As far as Russiagate, I still do not understand why there was never an investigation into Hillary Clinton and the DNC's dirty tricks against Bernie throughout the 2016 election. I was able to get through Louis Proyect's take on Venezuela, but I need to read it again.
So, for the latest, and don't miss the "Where's My Roy Cohn?" interview:
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I'm so far behind it doesn't make any difference, but here's a good one from last August:
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Meanwhile here are some stats and reports to hold you over., we'll back up and look at Baja California in 2018 with Zeta breaking down the numbers.
- From Zeta:
3,148 Homicidios en 2018: Crimen Desborda BC
Por, Ines Garcia Ramos, Marco A Flores y Eduardo Villa Lugo - 01/07/2018
"From 2015 to date, intentional homicides have more than tripled in Baja California. Although Tijuana concentrates 80 percent of those crimes, Ensenada has a worrisome upward trend and is ranked as the second municipality with the most murders. The struggle between the cartels Jalisco Nueva Generación, Arellano Félix and De Sinaloa for the sale of drugs in the streets is considered by the authorities as the main cause of the increase, among other factors
In three years, Baja California went from registering 909 intentional homicides in 2015, to 3 thousand 148 victims during 2018. It is not only the highest figure in the history of the entity, but the most sustained growth in the record.
The upward trend coincides with the arrival of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) to Baja California in 2015, which led to a dispute with the Arellano Félix Cartel (CAF) cells to seize areas that were under the control of the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS).
Specifically in the case of Tijuana, during 2017 and 2018 the corporations began to notice the dissolution of the CJNG-CAF alliance, which led to more assassinations among these groups, as well as the loosening of the CJNG. This conflict between cartels is repeatedly pointed out by local authorities as the main cause of so many violent deaths.
The other factors to which they attribute such a high number of homicides, are the growth of the market of drug dealing in the State and that the crime of carrying firearms does not merit informal preventive detention, whereby all detainees with a pistol or rifle You can take the criminal process freely.
ZETA made a comparison of the incidence of crime in the five municipalities, their behavior in recent years, the arrest of murderers and the strategies that corporations in each municipality have to contain and reduce this crime.
The obvious thing is that Francisco Vega de Lamadrid's six-year term has already surpassed the highest numbers in Baja California.
In his first month as governor, in November 2013, the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) accounted for 72 events of intentional homicides. In contrast, the monthly average of victims registered during 2018 was 262 murders, more than triple the number with which Vega started his government.
With 8,481 malicious homicides during his administration and not reversing the trend that was presented in 2018, of 262 murders per month on average, the PAN could conclude his term with more than 11 thousand homicides.
TIJUANA: THE PLAN TO CONTAIN HOMICIDES
During 2018, 2,508 people were violently murdered in Tijuana, 80 percent of the total victims in the State with an average of 7 victims a day. With 1,781 malicious homicides in 2017, it was an increase of 29%.
Although the Municipal Police increased its operation as never before with the arrest of 140 murderers and the confiscation of 988 firearms -789 short and 188 long- in 2018, in the words of the Municipal Public Security Secretary, Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, " We are reaching a figure that is very difficult to accept, we have done everything we can to reverse this situation, we have had operational results as never before, but we understand that it has not been enough to give the results that all Tijuana residents are looking for. We want to tell you that this year we are going to redouble our efforts, to carry out different operational strategies in coordination with the other instances of other government bodies to try to achieve a reduction in homicides. "
Given the high number of homicides related to the sale of drugs, the strategy of the Municipal Public Security Secretariat (SSPM) has been based on two guidelines: combating drug dealing in the streets and confiscating firearms.
Although, this strategy will continue, the dependence will work on the sectorization of the city. Most homicides are concentrated in the Area.
This, specifically in the police districts of Natura, La Presa, La Presa Este and Los Pinos.
For this reason, the 120 new elements of the Police, who will graduate from the Academy at the end of January, will be sent to that area.
