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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Profepa Finds 6,500 Sea Turtle Eggs Abandoned in Bags

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ossoaxaca

Inspectors of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Environment (Profepa) found 6,500 sea turtle eggs abandoned in bags, at Morro Ayuta Beach, Oaxaca.

The environmental authorities located four nylon bags, during an inspection and surveillance tour on this beach in the Municipality of San Pedro Huamelula. 

Profepa indicated that the action was carried out in response to the seventh arrival of the Golfina sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivácea) and after the discovery, they carried out the precautionary securance of them. 

"El 14" Arrested of CIDA, Acapulco Independent Cartel

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Debate / Excelsior

                             The alleged leader of organized crime in Guerrero was arrested in Oaxaca 
Agents of the Attorney General of the State (FGE) of Guerrero and Oaxaca arrested Irving "N", alias "El 14", designated as the alleged leader of the Acapulco Independent Cartel.

Through a statement, the agency explained that the accused was arrested on the basis of an arrest warrant for the crime of aggravated kidnapping, as he would be responsible for having deprived a woman of liberty in the municipality of Acapulco, Guerrero.

However, Irving, "El 14" is also investigated for his probable involvement in the crimes of homicide and extortion of businesses in the Guerrero port, as well as drug transfer and arms trafficking, the FGE said.

"El Muletas" o "El Mocho" Leader of Los Rojos Captured in Morelos

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio / Infobae
                                   CES arrest the alleged leader of ''Los Rojos'' in Morelos:
Francisco "N", identified as "El Muletas" , "El Chaparro" or "El Mocho" , allegedly exercised the floor and drug transfer.

An alleged regional leader of the Los Rojos crime group  was arrested after confronting police officers from the State Security Commission (CES) and attempting to flee, the agency said. In the community of  Cuautlita , in the municipality of Tetecala, members of the CES intercepted Francisco “N”, 28, identified as El Muletas , El Chaparro  or El Mocho , who was traveling aboard a sand-colored Tsuru vehicle. 

According to the official information, the policemen stopped him when he realized that he was carrying a long gun; However, the now detained decided to flee on the dirt road of Las Calaveras. 

CDMX: 3 Tons of Meth in a Wood Shipment Bound for New Zealand

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: noventadegrados
The National Guard seized approximately 2 , 800 ,800 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a wooden shipment in Mexico City on Monday.

The operation of the corporation was carried out in parcel centers in the capital of the country in the area of ​​import and export of products that, when scanned, showed proof of being items of doubtful origin. The finding happened on an inspection of four packages of wood that contained a white granular substance and that when tested tested methamphetamine.

Almost 2000 murders in Michoacan from Jan to November in the fight for territory

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

The control of criminal groups for the collection of floor in night establishments and the production or sale of drugs, among other crimes, increased violence in several regions of Michoacán, warned commanders of the State and Army Police.

The authorities have placed red spotlights in the area adjacent to the state of Jalisco, in Uruapan and Morelia, in the highway that runs Apatzingán to Coalcomán, and in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas.

The streak of clashes between criminal groups increased the number of victims of malicious homicide by 22.3 percent, from 1,488 to 1,820 people killed between January and November 2018 and 2019, respectively, according to figures from the National Security System Public (SNSP).

Official sources consulted indicated that one of the criminal groups that fights these places is the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), which began its incursion in Michoacán since 2013, with the lifting of the "self-defense groups" under the command of Juan José Farías Álvarez "Abuelo”.

Son of 'El Chapo' asked FGR to be informed if he is being investigated

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS  Jornada

Brother requested files
In the last six months, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) received more than 50 applications through the transparency portal in which various citizens asked to be informed if there are any investigation files against them, or preliminary inquiries, arrest warrants or appearance by the alleged commission of federal crimes.

Among them are Joaquín Guzmán López (son of Joaquín  El Chapo  Guzmán and brother of Ovidio Guzmán); Francisco Álvarez Murphy Alarcón, owner of Grupo Laboratorios Imperiales Pharma, a company that was disabled last August for failing to deliver triple viral vaccines, and a person allegedly related to the late former governor of Puebla Rafael Moreno Valle and who is investigated for operations with resources of illicit origin.

