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Bloodlines: How the Scion of a Texas Horse Racing Empire Became an Informant on Mexico’s Most Feared Cartel-good read
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Agents respond to traffic, patrol closer to the border
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Seven arrested, 10 pounds of meth seized in federal raids today – Mexico to Butte County
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Man found with crystal meth identified
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The war for Tijuana, a 20+ year conflict. PART 1
The war for Tijuana, a 20+ year conflict. PART 2
The war for Tijuana, a 20+ year conflict. PART 3
Tens of thousands of teachers go on strike in Mexico
Teachers Stage Violent Protest at Mexican Congress
Mexican Town Creates Wireless Network
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Mexico’s Reserves Drop by $163 Million
Sin Embargo Mexico 8/15/2013 (L-o-o-o-n-g, but good read)
Buffalo, Chihuahua – The Carrejo family, in the Centre of the city of Jiménez, Chihuahua, still
remember the times when Caro Quintero was the ‘narcos narco’. They remember because the
cross street in front of the clothing store ‘The Sensation’ , was newly paved and employed
about twenty people. Today it is only inhabited by the owner and a couple of flies.
This city fed and dressed up to 7,000 workers of Rafael Caro Quintero forced to work on a
ranch that measured at a minimum, 1,000 hectares. This ranch was called El Buffalo Ranch,
where they are now are planting Jalapeno, onion and walnut. El Buffalo is the name of the
small village with unpaved roads, just some 80 old houses, which is about 20 kilometers before
meeting the giant plain.
This village of about 300 inhabitants is about four hours south of the capital city of Chihuahua,
between the towns of Camargo and Jimenez. To get here you have to take a paradise like road
bordered by poplars and walnut trees, protected by an open sky, and after about fifteen minutes,
the road ends at the wall of the Bar, Buffalo Bill, an old cantina in the style of the old West, a
signal that you have come to Buffalo, Chihuahua.
After the last houses of the village, you must travel about twenty minutes across a wide river
and make turns that only a local can guess, to reach one of two ranches that were
owned by the narcos ‘narco’ Rafael Caro Quintero.The entrance, formerly used as a facade, is a
series of small buildings, now inhabited by a family of ejidatarios of Buffalo. In the past they were used by more than 7,000 employees of the drug trafficker dedicated to planting, cutting and packaging thousands of tons that were produced in his other Ranch, El Alamo, a few kilometres further north.
If one goes up to the tip of the old water tank that provides the service to these buildings, one
realizes that 1,000 hectares (2471.05 acres) is more than a number with many zeros, it is mountains in the
background, first blurred by its remoteness. There ends “the famous ranch” of Caro Quintero.
They collected apples, they said.
Every day people and trucks from Jimenez came down from those mountains to stock meat,
tortillas and clothing for workers “who collected apples.”
Jorge González is a man of some 45 years, large bodied and owner of the local barbecue that
bears his name, established by his father in 1951. What he recalls of that time is the amount of
meat that Caro Quintero people asked for: “every day they came down, loaded some five boxes
of meat, and other two or three shops, the same thing. We were closing early because
we sold out for the day in a few hours”. The place is only about four square meters
plus a kitchenette. It still preserves the historic French-style facade. But despite its smallness,
it is the most consumed barbecue in Jimenez.
“They arrived at tortillerias and bought everything they had. In the grocery they also bought everything, like in the shops of boots and belts. They emptied them, they bought them all. Then the sellers
needed to refill again,” he says excitedly, as seeing back in time. “So much money left in Jimenez”
They planted, harvested, packaged and transported tons of marijuana.
28 Years ago, in these thousand hectares sold to Caro Quintero by 2 men named Muriel and
Monarrez , began the end of the life of one man and end of the career of another.
The first was ‘Kiki’ Enrique Camarena, a U.S. agent of the drug enforcement agency (DEA)
who, while he discovered this Ranch, found his death. The second was Rafael Caro Quintero ,
owner of these lands that the cool November 1984 smelled the fresh marijuana, and ended
his career when he ordered the killing of the first.
