Saturday, April 4, 2020

Coronavirus Update 3.. "A very painful coming two weeks" warns the president

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
4/3/20 Global cases over 1 millon, deaths tops 53,000.... 
U.S. 245k cases and 6000 deaths 908 in 24hr..
2214 deaths projected on April peak 

Thursday Stats 4.2.20

U.S.:245,400 Cases, 6005 Deaths… an increase of 908 deaths since Tuesday Global: 803,700 Cases and 42,404 Deaths in 155 countries

Global: 1,026,001 Cases, 53,930 Deaths in 155 nations

New York: 91,734 Cases 2935 Deaths Note: hospitalizations have slowed for 8 days straight

California: 11,126 Cases 244 Deaths

Mexico: 1510 Cases 50 Deaths Note: Mexico is not providing confirmed comprehensive information including affected states.

Notes from yesterday: In the ongoing issue of mask wearing, today CDC is expected to announce guidelines for mask wearing.  CDC, Dr. Fauci and Birx have been against wearing masks as “not needed”.  It will be interesting what compromise was reached.

Social Security recipients will receive checks in 2 weeks if they are paid by direct deposit.  Like for everyone else, the government is working off 2018 tax returns and income earned in that year.  For those not using direct deposit, you will receive checks via mail and they will be delayed.   

Friday, April 3, 2020

Tijuana: Coronavirus does not stop violence, in March, 6.8 murders per day

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY Steve! Source

An average of 7 murders per day has been recorded in the first 138 days of Jaime Bonilla's government, for a total of 947. Despite the capture of 155 murderers in the same period, authorities have been unable to contain the violent deaths generated in the framework of the criminal power struggle between cells of "Los Cabos" and operators of CJNG, Sinaloa and CAF

According to police reports, in Baja California, the majority of the men killed are shot in the head or in the face, the least in the chest. Their lifeless bodies are left lying in the corners, on dirt roads or on board their cars. Very few are strangled. And while the severed bodies reappeared in the crime scenes, most of the murdered women have died next to a man.

Amid the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the insecurity on the streets in Tijuana and on the routes in Ensenada continues.

Baja California accumulated 947 murders in the first four and a half months of Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez's administration. During the same period, 155 arrest warrants for homicide were executed, 19 of these only in the first 15 days of the current month.

Reynosa, Tamaulipas: Authorities Return to the Recurrent Gravesite Used by Criminals

An anonymous complaint alerted authorities to locate two bodies, one buried and another half-buried in a vacant lot where human remains of at least three other bodies had recently been found in clandestine graves.

With this finding, there have been 10 bodies located in this area from 2017 to date.

The events were reported at 12:00 hours yesterday in a property located behind the Puerta Sur neighborhood, on the border with the New Mexico Itavu neighborhood. Since last Friday, a report had been registered about a semi-buried body in the area, authorities had made an inspection but had not located anything.

Yesterday they received an anonymous report again and the investigative police corporations of the Tamaulipas State Attorney General's Office (FGJ) and the Federal Police Gendarmerie division found the leg of a semi-buried body behind a few heaps of earth.

Report: Drug cartel leader found guilty of murdering journalist

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS Source

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — A Mexican judge has convicted an alleged drug cartel lieutenant for the 2017 murder of a journalist from the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada, El Diario de Juarez reported.

Juan Carlos Moreno Ochoa, a.k.a. “El Larry,” faces up to 70 years in prison after being found guilty of being one of the murderers of Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Baja California authorities identify more CJNG and Sinaloa Cartel sicarios and drug dealers in Tijuana

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Neighborhoods in Tijuana under CJNG or Sinaloa Cartel control
In a recent report published by the Tijuana-based and award-winning news magazine Zeta, Baja California state officials released the names of 48 newly-identified sicarios and drug dealers from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel that operate in Tijuana's most dangerous boroughs. These criminals rotate in and out of prison and are responsible for driving violence in the city.

The criminals in the report operate in Sánchez Taboada, Natura and Centenario, three boroughs in Tijuana. At least 40% of the murders committed in Tijuana are committed in these three locations. In addition, at least 89 drug sale locations are located in these areas. Tijuana currently has the highest homicide rate in the state of Baja California, but authorities say they are working to curb the drug-violence.