In February of this year, the Deputy Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, Brian A. Benczkowski, and the Special Agent in Charge, Scott Brown, of the Office of Immigration and Customs National Security Investigations at Arizona, announced that Ovid Guzman and his brother Joaquin Guzman were being accused of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana between 2008 and 2018.

Dropping leaflets from a plane, CJNG offers 5M pesos for Don Jose "Dead or Alive"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Source

From a plane, on the municipality of San Lucas,  flyers were dropped of which the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) announces a reward of five million pesos, for information of the location of Francisco Maldonado Bustos “Don José”, denounced as leader of the Michoacán Family in the state of Guerrero and its limits with Michoacán.

CJNG offers a reward for “Don José” (“dead or alive”) and 500 thousand pesos for “Charo” “Cirilo "And" Chico ", or as they put it, " brothers of this rat ".

The leaflets have the photo of the alleged criminal leader and at the bottom are the acronyms of the Jalisco Cartel, as well as the National Shield and the acronym of the Attorney General's Office.

In the leaflets it is accused that "Don José" having  betrayed Guillermo Abeja "El Güero" and Francisco Vargas "Paquito", in addition to breaking agreements with the Jalisco Cartel.

Guillermo and / or Gregorio “El Güero” Abeja was an operator in the region between Guerrero and Michoacán, of Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, leader of the Gulf Cartel who was extradited to the United States in 2007. He settled in Huetamo and San Lucas and was close Servando Gómez Martínez, "La Tuta", leader of the Knights Templar. Güero Abeja was arrested in August 2013 and sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Timeline: A decade of deadly Mob instability, Hells arrests, corruption

The past decade has not been easy for organized crime groups in Montreal.

There has been deadly instability in the Montreal Mafia, the Hells Angels were arrested en masse and a provincial inquiry showed how organized crime had infiltrated Quebec’s construction industry.

Here’s a brief timeline of the biggest news events since 2010 that involved organized crime in Montreal.

Paolo Renda, brother-in-law of former Montreal Mob boss Vito Rizzuto, is kidnapped. He has not been seen since.

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Señor de los Cielos actor dies

The star, who gave life to the character Juan Antonio 'Marcado' in the third season of the series, died at 41 years of age.

Sebastián Ferrat, recognized for his work in The Lord of the Skies, died at 41 years of age after contracting a bacterium after eating undercooked pork, TVNotas said.

"A big hug all the way to heaven for my dear friend Sebastian Ferrat forever," wrote his colleague Alejandro Sandí.

The actor, who gives life to Juan Antonio Marcado in the third season of the series, had been hospitalized in Mexicali, Baja California, for several months and his family preferred to keep everything secret.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Texas man refuses carjackers demand and loses his life on Reynosa International Bridge

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from La Prensa and CBS Austin

Óscar Manuel Reséndez, of Mission, Texas, was gunned down after refusing to hand over his SUV's keys to suspected  carjackers

An American who was in line to cross the international bridge Reynosa - Hidalgo was murdered by criminals trying to carjack him.

At 5:50 p.m. the report was received by the Red Cross about person shot on the Luis Echeverría boulevard at the height of the Riviera Eventos, about two kilometers from the access to Hidalgo, Texas.

When the ambulance arrived, paramedics pronounced the man dead.

Óscar Manuel Reséndez, a married father-of-two, was returning to his home in Texas, after traveling to the border city of Reynosa where he was visiting his family ahead of the holidays.

The 41-year-old  Endodontics Oral Surgeon, who runs a practice in the state of Tamaulipas, was stuck in heavy traffic with people waiting to cross the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge when multiple gunmen approached his SUV.

"El Charal" Gunned Down in SLRC, Sonora Executed by the Police Who he Hunted

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta
He fled Mexicali, Baja California because of the harassment of municipal and state police, who tied  him to the murder of the agent Ignacio Villagómez Robles, which occurred in April of this year. 

José Eduardo Pérez Jiménez, "El Charal",  only crossed the border and took refuge in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, where from June to date he is associated in at least 21 homicides. His reckless way of operating gave him fame and soon he found shelter in criminal groups linked to the Sinaloa Cartel; these behaviors changed for him on December 15, when he died at the hands of police and military who surrounded him in a house.

