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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Part Two: "The Miracle of Juárez", Sinaloa vs Juarez Cartel

Lucio R. Borderland Beat-Posted by Texan24 republished from Animal Politico
Part One link here
Washing the bloody aftermath of the Villa Salvárcar massacre
The tragedy of Salvárcar

On Friday January 30, 2010, El Diego answered his phone. Los Artistas Asesinos (The Assassin Artists), or AA, a street gang with members in El Paso and Juarez, were among his enemies, and an informant told him of a party that night in the working class neighborhood of Villas de Salvárcar, in southeast Ciudad Juarez .

The AA worked with Sinaloa  selling drugsin the street.

Barrio Azteca did the same for the Juarez cartel. In 2010, four gangs working for the two cartels worked as assassins or murderers, to eliminate the small drug dealers.

"None of the shootings and killings in that period occurred among senior members of the cartel. The gunmen  concentrated on killing retail drug dealers.

Preserving the territory for their cartel, " said a police source in Juarez.
El Diego gave orders to his group of assassins to go to the party and kill everyone. 

Luz Maria Davila, a small woman with a warm smile, was busy in her small house on  Villa del Portal Street, adjacent to a narrow alley. 

A few meters away, her teenage children Marcos and Jose Luis were partying at a friend's birthday with other young neighbors, soccer players in the American football league.

Davila's husband was surfing the Internet on his children’s computer, waiting for his night shift at the “maquila” (US company) located in Juarez, where he worked as a guard. A few minutes before 10 pm, a convoy of vehicles entered the alley, with  dozens of men, members of  La Linea and Barrio Azteca.

The gunmen, many of them natives of Juarez and all in their twenties, moved fast in a macabre dance of death. Two cars blocked the exits of Villa del Portal Street while others concentrated on house where techno music boomed and young couples danced and talked.

Some of the thugs covered their faces with bandanas. Many were exposed, without fear of being discovered. 

Diego was in charge via cell phone: “kill everyone" he ordered.

The murderers walked together toward the house, brandishing heavy weapons. In less than 30 minutes, 15 lay dead and several others wounded.

As were the children of Luz Maria, most of the children were of maquila workers and were high school students or university students. Some were the first in their family to fulfill the dream of going to college.

Blood everywhere

Luz Maria told her husband to stay  as she ran out of the house, she turned abruptly and ran a few meters from her home to the party house. Along the way, she ran into one of the gang members who had stayed behind, she heard the vehicles speed in their flight.

She entered the small house and found blood, broken glass and bodies everywhere, some had collapsed together. "I first found Marcos, but he was dead. I looked for José Luis. He was lying in the hallway. He said he was fine.

She recently recalled the tragedy at her home, where she has continued to live after the massacre. Calmly, she told her story, the one she has repeated countless times to reporters and government investigators during the past four years.

"We took Jose Luis to the clinic in our car. And he kept telling me he was okay. But he died in the evening after the surgery”.

Marcos was in the first year of college, studying to be a foreign official.  José Luis wanted to pursue international business. 

Since their deaths, Luz Maria and her husband have added a second floor where they have a room for the possessions of their sons.

Luz Maria receives visitors in a small living room with a big TV. Pictures of Marcos and José Luis preside over the room. Photos are selfies the young teens took  themselves a few days before their death. 

Advocates Luz and Javier Sicilia their work honors their murdered sons
Before the slaughter, Salvárcar was a place where residents felt safe because everyone knew each other. The house where the slaughter took place, a neighbor paid for so the neighborhood youth would  have a place to meet and be safe.

Young people were delighted with this "clubhouse". Salvárcar, like other working class districts neighboring Juarez lack parks and places for youth and children to play and socialize.

"Finally, now we have a park… now, after they are dead," said Luz Maria.

In the end, young people killed in Villa del Portal were not members of AA who Diego sought. AA in this case, were the initials that represented the American football team that organized the party.

Diego was incensed by the news that kids were killed, not AA gang members. He had the informant executed, who provided the information about the party.

The deaths shocked the city of Juárez and aroused national and international attention on the city. 

Presidential insensitivity
"Do something!"
A week and a half after the slaughter, President Felipe Calderon traveled to Ciudad Juarez with a large government delegation including his wife

The people of Juarez  were irate when after the murders, initially  Calderon  said the victims of the slaughter were gang members.  He called a public meeting with victims' families, activists and representatives of citizen groups to try to minimize the damage.

Luz Maria was invited to attend, she decided to attend at the last minute. She sat with other "special guests" like her Salvárcar neighbors, loved ones of the victims, the type of people  who are not usually invited to meetings with the President.

