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Mexican Army Captures “El Melvin”, Second in Command of Tijuana Cartel.

Friday, March 15, 2013 |

Contributed by "Tijuano" for Borderland Beat


Tijuana
Mexican Army servicemen apprehended a man identified as Melvin Gutierrez Quiroz aka “El Melvin”, second in command of the Arellano Felix Cartel(CAF), just below Fernando Sanchez Arellano aka “El Ingeniero”, this happened today in an operation in the Juarez suburb in Tijuana.

Gutierrez Quiroz is the one who in February 2012 sent threats against the Zeta magazine editorial staff in Tijuana, and whom at the time was believed to be followed real close by the authorities of both Mexico and USA.
Among the activities “El Melvin” performed was the collection of fees(cobro de piso) to other cartels for crossing drugs through Tijuana to the USA.

The Capture
About 10:00 am this morning, several units of the Mexican Army closed Television Avenue, near a church and a school where elements of the National Defense Ministry(Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional-SEDENA) performed an operation in the Juarez suburb , at first it was mentioned that a kidnapping victim was saved, this versión was later changed when it was confirmed that “El Melvin” was captured.
Gustavo Rivera aka “El P1
Who is “El Melvin”?
Melvin Gutierrez Quiroz began his criminal life with the Tijuana Cartel at the beginning of the 90´s under David Corona Barron aka “El CH”, whom he met in the Logan Heights gang in San Diego, California.
While under Barron’s command he was a hit man for Ramon Arellano Felix until “El CH” died in the ambush against journalist Jesus Blancornelas, director of Zeta Magazine.

When David Barron died “El Melvin” inherited the command of the Logan Heights sicarios working for the Tijuana Cartel, at the time he became part of Gustavo Rivera´s criminal cell, Gustavo Rivera aka “P1” was apprehended in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur after the DEA found him.

After years working for the Tijuana Cartel, “El Melvin”[at left] became a cell leader and at the moment was considered the main enforcer of Fernando Sanchez Arellano.

He controlled the drug shipments that were smuggled in the Otay area and was believed to be the owner of many of the narco-tunnels found there.

In 2011 he was believed to be working alongside Alfredo Arteaga aka “El Aquiles” for the Sinaloa Cartel but this was never confirmed, other versions say that he was in charge of collecting the narco fees from ”El Aquiles” rather than working for him.
Sources used to write this post: Zeta Magazine and AFN




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Anonymous said...

Chapo called up his boys: yo take care of this chipmunk he getting too big

Anonymous said...

Ooops
Chivis the guy in the center next to the Armed Federales; that's Gustav Rivera El P-1. Captures several years ago. You could see pictures of El Melvin on prior Zeta-Newspaper articles. Pero buen reportaje!! Keep it up BB.

Anonymous said...

Mata ese pendejo!

Viva Mejico! Viva la marina!

Highest Yoga Tantra said...

2013 ▪ 03 ▪ 15

That photo of David Barron CORONA slumped in his own pool of blood is timeless and a classic representation of a Karmic Retribution ~

In 1997 he and a group of sicarios tried to ambush Jesús BLANCORNELAS, founder of ZETA magazine. The assassination failed as metal pieces from one of his gunmen’s bullets ricocheted and struck him in the eye and killed him.

Flashback . . . Madame Chivis gave us an outstanding article on B.B. (January 8th, 2013) with a link to a documentary «REPORTERO» from filmmaker, Bernardo RUIZ. It is worth watching again as it is powerful and compelling.

ZETA Magazine Mantra:
«más vale perder la nota a perder la credibilidad»
«it is better to lose a story, than your credibility»


/\__/\
(=';'=)
(")_(")

Anonymous said...

Makes u think if baron wouldn't have dies how high up be would've been

Anonymous said...

Tijuana AL 110%
Seguimos Rifando La
PURO CAF

el wero said...

so i guess his cousin will be in command dam that guy is more violent than melvin

Anonymous said...

Puro Zeta

Anonymous said...

