Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from U.S. Customs
Customs and Border Protection officials found $18.5 million worth of methamphetamine in a commercial load of carrots crossing into Pharr, Texas.
The shipment was stopped at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and searched at the port’s cargo facility May 17, according to a CBP news release. A secondary inspection of the tractor-trailer, using non-intrusive imaging equipment and a canine team revealed 384 packages of methamphetamine in the trailer, weighing almost 930 pounds.
The vehicle and drugs were seized by CBP officials and the case is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, according to the release.
“This is truly a huge, notable interception of hard narcotics accomplished by our frontline officers in the cargo environment,” Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas director, said in the release. “Our officers’ mindset and dedication is genuinely apparent as evidenced by this outstanding seizure.”
In November 2018, Vicente Zambada entered into a plea agreement to cooperate with the government on several drug trafficking cases. His sentencing was postponed at that time to await what he testified to during the trial of El Chapo. He admitted to as much during his testimony at the trial.
Prosecutors have recommended he be given a 17 year sentence, for his ‘Unrivaled’ cooperation against drug lords. That means he could be out free to live in the U.S. with his family and at least 1 Million USD in the witness protection program. His family was safely moved to the U.S. when he agreed to cooperate.
It also came out in the trial that he had gained permission from his father, “El Mayo” to leave the organized crime life, just before his arrest.
Subsequent to his receiving his father’s blessing to leave, a meeting was arranged in Mexico City with DEA agents, and it was promised he would not be arrested. It was a trap. When he arrived however he was arrested.
‘Unrivaled’ cooperation against drug lords, prosecutors say
Federal prosecutors in Chicago are asking a judge to sentence one of Mexico’s most powerful narcotics traffickers to 17 years in prison, giving him a break because of the extraordinary help he gave in providing information about leaders of his Sinaloa drug cartel and their rivals.
Vicente Zambada-Niebla, 44, coordinated trains, ships, Boeing 747s and submarines to move cocaine from South America to Mexico between 1996 and 2008. He also supervised Margarito Flores and Pedro Flores, twins from Chicago who smuggled tons of coke to Chicago. They both got 14-year sentences after they cooperated against the Sinaloa cartel.
Zambada-Niebla moved his family to Spain and Canada, only to get pulled back to Mexico to live and work under the umbrella of his father, the Sinaloa cartel’s shadowy co-leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who remains on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.
Zambada-Niebla reached out to the DEA to resolve a federal charge against him in Washington. He was arrested in Mexico in 2009. After being extradited to Chicago, where he faced other charges, he eventually began cooperating with federal authorities.
He was debriefed about his knowledge of the inner-workings of the narcotics world more than 100 times. What prosecutors called his “unrivaled” cooperation led to charges against dozens of “high-level” targets and hundreds of their associates in federal courts across the United States, prosecutors said.
Earlier this year, his testimony helped the government convict kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera in Brooklyn. Guzman is expected to get a life sentence.
But Zambada-Niebla — known as El Vicentillo or Mayito — will probably meet a different fate when he’s sentenced in federal court in Chicago on May 30. Even though he faces a potential life sentence, prosecutors have asked Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo to give him 17 years in prison because he testified against Guzman and other cartel bosses.
Because he’s already been in custody for a decade, Zambada-Niebla would, in effect, face about five more years in prison — including so-called “good time” — if the judge agrees with the recommendation by prosecutors.
Zambada-Niebla was charged in 2009 in Chicago in a far-reaching federal indictment against Guzman and his Sinaloa cartel associates. In a call arranged by federal authorities, El Mayo gave his son the go-ahead to snitch on the cartel, according to law-enforcement sources involved in the investigation.
Prosecutors aren’t downplaying the gravity of Zambada-Niebla’s activities. They noted that he passed along messages from his father to assassins in the Sinaloa cartel to carry out multiple killings.
They also said Zambada-Niebla and his family “will live the rest of their lives in danger of being killed in retribution” for his cooperation. They will be under government protection.
