Thursday, August 6, 2020

This is how Things are in Sonora

 By Buggs for Borderland Beat


The murders in Sonora increased by 60% in 2020, after the bloody war that this northern state is experiencing. 


Just this last month of July in Ciudad Obregon reached up to 21 executions in just 5 days after the end of the month, it was a quiet month relatively speaking but it adds to the hundreds of executions in the city. Obregon joins Caborca, Hermosillo, Empalme, Guaymas, Etchojoa, Huatabampo and Navojoa in the wave of homicides related to criminal cartel activities.

In Obregon this weekend the businessman and owner of the restaurant "La Palapa del Bucanero" was executed. Sergio Meraz Reyes was shot to death inside his vehicle. He was known in the business and social circles in the local community.

Commander of the police in Hermosillo Jesús Martín Miranda Martínez

In Hermosillo, municipal police commander Jesus Martin Miranda Martinez was executed, and his partner, also a municipal officer, was abducted by an armed commando.

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Caro Quintero Factor in Sonora

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Rafael Caro Quintero

The deep seeded roots of influence of the Caro Quintero in Sonora demonstrate how powerful the surnames can be in a territory marked by drug trafficking. Today we will not write about Rafael Caro Quintero and his extensive history within drug trafficking in the Sonoran region, but we will talk about some characters that drive a new movement that maintains confrontations in the state of Sonora.

We are talking about relatives of Rafael, characters who grew up in the mafia environment and today maintain the hierarchical inheritance of the illegal operations that once made this family grow. We are talking about the powerful promoters and operators that maintain the war for Sonora against the Sinaloa cartel, especially with the children of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera "Los Chapitos" and his army of La Gente Nueva.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Fight for the Sonoran Desert

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Caborca is the imposing door to the great desert of Sonora. This region is currently experiencing moments of terror due to confrontations from groups of organized crime. Today we will try to recapitulate and explain the details of this war and the reasons for the bitter struggle in the pearl of the desert.


In Caborca along with the coastal areas of Caborca, Altar, Sonoyta, Pitiquito and others is where criminal organizations have formed their defensive walls and bases to operate.

The Battlefront in Caborca.

The city of Caborca is well known for being the home base of the Caro Quintero dynasty. Rafael and Miguel Angel Caro Quintero made Caborca an operational area for the organizations they once led. From here is where the operations started for the group of the Paez Soto family that was led by Pedro Paez Soto and later by Octavio Paez Soto until his death. The group was inherited by his brother Ignacio Paez Soto who was recently arrested. The family relationship between the Caro Quintero and the Paez Soto is very apparent nor as the Paez group is led by the nephew of Rafael and Miguel Angel Quintero, is name is Rodrigo Paez Quintero.

The Understanding of Mexican Drug Cartels and its Operations

Buggs for Borderland Beat


The usual questions are always why is there wars between rival cartels and sometimes, even between the same organization. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out the operations and the decisions made by of some these criminal organizations.

In the drug business of cartels, the common idea is created from groups that make up the same characteristics related to their class or nature, which allows them to establish a relationship of common ground and uniformity between them. And all the groups/cells that are linked to a main cartel obey the orders of a great higher up capo and all operate in the same way, but in reality, the situation is different.

Plazas in Sonora will heat up

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

El Compa Negro is with El Gigio

Monday, July 6, 2020

Tropa del Infierno Killed

#NuevoLaredo #Tamaulipas "Vida Maruchera 3" this is how sicarios from "La Tropa Del Infierno "del Cártel Del Noreste" #CDN were left, killed by the 16°RCM of the  @SEDENAmx https://t.co/rNc5BvwuBf

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Tree Men Executed

This video was sent to me, supposedly happened in Culiacan.


Monday, June 22, 2020

The Order of War for Control of Caborca

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

What happened in Caborca at the stroke of midnight was only evidence of a great war for control of the northern part of the state of Sonora. It has been known that the order was to remove the enemies of the sons of El Chapo Guzman, who currently maintain a war from the fracture with Mayo Zambada.