Chivis wasn't this guy already caught like 3 or 4 years ago wearing same shirt look it up

Chivis said...

Sorry folks...I was working two posts at the same time, and came back to finish this one and saw MY mistake.

Anonymous said...

I guess it´s time for Melvin´s lil bro to step up.to the game.

el wero said...

chapo had nothing to do with this i promiss you that cause his cousin his already being in talks with the gunmen of melvin im telling you this guy is worst hes compared to ramon and ruedas but with out drug use i hope they keep saying this is the nail in the coffin damm im fck tired of hearing that EL CAF is more powerful than people give them credit chapo controls colombia all of it and all of mexico but pays a fee to el caf to prevent violence what does that tell you just think about it

Anonymous said...

Whoever your source is, he/she is a rookie. Recently lots of folks (especially in law enforcement) have jumped in the game wthout earning it. Here's the facts:

Melvin has worked for the Arellano's since 1992. He has conducted murders on both sides of the border. One murder he comitted was the shooting death of Mario Michel Villalvazo-Aguayo on March 19, 2001, but he has been an assassin since 1992. He came to power after the arrest of Gustavo Rivera and several of his key lieutenants following Rivera's arrest (Rivera probably snitched). So it was not until after 12 years since the death of Barron (11-27-97) did Melvin rise to the level of leader.

Thanks for the report. I'm thrilled he's caught. Now let's see if the Mexican Government in smart enough and honorable enough to put thismass-murderer awy for god.

Anonymous said...

Those tunnels are Sinaloa all day. The complexity and money behind them are staggering. I'm sure they pay off CAF to build and operate in the area, but that's EL Aquiles shit....., Captain America stickers...

Anonymous said...

Benjamin Gutierrez "El Kecho" is the one in charge now.

Anonymous said...

one more thing EL CAF is still very very powerful i hope other groups dont think that their done because of irresponsible publishing from news papers that will cause a war oh shit ms longmire website just published something very very big that el caf just put someone already more dangerous than EL SENOR MELVIN

Anonymous said...

Fucked up again, I see.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he wasn't behind Inge ot even top ten bosses, CAF has many OG heads from years ago

Anonymous said...

The dude that killed Mario Villalvazo was el JB, 5-5, Cholo or Jorge Briseño, however you want to call him. Melvin has been the leader of the Barrio Logan sicarios since el CH went down. He took control of P1´s cell after he got busted in Cabos.

Anonymous said...

Those tunnel have been in Tijuana since the early 90´s. Chapo wasn´t the first to use them, TJ has lots of tunnels that belong to CAF, actually most of them do.

Anonymous said...

wero
"his cousin his already being in talks with the gunmen of melvin im telling you this guy is worst"
Speak some more on that bro,tell us what you mean.His cousin is one of them who goes on a mission cause he likes it?Like Ramon?Is he gettin the shooters on side already?

Anonymous said...

Most of you guys are idiots who listen to false rumors. If you don't know for a fact, don't post.

Anonymous said...

7:03 AM

Do you think you are posting on MundoNarco or Historias?? you think you can come here and kidding the readers??

El CAF failed to destroy El Teo's faction, its just because the Federal governmen that he is done. Do yo think CAF has the strong to fight a whole Cartel when he cannot end with a small faction?( and still can't because they still there)

Also, Cartels unlikely move their pices due ''websites and news papers'' notes, all the information they publish, the narcos already know it,and they get al that intel through bribed cops and gobernment official not from the news papers for god's sakes. And if that were the case, were they gona get that info?? NOBODY is talking about CAF!! NOBODY remember them.

Anonymous said...

^^ How about you learn how to write??

Anonymous said...

Those who believe that CAF still has the same power as before are way wrong, BUT those who believe the stories about CAF being done are even worst. CAF is playing it low key right now, they know they risk too much trying to start a war right now, They are in a rebuilding status right now. Once and IF they acomplish it, shit will break loose in Baja and Sinaloa.

Texcoco said...

It was about time he got arrested. Buela I also read that Dionicio Plancarte was killed, do you know anything about it?

