Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

"Nacho's" Laptop Reveals its Secrets

Sunday, August 1, 2010 |

Domingo 01 de Agosto de 2010
Francisco Gómez | El Universal


















When the late drug kingpin Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel Villarreal, was shot and killed by soldiers in his luxury safehouse, he was in possession of 10 suitcases containing $ 7 million (U.S.) a vast collection of jewelry, at least half a dozen cellphones, and most important of all, a laptop computer whose data storage contains information vital to the operation of his empire.

Experts from the Attorney General of the Republic’s office (PGR) are holding the laptop computer and are extracting and analyzing the information contained within its hard drive.

Information extracted from evidence seized at the safehouse has already led to a military operation that resulted in the location and death of Coronel’s nephew and heir apparent, Mario Carrasco Coronel, in Guadalajara on Friday, July 30, a day after his uncle was killed.

The computer, according to official reports, contains data on the operations of Coronel’s drug racketeering operations on land and sea, and the companies that he used to carry out the importation, transfer and distribution of cocaine, precursor chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs and methamphetamine.

According to SEDENA (the Ministry of National Defense) Nacho Coronel died Thursday afternoon during a clash with soldiers seeking to arrest him in Zapopan, Jalisco, in an operation based on military intelligence analysis. Coronel was found with his confidant and bodyguard, Hiram Quinones Francisco Gastelum, who was arrested by the soldiers who carried out the raid.

Nacho Coronel was third in command of the Sinaloa cartel, behind only Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán Loera and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

Surrounded by luxury

In the safe houses uncovered in previous operations and where Coronel met his end this past Thursday, he lived surrounded by large amounts of cash in low denominations, jewelry and precious stones.

He also lived surrounded by high-powered weaponry to deal with any enemy and the security forces, according to official reports.

Nine assault weapons, seven side arms, grenades, one thousand cartridges and three luxury vehicles were seized in the safe house located in the upscale Colinas de San Javier neighborhood and were transferred to the custody of the Deputy Attorney General’s office Specializing in the Investigation of Organized Crime (SIEDO), whose prosecutors have jurisdiction to carry out any investigation.

Military sources said cell phones that contained information about the men who spoke to the drug lord led to the location of his nephew, Mario Carrasco Coronel, hours later in the Colonia Rinconada de los Novelistas where he was killed when he tried to escape from his captors.










Hiram Francisco Quiñones Gastélum, considered the personal bodyguard and confidant of the late Nacho Coronel, was transferred to the custody of the public prosecutor assigned to the Special Crimes Unit and is expected to be arraigned soon.

In an official report, the PGR said that, according to SEDENA, Quiñones is a former member of the security forces specializing in the management of combat strategies.

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26 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the US has some people working with MX. Good work .Keep it up!!

Valentina said...

I can't believe he actually kept records of anything on his laptop, but it would be interesting if they can actually retrieve emails or even financial records.

Thank you for the update.

Anonymous said...

its impossible to keep everything memorized in his mind, he'd to leave records on the laptop so he can read, adjust, anything else whatever he was doing with that, but now he is dead and the mexican authorities is investigating it. el chapo and ismael are the only two assoicates controled for the sinaloa cartel? wondering what they are doing... worried about the details on the laptop that is going to be read by the authorities, they probably feel shit after losing his colleague to death, maybe they are going to find someone else to replace him.... they lost some top operators already like jesus zambada garcia, vicente zambada....

Valentina said...

Pardon me for thinking it's a bit funny that he would keep records on his laptop, the idea that he would seems a bit far-fetched.

For instance, what if he would have been taken into custody alive and his laptop would have been seized as well, at that moment the Mexican government would have more than enough evidence to pin against him. I don't understand why he would risk so much.

Anonymous said...

He's not dead it's a hoxs. Where r the pictures everrytime the Mex Feds kill someone important the pictures of the bodies r shown rite a way. This was done so peolpe think that the gov is doing or fight the Sinaloa cartel.

Anonymous said...

