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

"MX" for Borderland Beat

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

Chivis Borderland Beat  TY Gus!  Review Journal

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

Chivis Martinez    Borderland Beat  DOJ Thank You, Twitter follower:

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.”

India becomes the next big precursor and street opioid threat to the U.S.

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   CSIS

Chivis Note: Concentrating on China’s precursor market or China Fentanyl , is spinning our wheels, however looking towards India, another giant drug market is not only pragmatic but critical…. Tramadol? Indian tramadol networks have even been linked to ISIS and Boko Haram....With India, the United States has something to work with.  NOW, rather than later.

Fentanyl is at the center of the opioid crisis in the United States. It is used as a direct substitute for heroin, but it is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning it requires precursor chemicals to manufacture, and it is prescribed as a pain medication. In the past two years, however, illicit manufacturing and importing of fentanyl has skyrocketed. The death rate from synthetic drug use reflects this trend.

China is the number one supplier of fentanyl to the United States. China is also the main supplier to Canada and Mexico. Cartels in the latter usually then smuggle it into the United States. After years of persistent efforts, the U.S.-China bilateral crackdown on opioid trafficking has started to see recent success. In mid- October, two Chinese nationals were indicted for running a large illicit fentanyl distribution network and their three American accomplices were arrested.

Fentanyl exported from China to the United States comes in several different forms: fentanyl, its precursor chemicals, fentanyl variants, and fentanyl-laced counterfeit prescription opioids.5 India exports many controlled and prescription drugs to the United States, including fentanyl. Indian fentanyl exports to the United States are a fraction of those from China, but India does export tramadol, which is a growing issue for the United States. However, unlike China, which has now designated over 100 fentanyl variants and precursors on its list of controlled substances,6 India has not placed fentanyl, or most other opioids, on its controlled substances list, easing production and export. India only regulates 17 of the 24 basic precursor chemicals for fentanyl (as listed by the UN 1988 Convention against Drugs).

In the Middle East and Africa, the less potent opioid tramadol, not fentanyl, is responsible for the opioid crisis. India is the biggest supplier.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Re-Raid of a California Property Yields Over 46,000 Illegally Grown Marijuana Plants

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: OnlineHDisp /ksby /
    Re-raid of a Property Yields Over 46,000 Plants the Second Time Plus a List of Marijuana Busts

To get sense of what is happening in the tug of war between cannabis growers and law enforcement, we’ve put together a list of the known marijuana enforcement actions in Humboldt County so far this year.

We’re going to start off with a report of a raid led by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on a relatively large grow in the Thomas Road area of Salmon Creek that had been served a search warrant by Humboldt County’s Marijuana Eradication Team just six weeks earlier on May 15. On the same day,  DFW also served a warrant on Fruitland Ridge and one in Redcrest.
This greenhouse off Thomas Road in the Salmon Creek watershed was refilled with clones after having been raided a month prior. [Photo provided by the Department of Fish and Wildlife]
                                       No, you are not crazy, this happens all the time 

According to Janice Mackey, Information Officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “During the week of June 29 [we know the date was June 30], the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Food  and Agriculture, served three search warrants in Humboldt County. The parcels were located at Thomas Road in Miranda, Johnson Lane in Redcrest and Kelsey Lane in Myers Flat.”

Chinese Networks Dominate Chemical, Cash Sectors of Drug Cartel Business

"MX" for Borderland Beat; The Epoch Times
A soldier stands guard inside a clandestine chemical drug processing laboratory discovered in Mexico on Feb. 9, 2012. Chinese gangs are supplying Mexican drug cartels with chemicals to create illicit substances, for sale in the United States. (Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON—The insidious Chinese presence in the drug trafficking arena has been growing for years. It now dominates the global money laundering business and chemical production—both critical services to cartel operations in Mexico, Colombia, and beyond.

Chinese criminal networks supply tons of drug-making chemicals and launder billions of dollars for cartels, yet most of the attention is focused on the territorial gun battles south of the border, or when a kingpin such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is arrested.

“Clearly the Chinese are way more dangerous, way more sophisticated, way more complex, and way more of a national security threat to America—it’s not even a comparison [with Mexican cartels],” Derek Maltz, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) special operations division, told The Epoch Times.

