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Friday, May 17, 2024

Mayoral Candidate, Young Girl Among 6 Shot Dead In Mexico

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A mayoral candidate and five other people were killed when people opened fire at a campaign rally in southern Mexico state of Chiapas, officials said, marking yet another shooting in an area known as a trafficking route for migrant and drug smuggling that has been hit by cartel turf battles .

State prosecutors said a young girl was among the six people killed in the gunfire late Thursday, along with mayoral candidate Lucero López Maza. Two people also were wounded.

"A confrontation broke out between armed civilians during a political campaign event," prosecutors said in a statement.

It was unclear whether López Maza was the intended target of the attack, because shootings have become so common and widespread in the area.

The mass shooting occurred at a crossroads in the rural town of La Concordia, Chiapas, about 80 miles from the border with Guatemala.

The area near the Guatemalan border is a major smuggling route for drugs and migrants, Mexico’s two main drug cartels have been fighting for control of the region.

On Tuesday, 11 people were killed in mass shootings in a village in the township of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, a few dozen miles away from La Concordia.

Chiapas draws tourists with its lush jungle, Indigenous communities and ancient Mayan ruins.

But the border area has been plagued by violence as the rival Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels battle for territory. Just last month, masked men stopped a vehicle carrying Mexico's leading presidential candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, while she was traveling between campaign stops to ask that she address the violence in Chiapas if she wins the June 2 election.

About 20 Mexican political candidates have been killed so far in 2024 before next month's elections — including one mayoral hopeful who was shot dead last month just as she began campaigning.

La Concordia, Chiapas

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Gulf Cartel Hitmem Dismembers Two CDN Operatives

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A video of two men being decapitated by members of the Grupo Escorpión, the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros, was broadcast on social networks.

In this recording of about seven minutes you can see that they are handcuffed face down on the ground. One of them begins to cry for mercy when they are cutting off both legs.

On one side is another man who begins to cut off one of his legs with a machete.

Minutes go by and the moment arrives when they cut off the head with a machete and a sharp axe. The other body is inert due to the lack of blood from having both legs cut off. 

These two men, whose identities are unknown at this time, were kidnapped in Ciudad Mante Tamaulipas and could belong to the Cartel del Noreste (CDN) from Nuevo Laredo. 

Mexico Código Rojo

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Son Of 'Lupe Tapia' A 'Mayo Zambada' Operator Arrested In Culiacan In 2022 Sentenced To Trial

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from RIODOCE 

A federal judge ordered Heibar Josué "T", son of José Guadalupe "T", Ismael El Mayo Zambada's operator, to stand trial for organized crime to commit crimes against health with administrative, managerial, and supervisory functions.

Heibar Josué "T" was already detained in the Reclusorio Preventivo Norte for a different criminal case and investigation, so the hearing was held by video conference since the judge who ordered his arrest this time is assigned to the Federal Criminal Justice Center of Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico (Altiplano).

Heibar Josué was arrested in Culiacán in August 2022, the Sedena elements that captured him seized six thousand fentanyl pills, a vehicle, and a firearm for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.


Five Men Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison For The Aggravated Kidnapping Of CAAV Film Students: Jalisco

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from EL OCCIDENTAL 

On March 19, 2018, while finishing shooting a short film, a group of CAAV film students were intercepted in the El Pinar de la Palomas subdivision in Tonalá.

Elizabeth Ibal / El Occidental

Six years after the disappearance of Javier Salomón Aceves, Jesús Daniel Díaz García and Marco Francisco García Ávalos, the three film students of the CAAV, five individuals who were detained for that case, were sentenced to 75 years in prison, for the crime of aggravated kidnapping.

The Attorney General's Office (FGR), through the Special Prosecutor's Office for Human Rights (FEMDH), announced the sentence at noon on Thursday.

He indicated that he "obtained a sentence of 75 years in prison and reparation of damages for five people for the crime of aggravated kidnapping, committed against three film students in the State of Jalisco".

Those sentenced are Eduardo "G", nicknamed "El Cochi"; rapper Christian Omar "P" alias "QBA"; Jonathan "A", known as "El Kalimba"; Miguel "C", alias "El Tun-tun" and Jonathan "H", alias "El Chocó", members of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation.

On March 19, 2018, a group of CAAV film students went to a farm in the Los Amiales neighborhood in Tonalá to shoot a short film.

