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CAF Rises Once More

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 |

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“Nides”, “Melvin” and “Mesien” identified as leaders of
local criminal cells.

Using old-style strategies and still led by Fernando Sanchez Arellano aka “El Ingeniero”, the Tijuana Cartel tries to restablish it´s criminal prescence in Baja California. Beginning in Tijuana and again using hitmen from Barrio Logan in San Diego they are kidnapping those who left the cartel and asking for ranmsoms ranging from 30k to 300k USD and in some cases even killing them after the ransom is paid.

This reorganization has started to créate friction with the Sinaloa Cartel.

There´s a tense calm between cartels, That´s the reality in Baja California since October of last year, specially in Tijuana where operative cell of the AFO(Arellano Felix Organization) are trying to revigorate the criminal organization.

The official speech, at least the one by Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan and the Military commander in the región Gilberto Hernandez Abreu that in Baja California peace prevails is being surpassed by the criminal acts.

The intelligence áreas of the operative forces in the State Council of Security, particullarly those in the State Secretariat of Public Safety have identified leaders and members of the Sinaloa and Arellano criminal cell that are killing and kidnapping in total impunity. Nor the PGJE, nor the PGR are investigating these crimes, therefore no arrest warrants are being issued, this in turn is contributing to the impunity in Baja.

Elements of the Tijuana pólice detained the second week of January 2013, and the 22nd of the same month two groups of criminals.

The first group reported that they were part of a group of 20 guys recruited in San Diego´s Barrio Logan by Melvin Gutierrez Quiroz aka “El Melvin”, “El Marino” and/or “El Camacho” with the intention of fighting the Sinaloa Cartel and “take back” some áreas of Tijuana for the AFO.

The second group conformed of 3 men and the guy identified by them as theis ciminal boss, Juan Vuelva Garcia aka “El Cero” confirmed the presence of the new breed of mexican-american hitmen in Tijuana.

Although they claim they were recruited by “Melvin” in the beginning of 2013, these men identified a guy known as “Mesien” who works for “El Ingeniero” as one of their bosses. These man´s operations in Tijuana had been revealed unoficially in the inteligence áreas of the operative forces since October 2012.

For 4 months “El Mesien” was included in the criminal diagram as Juan Mellado and regarded as a relative to Sanchez Arellano, his activities were deemed only as administrative then. However those detained claimed this man was with them just minutes before being detained at about 11:OO P.M. the 22nd and also declared he was their criminal boss.

They explained that just like them, the same day at the same time there were other criminal groups consisting of Logan Heights and local criminals used as guides distributed in the city awaiting orders from “Melvin”, in their case it was Mellado who was in charge of telling them the location of their objectives and if they were to be kidnapped of killed.

Included in the grouo detained with Vuelva was a man by the name of Julio Sanchez Camacho, identified as “Halcon” and in charge of alerting the sicarios of pólice presence had been captured the 25th of July 2012 and presented as part of a sicario´s cell.

At the time they were shown as part of the Sinaloa Cartel and at the orders of Alfonso Arzate aka “El Aquiles”. However confusión among authorities and sicarios changing sides is usual after 2008 in Tijuana Kidnappings and those responsable.

The reactivation and growth in firepower in the Tijuana Cartel includes the kidnapping and execution of drug dealers working for the Sinaloa Cartel but that at some time worked for the Arellanos, that´s the reason why it´s being so easy for the sicarios to find them.


The following persons have been identified as cell leaders from the Sanchez Arellano group by the State Public Security Secretariat :

-Luis Fernando Meza Garcia aka “El Focu”, brother of Cesar Alfredo Meza Garcia, the latter
aprehended in September 2012 in Tijuana for his relationship with the AFO.
-Salvador Alcala, allegedly responsible for the shipment of Marijuana in big scale from San Quintin
to Tijuana and of charging “piso” or tax in the west side of Tijuana.
-Roberto Panass, investigated as responsable of shipping drugs to the US in modified vehicles.
-Edgar Ruiz aka “El Chore”, middle man in the drug deals with other cells.
-Esteban Nides, alleged leader of operative groups in charge of settling scores, “levantones” and the recovery of criminal áreas for CAF.
-Melvin Gutierrez Quiroz, who is supposedly in charge of big drug shipments to the US and at the same time is the hitmen leader.

