December 12, 2018

Madera Chihuahua: People Trust "El Jaguar" Not the Federal P...

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Heraldo

                              They run off Federal Police and cheer on the "Narco of Madera"

Thirty-five agents block the passage of eight vans of the Federal Police in an area dominated by "El Jaguar" who disputes the plaza with the Juarez Cartel.

Madera, Chih: At the cry of "We feel more secure with "El Jaguar" , the unusual demonstration, which included women and children who were used as a shield, expressed slogans of repudiation towards the uniformed authorities,  who chose to avoid confrontation. 

As a sign of damage to the social fabric in several communities in the mountainous area of Chihuahua, the atmosphere of narcos, lack of social actions of the authorities and the impunity with which acts organized crime, Sunday, residents of the Ejido El Largo Maderal , ran to agents of the Federal Police, and chanted praise and cheers to the drug lord of the area, known as "El Jaguar."

A convoy of 8 trucks of the Federal Police was blocked by residents of El Largo Maderal who with banners in hand demanded that the more than 35 agents leave the town , this because they argue that they feel more secure with the presence of Francisco Arvizu Márquez , "El Jaguar" of CDSinaloa.

Francisco Arvizu Márquez, "El Jaguar", is a criminal leader who operates in the northwest region of the state of Chihuahua;  maintains the dispute over the control of drug trafficking in the mountainous area and different communities, where he has been linked to a direct battle with César Daniel Manjarrez ,"H2 ", who is the criminal leader of the Juarez Cartel that seeks control of the same plaza.

The villagers preferred the presence of a criminal leader than federal security agents, assuring the authorities that they are more secure with the armed group than the official authorities. "El Jaguar" has supported them to be able to get ahead for several months, as read on their placards. 

Several of the agents did not  arrest a group of armed individuals at a gas station.

However, the agent confirmed the above and explained to a woman that they did not because there were many children and women around in convenience stores, in addition, some of the same people were carrying weapons. 

In a video circulating on social networks, the person holding the cellphone is heard telling the Federal Police " to go and patrol Las Varas and Gómez so they can have a good time", when suddenly several young people appear with their faces hooded with placards saying: "Out Federales , We want "El  Jaguar." 

 At that moment when one of the agents replied that he was going to arrest whomever; he has to do it and that is not why he should be lynched or killed. The agent tells him that the Federal Police do not bring their faces covered like criminals or young protesters wearing balaclavas asking for the presence of the criminal leader and the departure of the Federal Police. 

Seconds later the agents board their 8 vans and withdraw with several agents on the outside. They commented:  The federal agent who headed the operation spoke with each of the inhabitants and explained that their job is to provide peace and tranquility to all the people, ensuring that they do not commit crimes such as robbery or extortion and that they always work for the safety of the people , in Chihuahua and throughout Mexico. 

Several of the agents who decide on the units to engage in a dialogue with the protesters received complaints from the same ones who called them cowards for not having arrested a group of armed individuals at a gas station. However, the agent confirmed the above and explained to a woman that they did not because there were many children and women around in convenience stores, in addition to some of the weapons were living with the same people. 
The prosecutor of the western zone, Jesús Manuel Carrasco Chacón, reported that the four heads found inside coolers, on the road that leads from Las Varas to El Largo Maderal, carried a message of threat against the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in that region, Francisco Arvizu Márquez, alias "El Jaguar."

"If we did not do it, ie (" go after the bad guys") it was precisely to protect the children and women are the first ones who could be injured, if they were pure men we would grab them without any problem. 

As the federal policemen explain to the citizens for several minutes that they are there to do their job not to annoy the population, One of the women threatens the elements of the Federal Police with lynching in case they continue patrolling or stopping the criminals , it was at that moment when one of the agents answered that he is going to arrest who he has to do and that is  why he must be lynched or killed. 

"The heads they left in coolers was a message for the villagers, they threaten us, we are afraid, they want to blame a person, but that  is just a way for society to believe that it was a bad person, but it is the opposite because he is good and he helps us even to be able to eat, " the citizens commented.

The federal agent who headed the operation spoke with each of the inhabitants and explained that their job is to provide peace and tranquility to all the people, ensuring that they do not commit crimes such as robbery or extortion and that they always work for the safety of the people , in Chihuahua and throughout Mexico. 

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December 11, 2018

Terror Continues it’s Reign in Reynosa

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia

Terror continues in Reynosa, Tamaulipas: armed group attacks bar, kills four and leaves 10 wounded

In the club was one dead man , another person in the parking lot, and two other people died in nearby hospitals. Four dead and 10 wounded were the result of an attack that armed men perpetrated in the La Carpa bar in this city. At around 4:30 am, two bursts of detonations were heard from  the armed convoy that arrived aboard a BMW car , with which they then fled at high speed.

There were approximately 250 people still there at dawn, when armed men arrived in a black BMW car and went to the entrance of the site. When they arrived, they opened fire and, according to the witnesses, before the first shots the young people who were there looked for a way to escape, which caused chaos.

According to local media, one man was left without a life, another person was in the parking lot, and two others died in nearby hospitals , one of them being a minor, aged 17. At least 10 bullet wounded patrons were also treated by public and private medical services.

   La Carpa Bar located behind a Pemex gas station where police and military arrived at the scene

In social networks circulates a version of a woman who was present. She  said that "they started to shoot at everything, inside was  dark, there is no way they could have located someone, you could not see anything" . She said there were two bursts of gunfire, while people shouted at the attackers and begged not to be killed. Apparently, according to some reports a few of the patrons attempted to return fire.

"Those of us who were there felt that it was an attack, that they went in to shoot us all," says the version spread by Facebook groups about security in Tamaulipas.

At least one more person has died from wounds in the hospital, family members gather to identify the dead and await news on their wounded loved ones on Sunday morning at the hospital. Total 5 dead.

The area was guarded by personnel of the Attorney General's Office of the state, as well as the Expert Services Unit , although no one has been informed of any detentions.

The national average of Municipal Violence is of 23.40, but Reynosa exceeds it with 33.87 points. I am assuming this is per 100,000 inhabitants.

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December 11, 2018

"El 20" aka "La Mole" Captured in Guerrero...

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso y BajoPalabra

Acapulco, Guerrero:  The state government announced the arrest of an alleged criminal leader, identified as Benjamín Flores Agatón, "La Mole", or "El 20" aka Miguel Martínez during an operation carried out by Marines and ministerial agents in a nightclub linked to crime in the tourist strip of Acapulco.

After a shooting in the Club Deportivo division, agents of the Armed Navy of Mexico and ministerial police officers arrested Miguel Martínez or Benjamín Flores, alias "El 20", presumed leader of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA).

According to information unofficially, at dawn on Saturday there was a shooting in the vicinity of a table dance club. After the report, the security corporations moved to the area and made security tours, managing to stop a group of between 3 and 4 people.

