Sunday, January 19, 2020

Mexico extradites to the US the 'Lord of the Tunnels'

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat   Reforma

José Sanchez Villalobos also known as "El topo" or "El Quirino" will be prosecuted by a Federal Court of California

The Attorney General's Office (FGR) extradited to the United States a boss of the Sinaloa Cartel, José Sánchez Villalobos, alias "The Lord of the Tunnels".
Also known as "El Topo" or "El Quirino", will be prosecuted in a Federal Court of California.

Sánchez Villalobos is designated as the financial operator of the Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Cartel, and responsible for the narcotunnels of that organization in Tijuana, Baja California.

He was arrested on January 15, 2012 in Zapopan, Jalisco, by Army elements based on a provisional arrest warrant for extradition purposes.

The alleged drug dealer was captured following the assurance of $ 15 million in Tijuana on November 18, 2011.

“Chuyín”, The alleged leader of the Juarez Cartel is released

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   El Diario 

Ciudad Juárez—  More than four years after being arrested in a federal government operation in Villa Ahumada, the alleged leader of the Juarez Cartel, Jesús Salas Aguayo, “Chuyín”, was released last December 19th  from the Center for Social Readaptation number 3, located on this border.

The release was confirmed in the State Government.

The FBI identifies "Chuyín" as the "second in command" in the structure of the cartel, while the information of the Anti-Drug Office of the same country (DEA) placed it next to those already detained Carlos Arturo Quintana, "El 80", and Julio César Olivas, "El Sexto" in the leadership of the organization. 

“Salas Aguayo, the supposed second in command at the Juarez Cartel, is the leader and general manager of the cartel on a day-to-day basis. He is also allegedly responsible for ensuring that the cartel's cocaine and marijuana charges are smuggled into the United States, “says the FBI file.

"El Rey Midas", alleged money launderer of "El Chapo" and "El Mayo", fights for seized assets in Sinaloa

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS   Zeta and Reforma

Reforma reports an extradition is near

Juan Manuel Álvarez Inzunza , "El Rey Midas", alleged money launderer of Joaquín Guzmán, "El Chapo", litigates with the purpose of having his house returned and seized property, bank accounts and vehicles insured in Sinaloa.

The alleged drug trafficker, a prisoner in the Federal High Court of the Altiplano, in the State of Mexico, filed an amparo claim alleging that the term of the seized assets has been "excessive", issued in 2016 by the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO).

María Catalina de la Rosa Ortega, Ninth Judge of the Amparo District in Criminal Matters in Mexico City, declared herself incompetent to handle the lawsuit of "El Rey Midas", since the claimed assets are outside the capital of the Country .

Torreón, Coahuila: The Grandfather Provided The Cervantes School Gunman The Weapons

Sol Prendido Borderland Beat Read original post on shooting using this hyperlink

Torreón, Coahuila - The General Prosecutor's Office of Coahuila announced that, through a WhatsApp conversation, the grandfather of the minor who shot at the Cervantes College knew his intentions and provided him with the weapons with which he injured six people, killed a teacher and afterwards killed himself.

According to the investigations, in the cell phone of the man identified as José Ángel ‘N’, conversations were found with his daughter, where the following is read: “Dad why did you give him those weapons, did you see what happened ? When I saw him I wasn’t surprised, I knew it was you who gave it to him. ” To which the grandfather only replied that the boy wanted to do it and couldn’t do anything to stop him.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Anonymous Elite Mexican Commando Challenges AMLO

Video translation is as follows:
In 2019 we saw a relentless president smashing corrupt heads and drinking their blood to rejuvenate himself and become stronger in power. Without a doubt it was certainly of great benefit to the country.

But it would also be much better if he decapitated the white collar rats he covers with his cloak and attends to his political party. Because aside from it being a purge it would also seem as revenge against all his adversaries.

I want to ask the entire civilian population not to be frightened with all the violence. And don’t think that in this sexennium the black thread is being discovered.

Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador lit the fuse of what has always been an open secret. That officials and authorities threatened by the power of drug trafficking have had to work with them.

