Crime and corruption in San Felipe

Meet Sunshine Rodríguez Peña, leader of the fishermen in San Felipe, Baja California.

In San Felipe, Sunshine shines. He is feared or revered. The street says he is not a fisherman, he is a real estate businessman, and that his leadership arose naturally. When he is asked about the totoaba, he points elsewhere.

“The Chinese come, they hire people. They come with people, and you know what? Some little guy says to buy him totoaba bladders, here is 100,000 dollars, buy all you can,” says Sunshine.

For the environmentalists, Sunshine is the leader, the leader of the mafia, the totoaba bladder mafia.

Sunshine knows that the authorities have him in their sights, but not as a leader, but as the visible face of totoaba bladder trafficking organization, which is presumable headed by this man, Oscar Parra. He is no fishermen, nor are his friends.

According to government intelligence sources consulted by Despierta, Oscar Parra Aispuro, alias “El Patrón,” “Tekle” or “Tekolin,” is the leader of the criminal organization which trafficks in the totoaba bladder in San Felipe, Baja California.

His brother, Gastón Eduardo Parra Aispuro, was arrested last October 12 in an operation with federal Gendarmes and the Navy. They seized money, bullets, drugs and 17 totoaba bladders.…ta-marina/

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Horse meat sold as beef in Mexico

Translated by Fulano from an article in

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Mexico City – Unimpaired by the lack of strict health controls, unscrupulous butchers and merchants in five Mexican states are supplying Mexican’s dinner tables with horse meat and saying it is beef.

This is one of the conclusions issued in a study sponsored by the non-governmental organization the International Humane Society, which identified cases of sales of horse meat as if it was beeg in butcher shops, markets, flea markets and street venders.

The investigation was headed up by María Salud Rubio and Juan Francisco Hernández, experts from the Veterinarian School at the UNAM, and is based upon the analysis of 433 samples of raw and cooked meat sold in tacos, gorditas, burritos and as breaded filets of beef.

The samples examined were collected from 157 businesses in Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Pachuca and San Vicente Chicoloapan.

According to the laboratory results, 10% of the samples examined tested positive as horse meat.

Ground meat is the food most likely to be disguised, with some 42% of the samples testing positive for horse meat.

The testing also detected the presence of clenbuterol, which is prohibited in food. Some 65% of the samples which turned out to be horse meat were contaminated with this chemical substance.

Mexico is the second largest producer of horse meat in the world, after China. The industry in Mexico has grown since the closing of horse slaughterhouses in the United States in 2007.

The European Union, a large consumer of horse meat, mainly in sausages, vetoed the importation of horse meat from Mexico in 2015 when it failed to comply with health requirements, safety and food safety standards.


Violence strikes Rosarito doctors, demand security

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Just like all the other productive sectors of Rosarito society, doctors have not been safe from the havoc of crime.

For the president of the Rosarito Medical College, Héctor Veláquez Suárez, the crime is perhaps the main problem affecting the medical field.

“Clearly we are affected, because we spend time closed up in our medical offices, not knowing who will enter or what will happen to us. Some have restricted home visits. We no longer go out at night for medical consultations. We send everybody to the hospitals, because now we have to live with the rsik of being kidnapped, an extortion or a robbery.”

Two of our companions were crime victims in their own medical offices, where they were locked up in the bathroom, tied up and robbed. Fortunately, they were not hurt, but they were robbed of computers and personal objects. A doctor was kidnapped from a hospital, he was extorted into leaving and he was held captive for eight hours in a hotel until he was freed.

“Personally I have received extortion phone calls. The truth is we are very vulnerable, because our work is to serve the community, we are healthcare providers, but we need help from the authorities,” said the medical college leader in an interview during a dinner dance for Doctors’ Day, last Saturday October 21, 2017.

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La Grillito robbed in La Paz. They took her doll named Alberto

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS

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La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS). “La Grillito” (the Cricket), one of the most emblematic persons in La Paz, was a robbery victim, said members at a taxi stand if front of the Sears on calle 16 de Septiembre, in downtown La Paz.

According to the statements, a group of vagrants stole the true companion of María de Jesús Sánchez Velázquez, also called “La Grillito.” The doll represented to her her dead husband named Alberto.

However, the taxi drivers say this is just one more piece of her bad luck, as a little while ago her close nephew died. He was run over in Ciudad Constitución, and she went there to see him.

They say La Grillito had given her wheel chair to her nephew to help him recover, however he died from his injuries.

