Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Álvaro Uribe Vélez, ex-President of Colombia, arrested for bribing ex-paramilitary witnesses

"redlogarythm" for Borderland Beat; Reuters
Álvaro Uribe Vélez in 2020

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez said on Tuesday the Supreme Court had ordered his detention amid an investigation into alleged witness tampering and fraud. Uribe, a mentor of President Ivan Duque who now serves as a senator, has repeatedly declared his innocence and questioned the court’s independence.

The court has not yet released its ruling and it was unclear whether Uribe, a divisive political figure, would be held under house arrest or possibly behind bars. “The privation of my liberty causes me profound sadness for my wife, for my family, and for Colombians who still believe that I have done something good for the country,” Uribe wrote on Twitter.

The Supreme Court ruling would mark the first ever in Colombia ordering the detention of a former president. Duque has repeatedly backed Uribe and said he should be allowed to defend himself while free. The case stems from a long-running feud between the right-wing Uribe and leftist Senator Ivan Cepeda.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

This is how Things are in Sonora

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

The murders in Sonora increased by 60% in 2020, after the bloody war that this northern state is experiencing. 

Just this last month of July in Ciudad Obregon reached up to 21 executions in just 5 days after the end of the month, it was a quiet month relatively speaking but it adds to the hundreds of executions in the city. Obregon joins Caborca, Hermosillo, Empalme, Guaymas, Etchojoa, Huatabampo and Navojoa in the wave of homicides related to criminal cartel activities.

In Obregon this weekend the businessman and owner of the restaurant "La Palapa del Bucanero" was executed. Sergio Meraz Reyes was shot to death inside his vehicle. He was known in the business and social circles in the local community.

Commander of the police in Hermosillo Jesús Martín Miranda Martínez

In Hermosillo, municipal police commander Jesus Martin Miranda Martinez was executed, and his partner, also a municipal officer, was abducted by an armed commando.

One of the U.S. "Most Wanted", Rubén Velázquez Aceves "El Ingeniero"quietly arrested, CJNG command

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Source Reforma

Rubén Velázquez Aceves "El Ingeniero", command of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and one of the most wanted men by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

In the most absolute secrecy, the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) arrested in Zapopan for extradition purposes Rubén Velázquez Aceves "El Ingeniero", command of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation CJNG) and one of the most wanted men by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

On July 18th three weeks after the attack on Omar García Harfuch, Velázquez Aceves, the alleged drug trafficker from Guadalajara, was arrested by agents of the Federal Ministerial Police when he descended from a KIA vehicle on Calle Azahares, in Colonia Bugambilias.

For security, he was transferred to the Colegio del Aire Military Air Base in Zapopan, where he boarded a flight that took him to Tapachula, Chiapas, to finally be admitted to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation Number 15, in the Villa de Comaltitlán Municipality.

Velázquez Aceves is a veteran of drug trafficking in Jalisco, he was born on October 17, 1954 in Guadalajara, he studied until high school and his legal occupation was that of "merchant".
The authorities knew of an address of the alleged trafficker in Paseo de los Naranjos, in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, but apparently,  he never appeared at that location.

Unlike other operators in this criminal group, Velázquez Aceves is one of the most interesting to Americans.

The DEA identified since 2013 "El Ingeniero" as one of the main lieutenants of Rubén or Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", since together with José Alcalá Gaytán "El Actitud" he directed the CJNG drug distribution network in California, Illinois and New York.

Video: La Teniente captured, right arm of CDN leader El Huevo

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat La Silla Rota, Frontera Al Rojo Vivo

Guadalupe Villareal, alias "La Teniente'', the former policewoman is one of the people closest to Juan Gerardo Treviño," "El Huevo" leader of the Northeast cartel

This morning Guadalupe Villareal, alias "La Teniente", an alleged leader of the Northeast Cartel was arrested,  after an operation carried out by elements of the Ministry of National Defense and the National Guard, in Tamaulipas.

The 41-year-old " Lieutenant " was detained along with her romantic partner, Edna "N", in the Sandia neighborhood of Nuevo Laredo.

"La Teniente" has an arrest warrant for the crimes of  homicide, criminal association, and crimes committed against public servants; She is indicated as responsible for the informants or hawks, as well as for the bars and nightclubs in the area where they carry out illicit activities such as human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, torture, and murder.

La Teniente is considered one of the most violent criminals in the area,  she planned and executed armed aggressions against public servants.

