Saturday, September 21, 2019

El de las 20 trocas - R5

El de las 20 trocas-Traviezos De La Zierra

Narco corrido of R-5

I looked for plebes with guts / to form my convoy /
and as Pancho Villa said / I have my crew ready for the Revolution.

"Mi saludos a mis amigos,
muchos se encuentran ausentes,
y eperamos tu regreso,
suavecita por los plebes,
tambien po los que se fueron.
Un abraso al jefe,
aqui estamos al pendiente,
defendiendo sus terrenos."


"My regards to my friends,
many who remain absent,
and we await your return,
easy on the youth,
also for those who left.
A hug to the boss,
here we are at your orders,
defending your territories."

~ GN ~

Friday, August 16, 2019

Borderland Beat Book Review by Robert J Bunker

SWJ El Centro Book Review - Borderland Beat: Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War
Book review by Robert J. Bunker
The Borderland Beat book focuses on more organized narco violence taking place in Mexico during the 2008 through 2013 era before the later cartel fragmentation due to kingpin targeting—when Alex Marentes was more directly involved with the blog. It draws its material via the site’s blog posts and the author’s professional (rather than academic) directed research. The book's cover is Mexican skull art based with elements of violence—bullet rounds, revolvers, barbed wire, pills, fire, and brass knuckles—combined together to create a narcocultura inspired skull.
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Mexico’s drug war diary by By Conor Fay

Mexico’s Dug War Diary by By Conor Fay

Monday, August 5, 2019

The Massacre of Allende

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - The Massacre of Allende

On the afternoon of March 18, 2011, a caravan of 40 SUVs with dozens of gunmen on board belonging to Los Zetas entered the town of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico. They blocked the roads to the entrance of the town. They started tearing down doors from homes, killing people and making them disappear. Men, elderly, women, children, it did not matter to them, they were all the same.

"Things began happening in the evening. Armed men began arriving. They were going house to house, looking for the people who had done them wrong. At 11 at night there was no traffic on the streets. There was no movement of any kind," said a food stand vendor.

That day they drove in to town, they started shooting at homes and abducting anyone seen in public that included four older women and two children. The next day they went to the house of a person with the name of Garza, where they abducted a man, his wife and their young son.

The Zetas put them in a police car of the Allende police department and transported them to one of the ranches where they were holding people from during the weekend. When night came, it was the end for them. They were taken out to be executed.

The Zeta attack provided evidence of collusion with the local authorities. The 20 municipal police officers of Allende were instructed "not go out on patrol, not to respond to calls for help and to detain anyone with the name of Garza," so they could be turned over to Los Zetas.

The hitmen went to the mayor's office and demanded for the home addresses from the property tax records of all the properties of the traitors and their families. The mayor of Allende, Sergio Lozano, and his municipal police cooperated with Los Zetas, to include saying nothing about the disappearances and taking no action to stop it.

The Zetas destroyed and burned everything in their path; houses, ranches, businesses. For Allende and its residents, it was converted into an apocalypse scene, all in the name of hatred and revenge.
They killed and killed, and like cattle they loaded the bodies in the back of trucks.

A few miles outside of town, the gunmen descended on several neighboring ranches along a dimly lit two-lane highway. The properties belonged to one of Allende’s oldest clans, the Garzas. The family mostly raised livestock and did odd contracting jobs, including coal mining. But according to family members, some of them also worked for the cartel.

Now those connections were proving to be deadly. Among those the Zetas suspected of being a snitch was José Luis Garza, a relatively low-level cartel operative, whose father, Luis, owned one of the ranches. It was payday, and several workers had gone to the ranch to pick up their money. When the gunmen showed up, they rounded up everyone they could find and took them hostage. After nightfall, flames began rising from one of the ranch’s large cinder-block storage sheds. The Zetas had begun burning the bodies of some of those they’d killed.

That weekend of March 18-20, 2011, Los Zetas attacked 32 houses and seven ranches in Allende, in order to take revenge on Alfonso Cuéllar, Héctor Moreno and José Luis Garza. What they could, they demolished with heavy machinery.

On Saturday, March 19, the gunmen summoned several heavy-equipment operators and ordered them to tear down dozens of houses and businesses across the region. Many of the properties were in busy, well-to-do neighborhoods within sight or earshot of not only passersby but also of government offices, police stations and military outposts. The gunmen invited townspeople to take whatever they wanted, triggering a free-for-all of looting.

Allende was transformed in to a post-apocalyptic scene, full of destruction and deserted.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Black Hawks Over Rocky Point

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - Black Hawks Over Rocky Point

Black Hawk providing cover in Rocky Point
In the morning of December 18, 2013 special naval forces arrived at Las Palomas, in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora and started to secure the area, setting up a perimeter, evacuating civilians and reading their weapons on lock and load.

The shooting began immediately. The response of El Macho Prieto's bodyguards was so violent that the element of surprise was lost. The intervention of two American manufactured Black Hawk helicopters was necessary, whose .50 caliber weapons wreaked havoc on the cars of the sicarios.