8 CJNG Members Arrested in Veracruz

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from : Infobae/ unotv
The Secretary of Public Security of the state of Veracruz announced that they carried out the arrest of eight alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) , captured for alleged crimes against health, illegal carrying of a firearm and outrages against the authority.  

Those arrested by Civil Force personnel from that entity were identified as Andrés Emiliano "N", Francisco Javier "N", Pedro "N", Tolentino "N", Jonathan "N", Alberto "N"; Víctor Manuel “N” and Abigail “N”, who had weapons, drugs and tactical equipment at the time of their arrest .

Authorities also reported that these arrests were made following a report to 911 about gunmen aboard two vehicles: a Nissan Versa and a Ford-branded taxi number 2862, plates YAJ507A and A995XFC, respectively, found at the entrance to the Tajín residential subdivision, Papantla municipality.

Hunt for missing 2-year-old leads police in Chiapas city to 23 abducted kids, 3 women arrested

Chivis Borderland Beat  TY Gus  Source

Police searching for a 2-year-old boy who went missing from a marketplace in southern Mexico led authorities to a house where 23 abducted children were being kept and forced to sell trinkets in the street.

The children were being kept in squalid conditions and physically and psychologically abused and manipulated to sell handcrafted carvings and embroidered cloth in the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas, authorities said.

Most of the victims were between the ages of 2 and 15, but police said they discovered three babies between 3 and 20 months old during the raid of the house on Monday. Three women were arrested and may face child trafficking charges, Chiapas state prosecutors said.

Authorities believe the older victims were also used to lure or kidnap younger children to add to the group. All of the rescued children are now in the custody of child welfare officials.

“According to the children, many of them were forced to go out on the streets to sell things, and moreover they were forced to return with a certain minimum amount of money for the right to get food and a place to sleep at the house,” said state prosecutor Jorge Llaven.

Michoacan: After weekend defeat, Mencho offers rewards for finding rivals, 5 million offered for El Abuelo, Gordo, Gallito

by Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Allegedly after losing a showdown over the weekend in Tepalcatepec, El Mencho stepped up his campaign seeking information from the public that will take him to the location of his Michoacán enemies.

The rewards campaign which began in August of 2019, this time concentrates on Michoacán.

In 2019 his main target was both Michoacán and Guerrero, with the leader of ‘La Nueva Familia Michoacana’ of Guerrero, Francisco Maldonado Bustos aka “Don José”. Wanted ‘Dead or Alive’.

At that time, videos uploaded on YouTube showed a series of flyers with the photograph of the alleged hitman.

'Don José' was accused of breaking ranks with CJNG.

The campaign of this week offers 2 to 5M pesos for:
  • Juan José Farías Álvarez, aka as El Abuelo (Cártel del Abuelo Farías) 
  • Homero Gonzales Rodríguez aka El Gallito (Caballeros Templarios) 
  • Nicolas Sierra Santana (Viagras)
The three aforementioned above are a part of a coalition to defeat CJNG’s attempt to advance and power control Michoacán.  They are called “Cárteles Unidos".

Monday, July 27, 2020

US$43 Million Worth Of Cannabis Destroyed In 2-Day Sting in California

"jmulligan13" and "MX" for Borderland Beat

Riverside County in California
More than 84,000 marijuana plants were recently destroyed on 1,000 acres of public and private lands in unincorporated areas near Hemet and Anza (California), the Riverside County Sheriff's Department reported.

A two-day sting operation targeting outdoor illegal marijuana cultivations in the unincorporated areas began July 20, the agency said.

In addition to the plants, 44 pounds of processed marijuana were recovered from a makeshift processing shed. The combination of processed cannabis and growing plants had an estimated street value of $42 million, the sheriff's department said.

"These illegal cultivations cause deforestation, destroy wildlife habitats, pose a threat to the citizens of Riverside County, and utilize hazardous chemical pollutants that cause damage to the environment. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department remains dedicated to eradicating these illegal cultivation sites", the agency said.

"El Mencho’s" Personal Hospital Located Hidden in the Hills of Jalisco

Yaqui from Borderland Beat from: El Universal / Infobae / Informador
           A hospital for "El Mencho": the mystery about the hospital of the hidden kingpin in Jalisco:

Nemesio Oseguera González, known as “El Mencho”, is the leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), one of the strongest criminal groups in the country, and it has been revealed that he built a hidden hospital in the municipality of Villa Purificación Jalisco, in the El Alcíhuatl community, in which he could be treated for his  health problems.

