Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico Navy Says it Captured Gulf Cartel Leader

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 |

Mario Cardenas Guillen, alias El Gordo, is accused of being one of the two top leaders of the Gulf cartel of Mexico.

By Tracy Wilkinson,
Los Angeles Times

Mexican navy officers flank Mario Cardenas Guillen, also known as El Gordo, during his presentation to the media in Mexico City.
 
Mexico's U.S.-backed naval special forces have captured a man believed to be one of the two top leaders of the Gulf cartel, a drug-trafficking organization that once dominated the northeast border region but has recently engaged in devastating battles with the vicious Zeta paramilitary force, authorities said Tuesday.
 
Mario Cardenas Guillen, alias El Gordo ("Fatso") or M-1, was paraded before reporters in Mexico City on Tuesday after his capture Monday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.



Wearing an armored vest and his shirttail hanging out, the balding, chubby Cardenas mostly cast his eyes downward, occasionally glancing to the side.

Navy spokesman Vice Adm. Jose Luis Vergara said Cardenas was the brother of Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, alias Tony Tormenta, who was shot to death in a gunfight with Mexican marines in November 2010. They are brothers of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, a longtime boss of the Gulf cartel who was extradited to the United States in 2007. He entered a plea agreement in a Texas court in early 2010, receiving 25 years amid suspicion that he was cooperating with U.S. authorities.

Mario Cardenas was found with a small amount of weaponry, cocaine, money and communications equipment, Vergara said.

Mario Cardenas ran a number of drug-smuggling operations from prison beginning in 1995 until his release in 2007, Vergara said. When his brother was killed, Mario Cardenas took over. But by then, the Gulf cartel, under siege by its onetime ally the Zetas, had split. Part of the organization, instead of following Cardenas, went with another long-time cartel lieutenant, Eduardo Costilla, alias El Coss, who presumably stands today as the top capo.

Both branches of the Gulf cartel have waged brutal warfare with the Zetas over control of an ever-widening swath of Mexico, from Tamaulipas down the eastern coast through Veracruz state and into the once-tranquil, prosperous state of Nuevo Leon. By last year, the Zetas, formed originally as the Gulf cartel's armed wing, appeared to have gained the upper hand over their onetime bosses. Eventually, the Gulf cartel had to align itself with erstwhile enemy the Sinaloa cartel to be able to muster sufficient force against the Zetas.

Cardenas also faces charges in the United States, said Jose Luis Manjarrez, spokesman for the Mexican federal attorney general's office.

Mexican forces have either arrested or killed a number of important cartel leaders in the nearly six years since President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led offensive against the powerful gangs. Most of those achievements have come in recent years as U.S. agencies increasingly made intelligence available to the Mexican army and, especially, the navy, which is viewed by American officials as more flexible and responsive.

But the loss of one commander often gives way to an even bloodier power struggle among potential successors. And Mexico's most-wanted kingpin, fugitive billionaire Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, head of the vast Sinaloa cartel, remains at large.


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56 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Seems like coss wants everything for himself, why no narcoblokeos? Cuz alguien puso dedO k no?

Anonymous said...

Snitched on by Dyablo

Anonymous said...

The first sentence says, "Mexico's U.S. backed naval special. Forces" could it be that Navy seals are operating in Mexico?????? I think so.

Anonymous said...

Some people are already saying this isn`t Osiel`s brother, but someone else.

Anonymous said...

US navy seals probably trained them.

FRQ said...

@11:49pm I think so too. I also watched when they were presenting the Zetas in Nuevo Leon state and some soldiers looked alot like American soldiers.

Anonymous said...

they are there and have been .

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/october302011/border-of-truth-tk.php

Anonymous said...

Obviously the fake-assed Diablo has been running his lips and SNITCHED

Anonymous said...

Jajaja I would never disrespect my SEAL brothers as I am a U.S marine retired, but all U.S backed means in military or political terms is they have support via weaponry, training, surveillance equipment. I don't think you understand how far things have gotten?? El Señor has more security both geographically and man power than the U.S president. The real bosses live so deep in the mountains the only way they can be caught is pure luck. Mountain people are paid 1,000,000 cash for a provable tip of a military operation getting close. And if they get close enough that the security detail finds out first people go missing. Mexico will not alow coward drone strikes murdering countless civilians, Mexico has way more than enough assets and man power to control it, it's getting rid of curruption as much as possible. But you also need to realize if the drugs were gone on Monday the economy both in mexico and us would plummet. Drugs are big business
Viva Mexico y Estados Unidos

Anonymous said...

stop saying that ponguins operate inMex..

Anonymous said...

that would be Mexican-SpecialForces,no way US.

Anonymous said...

No, they just back them up with intelligence reports.

Anonymous said...

La Dinastia de La Muerte se acabo. right

Anonymous said...

