#Narconoia Update: Mar. 27, 2014

Danny Benavides
March 27, 2014


Now that much of the remnants of Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) cartel have scattered, autodefensa units and Mexican government forces clean up Michoacán, and the focus falls onto the vigilante groups. These fractured factions present a new set of problems for Michoacán, as the state reels from years of narco-violence.

Meanwhile, legal proceedings related to the arrests of Chapo Guzmán and several of his Sinaloa Cartel operatives remain shrouded in secrecy. Presumably, evidence is being poured over as Mexican authorities manage the requisite legal arrangements with their U.S. counterparts.


Cartel violence simmers in Michoacán

Self-Defense Leaders Face Five Fractures via Juan Carlos Ortega Prado @ Proceso/Mexico Voices [translated by Jane Brundage]

Mexico: Major offensive against the Knights Templar via Sergio Ramos @ Infosurhoy [a brief recount of the advances made against the Caballeros Templarios cartel since the Peña Nieto administration deployed Mexican Federal Police and military to the area]

Appeal Filed for Hipólito Mora’s Arrest on Murder Charges @ Proceso/Mexico Voices [translated by Jane Brundage]

PAN boss: “There is no respect for life in Michoacán, nor a government” via Edward V. Byrne @ The Mexico Gulf Reporter

The “Hidden” Power of Illegally Armed Groups in Latin America via Magdalena Defort @ Small Wars Journal [while I disagree with this piece, there is a lot of useful information to be found]

Clarity: Templarios open fire at a Marina Helicopter in Arteaga via Chivís Martínez @ Borderland Beat

Demonstrators Demand Release of Self-defense Leader, Hipólito Mora via Gustavo Castillo García @ La Jornada/Mexico Voices

Second attempt in 3 months, autodefensas enter Huetamo Michoacán via Chivís Martínez @ Borderland Beat [despite previous agreements forbidding Rural Defense Units from entering urban areas, autodefensas re-entered Huetamoto to secure the embattled city]

The post-Chapo vacuum, and other Sinaloa Cartel headlines

Killing of 7 marks rise of Mexico drug corridor via Larios and Mark Stevenson @ Associated Press [it appears Los Zetas or its allies in the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel are going after Sinaloa Cartel territory]

Secrecy surrounds case against drug lord’s son via Kristina Davis @ The San Diego Union-Tribune [the massive amount of evidence seized during the months-long Sinaloa Cartel takedown remains undisclosed to the public, as the case against Mayo Zambada's son rolls along and "Chino Antráx" awaits extradition in the Netherlands]

Mexican official says US has not asked for Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman’s extradition via Diana Washington Valdez @ El Paso Times [in the words of the US DOJ, from the article: "The decision whether to pursue extradition is the subject of ongoing discussions between the United States and Mexico."]

Vast Web Hides Mexican Drug Profits in Plain Sight, U.S. Authorities Say via Randal C. Archibold @ The New York Times [an interesting read, but not much meat on the bone here]

Mexican Drug Lord Arrested by Marines Out to Help Man, Newspaper Says @ Latin American Herald Tribune [what was Chapo's bodyguard doing openly walking around the Miramar Hotel with a rifle and grenade launcher?]

Los Zetas hitmen, Gulf Cartel “Metros,” and other links of interest

Laredo: Trial begins for pair accused in Zeta murder-for-hire scheme via Chivís Martínez @ Borderland Beat

In surprise move, cartel boss pleads guilty to drug charges via Mark Reagan @ The Brownsville Herald

Border Control, Internal Security Drive UAV Market via José Higuera @ Defense News

Mexico looks to expand training with Marines via Gina Harkins @ Military Times [just what Mexico needs, more trained killers!]

Will Sheriff Treviño retire? Rumors swirl that county’s top cop will leave by month’s end via Jared Taylor, Jacob Fischler, and Dave Hendricks @ The Monitor [one of the most corrupted law enforcement organizations in south Texas may bid farewell to the "Teflon" Sheriff]

Key aide to Hidalgo County sheriff resigns via Aaron Nelsen @ The San Antonio Express-News [coincidence?]

Border Patrol Throw Political Bone to Civil Libertarians; Will We Fetch? via Guillermo Jimenez @ PanAmerican Post/Traces of Reality