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'El Mono' detained in Tijuana

Friday, July 6, 2012 |


El Mono detained in Tijuana


 In the second high profile arrest in the last week, elements of the Mexican Army detained Luis Manuel Toscano, Rodrqguez 'El Mono', in the Zona Norte area of the city.  Toscano is long reported to have been one of Fernando Sanchez Arellano's most important operators in the city.  Early reports and rumors claim that the previously arrested, Julio Cesar Salas, 'El M-4' was the direct superior of 'El Mono', and gave him up to the Army.  Toscano is said to have had  a large hand, if not complete control, of the retail drug sales in Zona Norte, valued and profitable territory, with a large number of addicts, clubs, brothels and prostitutes, as well as tourists.  Well known sex and strip clubs, such as Hong Kong are in the Zonta Norte's 'Red Light District'.


Toscano was arrested with 38 grams of cocaine, in different wraps, one rifle, one pistol, various munitions and cartridges, as well as 20,000 US dollars, and a car.  'El Mono' was detained, based, officially, on a citizen complaint, of an armed man in a vehicle, the Army stopped the vehicle, and arrested the suspect.  In August 2009, Federal agents arrested another Sanchez Arellano lieutenant, Manuel Zambrano 'El Jimmy', in the Zona Norte.   

Early versions of the story indicated Toscano was caught on July 3rd, only hours after the arrest of 'El M-4', in a sweeping raid of the Zona Norte, in which Federal officers from Mexico City swept through the streets, bars, and clubs, making arrests, and identifying individuals inside these establishments.  Last December, agents of the AFI made similar raids of the area, arresting and removing men and women linked to sex trafficking.

'El Mono' has long been linked to the cells of Sanchez Arellano, however he was said to have paid plaza to El Teo, during the war, to avoid bloodshed, but is a Sanchez Arellano loyalist.  In January 2011, Toscano and his oldest son were wounded in an assassination attempt, both were taken to the Red Cross, and released, his wife vanished from her residence after the shooting.

It was assumed at the time that someone wanted to take his place, or the CAF was trying to internally cleanse their operations.  It appears he was in good graces, again with his employers, but time and interviews will hopefully further explain things.  El Mono was also  mentioned in an ongoing feud with 'Los Litos' another Sanchez Arellano retail distribution group, of which there are said to be 10-20.

Manuel Toscano is 34 years old, and originally from Manzanillo, Colima.  He is linked to to a kidnapping of an American women in July of 2010, among other crimes. The brother of 'Lito' was killed last year, possibly in retaliation, by Toscano.  Since the November 2011 arrest of Juan Sillas Rocha, the hits have kept coming for El Ingeniero', Octavio Leal Hernandez, 'El Chapito' was arrested in March, followed by the two arrests this week, of alleged cell leaders for the CAF.

Sources: AFN Tijuana, Zeta Tijuana, Borderland Beat

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Anonymous said...

you wrote:
'El Mono' was detained, based, officially, on a citizen complaint, of an armed man in a vehicle,"

What a brave soul. And I thought nobody would dare to report anything to the corrupted police and army. Maybe is not as bad as I thought.

Anonymous said...

CAF is taking some major hits. Anyone know how many cells this organisation has? I have heard 5 and I have heard 50.

Anonymous said...

Like I said all cartel members are RATS... SNITCHING IS ALL THEY DO..

Anonymous said...

Chapo and Company strike with rat hits again

Anonymous said...

Could Chapo's guys be turning dimes on AFO?

J said...

It's very likely 'El M-4' or information gained from his arrest, is what caused the arrest of 'El Mono'. All reports say Arellano Felix, but in the next week, Zeta TJ will have the story, and maybe they will formally present him, there will probably be some interesting revelations. They never interview anyone from TJ, besides the hilarious entrevista de Muletas.

Anonymous said...

