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.