Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

The Gang That Took on Chapo: Los Mazatlecos

Saturday, July 28, 2012 |

By ACI for Borderland Beat


There has been a lot of talk of Choix and Northern Sinaloa lately.  Currently the area is at the center of the cartel wars.  With gun battles raging, mass exodus of civilians from their homes, the area harkens back to towns such as Meir or Saric.  Ghost towns, whose residents had to flee for fear of death; those who haven’t left yet stay inside, only venturing out if necessity.  Abandoned homes dot the landscape, homes which had been passed down generation after generation, inhabited now only by ghost of the past.  Gunmen roam the hills, these men bring the devil with them.  Those who have left, leave behind their culture, their history, their lives, everything they knew.  America doesn't like these stories, it shocks most who become aware.  As this nightmare continues the people of the Sierras can only watch as the outlaws battle it out, with federal forces in the middle.          

The man thought to be at the center of it all, is Chapo Isidro, he has been a character of interest for some time now.  Many wish to know how one man has been able to bring so much hell upon the Sinaloan Cartel.  The answer is not as simple as one would think, its a complex tapestry of what remains of the Beltran-Levya Organization.  Many of the leaders of los mazatlecos have been killed or arrested recently.  It is not yet clear how the group may recover from these loses but because they work closely with los zetas, it is difficult to discount this group.  So the question is who are the Mazatlecos?

Los mazatlecos are one of the largest groups working under the Beltran-Levya umbrella.  Los mazatleco’s took their name from their place of origin, Mazatlan, located on the southern coast of Sinaloa.  The city has long been prized by traffickers for its geographic location and its thriving port.  Mazatlan is one of busiest ports in Mexico.  Los Mazatlecos were at the direct service of El Mochomo before his arrest in 2008.  Since his arrest it is believed their loyalties have shifted to that of Hector Beltran-Levya.  The groups influence stretches from Sinaloa to the state of Nayarit and could be considered the largest and strongest cell operating under the Beltran Levyas as well as one of its last.

The mazatlecos leaderships came to light after the arrest of one of its patriarchs Geovany Lizarraga Ontiveros, who was arrested in Los Mochis in May of 2011.  The group attempted a daring rescue but failed and were repelled by elements of the military. 

Marcos Lizarraga Ontiveros the brother of Geovany was also arrested in May.  Geovany Lizarraga Ontiveros was thought to have given him control over distribution for the entire state of Sinaloa for the Beltran-Levya Organization.  He was taken to Mexico City to be tried for connection to organized crime and distribution of drugs.

Since this time much has happened to the group and its ability to operate.  Fighting has been long standing since since 2008 when the federation split. Recently though, violence has become a full fledged battle for control of the lucrative drug producing area known as “The Golden Triangle.”

The following people are part of Chapo Isidro's network.



Gonzalez Penuelas Jesus or “El Chuy” Gonzalez is thought to have taken part in the fighting that has been raging in Northern Sinaloa.  There was a rumor that he may have been killed in the fighting but there has been no official confirmation to substantiate this claim.  It is thought he took over the Batamote plaza after the arrest of Jose Luis Lizarraga Ontiveros Juan Manuel.  He is said to control distribution in the area of Batamote, working very closely with Chapo Isidro.  He was there with Chapo Isidro at the shoot out at Saric with El Gilo and his men.  El Chuy and El Nacho Gonzalez were feared through out the area for for killing and torturing many Sinaloan gunmen by their own hands.