Finally, drivers at the taxi stand, have petitioned the population to see if anybody has another doll which looks like the one stolen to give her, as that doll was, “her only friend and for her it is a mannequin,” they say.

María de Jesús was born in Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit on May 7, 1934, and lived in Sinaloa for some years. She finally came to Baja California Sur with her mother to live with her sister.

“La Grillito” has had poor eyesight since birth. According to her, the doll Alberto is a representation of her husband, named Alberto, and who was very short of stature, measuring only 45 inches tall.


No Halloween joy for Tijuana adults

Translated by Fulano from an article in

TIJUANA, Baja California – Any adults who wear masks on Halloween which cover their faces will be subject to a fine or could be arrested for up to 36 hours.

The Chief of Police, Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, said that in accordance with Tijuana Regulation Article 67, it is prohibited to use disguises who cause disturbances of the peace or threaten people’s safety.

“We ask that faces by uncovered, this is important for us because we do not want criminals taking advantage of the holiday to commit crimes and in some manner hide among all the people who enjoying themselves legally. We understand this could be a bother, but we ask for your cooperation,” he said.

The fines can run from 80 to 400 pesos if a person has his face covered and does not disturb the peace. But a person is wearing a mask and is disturbing the peace, the fine could reach 4,800 pesos (US$275).


Rosarito public official accused of robbery from the elderly

Translated by Fulano from a post in Primo Tapia al Día.

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Members of the Casa del Abuelo (Home for the Elderly) which belong to the the group Hilos de Plata (Silver Threads) meet every Tuesday. They complained that a worker for Rosarito’s Department of Family Services, named “Rosy,” took 700 pesos (US$40) that they had collected weekly.

They said that this “Rosy” took over charge of the property, and from that moment on problems started. Right now the elderly owe 500 pesos to a nearby store where they purchase food, but the social worker has taken the money.

Formal charges will be made if the Department of Family Services does not take action in this matter a force the official to put back the money which belongs to the elderly.

In another event, they said they witnessed how the Casa del Abuelo had collected donations for months for the earthquake victims in Mexico City, but personnel from Family Services have been taking the money for themselves a little bit at a time.


State of alert declared in Ensenada

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

ENSENADA, BC October 19, 2017 – Ensenada Municipal Police Headquarters and the Federal Attorney General reported that during the night and early morning of Thursday there were eight people reported dead and laying on the ground in different parts of Ensenada. All of them had obvious signs of physical violence and were naked.

The Coroner said the bodies were of six men and two women, and were tossed in residential areas, such as the Nueva Ensenada subdivision, another two in Maneadero, and the rest in the Villa Fontana subdivision, El Sauzal, La Esperanza and Vicente Guerrero, south of the city.

For this reason, Mayor Marco Novelo Osuna declared a state of alert and said these homicides are a red light, and it will be necessary for the Gendarmes to remain in the city and the state government must send more police officers.


Rosarito tourist sector businessmen worried over drop in sales

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito

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The drastic drop-off in sales in the tourist sector has started to worry merchants.

Confirmation of the drop in tourism was seen at the end of September, with the reduced number of cyclists participating in the Biannual Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride. In prior events, it took 45 minutes to leave the city due to the number of participants. This time around all had left in 15 minutes. In other words, the number of cyclists was only one-third of those who had come for prior rides.

While some have the hope this was just a seasonal drop-off for winter, others think the effects of crime are now hitting the tourist sector.

The president of COTUCO, who is also an artisan and businessman on Boulevard Popotal, said that starting with September, after a travel alert issued by the US Department of State on hte violence in Baja California, there has been a drastic fall-off of foreign tourists. Rafael Crosthwaite, president of the CCE and also a merchant on boulevard Popotal, agrees with him and added that “we are not even making enough to pay our employees.”

“I think the closing of the San Ysidro border had little affect, I believe it is more a matter of the crime, but it would be correct to wait a little more to confirm that. This weekend will be decisive. We are going to see if the crime is now affecting us,” maintained Javier Rodríguez González, a tourist shop operator.

For the art galleries, the last two months have been economically devastating, as with the drop in American tourism, who are their main customers, their sales fell off more than normal.

“Yes, we are way down in sales. We are waiting for a customer to come so we can pay the rent, but the truth is things have been very quiet after Labor Day,” said Leonel Pineda, a tourist whop operator.

The restaurant sector is also suffering from a drop in sales.

Just as with some of the shop keepers at the artisans market, Norma Gutiérrez Espinoza thinks there are various reasons which caused the drop-off.

One of these are the travel alerts issued by the American government to its citizens, which were derived from the various violent events reported in Baja California.

