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SEMAR raids building in Zapopan: "El Azul" killed? CJNG leader "Mencho" arrested?

Saturday, May 11, 2013 |


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NOTE: Nothing has been confirmed yet, there are different rumors on social media regarding the death of Juan Jose Esparragoza, others claim the capture of CJNG leader "El Mencho". What appears to be confirmed is the death of a suspect in the shootout, no name has been given.

Members of the Mexican Navy during the operation in Zapopan.

An operation by the Mexican Navy Ministry (Secretaria de Marina-SEMAR) was conducted on Friday afternoon inside an apartment building complex located in Zapopan, Jalisco.

The operation took place yesterday at about 10:30 PM when several SUV´s belonging to the Mexican Army and Mexican Navy arrived at the Amber Tower located in the exclusive Puerta de Hierro neighborhood.

Jose Juan Esparragoza Morena aka "El Azul"
Unofficial sources claim the arrest and/or death of Jose Juan Esparragoza Moreno aka “El Azul”(number 3 in the CDS) or Nemesio Oceguera Cervantes aka “El Mencho”, leader of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Because of the Government secrecy in this operation, none of these versions has been confirmed.

Military personnel kept the area secured awaiting the arrival of specialized vehicles to transport the alleged drug lord. It is unknown if the criminal was alone at the moment of the operation.

The Navy personnel took the area by surprise when they surrounded the parking lot connected to the apartment building; there they arrived at an apartment located in the 14th floor.

After their arrival several shots were heard, but in a matter of minutes the situation was under the Navy´s control that blocked the parking lot´s exit leading to Puerta de Hierro Boulevard number 5225 and Patria Avenue.

Ambar Tower in Zapopan where the operation took place.

The main access to the complex was guarded by several SEMAR SUV´s where heavily armed Navy personnel dressed with gray uniforms inspected every vehicle that tried to leave the building.

Moments after the operation began, several vehicles belonging to the Mexican National Defese Ministry (Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional-SEDENA) arrived to bolster the security in the area. Experts from the Jalisco Forensic Sciences Institute also arrived at the scene but where not allowed to access the building.

There is a version of at least one casualty and one wounded in the operation inside the building but no official information has been given.

Several units left the apartment complex towards Patria Avenue, but no information has been given, even to local authorities since the operation arrived directly from Mexico City.

Members of the State Police and the State Attorney General arrived at the scene but information was denied to them.

As of this writing the area was still under surveillance of the Armed Forces awaiting the arrival of the Federal Public Ministry agent.

An announcement by SEMAR or SEDENA regarding this operation is expected to be done later in the day.

This post will be updated as more information arises.

UPDATE 11:00 AM

As of 11:00 AM no official information has been given, however, according to newspaper El Universal, Mexican Navy commanders admitted there was an operation and shootout in the 14th floor of the apartment building, as a result apparently one suspect died.

At 3:00 AM State and Federal Authorities left the scene without giving more information.

UPDATE 12/05/2013

As of right now no information has been given, according to Informador.com.mx, the Navy hasn´t given official reports but officials confirmed one suspect is dead. The news site is ruling out the possibility of Azul being death, the corpse belongs to a young man according to sources in the Forensic Institute, however and mysteriously neither the Forensic Institute nor the State Attorney General Office show records of what happened.

Some sources have claimed that indeed a major level drug lord was in the building but was able to flee with help from his security team.


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Anonymous said...

Good job Tijuas for the breaking news. If it proves true that the Federal forces of Mexico captuted el Azul, it will prove to be a major hit for CDS; a major coup for EPN. Keep us informed Borderland Beat.

Anonymous said...

One can only hope. Was just watching savage movie , with el azul in it, funny.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Mexico is learning how to use those spy drones better and better.

Anonymous said...

If azul is dead hell is going to break loose

Anonymous said...

Those mexican navy and army guys, are they superhuman? :) I imagine that they dont get paid as much as they should and I have seen what they are up against, what kind of demons they are fighting and still there`s guys out there that say yes, I will do this job. It`s impressive, waking up in the morning and knowing today I`m gonna strap on some high caliber weapons and hunt mexican cartel members, those guys you see cutting heads off people online. I imagine their giant stainless steel balls make it hard to move around.

