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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Throwback Thursday: 'I Thought I Was Going To Die': Officer Hunting 'El Mencho' Becomes His Prey In Rocket Attack On May 1, 2015.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was reposted from THE COURIER-JOURNAL



Ivan Morales loved being a Mexican federal police officer. Now he is disfigured and unable to return to work after the CJNG cartel shot down a military helicopter with a grenade in 2015, killing several and leaving Morales with severe burns.


MEXICO CITY — In the darkness, Mexican police officer Ivan Morales and more than a dozen soldiers climbed aboard five military helicopters at the Colima airport — six hours south of Puerto Vallarta— for a secret mission. 

They weren’t told their target's name, so they didn’t realize the danger ahead.  

Their destination was a Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación compound, the hiding spot of Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, known as "El Mencho" — the most sought-after drug kingpin in the world. 

How we reported this story

Throughout 2019, Courier Journal reporters analyzed thousands of court records and transcripts of more than 100 CJNG-linked cases around the country and talked to more than 150 federal drug agents, police officers, defense attorneys, and prosecutors, as well as relatives, co-workers, and neighbors of those accused. The team traveled to 15 cities across the United States and to Mexico City and Guadalajara. Reporters also reached out to more than two dozen alleged cartel members or associates.

The U.S. is offering $10 million for the capture of El Mencho, who is blamed for thousands of kidnappings and brutal deaths in Mexico, as well as tens of thousands of fatal overdoses throughout America. 

El Mencho commands an army of 5,000 and is protected by paramilitary-trained assassins. Some have died to keep their leader safe from police and rival cartels since CJNG’s inception in 2011.  

But investigators rooted out El Mencho’s location in spring 2015, prompting the abrupt raid. 

On May 1, 2015, military helicopters flew north over the mountain peaks of rural Jalisco, a western state known for its oceanside town of Puerto Vallarta. The pilots flew the soldiers above a convoy of CJNG trucks.  

This rubble is all that remains of the Mexican military helicopter shot down by CJNG members with rocket-propelled grenade launchers in Villa Purificacion, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, on May 1, 2015. Eight soldiers and one federal police officer died. The cartel then blocked police from rushing in by setting buses, semis, and trucks on fire and creating 39 roadblocks throughout the state of Jalisco.

"Prepare for anything," a commander shouted. 

Minutes later, bullets riddled his helicopter’s roof and sides. Then, El Mencho’s security detail on the ground raised Russian-made rocket-propelled grenade launchers to their shoulders and fired.  

One explosive warhead pierced the rotor of Morales’ helicopter, igniting a fire. The aircraft plummeted into thick trees.  

From his seat in the back, Morales, then 33, threw his arms upward, pressing his hands against the roof to brace himself. He heard the crunch and felt the jolt of hitting branches on the way to the ground.   

Thick black and gray billows of smoke gushed in, obscuring his view.  

“I thought I was going to die there,” Morales said.   

Morales, who found out three months earlier that he was going to be a father, looked around the wreckage for an escape route. In the darkness, flames filled a doorway, illuminating his only path to safety.  

“All I wanted was to go out, and I thought about it for my family, my son and my wife.”  

Morales darted through the fire and kept going, fearful the helicopter would explode. He climbed under a fence, searching for a place to hide, still hearing the pops of cartel gunfire. 

A Mexican soldier keeps an eye out for cartel members after CJNG downed a military helicopter with a rocket launcher in Villa Purificacion, Jalisco. The deadly 2015 attack was part of escalating violence during CJNG's power grab.YURI CORTEZ, AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Fueled by adrenaline, he ran from the wreckage.  

He can’t recall how far he ran or how much time passed before he collapsed, was severely burned, and near death. 

His colleague, the only other Mexican police officer on the mission, didn’t make it. Neither did eight SEDENA, or Mexican national defense, soldiers.  

The crew from the other helicopters fired on the cartel convoy and then landed to help the wounded. Rescuers searched the area, finding Morales last.  

Mexican federal police officer Ivan Morales talks to a reporter in June 2019 about his disfigurement and the loss of a career he loved after CJNG shot down a military helicopter in the mountains of Jalisco in 2015, the year of the cartel's power grab.

