What began as a police pursuit of suspects involved in the shooting death this past Wednesday morning of a 57 year old real estate agent in the Baja California capitol of Mexicali led to arrest of a cell of Sinaloa cartel sicarios led by an ex special forces (GAFE) soldier and the seizure of approximately 626 kilos of drugs.
According to authorities, the group that was captured was one of four active cells that protect the Mexicali plaza for the Sinaloa cartel and are involved in murders, collections, and security for drug shipments being smuggled into the United States.
The Mexicali plaza is under the command of Gonzalo Inzunza "El Machoprieto", a high level Sinaloa cartel operative.
The four men and one woman arrested for suspicion of involvement in the slaying of the real estate agent, María Martha Fernández Maldonado, were identified as Jaziel Cárdenas García, 25 year old originally from Sinaloa; Adolfo Higuera Sánchez, 26 year old from Mexicali; Jesús Antonio Parra Camargo, 36 year old from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora; Cristian Hernández Araiza, 27 year old from Sinaloa, and Liliana Jacqueline Castro Contreras, 24 year old from Valle de la Trinidad.
After their initial interrogation authorities stated that the cell members revealed information that led to the seizure Thursday of 2.7 kilograms of heroin, 218.5 kilograms of cocaine and 405.7 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. The drugs were located in two different safehouses in Mexicali.
The suspects also revealed to authorities that orders to execute Ms Fernandez Maldonado came from the highest levels of the Sinaloa cartel. Ms Fernandez Maldonado had apparently sold 11 homes to representatives of the Sinaloa cartel to be used as safe houses and drug storage locations and was ordered executed to prevent the information from falling into the hands of authorities or rival cartels.
Views of the drugs confiscated in Mexicali, Thursday October 13th.
Corrido de Tony "El Condor"
16 tons of marijuana seized in Tijuana, Baja California
On the night of Wednesday, October 12, the Mexican Army seized 16 tons of marijuana in the Otay Constituyentes neighborhood of Tijuana.
The raid by the Army occurred as the drugs were being load onto a trailer at a home in Garita de Otay #355. Two unidentified persons were arrested at the scene
According to Army officers the drugs belonged to the Sinaloa cartel and were under the protection of Alfredo Arteaga González, “El Aquiles” and an operative identified only as "La Rana”.
2 cocaine laboratories belonging to the Sinaloa cartel destroyed in Peru
The VRAE is the mountainous region in the center of Peru named after the Ene and Apurimac river valleys that continues to be a stronghold of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) guerrilla movement.
According to Peruvian authorities both laboratories, found and destroyed on the 8th and the 12th of October, were run by Colombians employed by the Sinaloa cartel.
Like the FARC in Colombia, Sendero Luminoso in the VRAE finance their movement by taxing coca cultivators and providing security for growers and producers.