The people in charge of cleaning "La Perla del Desierto" are the Salazar family with its armed group of La Gente Nueva. One of the allies of the Salazar family is La Gente Nueva del Cazador, a group of Los Chapitos. The objective was to eliminate the group of the Paez family who are directly affiliated to the Caro Quintero group.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

La Linea vs Gente Nueva

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

After the death of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, El Señor de los Cielos and the escape of El Chapo Guzman from the Puente Grande Prison in Jalisco, the relationship between the leaders of both groups was fruitful for business. Vicente Carrillo Fuentes El Viceroy and Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes El Niño de Oro, joined the cartel federation led by Chapo Guzman with the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel that included, Mayo Zambada, Nacho Colonel, El Azul and the Beltran Leyva brothers.


But soon a friction began between Vicente Carrillo Fuentes and El Chapo Guzman. El Chapo accused the youngest of the Carrillo Fuentes of ordering the murders of people related to El Chapo and Mayo. Rodolfo Carrillo continued to take contemptuous attitudes toward El Chapo. Rodolfo was partying in Culiacan like nothing was happening, something that did not sit well with the people from Sinaloa. It is said that a Sinaloa state judicial police provided protection to Rodolfo Carrillo. Something that made Rodolfo feel untouchable.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Too Much Cross Information of the Conflict to Take Control of Sonora

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

I have a source that told me something very different from the problem between El Gigio that is supposedly fighting against El Noveno. I present you these 14 points to consider to make some sense of the conflict taking place in the northern part of Sonora.



  1. According to my information, the reason for this fight that has been seen in Sonora is that it started when El JJ who is a collaborator of El Gigio was executed and the person responsible was El 5 who is people of Alfredo Salazar aligned with Los Chapitos.
  2. Except my source says that El JJ was actually executed by people of Caro Quintero in retaliation for the death of a collaborator of Caro Quintero at the hands of El JJ.

Los Salazar

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Some people had asked me about more information in relation to Los Salazares that operate in the states of Sonora and part of Chihuahua.

Lat's talk Los Salazares,


Los Salazares is a group that has been leading drug trafficking operations since the 1990s in Sonora. They originated from Chinipas, Chihuahua.

The group is recognized by Mexican and United States authorities as the main operators of the Sinaloa cartel in the state of Sonora, specifically in the trafficking of drugs for distribution into the United States.


Their areas of operations are the strip of the borders of the states of Sonora and Chihuahua, as well as the international border of Sonora with the United States. Their best known home bases of operations are Navojoa, Sonora and Chinipas, Chihuahua.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Nogales or La Nogalera

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Some people had been asking me about Nogales, who is in charge, why so calm, is the conflict in the state of Sonora trying to reach Nogales. Who are the players?

Let's talk Nogales.


Nogales, Sonora is considered one of the greatest doors in the border for the shipment of illicit drugs to the United States. Nogales was also considered in it's time as the "city of tunnels" for the large number of tunnel seizures used to cross dope to the united states. The Sinaloa cartel was responsible for funding, directing and building these tunnels in the Sonora border.

The city has been linked to some of  the biggest drug traffickers in the Mexican narco history, mainly from the Sinaloa cartel, specially during the great heyday of the 1980s and 1990s of the famous Guadalajara cartel that was led by Miguel Ángel Felix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo. After the distribution of plazas made by the Guadalajara cartel, Emilio Quintero Payan was sent to the city of Nogales as head of the plaza for the Guadalajara cartel.

Los Numeros or Los Gueritos of the Enriquez Parra Family

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

Narcocorridos play an important role in the cartel culture, many artists that play narcocorridos have been killed. You can find many articles in Borderland Beat, in some cases the entire group was killed. Many, for just singing corridos paying homage to a rival cartel or some for singing about real time events. Criminal cases have been solved from the messages of these song. One just has to listen to the verses, the writing is in the songs.

