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Mapping Sinaloa Cartel Operatives in Juarez Battleground

Sunday, May 27, 2012 |

Written by  Erin Shea
InSight Crime

The latest US indictment against Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman and other members of his Sinaloa Cartel is a mine of information about the group's activities and membership in the disputed border city of Juarez in recent years.

In April, US authorities filed an indictment against 24 members of the Sinaloa Cartel operating in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, which was for a time the most violence place in the world as the Sinaloa Cartel battled the Juarez Cartel for control of the valuable border crossing.
The indictment includes leader Joaquin Guzman, alias "El Chapo," and nine former police officers, one of whom previously worked for the Chihuahua State Police Homicide Unit. InSight Crime has mapped those named as belonging to the group's two main branches in Chihuahua: Gente Nueva and the Garduño Cell -- 
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The indictment, which also names among the defendants the cartel's co-leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, was filed in US District Court in El Paso and includes charges of murder, kidnapping, racketeering and money laundering.
The 28-page document details violent acts carried out by the Sinaloa Cartel, belying the status it likes to claim for itself as less brutal than the rival Zetas. Murders committed by the cartel are described as “[often involving] extreme violence and a public display of the victim, including mutilation and dismemberment of body parts in some ritualistic or symbolic fashion.” Two grisly murders in particular are documented, which the indictment alleges were committed at the command of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, who is believed to be the leader of the cartel’s operations in the Juarez Valley.
In September 2009, according to the document, a man was kidnapped in Horizon City, Texas in retaliation for losing over 600 pounds of marijuana in a drug bust that August. The indictment alleges that he was taken to Ciudad Juarez and killed, following interrogation by Torres. His body was found in the city on September 8, his hands “severed above the wrists and placed on his chest, to serve as a warning to those who might attempt to steal from the cartel.”
The indictment goes on to claim that Torres ordered a raid on a wedding in Ciudad Juarez in 2010 that involved the kidnapping, torture, and murder of three men, including the groom, who had been linked to the Juarez Cartel.
According to the document, the Sinaloa Cartel uses such violence and threats of violence not only to discipline members perceived as disloyal and to punish enemies, but also to instill fear in the media, public, potential informants, and police, thus “preserving the ongoing viability” of the cartel.
None of the defendants named in the indictment have been arrested by US authorities.
To view the original InSight report and download the full indictment, please enter here.

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22 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

It's encouraging that they're not sealed indictments.

The full indictent was an interesting read. The US feds are buuilding a massive case and they're dishing out alot of detail.

I think the wheels turning against the Sinaloa. That reads like the roadmap for wiping out the whole upper command structure.

Drone kill or life in prison. These are decisions faced by the scumbag cartel high ups.

Anonymous said...

They need to focus on the cartel leaving 50 dead women and teens on the highway on MOTHERS DAY!!

Anonymous said...

They need to focus on the groups terroizing hard working everyday people! Groups that extort/kidnap civilians in mexico should be priority number one!

Anonymous said...

The JAGL shit is wrong, m10 and brother are not with CDS anymore...that operative listing is wrong and outdated...atte: el Patrick Dirty Dancing Swayze

Anonymous said...

Did they not spell marijuana wrong on the first page of the indictment?

Anonymous said...

Propaganda, yes all the cartels are violent, but this oneupsmanship had a catalyst and it was not those who have been in business for thirty years. Hell, it was relatively safe in Mexico a few years back, what changed? Yes Chapo was set on taking plazas, yes Calderon's Merida initiative went into effect which makes no sense without an end to prohibition. It's like giving the enemy a never ending supply line. Where did the depravity on such wide scale come from though?

Anonymous said...

"They need to focus on the groups terroizing hard working everyday people! Groups that extort/kidnap civilians in mexico should be priority number one!"

You do realize that this is a US indictment? Who is killing & extorting who Mexico is actually not the number one priority.

But don't worry, I'm sure there's plenty of US charges waiting for the zetas. This indictment tells the story of Sinaloa butchery. The Sinaloa is a murdering & thieving group of parasites. They are no less a priority than any other thug gangster.

It's going to be a hot summer for the criminal cartels for sure.

Anonymous said...

How contested is Juarez truly? Seems like Chapo has the run of Juarez AND Tijuana these days, just pays taxes to the locals is all.

Anonymous said...

