Tirso Martinez Sanchez, aka “El Futbolista” was questioned under cross about his futbol teams.
Tirso admitted to using millions of drug money to invest in Mexican soccer teams.
He named the cities where he owned teams, La Piedad, Celaya, Merida, Queretaro and Irapuato. He told the court he later sold the La Piedad team for 10M making a profit of 4 million.
Between the years of 2000-2003 he netted 40 to 50 million dollars in the drug trafficking business. He says he made so much money he didn’t mind losing a couple of million on cockfights and gambling.
El Mayo almost killed me
In 2001, Tirso testified that there was a meeting in Mexico City, organized by El Rey Zambada, brother of El Mayo and a cooperative witness who already testified. The meeting had not yet begun when Mayo pulled out his pistol and pointed it to the face of Tirso. Mayo was angered and was suspicious that it was Tirso who substituted quality cocaine for low quality to the tune of around 331 kilos.
Tirso attributes his life being spared to Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, “El Viceroy”, because Mayo said “I won’t kill you because my godson asked me not to do anything to you.”
Viceroy’s brother was the late Amado Carillo Funetes.
Rolling Stone Video
Although Sean Penn is not expected to testify, jurors were shown, at least in part, the El Chapo video interview. It was presented along with a FBI witness.
-The consensus this morning is slow and anything but exciting. -Defense is cross-examining Tirso about why he didn't identify Chapo during his initial interviews with US law enforcement. -The defense plan suggests he only put Chapo as a leader of the cartel when it was clear prosecutors wanted to use him as a witness in the trial. -Tirso admitted that nearly all of his knowledge about Chapo came from Alfredo Vasquez (a lieutenant of Chapo. - -Tirso had only been shown the younger photo of Vasquez. Purpura asked him to ID the older photo. He hesitated and said, "I feel like I've seen that person before." -Purpura responded: "Let me introduce you to Alfredo Vasquez." -The US Marshals who watch Chapo in the courtroom were nodding off.
Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa and Emma’s father
Next witness is Jorge Cifuentes, leader of the Colombian Cifuentes Villa drug organization. and the nexus to Emma Coronel’s father.
It was the Sinaloa Cartel connection to Cifuentes Villa, that authorities were able to connect Chapo's father in law, Inés Coronel Barreras, father of Emma, as the connection or liaison between the Colombians and Chapo. And according to the Florida indictment was one of Chapo's money launderers, funneling money into the United States.
“Was it the DEA who located Coronel Barreras in Agua Prieta?” An intelligence agent of the United States, who requested anonymity, was asked.
“What I can say is that the government of the United States had time to investigate and follow the tracks of Coronel Barreras in Sinaloa, Durango, Sonora and South America”.
Pressuring him to explain further in the case of the father-in-law of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the agent specializing in Mexican drug trafficking explains that it all started at the beginning of 2012 with a DEA investigation focused on the Colombian Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa.
According to DEA website, Cifuentes Villa is leader of an organization dedicated to traffic cocaine.
“Cifuentes’s organization amassed a great fortune in money and illicit properties, as one of the main providers of cocaine to the Sinaloa Cartel”, reads on a page of the DEA.
The American agent reveals that in several intelligence reports written by DEA about the Cifuentes Villa Organization, the name Coronel Barreras came up.
"He is identified as the contact person of El Chapo and the person in charge of the transportation of cocaine shipments that originated from several points of South America to Central America and México", he clarifies. [indictment can be read below]
He just began his testimony. He estimates shipping 220 tons of cocaine in the '90s to LA, Houston, and New York…. More tomorrow
Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Prosecutors want "Fast and Furious" off limits
About the cooperative witness:
Tirso Martinez-Sanchez a Mexican native, was arrested in Mexico on Feb. 2, 2014, and extradited
from Mexico to the United States on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. He was facing decade-old charges that he shipped tons of cocaine into this country.
Martinez employed a network that included railroad cars to ship and store cocaine between 1999 and 2003, according to the 2004 indictment. [see hearing transcript below]
Martinez worked with the Carrillo Fuentes and Beltrán Leyva organizations, as well as Colombian traffickers Victor and Miguel Mejía-Múnera.
