Saturday, February 15, 2020

BB Page Deleted by Facebook

Just wanted provide feedback on the questions we have been getting about the Borderland Beat Facebook page, it has been deleted by Facebook. This page (that had the Borderland Beat title) was started a long time ago and had a huge following, I believe we had over 100,000 followers at the time it was removed by FB. We used this page to share posts from this blog. We also used to publish a lot of raw content that was sent to us directly from members on the page itself, using the messenger on the page. We would, many times, publish pictures and video of carnage of the result of cartel violence, FB would just cover it with a splash page. They did not like any actual videos of executions as they suspended my account on numerous occasions, so we would avoid posting any execution videos that were sent to us.

Recently someone reported the page and it was suspended, we were never notified what content was the problem. I immediately appealed. The staff on Facebook reviewed the page and they felt the whole page violated the community standards and chose to just delete the whole page permanently. I find this move might have an ulterior motive.

Twitter and Instagram are some alternate options (they allow almost any content), the only issue of concern is that both platforms restrict the amount of text that might be required in some of our entries.

So at this point the Facebook page is totally gone, until we decide what other options we have, if we are to use the Facebook platform to provide content information. A lot of valuable members contacts that would report on events in Mexico almost on a daily basis is lost. I was able to download all the data content before it was deleted, so I may upload it somewhere on HTML format to have access for reference basis. My ability to post any content on Facebook has been suspended for 30 days

Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused to any of our loyal members.

~ Buggs ~

The Fragmentation of the Drug Cartels

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Tropa del Infierno, Los Metros and Los Viagras ... are a few examples of how large drug cartels have fragmented into increasingly violent and bloodthirsty cells.

The Fragmentation of the Large Cartels

With the war against organized crime that President Felipe Calderón undertook at the end of 2006, the radiography of national and transnational criminal organizations has undergone a change that has plunged some states of Mexico into an endless wave of violence, confrontations and executions. Together with the commission of the thousand of crimes that generate millions of dollars of illicit profits for the old and new criminal cartels, there is no end in sight.

In 2006, the criminal organizations that carried out their illegal activities in the country, that were in the business of the trafficking of drugs in to the US, was orderly regulated by major large cartels that at the time consisted of the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, Sinaloa/Pacífico, Tijuana/Arellano Félix, Juárez, Beltrán Leyva and Familia Michoacana, which had controlled some states in the north of the country, mainly those that are close to the northern border region. Alliances were broken and truces were violated, some as a result of greedy bosses attempting to expand their territory but at other times, it was personal. This conflict, along with the Calderon's war he was waging against particular cartels (almost all except perhaps Sinaloa) found a change that defined how cartels operate today.

The operations undertaken by the secretariats of the Armed-Navy of Mexico (Semar), and the National Defense (Sedena), as well as by the Federal Police (PF) generated arrests and deaths of the top leaders of major large cartels, heads of logistical support, chiefs of sicarios and financial operators. This break up in the structures of some criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas, Golfo, Familia Michoacana, Tijuana/Arellano Félix and Juárez, which came to the point of disappearing from the map of organized crime in Mexico. Suddenly, the fragmentation of these large cartels was not very organized, as many cells took on their own life and started operating independently, in attempts to forge a place in the narco hierarchy of the drug cartel business. Plaza bosses saw the opportunity to take over trafficking routes along the entire Mexico landscape and form alliance to cement their dominance.

In 2019, there is a substantial change in the large criminal organizations that were broken up, giving way to cells or splits that opened their way, and resulted in an uncontrolled increase in violence. No longer were their activities matters of organized crime, as the violence and crime was no longer very organized, as it was when old school top bosses kept the business of trafficking as organized as possible avoiding heating the plazas too much, as not to create too much attention from Mexican or US authorities.

With a low, but constant profile, the Gulf cartel or Cartel del Golfo (CDG) has managed to stay barely afloat within the drug trafficking map in Mexico. Due to their poor stability in the domains of its power and the internal disputes within the organization, the Gulf cartel has not managed to consolidate as an organized unit. For its part, the CDG suffered a fragmentation in its structure due to the arrest and death of its main leaders and lieutenants. It is said that numerous criminal cells help the CDG maintain operations in the north and south of the country, they are; Los Metro, Los Rojos, Los Fresita, Los Dragones, Cyclones, Los Pelones, Grupo Lacoste, Grupo Dragones, Grupo Bravo, Grupo Pumas, Grupo de Apoyo Ceros, M3, Los Sierra, and Los Talibanes. It is said that Los Metros have forged an alliance with the CJNG, that might prove helpful to the leader of the CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera Cervante, "El Mencho" for if or when he decides to make a move toward the gulf region. Golfos have tried to make a surge, but seem to be drown out by the many cells scattered all over the gulf coast that at times no one seems to know who they operate under.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

José Romualdo Quintero Carrizosa "El Hitler"

