Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

A Founder of Mexico’s La Barredora Cartel Is Captured

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 |

Suspect Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin alias "El Cris" is presented to the media at the Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City October 18, 2011. Hernandez Tarin is suspected to be a leader and founder of the La Barredora Cartel which operates in Acapulco, according to local media

One of the top leaders of Mexico’s La Barredora drug cartel, a gang that was formed recently and has been blamed for a wave of murders in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, has been captured, a high-level police official said Tuesday.

Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin, suspected of being one of La Barredora’s founders, and three associates were arrested in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, Federal Police drug enforcement unit chief Ramon Eduardo Pequeño said.

Hernandez Tarin “had under his command at least 100 people, who performed security, homicide, lookout and drug distribution functions in the port city of Acapulco,” Pequeño said.

La Barredora, which was led by Hernandez Tarin and Eder Jair Sosa Carvajal, has been fighting the Cartel Independiente de Acapulco for control of the illegal drug trade in Acapulco, a popular tourist destination in the southern state of Guerrero.

The two gangs were formed after the break-up of the organization led by Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who was known as “La Barbie” and was arrested by the Federal Police on Aug. 30, 2010.

The 30-year-old Hernandez Tarin was arrested by security forces members taking part in “Operation Safe Guerrero,” which was launched on Oct. 6 in an effort to reduce the soaring crime rate in the state.

Drug-related murders surged 100 percent in Guerrero in the January-September 2011 period, compared to the same period last year, the federal government said.

Acapulco, a favorite among Mexican and foreign tourists for decades, has lost business to other destinations amid a 357 percent jump in murders during the first nine months of this year, making the port city Mexico’s second most violent city after Ciudad Juarez.

The war between La Barredora and the Cartel Independiente de Acapulco is behind the rising body count in the Pacific port city, officials said.

Hernandez Tarin is the son of Arturo Hernandez Gonzalez, a close associate of Juarez cartel bosses Amado and Vicente Carrillo Fuentes who is now doing time in a maximum-security prison, the Federal Police said.

The La Barredora leader began his criminal career with the Juarez cartel in 2003, smuggling marijuana from Ciudad Juarez into the United States, intelligence reports say.

Hernandez Tarin later worked as a hitman in the city of Cuernavaca for Arturo Beltran Leyva, a drug lord who died in a shootout with the army in 2009, and then joined the gang led by Valdez Villarreal.

The leaders of La Barredora and the Cartel Independiente de Acapulco “have moved to the central part of the country” for security reasons, Pequeño said.

Jose Carlos Espinoza Moreno, 27, Jorge Humberto Silva Gonzalez, 30, and Jose David Sanchez Delgado, 64, were arrested along with Hernandez Tarin.

The Federal Police seized an armored Porsche SUV, four AK-47 assault rifles, six ammunition clips, a handgun and communications gear from the suspects.

Source: EFE

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19 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Is it just me or does it seem like the Mexican government is starting a string of success with big busts every day?

Are these signifigant and show a trend or what? Is this credit where credit is due or does it just mean nothing?

Analysis from those who can objectively analyze this please. I don't want to just hear disgruntled, jaded and cynical responses but real thoughtful analysis. The good, the bad, the truth without spin either way.

Anonymous said...

Que agarren a los putos de la barbie o a todos los traidores,la limpia de la plaza empezo putos El H biene por la plaza.

Anonymous said...

My question is with these busts of leaders, how do they find them, is through interogation of lesser members, did they fail to pay cuota, or are they ratted out by other cartels with info, it just seems crazy how they can make a lot of busts at one time and then you here nothing, as if they are waiting to drop the hammer until they need that person gone or it is in the best interest to have them captured. It would be interesting to know the intelligence operations aspect of the marines,army and federal police. I have a feeling the cartels leak alot of info on their enemies to GOV. to do their dirty work for them, and then vice versa. You know Quid Pro Quo

Anonymous said...

They should have killed these worthless scum bags!

Anonymous said...

October 18, 2011 9:45 PM Tu y el H se pueden ir mucho a la verga par de putos, el maricon del H no respondio ni por su propia vieja jotito.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling the cartels leak a lot of info on their enemies to the GOV. to do their dirty work for them, and then vice versa. You know Quid Pro Quo

Are you trying to say the criminals give info to police and police arrest this criminals and then the police help the criminals that give the info in return. ?

