Last night I was trying to count up all the executions which I had not blogged and it was overwhelming, plus depressing. Thank God for Zeta and Frontera. I will copy and paste most of these articles, plus Zeta's take on the impact of legalization of marijuana in California.
Let's begin with the most current report and work our back, keeping in mind the latest report from Zeta accounts for homicides/executions from the beginning of this year up until November the 16th, since then there have been many more. Also not broken down are the exact figures for each Municipality, we'll come back to those - point is, there is a crisis in Baja California.
Several years ago someone left a comment here that they did not believe there would be an "epic battle" between the Sinaloa and CAF cartels in our region. If this isn't an epic battle to an extent, I don't know what is. Our observation has been that it seems the government forces are holding back, we have not seen huge gun battles between them and the cartels, nor have we seen the military checkpoints as in years past; even the Military patrols at least in our area have been few and far between, once in a great while you might see a pickup full of Marinos, but very seldom. One might think that the government is allowing the cartels kill and kidnap each other with little or no interference.
Still, we just don't go out at night at all and travel together on States or Rosarito runs. We have noticed whenever we are in town or Tijuana, people do not seem fearful, however there are hardly any gringos - at least the white eyes variety around.
|courtesy El Universal|
982 Executed, The Most Violent Year In BC - Print Edition
by, Rosario Mosso Castro
Monday, 21 November 2016 24:00
Not yet 2016, but with 982 violent homicides in ten months, Baja California is experiencing the most violent period in its history in the last 11 years. It currently ranks sixth in homicides in the country, and this crime has had a rise of 54 percent in the last 12 months.
In the first triennium of the administration of Francisco Vega de Lamadrid more murders have been committed than during 2008-2010, during the internal struggle of the Arellano Felix Cartel. In 2016, as the third year of the administration of Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, is the most violent of which is recorded in the history of Baja California. The State Secretariat of Public Security (SSPE) records statistics since 2006, and not even in the period of internal struggle of the Cartel Arellano Felix between 2008-2010, there were so many corpses thrown in the streets of the five municipalities, as now.
The first ten months of 2016 with 982 homicides, and 909 murders in 2015, are both above even 2010, which had the highest rate of 884 felony homicides in Baja California. In the specific case of Tijuana, which accounts for the highest number of homicides, from January 1 to November 16, with a month and a half to the end of the year, the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) has raised 755 murder victims, alone In the tijuanenses colonies.
This figure is well above the bloody previous year, which was 2010, with 688 investigations started in 12 months, followed by 2015, which closed with 674 victims. In both periods, between 56 and 57 murders were averaged every month. At the moment, the average number of homicides in Tijuana totals 70 corpses every 30 days, which means that following this pace could conclude with more than 840 people killed, only in Tijuana, which would establish a figure and levels of impunity never seen.
Doing the same exercise in the State, the number of murders could close with more than one thousand 150 corpses. In the weekly or monthly reviews of the incidence of crime, particularly homicide - which by its very nature has a very small black figure - the picture has been the same in the last 12 months, in fact since April 2015, when the murders began to dawn.
What is terribly usual is to count two or three cremated corpses, of which their identity is unknown, one or two dismembered bodies that are also identified sporadically, bodies of men hanging from the bridges that in most cases are classified as drug dealers retail. Added to dozens of people who are shot in their cars, in their houses or in the street, stabbed, suffocated or killed by blows.
Neither can narcomensajes be missing. States and municipalities without plans Federation without reins Francisco Rivas is director general of the National Citizen Observatory that this week exhibited the agency's monthly report. "We are presenting Baja California as an entity that at this moment in particular is experiencing a crisis of violence, and we highlight it in our presentation because it was an entity considered in the past a relative success, now exceeds the national rate of ten crimes that we study, it surpasses in seven, intentional homicides, in the robbery with violence, robbery to house room, in robbery to businesses, to passer-by and in violations, "he said. If we compare the month of September against what happened in the last 12 months, Baja California brings a 54 percent increase in homicides, making it sixth in the country in that crime. In violation it has 2%, and in the different robberies the increase goes from 2 to 12%. "So what we see is a major worsening in Baja California."
For the director of the National Observatory the problem of Baja California and the other states that present crisis of violence is that "we always depend on a Federation that pulls the reins, and if it does not pull, the matter has already been scrapped. And - at this moment - there is no Federation that pulls the rein. There is weakness of the State, if there is weakness in the States, if there is an economic crisis, I think there is an exhaustion of the federal forces, several things that add up. " He added: "There are no local plans, local institutions are far exceeded for several reasons. And is that the governors have not been put to make your chamba, municipal presidents not have to do their work and they wool should allocate to strengthen prosecutors ' offices and secretaries security, end up as in Duarte, Borges and other cases ... in other things".