Durango, Mexico: Cartel de Sinaloa Hold a Checkpoint

Video translation is as follows:
They are members of the Sinaloa cartel according to the information published in the video that circulates on social networks. In the first images at a highway crossing, several men with long weapons can be seen holding a checkpoint.

A place in which vehicles with mostly hooded hitmen are also seen. Another group of young gunmen with their faces uncovered patrol down a dirt road. Information gathered is that this happened in a municipality in the state of Durango.

In both videos narco corridos are heard in the background. The Sinaloa Cartel also known as the Pacific Cartel has a presence in more than half of the states of Mexico. And almost the entire border with the United States.

Friday, January 17, 2020

GTO: A CJNG commando kills 7

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Source

A command killed 7 people inside a car in Tarimoro , Guanajuato . In a cartulina thee attacked was attributed to the elite group of CJNG.  In video/slide presentation there are graphic images:

On the Celaya-Salvatierra highway, located in the state of Guanajuato, the Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) executed 7 people.

In a Twitter account, several images were disseminated in which the bodies of the workers are seen.  In addition, at the scene, the CJNG Elite group left a narco-message.

The message is that they are present in Celaya and are after the “filthy ones”. “Here we leave your filthy people killing innocents."

Among the 7 executed, there is a murdered woman.

It is worth mentioning that this road belongs to one of the places with the greatest confrontation between criminal groups , which fight the area for fuel theft.

CJNG: Pity Those We Catch Stealing or Extorting

Video translation is as follows:
4 alleged members of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación appear in a video circulating on social networks. According to the information disseminated with the video, the hitmen are displayed on board a vehicle while driving on roads in San Luis Potosí.

The 4 subjects appear strongly armed and with their faces covered. One of them has a clown mask. While the others wear balaclavas and caps. A narco corrido  can be heard that warns that those who are discovered stealing, extorting will be sent to the kitchen.

Sinaloa Cartel: Jose Torres Marrufo aka “Jaguar” appears to made a deal with the U.S.

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS Pacer and US Atty Office Texas

Government documents filed last week indicate that Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo (aka “Jaguar”) sicario for the Sinaloa Cartel has reached a plea agreement with the United States.

The government website to access records is down, however Alan Feuer posted the dockets list, see below, indicating a “plea addendum”.  Most of the dockets (documents) in the case are sealed.  

Torres was extradited to the US in May of 2019.  See below for the press release at that time.

High Ranking Sinaloa Cartel Member Extradited to the United States
Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo (aka “Jaguar”) charged in April 2012 RICO indictment alleging conspiracy to commit murder, impingar, money laundering and drug distribution
Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo (aka “Jaguar”) has been extradited from Mexico to face federal racketeering charges in the Western District of Texas, stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Kyle W. Williamson, El Paso Division; FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division; and, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek, II, Dallas Division.

Torres Marrufo remains in federal custody awaiting his initial appearance in federal court tomorrow morning in El Paso.

Midwest City, Oklahoma: José Ángel Ramos Apprehension

Video translation is as follows:
The operation was carried out by DEA agent Colby J. Cason. Who on May 26, 2016 received information from an undercover agent who assured him that José Ángel Ramos would receive 31 kilos of methamphetamine in Oklahoma City.

Equivalent to almost 3 million dollars. 2 days later with authorization from a judge José Ángel's telephone was wiretapped. Initially he was located in hotels in Dallas, Texas.

But by June 1 at 6 a.m. José Ángel was already in Oklahoma. So DEA agents deployed a surveillance operation to track each of his movements.

At noon José Ángel arrived at an IHOP restaurant located in Midwest City, Oklahoma. The agents saw that he was accompanied by another man. Who was later identified as Alejandro Favela Santamaría, his assistant.

Guadalajara: Introducing "El Chapo Beer" from the 701 Brand

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY BB Follower Razon

The daughter of El Chapo introduces her latest product in the brand tug of war with Emma Coronel

Image result for chapo 701 beer

The Chapo 701 brand, of the daughter of the boss, today presented the new product in the framework of Intermoda; offers a lager and handcrafted drink.

