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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Comandante Cobra: Feds investigating alleged armed disruption attempt at U.S.-Mexico border

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Republished from San Diego Tribune and San Diego Red

The Dec. 18 document from the FBI specifies an alleged plan for activists to purchase guns from a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander,” or Ivan Riebeling.

 van Reibeling is a Tijuana resident named in an FBI report warning of a potential
armed disruption at the border. Courtesy of Ivan Reibeling.
Read precious post regarding his Friday arrest by using this hyperlink

When federal law enforcement officials last year began collecting dossiers on mostly American journalists, activists and lawyers in Tijuana involved with the migrant caravan, one part of their investigation focused on an alleged plot by a drug cartel to sell guns to protesters, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

A Dec. 18, 2018, document from the FBI, obtained by the Union-Tribune, specifies an alleged plan for activists to purchase guns from a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander,” or Ivan Riebeling.

The protesters wanted to “stage an armed rebellion at the border,” the FBI reported to dozens of federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico.
Iván Mariano Martín del Campo Riebeling, who holds the position of director of an association called the International Diplomatic Corps of Human Rights or International Coordinator of Human Rights Visitors of the New World Order, has published threats against the journalist Odilón García, who revealed his criminal past.  Now the controversy went up in tone. Riebeling has waged a war against anyone who opposes their organization
The unclassified report was provided to the Union-Tribune on the condition the person providing it would not be named, and with the request that the entire document not be shared online because of the ongoing nature of the investigation.

The document warns of “anti-fascist activists” that “planned to disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border.”

Two additional law enforcement officials confirmed the investigation is ongoing, although no one has been charged. “Unclassified” means information can be released to people without a security clearance, but the document was also labeled “law enforcement sensitive,” which means it was intended to be seen only by those in law enforcement.

“This is an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence,” the six-page report states. “Receiving agencies are requested not to take action based on this raw reporting without prior coordination with the FBI.”

The FBI sent its report with “priority” to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Administration, among other agencies.

Two people named in the report, Ivan Riebeling and Evan Duke, said the accusations are untrue and illogical.

Duke said he never met Riebeling and that Riebeling was not someone he would have associated with.

Riebeling also said the accusations in the FBI’s report are illogical.

“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico. And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border,” said Reibeling.

A few names included in the FBI report overlap with names included in a secret database of people being monitored by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations, originally reported by NBC San Diego and Telemundo 20.

However, the database includes many others not included in the FBI’s report, and it remains unclear why those people — mostly American journalists, activists and attorneys — were targeted and monitored.

In March, it was discovered that Customs and Border Protection had compiled lists of people it wanted to stop for questioning at the border. Agents questioned or arrested at least 21 of them, according to documents obtained by NBC San Diego. On that list, Reibeling is described as an “instigator,” and Duke’s name and picture is also included.

CBP said the names on the list are people who were present when violence broke out at the Tijuana border in November and January, when agents deployed tear gas. The agency said people were being questioned so that the agency could learn more about what started the altercations.

Some of the people detained and questioned said they were asked whether anyone was encouraging migrants to rush the border during the two incidents. Several people confirmed they were told they were being questioned as part of a “national security investigation.”

The FBI’s report says a group of activists in Tijuana supporting the migrant caravan “were encouraged to bring personally owned weapons to the border and the group also intended to purchase weapons from a Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander, AKA the Mexican Rambo, and smuggle the weapons into the United States.”

Several activists involved with the migrant caravan said the accusation that they would try to purchase weapons in Mexico is especially absurd, given that buying guns in the United States is easy and legal.

“Here I find the government again trying to tie me into some (stuff) I wasn’t involved in,” said Duke, a U.S. activist who is opposed to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and whose work in Tijuana was monitored by federal authorities.

Duke said Riebeling was not someone he would have associated with because he didn’t trust him and because Riebeling had expressed negative views in social media videos about the migrants in the caravan.

“We were warned to look out for him,” said Duke. “We took the precaution to find out who he was and where he was, but we never had any contact with him. And we never saw him around the migrant caravan.”

Riebeling said he was originally helping an earlier caravan of mostly women and children who arrived in Tijuana, but he quickly decided he “no longer wanted to help Hondurans.”

“I can send you several videos of myself attacking the Hondurans because they are my enemies,” Riebeling said during a recent interview.

Reibeling said he was never detained or interrogated by the FBI about his involvement with the migrant caravan. He said he took no part in trying to sell guns to anyone and that he’s not a cartel member.

“I am not cartel. I don’t sell drugs. I don’t sell arms,” said Riebeling. “I’m a revolutionary. A man who believes in his ideals, and I’m going to defend Mexico.”

The unclassified FBI report identifies Riebeling as being “associated with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel,” but Riebeling, a Tijuana resident, said he is not.

“If I were selling drugs, or guns, they would kill me,” said Riebeling.

Riebeling said he was upset by the accusations in the report.

“The government of the United States knows perfectly well that I am not a member of any cartel,” said Riebeling. “I have associates with several of the cartels, yes I do, but I am not a narco-trafficker and they know that.”

