[alpha] INSIGHT – Mexico – Men executed by Sinaloa – US711 ***VERY GRAPHIC PHOTOS***

Released on 2013-02-13 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 5029764
Date 2011-09-26 21:01:22
From marc.lanthemann@stratfor.com
To alpha@stratfor.com
Source Code: US711
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: US Law enforcement Agent with Border Liaison
ITEM CREDIBILITY: C (personal commentary)


Greetings friends! Below is something I sent out to my contacts down in
Mexico. Just looking for a reaction. This was a YouTube video that I
found. Not sure when this execution occurred, but it was shameful. See
the information below. Remember the last photo is graphic. Stop at the
bottom of the information I wrote below if you do not like graphic
things. There is a great message in the writing.

The two men below in the photos were recently executed by alleged Joaquin
“El Chapo” Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel according to an open source.
There is a video of the execution that I have not and will not attached.
The video is extremely graphic. These two men are nephew and uncle. The
man on the right is the uncle. The uncle was identified as Barnabas GAMEZ
Castro. The Nephew, on the left, was identified as Felix GAMEZ Garcia.
Felix admitted in the video that they were drug couriers and lookouts for
the Sinaloa Cartel. He said they worked directly for Joaquin “El Chapo”
Guzman, the alleged head of the Sinaloa Cartel. He said in the video that
they smuggled drugs into the United States for El Chapo and they were paid
$300 Mx Pesos (about $21.00) per load. They allegedly lost a loan of
drugs. Their punishment for losing that load of narcotics was death and
in the most horrific way. It is believed that their execution was
captured on video to show the others in the organization what will happen
to them if they lose a load of Joaquin ” El Chapo” Guzman’s merchandise
(Narcotics). I am starting to believe that the drug trade is like
everything else in life. Those at the top get richer and those at the
bottom get screwed. The fact is these guys got screwed in the worst way.
Look what $300 Mx Pesos got these two men; dead! Was the job and its risk
worth it?

In the video, as the men sat against a wall. They look somber, beaten
down mentally, with no hope for a future, all dreams for a better life
gone and they appeared to have accepted their faith of death. I got the
impression watching the video that they may have been heavily drugged,
which may have been the best humane thing for them. They just stared out
into space with no emotion or pleading for their lives. They answered all
of the questions asked knowing whatever they said would not spare their
lives; execution was their fate; death was coming.

These men may have made poor decisions and associated with the evils of
the drug trade, but they are still fellow human beings. No human being
deserve to die like they did. No animal either. This is a part of Mexico
that cannot be real and definitely does not reflex the majority of the
people of Mexico. I have had people here in Texas say this is Mexico,
i.e., this is how everyone is down there. This is why we need to build a
wall to keep all of those Mexican people out of the USA. Everyone is a
cartel member down there. Of course this is not true. The sad thing is
all of the good in Mexico is not being publicized. Just the bad. People
tend to judge people on the negative things they see and hear about those
people and not the positive. This is true for all people. There is so
much more positive things to Mexico that could be publicized than just
this, but this is what we all see and hear about. People are building
their beliefs about the People of Mexico on the negative things they see
and hear. The country is judged base on the evils of a few. There are
other countries where the masses are judged by the evils of a few.

The killers, who are alleged to be members of the paramilitary wing of the
Sinaloa and assassins, are seen in the video as approaching their intended
duty of brutally killing these men with no remorse or respect. They even
appeared to be enjoying their job. I do not know how a man can enjoy
killing another man.

In the video the uncle, Barnabas, said as a warning to those who are in
the drug trade or wanting to join the drug trade to think about it and do
not finger anyone (be a rat or informant). He said it was no fun being
in his situation. I heard that and I felt they may also have been accused
of informing on someone in the organization. The entire video was in
Spanish and I admit, my Spanish is nowhere near perfect, and I could have
misunderstood some things. But I saw the execution on video. I cannot
misunderstand that.

After all of the questions ended, the paramilitary person in the photo on
the right with the chain saw approached the uncle on the right first. As
he placed the chain saw against the uncle’s neck, starting from left to
right in the photo, the uncle just stared out into space. There was no
crying or pleading for his life. He just stared. The assassin cut off
the uncle’s head and his body fell into the lap of the nephew. The entire
time the uncle just stared with no emotion as the chain saw went through
his neck. There was no reaction from the nephew setting on the left. A
second guy approach and sawed off the head of the nephew with a butcher’s
knife through the neck. As the assassin started sawing on the neck of the
nephew on the left he continued to stare out in to space. He tried to cry
out, but it appeared that his vocal cords had already be severed and he
could not.