When you are in these lands, under the wide sky, between the smell of wet grass and silence ,
it is difficult to believe that this is the epicenter of 10 thousand tons of
marijuana, 7 thousand enslaved workers and the murder of an American father. But for the
people of Caro Quintero is very simple: it was a betrayal.
A man who prefers that he is called only with initial, D, worked these lands. He
confesses that he never saw him in person, but admired him. “Betrayal has to be paid for, and
they took the ranch and not for nothing more than Kiki was killed,” he says with a severe tone,
ignoring the question of why Caro Quintero decided to kill the agent.
“They were accomplices. Gave him confidential information, just like (Miguel) Félix Gallardo
and the net (Fonseca) (Ernesto) “.” I’ll say again it: “the betrayal can be costly.”.Enrique Camarena,
was a Mexican American born in Baja California, naturalized American and a member of the U.S. Navy. In 1981 the DEA assigned him to Guadalajara, Jalisco, with the task of infiltrating drug networks.
Three years later, the same Caro Quintero was called ‘compadre’. Camarena had promised
impunity from the south to the center of the country and turned it into chances to win
also partners of Quintero, Miguel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca.
Soon Caro told him of two ranches, the advanced irrigation system, the process of packaging,
the 12 trucks a day and the $8 million he earned on each trip to the United States.
Camarena told his bosses, Phil Jordan was one of them, director of the Center for intelligence in
El Paso, in Texas (EPIC). “Kiki Camarena knew the narcos had him followed by DFS
(Federal Security Directorate). I supervised his investigation in Mexico and we were nine
months before he was killed, and he said nothing happened. There are DFS agents who want to
see what we’re doing, “says Jordan. But it was not so simple. Quintero had suspected
Quintero was already suspicious of something. Camarena flew over the ranch next to the pilot
Alfredo Zavala. The DEA gave notice to the Mexican army and in November 1984, the entire
business was on fire. They burned more than 10 thousand tons of drugs on the premises of the
Buffalo, and finally destroyed the expensive irrigation equipment installed at the Alamo Ranch.
Quintero was in his hometown of Badiraguato when he learned of the loss. The first that came
to mind was Kiki, “compadre”. He sent Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, a Honduran who served
as a contact in Colombia for cocaine trafficking to find out what happened.
“Caro Quintero told him to investigate why the army knew so much about that Ranch and all
the money that moved”. And then confirmation: it was Camarena that was a spy for the DEA. Caro
Quintero ordered him to be kidnapped, tortured and killed. And so it was. Around three in the afternoon on February 7, 1985 a truck blocked the way of Camarena and Zavaleta, who walked
in front of the Consulate of their country in Guadalajara. They were told that the commander
wanted to see them. “Kiki imagined that one of the commanders of the DFS, with whom he saw movements so he agreed to continue with them. But it was the Commander Quintero “says Phil Jordan. On 5 March the same year were found the bodies of Camarena and Zavaleta in a small village by the name of La Angostura, Michoacan.
They say that Caro Quintero did not want to kill him. I just wanted to give a “little teaser” to
learn who had given information and what information. But his people had gotten out of hand. They
say that when he learned, Quintero began to tear. I knew it had cost him the end of that title of
‘narco of narcos’.
He fled to Costa Rica. According to documents from the time, he left the Guadalajara
International Airport on March 17, 1985, 40 days after the death of Camarena. By the evening
of April 4, Caro Quintero’s hands were already tied and he was on a plane back to Mexico
where he would receive 40 years in prison. But Caro Quintero was a man blessed by Mexican
law: Quintero faced 199 years in prison, but the 1985 Mexican criminal law reforms
prevented greater than 40 years.
With over 10 years of his sentence in front of him, Quintero received his last blessing the
morning of Friday August 9, 2013: Because he was tried under federal jurisdiction, and the
victim was not diplomatic or consular and therefore not a federal crime, a judge finally set him
free. Caro Quintero left a mark on the people.
