Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CJNG assassin squad leader 'Delta 1' arrested in Guadalajara

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Armando Gómez Núñez
Mexican federal authorities announced on Monday that they arrested Armando Gómez Núñez ("Delta 1" AKA "El Máximo"), a suspected high-ranking member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). He is believed to command Los Deltas, an assassin squad based in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

On 21 June 2020, authorities carried out a search inside a house in Jadines del Country, an upscale neighborhood in Guadalajara. The search warrant was authorized by a Mexico City judge specialized in investigation cases. Gómez Núñez was arrested at the house during a joint operation carried out by the Mexican Army, the National Guard (GN) the Attorney General's Office (FGR) and the National Intelligence Center (CNI).

Sinaloa Cartel local cell leader linked to lawyer's murder is arrested in Ensenada

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Arley Jesus Aguilar Salgado ("Marcos")
Baja California state authorities arrested Arley Jesus Aguilar Salgado ("Marcos"), a leader of the Ensenada-based criminal cell known as Los Venados, a subgroup of the Sinaloa Cartel. This man is under investigation for the 28 April 2020 murder of lawyer and anti-drug agent Hiram Rivera Lizarraga.

Los Venados are based in Isla de Cedros, an island off the Baja California coast in Ensenada Municipality. Los Venados are responsible for drug sales and drug trafficking, the smuggling of endemic flora, and for fighting a rival gang known as Los Querrerques as well as the Tijuana (CAF) and Jalisco New Generation Cartels (CJNG).

Ex-chief of Pemex imprisoned in Spain accepts extradition to Mexico

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Pemex ex-chief Emilio Lozoya Austin is accused of accepting millions in bribes
Emilio Lozoya Austin, the former chief of Mexico's state oil company Pemex, has agreed to stop his extradition fight and cooperate with authorities to return to Mexico. Lozoya was arrested in February in Malaga, Spain, after Mexican authorities issued an international arrest warrant through the Interpol.

He is wanted on money laundering and bribery charges in Mexico following an investigation that showed he was received millions of dollars in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and for his alleged participation in the illegal sale-purchase of the Mexican fertilizer firm Agros Nitrogenados.

When the arrest warrants leaked, Lozoya fled Mexico. He remained a fugitive for eight months until he was captured in Spain. Lozoya said he would return to Mexico once his travel arrangements are scheduled.

Chinese national pleads guilty to money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in U.S. courtroom

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A Chinese national pleaded guilty to laundering more than US$4 million in drug proceeds from a large-scale cocaine scheme in the United States yesterday. Xueyong Wu, 40, forged relationships with Latin American drug trafficking organizations and helped them launder their money in the U.S.

According to an indictment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Xueyong Wu (also known by his alias "Antonio") was involved in cocaine trafficking from 2015 to 2020. The conspiracy included players from Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, China and the U.S.

He was also charged with money laundering, specifically with conducting financial transactions that purposely intended to disguise the illegal origin of the proceeds. His drug trafficking charges were dropped after Xueyong Wu agree to plea guilty to money laundering.

El Marro's parents are released from prison; their lawyer is then killed by gunmen

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José Antonio Yépez Ortiz ("El Marro")
Rodolfo and Maria Eva, the parents of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) leader José Antonio Yépez Ortiz ("El Marro"), were released from prison over the weekend. One of the family's attorneys confirmed to the press that several of El Marro's relatives, including his brother, fled to the United States to avoid persecution from the Mexican government.

El Marro's father was arrested in Celaya on March 6 for driving a stolen vehicle, as reported by Borderland Beat. At the time of his arrest, the Mexican government confirmed that there was an ongoing investigation against him and that they were looking to press "more charges".

However, he paid a MXN$10,000 fine and was released from prison on Friday, June 26. His lawyer explained to the judge that El Marro's father was over 60 years old and had high chances of getting sick of COVID-19. The judge allowed him to be on house arrest in San Miguel Octopan (Celaya Municipality). His trial is still pending. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

UC San Diego launches think tank to study opioid epidemic in Mexico and worldwide

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Reports of the pandemic’s impacts to the production of synthetic opioids like entangle have incentivized poppy cultivation in Mexico, which could lead to more substance abuse, violence and drug trafficking.