Anonymous said...

Any updates? I would be stunned if it was El Azul to me he seems to be the most connected and respected of all the capos. The man is a ghost

Anonymous said...

Wow thats crazy if they killed el azul , hes been in the game a long time. I can care less about mencho hes had it coming.now all these trolls on here going to say chapo snitched him out ..

Anonymous said...

La jalada del dia

Anonymous said...

El azul is el mencho? So does that mean he betraded el chapo?

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

It's Mencho

Anonymous said...

Well I hope it's Mencho. He makes too many controversies. But for Mexico I hope it's not Azul because he makes the peace. If Azul goes away, everything just got a lot worse.

Anonymous said...

Why is it assumed El Azul was killed? Is he usually in Jalisco?

Anonymous said...

El Azul is a big fish in the drug game very long time ver low key, old school lots of legitamite business in mexico.R1 saved his life in Matamorros. He is the peace keeper of the Narcos if this news is accurate maybe he was trying to negotiate with CJNG after all Jalisco was under the control of Nacho Coronel CDS Boss.

Anonymous said...

Just checked out a few others sites for info and from what i can gather posters from the area are saying it was Azul who was killed. Someone needs to get on this and find out some details.

Anonymous said...

Yea fckin rite I highly doubt they killed el azul or captured mencho too good to be true

Anonymous said...

Good job Mexican govt., get rid of all these lazy bastards.........kill every cartel member,

Anonymous said...

Ok lets just get over with (for all the idiots), Chapo snitched or Snitchalona. Because now and days fuckers cant get busted or killed, without hearing the same lame shit!

Anonymous said...

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, slain in Mexico

Anonymous said...

Wow..who cares lot more people dieing in mexico.

Anonymous said...

Pinches namones hablan por hablar, nada esta comprobado.aka en jalisco se escucha mas que chingaron al mencho asi que no habran el hosico cabrones y si fuera el azul se va desatar guerras y guerras en todos lados por que el azul a sido el negociador y picificador de todos los carteles, desde los inicios de el senor de los cielos a si que treguas y alianzas van a quebrarce...pero como les digo aka en jalisco se rumora mas que se chingaron al mencho...

Anonymous said...

I think mencho , Azul very old school very respected by all cartels surprising if someone snitched on him

Anonymous said...

Who cares about grandson of malcom x

Anonymous said...

Hey! American tres letras are involved too. They strap in heat everyday in Mexico. America gives millions to fight this war, might as well give boots also!

Anonymous said...

So what .. fuck him.. he killed he's grandma when he was 12 yrs old..

Anonymous said...

Wow,i was gonna post someting at about 12.15, 12.20 pm when i woke up n read the story.guess it was brand new as there were 0 comments .got busy came back at 12.45 n puum 21 comments in that little span.

Anonymous said...

If Azul is dead world war 3 begans in Mexico.. he was the reason there was more peace in Mexico.. after he's death its gonna be hell in Mexico.. and please don't start with the snitchloa and Chapo snitched him out bullshit.. its not real news yet so don't get ahead of yourselves..

Tijuano said...

There´s no official information as of right now, however rumors still prowl Twitter and Facebook.

Some newspapers report the operation was against El Mencho, others claim the Navy responded to an annonymous tip about armed men in the building, this one is less likely since the Navy personnel arrived directly from Mexico City.

The latest newspaper report states that some hit men from Mencho were arrested and MAYBE El Azul was with them, this has no logic but that´s what some newspapers are reporting.

I´ll try to update as soon as more info is given to the public, I´m still awaiting the official report by SEMAR or SEDENA.

Anonymous said...

It can't be azul, pri wouldn't allow it, azul goes way back before pan was in power. remember US has "consultants" working with Mexican military, so don't think its all them doing dirty work. saludos desde San Ysidro, CA.

Anonymous said...

Ahora si van a sentir la mera verga en el peyoyo sea quien sea el asul o el mencho

Anonymous said...

Dang this is huge

Anonymous said...

i think its a lie theres no sources they havent posted it in mexican narco blogs and when big news hits the streets like that univision has it on lock but i dont see it anywhere so its bull crap

Anonymous said...

