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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Clash Between 'La Familia Michoacana Cartel' And Civilians Left 14 Dead In Texcalitlán-State Of Mexico

"Char" and "Enojon" for Borderland Beat 

This video was reposted from UNIVISION 


As of right now, lots of rumors and information about a plaza boss, or a regional leader for La Familia Michoacana with the alias 'El Payaso' being killed by the civilians at the clash. If the news is confirmed, I will share that on a different post, but once it is confirmed. I will share the pictures and videos, of the clash that took place this past Friday.

La Barbie's Promise And His Devotion To The Our Lady of Guadalupe

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Édgar Valdez Villarreal made a religious promise and never missed mass for three months, without knowing the reasons why

La Barbie's Devotion to the Our Lady of Guadalupe

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias 'La Barbie' was a drug trafficker who had a dual personality, because while he was a bloodthirsty criminal who had no compassion for his rivals, he had a great devotion to Christianity.

El Güero', as Arturo Beltrán Leyva called him, had great faith in 'La morenita del Tepeyac', which is why in each of his homes he had an image of her, besides having the habit of making the sign of the cross every morning.

"The personality of 'La Barbie' was dual, along with his criminal life and excesses he was very religious, he was devoted to the Our Lady of Guadalupe, in all his houses there was an image of her and he crossed himself every morning, he was also faithful to St. Jude Thaddeus, he once made a pledge and promised to go to mass for three months, he didn’t miss a single service," reads the book 'Emma and the other women of narco traffickers'.

His love for Catholicism was so great that he even made a vow, in which he promised to go to mass for three months, a period in which he didn’t miss a single church service, however, it isn’t known in exchange for what.

La Barbie' was to be killed by two women

In addition to the Our Lady of Guadalupe, 'La Barbie' also had faith in St. Jude Thaddeus, who has always been very popular among drug traffickers, they even tattoo this religious icon onto themselves , however, it isn’t known if he had this ink on his skin.

La Barbie' prayed to the Our Lady of Guadalupe for Peña Nieto to become president

La Barbie' prayed to the Our Lady of Guadalupe for Peña Nieto to win

Anabel Hernandez in her book 'Emma and the other women of narco traffickers' said that Edgar prayed to the Virgin of Guadalupe every night so that the former governor from the State of Mexico would become the head of the Federal Executive.

"In fact, he recalled that 'La Barbie' prayed to the Our Lady of Guadalupe, to whom it was said that he was very devoted, so that Peña Nieto would become president," Anabel Hernandez wrote in her book.

El Güero thought that if the PRI candidate won, he would be able to continue operating with total impunity, but he didn’t expect that in 2010 he would be arrested by the authorities after a conflict within the now reborn Beltrán Leyva Cartel.

"When Peña Nieto wins, I'm going to be free for another six years,' said the drug trafficker, 'La Barbie' was arrested in 2010, in the midst of the wars within the organization," he said.

Infobae  Our Lady of Guadalupe

Deep Thoughts With A La Plaza Gunman

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A gunman from the La Plaza cartel has released a video online related to an article released two days ago by Borderland Beat.

Within the broadcast two kidnapped females confessed to the alleged illicit affairs committed in and around the city of Guaymas, Sonora. 

The anonymous hitman seems to think that a diatribe made against his enemies will convince them to respect their so called rules of engagement with each other. 

Video translation is as follows:

This message goes out to those faggots from the Los Salazares mob who demonstrated to everyone how despicable they are. After having abducted family members of citizens here in the city of Guaymas. And setting them up to say dumb shit before a camera. 

The only thing you’ve done is show us how cowardly you guys really are. You should instead focus on confronting our hitmen for that armed confrontation. Rather than kidnapping women and making them say bullshit. Come out and engage us in an armed attack you cowards. Don’t mess with family members. But if you choose not to hear our warning. 

Then it’s best that you also don’t cry foul online whenever we start killing off your own family members. You guys have that habit of starting shit and afterwards crying about the outcome. This is the reason why you guys can’t fit in anywhere. It’s gotten to the point that your own allies are consistently breaking away. 

And for the government personnel: don’t bother claiming that we’re killing off family members from the Los Salazares mob. Because they’re the ones who first initiated this conflict. They’ve done this numerous times already. And now you faggots are going to feel what it’s like once the tables are turned. 

