Category Archives: Drugs and Cartels

July 23, 2017

Shootout in Cancun: Narcos Take Their War Into Hot Beach Resorts

Murder rates soar in spring-break favorites on Mexico’s coasts. Riviera entrepreneur says he’s had enough; turns vigilante.

Carlos Mimenza won’t say whether the 200-man team he’s assembled carry guns. “I’ll have to leave it to your imagination. My lawyers don’t let me talk about it.”

But they fly drones. They wear masks. Some are skilled hackers, hired from the Anonymous collective. They operate out of a luxury cabin in the woods, its entrance screened by a waterfall. And they claim to have the local governor, along with senior officials and cops, under surveillance 24 hours a day. Because Mimenza, a real-estate developer, says Mexico’s authorities are responsible for the spread of violence and extortion, colluding with the country’s drug cartels instead of protecting entrepreneurs like him.

He’s hardly the first Mexican to say “no mas.” Vigilante justice has been a feature of the drug-war decade, when Mexico turned into one of the world’s more dangerous places. What’s troubling is where Mimenza’s private army is waging its campaign: Not among the meth labs of Michoacan, or the border badlands of Ciudad Juarez, but in the Riviera resort of Playa del Carmen — just down the coast from Cancun, and right in the heart of a tourism industry that brings in $20 billion a year.

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July 22, 2017

23-year-old woman caught with $2M worth of crystal meth

In a later interview, she told police this was not her first meth delivery. In late June she made a delivery to Carrollton.

Austin police arrested a woman who they say was on her way to Dallas with $2 million worth of crystal meth.

Officers reportedly stopped 23-year-old Seline Lizbeth Ayala of Laredo for going too fast on Interstate 35 on July 12.

They said she started acting suspicious so they called in a drug dog to search her vehicle. The K-9 found about 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine hidden inside several large white “Purple Power” degreaser jugs, police said.

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July 18, 2017

Massive chase between drug cartels and Texas officials resembles Hollywood movie

The incident left two Coahuila police officers from the initial investigative unit injured and six officers with Fuerza Coahuila were wounded in a crash during the high-speed chase.

In a scene straight out of a movie, two gunmen from a Mexican drug cartel crossed the U.S. border twice in their efforts to flee from Mexican authorities, using their truck to ram through security barriers.

An article published by Breitbart on Friday stated, “The violence began overnight near the rural community of Nava, Coahuila, when authorities received information about two gunmen riding in a late-model white Toyota Tundra.”

The Mexican fugitives were able to cross into Eagle Pass, Texas through International Bridge #2 by driving straight through the security checkpoints. Shortly thereafter, they crossed back into Mexico via a second bridge that was closed at the time by ramming the truck through security barriers.

The chase involved Texas police officers when they saw the truck driving along Boulevard Carranza near the intersection with Airport Boulevard in the border city of Piedras Negras. Officers attempted to pull the gunmen over, but a high-speed chase ensued after they were shot at.

The gunmen arrived at the main plaza in Piedras Negras, called the Plaza de Las Culturas, and again fired on police before arriving at the International Bridge #2. The gunmen then rammed their way through other vehicles and barriers as they drove in the inbound lanes of Mexican Customs to reach the U.S. side of the bridge.

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July 16, 2017

DEA warns of “Circle of Hell” in Mexico

In the first five months of 2017 there were 9916 murders throughout the country, an increase of around 30 percent compared to the 7638 killed in the same period last year. In 2011, the bloodiest year of the war on drugs, the figure for the same period between January and May was 9466.

The country recently recorded its highest number of murders in a month for the last 20 years.

They found the bodies of the Martinez children in bloody soil, curled up next to their parents in a leased hut. Officials believe the six member family was massacred by Los Zetas, because they suspected that the father of the family had played a role in an attack by a rival gang in which a member of Los Zetas died.

The event leaves on the table the strategy without warning of the drug cartels, who are experiencing splits and wars for control of territory in much of Mexico. The country recorded its highest number of murders in a month in at least 20 years.

The violence has even surpassed the darkest days of the war on drugs launched by predecessors. “It has acquired the proportions of the circle of hell that could appear in “Dante’s version of Hell”,said Mike Vigil, former director of International Operations for the US Drug Enforcement Agency and author of the book “Deal”.

“His strategy was to only go for the capo, El Chapo, of course that is not the way to do it , you know, because of the “Hydra Effect”, you cut off a head and three more appear. “There are weak institutions, weak rule of law, weak justice, huge corruption, especially in the municipal and state police forces, all contributing to growing violence.

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June 25, 2017

Mexican Cartel Spying on U.S. Cops in Plot to Identify, Murder Informants in Arizona

A Mexican transnational criminal group aligned with the Sinaloa Federation (Sinaloa Cartel) is performing a surveillance operation on U.S. soil against U.S. law enforcement personnel. The cartel is attempting to identify U.S. law enforcement agents’ confidential informants so that the sources can be murdered.

The operation is occurring in southern Arizona, according to a warning classified as law enforcement sensitive (Police Sensitive/Unclassified) that was issued by the FBI. The warning, known a situational report or bulletin, was issued on Friday, June 23, 2017. A highly trusted source working in the region provided the information to Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity and with the agreement that we would redact certain details in our public report.