Anonymous said...

Plenty more were he came.....

Chivis said...

Texcoco

Yeah, I have been sitting on the story because only historias had it. after 7 hours one would think others in the region would break it. Proceso picked up the rumor but made it clear they were reporting it from Historias. So I am not sure about it.

Have you checked in the region also?

Chivis said...

Tex...
I just checked all the Michoacán majors and popular narco blogs...nada let me know if you see something.

Anonymous said...

CAF!!!!

Anonymous said...

CHIVIS I found el tio intel el proceso.com mz has the story he's dead.

Anonymous said...

Proceso mx has the intel on el tio check it out chivis make sure it's accurate

Anonymous said...

If tiburon would of been alive, ramon would been alive. ch was 2nd under tiburon. Ch was shot caller for san diego logan, and el tiburon era los narco juniors or la chiqui mafia, the real og's.If ramon wouldnt of had to much balls, to go look for zambada he would of been alive. For the people talking shit that teo finished caf, well looks like inge is still standing and caf is too. not even cds can take them out, if they could off they would off...CAF, BEltran Leyva son los chingones. Money wise is chapo, Juarez on the rise, zetas are too many, Javier torres soon to be boss?????MExicali? Sinaloa? sonora?

Anonymous said...

No more pisos taxes to pay no one to collect pass thru boys its all yours CDS time to take control.

Anonymous said...

Puro matazeta cabron

Anonymous said...

CDS is powerful and can wipe out Tijuana anytime its so overrated the way people give props to tj all they control is tj and baja sur only and only reason they pay a tax is out of respect for the older families of tijuana cartel having some ties to CDS Fernando is a small fry if it werent for the rest of the family CDS would take him out they dont control no other territories its out of respect for the others not Fernando but will see how long that lasts now that el Melvin got caught

Texcoco De Mora said...

I will let you know if I find something Buela.

Anonymous said...

CAF is not what is use to be and never will be remember to many teams on the field going at it now their small and serves them right just to lay low cause they can get wiped out they arent the CAF of the 90s when the brothers had it going to the max FERNANDO is just a low level nephew trying to make it in the game Tj doesn't want problems their are old school heads still connected to tj as diplomats to avoid conflict and CDS knows this they could care less bout FERNANDO but CDS can get tired of losing product in tj and say the hell with this were taking over .

Anonymous said...

@12:07: Dude, you surely don´t know how thing work in TJ, You really think chapo pays taxes out of respect to CAF? Hell no!, sure, maybe CAF only controls TJ and Baja Sur, BUT thats all they need, why go on a war over other states when they have all they need in Baja? They can land airplanes, introduce coke from Colombia in ships that get to Ensenada, etc. The reason CDS pays taxes is because they don´t want to start another war front. They are at war with Juarez, with Beltranes, with Zetas, with CJNG and god knows who else? You think La Familia, Caballeros Templarios, CJNG, CDS and some others pay taxes or piso just out of respect? C´mon dude, be real.

Anonymous said...

Fuck u all.El CAF.siempre sera primero.como LoganHtsXXXta. Say the wrong thing levanton putos.props to the homie Melvin. From your boy GOOF.30 street...Ala verga todos! I'm with u carnal...tres cero primero!

Anonymous said...

Your mamma putos.CAF controls...

Anonymous said...

@12:43am so true.

Anonymous said...

Puro English Zetaz

Anonymous said...

David Barron is a well known name in the World of Mx. cartel. His story was told in two widely watched documentaries on Spike and Natgeo, about his time in el cartel de Tijuana.
David Barron became a legend when he rescued the Arrellano Félix brothers from a squad of chapo's hitmen while they were in a club in Puerto Vallarta.He got a hold of one of chapo's sicarios rifle and fired back inorder to save the life of Benjamin and Ramón A.F. AF brothers owed their life to el CH. Pretty good for a Califas kid.

Anonymous said...

id say it is a classic example of instant karma, this usually happens when all of your good karma has been spent, and hasnt been replenished... shrapnel, you gotta watch out for that shit!

