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Official Account of El Fantasma's Capture

Sunday, February 10, 2013 |

Borderland Beat
Below is the update to original post of yesterday.       

 
Moisés Melo García, commander of the 3rd army military region consucted a news conference elaborating additional details of the capture of Jonathan Salas Aviles
It was a group of special forces with the 3rd army who conducted the operation that successfully concluded with the capture and detainment of Salas, better known as “El Teniente Fantasma” or the Phantom/Ghost lieutenant. 
Salas is the chief of security for the Sinaloa Cartel and its leader, Joaquín Guzmán known as “El Chapo”. 
With the coordination efforts of México’s Marina (navy), the army’s operation resulted in the detainment of Salas and four body guards, in the city of Costa Rica.
What occurred:
Costa Rica municipal police reported that on Saturday, 2/9/13, at 6:30 AM, members of the Ministry of National Defense (department of National Defense) made a surprise arrival in the city.  3 helicopters and a dozen vehicles appeared transporting the soldiers. 
After flying  over the city, they landed in a soccer field located at the city’s sport center in the colonia known as “Infonavit”.  After landing, the military commenced in an impressive search operation, searching for Salas.
 
Homes were searched in the colonia resulting in the discovery of Salas' location and a group of Sinaloa Cartel body guards. 
 
After gaining entrance of the home, armed forces were able to apprehend Sala and the guards in a peaceful manner.

Reports off record state that others of the group managed to escape.
 
At the home was a white Volvo which was secured.
 
Source used to write this post: El Debate

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Anonymous said...

"Homes were searched in the colonia resulting in the discovery of Salas' location and a group of Sinaloa Cartel body guards.
After gaining entrance of the home, armed forces were able to apprehend Sala and the guards in a peaceful manner."

So the number one chief of security and his body guards gave up? This is how they go up against force? Chapo has a thin veil of security then. I'm sure more will be known soon.

Who will fill the job opening?

Anonymous said...

sigue chapo
viene la era de trevino morales

Anonymous said...

Another regional chief of chapos security.

Anonymous said...

I guess you were all wrong when you claimed he was killed! Wasn't his "death" one of your most popular stories of 2012?

Anonymous said...

How many corridos have I heard saying this guy was untouchable? how many times the chinola cheerleaders said this guy was going to kill hundreds of army men before being captured? hahahaha, GOOD ONE for the Mexican Navy and Army, one less scumbag on the streets, now make him talk before chapo runs away!

Anonymous said...

Am shocked that he got arrest but where the picture for evidence?

Anonymous said...

Being so close to the man on top I feel he was given up. Chapo has the Army on payroll

Anonymous said...

Beat his ass half to death until he gives info.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they knew where to look. Don't always assume snitching though. Remember how they caught Escobar.

Anonymous said...

Pissweak from el fantasma,i would of thought he go out guns blazin...take a few with him.
I guess he is only good at executions.

Chivis said...

5:09
BB posted articles about "why". this is new policy of EPN..remember? No photos, no footage and they really are not to use monikers per EPN. states can do as they wish, but this was a federal take down. When I posted the story I was not so sure, but with this confirmation it must be true.

Anonymous said...

only zeta capos shoot it out with federales constantly looks like all this fantasma talk was straight fairytale ,fucking cds puta

Anonymous said...

the US musta paid big money to los ticos! they take any bribe so uncle sam musta outbid el fantasma

Anonymous said...

Haha Lazca was up against 18marines...and he still had a go....he didnt give in like this pile at least.

Anonymous said...

who cares everyone is trying to get rid of the zetas, they will never catch chapo, z40 maybe but el chapo never. El chapo is on American CIA payroll.

Anonymous said...

Costa Rica the city in SINALOA , not the country pendejo..

Anonymous said...

How can he be chief of security when Chapo ain't even Sinaloa or Mexico ....also don't you realize that bravo has tiers of seguridad for.Chapo, and Fantasma was only a operator for Chapo..
atte.Thinktank 28.7

Anonymous said...

Lazca was shot in the back running away. All this blah blah blah talk he said she said assumptions. "Zetas go out in the blaze of glory", oh really. There's been plenty caught without a fight. Not sure if people read with understanding but 3 helicopters with special forces and an additional 12 vehicles of troops found them. These guys did the smart thing and gave up. Now they can let money talk and pull some strings and live to fight another day.