“These very real threats to him and his family make a return to drug trafficking next to impossible,” prosecutors wrote.
Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from eConsulta.com Veracruz La Silla Rota A human head went unnoticed for 5 hours in a cooler in front of a town hall
The decapitated head could belong to the decapitated body found in the morning of the same Sunday wrapped in carpet in Colonia Linda Vista.
After the murder of three people in the city of Fortín and the discovery of human remains, the finding of a human head was reported, abandoned inside a cooler in a park in front of the Municipal Palace. Although the cooler containing the head was in plain sight amid busy pedestrian traffic, it went unnoticed for 5 hours.
According to information from ministerial authorities, the head could belong to the decapitated body found in the morning of the same Sunday wrapped in a carpet in Colonia Linda Vista of that municipality; now it must be corroborated.
15 killings in less than 24 hours, Saturday - Sunday mainly in Cordoba and Orizaba, 3 in 40 minutes
The wave of homicides caused that neighbors of the locality of Tecamalucan , of the municipality of Acultzingo , burned buses, tires and blocked the highway to Tehuacán, Puebla, to protest and to defend itself of the organized delinquency.
The residents, with cardboard, requested the intervention of the governor, Cuitláhuac García Jiménez, who was in Boca del Río with all his security cabinet, reviewing the last details for the Salsa Festival 2019, which starts next week.
The day began on Saturday morning, when law enforcement officers found four bodies in the city of Minatitlan, south of the Veracruz entity.
The victims were tied hand and foot; no one located those responsible, despite the National Guard operations imposed since the massacre in which killed 13 citizens, including a child of one year.
At dawn that same day, in Huiloapan, near Orizaba, an armed commando shot at a house killing a 27-year-old woman, a gas station attendant, who was sleeping when she was killed..
In Vega de Alatorre, the authorities found three young people killed, all had the coup de grace and traces of torture. The rigorous survey was done by expert services.
On the boulevard Córdoba-Fortín de las Flores, two boys were shot in the atrium of a church, when a mass was being held inside to celebrate a young girl's fifteenth birthday.
The victims, aged 24 and 17, brothers, were guests of the celebration. Their executioners intercepted them at the doors of the "Espirito Santo" temple, in the National Cruise congregation.
The attack caused the Archdiocese of the Catholic Church , in Xalapa, and the Bishopric of Córdoba, to condemn the violence that prevails throughout the state of Veracruz.
Minutes later, a man was also shot to death inside his vehicle.
In Tecamalucan , in the municipality of Acultzingo , in the Orizaba area, an armed group fired six men, between 19 and 24 years old, who were talking outside the town's hardware store.
The balance of that new massacre was two deaths. In addition, to the two fatalities, the other four injured remain in serious condition in a hospital in Ciudad Mendoza.
At dawn on Sunday, one person was killed in the colony El Paraíso, in Córdoba, which mobilized the emergency corps.
Later, in the north of the state, a man was shot dead inside a bar in the municipality of Pueblo Viejo, one more was injured.
One of the alleged perpetrators of the October 2018 ambush against police of the Secretariat of Security of the State of Mexico in the municipality of Almoloya de Alquisiras was arrested. He , together with seven other subjects linked to drug trafficking, ambushed and murdered 4 police and captured the killings on video.
This subject identified as Edgar "N", alias "El Largo" or "El Grande", 24 years old, was a priority objective, since his participation in several criminal events was accredited.
The arrest occurred as a result of an investigation jointly with the Army. The arrest was conducted at an address in the town of La Unión, municipality of Tlatlaya.
This subject could also be related to the murder of the director of Public Security of Texcaltitlán , Juan Hernández García who was found dead on June 22.
"El Largo" or "El Grande", is presumed member of La Familia Michoacana. In a confession video, he explained that the ambush of the police was ordered by the leader of said criminal group in the area, a man named José Damaso, alias "El 47" and who is also one of the most wanted by authorities of the State of Mexico.
