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February 15, 2012
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Channel 2 tried several times unsuccessfully to schedule an interview with the imam, or mosque leader. When Channel 2 showed up at the mosque, the imam said he felt Owens’ complaints to the county were harassment. “I don’t want to talk please, and we don’t need to. Someone is harassing us, and you’re helping him,” said Imam Mohammad Enamul Haque.

“People are free to assemble and pray peacefully, and that’s what they have been doing and they have no intention of changing their behavior,” said attorney M. Khurram Baig.

Owens said it’s not about prayers, it’s about property. ”Once they’re cited, they need to correct the problem. Just don’t pay the fine and continue to do it,” said Owens. The judge had given the mosque until last Wednesday to tear down the existing structures, but that has not happened.

 


Have you heard about Barack Hussein Obama’s newest Muslim Outreach Program?

Posted: February 14, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Laughing at Islam | 12 Comments »

It’s called Adopt-a-Muslim-Extremist and the entire cost is tax deductible.


THAILAND: Muslims in the South are slaughtering Buddhists in order to ethnically cleanse the area (WARNING: Graphic Images)

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Religion of Hate | 67 Comments »

Muslims account for a mere 4.6% of population, yet have been spreading fear among the indigenous Buddhists of the region, using violence and brutality. They have resorted to the random killing of Buddhists, including school teachers and Buddhist monks.

 

(Photos below are of Muslim beheadings, burnings, hackings, and dismemberings of innocent Thai citizens)

SINHALE Muslim separatists have increasingly and openly rallied against the central government of Thailand, accusing it of ethnic-religious bias, discrimination and corruption. A brutal attack on a Buddhist temple in the town of Pattani in 2005 is seen as an attempt by militants to deepen the religious divide between Muslims and Buddhists in Thailand’s deep South.

Although separatist violence has occurred for decades in the southern region, the campaign escalated in 2004. Over 4300 lives have been lost since the year 2004 owing to Islamic insurgency.  Buddhist monks have been beheaded, children killed and civilians attacked. More than 500 people have been killed in 2004 in three southern Thai provinces. Massive killings occurred throughout the mid to late 2000s and as of 2010, nearly 4,000 people had been killed due to insurgent violence.

The death toll has increased to 2,579 by mid-September 2007 and surpassed 3000 in March 2008. By the end of 2010, insurgency-related violence had increased.  In the first few weeks of January in 2011 nine Buddhists have been killed in Southern Thailand by Islamic terrorists.  In a separate attack four members of Thai armed forces have been killed. Many Buddhists have left their traditional home in Southern Thailand in order to escape the ongoing Islamic insurgency.

Southern Thailand resembles modern day Afghanistan and Somalia because in both these nations the radical Sunni Islamists show their extreme intolerance of other faiths. In addition to Buddhists, moderate Muslims are also being killed by radical Sunni Islamic fanatics of Southern Thailand. The methodology of killing is intended to spread fear to all who oppose the Islamization of Southern Thailand.
.Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a Professor of International Relations at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says “The gruesome fashion of beheadings of Buddhists by Muslim assailants … is not normal violence…” “it is driven by deep animosity and hatred.” Muslim extremists believe that violence, including killing civilians, is justified as a means to restore sharia or Islamic law and maintain Islamic cultural identity. According to the adherents of this brand of Islamist activism, they are engaged in a jihad or a holy struggle against Islam’s enemies, including even fellow Muslims who have abandoned what the extremists view as “true” Islam.
In the last decade, there has been evidence that Islamic institutions of foreign Muslim nations have been involved in promoting Islamic radicalization and the doctrine of Islamic Jihad in Thailand. Thai authorities knew for quite some time that many Muslim Thai activists had been to overseas Islamic schools, where they came under influence of hard-line Muslim teachers. Some were reported to have joined the jihad against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan and returned to Thailand as extremists.
This brand of Islamist extremism is not a new phenomenon. The basic sentiment of today’s Muslim extremists has flourished in the Islamic world for decades. In recent decades the newfound wealth of the oil-rich Middle Eastern Islamic countries and massive immigration of Muslims to the West, Islamic fundamentalism has been on the rise and the dormant spirit of Jihadism has been rekindled once again.

 

 

Overall, it is clear that elements within Southern Thailand desire a non-Buddhist land. The younger generation of Muslims are being brainwashed against Buddhists. This hatred and alienation of the younger generation began after many studied at international universities throughout the Middle East. Funding from the Middle East is being used to spread radical Sunni Islamic versions of Islam.

Although the hidden war in Southern Thailand by radical Sunni Islamists is being aimed at moderate Muslims and Buddhists alike,  the Buddhists it is feared face complete annihilation and one day Southern Thailand may end up like Afghanistan, Central Asia, and other areas which once had thriving Buddhist communities.

History reveals vividly how Muslims invaded many former Buddhist countries and subjugated their people subjecting them to extreme forms of violence and untold misery unless people converted to Islam. There have been problems of a varied nature in all countries where Muslims form a minority.  Indonesia and Malaysia were Buddhist countries at a certain time in history.

With Muslim invasions most of the Buddhists in these places were either killed or converted to Islam. More recently in 2001, in the name of Islam, the Taliban destroyed the world renowned monumental Bamiyan Buddha statues built in the 6th century, citing that these were ‘idols’ which are forbidden under Sharia law in Islam. These actions show disrespect, disregard and sheer indifference towards people of other religions. Such attitudes do not allow any community to assimilate with other communities, especially with mainstream communities in countries where they live as a minority.

 


UGANDAN PASTOR, Christian apostate from Islam, gets treated in Israel for horrific acid attack on him by Muslims

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islam and the Jews | 25 Comments »

An evangelical pastor from Uganda received extensive emergency medical treatment in Israel after he had acid thrown in his face on Christmas eve by Muslims in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

Israel Hayom Umar Mulinde, an evangelical pastor from Uganda who recently began preaching support for Israel, suffered severe burns to his face, torso and hand, and eye damage, and was brought to Sheba Medical Center for treatment.

Pastor Umar Mulinde, 38, arrived in Israel on Thursday seeking urgent medical attention after extremists doused him with acid, causing severe burns to his face, torso and hand, and damage to his right eye. He was initially admitted to the International Hospital in Kampala, but then made a request to be brought to Israel to receive advanced medical treatment.

He is currently being treated at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, which has confirmed that Mulinde is recovering from heavy burns and damage to his eye.

