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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

October November 2008: Crime Blog

Operation Candystore Less Delicious Than Advertised

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Personally, I was expecting a lot more deliciousness from a law enforcement project named "Operation Candystore." It's just your run-of-the-mill Mexican/Vietnamese/White drug trade between So Cal and Canada. And by Canada I mean "Vancouver." Whenever I hear about Canada-U.S. cross border traffic I'm thinking, "Vietnamese organized crime involved, perhaps?" The two biggest Vietnamese ex pat communities live in Orange County & Vancouver. I just made that detail up, fyi.

Nathan Lineham, of Newport Beach, was just one player in an import-export drug-trafficking ring that brought ecstasy and marijuana to the U.S. from Canada and sent cocaine back across the border, prosecutors say.

Four years ago, Lineham's company developed a way to keep personal information on BlackBerrys secure, the site claims. The phones were marketed to individuals and companies looking to secure privacy.

But Lineham also was marketing the devices to drug traffickers and using them in his own drug business, prosecutors said. Intercepted messages let investigators construct a detailed portrait of the operation, from the date and time of shipments to the type of container it was in.

The investigation, dubbed "Operation Candystore," led to the seizure of money and drugs, including 60-kilogram and 35-kilogram shipments of cocaine.

The thing to focus on in this case is the following sentence:

An import-export drug-trafficking ring that brought ecstasy and marijuana to the U.S. from Canada and sent cocaine back across the border.

This is how it works- you send kilos of cocaine up to Canada for retail distribution and you get back ecstasy and high power "BC Bud" in return. It works for both groups, because drug laws are a joke in Canada, and in the U.S. weed is easier to deal with then cocaine, which is high stakes. The units of measurement are kilos for the cocaine and thousand pill bags of ecstasy. Ecstasy isn't as popular as it once was, I think they just throw that in there. It's basically coke for weed swapping. The Vietnamese handle the importation from Canada and then they swap with reps from the Cartel in Southern California.

For laughs, here is the website of Nathanael Lineham, "The Datalocking Company."

Conviction Reversed for Sex Chat with "Teen"

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People who spend their time on-line luring adults into "relationships" with "13 year old girls" are pretty much as bad as the people they lure, in my mind.  What kind of sick fuck spends their time "protecting" children by posing as a 13 year old girls and engaging in soft core porn talk?  Try volunteering at an orphanage, asshole.

It's good to see a court of appeals overturning at least one of these oft-ridiculous convictions:

The crime requires prosecutors show that someone did more than just have a sexually explicit chat with a minor. To be found guilty, someone must show their intent to have sex by doing such things as purchasing condoms or driving to the minor’s home.

Olson challenged his conviction, saying prosecutors never proved his intent. They argued that sending video of himself shirtless — and Olson’s history of having sex with adults he met through online chatting — satisfied the requirement. A Wood County judge agreed.

The appeals court overturned that decision Thursday, ruling that Olson’s video was part of the chat and not a separate act that showed his intent. The ruling means Olson can withdraw his plea.

The court rejected the state’s argument that the video was an attempt to entice the minor and groom her for sex.

‘‘We fail to discern a difference between Olson’s use of the webcam and Olson describing his appearance during his already ongoing chat,’’ Judge Paul Lundsten wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel. ‘‘Olson’s use of his webcam to transmit video of himself was, under the circumstances of this case, nothing more than the use of his computer to communicate with nora13queen.’’

Hey- way to go.  This law enforcement trend is a absurd.  Most of these guys have no criminal history, and the fact that they are actually chatting with an adult pretending to be a child is just crazy.  "Nora13queen"?  Could they pick a more fake screen name for a 13 year old girl?  She sounds like a Hollywood screenwriter who writes teen scripts for WB shows.

Fluffy Bunny Crew Troubles Phoenix Cops


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Is there anything more annoying then privileged whites affecting the behaviors of ethnically based street gangs?  Not to defend ethnically based street gangs, but if you grow up in urban areas like South Los Angeles, East Oakland or the Bronx, it's easy to see how you could become embroiled in gang activity at a young age.  There can be no similar justification for these suburban "crews."   Take, for example, the Phoenix based "Fluffy Bunny Crew."

