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.