Guaymas, Sonora


Is He Already Gone? Death of El Mencho Announced In Narco Ballad

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A narco ballad about the death of "El Mencho" is released on Youtube, in social networks, parts of the song have already gone viral. The song "Ya se fue" is performed by singer Ricardo Lobo, on the channel known as Doble RR Records, announcing the death of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) also known as "El Cartel Cuatro Letras (The Four Letters Cartel)".

The Youtube channel also states that the song was written by Jesús Manuel Rodríguez, so far it has achieved 3.2 thousand reproductions, just a few hours after its release.

The death of "El Mencho", Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, has been speculated for several years. In addition, it has been said that El Mencho suffers from a terminal illness that could end his life at any moment.

We leave you the lyrics of the song "Ya se fue" that talks about the death of "El Mencho".

He has left the world,
after so many battles,
of ups and downs,
he had to lose one,
always faithful.

Four letters in control,
at the head of his criminal organization,
with high-powered weapons,
today he looks strong,
his absence is noticeable,
at last the head of the organization fell,
death came for him.

While he lived, they could never touch him,
dead, he can no longer be.

When they walked through the mountains,
in armored vehicles with plate carriers,
they could not do it.

With their patrolling team,
of the operative in command,
the head of the cartel.

Today his roosters no longer crow,
they are sad.
Mr. Mencho is gone.

He died as he always wanted,
quietly, without making noise,
he was always a reserved individual.
Feared, also loved,
respected by his people,
his word was law.

His criminal organization is no longer heard
on the frequencies of his radios,
his voice was to be feared,
regardless if they were police forces or soldiers,
they obeyed the call,
he would only warn them once.

To fall as a prisoner was not in his plans,
he died alive and free.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Hitmen "Kidnapped" Three Guasave City Hall Workers: Sinaloa

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from LUZ NOTICIAS 

It was indicated that the three men were released hours after the crime was committed.

Three Guasave City Hall workers were deprived of their freedom by a group of unknown individuals during the early morning hours of Friday, December 8, near the community of Las Culebras, within the municipality of Guasave.

According to unofficial information, the men, who currently work at the municipal palace, were driving along a dirt road leading from the community to Las Glorias beach when they were intercepted and forced to abandon the vehicle in which they were traveling.

The police received the report and initiated a search operation in the nearby area and in different sectors of the municipality; it was around 11:00 when the Investigative Police confirmed that the victims were out of danger.

They were identified as Pedro "N", Geovany "N" and Pedro "N", who were reported safe and sound in their homes.

It was indicated that the deprivation of liberty was committed by a group of heavily armed and hooded individuals on board a pick up truck, so it is presumed that they could be hired killers from a criminal group.


National Guard In Reynosa Captured "El Bebote" Son Of Former Gulf Cartel Reynosa Leader "El Gafe" Without Realizing It

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from VALOR TAMAULIPECO 

A high-ranking criminal of the Gulf Cartel in Reynosa and two of his cronies, identified by the National Guard authorities only as Mario Alberto "B", has a long criminal record that seems to be unknown to the federal forces, which could be taken advantage of by the State Delegation of the Attorney General's Office to "lend a hand".

But the criminal, caught by the GN on top of a Jeep Rubicon van and without the need to "kill" him, has been identified as the "son" of Francisca de la Fuente alias "La Bruja" and Tiburcio Fuentes Garcia, former leader of the Gulf Cartel, nicknamed "GAFE".

El "bebote" was captured last night at 20:40 hrs, with two more gunmen in possession of 4 firearms, two .223 cal. rifles and one more known as "Cuerno de Chivo", as well as a 9mm pistol, in addition to magazines and cartridges.

According to the National Registry of arrests, the subject was arrested yesterday at 20:40 hrs in the Miraloma Residence in Reynosa by members of the National Guard and is already at the disposal of Ernesto Vazquez Reyna, corrupt Delegate of the Attorney General's Office of the Republic, whose life as a rich man with a miserable salary has been exhibited.

The "secrecy and silence of his arrest", could be being considered to execute a bribe and set him free, as already pointed out in the social networks.

@MASFELONA X account," The National Guard yesterday laid its hands on the "Bebote" son of the famous GAFE who led the CDG in Reynosa and they say that the corrupt FGR are already negotiating it."

Who is the "Bebote"?

In August 2019, the gunmen of the so-called "Comandante Bebote" were linked to the shooting attack of Horacio García Rojas, the "Carmonista who served as an official of the Secretary of Health in Tamaulipas who was shot at along with a woman he was accompanying when they were traveling along the dangerous Reynosa-San Fernando highway in a white pickup truck with Tamaulipas license plates.

