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11,000 soldiers fighting the Beltran Leyva Pacific cartel

Beltran Sinaloa cartels

Beltran and El Chapos area of Sinaloa cartels

CULIACÁN, January 30 .- More than 11,000 soldiers fighting the Beltran Leyva Pacific cartel and operating within Culiacán, Novolato, Guamuchil.

“It is intended that staff are not working more than 15 days in these services. Fighting crime, and that we are not tired, and never will be, “said the commander of Military Region III, Moises Melo.

The Army announced that from May 2008 to date, secured 15 tons of methamphetamine, 959 runways, 346 aircraft, 687,000 psychotropic pills, 169 clandestine laboratories and four thousand 481 tons of marijuana.

Melo said, that there have been many clandestine laboratories, as a ton of marijuana costs four million pesos, while on a meth receive 300 million.

Leaves $ 300 million pesos narco per ton of pills

The Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) noted that in the operation Culiacan, Navolato, Guamuchil, Mazatlan are deployed over 11 thousand military to fight two of the organizations that dominate the state, Pacific cartel and the Beltran Leyva.

In mid-January, Ricardo Trevilla, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, explained that more than 45 000 military operatives were involved in supporting the police.

The commander of the Third Military Region, Moises Melo, announced that from May 2008 to January of this year in Sinaloa they secured 15 tons of methamphetamine, 959 runways, 346 aircraft, 687,000 psychotropic pills, 169 clandestine laboratories four thousand 481 tons of marijuana and 500 thousand motor vehicles.

Sinaloa, which is identified as the region that produces and trafficks most of the drugs in the Mexican territory is disputed by two cartels: the Pacific and the Beltran Leyva, who after breaking the square are fighting not only for gains and considered as one of the most powerful to let the narcotics and synthetic drugs, but that Joaquín Beltrán Leyva and El Chapo Guzman Loera are related, generating a family dispute.

Expand operations

The commander of the Third Military Region, Moises Melo, said that for organizations it  is easier to create clandestine laboratories to plant drugs, and that a ton of marijuana the organizations gain resources for up to four million pesos, while a ton of methamphetamines obtains around 300 million pesos.

Published and confirmed on 19 January when the Department of Defense announced that Sinaloa cartels have ceased to grow marijuana and opium poppy for the creation of laboratories for synthetic drugs.

With seizures of marijuana and methamphetamine, the Third and Ninth Military Region have made ​​the organizations of El Chapo Guzmán and Beltrán Leyva lose 17.9 Billion pesos and marijuana only four Billion pesos of synthetic drugs.

In Sinaloa, there are four checkpoints were established randomly throughout the body, and a more strategic call to respond to any kind of confrontation or contingencies.

One of the army checkpoints on the road is Navoloto-Altata, a very dangerous path.

Melo Moses denied that the military are unmotivated and distraught to fight the criminal organizations, “Our staff is trained for this type of activities and personnel for not working more than 15 days in this type of service. The military are trained for this to work, to fight crime, working with the authority to bring peace to the citizens and that we are not tired, never will be, that’s our business. “

In releasing the results of the Third Military Region, was released in six years so far only in this area has been confiscating weapons and 21.6 million cartridges of various calibers.

Luxury vehicles used for transporting drugs

Pacific cartel and the Beltran Leyva in the Sinaloa state acquire expensive cars to carry out their illegal activities and to try to go unnoticed.

In announcing the operating results of Culiacan, Navolato, Guamuchil, Mazatlan  the Third Military Region announced that among confiscated vehicles are cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, aircraft, trucks, RVs and boats. Prices of vehicles ranging from 400 thousand to 900 thousand pesos.

In six years so far there have been six thousand 949 vehicles confiscated land. However, in the Ninth Military Zone are deposited around 500 thousand.

Among the vehicles that are subject to a preliminary investigation be possible to constitute an unlawful and vehicles are trucks that exceed 500 thousand pesos. Camaro car brands, Volkswagen Passat, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Escalade trucks, Patriot, Nissan Armada, Ford Lobo, Suburban and Lincoln are some of the units currently on the site of the Ninth Military Zone.

According to the Third Military Region, states that members of organized crime related to drugs buy expensive cars and wear designer clothes to go unnoticed by the authorities.

Light trucks and all vehicles have been seized by the army had been modified to transport drugs, precious stones, money and jewelry.

Some of the vehicles show very well made secret compartments that can only be opened with electronic devices.

 
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Posted by on 01/30/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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The Drug cartels have made Mexico into the kidnapping capital of the world!