If seeing graphic photos disturb you, I would end now as the last
photograph below is graphic. I would scroll down no further. These men
died of a horrifying death. Does a human being deserve to die this way.
And for what? A $300 Mx Pesos ($21.00 USD) job? It kind of shows one
that life has no value within these TCOs. Life has no value in the drug
trade at all, whether trafficker, distributor or user. Drugs totally
destroys life. I wonder how much the assassins got paid. I have to
research this. Somehow this should demonstrate to everyone that death is
the only way out of a cartel. For those who use and get hooked on drugs,
death appears to the only way to become unhooked. It should further
demonstrate that with all of the billions of dollars floating around in
the drug trade in profits, only a few will earn it while the masses in the
trade will get paid peanuts before they die just as poor as they were when
they started in the trade. In the video I saw, the nephew said they
entered the drug trade to get rich. All they got was dead. To my friends
who are teachers, this is something your students should be made aware

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INSIGHT – US/Afghanistan – more on strategy debate

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Good piece: Costa Rica, Panama in the Crossfire

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Email-ID 2350182
Date 2009-10-08 20:51:00
From marko.papic@stratfor.com
To ct@stratfor.com, mexico@stratfor.com

Costa Rica, Panama in the Crossfire

Seized cocaine wrapped in small plastic bags

Evidence from high sea drug seizure.
(cc) Dulue Mbachu

As Mexicoa**s drug wars spread south beyond Guatemala and Honduras,
normally peaceful countries have fallen under the crossfire, Samuel Logan
and John P Sullivan write for ISN Security Watch.

By Samuel Logan and John P Sullivan for ISN Security Watch


Colombia and Costa Rica reaffirmed counternarcotics cooperation on 16
September, underscoring the reality of a new threat to security facing
Costa Rica, a country known as the Switzerland of Central America.

While most analysts consider Central Americaa**s northern triangle
countries – Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – to be the most affected
by the regional drug trade, Costa Rica and Panama have in 2009 become de
facto passageways, warehouses and money laundering fronts for both Mexican
and Colombian organized crime.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that seizures
of cocaine have increased dramatically in Panama and Costa Rica over the
last few years.

In 2000, seizures of cocaine in Panama and Costa Rica amounted to 7,400
and 5,871 kilograms, respectively. By 2007, this quantity had risen to
60,000 and 32,435 kilos for both states, respectively.

This surge dramatically underscores the growing importance of these
nations in the cross-Hemisphere drug trade. They have been caught in the
crossfire of Mexicoa**s drug wars.

Panama a**reda**

Many analysts observe that Panama could be an emerging narco-battleground.
In addition to a suspected 2,000 coastal hideouts for maritime
traffickers, there is an emphasis on overland drug routes.

a**Around 65 percent of the drug smuggling traffic through Costa Rica and
Panama is maritime, and most of the rest is over land,a** Paul Knierim, an
Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with experience in
Central America and currently working as the staff coordinator in
congressional and public affairs, told ISN Security Watch.

Extreme violence is also on the upswing. In April, alleged members of
Mexicoa**s Sinaloa Cartel abducted two suspected Envigado Cartel members
outside Panama Citya**s Metro Plaza mall, just one sign of the countrya**s
burgeoning drug trade. It is fueling a new generation of gangs (108 gangs
at current count), paid a**in-kinda** with drugs by the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and other traffickers.

Costa Rica: Encroaching on paradise

On 30 September, it was announced that Costa Rica would receive an
additional $1 million in Merida funds to combat drug trafficking (this is
on top of an initial $4.3 million allocated earlier this year). The funds
are targeted to bolster the police and enhance efforts to counter money

a**Contrary to the Mexico portion of the Merida Initiative, the Central
American portion [also] includes a significant amount of funds for
violence prevention. We were pleased to see that almost a third of the
funding for the first year was earmarked for prevention and community
policing efforts,a** Adriana Beltran, senior associate for citizen
security for the Washington Office on Latin America, told ISN Security

But Bruce Bagley, chair of the Department of International Studies with
the University of Miami, remains cautious. a**Costa Rica is a target of
opportunity and must be aware of and alert to its institutional
vulnerability,a** he told ISN Security Watch.