According to EL Universal, the assassins of "Bebote" who attacked him were traveling on board two vehicles almost arriving at the González Villarreal intersection and close to the gas station located in "El Moquetito".

In 2015, while he was a Panista Senator of the Republic, Francisco Javier Garcia Cabeza de Vaca and his bodyguards suffered in the flesh the effects of the criminal leadership in Reynosa of Tiburcio Fuentes Garcia, alias "GAFE" when his bodyguards of military extraction were reduced and subdued by orders of the capo, who immediately let them go with Cabeza de Vaca's ego very hurt, but to date the inhabitants of Reynosa continue to suffer.

Who Is 'El Músico', Beltrán Leyva's Leader Who Would Be Above 'Chapo Isidro'?

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from INFOBAE 

There are at least three drug traffickers at the highest level of the Beltran Leyva family (OFAC).

The Treasury Department's most recent announcement against organized crime in Mexico revealed important details about the Beltran Leyva cartel, from its top leaders to its ties to Rafael Caro Quintero's family.

Among the main details included in the OFAC sanction is the identity of Oscar Manuel Gastelum Iribe, identified as the top leader of the organization under the aliases 'El Músico' and 'Salgado'.

The alias was previously known thanks to narcocorridos such as Chapo Isidro Mentado, by Edgardo Núñez. The song, narrated from the perspective of Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias 'El Chapo Isidro', refers that the criminal leader owes respect to a character known as 'El Músico', whose official identity was unknown until now.

Born on October 5, 1974, in Jalisco, Gastelum Iribe had maintained a low profile that allowed him to establish himself as a drug trafficking supervisor from Colombia to the United States, passing through the states of Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Sinaloa.

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, operator of the Beltran Leyva Cartel (Photo:

The alias by which Beltrán Leyva's top leader is known refers precisely to his incursion into the artistic world, as unofficial versions point to him as a composer of narcocorridos.

Platforms such as Apple Music, Amazon, and even YouTube have records of the participation of Óscar Manuel Gastelum Uribe with different interpreters of regional Mexican music.

Sergio Vega, La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, Los Huracanes del Norte and Relámpago Musical are some of the projects with which this man, who apparently would be 'El Músico', has collaborated.

The Beltrán Leyva scheme identified by OFAC places Gastelum Iribe as the owner of Editorial Mercado Ecuestre S.A. de C.V., a company dedicated to publishing newspapers and magazines.

(Photo: OFAC)

In addition, in digital platforms, there are records that 'El Músico' owns Los Profetas del Norte, a company that specializes in the organization of events and entertainment services.

In the corrido that bears his name, the group Los del Cerro describes Gastelum Iribe as "humble," but "he can be very angry if you make him mad.

Although the song in his honor says that "he likes guns, but not for killing," the US State Department lists him as a notoriously violent trafficker with indictments in the District Courts of Illinois, California, and Columbia. He is also noted as a close associate of Jose Gil Caro Quintero, who is revealed to be a cousin of Rafael Caro Quintero.






Large Narco Sub with 2.5 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Pacific Ocean

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Over 9 tons of cocaine from six separate drug smuggling events were seized last month and offloaded in San Diego on Wednesday, authorities said.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $239 million. It was recovered off the coasts of Mexico, Central America, and South America by two US. Coast Guard ships in November, the USCG said in a press release.

The largest seizure, weighing more than 5,500 pounds, was recovered by Coast Guard Cutter Waesche on Nov. 20. It was found on a narco-submarine.

“Our last interdiction of a semi-submersible vessel was noteworthy since it was the first semi-submersible interdicted in the Eastern Pacific in over three years,” said Captain Robert Mohr, the commanding officer of the Waesche.

The Forgotten Beltran Leyva Brothers: Mario Alberto & Amberto

 By Itzli. 

Documenting the two least known brothers in the Beltrán Leyva family and alternate possibilities as to their general absence.


The Beltrán Leyva brothers played a key role in many events in Mexican cartel history, be it members of the Cártel de Sinaloa (Sinaloa Cartel, CDS) or as the independent Beltrán Leyva organization (BLO). While four of the brothers have been in the public spotlight, the other two brothers are poorly documented. 

In this article, we will take a very brief look at the four core Beltrán Leyva brothers and cover what has been reported on the other two brothers before touching upon alternative theories regarding the two forgotten brothers.