Despite being considered the world’s third largest producer of opium and heroin, little is known about poppy cultivation in Mexico. Yet, the opioid crisis remains a huge problem across much of the U.S. and Mexico and COVID-19 appears to have made matters worse: Recent lockdowns have disrupted the flow of synthetic opioids and have ostensibly increased production of heroin in Mexico.

To address the global opioid crisis, the "Mexico Opium Network", a first-of-its kind international effort, was recently launched to examine the socio-political challenges posed by illicit poppy crops in Mexico.

An estimated 128 people die every day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses, largely caused by synthetic opioids manufactured in China and Mexico. Reports of the pandemic’s impacts to the production of synthetic opioids like fentanyl have incentivized poppy cultivation in Mexico, which could lead to more substance abuse, violence and drug trafficking.

Sister of Mexican Mafia member who ferried orders from prison is sentenced to 12.5 years

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"The Black Hand", Mexican Mafia symbol
LOS ANGELES – A Whittier, California woman who was convicted earlier this year on several charges related to her role as a “secretary” to an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member who controlled a street gang was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison. Sylvia Olivas, 73, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer for playing an active role in the affairs of the Canta Ranas street gang.

Following a 2½-week trial in February, a federal jury found Olivas guilty of participating in three separate conspiracies – one to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, a second involving the trafficking of methamphetamine and heroin, and a third centered on money laundering.

For at least a decade, Olivas served as the secretary to her brother, David Gavaldon, a long-time member of the Canta Ranas street gang who was not charged in this case as he is serving a life-without-parole sentence in Pelican Bay State Prison. From prison, Gavaldon exerted control over Canta Ranas and other gangs, and he received compensation in the form of “rent” or “taxes” generated by drug trafficking and other offenses committed in gang territory.

Six drug cartels operate in Chiapas, report confirms

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Map of the criminal groups in Chiapas in 2018; some of the arrangements have changed
At least six drug trafficking organizations operate in the southern state of Chiapas. According to intelligence reports from Mexican federal authorities, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) are fighting for the control of the drug corridors near the Chiapas border with Guatemala and maintain control of municipalities near the Pacific coast.

Meanwhile, Los Zetas control Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital, as well as the metropolitan area and part of the state's central municipalities. The Beltran Leyva Cartel, the Gulf Cartel and the San Juan Chamula Cartel also have some presence in at least 15 different areas in Chiapas.

Two Central American gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18), also have presence in the area. The report also cites the presence of five paramilitary and/or subversive groups.

Inside the Sinaloa Cartel's Fentanyl Smuggling Operations

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Note: This article was written by Keegan Hamilton. The video was produced by Hamilton and Miguel Fernández-Flores. Editing was done by Brittany Ross.

Floating in a small fishing boat along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, their faces obscured by t-shirts and ski masks, the four Sinaloa Cartel members looked like pirates. This was months before the pandemic, when tourists were still sunbathing on the beach a few miles away. The masks were to disguise themselves as they smuggled ashore the chemicals used to make fentanyl.

VICE News gained access to a Sinaloa Cartel fentanyl trafficking operation for a few days last year, during the production of new podcast series called “Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis.” We watched masked cartel members hauling bundles of precursor chemicals out of the ocean, interviewed local bosses, and followed the process of cooking fentanyl into heroin, a combination of drugs that has fueled a surge in overdose deaths across the U.S.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Judge orders COVID-19 test for Hector 'El Güero' Palma

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Hector 'El Güero' Palma in 2016
A judge in the State of Mexico ordered prison doctors to conduct a COVID-19 test to Hector 'El Güero' Palma, a former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Palma claims to have health complications and said that prison authorities have not allowed him to see a doctor. In the appeal, the judge stated that doctors should monitor his health conditions and see if Palma has any COVID-19 symptoms.