The Ugandan pastor revealed that he spent most of his life as a Muslim and was a late convert to Christianity. Recounting the brutal attack against him, he said, “I was attacked by someone who called out to me and when I turned to look over, he spilled acid on me that burned part of my face. When I turned around again, another person spilled acid over my back. They they ran away yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ [Allah is great].”

“The pastor will need to undergo a series of reconstructive surgeries over the next few weeks,” head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Burns Unit, Dr. Josef Haik,said. “The injury inflicted to [Mulinde's] eye is severe and the initial surgery, expected take place over the next few days, will focus on reconstructing the eyelid of the affected eye, and will include skin grafts.” ”The damage caused is severe and it is still too early to determine whether [Mulinde] will be able to see out of that eye.”


Norway has learned nothing from the Anders Behring Breivik massacre

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islamization of the West | 33 Comments »

Norway has paid a bitter price for its  policies of massive Muslim immigration. Norwegian blonde-haired girls have to dye their hair brown, and children can’t carry salami in their lunch boxes for fear of being beaten up. Yet far from taking emergency steps to scale back the Muslim invasion, the prime minister has vowed to make Norway more “open to immigrants.”

In Norway, to speak negatively about any aspect of the Muslim faith has always been a touchy matter, inviting charges of “Islamophobia” and racism. It will be a great deal more difficult to broach these issues now that this murderous madman has become the poster boy for the criticism of Islam.

CBN No one had any idea that a crazed gunman would start killing people over the issue of Muslim immigration.


Muslims burning Norwegian flag

Several weeks before the massacre in Norway, CBN News travelled to Oslo to investigate reports that that nation’s experiment with Muslim immigration and multiculturalism had gone terribly wrong, that Muslim radicalism was growing along with violence and intimidation against non-Muslims.

Something else that Muslim immigration appears to have brought to Norway is what some here call “a rape epidemic.” Recent police statistics showed that in the capital city of Oslo, 100 percent of assault rapes between strangers were committed by immigrant, non-Western males. And nine out of 10 of their victims were native Norwegian women. To protect themselves, some blonde Norwegian women have reportedly begun dying their hair black, and many travel only in groups.

Norway’s left-wing establishment has engaged in blaming the rape victims because the whole notion that Islamic culture is dangerous to women is very politically incorrect here.  One is attacked in the Norwegian media for saying what many will not: that the assault rape problem is primarily Muslim men raping non-Muslim women. And any woman who does not dress modestly and wear the Muslim headscarf could be considered by some Muslim men to be “fair game.”

As in other European cities, parts of Oslo are now Muslim zones and may be subject to Sharia law or to the rule of local imams. ”Most of the areas where the Muslim is the majority, the Norwegian feels that they are not in their country, that they’re not in Norway. They feel like a Muslim country,” al-Kubaisi said.

Some on the left in Europe are using the Oslo massacre to stifle criticism of Islam. But not talking about it won’t make Norway’s problem go away. Norway is probably the most acute case of radical Islamization in Western Europe. With a relatively tiny population of under 5-million, Norway’s leftist government has embraced Hamas and scorned Israel, and thrown wide the gates to the radical Muslim agenda.

Prominent Norwegian lawyer Brynjar Østgård wants to stop Islam in Norway and thinks Islam threatens Norwegian culture and social order. ”I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Islam’s incursion into Europe must be stopped – NOW! The talk and half-blind naivety must stop: we must think LONG TERM, or else the civilization that has taken 2000 years to build in Europe will be destroyed. WHEN did our government get the mandate from the people to throw away our culture, our home and our future? I know such a mandate was never given. (Just so it’s clear: you can’t really distinguish between Islam and Islamism – one follows the other)”

 

 

New “Iron Fist” Guate Pres Wants Drug Legalization Consideration , Blames US for not Reducing Consumption

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
US Embassy rejects consideration, and for his part; Mexico’s President Filipe Calderon, has said it wouldn’t make sense to legalize drugs in the region as long as they remain illegal in the U.S., funny comment from a man who was so vocally opposed to the California ballot consideration of legalizing Marijuana. .. Chivis

 

The President of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, described as “premature” the position of United States in rejection of his initiative to start the discussion on the decriminalization of the traffic, trade and consumption of drugs in the region.
With this position, “seem that United States wants to slash the debate”, said Perez Molina during a press conference offered along with the President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, who said today a working meeting in the Guatemalan capital to discuss regional security issues.
The Government of the United States.UU. “it must be open to the topic”, so “We hope to have opening” and participate in a panel discussion which should analyse its proposal, said Perez Molina.
The Embassy of United States in Guatemala, by means of a press release issued on Sunday, noted that his Government “continues oppose such measures because the evidence shows that our shared problem of drugs is a major threat to public health and safety”.
Decriminalize traffic and marketing of drugs, added the American legation, would be “a major threat to public health and safety”.
The Guatemalan representative announced Saturday his decision to propose to the Governments of Central America, United States, Mexico and Colombia discussion of the decriminalization of the trafficking and trade in drugs as a regional strategy to combat drug trafficking and to stop the hundreds of deaths caused by this illegal activity.
Pérez Molina, who today explained the details of its initiative to Funes, said his goal is to “put on the table” discussion of this topic, whose resolution could take “months or even years”, and said that Guatemala will not assume a unilateral position thereon.
“There will not be a unilateral decision” on the part of Guatemala, because this topic not interested exclusively in their country or Central America, but is “something that has to do with the region”.
United States argues that the decriminalization of drug trafficking will increase crimes such as “trafficking in persons and illegal arms trafficking, extortion and kidnapping, robbery of banks, intellectual property theft and money-laundering” in the region. EFE
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A growing number of former Latin American leaders have come out in favor of legalization, saying the U.S. efforts to fight drug trafficking in Latin America have only caused more violence and sucked up resources.
Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has said he would be open to legalization if the entire world agreed.
“It’s a theme that must be addressed,” Colombia’s Foreign Minister Maria Holguin told reporters in Cartegena Monday. “The war on drugs definitely hasn’t been the success it should be and it’s something the countries should discuss.”
Honduras, another major transit country, has never formally considered legalization.
Mexico President Felipe Calderon has said it wouldn’t make sense to legalize drugs in the region as long as they remain illegal in the U.S.
Perez, 61, was elected in November and took office last month on a platform of cracking down on the country’s rampant crime, a product of gang and cartel violence, along with the legacy of a bloody 1960-1996 civil war.
Army, police and paramilitary are blamed for killing the vast majority of 200,000 victims, most of whom were Mayan.
More than half of Guatemalans live in poverty in a nation of 14 million overrun by organized crime and Mexican drug cartels. Perez’s predecessor, former President Alvaro Colom, sent troops to retake some provinces from the Zetas drug gang. READ FULL STORY

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“In the Shoes of the Other”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs
Video spot for the campaign “in the shoes of the other” or “En los zapatos del otro” organized by “Colectivo el grito mas fuerte” in collaboration of “Movimiento por la paz con justicia y dignidad.”

