90 million pesos in cash secured at Tijuana International Airport

90 million pesos in cash secured at Tijuana International Airport

Jan 15, 2018

On Sunday January 14, the Federal Police secured 90 million pesos and arrested two people at the Tijuana International Airport, in Baja California. The National Security Commission (CNS) reported that federal agents carried out random inspections of different cargo containers at the controlled point of entry and exit, and observed that in a parcel and courier trailer two people claimed approximately 34 plastic bags that had safety bands. In response, the federal police approached both persons, who stated that it was a transfer of securities, so the officers requested the corresponding documentation to guarantee that the cargo was their property.     After reviewing the documents irregularities were found in the invoice, since when corroborating with the public site for the verification of tax receipts of the Tax Administration System (SAT) the document was canceled on January 11. Therefore, it did not support the legal origin of the money, apparently equivalent to a total of 90 million pesos in banknotes of different denominations, the CNS noted in a statement. Both suspects were read their Rights, and placed under custody of the corresponding authority (as well as the money), in order to determine legal responsibilities. Source:...

Thief detained in Mexicali removed the exhaust fan and escaped

Thief detained in Mexicali removed the exhaust fan and escaped

Jan 14, 2018

An suspect detained in one of the cells of the facilities of the Public Ministry in Mexicali, managed to escape by removing the air extractor located in the upper part of the wall. The incident generated a great mobilization by municipal police. According to information from the weekly Zeta, on Thursday January 11, around 4:00 p.m., personnel of the Public Ministry Agency realized what had happened and asked for the support of municipal and ministerial police to search for the fugitive, who had been previously arrested for theft. The Attorney General of the State of Baja California (PGJE) has not issued any information on this, but it was learned that this individual is named Pedro Alvarado, 25 years old, who was apprehended by municipal agents and transferred to the Comandancia of the Municipal Police. After the corresponding proceedings, it was turned to the Public Ministry, where before the carelessness of the authorities, he managed to remove the extractor from the wall and escape through the small hole without anyone noticing. Source:...

Three executions in less than one hour in Tijuana, BC

Three executions in less than one hour in Tijuana, BC

Jan 11, 2018

Three dead and one injured in less than an hour  on Thursday January 11, in Tijuana, Baja Caifornia. The first execution took place around 4:00 pm in Tijuana’s Colonia Reforma. where municipal officials and Red Cross rescuers arrived, to find a victim with a bullet in the head, and minutes later, paramedics declared him dead on site. The officers carried out a search operation in the area, without results so far. In another incident, a person was reported dead by bullet impact at Hacienda los Venados, also in Tijuana. Minutes later, local authorities were also notified of the death of a third subject, as well as one injured by a firearm in Villas de Baja California, Tijuana. Source:...

Sinaloa Cartel bigshot pleads guilty of drug trafficking in a USA Federal Court

Sinaloa Cartel bigshot pleads guilty of drug trafficking in a USA Federal Court

Jan 11, 2018

Sinaloa Cartel cell leader Damaso Lopez-Serrano aka “Mini Lic,” pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for purpose of unlawful importation following his self-surrender to U.S. law enforcement authorities at the Calexico West, Mexico Port of Entry on July 27, 2017. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman of the Southern District of California and Acting Special Agent in Charge Steve S. Woodland of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) San Diego made the announcement. Lopez-Serrano, 29, of Culiacan, Mexico, is believed to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leader ever to self-surrender in the United States. Lopez-Serrano pleaded guilty to all charges in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Diego on Aug. 19, 2016, charging him and five of his close associates with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine intended for importation and conspiracy to import methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. Lopez-Serrano also pleaded guilty to an indictment returned Dec. 4, 2016, in the Eastern District of Virginia by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine intended for importation. In a proceeding today before U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Lopez-Serrano accepted responsibility for his role as a leader within the Sinaloa Cartel, acknowledging that he organized the transportation and distribution of thousands of kilograms of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, for importation from Mexico into the United States. Lopez-Serrano also admitted to possessing firearms for the purpose of promoting the Sinaloa Cartel’s narcotics trafficking activities. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. before Judge Sabraw. “Damaso Lopez-Serrano’s conviction strikes a serious blow to the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel and its violent drug trafficking activities,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “The Administration, the Department and our law enforcement partners are steadfast in our commitment to pursuing and dismantling the international drug rings that poison our communities.” “Cartel leaders have two options – self-surrender or we will work with our counterparts to find you, arrest you and...

Mexican man who killed motorcyclist in Dallas caught trying to re-enter Texas at border

Mexican man who killed motorcyclist in Dallas caught trying to re-enter Texas at border

Jan 11, 2018

A Mexican national convicted in the 2011 death of a motorcyclist in Dallas was arrested on Saturday January 6, trying to illegally re-enter the USA, officials said. “Border Patrol agents followed footprints through a ranch south of Brackettville, near the Texas-Mexico border, and apprehended Alejandro Pardo-Castro, a Mexican ex convict”, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Pardo-Castro, 34, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in February 2012 in the death of Waxahachie resident Modena Dollison. Dollison, 43, was riding her motorcycle without a helmet on State Highway 161 near Interstate 20 when a pickup turned left in front of her and hit her. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police at the time said Pardo-Castro had no driver’s license and was in the U.S. illegally. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and deported to Mexico in 2013, Border Protection officials said. Pardo-Castro faces a charge of illegal re-entry after deportation, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He will remain in the U.S. until the case is adjudicated and any sentenced prison term is served, then will be deported again, Border Protection spokesman Dennis Smith said....

Tancítaro, “avocado capital of the world” has become an independent city-state: NYT

Tancítaro, “avocado capital of the world” has become an independent city-state: NYT

Jan 10, 2018

According to the New York Times, some Mexican towns are quietly breaking away, as they loose faith in the State. TANCÍTARO, Michoacán— The road to this agricultural town winds through the slums and cartel-controlled territory of Michoacán, ground zero for Mexico’s drug war, before arriving at a sight so strange it can seem like a mirage. Fifteen-foot stone turrets are staffed by men whose green uniforms belong to no official force. Beyond them, a statue of an avocado bears the inscription “avocado capital of the world.” And beyond the statue is Tancítaro, an island of safety and stability amid the most violent period in Mexico’s history. Local orchard owners, who export over $1 million in avocados per day, mostly to the United States, underwrite what has effectively become an independent city-state. Self-policing and self-governing, it is a sanctuary from drug cartels as well as from the Mexican state. Click here for full article on The New York Times Source: The New York...