Source: Zeta Tijuana

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Anonymous said...

Sinaloa should have wiped these guys off the map when they could off back then but in the name of buisness they created a pact to pay a tax to transport drugs thru tj and baja I knew AFO is responsible for those drug hits sinaloa has been takin now tj gotta pay the price handle it sinaloa.

Anonymous said...

This is interesting, maybe CDS is spread too thin fighting these battles all over the place, now the CAF or whoever thinks they can exert more control.

Anonymous said...

arriva el caf putos!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, the guy in the pic isn´t Fernando Sanchez Arellano, that guy is an engineer in Ensenada whose coworkers played a prank on, even the PGR has rectified and deleted all Ingenieros pics from that page. PGR has no official Ingeniero picture.

Anonymous said...

Sinaloa Cartel is going to take over Tijuana,you think some Logan Heights punks are going to beat Chapo's hitmen they are way more skilled,way more tactical and will execute everything to perfection Arellano Felix Cartel your days are numbered

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what's going on with the Juarez cartel? I've read some articles and comments that say that their also starting to regain power and taking back territory that they've lost to the Sinaloa cartel but I don't know if its true. If it is then this would be the 3rd extinct cartel to start getting back their power and territories back from chapo along with the Beltran Leyvas and the Tijuana cartel. Share some info if you know anything.

Anonymous said...

Are we sure this picture is indeed Fernando Sanchez Arellano ?
I thought the family of the man in the picture were talking of suing a certain part of the media for stating that this was Fernando S-A ?
I thought this picture had been discredited?Can anyone clear some of this up?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you look for the article where it says that the guy on the picture is not Fernando Sanchez that some one send the picture as a prank of his friend cause he looked like him

el wero said...

like ive saidbefore look at ms longmire website all this was predictedand said 2 years ago el caf is larger in numbers but the friction between cds and el caf has more to do with cds snitching on el caf and cds upset about paying a fee when shipments are lost i hate to say it but a war is going to break out el caf was never weak they just restructed more elements but the media was very irresponsible saying they were finished thats why alot of killings took plac no one wanted to pay a fee and for all caf haters know you going to see what el caf is all about hey gente de tijuana and el gallo you guys were right all this time pls come give us some more insight

Anonymous said...

The picture you have of The Engineer has been proven to be false http://ourlatinamerica.blogspot.com/2011/01/mexican-caught-in-mistaken-identity.html

I've got my fingers crossed these thugs don't screw up Tijuana again. It is now really coming into its own ans a turf battle is no good for anybody.

Anonymous said...

The picture you posted in the article even though it was distributed by the PGR is not Fernando Sanchez Arellano. Any one that has followed the drug cartel knows this. Why are you promoting the error of the Mexican government and potentially getting person killed.


Article about Mexican govt. screwing up.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/23/ensenada-engineer-said-he-was-wrongly-identified-d/

Original Zeta article without the picture you posted.

http://www.zetatijuana.com/ZETA/reportajez/resucita-el-caf/

Anonymous said...

That picture of Fernando Sanchez Arellano was a mistake by PGR also like El Muletas once said he aint no Ingeniero he is El Albanil ha ha Arriba EL jefe de la Sierra saludos pa El Fantasma y El Bravo 10.4

Anonymous said...

Bro your are retarted.. Logan heights is no joke.. and I'm not in no ones bandwagon.. you listen to way too much corridos... This foos will take antrax apart...

Anonymous said...

More nut hugging bashing needed here.
Why 'arriba' this or 'puro' that?
If it was your mom or sister getting raped or murdered by these guys , how would you feel?
People in Sinaloa already live under a dictatorship, they should just let him assume full power so the narcos juniors can run around more punking the 'plebs'. They already run around Culiacan killing whoever they want anyways... Puro Sinaloa..Guey

Anonymous said...

el caf is very upset with cds snitching thats why i agree with wero but cds cant and wont stand a chance in tijuana baja california because if they couldnt handle them before how the going to stop el caf know with tremendous numbers and also political support from el pri cds is going down

Anonymous said...

