Category Archives: Drugs and Cartels

January 14, 2018

62 assassinations in 10 days in Guanajuato

Irapuato, León and Celaya have been the worst hit by the wave of violence.

After recording unprecedented levels of violence last year, Guanajuato has suffered a bloody start to the new year.

There were 62 homicides in the state in the first 10 days of 2018, or on average, one murder every four hours. Men, women, teenagers and children are among the victims and many of the deaths are the result of domestic violence.

Around 40% of the cases occurred in Guanajuato’s three largest municipalities, where almost half of the state’s residents live.

Irapuato is the worst affected, recording 11 homicides in the first 10 days of the year. The municipality’s death toll rose further yesterday after four men were shot and killed in a mechanic’s workshop by a group of armed men at around 4:20pm.

The municipalities of León and Celaya are the next worst hit, recording seven homicides each as of Wednesday. In total, 17 Guanajuato cities have recorded homicides in 2018.

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January 10, 2018

Mexican Drug Cartels May Use Legal Marijuana to Take Over Northern California

Today, activists in California counties such as Calaveras are pushing back, trying to ban cannabis farms to cut off the cartels. They say drug traffickers are importing automatic weapons and using illegal, highly toxic pesticides that are eviscerating forest animals and poisoning freshwater sources. “We’re going down the toilet bowl,” says Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, “and it’s not going to get any better.”

The four men bolted through the forest, exhausted and bleeding from multiple cuts. When they emerged from the trees on that dry summer night in 2016, they spotted a house in the distance. They ran up to it and knocked on the stranger’s door, then frantically asked for help in broken English. The stranger called the police. When the cops arrived, the men told a harrowing story of being beaten by armed guards at an illegal pot farm and fleeing for their lives.

The men, who were all Latino, described to the police where the farm was located, just outside a heavily forested area in California’s Calaveras County. Soon, the authorities sent up a team to raid the farm. What they discovered: more than 23,000 marijuana plants producing upwards of $60 million worth of weed. They also found two women they believe were selling marijuana for the Mexican drug cartels.

For months in Calaveras County, a rural, conservative enclave about 125 miles east of San Francisco, this drug bust generated local headlines. But federal authorities say Mexican drug cartels are propping up black-market marijuana farms like this all across Northern California. More than 160 years ago, immigrants, business tycoons and speculators poured into these foothills along the Sierra Nevada to mine the ridges and pan the streams for gold. Now weed is sparking the next gold rush, and law enforcement is struggling to keep cartels out of the game, even though recreational marijuana became legal in California on January 1 and medical marijuana has been permitted since 1996.

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January 9, 2018

11 dead after gun battle erupts outside Mexican beach resort (Video)

Another 30 members of the local police, which had been authorized by state officials to operate in the small town, were arrested in the operation.

The aftermath of a gunfight on the outskirts of the Mexican seaside resort of Acapulco that pit residents of a small town against members of a local, self-appointed community police force has left 11 dead, state officials said on Sunday.

The exchange of gunfire took place in the farming community of La Concepcion, just south of Acapulco, after elements of the community police detailed a young man for disorderly conduct during town festivities early Sunday morning.

Eight local residents were killed in that exchange.

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December 24, 2017

Groom in High-Profile Border Wedding Turns Out to Be Convicted Drug Smuggler, Is Awaiting Sentencing in San Diego

Houston was arrested in February as he crossed through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Found hidden in his Volkswagen Jetta were 43 pounds of heroin, 47 pounds of methamphetamine and 43 pounds of cocaine, according to the complaint.

When Brian Houston wed his Mexican fiancee in a surprise ceremony during a rare opening of the steel gate on the U.S.-Mexico border fence last month, he said it was because he could not cross into Tijuana.

Now we know why.

Houston, a U.S. citizen, is awaiting sentencing in San Diego federal court on a drug smuggling conviction — a fact that the Border Patrol says it did not know when it ran a background check on him clearing him to participate in the cross-border event at Border Field State Park.

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December 23, 2017

Mother of NBA’s Chris Bosh Arrested and Charged with Keeping a Disabled Man As a Slave, at Home Bought by Her Son

The mother of former Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh has been arrested and charged with the exploitation of a disabled person whom authorities say she abused in the Texas home bought for her by the NBA star.

After conducting a December 19 raid at her DeSoto, Texas, home, police arrested Frieda Bosh, and charged her with forcing a disabled man to help her sell drugs, according to WFAA Channel 8 TV.

A police report says that investigators found drug paraphernalia and evidence that the 58-year-old Bosh had engaged in cocaine and heroin trafficking from her home.

Police allege that the elder Bosh and a former tenant, Johnathan Brown, forced the disabled man to deliver drugs for the pair under threat of physical harm. The victim was living in the Bosh home at the time.

Investigators also say that Bosh extorted from the disabled man most of his disability payments given to him for PTSD and depression. She also allegedly forced him to do housework to keep his room at the home.

Court papers also say that authorities assume that Bosh engaged in such behavior to obtain free drugs from her co-conspirator.

According to the Daily Mail the former Miami Heat player has been at odds with his mother for sometime and even tried to have her evicted from the Ohio home he purchased.

