[JUST A LOT GOING ON DOWN THERE AT THE MOMENT. WE'VE SEEN THE IRAQI, GOOFEY AND OTHER HIGH RANKING PEOPLE THERE BUSTED. WE'VE ALSO SEEN UNPRECEDENTED VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POLICE. FOR NOW THEY ARE IN SEARCH OF THE "GNOME']
New leader of 'La Empresa' sought amid spike in border city drug trade violence; AG tells Mexican press he suspects police corruption
by: Julian Resendiz
Posted: May 29, 2020 / 04:03 PM MDT / Updated: May 29, 2020 / 04:03 PM MDT
JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The COVID-19 pandemic has barely slowed down the violence in this border city, where 195 people have been murdered in the past two months.
The bloodshed has spiked the past few days with the arrest of leaders of a gang known as La Empresa. Two police officers and nine gang members died in gun battles following the arrests of Jose Dolores Villegas Soto, a.k.a. “El Iraki,” or “The Iraqi,” and other prominent members of the group only identified by the nicknames “Uncle” and “Goofy.”
Other police officers’ homes have been shot at.
Chihuahua Attorney General Cesar Augusto Peniche this week told a newspaper that authorities are now after the new leader of La Empresa, the group he believes ordered 14 attacks on police in Juarez. The attacks were carried out by the Aztecas, one of the street gangs it controls.
Peniche only identified the suspect as “El Nomo,” or “The Gnome.” Reliable sources in Juarez say the man is Omar Alejandro G.S., the brother of jailed former La Empresa and Aztecas leader Gerardo Santana Garza, or Gerardo Garza Santana, a.k.a. “300.”
Mike Tapia, a sociologist and author of “Gangs in the El Paso-Juarez Borderland,” said six or seven gangs are mostly to blame for the current violence in Juarez.
Some of the gangs, like Barrio Azteca and Mexicles, actually originated in the U.S. prison system. As they were deported they found a place in Mexican drug cartels and later developed a new generation of much more violent followers.
“Things had calmed down in 2016 and 2017, but they started to pick up in 2018. Last year was very, very violent, and 2020 is shaping up the same,” Tapia said.
The warring gangs are either affiliated with the Sinaloa cartel or the local La Linea drug trafficking organization. The bloodshed stems from efforts to control drug-staging areas into the United States, Juarez’s growing consumer market or results from internal strife.
“A lot of the violence is because of the splintering. Things are decentralized. Groups are reforming. Allies aren’t allies anymore and enemies are working together on occasion,” Tapia said.
That’s the case with La Empresa, a fairly recent construct made up of a faction of the Aztecas, defectors from Sinaloa’s Mexicles and possibly funded by La Linea.
Peniche told El Diario the violent realignment of the past couple of years has left La Linea and Aztecas in control of 70 percent of the drug trade in Juarez today. La Linea is also winning the war against Sinaloa in the Chihuahua countryside.
“La Linea is more management. They’re higher up in the chain. Other groups operate on a street level,” Tapia said.
La Linea includes well-armed, highly trained police officers originally recruited by the Carrillo Fuentes family, he said. It may also include “legitimate” business people and corrupt cops, Peniche said.
“I have no doubt that, at the basic levels, traitors exist. People who sell information, that tips off regarding operations, who disclose investigations,” Peniche told El Diario. He added that some officers who “took money” and didn’t deliver have been targeted or threatened by the gangs.
Border Report reached this week reached out to Peniche’s office. His spokesman Carlos Huerta would only say the attorney general had been quoted accurately by the Mexican press.
Tapia said much mystery still surrounds the border drug trade. “There’s always the underlying question about what is real. Who are the victims? Are they involved? Why were they attacked?”
Meantime, the Chihuahua state police on Friday set up security checkpoints around the police station, which was shot up last week after the arrest of “The Iraqi.”
One of the main leaders of the criminal gang known as ``La Empresa´´, Omar Alfredo aka El Fredy, has been captured in Ciudad Juarez. La Empresa is apparently an enforcement cell at the orders of El Iraqui and El 300, affiliated to La Linea.
According to the official report issued by the State Government El Fredy had committed at least 50 murders, including a shootout against two bodyguards of the Governor Javier Corral Jurado and the armed agression against a National Geographic that was attacked while conducting an interview with a drug distributor which was killed in the middle of the interview
It seems that the remnants of the Juarez cartel and the aligned organizations such as La Linea are in the middle of the bullseye. Nevertheless as Parro mentioned, what the hell is going on in Chihuahua?
[THE STORY GETS EVEN MORE INTERESTING FOR THE FELIPE ANGELES MASSACRE. BACK IN 2015 SEVERAL BARRIO AZTECAS WERE CHARGED WITH THE MASSACRE. FOR ME, THIS WAS JUSTICE BASED ON WHAT I READ. NOW, TODAY FURTHER ARRESTS IN THIS CASE. I THEN SUSPECT THAT THIS IS POSSIBLY ANOTHER MASSACRE]
Original Story Source: https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2015/10/12/two-arrested-connection-jurez-massacre/73836400/
Today's Source: https://juarezhoy.com.mx/2020/06/10/dan-con-responsables-de-la-masacre-en-la-felipe-angeles/
Go to the latest source for the article, since it cannot be copied.
