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Monday, May 20, 2024

Possible Businessman Deprived Of His Freedom; The Incident Was Recorded In A Video Posted On Social Networks In Guadalajara, Jalisco.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from EL OCCIDENTAL 

A video recorded how a commando arrived and intercepted the subject.

Elizabeth Ibal / El Occidental

In broad daylight and 400 meters from the official residence of Governor Enrique Alfaro, a man presumed to be a businessman, who was leaving a restaurant in the Prados Providencia neighborhood, was deprived of his freedom.

In a video broadcast on social networks, a commando arrived and intercepted the man identified as Raúl "R", 36 years old.

He was leaving the establishment located at Rubén Dario and Ricardo Palma, accompanied by his family, and was even carrying a black stroller.

Apparently, the man was about to pay for valet parking when at least three pickup trucks arrived and surrounded the place.

A man carrying a long gun came along the sidewalk on Ricardo Palma Street and tapped him on the shoulder from behind, then pulled him backwards.

He and four other men threatened him with their long guns and forced him to the ground. The bag on his shoulder was the first thing they took from him and then they searched his belongings.

While this was happening, the diners and workers ran inside the restaurant to take shelter.

One of the gunmen, upon seeing them, approached the door and pointed inside, then another of the gunmen who was threatening Raul, went and kept company with the one who was already threatening the customers, so that no one would intervene.

Finally, the man was forced to get into one of the vans. Before leaving, the gunmen picked up an object that could be the victim's wallet.

This fact was reported this Saturday to state police, who acted as first responders.

In spite of the fact that the deprivation of liberty took place three blocks away from Casa Jalisco, the house of the State Executive, it was not possible to locate the man. The State Prosecutor's Office has not made any statement either.


More Women, Children Joining Drugs Cartels

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The International Crisis Group says women are joining the cartels in greater numbers. NewsNation’s Jorge Ventura says the cartels often target women from broken families, and the cartel leaders value women for the confidence and their abilities to evade police. The report also says children have been recruited, some of them nicknamed “narco juniors.”

* For further information on Angelica Pineda aka La Chely read here.

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It Happens In Equal Measures For Everyone

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) returns to remind the world of their evil ways. For this broadcast, assassins from the CJNG display for everyone that they are indeed an equal opportunity employer. 

A female operative can be seen within the mob engaging in the same criminal behavior as her male counterparts. In addition, she’s holding what appears to be a tactical stun gun in her left hand. A prominent tattoo is also visible on the same arm. 

The armed criminal cell hands out a vicious beat down against a female captive known as Wera Mañas. It is alleged that she belongs to the Cartel de Sinaloa, more specifically the Operativo Camargo. 

* Musical group Fuerza Regida is singing their song CJNG throughout the duration of this video.

Mario Luna Yanko

Sunday, May 19, 2024

5 Executed By An Armed Commando In El Salto: Jalisco. May 19, 2024.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from INFORMADOR.MX

In a press release, the agency informed that the report was generated this afternoon at 6:25 p.m. on Via Street at the intersection with Agua Blanca, a few meters from the entrance to Balneario Agua Blanca.

By: Jorge Velazco

May 19, 2024 - 9:50 PM

The Special Regional Prosecutor's Office of District V, based in Chapala, is conducting a field and office investigation to clarify the aggression that left three men and two women dead, apparently as a result of an aggression with a firearm, in the municipality of El Salto.

In a press release, the agency informed that the report was generated this afternoon at approximately 18:25 hours, indicating that five people were unconscious on Vía street at the intersection with Agua Blanca, a few meters from the entrance to Balneario Agua Blanca, in the Parques del Triunfo neighborhood, in the aforementioned municipality.

First responders and municipal medical services personnel arrived at the scene and confirmed the death of two men and two women, who had gunshot wounds to the skull.

In addition, an injured male was located, who was taken to a hospital, but died while receiving medical attention. 

An agent of the Public Prosecutor's Office supported by the Investigation Police was present and initiated an investigation to clarify the facts and capture whoever or whoever is responsible.

The area is being processed by experts from the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences (IJCF), while personnel from the Forensic Medical Service will be in charge of transferring the bodies to their facilities where the necropsy will be performed, among other examinations.



CJNG Criminal Cell Dedicated To Huachicol-Fuel theft Trafficking Dismantled In Colima. May 17, 2024.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from EL OCCIDENTAL 

Colima authorities searched two properties in the municipality of Tecomán.

Elizabeth Ibal / El Occidental

Authorities of Colima achieved the dismantling of a gang dedicated to the trafficking of huachicol, which belonged to the Jalisco Cartel New Generation.

