Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mysterious rooster statue puzzles, worries Reynosa residents

Saturday, January 21, 2012 |


by Sergio Chapa
Valley Central News

A rooster statute placed in tribute to a slain Gulf Cartel leader has both puzzled and worried Reynosa residents but is also drawing curious onlookers.

Nicknamed "El Gallo de Vista Hermosa" or "The Rooster of Vista Hermosa," the statue mysteriously appeared at the entrance of the Colonia Vista Hermosa at the beginning of the week.

It's not clear who placed the statue there but it's adorned with a wreath of flowers bearing the name of Samuel Flores-Borrego, a Gulf Cartel leader who went by the nickname “Metro 3” or “M3.”

Flores-Borrego was murdered on the highway to Monterrey back in September.

Media Reports

The rooster statue has made headlines in several national Mexican media outlets.

According to the Vanguardia newspaper, Flores-Borrego was rumored to live in the Vista Hermosa neighborhood.

The neighborhood is located on western edge of the city at the intersection of two major roads leading to Monterrey.

The Vanguardia newspaper reported that the site of the rooster is also the near the singer where Duranguense singer Valentin Elizalde was gunned down in Reynosa back in November 2006.

Elizalde went by the nickname “El Gallo” or the “The Rooster” but no suspects have ever been arrested for his death.

Vanguardia reported that the statue’s location is also the scene where wrestler Jorge “Imagen” Cantu and two others were killed during a chase with a military convoy back in June 2010.

Military officials reported that the three men were armed and have fired upon soldiers.

Twitter Sensation

Reynosa residents have been circulating photos of the rooster statue on the #reynosafollow hashtag of Twitter for the past several days.

Some Twitters even created the #GalloDeVistaHermosa hashtag to specifically talk about the statue.

Although Reynosa residents showed fear about the statue at the beginning of the week, it quickly dissolved.

One Twitter user said on Thursday that area residents were posing for pictures in the front of the statue.

The statue appears to have its own power source and lights to illuminate it at night.

One Twitter user wondered how it got connected and who’s paying for the electric bill.

Neither city nor state nor federal officials have made a statement or publicly taken action to remove the statue.





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Anonymous said...

Someone needs to blow it up!

Anonymous said...

Is that a z on top of roosters head wen illuminated at night or just a mirage and this is some weird shit I wonder wat the statue means reynosa residents?? Golfos??? Any answers???

Anonymous said...

Pinches drogos.salen con cada pendejada. Tantas pinches gallinas necesitaban un gallo. Cartel de gallinas CDG . AL rato le ponen veladoras y cuanta madre. COCKLOVERS

Anonymous said...

This was done without city approval? Lawlessness truly rules the “roost” in half of Mexico & will soon takeover the entire country.

FATHER in Heaven, come to their rescue…

Anonymous said...

VALENTIN WAS NO DURANGENSE SINGER DON'T CONFUSE HIM WITH THOSE CLOWNS VALENITN WAS THE REAL THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

what cowards mexico! in the USA that thing would have been removed after the first person reported it.

Anonymous said...

Pues mejor la estatua de una gallina que la estatua de la puta santa muerte! Better to have the statue of a hen that a statue of the stupid saint of death.

Anonymous said...

Cockadoodle Doo! I think a "Rooster" is part of the "Chicken Clan" isn't it? Mabey their going to put a KFC in Reynosa?

Anonymous said...

I heard that a new El Pollo Loco is being built next to the statue.

Anonymous said...

It's as ugly as he was...

Anonymous said...

This rooster appeared two weeks ago in the entrance to Vista Hermosa.the rooster was stolen for about 24 hours ..but was returned with no incident

Anonymous said...

Wow, that wouldn't fly in the US after its maiden voyage.

Anonymous said...

Great Comment, statue to Memorialize a local hero?? Drug/gang/criminal culture has become so imbeded in Mexicos citizens, if the cleanup of Mexico continues post Calderon it will still take 20 years to develop some confidence and security in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of tacky as hell wetbacks!!! THESE are the ones making the rest of mexico look bad! I'm surprised the posts aren't painted orange, purple and bright yellow.

Anonymous said...

Pollo loco hmmmm .

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how this memorial display, complete with a "power source" for lighting, has remained in place for several weeks and the Gov't has done nothing to remove it! Also, the display is made of Bronze, which means heavy lifting equipment (small crane) would have been needed to place it there...plus the flood lights on the ground would have taken a few hours to hook-up yet nobody saw anything...lol

Anonymous said...