In an interview with ZETA , Sotomayor noted that the rising trend in homicides in Tijuana began to register in the summer of 2016, shortly after the New Criminal Justice System (NSJP) came into effect and with it the reform to the National Procedures Code. Penalties that preventively detains preventive detention of those who are detained with a firearm.
"The criminals realize they can carry weapons and there are no consequences, but this also goes hand in hand with another external phenomenon, which has to do with the strengthening of the CJNG, initially they make an alliance with what is still operating in the CAF and they seek to join the market of drug dealing in Tijuana, which goes hand in hand with the drug trade has a magnitude that never had, "he said.
"What happens with these groups in 2017 and 2018, is that they become antagonistic not only with Sinaloa, but with the CAF and there are internal fights within some criminal groups and they are the streaks that unfortunately increase homicides," he added.
These criminal cells literally eliminate their opponents: "If it is a competition that is affecting you and you do not want to add to your criminal group, you are simply going to eliminate them. That is what naturally occurs between criminal groups. "
The official spoke of documented cases in which there is a multiple homicide and the group to which the victims belonged, commit another crime of the same type to show not only its power, but its support to its members, which generates more victims .
"In that analysis, it is very important to determine how the murderer is moving, by district, in which areas we have the greatest problem to focus resources and try to inhibit affecting the sale of drugs and detentions in review filters to increase the number of arrests, confiscation of weapons and compliance with arrest warrants. "
Regarding the operating results, according to which arms seizures increased by 45% and the arrest of homicides by 67% from 2017 to 2018, "we have increased the productivity of the Police a lot, but we have not been able to see that reflected in the reduction of homicides, has helped us to lower the other crimes, but not homicides, and that has to see that the material authors bring those weapons. Unfortunately, they leave and continue in their own ", finished the head of the SSPM.
Another issue that has been waged to achieve a reduction is a reform of the National Code of Criminal Procedures that imposes preventive detention for any detainee who carries a firearm.
The proposal of Law has already been approved in the Senate of the Republic, but it is still necessary to vote in the Chamber of Deputies; if approved by legislators, it must be ratified in the local Congress.
"If the reform is given, in three months, the first month we could see a different result, although this would also entail a confrontation with the forces of order because the criminals will know that they will stay even if it is a year in prison, not they are going to let themselves stop so easily, "said the secretary.
Only in Tijuana, 90% of homicides were committed a firearm, said Genaro de la Torre Quintanar, president of the Citizen Committee of Public Safety in the city.
Therefore, this citizen body expects, like the SSPM, that a reform of this Law will have an impact on the homicide figures.
"The numbers are alarming, but it is positive that the possession of a weapon is considered a serious crime, it will help the citizens and the police," he explained.
"The criminals, knowing that nothing happens to them if they bring firearms, they are comfortable in the street with these weapons and they have the facility to commit any homicide and can not stop them."
The businessman also considered that the work of the Municipal Police has included operations, arrests and relevant confiscations, but due to the revolving door that represents for many detainees not to remain in prison despite being investigated for committing a crime, it is difficult that these results subscribe to the reduction of homicides.
"In the preventive issue, it is definitely important citizen participation in the issue of reporting any suspicious activity around, to see weapons, to see drugs ... the complaint is very important for the police," he added.
During the celebration of International Police Day, the Secretary of Public Safety assured the media that the SSPM will work on a containment of homicides and then achieve a gradual decrease, "fewer homicides in January than in December and so be able to decrease in order to measure the situation".
Regarding the work of other instances of government, Marco Sotomayor considered that the Government of Mexico should work more in the investigation of the cartels with a presence in the city to dismantle them and not allow the passage of weapons through the United States border into Mexico, since in terms of operations, although the Navy no longer has a presence in Tijuana, the Municipal Police works in conjunction with the Army and Federal Police.
ENSENADA, THE MOST VIOLENT MUNICIPALITY: 257 HOMICIDIOS
With 257 homicide victims during 2018 in Ensenada, the figure not only exceeded in 62 murders those committed in 2017, but it is the highest number in the history of the port.
