The detainees told the authorities how they conduct their criminal activity. That “El Paisa” is a killer hired by "El Guicho's" sister Rosa Guajardo, and that “El Mongus” work for "El Tigre".
These killings are ordered to control the roads between Ensenada and Tijuana, while second-level operational criminals kill to control the business of drug dealing about 100 thousand to 300 thousand pesos a month for a cell leader. “El Chaparrito” is another criminal operator of "El Chapo" sent to Tijuana, he was the custodian of the $15 million dollars seized.
ZETA Investigation: Jeova Israel Ilhuicatzi Morales “El Cuervo” was recognized as "Tiendero and Bataca" (drug store manager and criminal instrument) for organized crime, but he said the people responsible of the drug trafficking, retail drug sales and assassinations was the plaza boss, Rosa Hernandez Guajardo-sister of "El Guicho" - and his right hand, a man identified as "El Paisa".
He also accused José Antonio Soto Gastelum “El Tigre” and his right hand man, whom he identified only by the nickname "El Mongus".
Israel Ilhuicatzi was a Tijuana municipal police from 1998 to 1999 in the San Antonio de los Buenos delegation, where he began his criminal connections. His first arrest warrant was the same year he left the corporation.
However, they learned of his criminal involvement in the cartel until 2009-2010, when the group of Hector Guajardo "El Guicho" replaced the brothers García Simental, Teodoro and José Manuel, of the Arellano Felix Cartel (CAF) .
Some detainees began to speak of "El Cuervo", "El Cuervito", "Jeo" or "Jehovah" as part of a group of assassins since 2008 to working for the Sinaloa Cartel.
Until May 2011, Ilhuicatzi had worked for Merardo Reyes Soberanis “El Reyes”, a cousin of "El Guicho". When El Guicho and El Reyes were arrested he went to work for "La Rosy", but said that all who worked for the sister, are under the orders of "El Tigre", who act as the direct contact with the Sinaloa Cartel.
Since 1999, the court system has been looking for "Cuervito" with arrest warrants for car theft, injury and breach of family obligations, and as of November 1, 2011, for attempted murder.
On March 26, 2010 he was arrested for carrying a firearm for exclusive use of the army, but obtained his release on bail.
When he was arrested, he was wanted only as a suspect in the preliminary 2089/11/20A for the attempted murder committed by three of his criminal associates on November 1 against Omar Acuña Parra, another drug dealer who owed them money.
The Attorney General of the State (PGJE) is still integrating its preliminary investigations against six of the murders of:
- Omar Cortez and Richard Alan Berg (October 30).
- Moses Gwendal Sewell III (October 26).
- Antonio Chavez, "The Tony" Guerrero and Ramon "El Grande" (October 11).
- Unidentified Female (September 30).
- Gustavo Tapia Moreno (September 22).
- Manuel Navarro, Carlos Velazquez, Alma Urrutia and Diana Godinez (April 18).
During interrogation of “El Cuervo”, he said the Arzate or Arteaga brothers ask for his services, but he did not accept and even refused to receive the cell phone "La Rana" send to keep in touch with them.
He explained that the brothers tried to "hire him" after he try stealing a load of drugs from them, he knew that Arteaga was trafficking large shipments of drugs from Ensenada to Tijuana, passing true Rosarito, the main point of operation for "El Cuervito".
The police ask him about his relationship with "La Rana", on November 1, following an attempted of murder in El Tecolote, Juan Manuel Bocanegra Fortanel "The Juanillo" was arrested he said Ilhuicatzi operated with "La Rana" he deny the accusations.
He said "El Tigre" also invited him to work, but did not answer because "Guicho" contacted him and ordered him to stay with his sister, five or six months latter this woman told him to aligned himself with Soto, who was presumed to be a direct contact of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, one of the two leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The criminal organization led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, has divided the territories and deliver them to small cells that are unrelated to each other, which has caused a fight for territory. The new structure of the cartel was created because of the betrayal of lieutenants in that organization, as the Beltran Leyva and Ignacio Coronel.