Anonymous said...

Those who say CAF is done, don´t forget Francisco Rafael and Enedina Arellano are still free, Fernando Sanchez is also out there, el Balas is out of jail, Cholo´s body has never been found, El Caballo still has the connections with the Colombians, etc. There are too many still left to say CAF is done.

el wero said...

melvin cousin has been with el caf and working with cell under his command since 98 its going to be quite simple but sad cause this guy is more crazy and with smarts he spanked alot of gansters in san diegoand oceanside so he will step in perfectly

el wero said...

EL CARTEL DE TIJUANA is not just one person its alot of family and really loyal soldiers melvin will be missed but EL CAF IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING DONE JUST TRUST ME GUYS THERE ARE TONS OF PEOPLE LEFT

Anonymous said...

Dont forget el 24 del CAF...look him up, ese vato is still out there. El caballo, Fernando oldest arellano brother, enedina, el cholo has cancer, el jr hijo de benjamin hahaha u didnt know, 3 or 4 old sicarios that are still out there. Alongest logan heights are still there CAF will still stand. Hank Rhon is CAF, Thats why chapo cant fuck finish them. -Big SUR-

Anonymous said...

Exact ..the tunnels are all JAGL en tijuana grupos .CAF doesn't need tunnels to.bring it across the border....

expect a big.uptick in violence in Tijuana JAGL sponsored groups vs. FSO/CAF grupos and let'ssee if MZ greenzone gets pushed over the border since the strategic zones that he is paying for are being threatened........

atte ThinkTank 28.7 N.V.

Anonymous said...

If they control then why are they getting caught And not la gente de aquiles or del tigre you caf dick sucker quit living of the past times change its a new era in tj anf is for the better instead of war thers money being made

Anonymous said...

Agree with you but not as piwerful as they once where but they are smart making money instead of war

Anonymous said...

He means I believe out of respect to the ole gs not to start war CDS could care less bout Fernando either way CAF Can be done at any time .

Anonymous said...

Look at you gangbanging little punk you have a short lived future think about it and grow up.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys lets be real, everybody whos been following the drug war knows that CAF is the weakest cartel in mexico. Theyre not even a real cartel theyre actually just a street gang that call themselves a cartel. Do you really think chapo is scared of a group of cholos especially with a gay name like "logan heights". The real reason chapo doesnt go to war with CAF is because he knows that CAF will call a real cartel for backup and chapo will once again end up losing another battle.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what happened to juarez cartel not here much from them anymore

Anonymous said...

@anon 8:03 pm

Teo's faction failed to make a dent against caf let alone destroy it even though it had the full backing of cds. They only killed "dimeros". He was done way before the gov arrested him.

Anonymous said...

I may sound like a CAF nuthugger, BUT to be honest CAF is far from being dead, Im not saying Logan Heights is more powerful than CDS but remember that it was Logan Heights who made Chapo run to Guatemala in the first place, Logan sicarios are the ones feared in TJ, here in TJ its a whole different story from places like Tamaulipas and such, here you just cant be around in convoys like in those places, so its a different kind of game here. CAF still has power, yeah there are guys getting caught, but not by local authorities but by the Feds, just like Fantasma, just like Mochomo, just like Lazca, just like people from ALL cartels, TJ is still a CAF plaza, Aquiles doesnt shows around, his people are like chapulines jumping from place to place, CAF dont want to heat up the plaza because they lost a lot of people when the internal war started. CAF is making money right now, remember that the main provider of Drugs for the Mexican Mafia is the Tijuana Cartel, when you provide with drugs to most jails in the US you cant be considered dead as a cartel. As the old saying goes, be carefull of those who are silent(Cuidate de los calladitos)

Anonymous said...

Just remember the Norte del Valle Cartel, they finished up both Medellin and Cali cartels, and NOBODY knew about them in their prime, they paid everybody to stop mentioning them, the police usually said that they didnt exist and that if they existed, they only where minors players usually selling a few kilos. In real life they where the owners of Colombia, even FARC feared them.Look them up, theres lots of into on them.

