Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Narco Convoys: Power in Numbers

Monday, July 16, 2012 |


By ACI for Borderland Beat
They moved in on the small town of Creel in the early hours of March 15, 2010.  A convoy of three luxury SUV’s pull off one of the main drags.  Through tinted windows gunmen filled the cabs.  They pulled over to a stop.  Many jumped out guns at the ready; they converged around the capo, Enrique Lopez Acosta, alias El Cumbias. 

The men wait, snorting lines of cocaine, more trucks arrive and more gunmen step out.  They converge and several gunmen block off access to the town.  They set up roadblocks, each of the trucks that block the road have lights which mimic police vehicles.  There must be at least forty or fifty gunmen.  A man and his truck approach the check point, he is pulled out and thrown against his vehicle and patted down, the man is later allowed to turn around and leave the way he came.

As the sun rises in the sky a large group of gunmen run towards what appears to be a very large house.  Sources claim this to be the mayor’s house, one of the biggest in town.  It is thought the occupants were involved in La Linea.  The gunmen fan out overtaking the property.  Several of the gunmen approached the front of the house; they kicked down doors and shot through windows.  After they killed who they came for they run back toward the street filled with trucks and gunmen.
This video shows how small town are most vulnerable to cartel violence simply because they are outnumbered and outgunned.   The video cameras were installed because of a massacre of 13 people that had just occurred.
Lopez Acosta ran a cell of Gente Nueva in the state of Chihuahua.  He worked directly with Noel “El Flaco” Salgueiro who at the time was the man behind much of the violence in Juarez.  La Gente Nueva is a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel; they operated mostly out of Chihuahua however have now branched out and operate in several states within Mexico, including Veracruz, Durango and Guerrero.  Most of the original members of this faction were former Juarez Cartel members, who defected to Sinaloa.  Greed lead many to wage war against “Viceroy” Carrillo Fuentes and his sicarios, La Linea.  To date at least 3000 people have died in the conflict between the two cartels.         
"El Flaco"
Lopez Acosta was arrested in December 2010 at his lavish home in Delicias, Chihuahua where he was having a celebration.  In the operation he was wounded, and his brother killed.  Noel Salgueiro was said to have been at the party but was able to escape prior to the Mexican Armies arrival.  Salgueiro was eventually arrested in October of 2011.  He was arrested in Culiacan, alone and without incident; many believed he was turned over by Chapo because he had caused too many problems.    

This video shows a convoy of Zetas in San Fernando.  This has been site of several of the worst atrocities of the cartel wars.  This is where 72 migrants were massacred at a ranch because they refused to join the organization.  This is also the location of several mass graves which totaled more than 200 bodies.  It was said the Zetas roamed the streets freely, forcing many locals to abandon their town due to the lack of security.  In the following video a convoy can be seen traveling throughout the town unabated till some sort of confrontation ensues.   This was before either atrocity occurred, after both incidents the town was swarmed by Federal Troops and order was briefly restored.  The Mexican Government is now building a permanent military base outside of the town in an attempt to wrench the area back from Los Zetas. 

The smaller communities are not the only places vulnerable to convoys, in the town of Apatzingan, which has a population of 115,000 people, and is the home base of the Caballeros Templarios a convoy of fifty trucks can be seen driving through the town.  The video which is from May 2011 is incredible, as gunmen drive by onlookers wave and cheer on the convoy as it passes.  You can clearly see the Knights Templar logo on several of the trucks as well as many being equipped with lights to resemble the authorities.

In another video, one made famous on YouTube, a convoy is seen in Valle Hermoso which is in the state of Tamaulipas.  The dramatic footage, which shows gunmen blocking off roads, protecting a convoy as it makes its way through town, is simply riveting.  This powerful footage which clearly shows gunmen crouched down, firing their weapons at some unknown adversary as a large convoy of Narcos speeds by.  The video has become a symbol of what has happened to Mexico.   


In another yet another video this time in Nueva Laredo, a Zeta convoy get caught up in a shootout with the military, several vehicles are seen disabled as civilians try their best to find cover.  The video last for almost ten minutes and clearly shows why attacking a convoy of gunmen is highly risky for both the military and the civilian population.  The battles often last for hours, and are especially dangerous in densely populated areas.
These shocking scenes seems as though they fit the dynamic of an insurgency or low intensity war, rather than that of criminals.  One can see how entire police forces could be intimidated, how entire communities are held hostage and how difficult it is for the Mexican Military to deal with the problem.   The cartels today more resemble the Colombian cartels of old.  They operate in the open, highly organized, well-funded and equipped to do battle not only with rivals but the government as well.      