Alejandrina Guzmán, through the 701 brand, will sell the craft beer with the alias of the drug trafficker who is  imprisoned in the United States,  the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín Guzmán Loera: El Chapo.

At the event that brings together several fashion and other products firms, Intermoda México, held in Guadalajara, Jalisco, highlighted the display that exhibited El Chapo beer; where Adriana Ituarte, told the media about the launch.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Dámaso López Núñez, "El Licenciado" set for a reduction of sentence hearing, requested by the government

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Mica  Pacer and BB Archive

The U.S. Government has filed a motion for the reduction of sentence in the case of Damaso Lopez Nunez.

He was previously sentenced to natural life.  From my post at sentencing:

Life in prison “Dámaso López Núñez, "El Licenciado" the man who got El Chapo out of prison in his laundry cart escape has been sentenced today to life in the federal court of Alexandria, Virginia, after pleading guilty. 
López Núñez apologized to the people of the United States in his court statement. 
His pre-sentencing report recommending life was filed on Wednesday. 
In his previous plea agreement he was given a possible offer of a three level down grade.On its face the life sentence mean just that, that the 51 year old will leave prison in a pine box.”

Part II Former Agent Duncan: The backstory of Gustavo Rivera aka El EPI and his nexus with other players in Arellano-Felix Organization

 Steve Duncan for Borderland Beat  Use This Hyperlink for Part I


n early 1993, A DEA Agent, Jack Robertson, who was the case agent of the AFO Case, learned the AFO was at war with “Chapo” Guzman and that Barron was recruiting from his street gang in Logan Heights to beef up AFO security. At the time, I was assigned to DEA to work in on a task force team targeting gang members who distributed significant amounts of drugs. 

Jack took a couple steps across the hallway and asked me for help since I had expertise on the Logan Heights Gangs. Jack eventually delegated the monitoring and investigation of the enforcement arm of the AFO to me. He mentioned to me that my ultimate target should be Barron. But Barron was in Tijuana and never to be seen again by us until his death in 1997. We did make the case however.

The new recruits were dispatched to Guadalajara in May of 1993 along with Barron and Ramon Arellano. After several days of searching for “Chapo” the gang members were told to return to Tijuana. As they filtered through the airport, they were given notice that “Chapo” would be arriving in a white Gran Marquis.

Judge rips DEA’s deception that got Portland warehouse manager kidnapped (video)

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS   Source

A judge Wednesday said he was troubled by a “sneak and peek deception’’ used in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operation that allowed marijuana trafficking suspects to think a storage warehouse manager had stolen their nearly 500-pound stash when it was the federal agents themselves who took the drugs.

Jody Tremayne Wafer and his accomplice, Trent Lamar Knight, showed up at the Public Storage warehouse in Southeast Portland shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2017, after finding their storage unit empty, its door left ajar and broken.

They confronted the storage manager, pushed him into an empty unit at gunpoint, tied his wrists and ankles with duct tape and pressed a pistol to his head while demanding to know who had taken their pot.

They were stunned to learn the answer. “You trying to tell me the police took my (expletive)?!’’ Wafer asked the manager.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

8 suspected narcos extradited to the US

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma  TY Gus


The Government of Mexico extradited eight suspected drug traffickers from the Gulf, Juarez and Los Zetas cartels to the United States, including Pedro Sánchez Arras, "El Sol", right arm of Vicente Vicente Carrillo Fuentes "El Viceroy".

The Attorney General's Office transferred the extraditables from different federal penitentiaries  to the Toluca International  Airport, where they were handed over to the US authorities and transferred to the neighboring country.

Of the so-called Juarez Cartel, three of its alleged members were extradited, the principal being Pedro Sánchez Arras "El Sol", head of the square in Parral, Chihuahua, and one of the lieutenants of "El Viceroy", who assumed the leadership of the organization after the death of his brother Amado Carrillo Fuentes, " "El señor de los cielos."

El Sol
His alleged accomplice, Benjamín Valeriano or Mario Hernández Cázares, "El Cachitas", who was identified as the leader of a drug distribution structure in the United States, where he is considered a person of "high danger" was also handed over.