Woman journalist killed in drive-by shooting in Veracruz

"MX" for Borderland Beat
María Elena Ferral
María Elena Ferral, an investigative journalist based in Veracruz, died from her injuries on Monday after two gunmen on a motorcycle shot her eight times as she left from the notary's public office in Papantla. The attack occurred in broad daylight in Papantla's downtown. The perpetrators remain at large.

Ferral worked for El Diario de Xalapa newspaper and the online news site Quinto Poder de Veracruz, where she covered corruption, kidnappings, political assassinations and other organized crime topics. According to her relatives, Ferral was subject to multiple death threats from a regional politician and told her colleagues that if she was ever killed it was because of that politician.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Intel reveals narco-traffickers taking advantage of Covid19 crisis to ramp up trafficking

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat for Borderland Beat
The daily coronavirus tasks force conference opened with something quite different....

At a news conference which began at this hour, President Trump and others announced “Enhanced Counter Narcotic Operations”, in reaction to intelligence revealing narcos are attempting to take advantage of the world focus on the virus crisis, causing an uptick in areas previously with good control by the government.

The operations began today in the waters of the east Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to disrupt the flow of drugs.

In a massive increase of land, air and sea supports amounting to more than double the capacity of previous resources including  Navy warships, surveillance aircraft and special forces teams in the Western Hemisphere.

The operation is supported by 22 partner nations.

Image supposedly depicts El Chapo's brother "Guano" with AMLO in Badiraguato...or not

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS and "MX"

As if Mexico's president hadn’t stirred up enough controversy with his shrugging off the coronavirus, then shook hands with the mother of El Chapo, while he was in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, but now…..this image is making the rounds.

It is a photo alledgedly depicting the brother of El Chapo, Aureliano Guzman Loera, known as “El Guano”. 

Making matters worse is that the former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon tweeted the following:  "Who is the person behind the president?"(google translated tweet)

Fake News update below----Calderon has not addressed the fake news allegation

San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovers sophisticated cross-border drug tunnel under the US/Mexico border

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  ICE

Feds seize 4,400 pounds of illicit drugs from the tunnel's exit in the US

SAN DIEGO – Federal agents on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovered a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel on Thursday, March 19, which extends under the United States-Mexico border to a warehouse in a commercial complex in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. The discovery of the tunnel resulted from an ongoing investigation by members on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which include U.S. Immigration and customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Agents on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force developed information about a transnational criminal organization suspected of smuggling narcotics into the U.S. via a cross-border tunnel. As the investigation progressed, agents worked in cooperation with the Fiscalia General de la Republica (FGR) and Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) to locate the tunnel entrance in Mexico. Agents subsequently presented evidence to a U.S. federal judge and obtained a federal search warrant for the warehouse in Otay Mesa. The U.S. exit point was discovered subsequent to the execution of the warrant.

Mexican government freezes 18 bank accounts linked to the Sinaloa Cartel and Rafael Caro Quintero

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Rafeal Caro Quintero and his family, who are also involved in money laundering 
Mexico's Financial Investigation Unit (UIF) froze 18 bank accounts linked to the Sinaloa Cartel and Rafael Caro Quintero. This decision was made after investigators discovered unusual activity in the accounts and proceeded to do an investigation. Upon discovering organized crime ties, they froze all of the accounts. 

Of the 18 bank accounts, 9 of them were personal bank accounts linked to various Sinaloa Cartel members and 5 were business accounts. These companies offered services in consulting, publicity, construction, jewelry and film and entertainment in Sinaloa and Jalisco The additional 4 bank accounts were owned or controlled by Rafael Caro Quintero.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Gulf Cartel boss 'El Meme Loco', former lieutenant under Osiel Cárdenas, released from prison

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Víctor Manuel Vázquez Mireles
Earlier this month, a Mexican media outlet reported that Víctor Manuel Vázquez Mireles ("El Meme Loco"), a former high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel under Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, was no longer in prison and had resumed his organized crime activities. El Meme Loco is likely one of the most prominent Gulf Cartel bosses released from prison in recent years.

He joined the cartel in the 1990s as one of Osiel's bodyguards, and eventually rose through the leadership ranks of the cartel. He was arrested in March 2003 in Veracruz but remained without a sentence for nearly a decade.

