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    Mexican Cartel Allegedly Hired MS-13 To Carry Out Torture Operation In Minnesota

    Published May 07, 2014
    Fox News Latino

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is a long way away from the home turf of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, but that didn’t stop three cartel enforcers from making their way up the region in an attempt to hunt down two teenagers they accused of stealing drugs and money from a stash house.

    The three enforcers were allegedly sent from Los Angeles to St. Paul on orders from the Sinaloa cartel to find the people who stole 30 pounds of methamphetamine and $200,000 from a stash house in St. Paul. The two teens that the cartel hit men snagged were tortured, had their lives and that that of their families threatened and were told to find the missing drugs or come up with $300,000 to compensate the cartel, according to court documents obtained by the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune newspaper.

    “The kidnappers told [the 19-year-old] that if he didn’t return the drugs or come up with the money, he and his entire family would be killed,” according to court documents.

    Despite indictments pending and two of three enforcers taken into custody, the story has people in the Twin Cities area shocked and worried as law enforcement deals with a spike in drug trafficking and heroin overdoses.

    Federal authorities told the Star Tribune that they are not shocked that the Sinaloa cartel would go to such lengths to retrieve their money and drugs, especially in the lucrative Midwest heroin market. What worries them is that instead of using their own people, the cartel apparently hired the hit men from the feared Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang (MS-13).

    One of the men, 22-year old Jonatan Alvarez Delgado, was arrested in Minnesota and confessed to the crime. Another, Jesus Ramirez, 31, was captured in California after leading FBI agents on a chase through downtown Los Angeles and the third, known only as “Chapop,” is still at large.

    MS-13 was founded by immigrants fleeing El Salvador's civil war more than two decades ago. Its founders took lessons learned from the brutal conflict to the streets of Los Angeles as they built a reputation as one of the most ruthless and sophisticated street gangs in the country, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jason Shatarsky.

    With as many as 10,000 members in 46 states, the gang has expanded beyond its initial and local roots. Members are accused of crimes ranging from kidnapping and murder to drug smuggling and human trafficking.

    Shatarsky, an MS-13 expert assigned to ICE's national gang unit, said the group quickly established itself in Los Angeles before spreading across the country. The group's penchants for violence — using a machete to hack a victim to death or shooting someone in the head in broad daylight for instance — surprised authorities and rival gangs.

    The gang now has a large presence in Southern California, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, all areas with substantial Salvadoran populations. And in any community where the gang operates, Shatarsky said, its members often prey on their own community, targeting residents and business owners for extortion, among other crimes. The gang is also active in Central America and in parts of Mexico and authorities in Europe have reported evidence of MS-13 expanding operations there.
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    H2 Note: Four perpetrators and three victims, all associated with street drugs and all with Mexican names [neither link states if they are legal or illegal aliens] , have cost the Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Department and public health services a pretty penny.

    Most costs of mass immigration burden State and local governments. The federal government bears little of the cost except, perhaps, new costs associated with Obamacare. The profits of mass immigration are mostly "privatized", accruing to those who use cheap foreign labor.

    On this very day, Amnesty advocates [esp. Republicans Boehner and Cantor and most Democrats] in the House of Representatives are conspiring to shoe-horn Amnesty provisions into any handy piece of legislation that comes along. The latest vehicle for Amnesty is said to be the must-pass budget for the NDAA - National Defense Authorization Bill.

    Why the NDAA is "must pass" is a separate question. If the ill-conceived Patriot Act which justifies mass spying on US citizens were repealed, the NDAA apparatus might go away, too.


    Mexican drug cartel allegedly tortured several people after St. Paul thefts

    By Mara H. Gottfried

    This house in St. Paul's West Seventh neighborhood was allegedly used as a "stash house" by a Mexican drug cartel. After drugs and money were stolen from it in April, several suspects were kidnapped and tortured, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court. (Pioneer Press: Mara Gottfried)

    A Mexican drug cartel had a "stash house" in St. Paul, and when drugs and money were stolen from it last month, several people thought to be involved were kidnapped and tortured, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court.
    A federal grand jury has indicted four men in the case.

    The kidnapping victims were released, but the little finger belonging to one of the men was nearly severed by his captors, according to the charges filed last month in Ramsey County.

    In addition, a woman said she was taken to the house in the West Seventh neighborhood, questioned and raped, a search warrant affidavit said.

    The U.S. attorney's office declined to comment Monday.

