Military seizes over 3 tons of illegal lobster and sea turtle meat in Ensenada

Translated by Fulano from an article in Zeta Tijuana.

More than 3 tons of lobster and sea turtle meat were seized by soldiers from the 67th Infantry Battalion last Sunday, September 9, at a military roadblock, reported the Secretary of Defense in a press release.

The soldiers and authorities from the CONAPESCA searched a freezer truck at Ejido Ajusco, north of Santo Tómas. Most of the lobsters were undersize. They also found 450 pounds of sea turtle meat.

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Grandmother watches her grandson lynched, she could only cry

Translated by Fulano from an article in Uniradio Informa.

Petra Elia García is Alberto Flores’ grandmother. 22-year old Alberto was burned alive along with his uncle Ricardo Flires at the town square in Acatlán, Puebla.

She told how she arrive at the town square just as her grandson and his uncle were burning in flames, after the police turned them over to the mob. She could do nothing. She only cried as the crowd threw gasoline on them and burned them alive, according to the Periódico Central.

In the tumultuous mob, she could only listen as the crown demanded they be burned. They also mocked them, stole their cell phones and wallets. The also burned their vehicle which several other family members relied upon.

Likewise, José Guadalupe Flores saw his brother and his uncle laying on the ground. Ricardo was still breathing, he was still alive. But there was nothing he could do. Moments before he had run through the streets for the City Hall, looking for the mayor, he urged the police to intervene, asked for telephone number to call some authorities. Nobody offered any help.

Alberto Flores was 43 years old, and his nephew Ricardo Flores was just 22. Ricardo was studying law in Xalapa, but was on vacation for a few days.

He has several jobs to earn money to continue supporting his wife and three daughters, and to continue studying. He worked in the countryside, selling Telcel accessories and in construction.

The two victims had been parked outside a school, and drinking. One of the neighbors called the police and said there were two suspicious men parked, and did not know them and was worried they were child stealers. That little information was enough. That lit the fuse, and a simple rumor took the lives of Ricardo and Alberto, burned to death in the town square without any intervention by the police.

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Americans beaten and robbed in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

Three hooded men entered a home located on calle Via de las Olas, in downtown Rosarito, beat and tied up the occupants hands and feet and stole 160,000 pesos.

According to the police report, this happened a little after 3AM this Wednesday, when, according to the victims, who are Americans, they were inside a home when three hooded men arrived and started to beat them. They then tied them up hands and feet with grey tape.

The robbers took US$7,000 dollars and 32,700 pesos, also two cell phones and identifications.

The victims waited for the attackers to leave and then freed themselves and got into a SUV to find a police patrol for help. One of the victims received an injury to an eyebrow which required a suture.

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“This country murdered my daughter and thousands more”

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

GUADALAJARA, Jalisco, August 6, 2018 – Orlando is the father of two teenage daughters: Katia and Zulema who, together with his wife, Maricarmen, were kidnapped in April 2015 by a group of armed civilians who identified themselves as members of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Katy, 17, was murdered in front of her mother and sister. The three women were tortured for a month and a half in a part of ​​Tlajomulco municipality, where two clandestine graves were located two years later.

Orlando, originally from Zamora, Michoacán, said his wife and daughters were mistakenly kidnapped because the vehicle in which they were traveling was the same model as the family of one of the leaders of the “Los Viagras” criminal group, an organization with which they are fighting over territory in Michoacán.

The chemical engineer and agricultural consultant the states of Michoacán and Jalisco said that his wife and daughters were kidnapped when they went from Zamora to Guadalajara to go to the high school where the two girls studied.

Orlando and Maricarmen decided to enroll their daughters in a school in the capital of Jalisco, due to the wave of violence that hit the state of Michoacán, their homeland.

Katia and Zulema had been together with their mother in Guadalajara for two years when they were intercepted by an armed group on an April afternoon as they were traveling to Tlajomulco. They were forced to board another vehicle.

According to Orlando, the armed civilians insisted from the onset when they were kidnapped, that they tell their kidnappers where Juan Carlos Sierra Santana, “La Sopa”, was hiding. He is one of the leaders of “Los Viagras”, who was murdered in 2017.

“Don’t be an idiot, you are La Sopa’s whore, this is his truck. Tell us where he is hiding, who he comes to Jailsco with and we’ll let you go,” recalled Orlando of some of the phrases that they shouted at his wife.

Maricarmen insisted they did not know what they were talking about and it was then that they took the three women to a camp belonging to the criminal group, where they were tortured.

Orlando said that after several days, after finding out they had no relationship with any of the rival cartel members, the members of the Jalisco cartel opted to ask for a ransom of 4.5 million pesos from their relatives.