Anonymous said...

Simón ss

Anonymous said...

@9:33
CAF is the real deal my friend and your comment doesn't make any sence.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:33
That's the stupidest shit I've ever read. All of the CDS cheerleaders commenting on here are obviously not from Tijuana and base all of their "knowledge" on corridos that they listen to. Those of us that actually live here know what's going on. It's better to keep quiet though and let them talk. The money keeps flowing either way...

Anonymous said...

Chapo has interest in Colombia he doesn't own it. You think the Colombian government or Colombian Coke Cartels would let his ."midget ass" own it outright. He generates money yes but thats it. he can't control sinaloa let alone Colombia..CDS JOCKRIDERS , NUTHUGGERS think before you speak....too much gerado ortiz / larry hernandez music..


Anonymous said...

Who is Melvin's cousin? Is it Sailor? Nico? Lalo? Rafa?

Anonymous said...

CAF cant stand a chance against any other cartel much less CDS. CAF knows its better to be quiet than to bring attention because if they make any noise they will get wiped out real quick.and as far as money goes.... what CAF considers making money is pocket change to any real cartel. in other words CAF is a joke.

Anonymous said...

El JT esta al 100 con AIZG y El ABL esta al 100 con JAGL ay nomas

Anonymous said...

@ 7:05 *uck off. If you don't like this blog then leave.

Anonymous said...

March 16 6:48, nah bro u got it all wrong. Hank rhon, francisco and enedina. Especially el caballo are running CAF, inge is below his mom and uncle. hank rhon is the shit in tijuas and hes loyal to CAF. chapo guzman is done, he couldnt do shit to CAF. Teo, Muletas whatevers happen to them? Thats what i mean...Chapo needs to take care of his turf right now cuz thats where the war is at, no le conviene cagar el palo a tijuana. Besides javier torres is on his way, hes definatly aint gona be no scrub like his brother, he is a boss.

Anonymous said...

of what i read and hear el melvin is gona walk. thats how strong CAF is in tijuas

Anonymous said...

Ppl just talk and don't know anything. It is not his cousin, it's his brother(Kecho). Stop listening to Gerardo Ortiz and the rest of the aguachilero mamadores de CDS. These guys will kill your stupid ass. CDS pays taxes and thats it. When these guys get caught(both sides) they spill EVERYTHING to try and get a reduced sentence. These declarations come out in official documents. There is even killings between CDS cells in this in TJ. MZ sells to his different cells and even them they get into it.

Anonymous said...

Gangbanging?pendejo I'm older then your father. Pease of shit that's what u are.El caf controla todo. Chingen a su madre.fuck todos who think u can stop uss ...1208.XXXta ...

Anonymous said...

Pray that we dont find u.peace of shit...

el wero said...

4:15pm hey dog dont trip on these guys hatting on el caf cause no matter how bad they want to finish el caf it will never happen with the catch of melvin there are various of people that could move into the place its could be his cousin or younger brother but el caf is still number one after all the hits cds controls all so called colombia and and all of mexico but cds pays caf rent and piso so i guess they cant control tijuana baja california

Anonymous said...

shit dog i read the same post melvin looks like hes gonna walk hes not talking and second no one has any evidence or anyone willing to testify againts melvin shit does caf got power or what and second el sillas is also walking

Anonymous said...

Sillas and his lap-dog Melvin will be in San Diego soon. Retards join gangs because they can't make it in the real world. This way they can be someone amongst the other retards.

Anonymous said...

He's not walking. His Logan buddy "Lalo" ratted him out a couple a years ago when he got caught with Gerardo Viscaiz (Ex-Cop). It is said that Viscaiz was going to be the hitman who was going to kill a DEA agent who was working undercover in TJ (Puertorican looking agent).

Anonymous said...

El monstruo ain´t talking. He nows his family is under surveillance

Anonymous said...

@3:44 where did you read or see that melvin is going to walk?