The alleged criminals were captured near the Golf Club and in the area was a red Audi-type car with gun shots which was confiscated. Among the detainees would be Miguel Martínez or Benjamín Flores alias "El 20", presumed leader of the CIDA in the area of ​​Caleta, Mercado Central and Las Cruces.

"El 20" is accused of being responsible for the killings in the area of ​​Caleta and extortion in that part of Acapulco. 12 hours after the arrest, the judicial authorities in Guerrero have not officially informed about this detention.

In response, armed individuals left the body of a dismembered man with a message written on a piece of cardboard addressed to Governor Hector Astudillo Flores and state prosecutor Jorge De los Santos Barilla where they demanded the release of Flores Agatón or otherwise warned of attacks against police and military.

The state authorities attributed to "La Mole", the wave of executions, kidnappings and extortion against businessmen who have their business in the coastal Miguel Aleman.

Flores Agatón directs a faction of the criminal group called the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (Cida), and maintains a confrontation with the antagonistic side led by José Ángel ,"El Capuchino" Palacios Galeana.

The press release states that along with the alleged criminal leader, four more people were arrested, including a woman.

Therefore, Benjamin Flores and the rest of the detainees were consigned to the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the statement said.
 translation of the Narco -Manta : Thanks Sol Prendido ! 

"Adela Roman, Hector Astudillo Flores and Jorge Zuriel de Los Santos as well as Marina. If you don’t release my boss El 20 we will start killing every police. Be they ministerial, municipal, transit, federal, or military marines. We will start with you bitches first". Sincerely, Los Amarillos.

Hours later, the finding of the body of a dismembered man in the Colonia José López Portillo was reported, along with a death threat against the uniformed and directed to the agent and the prosecutor to demand the release of "El 20".

The warning was attributed to a group called "Los Amarillos", considered a group of armed youth in the service of Benjamín Flores, says an official report.

Through investigative work, ministerial agents of the Attorney General of the State of Guerrero and infantry personnel of the Navy Secretariat belonging to the Eighth Naval Region arrested Benjamín "N" alias "El 20" , alleged leader of the criminal group that operates in Acapulco and who is related to homicides, kidnappings and extortions in Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods.

They also arrested four other people, four men and one woman, at dawn on Saturday.

The detainees are Miguel "N", Joel "N" and three others , who remain in reserve because the investigation is ongoing.

When making a revision they were found several plastic bags inside which contained a granulated substance with the characteristics of the drug known as "crystal"; In addition to cell phones and cash.

Also, ministerial elements secured 2 vehicles , the first Jeep brand, Patriot type and the second Chevrolet brand, Aveo type, in which they moved to carry out their illicit activities.

The detainees and the insured were put at the disposal of the Delegation of the Attorney General's Office in Acapulco.

The Attorney General of the State of Guerrero reiterates its commitment to the Guerrero society to continue its work in the area of ​​law enforcement, at all times respecting the human rights of all persons who commit a criminal act.

Acapulco, Guerrero: After a shooting in the Club Deportivo division, agents of the Armed Navy of Mexico and ministerial police officers arrested Miguel Martínez or Benjamín Flores alias "El 20", presumed leader of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (Cida).

According to information unofficially, at dawn on Saturday there was a shooting in the vicinity of a table dance. After the report, the security corporations moved to the area and made safety tours, managing to stop a group of between 3 and 4 people.

The alleged criminals were captured near the Golf Club and in the area a red Audi-type car with gun shots was confiscated. Among the detainees would be Miguel Martínez or Benjamín Flores alias "El 20", presumed leader of the Cida in the area of ​​Caleta, Mercado Central and Las Cruces.

"El 20" is accused of being responsible for the killings in the area of ​​Caleta and extortion in that part of Acapulco. 12 hours after the arrest, the judicial authorities in Guerrero have not officially informed about this detention.

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December 10, 2018

San Jose, CA: Police Arrest 4 in Organized Crime Ring...

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: SJMercNews Thank you 'The Guy who knows nothing'

SAN JOSE CA :  Following a two-year investigation, police have arrested four San Jose men suspected in a “highly organized” transcontinental drug-trafficking operation posing as a phony South Bay electronics company to move marijuana to the East Coast, authorities said.

The suspects, Anthony Le, 42, Barry Phan, 42, Jose Garcia, 41, and Alejandro Garcia, 35, all of San Jose, are suspected of manufacturing and selling narcotics throughout San Jose and the Bay Area, and transporting drugs to the southern and eastern United States, according to San Jose police.

The four men were arrested Nov. 28 and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on a variety of charges, including manufacturing and transporting of narcotics and possession of illegal weapons, police said.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged each of the men with one felony count of “maintenance for a place for unlawful activities involving controlled substances,” according to a court document. The complaint alleges the four men maintained a location on Bering Avenue in San Jose for the purpose of “unlawfully selling, giving away and using” cannabis.

The four men were also charged with one misdemeanor count of “sale, transportation and distribution of cannabis” and one misdemeanor count of “possession for sale of cannabis.”

However, the court filing shows no charges related to manufacturing of narcotics, as police claimed.            Pallets of Pot Ready to Roll

Anthony Le was charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime, and three single misdemeanor counts, including possession of anabolic steroids, possession of cocaine and destroying or concealing evidence.

Phan was charged with single misdemeanor counts including possession for sale of cannabis, possession of cocaine, possession of alprazolam (Xanax) without a prescription.

Lopez Garcia was charged with one felony count of “possession of a destructive device.” Prosecutors allege an expended rocket launcher seized by police belonged to Lopez Garcia.

Acting on an anonymous tip, San Jose police launched an investigation and contend the suspects created a shell corporation masquerading as an electronics company to rent commercial space, which it converted into drug distribution centers. Lt. Paul Messier said the suspects also used the guise to convince freight companies to move the drugs and contraband without scrutiny.

Messier said the marijuana they recovered was the result of the suspects leveraging marijuana legalization in California to profit in the East Coast where pot laws are more stringent.

“Marijuana fetches 20 to 30 percent more in the East Coast,” Messier said. “They got a premium there and took advantage of the market. It was lucrative.”

The alleged drug operation was active for at least five years, Messier said. At its peak, he said, the group was netting over a $1 million in revenue and was spending tens of thousands of dollars in freight costs.

“They were very cautious, and used various techniques to avoid law enforcement detection,” Messier said.

On Nov. 28, the San Jose police department deployed several of its divisions, including special investigations, MERGE, covert response, the violent crimes enforcement team, Metro special operations, internet crimes, K-9 and patrol to serve six search warrants and four arrest warrants in homes and industrial spaces in San Jose and Sunnyvale. San Jose police were aided by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Postal Inspectors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

During the raids, police seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana, a large amount of illegal, anabolic steroids, five ounces of concentrated hash oil, powder cocaine, Xanax bars, Ecstasy pills, three handguns and an expended AT-4 rocket launcher, which is a one-time use weapon. Authorities also froze numerous bank accounts and seized $600,000.

