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Thursday, January 19, 2023

When Jesus Maria Became a War Zone

“Mica” for Borderlandbeat.com
No more new chapters for now, but I am consuming everything regarding the assault on Jesus Maria and Ovidio.

I teased about doing more chapters because there is so much information, and I am going through all of it. Today I learned he had a tunnel in the garage!
Drop a comment if you're enjoying this stuff or if I should move on. Here's a great read to share. When I read it, I could remember the photos, and so will you.

This is from an Article published on January 15, 2023, in the 1041 edition of the Ríodoce weekly.
The story is told by settlers and hitmen who could not rescue Ovidio Guzmán.



The man never picks up the cut-out "cuerno" with a disc loader. He was in the swarm of January 5 in Jesús María, but managed to return to the territory that he has in charge of the directions of Badiraguato. The two very young, their partner also brings a camouflaged M-16 short rifle. They say they had never seen anything like this, not even in 2019, in that government's attempt to take Ovidio Guzmán.

The version of the hit men coincides with that of some inhabitants of Jesús María who described how a small plane, like the helicopters that the army also deployed, moved at high speed vomiting hundreds of shots that ended the lives of hitmen who traveled inside and in the chipped boxes of the vans.

It was a fire at discretion. They shot what was moving. That's why they shot for "mistake", at a unit of the State Security Secretariat, where the undersecretary, Carlos Alberto Hernández Leyva and his escorts were traveling, killing one of them, Ángel Eduardo Rivera Mondaca. They were attacked from one of the Black Hawks who were involved in the operation.


THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE FRY.
Spokespeople of the Sedena told Ríodoce that they would not talk about this fact or the participation of small planes in the operation, because an investigation was underway.
"Once the investigation is completed, it will be possible to determine how the operation took place both by air and by land," they responded.

The residents of Jesús María, for their part, contradict the official report made by the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, regarding the 29 deaths that occurred during the operation, since the numbers can be much higher.

"Soldiers I couldn't tell you how many died, but of ours I think there were about sixty or seventy, we don't know," said the same hitmen interviewed.

One of the residents, who lives next to Ovid's house, confirms that the figure indicated by Sedena is ridiculous, because if only 50 vans were stranded in the town, and on average only one hitman was killed for each abandoned unit, the numbers do not add up.
"There were vans that carried up to six gunmen and killed them all," he observed.

Neither the state prosecutor's office nor the Semefo could confirm whether the number of dead elements exceeded those reported by Sedena. However, a worker at a local funeral home indicated that among his colleagues there was talk that at least sixty services had been sold to the families of the dead who participated in the confrontation in Jesús María, and that most of those services did not report them as violent events, but as natural deaths.

"But the funeral home is not going to say that, and the truth is that not even the government itself knows exactly how many hitmen died in that confrontation, but there were not 19, because among us we have commented on the services that have been sold and we have counted more than sixty, plus the bodies of the hitmen that have not been found, because many of those bodies were abandoned in

The plane of death
The confrontation, according to hitmen and neighbors of Jesús María, was the vivid portrait of horror and war, with a plane entering and leaving the town shooting left and right.

"He didn't respect people, cows, donkeys, or anything, not even his own people, and he was wrong because of the number of people who were fighting on the ground," recalls one of the hitmen.
According to elements of the air force, the type of small aircraft used by the army could be a North F-5, a war aircraft that is just over 14 meters long, and that was first used in 1959. What made the aircraft deadly, however, was a weapon identified as M-134 Mini Gun, a six-gun rifle that when fired rotates on its own axis, with magnificent speed, and releases up to 6,000 shots per minute.

The projectiles are 7.62 mm caliber, the same type used by the AK-47 "Chivo Horn".
According to security elements and the hitmen themselves, the armor of the hitmen's units would have endured that type of fire, and in some cases the impacts of a .50 caliber Barret, since the glass of several of the vans had a thickness of up to ten centimeters, and on the doors steel sheets, eight centimeters.



THE BULLETS.
They hit the target.The problem, according to Riodoce in many of the vehicles insured by the army, is that the units did not have protection in the part of the roof, which was where the shots entered.
"That's where we lost it, because many cars were destroyed from above, and that's why there were many dead people, and there was blood, fire, terror; a very ugly thing what was experienced there in the JM," said the hitman.

Mrs. Tomasa Carrillo, who lives next to Ovidio's house, remembers the plane with terror, and since the hitmen were lying like flies, she even says that she cannot erase from her mind the screams of pain of the hitmen who were fighting on the ground, and that they were shot without mercy every time the plane passed by.

"I didn't see anything because we were lying on the floor of the house and we were very afraid, but we did hear the thunder of the shots, and the weapons of the helicopters were heard more strongly, but what was being heard that it was the submachine gun of the plane, because every time it passed it was heard that it was doing a lot of damage from the scream.

Special forces
No one in the village could specify the exact time of the arrival of the military. What is not specified is that it all started with shots from the military who apparently fell by rappelling around the town and reached their target by crawling between the grass and the stones.
According to a soldier, they were GAFES (Aerial Group of Special Forces), which had already located the exact place where Ovid was, and first they eliminated the escort who took care of him outside his house and then entered the home.