Should Palma test positive, the judge instructed prison authorities to give him the necessary medical treatment to facilitate his recovery. By law, prison authorities are permitted to bring an external medical team to treat inmates who suffer from COVID-19. The judge instructed the prison to do that should they need it.

Two police chiefs killed in Michoacán; one was an ex-Army special forces member

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Cesar Ivan Marin Jaimes
Two police chiefs from Zamora Municipality, Michoacán, were killed in a drive-by shooting last week. Their names were Cesar Ivan Marin Jaimes, Director of Public Security in Zamora, and Antonio del Moral Padilla, Commander of the Zamora Municipal Police. The former was a member of the Mexican Army's elite Special-Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE) in the late 1990s.

Both men were driving through the Mexico City - Guadalajara highway in a Volkswagen Jetta when gunmen cut them off the road and shot them from a moving vehicle. The attack occurred in Churintzio Municipality near the payment booth in Copándaro. Investigators said that the evidences found at the scene showed that both police chiefs responded with fire but were eventually overwhelmed by their killers.

In 2019, the former Director of Public Security in Zamora, Daniel Torres Hernandez, was murdered on his day off while he was with his family in Jalisco. He had less than six months on the job. No one has been arrested for the crime.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Zacatecas: Gruesome video uploaded to social media of CJNG dismembering young girl

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Sent by multiple followers

Video removed by twitter....

A ghastly video was uploaded today to social media in which CJNG animals have a young girl surrounded, they then proceed to dismember her alive.

I only viewed a few seconds of the footage as the twitter link sent to me began the video play when clicking on.  I didn’t see much before exiting, her cries and screams are haunting,   and from my perspective horrible enough, seeing the footage is unneeded. 

The information I have is reading accounts of many bloggers who have viewed it.  First, and also stated by BB followers, the beasts who executed this girl, were CJNG.  Supposedly they state as much.  Also supposedly the girl said she is a student.

From a follower: “The young girl is kneeling blindfolded while her executioners shout: "CJNG".  

The victim is being portrayed as a member of Zetas, they tell her it is because she is with the pinche mugroso (zetas).

The victim may or may not be affiliated with narcos.  Alternatively, she may be an innocent.


In six months, 12 'narco' camps seized in Chihuahua; 3 dead and 18 in custody

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Map of Chihuahua with the camps seized by the Mexican Army in yellow
Chihuahua state officials confirmed that the Mexican Army dismantled 12 clandestine bases used by a local drug cartel in western Chihuahua. Half of them were found in Ignacio Zaragoza and San Buenaventura, two municipalities that are approximately 80 mi (120 km) from the U.S.-Mexico border. The remaining ones were found in the mountainous areas of the Chihuahua-Sonora border, including Nuevo Casas Grande and Madera municipalities.

This area of Chihuahua is a lucrative drug corridor for traffickers who smuggle narcotics through southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. It is currently under dispute by rival drug gangs. In April, a clash between rival gangsters left 19 dead near the town of Madera, as reported by Borderland Beat.

Caborca Sonora: A Truck abandoned with bodies, likely from last week-end's massacre

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Four male corpses  were left in an abandoned cargo truck in  Caborca, Sonora.

The bodies also had a cartulina with a narco-message,  they were found on 11th Street,  on one side of the international highway and the municipal cemetery.

The events were reported by witnesses from the place, who detected that after a prolonged period, the unit was not towed and began to emit foul odors from inside.

The truck was left on the side of the municipal cemetery on the side of the international highway, where authorities are already working to move the remains of the victims.

It should be noted that at that point there are C4 security cameras.

These four adds to the execution of 13  people that occurred just 6 days ago and is probably related to that event.


Binational crime-stoppers program expands in Texas and Coahuila after successful launch

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Newly wanted poster
After a successful early run in West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, a binational crime-stoppers program is expanding. The “Se Busca Informacion” (Information Wanted) initiative is being rolled out this week in the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector and in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The program employs telephone tips line based on the U.S. side, posters and billboards at ports of entry and in Mexico.