Of the total homicides, just over 100 occurred in the southern area of the municipality, the rest was distributed in the urban area and the delegations located to the north and northeast.
November was the most violent month with 31 victims, followed by April (30) and October (29). In counterpart, the least violent months were March, June and July, with 12 victims each. December ended with 18 homicides, the fourth least violent month of the year, tied with February.
In addition to the record in homicides in 2019, there were other situations that were rarely seen in the municipality, such as the placement of several narcomantas and messages with corpses, both with allusions to groups of drug traffickers.
As happened on April 10 and 11, when six semi-buried bodies were found in the El Roble subdivision, as well as a narcomanta hanging a few meters from the house of Mayor Marco Novelo in El Sauzal.
For several hours, the message could be read by those who walked the street: "Ensenada is the square now belongs to me to fuck your mother CJNG, CAF and Sinaloa Cartel, atte Cártel La Rana".
At 10:57 pm on Tuesday, October 10, a murder was reported on Private Pacific Street in the Pórticos del Mar neighborhood, one block from the Police Station. In the place was found the body of a man of approximately 1.70 meters tall, thin complexion, dark complexion. He wore black shirts and pants, and brown tennis shoes.
There were ten percussed casings, two bullets deformed and a cardboard stuck in the stomach of the corpse with the following legend: " This way they will be all those k walk with the DEER, Mercenary, and the (90) and all the fucker of Government ke support them atte: the BARREDORA ".
On October 30, another narcomanta was discovered on the bridge in front of the El Ciprés Military Garrison: " TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE WORKING FOR THE POSTER OF THE FROG, MERCENARIO AND 90 AND STATE POLICE NAME ELMO, LEO, BURGON, MUNICIPAL, ALREADY CAYO LA BARREDORA, WE ARE WORKING PEOPLE, NOT KILLERS OR RISKS. ATTE POSTER OF ENSENADA ".
One more was removed from the bridge located in Circuito Oriente and Kiliwas, in front of Cecyte, on November 6; as in the other two, the noun "La Barredora" appeared.
The Survey of Citizen Perception (Enpeci), corresponding to the third quarter of 2018, higher index in 9.1%, compared to the second quarter, refers that 83.3% of the inhabitants of the city consider that living in Ensenada is insecure, revealed Javier Barraza Salazar , president of the Economic Development Council of Ensenada.
The economist Rubén Roa Dueñas and businessman Jorge Nava, director and leader of the Metropolitan Center of Economic and Business Information, respectively, pointed out that only 20.1% of the inhabitants are optimistic and believe that things will be better within 12 months.
The survey was carried out on a sample of 1,626 people in the Tijuana-Tecate-Rosarito-Ensenada metropolitan area, of whom 384 were interviewed in the latter city, and in a generalized manner indicates that the testimonies of criminal behaviors increased with respect to the previous quarter. .
The attested behaviors that presented a greater increase were: robberies or assaults, 80.5%; vandalism in homes or businesses, 75.3%; 64.8% street alcohol consumption; violent gangs and gang members, 46.9%; frequent shooting with firearms, 38.8%.
The main places where the population said they feel insecure are: bank tellers, 74.7%; public transport, 69.0%.
64.3% see the streets as dangerous; 58.6%, the markets; 57.6% of roads and 53.4% of shopping centers.
According to the results of the third quarter of 2018, the habit that most families avoided was allowing their children to leave their homes alone, for fear of being victims of a crime.
56.25% no longer allows their minor children to leave; 32.03%, they are not allowed to visit relatives and friends; 52.34% do not go for a walk after eight o'clock at night and 75.78% do not carry valuables such as jewelry, money or credit cards.
Finally, they said that people trust 38.5% less in the application and procurement of justice in Baja California with respect to 2017.