Martinez had been held in the Altiplano No.1 prison in Mexico before being brought to New York.
On the StateDepartments website it states the Martinez-Sanchez organization used front companies to traffic cocaine in boats, rail tankers and trucks across Mexico’s border with California and Texas and on to major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The witness was the leader of the MSO and was as an importer, transporter, and distributor for other large narcotics traffickers, such as the Juarez cartel, members of the Federation. Martinez is responsible for organizing the laundering and remittance of millions of dollars drug proceeds back to Mexico.
It is believed that between 2000 and 2003, the MSO’s railroad network imported, transported, and distributed approximately 76 metric tons of cocaine into the United States.
Martinez, once a most wanted felon, acted as a distributor facilitating drugs into the United States, is now on the witness stand in the trial of El Chapo as a cooperative witness.
The witness said that the drug operations of the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels were consolidated after the death of Amado Carillo Funentes.Martinez, who has a laundry list of monikers, including “Futbolista” [footballer/soccer] because of his love and obsession with the sport compelled him to purchase futbol teams.
He testified to working for both cartels between the 1990s and the 2000s
The two cartels worked in tandem with an alliance , he explained, in the early 1990s, with Carillo as leader of Juarez Cartel and Chapo and El Mayo Zambada as leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.
After Amado’s death [at left] by a botched plastic surgery, one of the second tier leaders Eduardo Gonzales Quirarte aka “Flaco Quirarte”, had a mental break down and even shot himself which left him so impaired he was forced to “retire” from the business.
Tirso spoke describes the suicide attempt like this: "He was very high and a patrol attempted to stop him. He fled instead. He called Alvarez Tostado and told him, 'Compa, I'm not going to let them catch me. I'm going to kill myself instead."
He shot himself in the head.
It was this event that turned the reigns of Juarez to Amado’s brother Vicente and the cartels merger.
The merger created a stronger business model for the two cartels. It meant more influence in corrupting officials and police. It also meant the sharing of plazas [routes/cities] and ports.
Martinez testified about how the cartel used trains to ship drugs to Chicago. Each cocaine shipment with 1,200 to 1,800 kilos. These were worth up to $30 million in Chicago, earning Martinez about $200,000 to $300,000 each shipment.
Martinez says he met Chapo for the first time in person in 2001. This was just after his escape from a Jalisco prison. Martinez says he and his boss were taken to a cabin outside Mexico City, towards Toluca. Hoods were placed over their heads so they could not see where they were going.
Martinez testified that Chapo boasted about being the conception person of the cocaine train they were using.
Alfredo Vasquez, Martinez’ boss lied to El Chapo about how many railcars they had, saying they had up to 60 when it was far less at about 6 to 8. He says he transported cocaine via rail tanker used for cooking oil. This was between 2000 and 2003. It was sent to Chicago, NY and L.A.
He said, Chapo put them on notice to expect larger shipment coming through the rail system. 18-20 shipments between 30 to 50 tons, were sent worth $500-800 million.
After the cocaine arrived in New York and Chicago, it would be unloaded from the tankers at warehouses into cars with hidden compartments. They would coordinate drop off of the cars, at McDonalds and Burger King.
They would go inside to meet the pick up contacts and give them the keys.
What happened to Flaco after shooting himself in the head?
Eduardo González Quirarte
After vanishing for a decade and a half, Eduardo González Quirarte, reappeared in 2016, albeit through his attorneys. He “emerged” to initiate an “amparo trial” to rid himself of those old nagging arrest warrants.
In August of 2016 through his lawyers, he presented two demands for guarantees before a District Court of Amparo in Criminal Matters in Mexico City.
It turned out to be a smart move, because in March of 2017, the judge granted him protection in the federal judicial system and annulled the warrant that would have put him behind bars.
If he is called to answer for crimes connected to the actions of the criminal group of the Carrillo Fuentes in Quintana Roo, from the 90s, he is set with a court ordered amparo that should protect him against charges for crimes attributed to him in Chihuahua.
