January 6, 2012


Expert Says Beheadings in U.S. Look Like Work of Cartels

Teen Tortured,


Beheaded by Trafficking Gang in

Bethany, Oklahoma.





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2               2ND AMENDMENT

By Robert Bunker
Small Wars Journal

Key Information:

Via IBTimes Staff Reporter, “Carina Saunders: Teen Tortured, Dismembered, Beheaded by Trafficking Gang.” International Business Times, 23 December 2011:
Oklahoma teen Carina Saunders was brutally murdered as a means to frighten another woman into cooperating with a human trafficking ring, police have reported.
The 19-year-old who graduated from Mustang High School just last year was tortured, dismembered and beheaded. Parts of her body were found stuffed in a duffel bag and dumped behind a grocery store on Oct. 13. She was identified by her distinct tattoos.
Jimmy Lee Massey, 33, has been arrested on first-degree murder charges. A 20-year-old woman, whose name has not been disclosed, came forward as a witness to report she had been kidnapped by Massey and forced to watch the brutal murder in Bethany, Oklahoma, reports The Daily Mail.
Massey was already being held in Oklahoma County jail on drug charges. He has admitted to investigators that he kidnapped the 20-year-old woman and forced her to watch as others tortured and killed Saunders. He also provided details about the crime.
Both women reportedly knew Massey separately, but there is no evidence that the two women knew each other.
Police Chief Phil Cole said: “Evidence in our investigation has led us to believe that she had been expected to provide certain things to this trafficking group and that she had not been performing to their satisfaction.”
“We believe there were other people there and they’re now the focus of our investigation.”
Another man, Francisco Gomez, was arrested in connection with the murder. As Gomez was led into the police station in handcuffs last night, he yelled to reporters “I’ve got nothing to do with no drugs, no murder, no nothing.”
“We surrounded a possible address for Mr Gomez and he surrendered peacefully. He was booked on a trafficking charge,” authorities said.
Despite the fact that she was known to run with a rough crowd and use drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine and Ecstasy, Saunders was a “random” choice for the killers, according to police.
Cole said, “Our information right now leads us to believe she was a random choice, as sad as that is. She had relationships within these loosely associated people, and I think that she was a victim of opportunity.”

Terrified woman ‘forced to watch as human trafficking gang tortured, dismembered and beheaded teenage girl in front of her’

Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said a judgment will be made in January….

For news channel 4 (Oklahoma City) videos pertaining to this incident see:,0,6407719.story.

For a detailed 14:50 minute news video of a law enforcement press conference related to this incident see NewsOk,

Who: Carina Saunders, 19, born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Mustang, Oklahoma.

What: Torture, beheading and dismemberment.

When: Went missing (per friends) Wednesday, 28 September 2011; Killed, late Sunday, 9 October 2011/early Monday, 10 October 2011; Body found Thursday, 13 October 2011; Identified via tattoos and dental records, Monday, 17 October 2011.

Where: Found in a duffle bag behind a Homeland grocery store at 7101 NW. 23rd and Rockwell in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Why: Used as an example to terrify a group of women who were victims of a human trafficking (prostitution) ring and an associated drug trafficking ring. Note— some of the individuals involved were members of both rings.

Tactical Analysis: A 20 year old woman (name withheld by the police to protect her identity) was kidnapped, blindfolded and transported to an unknown location (some type of room) by Jimmy Lee Massey, age 33, late Sunday 9 October/early Monday 10 October 2011. She was then forced to watch the torture killing of Carina Saunders by a small group of individuals.

Carina Saunders, the victim, was a known user of marijuana, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. She had multiple tattoos.
One of which is a ‘Kween Spade’ with a spade in an oval between her breasts. No other upper body tattoos or tattoos on lower legs/ankles are evident from social networking photos. Due to her associations, she came in contact with the network of some of the members of the human trafficking and drug trafficking rings. Per the police, she appeared to be a random target of opportunity in this torture killing. Little mention has been made of the condition of Saunders from the time of her kidnapping to her death, though similar incident patterns would suggest that she was most likely physically and sexually abused.

The incident intent of the criminal gang(s) was for the 20 year old woman to let the other victims (i.e. sex slaves) of the ring know that, if they did not cooperate with gang member orders, this is what would happen to them too. The woman who witnessed this crime instead went to the police and reported the incident. Jimmy Lee Massey (aka “Big County” or “Country”) was subsequently arrested on 4 November 2011 and booked on drug trafficking warrants— he had also been the focus of a large narcotics investigation. Massey was read his Miranda Warnings and Rights, then waived them, and proceeded to discuss his part in the kidnapping of the 20 year old woman, the torture killing of Saunders, and the dismemberment of her body and its disposal. He now faces charges, filed on Tuesday, 20 December 2011, related to kidnapping, assault and battery, and murder. It should be noted that “Massey also identified other persons that were involved and present in the room and involved in the murder.”

Another suspect, Francisco Gomez, age 31, was then taken into custody on 20 December 2011. Per a law enforcement press conference pertaining to this incident, Gomez is thought to be a US citizen, however, quite a few Mexican nationals have been implicated as also having ties to this incident and/or the drug trafficking ring. This is an ongoing investigation with more suspects and/or persons of interest being sought.

Whether this incident is directly linked to Mexican cartel/gang involvement or inspired by such killings is unknown at this time. Of note is that a NewsOk report has its story on this incident linked to a page entitled “Cartel Connection: Oklahoma’s #1 Threat” with a state highway map and drug cartel-based crimes superimposed over a map of the state of Oklahoma.