Just in case I want you to know these criminals are getting arrested by real cops not by corrupted low life MF criminal cops.
There is a possibility information got to the police by some criminals but I can tell you for sure a real cop will not help a criminal just because he give information.

Anonymous said...

His father Arturo Hernandez Gonzalez is "El Chaky." He was a big time lieutenant in the Juarez Cartel under Amado in the day. He literally was a right hand man to Amado and was considered very straight up and solid as a rock. He has been out of commission for years (in prison) but when he rolled, things were stand up and legit, unlike all the idiots in high positions today. In his day, they dealt drugs. That was it. They left the people alone and if they killed someone, they fucked up or snitched. About the only articles you will find on him are in spanish way before American interest.

Anonymous said...

Elections are coming up.dirty politicos.power is a better high than money

Anonymous said...

I remember El Chaky was front page news in Juarez back in 2003. It was said he was the guy who personally tortured the doctors involved in the botched surgery of Amado Carrillo.

J said...

Wasn't Chaky also mentioned as one of the main persons of interest in the Juarez femicides? He is mentioned in Diana Washington's book.

Anonymous said...

October 18, 2011 9:45: el h es gay odiava ala barbie porke nunca lo pelo como pareja sentimental. :b

Anonymous said...

October 18, 2011 11:27 PM
Anonymous said...
Elections are coming up.dirty politicos.power is a better high than money

True statement, seems that I'm not the only one than knows about all the "political" shit down in Mexico. JLP y el "negro" Durazo perfect example.

Anonymous said...

@ J...I don't think it was him mentioned. In fact as I recall, it was Azul. As I recall it, it was something along the lines, "one of the top Juarez cartel members called Azul" had an obsession with young girls." He was mentioned as a suspect. It was also brought up that this could be a misunderstanding as the name Azul could also refer to the color of the uniforms of the municipal police. But who really knows anyway. Azul split from Juarez to Sinaloa after Vicente took over but I have always believed he kept close ties. I also think he and Rikin worked closely together moving huge loads through the lower valley all the way through the 2000s. The New Cartel de Juarez is saying they are going to stop the kidnapping and extortion. I wish they would stop the femicides too.

@ 12:06 AM...Amado ripped the uncle of a top columbian cartel member off of 10 tons of cocaine after the guy was arrested in the US. They guy was released and deported to Juarez,Mexico were the drugs had been kept and the guys wife lived. Someone picked him up there and killed him. There was some very bad blood and some suspected that the Columbian may have been behind his death. This is why the doctors were interrogated. The Columbian family sent a large reef of black roses to his funeral

J said...

Nah, he's in there, same guy, page 179-180, just checked. Handled the 'bell ranch' murders. Why would his kid be involved in a turf war in Acapulco, when he's from Juarez, and his Dad was heavy with them, I'd think he would be firmly with Juarez Cartel.

Anonymous said...

El H sigue rifando putos puro CPS.Hasta en Sinaloa Sonora y Nayarit les esta peleando las plazas,y en Mazatlan les dejo su firma.


Adivinen quien sigue controlando Morelos?

DFL said...

lead to the head treatment will cure this asshole of his life of crime forever. Its that easy. Bang- hes cured!!
He will never , ever do it again!!!

Anonymous said...

If any of you recall, a little over a month ago, the police in Acapulco busted about 10 members of La Barredora who had admitted to killing numerous people and these were part of the group leaving chopped up bodies all along the main tourist avenue in Acapulco. These were young guys. I'm assuming they were "interrogated" extensively and information built a plan to get these guys. I'm assuming that's the case, but I also assume it's just as possible that rival groups rat these guys out. one thing is for sure, the violence has not slowed down at all with all of these arrests in the Acapulco area. Kudos for doing their job, but will it work...I hope so

Anonymous said...

7 04 Morelos? K plaza tan importante jaja. Morelos es de poko interes. Como no dices son dueños de sinaloa, sonora, durango, Chihuahua, b.c, tamaulipaz, coahuila, un estado de mas uso pa ellos

Anonymous said...

I hope the linea gets someone to lead them an kick chapo out of juarze iremender when we sent him money when he was hiding in the hills of three points who help him el graingo

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