Balkan Super Cartel Member Edin Gacanin Cuts 7-Year Sentence Deal for Cocaine Trafficking

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Kinahan/Super Cartel partner, Balkan mob boss Edin Gačanin, is reported to have cut a deal with Dutch prosecutors and has been sentenced to 7 years in prison there. The Bosnian native, described as one of the world’s most prolific drug dealers by US authorities, had been wanted for smuggling 2,400 kilos of cocaine, according to Dutch publication NCR.

He was also fined €1 million as part of his conviction details, which were in an anonymized judgment from a Rotterdam court last month. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed the conviction while his lawyers did not want to comment when contacted by NCR.

He had been arrested in November 2022 in Dubai after his extradition was requested by the Netherlands. However, he was released some months later when the bid failed with Dubai authorities claiming the Dutch hadn't presented extradition paperwork in time.

Sinaloa Cartel Gunmen Kidnap, Interrogate And Execute 4 CJNG Rivals

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The hitmen appeared in a video while being interrogated.

The city of Tecate, located in the state of Baja California, is experiencing the horror of the narco-war between criminal groups, as a few days ago the mayor was threatened by banners, and now the barbarity was present in an execution perpetrated by members of the Sinaloa Cartel, who killed four rivals of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Mexican media such as Punto Norte reported that the four assassins found dead had previously been kidnapped and interrogated, facts that were captured in a video, which circulated on social networks.

According to Radio Fórmula, Tecate municipal police found a Cadillac Escalade inside which four bodies were piled up, with a crime adjudication message signed by the Sinaloa Cartel on top of them.

The narco-message read a threat directed at anyone who worked with "El Panchito" and "El Trapos," who were linked to the CJNG by public security authorities, reported Punto Norte.

The four men were bound at the wrists and ankles, showed signs of torture such as severe beatings, burns and fractures, as well as marks corresponding to strangulation and no traces of gunshots.

The vehicle in which the bodies were found had overlapping license plates, but upon searching for the serial number it was discovered that it had a theft report issued on September 10, 2023.

Video of the executed men

Before the bodies of the four men were found, a video circulated showing them in the moments prior to their death, as they were wearing the same clothes in the recording as at the time they were found.

In the images they appear tied up and sitting on the ground. In front of them there are several weapons, as well as blankets with the initials of the CJNG. There is also a woman sitting in the middle of them, while there is another person with his head covered and bare legs in a corner.

Another man, who is not in the frame, interrogates them, asking them who they work for, how much they are paid and what businesses they have extorted in Tecate.

The narco message attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel mentions Francisco Juarez Botello, alias "El Panchito," who had already been arrested in January 2022 and was released in April 2023 thanks to an amparo.

This criminal is in charge of finances and is the right-hand man of Danny Isaac Covarrubias, alias "El Moreno," a lieutenant of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Tecate.

Tecate, Baja California 

La Opinión

CJNG Killers of the Lagos de Moreno Five Arrested

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat

The CJNG hitmen who forced a young man to stab his four friends to death on camera have allegedly been arrested. Here’s what we know about the detainees so far.

Warning: Some graphic images below this point.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Interrogation Of Nayra Dariana Noyola And Astrid Esmeralda Córdoba Alcalá

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Two women who allegedly belong to the La Plaza cartel narrate on camera their affairs in and around the city of Guaymas, Sonora. 

The names of the usual villainous leaders who run this criminal organization are spoken aloud. In addition, the fate of both women is unknown at this time. 

It is believed that they were killed off camera afterwards because of things being how they are within the Mexican underworld. 

A live capture normally involves an interrogation. Followed by the systematic execution of adversaries.

Video translation is as follows:

Sicario: Give me your full name and age. 

Female Captive #1: My name is Nayra Dariana Noyola and I am 22 years old. 

Sicario: Where are you from?

Female Captive #1: I’m from Guaymas, Sonora. 

Sicario: Who do you work for?

Female Captive #1: I work for La Plaza. 

Sicario: Who do you directly work for?

Female Captive #1: I work for Cholo Ivan aka El JR.

Sicario: What do you do for a living?

Female Captive #1: I’m a landlord. 

Sicario: How many houses have you rented out?

Female Captive #1: Just 2 houses. 

