Clandestine drug grave with more than 150 remains found in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in Proceso.com.

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MEXICO CITY – Activists looking for missing relatives reported the discovery of a drug grave with around 150 human remains near a property contiguous with a place called “La Gallera,” in colonia Maclovio Rojas, in Tijuana, Baja California.

Fernando Oceguera Flores, president of the United Association of the Missing in Baja California, said they have still not established how many bodies have been found, among the femurs, skulls, arms and teeth and others which need to be DNA tested.

He detailed that it was thanks to information provided by a person who was arrested two months ago that they found the grave site, together with the science division of the federal Attorney General, the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime and the Gendarmes and a team from the Federal Police.

Oceguera Flores said that the property is being guarded by the federal police, and they will continue with their search efforts until the site is completely cleaned of human remains.

The activist said that federal police were fully committed to lead the operation and the corresponding investigations to identify the bodies.

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Mexico’s consumer protection agency suspends Blue Net Hospital in Cabo San Lucas

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

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Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – The Federal Consumer Protection Agency’s Baja California Sur (Profeco) office placed suspension seals on the Blue Net de Cabo San Lucas Hospital for violations of consumer protection laws, according to Profeco representative  Isaías González Nava.

The federal official said they received a complaint from tourists, who said they were financially affected, and their priorities is to defend the laws so transactions can be efficient and made with confidence.

“We acted immediately and went ahead and suspended the private hospital from providing services. We found they were not using the services contract registered with Profeco, which impacts the pocketbooks of hospital patients,” he said.

As in the rest of the state, as in this tourist destination, Mexican and foreign tourists are provided attention so they can have a pleasant stay and not be financially impacted, make intelligent purchases of articles and services. He stressed that the United States has issued an alert to tourists who travel to Mexico to go to Profeco if they are dissatisfied with the services they receive. As such, Profeco has received complaints and is providing confidence to those who visit Mexico.

The Blue Net Hospital is located at kilometer 6.3 on the Transpeninsular Highway, in colonia Cabo Bello.

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Demand permanent presence of Navy in Popotla

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito

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Worried due to the increase in violence in Popotla, the result of a territorial dispute over the transfer of drugs, merchants in the area demanded the permanent presence of the Mexican Navy.

The petition was motivated by the mega operations a few weeks ago, where the Navy was deployed in Popotla and inhibited some of the violent events.

“It was a very good operation. The violence calmed down a little as did the fights between the groups, but we need there to be a permanent presence because the violence will return again,” said one of the few restaurateurs who is in favor having the Navy presence in the area.

Those complaining said that recently the violence in Popotla has increased to levels never before seen. Although many of the violent events are not reported, they cause fear among the residents and merchants who are aware of the situation.

“What is published in the news media cannot be compared with what is really happening here in Popotla. We have seen very ugly acts of violence, body parts laying around, dead bodies in boats, fights between gangs fighting over the territory…

Popotla continues being the location were everything is moved by sea, and many people use the boats,” complained a resident.

In spite of the presence of the military checkpoint on the free road, the violent events have not diminished in Popotla, until a few weeks ago the Navy carried out the mega operation.

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A 2015 report revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in Mexico is illegal

Tourists injuries from adulterated alcohol prompt more inspections of Mexican bars and restaurants

Due to increasing reports of tourists suffering from adulterated alcohol poisoning, as well as from hotels, bars and nightclubs watering down their products (or selling outdated alcoholic beverages), these establishments will undergo several revisions by the COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk, a regulatory body of the Mexican government).

A recent (January 2017) and internationally-publicized case is that of Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old woman from Wisconsin, who was found brain dead floating in a Playa del Carmen hotel pool next to her brother after they went out the night prior and had a couple of drinks with a group of men. Her family alleges that the alcohol must have been adulterated and that this is common in hotels from the zone.

A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, produced under unregulated procedures resulting in potentially hazardous mixtures.

According to a report [2017] by the COFEPRIS, Mexican health authorities have seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010. Such numbers are not only from small local establishments, but also from hotels and other entertainment areas.

The mixtures they make with this type of alcohol can worsen people’s health in minutes; both their safety and well-being are in danger. They can lose consciousness, harm themselves and even die; without even knowing what they did. This can be corroborated by interviews and hospital records of nearly a dozen travelers and relatives of people who have died or were injured in the resorts.

Sol Mexico News

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2017 is the most violent year in the history of Ensenada

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

Historically in this municipality, so far in 2017 there have been 101 murders, which represents an increase of 238 percent when compared to the most violent year in the past decade. Official statistics indicate that in 2008 there were 73 murders in Ensenada, in 2016 there were 68, 2012, 63; 2007, 61; 2013, 56; 2006, 54; 2011, 54; 2014, 50; 2015, 48; 2004, 47; 2005, 41; and 2010, 41.

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Governor of Baja California Sur vetos new law to allow right of self defense

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

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“The Government of Baja California Sur reaffirms it commitment to the absolute respect for the law and the rule of law, which are indispensable for a just, equitable and democratic society,” said the chief of the Office of the Executive, Carlos Amed Rochín Álvarez, after revealing the veto of the state government of the reforms to the penal code regarding the use of legitimate self defense.