Anonymous said...

When this guy was free all the chapo cheerleaders looked as him as a demi-god, now that they see he was captured they try to downplay his involvemente...hahaha, NO LLOREN, el chapo no es intocable y tarde o temprano va a caer!

Anonymous said...

He got shot in the back so that means he ran like a bitch.

Anonymous said...

Fantasma been out of the game for years.

Anonymous said...

They say when chapo has two give up one of his goodest friends he turns them in instead of killing them well at least that's what I heard that's how the game goes with outh the goverment these cartels will get turned into shit.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly. I believe the same thing happened to Nacho Coronel, but he wasn't going out without a fight. He was killed because he shot some soldier to the head as they entered his home. I heard coronel had split from chapo like a year before the government "found" where he was. So your theory might be correct.

Anonymous said...

CHEROKKE BLANCA BLINDADA ..REPORTABAN SE INSEDIAVA..LOS MARINOS DESDE EL AIRE..


SOY FANTASMA ...Y LO SABIAN......

Anonymous said...

RECUERDEN QUE SOY LA GENTE DEL CHAPO ...

SOY DERECHO DEL FANTASMA.....POR TUERKAS SOY APODADO........

cuerpo14 said...

What i want to see is pictures. All this seems like another gov. Fairytale to make them sound good every big name that had been captured is going to get done press coverage, especially for fantasma he would of got transferred to Mexico city asap no chance to Get him any escape chances. Idk just something i thought about. But if they did well its a blow to cds. But fuck zetas n bl they garbage.

cuerpo14 said...

Wtf u keep hittn Me up i won't text u at all then i ain't tripping no more i tired of u n ur shit u never change n i just want to move on i have been wanting to for months already but i keep letting u back cuz i want Chana to be close to her mommy n daddy n try to make it work but u live the dude i cab tell I'm not stupid u may think i am n u can try to lie to me but i.have never been stupid n kno everything n ima get at that chump when i see him to tie u down cuz u don't leave me alone n give him a lil something but not for u just cuz he a mierda but ya just stay with him

Anonymous said...

FANTASMA was captured by good marine and army work,they wanted him bad because he made a fool of them last year.
FANTASMA is not chapos chief of security.he IS
operations chief.he is sent to areas personally
by EL BRAVO when serious matters arise.
FANTASMA was told by EL BRAVO/CHAPO do NOT shoot
FANTASMA is to important to die.he will serve minimal time in mexican jail,he will NOT be
extridited to USA.
EL CHOLO is an example of what will happen to fantasma. 2 years in jail maximum

Anonymous said...

Hahaha Lazca yeah got shot in the back alright, honestly he went to regroup behind the sandhills for round two but as you CDS nutthuggers say yeah he got shot in the back...but the two head shots were from the front so yeah he turned around too face unlike these CDS fags who put there arms straight up....or hide behind a glamorous model hahahaha...Lazca was the shit..but he brown breads so lets move on.
lets talk about Phagtasma jejejejeje.

Anonymous said...

@9:35pm yes of course he has because you say so, u want a tissue?

Anonymous said...

loooool at snitchaloa cheerleaddrs only puta in the click was el m1 and u ratted him out

Anonymous said...

Broomstick up the ass

Anonymous said...

@ 8.54 pm. For every zeta topdog that gets arrested instead of in the line off fire.there a hundred snitchaloa that do that.
..

Anonymous said...

Chivas, great story. Wow, these animals are actually nut jobs. "The ghost" aka head of security was so awesome at his job he got caught. Another job well done by the Mexican Army, whether he was ratted out or not. Can't wait for the extridition and see who he gives up for a cushy light sentence. As always,thanks, Texas Grandma. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Callate guey! El marica de Trevino Morales esta escondido y relajando por medio de su hermana y sobrino con la DEA en Laredo, Tx. Ya le puso el DEDO a todos.

Anonymous said...

pee wee lazca was shot in the back. His short legs couldn't outrun the marines.