The State Coordination Table for the Construction of Peace and Security, informed this Friday afternoon that as a result of various proceedings, of a joint operation of the institutions that comprise it, a criminal cell allegedly dedicated to the theft and illegal trafficking of fuel was dismantled.

In compliance with a ministerial order, a pair of searches were carried out in two properties in the municipality of Tecomán, previously approved by a judge.

During the search, more than 110 drums with gasoline and more than 50 drums with gasoline were seized, as well as a van, a truck, a pipe and different elements used for the distribution of the fuel.
Three men were also arrested and handed over to the corresponding ministerial authority.

The Colima authorities said in a press release that based on intelligence information and other evidence, it is presumed that the cell was dedicated, among other criminal activities, to the theft and illegal trafficking of hydrocarbons, as well as being part of the aforementioned criminal organization.

This Footage Was Recorded As A Chase Between Navy Elements And A "Hawk" In The Municipality Of Guasave, Sinaloa. May 17, 2024.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

The following video was posted on X by blogdelosguachos

" Guasave, Sinaloa

This was recorded as a chase between elements of the Navy and a "hawk" in the municipality of Guasave caused an accident after the thugs hit a pickup truck, the elements only took away the frequencies and left the place."

Seven Military Personnel Injured, Three Seriously, By Explosion In Narco-Laboratory, In Imala: Sinaloa. May 17, 2024.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from RIODOCE

At least seven members of the Mexican Army and the National Guard were injured, three of them seriously, during an explosion at a drug laboratory in the vicinity of the community of El Pozo, in Imala.

According to the information, the event took place around 11:30 a.m. when the agents were inspecting a building.

The soldiers apparently tampered with the devices, which caused a chemical reaction that later led to the explosion of at least one hydrogen tank and other chemicals; during the explosion, seven soldiers were injured by burns and blows to different parts of their bodies.

The officers were rushed by their colleagues by land aboard several military vehicles to the health center in the community of El Pozo.

Subsequently, municipal and state authorities were notified and police officers, as well as Sedena, Semar, and Air Force personnel, were transported to the site by land and air.

No further information on the incident or the names of the injured has been released at this time.

According to the information, the injured were transported in armed forces helicopters to the ISSSTE hospital in Culiacán, where they remain hospitalized.


One Man Dead And One Wounded In Armed Attack At Culiacán Hospital: Sinaloa, May 19, 2024.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from RIODOCE 

A gunshot-wounded man who was being rushed to a private hospital in Culiacán was shot and killed upon arrival at the emergency room; the attack left a stretcher-bearer wounded.

The victim was identified as Ulises "N", 29 years old, who along with another man identified as Mariano "N" were attacked in the vicinity of Pericos, Mocorito, and taken in a Cruz Roja Mocorito ambulance to the private hospital.

The stretcher-bearer was identified as José Luis "N", who was assisting the injured man.

The incident occurred around 22:00 hours on Saturday in the emergency area of the Los Angeles hospital located on Millenium Boulevard, a few meters from the truck station.

According to reports, a Red Cross ambulance was arriving with one of the gunshot wounded and as they were entering the emergency area a group of gunmen who arrived at the hospital on board several units shot repeatedly at one of the wounded until they took his life.

Elements of the different police forces arrived at the scene to gather reports of what had happened.

According to information provided by Mariano "N", one of the survivors, they were buying coricos at the Pericos intersection when they were shot at by armed men.

Unofficially, it is said that these two people tried to rob a model SUV at the intersection, but the victim took out a firearm from his clothes and shot at the robbers, starting a confrontation that lasted a few minutes.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Women Involved In Attack Against Police Officers In Zuazua Arrested

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The women were detained on the highway to Nuevo Laredo, in Sabinas Hidalgo. 

Two women, one of them a minor, involved in the events that occurred in Zuazua, where a police officer died and another was injured, were arrested by elements of the Civil Force in Sabinas Hidalgo.

The arrest was recorded this morning on the Monterrey - Nuevo Laredo highway, in Sabinas Hidalgo.

Police officers detected the women aboard a Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle, whose license plates matched the data provided for their search.

Those now being investigated were identified as Kassandra "N", 22 years old and a 15-year-old teenager.

The alleged suspects were arrested with a ballistic helmet, accessories, four magazines, and more than 25 packages of marijuana.

It is presumed that both carried out counter-surveillance actions in preparation, collaboration and assistance, in the event that occurred against the municipal police of Zuazua.

Consequently, the people were placed at the disposal of the Public Ministry to define their legal situation in the next few hours.

After the attack against the police in Zuazua, various operations were carried out both in that municipality and in others in the area, as well as on different roads.

Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León 

General Zuazua, Nuevo León 

El Porvenir

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.

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