The National Office for Drug Trafficking Operations (maybe it runs under another name), situated in an undisclosed location in Mexico. It can be located with in the backyard of the most ruthless drug cartels and they would not notice it. It is of the general understanding that it has people from many security U.S. Govt. branches working side by side with Mexican Secretary departments, carefully screened for the most confidance control trust screen known to man. We will start seeing more succesful raids against key cartel operators as we move forward with the implementations of intelligence phases of the Drug War Initiative. More power to them.

Anonymous said...

Thats really strange I don't think hes dead there are just three thing that may had happen. 1- That El Chapo Guzman betray him, so he send the cops to kill his family. 2- That it was all just an act , so US authorities think that the Mexican government are not working with El Chapo Guzman.3-That they really kill him or maybe not, they just say that they kill him so that El Chapo thinks that he is dead and don't try to silent him an torture him to spit all. Because I dont think that it would be a Capo that that stupid to don't put a password to a Laptop. More because they didn't last too much to block the laptop. -----I STILL DON'T THINK THAT HE IS DEAD, AND I TELL YOU THIS "THERE IS SOMETHING FISHY IN THIS OPERATION"----

Anonymous said...

I don't see why anyone would be surprised these guys use labtops, and other technology for work, it's 2010. They aren't living in the 60's, using payphones, smoke signals, and pen and pad to keep track of shipments, receive intel, give orders, etc.

Anonymous said...

maybe it was usa operatives that took him away... thats why no pics.

Anonymous said...

Thats really strange I don't think hes dead there are just three thing that may had happen. 1- That El Chapo Guzman betray him, so he send the cops to kill his family. 2- That it was all just an act , so US authorities think that the Mexican government are not working with El Chapo Guzman.3-That they really kill him or maybe not, they just say that they kill him so that El Chapo thinks that he is dead and don't try to silent him an torture him to spit all. Because I dont think that it would be a Capo that that stupid to don't put a password to a Laptop. More because they didn't last too much to block the laptop. -----I STILL DON'T THINK THAT HE IS DEAD, AND I TELL YOU THIS "THERE IS SOMETHING FISHY IN THIS OPERATION"----

Do you know that El Chapo is not the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel its somebody that it all ready "death" That "die" more than 15 years ago El Chapo is just like the image. I live in Sinaloa and He is not the leader! I swear it for all the people that I love! He is actually value of business is more than 10 Billions

Anonymous said...

whether he's dead or not, GOD KNOWS THE REAL ANSWERS. they do not show the pictures in the public yet but maybe later when the investigation is over? of course i remember they showed pictures of the dead drug lord kingpin alfredo beltran leyva something like that after he was killed last year december 2009. did the authority officials spoke to medias on tv / radio about coronel villareal? we got the news in the southern hemisphere last week stating that a mexican drug lord kingpin has died. was it part of a bullshitting source to lead the public world to believe he's dead? sinaloa cartel probably is playing a dirt game, or the authorities is doing a dirt job whatever...

Anonymous said...

no cuerpo, no muerte mebbe he cut a deal and will be in witness protection in santa fe

Anonymous said...

Always with the conspiracy theories. First, it was that the government was favoring El Chapo. Now that one of the main guys has been taken out, now the 'he's not dead' conspiracy theory. Give it a rest. He's dead as a doornail. And the US had nothing to do with this operation. So good riddance Coronel. I hope they take out all this scum. I don't care what people in Sinaloa say about you or your kind, there is no such thing as a benevolent cartel leader. They are all ruthless scum. I hope they take out LFM and los Zetas too because they are being a pain in the ass here in Michoacan.

Anonymous said...

Let us not loose focus on the history of this war.Remember that when Alfredo Beltran Leyva was slain by Navy Special forces,one footsoldier died in the confrontation. By tradition his name was reveal and the cartels took inmediate retaliatory actions on his still living family killing his mother and one sister,seriously wounding a second sister. DO NOT EXPECT,any time soon, the name of the fallen soldier to be revealed in this (Coronel's Death) operation to be known to society. COAHUILA will do it's part to help out in the war on drugs initiative.

Anonymous said...