Last year, Borderland Beat reporter "MX" reached out to the Mexican government requesting information on El Meme Loco's status. We were only able to confirm he was sentenced for organized crime involvement, though officials did not provide any mention on when this sentence was handed or if he remained behind bars. In this report, Borderland Beat will cover his extensive criminal career and his current status in the cartel.

María Antonieta Rodríguez Mata, the crooked Tamaulipas cop who rose to lead the Gulf Cartel

"MX" for Borderland Beat
María Antonieta Rodríguez Mata
The names of some of Mexico’s most famous drug lords are well known by many: Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada and Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, "El Mencho". Aside from their profession, they also have one thing in common – they are all men.

But those following the evolution of Mexico's drug cartels over the years have noticed demographic changes: women rising to leadership positions along these powerful men. One of them was María Antonieta Rodríguez Mata ("La Generela"), a former Tamaulipas State Police officer and convicted Gulf Cartel kingpin.

On the last day of Women's History Month, Borderland Beat will cover the life of Rodríguez Mata, a woman who led a sophisticated drug trafficking network from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, that extended to elsewhere in Mexico and into South and Central America. Roles of women like her are often overlooked in Mexico's criminal landscape, but she surely won't be the last. 

Los Viagras regional boss 'El Señor del Sombrero' arrested in Michoacán

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Salvador Oliveros Reséndiz, eyes blurred by Mexican officials
Salvador Oliveros Reséndiz, also known by his aliases "El Señor del Sombrero" and/or "Don Chavita", was arrested by state authorities in Gabriel Zamora, Michoacán.

He was one of the priority targets of the federal and state government and is wanted for murder, kidnapping, extortion and drug trafficking. Authorities stated he was the regional boss of Los Viagras in Charapendo, a community in the municipality of Gabriel Zamora. He worked closely with Gildardo Sánchez Aguilar ("Don Gil").

A week ago, residents from the rural community of Múgica attacked the Mexican Army and forced them to leave the area. In the attack, they released three people, including Los Viagras regional boss Don Gil. Los Viagras is a spin-off group of the Knights Templar Cartel and is currently competing against the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) for control of Michoacán.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Letter from El Chapo's mother to the Mexican President-She wants her son in a Mexican prison

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

Humanitarian Visa Application was denied by the U.S.

After asking him for help to repatriate her son and to process a humanitarian visa that would allow him to travel to the United States, Consuelo Loera Pérez, mother of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, sent blessings to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whom she called "Dear brother in Christ".

Letter from El Chapo's mother dated March 20,2020

"In the hope of continuing to count on your support, I wish that our Lord Jesus Christ illuminate you and fill you with blessings in this task that the people of Mexico have assigned you," says the letter that was delivered yesterday to the federal president, during a visit made in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, the birthplace of the Guzmán family.

In the letter, dated March 20 of this year, the mother of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel requests the help of the Federal President to facilitate her son serving his sentence in a Mexican prison.

Mexican President AMLO defends his greeting of El Chapo's mother

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Reforma

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he did say hello to Consuelo Loera, mother of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, on his tour of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, as she deserves all his respect and will help her so the United States allows her a visit with her son in prison. (she previously stated she obtained the visa)

"Yes, I greeted her, our adversaries, the conservatives, also made it into a scandal.  I went to inspect  a road from Badiraguato to Guadalupe and Calvo, it is a very important road that will cross the Sierra Madre Occidental, it will benefit more than one hundred marginalized communities.

"And until now the road is under construction in front of La Tuna, (Chapo’s hometown) and the lady lived there and she went to where I was. They told me it was there, that she wanted to greet me, I got off the truck and I greeted her, she is a 92-year-old lady. The fatal plague is corruption, not an older adult who deserves all my respect, regardless of who her son is, "he said in a conference.

The President said that he will arrange with the US authorities for Consuelo Loera to travel to that country and see her son, who is being held in a maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado, for humanitarian reasons.

Video: Mexican President AMLO greets mother of El Chapo with a handshake, in Sinaloa

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Ioan Grillo: Mexican President Lopez Obrador is doing himself no favors. He just seemed to be getting serious on coronavirus when today, a video emerges of him in Sinaloa, shaking hands with the mother of jailed drug lord El Chapo.