As they left the place and were driving on Periférico Nuevo, in the same municipality, they were intercepted by a criminal group, who deprived Javier Salomón Aceves, Jesús Daniel Díaz García and Marco Francisco García Ávalos of their freedom.

The criminal group then took them to a farm in the El Pinar de la Palomas subdivision in Tonala, where their whereabouts were never heard from again.

When the FGR became aware, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF), police and expert personnel of the institution, conducted the necessary investigations and managed to locate several homes in Tonalá, where they found evidence that the young people had been held in those places, according to the federal agency, which took over the case of the disappearance in January 2019.

Carlos Arturo aka El 80 Is Released From Prison

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Video translation is as follows:

Following 5 years of imprisonment in the United States for drug trafficking. Carlos Arturo Q. Q. aka El 80, leader of the Juarez Cartel was released. 

He is currently on his way back to Chihuahua. El 80 was arrested in 2018 and in August 2022 was extradited to the United States.  

Where an Albuquerque judge in New Mexico sentenced him to 5 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Canal 44

Mexican Government Failing To Provide Decent Jobs For Vulnerable Youth – Leaving The Door Open To Cartel Recruitment

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Mexican police at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where scores of people died in a prison fire and riot in 2016. 

Mexico’s “war on drugs” began in 2006, when the newly elected president, Felipe Calderón, ordered thousands of troops onto the streets in an attempt to combat drug violence.

The results have been disastrous. The government’s military operations have forced drug cartels to recruit intensively to protect their trafficking routes, and homicide rates have soared. In 2021, 28 in every 100,000 people were killed in Mexico – around three times more than in 2005.

For a long time, researchers, international organisations and politicians have assumed that the group most vulnerable to cartel recruitment in Mexico was young men who are “not in education, employment or training”.

Based on that assumption, the current Mexican government introduced an employment programme in 2019 called Jóvenes construyendo el futuro (Youth building the future). The programme offers on-the-job training opportunities for young people aged 18 to 29 years who neither work nor study in an attempt to tackle youth participation in criminal violence.

The programme was ostensibly designed to attract young men who are out of work into employment. However, in reality, it has hardly improved the employment prospects for the most deprived youth and has instead resulted in the recruitment primarily of women with high-school degrees. Paradoxically, the programme offers paid internships in small businesses for high-school graduates, or in larger companies and the government for those with a university degree.

In my own research, which was published in March 2024, I challenge the assumption that Mexico’s unemployed or out-of-school youth are prone to crime. My findings reveal that most of the young men that are recruited by criminal organisations were not idle before their involvement in drug cartels. They were, in fact, working in precarious conditions.

A Mexican farmer collects the traditional cempasúchil flower in Nealtican, Mexico. Ulises Ruiz / EPA

The Mexican government’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography conducted a national survey of the country’s imprisoned population in both 2016 and 2021. Using the 2021 survey, I studied the socioeconomic data collected from inmates who were convicted of homicide after the onset of the war on drugs.

More than 29,000 inmates were surveyed in total. The overwhelming majority were men (94.85%), over half (52.2%) of whom were younger than 29 years old when they were detained. Most of them had previously experienced hunger (90.7%), had some form of employment (93.6%), and used to work as farmers or manual workers (70.7%). Slightly more than half (54.8%) had left education early to work.

This profile is expected given the underlying socioeconomic conditions in Mexico. Unemployment in the country is well below the global average and precarious work is widespread.

The majority of farm, manual and self-employed workers do not have access to social security, and their low salaries leave them vulnerable to poverty. So, the cartels offer an attractive alternative for many young Mexican men who face little chance of attaining social mobility and earning a decent salary.

Workplace insecurity

The struggles facing Mexico’s youth can be traced back to the 1990s. In the wake of a series of severe economic crises, Mexico dismantled its minimum wage policies and worker protections as the country geared up for growth based on exports.

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) established a free-trade zone in North America, lifting tariffs on the majority of goods traded between the US, Canada and Mexico. However, trade liberalisation seems to have magnified social exclusion in Mexico’s key trafficking regions and, in turn, has pushed young people towards the cartels.

Research from 2019 found that reforming the agricultural sector in regions where drugs are produced while simultaneously failing to absorb surplus labour in manufacturing jobs inadvertently increased the flow of workers into the drugs trade. According to the same study, homicide rates are higher in Mexican municipalities that were more exposed to trade following the implementation of Nafta.

That said, most of the young Mexican men that are working in precarious conditions do not participate in criminal violence. The government tends to overemphasise some socioeconomic profiles in an attempt to find a “silver bullet” policy that will prevent the involvement of vulnerable youth in crime.