Drugs accumulate on the border: in desperation the Sinaloa Cartel improvises

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus  Infobae
The health emergency due to COVID-19 has caused a decrease in traffic between Mexico and the United States.

A container of  fentanyl disguised as alcohol

The drug trafficking business is experiencing difficult times: the coronavirus has redoubled controls at border points. It has also reduced air traffic to a minimum.
For this reason, drug traffickers have had to find alternatives that alleviate the pressure that the pandemic has produced. In Mexico, despair has prompted the Sinaloa Cartel - one of the most powerful structures in Mexico - to hire "mules” or American smugglers.

A drug dealer who operates for people from Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada revealed to the Rio Doce journalist, Miguel Ángel Vega, that due to the temporary closure of the San Ysidro or Calexico sentry box, only US citizens can enter and leave the country.

"As gringos cross the merchandise, they charge more, and now that less (drug) is crossed and there is a shortage, the price increased, because it is more expensive to send the drug, and because the second immigration inspection in Indio has become tougher," he said.

Faced with the difficulties of drug trafficking, the Sinaloa organization has encountered increased police surveillance on the border. “No one is crossing anything right now."

                                                                          Mota above

Some, for example, mota we are going to have to throw away because it has been drying for almost three months and it is stored there, and if it is not sold soon it will spoil. The case of Chiva (very low-quality heroin) is different because it can last a long time and nothing happens, but mota does not,” said the narco.

Patty Hartman, a DEA spokeswoman in Washington, said that trafficking has not stopped, but has hampered the ability of cartels to move drugs to the United States, causing accumulation of illicit drugs on both sides of the border.

Last March, it was reported that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply chain became complex. This vulnerability caused the Sinaloa Cartel to increase methamphetamine prices. On the orders of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, the crystal went from 2,500 to 15,000 pesos.

A "cook" allied with the criminal group told Río Doce that the instructions were received through a WhatsApp message that read "If you don't obey, pay attention to the consequences."

Although chefs typically have a one-month supply of chemicals on hand, they had difficulty replenishing stocks in those days.

"Prices are very high right now. Due to the coronavirus, there is very little distribution or import from China to Mexico City. It is difficult to obtain chemicals. You can get them, but the prices are going up for everyone,” explained one cook.
Before the world crisis, a kilogram of fentanyl was sold wholesale to 870,000 pesos. Currently, it costs up to 1,000,000 pesos.

Drug cooks speculated that the methamphetamine price ordered by "El Mayo" had more to do with opportunism than with chemical shortages. They claimed that as methamphetamine production has increased, competition from rivals has increased and profit margins have decreased.

Mexican cartels have dominated the crystalline methamphetamine trade, especially since the mid-2010s, when the United States began restricting the sale of cold medications, used to make methamphetamine in local laboratories.

This has also stimulated Mexican drug traffickers to decrease heroin production. Cartels have found it much more lucrative to manufacture synthetic drugs as it can be produced year-round with chemicals that, until recently, were cheap and readily available.

Heroin, by contrast, requires huge poppy fields, which can only be seasonally harvested by farmers.

Justice in Mexico releases 2020 Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico Report

"MX" for Borderland Beat; Justice in Mexico

Justice in Mexico has released the second edition of Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico, coordinated by Laura Y. Calderón, Kimberly Heinle, Rita E. Kuckertz, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk. Initially titled Drug Violence in Mexico, the report was reissued under a new name beginning last year with the tenth edition.

The switch reflects recent shifts in the nature of organized crime, including the diversification of criminal activities. In an ever-changing world, Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico works to compile important statistics regarding key trends while providing insight to help understand an uncertain future.

The report cites two factors that have contributed to recent patterns in crime: infighting amongst splinter groups and diversification of revenue sources. As larger criminal organizations disband, smaller groups are left in their wake. These small enterprises often lack the logistical capacity to form trans-national criminal partnerships, and instead turn to predatory crimes to maintain revenue. Robberies, kidnappings, and territorial violence can all be linked to the actions of low-level criminal organizations as they fight to increase their market share.

2 Plus Tons of Cocaine Decommissioned near Acapulco, Guerrero

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Televisa / msn/ 24horas
Navy seizes more than two tons of cocaine and fuel in Guerrero
The smaller boat, cocaine and fuel were secured and made available to the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation of Acapulco, Guerrero.