Lots of Chapo cheerleaders here, hahaha, For those who say that Barrio Logan hitmen are no threat you gotta remember it was them who made Chapo run away from Mexico into Guatemala when he was arrested, these are the guys who were after him in the first place, these are the same guys that saved Ramon from the ambush at Christine´s in Vallarta. Obviously you don´t know how things run here in TJ. Stop believing all those corridos about comandos and anthrax and all that crap, here in TJ things run another way.

Anonymous said...

Chapo release El Teo and El Muletas they will clean Tijuana for you.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ so many Sinaloa and Tijuana nuthuggers. Y'all act like if you're really apart of it.

DEJENSE DE MAMADAS. DAN RISA.

Anonymous said...

CAF never died out it just layd low these aint no lil logan punks theyre smart trained and structured surenos!they make rules and muthafukers have to obey thats y shit is getn better cus they enforce rules and regulations and make money at the same time!!! el melvin controlando putos! puro palmas 13 FH

Anonymous said...

cdj has never been extinct, they lost a few ppl, but there are so many of them that it really made no difference... cdj has always controlled chihuahua and the navolato area of sinaloa. cds along with the mexican army and federales invaded juarez but failed to defeat cdj. cdj's armed wings la linea and the aztecas are super violent compared to gente nueva, and they make a mess out of their enemies that is why gn calls them "marranos" gn wont even step into chiuas without being backed by the mex army.

Anonymous said...

Man,i do not wanna see another bloodbath...but chapo started all this,Tijuana is rightfully AFO territory.....he is a greedy lil pig that Chapo.

Anonymous said...

Benjamin arellano's son is actually the one leading

Anonymous said...

Ok so this barrio Logan gang ihere pretty tough they where recruited and train military tactics n how to hand high caliber wepons n put in the street to limpiar la plaza from CDS for the Arellanos but fucked up when they got a tip that chapó Guzmán was goning to arive to an aireport in a grand marquis n when the car showd up 20 barrio Logan members opend fire n later found out they had killed a catholic prist n thats when shit went bad.........puro Arellano arrriba Tijuana

Anonymous said...

Stupid idiots saying cartel de sinaloa has no chance in Tijuana with the already weak Tijuana cartel are you kidding me cds is the most powerful cartel in the world every one from the D.E.A and justice department say that the caf is never going to be as powerful as it was in the 90's dont get why they think that cds has no chance if they already using the plazas from nuevo laredo to tijuana straight facts el ingeniero and his small tijuana cartel are more worried about el chapo going full force into tijuana like he did in juarez thats why el caf agreed to share the plaza with chapo cuz if they deny him any access he will be forced to try to exterminate the caf making tijuana have over 2000 murders a year they both dont want that so for now chapo has made it clear that they better let him through or else over 2000 homicides for tj a year

Anonymous said...

February 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM: DEA? Please, they usually know crap, some think that CDS has no chance because they actually LIVE here, CDS can´t control Sinaloa anymore, sure, CDS is a global cartel BUT not all those who are in CDS are interested in Tijuana, Chapo is just the most visible CDS member, not the boss of all of them...Here in TJ CDS people is fighting each other, Tigre¨s against Aquiles against Guicho´s againt Macho Prieto´s. And you know what? when they fell the pressure from the police they run asking for help to CAF. Again, don´t believe all the corrido crap, Chapo NEVER controlled Juarez, Chapo has nothing on Nuevo Laredo, it´s el Golfo, and los Beltranes are giving a VERY HARD time to chapo´s people in Chinola...It´s a matter of time before the big picture is seen, as someone said, CDS is spread too thin and has problems in lots of places right now, the Tijuana people and I mean the bussiness men and politicians still support CAF simply because many are part of it. If chapo could do what you say, he would´ve already done it, truth is Chapo is weaker than most cheerleaders want to accept.

Anonymous said...