The posters feature some jovial, smiling faces that law-enforcement officials say may hide heinous crimes. “Many of the targets that we seek may have an association with several cartels — Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), Northeast Cartel (CDN) and Zetas Vieja Escuela,” said Martin R. Clark, acting deputy chief patrol agent in the Del Rio Sector.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Zacatecas: 14 tortured bodies found in Fresnillo, 26 bodies in 3 areas of the city

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from NTR

From a follower:  Supposedly, confirmed that CDS left a message to CJNG with the bodies.  The war for territory includes CDG, Taliban, CJNG, CDN and CDS.  CDS is presumed responsible for the bodies. [Seguzac]

On Friday morning, at least 14 people were found dead, tortured, handcuffed, and shot dead.

The events were reported at 06:50 hours; the bodies were abandoned in front of the old military checkpoint on federal highway 45, the  Fresnillo-Cañitas section of Felipe Pescador, very close to the Cerro Gordo community north of this city.

Official sources reported that they are at least 14 bodies after other sources reported that there are 16.

Elements from the three levels of the government arrived at the place, who cordoned off the perimeter area to initiate the first investigations.

CJNG: Gunmen injure Mexico City police chief; 3 dead

By: Christopher Sherman & E. Eduardo Castillo 

Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Mexico City's police chief in a brazen operation that left three people dead, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Friday. The chief later tweeted, apparently from the hospital where he was being treated, that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel was responsible.

Sheinbaum said in a news conference that the police chief, Security Secretary Omar García Harfuch, was being treated in a hospital but was out of danger.

She said a 3 1/2 ton truck holding gunmen with rifles blocked the chief's SUV and opened fire.

Two of those killed were part of García's security detail. The third was a woman who just happened to be driving by. Sheinbaum said that the city's security cameras recorded the attack.

Mob Museum in Las Vegas debuts 'Rise of the Cartels' exhibition

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The new Rise of the Cartels exhibition at The Mob Museum tracks the history of international drug trafficking in the Americas from the 1970s to the present day.

Pablo Escobar, the ruthless Colombian drug kingpin and world’s first billionaire criminal, pioneered mass-market drug trafficking, fueled by bribery and murder, in the mid-1970s. His legacy is still unfolding today.

Escobar’s strategy more than 40 years ago of smuggling tons of cocaine from Colombia into the United States remains a staggeringly successful, and frustrating, reality, if done somewhat differently now. Since the 1980s, Colombia, which produces more cocaine than any other country, has outsourced through Mexico’s drug cartels its secret exports into America — by land, air and sea. The annual proceeds, divvied up among the Latin American crime groups, amount to $19 billion to $29 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The exploits of the late Escobar, his former Medellin Cartel, his henchmen, his heinous crimes and criminal successors make for a fascinating tale, and the subject of the Mob Museum’s latest major exhibition, Rise of the Cartels: International Drug Trafficking in the Americas, which debuted June 20.

On Tuesday a Guanajuato man sends an open letter to El Marro asking for peace, on Wednesday he was gunned down

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A Guanajuato man who appealed to a cartel boss for an end to violence against innocent people may have lost his life for his trouble.

Joel Negrete Barrera, a 2018 candidate for mayor of Abasolo, was shot to death Wednesday, one day after he posted an open letter on Facebook to ‘El Marro’, the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.

Negrete was working at his convenience store in the community of El Tule Wednesday evening when two armed men on a motorcycle drove up, entered the store and opened fire in front of witnesses, killing him.

Negrete published the document addressed to José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias El Marro, on Tuesday morning, making a plea for peace.

Chihuahua State Police commander linked to the Sinaloa Cartel is sentenced to 15 years in prison

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Sergio Alberto Huerta Verzosa
Sergio Alberto Huerta Verzosa ("Comandante Huerta"), former commander of the Chihuahua State Police, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Mexico for organized crime involvement and drug trafficking.

