Thursday, March 26, 2020

Borderland Beat Lalo Podcast

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 on November 4, 2019 (you can view the full podcast at the end of the article).

Translation by Cruz “A” for Borderland Beat


MARK: And we are live gentlemen, it is all on you.
BUGGS: Okay we’re live?
MARK: Yeah, we are live.
BUGGS: Welcome to the podcast, Borderland Beat podcast. My name is Buggs and Mark Aragon who usually joins us is not with us today. He's directing the whole show here.
MARK: I'm up here watching.
BUGGS: He's watching. So, we have a very special guest with us tonight and I'll introduce him in a little bit. It's going to be a very interesting show, I think. We are going to talk about some old stuff way back then but before we do that, I just want to give a little bit of an update as to what's going on over there with some of the things at Borderland Beat. So, on November 4th, early in the morning, we started to get a lot of videos and messages from Agua Prieta that there was some confrontation that started at like 3 in the morning. There were some cars that were burning, they ended up finding two bodies and I started to get information, we did actually, the team that La Linea from Juarez was worried that a cell of Los Salazar had mentioned that they were going to cross into the state Chihuahua. So, La Linea had actually entered Agua Prieta and they got into some conflict with this cell of Los Salazar. I think, I can't confirm but I was told that the two men that were killed were La Linea hitmen, I'm not sure. So anyway, that happened early like 3 in the morning. There's a video we posted on our (Borderland Beat) blog and we also posted on our Borderland Beat page and we did a podcast that day.
MARK: Yeah, we were up.
BUGGS: So we had to take it down.
MARK: Exactly.
BUGGS: We ended up showing up an execution video but around 2 o'clock, that's when the incident of the LeBaron family happened. No one really started to get a lot of information till later in the day. In fact, we started to get a lot of information, but we were here in the studio doing this podcast. I did an update of the Agua Prieta incident because we already had it. But anyway, what happened was, a lot of information is not confirmed like anything, but we did listen to the press conference by the Mexican Government and military, they gave an update as to what happened. A lot of if matches to a degree what happened with us with the LeBaron family, there is a lot of information that people are talking about, things from the past. They were fighting over the rights of water and all kinds of stuff have surfaced.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cell Operatives in Chihuahua and Sonora States

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Mexican State authorities have blamed La Línea, the armed wing of the Nuevo Cartel de Juarez as the criminal group responsible for the execution of six children and three women from the Mormon community LeBarón on November 4, 2019. After the LeBaron massacre, violence erupted in Chihuahua, particularly in Ciudad Juarez. Public transportation buses were being burned in the streets of Juarez by Los Mexicles (Street gang allied with CDS) in daylight hours, sometimes with people inside, in attempt to heat up the plaza (no pun intended). This is a cartel tactic "calentando la plaza," meant to put heat on La Línea, who control Ciudad Juarez. The Mexicles, a street gang that has presence in the streets and prisons of Juarez started targeting members of La Línea. Ten members of La Línea were executed in el cereso (jail) in Juarez during the same time.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a tour of hot spots in the streets of Juarez and el cereso during these times of violent activity. Word on the streets was that El Mayo Zambada (old school boss of CDS) was not very happy with the increase of violence in the neighboring state of Sonora and the attention the LeBaron massacre was generating, in particular the direct intervention by the US. This might have been the cause in increase of violence in Ciudad Juarez, the epicenter of La Línea, who were being hunted down

But now that things have settle down some, La Línea has continued with their criminal activities, literally in the whole state of Chihuahua.

Even in the municipality of Namiquipa, Chihuahua, no businesses are saved from having to pay a fee (pago de piso) And it is La Línea that has exponentially increased extortion of businesses in these towns, mostly in rural regions.

Out of fear, most business owners pay, although the payment of this fee does not guarantee anything. La Línea hitmen executed a couple from Bavispe, Sonora, who moved to the Chihuahuan municipality of Janos to buy gasoline and resell it in their town.

I have seen this practice in this region before, as the Sonoran mountain towns that border the state of Chihuahua there are no gas stations. It is the local people themselves who supply the fuel, even to the vehicles of the municipal police.

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