The official said that faced with the consequences which could be generated, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis presented his observations to the State Congress, supported by his constitutional right to veto laws or degrees made by Congress, which occur in the last stages of the legislative process.

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Speeding things up with a bribe

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

In 2016, public sector agencies collected 1.6 billion pesos (US$90 million) in bribes from the business sector.

MEXICO CITY, July 4, 2017 – According the National Survey of Regulatory Quality and Governmental Impact on Business, carried out by INEGI, on average every business in Mexico spends 12,243 pesos (US$680) in bribes.

82.2% of the companies, out of the 34,681 surveyed, said acts of corruption by public servants are frequent, above all for the speeding up of processes, avoiding fines and to obtain licenses and permits.

This is the first time that INEGI carried out a survey of this type. The exercise was done from October 31 to December 15, 2016.

Businesses surveyed belonged to the mining, manufacturing, construction, electricity, services, transports, commerce and communications.

Up to 10% of the GNP

Previously, other measures on the cost of corruption have been released, for example, the Center of Studies of Private Sector Economics, has said corruption constitutes up to 10% of the Gross National Product.

The INEGI survey determined that 561 or every 10,000 businesses which applied for government processes last year experienced at least one act of corruption.

Based upon business size, the large ones face the greatest measure of these kinds of practices, as the rate goes up to 1,317 for each 10,000 large businesses.

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The arrest of John Moreno Rutowsky

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

The arrest of John Moreno Rutowsky to answer to allegations of dispossession, death threats, fraud and breach of trust would not be transcendent were it not for the pseudo-activist’s past as the character who, far from being a social fighter, specializes In deceiving people to make a profit such as was the case with the Punta Lobos cooperative and the artificial conflict created by him for the sole purpose of getting money (1 million pesos) from Tres Santos developers.

The criminal career of this fake advocate for social causes led him to perpetrate alleged crimes that are being officially investigated, such as blocking the federal highways, aggression and threats using, for this, the humble fishermen who believed his insane proposals to get money from whom they considered as invaders of the beaches they used to launch their boats.

Polarizing the mood in the state by promoters who want to do whatever pleases them, all while claiming freedom of expression in an nonexistent situation of abuse, Moreno Rutowsky did what he wanted together with his accomplice Alex Matijas, when they planned the dispossession of a property from American citizen Cara Singleton after the now arrested Moreno offered to build a home for her while she lived in the United States. She negotiated the purchase and sale of the land and the building of the house for which she was sending large amounts of money to remodel the home. The story comes down to when Cara Singleton wanted to see the progress of the construction, she could see that the house was still under construction and the furniture she had ordered furnish “her” house, had been sold off to locals by John Moreno and his accomplice, Alex Matijas. It was Matijas who was in charge of threatening Singleton with death, who he warned “don’t move because you will be carted away in little pieces.”

The foregoing, generated a report of facts to the authorities and last weekend, an arrest warrant was issued against the pseudo-activist who now will have to respond to the acts for which he is accused and, to his bad luck, there are videos that show the threats that John Moreno and Alex Matijas proffered, which makes them suspected criminals. Friends say that the arrest was due to the conflict between the fishing cooperatives of Puna Lobos and the real estate company Tres Santos. This has already been settled after Rutowsky made a nonexistent scandal with the cowardly intention of getting money from Tres Santos in return to stand aside so as not to hinder the construction activities of the tourist complex.

The foregoing story, is just one of the alleged illegal situations that this swindler would have to answer to. There is more “dirty laundry” where he has taken entire families to ruin just for his money making mania of inventing things.

The arrogant history of the pseudo environmentalist John Moreno prompted his accuser  to make a documentary that reveals the story that Rutowsky and Matijas perpetrated against Cara Singleton. Different media have spread the materials on their websites and several of them have received threats.

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Violence and anarchy worsens in Popotla

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

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Violence and anarchy has worsened in Popotla, affecting tourism and placing at risk the harmony between residents and merchants at the location.

News articles have reported some violent events in the area.

Semanario Zeta recently published an article which told how a family fell victim to a violent attack after complaining of illegal charges to enter the beach area with a vehicle.

Weeks earlier, a diner was beaten by a restaurant manager and waiters at a bar for the simple act of complaining he was getting a low exchange rate for the dollar.

In recent times, groups of people have appeared who say they own the plaza, and prohibit many people from taking photos of the restaurants.

There have also been fires reported which look like accidents, although later it was learned from the residents they were set as a result of the fights between groups of people fighting for control of the plaza.

These internal differences appear to be increasing, along with violent acts against visitors, placing the tourist image at risk.

All of this is happens within sight of the police authorities, who simply walk around like spectators.

Trying to justify his job, police chief Magdaleno Vázquez Luis, announced they are now looking at several restaurants in Popotla which are operating at the margin of the law, however to date he has not reported doing anything.

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