WITHOUT MONEY FOR FUNCTIONING OF MUNICIPAL POLICE AND AN NON-EXISTING ATTORNEY
Faisal Karim Nassif Díaz, president of the Citizen Council of Public Security in Ensenada, said: "We had not had those numbers, last year they were 195, it has been unquestionably the worst year in that sense in Ensenada. The other issues that most affect the citizenship, theft to trade, home and robbery with violence, have been very high ".
In addition to the struggle of drug trafficking groups for the territory, the counselor attributed the escalation of violence to incompetence from the State Attorney's Office, and the City of Ensenada for not granting sufficient resources to the Municipal Police to do their work.
"It is something that reflects the lack of government support to corporations, because it is difficult to demand results when even for gasoline have, have run out of fuel to patrol up to two weeks. In addition to the lack of personnel, given that the last two administrations did not hire a single policeman and many retired, in the current one they have hired 30, but have retired the same amount, then the lag is historic.
Ensenada has more than a thousand colonies and is protected by 100 municipal agents and ten state agents per shift.
- In 2018 the business and social sectors raised their voices, what results did they have ?, ZETA questioned.
"We have done it because of the impunity we are living in, especially on behalf of a practically non-existent Attorney General who hides behind the New Criminal Justice System, because they kill and kill people and nobody pays.
"We also had many meetings of budget analysis of the Police with representatives of the business sector specialist in resource management and municipal government, it was clear that the 19 million that have been budgeted for the last four years for the corporation are unreal and they have never reached, requires 50 million and only for operational expenses outside of payroll; the Council made the official proposal, the treasurer ignored it and again budgeted 19 million, because they say they have considered having one billion pesos available- There is no certainty of where to obtain more resources, and they decided not to prioritize safety and needs of the corporation.
"And worse still, the mayor was rejected by the Income Law 2019 and, according to the legislation, they have to go with the 2018 numbers. Then, 2019 is expected to be the same or worse."
- Given such a scenario, what will you do in the current year?
"What we have left is to redouble efforts from the council to implement and strengthen groups of vigilant neighbors through WhatsApp groups, we will continue with this effort, we will relaunch the campaign."
ROSARITO: STRENGTHENING THE INVESTIGATION OF HOMICIDES
In the case of Playas de Rosarito, 123 people were killed during 2018, six more victims than in 2017. Although the number of violent deaths varied by 5%, the events only increased from 108 to 109, which means that there were more homicides with more than one victim.
Ángel Manuel Guillén Armenta, Deputy Attorney General for Justice in Rosarito, explained that in the last two years, the incidence of intentional homicides has risen in June.
Also in 2018, in eleven cases of intentional homicides, the alleged perpetrators were presented before a judge and are in criminal proceedings. Additionally, throughout the year, the Municipal Police obtained 23 arrest warrants.
Guillén Armenta, who took over the Deputy Attorney General's office in September, estimates that between 80 and 85% of the murders in Rosarito are linked to drug dealing, which complicates his investigation due to the lack of witnesses or testimonials from family members who help solve the crime.
In 2018, Rosarito was the scene of two high-profile homicides. On the evening of October 13, priest Arturo Orta was gunned down in the Rancho Vista neighborhood while at the wheel of his Grand Marquis vehicle ; Hours before, he had left his parish, located in the Obrera neighborhood of Tijuana.
A few days later, on October 15, the body of Marbella Ibarra, former coach of the Xolas soccer team of Tijuana, was found wrapped in duct tape and a blanket on Puerto Nuevo Boulevard. The pioneer of women's football in Mexico had one month gone.
The deputy attorney explained that in both cases, the integration of investigative files with data continues, but the alleged perpetrators have not yet been arrested.
Other homicides in which the narcomenudeo is not the line of investigation, have been resolved. On November 6, the PGJE reported the arrest of Ricardo Hernández for the murder of his wife Edith Carolina Fernández, found dead in the Palma Real de Tijuana subdivision, near the border with Rosarito, on October 12. Her body was wrapped in a blanket and had been strangled.
From the beginning, relatives of the victim reported the death and requested the support of the citizenship to find their former partner and father of their two children, who had confessed the crime.