Another factor: "This year's elections and changes of government do generate a space of opportunity for criminals, because in that of the delivery-reception there is a time when authorities, whether you want or not, are withdrawn." Finally, Rivas referred to how it affects the fact that the authorities manipulate the figures in their desire to show a fictitious improvement: crime moves easily from one crime to another and they move much faster and the authorities fail to adapt to Those strategies, and that is still because the basic diagnoses are not reliable enough, "if you keep hiding figures is normal that you start to have an inaccurate picture, and when you want to face that with criminality, you fail. And this happens even in the homicide, with everything and the apparent low black figure because the subject of the underground graves, the disappeared, is a disaster in the whole country; then there is no precise data because they are neither solved nor investigated nor considered in the general map.
Jalisco hunting car
November, with 48 murders in 16 days in Tijuana, is a clear example of the bloody phenomenon witnessed by the National Citizen Observatory, which the authorities do not control, and after arrests of some homicides, they barely understand. For example, on November 2, the body of a man hanging on a pedestrian bridge located on the Benitez Boulevard, at the level of the Federal Electricity Commission, in the Yamille colony, although not yet identified, in a first At the moment, the authorities raised "could be a drug dealer that operated for Los Uriarte."
They were told by Julio Cesar Jimenez Burelo, Tabasqueño, and Carlos Guadalupe López Corrales, Tijuana, captured by the Tijuana Municipal Police after they murdered a man in the colony of Palma Real on Tuesday, November 8; on the one hand they left a card with the following message: "CJNG TO SO FUCKING DICK end WHICH not align." They fled but were intercepted, charged, and are already linked to prosecution. They admitted being part of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) and the Tijuana New Generation Cartel (CTNG), explained that they had killed the subject of the Royal Palm because he was a Sinaloa shooter, Loreto Capoema's "El Versi" operative with Los Achilles , The brothers Alfonso and René Arzate García.
They asked about the "hanging" of the day 2, and they said that they knew that he was a shooter by Sánchez Taboada and also had him killed the New Generation, but in that case was not from the Achilles, that operated with the Cousins Uriarte, who also delinquent with Sinaloa. Another narcomensaje of the same group was located the 14 of November, next to a man identified like Manuel Obregón, in a stop of public transport located between the boulevards Agua Caliente and Abelardo L. Rodríguez: "THIS IS GOING THROUGH ALL THE KE NOT SE FIND OUT WITH OUR 'JOSE CAPOEMA' (VERSI'OKKO ') THE NEW WELL-BEING BY YOU PUTITO ATTE CTNG JUSTICIERO DE LA CALLE ". In this fact, the homicidas fled in a black sedan vehicle. All this after the night of October 27, when in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Arturo Gómez Herrera "El Gross", identified as the leader of the armed wing of the CJNG and / or CTNG, whose natural successors were identified as "El Charmin ", Related to Gómez Herrera and his right arm," El 50 "and / or" El Goofy ". "And José Pérez Vargas 'El Piolín', who previously knew was above Gómez in the organization chart of that criminal group," said one researcher.
Presence of the Michoacans
Another case that caught the attention in the month was the couple shot on November 9 inside a car that was in the parking lot of a shopping center, in the vicinity of the cruise of the "5 and 10", Delegation La Mesa, Where the one named Luis Alberto Sánchez García was shot down. Her partner was scared, but in the interview admitted that the victim was engaged in cross "ice" to the United States, but it was for Texas, which borders the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila , Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. He said that she and Sanchez lived in Michoacan, but her ex-partner had a group of people who crossed the drug at the border, to which she was directing.
Collateral casualties continue
Also on November 6, on a soccer field in the Sánchez Taboada colony, where the cartels of Sinaloa and Jalisco fight the corners for sale of drugs, the young Arnoldo Carrasco, 24, was shot to death. "This one was clean," was an investigator's response, "nothing was found," even though they looked for him. Carrasco was an employee of a store Coppel and sportsman, he loved and played soccer, but "those same people drug courts throw the 'Version' of Sinaloa, and drug dealers are also entertained by playing football." The day of the murder, "in one of the parties there was a touch, some kicks in terms of the same game," but there were those who did not like it and minutes later "shot." Because they had a weapon and because they could.