The Fluffy Bunny Crew, a street gang, was formed years ago on upscale high-school campuses in the northeast Valley. Members of the predominantly White gang of suburban young people first attracted police attention by mugging classmates at northeast Phoenix parties. During the past two years, they have evolved from a party crew into a street gang known for armed robberies, drug deals and violent crime, police say.

Phoenix police Lt. Larry Giebelhausen said investigators at the Desert Horizon Precinct want more parents to be aware of the gang that started as a joke before escalating into a public-safety threat.

"They're getting more and more violent," said Giebelhausen, adding that the Fluffy Bunny Crew is now a recognized Arizona street gang. Members boast about their exploits or "Web bang" on social-networking sites, where they challenge police and threaten rival gangs and members of the public.

"These guys are moving more and more into traditional gang crimes. We have drug transactions on a regular basis."

Non-Hispanic White gangs are rare, according to the National Youth Gang Center, an organization that compiles gang-related statistics from law-enforcement agencies across the U.S.

The organization estimated that 49 percent of gang members in the U.S. were Hispanic and 34 percent were Black. Nearly 10 percent were non-Hispanic White, the group said.

Bruce Ferrell, president of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, said he noticed a rise in gangs similar to the Fluffy Bunny Crew in Omaha, Neb., where he worked as a gang-intelligence investigator.

"The biggest problem is we undercut and minimize what these kids are about."

Wrong, I think the biggest problem is that law enforcement in these suburban areas are a bunch of rubes, and the feds in these geographical areas have bigger fish to fry, i.e. real street gangs and non-gang violent organized crime. In other words, "Hey- you've got a home invasion robbery- go solve the damn crime instead of complaining to the news paper about these so-called 'gangs.'  Try putting some of these guys in prison and see how long the "gang" holds up."

In California, they call these "emerging" or "undocumented" gangs.  The use of the word "crew" is telling- it shows a lack of awareness of the group as an organized entity by both law enforcement AND the public.  You don't say "the latin kings crew."  It's just "the latin kings."  Or, to take another example, you don't say "West Coast Crips gang," just "West Coast Crips."

What about this "statistic":

The organization estimated that 49 percent of gang members in the U.S. were Hispanic and 34 percent were Black. Nearly 10 percent were non-Hispanic White, the group said.

That leaves only 7% for everything else:  Asians, Pacific Islanders, Eastern Europeans, South Americans.  Sounds fishy to me.

Operation Pay Cut Targets South Texas to Atlanta Drug Trafficking Organization

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"Operation Pay Cut" better or worse name then "Project Reckoning?" Both targeted the South Texas to Atlanta drug trafficking corridor- or d.t.c. I propose a campaign that focuses entirely on the transportation of narcotics on interstate freeways- focus on the d.t.c.'s: los angeles to houston, san diego to los angeles, houston to atlanta, atlanta to new york city- etc. Hub and spokes. Intercepting shipments on the highway is the highest reward/lowest risk- just seizing the drugs in large enough quantities is useful, even without sending people to prison.

Dubbed "Operation Pay Cut," the two-year investigation targeted the finances of drug smuggling organizations operating between Atlanta and cities such as McAllen, Brownsville and Mission. Federal agencies outlined their case in three separate indictments unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta.

Among those indicted locally is Emmanuel Sanchez, a former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy, who was stopped by Georgia State Police outside Atlanta in 2006 and found to be carrying almost $1 million hidden in the doors of his truck.

Sanchez, 48, of Mission, allegedly flashed his badge in an attempt to avert further investigation, authorities there said at the time.

Here's what I say: The drugs HAVE to move in a concealed fashion in the U.S.- they can't move it in machine gun guarded convoys.

Also, using your fake/real sheriff's badge only works if they aren't tapping your phones.

Three indictments means either three different cells, or two cells and money launderer or one cell and two money launderers.

Head of Sinaloa Cartel Operations in Nicaragua Arrested

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After a police action called Operation Trojan completed in different parts of Nicaragua, authorities in that country identified the Mexican Martin Lugo Lucio as the alleged "kingpin" drug dealer who ran a center for collecting drug dismantled in recent days Managua.

In a communique, the police released the results of Operation Trojan, made from 27 to Oct. 30 in different parts of the country and which led to the capture of 18 alleged drug traffickers, including Mexican Lugo Lucio, three Hondurans and a Salvadoran.