The ambush video released to social media networks, depicted a group of young men carrying high-caliber weapons, who were observed waiting on some rocks in the mountains and boasting about the killings they would commit a few minutes later against a police patrol drove by.
Difunden interrogatorio a El Largo, integrante de La Familia Michoacana y uno de los responsables de la masacre a policías estatales en #Edomex ⚠️😡💢 pic.twitter.com/eaVJiJgtqa
Noticias Telemundo Investiga, the investigative news unit for Telemundo, is prepping "Reclutado por el narco", a series of three reports based on the first testimony to the media by a hit man for the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).
Presented by journalist Aldo Meza, the series [Spanish] documents the methods used by Mexico’s most powerful criminal organisation to recruit, train and control its assassins.
Reclutado por el narco will air in three parts, Monday through Wednesday, 20-22 May, during Noticias Telemundo’s primetime newscast. It will also be available online, via the Noticias Telemundo mobile app and property’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
“Noticias Telemundo Investiga has gone where no one has before: To the heart of the CJNG, the criminal organisation that took over the Sinaloa Cartel,” Noticias Telemundo Investiga director, Elena Gonzáles, said. “This is the first time anyone has been able to give a first-hand account of the extreme methods the cartel uses in its ‘terror schools,’ the camps where it trains its killers through tactics ranging from torture to ritual cannibalism.”
Part One of the series, "Los sicarios", focusses on the recruitment of new hit men and their introduction to the world of the CJNG.
Part Two, 'Entrenados para matar', detailing the techniques the cartel uses to train its assassins
Part Three, "Los desaparecidos", is dedicated to the relatives of the victims recruited by the cartel.
Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from LAT and BB Archive
In 2015 El Charro was one of 13 narcos extradited to the U.S. including La Barbie and El Coss
ATLANTA - The right-hand man in the United States of the head of a cocaine transport and distribution network, Edgar Valdez-Villareal, also known as "La Barbie," was sentenced to federal prison for cocaine trafficking and money laundering.
In a statement released Thursday, Prosecutor Byung J. "BJay" Pak said that District Judge Leigh Martin May, sentenced Carlos Montemayor González, of Tamaulipas, Mexico, to 34 years and three months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised freedom.
Pak says that Montemayor established a successful transportation and logistics company in Laredo, Texas in 1992, which specialized in transporting goods from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to the United States.
He partnered with Valdez Villarreal in 2002, and soon his company began transporting up to 300 kilograms of cocaine per week that was hidden in safe houses in Atlanta; Memphis, Tennessee, among other American cities.
Carlos Montemayor González or Alejandro García Treviño, known as "El Charro", is the father-in-law of "La Barbie". Montemayor González was wanted in Mexico for homicide, trafficking, smuggling and distribution of drugs against public health. He took over the drug cartel and the criminal organization of "La Barbie" after Valdez Villarreal was taken into custody.
13 extradited in 2015 La Barbie was sentenced to 49 years
Montemayor González, originally from Nuevo Laredo, used the name of García Treviño to pass himself off as a businessman and promoter of events for Charros in Huixquilucan in the state of Mexico.
Montemayor González confessed to transporting more than one ton of cocaine to the United States between 2003 and 2005 with the help of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. During that period "La Barbie" married one of the daughters of Montemayor González. Before "La Barbie" was captured, he told Montemayor González to take charge of the organization to secure his wife's economic future and collect the drug shipments that they owed him.
At the time of his capture, Valdez, 39, was with his teenaged wife, daughter of Carlos Montemayor González, 39, a.k.a., El Charro (photo at left). Valdez' was another capture of a high profile narco, sans gunfire.
The dual citizenship holder, Mexican-American Valdez was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, who became involved with the enforcer group “Los Negros”, the group worked for the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel (BLO) under the leadership of Arturo Beltrán Leyva. Valdez rose to the top of Los Negros and its leadership by the time Arturo Beltrán Leyva, leader of BLO was killed in 2009.