This story starts and ends with narcocorridos.


These are some verses of the corrido called  Los Cuatro Grandes or El Cuadro Lavado composed by Darey Castro and his group Los Alteños de la Sierra (video at the end of the page) dedicated to the Enriquez Parra brothers, allied with the Beltran Leyva brothers and associated with El Chapo Guzman and Mayo Zambada. Their home base was the municipality of Navojoa, Sonora and they were the main operators in the south of the state up to the border of Sonoyta and Cananea.

The history of the Enriquez Parra begins with a corrido, the verses of this corrido narrates what their activities were and with whom they were related:

By Orders of the Cartel

By Buggs for Borderland Beat

First of all let me give kudos to Borderland Beat's Chivis for being one of the first to break the story on El Chino Antrax death. I was also calling people, but I focused on Mexico and my confirmation came hours after Chivis posted the story. This is a prime example of the legitimacy of the Borderland Beat and all the followers who play an important role in the duty to inform on the Mexican drugs cartels. We are certainly proud of our Chivis for sure!

Let's talk Chino Antrax

On May 16, 2020, the famous boss of sicarios of Mayo Zambada and founder of the bloody group known as "Los Anthrax," José rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa "El Chino Antrax" was found executed. "El 5.7" as he was also known was executed after serving so many years and defending to death the organization that one day saw him grow.

El Chapo Isidro

El Chino represented a threat to the cartel, treason, a hindrance, and by order of the cartel he was eliminated. A similar case happened with Jesus Carlos Salmon Higuera "El Macaco" who belonged to the faction of El Chapo Isidro of the Beltran Leyva brothers.



The Fracture of CDS in Sonora

Buggs for Borderland Beat

A recording of an alleged member of a cell that was supposedly running in a convoy was sent to me. He talks about operations in Sonora.

The sicario is talking about which side the authority is on, he says: the municipal and state are with the Noveno and the national guard are on the side of the the people of El 20, the brother of the Gigio. He says that 92 trucks will go down from the ejidos of Mascareñas and San Lazaro, these ejidos are near Nogales, Sonora.

Felipe De Jesús Sosa Canizales "El Gigio" and Leonardo López "El 20" or "Nayo" they are the Lieutenants in Sonora of El Mayo Zambada.


There has been so much activity, it feels like it's ready to explode. I been getting a lot of information and constantly trying to get confirmation is hard to do, there is a lot of fake news. There are people with ulterior motives try to sway public opinion to one side or the other. We even see it playing out on the comments of Borderland Beat. This pace of information, some not vetted or sometimes easily known to be fake information can be problematic.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Conflict in Magdalena

By Buggs for Borderland Beat


A lot of people have been asking me about more details on the recent violence of cartel activity in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora. I wanted to add to the post by Chivis on the matter, try to give a more detail perspective and historical preview of the complexity of the region. I have posted some media on the BB on Facebook, and some has already been posted by Chivis, so I will try not to be repetitive. Props to the people who brave their lives to record the confrontations, that helps us see what is developing in these events.

To give some understanding of the conflict in Magdalena we must know about the prominent and main driving force behind drug trafficking in the regions of Santa Ana, Imuris and Magdalena, Sonora. I will take you back in time how thing developed in Magdalena, and bring you back to the present, give you a perspective.


LOS JABALIS

This group known as "Los Jabalís" are a group who belong to the Villagrana family. Los Jabalís were responsible for trafficking tons of marijuana and cocaine to the United States, they received planes from Oaxaca and Chiapas for merchandise purchased in Central America, the Caribbean and Colombia, their main supplier. This merchandise was stored in the ranches belonging to the Villagrana family a few kilometers from the US border line.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Caborca ​​and the Paez Family

By Buggs for Borderland Beat



The region of the Heroica Caborca was ​​founded in 1980 made up of 341 towns within its territory, the most important being La Y Griega, El Diamante, El Coyote, Desemboque, Puertos lobos and San Francisquito. It is part of the great sonora desert, touching the border line to the south and southeast with the municipality of Pitiquito, to the east with the municipality of Altar and to the northwest with the municipality of Puerto Peñasco, along with the municipality of General Plutarco Elías Calles. To the extreme northeast it borders with the United States, particularly the Pima County of the state of Arizona.


