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Alfredo Cesar Meza García, alias “El Tacks”, extradicted to USA

The Department of Justice United States today announced the first extradition of a significant drug trafficker by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Alfredo Cesar Meza García, alias "El Tacks", identified as lieutenant of the Tijuana cartel

Alfredo Cesar Meza García, alias “El Tacks”, identified as lieutenant of the Tijuana cartel

Alfredo Cesar Meza García, alias “El Tacks”, identified as lieutenant of the Tijuana cartel, was extradited to San Diego, where he faces charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

The Federal Attorney in the California region bordering Mexico extradited is reported that the leader of a cell of 19 drug dealers to whom a grand jury brought charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Garcia Meza, 38 years old, faces a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment and maximum of life imprisonment. Also have to pay a fine of $ 10 million, according to judicial sources.

Duffy thanked the government of Mexico and said that drug trafficking is one of the greatest threats to the United States.

The attorney said that the extradition of Garcia Meza means “a step towards the safety of our communities on both sides of the border.”

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Posted by on 03/08/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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FBI claims that El Gordo was lieutenant of the Arellano Felix cartel

A total of 38 members of this Cartel are being held in San Diego and 37 of them have pleaded guilty

FBI claims that El Gordo was lieutenant of the Arellano Felix cartel
FBI claims that El Gordo was lieutenant of the Arellano Felix cartel

 

U.S. Authorities placed Armando El Gordo Villarreal Heredia, delivered this week by Mexico as the most important lieutenant in the reorganization of the cartel, the Arellano Felix brothers directed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that the betrayed American national, was the ringleader of a group of 43 people under the command of Armando Engineer Sanchez Arellano, a nephew of the Arellano Felix and current leader of the group.

A total of 38 members of this cartel are being held in San Diego and 37 of them have pleaded guilty, another accepted the charges one day after Villarreal Heredia was delivered to the U.S. government.

El Gordo Villarreal Heredia is the only prisoner insisting on his innocence. The other members are still at large.

All are part of an investigation called “Operation Green Light,” which the U.S. government first made in Spanish.

The operation includes hundreds of recordings of conversations between members of that cartel, and is allowed by a federal magistrate.

El Gordo Villarreal Heredia is the brother of Arthur The Nalgón Villarreal Heredia, who was arrested in 2006 with Francisco Javier The Tigrillo Arellano Felix.

For his American nationality, El Gordo faces a potential life sentence for racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, extortion, theft, violence, money laundering and drug trafficking activities.

 
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Posted by on 05/28/2012 in Crime!

 

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Mexican guilty of drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder

David Valencia, 42, and Jose Olivera Beritán, 38, will be sentenced on July 19 in San Diego, California

Mexican guilty of drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder
Mexican guilty of drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder

Two Mexicans who were part of a gang in San Diego with ties to the Tijuana cartel were found guilty Wednesday of various charges related to drug trafficking, kidnappings and assassinations.

David Valencia, 42, and Jose Olivera Beritán, 38, will be sentenced on July 19, announced to give its verdict the judge of the Superior Court in San Diego John Einhorn.

Both are expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment without bail.

The deputy district attorney, James Fontane said in a statement that “it was a good day because it was justice,” as his team worked for about five years in the case and presented over 80 witnesses in order to send the message energy to fight with crimes related to drug trafficking.

Valencia was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and three counts of Olivera first-degree murder, among others.

Both belong to the gang known as “Sticks“, who are accused of committing eleven murders and numerous kidnappings in San Diego, in addition to trafficking routes extended to Kansas.

This is the first of the trials planned for members of “The Chopsticks” related band of the Arellano Felix cartel in Tijuana, which spread to San Diego his tactics of kidnapping and murder through the actions of its 17 members operating in this city since 2003, according to prosecutors.

He was famous because of his cruelty, as some of his victims were left in cars or dissolved in acid-filled barrels.

 
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Posted by on 05/17/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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Rigoberto Yanez Guerrero “El Primo” sentenced to 16 years prison!

 

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Rigoberto Yanez Guerrero is charged with coordinating cocaine shipments from Colombia to Mexico, with a final destination in the U.S.

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30 .- Rigoberto Yanez Guerrero, Mexican cartel lieutenant of the Arellano Felix, was sentenced today in San Diego, California (United States), to 16 years in prison for his role in coordinating shipments of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, with a final destination in the U.S..