 

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Reynosa woman paid $100 to smuggle $1.6 million in cocaine

| Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex
By Sergio Chapa
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A Reynosa woman is spending Valentine’s Day behind bars after she allegedly accepted $100 dollars to smuggle $1.6 million dollars worth of cocaine into the United States.

U.S.Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 29-year-old Maria Magdalena Martinez-Tijerina on a federal drug charges on Tuesday.

Martinez-Tijerina drove up from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a gray 2006 Honda Civic with Tamaulipas license plates.

Court records show that customs officers had her license plates under a “lookout” list.

Customs officers sent her car to secondary inspection where they found 10 packages with 51.28 pounds of cocaine worth $1.6 milion dollars hidden inside the rocker panels.

Martinez-Tijerina told investigators that her friend’s boyfriend “Javier” got her involved in drug smuggling and put the car in her name.

The Reynosa woman said she had smuggled drugs at least five times before and he would pay her $100 dollars per trip.

According to the records, Javier would ride with her in Reynosa but get out of the car before she crossed into the United States.

Martinez-Tijerina said he would walk across the bridge on the pedestrian lanes while she drove across.

Once she crossed in the car, they would meet up again in Hidalgo and he would take the car while she would go shopping.

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Blows to “El Chapo” are exaggerated

| Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

Some of the key operators within the command structure of the Sinaloa Cartel detained or killed during the Felipe Calderon administration

Ponen en duda golpes al Chapo
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http://www.tedf.org.mx/sala_prensa/sintesis/sm2012/feb/120213/120213_grales_ponen.pdf

Specialists say detentions may encumber cartel operations but not its leadership

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera may still sit on his throne but his kingdom has been dismantled if we are to believe Mexico’s federal government.

To date during the Felipe Calderón administration federal authorities have detained at least 12 key lieutenants and operators belonging to “El Chapo” Guzman’s organization.

During the detainee’s media presentations military and federal police spokespersons have repeated the catchphrase that the operation significantly handicaps the command structure and operational capacity of the Sinaloa Cartel.

However, experts in security matters and criminal justice policy are not buying the government line.

Pedro Peñaloza, criminologist and professor in the Faculty of Law in UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Ghaleb Krame, a national security specialist and academic with the Mexico City campus of Alliant International University, agree that the Sinaloa Cartel functions like a corporation where management is disposable and vacant positions are filled.

“In Mexico criminal organizations are not taken apart, only the top is lopped off. This is a profound conceptual difference; when you only remove those at the top it favors other factions that will occupy the vacuum and continue the business and the structure continues functioning. The detained are simply phased out,” states Peñaloza.

“The phrase that is repeated constantly, that ‘X’ financial operator belonging to ‘Y’ cartel was arrested, is meaningless. The operational structures used by criminal organizations are very robust and they function just like a successful corporation.”

Ghaleb Krame considers that high level arrests do affect Sinaloa Cartel operations but they leave its top leadership untouched. The specialist emphasizes that to profoundly disrupt the cartel the government must capture “El Chapo”, and not just his subordinates.

“As long as ‘El Chapo’ continues operating the Sinaloa cartel will be a coercive force. They’ve detained many of his operators, true, but there will always be people willing to take their place, just like any business.”

“For the phrase ‘is significantly affected’ to have any real context they must capture ‘El Chapo’, only then will there be any serious interruption.” adds Krame.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, “El Inge”, is presented to the media by SEDENA after his capture on December, 2011. “Con esta acción lograda por el personal militar, se afecta la estructura de liderazgo y la capacidad operativa del CARTEL DEL PACÍFICO.” (With this action won by military personnel, the command structure and operational capacity of the Sinaloa Cartel has been compromised.)

The federal government emphasizes that Sinaloa Cartel operations have been significantly affected with the capture since 2007 of Jesús Reynaldo Zambada García, “El Rey Zambada”; Vicente Zambada Niebla, “El Vicentillo”; Eduardo Teodoro García Simental, “El Teo”; Manuel Fernández Valencia, “La Puerca”; José Manuel García Simental, “El Chiquilín”; Ovidio Limón Sánchez and Felipe Cabrera Sarabia; and the deaths of Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, “Nacho Coronel”, one of the cartel’s top leaders, and Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia, “El Arqui”.

This contrasts sharply with the fact that between 2010 and 2011 “El Chapo” Guzman rose 5 spots on the Forbes World’s Most Powerful People list, from #60 to #55.

(Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico’s billionaire telecommunications magnate, appeared on the 23rd spot both years. President Felipe Calderon did not appear on either.)
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Gunmen kill five in attacks in Monterrey

| Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex
A police officer and four civilians have been killed by gunmen armed with assault rifles in the northern Mexican industrial city of Monterrey, the Nuevo Leon State Investigations Agency (AEI) says.

 

Gunmen staged two attacks in Santa Lucia, a neighbourhood in the northern section of the city, where at least 17 drug-related shootings have occurred in the past few weeks.

Three men standing outside a house were gunned down with assault rifles, the AEI said, adding that the victims were in the used car business.

Another civilian and a police officer were shot dead a few minutes later.

The police officer died while being treated at a hospital, the AEI said.

About a dozen multiple murders have occurred in the past year in Santa Lucia, with officials blaming the violence on the war between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas for control of Monterrey.

Mexico’s drug war death toll stood at 47,515 from December 2006 to September 30.

The murder total has grown every year of President Felipe Calderon’s military offensive against the well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.

Unofficial tallies published in December by independent daily La Jornada put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at more than 50,000.

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Chapos Meth Maker “El Viejito” apprehended

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
Mexican officials say they’ve arrested a man who manufactured methamphetamine for the Sinaloa drug cartel run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. It’s the latest in a series of arrests of associates of Guzman, the most wanted man in Mexico.