The capo's hospital would be located about 50 km S from the municipality , according to El Universal , an area specially controlled by its cartel. It was recently made public that Oseguera González had health problems and, at 54, suffers from kidney failure.
Specifically, the site is located in the community of El Alcíhuatl , a town with around 200 inhabitants that is dedicated to agriculture and livestock. This same place is where a federal helicopter was shot down in 2015 in the middle of an operation to capture “El Mencho”. His deteriorated  health has complicated his refuges in the mountains of the states of Jalisco, Michoacán and Colima.

Parodies on social media posted of CJNG Grupo Elite 'Power Videos

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat TY GUS  Twitter

Everyday working Mexicans have uploaded parody videos, a take-off from CJNG’s Grupo Elite ‘Power Videos’.

Shouting “Pura gente del Señor Mencho”, just like the Grupo Elite videos, pedicab drivers, display their own ‘vehicle power’.

In another parody, street maintenance workers, hold their weapons [pickaxe] high over their head emulating CJNG members raising their weapons in the same manner.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Lydia Cacho: My Torture, Exile and Criminals Dedicated to Human Slavery, Feminicide, and Attacks on Freedom of Expression

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta
Text By: Lydia Cacho
In the recordings the conversation is heard: “Bring me a thirteen-year-old, but a virgin from Miami. Yes that, for (words crudely describing child rape) How much?" . On the other side of the phone, the girl trafficker responds: "Three thousand dollars plus the papers ... yes, a virgin, but let her do (description of child rape by two adults) it the way you like it Dad." 

This is the fragment of one of more than fifteen conversations that the ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico listened to in April 2006. It was a few months since I had been kidnapped and physically, psychologically and sexually tortured for more than twenty hours by police; this for having written one of my 16 books: The Demons of Eden Research: The Power Behind Child Pornography.

The then governor of Puebla, Mario Marín Torres (PRI) led the political protection network that sought to silence the most documented political-business operation of commercial sexual exploitation of girls between the ages of 4 and 13 in Mexican history. 

To torture me, unlawfully imprison me and try to silence me 15 years ago, high-level public servants colluded; members of the senate, the governors of Quintana Roo, Chiapas and Veracruz, the president of the Judicial Power of Puebla, a judge, the director of the judicial police, businessmen who launder illicit capital, municipal police and public ministries. 

CJNG’s Grupo Elite Interrogated and Dismembered a Woman for Selling "Jale Azul"

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Sin Embargo / LaOpinion
An elderly woman was interrogated and later dismembered by drug traffickers from the Elite Group of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) in the municipality of Cortazar in the state of Guanajuato, in Mexico.

In the scenes the woman appears blindfolded and after the questioning  her dismembered body appears along with a narco-message for allegedly selling drugs known as " jale azule".

The woman appears blindfolded. "Was it clear who is in charge in Guanajuato?" They ask. Then they cut her apart. They also said: “We do not work with the Government,” says CJNG leader on video. Asked her  not to support “El Marro”. The CJNG Elite Group accused the woman of operating for ''El Marro" , the CSRL cartel and huachicolero leader whom they are war with.

In the narco-message that they left with the remains, the following could be read: “This happened to me because I did not understand that all Guanajuato already has an owner and the only company that is in command is the CJNG of Mr. Mencho and we are going for you: Warris, Calaca, China , Cañas, Mauricio and Diego Estefanìa, Atte: CJNG, Grupo Élite ”

Michoacan: CJNG's 'Elite Group" enters and attacks "El Abuelo's" stronghold of Tepalcatepec

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
CJNG Elite thanks R1 and R3 for their help saying: “the beginning has begun”, Elite Group reports Caballeros Templarios, Viagras and Abuelo cartel [Carteles Unidos]sicarios were defeated in Estánzuela as they thank R1 an R3 for their support.

                                                       CJNG "Elite Group" vehicle 

Convoy of 10 trucks bearing the CJNG acronym,  entered Tepalcatepec and began firing. ‘“Tepeque”, is the stronghold of ‘El Abuelo’, the adversary of CJNG and El Mencho.

Villagers from Tepalcatepec and authorities in this area of  Michoacán  reported the attack with assault rifles, including .50 caliber Barret and grenade launcher.