They Are Mayos Guys not chapos,chapo ain't got nothing to do with the situation in tijuana

Anonymous said...

anyone in tj know who has control of the plaza now? im a american who lives in southern mexico now but i used to live in sd and ensenada.i never had anything happen to me directly but saw some wild shit.i spent tons of my time as teen and young adult partying on revolution and overall i was treated with nothing but kindness.the guys who ran shit in tj are old school guys who run things like a real business.I have even been to Manos club Hong kong a few times i was always treated very nice and no im not rich at all. when i moved to southern mexico i never could of imagined how bad it would be. all it is is a bunch of kids on crack with machine guns. no point to anything they do here except to just terrorize the hardworking mexicans, and crush tourism. its very sad because 98% of all mexicans are the nicest people you would ever want to meet or be neighbors with.They are the people who will give you the shirt off there back.i wish the the dudes in southern mexico would run things like the guys in baja. I just found this website a couple of days ago. i have read tons of negative comments written about mexico by americans who have never steped foot in mex.So i decided to give my opinion. the not often heard opinion of the gringo who chooses to live in mexico. and i choose to live in mexico because of the kindness,and warmth of the people.also becuase of the amazing beauty of the country.I hope all is good in t.j. because its a one of a kind city.

Anonymous said...

Yes we all wish drug dealing went back to what it USED to be, just business.. Now seems like cartels wanna see who can kill the most people, with more gore... I'm not saying I'm for drug dealing but they kept innocent people out of it.. When cartels murder people in groups, then dump there bodies on the freeways , strees and so on there not trying to strike fear into other cartels.. there doing it to scare the people of the towns.. so there afraid and will take there side....my opinion

Anonymous said...

Dude are u on crack?! I use to be a marine stationed at camp pendelton on san mateo side of the base with 5th marines. Tj is a violent place. They forbid all service members to go there cuz of all the violence . Fucking gangbangers have turned the place into a complete shithole. Dude it sucks there

EL GALLO DE TIJUANA said...

SEGUIMOS MANDANDO NO QUE ESTABAMOS ACABADOS ARRIBA EL CAF ASTA LA MUERTE OH Y RIP CHINGATUMADRE ESTE NEGOCIO VA SEGIR PESE AQUIEN LE PESE TIJUANA ES DE NOSOTROS AL M-4 EL PATO VA SEGUIR LA CORRIENTE Y NUNCA TE OLVIDAREMOS Y GRACIAS POR LA ESCUELA AQUI SIGUES MANDANDO FREQUENCIA Y RADIO Y TAMBIEN POR AIRE MI TENIENTE POR ESO SE PAGA PLAZA PORQUE YA TENEMOS DUENO Y ES EL INGINIERO HASTA LA MUERTE CON EL NOMAS PREGUNTELEN AL TEO Y MULETAS Y KAIBIL Y LA PERRITA NI LOS DOS ANOS DIERON CORRIERON AL chapo Y APARTE DE QUE SE LOS COJIO EL MISMO chapo TUVO QE PAGAR PISO EL CAF NUNCA SE ACABARA LO QUE SOBRA ES ESPERENCIA AQUI PAREJITAS ANONIMAS USTEDES SABEN QUIEN SON HAY LOS VEO MUY PRONTO

Anonymous said...

....."con Su compa,el pareja".....is this you.?

Anonymous said...

been to peanuts y beer many times on way down to surf or fish. great times with never a problem. cant wait to go back!

Anonymous said...

the reason they dont allow the military guys into tj is because you guys cant handle you booze. also if something did happen it would hurt us/mex relations. trust me im 25 and white i go to the plaza almost daily also frequent hong kong. i have no issues because im not a dumb ass.

Anonymous said...

dont bash tj just because your boss doesnt allow you to go.

the white boy said...

hey guys you all really boring not including el gallo de tijuana im herein tijuana baja california partying im in the mix of all this buying shit selling alittle some and you know what even though there very low key there more powerful know than they were when benjamin and ramon were around no DISRESPECT to them but they really have full control of the city and the guy chapo is paying a fee ask youreself this i think ZETAS are superb from chapo why have they forge a powerful alliance with EL CAF just something to think about and gallo my respect to you and gente de tijuana you guys are good people when some one not looking for trouble sorry got to get high this is some good meth

Anonymous said...

