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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

BB Podcast Episode 3

This is episode 3 of Borderland Beat Podcast. Enjoy and post your comments in the comment section.

Guest Overmex

Borderland Beat is a prominent English language narco blog which is considered a leading source for news on the Mexican Drug War. The blog was started in April 2009 by a single person who maintains his anonymity behind the screen name Buggs, and he remains the sole owner. It has been referred to and quoted in the New York Times,Small Wars Journal and the Houston Chronicle.