Morales kept telling the soldiers who hoisted him on the stretcher why he had to survive: “I’m going to be a dad!”  

Suffering second and third-degree burns over 70% of his body, Morales nearly died of organ failure in a Mexico City hospital. His pregnant fiancee kept a vigil beside him.  

“Knowing I was going to be a dad motivated me a lot to fight,” he said.   

In the hospital, Morales married his love of two years, whom he didn’t want to publicly name for her protection. 

After several surgeries and a month in recovery, he left the hospital on Oct. 9, 2015, wearing his navy blue uniform.  

Six weeks later, his son was born.  

After several surgeries and rehab, Morales was able to walk down the aisle of their Catholic church for a small wedding in front of family and friends.  

Now, four years after the crash, it’s difficult at times for Morales to cope with his disfigurement. Strangers often stare and whisper. 

He’s disabled, no longer able to be a policeman.  

Some days, his son, now 3, sits in his father’s lap traces burn scars with his little fingers and asks what happened. Morales tells him he was hurt in an accident. 

His son is too young for now to understand the ruthlessness of cartels. Morales dreads those future conversations.  

After all he has lost, Morales still insists he has no regrets.  

“I knew the risks,” he said. “I was committed to doing my job.”  

Morales waits for another surgery to repair damage from the helicopter fire.  

He also awaits the end of El Mencho’s reign.   

“It is not hopeless.” 

Ivan Morales, a Mexican federal police officer burned in a helicopter crash caused by a CJNG grenade, hugs his wife. He didn't want to name her for her protection. 


 Investigative reporter Beth Warren spent two days in Mexico City and Guadalajara, talking with U.S. agents and Mexican law enforcement on the front lines in the hunt for El Mencho. She reviewed thousands of documents in more than 100 court case files and sought prison interviews with two dozen cartel members and associates.

Karol Suarez is a Venezuelan-born journalist based out of Mexico City who covers Latin America. She reported from Mexico for The Courier-Journal on this project, interviewing Ivan Morales for this story. She has worked for media organizations reporting social-political issues in the region, including presidential elections, civil unrest, Central American migration, natural disasters, the environment, travel and sports. Karol is a field producer, reporter and a social media content producer. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from the Yacambú University in her native Barquisimeto in Venezuela. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Cristopher Rogel Blanquet is a Mexican photojournalist who worked for The Courier Journal on this project. He also documented the Syrian conflict in 2017. In his home country, he has covered the armed uprisings of Michoacán and the recent Central American exodus. In 2015, he won the photography prize of the National Trade Union School of Colombia for his coverage “The Opium Child,” published in the Mexican newspaper El Universal. His photographs are part of the multimedia work, “Disappeared,” also published in El Universal, which won the Ortega y Gasset Prize.


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Secretary Yellen Announces Treasury Sanctions Against New Generation of Violent Drug Trafficking Beltrán Leyva Organization: "El Musico" Included In Sanctions

"Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was reposted from the  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY 


  • Secretary Yellen Announces Treasury Sanctions Against New Generation of Violent Drug Trafficking Beltrán Leyva Organization: December 6, 2023

Fentanyl Seizures Due To Crusade By 'Los Chapitos' Fell More Than 50%

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Seizures went from 1,445 kilos to 598 from April to October, according to the Customs Office; Guzmán Loera's heirs understood that they had to make concessions to the US government.

Seizures increased from 1,445 kilos to 598 from April to October of this year.

Fentanyl seizures at the southern border of the United States have plummeted steadily since last April when Joe Biden's administration brought charges against 28 members of the Sinaloa Cartel, including the three sons of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, for flooding the country's streets with the drug.

According to figures from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), fentanyl seizures at border crossings dropped 58.6 percent in just half a year, from 1,445.5 kilograms seized in April to only 598 kilograms last October.

Just last April 14, the U.S. Department of Justice announced efforts to capture brothers Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, as well as the now extradited Ovidio Guzman Lopez "for flooding the United States with fentanyl to supply addicts on the streets".