The attack on lawyer
As part of the scene of unpunished attacks, on Thursday, November 17, former Tijuana municipal police, Enrique Hernández González, was linked to the shooting process against the Guillermo "El Titi" Ruiz and his employee Gerónimo Martínez Yáñez, occurred at 9:20 am on Thursday, November 10, in front of their offices located at number 10613 of Mision de San Ignacio street corner with Abelardo L. Rodríguez, Zona Tijuana. Contrary to what ZETA told last week which the lawyer was inside the office when the attack - he, in his ministerial declaration stated that the lawyer had gotten out of the car, and was facing the street handing your employee Gerónimo his wallet and briefcase, when he saw the Dodge gray Caravan from which they attacked, could see that the sliding door of the car was open and from within -at man who can not identificar- pointed them a weapon. His employee testified that at that time he was back and his boss told him " 'Gero', watch out !", As he watched the lawyer threw himself under the Escalade van that had come to take cover from bullets and He did the same. When they stopped listening to shots they went into the office and half an hour later realized that he was injured in the left leg, injuries by shrapnel that were healed later. At the scene the authorities raised 52 caliber.223 gun casings, fired by two separate rifles.
The Caravan van was found by two municipal officers on the street Juventino Rosas, compared to the number 11895 of November 20 Annexed colony. Inside were the two long weapons used in the attack and a .25 caliber that was not fired at the lawyer, but in two other incidents, one of injuries and one of murder. Also inside the car were former police Enrique Hernandez, who wore sandals, shorts, shirtless and gloves. The car of the aggressors was parked next to his house. In the courtyard of the home, experts located a black shirt and cap (described by witnesses at the scene and a surveillance video of poor quality) similar to those used by the hit men. Hernandez said they fished before fleeing. Officially, the former police has not declared, his defense did not present arguments to avoid the connection. People close to him contacted ZETA to refer Hernandez got into the car after the killers fled in a "Jeep Cherokee black vehicle and Ford Escort blue , " they stated that it was illogical that if he fled were to put their home, and the gloves, they said was because he was going to see what he could get out of the car of profit without getting into trouble.
In the end Judge Tania Vega considered that the statements of the victims, witnesses and authority, as well as the indications, made presume the "possibility" of having participated in the events - there is a witness who saw him take things out and be inside the car - but he warned that there was no direct indication, that is why he linked it "without prejudging", and gave the Public Prosecutor four months to get the elements that allow him to fully accuse him. Of the reason for the attack to the lawyer, in the process still nothing has been approached.
ISSSTECALI official had 17 wounds
The administrative assistant of the Institute of Security and Social Services of Government Employees and Municipalities of the State of Baja California (ISSSTECALI), Jesus Manuel Ponce Rico, 49 years old, was found murdered by a coworker around the 11:30 am on November 16, when they entered to look for the department that lived in number 405 of Avenue Los Laureles and Fresno Street in the colony Los Pinos. The body had 17 wounds with a blunt object, 15 of which were on the face, one in the chest and one more on the collarbone, the Forensic Medical Service confirmed. The cause of the death was severe cranioencephalic trauma due to multiple lesions in the skull. David Lozano Blancas, Coordinator of Special Investigations of the State Attorney General's Office, said that the report was received at 12:30 pm, which reported on the finding of the body inside the home; Detailed that preliminary was spoken of an injured person, but when they arrived at the place they realized that he was dead. The PGJE indicated that because of the morphology of the lesions, they could be caused with a blunt object, not ruling out the use of a hammer or similar weapon, which could not be found in the place. It was also revealed that the person was located in bed with a pillow on his face, but the body indicated maneuvers that he tried to defend himself. It is known that the night before the homicide, the victim attended a match of the Eagles of Mexicali with two people identified, which took him to the address, but so far have not stated about it. In spite of the wounds, that Ponce Rico counted on his portfolio and that the doors had not been forced, Lozano affirmed that there is no defined mobile, although it could be a theft, due to the characteristics of how they were scrambled all the drawers and Furniture of the house.
September, second most violent month in Mexican history ONC
September 2016 "was the second month with more homicides and gunshot injuries in the history of Mexico," said Francisco Javier Rivas Rodríguez, head of the Observatorio Nacional Ciudadano, an organization that analyzes criminal behavior in the country, which recently published a "Report on high - impact crimes" in that period. In an interview with ZETA, Rivas said the killings have had an upward trend that began in April 2015, and even though other violent crimes have not been reduced incidence, insecurity remains in the red.
