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.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Proceso Operativo Salim

Defiende Borderland Beat difusión de reporte secreto de la Armada



MÉXICO, D.F., (apro).- El sitio defendió hoy la difusión de un informe confidencial de la Secretaría de Marina remitido al Departamento de Estado estadunidense, en relación con el operativo efectuado el 9 de junio de 2010 en la colonia Roma de esta ciudad, donde encontraron explosivos y detuvieron a presuntos terroristas somalíes que supuestamente pretendían atacar la embajada de Estados Unidos en México.

En un escrito subido a su portal electrónico, el sitio menciona que la publicación del reporte les llegó a través de una fuente anónima y explica que decidieron divulgarla en el entendido de que sería casi imposible obtener una confirmación real del gobierno mexicano, por lo que dejó a consideración de los lectores sacar sus propias conclusiones en cuanto a la autenticidad de los documentos.

Ayer, la Secretaría de Marina (Semar) rechazó la autenticidad de los textos publicados, al señalar que “los impresos con sello de goma, el sello de agua que se aprecia en el documento, así como el formato del mismo no corresponden con los utilizados por esta dependencia del gobierno federal”.

No obstante, borderlandbeat.comapunta que los documentos de la Secretaría de Marina pueden ser significativos porque los sellos parecen auténticos.

Originalmente, añade, Borderland Beat publicó los documentos con otra fuente, incluyendo material de enlaces de la página web de U.S. Federal Criminal Complaints, y afirma que el texto se publicó con el propósito de dar a conocer las posibles amenazas terroristas islámicas dentro de México, a la luz de la trama iraní para asesinar al embajador de Arabia Saudita en Estados Unidos, que involucró a un informante de la DEA que se hizo pasar como integrante de Los Zetas.

Los documentos del “Operativo Salim”, aclara, se obtuvieron de una fuente anónima, e insiste que no se intentó obtener la confirmación por parte del gobierno mexicano, a sabiendas de que si los documentos son clasificados no se daría una confirmación oficial.