According to federal prosecutor Joseph Green, Yanez Guerrero, 42, nicknamed “El Primo” was the main coordinator of the cartel in Mexico City from 1995 to 2001 and was the main point of contact with Colombian traffickers.

District Judge Larry Burns, issued the sentence Monday against Yanez Guerrero, who according to the allegations coordinated shipments of between five and ten tons of cocaine, air and sea.

Yanez Guerrero, who pleaded guilty last July and faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, was extradited to the U.S. in 2010 after waiting for his trial since his arrest in 2001.

His lawyer, Carolyn Oliver, had argued in court that his sentence should be less than those who received byother group members of the Arellano Felix drug cartel, also known as the Tijuanacartel.

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In early January, Benjamin Arellano Felix pled guilty in federal court on charges of conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy as part of a plea deal that spared him a trial and to bring a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

According to the indictment, Yanez Guerrero was one of the leaders of the Arellano Felix cartel responsible for control and the flow of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs across the Mexican Border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali into the United States.

In addition to his prison term, Yanez accepted the seizure of nearly a million dollars from their criminal activities.

Yanez Guerrero comes from a long list of leaders of the Arellano Felix cartel have been arrested and are behind bars in America.

According to the authorities, the cartel of the Arellano Felix brothers controlled Benjamin, Eduardo, Javier and Ramon, monopolized the drug trafficking routes for over 20 years through Tijuana until the death of Ramon in 2002 and the Javier’s capture in 2006.

 

 

 
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Posted by on 01/31/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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Tijuana Cartel Boss Confirms Sinaloa Truce since his capture!

 

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Since his arrest, Tijuana Cartel lieutenant “El Ruedas” has handed over a treasure trove of information about the group’s operations and relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel.

New Tijuana police chief Alberto Capella Ibarra called in a meeting with press and business leaders shortly after Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha, alias “El Ruedas,” was arrested. He announced that, according to the criminal boss, Capella had broken longstanding agreements between the police and criminal groups. As El Mexicano reports, Capella claimed Sillas said “Things changed when you arrived, you

Captured Tijuana Cartel Boss

Captured Tijuana Cartel Boss

broke the agreements.” The implications of this, if true, are serious.

It is not the first time that claims have surfaced about the existence of pacts between the police and the AFO. Julian Leyzaola took over the Tijuana Police Department in 2010, at the height of the war between cells loyal to Eduardo Teodoro Garcia Simental, “El Teo,” and those loyal to Fernando Sanchez Arellano, “El Ingeniero.” It was widely speculated that he cut a deal with the AFO forces loyal to Sanchez Arellano to wipe out the Garcia Simental cells, which were responsible for widespread kidnappings in the city. Some analysts have suggested that, with state forces separated from the drug trade, there will be no mediator to enforce agreements between criminal groups. This could result in conflict between the trafficking groups present in the plaza including the AFO, the Sinaloa Cartel and remnants of the Familia Michoacana.

In his statement to prosecutors, as reported by Zeta magazine, Sillas painted a picture of a rapidly regenerating AFO. He claimed that Sanchez Arellano, leader of the AFO, now commands 11 cells dedicated to trafficking drugs in Tijuana and abroad, up from only five during the conflict with Garcia Simental, and named cartel logistics operators who organize trafficking from Guadalajara to Cancun. This suggests that the AFO has moved from an enforcer-oriented group to a more sophisticated trafficking organization. The story of “El M4” is most illustrative of the process. El M4 led a group of assassins or enforcers who were wiped out during the conflict with Garcia Simental, but today he focuses exclusively on drug trafficking.

Sillas pointed to the AFO’s ability to maintain a firm grip on drug distribution contacts throughout California, but especially in the north of the state depite its supposedly weakened state. Sillas also confirmed and as suggested about the nature of the relationship between the Tijuana Cartel (also known as the Arellano Felix Organization – AFO) and the Sinaloa Cartel, claiming that the two work side-by-side in the Tijuana plaza without violence. He said that the trafficking networks are autonomous, but have come to a non-aggression pact.