This deadly plot is occurring in Douglas, Arizona, or surrounding areas by a special forces group of the Sinaloa Federation based out of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The cartel’s group, specifically a specialized surveillance team, is called “Grupo Delta.” The FBI-issued report names a specific individual as a known member of the Agua Prieta drug trafficking organization and it asserts that this individual deployed the cartel surveillance team into the U.S. for this effort. Breitbart Texas agreed to omit the name of the cartel operative in this report.

Though the FBI-issued situational report does not specify the name of the specific Mexico-based criminal group, Agua Prieta is controlled by a group known as Los Salazar which operates under the banner of the Sinaloa Federation; thereby making them part of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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June 20, 2017

Children lived in suspected drug lab where 310 pounds of meth seized

Ramiro Hermosillo Salazar told federal officials he is in the country illegally.

When federal agents and deputies in Coweta County uncovered hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine last week, they also found three children, officials said.

DEA agents raided the house on Shell Road in Palmetto and found millions of dollars worth of the illegal narcotic, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Ramiro Hermosillo Salazar, who told officials he’d lived in the home about a year, was arrested on drug trafficking and firearms charges. He remains in federal custody.

His wife, whose name was not released, and three young children were also living in the home, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Neighbors told the news station they saw cars and lots of traffic coming and going from the residence, where they often heard gunfire.

Investigators found four loaded guns and a bullet-proof vest inside the home.

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June 14, 2017

FBI’s Suspect in Kidnapping of Border Agent is Cartel-connected, Deported 3 Times Prior

The FBI is searching for a suspect in the matter of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was found severely injured on the side of an El Paso Sector roadway after having been kidnapped.

A leaked official document and a variety of sources reveal the name and birth date of the suspect and two images of the man. Sources operating under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal the man is believed to have been deported three times prior, each time being allowed to leave the U.S. voluntarily without legal consequences. The suspect is also believed by sources to have connections with the Juarez Cartel, or its enforcement arm, La Linea.

The suspect is pictured above posing with a firearm and also in a separate image below.

A BOLO was issued to federal agents along the border revealing:

(U) Sergio Ivan Quinonez-Venegas is wanted for questioning in connection with the kidnapping and assault of an off-duty Border Patrol agent that occurred on the evening of June 9, 2017.

(U) Quinonez’ date of birth is 01/25/1984. Quinonez has a possible criminal history of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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June 12, 2017

Ted Cruz Suggests U.S. Military Response to Mexican Cartels

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz suggested that the U.S. military should be used against Mexican transnational criminal groups (cartels). The statements were made during a one-on-one interview with the senator at the end of May at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas. The senator made clear that he was not suggesting unilateral U.S. military action in Mexico, but rather a cooperative effort, as seen in Colombia.

The portion of the interview pertaining to Mexican cartels follows.

BRANDON DARBY: One of the things that’s very interesting about Texas on the border, as you know, there’s nine sectors on the Southwest Border, five of which are in Texas. Part of the problem that we have in Texas is that two of the most brutal criminal groups south of the border, which actually operate north of the border as well, as you know, are Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. But unlike most of the other criminal organizations in Mexico along our border, which would be Sinaloa, Juarez Cartel, Tijuana Cartel. Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are extremely brutal. In fact, the videos they release resemble ISIS videos. We try to challenge them as much as possible, but what more could the U.S. do? There’s talk of declaring certain factions as foreign terror organizations so you could appropriately go after the money and the politicians. Again, Tamaulipas, a state below Texas, the last two governors are fugitives from U.S. justice for being surrogates of the Gulf Cartel. Several of the governors in Coahuila are now in trouble because they were Los Zetas. What more could the U.S. do to to challenge Mexican transnational criminal groups who operate in our country, who kill our kids? What could we do to challenge them?

SEN. TED CRUZ: We could do a great deal more. What has happened in the last decade with Mexican drug cartels has been nothing short of tragic. Mexico is a great and wonderful country. The Mexican people are wonderful people. Growing up in Texas, we spent a great deal of time in Mexico. Most Texans have long and deep commitments to Mexico. Whether family ties, or business ties, or cultural ties. Where Texans vacation in Mexico. Mexicans vacation in Texas.

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June 11, 2017

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year.

Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

Although the data is preliminary, the Times’s best estimate is that deaths rose 19 percent over the 52,404 recorded in 2015. And all evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017.

Because drug deaths take a long time to certify, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be able to calculate final numbers until December. The Times compiled estimates for 2016 from hundreds of state health departments and county coroners and medical examiners. Together they represent data from states and counties that accounted for 76 percent of overdose deaths in 2015. They are a first look at the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year, a detailed accounting of a modern plague.

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June 2, 2017

36 Killed in Month-Long Cartel War Near Texas

Raging violence continues to take hold of this border city as rival factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for control claimed 36 deaths–including a bystander and one police officer.

As Breitbart Texas reported, the violence began in late April, shortly after Mexican authorities hunted down and killed regional Gulf boss Juan Manuel “Toro” Loiza Salinas. The death of the ruthless cartel kingpin led to an immediate power vacuum as various factions fight for control of the city and surrounding smuggling routes.

The fight has led to convoys of gunmen driving around Reynosa hunting for rivals. Some of the shooters ride in vehicles with “M-42” spray-painted on the side, indicating former allegiance to Toro. As Breitbart Texas reported, the violence has also led to a spike in crime as cartel gunmen carry out daytime robberies at various establishments and against unsuspecting motorists.

Over the weekend, rival gunmen clashed three separate times, spreading fear among local residents. In one of the clashes, forces exchanged gunfire in the Lopez Portillo neighborhood where neighbors reported that four gunmen died in the clash.

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