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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mexico 2019 Statistics Previewed: 53 Massacres in 11 Months; Zeta Special Investigations

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Zeta y JusticiaMex
Armed attacks with at least four victims each in bars, roads, homes, mountain areas and ranches, have left 411 dead and more than 90 injured in the first eleven months of the current sexennium. 

Among the victims are 11 children, 20 women and 35 police and military. In multihomicides alone, in ten bars 92 people died in six states of the country. Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Veracruz and Guerrero, are the entities with the highest incidence in these types of attacks and the number of fatalities. Very few detainees, although criminals and criminal organizations have been identified by the evidence at these massacres.

Almost a year after the current federal administration began, 53 massacres have been registered in Mexico, in which at least 411 people have died and more than 90 were injured, according to a recount made by this publishing house of the events in those with a minimum of four people have been killed per event. Keep in mind these numbers are very questionable and trend on the low side.
The most recent was just Thursday, November 21, when an armed commando ambushed five police officers in Fresnillo, Zacatecas.

Multiple homicides occurred in 16 states, highlighting Michoacán, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Guerrero and Veracruz. The attacks are reported in streets and avenues of cities, in the mountains, roads, gaps, some homes and in an extremely frightening and  worrying trend: in bars and entertainment centers.
Criminal indicators recently presented by the 36,685 homicides in the country; while the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System reports that from December 2018 to September 2019, 28,782 occurred, indicating that the figure from the previous year could be exceeded this year.

In all the massacres committed during this six-year period, firearms have been used exclusively for the Armed Forces that are smuggled from the United States and other countries to Mexico, to supply the criminal organizations that are in conflict over various territories or "plazas" of the black market trade for drugs and shipping routes and other illicit activities such as kidnapping, extortion and subtraction of hydrocarbons, ie known as "Huauchicoleo".

Among the 411 victims of multiple reference murders, there are 375 men, 20 women and 11 children. Among the victimized men, there is the fact that 23 were police officers, five prison guards and seven elements of the Mexican Army. Among the more than 90 injured in the same events there are also at least six children and eleven state and municipal police.

The massive attacks that have horrified Mexican society are recorded equally in closed and open sites. According to data collected by ZETA :

* 12 of the events occurred in streets and avenues of cities.

* 11 on roads, roads or gaps.

* 10 in city bars.

* 5 in the saw.

* 5 in ranches or communities.

* 1 in a police command.

* 1 in a bus terminal.

* 1 in a car sales lot.

The brutality of criminal groups, many of them identified, has raised the share of blood and death in states with more aggressions. On 29 of the occasions armed attacks by criminals targeted civil society people, seven confrontations between organized criminal groups, an ambush to the military and four ambushes to police officers were reported. However, also on four occasions the Army killed its attackers and police eliminated alleged criminals in five events. Two other events occurred between rival self-defense groups.
Photo: Nacho Ruiz / The Oaxaca State Police during the ambush in the municipality of San Vicente Coatlán, in the southern highlands.

The massacres in bars are scary. There is a record of 92 dead and at least 32 injured in the attacks on these types of recreational sites. Guanajuato and Veracruz lead the negative statistics  in that area.

The indiscriminate use of firearms was felt in bars and cantinas in the cities of Irapuato, Silao, Salamanca, Minatitlán, Coatzacoalcos, Tepalcatepec, Playa del Carmen, and Guadalupe in Zacatecas.

The Capture and Release of Ovidio Guzmán López:
                     Culiacán, Sinaloa Burns on Nov 17, 2019 "Jueves Negro", ie Black Thursday
The horror caused by the failed operation to stop Ovidio Guzmán López, son of drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, on October 17 in Culiacán, when gunfights were replicated left eight people dead.
On October 17th, heavy fighting erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, Sinaloa after security forces detained Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of the jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. According to El País, authorities initially reported that they found Guzmán during a routine search and arrested him due to the significant role he has played in his father’s illicit activities. 

