Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Federal Police detain "El Tocayo", CDG leader of Miguel Aleman

Friday, May 20, 2011 |

Mexican police said on Friday they captured a suspected drug kingpin from the Gulf drug cartel during what authorities believe was his own birthday party in a city along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Elements of the Federal Police captured Gilberto Barragan Balderas, aka "Heriberto" or "El Tocayo", the alleged head of the Gulf cartel in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas.

Barragan Balderas is on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) 10 ten most wanted list, with a reward of five million dollars to anyone who offered information leading to his capture.

At a press conference, Ramón Eduardo Pequeño, head of the Drug Enforcement Division of the Federal Police, reported that Barragán Balderas was captured in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, along with two other people.

Gilberto Barragan Balderas, 41, is a top lieutenant in the Gulf cartel and was reportedly the coordinator responsible for enforcement of Gulf Cartel “law” when Los Zetas were still the cartel’s enforcement arm.

In his position el Tocayo, among other duties, defended his "plaza" from the Zetas, ordered and oversaw executions, kidnappings, disappearances and tortures.

Also arrested were Romeo Eduardo Mejía, brother of Juan Reyes Mejía, R1, lieutenant and chief assassin of the Gulf Cartel, and Sergio Gutierrez Castanon.


More information to come

Sources: Milenio http://www.milenio.com/node/723924
El Universal: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/767031.html
Borderland Beat: Pinche Mamito: http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/02/pinche-mamito.html





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Anonymous said...

Mexico, Fighting the war on Drugs.
U.S.A. still talking about it after all these years. All we see on TV is a bunch of Doughnut eaters rushing crack houses and taking out
low level street distributors.
Where are your Cartel Leaders?
living it up while paying off the local DEA

Anonymous said...

Looks like he was going NASCAR

J said...

Damn. Not good for Gulf operations in Tamaulipas. Not good for Gulf Cartel in general. This is the same Tocayo that left the bodies for Zeta in January, Tocayo y Aguilar.

And R1's brother? R1 should get out of the state for awhile.

DFL said...

This is one of the puinks that has been terrorizing Miguel Aleman across from Roma Texas.
His head was valued at $5,000,000 and was on the DEA 10 most wanted. It would have been better if that fat head of his was delivered in an ice chest instead of attached to his worthless body.
He can send notes back and forth to Osiel Cardenas while locked up at A Super Max.
If all goes well this piece of crap will be tried under the Kingpin Laws and the US Goverment will teach him a dear lesson with a long, thick cold needle filled with posion.

Anonymous said...

Good, about time they catch this animal. Hope he rots with maggots in his ass.

Anonymous said...

This guy is high up there...Big blow to the CDG!! All the top leadership from the CDG is probably running right now! He could provide valuable Intel!!

Anonymous said...

That sucks he got busted on his own Birthday party jajajaja...Happy Birthday motherfucker, now your going to jail!! jajaja

Anonymous said...

spineless dog

Anonymous said...

He looks a little like Phil Collins

Anonymous said...

Ese guei es inocente
No trae playera Polo jaja

Anonymous said...

In the USA it was once said the only good indian was a dead Indian,Today in Mexico the only good NARCO is a dead one,Good work,God bless the Federal Police. The idea that either Zetas or CDG are GOOD for any reason is insane. This process of revamping Mexico into a REAL country will take time, there is a hundred years of unethicle criminal culture to REEDUCATE stay the course and MEXICOS people will reap a great benefit.

Anonymous said...

My biggest worry is that this will empower the Zetas even further who look as though they are making a move to become the biggest and most influential gang of all.

They are taking over or have taken over Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Durango, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Yucatan, Chiapas and Quintana Roo + all of northern Guatemala.

Anonymous said...

Get ready to squeal like the pig that you are, Tocayo...

Deliverance, anyone?

Anonymous said...

No sir, Zetas, CDG, etc is going bye bye.
that SandCat vehicle that just went online
is a game changer, i have been waiting for 2 years to see this finally happen.
Law and order finally came to town.

Anonymous said...

The Zetas haven taken over much of the country and keep on expanding. This will only help them

Anonymous said...

While they are posing him for pictures ,they should put a gun to his head and blow it off.

