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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