 

Federal police say in a statement that 43-year-old Jaime Herrera Herrera was captured in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa and was one of the principal producers of methamphetamine for Guzman’s cartel. They say he is wanted by authorities in the United States, and has acknowledged moving tons of methamphetamine into the United States.  AP

Federal police agents present Jaime Herrera, alias “El Viejito,” alleged member of the Pacific drug cartel, to the press in Mexico City, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2012. Herrera is considered to be one of the most important producers and distributors of synthetic drugs, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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UPDATE

The following is from the DEA historical archives, it describe the long history of this organization

Jaime Herrera Organization
The following information is in the DEA Historical website for the years to 1990.  From the information one can see the long drug lineage this family has.
Jaime Herrera-Nevares
Jaime Herrera-Nevares was the patriarch of a huge criminal syndicate based in the mountain top village of Los Herreras, Durango, Mexico. As far back as 1957, the Herrera organization ran a farm-to-the-arm heroin operation that cultivated opium poppy plants, processed and packaged heroin in Mexico, and transported it to Chicago. There it was either sold locally or distributed to other U.S. cities. This group was extremely difficult to penetrate because family members controlled the entire heroin process from top to bottom.
(While criminal syndicates such as the Jaime Herrera organization were trafficking heroin into the United States, cocaine trafficking was also a major problem facing law enforcement officials.
In September 1977, DEA agents at JFK Airport in New York seized 85 pounds of cocaine that had been concealed in 4,500 pounds of chocolate bars. Special Agent Michael J. Tobin displayed how the cocaine had been hidden in the candy bars.
U.S. law enforcement agencies were well acquainted with the Herrera organization and its “Heroin Highway,” a drug trafficking network that stretched from Durango to Chicago. The family frequently smuggled heroin in their invention, the “Durango drive-shaft,” a sleeve-like device that surrounded the vehicle’s drive-shaft and held several kilos of heroin. They also used compartmentalized gas tanks and door panels to conceal the contraband.
At one time, Chicago area law enforcement agencies believed the Herreras controlled as much as 90% of local heroin distribution. The DEA estimated that the Herrera organization imported 746 pounds of pure heroin into the United States each year. When cut, this amounted to over eight tons of five-percent pure heroin.
The Herreras were considered the largest heroin trafficking organization in Mexico, with profits estimated at $1 million a year. They returned the majority of their profits to their home in Mexico, using neighborhood currency exchanges to send money orders back to Durango. In the mid-1970s, the DEA traced just under $2 million from these exchanges and Western Union records. This figure represented approximately one percent of the total cash transferred to Mexico by the Herrera organization annually.
By 1978, the Chicago Herreras were grossing $60 million a year and had established branches in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, and Pittsburgh. By 1980, the family had established connections in South America and had diversified into cocaine. By the mid-1980s, the family’s gross income had reached approximately $200 million a year.
CENTAC 19, launched in 1979, targeted the Herrera family trafficking organization and eventually resulted in the seizure of 39 kilograms of heroin, as well as the arrest and long-term incarceration of three key Chicago-based members of the Herrera organization.
During the 1980s investigations against the Herreras continued. On July 23, 1985, as a result of a two-year investigation called Operation Durango, between 450 and 500 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers in Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana, arrested 120 traffickers (of the 132 indicted) connected to the polydrug trafficking Herrera and Zambrana families. Officers seized 10 pounds of heroin, 13 pounds of cocaine, 47 properties, and $300,000. In August 1988, the Mexican leaders of the organization, Jaime Herrera-Nevarez, Sr., and Jaime Herrera-Herrera, Jr., were arrested in Mexico on drug charges and remain incarcerated in Mexico City. They continued being listed as DEA fugitives based on prior indictments in Miami, Florida.

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Cousins on trial in Memphis as hit men for Sinaloa Cartel and Craig Petties

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis

The cousins are alleged to have been hitmen for the Craig Petties gang which grew to a huge drug trafficking empire in 5 states, importing drugs from Sinaloa I have included backstory information following the main post, if you are unfamiliar with Petties it is an intriguing tale….Paz, Chivis

By Adrian Sainz
Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Tennessee men were contract killers who kidnapped and murdered those who threatened a drug ring that imported cocaine from Mexico to be sold on the streets of U.S. cities, a federal prosecutor said Monday.
Opening statements in the trial of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis began Monday.
Defense attorneys countered that their clients are innocent. They said the government’s case will be based on questionable testimony from men who have admitted being gang members and received reduced charges and sentences in return for their cooperation.
The Lewises, who are cousins, are charged with being members of an organization led by Craig Petties that began as a neighborhood gang in 1995 and grew into an empire that imported drugs from Mexico to sell in Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.
The trial in Memphis is the culmination of a 13-year investigation into the ring led by Petties, who has pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering and four murders for hire. He is awaiting sentencing.
The Lewises face life in prison without parole if convicted on charges including racketeering-murder, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering.
They have pleaded not guilty.
U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton has described the trial as one of the largest of its kind in West Tennessee. Along with Petties, several other men have already pleaded guilty to being members of the drug ring.
Petties fled to Mexico after his 2002 indictment and was placed on the U.S. Marshals’ 15 most wanted list. He was captured in January 2008 and extradited to Memphis, where he entered his guilty plea in December 2009.
Prosecutor Greg Gilluly said Monday that the Lewises each killed one person who was a threat to Petties’ organization. Gilluly said the gang started with a few young men selling drugs in the Riverside neighborhood of Memphis and ended up working with the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico and being responsible for the deaths of at least six people.
This photo of Craig Petties was taken by Mexican authorities shortly after his arrest in Queretaro (PGR photo)
Clinton Lewis, also known as “Goldie,” is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Marcus Turner in September 2006, under orders from Petties. Turner’s body was found in Olive Branch, Miss.
Martin Lewis, also known as “M,” is charged with killing Mario McNeal while McNeal was eating at a Memphis restaurant in March 2007.
Anne Tipton, attorney for Clinton Lewis, said Lewis is innocent and the jury must judge the credibility of admitted gang members who will appear as prosecution witnesses.
One of the potential witnesses, Clarence Broady, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire for the killings of Mario Stewart and Latrell Small. Others on the witness list were associates of the Petties gang in North Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.
Tipton said her client was being unfairly “lumped in with the rest of the group.”
Marty McAfee, attorney for Martin Lewis, said the jury will hear testimony and see evidence not related to the charges. He also questioned whether potential witnesses will be able to properly identify his client as McNeal’s killer because the shooter was dressed with a hooded shirt, dark glasses and a skull cap.
McAfee also noted that some of the government’s potential witnesses have had charges and sentences reduced after pleading guilty.
“After you look at the quality of the government’s case, you will see it is not built upon bedrock, it is built upon sand,” McAfee said.
Security is tight for the trial, which is expected to last about a month.
The jury is being brought to the courthouse from a secret location every day.
Also, only the four defense attorneys and the two federal prosecutors are being permitted to know the jurors’ identities.
Petties is on a defense list of anticipated government witnesses, but it is not known if he will be called to testify.