“That’s not something anybody’s supposed to own,” Messier said of the rocket launcher.

San Jose police identified warehouses in four other states as being connected to the drug ring and local law enforcement agencies worked in collaboration with San Jose police. Messier identified Le as the reputed ringleader of the setup and said all of the suspects were longtime friends in San Jose.

Messier said the investigation continues and that more suspects are being sought.

“This was a large crime network,” he said. “We’re working with other law-enforcement partners to see what other charges can be brought.”

Update: December 7, 2018 This article has been updated to reflect the charges in the case, and to clarify that the AT-4 rocket launcher is a one-time use weapon.
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December 10, 2018

50 Armed Huachicoleros Steal Fuel in Chihuahua; Police Arrested...

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: La Jornada

Ciudad Juarez, Chih: Some 50 armed men, members of organized crime, recovered in the morning three pipes loaded with gasoline that they had stolen  in the municipality of Rosales, in the south central zone of the state of Chihuahua after they had extracted the fuel from a clandestine outlet.

Through a special operation and with the participation of elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), Federal Police, state and municipal implemented an operation to locate the units.

The first investigations indicate a confrontation between rival gangs of organized crime, allegedly related to the theft and transfer of fuel.

Information from a source from the State Attorney General's Office confirms the theft of gasoline and mentions that "one of the pipes was recovered on the short road that runs from the city of Chihuahua to the municipality of Parral."

The three pipes with the stolen fuel were retrieved from last Wednesday night by huachicoleros in an area where they extracted the fuel.

When moving these units to the city of Chihuahua is when they were intercepted and attacked by a large armed group, in a gap near the highway Satevó-Delicias, at kilometer 46, by Ejido San Lucas, Municipality of Rosales.

Witnesses to the events said that from the road they saw Pemex personnel being subjected by heavily armed men who had their faces covered with balaclavas and traveling in at least 15 vans.

In the operation to search for the huachicoleros  elements of the State Attorney General, Sedena and Federal Police participated, with about 130 elements of the corporations who are patrolling from the town of Satevó, to Valle de Zaragoza, in order to avoid vehicle thefts and detect clandestine fuel "takes", as well as the transportation of it.

During the afternoon of yesterday, inhabitants of Satevó, observed how dozens of elements of the FGE, military and Federal Police, entered the community, causing astonishment and uncertainty, and the contingent of assets.
SUNDAY, Municipal Police Arrested:
The State Investigation Agency, in coordination with the Federal Police and the Mexican Army, arrested policemen from the municipality of Zaragoza who apparently are part of a group of fuel theft lines of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

In the joint operation they secured a truck carrying 20 thousand liters of stolen gasoline and located in the town of Valle de Zaragoza a warehouse in which the fuel extracted clandestinely from Pemex pipelines was stored.

The police actions began in response to a report in which they reported that on the way from San Pedro municipality of Rosales to Satevó, armed individuals had threatened security elements of Pemex, and that the criminals had a red truck tract coupled to a white tank type semi-trailer loaded with gasoline.

In the search operation and location of armed persons and the aforementioned truck tract, the officers of the AEI secured a Chevrolet truck, line Tahoe, without license plates, model 2016, at the kilometer 85 of the highway. Theft in Paso Texas, United States, October 13, 2017.

Later, personnel of the Sedena requested support, since it had secured near the municipality of Parral, the truck with the characteristics of the one that had taken from the breach of San Pedro to Satevó, loaded with 20 thousand liters of fuel, being under the shelter of the Federal Police.

As part of the search, in the Los Muéganos neighborhood, Valle de Zaragoza municipality, AEI police located a warehouse where stolen fuel is stored by a criminal group, a clandestine place whose gate was open and inside, finding 32 empty tanks with the capacity to thousand liters each, as well as a hose of 10 meters.

In response to an anonymous report that the local police protected a criminal group, they went to the facilities of that corporation, whose person who showed up as director, did not carry a credential or document that accredited him as such and neither He had a weapon.

Also, two municipal police that were there, showed identifications with irregularities, so that personnel of the Sedena and CES were asked to carry out the magazine of weapons and analyze the identifications to have the legal legality and be able to secure the weapons and proceed in against the supposed municipal police of El Valle de Zaragoza.

Last July, 2018, the General State Prosecutor's Office (FGE) in Chihuahua was murdered by five men dedicated to stealing gasoline in the highway sections Satevó-Delicias and Chihuahua-Parral.

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December 9, 2018

“Armed Commando” Attacks Truck w CA Migrants

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: La Jornada

Xalapa, Veracruz:  On Saturday morning, armed people attacked a group of migrants who were traveling through the southern area of ​​Veracruz . The assault left one woman dead, and at least three wounded, including a three year old.

The first police reports identified the deceased as María Herlinda Ruiz Tapería. While among the injured are: Keren Paola Barco Benavides, 31; Yoel Méndez Barco, 3 years old, and Hamilton Gedanias Soicoi, 26 years old. 

The migrants are originally from Guatemala, they were traveling aboard a cattle truck, which had left San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, and which was intended to take them to the north of the country.

It was during their transit through the south of the state that they suffered an attack by hooded people with heavy weapons, ie long guns.

The hooded people carried “large weapons” and traveled “extra-officially” on a vehicle which read “police,” according to locals who reported on the incident. At the moment, there are no official reports which can confirm the type of weapons used to harm the migrants or the identity of the perpetrators.

The National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) expressed its "strongest condemnation" for the aggression, early this Saturday, in the community of Ojo de Agua, Municipality of Juan Rodríguez Clara, in Veracruz, against a group of migrants from Guatemala, which caused the death of a migrant woman and injuries to three more people, including a three-year-old child.

The organism indicated that it is the first occasion in which there is knowledge of a homicide against a person in the context of mobility since the migrant caravan began, for which he demanded the prompt clarification of the facts "by means of an exhaustive, professional and effective investigation. , that leads to find those responsible for them to be presented before the authorities that provide justice and receive the sanction that corresponds to the law ".

After expressing its condolences to the relatives of the victims, the commission reported that it will observe the possible violation of human rights by authorities who "did not grant the precautionary measures that the CNDH has repeatedly requested since the beginning of the migrant exodus, some of the which were addressed to state and municipal public servants of Veracruz. The authorities committed to grant due security to migratory flows by accepting such measures. "

The commission arranged for adjunct visitors to provide the accompaniment required by the victims and their families, as well as to provide them with emotional support and provide them with the necessary support so that the injured persons receive the medical attention they need along with the relatives of the deceased person. They will also facilitate the process so that the body is returned to its place of origin.

