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WATCH: Cartel Gunman Throws Grenades at U.S. Consulate in Mexico

Diplomatic Security Sit-Rep 12/24/2018

The U.S. government released a surveillance video from a recent grenade attack at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara. The FBI released the video to seek help in identifying two of the gunmen believed to have played a role in the attack.

Notice: Fbi-Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with other members of the U.S. public order forces. Uu. And Mexico, is looking for public assistance to know the identity of the people responsible for the grenade attack on November 30th to the U.S. Consulate building. Uu. In Guadalajara, Jalisco. To help in this effort, the FBI is launching the following images and videos of the two subjects that are presumed to be involved in the attack.

Suspect 1 (the supposed grenade launcher): Age: 25-35; height: Approximately 1.70-1.80 meters; complexion: thin; complexion: Dark; hair: Chestnut and short; eyes: Coffees; described by witnesses Dress a zipper hoodie with blue or grey hood, a white polo shirt, a black cap, dark jeans and white tennis.

Suspect 2 (person of interest who may have been involved): Age: 20-40; height: Approximately 1.70-1.80 meters; complexion: thin; complexion: Unknown; hair: shaved on the sides of the head and longer On the top; eyes: Unknown; described by witnesses to dress a dark color windbreaker with white letters or stripes on the back, clear colored pants and dark shoes with a bright emblem.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $ 20 in exchange for information that leads to the identification and arrest of these individuals. Anyone who has information about this incident or about the identity or whereabouts of these individuals must communicate with researchers to the free number 001-800-225-5324 or 33-3268-2349. all information will remain anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed. More Information: https://goo.gl/zhB2bR

This week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations released a surveillance video with images of two men who are believed to have been part of the team of gunmen who lobbed at least two grenades into the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara last month.

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Breitbart News first broke the story about the attack on the consulate building in one of Mexico’s busiest cities. Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco, a western state home to Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), a criminal organization that has become one of the leading cartels in Mexico. In the days after the attack. Several banners were posted throughout Guadalajara where CJNG claimed they were not behind the attack at the U.S. government building and the case was an attempt to damage the criminal organization’s reputation, Breitbart News reported.

Soon after the attack, the FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the criminal organization behind the attack.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and Stephen K. Bannon. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.

Tony Aranda from the Cartel Chronicles project contributed to this report. 


Mexican Mayoral Candidate Found Dead.

Ricardo Reyes Zamudio, a Mexican mayoral candidate, has been found dead after he was kidnapped Sunday while attending a funeral. 

His body was discovered Monday in Tayoltita, a rural mining town in the northwestern state of Durango, covered in bullet holes,BBC News reported

Zamudio was a member of the leftist Citizen’s Movement party and a candidate for mayor of the northern municipality of San Dimas. He is the third politician to be killed in less than a week, as Mexico is preparing for its first elections since last year’s presidential vote, set for July 7, Reuters reported.

“The cowardly killer of comrade Reyes is part of an alarming climate of violence and impunity, which seems to be aimed at inspiring terror … before the elections next Sunday,” said the Citizen’s Movement party in a statement. 

It remains unclear who was behind the killing. 

Zamudio’s death is the most recent in a string of violence against politicians this week. A candidate for the state legislature in Oaxaca was shot multiple times and is now in critical condition, just days after Nicolas Estrada, leader of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, was found dead by police, according to Reuters. 

Also this week, two political candidates in Sinaloa state, which neighbors Durango, dropped out of the race after a member of their coalition was killed. 

The Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s several powerful gangs, controls organized crime in the region, and is believed to be behind the rash of killings in the region.

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PRI State Assembly Candidate Wounded in Assassination Attempt.


A candidate in next week’s regional elections in Mexico has been critically injured in a gun attack in the south of the country.

Rosalia Palma, a candidate of the governing PRI party for the Oaxaca state assembly, was hit when her vehicle was fired on, officials said.

Her husband and an aide were killed.

Violence has marred the election campaign, the first since President Enrique Pena Nieto came to power last December.

He has promised to review Mexico’s “war on drugs” policy.

More than 70,000 people are estimated to have died in drug-related violence under the presidency of Felipe Calderon between 2006 and 2012.

Saturday’s attack comes two days after the leader of the left-wing Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in Oaxaca, Nicolas Estrada, was found dead with gunshot wounds.

On Friday, two candidates in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa dropped out of the race after a member of their coalition was killed.




Dallas Mining Company Executives Found Dead in Rio Santa Rio

Image Two men, reportedly the CEO and CFO of U.S.-based exploration firm Southridge Minerals found dead.