It was a million and a half pesos for each, and Orlando said that amount was unattainable, even with the sale of his house in Zamora or a couple of properties where he thought one day of planting “berries” and bequeathing them to his daughters.

Unable to pay the ransom, Zulema and Maricarmen were forced to witness the murder of Katia, whose body was not found. 44 days after being kidnapped, they were released in the La Barca municipality, Jalisco, on the border with the municipality of Briseñas, Michoacán, but not before being warned by the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación that “this was going to happen to all the fucking Michoacanos.”

After being treated by a trusted docto, Maricarmen and her daughter Zulema left the country. Orlando stayed a while longer to sell his properties and to cope with a life with his family abroad.

“It does not hurt to leave Mexico because this is the country where we were born, but also murdered my daughter and thousands of other innocents,” said Orlando, husband and father of three of the many victims left by the war between the Jalisco and Michoacan cartels, worsening the violence in those states.

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Beggars and street vendors damage Rosarito’s image

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Street vendors continue to proliferate in downtown Rosarito and with them there is damage to the image of the Tourist Zone, a problem which has gone out of control this Summer.

There are not only locations which have taken over the sidewalks, now there are people carrying with them, from candies, pastries, crafts, personal items and fantasy jewelry, who do not hesitate to enter restaurants and small businesses to offer their products to the customer, including begging for money from diners and customers.

As with every Summer, many children are made by their parents or guardians to sell candies in the streets and commercial establishments, or simple to beg for money from every passerby who walks by them. However, now there are also young adults who chase after the tourists to offer some product or beg for money.

Among the business operators, they warn of beggars who have entered restaurant kitchens to demand food, as with last Sunday, July 29, at a well-known seafood restaurant in the Tourist Zone. Among the beggars have been some Americans.

Enrique Muñoz, head of the Rosarito Office of Inspection, Verification and Street Regulations, reported that during the last weekend of July they had guards in the Tourist Zone, who removed women who had come from the interior of Mexico to beg for money on the streets, along with their children.

He added that during the first weekend of August they will try to carry out operations in coordination with Municipal Child Protective Services, to detect children who are put in the streets to work or to beg money from passersby.

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80% of foreclosed homes have been taken over by squatters

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

TIJUANA, Baja California, July 29, 2018 – The State Real Estate Council says that squatting in homes, mainly foreclosed homes, is a strong inhibitor of investments and it continues to exist in spite of fact it is a criminal offense under the Penal Code.

Gustavo Chacón Aubanel, president of the State Real Estate Council, reported that more than 80% of foreclosed homes have been taken over by squatters, which causes a serious affect on safety in different areas.

He said to get them out of the homes, these squatters extort investors, demanding money, which creates crime and reduces community development, which impacts investment in Baja California.

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Businessmen are closing or plan to close their businesses in Rosarito due to kidnappings

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Kidnappings and extortion have returned to Rosarito

While a young pharmacy businessman was kidnapped and freed after paying a ransom, the emblematic fruit and vegetable store La Serranita has closed its doors after the kidnapping of a young manager.

Regarding this last event, relatives said that criminals continued to threaten the victim after he was freed, sending him narco messages of threats, the motive by which they have decided to close the family business a week ago.

Regarding the kidnapping of the pharmacist, authorities have been keeping the issue a secret since the morning of Saturday, July 14, 2018, when the young man was kidnapped across from the Rosarito Beach Hotel in the tourist zone and in broad daylight.

At the beginning of this week, there was a story circulating that the young man had been freed alive, after the family paid a ransom which was thousands of dollars.

The stories say the young man was tortured for force the family to pay the ransom. They say he was freed with his nose broken and his ears very wounded from the torture methods used on him.

The stories also say the young man was held captive with other persons who had also been kidnapped and that one woman was executed at that location.

It is said the band of criminals doing the kidnappings have the appearance of ministerial police officers. It was said that days before the kidnapping, people who looked like ministerial police came to the pharmacy with a suspicious attitude and asked about some medication.

While businessmen and merchants live in fear of kidnappings, other have started to “pay extortion” to avoid being victims of criminal bands.

Owners of nightclubs said that charging extortion money has always been present in Rosarito, but now the conflicts and deaths are because of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is violently trying to take all the territory.

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Concern about the possibility of closing the Sea of Cortez

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

There is an advanced intention for the complete closure of the Sea of Cortez in its international and territorial waters, such that no industrial extractive activity is carried out, which has already generated a concern from the National Chamber of the Fishing Industry.

This initiative is driven by the environmental organization Coalition to Defend Mexico’s Seas (CODEMAR), which stresses the need to consider as a refuge the enitre Gulf of California and Pacific coasts of the Baja peninsula.