The other extradited of this criminal group is Luis Carlos Vázquez Barragán, "El 20", supposed operational leader of La Linea, armed arm of the Juarez Cartel. According to the FGR, it operated under the direct orders of "El Viceroy", coordinated financial operations and ordered executions of rival groups.

Torreón School Gunman’s Grandparents Investigated for Financial Irregularities

Video translation is as follows:
Newscaster: This is José Ángel Ramos and Jasmin Natali Betts.. The parents of the child who murdered his teacher and shot at his peers inside the Colegio Cervantes in Torreón, Coahuila.

Today the authorities said that the history of both could be the key for the shooting on Friday. The father with a past criminal record and the mother allegedly beheaded.

Male Interviewee: Many times it’s inclusive if we also see the way in which the child's mother died. It looks like she was beheaded. The father seems to have also been imprisoned in the United States because of drug trafficking.

Unfortunately, these kinds of actions, many parents don’t realize that with their actions they are damaging, not just the disintegration of their home, they are also damaging a child’s life and future.

Blood trail leads to suspected Mexican cartel member in Texas

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Source

A trail of blood led several law enforcement agencies to a suspected Mexican Cartel member along the Texas-Mexico border on Jan. 9, according to a U.S. Border Patrol news release.

On Jan. 9, the Mexican government contacted the Del Rio Sector Foreign Operations Branch due to a police and cartel shootout near Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico — which is located about 20 miles south of Eagle Pass, Texas.

The Mexican government believed at least one cartel member crossed the Rio Grande into Texas, according to the release.

“Cartel violence in Mexico has been on the rise,” said Raul L. Ortiz, Del Rio sector chief patrol agent. “The Border Patrol works with the Government of Mexico, neighboring sectors, and law enforcement partners to respond to these incidents and keep the people in our areas safe.”

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

CANCUN: While walking to work, woman discovers a gruesome scene, 3 decapitated heads

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Source

A woman walking to work stumbled on a gruesome sight, three human heads, two men and one woman, together with a 'narco-message' addressed to police officers and a state official, appeared this Saturday morning in the Leonardo Rodríguez Alcaine neighborhood, Region 516, on 34th Street and Avenida 135, between Nichupté and Politécnico de Cancún.

With this finding the tally is  14 executions in 11 days of 2020 in Cancun.

Around 6 o'clock the incident was reported to the 911 emergency number, to which elements of the Quintana Roo Police arrived, who observed the presence of the three heads. Agents from the Ministerial Investigation Police (PMI) also arrived.

Graphic image below of decapitation

2 years behind bars, the prosecution against “Doña Lety” appears stalled

LeChef Borderland Beat  Source

Chivis Note:  Delays usually end favorably with defendants.  Often released on the basis of human rights violations

One year and nine months after being behind bars, in the process of Leticia Rodríguez Lara (a) “Doña Lety” or “La 40”, only the initial hearing was held in which she was linked to the process and she was issued informal pretrial detention, a situation that could be capitalized by her defense lawyers who could allege violations of due process, since they consider that the client is in a state of defenselessness.

Rodríguez Lara, former agent of  "missing persons" Federal Judicial Police, according to the accusations of the also disappeared Attorney General's Office (now the Attorney General's Office), was the head of the Cancun Cartel and controlled the retail sale of drugs, mainly cocaine, in several of the municipalities of Quintana Roo, mainly in the hotel zone of Cancun.

According to Sol Quintana Roo, she was captured on August 9, 2017, in the state of Puebla, when she went to visit her son José Rafael Socci Rodríguez, “El Dóber”, in the prison of that state, after she had she was arrested in Cancun, a month earlier, on July 7, in possession of firearms, cartridges, drugs and stolen vans.

Ciudad Obregón, Sonora: El Mankio and El Indio of The Cartel de La Antena Are Executed

El Mankio and El Indio we’re leaders of the criminal group Los Antenas de Bacum.

El Indio was plaza head in San Ignacio Rio Muerto, Sonora.

Obregon, Sonora - A new armed aggression was registered in Ciudad Obregon. The events occurred at 2:00 pm on Calle Kino and Calle Ostimuri.