Patron Sanchez Juan Francisco or “El H2” controlled a cell of Los Mazatlecos in the state Nayarit.  Juan Francisco is one of the most feared and respected lieutenants working under Chapo Isidro.   He was revered by those who knew him, he earned the respect of Hector Beltran-Levya quickly. He was most infamous for his attack against a group of gunmen at the disposal of the Sinaloa Cartel.  The attack which was a cleverly executed ambush which destroyed a convoy of well armed, Sinaloan gunmen, leaving some 25 dead Sinaloans dead.  He lost four men, the message was clear, El H2 was a man who knew what he was doing.  The operation was a humiliating defeat for Chapo Guzman and Mayo Zambada and displayed los mazatlecos as fearless and ruthless as ever, some of the most feared sicarios in Mexico

He was thought to have died in a gun battle off federal highway 15, near Tepic, a city he had waged a war to obtain, against Roger Armando Lopez Magellan throughout 2010 and 2011.  While rumors persist, it is likely he is still very much alive since there has been no official confirmation of his death.  If he did in fact die his brother was thought to have been the one next in line to replace him.  His brother Jesus Ricardo Sanchez was arrested in the city of Tepic on July 24, 2012.



Carlos Fernando Romero Bakir was the head of Isidro sicarios until his arrest in July 2011.  He is one of the few of this group to post numerous photos of himself on the internet.  He was a trained killer responsible for the deaths of numerous law enforcement officials and rivals.  He is also held responsible for the deaths of two innocent girls from Los Mochis.  He was arrested in 2009 on weapons charges but was strangely released from prison in 2010.  He was rearrested in July 2011.



Osuna Sanchez Juan Pablo or El 100 was part of the cell out of Los Mochis.  He was recently involved in the fighting that has been taking place in Choix.  He and his group of gunmen set up an ambush for the federal authorities on a road leading from Tetamboca to Feurte. They set up camp at the top of a hill and waited for their chance to strike.  When they attacked the police phoned in for backup, a chopper which was in the area came to their aid, the gunmen also fired upon the chopper.  Juan Pablo and his men killed seven police and wounded another ten before the shooting stopped.  When it was all over Juan Pablo was dead with a bullet to his head.

Pachero Samaniego Jesús Miguel “El Pecas” also a top leader of a cell out of the city of Los Mochis was arrested in Ahome.  Many in town feared retaliation from the group since it has garnered the reputation for brazen rescue attempts and mayhem.  He was arrested on weapons charges and then was sent to Mexico City to await further charges related to drug taffiking and sales in collusion with los mazatlecos.  He was the most sought after of the group immediately after the arrest of his boss Geovany Lizarraga Ontiveros, at least according to the authorities. 



Samuel Lizarraga Ontiveros ''El Tortillero'' is considered the groups leader along with Chapo Isidro.  He controls much of Mazatlan and is the patriarch of the clan since Geovany Lizarraga Ontiveros arrest.  He is thought to hold significant power over both local and state officials in the coastal city. 

Avalos Sanchez Jose Saba El Guero-Saba Works directly under Samuel Lizarraga Ontiveros ''El Tortillero'' in Mazatlan.  He is considered the top enforcer for El Tortillero.    

While the group has sustained many casualties in the current struggle for northern Sinaloa, one can not discount them.  They are fearless, they are rough and even upon capture the chance for a violent backlash is great.  Los mazatlecos have defied those who discounted them and have lifted the Beltran-Levya Organization from the ashes.  Without the backing of los mazatlecos, Hector Beltran-Levya would have most likely lost his war with la Barbie.  With los mazatlecos in Sinaloa and Nayarit, and what remains of los gilos in Sonora, los zetas have gained a foothold in their enemy’s home turf.  While los zetas are being bombarded by federal and military forces, Chapo’s biggest fear may not be the government but the remnants of the once thought to be washed up Beltran-Leyvas. 

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55 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

armchair i ussaly like your post but you exagrate too much just because the beltrans mde all the innocent people leave doesnt mean they are wining the dead in nayarit also had dead zetas who were from guatemala not all were from sinaloa the beltran leya are weak ......and everyone in sinaloa knows this

Anonymous said...