At the time of ‘narco’s narco ‘ no one imagined that the workers “of the Ranch’s apples” were
producing marijuana. Besides nobody cared where those thousands of pesos were coming
from. Those days were so good that the business of marijuana not only spilled money in
Jimenez, best of all – is that in ten years not a single shot was heard and no one was
“In all that time there was not a shot at a house, no more”, when he says ‘NOMAS’ raises his
eyebrows, pronounces it slow, separating the two words. What he means is that the benefit
was large and the human sacrifice little, compared to recent years. Just last year every police
officer in the city quit, not risking the fate of 14 of their colleagues who had been
Mrs. Carrejo has the same memories. “Those were different times,” a phrase that every
inhabitant repeats and puts in front of the name of Caro Quintero. “We only saw the trucks from
the hills. They had no plates. They sent about 12 trucks a day, they were full but we did not
know with what, “she says.
That was the story of Jimenez in those days. But Buffalo, the nearest town to the ranches of
Caro Quintero, has another story to tell.
Alberto, or ‘Don Beto’ as the people say, is an elder of the old Spanish faction. He is the owner
of the ‘Progress’ grocery store, which is also a butcher’s shop. “Here these people did not stop or
buy a box of matches”, he complains throwing an arm in the air. Without Don Beto having
to say it, poverty in Buffalo shows in the streets, in homes and in the same store, a warehouse
with products from more than ten years ago that nobody ever bought.
“And now the Governor has helped us very little”, says Don Beto. In 1986, newly elected as
Governor of the State of Chihuahua, Fernando Baeza Meléndez visited the Buffalo after hearing
the stories that spread after the arrest of Quintero: they said that Buffalo is sheathed in narco
money. However, what he found was a surprise. The treasure that was left after Caro Quintero’s
Caro’s capture was jeans, blankets and cans of tuna.
THE TREASURE OF CARO QUINTERO
In November 1984, about 700 members of the Mexican Army came to Buffalo. They
surrounded the plaza and later landed helicopters in the field.
Don Beto, along with other residents of Buffalo had seen hundreds of “boys and girls” running
from the mountains. “Passed by here all lost, were hiding in trenches or behind bushes,” says
Don Beto, who also days later, offered water to a group of women who had been hiding several days
without knowing where to go. “They walked all lost, poor things, is that noone was here,” says
the old man.
Caro Quintero decided not to invite the people of Buffalo to work on his ranch. He brought all
7,000 employees from his hometown, Badiraguato and Mazatlán, Sinaloa. Probably so the village
close to his land is not running rife with rumors, and to give work to his countrymen.
He had brought them there with false pretenses. He promised a payment that sounded in
thousands of pesos, he said it would only be one season and return to their homes. But the
sophisticated irrigation system at Rancho El Alamo achieved the miracle of marijuana
production throughout the year. Even during those winters when water pipes burst. Finally
they were paid just under 500 pesos when they received something.
If anyone would think to leave the ranch, there were orders to kill him. Who is going to find
out if a couple of bodies in a field so big? But after the seizure of the ranch, thousands of them
traveled to Parral, Chihuahua to catch a bus to take them home to Sinaloa. Javier, a bus driver
says: “they were all happy because they returned to their land, and were free.”When the Mexican
Army came to burn more than 10 tons of marijuana found here, they seized the land and gave it to the ejido Felipe Angeles. The municipality divided it and gave them to the landowners.
Guadalupe is one of the owners of a portion of the ranch. A woman in her 60s with a daughter
who lives in Ciudad Juarez. She has redone the former estate uniting all the rooms that
were previously divided into three parts. The barn and underground cellar were dismantled.
“At least they left something: we did not spend that winter cold, as she pulls out a pair of ragged
blankets. In addition to the blankets, and terrain, Guadalupe was left with a 1980 medical book
that she found within the property.
Diario Mexico 8/15/2013
State & federal agents searching for the body of the Spanish entrepreneur José Luis Crespo Llabrés, kidnapped and killed over a year ago, discovered two clandestine graves (narcofossas) containing the bodies of 6 persons.