January 21, 2012 10:07 AM '
Wetbacks?
Did illegal Crackers put it up?

Anonymous said...

Come on cowardly corrupt mexican governemt... remove the fucking thing. The fact that it sits there for 2 weeks now is proof of the level of corruption. fucking cowardly mexicans.

Anonymous said...

@January 21, 2012 5:58 AM

You just don't get it, don't you?
It's in possibilities that you call straight to kidnapper when you call the police. It's not so rare.

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone making a big deal out of this? This guy was beloved by everyone and seems like those on top of the leader chain envied him. Does anyone actually know the truth why Tres was killed? I heard a rumor but it has not been mentioned on any of these blogs. not sure if its true.

Anonymous said...

Next thing u know local people are going claim he is some kind of narco saint like malverde and its only daya before the residents start to make a church around it.And i cant wait for some people to start claiming it has healing powers.

Anonymous said...

Valentin sang love song and got wat he deserved for acting like someone he wasint

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYM_m3zfWIA&lc=2AqaU8lwva7IHHLB0L6ZsrkXhQiZTiqJfzv783_5R8Q&context=C3f3a2efADOEgsToPDskKxgVV-j1yoJAdiY6dVjomH


gente nueva at night shooting guns

Anonymous said...

They might be tacky but atleast you dont see them next to a corner store asking for change lol putos gringos go beg for pennies to buy tacky wetback drugs lol mexico is getting rich from white people welfare checks lol i love it puro Michoacan

Anonymous said...

D.E.P Metro 3... Aki Reynosa al pendiente todos Los M's... Chiricuas, y todo el CxDxG te recuerda y lleva su escuela fina ke enseño... Arriva Tamaulipas tierra de El Cartel Del Golfo.. Brinke kien brinke, llore kien llore, grite kien gritte.. Aki rifa Puro CxDxG...

Anonymous said...

What's the rumor

Anonymous said...

That statue is for churchs chicken next new location in reynosa lol de seguro es del cartel de las gallinas.

Anonymous said...

metro tres did more for the people than the goverment has! cowadly mexicans?? that thing will be booby traped incase zetas try and take it or sniper just waiting 4 someone 2 take it.would you move it?

Anonymous said...

No mamen weyes, al otra cuadra esta el catrin.
estan jugando loteria.

Anonymous said...

Toda via ay ruptura en el golfo y los rssss koonda kienes es el cdg rsss metros ok pex necessito una explicacion!!!!

J infamouz said...

Hey whats that cock doing next to that asshole lol may he rest in piss no truce or forgivness those who dwell in the narco hell

J infamouz said...

Fucken government should melt the damn thing and feed some these orphaned kids from slained parents hows that for problem and solution do mexico a favor and slap the mayor of reynosa

Anonymous said...

What the fuck did that shit do for the people???I knew that shit lived there in Vista Hermosa I should have reportef that SHIT FACE to the DEA

DFL said...

How riduculos!! That is such a stupid and a fucked up childish tribute to a fucking loser.
I am embarrassed for that town and its people. Its silly garbage and should be thrown in a dumpster!!LOLOL! How fucking retarded!!

Anonymous said...

I would fuck them dudes

laylow said...

Alot of people who comment on this blog don't know or understand how life Is in Mexico..,. If you have never been/have no family there/or no clue about the drug business in mexico or the USA for that matter it opinion is worthless...........so shut the fuck up

Anonymous said...

el pollo regio

Anonymous said...

Al rato las golfas le van a poner florecitas, veladoras milagrosas y le van a llevar serenatas y matachines a la pinche gallina! Pendejos!

Anonymous said...

Only in mexico would they honor their "great warriors" with a friggin rooster statue. In any other country this would be considered an insult. Have any of you actual seen a cock fight? I have and let me tell you it was the dumbest most pathetic thing ive ever seen a group of grown men get excited about. I cant stop laughing at this dumb statue. It belongs at a Chik-Fil-A.

Anonymous said...

I hope Mexico bring this statue down.

Anonymous said...

Tenian que ser zetas o golfas para salir con esta pinche mamada! Se la jalaron bueyes!

Anonymous said...

January 21, 2012 7:44 PM Have any of you actual seen a cock fight? I have and let me tell you it was the dumbest most pathetic thing ive ever seen a group of grown men get excited about. I cant stop laughing at this dumb statue.