Pues mientras se maten entre ustedes nos vale puro chorizo.

Anonymous said...

San At. Orejones in da house, in collaboration wit La Letraz, we be running thangz baby, puro Z

Anonymous said...

Might be that el Chapo didn't snitch, but what about his father in law, snitch ass Inés Coronel.

Anonymous said...

i think its no mencho no azul lol

Anonymous said...

chivis. . . it is the military that is killing most of the innocent civilians. when a capo falls it is because they didn't pay up or enough. the mexican military and the police are a mercenary force at the service of the highest bidder. the real drug capos are the generals and the highest gov't officials. the real reason the violence is so high is because the military or police are contracted to, for example, go into a plaza gather intelligence on who runs it and eliminate them. But what the military/police does is it approaches the other side and offers their services to them as well in the form of protection and help in eliminating the other side that hired them in the first place to carry out the work. Where poor people suffer is that in order to make it show that they are working they kidnap and kill pushers or gang members who have nothing to do with the cartel or people who are otherwise regular citizens. The most horrific thing about this is that they get paid piecemeal.

Anonymous said...

"Good job Mexican govt., get rid of all these lazy bastards.........kill every cartel member"
I agree with getting rid of them,but lazy bastards?Your talkin out your ass,shows how much you know about any of this.

Tijuano said...

I´ve been refreshing my news feed every 30 minutes and no updates have arisen.

My guess is SEMAR should have called for a press conference by now if El Azul was killed, Anyway, I´ll keep waiting to see if there´s more info on this, people in Guadalajara still believe it was either El Azul or Mencho, I don´t know what makes them believe this but this is the word in the streets of Gudalajara.

Anonymous said...

Chapo took his ass out wat yu think parramierda com one com out to defend yur enano are they after his. cuz I think so cant wait for that day I ser this web site with a bulet kn his head making top storry first his father in law n now azul thats to close to him

Anonymous said...

Quit reading science fiction and watching CSI.

Anonymous said...

Mexico is a war zone. All hell broke lose years ago!!. No mames buey!! :-P

Anonymous said...

Alrite tijuano keep us informed dude

Anonymous said...

I hope it was Mencho who was milli mincemeated,pity the two of them didn't cop for it off the authorities despite what everyone saying about Azul,that old fart if he was meeting Mencho,says what you need to know about him.Mencho is a dog.

Anonymous said...

I hope is not el Azul..

Anonymous said...

Go get an education, you retard.

Anonymous said...

If you live in México then you know that it is not the military the ones that are killing all the innocent people. Why do you lie? Are you working for one of the cartels?

Anonymous said...

everyone knows CDS are snitches and cooperate with the Government , i bet that peace treaty didn't fly very well with Mencho and El Azul payed the price , "anonymous tip" ahahaha no mames ahora el gobierno va a decir mentiras sobre este incidente

Anonymous said...

UR doing an awsome job

Guerrero said...

Azul is the only original mobster left

Anonymous said...

And a another one bites the dust! Who cares about these savages hope they all burn in hell. Glad I live in the united states where people have the right to fight back. I feel bad for the Mexican people.

Anonymous said...

Really so you know for a fact that cds are rats and informants? Like give us a example and dont give us shit you read that someone else wrote in a blog.

Anonymous said...

Mi solo es una opinion en los carteles en todos hay entregas no nomas es el chapo desde pablo escobar asta los zetas...el mentado senor de los cielos etregava jente ya cea contrarios o de su organisacion, eso esta claro en todos hay esta el z40 todo lo que tubo que aser para poder quedarce con el trono entregando a los que estavan arriva de el.a mi pensar todos lo lideres de carteles tienen que entregar a alguien para que sus colaboradores dentro del govieno ya sea politicos o generales , capitanes, o lo que sea queden bien ante sus superiores y no enpiensen sospechas ante ellos por eso me rio de la jente que dice sienpre del chapo si todos son igual...y no apoyo a ningun cartel solo es comentario.

Anonymous said...

What kind of nickname is that for a drug lord, "El Menzo"

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Se chingaron a el azul para el que no sepa

Anonymous said...

Get ready cuz the war is already here in America!

Anonymous said...