Despite being a fugitive from justice, Pérez did not cease his criminal activity and after multiple crimes, in addition to the murder of two Sanluisino police, in a few months he became a priority target for the Sonora authorities.

Ensenada BC: A Ton of Mota in Left in Front of Rehab Facility Plus 5 KILOS of Seeds

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta
One package made of cinnamon and transparent tape contained five kilograms  of marijuana seeds which  also secured. Who can guess which one ? I am offering a cut ! Happy New Year !

A ton of marijuana valued at 2 million 889 thousand 675 Pesos was seized by elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion on Sunday, December 22 in the vicinity of San Carlos, Maneadero delegation, in front of the Airport Addiction Treatment Center.

In a statement, the military announced that in the area they had been alerted by an anonymous call that people were deprived of liberty, so soldiers went to Francisco I. Madero Avenue, where they located two vehicles and a couple of men on board.

Mexico's Femicides Double in Four Years

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio
From 2015 until the cut of November 30, 2019, femicides in the country and in the State of Mexico doubled. In addition, this will be the year with the highest number of women murdered in both cases, both for gender reasons and for malicious homicides, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. 

NGOs At the national level, for example, of 411 femicides reported in 2015, 890 crimes have already been registered within a month of the end of 2019, that is, more than double. That amount also exceeds 56 the figure reached throughout 2018, which was 834. 

US Wants Top 10 of the Sinaloa Cartel

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia /
              Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada tops the list, for whom they offer $5 million dollars

The United States government is targeting 10 members of the Sinaloa cartel who have arrest warrants for various crimes, some of whom entered US territory to kidnap and kill citizens of the US, whose bodies of the victims were located in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

The information shared with the Attorney General's Office (FGR) places these people in the state of Chihuahua as members of the criminal group Gente Nueva, armed arm of the cartel, which for 12 years has maintained a bloody war with the group of La Linea, from the Juarez cartel, to whom the control of the entity disputes.

According to documents of the Federal Court of the Western District of Texas, 14 of the 24 characters indicated by the Texas prosecutor have been arrested by federal forces or killed in clashes, while others were killed by their rivals.

Cancun: Restaurant commando attack kills 2 wounds 4

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma 

Two people died and four were injured after the attack of a command in the seafood restaurant "Aca pollo de Cancún", located in the center of that city.

Witnesses said that the armed group entered the premises, located in region 66, a few meters from the El Crucero area, and fired at the people who were there, the Quadratin Agency reported.

The injured were taken to the General Hospital of Cancun.

Three men and one woman were arrested, but it is unknown if they were involved in the incident.

400 kilos of marijuana seized in CDMX

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  Reforma

Mexico City (December 29, 2019).- About 400 kilos of alleged marijuana were seized in Mexico City, capital authorities reported.

The confiscation was carried out in a courier and courier company located in the Azcapotzalco City Hall.

According to police the apparent drug was detected in a randomized review.

In addition, paper money and firearms were found.

According to the first reports, the marijuana was to be sent to Tamaulipas and Quintana Roo.

Elements of the National Guard deployed in the capital of the country, carried out the seizure.

Texas: Narcos ram BP Patrol vehicle, during Border Patrol disruption of 3 separate smuggling attempts

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat CBP Gov

A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector was the victim of a vehicular assault during a drug interdiction

"Criminals do not take human life into account and our dedicated agents are the first line of defense," tweeted the chief patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley sector, Austin Skero. "In the last three days, agents seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana in separate attempts worth an estimated $ 660K."

The incident occurred while agents patrolled the border between Texas and Mexico during the Christmas holiday week.

DINBURG, Texas – On Monday, December 23, 2019, Rio Grande City agents conducting line watch operations responded to information about a red Dodge pickup truck loading possible narcotics.

 Agents observed the vehicle leaving the area and a pursuit ensued, after following the vehicle for a short time, the driver struck a marked service unit and came to a stop. 

The driver absconded the area, and an immediate search of the area yielded negative results. A search of the truck revealed 39 bundles containing 451 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $360K.