The amparo renders ineffective “the arrest warrant issued against the complainant, as probable responsible in the commission of crimes of organized crime; against health in its modality of introduction, transportation and extraction of narcotics and collaboration to promote these modalities; and collection of firearms and ammunition for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy and Air Force.” [from the ruling]
The accusations arose from the arrest of some assassins of the Carrillo Fuentes clan between 1997 and 1998, and from the search of a building located near a deposit of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) on the road from Ciudad Juárez to Casas Grandes. On the property, which Eduardo was seen entering and leaving, firearms and boxes of cartridges caliber 7.62 were secured, and a laboratory for the production and transformation of cocaine was discovered.
The accusations against the plaintiff for organized crime were due to his alleged participation in tasks such as the provision of money and administration of various assets of the Juarez Cartel. He was no longer a part of the cartel after the merging with Sinaloa Cartel.
The United States named González Quirarte on its list of drug kingpins on May 31, 2002, the same date that the capo Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada was sanctioned by the Treasury Department.
According to data from the Federal Office for the Control of Foreign Assets, he is charged by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Texas since April 21, 1994, for allegedly participation in the crimes of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to participate in money laundering.
Below is filing from the 7th by the government who wants operation fast and furious off limits. “it has no relevance to the trial”. Read filing below
The prosecution has withdrawn their request for sanctions against the defense team, over prohibited cell communications allegedly implemented between Emma Coronel and El Chapo.
The motion was withdrawn “without prejudice” meaning it is not dead and could be refiled.
In reading the motion one is given a greater insight as to what exactly the prosecution is saying.
Although there are two defense players pointed out in the scenario, the government wanted the entire team to be sanctioned.
Here is what the government claims;
That they have evidence establishing a substantial likelihood that SAMs [special security measures] and courthouse rules were violated by providing a cell phone to the wife of El Chapo Emma Coronel, inside the courthouse, then visiting Chapo in the attorney-client room with a second cellular to facilitate contact between.Prosecutors say this occurred on November 19thobserved by security and security footage.
The prosecution points out that the declarations of defense team affirming they did not engage in this act, nor provided a prohibited person a cell, it points out that defense team attorney, Mirio Colon did not.There is no filing from Colon.There is a filing from Michael Lambert who says he did allow Emma to use his phone in order to use the translation app to answer Emma’s questions about the proceeding.
How it was done contend the prosecution:
Byproviding a cellular telephone to the defendant’s wife inside the courthouse, and then visiting the defendant in the attorney-client visitation room with another cellular telephone to facilitate unauthorized contact between the two.
“The defense affidavit is silent when it comes to whether provided Ms. Coronel a telephone elsewhere in the courthouse. The implication is once again clear: gave Ms. Coronel a telephone in the courthouse.
Defense claimed it would have been impossible to communicate as there is no cell service in the attorney client room. Prosecution says this is not so.
This is based on “the United States Marshals Service testing the signal strength of Verizon and Sprint cellular telephones in the visitation area. These tests revealed that Sprint received service and Verizon did not. While highlights that co-counsel’s Verizon telephone lacked, service in the visitation area, affidavit is silent as to the fact that actually matters—whether any of the three telephones regularly brought into the courthouse”
The government picks up on the fact the defense specifically says they did not send messages from the visitation room, and the phone in question did not send or receive messages, but does not say the same or mention the other three phone. However, it must be pointed out that was the contention to begin with, the visiting room.
So cell-gate is most likely dead.Dying with the defense saying “not me” and the prosecution saying it is “likely” something happened.
What a waste of time and effort, since there were two private sidebar discussions with the judge about this specific issue, resulting in resolve….or so thought.
This is a few days old but some of you probably did not hear of these events subsequent to the body of “El Gafe” was discovered hanging.
The prison guards were shot dead in two different incidents.Two of them were shot as they boarded a public transportation bus.The other guard was shot, while he was riding in a van.
The three men were attacked after finishing their work shift at Centro de Ejecucion de Sanciones [Cedes], in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. Just hours afterJuan Alfonso “N”, alias El Gafe or Chucho was found hanging in his cell.
The first attack occurred at approximately 8:30 am on Wednesday, in front of the Cedes on route13. The guards were shot by two armed men.They guards were pronounced dead at the scene.