Finally, after obtaining sufficient evidence, the PGJE obtained an arrest warrant against Hernández for feminicide; He is currently in prison.
"It is managed separately from other units that were together, it is managing the strengthening of personnel, both fiscal and ministerial, to take the progress of pending investigations where there is a lot of information," he explained.
With this strategy, Guillén Armenta not only hopes to resolve the crimes that arise, but also to reduce the backlog of investigations from previous years.
TECATE, THE MUNICIPALITY WITH LESS MURDERS
In Tecate, the municipality with the lowest incidence of intentional homicide in the State, there was an increase in this crime. Of 62 victims counted in 2017, in 2018 there were 100 victims in 79 events.
We managed to prosecute 17 research folders (17%), the highest index in all BC.
However, the figure registered a considerable increase of 38%, following the trend that was registered in the rest of the municipalities.
Another of the most relevant aspects in the analysis of the incidence in Tecate, were the several multiple homicides that were registered with eleven double events, two triples and one quintuple. Of the total victims, 94 were men and six women.
As in Tijuana and Rosarito, which make up the state's coastal zone, in Tecate, growth is also attributed to the dispute between cartels for drug dealing and drug trafficking to the United States.
In some cases, there is even knowledge of homicides that occurred in Tecate that were planned, or with victims deprived of freedom from Tijuana.
MEXICALI CLOSED 2018 WITH 160 HOMICIDES, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN 13 YEARS
Since 2006, when the count of criminal incidence began in Baja California, Mexicali had not had a year with so many murders. In 2018, the PGJE closed with 160 intentional homicides, that is, seven more than last year and five more than in 2012, considered the most violent year in that sense.
Although the director of the Municipal Police, Alonso Ulises Méndez, affirms that there were substantial reductions in practically all the indicators of violence in the municipality, the reality is that violent deaths, one of the most sensitive points of insecurity, kept the constant upward .
According to figures from the Public Security Secretariat of the State (SSPE), in 2017 there were 152 homicides in Mexicali, which represented a substantial increase compared to 2016, when the figure reached 114; 2015 had 107; 2014 accounted for 134 and 2013 closed with 150.
Particularly in the last two years, the PGJE has identified an increase in the incidence of homicides related to drug dealing, but not with organized crime, since they consider that the majority of drug-related murders are among local groups with little capacity for operation .
The majority are due to conflicts between members of the CDS. Although they are cells that respond to the same boss, in reality they maintain a struggle for control of various areas.
Specifically, there is a very definite battle between assassins of Felipe Eduardo Barajas Lozano "El Omega", who controls a large part of the urban and conurbated area of Mexicali, and Vicente Martínez González "El Guilo". The first seeks to take control of the northern area of the Mexicali Valley, specifically the town of Los Algodones, Ejido Pachuca, Meerida and Guadalajara, whose large extensions are used for the descent of light aircraft for the subsequent traffic of drugs.
The battle has generated several homicides, one of which occurred in Los Algodones, where a group of hitmen in tactical clothing and heavy weapons shot down 34-year-old Jesus Adrián Núñez Vaughan as he was walking towards a taco stand; around him were more than 70 R-15 casings.
Two other homicides "shook" the criminal scene in Mexicali. The first one occurred in March 2018, ending the life of Bernardo Antonio Corral Linares, known as "El Tony".
Originally from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, but based in Mexicali, he was one of the main operators of Cenobio Flores "El Checo", one of the lieutenants of Sinaloa, of whom information is unknown for years.
"El Tony" was shot down outside of the Ocotlán taqueria, located on Calzada Anahuac in the Jardines del Lago subdivision, by an assassin who unloaded his AK-47 weapon at close range, when Corral boarded his car.
A week later, another operator by the name of Jesús Martínez Ruiz, better known as "El Güero Pangas", was shot down with heavy-gauge weapons while he was traveling in his vehicle in the company of a woman; the projectiles reached him despite his attempt to flee at high speed and perished in a field located in the vicinity of Ciudad Morelos.