Narcos: Mexico Season 2

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Radio Times

When will Narcos: Mexico season 2 arrive on Netflix?

The series will be released in its entirety on Thursday 13th February 2020.
Along with the date announcement, Netflix provided a short teaser, which features lead actor Diego Luna (Rogue One) turning towards the camera, while he speaks in a menacing voiceover.

What is Narcos: Mexico about — and what happened in the season 1 finale?

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Michoacan: Security forces create shield after CJNG Zamora commando attack

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

About 400 elements of the Michoacán Police, the National Guard and the Army installed a series of vehicle inspection posts at the access to Zamora, on the roads from the Municipalities of La Piedad and Sahuayo, and de la Barca, Jalisco, reported military sources.

The checkpoints were placed, among other points, in the Zamora-Jacona highways, in Morelos Avenue, and on the road that goes to Morelia.

Yesterday morning a group of armed men, allegedly members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), entered Zamora and caused a scene of shootings in different areas of the city and the abduction of at least two people.
El CJNG volvió a sembrar el terror en la ciudad de Zamora, Michoacán, donde rafagueó y quemó casas y secuestró al menos a dos personas (Foto: Archivo)
According to Army commanders, troops from that institution attended a dozen citizen complaints about the presence of armed men aboard at least 15 trucks.

'El Guerrero', the Zetas founder who wore a grenade necklace

Mx for Borderland Beat

Luis Alberto Guerrero Reyes ("El Guerrero") was no ordinary outlaw. He wore a grenade around his neck. When his bullet-ridden body was found inside a vehicle in Matamoros on 10 May 2004, authorities took over eight hours to remove and defuse it. Guerrero Reyes was killed by unknown assailants as he left a discotheque in Matamoros; his bodyguard Leonardo García González, a former Matamoros police officer, was also killed trying to defend him. Officials stated that Garcia was holding another grenade because he intended to use it against the attackers. But Matamoros residents woke up to a Mother's Day marred by a sadder story: among the dead were three teenage girls: Perla Lourdes García Torres, Rosa Isela Purata Cárdenas and Nancy López González, who were with the two men inside the discotheque.

Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua: Plaza Dispute Between La Línea and Gente Nueva Ends Policeman’s Life

Video narrative is as follows:

In Chihuahua, a policeman was killed and 3 others were seriously injured after an armed criminal group shot at the police in the Colonia Ciudadela in the municipality of Cuauhtémoc.

Mexico reveals webs of corruption in contracts, trafficking

Mexico City - Mexico’s top financial investigator on Friday reported on the webs of corruption and money laundering that thieves, traffickers and political figures have used to hide their wealth.

Santiago Nieto, the head of Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit, said a federal judge took bribes to rule in favor of the violent Jalisco cartel, and then used a lawyer’s office to buy vehicles and send as much as $2 million to the United States.

Another gang stole fuel from government pipelines and set up trucking companies to use the diesel and launder profits from sales of fuel to third parties.

Nieto revealed that a sex ring trafficked as many as 2,000 South American women into prostitution in Mexico over the course of a decade. They used front companies and web sites to charge for their services and distribute profits.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Son of 'El Chapo' gives away automobiles in Sinaloa Christmas Celebration

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Chapo's twin daughters visit him at ADX Florence

“May this Christmas season be filled with happiness. May the light of Faith and Love shine in your home. Ivan Archivaldo wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. ”

Such was the greeting printed on bags of sweets from Iván Archivaldo Guzmán given at a posada. 

Posadas begin on December 16,  for  nine days of religious observation and celebration,  Mexicans celebrate with food, gifts and piñatas.

Sinaloa Cartel members distributed food packages, and toys to the villagers.

"Thank you, Don Iván!" The children shouted in unison while receiving the gifts.

The son of El Chapo also gave parties some with lavish gifts such as automobiles.

This was a ritual of his father El Chapo Guzman when he ruled the cartel.  El Chapo is now serving a life sentence without parole in ADX Florence, Colorado Maximum prison.