At 11:30 pm last night the  convoy  entered Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, and began firing on residents.

According to eyewitness reports, the confrontation with CJNG, reportedly ‘Elite Group’, began in the city of Tecalitlán, Jalisco, just south of CJNG controlled Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco,  on the Jalisco/Michoacán border [JalMich].

Although official reports of dead and injured have yet to be given, residents report the attack was similar to that of August 30, 2019, which left 11 narcos dead and three injured. after residents and municipal police officers repelled the attack.

When the attack began, Juan José Farías "El Abuelo", called his supporters out to the streets, by using  the Tepalcatepec Citizen Participation Council page on facebook.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Mass Kidnapping in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Aristegui / talajalisco / Excelsior
About 20 people from Guanajuato were deprived of their liberty by armed men last weekend in Puerto Vallarta, when they were on an adventure trip in all-terrain vehicles through the Western Sierra of Jalisco, The young people were originally from León, Guanajuato. 

This happened from 5 to 7 days ago depending on reporting, authorities sat on the news, the number of actual persons kidnapped is from 10 to 20 and the news is obviously being heavily controlled from mainstream media. Perhaps there is something out there on social media. Most versions are reporting 
the perpetrators were CJNG.

Another version indicates that those who intercepted them are part of a group linked to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel , which is led by “El Marro”.

As is known, every year groups of bikers and fans of ATVs organize themselves in different parts of the central area of ​​the country to come in caravans to Puerto Vallarta. They come from regions of the industrious Bajío area and leave Guadalajara along the Sierra route.

The vacationers were on the ride known as “Vallartazo”, they were driving RZR type ATVs when they were surprised by criminals, according to local media and sources from the Reforma newspaper.

Ex-cop responsible for paying police on the CJNG's payroll was murdered in Baja California

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Víctor Ismael Tapia ("El Tapia"), ex Tecate policeman and CJNG member

According to Mexican authorities, Víctor Ismael Tapia ("El Tapia"), former police officer in Tecate, Baja California, was responsible for paying municipal police officers on the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)'s payroll. On July 24, Tecate authorities issued a communique saying they had found a bullet-ridden body on a dirt road in Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood. His former colleagues identified the corpse as Tapia's immediately.

Baja California states officials said that Tapia paid active police officers who supported the CJNG. His role also included collecting money from the CJNG's tienditas ("little stores"), any place where small quantities of drugs are sold, as well as recruiting police officers. This info was confirmed by Ismael Gómez Sierra ("El Chiquilín"), also a former municipal police officer who worked for the CJNG and was arrested earlier this month.

Trial evidence awaits Genaro García Luna "Mexico's Drug-War" Czar, includes his connection to Chapo's 'Gatún' ship with 20 tons of Cocaine

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

The United States released evidence information in the case against Genaro García Luna, including seized communications, financial and business records, and files from Mexican police agencies.  

Also, in support of drug charges against García Luna, the U.S. intends to link 3 major drug busts to García Luna.

Two were in Brooklyn and New Jersey,  and the bust off of Panama of the Sinaloa Cartel shipment of cocaine in a vessel named “El Gatún”.  The Gatun was front and center in the trial of El Chapo.

In 2007, there were 19.5 tons of cocaine seized in Panama, with the help of the United States in conjunction with the United States.

The massive amount of the drug belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

US Coast Guard: One Boat, One Chase, $75 million in Cocaine

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: MiamiHerald / NNews / US CoastGuard
          One boat, one chase, $75 million in cocaine: a Coast Guard afternoon in the Caribbean
Cutter Heriberto Hernandez is a 154-foot fast response cutter home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

By: David J. Neal
An afternoon Caribbean Sea chase involving a drug smuggler’s speeding boat and a U.S. Coast Guard fast response boat wound up with $75.6 million in cocaine in the water, the Coast Guard said.

The cocaine, 1,375 kilograms or 3,025 pounds, wound up on the Coast Guard cutter Heriberto Hernandez, which offloaded it in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday.

The agency said as the cutter Heriberto Hernandez patrolled the Caribbean Sea on July 16, the crew saw what it called a “go-fast vessel.” The vessel’s drivers noticed the Coast Guard cutter, too, and cut out while dumping some cargo, 55 bales of which the Heriberto Hernandez crew pulled out of the water.

