Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico Sends "Flashy" Narco To The US

Sunday, December 2, 2012 |

Posted on Borderland Beat Forum by Athena
 
Did not fight extradiction charges

A flashy American fugitive who fled to Mexico to avoid arrest for leading a Houston-based drug-trafficking organization, has finally been returned  to the United States, officials said.
Raul Sergio Madrigal was flown from Mexico to Chicago, and is expected to be brought before a federal judge inHouston next week, officials said Friday. He’d been on the run since at least 2009, after leaving town as authorities prepared federal charges against him and more than a dozen of other defendants.
 Madrigal was first caught in May at the airport near the northern industrial city of Monterrey. He was snared there by FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and their Mexican counterparts working on a anonymous tip submitted to the stophoustongangs.org Web site, FBI Agent Shauna Dunlap said.
 “Madrigal was one of the original Top Ten Most Wanted Gang Fugitives, that were featured on that Web site,” Dunlap said of the site that was launched in April 2012.
 When he was allegedly running a cocaine-trafficking operation, Madrigal was affiliated with the massive Houstone Tango Blast gang and had several high end sports cars that were confiscated by federal agents.
Madrigal had been on the run since 2009 before the Web campaign started. He didn’t last two months once the Web site launched the Most Wanted Gangster program, in which he was featured. Madrigal reportedly did not fight being sent back to the United States to face charges.
From Houston Chron an earlier article of him being on the run:
In one photo, FBI fugitive and Houston son Raul Madrigal is soaking in a giant bubble bath at an upscale Mexican hotel.
In another, the reputed drug boss with a shaved head and a whisper of a goatee is posing on the beach in Cabo San Lucas. And in others, also posted on the Web, he stares and extends a defiant middle finger, apparently at feds hunting him.
“He is kind of taunting us,” said Brian Ritchie, who leads the violent crimes and gangs task force for the FBI's Houston division, which has been trying to capture him for months.
Authorities contend Madrigal, 29, is a key member of the fast-growing Tango Blast — the largest gang in the city — and that from 2007 to 2009, he helped the Gulf Cartel pump millions of dollars worth of marijuana and cocaine into Houston and the surrounding area.
Fleeing to Mexico follows a Texas border crime tradition, but also speaks to what Washington sees as a growing threat posed by partnerships between Mexican drug cartels and U.S. gangs.
Assistant Attorney GeneralLabby Breuer testified before Congress last week that the Department of Justice  plans to step up investigations of the ties as part of a strategy similar to what was previously used to take on the mafia and other international syndicates.
Madrigal apparently made so much money that authorities intend to seize $18 million in assets in the case against him and 13 other defendants charged with trafficking under Operation Broken Star.


 

They've already seized nine of Madrigal's bling cars, including a Bentley sedan, two BMWs and two Maseratis. All look showroom clean and remain parked in a heavily secured storage facility until they are sold at auction.
A 6.5 carat diamond ring also was taken as drug proceeds, as was a customized three-wheel T-Rex motorcycle, complete with ostrich-skin seats and an LCD monitor.
Authorities won't say whether they expect to see Madrigal in handcuffs anytime soon but note he's likely in a dangerous country where he can't stand alone. “He has probably aligned himself with some people who offer the protection he deserves and has earned,” Ritchie said.
Made friends in prison
 
In Houston, the conspiracy is alleged to have started months after U.S.-born Madrigal was released from his second stint in a Texas prison, where agents speculate he reinforced dubious connections.
Authorities said Tango Blast is an appealing partner for traffickers because it has many members and is spread out across the state. Other more traditional Latino gangs, such as the Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate, also work with the cartels, according to a recent law enforcement report.
“People are so worried the cartels are going to come over here, but they have these people at their beck and call,” said Pat Villafranca, an FBI spokeswoman in Houston.