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Man, so well written it sounds like the opening of the sound track used to present the world via television a gripping account of the plight of the innocent folks of Choix & Northern Sinaloa who have been forced to leave those parts of Mexico for their own safety. It almost brings me to tears as I picture these people packing up and leaving their homes & everything behind, the sadness they are feelings must surely be intense if not unbearable.

I see your written story here in audio visual format presented to the public on television with an audience touched by the story you tell, the world must must see shown this reality / be witness to this reality in hopes of creating a movement that wishes to do something about this shameful crime against humanity occuring in Meixo right now. Get this material in the hands of the television series The Passionate Eye right away, en seguida reporteros!

Sensiblero

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? How are these fat fucks even good at fighting a gun battle? They couldn't flank a turtle I bet!!

Anonymous said...

8:27 "The Passionnate Eye" are U for Fucken Real..? 90% of these innocent folks have been
Growing dope for the "Other" side (Guzman) that's why their runnin scared: because the BLO remnants and the Local Zetas have told them it's us or the hiway assholes. U grow for us or we kill ya! These same people have grown dope for generations for Sinaloa; but now they don't want to grow for who's in power now..! Plain and simple all these people are related, some how
some way, to both the Beltran Leyva and Guzman
Clans either by marriage or by blood. It boils down to if these people all run: then who's gonna grow the dope.? So it's not too these cartels advantage to have them all leave "The Golden Triangle"..! The Only people gettin killed up there is by either crossfire or personal vendetta's..! I guarantee that they'll be back in there finca's when the shit settles..!

Anonymous said...

@8:45 am. Its easy when your targets are fat and ugly themselves.

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

El Tortillero is has never controlled Mazatlan. He's a coward that hides in the foothills and he has no respect because he's a kidnapper

Anonymous said...

@ 9:28 im from the sierra i should now no one is forced to grow you stupid guy yo vive un lado de Choix no one is forced to grow they are forced to grow because of the lack of recources and help by the government don't start with me you don't know shit city boy keep making fake stuff up it's point less bueno me retiro.....

Anonymous said...

lmao at people who speak on BLO beinfg weak trust and believe ask anyone in Sinaloa BLO is far from weak...

Anonymous said...

Fuckem all they are all punks with guns nothing worse than a drug addicted with a A-K

Anonymous said...

Good Post,,, it seems isidro and his men are a smaller group compared to others,,, they definitly are military minded camping out waiting to ambush

Anonymous said...

That's right! BLO is so tough the Sinaloa cartel can't even control their own state!! Now what bitches! And to top it off their gaining more territorie taking plazas from the Sinaloa mothafuckas!!! El chapito sinaloas terror believe it or not but true!!!

Anonymous said...

The Beltran are almost finish and they are not on good terms with zetas. They are having trouble with them because they don't respect inocent people

Anonymous said...

" Gunmen roam the hills, these men bring the devil with them. Those who have left, leave behind their culture, their history, their lives, everything they knew. America doesn't like these stories, it shocks most who become aware" You could not have said it better !!!
Some people think its all margaritas and beaches.

Anonymous said...

"Jefe de Sicarios" This garbage are Terrorists that feed on people that cannot
defend themselves. They are " Jefe de Sickos "
Pure 100% BaSurA !!!!!!

Probably catch them pretty easy with food
and candy bars , donuts & pastel de tres leche.

Al quds said...

I though BITCHTRAN LEVAS ORGANIZATION
Was no more.after there Jefe de jefes died.
This whole drug war is pointless.cuse if one
Kingpin dies an other pops out.

Anonymous said...

8:45 am. The facts say the opposite. You can't assume that all drug runners are "dumb bunnies". They are not. The Beltrans may be on the way down, but certain elements inside their cartel were tough fighters and very clever at ambush strategies. When these guys dish out heavy losses on the Sinaloa Cartel - you know it's not just stupid luck.

Anonymous said...

who don't respect the innocent people? BLO or Z?

Anonymous said...