At the end, guess who chinolas have to bunk with when they get caught or extradited to US prison system? I'm not rooting for malandros, pero LH gang been around at least 20-30 years longer than CDS and have proven to be extremely violent and calculating. CAF pretty much recruits any associates of Logan. I've known guys from other street gangs like DS, Otay, VCV, Sidro etc that do all aspects of street level crime. Saludos a toda la klika de SY LTS, TLS, MLS, VLS!

Anonymous said...

Hi from TJ/San Diego.

TJ is coming back to life. A few years ago Ave. Revo was empty on a Friday night. Now there are festivals, the clubs are full, restaurants are busy, people are dressed up, and having fun. Even police harassment is way down almost non existent (2 years ago it was not).

I talked to some high level people and they said we have peace here, compared to say, Juarez, because here its just a business.

Although there was a narco-style execution at a PEMEX last weekend, I believe the article is mostly sensational, and there really is not a coming drug war/blood bath/narco mantas to TJ.

WAY to much money is being made here on the TJ - Mexacali Plaza. Just think, its the only non-contested plaza on the US border right now.

All government focus is on the war-torn plazas.

Think they cartels have a desire to keep it that way and keep focus away from TJ?

Anonymous said...

@11:48 PM You're a trip. Seriously, you shouldn't put up any more posts. I only say it because I don't like seeing people make total fools of themselves. I'm going to tell your mom que te quite la computadora. Atleast you'll still have that poster of chapo on your wall to keep you company in that fantasy world of yours. Let me see if I understand you correctly.You're basing your assumption on the dea and the justice department already saying that the caf is never going to be as powerful as they were in the 90's. Ja!!! What, they're not going to approve the caf for a power permit. F*#%&¿@¡? Their priognostics. You think they're going to comply with them? Al contrario. Cds and caf might be using the same terrain but don't forget whos the home team. And home teams usually have an advantage. It's easier for locals to know, find out, or establish things than it would be for out of towners. If they've been laying down the ground work and with home field advantage, an individual with good foresight and planning skills could get their areas back for sure. As for cds "already" using plazas from nuevo laredo to tijuas, did chapo himself tell you this? Nuevo laredo is z's bastion, And I don't think they're on speaking terms right now, so I don't know about them using that route/plaza. And there's acouple other plazas they would have difficulties using without some objection from the current tenents. You might want to tell chapo to put you up on that. Ooo, one quick question, you say that caf is a small tijuana cartel right? Then when these 2000 murders a year start happening, who are the victims going to be? From how you discribe the caf they're to small to have that many members...and since you said a year, I assume your sources told you that this is going to go on for a few years, which would put the numbers at 4000, 6000, maybe more, correct??? Surely you didn't mean cds/chapos people would be part of those statistics, so who would the victims be???....just curious.

Anonymous said...

That's true cdj does still exist in navolato and chihuas they ain't extinct their re building the structures I'm sure. I'm sure CAF is doing the same lets not forget chapo isidro also radicates in la baja cartel de la oficina so you can say they are re building.

Anonymous said...

yeah the juarez cartel pretty much controls juarez it always has even after all the killings but now theyre pushing toward west chihuhua and south chihuhua and yeah both the zetas and chapo are losing territory everywhere do to fighting all over the place now beltranes, juarez golfo and caf are taking back territory everywhere and theres nothing chapo or the zetas can do about it.. chapo doesnt have the support he had when he controlled calderon

Anonymous said...

Bunch of idiots thinking caf is all powerful haa they lost all there real power when the arellano Felix brothers went down. Tijuana cartel aint shit now el ingeniero is weak like el muletas said his real name should be el albanil haha and Joaquin Guzman dont need to murder the rest of the weak caf since he already pushes major weight threw tijuana he uses the plaza like it was solely his building tunnels left to right in tj. Inge knows better then to try to tell chapo he cant use tijuana entry like its been said before caf has no chance withstanding a full cds takeover so el inge moved aside for chapo to pass threw. Also about nuevo laredo chapo is moving tons of drugs threw there and of course he won the war in juarez all this is facts you little punks keep thinking caf is the most powerful haha along with that keep thinking the arellano brothers are still in the drug game moving tons of drugs hahaha dumb asses.

Anonymous said...

@6:26
You mad bro?

Anonymous said...