Janos, Chihuahua: Municipal Police Chief Arrested in Mormon Family Murders

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Guardian / Reuters / NYT/ NYP
A Mexican police chief arrested in connection to Mormon family killings, Fidel Alejandro Villegas:
A head of public security in Chihuahua, Mexico has been arrested in connection with the Mormon massacre last month, according to new reports, by SEIDO.

Fidel Alejandro Villegas Villegas, the director of public safety in Janos, was nabbed Tuesday by the Attorney General’s Office for his alleged ties to "La Linea", part of the Juárez drug cartel that’s believed to have ambushed the nine relatives last month, the Herald of Chihuahua reported.

Villegas Villegas, whose nickname is “El Chiquilin,” is being held in Mexico City.  His arrest wasn’t officially announced but it was confirmed by Sebastián Efraín Pineda, the mayor of Janos, located near the US-Mexico border.

Aurora Residents Ambushed in Mexico Were Likely Targeted, Attorney Says

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TYGUS  NBC Chicago

Image result for Jose de Jesus Gutierrez, and daughter, Sofia Gutierrez

A father and daughter from west suburban Aurora and an 85-year-old relative who were recently ambushed in Mexico while traveling to visit family for Christmas were likely targeted, the family's attorney said.

Jose Luis Gutierrez, 52, a gardener, was shot twice by unknown attackers and left on the side of the road in Zacatecas, which is northwest of Mexico City. His father, 85-year-old Jose de Jesus Gutierrez, and daughter, Sofia Gutierrez, 19, were beaten in the incident.

Jose Luis Gutierrez sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. The three were heading to visit their family in the western state of Jalisco for Christmas.

The ambush comes just days after the U.S. State Department urged travelers to Mexico to use increased caution after a spike in violent crime in the country.

Oaxaca/Vicente Guerrero: Ministerial Agent Killed in Ambush Intended to Free “La Bestia”

Oaxaqueño for Borderland Beat  Source  Source   Source

Friends and relatives of José Bernabé Brizuela, accused of organized crime, arrived from the state of Colima to plead on behalf of their reltive who they say is in danger of death.

“We come from Colima and come to defend the rights of José Bernabé Brizuela Meraz since he is suffering an injustice. Z-40 threatened him with death when he was in the Altiplano and he told him he was going to kill him.” Reports of Beastia being a Zeta have been debunked and now say he is CJNG. 

La Bestia no purgó condena | El Imparcial de Oaxaca

On Monday afternoon, somewhere around 14:30 and 15:15 hrs local time, an ambush staged by hitmen took place in the town of Vicente Guerrero, located some 15 kilometers south of Oaxaca’s state capital Oaxaca de Juárez. Reportedly, sicarios blocked the federal highway 175 (Oaxaca – Puerto Escondido) by means of piles and mounts of stones and dirt in order to bring a caravan consisting of security forces to a halt. The caravan included Ministerial Agents from Oaxaca as well as their counterparts from the state of Tamaulipas and was on its way to transfer José Bernabé Brizuela Meraz, aka “La Bestia”, from Oaxaca to Tamaulipas. 

In addition to the blockage, the hitmen were travelling aboard a van and a stolen taxi. In the course of the subsequent shootout intended at freeing “La Bestia”, one Ministerial Agent (of Oaxaca) was killed while four other people were wounded. 

So when did North Korea become a player in the blue meth trade?

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY BB Reader Pri-Org-Stories

If you've ever seen the TV show "Breaking Bad," you know how a background in chemistry can come in handy in the illegal production of crystal meth.
That's not just fiction, as Isaac Stone Fish, associate editor at Foreign Policy, confirms when he describes how North Korea became a major meth producer.

Taxco, Guerrero: The Young Female Sicaria 'La Chimo'

La Nueva Familia Michoacana ’is an armed group that emerged in Zamora, Michoacán.

‘La Chimo’ appears in the images sporting a rifle.

Through social networks several photographs were published in which a young woman appears wearing tactical vests, communication radios and in possession of a rifle.

This is María Arlet ‘N’, aka ‘La Chimo’ and is accused of operating as a sicaria under the orders of ‘La Nueva Familia Michoacana in Taxco, Guerrero.

The Complete Destruction of a Mexican Halcón


San Lucas, Guerrero: CJNG Announce Their Presence

A video of a convoy of alleged CJNG hitmen arriving to a town in Guerrero has been spread through social networks, showing dozens of heavily armed men who announce their arrival.