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36 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Lol
what the heck is a Falco?
Flaco

Anonymous said...

In Creel, is it possible those WERE cartel members and the police were too afraid to confront them?

Anonymous said...

The person in the second SUV isnt killed. The video shows he opens is car door and throws himself on the ground.Hes patted down, beaten a bit and givin his hat back and drives away.

Anonymous said...

Spellchecking .nitpicking asshole

Anonymous said...

The Creel, Chihuahua, video is taken from police cameras. The police were actually seeing the events as they happened, and were specators for about four hours. No law enforcement agency showed up. You can see that the cops were even in control of the camera angles. El Cumbias was clearly identified from the video, but he lived openly in Delicias, where he had a family and children, and was arresed much later. I'm not sure he was even charged with murder of the several Creel people killed in this incident, he probably just got the bullshit "possession of illegal firearms" charge, although you can also see he had quite a bit of coke and was giving his bad guys hits as they went about their work.

Anonymous said...

Chapos people doesn't kill innocents RIGHT??? that shoot out in Creel those assholes killed a congress man and his 4 year daughter... And the bitch ass cops were nowhere to be found.. stop jumping on cartel bandwagons and open ir eyes they all murder innocent people... BUT WAIT THE CORRIDOS SAY OTHERWISE...

Anonymous said...

Awsome article!

Anonymous said...

The cause of all the violence is the drug laws of the United States.

Anonymous said...

this is a perfect example of what drones were designed for...all this could have been prevented with two drone strikes...or airships...wtf doesn't Mexico have gunships? Tiny Israel would light up Palestinians with helicopters...i know Mexico has the resources to purchase them, and if the US was serious about eliminating cartels, they would give Mexico drones and teach them to use them...why not? Mexico and the US love that cartel money is why!

Anonymous said...

The person in the white suv doesnt get killed but whats fucked up is that while he is down one gunman goes into the drivers side and takes his six pack of beer, now that fucked up, steeling a mans six pack. watch the video carefully and youll see it. According to the news at that time, the family that was murdered was because they were related to some multi-millionare that didn't pay them extortion money.

Fredy said...

In The Creel, Chihuahua video the sicarios killed a business man, his wife i think and 2 daughters of ages 9 and 11 if i can remember correctly. Supposedly for not giving up the property or money.

By the way you should post the article of Don Alejo unless you already have before. Its a great story how an old man dies fighting off zetas when they try to take his property. Rest In Peace Don Alejo.

Anonymous said...

I have lots of family in delicias and they say he only served a week in jail. Hes almost like el 40 except he had a taco cart. Cartels will hire any asshole.

Anonymous said...

they still drive around like in the outskirts of nuevo laredo but noone reports theres a corrupt military personnel that gives them info on who is informing the military on them.i know this cause ive met active convoy riders.and they talk about thier times as if it was nothing.

-tyrone-

Anonymous said...

Whats this?? I thought SNITCHALOA didnt kill innocent people or ambush? There's alot of CHEERLEADERS and bandwagons gonna be upset about this article. Thanks BB for clearing the air about those cowards that run when they get met with people who can defend themselves. FUCKING PUSSIES!!

Anonymous said...

I cant speak for all of chapo and mayos peope, but in the area of durango were my family is from they dont kidnap extort or kill innocent people. They do fight and kill zetas who wanted to come in. At first people were afraid of them but not as much now. My aunts truck got a flat tire on the side of the road and they changed it for her and follwed her to el rancho. Alot of the mafiosos are local but theres also people who came from rancherias in cosala and badiraquato. Saludos pa aya. Were better of then when the municipales were there. Those dudes were corrupt,and looking for any reason to screw you. My cousin got snitched on for having a .40 mm handgun and it set him back $2000usd and alot of headaches. You go to the next municipio were zetacuaches are and people get kidnapped, extorted, and people live in way more fear. Im sure every cartel has trash and honest men in there ranks, but im only speaking of my municipio as a whole doesnt get terrorized by sicarios and they've been there like 5years now. Nevertheless sicarios and mafiosos should have no part there, but they are so people just live with it.

Anonymous said...

Its actually Noel “El Flaco” Salgueiro not "El Falco"

Anonymous said...