Backstory of Craig Petties:

Blood Trade the Story of Craig Petties
by Daniel Connolly

When the officers came to the house, they noticed a distinct smell.
Neighbors walk by the house in the upscale Milenio III neighborhood in Queretaro, Mexico
where Memphian Craig Petties was arrested
“I smoked a little marijuana to help ease my mind from the fact of my girlfriend cheating on me,” Craig Petties said, according to an arrest report.
But this was more than one man dulling his sorrows with weed. In a bedroom closet of the home in southwest Memphis, officers found three duffel bags stuffed with marijuana. Six hundred pounds in all.
That 2001 discovery, big as it was, only hinted at things to come for Petties
In the years that followed, authorities say, he moved to Mexico and, working with a branch of one of that country’s most notorious cartels, operated a trafficking empire that funneled hundreds of kilos of cocaine and more than a ton of marijuana into Tennessee and other states.
The enterprise has been described as one of the largest and most ruthless such businesses ever uncovered in the region.
The story of Petties’ alleged rise from petty drug peddler to international trafficker illustrates how the drug business works and Memphis’ role as a distribution hub. It also shows how an enterprise built on American demand for marijuana and cocaine can spread violence and mayhem from Mexico all the way to middle-class Memphis suburbs.
While in Mexico — a nation wracked by drug-related violence — Petties allegedly was ordering the killings of rivals, suspected informants and others in the Memphis area.
The victims include a 28-year-old man who was shot and killed in his garage near Shelby Drive and Hacks Cross while his young children were in the home. Later, assassins executed two men in a car in Hickory Hill, and fatally wounded a man in an afternoon shooting in a restaurant.
In all, the 50-count federal indictment accuses Petties of conspiracy in six murders, as well as an assortment of racketeering charges.
The resulting federal case is a sprawling web involving dozens of defendants and witnesses.
Petties, who could face the death penalty if convicted, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He declined a request for a prison interview, and defense attorney Ross Sampson also wouldn’t comment.
A trial date has not been set.
But even as he sits in prison, Petties remains the subject of fear, hatred and even mythic lore on the streets where he grew up.
One narcotics officer tells of T-shirts in South Memphis emblazoned with Petties’ picture. Messages on social networking sites range from calls for his death (“PUT HIM IN THE GROUND”) to admiration (“Trying to get that Craig Petties money”).
His story is a testament to how the city’s deep social problems suck young people into the trade.
Troubles began early
Craig Petties was born in 1976 and came of age in the 1980s just as a new, highly addictive form of smokable cocaine called crack swept through inner cities throughout America. It touched the Riverview neighborhood where Petties grew up in a small, brick, shotgun-style house that his mother had bought for $17,000.
His section of West Dison Avenue was “a well-known drug trafficking area,” wrote a police officer who arrested Petties in 1996.
Petties got into serious trouble early in life.
His first arrest came at 15, when he was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun. According to juvenile court records, he had set off the gun in his house when he and a friend were looking at it — Petties called the police and said that he planned to use the gun to scare robbers who had taken his coat.
In the summer of 1993, when he was 16, he was twice arrested and accused of selling crack.
That December, days before his 17th birthday, he was arrested for attempted murder.
He had been with a group of young men who walked up to Eric Cole and started shooting, according to records. Cole was hit in the back, survived, and identified someone other than Petties as the one who shot him.
Still, authorities moved to try Petties as an adult. Records from the case offer a glimpse at his home life.
He was raised by his mother, Ever Jean Petties, and lived with one sister. The whereabouts of his father were unknown.
His mother reported in 1993 that she received $1,279 per month through her position as a foster parent and from her job at the board of education. That put the family income slightly above poverty level.
After Petties turned 18, his arrest record continued to grow. In 1998, for instance, he pleaded guilty to burglarizing railroad boxcars.
In March, Ever Jean Petties declined to be interviewed. “I’m not doing nothing on my son and I’m not talking about anything.”
One significant person in this story doesn’t show up in the juvenile court records.

According to U.S. Marshals spokesman Dave Oney, Petties is a half-brother of Paul Beauregard, better known as rapper DJ Paul of Three6 Mafia, a group that has sold millions of recordings.

It is known for songs on topics that include drug-trafficking and murder, the very activities Petties is accused of.
A publicist at Columbia Records said Beauregard wouldn’t comment.
A rebel and a dropout
Petties belonged to a vast crowd of fatherless children growing up in low-income families in Memphis.
About 57 percent of children in Shelby County are born to unmarried parents, and absent fathers are common, a factor that can lead children into crime.
A psychologist, Robert M. Parr, had evaluated Petties a few months before the shooting. The teenager was 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 130 pounds, Parr wrote, and was polite throughout testing.
“There is evidence of problems with impulse control, rebelliousness and negativism, as well as resentment of authority,” Parr wrote.
He assessed Petties’ verbal IQ at 77, a score low enough to be in the “borderline” range.
The adult court later sent Petties’ shooting case back to juvenile court. Records do not show what the punishment was.
He attended Carver High School and probably didn’t graduate, though the school system wouldn’t release records.
Dropping out is common. In 2009, Carver’s “cohort dropout rate” — the number of students who leave somewhere between ninth and 12th grade — was about one in three.
Those who drop out have few options in the legitimate work force. And there are tempting alternatives.

Israel believes Iran was behind latest attacks on its embassies in India and Georgia

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islam and the Jews | 15 Comments »

PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran, and its proxy Hezbollah, are responsible for a string of attempted attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets abroad in recent months, including in Thailand and Azerbaijan.

Hindustan Times The cloak-and-dagger war between Iran and Israel arrived in India on Monday afternoon. An Israeli embassy vehicle was bombed, less than 300 meters from the Prime Minister’s residence, injuring an embassy official, the driver of the car as well as two occupants of the car right behind.