However, as noted by the Los Angeles Times, the story evolved rapidly. Mexican officials later acknowledged that the operation had been planned, but suggested that it was physically carried out by rogue security forces without proper authorization. In either case, authorities lacked a search warrant upon entering Guzmán’s property, calling the legality of the mission into question from the beginning. 
Following this blunder, the cartel launched a large attack in retaliation. As videos and pictures of dead bodies and families scrambling for shelter surfaced and subsequently flooded the media, the public watched as the death toll gradually rose in the days following the violence. Univision later confirmed on October 21st that at least 13 people were killed and dozens more were injured.
Just one more clandestine location. They can be used as drug manufacturing sights, training camps for cartel hitmen recruits, some young men often kidnapped , taken by force to become "soldiers", if they fail "training", which can include learning hideous methods of torture and dismemberment they themselves are just murdered and become one more statistic or NOT. One more body dumped in a mass grave never to be heard from again, while their mothers and families continue the never ending search for answers by, literally, raking and digging up the countryside since the authorities often will not or cannot.
Groups of mostly women called "Las Rastreadoras", the Rakers, with the most basic tools examining an area that they were anonymously tipped off to. Often they come up empty, sometimes one body and/ or once in a while stumbling their way painstakingly into and onto a large sight that reveals years of clandestine burials. A dumping ground.

The most recent events are the ambush of November 8 in the Zapotec community of San Vicente Coatlán, Oaxaca, where five state police officers were killed and four more were injured while carrying out patrol work on board two of their units. And the clashes between the military and the Northeast Cartel, on the 14th of the same month in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, with a balance of seven dead, among them a soldier of the Mexican Army.

And the last one on Thursday, November 21 in Zacatecas, when five municipal police officers in Fresnillo were ambushed by a command in the vicinity of the municipality of Calera. photo above

Neither the federal authorities, let alone the local ones, have been able to reverse the spiral of violence experienced in their territories. It is worth mentioning that of the 16 states that register massacres, eight are governed by officials emanating from the Institutional Revolutionary parties (PRI), three by National Action (PAN), two by National Regeneration Movement (Morena), one by the Revolution Party Democratic (PRD), another by Citizen Movement and one by Social Encounter Party (PES).
Guerrero and Michoacán: 
The new presidential administration did not take many days to see the first outbreaks of violence. On December 10, 2018, a confrontation occurred between armed civilians and community police in the mountain area of ​​Petatlán, Guerrero, with a balance of six dead men. From then on and to date Guerrero would continue rendering blood quota in shootings and massacres.

On January 27, 2019, antagonistic groups of self-defense groups collided on the way to the community of Paraíso de Tepila, in Chilapa. When the State Police arrived at the scene, they found two vans shot up with ten people shot dead and two wounded. 

Months later, on July 21, during the attack on a bar in Acapulco, five men were killed and six injured.

At least four elements of the Army that carried out tasks of eradication of drug crops, died shot in Guerrero, product of an ambush of the so-called Cartel de la Sierra, on September 24. Another confrontation, on October 15 in Tepochica, municipality of Iguala, the death toll  of alleged criminals; 14 of those killed were civilians and one military element. Civilians had secured 6,329 cartridges for seven different types of high-power weapons.
A new shooting between armed civilians was reported in Guerrero, but in the community of Pochahuizco, municipality of Zitlala, on October 24. The balance was nine deceased. The victims would be linked to the Los Rojos criminal group, led by Zenen Nava Sánchez “El Chaparro”, who disputes the territory with the Los Ardillos organization. In the place of the aggression there were more than 50 percussive caps of assault rifles.

In Michoacán, most of the multihomicides have occurred. Since the one registered on February 22, when civilians and agents of the Mixed Operations Base in Buenavista were shot to death in an attempt to stop Nicolás Sierra Santana “El Gordo”. Nine civilians and a military command died.

Then, on April 2 in Uruapan, four men died after a clash between organized crime groups.
Uruapan became the land of death. On May 22 there was another shooting between Los Viagra and the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) in the Arroyo Colorado neighborhood, near the road to Lombardy, where ten people lost their lives and three were injured. Two days later, in an incinerated truck that was at the edge of the El Peach-Angahuan road, five calcined bodies were found. By June 1, four other lifeless and tortured bodies were located next to the same communication channel, in the Las Cocinas community.