Have you seen a dog fight? I have, and I can tell you is the same shit it was the dumbest most pathetic thing ive ever seen a group of grown men get excited about.

Only in Mexico would they honor their "great warriors"? Are you talking about the criminals? Because I can assure you none of us Mexicans not involved in drug trafficking honor this mother fucker.

What about honoring the child molesting priest in U.S have read about that?

Israel said...

Hahaha good one Compa fuck that ignorant motherfucker... Brown and proud .... Atte: EL SONORA...

Anonymous said...

I came across some information that juan reyes mejia (r1)was actually captures with gilberto balderas(el tocayo) but he passes himself off as his brother romeo eduardo mejia my friend actually know him and he said it was him in the captured video they show of el tocayo no wonder r1 has been silent and not made videos wow interesting!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's easy to mock the rooster statue... But it is just another part of a very worrisome trend of these gangster cartels developing a folklore...and forming a seemingly legitimate criminal class within society.

They kill at will, write songs about it, make videos, control the media, frighten the authorities, put up banners & dump bodies where ever they please.

There is a criminal culture developing amongst the mexican cartels that seems to be expanding on a daily basis.

It will take over every thing in it's path unless something drastic is done.

Anonymous said...

Fuck alll you pendejos talkin mierda, respects to the gallo fino arriva todo el puto desmadre, desde tmpls asta Houston tejas el metro 3 sigan mandando drogas al norte para mi clientela el J Guerra ...

Anonymous said...

TO CHIVIS : CAN YOU WRITE A SMALL DOCUMENTARY ON METRO 3'S TRY TO FIND INFO ON HIM ON WIKIPEDIA AND THERE AINT NONE. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE INFO ON HIM. DID THEY FIND OUT WHY HE WAS KILLED IF HE WAS SO LIKED

Anonymous said...

IS IT TRUE THAT C.D.G AND Z'S SPLIT UP CAUSE OF METRO 3

Anonymous said...

Ya I've seen dog fights they r cruel and pointless. I enjoy neither, but if I had to choose one to watch, it would be dog fights. Nothing bad ass about a rooster.

Anonymous said...

I agree. I've never seen cock fighting in person, but on video and it is so stupid. might as well watch pigeons fight.

Ovemex said...

@anon 11:56pm- The break in the relationship resulted when El Coss sent assassins to Reynosa to kill Victor Peña Mendoza, El Concord 3, the chief of finance for the Zetas, and close friend of Miguel Treviño Morales, Z-40.

Anonymous said...

Los M's son CxDxG... Los R's k esten alado d ®1 seran traidores y con esa barra seran medida...

Anonymous said...

Metro 3 killed Condord... Then he was told 2 turn himself over, an Coss said fuck that...!! Bcuz he was, is, always b a man of respect inside of the CxDxG

Anonymous said...

lol at meximelts saying white people beg for change. Look at any welfare line. Look at jails or better yet look at any sex offender site in the south west. It's 90% mexican. For every one white person who begs for change you have 100 Mexicans who collect welfare or in jail for some sex crime.

Anonymous said...

I think it was the newest promotion of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). They are heating up the plaza there!

Anonymous said...

Mexico should be left to itself.They neither ask for help,nor do they deserve it.I didn't know they were so racist against so-called "white people"?
As with a lot of lazy and unremarkable people,they are basically jealous of the endeavor and work ethic of more financially well off people.I understand there is not good prospects for a young man in Mexico,but to blame other people for their own self inflicted woes,really is a bit pathetic.

Anonymous said...

@9:34 am That only shows the racist attitude of the american justice system. As for sex crimes is not our fault that american young ladies like mexicans more than they like americans. You should be grateful that illegal mexicans are marrying ugly white fat ladies and supporting the 5 or 6 hungry white little boys their drug addict white father couldn't support.

Anonymous said...

Only problems that I have is where to spend my money next, I have everything I need and everything I want and money to burn... Woe is me...

Anonymous said...

Lol is saying that illegal mexicans are marrying ugly fat white ladies with five kids supposed to be insulting to americans or mexicans?

Anonymous said...

Thank god they killed el concord because the stupid fuck of miguel trevino wanted reynosa for him thats why concord was in reynosa . Metro 3 ask concord what are you doin here el concord said biendo y el metro le digo a mirar aka tu chingada madre y lo nalgio y despues lo mato junto con un sobrino de miguel. Por eso se enojo miguel por que se lo mandaron todo nalgiado

Anonymous said...

