The problem of human trafficking continues in Tijuana and Mexicali

The problem of human trafficking continues in Tijuana and Mexicali

Sep 25, 2017

“During 2017, only 14 cases for the crime of human trafficking in its different forms have been reported in Baja California, according to the records of the investigating authorities”, said the director of the Binational Red Hearts Foundation (Fundación Red Binacional de Corazones AC), Alma Tucker. In the framework of the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children September 23rd, (Día Internacional Contra la Explotación Sexual y el Tráfico de Mujeres, Niños y Niñas) it was revealed that the UN elaborated a national diagnosis on the situation of human trafficking in Mexico, placing Tijuana and Mexicali under the spotlight regarding this problem. In a press release, she expressed the discontent of civil associations, such as the one she leads, in the absence of a clear strategy to reduce and eradicate Sexual Exploitation and People Trafficking, ensuring that there is a lack of budget and political will to address the issue. In a period of time between 2011 and 2017, a total of 262 cases have been registered in the state of Baja California. Although the General Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Trafficking in Persons was instituted in Baja California back in 2011, for the protection and assistance to victims of these crimes , it has not generated the expected impact. Tucker underlined that active campaigns are needed both for the location of victims and for prevention of these crimes, such as in 2012, when the City of Tijuana conducted a large campaign that was able to release a total of 100 victims. The activist said that this problem continues and it is necessary to raise awareness among authorities of the three orders of government along with the civil society, on the negative consequences that this crime brings, such as the separation of families, and the total destruction of the victim’s lives. Alma Tucker made a call to the authorities to address the problem, and come up with solutions....

Clandestine outlets found in PEMEX pipelines on the Tijuana-Mexicali highway

Clandestine outlets found in PEMEX pipelines on the Tijuana-Mexicali highway

Sep 21, 2017

Tijuana, Baja California.- Three clandestine outlets in Petróleos Mexicanos pipelines (Pemex) were located on the Tecate stretch of the Tijuana-Mexicali highway. Agents of the Federal Police reinforced the safety and patrolling operations in the area to avoid oil leaks that could lead to an explosion. One of the illegal taps was found in the rural area of Ciénega Redonda, in Tecate. An illegal substraction valve was found in an excavation about three feet deep. The second one was located on a dirt road in the rural area of ​​Rancho El Encinal. As in the first case, a clandestine duct and a subtraction valve were found. Just a few kilometers ahead the third illegal pipeline was detecte by the law enforcement agents.   The discoveries were reported to Pemex’s technical staff in the Rosarito-Mexicali branch, so they could send experts to disable these clandestine outlets. In addition, the case was turned to the Federal Public Prosecutor....

‘Narcos’ filmmaker shot dead while scouting for locations in rural Mexico

‘Narcos’ filmmaker shot dead while scouting for locations in rural Mexico

Sep 18, 2017

A location scout for hit Netflix show “Narcos” has been shot dead in Mexico while looking for places to film the programme’s fourth season. Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his car – his body riddled with bullets – in a violent region of central Mexico that lies 60km from Mexico City. Munoz Portal, whose scouting credits include the James Bond film “Spectre” as well as “Fast & Furious” and “Sicario” was killed Monday in a remote town called Temascalapa, in Mexico state, according to local media. Nationwide murders hit a record high in May, according to the latest official data: 2,186 homicides, an average of 70 a day and the most since the country began keeping track 20 years ago. The violence is fuelled by powerful, ultra-violent drug cartels and criminal gangs. Since Mexico deployed the military to fight organized crime in 2006, a wave of bloodshed has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing, as rival cartels wage war on each other and the army. Netflix said in a statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” adding: “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.” Claudio Barrera, a spokesperson for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico, could only speculate as to what happened to Portal since there are no known witnesses to his death, according to local reports. Portal’s last Instagram post was shared Sunday of a field in his hometown of Puebla, Mexico. A friend of Portal’s, who was pictured with him in an image on Facebook, shared a post suggesting that the truth behind the death may never be known. The programme stars Pedro Pascal as a police officer in pursuit of drug cartels Credit:  Juan Pablo Gutierrez/NETFLIX “We will not know if it is an isolated incident of violence or has to do with organized crime and the content of the program will probably never know,” the post read. Crime series “Narcos,” which Netflix created as its entry into the potentially lucrative Latin American market, chronicles the rise and fall of Colombian drug lords in the 1980s and 90s. Its...