Another five murders occurred between July 3 and 4, at various points in the municipality, which are presumed to be related to a "low" of " crystal" occurred in the Valley of Mexicali.
The first two murders took place in the Cerro Prieto neighborhood, where they killed Agustin Castellanos Lara and Alan Axel López Romero, aged 46 and 22, with a long list of criminal records; Their bodies were found on the night of July 3 on the sides of a Toyota vehicle that was left with the lights on.
The next morning, the Municipal Police located the body of Luis Alberto Ruiz Morales, 29 years old and nicknamed "El Ruso" -not the lieutenant of the Sinaloa Cartel-, inside another Toyota car on Avenida Monzón of the Casa subdivision. Magna; he resided in Ejido Tula.
The last two findings occurred in the vicinity of the Sonora Ejido: the burned bodies of Aldo Curiel Gómez "El Pacquiao" and Adrián Higuera López "El Dólar" were found inside a vehicle with a report of theft.
The rest were given through social coexistence, of which 13 were femicides, where most of the accused were close to the victim intimately, and although the figure is below the 17 registered in 2017, in 2018 they documented cases with greater sadism, such as that of the young Delia Isabel, whose body was dismembered and partially abandoned in a " picadero ", while her head was found in the refrigerator of the person presumed to be her victimizer, now detained.
Mexicali remained the third municipality with the most homicides during 2018, below Tijuana and Ensenada, and above Rosarito and Tecate.
In this context, Deputy Attorney Fernando Ramírez Amador presumes an effectiveness of 63% in the resolution of this type of crime, the highest percentage in the State. (With information from Rosario Mosso Castro)"
Last Friday the 25th, Zeta reported 202 people executed just in Tijuana during the month of January of 2019:
Reportan 11 Muertos En Tijuana, Van 202 Victimas En Enero
"Eleven people were executed in different events during the last hours in Tijuana. The number of intentional homicides amounts to 202 victims so far this year.
Around 07:00 hours on Thursday, January 24, the body of a male was reported inside a suitcase. The unknown victim, approximately 30 years old, had a piece of cord around his neck. The finding occurred on September 15 street in the annexed colony November 20.
Then at the General Hospital José Antonio Reyes Álvarez, 31, died. The man was shot to death in the Villas del Campo neighborhood. Román Leyva Félix of 35 years died in the same hospital. The victim had been assaulted days ago in Urbi Villa del Prado.
A minor of 15 years, died by strangulation and his body was found wrapped in blankets in the Callejón de las Rosas, in the Centenario colony. As evidence, three pieces of black adhesive tape were placed.
The body of a woman, hitherto unknown, was found buried in a vacant lot on Gardenias Street in Rancho Las Flores. So far the cause of death is unknown.
Martín Martínez López, 47 years old, was strangled inside an address located on Fiji Circuit Road in the Villas del Sol subdivision.
The first minutes of this Friday the 25th, in a neighborhood road in the colony of Nuevo Milenio 2000, were found the bodies of a man and a woman with injuries caused by a firearm projectile. The man ranged between 30 and 35 years, while the woman between 25 and 30 years. Both remain as strangers. Experts located four caliber 40 casings on the scene.
Alfredo Batres Sánchez, 48, was declared lifeless in the facilities of the General Hospital after being shot three times in the right forearm and one in the maxilla. It is unknown where he was attacked.
Finally, in the Mineral colony of Santa Fe, a stranger of around 20 years was found dead. The victim was wrapped in a blue sheet.
In none of the facts are people arrested."
Since that report, I am counting twenty more in Tijuana.
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Speaking of Rosarito ....
- From Zeta:
La Ruta Del Mar De "La Rana"
"The disappearance of people in the area of El Descanso in Rosarito, initiated a series of investigations of homicides and deprivation of liberty executed by the cell of René Arzate García "La Rana", member of the Sinaloa Cartel with arrest warrant in the United States , but without accusations in Baja California
Along the coast of Rosarito, in the vicinity between Popotla and Puerto Nuevo, there is a zone forbidden by criminals. At night, groups of armed men dressed in black take control of the area identified as El Descanso. "It is obvious that they protect an activity that they develop at that time, in that place," one researcher told ZETA .