The Secretary of the Navy-Navy of Mexico ( SEMNAR) seized 2,240 kilograms of alleged cocaine, 500 liters of fuel, as well, from a smaller vessel, on the coastline of Guerrero.

The cargo was transported in packages and drums on board a smaller “Imemsa” type vessel manned by four people. Imemsa is a type of panga.

According to the Navy, personnel from an Ocean Patrol ship sighted the smaller vessel with two outboard engines moving at high speed southeast of the port of Acapulco, Guerrero, for which reason they established an operation with surface units, aircraft units and personnel of the Marine

Monday, August 3, 2020

Previously unpublished photos of Emma Coronel's brother, accused of supervising the construction of Chapo's escape tunnel

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus  Infobae

For a change of pace, from Chivis’ tabloid news gutter; Newly surfaced photos of Emma brother who allegedly was the architect of El Chapo’s tunnel escape (what is this 3rd architect?  Or fourth?) Also included are new photos of Emma and her sisters..

Édgar Coronel Aispuro is one of the important men in the life of Emma Coronel, the common-law wife of the founder of the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS), Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. The youngest of her brothers has suffered the same fate as her husband, father and another brother: 

He is in prison

The youngest of the men in the family was accused of organizing and supervising the construction of the tunnel through which El Chapo escaped in 2014 from the Maximum Security prison of the Altiplano, in the State of Mexico.

He was detained on October 28, 2015 in Sinaloa while, in the company of another person, as they were transferring a changuito called “Botas”, a pet of El Chapo's daughters, who was used to track the whereabouts of the founder of the Sinaloa Cartel in his second capture.

Iguala, Guerrero: Journalist Pablo Morrugares and his Escort Assassinated

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Infobae / unotv

Pablo Morrugares Parraguirre, a journalist from Iguala, Guerrero, was murdered along with his escort, early this Sunday morning.

The director of the Iguala PM News digital portal was in the “Los Búfalos” bar when  several armed individuals arrived at the scene and shot the journalist and his companion.

Supposedly, since 2016 he had death threats from criminals, so he suffered an attack together with his wife, both of whom were unhurt and since then he had precautionary measures by the Protection mechanism of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Quadratín Guerrero reported that when he suffered that first attack, he was accused of having advised José Luis Abarca Velázquez when he was mayor of Iguala , and of initiating a media defense through marches, print media and social networks, after the arrest of the ex-mayor for the case of the 43 disappeared Normalistas from Ayotzinapa. 

The Caro Quintero Factor in Sonora

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
Rafael Caro Quintero
The deep-seated roots of influence of the Caro Quintero in Sonora demonstrate how powerful the surnames can be in a territory marked by drug trafficking. Today we will not write about Rafael Caro Quintero and his extensive history within drug trafficking in the Sonoran region, but we will talk about some characters that drive a new movement that maintains confrontations in the state of Sonora.

We are talking about relatives of Rafael, characters who grew up in the mafia environment and today maintain the hierarchical inheritance of the illegal operations that once made this family grow. We are talking about the powerful promoters and operators that maintain the war for Sonora against the Sinaloa cartel, especially with the children of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera "Los Chapitos" and his army of La Gente Nueva.

Cocaine kingpin with Mexican cartel connections sentenced to 20 years

"MX" for Borderland Beat; DEA
Adrian "AD" Lemons
ST. LOUIS – Adrian “AD” Lemons, 42, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for cocaine conspiracy. Lemons appeared on 31 July 2020 before U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey. According to court documents, between 2012 and 2016, Lemons worked with representatives of the Mexican cartel to receive and distribute vast kilogram quantities of cocaine within the City of St. Louis. 

Lemons also supplied large quantities of cocaine to large-scale, mid-level, and street-level drug dealers who also sold cocaine and cocaine base (crack) within the Saint Louis area and beyond. Virgil Sims was one such dealer who distributed cocaine supplied to him directly by Lemons in St. Louis as well as the southeast Missouri region. Sims also undertook efforts to maintain Lemons’ drug trafficking organization once Lemons was federally indicted in January 2016.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division; Homeland Security Investigations; St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; the Kennett, Missouri, Police Department; the United States Marshals Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the FBI.

The cartel of Santa Rosa de Lima just before and after the fall 'El Marro'

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY Gus

Note: On March 3, 2019, the Governor of Guanajuato announced the operation "Golpe de Timón". The strategy which promised the prompt capture of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, El Marro and, to end the theft of fuel in the entity.  516 days later. Time in which El Marro was captured. State and federal authorities say they "constantly" had been following him right on his heels. The huachicolero was lucky. On 5 occasions he escaped from the police forces when they "almost" had him. Prior to the capture, the Financial Intelligence Unit blocked  the accounts of 11 people related to the legal defense of' 'El Marro'.