Within the city, illegal activities are prominent such as drug trafficking and smuggling of undocumented immigrants. Well-known personalities in the Mexican drug trafficking derive from these illicit activities, one of them the renowned Rafael Caro Quintero and his brother Miguel Ángel Caro Quintero who have made Caborca ​​their base to organize and develop all the activities related to drug trafficking.


Warning! Extreme Graphic images of below

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Violence in Sonora Continues Unabated

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
Many sources to include some anonymous


An intense shootout happened in Cibuta, south of the city of Nogales.


As a result of the firefight, two men were killed, 4 vehicles were riddled with gunfire while another was set on fire. One of the vehicles was an armored black Jeep Cherokee that sustained more than 100 impacts from long guns.

This confrontation is just one more act of violence that has increased in Sonora. Three days ago four men were killed and one injured by an armed commando in Caborca.

These attacks were attributed to a criminal group operating in Sonora, who are believed to have beef with drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero who has an active warrant from the U.S.

Under the command of Caro Quintero are members identified as Nacho Paez, Tavo Paez, Rodrigo Paez Quintero el "Lito o "R," Oscar Pascual de la Rocha "Chapon" and Jesus Darío Murrieta Navarro "Cara de Cochi."

This criminal group was also recently pointed out by the federal government as playing a part in some of the violent robberies of mines that have occurred in Sonora, along with extorting immigrants by demanding large sums of money from their family members in the United States in exchange for their released.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Who is La Línea?

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
Sources come from many to named, most are anonymous.


About four years ago I had heard that violence was erupting in towns around Sonora. These small towns were been targeted and many people were being killed. I had asked about a region in particular, Yecora, as to who were the people responsible for the murders and a wave of violence unleashed in the town of Tepoca, municipality of Yecora in Sonora. One response I got from a Mexican official was that it was numerous fragmented cells from both Juarez and Sinaloa cartel. He said they change teams more often than we think, causing a lot of infighting.


But it did not take me long to figure out that I had a lot to learn. It was not just Tepoca, but all of Sonora and it was just not one particular group, but many players and many fragmented groups that went with the direction of the wind, depending on who pissed off who. Although alliances change many times, the names do not.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Agua Prieta and Drug Trafficking

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
Source: Many, accumulated from online media through various sources from an extended time. Some information was provided by anonymous sources as is many of the work I publish.


Agua Prieta (AP), a Sonora border city bordering Douglas, Arizona which for its geographical area is a huge port for drug trafficking. Thousands of tons of marijuana, cocaine and heroin have entered this corridor to Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, etc. If we go back in time to the 1990s, we find the first drug trafficker in the city of Agua Prieta, the one that started it all in the region was Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera. The natural attraction to the city brought characters like the Beltran Leyva Brothers, who they extended their power and operations in the city. Hector Beltran Leyva's wife, originally from this city, Elena Laborin Archuleta, created a network for the Sinaloa cartel, establishing business relationships that served to smuggle and launder money.


The most powerful family in the city comes out of these relationships, the Paredes Machado family, their leader at that time, Leonel Paredes Peru, who was assassinated together with his brothers in 2004. It is said that from then on, the command fell to Marco Antonio Machado "El M100" who was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being extradited to the United States. This clan continues to operate with the same force, at the beginning for the the Juarez Cartel, and then, today for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Heating up the Plazas of Sonora

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
By numerous sources

There is still space
I have been in discussion with a lot of people from the states of Sonora and Chihuahua, who are talking about events related to cartel violence and operations. These people include citizens in the "know how," law enforcement, some military officers, and some governmental prosecutors. As anything coming out of Mexico, everything is hard to filter and most intelligence info is hard, if not impossible to confirm. 