Reforma Mexico 8/9/2013
Veracruz: 798 Undocumented Children Have Been Detained to Date in 2013
So far this year, 798 undocumented Central American children aged 11 to 17 have been detained in Veracruz. Of these children, 643 were boys and 155 were girls. Furthermore, 80% of them were traveling by themselves. The majority of the detained children were from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Nepal, and Peru.
The Federal Police (PF) announced that they will gradually deploy 400 federal police officers to secure the border region between Guatemala and Mexico. Officers will have a Black Hawk helicopter at their disposal and will conduct operations to thwart human, drug, and weapons trafficking. To date, 100 officers have already been sent to the area.
Unemployment in Mexico 8/18/2013
According to INEGI, the number of individuals without jobs in Mexico increased from 2,484,925 in the second trimester of 2012 (April-June) to 2,607,369 during the same time period in 2013. Additional statistics regarding unemployment in Mexico were reported in this source as follows:
. Unemployment rates during the second trimester of 2013 increased from 5.07% to 5.13% when compared to the same time period in 2012.
. The highest unemployment rates were reported in the following states:
o Federal District: 6.9%
o Tabasco: 6.9%
o Tamaulipas: 6.3%
o Mexico State: 5.9%
o Chihuahua: 5.8%
o Coahuila: 5.8%
o Guanajuato: 5.8%
o Tlaxcala: 5.8%
o Nuevo Leon: 5.7%
o Queretaro: 5.7%
o Baja California Sur: 5.6%
o Sonora: 5.5%
. The lowest unemployment rates were reported in the following states:
o Guerrero: 2.3%
o Campeche: 2.6%
o Oaxaca: 2.6%
o Chiapas: 3.1%
o Yucatan: 3.2%
o Veracruz: 3.6%
o San Luis Potosi: 3.8%
o Morelos: 3.9%
. 8.5% of the Mexican workforce (4.2 million) held temporary positions during April-June 2013. In April-June 2012, 8.9% of the workforce held temporary positions.
. 59.1% of the population (14,200,000) worked doing informal jobs during April-June 2013. During the same time period in 2012, 59.9% earned a living working in the informal economy.
Historias del Narco 8/18/2013
Criminal Organizations Charge Extortion Fees to Mining Companies in Mexico
In recent years, Los Caballeros Templarios, Los Zetas, and the Gulf Cartel have been charging mining companies extortion fees to fund their criminal activities in Mexico. At least 51 companies in the following states have been affected by these extortion fees:
Mining companies in the Tierra Caliente and La Costera regions of Michoacan have admitted that they pay extortion fees (possibly to Los Caballeros Templarios or La Familia) in exchange for freedom to operate and to avoid conflict.
Comment: When questioned about extortion activity, mining companies refused to provide information about what they pay to organized crime groups.
Expresion Libre 8/18/2013
The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas Expand their Criminal Operations in Asia and Africa
According to a report released by the United Nations, the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas are expanding their operations and gaining territory in Asia and Africa. Additional information regarding this situation can be accessed below:
. Their goal is to control shipping ports in Asia and Africa which will allow them to create new drug routes into Europe.
. Leon Riaño, the Director of the Colombian National Police, indicated Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo Guzman, has created alliances with Colombian cartels and with Oliver Solarte and the Cifuentes Brothers (FARC financiers).
. The above mentioned alliances allow Mexican cartels to transport an estimated 20% of Colombian cocaine shipments into Europe via ports in Sudan and Nigeria.
. In 2008, Los Zetas expanded their operational base into Guatemala and created alliances with local criminal groups.
. Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel share drug routes that originate in Colombia and end at ports located in Sierra Leona. Both groups also traffic cocaine shipments that depart from Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and are delivered to Africa.
. High impact operations conducted by Mexican authorities against drug trafficking during the Calderon administration (2006-2012) forced DTOs to expand their drug routes into Central America.
. Once in Europe, DTOs traffic cocaine using local gangs. According to Europol, El Chapo has presence in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic. As for Los Zetas, they created an alliance with the Ndrangheta in Italy. From Italy, the Ndrangheta is responsible for distributing cocaine in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria, and Albania.