[Below Tango Blast-full video]
 

The cartel has the drug supply while the U.S. gangs know the streets, have the contacts and can blend in.
“They get these guys to do their dirty work,” said Rick Moreno, a Houston police homicide investigator who has mapped out local gang connections to cartel murders, kidnappings and other crimes.
Among others charged in the conspiracy is Saul Salinas, the brother of a trafficker gunned down here in 2006. The case was recently solved and the suspects await trial.
Tango Blast has been able to strengthen behind bars by attracting prison inmates looking for protection.

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Tango Blast has been able to strengthen behind bars by attracting prison inmates looking for protection.
“Madrigal hooked up with all these people he met in prison and out of prison,” the FBI's Ritchie said. His biggest connection was Mario Gonzalez, an accused cartel member and fugitive.
Madrigal is charged in a conspiracy to move at least a ton of weed, but he is believed to have used a network of stash houses to sell about 5,000 pounds a month, enough to roll more than 3 million joints every 30 days.
To read full document LINK HERE
Even if Madrigal, who has a list of prior criminal offenses, again sees a courtroom, there is no guarantee of conviction. Four times he's had charges against him dismissed, and he wasn't charged in the death of a rival killed in a shootout. He was convicted twice and went to prison, once for theft and again for drug dealing.
In the meantime, Madrigal's taunts give authorities motivation, said a veteran state law enforcement officer. “Old-school gangsters ... would never draw attention like that,” he said.
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Anonymous said...

Welcome to Texas!!
The cartel has always been in US
,,,,Houston,TEJAS
Good post chivis

Anonymous said...

Thanks again Chivas. I really can't believe the idoits out of Houston and I live here! You can drive on Hwy.59 on the SW side of Houston, where the Tango Blast has major players. How does someone like me know this, stopped for gas and other than the $250k cars in the parking lot but I was approached by one of them to say, "It's not safe to come here." Came home, looked up the tatooes and all were Tango Blast. I appreciated the heads up but these dumbasses are rolling in some major cars. Why not just put ads on the doors? Thankfully, they must be using their product. Also, they have the RX pills on every corner. Plus, they work with all the local black gangs to spread the wealth. We need HELP here. Welcome to the US capital of HELL.

Anonymous said...

Borderland beat, that picture isnt of Raúl Madrigal.

Chivis said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Houstone Texan blasting and everlasting. Free rayo from the grave of TDC

Anonymous said...

you got stuff backwards. my boys of Tango Blast are supported by the Z. they move product for the Z answer to the Z and never write they are dealing with the CDG unless you wanna end up tied up in a safe house

Anonymous said...

"move product for the Z answer to the Z and never write they are dealing with the CDG unless you wanna end up tied up in a safe house"
Who gives a fuck who you movin"product"for?Fuckin clown,say it guey,brown,white,green,fuckin burners?"Product"fuck is that all about.Tied up?Man,these fuckin dojas,makin threats on the internet?Fuck all the way off.TBA baby,Tango Blastin Ass,all day long,with fuckin dildos.
American you gotta welcome everyone?

Anonymous said...

"Welcome to the US capital of HELL"
We watching the destruction of our society by motherfuckers,and because of political correctness we say nothing.Welcome to no go areas

Anonymous said...

I.P. address

Anonymous said...

White people are shaking in there boots. Fuck them.. you reap what you sow. You brought it upon yourselves....remember the NATIVE AMERICANS!!!! Flood the streets with Cocaine.....

Anonymous said...

Major differences playing the game here, Law abiding citizens of Houston don't scare easily and have guns.

Anonymous said...

Tango Blast?? WTF is going on in Texas, sounds like a character from a gay comic book. I would pay $ to personally get my hands on one of these guys windpipes, whimpy ass jotos...

Siskiyou_Kid said...

The story says the Tango Blast were supplied marijuana and cocaine from 2007-2009..............which was back when Los Zetas were working for CDG.

Chivis said...