Three people were in the parking lot of a restaurant about to board a gray Jeep Cherokee when they were shot by a lone unidentified gunman who fled without haste from the scene.

Fermin Meraz aka El Mankio received three bullet impacts in the chest and died of cardiac arrest.

Alejo Garza’s Final Stand Made Into a Comic

Video translation is as follows:
Ciro Gómez Leyva: And speaking of poignant stories. Many may not remember him but 9 years ago in 2011 we discovered. And it was our turn to make known the story of Alejo Garza Tamez.

A man who was 77 at the time, who died defending his property. A ranch of his in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. A group of Los Zetas had warned him that they wanted his ranch

This person resisted. And he faced them, he waited for them armed and alone. And the Zetas killed him. This month the Italian writers the famous Italian writers Panini is going to sell a comic with the story of Don Alejo.

Former Agent Duncan: The backstory of Gustavo Rivera aka El EPI and his nexus with other players in Arellano-Felix Organization

Steve Duncan for Borderland Beat

David Barron Corona and Wife Judy Paraiso with Carolyn and Gustavo Rivera in 1991

Chivis Note: My friend, former agent Steve Duncan was at the arraignment of  Gustavo "Gus" Rivera, aka "El EP1" "P1" "El Gus", who was extradited the same day as El Mayito Gordo Zambada from Mexico to the United States.  Steve has extensive knowledge of Rivera’s background and history and has put some of it to paper in this post for Borderland Beat. This is the first of two parts.

By Steve Duncan

ello Borderland Beat and my friends Chivis and Buggs. I wanted to share with you all my experiences and knowledge gained while investigating Gustavo Rivera-Martinez who was extradited to San Diego this past Thursday, December 19, 2019. Rivera is one of the most evil and influential characters in the San Diego/Tijuana drug scene over the past four decades and, for those who have been a part of the investigation, received an early Christmas Present.

Rivera was the connection to the Arellano-Felix Organization or AFO for San Diego gangbanger, David Barron-Corona, who brought dozens of fellow gang members to Tijuana to beef up the enforcement squads when the war between “Chapo” and the AFO was cemented in November 1992.

A few of the investigators from the case were present in the courtroom for Rivera’s initial hearing. DEA, HSI, USMS and FBI personnel were there even though nobody seemed to know about the extradition. There were no headlines and very little warning but we were there to see Rivera.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) displaced the Sinaloa cartel in Chicago

Le Chef Borderland Beat  From Milenio and DEA

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) displaced the Sinaloa cartel after the fall of Joaquín, El Chapo Guzmán and Los Guerreros Unidos in control of the third largest city in the United States: Chicago, which due to its population and commercial importance in the Northeast American, today has become the logistics center of the criminal organization directed by Nemesio Oseguera, El Mencho.

According to the report prepared by the Field Division of the Drug Control Administration (DEA) in Chicago, Mexican drug cartels represent "the greatest threat" to this government agency and the CJNG is the group with the highest increase in his power and influence has had in the last two years.
The report details that Mexican criminal groups mainly traffic heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as fentanyl with a purity of less than 10 percent.

CJNG: The Kill-List That Has Yet To Be Completed

On January 3, 2020 the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación left a dismembered man along with a manta in Yuriria, Guanajuato. Said manta mentioned an individual by the name of Jesus Avila. CJNG threatened Jesus that they were coming after him.

On a video post for January 11, 2020 Juan Antonio Lemus aka Juanito from Jacales also acknowledged Jesus Avila when he was being interrogated. The name of El Gus came out as well in that broadcast.

On January 8, 2020 the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación came through with their threat of catching Jesus Avila. As with the halcón that was dismembered a few days earlier. Jesus was just as well cut into pieces. As is standard by now a manta was left with a warning for the next individual on their hit-list.

That targets name is one Gustavo Serrato aka El Gus. The same Gus that Juan Antonio Lemus aka Juanito from Jacales spoke about in his interrogation for CJNG.