The narrative about how he was extracted and taken to a helicopter that landed less than fifty meters away, is full of inaccuracies, since none of the interviewees dared to peek out their windows during the clashes, and those who did it only peeked out for a couple of seconds that did not coincide when Ovid was taken out of his home.

A young man said that he saw the soldiers fall by helicopter near the drug trafficker's house, but he could not specify how many they were or what they did moments later, because the clashes were just beginning.

HITMEN'S TRUCKS.
"The first shots were heard and I peeked out, and I saw a soldier shooting at the tires of the armored vans of the people of Ovid to make them useless, and then a hit man shot him in the head and killed him, and at that moment the shots began to everything he gave," the young man recalled.

It is believed that just at that moment the first security circle began to defend itself and began an exchange of gunfire with the soldiers. About 10 truck trucks of hitmen who took care of Ovid in the surroundings of the town quickly mobilized, and went to the main house, but were shot by the helicopters, which then already flew over the town, and fired every vehicle from the air.

A resident of the Agua Caliente area, south of Jesús María, on his way to Culiacán, says that from 4:30 in the morning, dozens of vans full of gunmen passed through that area at high speed. Three dozen more would have taken the Mexico 15 highway, blocking the road with trailers, passenger trucks and other vehicles.

The gunmen interviewed indicate that they received the request for support around six in the morning, so they immediately loaded AK-47 and .50 caliber Barret machine guns, grenades, and suitcases with more than 6,000 shots to each of the nine units that would provide support.

"It took us about an hour to get there, but when we arrived the boludo was detonating massively. They were at everything they gave; there was a massive government, green soldiers and the National Guard, and they were getting everything," the hitman recalled.

The slogan was to recover Ovid at the expense of anything, because by then he was in the hands of the army and it is believed that he was still protected by the Gafes in his own house, and they could not extract him due to the number of hitmen who continued to arrive in armored trucks and fought with blood and fire trying to prevent him from taking him.

By then the soldiers did everything possible to prevent more armored trucks from approaching the house, and with the Hummers they crashed into the armored units of Los Chapitos until they were overturned, to prevent them from advancing, while by air, the Black Hawks and the plane continued to shoot them.

It could have been at 8:00 in the morning when they extracted it, what is clear is that it was through a helicopter that landed right from a jar that is in the highest part of the town, and apparently it was protected by a rain of gunfire from the remaining two Black Hawks and the plane, which allowed the Gafes to achieve a clean extraction.

It is unknown if his wife and two daughters were also removed and taken to the airport, because as the neighbors told Ríodoce, his family was with him and they were no longer known.

After the extraction, and during the following six hours, hitmen and soldiers continued to fight, although by then other gunman units would have gone to the airport to try to prevent the Sedena Boeing from taking off with its goal.

Sometimes it gets lost.
They had lost it. They had sworn to sacrifice their own lives to prevent the army from taking their boss, but they didn't succeed.

"We feel bad that we have not been able to rescue him, because one is here, we are for them, for what they say and defend them with life if necessary, but well, the bosses will continue; it does affect us that they have taken it, but the business of the bosses has to continue," said the hitman.


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Mica

41 comments:

  1. Keep it up, this is great. For those that have a vivid imagination, we can only imagine the sights and sounds of that operation. Keep it up, great job.

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  2. This is great coverage ! From everything I see they did pretty good to be a bunch of whacked out junkies waking up to what they did.
    There was an approx 5K soldier participation? In a town with 1 million people? Crazy.... Just crazy all this over 1 guy.

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    1. they tried to catch another as well, some say it was el nini but not sure, maybe it was ivan

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    2. Is not a regular guy. Is a ruthless criminal with too much power on his hands. A serial killer.

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    3. He’s at the very bottom of the chapitos list, even if they had to catch ivan nothing would of change anyways

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  3. Respect to the Sinaloa Gunmen from Tamaulipas, they’re not the smartest but they’re the bravest mfs

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    1. There are equally worthless. Good on SEDENA and their true heroes.

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    2. The sicarios who fight over Tamaulipas are savages. Both rivals in the north have the blood of zetas in their veins.

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    3. No one is a true heroe not sicarios nor SEDENA

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    4. "Respect to the Sinaloa Gunmen from Tamaulipas"
      An attitude like that IS WHY 1000s of decent mexicans want to leave to the U.S. Fuckin crank,stay your lame ass in mexico

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  4. I'm enjoying. Don't stop. Keep going. Fantastic journalism.

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  5. Glad the army was able to capture him safely

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  6. The goat horn and the minigun use different ammo. 7.62 ammo comes in different case sizes. AK-47 round is 7.62x39mm. The minigun round is 7.62x51mm. They are not interchangeable.

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  7. Chapitos need better sicarios, they failed at stoping the military from taking him.
    They need sicarios like mencho

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  8. It was an aggressive plan and it worked! They took no chances, they remained a step ahead of the fight and succeeded. Although soldier life’s were lost and possibly some innocent lives but it will serve them as a reminder that if the government wants something they can take it! I hope they continue to take these big fish down and hopefully minimize all this drug violence that has plagued mexico for so long and bring some peace to all the law bidding citizens, I can’t help but think how many of these narcos are shaking in fear knowing any moment they can be shot from the sky while asleep, I’m sure many are laying real low right now.