Anonymous said...

i dont like cds but word here in phoenix is that cds inst paying taxes to caf anymore, and theres nothing caf can do about it. personally i think it would be a good war between cds and caf because caf is small and cds has been reduced in size and power by its rivals the zetas, blo, and cdj.

Anonymous said...

Phoenix is far from TJ, CDS people say everywhere(except in Tijuana) that they don´t pay taxes, to those of who live here that´s simply BS. Dont belive everything the corridos sing, remember Gerardo Ortiz in the Grammys? there´s a reason the corrido he sung was changed.

el wero said...

bro 3:25am you are way off i live in tijuana all party all over baja norte and sur i give you my word as a man el caf is very much in control of its turf just think why wouldnt cds just wipe out el caf if its so powerful and second why pay taxes to begin and let a cartel so call regroup for 4 years cds showed up with the military and calderon so caf had to make a choice either continue the war or get paid to prevent a war and restructed new groups to improve el caf position to keep them in check cds is not what it use to be dog even when teo was loose el caf won the war with stragedy and violence

Anonymous said...

@El Wero: What´s up BAJA NORTE? Saludos de playas.

el wero said...

3:47pm hey doggy whats up playas it the spot to party how you feel about all these caf haters

el wero said...

BIG NEWS there are conflicting reports and its suspicious even the way he was captured there is a 99% isnt melvin thats why they havent reported it the finger prints didnt match and again the way he was caught it fck funny have you guys seen the video on mundo narco blog i hope its not melvin cause the next guy is alot worst trust me

Anonymous said...

@El Wero: Just shows how much people think corridos are true.

el wero said...

i think corridos have changed alot cause at it did in the pass was say that whos incharge then they go after them and they get caught or killed but corridos are bad ass that all i listen to

Anonymous said...

I get you, that´s the reason why groups like Los Tucanes and Explosion stopped doing corridos for CAF, actually Explosion Norteña is now doing corridos for los chinolas. I also listen to them, but hardly believe most of what they say.

Anonymous said...

all peeps putting shit up dont say shit if you dont know shit real talk

Anonymous said...

people that dont know whats really going on dont put stuff up thats not true you just spread rumors and ignorant people belive it.

Anonymous said...

@March 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Such as???

Anonymous said...

I guess now that cds isnt paying taxes to caf, most of the members of caf (the smart ones) are gonna join cds. Most of the cash caf was making was from the taxes cds was paying them. Makes sense for cds not to pay taxes since they are the ones supplying caf with dope, caf has no real connections and they have to buy from cds with the money they were taxing them.

Anonymous said...

@march 23 at 8:26 pm

Obviously those people who do know whats going on arent going to expose what they know. Are you an idiot? All of this hearsay is exactly that. The only people who need to know the truth and updates do know them. Clearly you aren't one of them so find a new person to obsess about.

Anonymous said...

Cual primo el kecho es su hermano

el wero said...

el caf es poder there having trouble charging melvin with anything cause theres no warrant againts him or open case so why THE FCK DID THEY ARREST HIM FOR all they can charge him with is the weapons he had on hand hes looking at 1 year with good behavior even less with a big fine DAMM THATS POWER and second they already shot up some cds members for suspicious of snitching and some others for not reporting paying taxes on some merchandise i guess also for alquiles trying to recruit caf members

Anonymous said...

That's. Because sinaloa rats out el caf to the government stupid. Since they don't have balls to fight el caf.

Anonymous said...

Fuck sinaloa! They take out they're enemies by snitching. Fucken rats. Caf will always remain in tj. Big or small they'll never die. Chapo pays taxes to them. We don't roll wit snitches use ur hands to do your work! Puro Logan y tijuas!

Anonymous said...

Cant wait for all of them pussies to die and wake up in hell. They are ruining mexico.

Anonymous said...

todos se la maman a los beltran.....me I live in Tijuana colonia libertad and actually arellanos sis runs T.j which is Moises Beltran bitch el religioso chapo pays this guy so he can let mayo work otherwise he would have the dirty michocanos WHO workfor this guy murder mayo

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