Light skin, bald, white beard and the little hair that is left on his head is white, it is José Romualdo Quintero Carrizosa, nicknamed "El Hitler."
He was identified as a bloody hitman from the Tijuana cartel, had his best years with the Arellano Felix brothers.
"El Hitler" was the personal escort of Ramón Arellano Félix, the leader of the criminal organization based in the border city of Baja California.
The hitman was a key piece in the war that the Tijuana cartel had with the Sinaloa cartel from the 1990s to 2002.
The Prosecutor General of Sinaloa accuses him of having participated in the massacre of 12 people in the town of El Limoncito de Alayá, in Cosalá, Sinaloa in 2001.
In that occasion, on February 14 of that year, there were celebrations in the town, due to Valentine's day, but also for the birthday of Valentín Beltrán Aréchiga, then commissioner of El Limoncito de Alayá.
According to the version of the surviving witnesses and the Sinaloa government, it was when a group of heavily armed men arrived at the scene, beginning to massacre members of the township.
The command was looking for Javier Torres Félix, nicknamed "El JT", lieutenant of Ismael Zambada García, "El Mayo", leader of the Sinaloa cartel, but he was not there. The times were the most bloodiest years of the "guerra narco."
Torres Felix lived in the neighboring town of El Cajoncito and had several family and friends living in El Limoncito.
The then Attorney General of the State blamed a group of hitmen called "Los Culiches", linked to the Tijuana cartel, as perpetrators of the massacre.

Friday, January 3, 2020

R-5 of Gente Nueva

Excerpt from the book on R-5, audiobook expected at the end of January or February.

‘Cartel hitman’ sentenced for 2008 execution


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twelve years after Danny Baca’s bullet-riddled body was set on fire and left on the Pajarito Mesa as a message to anyone who might decide to cross the Mexican Cartel, the last man charged in his death was sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years.

Friday morning in a hearing in a fourth-floor courtroom filled with two rows of his tearful and outraged family members, Jaime Veleta — who prosecutors have called a cartel hitman — learned his fate.

“During the trial I couldn’t help but think what the last minutes of (Baca’s) life were like,” said prosecutor John Duran, as he asked for the maximum sentence. “Being driven out to the middle of nowhere, in the dead of night, in the same time of year that we have now — cold — and essentially executed and lit on fire. It’s egregious it took such a long time to bring this man to justice.”

Judge Cindy Leos agreed, saying “this was incredibly violent, it was premeditated.”

After a week-long trial in early October a jury deliberated for only a couple of hours before finding Veleta guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy and kidnapping.

The whole ordeal started when 53-year-old Baca was tasked with bringing $7,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine hidden in a compartment of a white Ford Mustang from Mexico to El Paso. Instead he brought at least part of it to Albuquerque, possibly selling it.

So Veleta and cousins Jose and Mario Talavera went to his house in the East Mountains, looking for the missing drugs, and instead found the empty and dismantled car.

They took Baca to the Pajarito Mesa, west of Albuquerque, and killed him.

“This was a message clearly being sent by Mr. Veleta and his associates that these type of things are not tolerated,” Duran said.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lalo, Former Juarez Cartel Member and US Informant - Interview

[2003 - 2004]
Guillermo Eduardo Ramírez Peyro, a.k.a. "Lalo", was a former Mexican Highway Patrol officer and a paid informant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. "Lalo" also reported to the DEA. After infiltrating the Juárez Cartel, he worked with Heriberto Santillán Tabares and helped him murder people in Mexico. "Lalo" had foreknowledge of planned killings and claims that he informed his US handlers of the intended crimes. It has been asserted that US officials, including Johnny Sutton, the United States Attorney of United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, were aware of the murderous activities of the informant, but failed to intervene. Juanita Fielden, Assistant US Attorney, is a defendant in a lawsuit for wrongful death brought forward by families of victims of the "House of Death."

Buggs personally interviewed Lalo in a podcast.

This podcast contains graphic violence, discretion is advised.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Routine Traffic Stop in Bernalillo County, New Mexico

From the Borderland Beat book - Chapter: "The Hometown Influence.

Take for instance an incident that happened in Albuquerque, my home of residence. In 2018 Bernalillo county deputies (BCSO) initiated a routine traffic stop of a vehicle that matched the description of one involved in a domestic disturbance call. The vehicle was pulled over after it swerved out of its lane of travel. There were three occupants inside the vehicle.  Two of them were Mexican nationals and the other man, the driver, was native of Albuquerque, NM. What happened next was something that should give law enforcement reason to be concerned.

The deputy noticed that one of the men appeared to be wearing body armor, saw what appeared to be large amounts currency in the center console and upon further examination, noticed a large number of weapons in the back floorboard.

The deputies would eventually find eight rifles, six handguns, night vision goggles, multiple sets of body armor, ballistic helmets, more than $33,000 in cash, and a small amount of cocaine in the vehicle.

Looking at the equipment, these men were ready to engage other armed targets, while travelling within the US. These types of traffic stops are common and routinely seen in Mexico.
These men were better equipped than the patrol deputies that stopped them at the scene and could have caused some heavy damage if they had chosen to engage the deputies. For the most part US patrol officers only carry side arms on them when conducting routine traffic stops and the long rifles found in the vehicle of the suspects could easily penetrate the soft ballistic armor worn by patrol officers in the course of their duty.

 Two of the rifles, including one fully automatic “machine gun” were confirmed to be stolen. The driver, Jesus Samaniego-Villa, and his two passengers were charged with possession of stolen firearms in state court, but the case was quickly handed over to federal prosecutors to avoid being botched up by the seemingly incompetent New Mexico state court system.