Mexican federal authorities arrested him in 2014 for his involvement in the escape of several Sinaloa Cartel sicarios (hitmen) who were wounded in a hospital in Parral, Chihuahua. The hitmen were receiving medical attention after a shootout with security forces. Investigators also stated that Huerta was responsible for ordering several murders in the area while abusing his role as a police chief.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Atty General of Jalisco Fires 14 Ministerial Police for Kidnapping during the Aftermath of Giovzanni López's Murder

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta / udgtv / LaJornada
The Jalisco Prosecutor General's Office suspended 14 elements of the Investigative Police for their alleged participation in the protests that took place on June 5.

The agency reported that processes are continuing to demarcate the responsibility of its public servants in the events, in which dozens of people were extrajudicially detained and released in various areas of Guadalajara.

The case of police brutality in Guadalajara, Jalisco, has triggered massive protests, riots, and set the streets and social media on fire, which have been reporting on here on BB.

Giovanni was 30 years old and a bricklayer. He was arrested on May 4 in the municipality of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, in the Guadalajara metropolitan area. A day later, he died in police custody in circumstances that have not yet been clarified.

CJNG TJ: 2 Members Arrested After Shooting at Police

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta TJ
                                       Two alleged members of the CJNG fall in Tijuana
Two men, alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, were captured in Tijuana by elements of the State Security and Investigation Guard (GESI), the State Attorney General's Office reported Tuesday, in a statement.

The information detailed that GESI agents were conducting a surveillance tour on the Tijuana-Tecate free highway, when they heard what appeared to be firearm detonations, so they carried out an inspection of the area.

Moments later, they observed two armed individuals in the surroundings, who upon realizing the police presence, shot at the uniformed officers, who repelled the attack.

During the confrontation, the state police officers injured the foot of one of the suspects named Jaime Lino Zazueta, who was carrying an .223 caliber AR-15 assault rifle.

“Operation The Real McCoy” Yields 47 Arrests for Gang & Drugs Charges and $1.7 plus in Meth

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Pickens County, Georgia June 24, 2020: 
As a result of a 9-month investigation known as “Operation The Real McCoy,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served 47 arrest warrants for multiple charges including gang and drug related offenses and seized more than $1.7 million worth of methamphetamine following a nine-month drug investigation across the state.

In September 2019, Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) agents began an investigation into a supply chain of methamphetamine into Cherokee County.  The initial investigations led CMANS agents to DeKalb and Gwinnett counties and members of the Ghostface Gangsters.

Among those charged were seven Georgia inmates locked up in various prisons across the state, according to Phil Price, commander of Cherokee County’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad. Officials also conducted search warrants at six homes, resulting in the seizure of 136 kilograms of meth worth nearly $2 million, he said. 
Agents also seized $100,000 in cash. According to the GBI, the investigation into the drug trafficking organization centered on 26-year-old Brannon McCoy, a Georgia inmate. Investigators said McCoy acted as a “broker” from within the State Prison Camp in Sumter County, facilitating the movement of meth from trafficking organizations in Mexico.

El Negro Azabache fell in a trap of El Nini and is being held

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For a few days, I have been hearing about the abduction of Nego Azabache, aka El Prieto (dark skin) or his sister. Today a follower of Borderland Beat sent me this image that seems to confirm the rumors.

The follower also stated, as heard for days, allegedly that it was the sister Anahi, who was abducted first by El Nini. 

They then called on Azabache to turn himself over to Nini in exchange for his sister.

The tactic worked for Nini as Azabache did agree to the exchange and turned himself over.

However, they now are assumed to have both of them, as the sister has not been seen, nor have any images of her in captive have been published.

Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas, “El Nini” is the chief of “Los Ninis” the  enforcers for for Los Chapitos. 

Gulf Cartel regional boss 'Chuy Lavadas' is arrested; he faked his death in 2019

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Jesus Adalberto Gonzalez Avitia ("Chuy Lavadas"), a high-ranking Gulf Cartel member in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, was arrested by state policemen yesterday. He had only lasted about a month as the "self-declared" plaza boss of Rio Bravo. Authorities arrested him along with Hector ("El Orion"); they were in possession of several firearms, bags filled with narcotics and two bullet-proof vests.