Immediately several vehicles attempted to flee at high speed but were fired upon from one of the helicopters causing the trucks to catch on fire and crash in a small gazebo located at the exit of the condominiums. There were two casualties, one near the truck, another on the sidewalk. Federal Police would report that two Black Hawk helicopters fired at least 10 vehicles. The burned vehicles from the firepower of the two helicopters could be seen outside the condominium complex.

Macho Prieto on the left and one of his sicarios with AK-47
with high capacity drum magazine
Simultaneously, at the entrance of the condominiums there was another confrontation, that resulted in one sicario being killed found lying on the ground next to a AK-47 at his side that was equipped with a high capacity drum magazine.

There were more shots fired at the entrance to the hall of the condominiums, the walls of the building were left with bullet holes from bursts of gunfire and blood splattered on the walls and in the ground.

Inside the rooms the battle lasted a long time, at least two hours. Afterwards reinforcements of El Macho Prieto began arriving, and federal forces tried to stop them from reaching the Bella Sirena.

Macho Prieto
Two cars blocked the entrance so more cars with El Macho Prieto's reinforcements could not enter.

The other two bodies were left on the ground in the middle of the round-abound circle of the street, without police securing the scene, not even the yellow tape that is typically used to protect a crime scene. For hours, residents of Peñasco drove by the crime scene, took pictures and video with their cellular phones of the bodies and burned vehicles, and uploaded them on to social media.

One of the victims on the ground was none other than El Macho Prieto, except that his body was taken away by his people before police could secure the scene.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

They Killed El Ondeado

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - They killed El Ondeado

A few weeks later, on April 18, another Torres, this one the son of Manuel, Atanasio Torres Acosta, "El Tachio", was murdered by rival members of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel. During the ambush attack Manuel Torres' daughter Alondra (aged 4) was injured along with his sister-in-law Sandra Rivas Heredia.  This happened right next to the building of the Health Ministry, in the Montebello residential district.

Police located one of the vehicles apparently used by the gunmen. A red Tsuru (Mexico's version of the Nissan Sentra), where they found AK-47 rifles with a message: "On behalf of your friend [Arturo] and his buddies Los Zetas. So you can remember, Manuel Torres." 

Manuel Torres went crazy with the death of his son, whose wake was held in one of his houses in the valley. That same night and the next day while they were keeping vigil over Atanasio's body, Manuel Torres was taking his revenge on young men that his gunmen were picking up and taking to his home for him to torture. The death of Anastasio marked the beginning of the cartel war in the state of Sinaloa. Manuel Torres became one of the most dangerous drug traffickers in Sinaloa where hundreds of deaths were attributed to his commandos.

Nothing stopped him. All over the city, headless bodies started to appear, mutilated, with messages alluding to Tachio's murder. No death, no limit, could contain his thirst for vengeance until his death.

The cartels were at war, but he was fighting his own war in the name of his son and the pain he had suffered.

At the place where his son was murdered, they started throwing decapitated bodies, one of them that of Barcelo Villagran, who had been the commander of the Ministerial Police and chief of the Centauro Group. They cut off both legs, decapitated him and cut open his back with a knife while he was still alive.

On the morning of October 16, 2012, three days after the death of Manuel Torres, at least three "narcomantas" (narcobanners) appeared throughout the city of Culiacán denouncing Ismael Zambada García of betraying and setting up Maneul Torres to be killed by the Mexican military.

Manuel Torres Felix was not even in the files of the PGR, much less in those of the State Department of Justice. In September 2008 under the Operation Sinaloa, the Mexican military located a safe house owned by Manuel Torres, where they confiscated several firearms, narcotics, radio communications equipment, and an armored vehicle. The Mexican military also found a photo of Manuel Torres accompanied by Misael Torres Urrea, nicknamed El M2, his nephew and son of Javier Torres Felix. Manuel Torres was placed on the most wanted drug traffickers list under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act by the U.S. government on June 1, 2011, along with Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza (a.k.a. El Macho Prieto), another high-ranking lieutenant of the Sinaloa cartel.

A narcocorrido of the Movimiento Alterado subgenere, sung by the musical groups Bukanas De Culiacan, El Komander, Los Buitres de Culiacan, Los Buchones de Culiacan, Rogelio Martinez el RM, Los Nuevos Elegantes, Noel Torres, Erik Estrada, Oscar Garcia, and Los 2 Primos and titled Sanguinarios del M1 on YouTube ("The Bloodthirsty of M1") exalts Torres Félix for leaving decapitated and mutilated bodies in the trunk of cars as a message to his rivals. The lyrics of the song dedicated to Torres Félix start with the following:

With an AK-47 and a bazooka on our heads
cutting off heads that cross our path
We're bloodthirsty and crazy – We love to kill
Bullets fired and extortions carried out, just like the best of us
Always in a convoy of armored cars, wearing bullet-proof vests and ready to execute people.