The AFO also has an advantage in any competition with the Sinaloa Cartel in the Tijuana plaza; unity. The Sinaloa cells in Tijuana operate independently and sometimes in competition with each other, according to the statements of “El Tomate,” a Sinaloa Cartel recruit and former Garcia Simental lieutenant. The Sinaloa Cartel learned a lesson about compartmentalizing operations following the defection of some of their chief trafficking and intelligence lieutenants to the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) in 2008. The bloody struggle between the BLO and the Sinaloa Cartel seemingly left a deep impression upon Joaquin Guzman, “El Chapo,” and Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias “El Mayo.” Since then, the Sinaloa Cartel has reportedly maintained cells in Tijuana that operate peacefully, but in competition with each other, to prevent the total loss of the plaza. This means that while the AFO may not be as large, or even as profitable as the Sinaloa cells in the area, they have the advantage of unity.

Ruedas also gave an insight into the inner workings of the AFO following a chaotic period. He described lieutenants like “El Turbo” who switched back and forth the between the AFO and Garcia groups until settling with the surviving AFO. He acknowledged the strength of Sinaloa lieutenants in Tijuana like “La Rana” and “El Aquiles” but, again, portrayed the AFO as stronger than most analysts have previously believed.

The AFO has become a low-profile trafficking organization since its internecine conflict, which ended in 2010. It has proven capable of regenerating rapidly, but if the statements of police chief Capella are to be believed it has lost its relationship with the municipal police. The Sinaloa Cartel, which is in conflict with the BLO, the Juarez Cartel and the Zetas throughout the country, appears keen to minimize problems in Tijuana. By the time the Sinaloa Cartel is done with those conflicts the AFO may be a fully regenerated cartel.

 
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Posted by on 12/13/2011 in Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Attorney General Eric Holder Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee?

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Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the Committee.I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to describe the decisive action we have taken to ensure that the flawed tactics used in Operation Fast & Furious – and in earlier operations under the prior Administration – are never repeated.

For nearly three years, I have been privileged to work with this Committee to strengthen national security and law enforcement. And I am extremely proud of our record of achievement.

In offices around the world, the Department’s 117,000 employees have made historic progress in protecting the American people from a range of unprecedented threats – from global terrorism and violent crime, to financial fraud, human trafficking, and more. We have disrupted numerous potentially devastating terror plots and successfully prosecuted scores of dangerous terrorists. The Department’s efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable among us, including victims of civil rights abuses and hate crimes, have never been more effective. And the partnerships we have built with state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials have never been stronger.

Today, it’s a privilege to be joined by several of our key public safety partners. These five police executives – Chief [Fred] Bealefeld of Baltimore, Commissioner [Ed] Davis of Boston, Chief [Rodney] Monroe of Charlotte, Chief [Ralph] Godbee of Detroit, and Commissioner [Charles] Ramsey of Philadelphia – have been leaders in developing and implementing innovative and effective crime prevention strategies. They have also worked closely with the Department in advancing critical efforts to reverse the alarming rise in law enforcement fatalities in recent years. The work we do along the Southwest border is influenced by the efforts they have undertaken in their own cities.

In the cities they serve – and in communities across the country – this work is a priority. And, in our ongoing efforts to protect the American people and our brave law enforcement personnel, a critical area of focus will continue to be our battle against gun violence on the Southwest Border.

In recent years, the Department has devoted significant resources to this fight – and, specifically, to addressing the unacceptable rate of illegal firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of that laudable goal, unacceptable tactics were adopted as a part of “Operation Fast and Furious.”

As I have repeatedly stated, allowing guns to “walk” – whether in this Administration or in the prior one – is wholly unacceptable. The use of this misguided tactic is inexcusable. And it must never happen again.

Soon after learning about the allegations raised by ATF agents involved with Fast and Furious, I took action designed to ensure accountability. In February, I asked the Department’s Acting Inspector General to investigate the matter; and, in early March, I ordered that a directive be sent to law enforcement agents and prosecutors prohibiting such tactics. More recently, the new Acting Director of ATF, Todd Jones, implemented reforms to prevent these tactics from being used in the future, including training and stricter oversight procedures for all significant investigations.

Although the Department has taken steps to ensure that such tactics are never used again, it is an unfortunate reality that we will continue to feel the effects of this flawed operation for years to come. Guns lost during this operation will continue to show up at crime scenes on both sides of the border.

As we work to identify where errors occurred and to ensure that these mistakes never happen again, we must not lose sight of the critical challenge this flawed operation has highlighted: the battle to stop the flow of guns to Mexico.

Of the nearly 94,000 guns that have been recovered and traced in Mexico in the last five years, more than 64,000 were sourced to the United States. During this time, the trafficking of firearms across our Southwest Border has contributed to approximately 40,000 deaths.