In August 2019, media outlets reported that Chuy Lavadas was killed near the Reynosa and San Fernando municipalities. He was identified as a high-ranking member of Los Metros, a Gulf Cartel faction based in Reynosa. Pictures of what investigators thought was his corpse circulated on social media. However, Chuy Lavadas faked his death to confuse authorities and rival gangsters.

In May 2020, citizen journalists in Tamaulipas reported that Chuy Lavadas was alive and had declared himself the regional boss of Rio Bravo. They said that he was planning to create his own cartel faction.

Failed attempt to attack Salamanca, Guanajuato refinery, with a vehicle that had 12 explosives

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Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, head of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), reported that yesterday, Wednesday, June 24, that an attempted attack occurred at the Ing. Antonio M. Amor Refinery, located in Salamanca, Guanajuato.

During the morning press conference on Thursday, June 25, held in Texcoco, State of Mexico, the military command reported that they secured a vehicle loaded with 12 explosives, which was abandoned in the vicinity of said refinery.

“Last night, there was an attempted assault where a vehicle was secured with 12 explosive devices that were inside a vehicle that was abandoned by the criminals who attacked the security forces […]There have been  measures to guarantee the security of the state's strategic facilities” said Sandoval González.

"About the Salamanca the refinery, the approach was to reinforce the strategic facilities that we have there and the refinery is one of them, it was given specific security to prevent the criminal group from having any action against it," said the general.

Sinaloa: 8 campesinos assassinated in Tepuche reportedly by "Los Chapitos"

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from  Línea Directa porta

At least 8 peasants were assassinated by way of execution in at least three communities, heading to the highlands of the Tepuche syndicate, in the framework of the war between two organized crime cells. Allegedly gunned down by “Los Chapitos”

In the afternoon of this Wednesday the residents began to make calls to the police corporations of the presence of an armed group that entered the towns of La Vainilla, Bagrecitos and La Mojonera, of this union.

It is said that there are several missing persons, it is unknown if they were abducted or fled the area.

According to the residents of both areas, the confrontations were recorded from 10 in the morning, where dozens of armed men in various units participated and who after the events, fled along the roads of the mountain area.

Massacre between people from Mayo Zambada and Los Chapitos leaves 10 dead

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   La Opinion and TH3PR3D4TH0R Mxx

At least 10 people were killed after a confrontation between hitmen from the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) who serve drug trafficker Ismael "el Mayo" Zambada known as ‘Los Mayos” and the “Chapitos” faction, serving sons of Joaquín " el Chapo "Guzmán", this in the limits of Bagresito and El Guayabito mountain communities, both belonging to the Tepuche syndicate, in the municipality of Culiacán in the state of Sinaloa in Mexico.

Images of the dead circulated on social networks although it was not detailed which side they belonged to. The victims carried heavy caliber weapons as well as bulletproof vests.

Despite the heavy presence in the Tepuche area by federal and state agencies, the ongoing conflict has gone unabated.  Most events have agencies coming in after the fact.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sinaloa: At least seven killed during confrontation in La Mojonera, Tepuche

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from extroficial.mx

A confrontation between elements of the Mixed Urban Operations Base (BOMU) and armed criminals leave at least seven dead, in the community of La Mojonera in the Tepuche syndicate.

Authorities received the report at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, indicating that during the confrontation, unofficially at least seven alleged criminals had been killed.
This is breaking news details to come….

El Puma arrested, a founder of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel

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He was arrested without a shot and without violence. He had a black sweatshirt and a mask when he was arrested 

Noé Israel Lara Belman, alias "El Puma", at one time considered José Antonio Yépez Ortiz's right-hand man, "El Marro", he was detained in San Luis Potosí.

Noé Israel Lara Belman , alias "El Puma", a founder of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) and who was considered José Antonio Yépez Ortiz's  aka El Marro, right-hand man was arrested yesterday in San Luis Potosí.

Federal forces, including elements of the Army participated in the capture, security authorities confirmed.