On July 25, in Uruapan, on the outskirts of the funeral home San José shot dead seven people and injured ten. The alleged authors were designated as members of Los Viagra. Six nights later, a group of armed subjects arrived on the outskirts of an address of the Infonavit Patria neighborhood in the same city and murdered four people who were in a community.

More Uruapán, Michoacán:
                     Note the Taco Man is still open for business directly under the hanging bodies
One of the most dazzling discovery of the sexennium was recorded on the morning of August 8, when authorities reported the bodies of 19 people hanged and dismembered in three different parts of Uruapan, including the Industrial Boulevard. Some of the victims were members of the Los Viagra organization. Fourteen people were arrested, but the prosecution of the investigations was not known.

In the community of Loma Blanca, in Tepalcatepec, on August 30, the confrontation between criminal groups with high caliber weapons and fragmentation grenades was reported. Nine hit men killed and eleven injured, the balance of the fray. On Friday, September 20, four people died during the armed attack on a bar.

One of the most painful of the massacres in Michoacán happened on October 15, when 13 state policemen died and three were injured, after being ambushed in El Aguaje, municipality of Aguililla.  The agents were going to complete a court order, when they were attacked by some 30 gunmen from the CJNG who were traveling in armored vans and who also carried out the burning of several patrols, theft of weapons and left narco-messages. Details highly suspicious.

A month after the incident, Governor Silvano Aureoles says there are already several detainees.

On November 3, death reappeared in Uruapan and in a car market near the bullring, armed subjects murdered five people.

Guanajuato and Veracruz:
The war that follows the CJNG in Michoacán also moves to Guanajuato, where together with its main contender, the Santa Rosa Cartel in Lima, they have starred in the most terrible episodes of violence in the entity of the Bajío. On December 19, 2018, during two shooting attacks in Irapuato and Silao bars, six people died. While on February 20, 2019, five people were killed and two were injured when a command broke into a house in the Veta de Ramales community in Silao.

On the morning of March 9, at the La Playa Men's Club bar in the San Roque neighborhood, in Salamanca, fifteen people were killed and five were injured in a gunshot attack by an armed group that broke into the establishment and shot at customers and employees The event was attributed to the CJNG.

During an attack in the San Antonio Calichar community, municipality of Apaseo el Alto, eight people died and four were injured on April 6. Among the dead was a minor. It was learned that an armed command arrived at noon at the town and fired at the inhabitants and two vehicles.

On August 2, in a surprise attack on the Police Station of the municipality of Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato, five people died. Through a video broadcast on social networks, members of the CJNG accused Antonio Yépez "El Marro", leader of the Santa Rosa Cartel in Lima, of being behind the fact recorded in the separations of the Municipal Police.

Even the Ford Dealership in Celaya has closed down after being attacked multiple times and the constant demands to pay "Piso" , ie extorsion fees to the Cartel. Insecurity reigns. 

A new multihomicide in Salamanca, perpetrated on October 10, left five men dead. The events occurred in a bar known as Bar Raymond , where according to witnesses, armed men arrived aboard cars and motorcycles, riddling the occupants of the establishment.
Veracruz is another red spotlight in the country. In Minatitlán, on Friday, April 19, undercover subjects stormed the La Potra party hall in the Obrera neighborhood, to shoot the attendees. 14 people died, including women and a one-year-old child. The authorities established the line of investigation of a revenge between Los Zetas and the CJNG. There were two suspects arrested.

On May 16, five people were killed and five were injured in an armed attack in the community of Tuzamapan, municipality of Coatepec, Veracruz. Twelve hitmen arrived at a stand selling lemons and shot them in an alleged revenge incident.
On August 27, the largest massacre in the country occurred, as the Caballo Blanco bar in Coatzacoalcos was set on fire. At least 30 people died, including ten women. Others of the deceased were two sailors of an oil ship that had docked in the port days before. The relatives of the victims, including dancers, bartenders , waiters and security guards, had previously requested precautionary measures upon receiving death threats. As the alleged author of the attack, Ricardo "N" aka "La Loca", 29, was identified. Ricardo "N", aka "La Loca", was arrested and released twice this year; and would be a chief operating officer of the CJNG.