Blow that stupid rooster to smithereens. Wake up Gov't, by letting that become a memorial on public lands your conceding how weak you are to the criminal element. At least remove it, send the military in to do the job and hold a news conference that this is not to be tolerated.

Anonymous said...

taking their land, jobs and woman lol

Anonymous said...

Pendejo post si reynosa era del comandante Hummer y TU LO SAVES NO TE HAGAS EL PWNDEJO.PERO COMO VIO EL M3 QUE ERA MAS CHINGON EL HUMMER EX MILITAR QUE. ESE M3QUE ERA. UN PINCHE EX POLICIA MINISTERIAL LE PUSO EL DEDO AL HUMMER.PERO ELM3 STA EN EL INFIERNO U Y TODO EL EJERCITO Z QUE SE ADELANTO LO STA REMATANDO AYA TAMBIEN.O APOKO NO ES CIERTO WEI PERO TODO SE PAGA ONTA SUS KARIS JAJA

Anonymous said...

This is something for all Mexicans to be proud of. It is a strong symbol of the very masculine Mexican men who proudly display their machismo by engaging in chicken fights, dog fights, bull fights and best of all, drug traffic with it's murder, extortion and theft.

I would like to be involved but I'm not man enough to kill women and children at random.

Viva the Reynosa Chicken!

Anonymous said...

R1 was not caught with Gilberto Balderas. That was his brother. R1 was always in Reynosa and would follow orders from Tres. What gets me is... what's the real reason why they killed M3? He was well respected by his peers.
I find this hard to believe but rumor has it that he tried to switch sides and was killed for that reason. Que is la verdad?

Anonymous said...

Where were all of M3's bodyguards when he was killed?

Anonymous said...

metro tres was da baddest of them all - if I had to root for any cartel member it would be hime. viva cdg!!

.. said...

The Black Rooster represents "Death" in the Hechareia of the Black Arts of Mexican Witchcraft.

Black Roosters are prized and used by Satanic Mexicans in Santeria to cast spells on other People.

As Always Drive Out the Demons that are the Cartels that are Destroying Mexico.

Drive them Out with The Power of JESUS!

Anonymous said...

Leave Mexico to sort its own problems out.They want to be independent?Leave the racist fuckers to themselves.They don't deserve any help,and they are not asking for it.So leave them in their beloved Mexico.They all hate white people anyway?So why would they want help.Racism begets Racism.Fuck em.

Anonymous said...

I WOULD KNOCK THAT CHICKEN STATUE DOWN AND LET EVERYONE SEE IT HAPPEN............THERE WILL BE LAW IN THIS TOWN....THERE IS A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
CLINT EASTWOOD

Anonymous said...

It's a Los Pollos Hermanos chicken erected in tribute to the late Gustavo Fring.

Anonymous said...

well, at least these dudes have some kind of truce .That should help the people go back out.

Anonymous said...

I can argue with you but I've learned u can't win an argument w an idiot. Nothing you've said makes sense about AMERICAN white men. Or Mexican men for that matter. Just stfu and make sure my lawn is trimmed.

Anonymous said...

CARTEL DE GALLINAS..IF HE WAS SO BADAZZ, WHY HE DEAD??? EITHER HE WAS BETRAYED OR HE IS A 2-FACE??? OR HE GOT CAUGHT SLIPPIN? THE BIG BOSSES ARE JOAQUIN,HERIBERTO, AND MIGUEL. WEALTH-STRATEGIST-BASTARD ROOKIE WHO RANK UP TO BECOME 2ND IN COMMAND OF Z-NATION.

LOERA said...

The problem is not a hick, wetback, niggar, or whatever kind of racial slur. Its the pure ignorence of people they dont know or care about the truth. Most people just comment but dont know shit & wont help to change the situation ... let the foo rest in peace while the rest of the border suffers its whats suppose to happen nobody can stop LOERA

Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote this look at the capture of gilberto balderas on youtube and look at the comments section then give me ur opinion again look under name jack sparrow!!!

Anonymous said...

R1 had. Ad intention.s with some drama which turned out to be metros demise

Anonymous said...

@annoy 10:19... internet is full of lies but we are all welcomed to believe whatever u believe in. I wonder what happened for R1 to turn on M3? Was it the arrest of his brother? Por que mataron el senor si el tienia el respecto de todos?