After the death of Arturo Beltrán, Valdez fought a bloody, prolonged war for control of the cartel that resulted in over 150 deaths. Valdez is accredited with employing methods of terror such as video-taping torture and decapitations. He is accredited with being the first to video tape decapitations and release the footage to the public. The videos found their way to narco blogs and other social media outlets.
After the arrest of Valdez, his group collapsed by 2011.
Information about the interworking’s of the Valdez operation was revealed last week when Juan Montemayor, 47, pled guilty to U.S. federal charges of cocaine trafficking. Juan is the brother of Valdez’ father-in-law Carlos. Juan served as the primary contact person for one of the more significant U.S. customers, Manuel Coronado Espindola, of Atlanta Georgia.
Juan’s plea document traces wiretaps, the operation of Valdez and his transition from a local dealer in Laredo to his move into Mexico where he became a major player in the Mexican drug war. To read the entire Borderland Beat archive post, and the plea deal of Juanuse this hyperlink.
Two armed men remained entrenched inside an armored Mercedes refusing orders to exits the vehicle.They locked themselves in the G500, and would not budge.
Police decided to take action by towing the Mercedes to the Central Prosecutor's Office in Colonia Doctores of Mexico City.
The incident began around 5:50 pm this afternoon, when police from the Ministry of Public Safety (SSC) conducted the stop in a routine check at the corner of Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas and Calle Lucas Alamán.
After being towed, the van remained in front of the facilities of the agency, while the area remained secured by dozens of police officers, until at 7:00 pm they finally gave up and were arrested.
Background: Below is a two-part piece on the latest developments of the case against Gerardo González Valencia, who is in custody in Uruguay since 2016 for money laundering. He is suspected of being involved with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Los Cuinis, and of running a multi-millionar dollar money laundering scheme in South America.
Argentina is now actively pursuing those who assisted González Valencia while he was in Argentina between 2007–2013. This news was released a few weeks ago in Argentina.***
How an Argentine taxi driver meet Los Cuinis/CJNG leader.
Marcelo Arias was driving his taxi through "Galerías Pacífico" in Buenos Aires in 2008. The economic crisis had returned many customers to the subway and buses, but Arias knew that in Córdoba and Florida, two parts of downtown Buenos Aires, he could still get good trips. He never imagined that what began as a usual drive of two passengers would end with a case against him with penalties of between 5 years and 10 years in prison. Those who got in the car with him that day were two relatives of Gerardo González Valencia, a high-ranking member of "Los Cuinis", the financial arm of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). They were the parents of his wife Wendy Dalaithy Amaral Arévalo.
On April 17, 2019, Arias admitted in front of Morón judge Néstor Barral that he was the chauffeur of González Valencia. Arias was able to describe his boss' personality: "Gerardo was a serious man, of few words, because of his appearance one could tell he was an important person and was well off. I worked with him for a while until he told me that he would leave the country, but asked me to pick several Mexican nationals when he called." And so he did: Arias first took Francisco Marzio Medina González from the Ezeiza International Airport to one of the Le Parc towers of Puerto Madero; then he did the same with Pedro Merced Medina Lizarraga; and also with Julio César Alegre Ortega. These men were Mexican nationals.
Everything ended up changing for Arias when the three Mexicans offered him, in addition to continuing to be his driver, to work in the store ("Corner, mi lugar", pictured below) they opened in Puerto Madero. But not only that: Francisco Marzio asked Arias to use him as a frontman to buy two cars - a Chevrolet Astra and a Ford Ecosport - because he did not have the necessary documentation in Argentina to do this. He did the same with a cell phone. The taxi driver got into deeper waters when the Mexicans used the legal domicile of the Argentine to register the company, Círculo Internacional SA, on 4 December 2008.
CJNG store in Puerto Madero.