US Embassy Donates Canine Agents to BC Correctional System

US Embassy Donates Canine Agents to BC Correctional System

Sep 17, 2017

MEXICALI, B.C., September 14, 2017.- New canine agents specialized in the detection of prohibited substances will reinforce the K9 Unit at the Penitentiary System in Baja California, after the donation made by the US Embassy in Mexico of two trained dogs. Baja California was one of the 9 states benefited by this type of donation, made a few weeks ago by US authorities within the Merida Initiative program, which strengthens the binational relationship in security and social reintegration. In addition to the so-called Intelligent Customs in criminal cases, surveillance and supervision protocols are also established through the K9 binomials, which allows the detection of persons attempting to enter with illegal substances or other banned objects, which contributes to a better control within prisons. Baja California was selected by the U.S. Embassy for the correct application of social reintegration programs, security, technology and infrastructure of first level, in addition to national and international accreditations in different areas. Having a corporation equipped and prepared as the State Security Police and Prison Custody is essential to preserve discipline and order in prison facilities, as well as to provide security to more than 11,500 inmates in Baja California. On several occasions, the Secretary of Public Security has worked in various aspects with the US Government, such as police training, exchange and capture of international fugitives, as well as matters of social reintegration and technology in penitentiary security.   Source: Gobierno del Estado de Baja...

Severed heads in party hats found in Veracruz

Severed heads in party hats found in Veracruz

Sep 16, 2017

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three dead bodies were found decorated with the colors of Mexico’s national flag just ahead of Independence Day in the state of Veracruz, authorities said Thursday. A Veracruz prosecutor’s office employee said the corpses were wrapped mummy-style in plastic and tape, with severed heads stuffed into straw party hats painted red and green. Such hats are typically worn during the country’s Sept. 15-16 independence celebrations. The bodies were found Wednesday in a park in the state capital, Xalapa, according to the employee, who was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Authorities also reported that two men and a woman were shot dead at a bar Tuesday in the central state of Guanajuato. Masked attackers sprayed the victims with bullets as they sat at a table, wounding two other women and another man who was in serious condition. Officials initially said five were killed but later revised the toll. Guanajuato state prosecutor Carlos Zamarripa said the killings in Irapuato appeared to be a directed attack against the men. Guanajuato has long been spared the worst of the drug gang violence seen in other parts of Mexico, but in recent months insecurity has spiked as the state becomes a hot spot for other crimes such as the theft of diesel and gasoline from government pipelines.   On Thursday, state prosecutors reported a fleet of tanker trucks carrying stolen fuel had been located in the city of Salamanca, also in Guanajuato. The office said the nine trucks with 54,000 gallons of fuel were found in an empty lot. Fuel theft has become a serious problem in Mexico as thieves grow more daring and more willing to attack police and soldiers. On Wednesday, police in the state of Puebla arrested seven people who allegedly threw rocks at officers trying to confiscate two pickups carrying stolen fuel. Townspeople in Puebla have increasingly defended fuel thieves, who are said to pay residents to assist them.  ...

U.S. sanctions Mexican firms allegedly linked to narcos

U.S. sanctions Mexican firms allegedly linked to narcos

Sep 16, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City distributed this news release from the U.S. Treasury Department about sanctions imposed on Mexican entities and individuals linked to CJNG and the Los Cuinis drug trafficking organizations   OFAC Designates Four Entities and Three Individuals in the Guadalajara, Mexico Area   WASHINGTON – On Thursday Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four Mexican entities and three Mexican individuals linked to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (Los Cuinis DTO), the Los Cuinis DTO leader Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, or their associates as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  These sanctions apply continued pressure to these allied Mexican drug trafficking organizations, which OFAC designated on April 8, 2015, and their leadership.  As a result of today’s action, any assets these designees have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. “Treasury continues to untangle and expose the web of businesses controlled by designated Mexican drug kingpins and their expansive trafficking networks,” said OFAC Director John E. Smith.  “Anyone who considers engaging in business with these cartels should know that we will continue to take strong action against these groups and their businesses to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse.” Abigael Gonzalez Valencia-alias El Cuini. (PHOTO: milenio.com One of the entities designated today is Operadora Los Famosos, S.A. de C.V., a company which does business as Kenzo Sushi.  This restaurant, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is the successor entity to Mizu Sushi Lounge.  OFAC designated Mizu Sushi Lounge on September 17, 2015 because it provided material assistance to the drug trafficking activities of CJNG.  OFAC also designated today Alfonso Corona Romero and Edgar Alfonso Corona Robles, father and son, who are the nominal owners of Operadora Los Famosos, S.A. de C.V.  Corona Romero and Corona Robles act as front persons for CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO.   Comercializadora Trade Clear, S.A. de C.V., which does business as Bake and Kitchen and is tied to Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, was also designated today.  This bakery and restaurant is...