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TJ: Authorities Seize 90K USD of 'The Engineer'

Sunday, June 3, 2012 |

Borderland Beat

Tijuana, BC. A total of $ 90 000 USD, presumably generated by drug sales in the East Los Angeles, California, were seized on Saturday in this city to a man identified as Cardenas Sosa Othniel.

The State Secretariat of Public Security (SSPE) reported that in an operation implemented in Colonia Francisco Villa in the south of the border, agents of the State Preventive Police (PEP) arrested Sosa Cardenas.

Photo:Reuters
In a statement, the state agency reported that Sosa Cardenas, 47, was arrested while driving a vehicle in which, after a rigorous inspection, agents found the $ 90,000 in bills of various denominations.

Cardenas Sosa said the money was proceeds of drug sales in Los Angeles, California, and owned by the Arellano Felix brothers, specifically, he said, belongs to Fernando Sanchez Arellano,  known as "El Ingeniero" (The Engineer), is the leader of the Tijuana drug cartel.
The 47 year old Sosa Cardenas, says he lives in Los Angeles and is a legal U.S. resident.

When cornered, the man who is also known by the alias of "El Oto"  told officers, "if I let go I give you the amount of $ 50,000", an action that was rejected by the agents.
Othniel Sosa Cardenas, alias El Oto, was arrested and brought before the Public Ministry of Federal Jurisdiction.
The Tijuana cartel, one of Mexico's oldest criminal organizations, was founded by Fernando Sanchez Arellano's uncles, the Arellano Felix brothers.
Sanchez Arellano's mother, Enedina Arellano Felix, is considered the cartel's financial brains.
The Tijuana cartel, once one of Mexico's most powerful criminal organizations, has been weakened dramatically in recent years by the arrests of some of its top leaders.
Sources: EFE, El MEX

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18 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

90k? A drop in the bucket!

J said...

Saw this, interesting, I'm assuming this means cash meant for some faction of Fernando Sanchez group, not the man himself, for I doubt he is in TJ, or close. And would be accepting 90k in person. It's a change of pace in Tijuana, previously it was executions and bodies in the streets, hanging from bridges, now it is all drug and money seizures. But, for a city dedicated to working, a lot of seizures, lately, for not a lot of product.

Anonymous said...

how sad he comes up against the rare un-corrupted agents.

EL GALLO DE TIUANA said...

SIGAN PENSANDO QUE LA GRAN FAMILIA ESTA ACABADA EL CAF SIEMPRE VA A ESTAR ALMANDO AQUI MANDAMOS NOSOTROS SALUDOS A GENTE DE TIJUANA

666 said...

He should hope they keep him locked up in the states under protective custody cause to lose the bosses money like that is a sure death sentence in not even sure he's safe if prison. Lets not forget the nephew and uncle that were decapitated one with a chainsaw one with a knife because the nephew used chapos earnings to pay his bail. The uncle had nothing to do with it, he just took his nephew in and that's where they found him so they both got murdered. Sad i guess even cartels don't give second chances

Anonymous said...

Tijuana ya tiene Nuevo dueno pendejete se llama chapo Guzman $90k? Pinche chapo limpid con eso cuando caga guey el chapo cuando le tuersen gente se abla de millones no chingaderas

Anonymous said...

I never knew the reason for that decapitation but i guess ur right

666 said...

No mamen estos weyes se pelean por quien tiene mas dinero, a los de arriba les vale madre la vida de ustedes y ustedes de lambe huevos. No mamen pinches charoleros

Anonymous said...

I guess there are uncorrupted cops in MX. There is hope.

Anonymous said...

He actually had 500K!

Anonymous said...

Does 90k really change anything.

Anonymous said...

Was the 50k his first or last offer?

Anonymous said...

It's refreshing to know that the Mexican Police is coming around to the principle of honor and respect. Good job agents in not taking the bribe. Also, that's some serious hardware they got, HK G36 and what appears to be a shorty ACR.....damn!!!
RAM

Anonymous said...

My mistake...the shorty is the new Beretta rifle....
RAM

Anonymous said...

mexico should implement a new policy where the cops or military gets to keep the money of these assholes that way they cant bribe themselves out

Anonymous said...

666 tienes toda la razon estos pendejetes lava perros y lava huevossss de los dizque Senoresssssss

ustedes sonlos desechablesssssss vale mas un de sus pinchis caballos de sangre fina que cientos de mugrosossssss lava huevossss

ah pero eso si alabandoooo a los pinchis nacosssss

Anonymous said...

I bet he had more money and they only turned 90k .. 90k aint crap i bet he had 900k

Anonymous said...

June 4, 2012 9:01 AM .
I LIKE IT BROTHER,EDUCATE SOME OF US ON THESE SHOOTERS,AS GUYS,YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.

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