Costa Rican police assigned to counterdrug duties had amounted to 183
officials assigned to the Policia de Control de Drogas (PCD). These
officers are charged with combating a half-billion dollar drug trade that
moves at least 1,000 tons of cocaine annually.

Since the second year of President Oscar Ariasa** administration, when law
enforcement registered a 400 percent increase in the amount of larger
shipments – 500 to 1,000 kilos – moving through Costa Rica, the country
has begun to organize a cohesive strategy to fight back, but observers are
still concerned about whata**s on the horizon.

Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are not only shifting from transit to
processing territories, they are becoming drug-consuming nations as well.
The increased presence of drugs and drug gangs is stimulating a rise in
crime and violence. Central Americaa**s most peaceful countries may find a
serious security challenge ahead.

“We haven’t yet seen an escalation of violence, but there is concern, so
we’re focused on preventative maintenance and going after the kingpins,”
Knierim said.

Earlier this year, in March, gunmen stole some 320 kilos of confiscated
cocaine from a guarded storage unit in Golfito, a commercial center near
the border with Panama. Security measures failed again, in May, when a
helicopter carrying an estimated 347 kilograms of cocaine crashed on Costa
Ricaa**s notorious Cerro de la Muerte, allegedly en route to a warehouse
located near Turrialba, a small town just east of the capital, San Jose.

At the time, Public Security Minister Janina del Vecchio stated that
a**the presence of Mexican cartels in Costa Rica is worrisome,a** adding
that the helicopter crash supported her analysis that Costa Rica is used
for cocaine warehousing as much as it has been used for transshipment.
Del Vecchio also recently told the Tico Times, that a**[preventing drug
trafficking] isna**t just a fight on the seas, ita**s also a fight in the
streets [a*|].a**

Despite concerns of corruption, Knierim remains very supportive of Costa
Ricaa**s security forces. “In my time in Costa Rica, I’ve had the pleasure
of working very closely with their drug police and judicial police, and
they are some of the most professional, hard working cops in Central
America,” he said.

By land or sea

Drug traffickers have begun to use littoral routes on the Pacific side, as
close as five to 10 miles off shore. At any sign of trouble, a number of
estuaries and rivers provide cover. Some dona**t manage to hide.

On 7 September, officers with Costa Ricaa**s Drug Control Police (PCD)
stopped two fishermen steaming north about seven miles off shore and
interdicted 1,095 kilos of cocaine. Just two weeks prior, officers seized
382 kilos of cocaine out of a boat parked on Garabito beach, near Jaco, a
world renowned surf destination.

On land, the best route north into Nicaragua and beyond is through PeA+-as
Blancas, the border crossing in Costa Ricaa**s northwestern corner. Both
countries have placed a high priority on guarding this passage as it is
considered a bottleneck for illicit shipments moving north over land.

One unintended consequence, however, is that more weight will pass through
Costa Ricaa**s disreputable Limon port on the Caribbean coast, where
officers seized 110 kilos of cocaine from four dock workers who were
offloading a container that had arrived from the Colombian port town of
Turbo, on the Uraba Bay, a long known drugs export zone.

Drug trafficking and the endemic criminal violence it breeds are a threat
to the entire Western Hemisphere. The southern states of Central America
are just encountering the risk involved.

At least two Mexican cartels, the rival Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels are
active throughout Central America. It is near certain that the Zetas and
others are active as well. Add to this the traditional Colombian cartels
and transnational, third-generation gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha,
and the potential for cross-border drug wars and criminal insurgencies

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Funcionarios mexicanos negocian tratos con “cárteles” de droga

List of documents > Release Funcionarios mexicanos negocian tratos con “cárteles” de droga, según documentos de WikiLeaks

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1141337 Re: INSIGHT-MEXICO/US-Mishandling of ICE informants-US714 burton@stratfor.com scott.stewart@stratfor.com, zucha@stratfor.com, secure@stratfor.com 2011-04
1541767 Re: INSIGHT-MEXICO-US special forces in Mexico-US714 victoria.allen@stratfor.com secure@stratfor.com 2011-06
1740847 FOR MEX WEEKLY Fwd: FROM MX1: on CDJ marko.papic@stratfor.com gfriedman@stratfor.com 2010-04
1747409 Re: Get follow up from mx1? Thx marko.papic@stratfor.com burton@stratfor.com 2010-06
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Re: [alpha] INSIGHT – MEXICO – Iranian plot and Mexican “cooperation” with US – N/A

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Email-ID 5072197
Date 2011-10-14 21:45:42

I don’t know about the other cooperation stuff, but Arbabsiar entered
Mexico at least 3 times prior to getting denied.