There are plenty of other factors that could help explain youth involvement in Mexican cartel violence. And my research shows that young homicide inmates come from very diverse conditions. Some experienced parental abuse as children (19%) and lived in female-led households (13.3%), testifying to the role of parental influence on young criminals.

Studies have also found that former members of the military have played a key part in Mexico’s organised crime landscape. The founders of Los Zetas, once one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels, were defectors from the Mexican Army’s Airborne Special Forces Group. My findings suggest that 13.3% of homicide inmates had worked in the police or the military.

Mexican Federal Forces escort alleged drug lord and former leader of Los Zetas, Omar Trevino Morales, as he arrives in Mexico City, in March 2015. 

Furthermore, 57.7% of young men incarcerated in Mexican prisons had a darker skin tone than the Mexican average. This is an indication of the marginalisation by skin colour of parts of the Mexican population. And 82.5% of homicide inmates were regular alcohol consumers. Research suggests that Latin American nations with high alcohol consumption levels are associated with higher homicide rates.

Tackling the cause of cartel violence may seem noble. But it places the blame on young people and their conditions rather than addressing the structural inequalities in Mexican society. Reducing violence in Mexico will require a reconsideration of militarisation and a socioeconomic model that promotes job insecurity.

The Conversation

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Sinaloa Cartel's La Rana Linked to Murder of the Surfers and Other New Information

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat

The Attorney General's Office (FGE) has found that “La Rana”, from the Sinaloa Cartel - Mayo faction, controls the region where the three surfers were killed and he is likely using it to unload drug shipments from South America.

La Rana and his brother Aquiles are also known to control the drug dealing in El Maneadero, where one of the perpetrators was found with a dealer-level of meth.

So no matter how you slice it - it comes back to La Rana and El Aquiles.

The Daily Beast published Sinaloa Cartel propaganda which alleges 5 the cartel group found and turned in the people who murdered the surfers. 

The Daily Beast ran the allegation as the article's headline despite there the claim being so implausible that it borders on being outright false. 

Note: This is a continuation of a story published last week. Please read the previous story which covers the murder of three surfers in Ensenada, linked here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Undated Photographs Of Jalisco Cartel - New Generation Regional Commander 'Audias Flores-Silva' Aka 'El Jardinero'

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

The following photographs were published by LAMB on X 

Audias Flores-Silva Aka 'El Jardinero' is wanted by both Mexican and United States law enforcement authorities below are some links for anyone interested in reading more about El Jardinero's indictments:

DEA  ⬅️

The following undated images of "El Jardinero" were published by LAMB on X May 14, 2024. 




11 People Killed During Clashes Between Sinaloa Cartel And CJNG In Chicomuselo

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

In the confrontations that has been going on since last Friday between members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Cartel de Sinaloa (CDS) in the municipality of Chicomuselo in the Sierra region of Chiapas, 11 people have been killed in the Nuevo Morelia community. Among them two servants of the Catholic Church, informed sources from the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

The State Attorney General's Office confirmed in a very brief communiqué the homicide of the 11 people; murders that it assured were registered in the last hours in the community of Morelia. 

The agency affirmed that the Inter-institutional Group (Army, National Guard), headed by the State Attorney General's Office (FGE) through the Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Chicomuselo, carried out the removal of the bodies, making a medical examination of the bodies and carrying out the identification of the bodies with the family members.

He pointed out that in order to guarantee peace in the area, investigations are being carried out by the Inter-institutional Group made up of personnel from the Mexican Army, National Guard and police, who are patrolling the region in order to determine who is responsible.

The diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas reported that it is compiling the information and will probably issue a statement, although “communication with the area is difficult and also today they are attending to the funerals” of the murdered residents.”

The source who requested anonymity said he did not know how the events occurred, because there is little communication with the area, in part, because one of the groups damaged the infrastructure of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and several communities don’t have electricity. 

Residents of Chicomuselo reported on Sunday that since Friday there have been clashes between members of organized crime gangs, and that they have heard reports that there have been several deaths, but so far no government agency has confirmed it.

For three years, drug trafficking cartels have been fighting over the Sierra and border regions of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala, causing executions, confrontations, disappearances, forced displacement, collection of land rights, burning of vehicles, suspension of public transportation and constant road blockades.