The reforms we have undertaken do not make any of the losses of life more bearable for grieving families. These tragedies do, however, portray in stark terms the exceptionally difficult challenges that law enforcement agents confront every day in working to disrupt illegal firearms transfers. Operation Fast and Furious appears to have been a deeply flawed effort to respond to these very challenges. As we work to avoid future losses and further mistakes, it is unfortunate that some have used inflammatory and inappropriate rhetoric about one particular tragedy that occurred near the Southwest Border in an effort to score political points.

Nearly one year ago, while working to protect his fellow citizens, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was violently murdered in Arizona. We all should feel outrage about his death, and – as I have communicated directly to Agent Terry’s family – we are dedicated to pursuing justice on his behalf.

The Department is also working to answer questions that the Terry family has raised, including whether and how firearms connected to Fast and Furious could end up with Mexican drug cartels. In her independent review, I expect the Department’s Acting Inspector General to answer these questions.

I understand that Congress also wants answers. Justice Department employees have been working tirelessly to identify, locate, and provide relevant information to this Committee and the two other committees investigating Fast and Furious – all while preserving the integrity of ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions.

The Department has been fully cooperative and responsive in its dealings with Congress. I have answered questions in the House and Senate on four occasions concerning this matter. To date, we have provided almost 5,000 pages of documents for congressional investigators to review. We have scheduled numerous witness interviews and testified at public hearings. And just last week, we provided unprecedented access to internal deliberative documents to explain how inaccurate information was initially conveyed to Congress. These documents demonstrate that Department personnel relied on information provided by supervisors from the components in the best position to know the relevant facts. We now know that some information provided by those supervisors was inaccurate. I understand that, in subsequent interviews with congressional investigators, these supervisors have stated that they did not know – at the time – that information provided in a letter to congressional leaders earlier this year was inaccurate.

The documents produced to date also belie the remarkable notion that this operation was conceived by Department leaders, as some have claimed. It is my understanding that Department leaders were not informed about the inappropriate tactics employed in this operation until those tactics were made public and, as is customary, turned to those with supervisory responsibility over the operation in an effort to learn the facts.

But what is clear is that disrupting the dangerous flow of firearms along the Southwest Border, and putting an end to the violence that has claimed far too many lives, is – and will continue to be – a top priority for the Justice Department.

This year alone, we have led successful investigations into the murders of U.S. citizens in Mexico, created new cartel-targeting prosecutorial units, and secured the extradition of more than 100 defendants wanted by U.S. law enforcement – including the former head of the Tijuana Cartel. We’ve also built crime-fighting capacity on both sides of the border by developing new procedures for using evidence gathered in Mexico to prosecute gun traffickers in U.S. courts; by training thousands of Mexican prosecutors and investigators; by successfully fighting to enhance sentencing guidelines for convicted traffickers and straw purchasers; and by pursuing coordinated, multi-district investigations of gun-trafficking rings.

Despite this progress, we have more to do. And each of us has a duty to act, and to rise above partisan divisions and politically motivated “gotcha” games. The American people deserve better. It is time for a new dialogue about these important issues – one that is respectful, responsible, and factual.

This will require us to apply the lessons we’ve learned from law enforcement officers, like the ones who sit behind me today, who protect public safety and our national security every day. In that regard, not only did ATF agents bring the inappropriate and misguided tactics of Operation Fast and Furious to light, they also sounded the alarm for more effective laws to combat gun trafficking and improve public safety.

ATF agents who testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this summer explained that the agency’s ability to stem the flow of guns from the United States into Mexico suffers from a lack of effective enforcement tools. One critical first step should be for Congress to provide ATF with the tools and authorities it needs. Unfortunately, earlier this year, the majority of House Members voted to keep law enforcement in the dark when individuals purchase multiple semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and long guns like AK-47s in gun shops in four Southwest-border states.

Going forward, I hope that we can work together to provide law enforcement agents with the tools they desperately need to protect the country and ensure their own safety. For their sake, we cannot afford to allow the tragic mistakes of Operation Fast and Furious to become a political sideshow or a series of media opportunities. Instead, we must move forward and recommit ourselves to our shared public safety obligations.

I am willing to work with you in this effort. And I would be pleased to answer your questions.

 
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Posted by on 12/09/2011 in Fast and Furious Weapons

 

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Ensenada and Tijuana “El Paisa” killer hired by “El Guicho’s” sister Rosa Guajardo!