What changed that last time other than US notification?


From: Marc Lanthemann <marc.lanthemann@stratfor.com>
Sender: alpha-bounces@stratfor.com
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:43:37 -0500 (CDT)
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ReplyTo: Alpha List <alpha@stratfor.com>
Subject: [alpha] INSIGHT – MEXICO – Iranian plot and Mexican “cooperation”
with US – N/A
Not yet assigned source code. Individual is former federal-level law
enforcement official for Mexican government.

Just a comment about the article published today regarding the alleged
iranian plot.

I am a firm believer that mexican drug cartels don`t have any dealings
with foreign terrorist groups. They will not risk their main business to
become international terrorists. Besides, muslims and mexicans don`t mix
very well.

As you well know, Mexico keeps an immigration alert database containing
information related to international fugitives and suspects of other
crimes like terrorism.

Every day mexican immigration authorities encounter subjects on the alert
system who are not allowed to enter Mexico and are sent back to the point
of origin of their trip, notifying the recipient authorities.

That is exactly what happened with Manssor Arbabsiar. He was denied entry
and sent back to the US where he was arrested.

What is being said about the “cooperation” from the mexican government to
avoid the plot makes me laugh. The only cooperation was that we caught
Arbabsiar at the mexican airport and sent him back to the US just on the
fact that he was on the aforementioned alert.

The cooperation and communication between Mexico and the US is on it`s
lowest level.

You know that Mexico is not fully cooperating with the US since the
“wikileaks” reports showing that your Ambassador Carlos Pascual was
sending messages with “derogatory” information about mexican
authoritiesand after the “Fast and Furious Operation”.

Those incidents caused a fracture on the bi-lateral relation, mainly in
the mexican side.

Mexico now is keeping a lid on open communication with the US with the
only exception when Mexico has a benefit (like the Merida Plan).

It`s a shame that things are not as they were before.

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Re: INSIGHT MEXICO — Sinaloa in Argentina?

Released on 2013-02-13 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 214965
Date 2008-11-25 13:03:06

hah, i love your source reliability rating

what do we know about argentina’s intel capabilities for this kind of
thing? how much of the drug trade traverses argentina?

Marko Papic wrote:

ATTRIBUTION: Source in the Mexican Government
PUBLICATION: More background on how different industries are faring the
SOURCE RELIABILITY: A- (minus only because he is Mexican)
SPECIAL HANDLING: Marko handles the contact

Had a very confusing (for me at least) discussion with our contact in
the Mexican Foreign Service. See below:

Mexican: Keep an eye on Argentina right now. The intelligence that we
can’t share with the Americans (due to lack of reciprocity) we are
sharing with the Argentines. We might be on the verge of finding a
smoking gun in Argentina in the coming months.

Serb: Smoking gun for what? That is about as unclear of a message as you
can send me…

Mexican: You’re right, that was vague. I wrote it really quickly in
between ****

I’m talking about drugs. Sinaloa has a presence there now and it is
using that, apparently, to coordinate some of the shitstorm back home.
By smoking gun, I’m talking about info that could potentially take Chapo
and others down for good. The Argentines appear to be on top of their

Serb: Wow! That is like the first time I have ever heard that Argentines
are on top of their shit!

Any more info would be great…

Why are Argentines connected to Sinaloa?
Are there even any drugs over there?
Are there Argentine operatives in Mexico?


Mexican: Sorry, it’s all I can say for now. Not really something that I
am totally in the loop on, but I can tell you that Mexican Intelligence
now sees Argentina as a “top 5-7” country on our priority list.

– – – – – –

Make of that what you will… any follow up questions?

Marko Papic

Stratfor Junior Analyst
C: + 1-512-905-3091
AIM: mpapicstratfor

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