I been in this business (reporting on cartel events) for a long time and know how difficult it is to find the truth. I have connections not just with Mexican law enforcement officials (LEO) but also LEOs from the US, mostly federal and/or detectives assigned to federal task forces  (I present in many LEO conferences throughout the United states and have met a lot of contacts). I also have a lot of family and many friends in Mexico, who always share information with me, mostly information coming out of the northwest states.

I have also heard the debates and people who have their own personal opinions about matters of organized crime in Mexico and the US. I find it amusing with the "fans" of some of the cartels, that defend their own fav cartels as if they were talking about some football team, and speak with bias, spewing a one-sided narrative. If it were not a serious matter, it would be comical at best.

Sicarios of Los Salazar fire hundreds of rounds at a former police officer

By Buggs for Borderland Beat
Zeta and other anonymous sources.



A group of armed men, allegedly from Los Salazar criminal cell, attacked the home of a former municipal police officer from San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora

Hooded and with heavy weapons, a group of men attacked the home of a former member of the Municipal Police of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora on Sunday, April 12.

The authorities of the region said that Los Salazar are alleged to have links to CDS. The heavily armed attackers dressed in tactical gear, according to a video circulating on social networks, arrived at the home of the former police officer aboard on at least four vehicles, from which they are seen descending, surround the house and in front of the building's security cameras are shown to be carrying long guns.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Martin Torres, El Chupon

By Buggs for Borderland Beat, 
Anonymous Source.

Martin Torres, aka "El Chupon"
Martin Torres, aka "El Chupon" or "El Rey de los Suicidazos." They called him that because he was never arrested when he was crossing marijuana into the United States and his aggressive driving skills. He was the head of sicarios in Agua Prieta when he was abducted and killed in the war that the people of Tin Tin had against Toltecas/Gil G3. 

He was a friend of Gildardo Palomino Nieblas "El G3." Chupon he grew up under the hand of Armando Moreno, El Mandy boss of the Plaza in Agua Prieta, as did G3. After Mandy's death, El Chupon started a war against El 20 by cleaning up Agua Prieta, earning his place as head of sicarios. After, he had settle of scores (ajuste de cuentas) with "Tin Tin and leonel Toscano "El Tigre."

El Chupon and G3 formed an armed wing to fight the war in Chihuahua against La Linea, cleaning up in municipalities in Chihuahua in retaliation for the death of "El L100" or "Panchon" sicario boss in Agua Prieta. It is said that his death was attributed to the bad relationship between the G3 and Tin Tin, who accused him of treason since Tin Tin accused him of an attack that was perpetuated against Tin Tin and Leonel Toscano, El Tigre.

El Chupon and the G3 no longer wanted to go to war in Chihuahua, since there was no money for the sicarios and it was getting expensive. They argued that there was no money for them, it was just about the war and they were fed up with supporting the people of "El Jaguar.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

“Lobo” the Brother of “Jaguar” Dies in a Madera Confrontation along with a Nephew.


I wanted to give an update on the event that occurred during the afternoon of Friday, April 3, 2020, where a confrontation between two criminal groups against “Gente Nueva del Jaguar y sus Lobos,” resulted in the death of 19 sicarios and one detained in a breach of la Norteña to Chuhuichupa, municipality of Madera, Chih. The information has more pictures of the sicarios killed in full tactical gear, some in full military uniforms. This is an update to the series of what I been reporting of the recent fighting between cells of the CDS and La Linea  in the Sonora/Chihuahua region.

This was reported by chivis on on April 4, 2020 and April 7, 2019.