Anonymous said...

con la muerte del M1 y la captura del Tieniente Fantasma, El Patron Chapo y Mayo estan contratando nuevos jefes de seguridad.El Bravo y El Macho Prieto ya fueron retirados los Talibanes y Los Antrax se quedaron sin chamba! ahora puro grupo Avengers pa cuidar a los Jefes. Ya se estan grabando los corridos de el Iron Man El Hulk y el Capitan America ahora es el Capitan Sinaloa

Anonymous said...

JAGL doesn't even stay in Sinaloa state, how would he be a seguridad de capos, he is only a operator for JAGL, like 7 years ago he was in JAGL seguridad team but never the head of security....JAGL is not.even in Mex.
atte: THINKTANK 28.7 NARCOVISION

Anonymous said...

B.S ........

R0MP3. KULO$ said...

ARRIBA YO MI APA ....Y EL FANTASMA.....

Anonymous said...

1:29 am. Wow, an anonymous comment where you say you know EVERYTHING there is to know about this mass murder? And, we should believe you why?? Is he family,close friend, one of your drug dealing, mass murder amigos?? If you have all this "VALUABLE INSIGHT", I can only sumise you are a lying piece of scum talking shit or you are just one of the sickos who need to go out in a hail of bullets directed at you my the Mexican Forces.May God protect the innocents from whacked out animals like you. I'm sure there is a wrm place in Hell for you. Just saying, Texas Grndma, who has zero tolerance for animal know it alls. Your day will come...karma is a bitch. Thanks again Chivis and BB. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Or he got flanked genius.

Anonymous said...

el Bravo is Chapo's chief of security no el Fantasma .Also El Chapo has Talibanes and Gente nueva for security detail not just mexican. there are American Israelis and Russian Mercs in his team all ex special forces .
atte: CIA Special Activities Division 28.7

Anonymous said...

5:55 it's the truth I heard the same thing. They said Trevino is planning to arrange the same arrangement that lazca made. His going to fake his own death remember this

Anonymous said...

el sobrino en laredo,tx se llama luis iva un rato a laredo comuuntity college..yo estava cin el en una clase..pero cuando recibimos la feria del fanancial aid,el luis ya no vino al clase...antes de spring break 09'..so no creeo que tienen dinero..causelookwhathe'sdoingwithgovernmenthelp..se junto con una werka kimberly aguirre,y tienen 4 ninos.

Anonymous said...

Lets see pictures if its really true

Anonymous said...

Chapo should hire chris dorner to replace el fantasma.

Anonymous said...

Part of the business.

Anonymous said...

This soubds fishy..If homes were being searched,sinaloa halcones would've seen that and radioed that in an instant..probably his halcones were getting drugged up while the marines were searching homes right in their noses..Sounds fishy!!

Anonymous said...

Just the same as that bitch azz 40,

Anonymous said...

Chapo Snitchaloa Guzman stubby legs strikes again..
...you could be next.

Anonymous said...

Subeme 2 del patron y 3 que sean de Buchanansssss en el senicero traigooo media onza de la lavada por las armas no pregunten van en la troka clavadaaaa...

R0MPE KUL0$ said...

ARRIBA YO MI APA Y EL FANTASMA.....

Anonymous said...

off topic but why dont mex post pics or vudeos of these bad guys getting killed or caught!? like el m1 only pic i seen is that blylurrys ass one on morgue where are the others?????

Chivis said...

1:12AM
I let this one in because its short but we do not allow a comment in all caps.

about the Cherokee...I had the foto at first until I realize it is a foto from the false reporting of before. So I took it down, and most other blogs also did the same.

I have not seen photos of this time because EPN is not allowing footage or photos in federal operations.

Anonymous said...

Jajajaja. Costa rica, sinaloa idiot. Not costa rica the country jajaja.

Anonymous said...

Great to see CIA posting here. Please provide any additional expert insight into this situation

Anonymous said...

just and other fucking lie from the government

Anonymous said...

Why don't you all just don't understand that if chapo snitched it was because he had loved for them they are better in jail if he had no love fore them he would of have them killed. Like el mochomo the only thing wrong here was that Arturo his brother was so coked up that he wanted help from chapo and mayo to get him out.

Anonymous said...