Simultaneously to the gun attack of these two guards, a report came into authorities regarding a third guard being shot and killed while driving his van in the San Marcos area.He was taken still alive to the hospital but later died.
Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from El Universal and yucatan
After a hearing at the Oral Justice Center of Merida, Judge Luis Mugarte Guerrero declared "illegal" the arrest of Eleazar Medina Rojas "El Chelelo" for what he was arrested for, and ordered released immediately but was immediately arrested by the federal Attorney General's Office (PGR ).
The PGR agents decided to attend the high security hearing, and were waiting for him, at which time they presented an arrest warrant.
A hearing was held in the CJOM to to determine the legality of the arrest of "El Chelelo" and and if so to charge him with for falsification of documents.
However, Judge Mugarte considered that the arrest of the CDG capo was not legal, so he indicated that there were no legal issues to deprive him of his freedom.
Despite this, PGR personnel went to the hearing, presenting an arrest warrant and immediately "El Chelelo" was transferred to Mexico City.
It was said that Medina Rojas has several arrest warrants for crimes related to organized crime in the north of the country. [Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas]
Additionally, "El Chelelo" is wanted by the US authorities, who want his extradition.
In Merida, Yucatan, an intense security operation is being implemented at the Oral Justice Center in Mérida, near the Mérida Prison, where the alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel, Eleazar Medina Rojas 'El Chelelo', arrested a few days ago, was to be presented.
A helicopter flew over the area, reported that since the morning the elements arrived to protect the area.
'El Chelelo', together with three other people was detained by an element of the Public Security Secretariat of the state and it happened on a fortuitous basis, the events occurred last Wednesday, December 5, in the Fraccionamiento Monte Bello, north of the city of Mérida.
The detainees were traveling in a vehicle with registration of Quintana Roo, which had been polarized, not allowed in the entity; agents asked them to go down to do a routine review, it should be noted that in the State these revisions are very common, especially when they are with plates from other states; however, when requesting the documents the subject was identified as Maximum TR
The agents detected that they were false documents and they were transferred to the security complex, where fingerprints were taken and it was detected that they correspond to Eleazar Medina Rojas.
In a statement from the Mexican Navy: "Eleazar Medina Rojas is originally from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and has a criminal record for illegally entering the United States of America, in addition to having several accusations against him for drug trafficking, rape and disappearance of people in that country," it says.
"El Chelelo", who was operator of the Gulf Cartel and who according to intelligence reports operated in Nuevo Leon.
"El Chelelo", was captured in 2007 but released on human rights violations.
The detainees were placed at the disposal of the State Attorney General's Office, where the integration of the corresponding folder began. [click on image to enlarge]
Below is a video of Panteón Jardines del Humaya-Narco cemetary in Culiacan Sinaloa
Below are two videos
One is footage of the Culiacan plane crash reported by Yaqui. As it turned out there was never a narco connection but that was widely reported.
It appears to have been mechanical difficulties, as radioed in by the pilot just before going down.
But something interesting I learned. That there have been many crashes of small planes due to stunt flying. It is something engaged in by Culiacan pilots. Not in this crash but multiple others.
And when I state stunts, it is the caliber of stunts that assures death. Supposedly the famous narco cemetery of Culiacan has many mausoleums dedicated to dead pilots. I don’t recall that being signified in any special away, but the second video was sent to me with footage of stunt pilots doing their thing at a memorial for a dead pilot whose hearse can be seen in the video. In fact, one plane flies just inches above it in a swoop.
First video is the recent Culiacan crash into a home
A ex-policeman of Cuauhtémoc, accuses alleged acts of corruption committed by high security commanders in the state, including the governor, reported the Chihuahua Daily and El Diario.
The publications mention that thestate of Chihuahua attorney general, Prosecutor César Peniche, [at left] the commissioner Óscar Aparicio and Gov. Javier Corral, receive 5 million pesos per month [apx 250k usd] for operating against the 'Nueva Gente” cartel, a Sinaloa Cartel armed group that seeks to take control of the region. He establishes that there are at least 8 subjects who pay the authorities to 'clean' the city.
Sergio Paes, 'Flaco Paes', René Rojo, 'El Bolas', 'El soldado', Jacobo, Neufeld, 'El Master' and Ulises Castillo.