Though Delhi Police chief B K Gupta didn’t confirm it as a terror attack, Tel Aviv immediately pointed its finger at long-time enemy Iran and said the attack won’t be taken “lying down”. A similar plot was foiled hours before the Delhi blast in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where a bomb attached to an Israeli embassy vehicle was defused.

Investigators, quoting eyewitnesses, say that a biker is suspected to have used a magnetic device to stick the explosive to the rear of the embassy car waiting at a red light and sped away. The explosive went off seconds later, setting the vehicle on fire and seriously injuring Talyeshova Koren, who works for the defence section of the embassy and is also the defence attache’s wife.

There is no closed-circuit camera coverage in the area either, making it even more difficult for police to track down the motorcycle’s number. The attack comes a day after after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah deputy leader, Imad Mughniyah, who was killed in a car bomb attack. Hizbullah, with who Israeli has a running battle, blamed Tel Aviv for Mughniyah’s killing.

Iran and Israel have been waging an increasingly bloody covert war over the former’s nuclear weapons programme. At least five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated over the past two years. Tehran has blamed Israel for the deaths and sworn retaliation.

The head of Israel’s internal intelligence service, Shin Bet, had said last month his agency had over the past year thwarted Iranian terror attacks on Israeli targets in Thailand, Turkey and Azerbaijan.


THE NERVE! Syrian Cleric appeals to Israel for help in treating wounded Syrians

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islam and the Jews | 29 Comments »

Of course, the Syrian Army would never allow the wounded safe passage via the Golan Heights.


OH NO! Those ‘evil, apartheid-imposing’ Israelis are at it again

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islam and the Jews | 31 Comments »

Totally ignored and unreported by the pro-Muslim Western media, Israeli doctors and hospitals continue to give free life-saving medical treatment to Palestinian children and teenagers who often come from areas extremely hostile to Israel.

Israel Today As they do on a daily basis, Israeli doctors provided free medical treatment that saved the life of a 12-year-old Palestinian Arab girl from Gaza who had a serious heart defect.

In a press release publihshed this week, Rambam Medical Center in Haifa revealed that young Aya Almasal actually died while en route from Gaza to the northern Israel port city.

Having suffered from unexplained and sudden bouts of unconsciousness her entire life, “Aya set out for Rambam to treat this problem… [but] upon leaving Gaza, she felt ill and her situation steadily deteriorated,” read the release. “As the girl neared Rambam, her heart stopped working and she was, in effect, dead.”

Israeli medics and doctors managed with great effort to resuscitate their young Arab patient and implant a life-saving pacemaker. Aya was later diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a birth defect that causes irregular and rapid heart rate, and prevents blood from reaching the brain, resulting in a sudden loss of consciousness.

After a month of treatment and close monitoring, Aya was discharged last Thursday “standing on her own two feet” and ready to return home and start life anew.

Rambam Medical Center alone treats hundreds of Arab children and youth from across the Middle East on an humanitarian basis ever year. The hospital noted that “a number of Palestinian patients are currently at the [Pediatric Cardiology] department, among them a three-week old infant scheduled for heart surgery, and a 40-day old baby who needs a stent procedure.”

And Rambam is far from the only Israeli hospital that provides such care to its “enemies.” A group of Israeli surgeons donate their time to a humanitarian organization called “Save a Child’s Heart” that has provided life-saving surgery to well over 2,000 Arab children to date.

United with Israel While the Palestinian people have been celebrating terrorism and the murder of innocent children recently, Israel has been quietly saving the lives of countless Muslim & Christian children in its state of the art hospitals.

The video below tells the heart warming story about two-year-old Wallah Omar from Gaza City who recently finished an exhausting series of radiation treatments at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital. Seeing the recovery of this young Arab girl in the hands of Jewish Israeli doctors can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

It is also interesting to note that the girl’s father says that he knew from the start that the Israelis would provide his daughter with excellent care.

 

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EGYPT: Presidential contender would force all Muslim women to wear hijab (headbags)

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Just the Facts | 26 Comments »

Is this what the American Muslim-in-Chief meant when he praised the Arab Spring, saying that “democracy is breaking out all over the Middle East?”

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Mexico Chooses Woman to Lead Federal Police

Monday, February 13, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs
Mexican President Felipe Calderon named Maribel Cervantes Guerrero as the new commander of the Federal Police, tasking her with directing government strategy against crime nationwide, an official communique said.

 

The federal Public Safety Secretariat said that Cervantes, the first woman to head the Federal Police, has been “trained by leading security agencies in matters of crime data and criminal-operations analysis, intelligence, strategic planning, anti-terrorism, investigations and policing techniques in Spain, Israel and the United States.

Cervantes was employed as head of the intelligence division of the Federal Police and was responsible for establishing ties of cooperation, training and exchanging intelligence with the American Police Community, or Ameripol, and with the European Police Office, or Europol.

“She has wide experience in the fields of organized crime, national security, intelligence, international terrorism, armed groups and kidnapping,” the secretariat said Friday.

According to the agency, the work of Cervantes, 41, a native of Hidalgo state, has been praised internationally.

Among other distinctions, she was decorated in 2006 with Spain’s White Emblem Military Merit Cross, and in 2011 with the Obelisk Intelligence Badge, the highest honor of Colombia’s Police Intelligence Board.

Cervantes replaces Facundo Rosas, who has been designated the Public Safety Secretariat’s undersecretary for prevention, linkage and human rights.

Calderon gave the Federal Police and the army the lead role in battling violent drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

But despite the nationwide deployment of tens of thousands federal forces, drug-related homicides have skyrocketed in recent years.