Mexicans operated in Puerto Madero unnoticed until March 10, 2009, when they were involved in a traffic accident with Arias' Chevrolet Astra. The Argentine police asked for their vehicle documentation, but one of the Mexicans snapped: "In my country they would already be dead." That threat led to the current investigation carried out by Judge Barral and federal prosecutor Sebastián Basso.
It was quickly determined that the car in which they were going was in the name of an Argentine (Arias), who lived in Ituzaingó. That is why the case moved to Morón. As the case progressed, more interesting data was gathered: the Mexicans had entered Argentina at the end of 2008. They declared they were visiting as tourist, but the first thing they did was travel to La Plata to register the company Círculo Internacional S.A.
The analysis of their phones also provided interesting information. The DEA determined that from the telephone of one of the Mexicans (Medina Lizarraga), communications had been made to a Mexican connected to the Sinaloa Cartel and another belonging to a person investigated in Los Angeles, California, for laundering drug money.
Argentina cracks down on businessman
Oscar Calvete Souza, an Argentine businessman in his sixties, went to court on 15 March 2019. He is being investigated for his alleged financial ties to Los Cuinis and the CJNG. Numerous witnesses pointed to Calvete as one of the most trusted people of the Mexicans in Argentina, especially Gerardo González Valencia, whom he met when he lived in Mexico. As for Calvete, before Judge Barral and prosecutor Sebastian Basso, he introduced himself as a simple commercial consultant. To legally defend himself, he hired Hugo Pinto as a lawyer; Pinto is famously known in Argentina for handling controversial cases involving powerful figures.
An important lawyer for an important accusation: Calvete is accused of laundering millions of dollars from international drug trafficking. The money reportedly reached him through three Santander Río bank accounts via bank drafts or cash deposits. The money was then laundered through drug stores (e.g. "Corner, mi lugar").
'Quincho Grande', Gerado's mansion in Argentina
The ex-Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, announced on October 16, 2017 that "the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación is one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations on the face of the Earth" along with the Sinaloa cartel, the Clan del Golfo, Mara Salvatrucha 13 and Hezbollah. The accuser pointed out: "The CJNG” was founded only nine years ago, but already has a presence in 75% of Mexico, they traffic at least 5,000 kilos of cocaine and 5,000 kilos of methamphetamine to our country per month."
Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from VXT and Damien Sanchez Facebook
Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo.- An armed attack in a nightclub in the Ejidal neighborhood left one person dead, in addition to 11 wounded, tonight.
The shootout arose in the place called Cervecería Chapultepec, located on Constituyentes Avenue, between Avenidas 90 and 95. According to the Attorney General's Office, two armed people fired from outside the premises with small arms.
The injured, men and women, were lying on the front bench and inside the place, several of them moaning in pain.
According to the General Directorate of Public Safety and Traffic, the attack would be motivated by the well-known "Piso-Right” [tax or “protection” payments].
"This corporation condemns these acts and is committed to work hand in hand with the ministerial authorities in the investigations to find the authors," says the municipal agency.
Blow are the full statements of both authorities:
The General Directorate of Public Safety and Traffic of Solidarity reports on the attack perpetrated by armed persons to the Cervecería Chapultepec bar restaurant, at the time a deceased person was confirmed and 11 wounded, who received medical attention as soon as the Municipal Public Security elements arrived.
According to the first signs indicate that several subjects fired from the outside of the premises located on Constituyentes Avenue, supposedly for the collection of “Piso” fee.
This corporation condemns these acts and undertakes to work hand in hand with the ministerial authorities in the investigations to find the authors.
State Attorney General's Office
The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo, informs that on Monday night, two unknown men walking outside a Cerveceria located at the intersection of Constituyentes Avenue and 100th Street in the Ejidal neighborhood of the municipal seat of Solidaridad, fired to the assistants with short weapons.
So far there is a record of 11 people injured and one more diseased. State police, ministerial, elements of the Mexican Army, the Navy, and emergency services arrived
The FGE has already initiated the corresponding investigation to find those responsible.