@5:56PM

once in a while i see a comment, without warning, that makes me burst out in laughter. yours did it for me.. I am still laughing. I think it is because i was just thinking Tango Blast it sounds like DQ Smoothie or something. dunno..but you made me laugh, thanks

Chivis said...

for those unfamiliar with Tango Blast I just added the full video of ganglands "Tango Blast" ..
'if you ain't blastin...you ain't lasting'
oh those boys.
paz, chivis

Anonymous said...

Tango is down with cdg fuck the gay ass zetas we don't want no zeta on Houston or we somoke them puro cdg and tango blast

Anonymous said...

Stop reading gay comic books!!.

Anonymous said...

Tango is a prison gang in the free world it isnt much. TS MM ABH those are big gangs that are hardcore in and out of the prison system. Tango is esquina for those that can't take care of themselves together they are all badass and shit but one on one they aint shit. Houston tango is the same as Los orejones from San Anto and Las Palmas which is el Valluco or the four horseman from the Dallas area so in my own words fuck tango blast you aint shit but someones bitch cause you have to take orders from someone else. For those of you that are going to say come to houston and say that shit well fuck you cause ive been to little York southeast houston and all your supposedly hardcore areas and I drive around with no worries of your punk asses. Straight from the 956

Anonymous said...

Idiot, claiming "Tejas". Get the fuck out of here, your a joke. Proud of ur state's involvement with drugs and the pigs involved in them.

Anonymous said...

Omg I still cant stop laughing at this absolutely stupid comment lmao

Anonymous said...

Fuck ALL texas gangs and fuck you too! You don't sound like a gangster but it sounds like ur affiliated w some losers in ur state. But you know what Mr Straight from the 956? How about Straight Up Your Ass next time you open your stupid mouth!

Anonymous said...

Hold up..first off...you babosos from 956 vallucas dont check paperwork in the pen...why? Yall boyz snitch left and right...your a badass ok...7 out of10 valley boyz snitch...over there in beaumont playing with jotos at the low even at med sec yall some punks...n your on here talkin about little york.....beeeeitch....the blast aint a callejon thing....you dont even know wat your saying bro....just stfu bro....

Anonymous said...

NOPE YOU GOT IT WRONG Z AIN'T MOVING SHIT WITH TB GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT FAKE

Anonymous said...

Exactly Kid tell that idiot. In the time frame Z were used for security them idiots don't even know whose drugs they're using and selling HaHa sad

Anonymous said...

Jaja good one chivis makin threats I bet u know his ip adress mandale al chapito guzman lmao im joking chivis but yeah what an asswipe keep ip good work chivis

Anonymous said...

So now this is a forum about which street gang is the baddest???? WTF is wrong with the BB readers??? I'm LOL. If you have nothing to add, get a freaking life. As, for the threats against CHIVIS, you need to go back to whatever 3rd world country you fleed from. Also, I want to go to SONIC and create a new slushie after the DQ reference! Watched the Gangland video, poor little boys. Pitifully funny.

Anonymous said...

"White people are shaking in there boots. Fuck them.. you reap what you sow. You brought it upon yourselves....remember the NATIVE AMERICANS!!!!"

Question 1: Titlatoa Nahuatl?

Question 2: Are Mestizos considered Native Americans or "white people" under your logic?

Please enlighten us with your unique knowledge of how we are to treat each other.

Anonymous said...

"remember the NATIVE AMERICANS!!!!"

Es muy raro que un Mexicano (de Mexico) defenderia a la gente indigina. Sad but true. Are you really from Mexico?

Anonymous said...

CHINGE SU MADRE TANGO BLAST LAZY ASS BUMS

Anonymous said...

Without the 956 80percent of houstons dope woudnt exist an not evry body from the valley is a snitch homeboy

Anonymous said...