    The Ramsey County criminal complaints filed against Antonio Navarro, Jesus Ramirez and Jonatan Geranimo Delgado give this account of what happened:

    Navarro, 19, came to Minnesota from Glendale, Ariz., in March for a job. A Mexican drug cartel paid him $1,000 a week, plus food, to watch a stash house on Palace Avenue, between Milton and Victoria streets. Drugs were delivered to the house by car and, along with cash, hidden inside.

    After the home was burglarized sometime around April 11-12, a woman renting the home told Navarro that people would be coming to St. Paul to investigate the theft, which included 27 pounds of methamphetamine.

    On April 14, Navarro picked up three men from the airport who blamed Navarro for the theft and threatened him. They demanded to question people Navarro had brought to the home before the burglary.

    That same day, Navarro arranged to meet a man suspected in the burglary, identified in the complaint as Victim 1, by calling him under the guise of buying marijuana.

    They agreed to meet in South Minneapolis. Ramirez, 31, revealed he was carrying a handgun and warned the men in the car with Victim 1 not to do anything stupid. Ramirez pointed to Victim 1 and said, "You, come with me." The man complied.

    Los Angeles police closed off several streets downtown Thursday, April 17, 2014, in a search for a kidnapping suspect charged in St. Paul. FBI and LAPD personnel were in pursuit of Jesus Ramirez, who was wanted in connection with the kidnapping and assault of two people in St. Paul. (KCAL-TV screen grab)

    A man with Ramirez and Navarro, known as Chapo, punched another man, identified in the complaint as Victim 2, and took him out of the car. Both victims were put in a Toyota Camry that Ramirez drove and in which Chapo was a passenger. Navarro and Delgado, 22, followed in a Volkswagen Jetta.

    The victims' friends also followed until Ramirez noticed them. At that point, Ramirez put a gun to Victim 2's head and told him to call the others to tell them stop following, which they did.

    The victims were brought to the stash house in the 900 block of Palace Avenue, which Victim 1 recognized because he had previously smoked marijuana there with Navarro. Ramirez questioned them in the basement.
    Ramirez said 30 pounds of meth and $200,000 were missing.

    A sign on the door of a door at 914 Palace Avenue shows the house is condemned and off-limits. (Pioneer Press: Mara Gottfried)

    He gave the victims a choice: return the drugs or come up with $300,000 to cover the loss. Victim 1 denied being involved with the theft, saying he only sold marijuana and had no customers for meth. The kidnappers told him his family would be killed if he didn't return the drugs or come up with the money.

    Both victims were tied to chairs and beaten over the next several hours. Ramirez held a gun to their heads. Navarro, Ramirez and Delgado held Victim 2 down while Chapo cut his finger with scissors, and the man passed out. The man later needed surgery to repair tendons.

    Navarro also was tied up and beaten because he was being held responsible for the missing drugs and money, Victim 1 said.

    The victims said they overheard the kidnappers say the theft could have been an inside job. The kidnappers made plans to pick up a woman related to the theft.

    Police later tracked down a woman whom Chapo had brought to the house the same day the men were abducted. She was tortured and interrogated in the basement and, later, one of the suspects raped her at gunpoint, the search warrant affidavit said.

    The next day, April 15, Victims 1 and 2 were released.

    Police had begun investigating when they were told on the evening of April 14 about the abductions.

    Police arrested Navarro and Delgado at the house April 15 and found a Victim 3. He'd been brought there after getting a call from a man claiming to be a friend of a friend who needed help. In the house, Victim 3 was told to sit in the living room with four males, one of whom had a gold-colored handgun. The men asked Victim 3 about his brother and used his cellphone to text his brother.

    On Monday, Delgado's attorney, Anthony Deutz, said his client, who lives in North Hollywood, Calif., "got caught up in this situation. He was actually fearful himself during this incident and he's proclaiming his innocence."

    Navarro's attorney couldn't be reached for comment.

    Ramirez allegedly led Los Angeles police on an April 17 chase and was arrested in North Hollywood. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

    A search of the Palace Avenue house turned up a handgun, scissors and about a pound of meth in a freezer, the complaint said.
    Navarro, Delgado and Ramirez were charged in Ramsey County with assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. All were in custody.