Therefore, according to the timeline of events this means that Juan Antonio Lemus aka Juanito from Jacales was actually killed right before Jesus Avila was offed. But his video interrogation surfaced after the fact.

The manta that surfaced on January 8, 2020 reads as follows: Here lies Jesus. He was in charge of stealing, extorting, kidnapping, and murdering innocent people. For his boss Gustavo Serrato aka El Gus from Cerano, Guanajuato. Pancho Avila you’re the only one left. Sincerely, CJNG

In conclusion based on these facts the CJNG has Gustavo Serrato aka El Gus and Pancho Avila as future targets on their hit-list.

Warning!! Image of dismemberment below no further text

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Churumuco, Michoacán: Violent clash between CJNG and Viagras

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  ElDebate Grillonautas

Michoacán.- One of the most violent clashes of the year between two criminal organizations took place this afternoon in the municipality of Churumuco, in Michoacán, by alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and Los Viagras.

Several people injured by bullet impacts and a lifeless person are reported.

They reported that the clashes have taken place on different roads that lead to the population of Zicuirán, where some vehicles were also on fire.

At least 40 armed men participated in the most violent shooting, which occurred on the Churumuco-Zicuirán highway, according to local media.

Pelavacas, Guanajuato: CJNG Sends Out a Message to El Marro After Killing His Sister

Video translation is as follows: 
We were coming after your dirty ass Marro. But everyone ran away from us like women. We already knew you were in that wedding you son of a bitch. For the time being we’ve left your sister Karem Lizbeth Yépez Ortiz dead.  
As well as the groom, your Lieutenant Calamargo. As a consequence this will be the fate of every dumbass who supports this dirty son of a bitch. We thought you guys were supposed to be so brave? 

Celaya, Guanajuato: CJNG Grupo Elite Kills El Marro’s Sister and His Regional Leader

Celaya, Guanajuato - Armed hitmen entered a church in Pelavacas, a town of Celaya Guanajuato while a wedding was taking place.

Local media and comments from people on social networks have unofficially confirmed the deaths of 4 people who were killed in the church. A woman killed was said to be the sister of Jose Yepez “El Marro” leader of the Santa Rosa De Lima Cartel. In addition she was also the bride. [ Karem Lizbeth Yépez Ortiz]

Also in this armed attack the groom was kidnapped. It’s being said he was the regional boss who had close connections to El Marro, the Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima leader whose whereabouts are unknown.

AMLO asks the US to investigate former links García Luna--on both sides of the border

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Reforma

The President recalled the operation against arms trafficking called 'Fast and Furious'

President López Obrador requested that the United States also collaborate in investigation into links between former officials and Genaro García Luna.

In a morning conference from Ciudad Juárez, he said that it is a matter of time to know whether or not there is a link. It is sooner or later because not only is there an investigation being done there, the Attorney General's Office is also doing research, it is investigating from the Treasury with financial intelligence to see everything related to money laundering," he said.

"I hope I also said it, and I repeat it, that we act in the case of the United States and I say it with all due respect because they are autonomous and independent, it is a free and sovereign nation and we are respectful because we want them to respect us in return, it would be important that it will also seek to reach the findings,  because they are not only Mexican authorities, there are also US authorities, officials of the different agencies that participates in joint operations.

Huetamo Michoacán: After 2019 saw 10 murdered Mexican journalists, 1 week in and the new year had it's first victim

El Parro Borderland Beat   Source and CPJ Reporters Without Borders

It has taken just over a week for Mexico – one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists – to record its first murder of a reporter in 2020.

The bullet-riddled corpse of radio presenter Fidel Ávila Gómez was found on Wednesday near a rubbish dump in the notorious Tierra Caliente region, Mexico’s heroin-producing heartlands.

Ávila, who was reportedly in his mid-40s, had disappeared over a month earlier.

