“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat
Video translation is as follows:
Interrogator: What’s your name?
Captive: My name is Juan Carlos Castro.
Interrogator: What’s your nickname?
Captive: El Rana.
Interrogator: Where are you originally from?
Captive: I am from La Pila, San Luis Potosí.
Interrogator: Which cartel do you belong to?
Captive: I belong to the Los Alemanes Cartel.
Interrogator: Which functions did you have within this cartel?
Captive: I sold narcotics, charged a protection fee, extorted, robbed, and kidnapped.
Interrogator Do you personally know Pollo Alemán?
Interrogator: What about his son Luis Alemán?
Captive: Yes sir.
Interrogator: How did you come to know him?
Captive: I met him at a gathering that we had.
Interrogator: How did you come to know these men?
Captive: It all happened at a safe house off of the 57 thoroughfare just ahead of the junction. Right behind this restaurant known as 77.
Interrogator: Who all was at this meeting?
Captive: The commanders for El Alemán were there. El Seco, El Ruso, El Pantera Zaragoza, El Guerrero, and Mr. Menchaca of the Municipal Police.
Interrogator: How did Comandante Alemán present himself?
Captive: He presented himself as the leader for the Alemánes Cartel.
Interrogator: How would you describe Commander Alemán?
Captive: He’s tall, chubby, and dark skinned.
Interrogator: How was he dressed?
Captive: He was dressed in slacks, a cowboy hat, and dark shades.
Interrogator: What all was discussed at this meeting?
Captive: The distribution of drugs was discussed. Along with extortions, protection fees, kidnapping’s, and commissions.
Interrogator: Were the commissions that were due given to them.
Captive: No sir. In fact we actually did a job where we kidnapped a man in the town of Ojo de Gato. We asked for 5 million pesos to secure his release. But we didn’t get anything.
Interrogator: Who all participated in that kidnapping?
Captive: It was El Guerrero, Pipo, Taneques, Mike, Conejo, Pichin, Ismael, Raul, and Velle.
Interrogator: Which vehicles did Commander Aleman have?
Captive: A grey Chevy Silverado pick up. Along with a white Ram truck.
Interrogator: Were they armored?
Captive: Yes sir.
Interrogator: How many individuals did he have among his group?
Captive: About 25 to 30 individuals.
Interrogator: Which type of vehicles were they in?
Captive: I was unable to see all that sir.
Interrogator: Were they armed?
Captive: Yes sir they were. They had long rifles, short weapons, plate carriers, balaclavas, Kevlar helmets, and all dressed in black.
Interrogator: What happened after that meeting?
Captive: We were invited to a cookout, chicken, drinks, and alcohol.
Interrogator: What happened once the meeting was over?
Captive: Comandante Alemán threatened us. He said we could never leave this cartel because we knew his identity. And whoever wanted to leave would be killed.
Warning: Graphic pictures below this point.
Narco message reads as follows:
This was my fate because I was kidnapping and thieving for Luis Alemán, Commander Menchaca, and El Pato of the Ministerial Police. Sincerely, Commander Tornado