According to several local media outlets, their bodies were found dead floating down Rio Santa Rosa river by local farmers, on the border between the municipalities of Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit and Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco., local press reports
The bodies, corresponding to two men in their late 30s, were found by farmers of Ixtlan del Rio who were working their land near Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco. They also recovered a briefcase with documents revealing the names of Michel Davies and Derald Johnston, which are the names of Southridge Minerals’s CEO and CFO. The farmers said however, were forensic experts of Nayarit took bodies because they were in state territory.
The company has been involved in a recent controversy over its rights over the Cinco Minas project. The conflict worsened early this month, after a Canadian junior released an independent report revealing that Southridge’s Cinco Minas property has been non-operational for the past several years.
On February 5, Bandera Gold CEO Stephen Roehrig  released a statement claiming  “press releases issued by Southridge Enterprises, Inc. (‘SRGE’ or ‘Southridge’) contain false and misleading statements about current mining activity and SRGE’s alleged ownership of the Cinco Minas project.”This followed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement on December 28 that it had “temporarily suspended trading in the securities of Southridge because of questions regarding the accuracy of statements made by Southridge in press releases to investors concerning, among other things, the company’s business operations and arrangements.

Despite the U.S. company allegedly claiming the contrary, Canada’s Bandera Gold (TSXV:BGL) published a detailed report with photos and videos showing evidence the site and machinery have been “completely non-operational for some time.”

The Dallas-based firm, however, says in its website that it paid $7.5 million for exclusive concessions to mine the Cinco Minas and Gran Cabrera sites respectively located 100 and 135 kilometers northwest of Guadalajara in 2010. This fact is disputed by Bandera Gold, which claims ownership of both mines and displays the concession certificates on its website.
Sources: Mining.com, Periodico Express, Afmedios, Tequila Files, Photo: Cinco Minas


Armed suspects detonate 3 grenades near Nuevo Laredo US Consulate


A shootout between armed drug gangs took place last Thursday evening near the US Consulate in Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news account published on the website of La Tarde news daily said the gunfight took place near the intersection of Paseo Colon and Calle Allende at around 1920 hrs. No one was reported hurt in the incident.

The US Consulate is located near the intersection of calles Allende and Nayarit.

According to press reports, armed suspects from rivalling gangs shot at each other near the US Consulate.  Included in the exchanges of gunfire were the detonation of three hand grenades.

Reports say that intervention by Mexican security forces including Mexican Army and Policia Federal troops forced the armed groups to flee the scene.  No detentions were reported in the aftermath.

Nuevo Laredo was the scene of a mass execution where four individuals were shot to death last Monday. Three of the victims were identified as US citizens.  Unconfirmed reports in the area said that another five unidentified individuals were shot and killed as well.

Last February 1st, seven armed suspects were killed in an encounter with a Mexican Army road patrol near Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state.

Nuevo Laredo has been the focal point if an intense and bloody competition between the Los Zetas and Gulf Cartels.  Nuevo Laredo has been known to be in the past  Los Zetas territory until last summer, when several grisly incidents signalled that competition for control of the US border crossing was beginning.

Shootouts and Narcoblockades in Reynosa as Reports “El Gringo” is Dead

A confrontation between narocs and the military, has allegedly resulted in the death of  “El Gringo”.  El Gringo is the chief of the Plaza for  the Gulf Cartel.  This event sparked a series of “narco blockades and shootouts at different points in the city of Reynosa.
The Prosecutor’s Office of Tamaulipas sources confirmed that at 12: 30 p.m.  a clash between soldiers and armed men in nearby streets to Las Bugambilias colony.
Subsequently, around  13: 30 hours armed men began to steal cars and trucks to block important avenues such as Hidalgo, one Street East, the Beltway to Matamoros, even near the highway by th headquarters of the eighth military zone, which lies at the eastern part of the city.
Criminals were also fired in the air and at various streets they  threw, the so-called “ponchallantas”, a set of entangled nails that disable tires on military vehicles allowing criminal to escape.  Reports of shootings were also reported  through social networks like Twitter.
The United States Consulate in Monterrey, which controls the border of Tamaulipas area, reported that so far they have not felt it necessary to issue an alert to its citizens about the situation in Reynosa.
A spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office of Tamaulipas said that a statement will be issued in the next few hours to inform about the violent events of Reynosa and they will also confirm if “El Gringo” was shot down by the Army.
El Gringo was mentioned in the text of the Los Zetas  Narco Mantas that appeared  throughout the city of Nuevo Laredo on Sunday and Monday. 

40 Armed Men Attack Police station in Mexico

As many as 40 armed suspects attacked the facade of the police station and city hall in San Cristobal de la Barranca municipality in extreme northern Jalisco state Sunday morning, according to Mexican news reports.

A report on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily said that the suspects arrived aboard ten pickup trucks at about 0600 hrs, dismounted and then proceeded to fire on the police station.  The firing last five minutes.
The suspects then left board their vehicles in the direction of the nearby village of La Lobera.  The attack left no one hurt.  About 500 spent shell casing from AR-15 and AK-47 rifles were found at the scene.
San Cristobal de la Barranca is on the mountain highway Mexico Federal Highway 23 which connects Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state in the south with Teul de Gonzalez Ortega in Zacatecas state in the north.
The area since at least 2011 has been a scene of an intense and deadly competition between Los Zetas, and La Valencia Drug Cartel and Carteles Unidos, both of which are aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel.
That competition has led to large scale armed encounters between the groups, the bloodiest of which was an unconfirmed gunfight in San Cristobal de la Barranca municipality, which led to as many as 20 dead a year ago.