When the microphone went to the relatives, she got up took the mic and a maquiladora mother confronted the nations President.  

She vented with a monologue that became part of history.
"Excuse me, Mr. President, I cannot welcome you.  Murders have been committed, I want justice, I want my children returned to me. I cannot shake hands with you because you are not welcome.
I want a retraction of what you said, accusing my children of being gang members, they good  boys, they were students, and they worked…I want you to apologize.
I assure you that if someone had killed your child, you would have already captured the murderers! You would have turned over every rock and used everything possible; I do not have those advantages. 
Here the governor and the mayor always say the same, they promise justice but we do to receive justice. I want justice. Put yourself in my place, to see what I feel. I love my children." The president was solemn, nodding slowly. Sitting next to the president was Mrs. Calderon, she looked both sick and stunned.

Then, turning her back to the President, she looked at the audience.
"You gentlemen say nothing,  you just applaud the President.....Do something!"
Dávila is still shocked by her reaction  of five years ago, but her audacity embarrassed the federal government who then  created a social project of five billion pesos called "We are all Juárez".

The program supported social projects and the creation of a round table for  justice and, with representatives from business, civil society, Juarez government who began to meet weekly and work with the police to clean up the city.

Technology improves the way to kill

But violence continued to increase and El Diego seemed unstoppable. Homicides increased to 300 per month. National and international attention to the struggling city increased. But La Linea and their  criminal cronies gang Barrio Azteca, continued undisturbed.

And then the cartel sought high-technology.

Two Mexican engineers were hired to develop an advanced encryption system of a network of receivers, transmitters with upright antennas in the highest peak in Juarez, La Bola. The network had been set up and began operation in March 2010.

To enlarge click on image
La Linea and Barrio Azteca used it to its next big mission, an attack against an American officer of the Consulate of the U.S., Leslie Ann Enríquez, her husband, Arthur Redelfs, and the husband of another consular official, after  they left a children's birthday party, on  March 13,  2010.

El Diego and  Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, alias “El Benny”, leader of Barrio Azteca, were intensifying their operations. They were going after the United States.

There are several theories about the reasons for the attack. One is that Redelfs, an official of the Regional Detention Center in El Paso, mistreated members of the Juarez cartel imprisoned there.

Another is that Barrio Azteca believed Leslie Ann Enriquez working for the Sinaloa cartel.   After his arrest in 2011, El Diego said that Barrio Azteca simply made a mistake.

The US government responded quickly, ordering the families of members of the Consulate leave Juarez to El Paso. The U.S. also set their sights on La Linea.

Insanity escalates

In mid 2010, El Diego became even crazier and ordered his people to load a vehicle with 10 kilos of Tovex, an explosive used for mining and construction.

On July 15, they parked the car on the September 16th Street, in the city center, attracting police and ambulance to the car by leaving the body of a man dressed as a policeman.

Dr. Jose Guillermo Ortiz, (at left) a doctor in town caring for   low-income patients  had his office nearby, and was passing by with his son when he saw the victim.   

He sent his son for his medical bag as he continued towards the vehicle. The blast was sudden. Dr. Ortiz was hit by the blast, and died later in a hospital. 

A federal police also died and six federal agents and a television cameraman were wounded. The bomb was activated by a cell phone.

The bomb did more than scare a city that was tired of violence.

It also sent a message to the U.S.: black spray paint graffiti on the wall of an elementary school warned there would be more car bombs.

"What happened on September Avenue will continue to happen to all authorities who  support 'El Chapo'.
We have more car bombs
The Juarez cartel"
The bomb attack petrified one of the engineers who put the encrypted communications receivers and Linea network.  He heard Benny Gallegos, the Barrio Azteca, congratulating his people: "Good job, boys, well done. They did very well, and we gave a lesson to those pigs .... "

These people are completely crazy, surmised the engineer, and decided he had to alert the authorities. The engineer, who has never been identified, became the key to the downfall  of La Linea.

In the following weeks, the engineer knocked on the door of the Mexican Attorney General and the Armed Forces in Mexico. No luck. 

He stayed away from the Juarez police since learning through radio conversations that many of them were on the take.

Then he went to the US Consulate and lied saying he had information about another attack against U.S.,  the doors opened and he became a DEA protected witness. Between July and December 2012 he recorded thousands of hours of radio communications for the US authorities.