According to journalistic versions, the group of migrants left San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, and headed towards the Municipality of Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, when at the height of the Ojo de Agua community, belonging to the municipality of Juan Rodríguez Clara, the truck in which they were traveling was intercepted by a group of hooded people carrying long weapons, who shot them.

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December 9, 2018

Florida DEA Agent Charged w Facilitating Drug Shipments...

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: First Coast News

              'Dirty' DEA agent  Nathan Koen facilitated drug influx to Jacksonville, complaint says

Special Agent Nathan Koen used his position to assist large-scale drug transactions, warning dealers of pending investigations and otherwise enabling shipments of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a complaint.

The 21-page document says Koen, 42, accepted $62,000 from one particular drug dealer, and sought an additional $17,000, though it’s not clear if that particular payment was made. Koen worked in Jacksonville for 12 years before being promoted to a Group Supervisor position in Little Rock, AR, in September 2016.

The complaint is largely based on alleged interactions between Koen and dealer turned informant, Francisco Benitez, between late 2016 and October 2017.

Benitez was arrested in Duval County in 2012, where a jail inmate put him in touch with Koen, according to the complaint. Benítez told investigators he would pay Koen for “top cover protection,” which included running the names of Benitez’s drug associates thought DEA databases to determine whether they were “safe” for him to do business with.

The complaint details text exchanges between Koen and Benitez via the “Wickr Me” message app, which auto deletes messages 10 seconds after they are opened. DEA agents photographed the exchange in real-time on Nov. 27 and 28, then followed Benitez to a planned cash handoff in Las Vegas on Dec. 3.

According to the complaint, Koen accepted $9,000 in cash from Benitez in a casino bathroom. Koen was arrested Monday, on his return flight from Vegas to Little Rock.

The timeline of the complaint suggests an investigative pace so rapid, it prevented some work from being completed. For instance, although the DEA informant wore a wire during the alleged Las Vegas cash handoff, agents “were not immediately able to download and listen to the verbatim conversation,” and instead based their account of it on Benitez’s recollection.

A criminal complaint is not an indictment, but is instead a charging document that allows a defendant to be arrested before a grand jury can review the case.

Nathan Koen is currently in federal custody, accused of bribery and drug distribution conspiracy. He has not yet entered a plea in the case.

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December 9, 2018

If the Bones of the Disappeared Could Speak

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia

Note: I think of this as something of a "Sunday Special" rather poetically written by Jésus Peña:

Once there was a country that more than a country looked like a mass grave. People stopped "burying their dead" to go out to look for them in the bush. Because any depopulated area was an extermination camp. The drums with acid silenced and ended the lives of almost 40,000 Mexicans. Still today, forensic genetics will take a declaration to a huge pile of bones and tears.

The Scope of Horror:
The processes of torture in the period of the War on Drugs made the bones  of the missing  more difficult to identify than a hominid skeleton Lucy 3.5 million years old. This is how barbarism is measured.

- Where we are?
- This is where the bone will be crushed, the bone pulverized, when working with bone remains; that is according to Édgar de la Rosa Alvarado, the coordinator of the Forensic Genetics Laboratory, a pharmacobiologist chemist by profession, specializing in genetics.

These bones will be the bones that until very recently were in Patrocinio, Claudio Station, Santa Elena, San Antonio de Gurza, El Venado, San Antonio el Alto and Flores Magón, scattered, abandoned, forgotten, orphaned, the bones that no one veiled or buried, but someone cried and are still being cried for......

Those bones, which for years, were in silence and will soon arrive here, to this laboratory,  then they will talk, they will shout out who they were, who they belonged to, they will demand a prayer and a burial, to rest in peace.   

But before those bones, so far from anyone, will have to go through a cold test in a tissue lysing machine, where they will be frozen, at least 180 degrees, with liquid nitrogen and crushed by a large pellet. Then, in the laboratory analysis area, they will reveal their secret, the DNA, they will then say who they are, who they were, who existed, who lived, ie, until someone with hatred, viciously tried to erase them from the face of the earth.     

"It's a very, very difficult job. Sometimes people observe a bone, a bone at rest, and hope that it is a missing relative. Unfortunately those skeletal remains are badly damaged and we do not get a result, we do not get a profile. "

Because removing the DNA from a bone implies a slow, laborious, meticulous, difficult task that can take between 45 days and six months. "

Édgar De La Rosa Alvarado, Coordinator of the Forensic Genetics Laboratory:

"This is due to cellular degradation. Ultimately those bones suffered burns, chemical reactions, dehydration and the time they were exposed to the environment deteriorated the cells. We no longer get a viable cell sample for a genetic study and it is difficult to explain to the families that out of 300 remains that only found two are viable for study, " says De la Rosa Alvarado.

Another morning, at the end of a graduation of Criminal Investigation Agents, José Ángel Herrera, prosecutor of Disappeared, will say that of the 103,000 fragments of skeletal remains, product of more than 300 operations carried out during the past and the current administration by the Group Life, accompanied by the Attorney General's Office, only between 3 and 5 % will be able to obtain a genetic profile.

With only between 3 and 5 % genetically profiled, the others will remain anonymous; in the orphanage, because the viciousness, hatred, acid, fire, destroyed their life, their identity, down to the last cell.

They were killed, they were silenced forever and very surely there will not be for them a grave, a place of rest, of rest, of peace, where they will be remembered, cried for and that ... is something that bothers, is unworthy.
Culture of Death:

"Societies are built through beliefs and values, sometimes religious or spiritual, that give meaning to life, but also give meaning to death. Then we have the cultures of prehistory, how they built their tombs, their rituals, through ceremonies ... ", says David Morales González, academic of the Acatlán School of Higher Studies, of the UNAM specialist in cultural heritage. 

In antiquity people who died were not abandoned inside trailers without refrigeration in housing areas by any Jaliscience Institute of Forensic Sciences, but honored in caves, on pedestals, in temples, in pyramids, where they were raised so that their spirit reached a higher level .

"They were cultures that worshiped the dead or that conceived death as the transition to another state, like the Egyptians or the Mechica culture, which conceived this passage from life to death as something transitional and very important in the journey to Mictlán, this 'place of the dead', reigned by Mictlantecutli where the dead went and had to clear several obstacles on the way. And this whole conception arises that they had to be accompanied by a dog, that they had to carry water because they had to cross large valleys ... ", says Morales González.

Until 2017 at least 87 clandestine graves had been found in different municipalities of the entity / Marco Medina

Where did those more than 26,000 people go, or where will they go ?  Those bodies, according to Plataforma México, remain piled up in mortuaries and mass graves throughout the country, without someone ever taking a flower or giving them a prayer.