Anonymous said...

no one is better people from CDG have been stealing cars and using in the same place where they stole them

CC said...

This Tocayo ain't shit. This dude is no leader of CDG.

Anonymous said...

Really? Who do you think is gonna touch him?

Anonymous said...

CC is 100% correct. Tocayo is not a major figure.

Anonymous said...

DAM I LMFAO AT THAT SHIRT

Anonymous said...

When El Rakin with the Juarez Cartel got busted 18 months ago, it was a big blow. He was the ruthless enforcer for the Juarez Valley. This allowed for the outside cartel (Sinaloa) to get a foothold in the valley and they literally ran all the people living there out. The businesses, farmers, everyone. This guy may be scum but wow, what is it going to be like there with Zetas crawling all over. Those are even worse scum and what ever they see is theirs, land, money, cars, women, you name it, it's theirs. God have mercy on Tamaulipas. More imbalance, more blood. This is 2 big hits the CDG have taking today. I hate to see the federal police open the door for the Zetas like this. This state is fixing to be over run by a bunch of punks with third grade educations and IQs of about 78. This is not a victory.

Why is nothing of this nature happening in Sinaloa? The port where all the drugs enter Mexico. Why do all the local cartels in the north get hit constantly but the big one has free run.

I have been getting the feel that CDG had fallen from the good graces they had until 4 months ago. They were allied with Sinaloa and La Familia against the Zetas. Why is the federal police now turning on the CDG? Well, that is Mexico, nothing lasts very long.

The entire border from the gulf to Juarez will be on fire all summer now after the dismissal of 400 municipal police in Juarez. Calderon has created a war that will burn out of control all summer.

Calderon is a relentless war monger that cares nothing for northern Mexico and the poor of Mexico. He is not solving a problem, he is creating madness.

Anonymous said...

look at that shirt this guy's a trendsetter just like la barbie

Layla2 said...

That's what I'm sayin'. Looks like MX has finally got some gear to chase these fat cats and shoot 'em down like Bin Laden if necessary. Pull out the death penalty and let's hit some of these guys with it. THAT is what will have 'em running scared.

Now let's get a few high level Zetas!

Buela said...

He sure looks different than on his DEA profile..

http://www.justice.gov/dea/fugitives/houston/BARRAGAN-BALDERAS.html

GueroNL said...

El tocayo he has a corrido with los tucanes

Haha he is not wearing the polo shirt he is not guilty

Anonymous said...

psudio...pssudio sudio..oh oh....I still think he looks like Phil Collins

Anonymous said...

Puto de mierda! Este te paso por matando y descuartizando gente en Nuevo Leon! Pinche mugrego putito!

Anonymous said...

@CC,

Sorry dude, but you don't know shit! He was a major player for the CDG..I think the Federal Police, along with the DEA would be "in the know." You don't place a 5 million dollar reward for some low level lackey!

Anonymous said...

Hope he gets raped to death in prison.

'lito'brito said...

makes it easier for the pinche Z

Anonymous said...

@Anon 9:40

"Sorry dude, but you don't know shit! He was a major player for the CDG..I think the Federal Police, along with the DEA would be "in the know." You don't place a 5 million dollar reward for some low level lackey!"

Where do you think the DEA & Federal Police get their info?? From guys on the ground. Who do you think CC is?? Probably some guy on the ground. What makes the DEAs information more correct than someone in the know? Absolutely nothing. Im not saying CC is right, it just doesnt seem like a big stretch to me that a local guy would have the scoop on who really calls the shots in the CDG, and that the DEA got some bunk info. Just sayin'

Anonymous said...

this shirt is clean as fuck! haha this dude was major in El Golfo... too bad they got him...

Anonymous said...

doesnt his cousin live in cocoyoc in df and work for the dea?

Anonymous said...

no puedes parar lo que va y que esta pasando, gente pendejos. y si, son intelligentes,todo los comandantes y jefes y mero meros del los organiziones,no son "gangs" mijo, es playto pas grande que ese pedo . si tu tenias ese dinero tu los matas a lo que seya por tu dinero y su gente. no saben nada usted. y no pasa nadad en la estado de Sinaloa porque los gente le extrania los mero meros como si eran santos'.

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