Chicomuselo, Chiapas


El Menchito Heads To Trial After Rejecting US Agreement; He Could’ve Avoided Life Imprisonment

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

If he accepted the US government's agreement, El Mencho's son would have received a sentence of 40 years in prison instead of life in prison.

Rubén Oseguera González, El Menchito, decided to go to trial after rejecting the last offer made to him by the US government of a plea deal.

The son of one of Mexico's most notorious drug traffickers, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, refused to negotiate a deal that included a recommendation that the sentence be 40 years in prison, instead of life in prison, in exchange for pleading guilty to two charges against him.

During the hearing, held on Monday, May 13, the US government formally presented its latest offer for a plea deal, and after it was rejected it was established that the first hearings to prepare for his trial will be in September.

The Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section of the Department of Justice reported in a memorandum the details of the settlement offer, which was discussed with El Menchito and his defense personally at least on April 9 and 25.

What did the agreement that they proposed to 'El Menchito' imply?

The agreement involved Oseguera González pleading guilty to the two charges against him: conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine and use or possession of a firearm in connection with narcotics crimes.

On the other hand, it also implied that Oseguera could be sentenced to life in prison or eventually be granted parole with residency in the United States.

The government, for its part, proposed to recommend to Judge Beryl A. Howell, leading the case, a sentence of 40 years in prison, the minimum punishment for the charges against him, given the potential life sentence that he could suffer in case he goes to trial without the intervention of prosecutors.

The government even proposed accepting the mitigating circumstance that the defendant accepted his responsibility and pleaded guilty, which would have helped in a decrease in the level of the offense, and perhaps in his sentence.

But the agreement didn’t convince El Mencho's son. “He has rejected the government's offer and our trial scheduled for September is confirmed,” El Menchito's lawyer, Anthony Colombo, explained to MILENIO.

How did the US government act?

This time, the US government acted with greater caution, just over a year ago, El Menchito retracted a first collaboration agreement one day before; Therefore, Monday's hearing was held under a record that would allow past plea offers to be established.

“The United States government requests that the Court require the defendant to personally accept that he understands the offer, that he has considered it with the advice of his defense, that his decision is conscious and voluntary, and that he then establish in the record his desire to plead guilty or diminish his right to a trial in this case,” the US government requested before today's hearing.

At the beginning of 2023 the United States government and El Menchito's defense were preparing to go to trial, but in March Oseguera González requested a hearing in which he announced that he was prepared to reach a plea agreement.

On March 11 of the same year, one day before the appointment, the United States prosecutor's office accused that relatives of Oseguera González had requested to present a new lawyer, Arturo Hernández, as part of the defense of the accused.

The next day, El Menchito retracted his intention to plead guilty and said he intended to go to trial.

Oseguera González was arrested on June 23, 2015 in Zapopan, Jalisco, after a coordinated operation between the Mexican Army and the Federal Police.

It was the third time he was detained, although on this last occasion he was unable to obtain his freedom. He was extradited to the United States in February 2020.


Monday, May 13, 2024

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 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This information was reposted from LaMasakr3 on X 


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"El Rábano" priority target and generator of violence 

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'CJNG' Cartel Regional Commander 'Audias Flores Silva' Aka 'El Jardinero' Days Of Freedom Appear To Be Numbered

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated from EL OCCIDENTAL 

El Jardinero sentenced to 45 years in prison.

"El Jardinero" was arrested in 2016, and charged with the crimes of aggravated homicide, attempted aggravated homicide, crimes committed against representatives of the authority, and organized crime.


Román Ortega / El Occidental

The State Prosecutor's Office's Prosecution Follow-up Office obtained a second instance conviction against Audias Flores Silva, alias "El Jardinero", considered by US authorities to be the successor of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation, and who had been released in 2019.

"El Jardinero" was arrested in 2016, accused of the crimes of aggravated homicide, attempted aggravated homicide, crimes committed against representatives of the authority and organized crime, in aggravation of the 15 police officers of the extinct Fuerza Única de Jalisco, who lost their lives in the attack committed on April 6, 2015, in the municipality of San Sebastián del Oeste, but in 2019 he was acquitted and released after several appeals filed in court.

The State Prosecutor's Office filed an appeal and succeeded in having the Tenth Court revoke the sentence to impose the defendant 45 years in prison, in addition to the payment of a fine of 314,297 pesos and the payment of damages in the amount of 192,734.50 pesos for each of the victims.

For this reason, the State Prosecutor's Office must search for him and recapture him so that he may comply with his sentence.