In the oldest towns in Mexico, as a result of the fusion between paganism and Christianity, families used to prepare their deceased with oils, dress them in white and put special shoes, on them, "to say that the spirit will not go barefoot and that they will wear white  because it means purity, "says David Morales.

Remember ME ...
The dead of today, those who left the War on Drugs declared by Calderón at the end of 2006, go naked, vulnerable, in black plastic bags or, at best, put in nylon covers with a paper that says "particular signs".

At home their families await them, they want them back to honor them, to mourn them, to watch over them, to pray to them, to bury them, and then to rest, to stay in peace and know that their dead are not suffering.
"They want to have that corporeal presence, to see the dead, because it is their only material reference to know, to have the certainty that they have died. If not, it is the uncertainty, the hope that goes in that slogan of 'they were taken away alive, we want them alive'. They want that reference, they want to do that ritual because that ritual fills them with tranquility, peace, saying 'I gave him a dignified funeral and I gave him a Christian burial, I organized a Mass for him'. 

That's why they hope to one day find the body , yes the corpse, to say ''I am going to make a ceremony, a ritual to ask forgiveness for him, so that he may have an eternal life'', say the Christians, to ask for his salvation ... A ritual where I reach a resignation, that I saw it, I am convinced that he died and say: 'I have someone to take flowers to, I have someone to give him his offering, I know where his body is'. That is your hope. We are ritualistic societies, we have a great tradition and a  culture of rites, especially funerary rites, "says David Morales. 

Bones: The Moving Witnesses

Ignacio Vallejo González is a paleoescultor and explorer who has dedicated 30 decades of his life to the search for dinosaur remains in Coahuila, and says, with the experience that the years give him, that bones are silent witnesses.

"You can determine if a bone is recent or if it is a fossil residue. Bones are witnesses as they were in prehistory and our work is to infer, try to reconstruct what happened to that animal, if it went alone, in herds, if it was buried in the place at the time of death, if it was eaten by animals , because we have found dinosaurs with traces of bites, with the bones bitten; whether  they were hunted by hunters. " 

Throughout his career, Ignacio, who also has knowledge of human anatomy, has learned to read sex and causes of death in bone remains.

Discovering the secrets. In the case of missing persons, we will make a genetic profile of the relatives and corroborate and identify the relationship between the profile obtained from the family members, against a bone remnant. 

"It can be inferred if it is female or male or a juvenile. When it is a child the bones are tender, they have more collagen. That's why I tell you they are witnesses, because you can know if those remains belonged to an adult or very adult or very old person. You can infer age and sex as well. The skulls of women are more subtle, softer, the bones of man are rougher, more solid, " he says.

And he says that years ago, while exploring the course of the Barrancas, a site located north of Saltillo and is now a settlement of residential subdivisions, he found an Indian skeleton and it was not a disappeared person.

"He was an Indian. Previously those places were settlements of primitives Then with my knowledge of anatomy I saw that the bones had disease, pathology, such as osteoporosis, because the bones were very damaged, very fused some vertebrae, as if it were arthritis, scoliosis, (curvature of the spine) ). You can infer, at first glance, some disease. "   

Death in prehistory: 
Funerary rituals are part of the life of man on Earth, there are indications of these before the discovery of writing. Our ancestors knew how to say goodbye. 

Instructions to Cry:
But in the Forensic Genetics Laboratory, dealing with someone's bones is more complex than it seems.   

"In the case of missing persons we will make a genetic profile of the relatives and corroborate or match, a comparison, identify the relationship between the profile obtained from the relatives, against some indication, a bone at rest that has been found somewhere and try to identify, in this way, people, " explains Édgar de la Rosa, the laboratory's coordinator.

Outside Edgar's office, desk, filing cabinet and a shelf that holds family memories: the photo of his children, the portrait of his brother who died in a motorcycle accident, there is a room with a laboratory chair, his armrest, a small table with drawers, the chair for which, within a very short time, the families of the disappeared would parade to leave a few drops of hope, as if they had not already gone through all the dependencies looking for their loved ones.

Lucy, Mother of a Disappeared:

It has been eight times that María de la Luz López Castruita, the representative of the International Association for the Search of Missing Persons in Mexico, Coahuila chapter, goes to the authorities to leave her blood sample for DNA, but she does not give up. 

She is the mother of Irma Claribel Lamas López, 17 years old, who disappeared from Torreón in August 2008, after she left home, without permission, with a friend to a discotheque in Saltillo and did not return.

Before leaving her blood sample, Lucy will enter that square building with guard house, parking lot and glass door: the building of the General Directorate of Expert Services of the State Prosecutor's Office, planted in Alameda Zaragoza Street, 166, Colonia Saltillo 2000, where the Forensic Genetics Laboratory works.

She will arrive at a reception desk, computer and secretary, the secretary will ask her to register in a booklet, someone will come for her, because it is dictated by the protocol of the laboratory, and will go up with that someone a labyrinthine staircase to a second level, where another computer desk and record book will await her, Lucy will register.

Lucy will then walk down a wide and long corridor of facing offices, another desk and in the background a glass door: the door of the laboratory where Lucy will never enter because it is a restricted area.

Instead, they will take her to a room where there is a laboratory chair, sit her down, prick her finger with a lancet, two or three drops of blood will suffice. While pricking her, Lucy will think that she is afraid of the needles, that she does not like injections, that she suffers a lot, but when she remembers her missing daughter, that panic will be removed and she will say "for her , anything and everything".

Dying in Life:
María Hortensia Rivas Rodríguez, was a working mother and housewife from Piedras Negras who led a life without fright, until a summer night in 2013 that the Gate group (Group of Weapons and Special Tactics), took Víctor Manuel Guajardo Rivas, her son, and she never hear from him again.

Since that night Hortensia toured police stations, military bases, Navy detachments, Public Ministries, vacant lots and prisons across the country, looking for her son. And nothing.
The Missing Persons Prosecutor's Office has more than 1,300 reference DNA samples in its possession.

We are proposing (to AMLO) that an extraordinary mechanism of human identification be installed for people whose bodies are in any part of the country, without identification. That the government decree an extraordinary mechanism for forensic identification, with the participation of the international community. That the agreements be made with laboratories "

Blanca Martinez, Director of the "Fray Juan de Larios "Center:

In those five years of untiring, uninterrupted search, her health has diminished, but she says that she will  not throw in the towel.

"The health of one deteriorates, but that does not stop me or many mothers who are sick and we are searching, we have the need to find our children. I am here, because here God  has me, because the truth should not be here, I can pretend that I am dead in life, but God has me here for a mission that is this; help find our missing ... ", says the woman and  mother one Saturday afternoon at the end of a meeting of leaders of groups of families of disappeared with the State Commission of Attention to Victims, (CEAV).

Blanca Martínez, the director of the Diocesan Center for Human Rights "Fray Juan de Larios", says that this is why, since yesterday, President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is calling for an emergency national by forensic identification. 