Unofficially there has been talk of at least 50 CJNG trucks arriving in San Lucas, Guerrero. It is said that the CJNG hitmen threatened that they are targeting "Don José, " José Rodolfo Maldonado who is considered a member of a criminal group led by an individual known as El Pescado. And a man known as La Fresa who in turn is a member of La Nueva Familia Michoacana.

It should be noted that the entity of Guerrero to which alleged assassins of the CJNG arrived,  have come to fight for the territory against the Michoacán Family Cartel.

Reynosa, Tamaulipas: The bodies of two women found

Reynosa, Tamaulipas - The bodies of two women between 30 and 35 years of age, who showed signs of tortured, were found this Thursday morning in the streets of this city.

According to local media, the bodies were found with their hands and feet tied. They also had their throats slashed.

The bodies were located at the corner of Calle Cerro del Mercado and Calle Sierra Leone, in Las Fuentes Sección Lomas neighborhood, next to some softball fields.

State police received a report from the city's C4, once they arrived at the crime scene they found the two women deceased, who had been shot.

Expert Forensics went to the crime scene and performed the lifting of the bodies of the two women. They were  taken to the Forensic Medical Service.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

80% of California's Weed Still hitting the Black Market

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: KTLA5
With up to 80% of California’s Weed Business Still in the Black Market, State Panel Suggests Returning to Ballot Box.

Two years after California began licensing pot shops, the industry remains so outmatched by the black market that a state panel recently joined some legalization supporters in calling for significant changes — perhaps turning again to voters to address the problems.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

From Borderland Beat...Merry Christmas to All! 💗 Feliz Navidad!

Of all the posada celebrations, and events I had enjoyed over the years working with my family foundation and the children of Mexico, United States and Central America, it is this photo that is the stand out for me. 

It was at a Posada in Coahuila, where about 1500 children attended, from 6 schools for the disabled in the state.  We bused the  children in for a magical day. 

I asked the fire chief if he could bring “Santa” on top the fire truck.  The children excitedly gathered outside to wait.  There was this little guy in a wheelchair waiting in front. 

The photo was taken the minute he spotted Santa coming around the corner.  I LOVE this photo!  The pure joy on his face is priceless.

I also want to share this Christmas Card I sent out on behalf of my foundation depicting some of my kids.. 

Merry Christmas to all of you,  from all of us at Borderland Beat!


Top row left to right; Sandrita, Deaf-Blind,  Jonathon, Eduardo Deaf, Maria Autism,
Lower row left to right; Rogelio CP, Eduardo Deaf, Rosita Mental Physically Disabled
Sandrita is a twin who was born very prematurely.  She is Deaf-Blind.  We funded her Cochlear Implant and one year of housing-travel to Monterrey for therapy.  She was the first child to receive a Cochlear Implant in Mexico.  I was in the tiny room the day the implant was activated.  Her parents, me, two techs and two physicians crammed into a exam room witnessing an absolute miracle that profoundly changed her life.  

It was the greatest honor of my life and not a dry eye in the place.

Sandrita and her twin in Monterrey 4 days after surgery.  
They were 5 Years Old.  They are now 7th graders

and lets not forget him DON RAMON:

Happy Holidays ! from ALL of US !

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Cherán, Michoacán: Indigenous Town's Environmental Revolt

Yaqui from Borderland Beat from:
When illegal logging turned their green, pine-covered hills into an ecological wasteland, the people of the Mexican indigenous town of Cherán, Michoacán decided to arm themselves with rifles and reclaim their land.

Today, eight years after rising up against illegal loggers and the drug cartel behind them, Cherán is practically an independent enclave tucked into the lawless mountains of western Mexico. Its residents have their own system of government based on community assemblies. They have their own police force. Plus, they run ambitious environmental programs that have begun covering their bare, charred land in verdant pine trees again.

Suspect Arrested in Murder of American Couple in Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California

Yaqui fro Borderland Beat from: SDUnionTrib

The double homicide last year rocked the tranquil community that is roughly 380 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

A man suspected of murdering two American retirees and their dog in a picturesque Baja California fishing village last year has finally been arrested, according to Mexican authorities.

