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Another Mexico Mixup: The Real Fantasma Identified

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 |

      Borderland Beat

While everyone else ran with RioDoce’s photo as real, myself and you readers knew…’no way’.
A reader sent me this article early yesterday but I have not had time to post.  Here is a bit of the explanation of the ‘mix up’ identity.  Now this guy does look like the Fantasma photo of old and the one I used on the original story and everyone followed suit. 

RioDoce is the source of the erroneous photo in the first place but has corrected the error and a complete explanation, that story is below. ….Paz, Chivis
 
EL Fantasma took on the name Jonathan Salas Avilés. Hence the confusion. The real Jonathan  was not an accomplished shooter. He had joined the ranks of Chapo Guzman a year before he was killed in the clash Sinaloa cartel had with the Navy the night of March 1, 2012, and of which the elusive head of sicarios reportedly escaped in the fire.

Ticante Marcelino Castro is the Phantom's real name, he was arrested by the army at dawn on Saturday February 9, 2013, but at this point neither the Ministry of National Defense, who arrested him, his name has been made public.
 
On March 1, 2012 a clash occurred in Oso Viejo, receivership of Quilá, Culiacán, killing four alleged offenders. Two of them were incinerated in a van Cherokee, where they found the remains of several guns and ammunition,  one was lying on the ground, a few feet from the vehicle. The real Jonathan died in a clinic in Culiacan, where he had been admitted with a gunshot wound to the head.

From the early hours of the events was speculated that El Fantasma had died in the clash.

Also reported  by the people of the region; the gunmen had shot down  a helicopter.
 

The reason the mix up occurred was the name of who was taken by ambulance to the Red Cross in Culiacan:


Jonathan Salas Avilés. 



[at top left the Real Jonathan and misidentified as El Fantasma]
But the authorities, the Attorney General, the Navy and the Mexican Army itself, contributed to the confusion.
Confirming  the next day that the man who had died in the clinic had been identified as Jonathan Salas Avilés, but it had not been established to be El Fantasma. Moreover, were never provided the names of the other three gunmen dead, opening avenues for speculation.  

 Another factor contributing to the mess that the operation was March 2012, as stated by the general himself of the Ninth Military Zone, Moises Melo Garcia had been done by "federal forces" (referring to the Marina) and the Army only been involved in the protection of the area after the clash. But then, from Mexico City, the Department of Defense claimed the operation.

Now, when the real Fantasma was arrested in Costa Rica, neither the authorities nor the state, nor federal, gave his first name.
 
The name assumption (between the two men) began with;  “Lend me your name”, El Fantasma had ordered Jonathan Salas, who had a relation with that group, doing minor tasks. He lived in the Colony Lazaro Cardena, by the street Emilio Portes Gil, in a neighborhood that st nightfall  becomes a black hole because of the scabrous of the land and the lack of public light.
El Fantasma was already a reference on the criminal world, but not many knew his real identity.
Native from Veracruz, ex-military, was at the service of Municipal Police of Culiacan at the beginning of the last decade. He did not last long in the corporation. Those who met him refer to him as a man of few words, serious and even describe him as “peaceful”....continues
That would be when he was a police agent, because the fame that he did outside has nothing to do with that personality. It was said about him that on one or two occasions he entered the premises of the Municipal Police to have released companions that had fallen in jail for peeing in public.
Jose Manuel Niño de Rivera was already the chief of the corporation and one of his incursions (referring to Fantasma) caused that around the perimeter of the central base of the Police, a protection wall was build.
Ticante Castro resigned as police agent to incorporate fully to the group of the Sinaloa Cartel. Under the orders of Damaso Lopez Nuñez, one of the main operators of Joaquin Guzman, he (Fantasma) was in charge of “cleaning” the plaza.
Thereby the speed in which the attorney of Justice, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez, said that with the recent arrest of El Fantasma, it was expected a reduction in the rate of homicides in Culiacan.
Salas Aviles agreed to El Fantasma’s request without hesitation,  and thereafter, rumors began to spread through comments that slipped to some narco blogs  published on the internet, that the name of this hit men (fantasma) was “Jonathan Salas Aviles”.
Rumor has it that name donor took the issue so seriously that he even got to say that he was El Fantasma. Lending his name had conected him to the chief of gun men and frequently was found in his first circle of security, although he didn’t really had a establishment with guns that established an achievement to be there.
Three days after he was killed, the attorney of justice announced that it was confirmed the identity of Jonathan and that a comparison with the federal authorities allowed them to establish that this person did not have any criminal records.
He also denied that this person was El Fantasma, although it was never mentioned the real name of him. (El Fantasma)
The Army has memory
They had looked for him for a very long time. El Fantasma had committed an “operation” mistake that his chiefs had complained about and that the Army never forgave. In 2011, during an operation of intelligence, one of the main operators of Ismael el Mayo Zambada was arrested, known as el Meño. It was in Costa Rica, in a house that the gangster usually went to.
On the operation,  elements of the Third Military Region had participated and four of them, once the objective was settle, were returning to the harbor through the Maxipista (freeway), when they were intercepted by a commando whose leader was el Fantasma.
They were taken to the mountains and were kept there. Then the chiefs of the cartel communicated with military chiefs and proposed an exchange: the four militaries –apparently of the area of intelligence- for El Meño. While dealing with negotiations, El Fantasma played with the abducted. He tortured them, humiliated them.
Sources of Riodoce affirm that from the side of the military, leaders that were located in Jalisco at the time participated in the negotiation. It was them who communicated with the high rank official of Sedena to ask him to accept the exchange and protect the life of the four elements that were in the hands of Marcelino Ticante Castro.
Finally, he accepted and the agreement was told to the regional military chiefs. El Meño had been transferred to the premises of the Ninth Military Zone. Aware of the agreement, El Fantasma released one of the detainees, leaving him naked on the mountain, south of Culiacan. Then, he released the other three and then El Meño was taken to Costa Rica by the same military that had “captured” him.
But El Fantasma had committed the mistake of torturing his victims, which his chiefs complained about. It was not necessary to do so, least if we were negotiating the freedom of Meño, they told him.
It didn’t go further and El Fantasma continued coordinating cleaning operations of the cartel, but now with certainty that the federal government would go after him.
Military and elements of the Mexican Navy siege with intelligence work. Several operations were made in Valle de San Lorenzo and in the mountains south of Culiacan, searching for El Fantasma and also another operator of the cartel that at the end died in unusual conditions: Manuel Torres Felix.
Marcelino Ticante had become a problem for the chiefs of the cartel, not only by the persecution he was into, but by complains of the villagers that lived terrorized by the passing of the convoys of El Fantasma through their villages.
That is why there is doubt that his capture was the  the result from intelligence work. That is why the suspicion is that it was more of a “delivery”.




