Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

There was everything on top of the ambush hill

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 |

Debate. 7-11-2012.  El Fuerte, Sinaloa.

Evidence of their stay still remains on top of the hill located a kilometer from the town of Tetamboca, El Fuerte. There, still intact, are the the shelters used by the killers to wait for the State Ministerial Police special group to drive by on the highway so they, the killers, could carry out their mission: to attack them.

And so they did this past Monday, a day after they set up camp at the site.

Well protected, using surprise, they fired their high powered rifles at the convoy of ministerial agents. They killed seven of them. But the criminals did not get away scott free; as best they could, the surviving agents repulsed the attack and three of the killers fell dead, among them the leader of the criminal group "Los Mazatlecos", Juan Pablo Osuna Lizarraga.

On the hill's dry, arid ground there are still spent cartridge cases and bullets. Evidence of a shootout that terrified everybody.

"The cows went crazy when they heard the shooting," says a cowboy who was looking for his cattle on top of the hill, "where they found all sorts of stuff."

The quarters.

At the top of the hill, the killers built 12 "little houses" made out of the local brush. Folded branches were used as roofing to protect themselves from the sun, some had canvases and cardboard that were used as mattresses. They were made for one person,  some for two or more. There, they found plates with eggs and sausage, with beans on the side.There was also a black bucket with tortillas and a bottle of hot sauce.

There were plastic water bottles everywhere, and cigarette butts. Also, blankets, a black suitcase, cooking utensils, and the remains of campfires.

The killers fixed the place up to shoot from, because they placed rocks along the edges to serve as parapets, pressed the brush down and cleared paths to make their escape.

But they never expected that some of them would fall.

"The house was left full of holes all over."

The bloodiest morning. The village residents have always lived peacefully.


There are still traces of blood on the sand, a rusty swing, a broken fence, broken windows, trash all around, walls and a pickup truck full of holes. In the distance you can hear a pig grunting and a dog panting, the wind blows in short gusts and there is a murmur of the fear that remains after the fight between ministerial police and the trigger men in Tetamboca, El Fuerte.

"I still feel my whole body shaking from fear. I didn't sleep here, I slept at my parents' house, we just got back right now at noon. The pickup truck is all full of bullet holes and so is the house," says the woman who lived through moments of panic.

She remembered that that morning they heard five shots, one after the other; she immediately took her children and they all hid in the closet. In that little space in their house they stayed safe, and prayed that they would live through the ordeal. Her daughter was crying and shaking.

"I took my children and went to hide there inside the closet because they were shooting even the top of the house," says the mother, while her four year old son plays with the police tape, using it as a leash for his dog.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she had just gone inside the house when she heard the gun blasts. "Because of the heat, we were sleeping outside, but I'll never sleep outside again, I'd rather sleep inside than die outside from a gunshot." 

The place lacks street lighting at nights, which was the inhabitants' main complaint, plus, the brush starts just a few feet from the house, and at the top of the hill, a makeshift camp had been in place for some time without the neighbors, much less the police, being aware of it.

"The house was left with holes all over, one came in through the front window and hit the wall in the kitchen, the bullet split in two and melted from the force of the strike," she stated.

With timid smiles, more out of resignation than conviction, the neighbors of Tetamboca went into their homes, afraid that another shootout could take place at any moment.

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22 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad Isidro is losing valuable players.. Yeah, he gets a lot of Z. But most of them are druggies that have never fired a gun before.

Chivis said...

Another excellent post Vato...Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

this is so sad--i mean someone help Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Wake up Mexico. These people are not that hard to find

Anonymous said...

Good story

Anonymous said...

Those guys ambushed in a cowardly way, they got what they deserved. They thought they were going to take them all out, no contaban que les dieran en la madre.

Anonymous said...

It is sad that so many good hearted people are being terrorized by these monsters. The Mexican government needs to pass reforms and make up death squads just as they did in Columbia and begin shooting all the narcos on sight no questions asked!

They are domestic terrorists!

Another great story amigo, ...-CHIVO

Anonymous said...

Isidro and his man are a bunch of cowards he is used to ambush the enemy on the back. Not even with an ambush helped and got their ass kicked

Anonymous said...

@ chivis I know my question dosent have to do anything with the story. but how safe is Mexico city on violence. I have a trip in Oct and me and my were discussing all the violence going on in Mexico

Anonymous said...

Its their fault for aiding chapo for so long. They want him to control everything so bad many people all over mexico have died. Now theyre crying because now theyre invading and killing their people. karma is a bitch

Anonymous said...

Agree.. make a squad to look for chapo or lazcano.. just like los Pepes for Pablo escobar... This assholes don't care for life so kill them all.. f**k all cartels... I hope the marina kills them all.. I feel bad for all the innocent people going thru this.. the hard workers...

Anonymous said...

how was it a cowardly ambush cops know how to counter attack they rresponded n both sides died but i have nothing but respect for the beltran leyva a true mafia that shows no respect to cops people or enemies

Anonymous said...

Juan Pablo Osuna Lizarraga was not a Isidro men, He was part of La limpia Mazatleca (Lizarraga Clan) Both, the Lizarraga Clan (Mazatlecos) and Chapo Isidro's group (La Mochomera) works for the Beltran Leyva Cartel, but are two difetent groups.

Anonymous said...

"El 100" went down and 2 of his partners but they killed 7 Ministeriales

Anonymous said...

July 12, 2012 8:25 PM .
Kep postin hermano,i was wondering on that.
The Lizarraga Clan,are well known on the radar,and someone always steppin up from the famuily.Geovanny Lizarraga part of Lizarraga group or Isidro?

Anonymous said...

@July 12, 2012 11:56 AM

HOW IS CHAPO CRYING? HE IS HAPPY THAT THEY KILLED A TOP GUY FROM BELTRAN LEYVA ORGINAZATION DONT COMMENT IF YOU DONT KNOW IDIOT!

Anonymous said...

So they ambush the cops and they still managed to lose their leader and two men? LMFAO.. Keep fighting Isidro, by the end of the year you wont have any men left (at least men that are worth a damn)

Anonymous said...

But he went down lol

Anonymous said...

Yeah the leader of that group of los mazatlecoz died Juan Pablo and 2 others and in betwen those cops that died there was 3 Comandantes de la policia Ministerial in different areas of Sinaloa.

How did this group know that the three Comandantes would. Be together and passing through there?

Anonymous said...

Yeah and Three of the Seven were comandantes from different zones..Juan pablo took out 3 comandantes killed 4 more of the Ministeriales and injured another 3 or 4.

You tell me who lost this fight ambush whatever you want to call it?

Anonymous said...

Yes man Geovanny is part of the Lizarraga Clan.

Calvin Brock said...

At the top of the hill, the killers built 12 "little houses" made out of the local brush. Folded branches were used as roofing to protect themselves from the sun, some had canvases plumber in claremont

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