Cartel suspected in coordinated attack against Pepsi Subsidiary

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Prosecutors in northern Mexico say a drug cartel lieutenant has been detained in a series of firebombing attacks on a PepsiCo subsidiary, the Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas.

Experts say the weekend fire-bombings were the most violent and concerted attack on a private transnational company in Mexico to date in the country’s 5 1/2-year drug war.

The state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos oil company has suffered hundreds of non-violent fuel thefts from pipelines and the kidnapping of some of its employees. But Mexico’s drug cartels have usually not openly attacked large private companies.

In four attacks between Friday and Sunday, several warehouses and dozens of Sabritas delivery trucks were torched.

Prosecutors in Guanajuato state said Monday they have arrested several suspects including a lieutenant of the Knights Templar drug cartel in the attacks.

Ex-cop pleads guilty to organizing cartel hit squad.

(Reuters) – A former Mexican police officer accused of organizing a hit squad for the once-powerful Tijuana drug cartel pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court on Friday to racketeering and drug trafficking, prosecutors said.

Carlos Cosme, 36, was an officer with the Baja California State Attorney General’s Office when he hired a colleague to set up a hit squad for the Tijuana cartel, which dominated trafficking to California in the 1980s and 1990s.

That officer, Jose Ortega Nuno, a supervisor with the office’s sex crimes unit, pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in December 2011, prosecutors said.

Both men were among a group of 42 suspects arrested in California in July 2010.

The Tijuana cartel, which was run by the Arellano-Felix brothers, funneled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of narcotics to U.S. markets.

After the death and capture of many of its leaders over the past decade, including three Arellano-Felix brothers who headed the clan, the feared cartel is now a shadow of its former self.

The rival Sinaloa cartel, run by Mexico’s most-wanted man, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, has largely taken over the cartel’s valuable turf in Tijuana.

Cosme admitted to conspiring to commit murder and to selling and importing several pounds of methamphetamine for the Tijuana cartel in court, prosecutors said.

His guilty plea is the 39th conviction in a massive multi-agency effort to target drug cartel operations on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border that resulted in a 2010 indictment.

The lead defendant in that indictment, Armando Villareal-Heredia, was extradited to the United States to face charges earlier this week.

Cosme faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of more than $10 million. He will be sentenced on August 27.

In April, cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano-Felix was sentenced to 25 years in U.S. federal prison for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering.

His brother Ramon, the cartel’s flamboyant enforcer, died in a shoot-out in 2002. Francisco Javier is serving a life sentence in U.S. federal prison after being captured on a fishing boat in 2006. Eduardo is in jail in Mexico awaiting extradition.

Roughly 55,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in the past six years as rival cartels fight each other and government forces.



(Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Stacey Joyce)

Were the 49 people killed near Monterrey migrants?

As the days roll by it is looking more like the 49 killed in Cadereyta  were in fact migrants.  Additional information is slowly leaking to the public such as the facial features of the dead were those similar to Central Americans and people in the south of Mexico.

Contrary to early reports, not all victims were decapitated or dismembered, and not all were in black garbage bags, while victims were in bags others were tossed onto the highway without a bag or cover.
Milenio reports that a couple of victims bore tattoos of Santa Muerte , however that has not been confirmed, officially, it is  confirmed  a few bore tattoos.

There were persistent rumors that the dead included women and children.  Since Saturday night it is rumored that 2 of the six women were pregnant.
On Sunday morning I was sent photos that I did nothing with them as the victims were not in bags and although decapitated their limbs were for the most part intact. One of those photos is above.
Also persistent was a reported fact  there were two messages left at the scene.  In any case, cartulinas  (cards) have not been made public or its text.  Perhaps that should be the course of action, not to publicize the full message and text, thwarting the main objective of cartels in conducting these mass killings.
This Borderland Beat reporter has long retained the belief that the mass murder displays were constructed, either by majority or entirety, with innocent people unrelated to organized crime.  That position was reinforced after the Boca del Rio mass killings of 35.
One story that has been impossible to forget.  A mothers account of the last day she saw her 15 year old son, a high school student.  He raised chickens and on foot went to purchase feed.  Eye witnesses account declared that the child was placed in a municipal poilce car.  He was among the carnage in Boca del Rio.

A short time subsequent to the gruesome event, 100% of all the municipal force was fired due to corruption.  Many refused to take a polygraph and those who did failed.  This is not an isolated circumstance.  Cartels control municipalities in the cities and regions they conduct their criminal activities.