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Mexicans Take Kidnappers from Jail, Beat and Set Them on Fire (Addendum New Info)

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

 

Friday three kidnappers in the town of San-Mateo Huitzilzingo, Chalco were caught in the act while attempting to kidnap two high school students.
A woman, Otilia Rosales Palomares, witnessing the crime began shouting that the men were kidnapping a son of a neighbor.  The men who were not identified were in a green van.
The kidnappers were apprehended by police and were transferred to the municipal police station.
Quickly residents organized and eventually hundreds fell into vigilantly mode armed with sticks, rocks,  bottles, and 19 Molotov cocktails.  They proceeded to the facility where the alleged kidnappers were being held and forcibly extracted the three men.
What happened next is sketchy, one version is:
The men were taken to the main plaza beaten then placed in a vehicle and set the vehicle on fire while the men were still alive.
Another version:
The men were taken to the plaza beaten to unconsciousness   then set on fire.
Pictures support either story.
Whatever the hard facts may be two of the men were burned to death at the scene, the third was still alive when police gained control and they were able to save the culprit.  He was transferred to a clinic at IMSS where he later perished.
Meanwhile, the municipal police called on the attorney general for assistance as well as the security forces (SSC) and riot squad of Ixtapaluca, Valley of Chalco agencies.
23 people were detained for their participation in the crime, and Otilia Rosales Palomares, 42, for inciting the crowd.  Three of the detained were minors aged 17 and two are 16.  They are all being investigated for kidnapping and homicide.
The citizens called them all heroes and have announced they will organize to secure the release of their neighbors.
Read Havana’s post of this event here

A video of the aftemath of the scene from Univison from UNIVISION link here

Material from Tecnocomm and Excelsior was used to write this post

 

2.13.2012 addendum

A report has been published that I feel important to include with this report.  I would like to preface the fact that I have had problems with the missing pieces of information that would typically be included in a story.  The apprehension for starters, and the multiple stories of facts.  Lynching was one scenario I did not include due to the fact there was no pictorial evidence lending to that scenario.

There are many reasons and multiple groups that would not want a story of vigilantism to be reported in Mexico, the government is one Organized crime groups another.  They would not promote such stories especially as this has been internationally reported and the vigilantes seen as heroes by the majority of readers.

I don’t know the true nature of the event in detail.  Any scenario could be true.  But I do ask myself, why wait 3 full days to report “the truth” , that is highly suspicious to any logical person, of which I am one.  I would think an effective avenue to stop vigliantism is to rewrite which side has the true criminals.  I will add that in some places in Mexico and very prevalent in Guatemala citizens hide under the cloak of vigilantism to harm or kill enemies.  below is the new account  from La Cronica de Hoy …Paz, Chivis

“The three people lynched and burned alive last Friday in the town of San Mateo Huitzilzingo, State of Mexico, worked as masons lying brick for a living, not kidnapping students, and resided in San Juan Tezompa, it was said yesterday, based in on versions of from neighbors of victims, the media. The press reports also warned that friends and relatives of the lynched are willing to avenge what they considered a bestial crimel. The newspaper El Sol de Toluca announced yesterday on its website that the two men whom a mob of about 600 people doused with gasoline and set them on fire, one who died from blows from the lynching, “They were not criminals but honest builders.” This Saturday and Sunday about 250 stores San Mateo Huitzilzingo municipality of Chalco, were closed because of rumors that residents of San Juan Tezompa were coming to avenge the lynching on Friday. In response, members of the Ministry of Public Safety (SSC) maintain surveillance in anticipation of a permanent inter-communal conflict. Inhabitants of San Juan Tezompa consulted by journalists said their community has asked justice system to make the 23 people arrested by the Attorney General State of Mexico (PGJEM), who is credited with having participated in that fact pay for the crimes. In San Mateo, meanwhile, local residents consulted by journalists said that the detainees “are innocent.” They also said that during the lynching municipal police “were unable to rescue the hostages” by the crowd of about 600 people angry
Testimonies collected in the village of lynching reported that agents of the Department of Public Safety arrived on Friday night to a gas station at the entrance of the village, but “did not intervene timely.” Of the 23 arrested, six were women and 17 men, and between them there are three children, and that the attorney mexiquense Alfredo Castillo, has evidence pointing directly to one .woman as the person who instigated the lynching began with shouts of “justice, justice, are kidnappers “. then were ringing the bells of the village church, which began to form a mob went to the place where the hostages. Also versions of residents of San Mateo indicated that there were five suspects, but two of them managed to escape. Also complained that since Friday night police entered homes and detained the alleged instigators. They said people were arrested simply crossing by the main square, without being related to the facts. Castillo’s attorney said he would not allow any mexiquense vigilantism totake justice into their own hands and “those who do, will pay” for it.”

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Seven Gunned Down in Northern Mexico

Sunday, February 12, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

Latin American Herald Tribune
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=470351&CategoryId=14091

MONTERREY, Mexico – Four men and three women were gunned down Sunday in Torreon, one of the largest cities in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, prosecutors said.

The shooting occurred in Vicente Guerrero, a poor neighborhood in the southern section of Torreon, the Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office said.

“In the incident reported, it has been confirmed that four males and three females died,” the AG’s office said.

The “bodies of five people were found inside a vehicle,” the AG’s office said.

It is not clear whether the victims were killed in a shootout between rival gangs or dumped in the neighborhood.

A bulletin was issued after gunfire was reported, but no arrests have been made.

The Sinaloa and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Torreon, resulting in a series of massacres over the past three years.

Gunmen opened fire with assault rifles on a group of people in Torreon on Jan. 28, killing five people and wounding four others.

The shooting happened in Nueva Rosita, a district in the western section of Torreon.

A 15-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds to the head at the scene, while Red Cross paramedics assisted six men and a woman.

Investigators found 16 .223-caliber bullet casings from AR-15 assault rifles at the crime scene, the AG’s office said.

Mexico’s drug war death toll stood at 47,515 from December 2006 to Sept. 30.

The murder total has grown every year of President Felipe Calderon’s military offensive against the well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.

Unofficial tallies published in December by independent daily La Jornada put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at more than 50,000.
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Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, R.I.P.

| Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

photos courtesy of El Universal

“El Lazca”, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the ruthless leader of Mexico’s Los Zetas, has erected the final resting place that will house his remains in the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo.

The purpose of the empty mausoleum in the San Francisco cemetary is an open, but unspoken, secret among the residents of the colonia Tezontle, where Lazcano has also paid for the erection of a church, Nuestra Señora de los Lagos.

Although the exact location of Lazcano’s birth in the state of Hidalgo is disputed, Tezontle is said to be his birthplace. Tezontle is one of the poorer, more forgotten neighborhoods of Pachuca.

Among the myths that surround Lazcano’s life is that a reason for his desertion from the Army and entry into the original cadre of Los Zetas is that he was denied promotion past the rank of corporal, not for lack of merit but due to his humble origins.

Mausoleums are symbols of the excess that marks the narco lifestyle, at least for the higher tiers of drug traffickers with the resources to fund them. They are the final bookend to these men’s lives.