The Coast Guard put the wholesale value at $38.5 million. As for street value, 1,375 kilos would be about $34.2 million in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimate of $24.87 per gram.

In Miami, where Narcotics News says the cheapest retail street price for cocaine is around $55 per gram, 1,375 kilograms that would bring in at least $75.6 million.

Tip of the Iceberg in Salto, Jalisco: 23 Bodies Buried in Clandestine Grave

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Animal Politico
                          23 bodies found in a clandestine grave on a farm in El Salto, Jalisco
At the moment, only three of the bodies have been identified; they also found 4 bags with various signs of evidence.

In Jalisco the true level of violence is hidden underground. In just a year and a half of the current administration, there are 428 bodies of murdered people discovered in clandestine graves in various municipalities of the state, a number that will continue to increase after the discovery of five more graves that have not yet been reviewed, writes Arturo Angel on June 24, 2020.

The Jalisco Attorney General's Office reported the discovery of 23 bodies in a clandestine grave in the municipality of El Salto. According to the agency, the grave is located inside a farm, in the El Pedregal neighborhood and was discovered July 13. El Salto is just south east of Guadalajara.

In addition to the 23 bodies, the authorities found four bags with different clues. At the moment, only 3 of the bodies have been identified. Both the bodies and the evidence were transferred to the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences (IJCF).

Failed cartel ambush and shootouts in Tamaulipas leave several gunmen dead as turf war intensifies

"MX" for Borderland Beat; TY to "Negro Torro"
Armored SUV used by the CDG in failed ambush; the door has the insignia of "Metro 37"
The rural community of Los Guerra in Tamaulipas is the epicenter of an intense narco-war between the Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel (CDG), the rival Northeast Cartel (CDN), a faction of the old Zetas group, and Mexican security forces. Last weekend, CDG members travelling in a convoy of 15 to 17 vehicles ambushed Mexican Army patrol units in Los Guerra. The military neutralized the attack and killed 2 gang members.

At the scene, authorities seized six vehicles owned by the CDG. Pictures show that some of the SUVs were bullet-proof and had armored sunroofs. One of the vehicles had the insignia of "Metro 37", a suspected member of the Metros faction that has not been fully identified. It was reported that the CDG cell involved in this attack worked for this cartel member.


Lozoya reveals EPN and Videgaray ordered bribes to PAN Party members for the passing of 'Pact for Mexico'

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  Reforma

The singing has begun from Emilio Lozoya, who informed the federal government that he paid bribes of 52 million 380 thousand pesos to PAN legislators, to approve reforms of the ‘Pact for Mexico’.

The then President Enrique Peña and the Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray, directly led the strategy.

According to his statement, Videgaray asked him to send 6.8 million pesos [apx 270k usd] to Ricardo Anaya.

Anaya, of PAN,  was president of the Chamber of Deputies when the energy reform was discussed, from 2013 to March 2014, and in May of that year he assumed the position of PAN general secretary.

That money would have been delivered on August 8, 2014, to a person, whose identity has not been specified, although he made it known that there are two telephone numbers with which there was communication to make the delivery.

Video: CJNG's El Doble R says there are no pacts with the government and the GTO war will soon be over

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat  TY Gus  Source and Reforma

Doble says El Marro's days are numbered...................

The Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel posted a new video on social networks in which they point out that they have no agreement with the government and also warns José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, “El Marro”, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, that the days of him and his cartel is numbered.

In the video, the CJNG spokesman identifies himself  as “Doble R” appears, adamant in saying there is no government agreement as El Marro states in one of his narco-message video.

He added that the current war being waged in Guanajuato will not last much longer.

Guanajuato: El Marro's Celaya plaza boss arrested, as CSRL organization continues to weaken

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  TY Gus   Notinfomex

He has stood loyal to El Marro, and is one of his most trusted men, the Celaya “Jefe de Plaza for Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, “El Mamey”,  who is related to several homicides in the state, was detained by elements of the Guanajuato Criminal Investigation Agency.

State authorities confirmed the capture of Emmanuel and/or José Guadalupe 'N' who was at the time of being detained,  in the company of a woman who is unknown or the relationship with the now detained, was also detained.

They indicated that Mamey is  related to murders in Guanajuato, mainly in Celaya, as well as being one of the generators of violence in that municipality.