President of Mexico Lopez Obrador travelled to El Chapo territory of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, where he met with the mother of el Chapo, Maria Consuelo Loera as she was a passenger of a vehicle.  Loera’s vehicle was parked on a unpaved mountain road outside Badiragiato. The president cheerfully approached the vehicle and extended his hand for an enthusiastic handshake. 

Charges dropped against man linked to former Tamaulipas Governor Tomás Yarrington

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Tomás Yarrington

Earlier this month, a judge in the State of Mexico dropped an arrest warrant request against Alfredo Sandoval Musi, the former Sub-Secretary of Expenses in Tamaulipas. The judge stated that there were no evidences of his involvement in money laundering under Tomás Yarrington, the former Governor of Tamaulipas. Sandoval-Musi's charges were dropped and he is no longer a fugitive, a status he held for nearly three years.

Yarrington was the Governor of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2005. During his governorship, he was accused of protecting the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas by taking millions in bribes. Among his formal charges include racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering and bank fraud. After fleeing Mexico, Yarrington was arrested in Florence, Italy, in 2017 and extradited to the U.S. the following year. He is currently awaiting trial in Brownsville, Texas.

Coronavirus Update 2

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Trump displays the 5 min test
Tuesday Stats 3.31.20 
U.S.: 164,400 Cases 3173 Deaths… since Sunday a 24k increase nationwide in cases and 773 deaths increase over the two day period.
Global: 803,605 Cases and 39,033 Deaths in 155 countries

California is experiencing a slow increase with 7429 Cases and 149 Deaths.  44 deaths in L.A...Possibly attributed to social distancing as Governor Newsom was the first in the nation to call for “sheltering in place”.
New York: 75,795 Cases 914 Deaths  Note: hospitalizations have slowed for 7 days straight

Mexico: 1094 Cases 28 Deaths Note: Mexico is not providing confirmed comprehensive information including affected states (see graph below)

To mask or not to mask….citizens left confused…
Since I have been reporting on the CV, I have stressed the CDC and Dr Fauci, warning that masks were not needed to be worn and by hoarding the masks and other medical protection wear; it has caused a critical shortage needed by first responders, medical personnel and those high risk persons, such as those with immune deficiencies.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Comandante "Pin Pon" of Tropa del Infierno killed in Nuevo Laredo

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  

After a confrontation with the State Police in Nuevo Laredo, Hugo Alejandro Salcido, known as El Porras or Pin Pon, chief operating officer of the CDN, died last night.

The dawn of this Sunday, died, after a confrontation with state police in Nuevo Laredo, Hugo Salcido alias 'El porras' or 'El Pin Pon' , operational head of the Tropa del Infierno Hell Troop , belonging to the Northeast Cartel.

According to official information, the confrontation took place between state police officers and a group of armed men who manned several trucks.

Cabo20: Operator of Arellano Félix arrested in Querétaro

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

 Detienen a 'Cabo 20', operador de los Arellano Felix, en operativo ...

The Navy detained an operator of the Arellano Félix criminal organization in the city of Querétaro.

David "N", alias "Cabo 20", was captured in the Torre Levant Diamante housing complex, in an operation that also involved the National Guard, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) and Baja California State agencies.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Over 80 environmentalists killed in Mexico since 2012

"MX" for Borderland Beat
People gather to protest the murder of environmentalist Samir Flores Soberanes
The Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA) informed in a recent publication that 83 environmentalists were killed in Mexico between 2012 and 2019, making Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world for environmentalists.

In 2019 alone, the CEMDA registered 39 violent acts against environmentalists; 15 of them were homicides. Between 2012 and 2019, the CEMDA reported 499 violent cases and 83 homicides.

The sector that observed the most attacks was the energy sector with 20.5 percent. Violence spiked in 2013 after President Enrique Pena Nieto pushed to reform Mexico's energy sector. In December 2013, the Congress of Mexico made several amendments to permit private and foreign investment in this sector for the first time in decades.

Mexico City gang enforces 'protection payments' despite coronavirus outbreak

"MX" for Borderland Beat

Street merchants in Mexico City's markets Tepito and La Merced
Gangsters from La Unión de Tepito, a Mexico City criminal group headed by Alberto Fuentes Castro ("El Elvis"), warned merchants that they will continue requesting protection racket payments from businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. Many of the businesses in these areas are temporarily closed and have suffered economic losses during the outbreak.