The El Universal newspaper said he was the seventh journalist to be murdered in Michoacán state since 2006. Another six have gone missing, joining the ranks of an estimated 62,000 desaparecidos. (Painfully low number reported in these tallies, former president Calderon himself stated there was over 20k in clandestine graves along the borde, and he left office in 2012)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

CJNG: María Esquivel “La Catrina” is killed, the sicaria who executed the massacre of 13 police officers in Aguililla

Le Chef for Borderland Beat N24News  Apunto    LaOpinion   infobae

María Guadalupe López Esquivel AKA La La Catrina was killed in a confrontation with Mexican authorities in the community of La Bocanda, in the municipality of Tepalcatepec, in the state of Michoacán.

Everything happened after elements of the Army, the National Guard and the Michoacán Police clashed with the armed group of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, which left as a balance of seven detained assassins, in addition to La Catrina being shot, she died of a bullet wound in the hospital.

On Monday, October 14, a group of hit men from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) ambushed a convoy of the Michoacán State Police , leaving 13 agents dead.

School Shooting in Torreón, Coahuila: 11 year old student is the perpetrator that leaves at least one teacher dead and 6 injured

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat MundoBBC Latina

School shootings are almost non-existent in Mexico

A boy killed his teacher and took his life this Friday at a school in Torreón, in the state of Coahuila, in northern Mexico.

The state governor, Miguel Ángel Riquelme, lamented the events that took place at the Cervantes College and confirmed the death of a 50-year-old teacher and the attacker, an 11-year-old student who was in sixth grade, who opened fire in the private school.

The authorities also confirmed that there are at least six injured: five students and a physical education teacher.

The shooting occurred around 8:20 AM local time (14:20 GMT).

The governor explained that, according to the initial instigation , the boy told his classmates:

"Today is the day".

Then, he asked permission to go to the bathroom and it took more than 15 minutes, so his teacher went out to look for him.

Legislation Introduction to Crack Down on Drug Cartels; designating Zetas, BLO CDG Juarez, Tijuana Sinaloa and CJNG Cartels Terrorists

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Nexstar 

Brindisi Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Drug Cartels

From the office of Rep. Anthony Brindisi:

Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick introduced the bipartisan Identifying Drug Cartels as Terrorists Act. This bipartisan legislation would list seven Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), as defined by section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The Gulf Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Beltran Leyva Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, the Los Zetas Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Tijuana Cartel have been described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as the most prominent in Mexico.

This designation will allow the United States to direct the resources necessary to dismantle them, ending their reigns of terror, and help to end the flow of drugs coming across our southern border, which fuels the addiction epidemic in our communities.

On social media, cancel drug cartels: Make Facebook and Twitter purge content from violent criminal organizations

Chivis Martinez   Borderland Beat   Source

I feel somewhat differently for the same reasons why we post graphic violence.  It is an ongoing debate.  Initially I did complain to Buggs about the graphic content, he explained the policy and why.  I came to agree.
Bottom line Mexican press is not free to publish at will, and some states are narco news blackout states, leaving social media to be the bearer of such news.  A picture is worth a thousand words as they say and clearly images will stay with a person far longer than text.....I strongly defend the press; 

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances".  We may not like what some elect to publish, but defending the right is paramount to defending the rights of all.....what say you?


President Trump has called for an all-out assault on violent Mexican drug cartels and the brutal MS-13 street gang. Therefore, it is hard to understand why the White House has included language in the USMCA trade agreement that would give social media platforms broad immunity for hosting user-generated content.

Cerano, Guanajuato: CJNG Interrogates Juan Antonio Lemus

Warning video does depict injuries after his ear was severed:

Video manta reads as follows: 
This is Juan Antonio Lemus aka Juanito from Jacales (Jacales, Guanajuato). Head of sicarios for Jesus Avila out of Cerano, Guanajuato. We are CJNG. And we’re in Cerano getting rid of the scum.

Video translation is as follows:
Interrogator: Let’s see. What’s your name?
Juan Antonio Lemus: My name is Juan Antonio Lemus sir. 
Interrogator: Are you an operator for Jesus?
Juan Antonio Lemus: (Nervous mumbling).
Interrogator: Do you know Gus?
Juan Antonio Lemus: I know Gus. I’ve seen him twice before. 
Interrogator: Where?
Juan Antonio Lemus: Only in Cerano (Cerano, Guanajuato) sir. 
Interrogator: Where else?