. In 2011, Italian police arrested 45 individuals linked to an unspecified Mexican cartel (most likely Los Zetas).
. In addition to drug trafficking, Los Zetas are involved in human trafficking between Europe and Mexico.
. Routes for chemical precursors begin in China, India, and Thailand and end at ports located in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Manzanillo, Colima, and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Once in Mexico, these precursors are utilized to produce synthetic drugs at labs in Michoacan, Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Sonora.
Historias del Narco 8/18/2013 Quintana Roo
State Police Operations Commander Gunned Down
Gumercindo Martinez Gomez, the Cancun SSP Operations Coordinator, was shot and killed by a group of gunmen outside his personal residence located in the Region 219 sector of Cancun Quintana Roo. The gunmen were reportedly traveling on a motorcycle at the time of the murder but then switched into a gold Tsuru vehicle. This vehicle was recovered shortly after the murder on Kabah Avenue. No arrests were made in conjunction with this murder as all the gunmen managed to escape.
AZTECA NOTICIAS Mexico 8/20/2013
Six transit police officers arrested for extortion from tourists
Six officers from the municipality of Bahia de Banderas were identified by both locals and tourists, announced the state attorney general, for soliciting bribes to not write traffic infractions..
List of events since August 9 in 4 states.****
San Luis Potosi
1. 14 bodies were discovered inside a van on the San Luis Potosi – Zacatecas highway.
2. Hours later in the state capital; 7 criminals were killed in a gun battle.
3. 5 suspected criminals were killed in a firefight with military troops in the municipality of El Cedral.
4. Federal Police forces clashed with gunmen; 1 gunmen was killed and two were injured.
5. Close to Fresnillo, 15 dead bodies were discovered.
6. Members of Organized Crime set fire to 8 vehicles and “gas bombs” in the areas of Yuriria, Salamanca, Moroleon, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato.
7. In the capital of Guanajato; criminals lit on fire 3 vehicles. Military troops and Police forces were dispatched to patrol and guard the area.
8. Criminals set on fire 28 vehicles to blockade highways in the areas of Apatzingan and Tierra Caliente, Michoacan. Confrontations between criminals and Federal Police forces; 5 gunmen and 4 Federal Police officers were killed.
Central American ‘Maras’ Expanding in Spain: Govt
(in Spain since 2005)
Guatemala Revamps National Civilian Police in Face of Rising Crime Rates
In Panama, the Money Always Stays Clean
Minister of the Interior – Guatemala is no longer a country of transfer and has become a drug
producer, after the seizure of a shipment of 17.6 tons of cocaine paste in Puerto Quetzal.
The 17.6 tons of cocaine base were found in 80 barrels in a container that arrived July 16
from Taiwan, after making a stop in Panama. “We now know that there is a plan B, which is
to produce cocaine in the last phase. Guatemala is no longer a place of transfer of drugs and
has now become a producer of drugs, and the proof were the clandestine laboratories that
were discovered and destroyed.” The official said the Pacific cartel or Sinaloa Cartel, led
by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman may be the dominate drug trafficking Cartel in Puerto
Quetzal. The shipment of cocaine paste seized by the authorities came disguised as varnish
destined for an importer identified as Adler Rading, who works in the south of Guatemala
http://www.prensalibre.com/ Spanish and http://tinyurl.com/ktdlb82 English
Argentina Probes Hospital Morgues after 200 Bodies Go Missing
Ecuador Seizes 4.4 Tons of Cocaine in Largest Seizure of the Year
58 Arrested in Coffee Growers’ Protests in Peru
Analysts Keep Brazil Growth Forecasts at 2.21%
Inca Human Sacrifices Were Drunk And High At Time Of Death
Colombia’s summer of discontent: protests threaten to paralyze country
Chief of Colombian Drug Trafficking Organization Captured in Ecuador
Isolated Indigenous Tribe Makes Surprise Appearance In Peru
-end of report-
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