La Unión de Tepito controls the sale of counterfeit goods in Mexico City. The coronavirus outbreak has caused La Unión de Tepito to suffer millions in losses since businesses are unable to acquire Chinese merchandise to resale. La Unión de Tepito buys the merchandise in China directly by sending representatives and then resells the products to vendors in Mexico and/or charges a fee to those who sell Chinese merchandise in their turf.

Gangsters have warned merchants that they do not care about the virus outbreak and will continue to request their monthly fee. In previous weeks, merchants had warned gang members that they would stop paying them if they did not receive their Chinese merchandise. Business owners said La Unión de Tepito will kidnap and kill them if they do not comply.

Accused Mexican money launderer loses bid for refugee status in Canada

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY MMD778  Vancouver Sun
Mansur looking over Duarte right shoulder----From Reforma

It was August 2016 and wealthy Mexican businessman Moises Mansur Cysneiros was in Vancouver, exploring whether to move his family here for “a different cultural experience.”

He got a call from his Mexican tax lawyer, Jose Juan Janeiro Rodriguez, urging Mansur to fly to Toronto “to discuss certain tax matters in person.”

When Mansur arrived in the Ontario capital, he was surprised to learn that the newly elected governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz — Miguel Angel Yunes — had flown in on a private jet for the meeting.

Yunes wanted dirt on his predecessor, Mansur’s close friend Javier Duarte, who had embezzled millions in state funds, then pumped it into shell companies that were used to buy luxury properties for himself.

At the Toronto meeting, Yunes gave Mansur “handwritten notes, indicating his request for him to cooperate in bringing down Duarte,” according to a recent Canadian immigration board ruling obtained by The Vancouver Sun.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Nearly 2,000 kg of marijuana heading to Tamaulipas seized in Michoacán/Guanajuato border

"MX" for Borderland Beat

The marijuana was hidden in boxes
Members of the National Guard and the Mexican Army seized approximately 1,638 kg (3,611 lbs) of marijuana hidden inside two vehicles. The seizure occurred in Pénjamo, a municipality in Guanajuato that borders Michoacán. Four people were arrested in the operation. According to security forces, the marijuana had a market value of over MXN$3,193,444 (US$136,364).

The vehicles were coming from the state of Nayarit and were heading to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, a city in northeastern Mexico and considered a stronghold of the Gulf Cartel. Nayarit is about a 14-hour drive from Matamoros. As they drove through a highway that connects Pénjamo with the Michoacán municipality of La Piedad, they were stopped at a law enforcement checkpoint for a traffic violation. Both drivers were not wearing their seat belts.

Morelos, Mexico: El Señorón Warns All Thieves, Kidnappers, Extortionists, and Rapists

A video is circulating on social media networks where they interrogate two subjects who apparently are the two who were kidnapped yesterday in Jiutepec and today were discovered in black plastic bags on the Mexico-Cuernavaca highway.

The video shows heavily armed individuals in tactical uniforms questioning the two young men who were engaged in the robbery of vehicles, motorcycles and self-service stores.

The criminal leader known as El Señoron warns those individuals who love things that don’t belong to them that he’s now coming after them along with extortionists and rapists.

They leave 2 bags in the Paso Express of Cuernavaca

Part II: Los Zetas and the Treviño's personal laundering network

"redlogarythm" for Borderland Beat           Use this hyperlink for Part I

Note from redlogarythm: This is the second and final publication of a series about the money laundering network Los Zetas had in place in the U.S. between 2008 and 2012 when they operated a Quarter horse breeding business. I would like to thank Borderland Beat contributor "MX" for supplying some of the info used here.

Chart displaying the horse quarter laundering front managed by Los Zetas
As discussed in Part I of this series, Los Zetas ran a successful Quarter horse business from 2008 till 2012 in the U.S. It was one of the most sophisticated money laundering schemes done by the cartel to date.

Los Zetas laundered cocaine proceeds made in the U.S. and sent the money back to Mexico where it was laundered and funneled back into the cartel's network in creative ways. The network was owned by the siblings Miguel Angel and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, and it included an array of strawmen, legitimate businesses and bank accounts.