Hector Daniel, 31, was arrested Dec. 12 just south of Ensenada, more than 300 miles away from Bahía de Los Angeles, where he allegedly killed Jo Anne Butler, 69, Rey Ball, 72, and Bart, the  couple’s black Labrador over a botched boat robbery on June 2, 2018.

Not two, Mexico extradited seven high level narcos to the U.S. last week

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat Milenio

Including "El Mayito Gordo" The Mexican government extradited seven high-level Mexican narcos to the US last week. They were linked to the Tijuana, Sinaloa, Los Zetas and Beltrán Leyva cartels. Some were implicated in multiple murders.

The extradited were: Gustavo Rivera Martínez ("Carlos Herrera Ávalos" or "El P1"); José Odilón Ramírez Perales; Mario Núñez Meza ("M10); Juan Carlos Juárez Torres; Francisco Hernández García ("El 2000" or "El Panchillo"), and José María Guizar Valencia ("El Z43").

Mexican authorities indicated that the delivery took place last week, when Ismael Zambada Imperial ("El Mayito Gordo"), son of the lord Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was handed over to the US authorities.

Sicario's Story: I was Recruited by Los Rojos, and Turned into a Monster

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: NYT
Jojutla, Mexico: The recruits filed into a clearing, where a group of trainers with the stern bearing of drill sergeants stood in a tight row, hiding something.

“How many of you have killed someone before?” one of the instructors asked. A few hands shot up.

The trainers separated, revealing a naked corpse face up in the grass. One thrust a machete into the nearest man’s hand.  “Dismember that body,” he ordered.

The recruit froze. The instructor waited, then walked up behind the terrified recruit and fired a bullet into his head, killing him. Next, he passed the blade to a lanky teenager while the others watched, dumbfounded. This is an anonymous account of his experiences.

CJNG: El Minique and His Dad El Comandante Versace

The identity of “El Dorito” or “El Minique”, a hitman who operates his own cell within the state limits of the State of Mexico and Guerrero, and his father, former Army soldier and active member of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación has been announced.

A few days ago it became known that a cell commanded by a boy nicknamed "El Dorito" or "El Minique" commanded his own cell of hit men, "The Dorilocos."

Human Rights Commission accepts complaint from El Menchito

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  from ElSolDeMexicoand INM Gob.Mx

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) accepted the complaint filed by the defense of Rubén Oseguera González “El Menchito” and analyzes the alleged violations of the due process of extradition to the United States, corruption of authorities whereby influencing it and human rights violation of the detainee.

The lawyer Víctor Beltrán García, legal representative of Oceguera González, reported that he denounced before the IACHR the series of violations of human and legal rights Oseguera González.

Beltrán García explained that the extradition process to the United States is plagued by irregularities and judicial instances have ignored the defense's complaints, such as the fact that his defendant is not the son of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera, "El Mencho," he stressed.

Denton, Texas: 600 Pounds of Liquid Meth found during Traffic Stop

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: DentonRc / dfwcbs
                      Adan Murga-Alvarez, 29, booked into Denton, Texas jailon a  $500,000 bond

Denton Police have arrested and charged a man with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance following the seizure of 596.3 pounds of liquid methamphetamine. An investigative unit of the Denton Police Department seized 596.3 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in a traffic stop Thursday, leading to one arrest, according to a news release.

The driver, Adan Murga-Alvarez, 29, was arrested for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams, a first-degree felony, and is currently in the Denton City Jail, where he is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Among rumors of El Mencho having serious health issues-CJNG celebrates "narco-posada"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Note: For a week, the rumors of disease and doom have circulated on social media, and B rated news outlets regarding El Mencho, leader of  Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación aka CJNG.

Supposedly, he is suffering from kidney failure and requires dialysis. 

Dialysis is not a death sentence.  A friend of mine has been on the transplant list and on dialysis for 8 years, and is a professional working full time and travels frequently.  

According to the Kidney Foundation patients can live well on dialysis for 20 to 30 years.   I recall over the years stories of dying capos have floated around.  Time will tell, stay tuned~~