To all that kill innocent people when you go to hell we're you belong the suffering that you going to feel its going to be so horrible you think you torture wait tell its your turn PUTOS! !!!!

Anonymous said...

Los zetas.
That's why the BLO might break off any ties they had with Los zetas.

Anonymous said...

Zetas. Mexico was better when we had them washing our cars

Anonymous said...

The BLO dont advertise through newspapers or corridos so assume shit. The Zetaz are there are there to back em but el chapo isidro has guts unlike el chaputo. Those people arent innocent either because the grow weed in thise fields and other shit. In el dairio de culiacan theres always articles on this and as well as other papers. Those corridos are like fairy tales because they ate myth that only fanclubs keep alive. Like the Snitchaloa putas. Atte.. Literate people with common fuckin sense.

Anonymous said...

Mazatlan is locacated in the southern Coast not the Northern coast of Sinaloa....

Anonymous said...

Grow poison and one day you will be poisoned.

Anonymous said...

"To all that kill innocent people when you go to hell we're you belong the suffering that you going to feel its going to be so horrible"
I am sorry brother,but hell and the devil can come ride my dick for an hour or two.How,in this day and age can people believe in a god and a devil?We are the god and the devil,they are conjured from our imagination with no basis in fact.What is the reason everyone aint killin?
Because you get locked up for ever for it,some do it anyway,but devil and god,fuck em.

Anonymous said...

if theres one cartel i hate it's the zetas and it's allies what a bitch ass chapparo isidro messing with the innocent people of the sierra they can't survive in the city they are so use to it up there fucken dick i hope they kill that puto ........

Anonymous said...

Funny ive seen pics of jefe de jefes house where he was killed..he lived in a shitty condo like a slob. He had like a 32" flat screen tv. Jefe de Jefes my ass...

Anonymous said...

Hey "July 28, 2012 6:51 PM"

If you're doing so well why are you so f... filled with frustration and attacking others?!

And by the way, if you want to Play The Macho Head Trip you're in for FULL TIME MAINTENANCE JOB because you constantly have to BE on the defense, be constantly on guard and ready to attack anything that threatens your Invented Macho Image which is really based on your having a deep sense of insecurity, you've got something to prove and you're not happy or at peace with yourself. At this current time you're NO EXAMPLE to others. Calm down!!

MP

Anonymous said...

"All you got to take into account is the fact that all the gatilleros from Guasave or the guys who run with Isidro la Mochomera los Mazatlecos y el Zeta de Sinaloa only ambush thats all they do they claim to be badass but all they do is ambush not de frente and even in nayarit their ambush turned bad the Beltranes and Zetas that came from Jalisco got their asses handed to them the CDG CDS Juarez TJ and even Zetas fight hands on til one group recedes but the BL are always bitches ambushing the contras and even then they still die what a joke Isidro is not the one on the picture it was his right man hand who already died but keep it smart Isidro run while you can you know the Gringos ordered your head and yours too Chuy Gonzales"

-Pepsi

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

Yes...and los zetas show a regular pattern of respect for innocent people....especially innocent migrants seeking work to support their families back home. Are you and i living on the same planet????

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

I'm with you 10:33am. There is a lot of people with no idea making ridiculous statements as though it is fact. They have no idea how tranquil it was for innocents until 2007 when Mochomo left and Arturo tried to act like zetas - assasinate in public, sell dope to kids, kidnap, extort, and terrorize innocents. They tried to extort Palmitas and los gente de Señor Zambada shut them down real good - but he had enough class not to show his power and their demise on YouTube.

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

BLO will never survive just like los zetas will not. When you act lIke that either the Mexican gobiermiento or Los united states will shut you down. Learn about the past US bound contaband history in Mexico, Guatamala, Columbia, 1950s Cuba, 1970s Grenada, and Panama and you will understand how the business works - or better yet survives long enough to be successful.

Anonymous said...

El Pecas was arrested??

Anonymous said...