Hey EL GALLO DE TIJUANA, can you tell me how much is a pound of Cristal Meth in Tijuana, and how much is a pound of Cristal Meth in San Diego?

Anonymous said...

the white boy

Maybe I'm blind, but can you tell me what did Gallo de Tijuana said that you see so interesting?

No disrespect but I see Gallo de Tijuana as a cheerleader for the CAF and no more, he never gives any good information. He always claims that Teo was a nobody and that Ingeniero was the number one ruler of Tijuana.
In reality the ones who defeated El Teo was the military. El Ingeniero didn't defeated El Teo and when Mayo's nieces were kidnapped Ingeniero panicked and release them.

the white boy said...

why dont you go and tell him youreself el gallo his territory his las americas go down there and ask for him he will gladly say hi and tell him youre thoughts on what you think of him???????????? man you have no idea what the hell you dealing with no wonder you cowards come in here has anonymous i use the nickname whiteboy cause that what they call me up in mexican territory or they call me wero

J said...

It's been pretty well documented that 'El Sillas', acting on his own, within his cell, ordered the kidnapping of Mayo's nieces, because he believed he could use that leverage to get his sister/cousin released, as she was kidnapped in Sinaloa. So, Ingeniero ordered their release, or used the Army to do it, I think he had 'El Marquitos' call in their location, Sillas was impulsive and shortsighted, he was jeopardizing the whole plaza with that move.

Anonymous said...

@ J

What ever happened whit his sister? Was she found?

@ J I also want to ask you, have you ever heard of someone named Gente de Tijuana, Gallo de Tijuana, El TB, Alejandro Malandro or anything like this? The reason I ask, is because this guy claims that he is a messenger for the gran familia, and according to him, he controls everything.

Anonymous said...

hey bro july 12 2012 3:23pm i think there not the same person cause i was at a bar las pulgas i met there some one they call el gallo he was with a guy they call el pato or el patron they had i lot of bodyguards around them i dont think there messengers but i do believe the guy they call el pato or el patron is related to the family that controls tijuana because his last name was felix one of the guys he was with said el senor felix les compra tragos a todos and he ended up with all these woman but they seem pertty cool cause they were pertty respectful but you can tell he commands alot of respect hey bro i think you should leave this one alone get drunk and get laid take care bro

Anonymous said...

"No disrespect but I see Gallo de Tijuana as a cheerleader for the CAF and no more, he never gives any good information"
Shit man,are you fuckin cracked or what?The dude,Gallo de Tijuana,say he gente CAF.What the fuck would he be tellin us to much shit about his business and his crew for?If he is who he says he is,he could get his ass murked for sayin to much,and thats as it should be.
Yeya man,he can tell us some insider shit,but nothin to naughty,cause it can get grimy,if he gos to far.
So if he for real,how is he a cheerleader an all that shit?Whatever man,means shit to me,but i would rather listen to him than others.

Anonymous said...

its youre life bro i live here in tijuana i hear and see some crazy shit but i enter has anonymous cause i dnt want problems with them cause there no joke why do you enter here has anonymous just curious bro cause the way you present youreself is can be intrepet has calling him out!!!!!! bro just becareful get high ad laid oh yeah and drunk

Anonymous said...

oh yes bro i almost forgot about the group sinaloa taken over tijuana i can tell you those stories are incorrect everywere you go there are arellanos people ive seen and heard that they allow sinaloa product to pass but they pay a fee and i may have a mexican buddy involved when all the war was going on in 2008-2010 and rumors flying around that arellanos are weak and finished i saw my buddy relax and partying parties that i was invited to it was stress free and they did not look worried and definitely look weak just think bro why do you enter this site has anonymous just ask why people in these site enter has anonymous and take shot at los arellanos i never had issues with them im white boy ive never been bothered onetime my truck was stolen i was upset i called my buddy up thats in that mix and within 4hours i had my truck back so it looks like there not so bad after all take care bro just dont believe everything you read

Anonymous said...

Eres un pendejo
You ain't shit
Just an online tough guy

Anonymous said...

they caught the wrong guy el mono is still active in tijuana

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