  1. Tamps. is doing well only a few kidnapping and killings

    1. If the Chinito says ok I believe him

  2. I remember living in ciuda juarez when amado carrillo was in control those were good peaceful days but the los sinaloense chapo and a viceroy started to build hate against each other beacause of money and power ....son muy bravos los sinaloense the end the plaza it still from sinaloa de los carrillo fuentes

    1. Asi es compa el chapo es el que echo a perder el cartel de sinaloa. Primero contra los carrillo y luego beltran. Eso de matar y traisionar a otros capos como rodolfo y alfredo fue de lo peor porque fueron gentes que ayudaron al chapo para eso se iso la federasion para que no ubieran broncas entre sinaloenses. Me imagino como estaria todo si el chapo no se ubiera escapado todo estaria mucho mejor.

    2. Mamasela a los Sinaloenses corrientes, seran muy bravos como dices, al final se la pelaron y regresaron a su ejido plomeados...

    3. Ay si yo soy muy bravo tras la computadora 10:43pm

    4. Los de juarez siempre sus jefes son de sinaloa asi que calladitos se ven mas bonitos

    5. 1:57 no te creas tan importante usando esa frase cabron

    6. @9:36pm
      Tu solo sabes lo k todo el mundo dise oero no sabes la rason, el que pidio invadir juares fue el azul, ademas la bronca enpeso por un pistolero de rodolfo cuando mataron a un amigo de el chapo , este le pidio el pistolero y no lo entrego por eso a rodolfo se le dijo k se habroera e hiso caso omiso y loataron. Y de ahi todos ya saben k entre el viceroy osiel mataron al pollo y asi..

    7. En Juárez no hay ni un "guarachudo" mandando jajajajajaja esos gueyes mejor corrieron hace un chingo. No se me valla a trastornar con tanta puñeta mental. Mejor venga a Juárez a ver cuanto dura queriendo ser jefe jajajajaja

    8. @ 11:39 Pues haiga pasado lo que haiga pasado los Chinolas hicieron un cagadero tanto en cd Juarez como en casi todo Mexico nada mas por sus pinche novelas. La culpa la tienen los de Chihuahua e y otros estados por obedecer a tanto pendejo de Sinaloa quienes los mandaban. Y tambien para aquellos que dicen que ningun otro cartel se mete a Sinaloa a atacar es por el pacto que tenian los Carrillo y Chapos de primero no atacar a familiares de entre ellos y de no acer tanto desmadre en sus tierras natales! Para que entienda tanto pinche Indio lame huevos de los carteles

    9. Sin Los Salazar Los chapos no brincan ya les traiban ganas a esa plasita pero se la pelliscaron no le boy a ningun lado pero ASI fue !

    10. Se les aruino sus planes al chapo montaperros POR que se les dejo venir Los zetas y Los Beltran leyvas POR el control de Sonora y ayi cayo la mosca en la sopa todos sus planes se echaron a perder se junto con la de Juarez y no ubo billetes Para Tanta Guerra no ubo pagos a Los mandos y se ISO un voltiadero .no me vengan con sus cuentitos del pinche blog del narco

    11. And in 2005 when they captured el doctor Los M's where from the Juarez cartel representing half of Durango states. JL decides to attack them for supposedly stealing shipments that's when they go to chapo and mayo for help.JL thinking they would find out how he was backstabbing the carrillos decides to do chaos in a desperate move ..real classy cartel the Juarez bunch of traders when they feel they don't need poeples services they get rid of them .

    12. The priistas out of power and the governors in power were the ones orchestrating discord, and breaking the bar until the people tired of the panochismo panista because of all the wholesale murdering.
      --El chapo had no business around the central mexico, where the beltranes ruled, and genaro garcia luna was more a beltranes partner when they operated out of toluca airport and allowed governor peña nieto to hang around, according to Anabel Hernandez...
      --just see who ended up with all the marbles, on the top, ministering all the treason and betrayal of all the biggest capos, and protecting zedillo, calderon, fox, and his current partners: peña nieto and his police and military, his zeta governors osorio chong, galindo ceballos, herrera beltran, Cesar duarte, bertie boy moreira, Ricky monreal, Tomas yarrington, Leonel godoy, see? Even PT, PRD, participated, and PVEM was caught working with hector beltran el H recently on guanajuato and queretaro...
      --the narcs did their part too, fucking each other up for their friendly neighborhood governor, for themselves and for each other...
      --Wherever you look, there is the dirty hand of a corrupt politician or another, if you stop looking only "where pointed to..."