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Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the rest have inflicted a depressing array of indignities on their victims. They have turned Mexico into the kidnapping capital of the world. If young people dare to use social media to speak out against them, the drug gangs will come for them, disembowel them, and hang their remains from a bridge.

Most of their crimes, however, happen south of the Mexican border—and that is the prudent part of their murderous reign. When moving cocaine, heroin, and other drugs inside the United States, they hire American street gangs “precisely because they respect the FBI and the U.S. justice system,” drug-trade expert Samuel Logan told InsightCrime, a site that reports on Latin America. “If it’s true that Los Zetas agreed to target a foreign national on U.S. soil, with a bomb no less, this group is either more stupid or more desperate than we thought.”

Unfortunately, these groups are not stupid or desperate. Mexican President Felipe Calderón has sent Mexico’s army against the drug cartels, supplied with Blackhawk helicopters and other advanced American aircraft (in a program known as the Merida Initiative, begun under President Bush and continued under President Obama). While Calderón himself is not popular, his use of the army against the narcos polls well among Mexicans, with a plurality recently agreeing that the campaign is making headway.

It is not clear, however, that the campaign actually is doing enough good to force the cartels to make mistakes. There are no Latin Americans more haughty or thin-skinned than Mexican elites, and their strange combination of pride and defensiveness has led U.S. officials to confine themselves to security-assistance measures such as loaning aircraft. In particular, what seems off the table—the unmentioned and unused tool in these Latin American struggles—is the threat of extradition to the United States.

In previous decades, such figures as Panama’s head of state Manuel Noriega and Colombia’s cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar were indicted in U.S. courts. The leverage that the Colombian government had, however—the threat of sending “the Extraditables” to the United States for prosecution—the Mexican government consistently refuses to use.

Colombia possessed a bargaining chip with Pablo Escobar and employed it, dropping extradition efforts in exchange for an end to his bombings, abductions, and assassinations of Colombian presidential candidates. (To be sure, it was a fragile truce: After Escobar surrendered, he escaped from his not-very-secure Medellín jail to kill still more people before being shot to death in a police ambush in 1993. Nonetheless, his surrender marked a milestone on the road to ending the narcos’ sway in that country.)

Another thing Mexicans have never had is an intellectual class able to set aside left-wing sympathy for outlaws, even outlaws as savage as the narcos. A public-relations campaign that began earlier this year, No Más Sangre (“No More Blood”), seemed humanitarian and commonsensical at first. Its creator was an editorial cartoonist known as Rius, one of the most respected journalists in the country.

But it turned out that he and others were interested only in generating cartoons and posters depicting undue force by federal authorities—leaving out those who caused the war. As the campaign’s spokesmen, cartoonist Antonio Helguera, put it: “We never direct our criticisms against [the victims]—not even in the cases in which the victims were probably criminals—because, in the end, they’re dead. It’s just something you don’t do.”

One Mexican writer, Javier Sicilia, joined the No Más Sangre campaign for the saddest of reasons: His son had been murdered, along with six of his friends, and suspects in the killings include the Gulf Cartel and a rival drug gang, the Beltran Leyvas. Nonetheless, Sicilia has lobbied President Calderón to pull back the army, arguing that its aggressive tactics are doing more harm than good.

And the response from the drug cartels? The drug traffickers routinely issue proclamations on public banners called narcomantas, and a banner about No Más Sangre was displayed in the city of Cuernavaca this May. Posted by the Beltran Leyva organization, it read, “Javier Sicilia can count on our support.”

The support, in other words, of those who probably murdered his son. It is their brazen boast, in their prudent and accurate judgment of where they stand and what they can get away with. Since the Sinaloa Cartel began its invasion of Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua in 2008, the city has suffered 7,000 dead, 250,000 displaced, 25,000 homes vacated, perhaps 10,000 businesses closed, and 130,000 jobs lost. And that is all in a single city.

Until the United States understands that Mexico is not capable of solving the drug problem—and until the Mexicans understand they need such American help as strong extradition—the drug war will go on, and Mexico will continue on its way toward civil collapse.

 
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Posted by on 10/21/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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German Ronny Röhrig, accused of laundering money

 

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Money Laundering in Mexico
Money Laundering in Mexico

A federal judge in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas (Northeast) filed a lawsuit against the German Ronny Röhrig, accused of laundering money for the criminal organization of the Beltran Leyva brothers, federal prosecutors said today.

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR, prosecution), through the Office of Special Investigations into Organized Crime (SIEDO) Röhrig accused of committing crimes and organized crime operations with resources of illicit origin.