A Titanic Task:
Back to his  laboratory office, Edgar de la Rosa tells us that the project of the Forensic Genetics Laboratory, whose cost was between 30 and 33 million pesos, was born three years ago, when the government was overwhelmed by the large number of missing persons and bone fragments found by Grupo Vida, this after the wave of violence that left the so-called War on Drugs at the end of 2006. 

But he recognizes that the job of making those bones talk, of giving them back a name, will be arduous:

"Because removing DNA from a bone involves a slow, laborious, meticulous, difficult task that can take between 45 days and six months."

Silvia Ortiz, the president of Grupo Vida, asks herself, how is the laboratory going to process the more than 103,000 bone remains that this organization has recovered in recent years from the Zeta extermination camps in the Coahuila Lagoon? 

"Because of the big problem  we have in the state. There is still much to be done to be able to solve the great problem of remains, of fragments to be identified. It is very difficult, very complicated, It requires a laboratory that meets all the requirements for the identification of all this. It requires more technology and more science and more time. "

Otherwise those bones, that were people, that are people, that have rights: the human right to identification, not to be disappeared, according to international treaties and conventions, will remain there, abandoned, forgotten in some osteoteca, ( bone storage facility were the bones are cataloged, ie similar to a library or biblioteca)  without any one recognizing them, without worship or veneration of them.

The laboratory, which began work on October 24, has received only about 85 blood samples from relatives of the disappeared.

"The lab is just unpacked, we just opened. First, we are obtaining the profiles of the families and then starting to work on the samples, the skeletal remains", says Édgar de la Rosa Alvarado, the coordinator.

And he says that the laboratory, whose geneticist experts, six, are certified by the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistence Program (ICITAP), is in the process of being accredited before the ANSI - ASQ National Accreditation Board, which will provide security to families of the disappeared that things are going to get along.

"The laboratory is in the final phase of accreditation, the implementation phase. This is that in the next three months we have to be working with our procedures and protocols, verifying that everything we said and wrote is working as it should work. There is an internal audit to review everything we are doing, an external audit and if there is no correction to the procedures, accreditation is given at an international level. We are thinking that by February or March of the year that enters the laboratory may be accredited.

Mexico: The Country that is also a Cemetary:

But it is that in addition to the large amount of skeletal remains recovered in different places of Coahuila that add to the number of missing persons in Mexico and Coahuila.

The extermination. It was here, some years ago the Life Group, discovered one of the largest extermination camps of the Zetas in Coahuila and some said that of the world. 

Zeta Horror: Extermination Camps:

It is an autumn afternoon in the ejido Patrocinio, municipality of San Pedro, Coahuila, and a howl that is not known if it is of the wind, of a coyote or perhaps of a dead person, tears the silence.

Here, in this lonely skin of the earth, which was once a fertile cotton field until the water ran out, nothing remains, only burnt bushes, some dry canal and bones, many bones.

We walk, photographer and cameraman Omar Saucedo and me.

From time to time we run into lots of clothes; a pair of trousers, a shirt, some tennis shoes, a baby sock and I tell myself that if those clothes talked about what stories would not count.

Beyond it looks something like a camp, cans of tuna, containers of coca cola, potato wrappers, under a skinny tree that barely gives shade.

The people of the town say that they were the camps of the Zetas that every night passed in their trucks with their load of victims heading to the mountain, without anyone telling them anything.

In the bowels of the plain of Patrocinio, a chivero ( goat herder) says that he saw the tambos (barrels) but he thought it would be people who came out to roast meat, to spend the day in the countryside, but no.

And then the sponsors of Patrocinio who spent the night in the mountains with their flocks began to hear the screams. They were screams of pain, of anguish. The victims of the Zetas, they thought and they were banished forever from the plain.

Afterwards, it became known about the bones. People watched it on television.

Back in town, dusk, people are afraid to talk, they say they do not know anything, they go to bed early, they do not get involved in that they do not care about, they were not involved,  they're afraid ...

The most recent report of the State Attorney General's Office speaks of 2014 people disappeared from the entity. According to the National Registry of Data of Missing or Disappeared Persons (RNPED), in the    country there are more than 37,400 people reported as missing. That is, the same number of inhabitants that Monaco has.

The Plataforma México system has an inventory of 36,000 disappeared and 26,000 necrodacthilar fingerprints of people who are unidentified in mass graves and morgues throughout the national territory. According to Data Cívica, Coahuila is the eighth entity in the country with the most missing and missing persons.

Hortensia Rivas, Mother of a Missing:
"We are proposing that, as institutions are strengthened and a new national expert system is created, an extraordinary human identification mechanism is installed for people whose bodies are in any part of the country, without identifying. That it decree an extraordinary mechanism for forensic identification, with the participation of the international community. That agreements be made with laboratories everywhere. When the Twin Towers fell in new York where there were approximately 3,000 victims, the United States hired about 200 laboratories around the world to do the identification. "
Hope Fits in a Laboratory:
At 10:00 a.m. in a fresh morning Édgar de la Rosa, the coordinator, presumes the facilities of the Forensic Genetics Laboratory, which, to tell the truth, do not look anything like the trailers without refrigeration where, In mid-September, the Jaliscience Institute of Forensic Sciences abandoned 157 corpses of unidentified people in the La Duraznera colony of Tlaquepaque.

"Here we have the Selection Area", says Édgar and points from a glass wall to a room where there are several tables with lamps, a drying chamber, a drying oven, refrigerators, freezers. Futuristic machines, like science fiction.

It is the area where the selection of bone fragments will be made to check which are the most viable samples of study.

"On this side, - Édgar continues and heads to another room where an island of eight modules stands out with work instruments for the experts - we begin with the extraction and purification of the sample". And here - says De la Rosa and indicates a piece at the back of the laboratory where a kind of cabinet is seen - the fragments that are in process are going to be protected ".

Lucy's mother, Claribel, says that although so far the identification by the authorities was null, the new lab is a hope of finding many of they can be back home with his family and give them a dignified burial,

"Obviously, nobody wants to find them dead, but since we find them dead it is better than  nothing, then ... it fills us with hope ... in some way ...". The dead that have no tomb  ; 824 bodies known as "N" and "N" in Coahuila; 6 months the estimated time of analysis of skeletal remains, 85 blood samples from relatives of missing persons.  40,000 missing people are approximately in Mexico.

                           "In the field , In the field , In the house , In the hunt , There are corpses"
                                                                 Néstor Perlongher

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December 8, 2018

3 Dismembered on their Vacation to Veracruz

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Proceso

Xalapa, Veracruz : Three young people from Mexico City reported missing since December 1 were found dead Thursday night and their bodies dismembered inside bags in an abandoned truck on the federal highway #145 Sayula - German city.