ALOT OF THE GUYS INDICMENT ARE NO LONGER WITH THE GENTE NUEVA BECAUSE OF THE INTERNAL FIGHT BETWEEN FELIPE CABRERA, FLACO SALGUERIO VS M10 M11, MARIO NUNEZ M10 AND THE BROTHER M11 LOS "MS"WERE KICKED OUT BY EL CHAPO FROM DURANGO & MAZATLAN WERE THEY TOOK CARE OF THOSE PLAZAS FOR NOT PAYING TONS OF COKE THAT GOT CONFISCATED BY THE SEDENA.THE INTERNAL BATTLE WAS PRETTY BLOODY EL M10 LOST 2 OF HIS TOP SICARIOS ONE WAS EL PUMA ORIGINAL HE IS THE ONE THAT INTERROGATES IN THE YOUTUBE VIDEO MARIO GONSALEZ BROTHER OF PATRICIA GONZALES EX STATE OF CHIHUAHUA PROSECUTOR.THE OTHER WAS EL M17 EL 666 HE WAS ALSO GUNNED DOWN IN ROSARITO B.C HE WAS THE PLAZA BOSS FOR MAZATLAN.BUT THE GENTE NUEVA KEEPS DOMINATIN TERROTORY IN CIUDAD JUAREZ WITH NEW BOSSES CDJ AINT EVEN A CARTEL ALL THEY DO IS EXTORSION &KIDNAPING NOW NOT LIKE THEY WHERE A FEW YEARS BACK

Anonymous said...

VERY INTERESTING,SOUNDS LIKE U KNOW A LOT...GIVE US SOME MORE INFO.

Anonymous said...

1:35 la gn can't even control the ceresos so how they gonna control Juarez. Just like the ceresos they have them bought but they don't have to people to control. All they did was do searches on the aztecas every day but that didn't work. And Los Ms never got kicked out of Durango. That was theirs since they worked for Juarez and switched to sinaloa but now their back. Ask El marrufo about when he got chased out of the capital last year and that's why he left!

Anonymous said...

"ALOT OF THE GUYS INDICMENT ARE NO LONGER WITH THE GENTE NUEVA BECAUSE OF THE INTERNAL FIGHT BETWEEN FELIPE CABRERA, FLACO SALGUERIO VS M10 M11, MARIO NUNEZ M10"
Good stuff hermano,keep postin and we,ll keep reading.A lot us know what your talkin about,but it does get confusing sometimes,specially with the blanket they left around that time you are talkin about.

Anonymous said...

Alfin mataron al mano negra pu
bliken la nota en la polaka.

Anonymous said...

Obviously you don't live in juarez...gn are never seen on the streets of juarez not even on the eastside of juarez where supposedly chapo controls. The downtown area and western and northwesteren area of juarez,which is the heavily populated area of juarez is dominated by th e juarez cartel. Extortion and kidnappings you say? Even the gn are involved in that. Kills innocents,women, all cartels do that. We're not talking about a country club,idiot. It's a group of criminals,moron. Fact of the matter is cds with all his help from government and ufos haven't been able to beat the juarez cartel...call them cartel de juarez,NCJ,la linea,aztecas or whatever,chapos people continue to get killed in juarez.

Anonymous said...

la gn are all over juarez & its a fact they are pushin more drugs than ever before i am not the only one saying it el pariente who recently got capture told authorities that chapo dominates chihuhua also el diego said it himself too so dont come with that bull shit facts are facts almost everyday the police get aztecas & la linea members 4 extorsion & kidnaping but those brain washed idiots still believe that el viceroy is good boss when in fact he could care less about them idiots!!!!! the only ones that are getting killed is la linea & and why dont you go tell carillo to go pick up the bodies of his sicarios in the sierra of choix the idiots that when to go suport el chapo isidro they are stinking the air of my beatiful sinaloa pinches marranos oink oink oink !!!!!!

earl said...

la linea awalys cry,s to the goverment they fuckin loss!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Then go to juarez,chump and take a ride through the strrets,then tell me la linea lost...la linea continues present

Anonymous said...

You see?Two totally different views about who is running things in Juarez?I know there is partisan shit going on here,people from Sinaloa,people from Juarez.But it is very confusing for all of that.

Anonymous said...

10:15 El Diego was winning in the capital when he was out everybody knows that until the federatas got that check to get him. Juarez is under control they sent their people every where like choix. If they got people to send out there then it goes to show that they're still around. First stop being scared and go to war with the aztekas in jail.hahaha

Anonymous said...

It is Chapo who is moving stuff.

Anonymous said...

Si no pueden con Los ke kedan en navolato tu krees ke van a poder con eyos en su terreno go listen to your gay ass moviemento alterrado and get ure fanboy ass outta here.

Anonymous said...

Ok so who do te m's work for then this is. so confusing or are. they're on cortel ???

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