According to the police spokesman, Commissioner Vilma Reyes, Lugo is presumed that Lucio was in charge of a storage site belonging to drug cartel in Sinaloa, which he Nicaraguan police dismantled a logistics base last year.

During Operation Trojan, "the police conducted raids and arrests in Managua, in Yalagüina (north), Chinandega (northwest) and Penas Blancas (south), where they seized 42.6 kilos of cocaine, 367 thousand 660 U.S. dollars, ten vehicles Three buildings and weapons, the report said.

Gulf Cartel Honcho Arrested in Reynosa Mexico

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You know, the Mexican dailies do a pretty good job keeping up with the latest news on the Mexican fight against the drug cartels.  Note how they got him on a highway- transportation is the most vulnerable part of any large scale enterprise.  That's why I think that anti-drug law enforcement should focus on a "free way" strategy and basically ignore the suppression of supply or diminishing of demand.  

1. People are going to make drugs.
2. People are going to use drugs.
3. Drugs need to be moved from the producer to the consumer, money need to be moved from the consumers to the producers.
4. It is impossible for criminals to 'secure' the international passage of drugs- they need to be 'hidden.'

You don't need to put anyone in jail if you just take the drugs and the money.  For example, Colombia produced 535 tons of cocaine- that is 535,000 kilograms.  That all has to be transported to either the United States or Europe.  If you stop the movement, everything else goes away.  What can drug traffickers do? We also need to take advantage of the fact that Mexico is a much more functional state then ANY of the cocaine growing countries- Colombia? Bolivia? Please.  Just flush our aid money down the toilet.

Antonio Coronado Galarza, 'The Yellow', alleged leader of the Gulf cartel in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, was arrested yesterday.

The arrest took place in the vicinity of the National highway to Reynosa, Monterrey, where federal troops stopped the vehicle Ford Lobo, black, model 2009, without plates movement, which was led by Antonio Coronado Galarza, who also he was nicknamed 'El Tigre'.

Texas Syndicate Member Pleads to Being Zeta Hit Man

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A tactic that originated in the San Diego area(?): Mexican drug cartel's using American gang members as assassins- has spread to the Rio Grande Valley.  Typically in the case of San Diego- the American gang member was used in Mexico, here it appears to be a straight up contract killing:

A man police have tied to the Texas Syndicate pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering two people who were Zeta targets.

Juan Manuel Marquez Rodriguez pleaded guilty to the murders of Julio A. Serrano and Michael Lopez in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

Marquez Rodriguez, 27, and other members of the Texas Syndicate plotted in December 2006 to kidnap Serrano, a 19-year-old Sinaloa Cartel hit man, on behalf of the Zetas, the branch of the Gulf Cartel that controls most of the drug trafficking in this area, according to a criminal complaint filed by Laredo police.

Miguel "40" Treviño Morales and Ivan "El Taliban" Velasquez Caballero wanted Serrano delivered to them in Nuevo Laredo, according to the complaint.

Serrano was involved with a woman Velasquez had dated, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

When Marquez Rodriguez and his associates arrived at the trailer Serrano was living in on Gallagher Avenue, Serrano tried to flee and Marquez Rodriguez shot and killed him, according to the criminal complaint.

Well, it didn't have the panache of your typical Zeta "grenades from the fourth story of a downtown hotel" attack, but what can you expect.  Also- who wants to bet he's co-operating and that had something to do with the recent Texas Syndicate take-down in... Texas, of course.

Nogales Police Chief Slain

Who killed him?  Sinaloa Cartel?  
Gunmen killed a state police chief in the Mexican border city of Nogales.

Sonora police director Juan Manuel Pavon Felix was riddled with bullets as he entered a hotel Sunday night with his bodyguard and other officers, according to a statement from the state investigative police office.

The statement said Pavon had just finished directing police operations in the city.

Leader of the Zetas Captured by Mexican Feds

The Zetas- the enforcement wing of the Gulf Cartel and the most murderous paramilitary force in Mexico.

The Federal Preventive Police reported that it captured in Tamaulipas Jaime Gonzalez Duran, aka The Hummer, who is alleged founder of the group of hitmen known as Los Zetas.