After the armed confrontation that was registered in this rural road between the communities of Chuhuichupa and the Northern municipality of Madera, Uriel Arvizu, alias el "Morito", nephew of El Jaguar and Jose Luis Arvizu Márquez, alias el "Lobo", lost their lives in the firefight. El Lobo is the brother of the alleged criminal leader Francisco Javier Arvizu Márquez aka “El Jaguar”.

El Lobo had been arrested in February of this year in the Norteña community after an operation led by the State Attorney General's Office (FGE), the State Security Commission (CES) and the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena), where authorities seized a firearm, a vehicle and more than 3,500 rounds of ammunition, but was released for not having any direct accusations against him.

Well, this criminal group receives support in Sonora, from the group called Los Paredes, led by Marco Antonio Paredes Ponce, alias “el Junior” and Martin Siqueiros, alias “Tin Tin”, who supports “el Jaguar” with financial and strategic resources, in Madera, Chihuahua.

After the capture of El Lobo, the attorney general César Peniche Espejel, reported that “El Lobo” was identified as an important part of the criminal structure that his brother commands in the area of ​​Las Pomas and El Largo Maderal. Many were demanding answers on why he would be released from custody knowing that he is an active criminal cartel operative?.


He added that although the Prosecutor's Office has an investigation folder that describes the entire criminal organization to which El “Lobo” belongs, there was no direct accusation against him for the commission of a specific crime for the reason he was released.

Los Paredes, Protected by the Government in Sonora where Impunity Prevails

By Buggs for Bordeland Beat, 
derived from source Sonora Informativo.

The last name Paredes is one of the most influential names in the state of Sonora. This Mexican American family (Paredes Cartel) has controlled drug trafficking in the northwest of the country since the 1990s. Leonel Paredes-Peru was the founder of this Mexican criminal organization dedicated to drug trafficking, money laundering and arms trafficking. It is responsible for the trafficking of hundreds of kilos of cocaine and marijuana to the United States through Arizona. This has allowed the organization to profit in millions of dollars from the US to Mexico.

On May 4, 2004, three gunmen shot and killed Leonel Paredes-Peru, as well as Leobardo and María del Refugio Paredes-Machado in a restaurant in Agua Prieta. From that day on, Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado, one of the brothers would assume command of the Paredes criminal organization.

Paredes-Machado, being the only one in command of the central base of the region and controlling the plaza on the northern border of Sonora in Agua Prieta, he managed to form a stronger and more sophisticated network of drug trafficking, weapons smuggling and money laundering.  This structure was dedicated to maintaining the traffic of hundreds of kilos of marijuana and cocaine to the United States through the border crossings in Agua Prieta, Naco, Nogales, Sonoyita and San Luis Río Colorado using tunnels, which exponentially increased his power. The organization increased the trafficking of arms from the United States to Mexico, through the same border crossings, to dominate their influence with total violence in the territory and confront rival cells.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Young Man Executed

We received different versions that said that this young man was executed in #CdVictoria a month ago. On this video he is shot around his body numerous times as he is questioned. He tells them to just get it over it and shoot him dead. It is not worth your life to get killed working for the drugs cartels, you end up dead sooner or later.


Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel

Members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel #CJNG announce their arrival at #Iztapalapa and #GustavoMadero.



La Nueva Familia Michoacána/Viagras

#TierraCaliente #México La Nueva Familia Michoacána/Viagras show the interrogation and execution of a member of the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación #CJNG and threaten to expand to #Jalisco y #Nayarit states controlled by the CJNG.


Del Cártel de "El Señoron"


#Cuernavaca #Morelos members of Del Cártel de "El Señoron" on March 25, 2020 the abducted two young men, after being interrogated on video, they were executed and bagged. Their bodies left on a street in  #Acapulco.


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

PERSON 1/BUGGS
PERSON 2/LALO
PERSON 3/RADIO HOST. MARK ARAGON

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

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

BY ELISE KAPLAN / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

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.