This torture killing (decapitation) incident is of much concern because it has all the hallmarks of a Mexican cartel killing. If this incident is directly tied to Mexican cartel or gang members, it will neither be the first nor the last such incident, with a small but growing, number of torture killing (decapitation) incidents now having taken place domestically over the last decade. These include the following US incidents (see Table 2.) listed in Pamela L. Bunker, Lisa J. Campbell, and Robert J. Bunker, “Torture, beheadings, and narcocultos” in Narcos Over the Border:

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Authorities have only in recent years found closer ties in S. Texas.

By Jason Buch,
San Antonio Express-News Staff

Jorge Gomez (left) was identified in a 2009 trial as a Zetas operative; police believe that he is dead. Juan Manuel Marquez Rodriguez was sentenced to prison in connection with two murders tied to the cartel.

When the Gulf Cartel was looking for tons of marijuana that went missing north of the border in October, it turned to the experts.

The cartel needed people who knew their way around Hidalgo County, where the pot was stolen, and were familiar with local drug dealers. So they contracted members of Partido Revolucionario Mexicano, a U.S. prison gang based in the Rio Grande Valley that was started by Mexican citizens incarcerated in Texas.

The gang members made purchases from people they thought had the cartel’s weed, then kidnapped them and ordered the dealers to reveal where the main stash was.

But on the way to the stash house, something went awry. Sheriff’s deputies stopped the gang members and a shootout ensued. One deputy was injured and a gang member was killed. It was a rare instance of spillover violence in the area, Sheriff Lupe Treviño said.

The confrontation was the result of what state police say is an evolving relationship between Mexican drug traffickers and the prison gangs that long have had a hand in U.S. street-level drug distribution.

In the recently published Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2011, analysts for the Texas Department of Public Safety report that some of the state’s most powerful gangs have formed strong ties with Mexican cartels.

Those gangs include the San Antonio-based Mexican Mafia as well as the Texas Syndicate and Tango Blast, sometimes called Orejones in San Antonio, both of which have a presence here.

“From the perspective of the gangs and cartels, the benefits of these relationships are fairly obvious,” the analysts wrote. “From a public safety perspective, the danger of these relationships is equally obvious. The gangs increase their power and acquire wholesale quantities of drugs at reasonable prices, while the cartels extend their network of connections deeper into the United States.”

Mexican drug cartels are increasingly relying on prison gangs based in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Gang Threat Assessment 2011. The cartels have long supplied gangs with drugs. But in recent years, law enforcement officials say, the cartels started outsourcing drug transportation and violent acts to gangs in South Texas. Several examples were made public this year.

The relationship between prison gangs and the cartels is fairly new in South Texas, DPS Director Steven McCraw said.

In West Texas, the El Paso-based Barrio Azteca prison gang has for decades been associated with the Juárez Cartel and even has set up operations in Mexico. Members act as traffickers and enforcers.

In South Texas, Mexican cartels and Texas prison gangs long have done business together. But law enforcement first became aware of close ties between the groups about five years ago, McCraw said.

“The gangs are connected with the cartels really as a part of the transnational criminal enterprise,” he said. “That’s the simple way to put it: It’s business. Texas-based gangs provide the cartels two things: revenue and resources.”

As business relationships between the organizations have grown, the cartels have relied more and more on the Texas gangs for muscle to help them smuggle drugs and people north and guns south, McCraw said. The number of prison gangs that work with the cartels has grown too, he said.

In 2007, members of the Texas Syndicate in Laredo were contracted to carry out violent acts for the Zetas Cartel. An attempted kidnapping gone wrong and a contract killing resulted in murder charges against almost a dozen Syndicate members and associates. Among the evidence presented at trial was a picture of a Zeta operative posing with Syndicatos.

This fall, Laredo police arrested a group of people they say worked for the Zetas, identifying targets and hiring a member of the Hermandad Pistoleros Latinos prison gang to carry out killings. Police say the Zetas used the prison gang three times in 2010 to take out rivals.

In both cases, the collaboration was based on the personal relationships between cartel and gang members, police said.

High-ranking Zetas didn’t meet with the prison gang bosses. Rather, Zetas who knew the prison gang members personally — sometimes since they were children — organized the hits at a fairly low level, said investigator Joe Baeza, a Laredo police spokesman.

“It’s more so that they have camaradas (buddies) that are in the business and say, ‘Hey, you know what? I need this taken care of. Can you take care of it?’” Baeza said. “And they’re willing to do it. Apparently they need the money.”

In other areas, the relationships are more formalized, McCraw said. And while the relationships between San Antonio’s Mexican Mafia and cartel members haven’t been laid out in court documents, there’s reason to believe they’re working together, he said.

According to a report from the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, the Mexican Mafia and Texas Syndicate work with the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel to smuggle drugs to San Antonio.

In a case this year out of Austin, investigators found top bosses in the Texas Syndicate were talking to high-ranking members of the Gulf Cartel to coordinate drug shipments, said Cmdr. Donald Baker, who heads the Austin Police Department’s organized crime division.

The operation with federal authorities resulted in the arrests of 13 people, including a regional leader for the Syndicate. So far, 10 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.

The connection between the organizations can be fluid, with members of the same gang but in different regions working with rival cartels. The desire to make money is so great that even the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang works with Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs, according to the DPS report. But, McCraw said, it’s a strictly business arrangement.

“Are gangs going to battle each other for turf? Yes. Are you going to see the same types of things in San Antonio that you’ve been since the Mexican Mafia made San Antonio its headquarters? Yes. You’re going to see those things,” he said. “But will you see the Mexican Mafia fight the Texas Syndicate because the Mexican Mafia is now working with the Zetas, as opposed to Texas Syndicate working for the Gulf Cartel? No, we have not seen any evidence of that whatsoever.”

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