I think that they haven't shown pictures only due to fear of disrespecting Nacho Coronel and the Sinaloa Cartel. You won't see pictures of him like you did of Beltran Leyva. Where the soldiers basically short of pissing on his corpse disrespected him in everyway possible and then displayed it to the world. Not that these guys don't deserve some of that dissrespect it's just that the CDS is a powerful and old school organization and they wouldn't take that lightly. I think they are keeping it low key and not displaying any hype due to respect and or fear from El Chaps or Zambada both old school guys that wouldn't like that very much.... But good coverage on these matter.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:34, that is prob the most insightful reasoning into why pictures of Nacho's body haven't been circulated on this forum.

Anonymous said...

Which federal organisation is the most powerful authority in Mexico? SIEDO? PGR? AFI? Does it have the same systems in all of these organisations? I assume they work in a different organisation, but they also work together across the country? I saw it on TV, a woman named Morales, who is a barrister for the federal police. She is constantly presenting in the media conferences, speaking up and sometimes she is seen sitting a few metres away from those ones arrested. She is a brave woman. I was wondering, does she have bodyguards to protect her from any risks in the public?

Anonymous said...

We own an international business and approve wires via computer chop for the 9 countries we have offices and do buisness in. My husband carries one "bank"computer with him wherever he travels and I carry the other. On them are most senstive information one can imagine, for both business and financial. Each category is pass-word protected and again within categories depending how sensitive. This is how the world works, computer memorializing and filing is common now and actually the safest. The hard copy method of yesteryear was unsafe as many humans had access. In addition to that fact in international business or one that requires constant moving your "office"and "bank" travel with you.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me how many times the Mx Gov has not released a photo of a high profile capture? It does seem strange, but I am not convinced that it is a hoax, I do not believe the US is involved because they would have released a statment.

I do beleive the US should provide incarceration for convicted Cartel leaders in the US at the request of Mexico so that leaders like Chapo can not bride their way out.

Anonymous said...

It is funny how much most Mexican despise us Americans, but yet now they want our help. Only to find that after the help the Mexicans would go back to giving us the finger, as it is they come to our country and act so rude, and carry themselves like we should be kissing their asses, I dont think so. The Mexican people need to rise up as a proud people and stand united against all corruption and these Narco animals. Dont wait for handouts but take care of it within your own country.

Anonymous said...

he, he...

What the heck did this guy do to earn the privilege? So...if we were to hold a "White Man's Burden" jamboree, deep in the BorderlandBeat, you'll sign up to give a lecture? Would you show us the way?

I apologize for my people's rudeness (Its in our DNA, don't you know?) but by the sound of you, it was more than earned.

I salute you! ...you kno what I mean?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand your stupidity. I've traveled in Mexico all my life and nobody has ever shown me any anti gringo sentiment. I've lived among some of the most hospital sharing humanity on the planet Earth. Come out of your shell and learn. I've been living in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua for 32 years in the vise of the Sinaloa Cartel and La Linea. I receive fair treatment from all, but their business is not mine. Yo no se como cantar. No puedo hablar, estoy ciego, no escuho nada y por eso no tengo nigun problema. Honkey wants drugs and they get sent in a free enterprise system.
Flor de Capomo

Anonymous said...

i have also traveled around mexico for years and have been around some cartel guys, they are for the most part very polite, but sometimes i have got the bad look, and the little remarks "pinche gringo" pinche awero", but mostly have been treated great, but don't make no mistake , the guys now are out of control , and even if they are nice to you , they will cut your head off if ordered , or if there is enough money . just cause they smile at you don't mean they wont kill you my friend

Valentina said...

To Anonymous (August 2, 2010 5:39 PM):

"This is how the world works, computer memorializing and filing is common now and actually the safest."

In response to the above statement, and this is how the Federal government works: They gather probable cause to obtain a search warranted signed by a judge or a magistrate and then they pick up your laptop and open it up, they by pass all of your worthless passwords and then they begin a criminal prosecution and send you off to federal prison for 30 years.

Anonymous said...

Like people are saying it might just be that it's all a hoax. Why have we not seen not one pic of Nachito after his death. Makes you think twice about this whole death thing and if he is alive somewhere out their may god protect him.

Anonymous said...

i really dont know what to believe because when they kidnapped the secretry of state they had said it was so they can release nachito in exchange and then now hes dead i dont know what to say!!!!

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