Alex Marentes

Alex Marentes (Buggs)is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Alex joined the United States Marines and discharged honorably after 8 years of active duty service. He also served three years in the Marine Corps Reserve after his active duty. He joined the Albuquerque Police Department in 1985 and retired after 30 years of service to his community. Alex has dedicated his retirement life as a professional photographer, one of his life time passions. He is also an avid adventure motorcycle rider.

Alex has traveled extensively to Mexico, has family and friends there and has always had an interest in the political and social life of old Mexico.

His nickname “Buggs” was derived from his love of the Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon. Alex is the founder and owner of the Borderland Beat Project that gathers information about the Mexican Drug Cartel War and shares the information in the popular worldwide blog.

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The Book

The Borderland Beat Project is collaboration from a group of people of different backgrounds located in the US and Mexico that gather information related to the Mexican drug cartels and presents it in English through the internet, publications and presentations. Almost all content in this book comes from the result of reporting in the Borderland Beat blog and, the personal experience and research of the author.

This website is an extension of source information and any other content related to the Borderland Beat book, mostly covering the Borderland Beat Project and blog. This represents the most extensive and comprehensive source of information between the years 2008 and 2013 covering a very wide range of topics related to the Mexican cartels and the Mexican drug war in Mexico and along the US/Mexican border.

The Mexican Drug War is an ongoing armed conflict taking place among rival drug cartels, who fight each other for regional control (plazas), and Mexican government forces, which seek to combat drug trafficking. Although Mexican drug cartels, or Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO’s), have existed for a few decades, they have become more powerful since the demise of Colombia's Cali and MedellĂ­n cartels in the 1990s.

The main cartels included are the powerful Sinaloa Cartel or Cartel de Sinaloa (CDS) that dominated the Golden Triangle in the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango - The Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) made up of the Beltran brothers mainly concentrating in Guerrero - The Juarez Cartel fighting to protect their turf from the Sinaloa Cartel on one of the deadliest border city in Mexico - The Gulf Cartel fighting their own break away armed wing known as Los Zetas on the gulf coast that turned towns in the state of Tamaulipas in to ghost towns - La Familia Michoacana (LFM) trying to make a presence in the lands of Tierra Caliente of Michoacan and eventually morphing in to the Caballeros Templarios or The Knights Templar.

The information on this book has a fast pace, with a lot of DTO information thrown at you at one time filled with sicario activity and the Mexican government attempt to intervene, but it also contains a lot of personal direct behind the scene information from the author. This particular information is the involvement of the author from his early stages when he started to formalize his plan to bring to life the Borderland Beat Project.

Follow Buggs as he sets the stage and takes you on a wild ride in to the dark shadows of the violence and chaos of the Mexican drug cartels. A narrative, as told in the deep dark pages of the Borderland Beat blog.