They should interrogate the perps first to download all of their data, then parade them in front of the media. Give them an orange road guard vest instead of body armour or better yet; an XXXL shirt from target. Flip-flops for the ones that look like they can still run. ElGordo, you can keep your shoes. I would dangle a taco to make him talk quicker than water boarding. The electronic data looks formidable. People are 'making' bricks. Way to go!, Marina Mexicana.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Snitched on by Dyablo
September 4, 2012 11:30 PM

Please elaborate on this comment, thanks...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The first sentence says, "Mexico's U.S. backed naval special. Forces" could it be that Navy seals are operating in Mexico?????? I think so.
September 4, 2012 11:49 PM
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I think the U.S. is doing in Mexico what they are doing in Guatemala and that is doing all the foot work and locating and then pointing the Mexican military to the target sealing off all those back doors that they kept being able to escape through every time Mexico acted alone...lol...CHIVO

Anonymous said...

Us is here but with no guns jajajajajajaj

Cyclon-TAM said...

This capture will make the Gulf cartel strong again, with the capture of Mario Reynosa and Matamoros will join again under Eduardo Cosstilla. Their is no Cardenas left to take over the Gulf Cartel all the jr's are just a bunch of spoiled drugies. Hopefully once Osiel Comes out the real ruleing starts im honored to have the last name Cardenas back when Osiel was the leader not so proude of Tormenta and Don Mario either way como on Cosstilla Gulf is all yours now!

Anonymous said...

Seal team 7

DFL said...

Thanks again President Obama. Once again the U.S. Showed the Mexicans where to point and they Pulled the Trigger. Good Job " Mexican U.S. Backed Navy"!!

Anonymous said...

This is what I'm talking about.. in corridos the bosses are badass fools.. there not afraid of anybody or anything.. look at fatboy here.. "master may I raise my head and speak".. bunch of chicken shits.. that's how la barbie , el nino zambada , and other bosses look when they get captured... Why not go out shooting like they say in the songs...

Anonymous said...

September 4, 2012 11:49 PM - You may be right, but I think it means that Mexican special forces are being backed by the US.

Anonymous said...

"Snitced On by Diablo" 11:30 said.! That's Funny
here's a guy that let his mother,sister,brother and sister in law get knocked around by two by fours and then their heads cut off while they were alive and went "Ho-Hum" part of the game I'm in but when he gets busted; shits his pants and rats everyone above him out..? Hey 11:30.. don't be so fucken stupid. This Fat Shit hermano of Tony and Ossie was a loser from the get-go I mean he spent most of his brother's reign as El Jeffe Locked up, so he definately
wasn't the sharpest knife in the draw in the first place.

Anonymous said...

the US has superior wire tapping/ tracking technology, and they track these guys and give the info to the mexicans to act on. just like w pablo escobar. we use our superioir technology to assist.

Anonymous said...

nonymous said...
The first sentence says, "Mexico's U.S. backed naval special. Forces" could it be that Navy seals are operating in Mexico?????? I think so.

September 4, 2012 11:49 PM

Did you see the hyphen?

And this my friends is how rumors start-

"Mexico's U.S.-backed naval special forces..."

Notice the hyphen? It changes the ENTIRE meaning of what you understood.

Anonymous said...

This will strengthen CDG!!

Anonymous said...

This will strengthen CDG...it eliminates his powerful influence with regards to the infighting Rojos and Metros.

Anonymous said...

Reynosa and Matas? What about kike (r1)? OSIEL aint nothing no more. His dicipleZ wont want him back.

Anonymous said...

Wrong Diablo

Anonymous said...

Finally.peace will.come in the gulf.cartel no more spoiled cardenas fam member. Cdg.belive it or nit will get stronger off this

Anonymous said...

Why don't we just invade them already and start killing all these fake-ass gangsters? The only reason they have any power is they have no real police force going after them. American gangsters would eat them alive over here all day every day.

Anonymous said...

You are an idiot and a fucking lying cheerleader! If he has so much manpower why does he hide? The US president has over 20k protecting him 24/7 and lets not forget the airplanes and choppers. Get off his nuts you fuckin cheerleading loser. Get a fucking job and an education. You know you're a cheerleader when you call him "el senor". Fuck snitchloa and cds for trusting them too!

Anonymous said...

Drone strikes cowardly? And you call yourself a Marine? All cartel members are civilians genius, and they deserve to die! Your a disgrace! Semper Fi

Anonymous said...

The iphone and ipad are probably his daughters, they don't look like tools of a boss, if he even is...

Anonymous said...

Agree.. if ur a marine u need to be loyal to ur country.... El senor?? Idk sounds like ur lips puckered when u said that... I hope the seals or whoever might get this guy soon ... El senor! What a joke...

Anonymous said...

Gangsters here a joke... This cartel fools kill almost everyday... Mexico is war zone... Your saying that the reason they have power is cause there's no police, exactly dumb ass the US law inforcment is better therefore the US doesn't have any real gangsters... The only gangsters are those locked up.... And invade are you dumb or stupid??? The US won't invade cause they won't make any money from it... Drugs bring in money to both countries

Anonymous said...

LOL!!! keep dreaming ! Omg lmao funniest thing ive read all day!

Anonymous said...

Actually they have a lot of power, you have to go to Mexico and actually see shit for yourself not just go on what you read on the blog sites. And American gangsters have proved time and again that their bitches when it comes to actually doing something

Anonymous said...