Riebeling said he became angry with members of the Central American caravan in Tijuana after he discovered some were selling items he brought them for humanitarian relief, like blankets, water and shoes.

“They were exchanging these items for drugs and it made me mad, and I no longer wanted to help them and I was vocal about it,” he said.

In a video he posted online, he encouraged members of drug cartels to attack migrants with bats and “hunt down” migrants to take them to Mexican immigration authorities to be deported.

Many members of the migrant caravan were attacked with rocks and tear gas. Two Honduran teenagers were brutally killed.

Duke said he was told to avoid Riebeling because of his negative views about migrants.

“I was warned about him when I arrived in TJ,” said Duke. “His name came up to me from a couple different sources to watch out for this guy.”

The FBI’s report says Duke was working with Riebeling and others not just to procure weapons, but to help set up camps to train activists to become “community defense militias, also known as autodensas.”

“Organizers planned for the camps to be used as staging platforms from which five person units would form to train anarchists in fighting, combat, and conducting reconnaissance, and then launch to disrupt U.S. government operations along the border,” the report states.

After the report was distributed to dozens of law enforcement agencies, Duke faced intense scrutiny when crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Duke said that along with another activist, he was twice hot-stopped — held at gunpoint by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and detained for hours — as he tried to cross.

In one instance, Duke said, he was driving into San Diego from Tijuana at the San Ysidro Port of Entry after delivering supplies to migrants at shelters in Tijuana.

When he got near the CBP checkpoint, border officials drew their guns and ordered him out of the car, Duke said.

“My first thought was: ‘Wow I don’t think this is good. This can’t be good,’” said Duke. “I overheard their radios and someone was saying, ‘You’ve got so many guns on these guys. You’re only supposed to have six guns on them.’ I think there were 25 guns on us at that moment.”

Based on questions investigators asked him, Duke said he believes it’s possible that authorities are acting upon information provided to law enforcement by right-wing conspiracy groups. He said a North Dakota radio talk-show host bragged on the air about reporting him and his colleagues to law enforcement.

In mid-November, Duke and a group of activists began renting a house in Tijuana and hosting about 25 volunteers at a time working to counter what they viewed as the U.S. government’s violation of asylum seekers’ human rights.

The FBI’s report says the rental house in Tijuana was guarded by armed group members.

Riebeling, who also goes by the names Ivan del Campo, Ivan Mariano Martin del Campo and Jose Ivan Reiveling Sierra, has criminal records in Mexico and the United States, according to a Mexican state police document and confirmed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Riebeling was arrested in 1997 by CBP for allegedly trying to smuggle nine to 10 pounds of marijuana into the United States, but the charges against him were dropped, according to a June 2017 letter from the DEA to Baja California’s Policía Estatal Preventiva.

In March 2007, Chula Vista police arrested Riebeling on suspicion of carrying a concealed stolen gun in his car, according to the letter. DEA agents in San Ysidro arrested Riebeling in March 2008, and he was convicted in federal court for kidnapping and robbery. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison but received clemency, the DEA’s letter states.

The “Procuraduría de Justicia del Estado de Baja California,” which is the equivalent of the attorney general for the state of Baja California, confirmed that Riebeling has at least two criminal records in Mexico for assaulting police officers.

Criminal record:

The first time that Iván Mariano Martín was arrested was September 8, 21 years ago, by the United States Border Protection Agency (CBP), with possession charges of a controlled substance of nine to 10 pounds. Marijuana He was released for lack of evidence.

On January 26, 1999, his second arrest in San Ysidro, by  CBP, for attempted illegal entry into US territory from Mexico.

On June 24, 1999, Del Campo Riebeling was again arrested by CBP but this time in Chula Vista, with charges of Expulsion Procedures. He was prosecuted the same day and deported to Mexico a day later.

On March 8, 2007, an element of the State Police of Chula Vista, California, arrested Iván Martín for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and carrying a stolen weapon.

On March 26, 2008, the Office of the DEA in San Ysidro charged with kidnapping, robbery and rape, and was sentenced to 48 months in prison with clemency negotiations.

On March 25, 2009 by the Sheriff's Department in San Diego, for a threat with intent to terrorize.


  1. His will be inside and oxxo cooler

  2. With any luck that cat will eat this guy!

  3. Mexicans need to get rid of the Central Americans. I seriously don’t understand why they feel the US or Mexico needs to let them in.

    1. 7:09 the Mexican government do not abuse or imprison and persecute poor people seeking refuge on the land of their tormentors, the financiers of the Battallion Atlacatl, Arena and the Kaibiles receive refugees created by their henchmen they trained on the Schools of The Americas, (now WHISCOM) that support their corrupt Republica Bananera "shit hole" governments that only look after the rich and the beautiful local high society, The Mexican government have mostly NO budget to persecute refugees or separate them from their children.

    2. Maybe if the Mexican government refrained from stealing the money they can actually afford to protect their immigration policies. Many of these people from central America are not welcomed in Mexico. Like any country that feels the same of protecting its origins.
      Which doesn't make this treatment of any person right. But until a solution for those people who are struggling get assistance from within their country expect the same.