Since the announcement of the U.S. authorities, the quantities of fentanyl seized by CBP have decreased unabated, and in the last six months there have been consecutive monthly drops in the number of seizures made at the southern border of the United States.

Official statistics report that in April of this year Border Patrol agents achieved the largest seizure so far in the fight against fentanyl with 1,445 kilograms of the drug; by May, security efforts resulted in the arrest of 1,202 kilograms and a reduction of only 243 kilograms from month to month.

For organized crime specialist David Saucedo, the reduction in seizures by CBP and the criminal group's denial of its involvement in trafficking are part of a strategy in which "Los Chapitos understood that they had to make some concessions to the US government.

However, US pressures became more notorious in June when Anne Milgram, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), claimed that US law enforcement had infiltrated the Sinaloa Cartel and specifically the Chapitos' operational network with access to the highest levels of the organization.

The Wall Street Journal even reported that in June, El Chapo Guzman's sons decided to leave the fentanyl market for the United States. At that time, CBP figures reported a total of 971.5 kilograms seized from criminal groups, a 20 percent reduction from May.

The steady decline continued in July when the Border Patrol totaled just 796.5 kilograms in its effort to eradicate fentanyl trafficking and the first and only plateau came in August when CBP authorities totaled 804 kilograms.

September saw the biggest blow so far in the fight against fentanyl with the extradition of Ovidio Guzman Lopez to the United States to stand trial in US court for heading up the production and sale of the fentanyl that has killed 100,000 people every year since 2021.

The media coup of the extradition was accompanied by another reduction in the number of fentanyl crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, as CBP authorities only reported the monthly seizure of 636.8 kilograms.

After Ovidio was sent to a US prison, Los Chapitos began a public strategy with messages hung with banners prohibiting the fentanyl business in Sinaloa:

"The sale, manufacture, transport or any type of business involving the substance known as fentanyl is strictly prohibited."

Following this warning, seizures in US territory were at their lowest level in the last 15 months, with only 598 kilograms of fentanyl seized from criminal groups. For David Saucedo, this notable reduction represents a clear sign of an attempt by Los Chapitos to withdraw from the fentanyl market.

"The Sinaloa cartel forced its franchises to stop selling, transporting and marketing fentanyl. I am not sure that they have completely eliminated the transfer of this drug, but we can perceive that there is a deliberate decrease in fentanyl shipments to the United States," explained the specialist.

El Chapo Guzman's sons have tried in various ways to create a narrative so that they are not blamed for the health crisis in the United States due to the death of almost 300,000 people since 2021 from fentanyl overdoses.

"It seems that Los Chapitos have several strategies: a public narrative that they are not responsible for the production of fentanyl; the concession of not fighting against the capture of Ovidio; the abandonment of El Nini so that he could be captured; and finally, reducing fentanyl shipments, I am not sure if it is an elimination, but I am certain that it is a unilateral reduction on the part of Los Chapitos," said David Saucedo.


Death, Denial, and a Region Under Siege — Part Two

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Outside the tourist stops and affluent neighborhoods, Mexican authorities themselves treat much of Juarez as if it were a war zone. Military vehicles brimming with armed National Guard soldiers patrol the streets 24-7.

El Paso, Texas

KTSM 9 News

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

AMLO Blasts Judge Who Halted Extradition Of 'El Nini': "If This Is Not Corruption, What Is?" November 28, 2023.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from INFOBAE

Mexico's President López Obrador accused the judge of offering an injunction to the former head of security of Los Chapitos, to prevent his extradition to the US.


AMLO exposed the judge who granted a stay to El Nini against his extradition to the U.S. Credit:cuartoscuro

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador exploded against the judge who granted a stay to Néstor Isidro "N", alias El Nini, former head of security for Los Chapitos, against his extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for crimes such as conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, possession of weapons, among others.

During this Tuesday morning's Cero Impunidad section, Judge María del Carmen Sánchez Cisneros, of the Fourth District Court of Amparo with residence in Mexico City, who granted protection of justice to the alleged drug trafficker, was shown.

However, it was minutes later in the same conference that President López Obrador criticized the Judicial Power and accused the judge of "offering a warrant" to 'El Nini' to avoid extradition.