From the Southeast to the North:
At Las Virginias bar in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, a shootout left a balance of seven people dead and one injured on the night of January 6. At least four people with long weapons broke into the den and without a word fired several times at the clients. The Secretary of State Public Security, Alberto Capella, said that the attack is allegedly related to drug trafficking. Two days later the arrest of five subjects related to the incident was reported.

Another shooting in a brewery in Playa del Carmen, on the night of May 13, had less fatal results than the previous one. However, there was one dead and eleven injured. Three days later, in the parking lot of the La Gota bar of the same tourist destination, the reporter Francisco Romero, better known as “El Ñaca”, was found lifeless, who presented several blows, as well as a bullet hit in the head.
On January 9, members of the Army located 21 bodies - 17 of these calcinados - and five vans incinerated in the Ejido Refugio Hinojosa, Miguel Alemán municipality, Tamaulipas. It transpired that the finding was the product of a confrontation between the Northeast Cartel and the Gulf Cartel.

On the highway to Nuevo Laredo, on March 9, Army members and armed men faced shots with a balance of six civilians killed. The soldiers allegedly repelled an assault by armed subjects traveling on board at least ten vehicles. On August 15, a clash between Tamaulipas police and armed men left six other suspected criminals dead, in a gap in the municipality of San Fernando, at the height of the González Villarreal settlement.
Some Cartel "armies" have customized armored tanks such as this example to "go to war" w rivals
Other groups or cells use convoys of  20 - 50 pick-up trucks boldy and plainly showing off their cartel affiliations.

                                                  CJNG is coming to town: BOLO

On August 27 there were two shootings in Nuevo Laredo between the State Police and the criminal group identified as "La Tropa del Infierno". The uniformed killed eleven of the alleged criminals. Also during the first week of September, state police sustained a confrontation with armed civilians in Nuevo Laredo. There were eight dead people, all civilians. A possible extrajudicial execution is investigated.

In the Loma Linda neighborhood of Saltillo, Coahuila, a clash between municipal police and armed civilians left a balance of nine alleged criminals killed and two police officers injured on April 27. The shooting lasted about an hour and a half at a home.

On May 19, in the Ejido La Florida, municipality of Múzquiz, Coahuila, there was a shooting between state police and suspected criminals that left at least six armed civilians dead and a seriously injured police officer. The shooting occurred when the authorities were implementing an operation after members of organized crime had shot the delegation building of the Attorney General's Office of San Juan de Sabinas.
On August 26, three girls of 4, 13 and 14 years, in addition to a 25-year-old man, were shot dead in a ranch in the Riberas del Bravo neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. The victims were in the company of their parents inside the ranch, when a group of armed men entered and opened fire on those present, taking the father of the minors. The State Prosecutor's Office said that multihomicide has to do with a revenge between organized crime gangs.

Then Came the LeBarón Family Massacre:

                                            Aftermath of the LaBarón Family Massacre
Members of the army and relatives of the LeBarón family, at the site where members of this family were attacked in an outright massacre. In the place the calcined cars and the remains of the victims are observed.

On Monday, November 4, in the Sierra de Bavispe, Sonora, in one of the most terrible massacres that will be remembered, assassins murdered three women and six children of the LeBarón community, of Mormon descent, who were traveling aboard three Suburban trucks . Six other infants and/ or children were injured. The government said the first investigations suggest that the massacre was a confusion; however, for the relatives of the victims it was a direct attack. A subject was arrested in Agua Prieta, but his participation in the massacre has not been confirmed.

The images of the murders of three women and six children of the LeBarón community were to be deleted on November 4 in the Sierra de Bavispe, Sonora. Currently, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States , ie the FBI, support the investigation  and work in the area where the homicides were registered.

This massacre has led to many of the dual citizenship family members moving back to the US and the LaBarón family has formally petitioned the US to designate Mexico Cartels as a terrorist organizations. If this comes to pass there could be widespread implications.

Central and Western:
A bullet attack on February 17 in Iztapalapa perpetrated on the mayor of Mexico City, left seven dead and four injured. The attack was recorded in streets of the south-eastern area, where an armed group fired at people in front of the church of the town of Culhuacán. It is presumed that the attack is related to drug trafficking.