Within the list, there are at least two businessmen of the municipality, owners of a hotel and various businesses located in the commercial corridor.
He confesses that he (himself) dressed in civilian clothes, complied with the order to 'raze' the super 8 located on Aldama Street in the Manzanera region. "The instruction was to kill all the people who were there that night, they scolded us and they paid us half for not having executed anyone."
He points out that the State Police will withdraw when the La Linea Cartel is killing members of the GN.
The publications end by insuring that state elements were paid 50,000 pesos to kidnap, videotape, and killJesús Andrade Chagoya, 24, a former municipal policeman who was found dead on October 31.
Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat- from loba_indomable Twitter
At dawn, narco mantas were hung in several points in the city of CJNG establishes the attacks that occurred at the Guadalajara Consulate were not executed by CJNG nor ordered by CJNG leader Mencho.
Manta text translation by Sol for Borderland Beat
Our Cartel sets itself apart totally and completely from what happened in the United States embassy. We are not responsible for those actions, nor have we ordered any type of attack against that institution. You the government, know perfectly well who is doing things* in order to dirty our image as an organization. Sincerely, CJNG
For the third time this year, a Metro Vancouver gangster has been shot to death in Mexico…Jodh Singh Manj, 31, of the United Nations Gang, was gunned down after leaving a gym in a commercial complex in the Mexico City neighborhood of Santa Fe. [Vancouver Sun Update follows analysis below]
Mexico City: Canadian Executed in Shopping Mall Parking Lot
A 30-years-old Canadian citizen was shot dead by unknown assailants in Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon. The incident took place at around 13:00 hrs in the parking lot of the Via Santa Fe shopping mall, located in Mexico City’s Cuajimalpa district, situated some 17 kilometers southwest of the city center. Reportedly, the man was shot while approaching his luxury car. He was accompanied by his wife, a Colombian citizen, who remained unharmed in the attack. Ten cartridges were found at the crime scene. The victim showed four bullet impacts. It is said that the perpetrator, who allegedly approached his victim without saying a word, was accompanied by another armed man. Both fled on a motorcycle. No arrests have been made yet.
So far, no reports on the motive of the attack have been issued. Thus, it can only be speculated about the reason for the execution. According to reports, the victim, who was reportedly executed shortly after leaving the gym, recognized his attacker and subsequently attempted to flee. This would hint towards a personal motive. Taking the modus operandi of the assailants into consideration, the assassination seems to have been planned quite diligently and conducted in a rather professional manner. Thus, it appears plausible the attackers belonged to a criminal group. Given the victims’ luxury car, as well as the apparent circumstance that he had trained in the gym there, it seems plausible he lived in or nearby the exclusive area of Santa Fe. Nevertheless, this is only speculation by me. In August this year, several gunmen shot dead another Canadian in a shopping center in Guadalajara while on of his companions, a Mexican-American citizen, was seriously injured.
Update from Vancouver Sun: Manj was facing charges of conspiracy to import and distribute methamphetamine, ecstasy and pseudoephedrine in Oregon, California, Washington and Canada.
According to U.S. court documents, the charges against Manj were dismissed in February 2017 because the “defendant has not been apprehended, his whereabouts are unknown, and it would be difficult to locate the witnesses and exhibits necessary for successful prosecution of this case.” [QUE?]
One high-profile Hells Angel was posting gleeful comments on his Instagram Wednesday believed to be referencing Manj’s murder. [no name given]
Yesterday, a CDG ambush of CDN sicarios, against babies gunmen from the Northeast Cartel in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, resulted in the death of at least 5 CDN gunmen.
Mier: In 2010, was the beginning of the heighten violence in Tamaulipas and CDG vs Zetas.“Tamps” became a blackout news state, and the titureo movement was born, to distribute narco movement news and events of danger.Tamaulipas was ground zero for this movement that continues today.
It was also in 2010 that Cd. Mier was the city that was the first in that conflict, that citizens were warned to leave the city or be killed, as CDG and Zetas were in an around the clock conflict.90% of residents abandoned their homes and life in Tamps after the warning, taking to shelters in San Miguel Aleman.Mier hasn’t made the news much since then, but I recall the time when it did, and the kids and families we met in the shelter of San Miguel Aleman.