In a press conference being held in the hangar of the Federal Preventive Police, the interim commissioner of this organization, Rodrigo Esparza, was on hand to present to the media at Hummer who operated in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and is linked to Heriberto Lazcano aka The Lazca, leader of the Gulf Cartel.

In a press conference the official said that this arrest will tone for the capture of other members of that group arm of the Gulf Cartel.

The Hummer is considered one of the main contributors to Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Trevino Morales, aka the L-40, leaders of Los Zetas.

Rodrigo Esparza announced that Jaime Gonzalez Duran caused high in the Mexican Army and Air Force on Nov. 15, 1991.The deserted on February 24, 1999 and joined Arturo Guzman Tens and Heriberto Lazcano to be part of the Gulf Cartel's arm as executor.

He was recruited by Osiel Cardenas Guillen, The Kills friends, and one of his first tasks was to escort Cardenas Guillen.

It was responsible for the executions of members of other criminal organizations to be carried out by the square of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, where it currently had its operations center.

Until his arrest, controlled operations in the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Michoacan, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Tabasco, Quintana Roo, Mexico State and Federal District, reporting directly to Heriberto Lazcano.

The Hummer was wanted by the Attorney General of the Republic, by U.S. authorities on charges in the Court of the District of Columbia for the crimes of conspiracy, manufacturing and distribution of cocaine.

The Hummer's Versace Pistol

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Is there a better symbol of the Mexican Cartel Culture then the above photo?  That gun has "Versace" printed across the bottom of the gold handle.  Super classy.  I want one of those. (LONDON 

17 of Richmond's Project Trojans Street Gang Arrested

So Deep C was a state operation, Project Trojans is federal. That makes Project Trojans >

A day after alleged members of a central Richmond gang were rounded up by state drug agents, people affiliated with a rival gang in North Richmond were arrested this morning as part of a federal drug investigation, authorities said
The suspects, members or associates of the Project Trojans street gang, were being held on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including murder, assault and drug charges, Terry said.

The arrests came a day after state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement agents led 200 officers on raids of homes connected to the Deep C or Deep Central gang, which counts Project Trojans as its rival. Police say Project Trojans is responsible for much of the violence in North Richmond.

Somali Pirates Hijack Enormous Oil Super Tanker

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The Somali Pirate community has made a play for the big time with the hijacking of an enormous Saudi 'super tanker' filled with oil.  Hell yeah- I'm going to buy some oil in Somalia. Who wants to come? (CNN)

San Diego Cockfighting Arena  Bust!

wOW. Fallbrook cockfighting ring located in an avocado grove?  I'm "all in" on this crime. 25 people detained... how many charged?

FALLBROOK, Calif. -- Authorities have uncovered a cockfighting arena in Fallbrook.

San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Anthony Ray says deputies responded to a report of roosters crowing at an avocado grove around 10 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived they found the arena as well as alcohol and food vendors among the trees.

About 100 people ran away as deputies approached.

Some 25 people were detained, along with dozens of vehicles.

Cockfighting Arena Found In Avocado Grove(CHANNEL 10 SAN DIEGO)

It's Harvest Season!

As an advocate for the de-criminalization of marijuana, it pains me to see Mexican drug cartel's so intimately involved in the importation and distribution of mj in the United States, but it's a difficult fact that all proponents of decriminalization of marijuana need to address.  Right now it's "Harvest Season" in Mexico, which means a series of multi-ton seizures along the U.S./Mexico border.  Two or three a week?  Here is yesterday's edition San Diego-style:

SAN DIEGO -- Three motorists were arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry Tuesday after service dogs sniffed out a total of nearly 7,600 pounds of marijuana concealed in the men's vehicles, authorities reported.

Inspectors discovered the cannabis hauls around daybreak, over a roughly 30-minute period, according to U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement.

Two of the suspected drug traffickers -- both Mexican nationals -- arrived at the government checkpoint in white vans, CBP spokesman Vince Bond said.

Alerted by a drug-sniffing canine, agents found a total of 415 packages of marijuana hidden in the vehicles.

The illicit cargo weighed a combined 7,338 pounds.

Who do you think that weed belonged to?  A Mexican drug cartel, that's who.  I want to get my own drug-sniffing canine.

