Alex (Buggs) Marentes, a retired police officer from the Albuquerque Police Department, is the founder and owner of the Borderland Beat Project, a group of people who gather information on Mexican cartels. Marentes is also the author of the book "Borderland Beat, Reporting on the Mexican cartel drug war," released in April of 2019.

Bio and Expertise:
Alex Marentes resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and came to the U.S. at the young age of 10 years old. Alex joined the United States Marines and was honorably discharged after eight years of active duty service. He also served three years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve after his active duty. He joined the Albuquerque Police Department in 1985 and retired after 30 years of service to his community. While serving as police officer in Albuquerque, he served in different capacities, that included patrol, forensic investigations and Gang Prevention Programs.

Marentes has traveled extensively to Mexico, has family and friends there and has always had an interest in the political and social life of old Mexico. Alex is the founder and owner of the Borderland Beat Project that gathers information about the Mexican Drug Cartel War and shares the information in the popular worldwide blog. He was active as a contributor using the pseudonym name of “Buggs” for security reasons from 2008 until 2013 before the fragmentation of the cartels found today.

Trainer Qualifications:
Marentes has developed an expertise on Mexican drug cartel matters and often presents updates, historical background and methodology on these cartels to law enforcement. Marentes also shares cartel activity information to communities at large who have concerns or an interest with security along the border region or in neighborhoods.

NM Department of Public Safety Instructor Certification in the area of General Police, Rio Rancho Dept. of Public Safety Instructor Development Course, Albuquerque Police Department Field Training Certification, Gang Resistance and Education Instructor Certification. Researcher of Mexican drug cartels that has conducted interviews and personal experience in order to provide information to the Borderland Beat Project and share with English speaking audience..

Some topics of expertise include:
1) Provide behind the scene information on the development and implementation of the Borderland Beat Project, a project that gathers information on Mexican cartel activities. Evolvement of the cartels and the geographical makeup in Mexico and the US.
2) Discuss the principal drug cartels Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO’s) that were active and dominant during that peak of cartel activities in the periods of 2008 and 2013. Talk about the current makeup and the fragmentation of the main cartels and how that have evolved in Mexico and the US.
3) Discuss the organizational structure, process and tactics of operations related to drug trafficking and the interaction with the Mexican government establishments. Present a detail understanding of how they form powerful networks throughout Mexico using violence, money and corruption.
4) Highlight the Mexican law enforcement and military strategic and years of corrupt practices. Outline the Mexican government in their campaign to fight the DTOs by revamping the federal police and using the military to fight organized crime. Also touch on the allegations of collusion of some of  the Mexican federal government institutions with organized crime and the corruption from different levels of government.
5) Understand the Mexican society of the narco culture, through music and religion.
6) Understand how the powerful Mexican drug cartels have managed to use the already established structure of the US street gangs to form a solid method of drug distribution network that has generates millions of dollars to the Mexican drug lords.
7) The impact and spill over to the US from cartel violence and the trafficking of drugs, weapons and US currency.

Job Experience:

  • 30 years with the Albuquerque Police department in a sworn capacity.

  • Conducted training and updates to Law Enforcement related to Mexican Cartels.

  • Founder and owner of the Borderland Beat Project that gathers information on the Mexican Drug Cartel War and shares the information in the popular, internationally renowned blog.

  • Extensive experience in research of the Mexican drug war and, the layout and operations of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations. Spent years gathering information and translating Mexican documents and reports related to DTO activity. Conducted interviews and gathered information from sources in Mexico related to organized crime.

Alex Marentes is available to present, instruct and share updated information on the Mexican Drug Cartel to Law Enforcement Officers or any agency that has a vested interest in learning about Mexican cartels.  

Alex Marentes
(915) 224-0295