The sources consulted indicated that "El Jardinero" is indicated as one of the intellectual authors of the attack against military personnel last Sunday, November 19, 2023, in Teocaltiche, where three soldiers died and three more were wounded.

The US State Department says that "El Jardinero" is considered to be the successor of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias "El Mencho. Meanwhile, the Justice Department of the neighboring country is offering 5 million dollars for information leading to his capture.

Last November, the Secretariat of the Navy carried out an operation to try to capture "El Jardinero" in the luxurious Cima Park complex, but he managed to escape and they only arrested a subject identified as "El Mini Toy", alleged financial operator of the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG).

He is also in charge of the criminal group's illicit activities in Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas. He is also in charge of operating methamphetamine laboratories in Jalisco and southern Zacatecas.

López Obrador Rejects The Latest Findings Of The DEA On Drug Trafficking: “It Is Very Easy For Them To Blame Mexico”

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The president assures that the presence of the cartels throughout the territory of the United States “is not new” and dismisses criticism of his security policy

López Obrador shows an interview with Mike Vigil, former DEA agent, at the morning conference on May 13, in Mexico City.

The latest DEA report is at the center of new tensions between the anti-drug agency and the Mexican Government. Andrés Manuel López Obrador rejected the findings about the presence of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in the 50 states of the United States. “It is not new, it is a rehash,” said the president of Mexico in his conference press this Monday. The president pointed out that Washington “has not addressed the causes” of the crisis due to fentanyl consumption and that the document supports the narrative that culprits must be sought outside the United States. “It makes it very easy for them to blame Mexico,” he commented.

The DEA dedicated more than half of its latest annual report, published last week, to detailing the progress of the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG, whom it points out as the main responsible for the synthetic drug epidemic that claims dozens of lives each year in US territory. According to health authorities. “They are behind the worst drug crisis in the history of the United States,” the agency maintains.

In the 57-page document, the DEA maintains that the profits of criminal groups from the sale of fentanyl are in the order of billions of dollars each year and that both cartels already have a presence in at least 40 countries. Among other controversial revelations, the report indicates that Los Chapitos, the faction of the Sinaloa Cartel led by the sons of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, are waging an internal war for control of the organization with the cell commanded by Ismael El Mayo Zambada, former associate of El Chapo and who, according to the DEA, is in poor health. The business model of both groups and their collusion with the Mexican authorities to operate “freely” are also detailed.

During his morning briefing, López Obrador screened the video of an interview with Mike Vigil, a former Mexican-American DEA agent, who maintains that the published information had been known for at least five years. In the recording, Vigil also questions the security model of the Mexican Government, ensuring that the policy known as “hugs, not bullets” is not working. The president dismissed the criticism and said the strategy “takes time.” “There are those who maintain, and I respect them, that what needs to be done is to use force or that the problem is going to be solved with coercive measures. I think that evil cannot be confronted with evil,” he commented.

“Our duty is to guarantee peace and tranquility in Mexico,” said López Obrador, “they must do their homework.” In the president's opinion, the drug crisis facing the United States is the product of a lack of attention to young people and the deterioration of the social fabric due to a “material-centered” lifestyle. The publication of the DEA's annual report occurred in a tense week for the bilateral relationship, after Anne Milgram, its director, complained before the House of Representatives that the Mexican Government had not granted work visas to 13 of its agents. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the accusations were “unfounded” and noted that the permits had been granted since April. López Obrador considered that Milgram's statements were “exaggerated” and commented that perhaps they were based on a “misunderstanding.” This Monday he joked about it and said that he proposed to his counterpart Joe Biden that the country was going to be “more rigorous” with the delivery of visas to Americans.

The relationship between the anti-drug agency and Mexican authorities has been rocky in recent months. López Obrador accuses the DEA of being behind several journalistic investigations that have pointed out alleged links between his inner circle and criminal organizations. The works are based on statements by bosses who claim to have given money to finance the political activities of the current president. The president has denied the allegations and has questioned whether the anti-drug agency has investigated him.

Mexico elects a new president in June of this year and the United States in November. Despite the friction with the DEA and the constant questions about the role of the Mexican authorities in issues such as migration and the fight against drug trafficking in the US campaigns, López Obrador was optimistic about the future of diplomatic relations between both countries. “There are many ties of friendship, of coexistence,” he said.

The Interrogation Of Estefan Alexander Castellanos

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

An armed criminal cell of hitmen from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have abducted a young man by the name of Estefan Alexander Castellanos. 