Terrorists Kill 16 With Guns n Bombs in Mumbai

MUMBAI, India – Officials and media reports say at least 16 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of attacks by terrorist gunmen at seven sites in Mumbai, including two luxury hotels.

The Press Trust of India said at least 16 people were killed in the attacks. Johnny Joseph, chief secretary for Maharashtra, said 90 people had been injured, but refused to say how many had died.

A.N. Roy, a senior police officer, said police were continuing to battle the gunmen.

"The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed, the encounters are still going on and we are trying to overpower them," Roy says.

Attacks were reported at the Taj and Oberoi hotels, the popular Café Leopold, and Cama Hospital, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.

Mumbai Terrorist Entry:  Ship Hijack. Jet Skis, Murder

The batch of terrorists who reached Mumbai on boats two days ago to execute the worst Terror attack on India had killed and thrown off-board three members of the crew of Kuber, the Indian trawler they hijacked, and beheaded the fourth, Amarsinh Solanki, whom they let live longer to help them with navigation.

Sources have told The Indian Express that reports from Coast Guard authorities said that Solanki’s “headless body” was recovered from the 45-foot trawler about five nautical miles from the Mumbai coast during an aerial recce on the waters of Arabian Sea.

It’s also confirmed that the terrorists got off Kuber and boarded an inflatable dinghy — Gemini craft — which they used to land on Mumbai’s shore. Sources said that one of the terrorists caught is said to have admitted that Kuber had only one Gemini craft on board. “Eight terrorists boarded the craft to reach the shore on Wednesday,” a source said.

Captured Terrorist Gives Mumbai Plot Details

In a sensational disclosure made by Ajmal, the jihadi nabbed alive by Mumbai cops, the group had planned to sail out on Thursday. Their recruiters had even charted out the return route for them and stored it on the GPS device which they had used to navigate their way to the Mumbai shoreline.

Ajmal has revealed the name of his fellow jihadis all Pakistani citizens as Abu Ali, Fahad, Omar, Shoaib, Umer, Abu Akasha, Ismail, Abdul Rahman (Bara) and Abdul Rahman (Chhota).

The account of Ajmal also strengthens the doubt of the complicity of powerful elements in the Pakistani establishment. According to him, the group set off on November 21 from an isolated creek near Karachi without the deadly cargo of arms and ammunition they were to use against the innocents in Mumbai. The group received arms and ammunition on board a large Pakistani vessel which picked them up the following day. The vessel, whose ownership is now the subject of an international probe, had four Pakistanis apart from the crew.

A day later, they came across an Indian-owned trawler, Kuber, which was promptly commandeered on the seas. Four of the fishermen who were on the trawler were killed, but its skipper, or tandel in fishermen lingo, Amarjit Singh, was forced to proceed towards India. Amarjit was killed the next day, and Ismail the terrorist who was killed at Girgaum Chowpaty took the wheel.

A trained sailor, Ismail used the GPS to reach Mumbai coast on November 26. The group, however, slowed down its advance as they had reached during the day time while the landing was planned after dusk. The group shifted to inflatable boats, before disembarking at Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade.

From there, they mandated to kill indiscriminately, particularly white foreign tourists, and spare Muslims split up into five batches. Two of them Ismail and Ajmal took a taxi to Victoria Terminus. Three other batches of two each headed for Oberoi Hotel, Cafe Leopold and Nariman House. The remaining four went to Taj Hotel.

One source in ATS familiar with the details of the interrogation quoted him saying that in all 16 fidayeens came to Mumbai on Wednesday. A native of Faridkot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 21-year-old Kasab told police they had done a reccee of Mumbai few months ago. He said he had come along with eight of the operatives to Mumbai as students and lived in a rented room at Colaba market, a stone's throw away from Nariman House.

Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Unabated

What happened in Mexico this weekend? Well how about ten decapitated corpses found in Tijuana + "A dozen hitmen on Friday opened fire at people dining together at a restaurant in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, instantly killing seven of them and fatally wounding another, police said" (Yahoo!)

Oh- and there was an argument-inspired shoot-out among drug traffickers that ended up with 17 people dead (LA CRONICA):

A total of 17 people were killed in a border town with Mexico as a result of a clash between armed men who the police claimed were drug traffickers.

''In the place had a truck registered in Tamaulipas and died inside a rifle with a grenade launcher and an M'', said on Monday the spokesman of Police Donald Gonzalez.