El H2 still alive he is in Tepic Nayarit.
El tortillero is still plaza boss in Mazatlan
El Pecas is inLosMochis

Chuy Gonzales and his brother Nacho aré in batamote andSinaloa de leyva.
Chapo Isidro in Guasave or Nogales

Many know where they are but know its not easy to get close

Anonymous said...

Isidro's people sound smart to me. They ambush, kill their enemies, and live to fight another day.

Al quds said...

Shit did you look. At that. Carlos Fernando
Romero bakir photo he looks like he don't sleep much stupid life style did it say he MERKED 2 LITTLE GIRLS.THEY SHOULD DEATH PENALTY THIS MF WIT A DULL RUSTY
MACHETE.SOUNDS TO ME CARTELS ARE
SATANIC MURDERING cults all with the same
Agenda.MAKE MONEY KILL YOUR RIVALS
BEFORE THEY FIND YOU.CARTELS=SATANIC CULT.
JUST A THEORY OF MINE FOR ALL YOU CARTEL CHEERLEADERS
OUT THERE. VATOS ESES TRANSLATION DUDES.GOD BLESS.

Anonymous said...

B B, Thanks for 'fixing it'.

As for the writing that provoked the attack in the first place ("Man, so well written it sounds like ... ") I don't know if I could have done better with words; when reading the B B Post, I try to leave all your personal security and belongings behind and then vividly visualize myself somewhere between Choix and Northern Sinaloa as one of the victims who must leave EVERYTHING behind except for the memory of what Had Been YOUR HOME with all the connections you had (family, relatives (parientes), friends, places you used to go to), the letting go of any plans you had for a future (in Choix and Northern Sinaloa): if at any time in your life have lost everything then YOU will be the first ones to transform the written words of the story Borderland Beat Reporter Arm Chair tells into something very REAL, you've stepped into someone else's shoes leaving Choix and Northern Sinaloa behind & your personal experience will be in synch with the people of Choix and Northern Sinaloa.

Details on cartels and cartel members I know NOTHING and so I can't leave comments here on El tortillero, El Pecas and the rest of them, but I do try to participate to the best of my ability after having red a Borderland Beat Post.

"I have nothing to my name but what I have I leave to Charity when I die"

MP

Anonymous said...

Don Arturo didnt live there you idiot.

It was one of his hideouts since he was on the run from the Mexican and united states goverment.He had just barely had avoided his death capture just two days before,in an operation where they tried to capture him in Puebla,he escaped but was shot,Arturo Beltran Leyva was injured but he still decided to shoot it out with over 200 Marines.

Anonymous said...

You guys forgot to mention the cells that Chapo Isidro has in Culiacan,Mocorito,Navolato in Sinaloa,also in Caborca,Cananea,Nogales,Sonoyta,Hermosillo,Ciudad Obregón,Puerto Peñasco in the state of Sonora.

Anonymous said...

Chapo isidro and los mazatlecos are the real deal.. only cause they have a million corridos don't count them out.. ask los antrax.. they get there ass whooped by them all the time...if anybody is gonna beat Chapo guzman its this guy and his REAL loyal people

Anonymous said...

Hey Chaputo cheerleader they got to bush when they are up against the army. At least they stayed loyal to their bosses and didnt flip when shit got real. Look a t what ur fagget ass chaputo did in Creel when he ambushed a family. I love the second amendment porque aqui si ay quetes para defender nos u punkass cheerleader! Atte gente que si puede defender!

Arm Chair said...

Hey everyone, I really try to be accurate, sometimes I make mistakes, if you point them out I will try to fix them. Also if you have any additional info on this or other stories feel free to email me at armchair404@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

There is. Reason why Beltran leyva are so.strong.,because arturo was actually the key to sinaloa to growing. He was the contact for weapons ,the onwards who controlled arizona, all tow way to ny. He iwas the real contact he even had squads named Special forces of Arturo. He was thwarted real jefe de jefes. N that's why he was taken out if mazatlecos is doing this wth el H imagine.Arturo . He would've created something real though. N that's how the Ms n El H are in.power because they have everything.they need specially the contacts. N they are fearless since the beginning I've seen.videos them n.in telling ya they fucking nuts. Even on cars. Straight comando style no no Z bullshit.