[JUAREZ GOING RETAIL. ADDICTING THE YOUTH, MAINLY METH, HAS BECOME STRONG LOCAL BUSINESS. FOR THE MANY POSTERS THAT STATE THE USA IS THE DEMAND PROBLEM, THEY HAVE MANY ACCOMPLICES, INCLUDING MEXICO ITSELF]
Sorry people, but divide into 2 PARTS to get the pics and videos in. If you're impatient, just go to the source: https://www.krqe.com/news/border-report/in-house-drug-sales-net-cartels-hundreds-of-millions-in-profits-in-juarez/
JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Faced with increased technology and security at the U.S. border, Mexican drug cartels are opting for selling more of their product at home.
In Juarez, for instance, the retail market for illicit narcotics has become a $234 million-a-year business that is fueling violence and turning more young people into addicts, officials said.
“(The cartels) are making $4.5 million per week in Juarez just selling, and that is not including trafficking to the U.S. That is why territory is so important to the different cells of organized crime and this has led to more violence,” said Jorge Nava, deputy attorney general for the state of Chihuahua.
Juarez finished June with 173 homicides. Most took place in working-class neighborhoods where gangs are selling drugs — primarily methamphetamine — out of homes and street corners and sending pushers to aggressively peddle drugs among the youth.
City officials like Mayor Armando Cabada say this fairly recent trend already is driving drug addiction rates up. He estimates that more than 100,000 people in Juarez are now regularly consuming drugs and is about to launch a campaign offering college scholarships to young people who agree to give up drugs.
“It’s a big market, it’s a big business, it’s a big problem … that’s why we see so many deaths,” Cabada said.
This development hasn’t gone unnoticed to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
“The retail drug market in Juarez is operating at present like it never has been before,” Kyle Williamson, special agent in charge of the DEA said in an earlier interview.” So you have these gangs that are trying to control […] the drug market in Juarez whereas before it was a transit point — drugs passed through. Now we’re seeing higher rates of addiction, higher rates of retail sales on the streets.”
On to PART 2:
PART 2, AND FINAL;
Questioned as to why drug activity and homicide rates continue to rise despite the arrests, Cabada blamed the judicial system.
“It’s very important that people caught with drugs, with guns aren’t set free so easily,” he said. “We have an impressive number of arrests of drug traffickers and murderers. Unfortunately, we see them back at work a couple of weeks later.”
He said Mexican lawmakers need to fine-tune criminal laws, prosecutors need to present iron-clad cases against suspects and judges shouldn’t treat hardcore, repeat offenders as if this were their first brush with the law.
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[JUAREZ GOING HI-TECH]
JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Drug cartels for years have used surveillance cameras to monitor the movement of Mexican police.
But now a border city is trying to turn the tables on criminals by installing high-definition cameras with facial recognition and license-plate reading capabilities in public places and the busiest streets.
The first 190 “smart” cameras are in test mode at undisclosed locations in Juarez. In the next year or so, a network of 1,078 additional devices will be up and running throughout the city, Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral said.
The cameras will be monitored at the new 911 call and Intelligence Center, known as CERI. Police officers equipped with tablets will also access the feed upon request.
“This is an unprecedented project […] Juarez will become one of the most-watched cities” in Latin America, Corral said at a teleconference on Thursday.
The goal is to dissuade criminals from conducting their activities in public places if they know they’re being watched. Juarez recorded nearly 1,500 murders last year and attributed most of them to drug cartel violence. The killings continue unabated, with more than 170 murders reported last month.
The cameras will be mounted atop utility poles. Some will be fixed, some will be able to rotate 360 degrees and some have special features such as the license-plate readers and facial recognition software.
The cameras also will spot stolen cars, which cartel hit squads use, then abandon, when they set off to kill rivals. And if a shooting takes place in the area under surveillance, police will be able to identify suspects and vehicles, Corral said.
“We want to strengthen crime prevention … and to improve investigations with images that can help us reconstruct these acts and see what routes the suspects used to flee,” he said.
The cameras and software cost the state and municipal government $11 million.
Juarez police officers are now equipped with tablets to file reports, receive information on suspects and, soon, to access the new video-camera grid. (photo courtesy City of Juarez)
The governor said CERI officers will also be able to link to the cellphones of people who have video of a crime in progress or a crime they witnessed and recorded.
The center located at one of Juarez’s police substation will be staffed by municipal, state and federal officers.
JUAREZ, Mex. (KTSM) — Drug cartels are reportedly trying to recruit Americans to help smuggle drugs.
Mexican authorities say drugs were stuck in Mexico and cartel groups were looking for ways to cross drugs into the U.S. because of bridge restrictions enacted due to the pandemic.
The Chihuahua Deputy Attorney General says over the last few weeks there has been a significant increase in the number of detentions of American citizens. They say so far, 36 have been arrested and more than 450 pounds of drugs like meth, cocaine, and heroin have been confiscated.
[I DON'T KNOW ABOUT AN ENGINE BLOCK UNDER A HOOD. THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE GOOD PLANNING. ALSO, SEEMS THE DRUGS WOULD HEAT UP AND MELT THE PLASTIC]
JUAREZ, Mex. (KTSM) — The Chihuahua Attorney General Cesar Augusto Peniche says about 26 homicides in Juarez in the last 72 hours are attributed to a quickly escalating war between the Aztecas gang and the La Empresa Cartel who are fighting for control of the City.
Monday, the Alfonso Durazo, the Federal Security Secretary, said they’d detected a reduction in the violence rates in Juarez. However, the latest developments show that violence in the city is not stopping anytime soon. As of July 21, there have been 969 murders
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