In an operation of no more than 15 minutes, El Marro was apprehended by state and federal authorities.  The capture was recorded early this Sunday morning, around 4:00. On a ranch in Juventino Rosas. El Marro and his assassins tried to defend themselves. They returned light, sporadic fire.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

El Cebollo, Marro's security chief was arrested with El Marro, U.S. Ambassador tweets his congratulations

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat EFE ElSolDelBajio

Guanajuato (Mexico), Aug 2 (EFE) .- During this Sunday's operation in which the leader of the powerful Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, José Antonio Yépez Ortiz "El Marro", was arrested, eight collaborators were also arreste., the Mexican Defense Secretariat reported.

The operation carried out between federal and state forces in the central state of Guanajuato included two buildings located in the small municipality of Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, with 80,000 inhabitants and located just 15 kilometers from Villagrán, the city where the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel emerged.

In one of them was located El Marro, who turned 40 on July 23 and was one of the most wanted drug lords by the Mexican authorities for being the head of a criminal organization dedicated to oil theft, drug transfer, extortion and kidnapping.

El Marro arrested, leader of CSRL in Apaseo El Alto

José Antonio Yépez Ortiz alias El Marro leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL ) was arrested after a dawn operation by the Federal and State  Forces.  He was arrested along with five other people.

A kidnapped businesswoman was rescued and released in the operation.

The Mexican army raided a compound alongside 5 in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato where El Marro was found.

In the war against CJNG and its leader Mencho, for control of Guanajuato, January, and June of this year, 2,293 victims of intentional homicide were registered in the State.

An average of 12.5 people murdered every day in Guanajuato so far this year, making it the most violent region in Mexico.

The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel was mainly dedicated to the theft of hydrocarbons, by milking pipelines at the "Antonio M. Amor" refinery in Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), located in Salamanca.

In 2019, military reports indicated that the "El Marro" area of operation had extended to Hidalgo, Querétaro and an area of Jalisco.

Washington State: $19M worth of fentanyl seized in Lynnwood, largest amount in Snohomish County history

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus  KIRO7

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Officials with the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force on Saturday seized 1,400 grams of fentanyl, the largest amount ever seized in county history.

A 38-year-old Lynnwood man and a 36-year-old Lynnwood woman were taken into custody during a traffic stop in Arlington.
Detectives received a search warrant for the car and said they found 13 grams of heroin in the center console and a pistol under the passenger seat floorboard.

A search warrant was then served on the suspect’s house located in the 15900 block of 35th Place West in Lynnwood.

Inside the home, detectives said they found:
Approximately 1,400 grams of fentanyl powder.Approximately 808 grams of heroin.Approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine.Several blenders with copious amounts of suspected drug residue in them.Several digital scales with suspected drug residue on the weigh plates.Copious amounts of various types of drug packaging materials, including vacuum-sealable bags and a vacuum sealer.Copious amounts of cutting agents for the manufacturing of illicit narcotics for sale.

Mexico: The Navy is booting two San Diego-based sailors found guilty in separate human smuggling cases

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Task and Purpose

The Navy will discharge two San Diego-based sailors found guilty last month of smuggling immigrants who had illegally crossed the southern U.S. border with Mexico in exchange for cash.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jaiale J. Alvarado, an information systems technician assigned to the USS Bonhomme Richard, pleaded guilty on June 9 to charges that he transported "aliens within the United States" for private financial gain on two separate occasions near Jacumba Springs, Calif. in Sept. 2019, according to a copy of the charge sheet provided by the Navy.

He was sentenced to 45 days confinement, demotion to seaman recruit, and a bad-conduct discharge.

On June 30, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ralph Joseph T. Carolino pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy and was sentenced to 45 days confinement, demotion to seaman apprentice, and a bad conduct discharge.

Carolino, a boatswain's mate assigned to Naval Base San Diego, had conspired with a person he knew as "Ryan" to pick up and transport "individuals traveling on foot" near the border town of Tecate, Calif. on two separate occasions in June and July 2019 for private financial gain, according to the charge sheet, which was also provided by the Navy.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Michoacan: New videos with Carteles Unidos Viagras saying they are "cleaning" Aguaje of CJNG

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  LaVoz

El Aguaje, Michoacán. A couple of videos are circulating on social networks of alleged members of Carteles Unidos de los Viagras and Tepalcatepec, who are "cleaning up" opposing groups in the community of El Aguaje, Michoacán.

