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'El Chapito' detained in Tijuana

Friday, April 27, 2012 |

 'El Chapito, successor of 'El Slillas, detained in Tijuana
(first posted on BB forum, by Milo)

Link to original story: http://borderland-beat.924382.n3.nabble.com/J-news-for-you-Octavio-Leal-Hernandez-quot-El-Chapito-quot-Arrested-in-Tijuana-td3945284.html#a3945651


In the second high profile arrest of the week, elements of the Army in Tijuana, arrested Octavio Leal Hernandez, known as 'El Chapito'.  Hernandez, rose to a position of prominence, after the arrest of Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha, last November in Tijuana.  Sillas Rocha was considered a lieutenant of considerable importance to the CAF, under Fernando Sanchez Arellano, though Sillas had a turbulent and troubled relationship with his superiors.  Subsequent to his arrest, 'Chapito' was appointed to lead the men under Sillas command, engaging in drug trafficking, and the carrying out of kidnapping and murder, at the behest of upper management.

In March of this year, Chapito was profiled in an edition of Zeta Tijuana, raising his profile in the eyes of the general public, and law enforcement.  His name was also in the news, after an incident last month in Tijuana, where a kidnapping victim, freed himself from his captors, killing them, and two others, in a bloody escape attempt.  The victim was gunned down by police, after carjacking an SUV, while handcuffed, holding an assault rifle.  The victim was later found to be a Sinaloa Cartel member, of some stature, who was being held in a safehouse in La Mesa, which investigations revealed to be operated by members of Leal Hernandez's crew.

Chapito also participated heavily in the battle against Teodoro Garcia Simental, 'El Teo', or 'Tres Letras', from 2008-2010, while he was serving as confidante to El Sillas.  It is said Leal Hernandez was behind the kidnapping of Diane Lopez Uriarte, sister of Raydel Lopez Uriarte, 'El Muletas', Diane was kidnapped, with her boyfriend, several weeks after the apprehension of "El Teo', in an attempt by the Sanchez Arellano faction to push out those still loyal to Teo.  She as released, unharmed, her boyfriend was found murdered on the street, and 'El Muletas' was taken into custody roughly two weeks later.

Leal Hernandez was also involved in the kidnapping of the nieces of Ismael Zambada, 'El Mayo', acting on orders from El Sillas', the trio were lifted from a fast food restaurant in Tijuana, shortly after arriving at the airport.  The kidnapping, apparently unauthorized by El Ingeniero, estranged Sillas from his boss, and Sillas was 'left on his own', put to the side, and eventually fled Tijuana.  When he returned, in the fall of 2011, he was arrested, after an attempted murder, of a former associate, 'El Marquitos', and Leal Hernandez was given his former superior's position.

Last night, in the Agua Caliente Hills subdivision, Leal Hernandez, and an associate, tried to flee from the Army, and were stopped.  In their possession was about 180 kilos of marijuana, 30,000 in cash, 200 rounds of ammunition, and four guns.  Three vehicles were also seized.  Chapito was said to engage in retail drug sales in Tijuana, as well as transferring wholesale shipments across the border.   He is originally from the state of Puebla, and is known to spend time there, and in Ensenada, when Tijuana became uncomfortable, due to the authorities, or rivals.  It is unknown how this will impact the group of Sanchez Arellano, Chapito was one of roughly 15 cells, detailed in a December 2011 issue of Zeta Magazine, which profiled the lieutenants and crew loyal to CAF, from information obtained by El Sillas.

Link to another story about Octavio Leal Hernandez http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/03/el-chpaito-el-caf.html


Sources:  AFN Tijuana, Zeta Tijuana,

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17 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

i thought they already had this chapete

Anonymous said...

They said he had more power than Melvin Gutierrez, I guess his power was not good enough to avoid getting arrested.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure GENTE DE TIJUANA will come over here to talk about his wisdom and the Gran Familia and his sicario skills and blah blah blah and blah blah blah.

Anonymous said...

Mexico is a criminal narco state and the U.S. needs to take military action... The longer the U.S. waits the worse it is going to be but it is inevitable that at some point the U.S. will take military action against the cartels in Mexico the only question is when...

Anonymous said...

Good story J.

Anonymous said...

"rose to a position of prominence" este pinche cucaracha . LOL Thats what wrong , these punks are being glorified . Good society has dirty work to do. They have to hunt them out and kill them. These crimminals understand what it will take to stop them but do the folks that will have to do it understand ?
Legalize drugs ? That would cause more to turn to kidnapping and extorsion. Let them keep their drug trafficing proffession until theyre dead. Just make them dead sooner

Anonymous said...

N----

Im pretty sure this was related to the escaped prisoner, every time someone messes up they are handed off to the authoritties.

Anonymous said...

I know stupid,now go tell Obama that,so he can do something about it.!!!

Anonymous said...

As usually happens with these punks he is going to sing like a canary. No guns, no innocent people to kill = no balls.

Anonymous said...

Este wuey es Norteño?

Anonymous said...

Es un Indio poblano compadre...

Anonymous said...

Le dicen el Chaputito.

El Comandante said...

Le dicen el chapete

Anonymous said...

Sure if you legalize drugs, kidnapping etc may rise temporarily maybe. But in the long run the end to prohibition of narcotics across the board is the only way to be rid of the systemic destruction of Mexico, and the USA. The über powerful cartels would be cut at the knees and the corruption would be phased out quickly. It would be messy for a short time, but it's the only way.

Anonymous said...

Es un chuntaro de lo más corriente.

Anonymous said...

Ese guey es un pinche pobre makuarro comparado al señor Guzman el verdadero chapo

Anonymous said...

You guys are stupid you want another 20,000 or more gone just like in iraq and afganistan well I guess you too assholes can join the army you have to solve the drug problem here first in the us or legalize it eaither two will work without violance think b4 you start wanting people to go to there doom

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