 

 

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 “El Paisa” is a killer hired by “El Guicho’s” sister Rosa Guajardo, and that “El Mongus” work for “El Tigre“.

These killings are ordered to control the roads between Ensenada and Tijuana, while second-level operational criminals kill to control the business of drug dealing about 100 thousand to 300 thousand pesos a month for a cell leader.

 “El Chaparrito” is another criminal operator of “El Chapo” sent to Tijuana, he was the custodian of the $15 million dollars seized.

 ZETA Investigation: Jeova Israel Ilhuicatzi Morales “El Cuervo” was recognized as “Tiendero and Bataca” (drug store manager and criminal instrument) for organized crime, but he said the people responsible of the drug trafficking, retail drug sales and assassinations was the plaza boss, Rosa Hernandez Guajardo-sister of “El Guicho” – and his right hand, a man identified as “El Paisa”.

He also accused José Antonio Soto Gastelum “El Tigre” as his right hand man, whom he identified only by the nickname “El Mongus”. 

Israel Ilhuicatzi was a Tijuana municipal police from 1998 to 1999 in the San Antonio de los Buenos delegation, where he began his criminal connections. His first arrest warrant was the same year he left the corporation. However, they learned of his criminal involvement in the cartel until 2009-2010, when the group of Hector Guajardo “El Guicho” replaced the brothers García Simental, Teodoro and José Manuel, of the Arellano Felix Cartel (CAF) .

Some detainees began to speak of “El Cuervo”, “El Cuervito”, “Jeo” or “Jehovah” as part of a group of assassins since 2008 to working for the Sinaloa Cartel. Until May 2011, Ilhuicatzi had worked for Merardo Reyes Soberanis “El Reyes”, a cousin of “El Guicho”. When El Guicho and El Reyes were arrested he went to work for “La Rosy”, but said that all who worked for the sister, are under the orders of “El Tigre”, who act as the direct contact with the Sinaloa Cartel.

Since 1999, the court system has been looking for “Cuervito” with arrest warrants for car theft, injury and breach of family obligations, and as of November 1, 2011, for attempted murder.

On March 26, 2010 he was arrested for carrying a firearm for exclusive use of the army, but obtained his release on bail. When he was arrested, he was wanted only as a suspect in the preliminary 2089/11/20A for the attempted murder committed by three of his criminal associates on November 1 against Omar Acuña Parra, another drug dealer who owed them money.

The Attorney General of the State (PGJE) is still integrating its preliminary investigations against six of the murders of: – Omar Cortez and Richard Alan Berg (October 30). – Moses Gwendal Sewell III (October 26). – Antonio Chavez, “The Tony” Guerrero and Ramon “El Grande” (October 11). – Unidentified Female (September 30). – Gustavo Tapia Moreno (September 22). – Manuel Navarro, Carlos Velazquez, Alma Urrutia and Diana Godinez (April 18).

During interrogation of “El Cuervo”, he said the Arzate or Arteaga brothers asked for his services, but he did not accept and even refused to receive the cell phone “La Rana” sent to keep in touch with them. He explained that the brothers tried to “hire him” after he tried stealing a load of drugs from them, he knew that Arteaga was trafficking large shipments of drugs from Ensenada to Tijuana, passing through Rosarito, the main point of operation for “El Cuervito”.

The police asked him about his relationship with “La Rana”, on November 1, following an attempted murder in El Tecolote, Juan Manuel Bocanegra Fortanel “The Juanillo” was arrested he said Ilhuicatzi operated with “La Rana” he denied the accusations.

He said “El Tigre” also invited him to work, but did not answer because “Guicho” contacted him and ordered him to stay with his sister, five or six months latter this woman told him to aligned himself with Soto, who was presumed to be a direct contact of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, one of the two leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The criminal organization led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, has divided the territories and deliver them to small cells that are unrelated to each other, which has caused a fight for territory. The new structure of the cartel was created because of the betrayal of lieutenants in that organization, as the Beltran Leyva and Ignacio Coronel.

 “El Cuervo” admitted that most of the men and women killed or found dead on Rosarito Boulevard 2000 were from his criminal group, and said that such killings were ordered by “La Rosy” because they were “flipping” betraying “El Tigre” to go work with “El Achilles’.

 

 
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Posted by on 11/30/2011 in Crime!

 

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