Texas Grandma souns like a drama queen!! Stop exaggerating if you really hate those " sickos " as you call them then why dont you do something about it..those sickos are in plain sight or are you scared?

Where im from,Sinaloa, i dont see no one hiding.I guarantee you will meet one, if you have ever been there ..I doubt you have.Just be careful it wont be the same to write comments on a computer than real life

Anonymous said...

A real badass aren't you Mr. "where im from, Sinaloa"

talking down to a grandmother. My impression is she is frustrated and very caring. Why don't you look in the mirror and say the advice you gave her?

here it is again in case you forgot

" why dont you do something about it..those sickos are in plain sight or are you scared?"

Anonymous said...

@ 9:20p....nice :)

Anonymous said...

Such a genius he was that he's dead and no one cares.

Anonymous said...

im here with fantasma now . they didnt catch him.

Anonymous said...

Lmfao funny shit bro

Anonymous said...

sounds more like this guy was given up rather than caught like Escobar. I seriously doubt he was head of security for Mr. Guzman-Loera.

Anonymous said...

Yes peoples,pretty obvious texas grandma means well
she aint like some on here that may be Zetas cheerleader or CDS nutthugger....she only cares for the innocents especially for the children as i have noticed....so cut her some slack.

Anonymous said...

I read in a book that during that time mochomo was partying too much. They were getting unwanted attention from the feds. That chapo and mayo had told him to relax and leave culiacan for a while but hi did not listen. Also a letter from mochomo to Arturo that he needed to relax because he was at fault of what had happen. But the letter was never received br Arturo.

Anonymous said...

LOL aww kids these days playing CIA hahah

Anonymous said...

February 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM
"A real badass aren't you Mr. "where im from, Sinaloa" "
"talking down to a grandmother"?
She is a fuckin idiot,always wishing death on people she sounds as hysterical and phony as your ass and all the suckholes that will jump on your wagon.Dude from Sinaloa telling the truth,real life danger,,,and you shouting the odds,,what the fuck would you do?
Sit in your office and talk shit"Grandma"my grandma didn't even use curse words never mind wishing death and mayhem on people.

Anonymous said...

hahahahah....whats up with all that bs about going out with guns blazing and that that stuff!!! cds are the only ones that bend over before getting arrested!!!damb cowards

Anonymous said...

Who the F**k di you think you are calling me a drama queen? I usually don't justify myself to anyone but you are a freaking idoit. You have NO IDEA WHAR NY FAMILY HAVE GONE THROUGH IN NY COUNTRY,SICILY. Heard of the freaking Mafia dumbass. We wer put through Hell due to the corrupt gov't. AND the Mafia. I lost many innocent family members due the mayham and murdering animals who drove us out of our country. As for me being SCARED OF ANYONE, I'VE FACED MANY EVIL URDERING ANIMALS IN MY LIFETIME AND I'M STILL ALIVE. I DIDN'T NEED THE POLICE,ARMY ETC. TO PROTECT MY FAMILY. I CAN NOW RETURN TO NY COUNTRY AT WILL AND HAVE RESPECT. Next time you decide to be an asshole. Think twice. I come to BB for imformation on the war in Mexico. Given I have spent 30 years with Dr.'s Without Borders, freaking care what haprpens to a innocents. You really didn't even deserve an explanation because I can see clearly, you have an I.Q. of a bug. Maybe we will meet in Texas someday and you can neet a decent person who freaking cares what happens in this screwed up world. Texas Grandma. Not a freaking drama queen. Peace.

Anonymous said...

"Chapo should hire chris dorner to replace el fantasma. "

Dont joke my friend. It could happen.

Anonymous said...

Remember that video of chapo interrogating zeta, then after wards there was a note stating whom chapo was gonna turn in, think back and remembe.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the average age is here?? Looks like alot has changed in the last year.. Alot of teenagers yappin about shit they assume and know NOTHING about. Move to mexico if you love that lifestyle so much. Become a part of these cartels. Do not be computer commandos. Viva mexico culeros

El extranjero said...

"they will never catch chapo, z40 maybe but el chapo never. El chapo is on American CIA payroll"... So was Manuel Noriega. Look what happened to him.

Anonymous said...

Sorry he gone !

Anonymous said...