On May 10, in the municipality of Puente de Ixtle, State of Morelos, the personnel bus of the Federal Women's Rehabilitation Center Number 16 of Coatlán del Río, which transported 14 guards who would celebrate the Day of the Mother. A subject who descended from a red vehicle took advantage of the fact that the official unit stopped at the Monument to the Mother and shot at the staff. The aggression had a balance of five dead, two of them women, in addition to three injured.

Two other attacks occurred in Morelos in September. First in the Estrella de Oro bus terminal they shot five people and on the 20th, in a house in Cuernavaca, they killed six others.

In Coquimatlán, Colima, on March 8, a shooting left four people dead and one injured. Armed subjects broke into a house in the La Cazumba neighborhood and opened fire on the five men, then escaped.

On June 21, in a bar in Guadalupe, Zacatecas, there was an armed aggression that caused the deaths of five people and six others. According to the Ministry of Public Security, an armed commando opened fire on those in the Bohemian Bar .

In Jalisco, on February 8 a confrontation with bullets occurred in Tlajomulco, after armed men assaulted personnel from the Intentional Homicide division of ​​the Prosecutor's Office. The result of the shooting outside a department store of the Hacienda Santa Fe subdivision was five alleged criminals killed, no police were injured.

On November 6, in a gap in the municipality of Tonalá, the bodies of seven people were found inside three cars with firearm impacts. The deceased, male, appeared between the ages of 21 and 40.
Sadly, not an uncommon finding countrywide: murdered, raped, tortured and dismembered bodies 

Research and investigation:
    In very few of the cases there are people detained, although in more than half the authorities have solid clues of the aggressor groups and have identified some of the participants in the massacres, especially in those that occurred in bars in Veracruz and Guanajuato.

Highlights of five of the cases where here are detainees:

* 14 suspected of participating in the events of the bodies hanged in Uruapan.

* 2 processed by the massacre in the party hall of Minatitlán.

* 5 arrested for the attack at Las Virginias bar in Playa del Carmen.

* An undetermined number of suspects ambush state police in Aguililla.

* One investigated for the murders of children in the Sierra de Sonora.

In other matters, in which the Police or the Army killed all their aggressors, the criminal groups to which they belonged were established. Similarly, when faced with members of various cartels. However, the number of arrest warrants that may exist is unknown, in some cases criminal action has already been taken for other armed attacks.
Detainees and arsenals are few and far between, relatively speaking, Arms for the Exclusive use of the Military, along with tactical gear, bullets proof vests, complete with grenades and RPGs and meth

Not only are suspected assassins investigated, but also police and military officers who, as in the case of Tamaulipas, there are some doubts about the legitimate use of force as they argued to victimize the alleged attackers; the situation of which the National Commission of Human Rights has pending, at least in the case of eight dead in Nuevo Laredo at the hands of state police at the beginning of September.

Borderland Beat has reported on most of the incidents outlined in this Zeta Investigation Special Report. Many are fresh in memory, some indelibly etched permanently, some lost in the blur of hideous onslaught of ever worsening violence, and which is now fueled by the powerful "command courage", ie highly addictive super charged crystal methamphetamine cooked in clandestine labs in many areas, along with heroin and cocaine. Mexico is also now facing a consumption problem, including by the doers of this violence, along with their customers. 

This Special Report does not include over all numbers, just a preview to the year end toll.


  1. Wow all these mass shootings happening in Mexico, can't be compared to USA whatsoever, nevertheless as the article states, Mexico is going to surpass the homicide rate of 2018. Due to Obradors inaction to cartels and crime, and his clown secretary of security Durazo.

    1. Maybe he will snap out of his hugging bullshit.

  2. In a nutshell SOCIAL CLASS CLEANSING.

  3. Almo says there is no cartel or violence. Just hug

  4. Mr.T. does want to name all criminal cartels terrorist, after all they are, killing and no respect for the law and human life

  5. It's about time. Navy seals and drones and apaches, oh my!!!!

  6. Al puto AMLO le faltan huevos


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