    13. Y Los soldaditos apa!!

  3. Engineer was a brave man, what became of him? Will that be in part 3

    1. I thought the article alluded to not knowing what became of the guy or girl

    2. It did, just curious to see if he lived happily ever after, or DEA used him n sent him back to Mexico.

  4. Nothing to do with Vicente it was chapo who started the war the fat greedy fuck 1000s killed and for what?There's enough for everyone to have a piece of the pie but the fat snicth had to fuck up Juarez and Tijuana instead of just payin his taxes

    1. Orders from above, where greed is...
      El chapo or el mayo are not their own men...

    2. Carrillo wanted to see if chapo had real balls or plastic ones that's it plain and simple .carrillos are known to be the greedy ones what happen to mr.pablo Acosta that's that ring a bell to any of you Juarez super high flying tower cheerleaders!! Ehhh!!

    3. Pablo Acosta sure did not win no beuty contest that's for sure!

    4. 4:23am you weren't even born when Pablo was at the top of the game in Chihuas. El Zorros de Ojinaga was killed by the government because he refused to play by their rules plain and simple. Pablo opened the door even wider for Colombian cocaine during a time when Chihuas Mafiosos only dealt with Mota and Chivas. Amado just took over what Pablo had and he added to it. Pablo would have lived if it wasn't for his crack addiction and his balls feeling heavy. All he had to do is back off and lay low but he didn't hence is why he is no longer with us. The Juarez Cartel are the true Cocaine Cowboys.

    5. You sure ride that Juarez cartel bull backwards and are not gonna fall with no hands I see you!!!look at you go they must say thats my boy take everything!!

    6. It's easy to hate when you are looking up to those who are more informed than yourself 1:35am. It's ok. I'm sure it's getting pretty frustrating looking up and getting shit on day in and day out. Don't worry lil buddy the time will come one day when you will move up one more notch on the tatem pole. Today is just not the day mijo. Keep your head up though.

  5. In the "do something " pic look at that piece of shit behind her. He's responsible for the start of this cradle of filth. & nothing has changed for the better .

    1. Yeha he should have never tryed to start war vs the drug industry just acted like nothing was going on like president fox

    2. Calderon's military promised results, just to get close to the cake and steal their part of the blueberry pie, military loyalty is not free, specially the "generals"...

  6. Are los barrio aztecas and la linea the state favored gang of the governor and state of chihuahua?
    --When the cd juarez houses of death were discovered, I remember state police agents were involved, then blame all you want on the municipal police.
    --nice to know that 5 billion pesos were destined to fightng crime in cd juarez by the panista government, and NOT dollars, although the results were the same old shit freshly stirred as always, wherever the governing mexican narco-mierdocracia gets involved, under any political party...
    --did mister sicilia falcon find out who murdered his son? Like el Niño Marti, kidnapped by genaro garcia luna's own agents, after they negotiated the ransom and murdered him?

  7. "Life in Mexico" love r leave it, that's what we did


    tornado touched down in colonia alto de santa peresa and santa rosa about 5AM
    this is the area when you drive to the soriana and go left

    lightning storms last night.

    flooding in that area is from new construction water line split, not from rain, which is light.

    cell phones are jammed
    landlines are problematic
    electric out city wide

    best to use skype

  9. Right after the women of Juarez ran that little prick Calderon out of Juarez, he pulled the 10,000 Military out. The city was well aware Calderon sent the troops to support El Chapo and help him gain control of Juarez. CDJ had held them of but this awesome woman's voice rang out internationally and brought light to Calderon's support of CDS. Her voice was the beginning of the end for shorty.

    1. Calderon's 10 000 military was too many lonely men on the loose in cd juarez, and they were not going to pay professional women for their favors when it was customary to just get any woman and throw her away later...
      --Some women are said to have ended at chihuahua governor's parties before their demise...

  10. I love the tenacity of someone like Luz Maria. I pray that the lord grant her solace. Yes Ms. Calderone looks rather ill in that photo. LOL. The things that the drugged out cartel bosses have done are beyond comprehention. They need to quit sampling their own product.

  11. Now that about 75% of cds has been killed, arrested or switch sides juarez is a lot calm and safer.

  12. There was a theory that La Linea's attack on US consulate officials was designed to bring the agencies into Juarez to disrupt the Sinaloa advance since they were winning at the time

  13. I was in juarez over the weekend and its been 5 years since ive been there and it was good to be back. The city is full of life and great spirit. There are so many business's now open. Talking to friends and they say that la linea has taken the city back but very quietly. As long as there is peace in juarez and children are not been killed i dont care who is in charge.

    1. And now that there is "peacefulness" the winner's can go back to business and to writing the winner's version of the history of the drug wars in cd juarez...


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