Jury is a bit bored The trial seems to be dragging with having the same type of evidence being given repeatedly. I think it is a mistake by the prosecution, you can’t present these tedious explanations of transport and ledgers and who knows who and who kills who and who is at war with whom, over and over without it becoming confusing and mind-numbing.The result may be a jury will tune out and then began nodding off.
Judge Cogan has had to scold he jury for doing just that.No good.Less is best.
Yesterday I reported about Cogan being concerned with respect to all the murder details in the cross examination of Chupeta.Cogan thought it was too much and too many ‘bad acts’.
Defense attorney Purpura offered a good and reasonable explanation
"Murder is an infamous act and infamous acts go right to the heart of someone’s credibility. You can’t just gloss over it by saying its 150.There is nothing greater [than] to show the character of an individual than the effect that they are willing to order the execution of all these people.”
Purpura told the court he planned on the cross examination to be about 10 murders and not 150.But he further explained that he planned to use an image of 150 persons.Not the actual victims just a representation of 150 persons off of google.The government attorney, Ms Goldbarg, objected to its use as being “overly prejudicial”.
Judge says he didn’t have a problem with the image, but wishes to see it before it is presented as an exhibit.
Bad Cocaine Shipment
Today German Rosero aka Barbas is continuing his testimony. He spoke about bad cocaine, a 2002 meeting with Chapo in the sierras and the transfer of money from Mexico to Colombia.
His first meeting with Chapo was at his home in the mountains, near Culiacan.He described a “country home with palapas, which was not luxurious”.It sounds like the home where a video was made of Chapo under one of those palapas. [at left]
The problem was due to a 600 kilo shipment of inferior quality cocaine .The lesser quality was due to a lack of an extra oxidization step necessary for the best quality cocaine.
Rosero said they were able to work out a deal giving Chapo a 500 dollar discount per kilo on the inferior cocaine.
Damaso Lopez Nuñez, aka “Lic” or “El Licenciado arranged the next meeting in 2003.
Sending the money to Colombia
Rosero testified to the method Chapo used to transport money to Colombia.
Rosero says that Chapo owned a plane made of carbon fiber, which made it undetectable by radar.That is what was used to transfer the money.
Rosero said large bills were sent, first sending 500K to 1M, and subsequently the limit was raised to 5M.
Rosero regarding the money traffickers, “We had control over these people. We knew where they lived, and it was them who were responsible if something was lost."
In all Rosero says he met with Chapo 6 to 8 times. He was usually flown to ranches in the sierras, in raggedy looking, ageing Cessnas, and landing on clandestine airstrips. Those makeshift landing strips with precarious short and steep runways found in the Mexican sierras.
Losing a shipment
Rosero explained how once a load of 12,500 kilos was seized by the US Coast Guard. Rosero went to visit Chapo at one of his ranches to give him the bad news. Chapo remained calm and pragmatic; “He told me we had to keep going," Rosero recollected. "We had to keep working."
Respect and the War
The witness testified that Chapo always was respectful towards him, and even asked to become a godfather to one of Rosero’s children. Rosero said Chapo treated him well and “ it was an honor to have him as a godfather."
He said as time went by Chapo withdrew deeper into the Sierras. And that Chapo was surrounded by more men, who dressed in camo fatigues, something Chapo would do also at times.
In 2007, During the time the conflict between Chapo and BLO, Rosero and his Colombian bosses were on the run. He did not want to be in the middle of the war, so he quit.
"I didn't want to be in the middle of a war."
Going into a conflict was not a part of what he did, he was the business guy, not a narco warrior, He went into hiding for two years.
Thinking he was under indictment, after two years he traveled to Miami and he surrendered to the DEA, but there were no charges against him. Subsequently the U.S. charged him after the fact and he has been a cooperative witness since then.
The defense on cross brought targeted Rosero’s financial assets, much of what was not seized. After “turning himself in…” he was able to retain ownership of vehicles, multiple valuable properties in Mexico and Colombia.
He has yet to serve a single day in an American jail.