Below are excerpts of a documentary that chronicles life in the universe of drug trafficker’s burial grounds. “El Velador” (The Night Watchman)  is the work of the Mexican filmmaker Natalia Almada.

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Juarez’ Cops Under Attack Again

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs
A Ciudad Juarez police patrol unit was attacked this morning in the community of Emiliano Zapata, as it patrolled through the street División del Norte and at least two of the officers in the patrol unit resulted seriously injured.
The incident took place around 8:00 in the morning when the patrol unit number 151 was circulating that artery and came across the junction with the street Pedro de Alba at which time it was surprised by several gunmen traveling in a brown Ford Explorer.
According to witnesses the gunmen fired at least 50 times with heavy caliber weapons at the police officers who were able to repel the attack before falling seriously injured.
One officer unofficially identified as Juan Carlos Romero was shot in the head and was taken in a private car to a private hospital, while a policewoman identified as Rios Rosas, was taken by ambulance of the Red Cross staff to the same hospital.
After the attack the gunmen fled due west and abandoned their vehicle on the streets Islas Tasmania and Isla Celebes where it was located by agents of the preventive police that had been in an operation in the city searching for the suspects. Several suspects were apprehended while in their homes and were suspected of being involved in the attack of the police officers.

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Mexican Governor got Millions in Drug Cash

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs
More on Tomas Yarrington and Antonio Pena-Arguelles:

 

By E. Eduardo Castillo
The Associated Press

U.S. drug agents have evidence that cartel leaders paid millions to a Mexican border state governor and other figures in Mexico’s former ruling party in exchange for political influence, according to a court filing in Texas.

Confidential informants told Drug Enforcement Administration investigators that leaders of the Zetas and Gulf cartels made payments to Institutional Revolutionary Party members including Tomas Yarrington, who served as governor of Tamaulipas state in 1999-2004, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, Texas.

The affidavit says the DEA also has obtained ledgers documenting millions of dollars in payments to Yarrington’s representatives.

Yarrington declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Friday.

The U.S. investigation could have ramifications for Mexico’s July 1 presidential election. The candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has a strong lead in opinion polls and appears poised to retake the country’s most powerful office 12 years after the party was unseated after seven decades of unchallenged rule. The PRI has been fending off allegations of criminal ties from the current ruling party, its main competitor in the vote.

The 13-page affidavit lays out in detail the DEA’s case against Antonio Pena-Arguelles, an alleged cartel money-launderer who was arrested Wednesday in San Antonio.

It accuses him of using U.S. bank accounts to funnel millions to Yarrington from leaders of the Gulf and the Zetas. In 2004-2005 alone, it says, he and his brother received $4.5 million from the No. 2 leader of the Zetas, Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales.

The Zetas gang was started by Mexican special forces soldiers who dropped out of the military and initially worked as the Gulf cartel’s enforcers before breaking away in 2010 to become a notoriously brutal nationwide cartel of their own, responsible for thousands of kidnappings, slayings and acts of extortion. The Zetas and Gulf cartel then went to war over control of the drug routes running into much of southern Texas, turning Tamaulipas one of Mexico’s most violent states.

One of the DEA’s four informants told investigators that “during early 2000, Antonio Pena-Arguelles began receiving large amounts of drug proceeds on behalf of Osiel Cardenas, head of the Gulf Cartel, in exchange for political influence within the government in Tamaulipas,” the complaint says.

Mauricio Fernandez, head of the DEA’s San Antonio office, described the complaint as the result of a lengthy and continuing investigation.

“It’s an ongoing matter right now,” he said. “A lot of people are working on this.”

Mexican prosecutors said late last month that they were investigating former Tamaulipas officials in connection with unspecified federal crimes, a category that includes money-laundering and drug-related crimes. Yarrington and two other former PRI governors, Manuel Cavazos, who served until 1999, and Eugenio Hernandez, who left office in 2010, publicly acknowledged that they were subjects of the probe but denied any links to crime.

In the wake of the revelations, the PRI accused the governing National Action Party, the PAN, its main opponent in the July election, of manipulating criminal justice for political ends.

The PRI’s presidential candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, appeared several days later at a rally in Tamaulipas hand-in-hand with Cavazos in a public show of support for the ex-governor, who is now running for a Senate seat.

The centerpiece of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s six-year term has been his heavy militarized fight against drug cartels, and the PAN has been increasingly attempting to paint the PRI as unable to move away from the corruption that marked the autocratic rule that ended with its presidential loss to the PAN in 2000.

Calderon’s party seized on the DEA court filing as evidence that the PRI has links to organized crime.

“For months the National Action Party has expressed its concern about the evidence constantly coming to light that current and former PRI governors could be allowing organized-crime groups to operate,” Gustavo Madero, chairman of the PAN’s national executive committee, told reporters.

Pena Nieto did not directly address the accusations in the DEA affidavit when questioned about them Friday. Standing beside him, PRI head Joaquin Coldwell struck a softer tone than in previous party statements about the probe of the ex-governors.

“Every party member is responsible for his own conduct and behavior, and each party member must carry out his own legal defense,” Coldwell said. “What we ask for in this case and others that present themselves … is that the justice system isn’t used in a partisan way, for electoral purposes, and that the constitutional rights of the people who are investigated are respected.”

Politicians have long been under pressure from cartels in Tamaulipas. In 2010, gunmen believed linked to one of the cartels ambushed a convoy carrying the leading PRI gubernatorial candidate, Rodolfo Torre, killing him and four of his companions. Torre’s brother then ran for the governorship and won.
According to the DEA complaint in Texas, Pena-Arguelles’ older brother Alfonso was found slain by a monument in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, last year. Next to his body was a banner accusing Antonio Pena-Arguelles of stealing $5 million from the Zetas. DEA informants said the money had been intended to buy the Zetas influence in the Tamaulipas government through Yarrington’s connections, the affidavit says.

On the morning of his brother’s death, Antonio Pena-Arguelles received a cellphone text message from Trevino, the Zetas’ No. 2, accusing him, Yarrington and the head of the Gulf cartel, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, of orchestrating Torre’s slaying, the complaint says.

Associated Press writer Paul J. Weber in San Antonio contributed to this report.
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How One DEA Agent began a brutal Drugwar

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
“Kiki” Camarena
BBC
Twenty seven years ago, the kidnap, torture and murder of a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent by Mexican drug traffickers sparked one of the biggest manhunts the US government has ever launched in North America. 

 

It also offered an ominous warning of things to come.

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