"Néstor Isidro is arrested in this case, and a judge almost at the moment of the arrest offers him amparo so that he will not be extradited. What is that? If this is not corruption, let the ministers of the Court and the Judiciary Council tell me what this is about. Is this law? This is crooked," said the president.

López Obrador questioned that for this type of case "it is not necessary to have a doctorate in Law" or belong to large institutions of lawyers such as the Institute of Legal Sciences of the UNAM or bar associations, whom he accused of "remaining silent" in the face of this type of situation.

Judges look for any pretext to benefit criminals: AMLO

However, the president did not stop there and continued with his criticism of judges, whom he also accused of looking for any argument to grant suspensions to alleged criminals.

"It is purely a matter of law, that the law is the law. What arguments do they use in this case, that he was tortured, and beaten and it is shown that he was not. But anything, that they did not show him the arrest warrant, that the authority that carried out the arrest, how is it that he says he was not the first responder, that it was not at 5:35 in the morning, but at 6:40, anything," accused the federal president.

That is why he reiterated the need for judges, magistrates, and ministers to be elected by popular vote so that they are at the service of the citizens and not of "white collar or organized crime".

President López Obrador proposed that the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches, as well as bar associations and law schools, propose lists of lawyers who meet the requirements and that the people decide with full knowledge of who they are.

During this morning's Zero Impunity section, the judge who ordered the restitution of a property to Emilio Lozoya, ex-director of Pemex, was also shown, considering the non-application of the Extinction of Ownership Law.

Source: INFOBAE 

Tijuana, Baja California: Female Municipal Police Officer Shot To Death

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The woman died shortly after in the hospital.

On Insurgentes Boulevard, a woman identified as Cristina Zavala Hernández, a municipal police officer, was shot at in a Honda Fit personal vehicle.

The attack took place on Monday afternoon, municipal police officers identified the victim as a colleague and transported her in a patrol car to a nearby hospital.

Agent Cristina Zavala Hernández.

The woman died shortly after in the hospital; there is no information available on who has been arrested. The State Prosecutor's Office was left in charge of the scene that occurred near the Los Álamos neighborhood.

Insurgentes Boulevard in the Los Alamos neighborhood 
Tijuana, Baja California 

Los Alamos neighborhood 
Tijuana, Baja California 

El Imparcial

U.S. Raises Surveillance On Emma Coronel After Serving Reduced Sentence

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Emma Coronel, the wife of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, "El Chapo Loera, "El Chapo", was released from prison on September 13 after serving a reduced sentence.

Video translation is as follows: 

This Tuesday the district court of Columbia in the United States issued an order to modify the conditions of supervised release for Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera. She was released from prison in September after serving a reduced sentence. In the order Judge Rudolf Contreras ruled that Coronel shall surrender to her probationary officer or any law enforcement officer who asks her to do so without the need for a warrant. 

Information about her property, residence, vehicle documents, computers, cell phones, electronic communications devices, data storage accounts, email networking accounts, social media accounts, cloud storage, belongings, and so on under the control of the defendant. At the slightest reasonable suspicion of a violation of her conditions of supervision or of unlawful conduct by her. 

The judge further requires that a signed release of information to check her credit history, federal and state income tax returns. Along with a signed authorization to disclose the information. In addition to this an exact financial statement with supporting documentation for all of her assets, income, expenses and liabilities. 

Coronel spent 2 years 4 months in a prison in Texas and a couple of months in a halfway house after being convicted of conspiring to drug distribution, money laundering, and participation in transactions involving property belonging to a narco trafficker. 

Although Coronel has U.S.-Mexican nationality she was placed under supervised parole for 4 years. During this time she has to report her residence and accept unannounced visits by a probation officer. Among other measures to ensure that she doesn’t reoffend. 

The Two Young Men Were 'Underage' And Forced To Walk Naked In Guasave: Sinaloa

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from LOS NOTICIERISTAS 


Guasave, Sin.- According to sources consulted, the two young men who were tied up inside the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente and forced to walk naked through downtown Guasave are minors.

Both are originally from the municipality of Sinaloa, where they are also students at a high school.

