After a few more miles the handler turns off the unpaved track into a clearing in what seems like empty, rolling woodland. Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Photos tweeted by the National Guard last Friday showed how the heavily armored vehicle was built out of scrap metal armor panels which were attached to a full size pickup vehicle. El Gordo likewise speaks out against current Republican front-runner Donald Trump, calling him “a modern Hitler—but intelligent.” He likens Trump to the leader of a criminal cartel, in that he uses his ill-gotten wealth to gain political influence.
Gulf Cartel sicarios Grupo Sombra torture criminal — Dismember another in Tuxpan, Mexico. The then-chief of the Michoacán state police approached Los Viagras in 2015 for help in taking down the leader of Los Caballeros Templarios cartel. A member of the Michoacán state police force, who agreed to be quoted only under the condition of anonymity, since he wasn’t authorized to speak to the press—backs up El Gordo’s claims of relative innocence. Americans cast their votes in some VERY quirky polling stations including a fire station,... Are infections ALREADY flattening? El Gordo and the rest of the Viagras are used to a life on the lam in the mountains. Fue abatido un presunto narcotraficante identificado como el Cácaro, quien supuestamente era jefe de plaza del Cártel de los Viagras en el municipio de Z About 12 miles down the road from the plaza a narrow dirt road cuts off into the dry tropical forest. “The authorities know where I am, but they’re afraid to come after me because of the scandal I could make by talking [about the government’s links to organized crime].”, For that reason, he says, officials “don’t want to arrest me, they want to kill me.
The townsfolk are all farmers, most of whom work in the nearby lime and mango orchards. “None of these efforts have been able to successfully or fully rein in these citizen groups or control the security situation in Michoacán,” Meyer says, leading to “the citizenry’s sense that the Mexican government [is] failing to come to their aid.”. El Chapo appeals his life sentence claiming trial was unfair... Mexican military fighter jets intercepted twin engine plane... 'This is my son, Beau, who a lot of you helped elect to the Senate': Joe makes his worst gaffe yet by... America (and the world) holds its breath: Millions vote to deliver their verdict on the most divisive ever... Meghan Markle 'voted early by mail in the 2020 election' source claims - after she and Prince Harry sparked... United States Postal Service FAILS to meet deadline set by judge to sweep facilities and deliver remaining... 'Losing is never easy. Once the militias were forced to go underground, he says, they had “to engage in illegal activities in order to raise money to go on defending the pueblo.”. Several Americans have been killed in or near the region, including the much publicized case of a motorcycle tourist mistaken for a DEA agent. Over the same weekend that I met with Sierra, at least 19 people were killed in separate gun battles in Tierra Caliente and surrounding communities—all of them victims of infighting between the Viagras and other armed factions seeking to take over their turf, according to the Michoacán state police. Your handler warms up the bullet-riddled car that will take you back to the same dusty plaza—back to your phone, and the relative safety of your hotel. Breitbart Texas confirmed that at least 20 died during the three days of shootouts that followed. The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) members burned the man’s face off as a way to mock his nickname, “Ghost Rider.”. “The Mexican government first ignored, then confronted and finally attempted to morph self-defense groups into a government-controlled rural police force,” says Maureen Meyer, a Mexican expert with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), in an email to The Daily Beast. It’s all lies!”.
“But not everybody in the fiscalia [The DA’s office] sees it that way.”. During the five hours I spend at his hideaway, El Gordo shows himself to be a surprisingly astute critic of culture and politics.
Unfortunately, the suppression of the autodefensas has led to a resurgence of powerful crime groups across Michoacán, as Templar splinter cells rebounded, often co-opting former vigilantes into their ranks. With the threat posed by the Templars removed, officials changed their position on the vigilantes, disbanding some groups by force, and eventually declaring the whole movement to be illegal. “The Viagras don’t have any nexus with organized crime,” he says. Election fever!
With the sun starting to go down, El Gordo’s men build up their cook fires against the coming night.
So it’s not impossible that El Gordo really is less evil than depicted. He admits, smiling slyly, that he’d once invested in labs to produce crystal meth—which he refers to in English as “ice”—but says he gave all that up when he joined the autodefensas. The fighting took place one day after the Mexican military swept the area as part of a peacekeeping operation and officials declared safety. Another hapless yanqui was found tortured and burned to death in Tierra Caliente just a few weeks ago. The comments below have not been moderated. “We don’t run labs. The destruction of the supply chain has impacted both the quality and quantity of product turned out by meth kitchens in Michoacán.
When it comes to the question of whether or not the Viagras are a criminal group, El Gordo breaks character for the first time in the interview. “I can live my whole life in the sierra if I have to,” he says. “Now there might be 100 [barrels] at a time.”. That automatically makes the group illegal,” she says. Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. Moment Trump gets emotional with 'his sweetheart' Ivanka by his side as he closes out marathon campaign in... Donald Trump claims he will 'top' the 306 electoral college votes he won in 2016 - but says he will NOT... Melania looks sensational in $4,500 chain-print Gucci dress as she votes in 77 degree Florida heat after... All eyes on America: How newspapers from around world are reacting to Election Day. The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) members burned the man’s face off as a way to mock his nickname, “Ghost Rider.” The gory act of torture took place over the weekend near the town of Tepalcatepec, Michoacán where the CJNG is fighting against factions of Los Viagras and La Familia, known as Carteles Unidos. You’ve come to meet the man behind the man and ask him to his face: Just who are the Viagras?—and what, if anything, do they stand for?
Other cartel moneymakers in Michoacán include tapping into the mining, agriculture, and shipping industries, although he repeats that the Viagras are innocent of such endeavors. Before you take your leave of the outlaw leader, you ask him what he thinks is the solution to the violent crime still plaguing Michoacán. “The state armed us, trained us, and then abandoned us,” says Sierra, during our meeting in his forest hideaway. “I don’t blame him—I blame his followers.”. From my perspective, the group is clean,” the officer said. “You have to give me your cell phone,” the handler says, by way of greeting, “so you can’t be tracked.” So you agree to turn it over and then, phone-less, you’re driven out into the sun-roasted fields of the campo. Most of the raw material for making meth used to come from China, entering Michoacán through the Pacific city of Lázaro Cárdenas—Mexico’s largest shipping port—but an increase in Chinese regulations has choked off the supply. Gordo Sierra is seated in a plastic lawn chair beside one of the brush-laden campfires, bathing in greenwood smoke to ward off mosquitos.
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