"White people are shaking in there boots. Fuck them.. you reap what you sow. You brought it upon yourselves....remember the NATIVE AMERICANS!!!! Flood the streets with Cocaine"
Fuck are you blabbering about?Where the fuck are you?The USA? Fuck off sad ass,who woke your loser ass up.
Do you want all the"white people"to start calling you racist names?No,you'll start whining like a pussy how"white people"are so racist?We put up with some shit.All the fuckin time we gotta see these bitter no life motherfuckers calling us names and blaming us cause they losers?Fuck off to BDN.

Anonymous said...

"Es muy raro que un Mexicano (de Mexico) defenderia a la gente indigina. Sad but true. Are you really from Mexico"
Is it any wonder that hatred exists between Mexico and the US with fools like these?Nearly all of our nations were invaded at one point in our history's but somehow these clowns seem to think it now pertains to these times?To me this is straight up racism again,pathetic racism against you know who?
Again.No wonder some people don't progress,they to busy reading bullshit and tailoring it to suit their agenda.We could argue about the endemic racism shown by Mexicans to indigenous Mexicans?
No,that's not as important as the other kind somehow is it?The indigenous peoples don't have much money and influence?Hypocrisy of the highest order by you people.

Anonymous said...

"White people are shaking in there boots"
This"white person"aint shakin from a fuckin loser like you?You couldn't organize a job never mind anything else you racist bitter whining loser.
Give your ass a chance to speak next time,it might make better sense?You just made another enemy where you didn't have one,that's what i call constructive.
You used your big mouth instead of being a grown up.

Anonymous said...

December 2, 2012 5:39 PM
"remember the NATIVE AMERICANS!!!!"
"White people are shaking in there boots. Fuck them"
Remember Indigenous Mexicans right now?
What are you doing for them big mouth?
You just want to whine about"white people"

Anonymous said...

December 3, 2012 8:54 AM
"Es muy raro que un Mexicano (de Mexico) defenderia a la gente indigina"
Chinga balinga a tue pluta bluta Mexicanoense el peel thiso bananoense.A la verga burger witha relishanoa alove itoe.Tu madre singa blinga.
Puro Buro Smashin Hermano

Anonymous said...

Tango blast are primarily a prison only gang. Just cuz this dude was in tango doesnt mean shit for the rest of the gang. I know dudes who are from dallas that are in tango, and everyone of them are big pussies, drug addicts and aint talkin bout shit! Tango blast is a leaderless gang of ghetto pussies!

Anonymous said...

Pork son ignorantes. Si no defiendes also indijenas
Es como insultarte como Mexicano. We are native this this continent we are not who brought shame to the west is those who invaded the natives land killed then built their empire through peoplessacrify n slavery

Anonymous said...

You dumb interenet clown ,this is real Life pendejo, come to houston we will hang you off 59

Anonymous said...

Get out of your internet world, this is Real life, Not MTV, you will die

Anonymous said...

@8:16pm Gay ass Zetas??? dude they seem to be the Cartel that takes the Authority's on the most,dont you mean Dumb ass?

Anonymous said...

LA pura verdad. u speak the truth vato.

Anonymous said...

Chivis down here in texas we know who tango blast is"Tango blast"a bunch of wanna be hip hop blacks que se juntan wn bonchon por q son unas bolas de panochas aka Tango blast dont want the video please I just told u who they were paz chivis:)

Anonymous said...

Haha you stupid fucks! I was born and raised in Long Beach and survived the stupid gangs and streets, never backed down from you lame asses! Went to USC and survived South Central and made it out of the LBC and make a decent living NEVER having to watch my back like you pendejos! If I didn't die in Long Beach WTF makes you think I'll die in Houston??!!! Been to Dallas and San Antonio, I'm sure Houston is the same but DIRTIER because of lame asses like you and I wouldn't be afraid for shit! Keep slanging your dimes and you lame fucks won't be posting here on BB, any rational fucker on this website will agree w me that you'll be in a cell matter of time!!!! Mr blastings everlastings! Haha! Fuken serious jokes!!! More like keep blasting NEVERlasting! Get it straight bola de pendejos idiotas!

Anonymous said...