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6 bodies found hanging from bridges near Mexican resort

Violent crime has spiked in Baja California, particularly around the once-peaceful resort of Los Cabos visited by millions of foreign tourists every year. Los Cabos police chief Juan Manuel Mayorga was shot dead last week.

The bodies of six men were found hanging from three different bridges near the Mexican tourist resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula on Wednesday, local authorities said.

The authorities did not give details on what happened to the men, but drug gangs often hang the bodies of their murdered victims in public to intimidate rivals. Drug gang violence is set to make 2017 Mexico’s deadliest year in modern history.

Two bodies were found on a bridge in Las Veredas, near Los Cabos International Airport, and two on a different bridge on the highway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, local prosecutors said in a statement.

In a separate statement, the prosecutors said two further bodies were found on a third bridge near the airport.

An official from the prosecutor’s office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the bodies of the men had been hung from the bridges.

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December 19, 2017

Whites running out of hope: 21,350 ‘deaths of despair’ in California

Drug overdoses driven in part by the opioid crisis are one of the leading causes of rising death rates among white people in California, according to a new study.

Suicides, alcohol poisoning – and drug overdoses fueled in part by the opioid crisis – are the leading causes of rising death rates among white people in California, according to a new study that found the trend is widespread in rural areas of the state.

Generally, death rates for people of color remain higher than for whites, but the study released by The California Endowment said death rates have been decreasing among blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders in California and are increasing for whites.

A preliminary study by the nonprofit last year found white death rates had risen in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties. The new study looked statewide and found rural Northern California counties also have been among those most affected by higher white death rates.

And efforts to stop the increase in white death rates are falling short, the research found.

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Obama protected Hezbollah drug ring to save Iran nukes deal

“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” David Asher, who helped found the program for the Defense Department, told Politico. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

The Obama administration stymied a sprawling investigation into the terror group Hezbollah — and its highly lucrative drug- trafficking networks — to protect the Iran nuclear deal, according to a bombshell report.

A team at the Drug Enforcement Administration had been working for almost a decade to bring down the Iran-backed militant organization’s sophisticated $1 billion-a-year drug ring, which laundered money and smuggled cocaine into the United States, Politico reported.

But the departments of Justice and Treasury repeatedly undermined agents’ efforts to arrest and prosecute key members of the criminal network — because the Obama White House feared upsetting Tehran ahead of the nuclear agreement, according to Politico.

Former Treasury official Katherine Bauer even admitted in little-noticed testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last February that “under the Obama administration .?.?. these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

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December 7, 2017

More than 3K Human Bone Fragments Found in Mexican Border State Killing Field

Authorities in Coahuila confirmed the discovery of more than 3,000 human bone fragments in a cartel killing field and incineration site. The remains were found in the southwestern part of the state; an area where the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas fought for years.

The discovery was made earlier this month by members of the human rights organization, Group Vida, trying to find answers for the thousands of victims missing in Coahuila. According to information released by the state attorney gneral’s office, based on the accounts of various locals, the group carried out a search in the San Antonio Del Alto community near Matamoros, not far from the border with Durango.

During their search of the area, the group discovered 3,000 bone fragments believed to be human, a metal drum, and multiple bullet casings, authorities revealed. The discovery of the drum points to a longstanding practice by drug cartels where they use 55-gallon drums to incinerate human remains.

While Coahuila has historically been considered to be under the influence of Los Zetas–Durango is considered to be controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel.

The discovery comes a little over a year after as Breitbart Texas reported, another search by human rights groups yielded close to 3,500 bone fragments in a rural area north from where the most recent discovery was made.

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November 27, 2017

Mexican Border City Suffers 60 Cartel Murders in November

The raging cartel violence in this border city resulted in 60 murders in November. Rival factions of the Gulf Cartel continue their fight for control of drug trafficking territories and access to Texas. The 60 victims include military and police officers killed in shootouts as well as innocent civilians killed in the crossfire.

Breitbart Texas has been tracking the murders and executions that have been taking place in Reynosa since early May. At that time, two rival factions of the Gulf Cartel went to war for territorial control. Since May, the violence has left more than 324 victims. The fighting followed the death of former regional leader Juan Manuel “Toro” Loiza Salinas, a ruthless cartel boss who terrorized Reynosa for almost two years until he was gunned down by Mexican Marines.

After El Toro’s death, another Gulf Cartel commander named Petronilo “Panilo” Moreno Flores claimed control of the city. However, a faction claiming to be relatives and followers of the late leader led by Luis Alberto “Pelochas” Blanco Flores and Toro’s nephew Humberto “Betillo” Loza Mendez, who also went by the name of Alberto Salinas, have been fighting against Panilo’s forces. The fighting resulted in fierce gun battles where convoys of gunmen clash along the city’s main avenues, those firefights have killed not only gunmen but also police officers and military personnel tasked with keeping the peace. The firefights also led to various innocent bystanders being killed or wounded by stray bullets. The fighting between cartel forces also manifested itself in a dramatic increase in kidnappings and executions. As Breitbart’s Texas has reported, cartel gunmen have resorted to incinerating the bodies of their victims as well as to using shallow pits to dump the bodies of their rivals.

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