Identified victims are:  Jonathan Eduardo Rocha Cruz, 23, a private security guard; Carlos Iván Reyes Ramírez, 31, of carpenter trade and Fidel Enrique Elizalde Flores, a 22-year-old merchant, friends who had gone on vacation to the region of the Tuxtlas, Catemaco and surroundings.

However, on Sunday Dec 1, a mechanical failure in the vehicle in which they were traveling forced them to stop and stay at a hotel in Acayucan, Veracruz, they went out to buy food and since then their relatives did not hear from them or know any more about them.

This Friday, elements of the State Regional Prosecutor's Office with detachment in the city of Acayucan confirmed that the dismembered corpses found Thursday night on the federal highway 145 Sayula - Ciudad Alemán correspond to young people from Mexico City.

Relatives of the victims said that the three youngsters intended to travel directly from the capital of the country to Catemaco, an ecotourism region due to its lagoon, its Nacinyaga reserve and the waterfall of El Salto de Eyipantla, however, they were  forced to spend the night in the municipality of Acayucan. 

Yesterday night, elements of the Municipal Police confirmed the presence of five black bags that gave off foul odors, on the bed of a Nissan NP300 truck with plates of circulation XU85804 of the State of Veracruz.

According to an employee of the Prosecutor's Office "minutes before losing communication, (the young people) sent photos to their families from inside the building where they would rest and then lost contact with them.

The Prosecutor's Office reports that one of the youths left a Suzuki 600 motorcycle parked, which was incidentally stolen from the parking lot.

The sexenio of morenista Cuitláhuac García Jimenez has begun violently. On the first day of his six-year term, three executions were registered, among them that of a dismembered girl in the center of Veracruz.

Now there is this case of the three friends from Mexico City who wanted to vacation in the region of the Tuxtlas and whose relatives have expressed their indignation.

For a decade, Veracruz has suffered a wave of violence due to clashes between the criminal cells of the Gofo Cartel, the New Generation Cartel of Jalisco, Los Zetas, Zeta Nueva Sangre, Zetas Escuela Viejo, Grupo Sombra, and independent groups of huachicoleros.

FYI: This area is a World Class Eco - Tourism Destination and it is just completely unconscionable the Mexico's own citizens cannot go and enjoy the cultural and biological wonders of this area, much of which is a protected under the Biosfer Reserva program.

CATEMACO, Veracruz:  Sea, waterfalls, ponds, rivers, lagoons, lakes, springs and tropical jungle in the same destination is the trip to Los Tuxtlas, a proposal that for the third time is organized by the civil association Enlace Ecológico, to link the inhabitants of these Veracruz municipalities with conscious tourism. The trip directs the economic flow directly into the pockets of the inhabitants of each place visited.

In just one weekend, the traveler can get to know: the waterfall of Eyipantla Falls, the beach and the Sontecomapan Bar, its mangroves, the Poza de los Enanos, the Benito Juarez ejido, within the Los biosphere reserve Tuxtlas, and the lagoon of Catemaco.

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December 8, 2018

Among PGR’s 47 Most Wanted Criminals

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio

By: Nancy Enriquez

Among the list of 47 people presented on Wednesday as "priority objectives" by the Attorney General of the State of Mexico (FGJEM) are involved in crimes such as homicide, femicide, kidnapping and drug dealing, among other crimes.   The list includes "plaza leaders" of criminal organizations.

For seven people of this "selection", the Committee of Rewards of the institution approved to offer an amount of up to 500,000 pesos for each one for those who provide timely and accurate information to facilitate their prompt location.

Gabriel Mendoza Huerta:

Among them is Gabriel Mendoza Huerta, who is investigated for his probable participation  in the crime of qualified homicide,  who also has an arrest warrant for the murder of his partner, her daughter and a neighbor; these events occurred in the municipality of Ecatepec, on January 16, 2017, reported to FGJEM through a statement issued in that year.
The events took place at around 12:30 am inside the house  number 52-B on Avenida Águilas, when the attacker arrived at the house and forcibly entered the home, where he began to verbally and physically attack his ex-wife, Jessica Villanueva,  his daughter Rosaria attempted to defend her but  the man also hit her, and then shot them both.

When the Gabriel Mendoza Huerta came down the stairs, he also shot at a neighbor named Manuel Rodríguez Velasco, approximately 40 years old, who came to the building to try to defend the women.

"El Carnicero":

Another of the priority objectives for this agency is Juan de la Cruz Quintero Martínez, alias  "El Carnicero" or "El Güero"  and one of the most sought-after feminicides in the state.

He is accused of murdering  Mariana Joselín Valtierra, 16 years old,  on July 27, 2017 in the municipality of Ecatepec de Morelos. The aggressor was in the entrance of the butcher shop where he worked and had his charge to take care of it, a place that forced the child to enter and then killed her.

Miguel Pérez Santiago:

Miguel Pérez Santiago,  approximately 55 years old,  was accused in 2017 of having killed a woman with whom he left a bar. The investigations indicate that the subject took the woman to the municipality of Naucalpan, the body was found on May 8.

For these three femicides the FGJEM had already  issued the payment of a reward of the same amount  for who informed about their whereabouts, however to date they have not been stopped.

"Lalo Manteca":

 This list also includes Medardo Hernández Vera, alias "Lalo Mantecas", who is wanted for his alleged responsibility in crimes such as homicide and organized crime, among others. On February 4, assassins of the criminal group "La Familia Michoacana", under the command of Hernández Vera, attacked elements of the Michoacán Police on the Agua Fría-La Guacamaya highway, in the municipality of Tuzantla.

"El Fresa" and "El Pez":

Also on the list are the brothers José Alfredo Hurtado Olascoaga, alias "  El Fresa" and Johnny Hurtado Olascoaga, aka "El Pez" for whom since 2014 the agency offers an amount of half a million pesos for each one.

"El Pez" and "El Fresa" are identified as alleged leaders of the Michoacán Family with a place in Amatepec . According to the FGJEM, Johnny has been opened ten folders of investigation, as well as preliminary inquiries in the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and a red file in the Interpol.

In addition, it is related to the actions of the soldiers of the 102nd Infantry Battalion, who allegedly extrajudicially executed 10 people in a Tlatlaya winery at dawn on June 30, 2014.

"El Tuerta":

Josué Ramírez Cabrera, "El Tuerto",  is identified as one of the leaders of the Michoacán Family  that operates in the eastern area of ​​the State of Mexico and has gone into the Iztapalapa, Gustavo A. Madero and Iztacalco delegations in the collection of "piso" to merchants and businessmen, besides being related to the distribution of drugs, extortion, kidnapping, lifting and burning of businesses in the municipalities of Nezahualcoyotl, Los Reyes, Chalco, Chalco Valley and Ecatepec.