Source: Rio Doce


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54 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantasma means Ghost not Phantom!

Anonymous said...

You called it and were adamant about the guy not being Fantasma. Nice Chivis good looking out for the facts.

Anonymous said...

"the gunmen had shot down a helicopter"???have any details on this? Marinos? where there any dead? what weapons were used?

Anonymous said...

@10:37 god dam it u still understood didn't u smartass ghost ,phantom same shit It's over for. him

Anonymous said...

Oh really, duh!

Anonymous said...

Now that is him,good post Chivis,we all knew the other picture was bogus.Top picture you have up now is dude,he must be around 35 or so and as someone said,heavier than his well known picture.

Anonymous said...

pendejo el Jonathan Salas Avilés, presto su nombre y al ano lo mato el ejercito pensando que era el verdadero fantasma, ademas se dice que hasta presumia ser el fantasma, lol.

What an idiot (Jonathan Salas Aviles), he let real fantasma use his name and that's what cost him his life.

jthemover said...

El fantasma with the masculine article used as a noun can also mean "show off" which is kind of funny.

Anonymous said...

chivis your awesome. thanks for the follow up and clarification.

Anonymous said...

get real you think mexico being the way it is he actuuly asked to borrow it!? come on bro!

Anonymous said...

mexico should have narco gladiator fights. i want to see el fantasma vs la barbie in caged match, fight to the death. it's a good way around the death penalty...

Anonymous said...

No wonder all the confusion on El Fantasma! Makes you wonder if other narcos are doing the same? Let me use your name!
What still is unknown, is what was this guys role? Did he control a plaza? Did he actually provide security for Chaps? That is what is intruiging......

Anonymous said...

Fantasma was demoted from his position of head of security for Chapo.He tortured inteligence agents which were exchanged for a drug dealer working for Mayo while the trade was being negotiated.This brought a lot of heat to him also it seems he abused his power with local police and a lot of civilian were complaining to the bosses. Unlike other cartels Chapo/Mayo/Azul remove people who are generating heat to the cartel business .El Bravo and Talibanes and Damaso Special Forces provide security.
Atte: CIA Special Activities Division

Texcoco De Mora said...

February 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM Ghost and Phantom is the same thing, is similar to cat and feline, or dog and canine.

Anonymous said...

If u read the article on Rio doce it tells u that the actual Jonathan aviles was running around with this guy ..so yea he did ask to borrow the name bro!

Anonymous said...

Otro guey....that's not what caused his death..running around with el fantasma n being one of his bodyguards got him killed

Anonymous said...

EL Phagtasma....rot in hell,piece of shit killed many innocents.

Anonymous said...

Cia my ass

Anonymous said...