In this Part II, we will cover how the horse purchasing process worked and how Los Zetas managed their assets. In addition, we will look at the different disguising methods they used to hide the illegal nature of their assets.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Venezuelan leader Maduro Charged by DOJ for Narco-Terrorism

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Narco-Terrorism Charges Against Nicolas Maduro, Current And Former Venezuelan Officials, And Farc Leadership

Venezuela’s Vice President for the Economy and Others Separately Charged with Evading OFAC Sanctions In Connection With Maduro’s 2018 Presidential Campaign.

William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Brian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Uttam Dhillon, Acting Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and Alysa D. Erichs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced the unsealing of two separate indictments charging current and former Venezuelan officials and FARC leadership. 

United States v. Genaro Garcia Luna: requests bail to avoid exposure to coronavirus

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS  from pacer gov website
Another high profile prisoner with means, asking for bail in order to be protected against Coronavirus

Genaro Garcia Luna, has filed a request for bail, pending trial.  He points to the coronavirus for the reason.  The defense proposed a bail package of  a million dollar secured bond, that wold be co-signed by 7 individuals.
On February 28th a hearing was conducted to determine if his original request for bail would be granted.

It was denied.
However, the court indicated that it was denied as it needed to be “more robust.

Read letter below from his defense and filed with the court, click on hyperlink to enlarge documents:

Huetamo, Michoacán: CJNG Discover An Abandoned La Familia Michoacána Blockade

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación has produced a video online of their incursions into enemy territory within the state of Michoacán. On this film sicarios belonging to CJNG are openly mocking the inferior hardware found at a supposed La Familia Michoacána narco blockade. This broadcast is deemed safe for all to see.

Video translation is as follows:
Sicario #1: And so here we find ourselves inside our enemies blockade. This is our spoils of war. These sons of bitches like to run away like hares. I’m tired of chasing after these dumb asses. 

The only thing these pitiful worthless fucks eat are bullshit sardines. Damn look at this. And yet these guys think that they’re so tough. Just take a look at how they’re being fed. Poor dumb asses. As a consequence we have seized their belongings. And this here are their crappy bombs. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Colombia Colombian death squads exploiting coronavirus lockdown to kill activists

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY BB reader  Source

Death squads in Colombia are taking advantage of coronavirus lockdowns to murder rural activists, local NGOs have warned.

When cities across the country introduced local quarantine measures last week, three social leaders were killed, and as the country prepares to impose a national lockdown on Wednesday, activists have warned that more murders will follow.

Marco Rivadeneira, a high-profile activist, was murdered in the southern Putumayo province, Ángel Ovidio Quintero was shot dead in the western Antioquia region, and Ivo Humberto Bracamonte was killed on the eastern border with Venezuela.

Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for activists and community leaders, who often fall foul of armed groups fighting for territory.

Since a historic peace deal was implemented in early 2017 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), a leftist rebel group, 271 activists have been killed. Now, with the government focused on the pandemic, activists say they are even more at risk.

Víctor Zapién Venegas, close collaborator of 'El Mencho', is extradited to the U.S.

"MX" for Borderland Beat; TY to "Parro"

Víctor Zapién Venegas; eyes blurred by Mexican officials

On Monday, Mexican authorities extradited Víctor Zapién Venegas ("El Domingo"), a high-ranking member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), to the United States. He was wanted by U.S. officials for drug trafficking and money laundering. The transfer was done at the Toluca International Airport, where he was handed over to U.S. authorities.

El Domingo was a close collaborator of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes ("El Mencho"), the CJNG's leader. The accused was responsible for coordinating international drug trafficking shipments for the CJNG from Colombia, Peru and Mexico into the U.S., as mentioned in a 2016 indictment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Part I: Los Zetas and the Treviño's personal laundering network

"redlogarythm" for Borderland Beat                     Use this hyperlink for Part II

Note from redlogarythm: This post is part of a series on the money laundering network Los Zetas had in place in the U.S. between 2008 and 2012 when they operated a Quarter horse breeding business. I would like to thank Borderland Beat contributor "MX" for supplying some of the info used here. 