“El Cuervo” admitted that most of the men and women killed or found dead on Rosarito Boulevard 2000 were from his criminal group, and said that such killings were ordered by "La Rosy" because they were "flipping" betraying "El Tigre" to go work with "El Achilles'.
He acknowledged that among the dead, only one was an operator of the Arzate brothers, trying to "invade".
But in this case is a local dispute over control of the roads in the area "El Tigre" is trying to preserve, Rosarito, La Gloria and colonias of the East Zone of Tijuana. The drug that both groups sell wholesale and retail, is from the Sinaloa Cartel.
The arrestee explained that he will made a illicit profit of about 100 thousand or 300 thousand pesos a month. He had 70 small drug stores in colonia Lagunitas, La Gloria, Fundadores, Ejido Lázaro Cárdenas and had "just six months working well", but ran into problems since January 2011, when they arrested Miguel Valle Beltran "El Boxer" .
He said that "Rosy" controls Rosarito, and Ensenada Primo Tapia. In recent months he had stop paying drug tax because they were arresting and killing his people, so "El Tigre" send people to kill his brother, Julio Cesar, but he came out alive.
About Soto Gastelum "El Tigre", he said that in Mexicali he has a lot of power, and that "El Mongus" is the leader of assassins he comes from "El Boxer" group he is violent drug addict, this group of thugs are complete with "El Pelos" and "The Rolas". They all are in El Ejido because the Municipal Police and the Army doesn't do anything to them.
He added that they "are responsible for the recent deaths, because they realized that nobody had control in the Mexicali drug dealing, because ‘El Checo’ only works in large drug trafficking operations, and they are trying to build small shops for their business."
By the way, "El Cuervo" also said his brother, a Tijuana municipal police is not part of the illicit business, the day they tried to kill his brother, his brother kick him out of his house.
Around two in the afternoon on Sunday, November 20, the armed forces of 28 Battalion, received anonymous information from Tecate. They reported about armed men inside 21D de la Privada Iris of the fraccionamiento Hacienda Los Venados delegation La Presa in Tijuana.
Within half an hour, the soldiers were there.
In front of the home reported, there were several parked cars with men on board, at the arrival of the soldiers they got nervous and tried to flee but the soldiers had cordoned the area and arrested them.
At the end of the military operation four men driving the same number of vehicles were captured, the cars were seized, along with other two cars that were open in the same area.
The military found, nine military rifles, five handguns, 16 magazines and 225 cartridges of different calibers, two packages of marijuana totaling 10.3 kilos, three bags of drugs identified as crystal totaling half a kilo, and a bucket containing 6 kilos of chemicals to make synthetic drugs. In addition, the detainees were carrying 100,000 pesos and 4,835 dollars.
The detainees, were currently unidentified, they were transported from Tecate to Tijuana.
A few hours later it became official: the military had captured Jehová Israel Ilhuicatzi Morales “El Cuervo” a killer at the service of the Sinaloa cartel, wanted by the State Police since October, and the Ministerial Police since November.
The other men men arrested with the killer are Jorge Roldán Evaristo Perez and Jaime Santillan, 17 and 24 years respectively, and Blas Pérez Alejandro Cerec from Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
The four were sent to the delegation of the Attorney General's Office
The millionaire seizure
Two days earlier, on November 18, the army had the second largest money seizure in the area: 15 million $ 350,000, three kilos of cocaine packaged, two rifles, two handguns, and jewelry.
This was a closed operation, there was no coordination with local forces, the military announced in a press conference that this was the result of a surprise attack, ground reconnaissance of the roads in a neighborhood where rich people live Cumbres de Juárez, in Tijuana.
They also stated that it was "the result of analysis work and monitoring of drug trafficking organizations."
Unofficially, authorities send information indicating that the location of the house was obtain by Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha “El Ruedas” statements.
Allegedly Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha “El Ruedas” knew this was a safe house with financial transactions and he intended to robed the house, but had not found the right moment to do it.
Also the report indicates that the money and the house belonged to a group headed by a man identified as “El Chaparro” or “El Chaparrito” a lieutenant sent by "El Chapo" a criminal operating for a long time in the area.