"Pork son ignorantes. Si no defiendes also indijenas Es como insultarte como Mexicano. We are native this this continent we are not who brought shame to the west is those who invaded the natives land killed then built their empire through peoplessacrify n slavery"

Kids, this is what you get when you put something in google translate and change it back and forth between Spanish and English five times. MACHINE TRANSLATION IS EVIL !!!

Anonymous said...

"We are native this this continent we are not who brought shame to the west is those who invaded the natives land killed then built their empire through peoplessacrify n slavery"

We? we ??? Can you tell us this is an indigious native language (Raramuri, Nahuatl,etc.)instead of an "invader" language (English...SPANISH), or do you only practice your native culture when it's convenient for you to make a point?

Anonymous said...

12/3 4:26PM,
STFU! Stop takin about shit that occurred over a century ago! Stop feeling sorry for yourself...cause no one cares you fucking primate!

Chivis said...

I don't like gangland vids very much, but that is all I could find. As for who TBs are, I have always thought them to be prison gang thugs and not much more, but looks like that impression is over simplifying. if you have more info please send to me. .

Anonymous said...

"(Raramuri, Nahuatl,etc.)instead of an "invader" language (English...SPANISH), or do you only practice your native culture when it's convenient for you to make a point"
You definitely got a point.I doubt he would use his"native"language on us barbarians.
He will use the Spanish language though.Just so we can understand what he's saying.

Anonymous said...

In Houston, we dont gangbang..we get money! thats why alot of citys hate us but respect us

Anonymous said...

Puro Houstone hasta Nuevo Laredo cabrones

Anonymous said...

this guy more than likely did business with more gangs the just tb and he had to have had a real good connect a staight connect rite to mexico no middle men thats how you really make money. buys weight at a lower price and triples his money out in the streets cutting his keys to at least 75% good enough to smoke. thats how he made a killing.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Tongan Fart Blast
Is this what You idiots want to
Kill each other for a stupid name
to kill each other for a stupid color flag
Fuck any one who support any gang
You are destroying society with your
Stupid music your mentality
And your life style. AL QUDS

Anonymous said...

They should run him over with his fancy cars
One by one over and over. LOL.

Anonymous said...

No we r not and i am of native american descent with roots out of okla and we r aware of our past and whats going on in the reservations but thats no excuse to continue to kill anyone over dope money. I had more respect for john gotti when he was alive he never had innocent people killed like most of the loser dope gangs do nowdays

Anonymous said...

OOOO! Tango Blast, Gulf cartel, Zetas. Your all being shadowed. Every one of you will go down! Your way outdated.Your stupid barbaric movements and showing your ass helped us to trap Hamas,and the rest of the haji in the U.S.We train our new people on your stupidity.By the way, we've talked about NOT allowing you to leave the tunnels alive and burying you alive. Thanks so much for the insite into your "south of the border" psychopathic ways. Bye-bye!

Anonymous said...

That guy in the picture is Eric victor Arauza aka "E". The picture doesnt match the real name. I met the guy in the pic at a strip club in Houston one night called Hottyeyez on westpark. I was at the bar and a friend of his a big guy comes up and asks if I was a cop. No bullshit. A dancer there knew me from another club so the big guy intrduces me to his friend (the guy in the pic) and they called him "E". iT WAS OBVIOUS HE "RAN" THAT CLUB. But I talked to them alot that night and he never acted like a tough guy at all He was about 5 foot 7 but actually very likeable funny guy. I had no idea he was a that high up the narco chain. But I met him in about 2007 so he might not have been then. Just a little FYI. Also if you look on the indictment it shows the list on mames of the guys that got busted and one of the 9 names has an aka "E" next to his. Also I never forget a face. As he looked exactly the same.

Signed,
Just a guy who loves pussy

Anonymous said...

that 318 area code city is on the rise

Anonymous said...

Its sad to know this waste of a man is jessica kylies man.. what a loser such a sucessful women stuck on stupid

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