Every illicit network needs a constant flow of money for three reasons: the first one is to continue to fund their criminal operations. The second one is to accumulate reserves/investments to use them in times of need. The third one is for pure personal benefit (i.e. increase personal wealth). According to the type of illicit network and the activities engaged by it, the structures, channels and laundering strategies will be different.

Al Qaida, ISIS or the Tamil Tigers used Hawala (or Hundi/Fei Chien scheme) for transferring funds to outside operatives. The Basque terrorist organization ETA used local cooperatives in the French border to launder the ransoms and contributions obtained by the financial cells in Spain. The Provisional IRA controlled a dozen pubs in Dublin's downtown and at least one taxi company until the 1990s. Colombian drug traffickers use the Black Market Peso Exchange (a complicated compensation payment mechanism) in order to obtain pesos and leaving the dirty cash in the U.S. to local businessmen. The examples are almost endless.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Cell Operatives in Chihuahua and Sonora States

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Mexican State authorities have blamed La Línea, the armed wing of the Nuevo Cartel de Juarez as the criminal group responsible for the execution of six children and three women from the Mormon community LeBarón on November 4, 2019. After the LeBaron massacre, violence erupted in Chihuahua, particularly in Ciudad Juarez. Public transportation buses were being burned in the streets of Juarez by Los Mexicles (Street gang allied with CDS) in daylight hours, sometimes with people inside, in attempt to heat up the plaza (no pun intended). This is a cartel tactic "calentando la plaza," meant to put heat on La Línea, who control Ciudad Juarez. The Mexicles, a street gang that has presence in the streets and prisons of Juarez started targeting members of La Línea. Ten members of La Línea were executed in el cereso (jail) in Juarez during the same time.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a tour of hot spots in the streets of Juarez and el cereso during these times of violent activity. Word on the streets was that El Mayo Zambada (old school boss of CDS) was not very happy with the increase of violence in the neighboring state of Sonora and the attention the LeBaron massacre was generating, in particular the direct intervention by the US. This might have been the cause in increase of violence in Ciudad Juarez, the epicenter of La Línea, who were being hunted down

But now that things have settle down some, La Línea has continued with their criminal activities, literally in the whole state of Chihuahua.

Even in the municipality of Namiquipa, Chihuahua, no businesses are saved from having to pay a fee (pago de piso) And it is La Línea that has exponentially increased extortion of businesses in these towns, mostly in rural regions.

Out of fear, most business owners pay, although the payment of this fee does not guarantee anything. La Línea hitmen executed a couple from Bavispe, Sonora, who moved to the Chihuahuan municipality of Janos to buy gasoline and resell it in their town.

I have seen this practice in this region before, as the Sonoran mountain towns that border the state of Chihuahua there are no gas stations. It is the local people themselves who supply the fuel, even to the vehicles of the municipal police.

Cali Cartel Capo: Ailing drug lord cites coronavirus threat in bid for ‘compassionate prison release’ from Miami judge

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One of the world’s most infamous drug lords — former Colombian cartel leader Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela — is hoping the potential threat of the novel coronavirus to his life will bring an end to his 30-year sentence in federal prison.

Rodriguez-Orejuela, 81, who has survived bouts with cancer in prison but maintains his health is “extremely fragile,” is trying to build momentum around the public health crisis for his “compassionate release” by a Miami federal judge who is considering his bid for freedom.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are concerned that when such a virus spreads to the facility where he is incarcerated, it will be a death sentence to Mr. Rodriguez-Orejuela,” the inmate’s defense attorney, David O. Markus, wrote in a court filing this week, in which he cited a recent news story on a judge’s release of hundreds of non-violent inmates from a county jail in Ohio because of the coronavirus scare.

Regional Mexican music singer abducted and killed in Veracruz

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Michel Gómez Santos (age 30), murdered
Last week, Regional Mexican music singer Michel Gómez Santos (age 30) was kidnapped and found dead an hour later in the municipality of Cosoleacaque, Veracruz. According to police reports, gunmen abducted him from his home and took him to a different location where he was shot dead. The assassins remain at large and no motives have been established.

Gómez Santos was the owner and lead singer of the local music band Grupo HEGO, and had played for various other music bands in the past. The area where he was killed is a major battleground for the rival forces of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Los Zetas. Extortion, kidnappings, and murders against civilians are common in the area.