The two minors were escorted by hooded individuals carrying boards, through the main streets of the city center, carrying messages accusing them of being "turncoats" and of selling electric vapes.

Subsequently, the two young men were beaten inside the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, where they were also forced to walk through the facilities.

Raid On A Property In Guadalupe Y Calvo, Chihuahua: Where Approximately 129 Thousand Pills And 150 Kilos Of Suspected Fentanyl Were Seized.

 "Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from FGR México

December 05, 2023, Chihuahua, Chih.


Elements of the Federal Attorney General's Office (FGR), attached to the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), carried out a search of a property in Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, where they seized approximately 129 thousand pills and 150 kilos of presumed fentanyl, as well as various other substances.


Under the direction of the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF), of the Specialized Regional Control Prosecutor's Office (FECOR), in its Chihuahua Delegation, the elements of the Federal Ministerial Police (PFM), complied with the court order, seized the property and approximately 480 kilograms of two different substances and various objects.


The seized items were handed over to the MPF of the delegation above, who continues with the corresponding diligence and expert reports, to integrate the investigation folder.

Source: FGR.ORG.MX



El Comandante, Leader Of 'La Mano Con Ojos' Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

El Comandante became leader of the criminal group after the death of Óscar Oswaldo "N".

A criminal judge sentenced Marco Antonio "N", El Comandante, leader of the criminal group La Mano con Ojos, to 27 years and six months in prison for his alleged participation in a homicide that occurred in September 2011 in the Miguel Hidalgo district.

Ulises Lara, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, explained that the conviction against El Comandante stems from an investigation in which this individual and other individuals, who were supposedly wearing uniforms of the now defunct Federal Police, shot a man to death inside a restaurant located in the Los Morales neighborhood.

"According to the investigation, on September 21, 2011, the victim and a companion arrived at the restaurant, El Comandante along with several people, some of them wearing uniforms of the Federal Police and carrying high caliber firearms, known as goat horns (AK-47 rifles), arrived at the establishment".

"Subsequently, the alleged uniformed men approached the victim, who warned that they were not federal police due to the weapons they were carrying, immediately they a struggle began and the victim was killed with gunshots," he said in a message to the media.

In addition to the sentence of more than 27 years in prison that he will serve in the North Prison, Hernandez Garcia will have to pay reparations for damages to an indirect victim of the homicide.

The official said that El Comandante took over the leadership of La Mano con Ojos after the arrest of Oscar Oswaldo aka El Compayito, one of the founders and leaders of the organization.

He added that in March 2012, elements of the then Attorney General's Office detained Marco "N" in the vicinity of the Villa Olímpica neighborhood when he was traveling in a high-end vehicle "following several homicides whose victims were mutilated, in some cases incinerated and abandoned in different parts of the capital," the spokesman explained.

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Special Report -- Cartels, Death, Denial: In A Region Under Siege

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The first of a three-part series on how drug cartels are sowing terror in Juarez neighborhoods and making their presence felt in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. 

El Paso, Texas

KTSM 9 News

Tijuana, Baja California: Municipal Policemen Steal Drugs From Los Aquiles Mob

"Sol Prendido" and "HEARST" for Borderland Beat

Municipal police officers in Tijuana stole a drug shipment from CDS Los Aquiles, last month after raiding a home on Privada Altitud 58. 

Yesterday an audio of a lieutenant (El Moreno) of Alfonso Arzate García, aka El Aquiles, talking with the municipal police officer Hugo Alejandro Murua Rico began circulating online. 

Video translation is as follows:

Hugo Alejandro: Hello?

Moreno: What’s going on Alejandro?

Alejandro: What’s up.  

Moreno: How’s it going, I’m calling on behalf of El Aquiles. My name is Moreno. 

Alejandro: Ok. Tell me. 

Moreno: I’m calling because we sent you on Friday to keep tabs on who was stealing from our operation. But you ended up joining the fucking thieves in their act. You were loaded with more than…

Alejandro: What?

Moreno: Look here old man. I have the video from that private party.Your patrol vehicle was loaded with more than 20 bags. But you returned with only 12 of them. What’s up with that?