Female Captive #2: My name is Astrid Esmeralda Córdoba Alcalá. I’m an assassin for La Plaza. I receive orders from Francisco Javier Espinoza Camacho aka Fino and Antonio Castro Valenzuela aka El Castro. Karen Siclealy Ramírez López and Yan Carlos Medina Romero aka El 0-5 are the individuals who give out the orders whenever we have to go kill innocent civilians. This was done in order to draw government attention in the city of Guamas. I was paid 2000 to kill a driver from the transportation services Radio Taxis Los Tigres. My companion Parra and I were specifically told to execute these cab drivers. So, that with this we could make the government look bad. I have participated in various executions of innocent civilians All of the persons that have been injured or killed have been done on the orders of the La Plaza mob. 

Guaymas, Sonora

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EXCLUSIVE: First-Hand Look At This Mexican Town Turned War Zone Just South Of Arizona

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Before the fighting between rival drug cartels started, the Sonora town of Sasabe, Mexico, was home to about 2500 people. Now, only about 20 remain.

Sasabe, Arizona

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Throwback Thursday: Santa Muerte Or Holy Death Watches Over And Watches Over The Residents Of Villa Purificación In Jalisco

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from MILENIO 

In the recent decade, the municipality has become the epicenter of the criminal organization with the largest presence in Mexican territory: the CJNG.

Victor Hugo Ornelas
Guadalajara / 01.08.2020 10:52:12

The inert eyes of the Santa Muerte hanging from the chest of a policeman are added to the stares that rest on an unknown face just arrived to the place, some murmur, others warn by phone about that unusual presence, in a direct way a man asks what are they coming to do here? This is the welcome to Villa Purificación.

To request an interview with an official there is no social communication office, the data is recorded by an element of public security, name, surname, place of origin, characteristics of the vehicle and its plates, persons accompanying, unusual data for an interview.

Villa Purificación was the first territory to consolidate as a municipality in the state of Jalisco, it is also one of the most extensive with almost 2 thousand square kilometers of surface, but the stories told about the place do not revolve around its culture and biographical data, but about drug trafficking and organized crime, about the presence of a man who has become the most powerful capo in the country, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, leader of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation.

In the recent decade, Villa Purificación became the epicenter of the criminal organization with the largest presence in Mexico, its vast territory surrounded by mountains and its hundreds of roads and trails offered the right conditions for the cartel members to hide and move from one place to another without being detected by the authorities.

The South Coast region, to which Villa Purificación belongs, is guarded by members of the Regional Police of the state, National Guard and Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), the units circulate in convoy, never individually, because the area is considered high risk, although this version is incomprehensible to municipal authorities, as the general secretary of the city council, Plutarco Garcia, "is a quiet town, the security issue is not alarming, well I think that as a country, is exactly the same," he said. He also described the local people as friendly and hospitable.

And so it is, in general people in Villa Purificación are cordial, they tell personal and life stories, they like to talk before the unusual presence of a reporter, but only about usual topics, when the subject of drug trafficking is broached, the countenances change, the expression becomes rigid and the words choke before being pronounced, "I don't even know the man you mention (El Mencho), I've seen some things on the news but no, here it's very quiet, it's all lies," explains a man while withdrawing cash from an ATM located next to the entrance to the municipal palace.

As the minutes pass, our presence seems to become uncomfortable and the tension begins to be evident, from the windows of the city hall, perfectly uniformed public servants peek out and, upon making eye contact, hide again inside the office. In addition, young men no older than 20 pass by again and again on their motorcycles, all with defiant looks on their faces. One of them even stops his vehicle and stands in front of it, pulls out his cell phone and begins to speak loudly, as if his intention was to be heard "yes, here in the square... aha, so what about the press?" he asks.

The target the Milenio Jalisco team is trying to reach is El Alcíhuatl, a place high up in the mountains, where there is a health center that was supposedly used to treat the leader of the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation on several occasions, before turning the corner, in front of the Public Security Police Station where there was a unit with four elements on board, We are intercepted by a man in a red T-shirt, with a shaved head, a tattoo that runs from shoulder to shoulder with a phrase that cannot be seen, he also carries something on his waist in front but it is covered by his clothes, not so the knife of approximately 30 centimeters that hangs on the side of his lower back, "Are you the ones who want to go to El Alcihuatl? "he asks. When we answer in the affirmative, the guy gets back in the car and gets close enough to make sure we hear every single word: "You have nothing to go there, there is nothing there, don't go bother the people, here take all the pictures you want of the temple and the kiosk. Look, it's beautiful, take it there and then leave, if you understand or not," he said.

Source: MILENIO