I always felt the same way that in order to get favored treatment by the government the sinaloa cartel has to give someone up in order to prevent other cartels by saying hey their getting special treatment and to show that the government isnt being biased they say you got to give some one up example like m1 always coked up I guess give up those who are no longer up to standard or have become a risk on bringing the operation down I conclude peace!

Anonymous said...

Hey leave texas grandma alone she can say what ever she wants to say have some respect!

Anonymous said...

@ 10..04 amen to that.ITS ONE THING to talk on acorrido about going guns blazing like DON ABL its ANOTHER to actually do it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent observation!!!!!

Anonymous said...

9:20pm. I am responding to you as I did to another post here. Maybe your Grandma did not grow up in a country,such as mine, Sicily. Where most of my family was murdered or in my and my sisters case,raped because we were innocents who would take part in a corrupt gov't. Or the Mafia. We had to leave our country.Maybe I am sick of murders,drug dealers,rapists who abuse innocents. I have spent my entire adult life with Dr,'s Without Borders, doing whatever I can to help innocents. That is why I read BB and get so frustrated that the same thing is happening there,as did in my country. My 6 adult children and grand babies d eserve better than what I had to endure. Until you have walked in someone else's shoes, you have no right judging me. Thanks, BB, as always, Texas Grandma. Peace.

Anonymous said...

EL FANTASMA es solo fantasma en halloween .

Anonymous said...

"Alot of teenagers yappin about shit they assume and know NOTHING about"
Yup,,,,just like you big lip.

Anonymous said...

"I lost many innocent family members due the mayham and murdering animals who drove us out of our country"
In Sicilia?Maybe in fuckin Mussolini's time,this is a lot of horseshit.Only way that happens is if your involved.Trying to be a victim,sound familiar anyone?

Anonymous said...

It's fake they didn't catch him they haven't even presented him till I see his face on t.v or here then ill believe it

Chivis said...

1:53

I guess I will have to say it again:
there are no more presentations
there are no photographs
there are no using monkers
there will be no footage of captures and shootouts

why?
Because the new Mexican president has changed policy and he announced weeks ago this is the new deal for federal involvement operations.
states are autonomous much like the US states so they can do as they wish.

Anonymous said...

TEXAS GRANDMA
it is cases like yours that made the people fight back against the mafia correct??
they took advantage of the poor and innocent?

how would you fix the problem?
should everyone flee mexico?

you judge people here on there comments and yet say "walk in my shoes" after they make a judgement on yours

Anonymous said...

You seem tito have all the answers. I guess that you also believe that every innocent child o woman whi gets raped or goes missing in Mexico in 203, is involved in crime. And, that every innovemt Father,son or uncle who refuses to work for the cartels,and then ends up dead in 2013, is hordeshit too? Bet they were playing victims too. You are a moron. Go texas grandmother.

Anonymous said...

"I guess that you also believe that every innocent child o woman whi gets raped or goes missing in Mexico in 203, is involved in crime"
Errr,,no.

Anonymous said...

@ Texas Grandma
Just out of interest,in what time frame are you speaking?A lot has changed in Sicily(Cosa Nostra)as you know.They have made great strides in Sicily.The Calabrian Mafia(Ndrangheta)is worse now and also one of the most powerful in the western world.Yours must have been an unusual case if your family had to leave,particularly if you were an innocent family,just curious thats all?

Anonymous said...

6:53 AM
"That is why I read BB and get so frustrated that the same thing is happening there,as did in my country"
Sicily has never been and can never ever be compared to Mexico,,,what Mexico is going through,Sicily never ever had to endure,you forget,many people from different countries including Italia read this blog and see the difference.The Sicily you paint is unknown to me,i just don't know how you can possibly compare the two?

Anonymous said...

Texas grandma you can say what ever you like texas grandma is not the issue in this story so stick to the topics people and leave texas grandma alone to voice her say how ever she wants once again stick to the topics and bring on more stories.

Anonymous said...

do you think we will get to see even a mug shot of fantasma? i understand the no purp walks anymore

Anonymous said...

February 14, 2013 at 2:59 AM
"do you think we will get to see even a mug shot of fantasma"
Do you think we will get a mugshot of texas grandma ?

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