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An Original Borderland Beat Story written by Chuck B Almada
ATLANTA, GA- Early this month, several Spanish language outlets, including Univision, ESPN Deportes, El Debate, and even the Official Twitter account of Monarcas Morelia announced the death of former professional soccer player, Silvestre Blas Fierros better known as “Piolo.” Up until today, the details surrounding the death of the 23 year old were unknown. Univision originally reported:
After conducting extensive research throughout the web, all news outlets contained similar information as the above statement, with none mentioning details surrounding the soccer player’s death. Through several reliable sources, Borderland Beat received exclusive information regarding the death of Piolo and his activities in the United States prior to his death.
Piolo was found dead on February 26, 2017 in an upscale Atlanta apartment. According to sources, a lock smith was hired by two other unidentified Hispanic men and requested that he unlock the door to the apartment where Piolo would be found deceased. Once the locksmith unlocked the door, he immediately saw Piolo obviously dead on the floor. The locksmith asked the two unidentified men that hired him if they were going to contact police and they told him that they would. The locksmith immediately left the location and contacted police to let them know what he had just witnessed. The police arrived to the Atlanta apartment to find Piolo still on the floor and no one else inside. Piolo did not show any signs of trauma and a death investigation immediately started.
Additionally, a trafficker told Fusion that “there’s almost nobody making pure heroin anymore, because El Diablito (fentanyl lazed heroin) is so much stronger.
A Cleveland Ohio Fox8 news report indicated that February 2017 was the highest month for deadly heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County’s history. “At least 60 died from heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two, bringing this year’s total to 109″ (Fox8, 2017). News such as this one are becoming a common occurrence throughout our country; with more and more people dying from heroin and fentanyl related overdoses.
The loss of life is always a tragedy, but with the death of Piolo, perhaps many innocent lives were saved. The quantity of heroin and fentanyl found in Piolo’s apartment, which was described as a straight up stash house, was in indication that Piolo and his associates were big time suppliers to the Atlanta area and to the East Coast.
“Mexican DTOs (Drug Trafficking Organizations) use the Atlanta region as the leading drug distribution center and bulk cash consolidation center in the eastern United States. They are the principal wholesale drug distributors in the region, supplying most other mid-level and retail-level traffickers in the region.
According to his ligamx.net profile, Piolo Blas is a native of Huetamo, Michoacan Mexico. Borderland Beat has published numerous articles regarding incidents in Huetamo including several battles between antagonist groups that fight for the control of the area. Among the news stories published by Borderland Beat is one about the arrest of the Huetamo mayor, Dalia Santana Pineda in 2014 for extortion and murder. There are several groups operating in Huetamo and Michoacan in general so it is hard to tell what group Piolo was specifically working for.
As I know that his family is probably suffering for their loss, many would-be-victims got a second chance at life as his heroin and fentanyl won’t be able to poison their lives. I understand that many argue that addicts deserve to die because it is their choice in the first place and I admit that I was one of them, but the more I have seen the more I admit that addiction is something that I will never understand. Addiction is a serious issue that sometimes starts by accident in the form of a legal prescription. We need to wake up and acknowledge that oftentimes our very doctors that we trust with our medical conditions are the gateway to addiction as they prescribe opiates as if they were candy. We see how our veterans return from combat and easily become addicts as doctors take the easy way out and prescribe them opiates instead finding the root of the problem and treating it. Once you go down the slippery slope of opiate addiction, it is almost impossible to survive.
It is not known how long Piolo had been living in Atlanta, but through our sources, we learned that Piolo leased the upscale two thousand dollar per month apartment less than a month prior to this death. Our sources also indicate that Piolo lived in Houston prior to coming to Atlanta. Our sources has indicated that there are more details to Piolo’s death including the items found and seized and the actions of the two unidentified men once they found Piolo’s body and the reason that prompted them to check on him; however, those details will not be released at this time.
The death of Piolo is an example of the consequences of “don’t get high on your own supply.” In this case, the consequences led to his immediate death and I’m sure that the ripple effect of his death is still being felt all the way in Mexico with the real “owners” of the large quantity of narcotics. As it is common with this industry, heads will roll and by now, a new person has filled the void created by Piolo.
Fox8. (2017). February was highest month for deadly heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County history. Retrieved 2017, from http://fox8.com/2017/03/03/february-was-highest-month-for-overdoses-in-cuyahoga-county-history/
Fusion. (2016). Death by Fentanyl. Retrieved from http://interactive.fusion.net/death-by-fentanyl/
Univision (2017). Falleció exfutbolista de Monarcas Morelia en Estados Unidos. Retrieved from http://www.univision.com/deportes/futbol/liga-mx/fallecio-exfutbolista-de-monarcas-morelia-en-estados-unidos
US-DOJ. (2010). Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Retrieved from https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs40/40382/40382p.pdf