Snitchaloa nothing new, funny that how some people get too personal! on someones else comments hahahahaha

Hatting on someone else comments makes that person ego grow more than ever ;)

Two Borders!

Snitchaloa nada nuevo, me da risa como ahi gente que se toma muy personal los comentarios de algunos!

Aquellas personas que les enrabia los comentarios de otra persona nomas hace que esa persona cresca su ego mas ;)

Doz Fronteras!

Anonymous said...

U r an idiot. U obviouslky dont live in mrx. Its oviouse this is true. I live in reynosa and cdg seemsvto get help while in battle. I shitvu not the trucks are marked and wont get shot at the other ones do. Or thay simply show up after the battles over

Anonymous said...

The SEMAR and SEDENA probably did catch somebody, but they probably got a call from some powerful person saying he will compensate the people that mattered of the govt. if they set them free. Remember the Guatemala story of the supposed death of chaps. That why the authorities have'nt mentioned anything. Arrangements are being or were made. That's what happened with Caro Quitero when they originally captured him.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!! Google the vicente zambada trial and it will make you a believer. Sounds like you too got your info off a blog . No Mames..

Anonymous said...

El Azul esta muerta de Sinaloa.

Anonymous said...

he was in jalisco got tiped off then the autorities got there but he was gone azul is still alive. ... atte 27

Anonymous said...

Say that to el menchos face. Please tough keyboard gangstee

Anonymous said...

@May 11, 7:26 PM why are you defending cds anyway?? ohh thats right your a nuthugging lowlife. fuck all cartels and cheerleaders like you.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone on here is an expert on cartels and tough guys.

Anonymous said...

People people people haven't you notice its American Military catching all this fool's with the help of Mexican Govt. No one betray no one. They are using the drones to spy & catch. Why do you think last week USA Govt. said they could catch a Chapo in like 15 min they know where his at but its not the right time. First comes the easy pray then they will finish it with the big prize"Chapo & Mayo".............. IDK but CDG is in silence for now word on the street Mr O is still in command

Anonymous said...

I not defending anybody I just asked how does he know for a fact CDs ate rats and informants. I'm not taking sides like you are you should clean up your room help your mom around the house instead of pretending you somebody behind the computer.

Anonymous said...

Any new reliable information of wether or not it was Azul? I'm sure the government would of had a press conference by now, if iit was him.Please let us know if you hear anything new.

Anonymous said...

I see.another hoax like.the El verdugo s fake death

Anonymous said...

Chapo snitched on him lol

Anonymous said...

What the hell did you say? Learn to spell, use grammar, and punctuate.

Anonymous said...

Mr. O is incommunicated is solitary confinement at a FCI somewhere in the CONUS. He is in charge of nothing.

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with you savages, he was in the room when they killed kike camorama he was probably the one who hit the final blow and killed him the guy is a monster pure killer no different that the beheading zetas

Anonymous said...

Ya prince snitch cried the usa a river

Anonymous said...

Pues la verdad aca en jalisco no es nada afirmativo por que ni la semar ni segob ninguna autorida a confirmado lo que aqui se corre mas el que mataron era un lugartrniente y mano derecha del mencho, ivan por el mencho y dicen que logro escapar y mataron a ese guey mano derecha del mencho del azul son puros rumores asi que no te tomes tus palabras muy claras doz froterrazz hahahaha pero animo...

Anonymous said...

No creo el azul en negociador y pacificafor entre carteles no creo. es una muy buena pieza de el cartel de sinaloa, por que es biene desde el dominio del senor de los cielos mejor a esperar la conferencia del la semar asta el lunes por que hoy no va ver nada no kieren que se ponga gacho la situacion en fin de semana...y por lo que escuchamos aqui en guadalajar es que fue el mencho o su mano derecha el que se echaron y no al azul pero a esperar...

Anonymous said...

Usa aint doind shit they rely on snitches the only reason they caught bin laden is because of a snitch.. what happend in somalia ?? Delta force rangers where the fuck were they at ?? UsA aint shit with out snitches. .

Anonymous said...

That is hilarious. Lmao. It is mothers day. You help! :-(

Anonymous said...