One example: the investigation folders opened by willful homicide increased by 20 percent between January and September 2016, compared to the same period last year. The document consulted by this Weekly reports that in September last year, 1,974 reported homicides were reported, of which 1,228 were by firearm, 416 by "other means" and 238 were carried out with white weapons; of the rest there is no record. While Guerrero, Estado de México, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Veracruz report more than a third of the murders of that month (37.49%). About 1,100 cases were reported in the guilty homicide, a decrease compared to the month of August, when there were 1,999 cases; Guanajuato, Michoacán, Jalisco, Mexico City and Tamaulipas lead this category with 36% of the total. The State of Mexico leads the kidnappings with 31 of the 128 totals, followed by Veracruz with 22, Tamaulipas with 15, Tabasco with 10 and Morelos with eight cases. Rivas Rodríguez expressed the need for authority to be more responsible when classifying illegal deprivation of freedom, since not classifying them as kidnappings, are outside the official counts. According to the report, there were 428 investigation bureaus opened by extortion cases, with the State of Mexico leading the way with 110 cases, 120% higher than the second place, Jalisco, which had 50 . The most common crime in the country, according to the agency, was violent robbery, which had 15,335 cases. So high is the figure that in the country - on average - a folder of investigation for that crime was opened every two minutes and fifty seconds. In that area, Baja California ranks fifth with 758 cases registered in the five municipalities, while the State of Mexico - once again - is leading the way with 3,154 incidents.
Finally, the head of the National Citizen Observatory questioned the strategies to combat drug trafficking that began in the Felipe Calderón sexenio and continued in that of Enrique Peña, since the revenues of the cartels have not been diminished by the authority, besides Criminal leaders "are still delinquent from the criminal," which complicates the picture. For the activist, it is urgently needed reform of the national prison system. Daniel Gastelum "
Many thanks to Zeta.
- And there have been even more......
Zeta put Tijuana from the beginning of this year until 11/16/2016 at 755 homicides/executions according to data obtained from SEMEFO. I am counting since November the 16th, eleven more plus numerous people including women with serious gunshot wounds who may not recover. At this moment that would put us at 766 homicides/executions in Tijuana since the beginning of the year. However, a report from Frontera this afternoon notes that the SSPE is accounting for a much lower number of 738.
- The El Universal Report.....
On 11/13, El Universal noted that Tijuana is breaking all records for homicides/executions since the onset of the Drug War and ranks it the second most violent Municipality in all of Mexico, with Acapulco taking first place.
- The CCSP Report......
A summary of the CCSP Report on Tijuana crime printed by Zeta on 11/19 for the period of January 2016 through the month of October, 2016, comparing figures to same time frame last year:
2016: 709 - a 29% increase.
2016: 13 - a 63% increase
Deprivations of Liberty (Kidnappings which are drug related)
2015: no amount given
2016: 205 !!!
2016: 6,170 - a 24% increase
2016: 1,923 - a 9% increase
2015: no amount given
2016: no amount given, but article states there is a 14% decrease
2015: no amount given
2016: no amount given, but article states there is an 8% decrease.
Secuestros y Homicidios a la Alza: CCSP
por, Hector Ortiz Ramirez
- The Legalization of Marijuana in California for personal recreational and medical use.....
Although this has become a reality for many states since the last election, to date on a local level only the case of California is being discussed. Here is an excerpt from Zeta :
Carteles se reestructuran, tras la legalization de la marijuana en California
por, Ines Garcia
"The boom in trafficking in synthetic drugs
The greater risk is that organizations that have profits from this activity will diversify their menu of illegal activities, such as extortion or kidnapping, to compensate for this loss," said Dr. Sánchez Munguía. The researcher at the Northern Border College (COLEF) explains that this will respond to the fact that he will not cross the same amount of marijuana from Mexico to the United States, because the California market will be disarticulated.
Another of the consequences for Mexican criminal organizations in the United States is that "business is weakened and marijuana will have to stay in Mexican territory, which means that it will be cheaper because there is a greater supply." Both Dr. David A. Shirk as Dr. Victor Sanchez Munguia agree that, before the market decline marijuana in California, cartels recalibrate the production and distribution of heroin and other synthetic drugs like crystal.
"We have seen an increase in heroin catches and in heroin consumption. That reflects the transformation of the illicit narcotics industry in Mexico, "says Professor Shirk, who heads the University of San Diego's Justice Center for Mexico. According to a report by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), from 2010 to 2014, the United States reported a 248% increase in deaths related to heroin overdose. The number of seizures with 6.7 tons confiscated in 2015 also increased, compared with 2.7 seized in 2010."
- And from Insight Crime with related articles within the report and on the sidebar:
How California's Legalization of Marijuana Impacts Mexico's Cartels
by, Tristan Clavel
More coming up, making dinner......