Out gunned and out numbered only a dumb ass would go head up with them.Theres a difference between being a dumb ass and a pussy.Let me guess you think your man enough to go head up against them? Then you must be real ignorant.

Anonymous said...

SNITCHLOA CLASSIC!!! LOL .. BUT TRUE.. RATAS THAT'S WHAT THEY ALL ARE.. BAD ASSES IN THE CORRIDOS THO...BUT REALITY SNITCHES IS WHAT THEY ARE

Anonymous said...

The Creel Massacre was in retaliation of a massacred that had happened a year before. Where the juarez cartel killed a bunch of people at a wedding. The guy that placed the hit was the owner of the white house, he had it coming. If he was smart he would have moved his family. The owner of that house WAS NOT SOME INNOCENT person!

http://nuestraaparenterendicion.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=743:una-reflexi%C3%B3n-sobre-la-masacre-en-creel-chihuahua&Itemid=45

Anonymous said...

Really?? Cheerleader or bandwagon? A wiseman once said " You can polish a turd all day but its still shit"! Just wait till they arm the wrong idiots again and they get all coked up and kill some more innocent. They payoff media and recording artists thats why some done even go Mexico anymore. In Chihuahua alone over 10,000 for being suspected or being at the wrong place. But thats ok because they changed your aunts tire with an AK47 and gave her line. FUCKING PATHETIC!!

Anonymous said...

COME DOWN DOWN TO DGO N WE WILL TEACH YOU THE TRUTh! AL 100 CON EL SEÑOR

Anonymous said...

Your an idiot! The violence is caused by thugs with no morals. These guys want easy money. Legalize drugs and most of them will find other ways to violate human beings. They want to make an easy buck without working for it.

Anonymous said...

What municipio is that?

Anonymous said...

Xinaloas were the ones who killed those 3 from the wedding.

Anonymous said...

Oh, they`re on coke, that explains so much. Guess I should have known, to me this explains almost everyting, from the fierce gun battles to the senseless killings. I`ve been on coke unfortunatly, years ago, and it is still the most idiotic drug I have ever taken. I was superman, I thought. I had no fear, if I fell off the roof of a house it wouldn`t have bothered me, I would just have thought "this is a minor detail, I`ll figure something out before I hit the ground, no problem". One time a giant of a man attacked me, I floored him, had I been sober I would have run away. I have good news for those who really dislike the guys in the vid with the guns and stuff; they are all gonna die. For sure. Its just not posssible to be on coke and run around with guns and live to tell about it, they will all die a horrible death, but they probably wont notice since they`re coked up.

Anonymous said...

@July 16, 2012 3:09 PM

You can find that story here on BB. Maybe in forum.

Anonymous said...

Another great read my friend, you are an asset to the website. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with us...-CHIVO

Anonymous said...

Man this is old news.But,for everyone who didn't know about it,or seen the video.This is how in charge they were.Do any of these guys look in the least bit worried?Thats how fucked up it is.El Skinnys Ass(el flaco)guys,anyone know whats happened to his ass?
There's rumors that he was given up by guzman,ultimatum,that or dead,but who knows for sure.
Only thing is,nothing really happens to em,its that fucked up.Where is el skinny?Cumbias,doe's he think he can dance or some shit,or he likes his sounds,fuck knows.

Anonymous said...

Well I in Durango i guess they kneel down in front of any senor with a peso or dollar huh? Come to the US where we have the right the defend ourselves. You fucking punk with a gun!! Aqui si ay cuetes para defender nos! Besides in Durango Los Zetas controll the other half that the senor doesnt controll that borders Zacatecas. En Durango a cual quier santo se le incan!

Anonymous said...

July 17, 2012 4:52 PM
Well I in Durango i guess they kneel down in front of any senor with a peso or dollar huh?
Guey,be cool,while i here,fuck is you flappin on?

Anonymous said...

Arriva El cartel de jalisco

Anonymous said...

Flappin? Its in black and white.

Al quds said...

I THINK MEXICO IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE MAD MAX BUT THERES NO MEL GIBSON
JUST KILLING EACH OTHER FOR OIL
JUST. A SMUGGLER /MURDERS WASTELAND

Anonymous said...

Arriba SINALOA Y SONOYTA SONORA

Anonymous said...

jesus esta en tijuana!

Anonymous said...

lets start a revolution & get them outa US b4 they bring that crap over here even more

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