Under questioning Castellanos admits that he belongs to the Independent Cartel of Colima. In addition, the names of operatives allegedly involved in the Mexican underworld are also revealed. 

The fate of Estefan Alexander Castellanos is unknown at this time. However, it is highly suspected that he was killed off camera right after this video concluded. 

Video translation is as follows:

Interrogator: What’s your name?

Captive: Estefan Alexander Castellanos. 

Interrogator: How old are you?

Captive: 18 years old. 

Interrogator: Where do you live?

Captive: I live in the Bosques del Sur neighborhood. At 195 Bosques Bálticos. 

Interrogator: Why exactly are you here?

Captive: I was caught by the 4 letters cartel. 

Interrogator: Who do you work for?

Captive: I work for the Independent Cartel of Colima.

Interrogator: Who is your immediate boss?

Captive: His name is Beltran. 

Interrogator: Who ordered for the cars to be torched?

Captive: La Vaca. 

Interrogator: Why?

Captive: He wanted to draw law enforcement attention to the state since he had properties seized. This is why he sent Plebe and others to torch those homes out there by the Las Amarillas Sports Park. 

Interrogator: Who gave the order to have the state policeman killed?

Captive: Beltran, Nieves, El Pingüino, and El Raras. 

Interrogator: Why?

Captive: Because he refused to work with them. 

Interrogator: Who is El Pingüino and El Raras?

Captive: They’re state policemen from the same police agency…

Bosques Balticos Street
Colima, Colima

Bosques del Sur neighborhood 
Colima, Colima

Colima, Colima

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Armed Attack In Huitzilac Leaves Eight Dead And Sets Off Alarm Bells In Morelos

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Criminals shot at the customers of a beer warehouse from two cars, a situation that was recorded on video. This is the third attack in the area in less than two weeks.

An armed attack at a beer warehouse in Huitzilac, Morelos, left eight people dead on Saturday, according to local media. A video of the attack, apparently recovered from a security camera, shows how several people arrive in two vehicles at the warehouse and immediately shoot indiscriminately at the customers. It is the third armed attack in the municipality in less than two weeks. Neighboring the capital, Morelos has become one of the most violent states in Mexico.

The images are terrible, literally and symbolically. The mere fact that a group of criminals arrived at a beer warehouse on a Saturday night to shoot at customers speaks of the prevailing insecurity in the state. Also of impunity. But the case actually transcends state borders: Mexican society has seen similar videos dozens of times in recent years, in different parts of the country. It is a Mexican war of everyone against everyone - between criminal groups, criminals, and authorities, etc.- that has been going on for almost 20 years and is increasingly being transmitted live on social networks.

The Morelos Prosecutor's Office reported on the case this Sunday, in a brief statement, stating that it is investigating the attack. “Personnel [from the agency] went to a commercial establishment with the company name “Depósito Huitzilac”, located on Benito Juárez Street in the La Purísima neighborhood, where the bodies of four men were located, with injuries caused by gunshots. And it was learned that four more men were transferred to hospitals in the municipality of Cuernavaca,” the statement reads. Those four died hours later.

The Prosecutor's Office indicates that several of the dead are from Huitzilac and one more from the nearby town of Tepoztlán, one of the most important tourist destinations in the north of Morelos. The attack is surprising, in view of the two that have already been registered in the same area in recent days. On May 1, criminals murdered three people in Tres Marías, part of Huitzilac, an important gastronomic corridor, a mandatory stop for many travelers coming and going from Mexico City to Cuernavaca, Chilpancingo and Acapulco.

Days later, on May 10, gunmen shot three other people in Tres Marías, two who were in a car, next to the restaurant area, and one more, who was hanging out in one of the establishments. Between both attacks, criminals killed a woman who was traveling in her truck, also near Huitzilac. And while all this was happening, in nearby Cuernavaca, criminals entered a hospital and murdered a patient... This year, murders have increased in Morelos, as have other high-impact crimes, such as kidnappings.

The municipal president of Huitizlac, Rafael Vargas, has published a video on social networks referring to the attack. “It is a regrettable night for our municipality. The city council condemns all acts of violence. We demand all the support from the federation and the State to reduce the rates of violence. And to the Prosecutor's Office, the prompt clarification of the facts, to find those responsible. The City Council is willing to collaborate. The violence must stop. We will denounce all types of defamation and comments that seek to harm our people for political purposes. The support of the federal and state governments is urgent,” he said.

Huitzilac, Morelos

Informa GDL  El País