Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Arellano-Felix Cartel Lieutenant 'El Sillas' Presented

Monday, November 7, 2011 |

First reported in Borderland Beat, now presented.

The Mexican military says it has detained the principle lieutenant in the Arellano Felix cartel that controlled drug trafficking in Tijuana for two decades.

Army spokesman Col. Ricardo Trevilla says 34-year-old Juan Francisco Sillas-Rocha, "El Sillas" or "El Rueda,"  was captured in the border city across from San Diego, California.

He said Monday that Sillas-Rocha allegedly reported directly to Fernando Sanchez Arellano, a nephew of the original Arellano Felix brothers who now runs the gang.

Trevilla said Sillas-Rocha was supposed to take on the Sinaloa Cartel in 2008, when Mexico's most powerful cartel stepped up efforts to take over Tijuana routes.

Cartel lieutenant went by nicknames 'El Sillas' or 'El Rueda'

That battle is partly to blame for the spike in Tijuana violence between 2007 and 2009.

Source: The Associated Press.

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26 Borderland Beat Comments:

Capo said...

Looks like he has been well fed while on the run! LOL

J said...

I still don't think they will catch El Inge. I bet he's not even in communication with guys on this level, no matter what the reports say. 'Directly reports' means an intermediary talks to Inge, and then passes a message thru another intermediary. I think the reason Inge's people go off the res. so much is because he's not a hands on guy, or even a presence in his own organization.

I might do another story on Sillas, interesting guy, impulsive hothead, he was captured because he opened fire on an (ex?) employee and his girlfriend earlier that day.

Why do the Tijuana captured never give/get the interviews like the Mexico City ones?

Anonymous said...

How could he have controlled for 2 decades? He would have been 14 when he started and had control.

Texcoco said...

November 8, 2011 4:57 AM What they are saying is, the Arellano cartel is the one who has control for 2 decades.

El Sillas got the control of a cell in 2007 after Francisco Merardo Leon Hinojosa was killed.

Anonymous said...

"El Sillas" - The Chairs

"El Rueda" - The Wheel

Am I correct with the translation by google ?
BTW, strange nicknames.

Anonymous said...

@ 4:57- Read a little closer. (Attention to detail)

Anonymous said...

1.This guy was arrested by the Police of Tijuana with help of the State Police not the Military. The police give it to the army and they put the medal on themselves.

2. I don't think this man was even working in TJ anymore. Everybody know he was kicked out from CAF after Zambada family kidnap, he eventually continued battling agains El Aquiles for a few months more. So nothing about ''pincipal liutenant'' come on.

3. I personally think he traveled to Tijuana only to kill El Marquitos because this man tipped the police to rescue the familiars of Zambada and informed El Ingeniero that Sillas was responsible for the kidnap.
So he wanted to settle accounts on him, but failed, Marquitos survived the attack and Sillas got arrested. The fact that Sillas personally made the attack makes me think he doesn't even have people to do the job. How could a ''principal liutenant' be lack of people?

Anonymous said...

they say the violence spiked with him, but what about el teo? he was the one responsible for all of the kidnappins/extortions. i dont know weather to say caf has to get it together, or wether they are doing whats right for themselves, cause i just went to tj, and it looks less and less poverty stricken every time i go. Where is ingre, there was a report that said he might be in hawaii? thats insane

Johnny said...

THe nickname is the chairs becauase he would beat his victims so bad they wuold need a wheelchair afterwards

Anonymous said...

November 8, 2011 6:59 AM Sillas is his last name.

Anonymous said...

Well i think the Arrellano Cartel is pretty strong and will never lose against the sinaloa cartel.

Anonymous said...

November 8, 2011 10:36 AM THe nickname is the chairs becauase he would beat his victims so bad they wuold need a wheelchair afterwards.

Sillas is his last name. Juan Sillas Rocha

Anonymous said...

November 8, 2011 11:02 AM

Your mommy still telling you that tale when you are in bed?? so cute!!

J said...

lol at that explanation for 'Sillas', they said the same thing about 'Muletas', but he really got the nickname after a motorcycle accident had him walking around with them, a few years before. The US media tends to really go overboard with the nicknames.

As far as Sinaloa Vs. CAF, the latest Zeta has an article, but, you will be even more confused after you read it, not that it's a bad article, just very confusing in tj right now. But, not very violent.

Anonymous said...

@ j said. Do u have a link to the article

J said...

http://www.zetatijuana.com/2011/11/07/los-culpables-de-las-matanzas/

Please tell me what you can make of that, in all fairness, it is complicated, but the automatic translations make it even more confusing.

Anonymous said...

El señor de la silla!!!

Anonymous said...

If he was still a member of CAF or not it really doesnt matter Enedina Arellano Felix has complete control of drug trafficking shipments in Tijuana, yeah thats right, a women, which is a rare in the Drug Trafficking world is for once the Cartel Boss. Haha those girls are smarter than we Men think haha isnt that true Chapo and Mayo???

Texcoco said...

http://www.zetatijuana.com/2011/11/07/los-culpables-de-las-matanzas/

I'm translating that article, I will have it ready latter on tonight.

Anonymous said...

Hes a fat overweight motherfucker,@ November 8, 2011 10:13 AM,good info man,and you right they biggin this fat fuck up,remember this clown stored all his weapons,and equipment in the same house he filmed the(Mayo)kidnap in.They probably sayin he had 100s under him=bullshit,his brother and a few more.He is a fuckin looney tune,but he was a dead man walkin,now he is a snitchin rat walkin.He should have been on a video,gettin beheaded.And baldy head,his former boss,someone postin your pics,"El Engineer"?Give me a fuckin break.You just been outed to the world,what you look like now,,,,

J said...

Those pics weren't Engineer, unless came out today, that I haven't seen yet. It was a hard working middle class kid from Ensenada.

Anonymous said...

juan sillas was never a lieutenant he was hit man for hired for the cartel always independent..his father did work direct with the arrellano felix brothers. top 3 lieutenents for the FSO are melvin, manotas and el 24.

Anonymous said...

Ensenada?no San Jose.

J said...

Why do they say (Zeta mag) that Melvin works for Sinaoa now, and recieves drugs from Achilles?

Anonymous said...

@J

I think they want to say that Melvin works independent. He buy stuff from Achilles and pay psio to Ingeniero. Como era lugarteniente del Ingeniero el pagarle piso es una forma de no tener problemas con el. Sorry but i dont know how to say it in english and google just sucks.

Anonymous said...

Sillas for his last name el ruedas could be because of his body, rueda meaning circle pr on hIs case fat?

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