That moron is from califas. He's no exmarine but a fucking liar.. Gizzle is that you? You do know it's against the law to lie about being in the military. Either way fuck all cartel cheerleaders. I don't know what's worse a cheerleader or a cartelero? Death to both..

Anonymous said...

Why don't u s send his gangsters to fight or why don't ur gangsters take over cartels and make billions ? 1500 people killed on orders of el diego and there are many badest than el Diego in Mexico I'm not Mexican bt i think Mexican cartels are most dangerous in the world ur us gangsters can't stand in front of them

Anonymous said...

Fucking ignorants. US backed? Haha like fast n furious? Quit thinking so highly of urself, u have a blind eye to reality. Ur only human

Anonymous said...

Who the fuck wants to be in a Drug Cartel where everybody is looking to Kill you for your position and monies be it Cops, Sicarios, Army or even an immediate family member (es'e) cuz he wants your money n Position. So you go out on a Friday night with your Old Lady and they find you Early Saturday morning all shot to peices's and her too, in the front seat of your New Shiny SUV with the 20 inch rims.?? and you still have a head if your Lucky cuz you are who you are..? Fuck That..! Live by the Gun and Die by the Gun at a very young age no less. Hope you "danced and partied" your ass off the night before. P.S. Hey ESE' member those two hermanos you and the boys shot and butchered a
couple weeks ago??? Lifes a Bitch huh???

Anonymous said...

Diablo didn't snitch no one. This was done by el coss. Coss & Cardenas had made a truce but as you could tell he betray him. The main thing was because Z-3 & Z-50 are back with el golfo"coss". Now the power is back to 2 main people Z-3 & Coss. They plan to ditch CDS & just to be La Compañia.

Anonymous said...

@9:36 You are kidding right? USA gangsters don't hold a candle to these guys and whIle most street gangs in the hood are robbing old ladies and taking turns using the neighborhood pistol, the cartels have heavy artillery. You can't be serious. But even more strange is the fact that we are arguing about who has the "better" gang members. Really? People?

Anonymous said...

11:05am .. thank you ..agree

Anonymous said...

Wake up CDG before its too late,CDS are handing over info to Marines...jajaja

Anonymous said...

CxDxG... Coss ..enuff said ...

Anonymous said...

How do you know? It would make sense though. You cant trust snitchaloa because they are based in snitching alone. Look at their history. The only reason el miado and la chapparra have snitched on eachother is because they dint tell eachother where they are at. Once they are pressured they hand someone over. I still laugh at the fact that el vicentillo had the nerve to meet the DEA in person. What a dumbass!!

Anonymous said...

"But even more strange is the fact that we are arguing about who has the "better" gang members. Really? People"
Even more strange,is most motherfuckers on here are middle class clowns talkin all kinds of shit.
Most illegality they ever done is smoke green.
Everyone entitled to an opinion,but who got the"toughest gangsters"for fucks sake,that is some sad shit.Its a bit more serious than that.
Know what i mean.

Anonymous said...

Look you bums!! Obama has deported twice the amount of criminals in four years than bush did in eight. So think for a sec..... Ohh ohh yeah these are u.s.a. Raised gangsters fighting in mexico most of these dicks grew up gangbanging in the streets. Ask anybody who has been in mexico lately. Most of them speak English. Only in Mexico there isn't any law to stop them. you think you have a problem????

Anonymous said...

Z50,z3,coss r gonna get back cant u idots see whats happenening un amigo de tamps

Anonymous said...

"Z50,z3,coss r gonna get back cant u idots see whats happenening un amigo de tamps"
Man,people cant even speak on whether that motherfucker Lazacno still alive or still on point?He is still in it.Still givin orders.
Anyone else.

Anonymous said...

If you didn't know they were best of friends until M3 fuk it up for R1, Coss & Z3. Coss & R1 were Zetas if u didn't know in Nuevo Laredo. With Cardenas out they have the freedome to do anything they want with el CxDXG. -X- La Compañia CxDXG Grupo X

Anonymous said...

They were the best of friends huh? Was this in their facebook or twitter account? How do you know this? Does anyone even know if El Comandante Lazcano is alive? I havent read anything about him since that party incident. That guy had nuts from what i read about that gunfight that supposely killed him. He acted dead and when the golfas started celebrating he dropped all six of them. He's still part of the wrong crew but shit when has anyone heard of the orange selling chaputo doing anything like that. He doesnt even show up to meetings. He stays outside and wait like the coward he is.

Anonymous said...

"Does anyone even know if El Comandante Lazcano is alive?
Someone was caught off the police not long ago(a plaza boss)and he said Lazca was giving him orders about shit.I cant remeber the dude name,but it wasnt long ago,a month or two if that.
And when Marisella Moreles commented on Z,there was no mention of Lazca being dead,just the violence would go up.They know whether he dead or alive.He still alive,he doing the right thing always,staying off the radar,i bet he warns people"take my picture and you die"but as i say people still mention him giving orders an shit he cant stop that little bit of exposure.

Anonymous said...

This guy lazcano is probably Dead. IMean lets face it who has has coffee with him or worked out at the Gym lately with him? Not me!!!

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