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    1. taking out the bosses doesn't prevent violence, it creates more. this is well known. the reason is that it splinters cartels whothen inifght for control. in this case they won't splinter because Ivan is still there but in general it's a bad strategy to stop violence.

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    2. 527 yes, and I believe this is why the current government has been attacking and apprehending more regional bosses along with less influential bosses and drug confiscations. Look at who's been captured, RCQ, Ovidio, Menchos brother, Menchos wife, Ivan's compadres, El 85, La Vaca, all important, but not the main bosses. In my opinion, it's more than just go after the big guy "A lo pendejo". There needs to be a strategy, almost like surgery. As you stated, going after the main boss as it was done in the past, splintered cartels and created more violence between factions. This "new strategy" in my opinion, weakens the cartel and the bosses circle of trust by taking out the bosses longtime friends and family. As a result the bosses will be forced to keep a low profile and bring less attention to the organization. The days of narco banners and gruesome videos will come to an end sooner or later. It's too messy and draws too much attention. As SEDENA and GN become more effective as they have been, I believe there will be an increase in levantones, desaparecidos and pozoleros and less brazen attacks and criminal activity. This is just my hypothesis, based on what we've seen over the last four years.

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  9. "The man never picks up the cut-out "cuerno" with a disc loader." what does this mean? is this english? horn disk loader? please translate appropriately.

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    2. Being bilingual sometimes words just flow out naturally in both languages. Anyways a cuerno is an AK-47 and thr disc loader would be the drum magazine.

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  10. The military showed who is boss after the failure of Ciluscanzo 1.

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    1. Yes Mijo after they got green lighted by the Generals and Elmo's government

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  11. Thanks Mica. Up to you if you keep doing it. I appreciate the effort good research done here 💪 knew there be tunnel somewhere. Sure the op didn't go 100% to plan(Rarely does) but caught him of guard so good plan in end.

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  12. I too believe more than 19 people will have to be dead based on the amount of vehicles destroyed. Specially when shot from above. I also felt that the vehicle’s didn’t had armor on the roof.

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  13. Black market is flooded with manpads that the Ukes are selling. Cartels will be upgrading their weaponry. Business is good.

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    1. Ukraine was listed as the most corrupt country in the world and capital of money laundering in Europe. Supposedly 1/3 of the support sent is funneled into personal accounts so I wouldn't doubt that some free armament is being sold for money. I'm not sure that manpads are being sold to crime organizations in Mexico but it could happen.

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    2. 8:17
      Currently Mexico holds as the most curupt in the world. So much money is generated by drug profits, that curupt government officials love bribes.

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    3. @8:17. Great laundrymat for crypto!

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    4. 5:51 Buying weapons from Ukraine having stores just meters away in Arizona and Texas.... no way kid, thats unnecessarily far, risky and expensive.

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    5. 9:14
      Currently South Sudan holds as the most corrupt in the world. Mexico is #54. Grow up kid.

      https://tradingeconomics.com/country-list/corruption-rank

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    6. 914, Thank you for the Misinformation, but according to the world population index, Mexico does not even rank in the top 20 for most corrupt countries.

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  14. It is crazy to think that six hour fight only produce 29 deaths specially with so much destruction. No matter what the Sicarios would have done Ovidios arrest was already on the bag. He was done and the Sicarios were out gun. The Sicarios didn’t had a chance.

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  15. Not sure why they did not send dozens of vehicles to El Palacio de Gobierno. Or hold Vizcarraa, Coppels, Valenzuela, Leys hostage? As leverage. Even though the main Vizcarra owner of SuKarne is Mayo compadre. Or do a big assault at the private residential "Primavera" This is all easily feasible. Easier than sending a bunch of men to instantly die in Jesus Maria

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  16. Are we supposed to feel empathy for the sicarios?
    Who cares how many were killed and in what manner,motherfuckers rollin round with AKs and ARs 50 cals,Grenades in whichever country it be should be summarily killed,and fuck anyone whining about human rights or any of that bollocks

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  17. https://gizmodo.com/money-transfer-surveillance-aclu-1850006859/slides/7 financial war on the peoplw

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  18. @Mica - lo siento late reply but just read your latest and then went backwards and enjoyed it. I remember Jesús Maria from 2004-2008; roughly monthly visits with my gf from Mazatlan. Everyone knew there were sicarios y mules that worked but there seemed to be no jefe presence and I remember as a friendly, polite, family oriented community that was friendly. Appreciate all you have shared!

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    1. No different from any other small town in any other state in mexico, if you have a friend who is from that small town than you are a friend, but if nobody knows you, you will have a raugh time

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  19. Keep reporting on this story Mica. There still seems to be a lot more to story. Military usually likes to take pics of sicarios they killed or murdered with with staged rifle near by. No pics except the morgue ones and the murdered trucks. There had to be at least 50 killed. Why the quick cleanup?. & also so much for Mayo being the dedo?

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