they have bled everyone dry.
    It's bad now but if you look south it can get worse.

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    1. 3:54 Guatemala, Honduras and el Salvador do not have a presidente like AMLO, PROBLEM IS GUARDIA NACIONAL IS JUST STARTING BUT IS GRADUATING ABOUT EVERY SIX MONTHS with trained personnel for starters, there is hope for progress, after 30 years of corruption Salinista/ Neoliberalista, if it had been REAL Stalinista would not have been worse.
      AMLO has been there 7 months, your job is to have patience and to chew on the dog muzzle for a while and a chewy boner.

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  11. It all happen after marros assets got frozen, coincidence? I dont know but if true than cjng should take care of it in a few month, but if its cjng doing it then it wont stop

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  12. now it's time for them "USA citizens" living in Mexico specifically in San Miguel to pay taxes n live the life most Mexicans do then go cry for help to Donald Trump... enjoy the life most immigrants get to enjoy in the US

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    1. 9:32 gringos in San Miguel De Allende mostly spend money there.
      -- Most foreign immigrants MUST BUST THEIR ASS WORKING on the US.
      --Big Mouths like you always trying to poison it all for everybody can go and suck ass because their shit won't win.

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  13. If the beltranes were still around that Plaza would be a lot safer

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    1. Yup my tia said she severed don hector Beltran in a SMA restaurant!

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    2. I don't much care for grammar police BUT in this case, spelling is everything 9:11 :)

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    3. 9:34 well, the Beltranes are gone, genarco garcia luna and his partners in crime Carlos Slim Helu and FECAL and EPN are not gone either, the big money they represented is still around fighting for THEIRS.

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    4. 9:11 what cartel was she with? Z's?

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  14. Damn, you have a violent ass tia. Did she sever his arm? His leg? His VERGuenza?

    -El Arrepentido de la Sierra

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  15. Punk narcos are too stupid to realize -no tourists, no businesses = no money to extort.

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  16. How much did they want for the case of mota y coca? let me guess not enough next week have more $ or get killed

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