That's ok, just stay on the Mexican side of the border, we don't need you on this side, and don't worry we will send every mexican back. Since the US ain't shit there will be no immigration reform.

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's put it this way. USA supplies guns to CDG because they don't want to control the Mexican Govt. like Zetas & Chapos & CT wants to. CDG is just in the game for drug's so in your mind who would u rather have in power Z,CT, Chapos or CDG. USA is giving a hand in the narco war to both sides. Since Peña came into office what cartel have got hit the hardest....

Anonymous said...

They all claim to have a degree on Narco-History..hahahaha

Anonymous said...

LMAO LOL ROFLMAO..MHHHMMM ...NO ..Vete a la verga..How do u know theyre snitches??..Pendejote..

Anonymous said...

what does it matter cds are filthy criminals so why are you defending them?? but yet you are denying it but your saying it also. You just dont want to accept your a cheerleader hahaha

Anonymous said...

The so called US dosent have a choice they need US mexicans thats why they are changing the laws to allow mexicans to come into the US..ps. we were talking about catching criminals not immigration dumb ignorant ass.

Anonymous said...

Fucking San Anto ain't shit your just a fucking tango in other words your just somebodys bitch and thats what you will all ways be si fuck you and the zetas

Anonymous said...

All BS aside: is there an update to confirm the capture or death of either of these guys?

Anonymous said...

Any new info on azul??

Anonymous said...

May 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM
"ps. we were talking about catching criminals not immigration dumb ignorant ass"
Yeah,yeah,yeah,thats right,people shout"pinche gringos"but someone says anything about immigration,and they ignorant and racist?You sad whining prick.Haven't you noticed it always turns into Mexico v US on here?Especially from the Mexican side.Bored seeing that shit.Whatever the topic on here it always gets sabotaged,and its the fault of"pinche gringos"and the US?And look who doesn't like it,fuckin pain isn't it?We have to put up with that shit24/7,anyway fuck off.None of this story is true,mostly rumor,it looks like it could be a Mencho compadre.How Azul got mentioned is anyones guess?@6:37 AM "you ain't shit your just a fucking tango in other words your just somebodys bitch".....Flame bro flame

Anonymous said...

May 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM
"All BS aside: is there an update to confirm"
Bro,it looks like it was neither of these guys?
There are Mexican bros from Jalisco posting that it was a lieutenant of Mencho or someone like that.As for El Azul,it looks like he wasn't even there?Just rumor?If it was someone of his notoriety,pretty sure there would have been word on it by now,but who knows for sure?Maybe they missed?

Anonymous said...

Aurelio Cano Flores aka Yeyo or Comandante Yankee of the Gulf Cartel sentenced to 35 years in federal prison in the USA on charges of money laundering and drug trafficking.

Anonymous said...

They all fucking snitch when theyre cornered and their ass is to the wall.none of the narcos any good.they should have taken lessons from the sicilians about silence or omerta

Anonymous said...

Why would the mexican navy release details of the detainee? Surely they want to question the prisoner first to get any details about other cartel members locations , and or movements and follow those up before releasing details. At least that would be the smart thing to do.
If the detainee is CJNG , he may have information about zetas in Jalisco and Michoacan.

As we have seen recently Pena Nieto seems to be concentrating on the zetas. As they are the ones who have proven to be making ordinary mexican folks life a living hell up the entire eastern coast of mexico.

Anonymous said...

El azul le mamaba la verga a ramon arellano felix..es culo el azul..

el wero said...

guys if azul is dead its a bad sign one he was turned in by chapo second he was the only drug trafficker that didnt kidnap or extort and respected the peace and he was really not a threat when you talk about violence i would of rather seen mayo or chapo dead and final if this is true chapo just bought himsef 10 to 15 more years of life

Tijuano said...

UPDATE:

It appears it was a CJNG Lieutenant known as El Ñaca. I´ll try to confirm the information.

Anonymous said...

Lmao you said it. Some of the people writing messages here need a scribe to do it for them.

Anonymous said...

No mencho is the leader of the cartel de jalisco nueva generacion (CJNG). Azul is one of the leaders of the sinaloa cartel, he, chapo and mayo are the top guys.

Anonymous said...

XC.D.GX

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