Alejandro: Okay. Here’s what happened. When those guys loaded my vehicle This is what I explained to the person who called me. He said to me: 'there’s a lot of merchandise there'. I looked into the vehicle and they were loading away.  They had already loaded so many of them beforehand and so all those bags were there. Ok. So, that’s how that went. He then asked if I could do him the favor of taking everything where it had to go. 

Moreno: Listen to me, listen to me you fool. I was sent to call you. Within the video we see that your patrol vehicle was loaded with more than 20 bags. But that you only returned with 12 of them. I’m letting you know that you need to return what’s missing otherwise you’re going to be fucking killed. I’m El Moreno and I’m an operator for El Aquiles. I happen to be the person who runs that district where you work. I’ve already talked to numerous people and it’s going to be me who ends up fucking you up if you don’t return what you’ve stolen. 

Alejandro: Ok. But…

Moreno: You need to return everything. Damn dude. We sent you to keep an eye out but instead you joined the fucking thieves. 

Alejandro: I didn’t grab the other things. I called that other guy…

Moreno: You were loaded with more than 20…

Alejandro: But those guys ended up unloading it again…

Moreno: I don’t know, I don’t know. I just want back what belongs to the boss. 

Alejandro: But I didn’t grab anything.  

Moreno: Look, I’m going to send you the pics just so that you can see that I’m not lying to you. I’m not bullshitting you. 

Alejandro:  No,no,no. I’m not saying that. 

Moreno: If I’m calling you then it’s because I have proof. And you’re not going to fuck me over. Take a look at the picture there you fool. Do you think that there’s 12 bags there? Get the fuck out of here with that bullshit you fool. It’s best that you return what you’ve stolen you fucking thief. Otherwise, I’m going to fucking destroy you. Did you look at the pictures already?

Alejandro: Yes, yes I have. 

Moreno: Take a look at those pictures that I’ve sent you and don’t be a fucking thief with this matter. You should already know who that merchandise belongs to. There’s just too much missing there for you guys to think that this isn’t a serious matter. Someone stole 500…

Alejandro: But…

Moreno: Listen to me you fool, listen to me. Someone stole 500 kilos of cocaine and 1300 pounds. So, let’s clarify this shit. 

Alejandro: But the thing is…

Moreno: I have in my possession your full name, your personal records, the number of your patrol vehicle, and I will eventually show up at your residence partner. I will catch you whenever you leave your government office or during your off days. I don’t give a fuck. 

Alejandro: That’s why I was telling you. How do I go about this matter if I didn’t take anything? 

Moreno: Well, I don’t know dude. 

Alejandro: I’m trying to resolve this diplomatically with you. 

Moreno: I’m also saying all of this to you in a diplomatic manner. But you guys have really fucked up here. You’re all fucking pigs and you’re pigging out in your own slop. But this time you’re going to find yourselves confronted in a fucking armed attack, an armed attack with us. 

Alejandro: But I didn’t, I didn’t personally take anything. I gave everything to that guy like I’ve told you.  It was raining, ask him. There was no more room within the police unit. How do I resolve this? I’m not denying this happened. 

Moreno: Look here you fool.  I’m not, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not going to argue with you anymore. As it is I’ve been on this phone call for more than 5 minutes now. I’m just going to say this. You need to return what’s missing. Otherwise, I will end up killing everyone within your household including your fucking dog. 

Alejandro: But I didn’t, I didn’t…

Moreno: I can’t make it any clearer old man. You need to return what’s missing you fucking thief. 

Alejandro: But that’s why I was telling you…

Moreno:  Very well then. You’re going to end up seeing me in that armed confrontation that’s coming against you…

* Sometime after this call occurred, on November 26, officer Hugo Alejandro was shot by CDS hitmen in the El Rubi neighborhood of Tijuana. 

He managed to survive the attack by firing in a dark colored Caravan but another officer who was with him died from the hitmen's gunfire. 

Codigo Rojo alleges that 2 Tijuana officers have been executed by CDS as retaliation for this theft.

Privada Altitud 58
Tercera Etapa del Río neighborhood
Tijuana, Baja California 

Update 6:00pm CST: Video of the theft they're discussing shown below. 

Video Source: David Wolf