In the videos, recorded during the morning and this Saturday morning, armed men, mostly young men, are observed in the streets of the community and they are heard saying that "here we walk at dawn cleaning the entire area of ​​El Aguaje”.

In a second video, they are seen on top of an armored truck on one of the entrances to El Aguaje and they send a message to the leader of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG): “Here we are, the Viagras, look how we walk…. Not like El Mencho…”

Michoacán: "El Mencho" stars in a CJNG video for the first time, "I am war is with El Abuelo"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Although the speaker’s face is concealed, for what is the first time, El Mencho stars in his own CJNG message video as he challenges El Abuelo to come out and fight in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán.

Juan José Farías Álvarez, alias Abuelo Farías, leader of  Carteles Unidos in the municipality of Tepalcatepec.

C.U. is a coalition of several groups in Michoacán formed to defeat CJNG and prevent their taking control of Michoacán.

"People of Tepalcatepec, I am Mencho. I want to clarify that my war is against El Abuelo, also Tilí, Moy Farra, Chelo Pólvatas…. the people who raise weapons against my people.

"I ask all innocent people not to leave their houses, we do not want to harm you, you know well that I like to support the people, I always look after their well-being.”

Friday, July 31, 2020

Missing AIC Commander Found Buried in Michoacán

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta / unotv / puentelibre
Missing FGR commander in an underground grave; he was deprived of his freedom in Michoacán.

The bodies of Manuel de Jesús Fierro Carlón, commander of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the Attorney General's Office (FGR) and two other people, were found in a clandestine grave in Morelia, Michoacán.

Fierro Carlón had been missing since last December 10, when he was on his way from the municipality of Apatzingán to the capital of Michoacán, to carry out an errand, but he was no longer located and only the official van in which he was being transported was found.

According to reports, Commander Fierro was investigating criminal groups in the Tierra Caliente region, possibly annoying one of the criminal leaders.

On December 17, a week after the disappearance of the AIC commander, Teresa Fierro Carlón, asked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for support in locating her 52-year-old brother.

Vaquita Update: New Fishing Regulations in the Upper Golfo de California

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Excelsior / vivavaquita/ wwf

They will ban all gill-nets in the habitat of Vaquita Marina Porpoise:

Fishermen from San Felipe, Baja California and the Gulf of Santa Clara, Sonora, are still waiting for support.

Vaquita, the world's rarest marine mammal, is on the edge of extinction. The plight of cetaceans—whales, dolphins, and porpoises—as a whole is exemplified by the rapid decline of the Vaquita in Mexico, with about 10 individuals remaining. This little porpoise wasn't discovered until 1958 and a little over half a century later, we are on the brink of losing them forever. Vaquita are often caught and drowned in gillnets used by illegal fishing operations in marine protected areas within Mexico's Gulf of California. The population has dropped drastically in the last few years.

The vaquita has a large dark ring around its eyes and dark patches on its lips that form a thin line from the mouth to the pectoral fins. Its top—the dorsal surface—is dark gray, its sides are pale gray, and its underside—the ventral surface—is white with long, light gray markings. Newborn vaquita have darker coloration and a wide gray fringe of color that runs from the head to the flukes, passing through the dorsal and pectoral fins. They are most often found close to shore in the Gulf's shallow waters, although they quickly swim away if a boat approaches them.

Two years after the start of the new government, Conapesca and Inapesca have the urgency to launch a comprehensive care plan for the Upper Gulf of California, where there is a complete ban on netting to the fishing communities of San Felipe, Baja California and the Gulf of Santa Clara, Sonora.

How to beat cartels without firing a shot

TY Gus and "Mica" Borderland Beat  Source

On October 17th, 2019, with pressure from the US government, the newly formed Mexican National Guard surrounded Ovidio Guzmán López’s house in Culiacán. Lopez, the son of infamous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, had been wanted by the US government since February. Several gun battles throughout the city ensued, but Lopez and his henchmen were able to outnumber and overpower the National Guard. The government forces withdrew and were not able to arrest the younger Guzmán, nor extradite him to the U.S.— to the dismay of Washington. If the U.S. is serious about reducing cartel violence in Mexico and drug trafficking into the U.S., then it needs to revise its policy away from securitized efforts, like the Mérida initiative, and support efforts for socio-economic development.