The judge ordered the detention order (formal initiation of criminal proceedings) German, arrested on July 14 by agents of the Federal Police.

Research from the Mexican authorities indicate that the defendant “was engaged in the transportation and safekeeping of cash in U.S. dollars and euros in the City of Mexico to Panama, Colombia with a final destination” for the Beltran Leyva, the PGR said in a statement .

According to prosecutors, between February and November 2009 the German transported from Mexico to Panama more than $ 500,000 and more than 61,000 euros.

It said they have arrested a total of 21 suspected members of that money laundering network in which it participated Röhrig.

Among the highlights captured two alleged gang leaders in Mexico, identified as Pablo Gonzalez and Mauricio Camarena Valley Fields Villasenor, and the head of that group in Panama, Jorge Luis Álvarez Cummings, who also face criminal charges for organized crime and operations with illicit resources.

The PGR said that money laundering “is the main force behind the criminal activity.”

The once powerful Beltran Leyva cartel has been severely beaten by the authorities, and most of its leaders have died or been captured by security forces.

The strategy against money laundering illicit proceeds of drug trafficking in Mexico is a failure and wash each year between nine thousand and 29 billion dollars for the illegal security specialist said Sergey Ferragut .

90 percent of that money is laundered in companies that are part of the formal economy in Mexico, said Sergio Ferragut in a conference with the graduate Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.

 
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Posted by on 10/21/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Joaquin El Chapo Guzman dominates, distribution of drugs in America!

Joaquin Guzman,

Joaquin Guzman, Holding his "little Mary!"

Mexican drug cartels dominate the supply, trafficking and distribution of drugs in America, their power is consolidated by partnering with local gangs and the threat “will not reduce short-term and may increase” in the coming years, recognizes the U.S. Justice Department.

In the National Assessment of Drug Threat 2011 also accepted that seven cartels operating in its territory, but the organization of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is hegemonic, as the Sinaloa cartel has a presence in all regions of the United States.

The assessment, prepared by the Centre National Drug Intelligence (NDIC), notes that Mexican criminal groups has gained advantage over other organizations and are more “competitive” market for cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and heroin.

The analysis, which is made with federal intelligence documents and reports of almost 3000 local agencies throughout the United States, exposing the level they have reached the Mexican drug traffickers in that country, ahead of other organizations such as Colombian, Dominican and Asian .

It details the Sinaloa cartel, Los Zetas, the Gulf, Juarez, La Familia de Tijuana and the Beltran Leyva star in a struggle for control of lucrative smuggling corridors that lead to the U.S., which has sparked levels of unprecedented violence in Mexico.

All these organizations operate on U.S. soil, although the group led by El Chapo Guzman is the most important because it has established an extensive and sophisticated network of drug distribution “in all regions of the United States”, and has cells provide storage, transportation and security for their shipments.

The Sinaloa cartel is “particularly dominant” because it is one of the few organizations that can bring tons of cocaine from South America and produce large quantities of heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, the report said.

Control factors

Members and collaborators of the Gulf and Juarez cartels are in six regions of the country, while the Zetas have a presence in four areas; The Beltran Leyva family and operate in the Southeast and Southwest, along the border.

These cartels and their associates “dominate the operations of most illicit drugs in the United States, control much of the production, transportation and wholesale and distribution of illegal drugs,” the report said.

“The prominence of these organizations stems from a competitive advantage”, which is based on several factors, such as access and control of smuggling routes across the border and the ability to produce, transport and distribute almost all drugs illegal in demand in thousands of U.S. cities, it added.

The Clearinghouse provides that “it is unlikely that these advantages have a significant change in the short term, which ensures a command of the Mexican cartels at least for the next years.”

 
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Posted by on 10/07/2011 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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War between Guzman and the Beltran-Leyvas Started the Blood Bath!

Gulf Cartel

The war between Guzman and the Beltran-Leyvas ultimately proved more damaging for the BLO, which has seen its leadership decimated since 2009. Instead of being left isolated and vulnerable, Guzman was able to overcome the BLO split and maintain the Sinaloa Cartel’s status the most wide-reaching criminal group in the hemisphere.

The bond between the Beltran Leyva brothers and Joaquin Guzman stretched back to the 1980s. Alfredo, Arturo, Carlos and Hector grew up poor in the countryside not far from Guzman and broke into the business the same way: first as small-time poppy producers, then as hitmen and distributors for larger organizations such as the Guadalajara Cartel. Alfredo Beltran Leyva, the youngest of the four brothers, had a relationship with Guzman’s cousin. And when Guzman was jailed in 1993, the brothers brought him suitcases of cash and later helped him escape in 2001.