    Ruben Rosario contributed to this report. Mara H. Gottfried can be reached at 651-228-5262.
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    Mexican Cartels: They're Here

    If America saw this story and so many others like it played out on major TV networks during even one news cycle, they would be horrified, and rightly so. This is probably what the DOJ and DHS are trying to prevent: citizens learning the truth about the real reach of Mexican cartels into our nation's heartland."

    by Brandon Darby 6 May 2014 360 post a comment
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    Mexican Drug Cartel Meth Ring Busted In Elk Grove

    Alleged enforcers for a Mexican cartel were reportedly involved in the kidnapping and torture of U.S. teenagers over methamphetamine in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press. The U.S. Attorney’s office omitted Mexican cartel involvement in their official press release on the case.

    The official press release was titled, "Four Indicted for Drug Trafficking Crimes Involving a Violent Kidnapping in St. Paul" and only identified the perpetrators as being from U.S. cities. There were no mentions of Mexico, cartels, or even a transnational criminal organization—the DOJ agency simply omitted the vital information amid national discussions of immigration reform and debates regarding the importance of border security. The U.S. Attorney’s office described the men as having “roles in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization.” The particulars of the case—even without knowledge of alleged Mexican cartel involvement—reveal a brutal underworld in the northernmost U.S. states, similar to what routinely occurs in Mexico’s own drug war.

    The official press release from the DOJ agency described the horrid alleged crimes and wrote:
    On April 14, 2014, defendants Ramirez and Alvarez flew from Los Angeles, California to Minnesota in response to a report that approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine had been stolen from the stash house two days earlier. On the evening of April 14, the four defendants kidnapped two victims at gunpoint and held them captive against their will at the stash house. The defendants bound and beat the victims and made violent threats against their lives and the lives of their family members, while demanding information about the missing methamphetamine. According to the indictment, Villalvazo cut one of the victim’s fingers, nearly severing it, while Ramirez held the victim down.

    The local St. Paul Pioneer Press claims wrote, “A Mexican drug cartel had a 'stash house' in St. Paul, and when drugs and money were stolen from it last month, several people thought to be involved were kidnapped and tortured, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court.” The local paper added, “In addition, a woman said she was taken to the house in the West Seventh neighborhood, questioned and raped, a search warrant affidavit said.”

    The reach of Mexican cartels and their operations inside of the U.S. has been widely reported by Breitbart News, however heavily downplayed by numerous agencies under the DOJ umbrella—especially in their documents released to the American public. In fact, this is not the first time the DOJ agency has omitted or obscured a Mexican organization's leadership in major crimes on U.S. soil. One such matter involved a Chicago case Breitbart News broke regarding the kidnapping of a mother and children over Mexican narcotics.

    The Chicago kidnapping case involved U.S. gang members in Chicago operating under the orders of a leader residing in Mexico. In that instance, a Mexican cartel’s drugs were stolen and an order came from Mexico via telephone for the mother and children of the alleged thief to be kidnapped at gunpoint. The order was carried out. However, the official press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office did not mention that the narcotics belonged to a Mexican cartel. That detail was buried and only discovered by hours of research into court documents.

    Another press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington State was headlined, “Southwest Washington Man Who Operated Shingle Mill as Cover for Drug Dealing Gets 10-Year Prison Term.” Once again, after further research, Breitbart News discovered that the “Southwest Washington man” was actually a Mexican national and the U.S. Attorney’s office went on record and finally admitted that the man was working for a Mexican cartel—though they omitted this vital detail in their initial public statement on the case.

    The trend is clear: Mexican nationals are leading large-scale methamphetamine operations across the U.S. and agencies under the DOJ umbrella are failing to mention the details in their public statements or press releases. Only after searching through court documents can one find the fact that a large methamphetamine operation was led by someone from Mexico, much less that Mexican cartels were running the operations.

    Breitbart Texas Contributing Editor and Border Security Expert Sylvia Longmire stated, "This kind of cartel violence happens across America much more often than we are led to believe--in Las Vegas, outside Atlanta and northern Alabama are just a few examples. Not only are we led to believe that our borders are safer and more secure than at any time in history, but the level and frequency of violent Mexican cartel activity across the US is repeatedly downplayed or relegated to local media reports that never see the national light of day."

    Longmire added, "Department of Homeland Security officials have stated in congressional testimony that they don't keep track of cartel violence in the US, which allows them plausible deniability of its existence. If America saw this story and so many others like it played out on major TV networks during even one news cycle, they would be horrified, and rightly so. This is probably what the DOJ and DHS are trying to prevent: citizens learning the truth about the real reach of Mexican cartels into our nation's heartland."
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