Anonymous said...

CDG are ruthless! They kill their own top commanders. Who else does that??

Anonymous said...

Now, that's funny.

Anonymous said...

Eso mi compa arriva el golfo!! Cdg 53

Anonymous said...

R1 hadn't made videos since 2010. And i can assure you the guy in the video is his brother Romeo and not R1. I am from nueva ciudad guerrero and everyone there knows who R1 and his brother are. What I have heard was that M3 gave up and was behind the capture of R2, Tocayo, and Romeo. That's why R1 had M3 killed, and acused him a a trader. That's why M3 pants were down when they found him. now its rumored that R1 is in guadalajara. But no doubt is that the Metros now run most of CDG in tamaulipas.

Anonymous said...

Yup, he had concord 3 killed. That guy was 40s right hand man and Zs asked the CDG to hand metro over but refused.

Anonymous said...

@01/22 11:40AM,
So, are you saying you are currently with a fat ugly white chick, with 5 or 6 kids that you are supporting? Good for you...I guess everybody's "American dream" is different! As far as American young ladies liking Mexicans..this is true, no nobody mows lawns, lays concrete, picks up trash, picks fruit, and washes cars better than the Mexicans. Thanks for all your hard work!

Anonymous said...

True story... In 04/05, Coss killed a family member of Lazcano, bcuz he had misplaced 10 kilos.. Lazcano said u better give him back... Coss gave this answer" if i have to respond for 1 kilo to 0siel what makes this punk any differnt?? An shot him twice one in da chest and once in the head.. All bcuz the punk said i dont have 2 pay shit..u know who my family is.. But biznez is biznez family or not.. TRUE STORY!

J said...

The CDG drama/infighting is like a Shakespearean tragedy, all the cartel inner workings are. The Gulf has been quiet for awhile, I keep thinking sooner or later we will have some insight, but it's been almost 5 months since Metro 3 died, and no one knows anything, besides the initial reports, and rumors of civil war. With all the captured members, you'd think we would get some clarity.

Anonymous said...

That is bullshit! The young American girls like mexicans because we are hotter than jalapeno peppers!

Anonymous said...

He was unarmed as well without his stack, bcuz he was with ®1... He killed him over power trippin... He wanted to b #1... Well not even with his death did this come to b... CxDxG... M3...

Anonymous said...

@January 23, 2012 8:26 AM,

I guess the rumor was right about M3. The dope game is crazy. life is so fragile

Anonymous said...

What was the rumor?

Anonymous said...

smh at these idiots in the comments section, specially the retards known as "eses" talking shit from the comfort of their moms basement.

Anonymous said...

Como esta Tamualipas? Si fueron el cartel de valle hermoso?

Anonymous said...

And you talking shit from the comfort of your mother's house 8,000 miles away, please come closer to the USA-MEXICO border.

Anonymous said...

Hubieran puesto de perdido la estatua de un gallo fino de pelea y no una gallina.golona ponedora!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear that Valle hermoso is all right.

Anonymous said...

whatt do you want a big cross...at least the rooster is original...

Anonymous said...

"what cowards mexico! in the USA that thing would have been removed after the first person reported it."

WRONG! Similar things happen in the USA (in a city close to where I live somebody was killed and a mysterious "statue" appeared the next day. It's still there). Obviously you don't know your own country to well. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Only in Mexico would they honor criminals? Jesse James? Billy the Kid? Bush the elder? Only in the USA are people so ignorant to post such crap!

Anonymous said...

LOL and idiot americans comparing welfare to begging for money - not the same you idiot.

Jajajajaja white americans always so ignorant. Always begging for money to buy drugs that come from Mexico. The USA is the root of the problem - so addicted!!!

Anonymous said...

I dont know shit about who deserve what and the what not B.S and I really dont give a rats ass either, BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THE STATUE HAS FOOLED EVERYONE TO BELIEVE THAT ITS A TRIBUTE 2 BORREGO, BUT IN REALITY ITS NOT, ITS ACTUALLY A TRIBUTE 2 VALENTIN ELIZALDE WITH THE NAME OF 1 OF THE MANY RAT'S RESPONSIBLE 4 HIS MURDER "FLORES-BORREGO"...OH N IT AINT OVER YET YOU'LL BE SEEING A FEW MORE STATUES SOON

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