The Attorney General's Office has video evidence of who the killers were, how the events were carried out, and at least it is establishing in a preliminary way two possible lines of investigation: charging for the right to a flat and revenge. It should be noted that the bar is far from the tourist area.
TAMAULIPAS.- The Rio Bravo-Donna International Bridge was abruptly closed on Sunday, May 12, after a contingent of migrants tried to break into US territory by force.
This situation caused the closing of passage from the North American side, only venting the vehicular traffic that was already in line, allowing the passage only by groups of four vehicles.
The incident was recorded at 7:30 p.m. and was also reported via social networks, generating even slower traffic for those who were already in line to the United States.
Due to the prolonged wait, until resumed after the US agents took measures to repel the undocumented incursion, motorists had to turn off and descend from their units.
The incident only allowed part of the traffic that was on the bi national structure to be unloaded, while on the Mexican side, the passage to more units was restricted until the closing of the crossing at 21:45 hours.
A police raid on a floating crystal meth laboratory in the Dutch port of Moerdijk has been scuppered after the 85-metre (280ft) boat suddenly began to sink, in what is believed to have been a remotely operated attempt to destroy evidence.
Police forensic experts had to swiftly disembark when the cargo ship, containing methamphetamine oil with a street value of more than €4.5m (£3.9m). It started rapidly taking on water just after midnight on Saturday.
“The water flowed in at a rapid pace,” a police spokesman said. “The employees of the various emergency services had to stop their work and leave the boat.
“Investigation showed that a kind of booby trap had been put into operation. A pump was presumably turned on remotely, which could sink the boat.”
#Moerdijk Zaterdagmorgen kolkte het water plotseling het ruim van het vrachtschip binnen. Er waren veel medewerkers aanwezig voor politieonderzoek en de ontmanteling van het drugsschip. In de film is te zien dat men het schip snel verliet en zoveel mogelijk goederen werden gered. pic.twitter.com/YANJhaDVF9
In an attempt to prevent chemicals and fuel from entering the water, the infrastructure and water management ministry erected a screen around the ship, which had sunk by about 1.5 metres before being stabilised.
“When the pump suddenly stopped, the emergency services regained control of the situation, and the danger of sinking and pollution had passed,” the spokesman said. “Fortunately, a large amount of trace evidence and valuables had already been secured.” Police seized more than 300 litres of methamphetamine oil from the German-registered boat, which had been discovered during a routine police check at the port, 25 miles (40km) south of Rotterdam.
During the initial search at lunchtime on Friday, one police officer became unwell on the ship after inhaling chemicals, and was treated in hospital.
The ship’s 65-year-old captain, from Breda, and three other men aged 23, 26 and 37, from Mexico, who were on the boat at the time of the discovery, were arrested. A car with a German number plate was also seized.
The cargo ship had been partitioned to create rooms. A police spokesman said drug waste and pans for cooking the substance were discovered along with seven kilos of “unstable” raw materials that had to be taken away and safely destroyed.
“The discovery of this drug laboratory is unique in the Netherlands: it is the first time that a drug lab has been found in a cargo ship,” the spokesman said. “The boat is at least 80 metres long. More often, hemp farms are found in ships, also a drug lab in a houseboat, but never a drug lab in such a large ship.”
Drug gangs, which have previously concentrated on ecstasy and amphetamines, are said to be increasingly moving into the production of methamphetamine, known as crystal meth due to its colourless and odourless solid form.
In 2014, Europol warned of the growing hold of Mexican cartels on European production and distribution of illegal drugs. The previous year, José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, from the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
The use of crystal meth is believed to be on the rise in the Netherlands, but the country is also a distribution centre for exports in particular to Germany and the Czech Republic.
Large hauls of the drug were discovered in January and July last year in Rotterdam, a key hub for cartels due to the ability to bring in raw materials through the port.