 In 2007, US Congress approved the Mérida Initiative, a $3.1 billion plan that has provided military grade planes and helicopters, ammunition, and torture training. The initiative’s main objective was to reduce illicit drug flow into the United States. 

However, it’s important to note that this securitized approach was not preferred by Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Instead of fighting the cartels, Obrador had implemented a policy of “Abrazos, no balazos“: hugs, not bullets. He argued that access to jobs and better wages, especially for the youth and those living in rural areas, were a better strategy to reduce cartel violence than taking on the cartels directly with military force. However, this softer approach was ignored by the U.S. government.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

LeBaron family sues Juarez Cartel for the massacre that killed 9 family members

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  El Paso Times

The families of nine women and children killed in an ambush in Mexico have filed a lawsuit against the Juárez drug cartel that accuses it of the massacre last year.

The lawsuit by relatives of the well-known LeBaron family of Chihuahua says they were targeted for their activism and publicly speaking out against the cartel and corruption in Mexico.

The three women and six children killed Nov. 4 were dual U.S.-Mexican citizens and members of the offshoot Mormon communities of Colonia LeBaron in northwestern Chihuahua and La Mora in Sonora state.

The lawsuit by Miller, Johnson and LeBaron family members was filed July 23 in U.S. federal court in North Dakota, where some of the families work and reside, splitting time in Mexico.

Two men whose wives were killed, Howard J. Miller and Tyler Edward Johnson, are from North Dakota, the lawsuit added.

New York Grand Jury Indicts Two (Additional) Former Leaders of Mexico’s Drug War for Cartel Connections

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Propublica

One official oversaw a unit that leaked information and triggered a massacre that was the subject of a ProPublica investigation. Though the indictment doesn’t link the men to the incident, it alleges corruption at Mexico’s highest levels.

A New York grand jury on Thursday indicted two former leaders of the Mexican federal police force, including one who oversaw the anti-narcotics units that were specially vetted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and were linked to two brazen massacres in Mexico that left dozens, possibly hundreds, of people dead and missing.

The indictments marked a stunning fall from grace for Ramón Pequeño García and Luis Cárdenas Palomino, who had been celebrated by U.S. national security and diplomatic officials as trusted partners in the fight against Mexican drug cartels.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury found that instead of combating the cartels, there was evidence that the men had been collaborating with and accepting millions in bribes from them. Cárdenas Palomino had served as the director of regional operations for the federal police force between 2006 and 2012. During that time, Pequeño was head of the federal police anti-narcotics division, which controlled the DEA’s Sensitive Investigative Units.

More Emerald Triangle News: 5 Pounds of Heroin Seized, Arrested Suspect from Sinaloa, Mexico

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: HCSO/ HCDTF
Juan Sabino Alvarez from Sinaloa, Mexico
On July 29th, 2020, special agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF), with the assistance of the Arcata Police Department, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 500 block of Warren Creek Road, Arcata, California.

At approximately 4:45 p.m.,  agents arrived at the residence and detained Jack Ryan Skundrich, along with his acquaintance, Juan Sabino Alvarez , age 36 from Sinaloa, Mexico.

During a search of the residence and associated vehicles, agents located approximately 5 pounds of suspected heroin packaged for sales. Agents also located over $5,000 in U.S currency that is believed to be profits from illegal narcotics sales. This currency was seized and will be held pending asset forfeiture proceedings.

Skundrich and Alvarez were subsequently placed under arrest for possession and transportation of controlled substances. Skundrich was also charged for operating / maintaining a drug house and a felony warrant for child endangerment. Both subjects were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Update on Puerto Vallarta Kidnappings of Off Road Sports Enthusiasts

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: LSR
Joaquín, who was murdered in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco was from Santa Rosa de Lima, Guanajuato

Joaquín, "Solin", lived his last trip. He tried to escape a kidnapping in Puerto Vallarta, that cost him his life when he was shot and died as a result while receiving medical attention. His friends are missing today. The details of the kidnapping, the motive and the rest of the detainees are still sketchy at best.

Joaquín, who tried to escape a mass kidnapping in Puerto Vallarta was shot in the back and killed, had several registered addresses in Santa Rosa de Lima, Guanajuato. This was reported by the Jalisco Prosecutor Gerardo Solís. 
However, it was not specified whether the addresses are in Villagrán or León. Joaquín has family members who have a criminal record , according to the Prosecutor's Office at a press conference.