"He had an arrest warrant in force for the crimes of organized crime and theft of hydrocarbons; he is also considered one of the main generators of violence in the State of Guanajuato," the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

DEA Identifies the four top CJNG bosses

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Mexican mainstream media is reporting that the DEA agency of the U.S. has released names that they consider being premier bosses of CJNG under the supreme leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho”.

Alfredo Galindo Salazar

Identified as “El Toucan”, age is unknown. Suspected location; he is hiding in Mexico or Peru, but he is considered one of the “main associates and advisers” of Mencho, according to the DEA. Regarding his ties to the CJNG, it is pointed out that his "actions were key to the logistics and capacity of the CJNG to move massive amounts of cocaine from places like Peru, Bolivia and Colombia to the United States and Europe for distribution."

Indentification of the man executed and left with the flag of Russia

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Another subject who was killed in the Sinaloa Piggyback, the public works department south of the state capital, was also identified by his relatives.

Culiacán, Sin.- The two men who were found shot and tortured in the northern and southern sectors of the city hours apart were identified during the course of yesterday night by their relatives.

The authorities reported that one of the deceased was named Jorge Inés, approximately 34 years old, with a known address in Pueblo Nuevo, and had allegedly been abducted by an armed group.

The body of this person was found around 8 in the morning, next to the perimeter fence of a block of trailer yards that are located in the Piggyback sector.

Graphic image below

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Narco-Taxis: The Way to Go for Mediterranean Tourists

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Unilad / GDIMPS /EuroNews
                  Spanish Cops Find 145 Kilos Of Cocaine Floating Off Coast of Ibiza, Spain

Spanish police officers have uncovered 145 kilograms (320lbs) of cocaine floating in the sea off the coast of Ibiza. According to the Spanish Civil Guard, the cocaine was found wrapped in water-proof packages in the waters between the Spanish Balearic islands of Ibiza and eastern Spain’s Formentera.

Pictures and footage taken at the scene reveal how the packages had been tied to at least four plastic jerry cans using ropes, allowing them stay afloat.
Pictures and footage taken at the scene reveal how the packages had been tied to at least four plastic jerry cans using ropes, allowing them stay afloat.

CPB Seize 155 Pounds of Liquid Meth at Pharr Int'l Bridge US POE

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: DCUGM / CBP.gov
      CBP Field Operations Seizes $3.1 Million in Methamphetamine at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: June 22, 2020
Pharr, Texas: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted alleged liquid methamphetamine worth $3,108,000 concealed within a commercial truck arriving from Mexico with merchandise.

“This was an outstanding interception of hard narcotics that our officers accomplished utilizing all available tools and resources,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers’ resourcefulness and thoroughness in conducting their enforcement examinations counter schemes utilized by drug-smuggling organizations.”
Buckets containing 155 pounds of liquid methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

Caborca Sonora: Refrigerated Truck with dead narcos from Friday's clash, left by narcos at Funeral Home?

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The reports were flooding social media yesterday, and BB itself received emails and comments throughout the day about a refrigerated truck being left in Caborca containing “16 bodies”.  The bodies were said to be those from Caborca’s Friday deadly clash.  There were 10 to 12 bodies were dumped on a highway, but these were supposedly in addition to those bodies.

On Friday, from around 7pm the first detonations were reported heard.  Countless emergency calls for help were registered.  Fires, detonations, kidnappings, killings for 3 hours, and help never arrived from any police or emergency agency. Read my earlier report here.

The story about the refrigerated trailer seemed questionable and unsensible.     I could not locate anything published about the story in mainstream media, just small publications I had never heard of and social media. I was able to locate a story yesterday evening, and it reported the truck contained the bodies dumped on the highway.

7.5 Earthquake registered in Oaxaca and Mexico City, video

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A 7.5 earthquake hit southern and central Mexico, causing buildings in Mexico City to sway and thousands to run into the streets.  A tsunami warning is in effect.

It hit around 10:30am

It was stronger than a 2017 quake that killed over 360 people, but there are no immediate reports of casualties.  Epicenter southeast of Crucecita, Oaxaca. (Oaxaca image below)

Video below