The police version indicates that the incident began on the afternoon of Sunday, when suspected drug traffickers Guatemalans and Mexicans drank in the town of Santa Ana Huista, located 180 kilometers northwest of the capital. The police said that the fight started by disagreement over a bet on a horse race.

Yawn. Just another weekend on the United States/Mexican border.

Cause of Drug Violence in Tijuana Not Inter Arrellano Felix Related

Baja California has suffered a rising wave of homicides, which officials blame on a struggle between rival cells of the Arellano-Felix drug cartel.

No: it clearly involves cartels like Sinaloa and the Gulf Cartel- Decapitation is a Zeta trademark, and Sinaloa Cartel will use it, too.

Decapitation details:

The bodies of nine decapitated men were found in a vacant lot in Tijuana Sunday, part of a wave of violence that claimed at least 23 lives over the weekend in this border city plagued by warring traffickers, authorities said.

The heads were discovered in plastic bags near the bodies in a poor neighborhood of Tijuana, across from San Diego, Baja California state police said in a statement. Three police identification cards were also found at the site.

Yikes. Were they police men, then? Decapitation strikes fear into the hearts of others.

Commenter Explains Tijuana Drug Cartel Violence

A commenter left this message after my last Tijuana violence post. I thought it was pretty sensible, so I'm reposting it:

Actually it IS and it is NOT inter-Arellano.

Everything started 4/26/08, The current's "AFO" or "CAF" leader, "El Ingeniero" (nephew to the Arellano Felix Brothers who started it all)sent a large convoy of gunmen to "finish" the growing rampage that one of the Arellano-Felix cartel's Lieutenants (leader for an individual cell) who's nickname is "TEO" "El TRES" "Tres Letras"
identified as Teodoro Garcia Simental had going for months kidnapping and killing at his own will, in other words "EL TEO" became a loose cannon and was growing bigger than the "CAF" itself, or at least was becoming a threat to "CAF".
That night was one of the worst ever in Tijuana, there were over a dozen people killed on the shootout between "Teo's" people and the CAF gunmen.
Neither "TEO" nor any of his major gunmen were killed, they were not present in the shooting.

It is unclear to me wich side had a bigger death toll but both sides were hit hard.
"EL Ingeniero" then made a big mistake:

He forgave TEO and ordered him to leave town, then forgave all of TEO's people and re-adopted them.

3 months ago, TEO came back, (from Sinaloa) only he didnt come alone...
It is said that he brought back people from the Sinaloa cartel with him, with the promise to deliver the city to them after finishing off the Arellano Felix Cartel.
Obviously, his old people went back to him, they never betrayed him.
The late massive acts of Violence in Tijuana are a result of this war for the City, apparently TEO's current plan in action is to kill anyone that has anything to do with the Arellano's from street drug dealers to people involved in their money laundering, anything and everything that smells, tastes, looks, like CAF.
The beheadings and mutilations are an attempt to create fear in those who work for the CAF and that way take over the operations in the city.

Only thing is that CAF has over a decade in the city and they are not leaving without a fight...
Personally, I think this is going to take a long time and hundreds more lives before we know who stays and who dies....

Michael Carona Trial: Defense Snookers Prosecution


There is nothing I like more then a good snookering of the prosecution:

Did Debra Hoffman just secure the first "get-out-of-jail-free" card in the Mike Carona corruption trial?

Too soon to tell, but she did a nice Cheshire Cat impression Tuesday afternoon after vacating the defense table for the first time since the trial began in late October. Any why not? The moment she passed by Carona and gave him a smiling "Hey, what can I say?" look, she went from defendant to courtroom spectator.

Minutes earlier, U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford ruled that she was entitled to a separate trial from Carona at some unspecified date.

Mindful of what her sudden disappearance might mean to jurors waiting to be summoned back to the courtroom, Guilford asked both teams of attorneys, "How should we orchestrate the farewell to Ms. Hoffman?"

Hoffman's attorney, Sylvia Guillen-Torres, suggested that he tell them charges had been dropped. Carona defense attorney Jeffrey Rawitch said, "A small cocktail party?" The two government attorneys weren't nearly as jocular.

A small cocktail party?  That is a quip!

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