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.