“Our customers tell us that the alerts are everywhere in the United States. This is impacting us greatly. We have seen very low sales since Labor Day. We recovered a little with the Bike Ride, but not like we had expected. The truth is there were very few participants and we do not know if it was the lack of coordination, because is was very expensive, or because people people fear coming to Rosarito due to the travel alerts.  People are discouraged and I think the earthquake also had some affect,” bemoaned Norma Gutiérrez.

Tourist hotels have reported they had an increase in tourism this year, up until the end of August, but in September and so far in October, tourism has fallen in comparison to the same months in prior years.


Clues to murder of Rosarito’s Victor Loza found on Facebook

Translated by Fulano from an article in

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A Facebook conversation which was left open on the victim’s computer was one of the many clues left behind by the presumed murderers of Rosarito businessman Víctor Loza Bazán, when his lover prepared an ambush along with her new boyfriend in an Ensenada Hotel.

This Monday, October 9, 2017, witnesses, videos, photographs and even data produced by the autopsy, showed that even one month before the murder, the two suspected murders were linked to the process.

During a hearing, it was revealed that even though the body of Victor Loza was found September 6, he had been killed the day before, September 5, a little after 3:30PM, when while in his automobile he registered at the Hotel Dubai in Ensenada, on avenida Esmeralda, between Pedro Loyola and Bulevar Costero, accompanied by his lover Erika and her boyfriend, José Roberto.

His arrival in a Mazda SUV, owned by his wife, was recorded on the hotel’s video from different angles, as well as his entrance into Room 22, where after parking his car, the metal garage door was closed at at exactly 3:30PM.

Two hours after arriving, at 5:06PM, the car left the location with two people in it, leaving the victim in the room, who bled out from the 16 knife wounds to his thorax, abdomen and face from his attackers.

The body of Victor Loza was found between sheet covered in blood one day later, by a person who entered to clean the room.

The body was taken to the coroner, where on September 7 there was an autopsy in which an expert he had died between 40 and 45 hours earlier, the time which coincides with the moment he arrived at 3:30PM and the fleeing of his murderers at 5:06PM the afternoon of September 5, 2017.

While this was going on, at the now dead victim’s home, his family had noticed his absence, even though his wife was traveling. One of his children recalled that the last day he was seen was September 4, but could not see where he had returned home, but did not view that as important at the time. On September 5, there was no signs of Victor all day long and the next day. Worried about his absence and that he had not called, his son decided to go looking for him in Rosarito where they lived, but was unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, September 5, he found a Facebook conversation on Victor’s computer when Victor had left open and which had messages from Erika, the women he knew was his father’s lover, and with whom he knew he had a relationship for around 15 years.

On the computer, he read how the businessman had agreed with the woman to meet her in Ensenada and there were messages on September 5 where they agreed to meet at the Oxxo that is not far from the Hotel Dubai on avenida Pedro Loyola. These messages ended when Victor posted that he was at the traffic light.

After reading the messages, Victor’s son contacted Erika on Facebook to ask if his father was with her, and then he told her he already knew he was with her and to please tell his father to call him. There was no response.

One day later, on Wednesday, September 6, Erika responded and told him that 3 or 4 days earlier Victor had told her he was meeting somebody at the bus station and then he would be going to San Felipe and she had not seen him since.

On Thursday, Victor’s wife returned from her trip and saw her husband and her Mazda which he drove, but was registered to her, were not there.

On Friday she filed a missing persons report on her husband with the deputy prosecutor in Rosarito, and on Saturday she received a call from an Ensenada police officer telling her she should come to Ensenada to see body they thought was her husband.

On that same day, after recognizing the body, she filed a complaint for murder and car theft.

Meanwhile, police had interviewed witnesses, collected evidence and videos from the hotel, which were added to the Facebook conversation and allowed them to locate the two presumed murderers, Erika the businessman’s lover and her boyfriend José Roberto.

The vehicle was also recovered

With the evidence collected and other evidence, the Public Minister obtained an arrest warrant and both were captured. They were formally charged the next day and this Monday, October 9, were formally joined to the judicial process.

This was despite the fact their defense lawyer tried to have the witnesses identifying the murderers from photographs of the couple thrown out as evidence because there was no defense attorney present at the time. However, the judge said the argument to disqualify their identification was was absurd, as it was a part of the investigation used to charge them.

This Monday, both of the accused murderers remain imprisoned for the crime of murder and car theft. The prosecutor has asked for three months to continue with the investigation, including any criminal records of the couple. The trial is set for January 9, 2018.