The president of the National Chamber of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CANAIPESCA), Humberto Becerra Batista, has been declared as against the closure of the Gulf of California to make it a protected natural area, because 1.2 million people depend on and are involved with the production of 60 percent of the seafood produced in Mexico.

He said that there is already an established industry around fishing in the Gulf of California, such as shipyards, freezing chambers, fishing fleets, etc.

Humberto Becerra Batista says that behind this proposal to close the Gulf of California is a “radical” Non-Governmental Organization that works for a group of mining, tourist and landowners in Baja California.

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Chinese mafia and Mexican drug cartels make up the Totoaba cartels report reveals

Translated by Fulano from an article in Excelsior.com.mx.

Mexico City, July 19, 2018 – After and 14-month undercover investigation, the Elephant Action League (EAL) revealed the composition, location and modus operandi of the “Totoaba Cartels,” made up of the Chines mafia and organized crime organization in Mexico. Due to the illegal catching of that fish, they have been baptized “the cocained of the sea,” and have put the vaquita porpoise at the edge of extinction.

“Operation Fake Gold,” led by an old FBI agent, the former captain of the Sea Shepherd group, crime analysis specialists and Andrea Crosta, the Executive Director of EAL, who worked to infiltrate and extract first hand information, was filmed for the documentary “Vaquita – Sea Ghosts,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, which is scheduled for showing in the beginning of 2019.

The final report of the investigation establishes that the Totoaba Cartels are composed of dangerous Mexican criminals, the fishing communities of San Felipe and Santa Clara, businessmen and chinese entrepreneurs, mainly with a base of operation in Tijuana and Mexicali.

EAL created a profile of a Mexican trafficker identified as M11, 37 years old, married twice, who has children with four different women and owns 17 homes in San Felipe and 27 vehicles.

According to sources, M11 threatened and instilled fear to take control of the Totoaba business in San Felipe.

According to Operation Fake Gold, M11 was involved with the Tijuana drug cartel, and he pays them regularly to be able to transport Totoaba bladders along the routes they control.

The undercover activists also managed to describe the profile of a prominent Chinese businessman, identified as P9, who “has been operating several businesses in Mexico for many years. He operates in Tijuana and Ensenada and he is known as one of the ‘elderly Chinese,’ a community with strong ties to well educated businessmen who operate both legal and illegal businesses.”

“That man works in trafficking wild animals, including Totoaba bladders, and possibly human trafficking. He admits to being in the seafood business, but does not speak about legal or illegal business in seafood. His activities also involve other businesses, including import and export,” it said.

The report said that P9 manages funds for the members of the Totoaba Cartel, used to purchase bladders directly from the fishermen and the “mules” who transport them to Tijuana and Ensenada or Mexicali.

One well-informed source siad that he is directly a part of the Chinese mafia, but he deals with them to move illegal products.

The Totoaba distribution chain starts in the Upper Gulf of California, where owners of fishing cooperatives and local fishermen illegally capture Totoaba, an fish which has been protected since May 24, 1974. They use gillnets which also trap vaquitas.

The Totoaba swim bladder us removed at sea and the fish is tossed back into the sea. The bladders are delivered to a crew which is waiting on shore in pick-ups which pay up to US$5,000 dollars for a kilogram of bladders.

“The trafficker’s activities are carried out right in the open, as the coastline is a treeless desert. Drones and aircraft could easily detect their movements. There is only one highway from south of San Felipe up to Mexicali. The bladders are usually unloaded at local beaches, the poachers also use maritime routes and unload their cargoes in Puertecitos and Santa Clara, where there is total impunity as the entire area is controlled by the Totoaba Cartel,” the report revealed.

Local sources in San Felipe calculated that more than 80% of all the fishermen in the Upper Gulf of California are now illegally fishing for Totoaba.

The average salary for a legal fisherman in the region is US$400 to US$500 per month. Just one Totoaba bladder, if it is a female, which has a larger bladder, could be worth more than US$5,000 dollars for just one night’s work.

From the coasts of the Upper Gulf, the bladders are taken from locations in San Felipe, Santa Clara and sometimes Puerto Peñasco, to be sold to the first buyers.

The bladders are dried and rolled up so they can be transported discretely, usually in secret compartments in car and trucks, tied to people’s bodies, in bags or any hidden location available.

“At this point the second buyer enters the game, they are usually Chinese who live in Mexicali, Tijuana, Ensenada, Calexico, Mazatlán, Puerto Peñasco, Guaymas, or La Paz, who buy the bladders and move them with mules,” the report adds.

The bladders are transported to cites inside Baja California, in black markets operated by Chinese citizens.

They are transported as contraband to Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other cities, including in the United States.

A means of delivery is in checked baggage traveling on connected flights. “This system seems to elude current airport controls. The sources indicate that Beijing, China, is one of the transfer stations where there is no documented baggage inspection.”

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