They are men and women who operate criminally for René Arzate García "La Rana", their main criminal service is the transfer of drugs to the Sinaloa Cartel, but they have no problem in depriving them of liberty and killing those they consider suspicious of belonging to another cell. of traffickers who enter what they assume as their "territory".
"We know that in the commercial zone of Popotla there are warehouses where they keep unnerving, they have become operative, but we have not been able to detect them because they always warn them," informed a member of the police corporations.
In addition, "it is common that after the operations, threats are received". They operate, then, in impunity.
The last week of November and the first two of December, the criminal group was exposed particularly violent, so their criminal activity was located by the authority. "Evidently it is a drug route that the Arzate are protecting," coincided members of the Coordination Group that gather information to undertake new operations.
According to reports that the authorities have made of the Arzate brothers, René alias "La Rana" does not have arrest warrants in Mexico, but in the United States, where an accusation has been brought against him since January 2015, with information of the transfer of drugs since 2011; it is under file number 14-CR-2122-DMS, in which he is accused of being part of the cartel headed by Ismael "El Mayo Zambada".
They also point out that "... they introduce cocaine, methamphetamine and other chemical drugs into Mexico, from Asia and South America, including Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala. They cross it to San Diego by land and by sea, and launder the money through bank transfers.
The file is filed with the Southern District Court of San Diego, California.
The same year, the US government issued an alert including "La Rana" on the Most Wanted list by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). He is described as "a senior member of the Sinaloa Cartel", accused of "conspiring to import a large quantity of marijuana into the United States." They offer $ 20,000 for information leading to their arrest.
While Alfonso Arzate García has arrest warrants pending execution for kidnapping and murder in Baja California.
FOUR PRIVATE YOUNG PEOPLE OF FREEDOM
The people who live in the area know who they are and where they move, but they do not report or go out to the beach at night. Something that a handful of boys did that looked for fun.
The young people went out on Friday, November 30, 2018 to continue until the early hours of December 1. When they did not appear, the relatives filed complaints with various public ministries in different areas of the city and requested support through social networks.
Two weeks later, the force of the complaint and the claim for attention, contrasted with the silence of families who came to withdraw the complaint and refused to give information. Without further evidence, they went together to say that their boys had appeared, added that they had immediately left Baja California, that they would not return and had nothing to say to the authorities.
They emphatically requested that the investigations be closed, which would result in the cancellation of the search operations.
"Obviously, not saying anything and canceling the folders was the price of the children's freedom, it was not known that they had paid, but they did not want to talk," said a member of the operating forces.
They went from Tijuana to Tecate, in that municipality they arrived at Cava Garcia to buy a box of wines and then they moved to Rosarito, they crossed the retainer of Bulevar 2000 around one o'clock in the morning. It was in the fifth municipality where their friends and family lost the trail they had been following over the phone.
The communications through telephone messages that they made known when filing the complaints went in two directions: a family claimed that they had disappeared at the police checkpoint; and two others, warned that a group of armed men approached them while they drank wine on the beach, even asking to report to the police.
The investigation that took place during two weeks, could determine that the young people were retained, at least, until seven in the morning of December 1 in the area of El Descanso. Later, the girls were transferred to Ensenada, while the young Marco González was taken to one of the Rosarito neighborhoods, afterwards they did not know any more. The last message received by the nearby people who denounced was "we are still alive".
On December 2, the Ensenada Police found the car on the road to Valle de Guadalupe, had burned it but left the license plate. In such conditions was found in a service of cranes of the Buenosairean municipality
ROLANDO DOES NOT APPEAR
According to the young people, they informed friends and family at dawn on December 1, before losing communication, the problem was that when the men arrived and checked them, they found Rolando Camacho a weapon in his clothes.