Unofficially it is said that the victim died at the hands of the members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel , CJNG, although this version has not been confirmed by the authorities.

Murder attempt on Harfuch was Menchos retaliation for capturing Puerto Vallarta's CJNG chief

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus Source

Over two years ago, Omar García Harfuch was responsible for an operation to arrest Mauricio Valera Reyes, "El Manotas", a Colombian national and leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación ( CJNG ) criminal cell which operates in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

The arrest of “Manotas” would lead to the attack against Harfuch on June 26,2020  on Paseo de la Reforma.

According to security sources close to the case, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho”, founder of the CJNG, is allegedly  still seeking revenge since the March 2018 operation and wants García Harfuch dead.

It began with the abduction and execution of two federal agents

On Friday, March 18, 2018, the federal government reported that it detained 18 members of the CJNG for the kidnapping and murder of Alfonso Hernández and Octavio Martínez, members of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC).

Four of those captured are of Colombian nationality: three women and Mauricio Valera Reyes, “El Manotas”.

Omar García Harfuch, head of the AIC, said at the time in a conference that EL Manotas, investigated for drug trafficking, was the CJNG plaza chief in Puerto Vallarta and the material and intellectual author of the crimes against the two agents.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CDN leaves severed head in front of home of Tamaulipas public prosecutor

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Suspected members of the Northeast Cartel (Cártel del Noreste, CDN) left a severed head in front of the home of a Tamaulipas public prosecutor who has led important investigations against them. After the cartel members dumped the head in a plastic bag, they fired several rounds into the air and fled the scene before authorities arrived.

Investigators discovered that the assailants left a written poster threatening the official. This gruesome incident took place in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital. This city is the center of operations of the Old School Zetas (Zetas Vieja Escuela, ZVE), a rival faction of the CDN.

The public prosecutor in question is Jose Trinidad Brambila Cardenas. He has led multiple investigations against the CDN that have resulted in important arrests. One of his key cases is the one that resulted in the arrest of Ana Isabel Treviño Morales, sister of former Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales ("Z-40").


leader of international gang MS-13 arrested, who brought members to Las Vegas for guns and drug distribution

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A reputed leader of international gang MS-13 brought other high-ranking members of the group to Las Vegas in order to distribute drugs and sell guns, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Federal agents seized at least 10 pounds of “pure or basically pure” methamphetamine from two of the men led to the valley by 43-year-old Adali Arnulfo Escalante-Trujillo, identified as a “shot caller” for the gang, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaheen Torgoley.

When his Las Vegas home was raided this month, his girlfriend, identified as Heidi Garcia, tried to flush the drugs down a toilet, the prosecutor said during a court hearing, adding that she could soon face state charges.

Defense attorney David Fischer said Escalante-Trujillo has lived in Las Vegas for 30 years, including the past 16 at the same address. Escalante-Trujillo has worked in the masonry business for the past seven years, the attorney said.

The prosecutor said tattoos on Escalante-Trujillo’s chest and MS-13 letters displayed in his home in the blue and white colors of the Salvadoran flag proved that he was deeply involved with the gang.

Seattle: Nineteen indicted in CJNG cartel-connected drug trafficking conspiracy

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Organization tied to CJNG cartel smuggled and distributed meth and heroin

Seattle - Fifteen people were arrested today throughout the Puget Sound region and in California following an 18-month investigation of a drug trafficking organization tied to the CJNG cartel in Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  The defendants arrested today made their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

“This cartel is known as a violent and prolific drug trafficking group.  I commend the DEA-led task force for taking a bite out of its drug distribution and money laundering networks,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran.  “Over the course of this investigation law enforcement seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and ten pounds of heroin, and agents and officers continued their work despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 “The South Sound Streets are safer today with the removal of this violent criminal ring that pushed heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl into our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.  “Without question the critical partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies made today’s effort possible and ultimately benefits the public’s safety.”

“The results of this operation are a clear example of what can be achieved through HSI’s partnership with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Eben Roberts, acting special agent in charge HSI Seattle.”  I commend all of the agents, officers and analysts involved in this operation. Their dedication resulted in the removal of massive amounts of narcotics from our community, the disruption of an extremely dangerous supply chain and undoubtedly saved numerous lives.”