    3. 8:08 Mexico needs no investing in allowing or not allowing poor people go wherever they want to go after they are enticed.
      --General John Kelly named to the board of a company that contracts for private prisons for refugees..

    4. I think the reason why they don’t support them it’s because the way they came in with violence and continue to do so

  4. Ese compa ya está muerto nomás no le han avisado

  5. Sounds like a physco (Ivan Mariano Martin) trying anything possible to make himself worthy of leadership. Contractidicting his moral code and only to be watched by US government.

    As for a list of journalists, activists and those humanitarian aid groups by law enforcement? This type of behavior is widely used when a potential threat to government interests are at stake. Evidence of this tactic can be seen with wildlife conservation groups / activists. Surveillance and eavesdropping devices are known to be used to track groups activities globally.

    Actually an uncle of mine with ties to communist party in Cuba led US law enforcement to put my father and family members on a watch list at the US border. An issue for my father along with many of his brothers & sisters is what I was told later in life. Because of my uncle's travels to Cuba and strong ties to Fidel Castro it was difficult to obtain his citizenship easily accessible. A legal process with hurdles for my father to undertake.
    Resulting with my mother to live in Mexico for about a year.
    Its interesting to think how political differences between family members can affect relationships due to political ideology. This of course took place in an era of anti- communist policies by US government.
    Moreover, where Mexico was known to have communist party members engaged in a political movement.


    1. DFS director and founding member, army captain Fernando Gutierrez Barrios, in cahoots with CIA and "our Man in Mexico", Win Scott and his US agents the LITEMPOS financed the communists in Mexico, to have somebody to persecute, to show work to their US Intelligence employers, to keep Collecting their ill gotten dollars, to keep trafficking their drugs, to keep covering it all with anti-insurgency counter-insurgency BS. Presidents echeverria and Lopez pkrtillo even traved to Chile in their youth for indoctrination in the 40s way before Che Guevara traveled to Guatemala for Jacobo Arbenz overthrow, also engineered by the US.
      --The famed Liga Comunista 23 de Septiembre was a Rat trap few survived, along with the FER and the FEG and the "killers" of Don Eugenio Garza Sada, false positives created by DFS Miguel nazar Haro and "el comandante olvidado" JULIAN SLIM HELU, Lebanese mafiosos bent on making money from The DFS that made Amado Carrillo Fuentes a DFS Policia Federal officer boss of cartel de Juarez after his DFS agent and boss Rafael Aguilar ghajardo got murdered, the poor Mexican communistas were just a bunch of studious ideologues with a lot of balls and little brainwashed brains, like PRD member "el tragabalas" Chucho Jesus Zambrano, a soprano singing to DFS, PRI, CISEN all his life.
      By the way, killing Eugenio Garza Sada left Emilio Azcarraga Milmo the sole owner of Estadio Azteca they were building.
      --The Mexican government cagada never stopped flowing.
      --Get the whole story from all your family.
      --You could still find MADERA on the web, many people died for printing the leaflet on mimeograph in the 70's, the name after the assault on the Madera chih military base, styled after Moncada in Cuba by Fidel Castro and Co. it was all created by mexican government counter-insurgence operators that turned into drug traffickers fo life, now doing business as CISEN, AFI, SSP...
      have fun...

    2. Interesting comment @12:19
      However, despite the intriguing fact of my uncle's political career and close association to Fidel Castro. That opportunity has gone and left due to his departure in life. My aunt will be the only existing person who can offer some insight to his involvement. Something that will be met with skepticism due to her age. Memory is known to disintegrate with age. Doubt my cousins will of any help. Their professional careers and family matters are always time limited.


  6. La pinchi neta, sumbuddy need to include Pozole de Cobra on the menu.
    Marked men should withdraw early or get prematurely sent to their maker. ANTIFA needs no famous troublemakers looking for recognition by hitting white supremacistas with a padlock dangling from their paliacates, making a mess of downtown like hippies is about the whole plan like Occupy in NY...
    sell kisses but wash yer maffs✌️
    and pray que no se los agarren de gallinita.

    1. Comandante Cabra es tenible,
      They ran outta borregas overtheres.

  7. lmao this guy is a fucking clown

  8. This dude is not right in the head

    1. Toxoplasmosis,Lyme
      Expect insanity

  9. It sounds like he used to be an informant (arrested and convicted of rape, robbery AND Kidnapping and released ..) and now a new informant in TJ is feeding the feds BS.)

  10. Riebeling is a pure douchebag and has been tasked with fucking up Duke. Duke probably will be killed and the official story from both sides of the border will be: he was in the drug business

  11. Don’t hate the player hate the game

  12. Love that tiger though

    1. 12:09 me too, he is behind el ribelin,
      como que se lo quiere parchar y echarle el Salto del Tigere.

  13. Child rapist= cjng. La 🐸 put this clown out of business.

  14. Dude looks like a big snitch!!

  15. If he was cds instead of cjng/ctng, he would have a big fan base like sicario 006, Michelle miller, carreteraDurango etc. Instead it's the bitter cds fan base hating on this cat and the cjng articles.. just saying


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