Anonymous said...

The terror of los mazatlecos in nayarit between 2010- early 2012 was el fomoso Mocho y Magallanes, gente de Don Chalo Araujo que en paz descanse. They fucked them up in every battle head to head in the main city of tepic and small towns near by. Bad enough that every scence were 2-5 bulllet proof trucks blown to pieces with 10-15 trucks left with 100s of bullets and bodies everywhere.

But at the end when they finally cleaned Z, mazatlecos etc from Tepic and the southern part of Nayarit, the kidnappings and dirty work began by those two. At the end they got killed by their boses or personal setups and strangely the mazatlecos came back these year.

Anonymous said...

The terror of los Mazatlecos was El mocho y magallanes in Tepic, Nayarit between 2010-2012. Ask anyone. But greed got them both killed and lost the plaza.

Anonymous said...

Primo Juaquin compa Mayo antes jalaban conmigo!! aora me yaman culpable de los males que an tenido!! me achacaron barias muertes sabiendo que no es mi estilo! Soy el jefe y no ando solo tampoco me vivo ondiado departe de Arturo desde el infierno les manda un saludo a los Mazatlecos,Isidro Meza, y atoda la compania Fuerzaz especiales Zeta que se la saben rifar!

Anonymous said...

Shit man,i created a monster MP ?
Ye man,im on one alright,but i aint got no problem with gentle people,or you Mary,i aint diggin on phony people though.I am real gente,too real.Anyway,,i wonder what kind of resources Isidro has?In Ahome and places he is the main man with authorities,people dont realize just how ingrained and how long things have been done this way.To outsiders it seems strange,but this is the way it has been run for generations.You hear about the clans?Intermarriage,etc,things are done different and when change is forced upon it,something is gonna give?

Anonymous said...

Someone doesnt like chapo haha.have you ever been to Mazatlan in your life???

Mazatlan is like anotherGuasave youroll through there and say your withChapo or Mayo and get killed instantly,,theres alot of checkpoints.

Ask Chapos groupGenteNueva how many of their "plaza bosses" have died.Thats why they dressupas the goverment because thats Chapo Mayos only way in.

Anonymous said...

Clans??

Anonymous said...

Im going to start stirring stories tnx to such accounts . I do not.like e to visit this blog for murders n torture videos . But to read this stories that allow me to visualize the current events taking place in Mexico . Plz keep up stories as this ,i really enjoy enm not for the amount of murder n sociopath traits ,but i feel like in reading mg.a.fiction movie too good to be true

Anonymous said...

This piece is terribly written. I thought it was blog del narco. Was the editor asleep or what? Go to college.

Anonymous said...

Let me take u guys back 2the early 80s when drug dealing was about making money helping out your family and everybody around you. and I do mean everybody around from ur next door neighbor to the bum on the corner. that was the beltran way....greed was never a issue. thats why the beltranes will never be wiped out the map.. *don arturo* showed a lot of cuiadades how to work. before all this violence started. and untill this day its highly apreciated by more then half of mexico..!!!!!! by the way very good post ACI

Anonymous said...

Clans??
Ever heard of the Lizarraga clan pendejo.Who steps up when one gos down?You figure it out guey.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Good post

Anonymous said...

Dude.... satanic cult? You mean love.money overall cult? Isn't that what we learn every day in our life's by thwarting media? Money over everything ? First before you call cults,might as well look behind the big picture. Maybe what in sying is too complex. Think of it as the wizard of oz. You have to look for the man behind the big curtain.

Anonymous said...

Mr.literate learn how to writte first haha

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