Camacho was the common contact between the other three young people, and the unofficial version among them was that it operated for the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). However, when he was discovered armed by the criminals of the Sinaloa group, he assured
NO TRACKS OF THE WHITE AGENTS
On December 9, 2018, the municipal police César Guillermo Blancarte arrived late at his home, the family heard noises as if looking for or preparing something to eat and then sat down in front of the television, said he was hungry and, after one o'clock Tomorrow, they heard that he was leaving the family home.
The Mustang of Officer Blancarte, assigned to the Tijuana Corporation, was located by elements of the Rosarito Police Department the following day, December 10. They left it abandoned on Boulevard 2000, a few kilometers before entering Rosarito.
In the car, the investigators found the traces of the policeman's palms on the trunk, as if they had done it to be recharged to check it, and the officer's blood "drip", as if recharging had bled slightly.
He carried his wallet, "surely they realized that he was a policeman, but the issue is that he was alone, he was not working, and the criminals that at this moment we believe surprised him, must have realized".
The main hypothesis within the prosecution is that the same criminal cell that deprived the four young men of their freedom and returned to three captures Blancarte. To date they have not advanced in the investigations and continues missing.
"The version given to the press that their credit cards were later used is a lie," said one of the investigators in the case.
Although the families withdrew the complaint for three of the deprivations of liberty, investigations continue, as Rolando Camacho and agent César Guillermo Blancarte are still missing.
Additionally, the authorities inquire whether the same criminal group is linked to two other crimes that have occurred in the area.
* One, the murder of the subcommander of Primo Tapia, Alfredo Duarte Mendoza, riddled in the aforementioned delegation while he was traveling in his patrol on November 30, 2018, around two o'clock in the afternoon. They killed him with long weapons in the vicinity of Rancho El Medano.
The hypothesis of the investigators indicates that the criminals acted, because a week before the murder, the authorities detected and secured a clandestine take of gasoline in the area and confiscated several drums. And since the Sinaloa Cartel is paying police protection in the area, which they did not receive, they took their revenge with Duarte Mendoza, from whom to date they have not found references to receiving money.
* Two, the double murder reported on December 4 at Kilometer 22 on a Baja Malibú neighborhood road in Tijuana. The bodies of apparently two addicts, one male and one female, were found incinerated; the man had a tattoo with a pre-Hispanic figure on his chest, and the woman had a skull with wings on the upper left part of his back.
ASSURANCES IN THE AREA
ZETA requested information on the activity of the authorities to block the transfer of drugs along the route they have identified, which is used by the "La Rana" cell.
The results are the following:
May 12, 2018. Personnel assigned to the Second Naval Region, in coordination with the Maritime Customs of Ensenada, secured ten sacks with 195 packages of white powder with the characteristics similar to cocaine -with an approximate weight of 193 kilograms- in a container that was in the Port of Ensenada. The shipment was part of the cargo of the vessel Sealand Philadelphia , the strange thing is that it came from Los Angeles, California, to the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.
November 26, 2018. In a surveillance overflight, the Navy of Mexico detected and seized 171 packages of marijuana that totaled 1,880 kilograms and 235 " crystal" packages that weighed 115 kilograms. The drug was transported by boat, in the vicinity of the Gulf of Santa Clara, north of San Felipe.
January 16, 2019. During a surveillance tour, military, naval and federal elements discovered 560 kilos of marijuana and 1,460 liters of fuel transported in a smaller vessel, which was abandoned in Faro Beach in Ensenada."
Wow, with reports like that you really don't need Netflex.
Okay, there is also going to be a drill I guess you would call it at the Otay POE this Wednesday starting at 6:00pm. We are due for rains here starting on Friday, lasting for five days, so the electricity will probably go out. More migrantes on their way and more returned migrantes - what I heard was that the US will be handing over twenty migrantes to the Mexican authorities starting this Friday while they wait for their hearings.
Hopefully these compression wraps will be winding up.
Take care, Paris says woof.