The Beltran Leyvas were also present in 2002, when Guzman brought together 25 of the largest drug trafficking factions to create the Federation – a bond forged by their mutual interest in trafficking drugs north and driving out the Gulf Cartel to the east. And they were present when the Federation first began to crack after disputes with the Juarez Cartel arose in 2004.

But even as cracks emerged, Alfredo, Arturo, and Hector, who authorities called the “Tres Caballeros” or “Three Gentleman,” in security briefs, remained at the core of the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking and corruption networks. At one point, authorities estimated they were operating in eight Mexican states where they used clandestine airstrips and their contacts in the security forces to move multi-ton cocaine shipments to the United States through mostly the Sonora state along the border with Arizona.

The Beltran Leyva brothers were also at the center of the Sinaloa Cartel’s security operations. In the early 2000s, they recruited a young, ex-football player from Laredo named Edgar Valdez Villareal. Nicknamed ‘La Barbie,’ for his blond hair and classic United States’ look, Valdez was a brutal and effective killer. His first task was to take Nuevo Laredo from the Gulf Cartel and their vaunted armed wing, the Zetas. Valdez failed but his reputation was cemented as he matched the Zetas’ barbarous acts with several of his own.

With Valdez at the top, the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) created an armed wing it called the ‘Pelones.’ Soon, other paramilitary groups were formed, including the ‘Gueros,’ the ‘Numeros,’ the ‘Negros,’ and Arturo Beltran Leyva‘s own unit known aptly as Arturo’s Special Forces (‘Fuerzas Especiales de Arturo’ – FEDO). This last group was so brash they wore bulletproof vests, remarkably similar to the security forces, with the ‘FEDO’ insignia on the back.

But fissures emerged in 2007, when rumors swirled of a BLO – Zetas alliance. The Zetas had begun to break from the Gulf Cartel’s grip. And despite the historical tensions between these groups, the Zetas’ control of the eastern seaboard would compliment the BLO’s control of much of the western coastline.

There were also rumors that Guzman and his low-key counterparts were not pleased with the Beltran Leyva brothers’ high profiles. The brothers, mostly Arturo and Alfredo, were often seen (and pictured) with their top security man, Valdez, in glamorous parties with soap actresses and famous singers. At the heart of the problem was Alfredo Beltran Leyva, alias ‘El Mochomo.’ Married to Guzman’s cousin, ‘The Fireant’ lived a loud and flashy lifestyle, which may have caused tension between him and the quieter, more business oriented Guzman.

Tensions boiled over after the army suprised Alfredo on January 21, 2008, in Culican, arresting him and several of his cohorts. After his arrest, rumors instantly began to circulate that Guzman had handed this “liability” over to the security forces. Arturo, alias ‘El Jefe de Jefes,’ was reportedly furious and sought a meeting with Guzman. But after authorities released Guzman’s son, Ivan Archivaldo, from jail on a technicality, Arturo’s worst (possibly paranoid) fears were confirmed: Guzman had provided the information leading to the arrest of his younger brother Alfredo to rid himself of a “problem” and regain the freedom of his son.

Arturo took it upon himself to avenge his brother. His targets were twofold: the supporters of Guzman Loera and his longtime ally Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias ‘El Mayo’; and the corrupt security officials who were on the cartel’s payroll. These included top members of the government’s National Investigative Agency (Agencia Federal de Investigación – AFI) and the country’s drug czar, Noé Ramírez Mandujano. Ramírez was jailed in 2008, and is awaiting trial for receiving $450,000 per month from the organization.

The first signs of a BLO-Sinaloa split came with a surge of violence in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa state, including the 22-year-old son of Guzman who was killed by as many as 20 gunmen as he exited a shopping mall in Culiacan. The killings quickly spread to Mexico City, where two top police officials were killed during the first week of May, shocking the country’s elite. By the end of May, Culiacan alone saw 116 murders, 24 of them policemen. Nationwide, the country registered 493 drug-related deaths that month, 64 of them police officers, a record at the time.

The federal government deployed more than 2,000 troops to Sinaloa to confront the rising tide of violence, but the Federation was already definitively broken and there proved to be little that the government could do to stop the feuding. The BLO cemented its alliance with the Zetas, and for a time presented a serious challenge to the Sinaloa Cartel. But Guzman regained the advantage after Arturo Beltran was killed by government troops on December 16, and the BLO’s internal discipline has been spiraling out of control ever since.

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2011 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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