You are right caf is pretty much gone.chapo is gonna take over mexico no matter what.the dea is working with him, along with the cia, I dont like chapos greedy ass but facts are facts, the cia invested lots of money on cds, in my opinion azul is the boss of cds, not chapo.,_Chapo is just a puppet, on streinghs.the cia runs show here.not chapo,

Anonymous said...

STFU!!!!.....EL CHAPUTO and EL MIADO are scary ass bitches!...Tijuana ya esta en Culiacan!...

Anonymous said...

The CDS is already falling apart!...Arriva el CAF!

Anonymous said...

El Maletas was mad cause he was caught, and little did he know that EL CHAPUTO ratted him out to the federales!...jajaja

Anonymous said...

Ramon Arellano-Felix please come back and kill ALL these CHAPUTO NUT-HUGGERS!...

Anonymous said...

El mochomo ya esta al 100 con el chapo y el jt sale pal otro mes y el jt esta al 100 con el mayo ya estuvo ay no mas

Anonymous said...

Honestly you are a dumbass If you think Logan Heights ain't shit, I grew up and still live in Logan, they're the most hated gang in San Diego cause no one can fuck them, also one of the biggest. Idiot don't you know who David Barron aka Popeye is, Google him and tell me if u still think they ain't shit,

Anonymous said...

That's what I'm saying. I live and grew up in Logan and everyone in San Diego knows how powerful Barrio Logan is, these foos are talking and don't even the facts. That incident where popeye saved Ramon at christines was how popeye got even more power and respect from CAF

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, your an expert, and I'm guessing everything your saying is correct only because u said it. or did your uncle chapo tell you that?

Anonymous said...

That foos an idiot, I asked him the same question, Did his tio chapo tell him all that?

Anonymous said...

Dumb asses? Hmmm. So cause u said so this is true? And how the FUK u know chapo moves tons through nuevo laredo? Is that what he told you? U keep inventory? And U call other dumb asses. U silly foool

Anonymous said...

Screw cds, screw el albañil de los arellenos and all 5 afo members who are left. You cheerleaders are funny. Bullets are flying in this forum. Then u have other jackasses praising Logan height gangs, wtf cheering on bullet catchers who are the lowest guys through the ranks. Queeee pendejoooos!!! Thanks for the laughs little kids. Please stop and think how retarded you guys all sound. Please dont respond to me, i wont be able to fend of a keyboard attack by you numb nuts. Saludos a la gente k les da risa estos payasos

Anonymous said...

It's not only Logan but various surenos from LA also are recruited. You're stupid to think a 30 year old mafia will die theese men are highly skilled and prefer silence over fame

Anonymous said...

La neta fuck cds si lo aretes se re organizan solo necesitan otro cabron com el jefaso ramoncito arellano que iba el mismo a cobrar las cuentas.Arriba durango

Anonymous said...

CAF fso have a pact with MZ And his fam to live there and operate as long as he pays the green zone fees per month......JAGL is not in the pact, it is why he builds the tunnels that keep getting busted. for that fact alone, its def. JAGL vs MZ like we been saying for the longest time. MZ broke rank with the original Cdj to team up with JAGL to wipe out tijuana but instead MZ moved the fuck outta sinaloa state to Tijuana paying a high fee and burying the hatchet with the arellanos.
atte. ThinkTank 28.7 Narcovision

el gallo negro said...

What does jagl stand for??

Anonymous said...

@El Gallo Negro: JAGL=Joaquin Archibaldo Guzman Loera aka "El Chapo"

Anonymous said...

EL CARTEL DE TIJUANA ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE. TJ ALREADY HAS A OWNER AND IT'S THE A.F.O... U GUYS MIGHT THINK THAT SHIT IS OVER BUT IT AIN'T. C.A.F BARRIO LOGAN STILL RUN TIJUAS. FUCK CHAPO.

Anonymous said...

Mexican Mafia down for the Arellano Felix Cartel!!. Fuck Chapetes!!! National City X3. Olden1 Klicka!! Tijuana is and will always be strong!! Arriba la Baja. CAF Controlando Putos!!

Anonymous said...

Puro C.A.F putos,10-5 con La PLebada....

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