I dont think Chapo or Mayo would rat him out. I think he would hold too much info on them. They would have had him killed if he was out of control. I think something else contributed to his arrest.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't he in the military If he was wouldn't the govt know his really name not his fake name or was the guy with the fake name also in the military?

Anonymous said...

Do not make the mistake of blaming Mexico entirely for this mishap, America which is supposed to protect our borders is definitely complicit!!

Anonymous said...

Another jail break in Miguel Aleman across from Roma TX.

Anonymous said...

Chaz Bono, that transgender lesbian son/daughter of Cher joined the cartel? WTF?!?

Anonymous said...

Jailbreak??? Zetas or Cdg ? Who holds the miguel aleman plaza ?

Anonymous said...

So is he in jail or not?

Anonymous said...

Fantasma looks like tranny with that mascara on

Chivis said...

I JUST POSTED THE FULL STORY...THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE...Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

No, My Ass

Anonymous said...

You stupid fuck looked up CIA SAD on wikipedia and think ur cool u can use this shit. Yeah, SAD is made up of delta force and navy seals from degvru like ur stupid fuck is one of them! Fuken hilarious!!!

Anonymous said...

Damn good article ur an amazing writer

Chivis said...

this is the riodoce article...I translated part this AM and finished the remainder later. I did not write this article.
and it is a great one for sure!

Anonymous said...

Para "el otro guey"

Eventually he was going to get killed for running around with fantasma and them, but what got him killed was that the government was after his ass thinking that he was the real fantasma.

Lee bien guey!

Anonymous said...

Amazing article thsnks. And el meño is el meño ranch. M1 took part in that too.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading about them being kidnapped.....but I cant find it anymore. ...link?

Anonymous said...

@ 02?26/2013 10.01pm
Your IP address has been traced.Drones and sweeper team on it's way.
ATTE: CIA Special Activities Division

Anonymous said...

No guey the night he was killed he was with el fantasma...the real fantasma got away and the army got all wet n happy thinking they got him...the army always knew who the real fantasma was..just the media n the idiots making him corridos didn't

Anonymous said...

LOL you are one dumbass little kid!! This is why sometimes borderland beat CAN'T BE TAKEN SEROUS CUZ OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU! CIA?? Really? Haha oh god kid drones? Really wow ur more dumber then wat u look! Oh god

Anonymous said...

@ February 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM
"Jailbreak??? Zetas or Cdg ? Who holds the miguel aleman plaza"
A couple of Mexican bros who live near,said Miguel Aleman is CDG all the way,no Z there?Or they keep real low?

Anonymous said...

@ 10.27 a mexican that tries to act black that attempts to talk like a black person is a disgrace .

Anonymous said...

Nice translation chivis thanks for the effort once again without the effort I would be missing much.

Anonymous said...

Meño Ranch from Durango??

Anonymous said...

4 X 1

Anonymous said...

At least hes posting about the topic and not just talking down on people like you are to him.. you dont know that man or what hes capable of.. i find your comments childish typed like a true keyboard warrior. And besides that ive heard the same thing about cds and how they run thre org.-

Anonymous said...

LOL? Black really!? Have u seen how black people TALK? haha? I don't even sound CLOSE TO A BLACK GUY!! oh god! Wait are u the dumbass acting like a CIA ?? LOO if so? Pls stop it you sound really stupid btw how do you KNOW I am Mexican? For all we know I could be white, black, Asian etc .... Just letting you know the CIA guy is just a dumbass little kid holy god if he wants to play CIA do it somewhere eles not here

Anonymous said...

2:17 pm you are correct he did abuse his power and brought heat on sinaloa there was no need for him to torture the elements so therefore he was delivered the military is going to have fun with him now they didn't forget long time coming.

Anonymous said...

1:09 was being facetious, bro (2:30).....

Anonymous said...

Yeah and I'm sure the CIA wouldn't use "Atte." Hahaha. That's funny that's what they usually write in the narco mantas.

Anonymous said...

Hes not from durango. But yes him. He was at war with Los M's de durango. His compadre felipe cabrera was caught in culiacan remember.

Anonymous said...

It was obvios the firtd picture was not him. Its kind of weird the mess up all the time with narco news I wonder why? Hahahaahhahaha

Anonymous said...

He was in charge of "cleaning" plazas. is what I read in some article.

Anonymous said...

28.7 ThinkTank Narcovision

Anonymous said...

I'm getting Intel that suggests that Fantasma was starting to operate independent and made deals with Chapo IsidrO, too create his own org. he was then liquidated on orders from JAGL
atte. ThinkTank 28.7 Narcovision

Anonymous said...

Dummies......m10 is warring with los Cabrera
atte.ThinkTank 28.7

Anonymous said...

"Dummies......m10 is warring with los Cabrera
Ms aint got no love for them or GN"

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