Two women:

Among the other 40,  for whom the individual sum of 300,000 pesos is offered, two women stand out, among them Laura Ivonne Rayón Rangel,  accused of the crime of kidnapping and who allegedly in June 2015 had been arrested along with nine other people in the municipality of Ixtapaluca.

The other is  Edith Osorio de Jesús,  from whom no further information has been provided.
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December 8, 2018

Journalist Diego García Corona Murdered in Ecatepec...

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Riodoce

Journalist Diego García Corona, a reporter for the weekly Morelos, was murdered while driving in his car near the Colonia Jardines de Morelos, in the municipality of Ecatepec, State of Mexico.

Radio Fórmula reported that the 35-year-old man was riding aboard his Nissan Tiida red car when he was intercepted on Wednesday night by a group of armed men, who shot him at point-blank range.

The facts were recorded at the corner of Playa de Marquelia and Avenida Jardines streets in the aforementioned municipality. Local media spread the news on social networks.

After the attack, the aggressors escaped, while the communicator's body was left inside the car, where a credential was found that accredits him as a reporter for the local newspaper Semanario Morelos.

The neighbors, warned the authorities that, after witnessing the event they surrounded the vehicle waiting for the personnel of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico (FGJEM).

The agent of the Public Ministry ordered the removal of the car that with the body inside was taken to the facilities of the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) in the center of Ecatepec, with the purpose of carrying out the necropsy of law and to initiate the corresponding investigations.

The Office of the Public Prosecutor of the State of Mexico will conduct the investigations of this crime to find those responsible and apply the law.

It is worth remembering that three days ago another communicator was murdered, his name was Jesús Alejandro Márquez, the events occurred in Nayarit.

Left: Jesús Alejandro Márquez found lifeless near a cane field near Tépic Nayarit. See our Post from Dec 3.

Meanwhile, the Association of Displaced Journalists, said in a video message that the attacks against their partner are not acceptable, that the worst crisis of violence against reporters is going on and that there is not a single corner of Mexico where they do not commit crimes.

"Not only do we condemn the death of reporter Diego García Corona, murdered this morning, we condemn the inexistence of justice, in a country that is convinced every time it needs to be reborn."
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December 8, 2018

A New Way to Move Narco Money

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El Sol

Colombia and the US dismantle networks of "tragabilletes" at the service of Mexican drug traffickers.

Colombia dismantled four organizations that recruited young people who ingested dollar bills covered in latex capsules, a method to launder Mexican drug traffickers money into the South American country's economy, a senior police official said on Thursday.

In the "Operation Eslabón'' the Colombian National Police, with the support of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service of the United States, ie ICE, captured in Colombia 27 people and dislodged the foreign exchange traffic organizations connected with Mexican cartels.

The director of the National Police, General Jorge Hernando Nieto, revealed that the networks recruited poor and unemployed youth in Columbia who traveled to Mexico where they ingested between 80 and 120 capsules of latex with money to return to Colombia.

"With each ingestion a person could enter with  up to $ 40,000, including there is one case of a single traveler  that  entered with  $ 75,000",  said the official at a press conference. "The money seized in this investigation amounts to $11 million dollars."

One of the captured people had made 250 migratory movements between Colombia and Mexico since 2015. The capsules were made with latex gloves.

Nieto did not mention the names of the Mexican cartels linked to the organizations that introduced the dollars to the country.

Colombia is considered the world's leading producer of cocaine with more than 1,000 tons a year, most of which are sent to Mexican cartels that control drug trafficking, according to security sources.

From the drug trade they receive in Colombia millions of dollars of income from narco traffickers, leftist guerrillas, criminal bands and dissidences left of the FARC, many who still move cocaine.

From Colombian Source: AnalysisUrbano:

Judicial diligences carried out simultaneously in Bogotá, Medellín, Bucaramanga, Manizales, Pereira and Neiva allowed the dismantling of four transnational currency trafficking organizations, which would be the links between the Mexican drug cartels and Colombian drug traffickers.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Attorney General's Office, the National Police, the Directorate of Taxes and National Customs (DIAN) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) of the United States, the so-called 'Operation Link 'in which 27 alleged members of these criminal networks were captured, who imposed various modalities of' human mail 'to camouflage money.

During the detention procedures, the investigators seized 13 cell phones, two tablets, more than 2,700 dollars in cash, a storage device, six passports, air tickets, 10 agendas and four folders with information of interest for the process.

The most used criminal resource for these structures consisted of hiding dollars in latex capsules for Colombian travelers to ingest them and, regardless of the risk they represented to their health, they agreed to take them from Mexico City to Bogotá. The investigations also revealed other illegal maneuvers such as foreign currency attached to the body or hidden in double-bottomed suitcases.

The different controls carried out at the El Dorado international airport, where 49 of the so-called 'human mails' were captured, and other judicial police techniques allowed the identification and capture of the leaders of these money trafficking networks during the last year insisted on the cruel modality of the ingested.

The arrest of Wílmar Hernández Sánchez, alias 'Pinocho' or 'Profe', who would be the main articulator of the structure and in charge of receiving travelers in Mexico, to host them and prepare them so they could ingest latex fingers, each with at least five $ 100 bills. This man records 250 migratory movements between Colombia and Mexico.

According to the probative material and the testimonies collected, a foreigner intern could consume, on average, between 80 and 120 capsules, that is, he transported close to $ 40,000, although there were cases of citizens whose physical build allowed them to carry their bodies up to $ 75,000.

The people chosen for currency trading were mainly young university students or unemployed, preferably between 25 and 35 years of age. The organizations had tokens whose specific role was to locate men or women who fulfilled these profiles and were determined to travel in exchange for a remuneration that could amount to 5 million pesos.

On the other hand, Nasly Yolima Santiago Vegab or 'Isabela' was captured, who allegedly gave appearance of legality to the money that came from Mexico and put it to circulate in the financial system through exchange houses and local currency buying and selling .

The elements obtained in the investigations would indicate that this woman, of 26 years, received the so-called 'human couriers' at the Bogota airport, took them to a hotel owned by  "Gato", also captured, and there subjected them to different procedures. until they ejected all the capsules.

Declared illicit money:
One of the currency trading networks dismantled in the 'Operation Link' resorted to a different maneuver to enter foreign currency irregularly into Colombia. Apparently, informal or casual workers, people without stable work, were recruited to travel to other countries and return with different amounts of dollars, which did not exceed the established limits and were declared before the DIAN, but did not have a precise justification its origin.

Within this group is a stylist known as 'Katherine', who made 180 migratory movements from Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, El Salvador, Peru and the United States, and would have moved slightly more than 10,172 million pesos since 2015.

The 27 captured, including leaders, recruiters and logistics coordinators, were presented in concentrated hearings before securities control judges and prosecutors of the Specialized Directorate against Money Laundering, and charged them with the crimes of: conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and illicit enrichment.

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