Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Target: Carrasco...he came out of it unharmed

Saturday, May 18, 2013 |

RioDoce (May 13, 2013)

Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat

First, they accused him of controlling and exploiting the drug vendors in Ahome, then they threatened to kill him and, finally, they carried out the attack. But Commander Carrasco came out unharmed...


Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Guasave.- This part of Northern Sinaloa that, according to the government, had already been taken from the control of the the Guasave Cartel -- a minor affiliate of the  Beltran Leyva Brothers Cartel -- via sporadic mosquito type operations (sting and fly), lived through a new skirmish between them and a law enforcement agency, in which they tried to kill Ahome's interim Municipal Police chief, Jesus Carrasco Ruiz; but he survived, thanks to his pickup's armor protection.

Carrasco Ruiz already knew that the guys from Guasave would try to kill him, because he had been warned through the web page Mochomera Mochis, now disappeared, as well as in posters left behind at three mass murders, which all took place last April.

The threats were signed by someone who identified himself as El Dos Letras (Two letters), who called himself the new plaza boss for the group La Mochomera, which took credit for displacing Los Mazatlecos, the clan which had for 36 months controlled, with fire and blood, the sale of drugs and the illegal activities in the northern part of Sinaloa, from Choix to Guasave.

Carrasco Ruiz, said the messages, would be murdered by La Mochomera because they considered him the leader of a police gang that sold drugs, recruiting dealers with promises of impunity, getting protection money (cobro de piso) from independent pushers and the distribution of drugs by lower rank police commanders who were loyal to the interim police chief. All this, they said, with the approval of Governor Mario Lopez Valdez and inaction by the mayor, Zenen Aaron Xochihua Enciso.

When he was asked about the threats, the chief of police laughed and said that after 18 years of service, he was used to them.

Hours after Thursday's attack was over, the preliminary result of the battle was three alleged criminals dead, one police officer killed, another one wounded and a civilian woman--collateral damage-- hurt, although not seriously, and fear among the local residents and terror among the travelers.

Reporters witnessed the capture of three men during the pursuit of the attackers, but neither the Attorney General nor the State Ministerial Police presented them (to the media).

The battle lasted a few minutes and used military-grade weapons, such as fragmentation grenades and large caliber rifles, armored vehicles and even a "monster", which are trucks equipped with home-made armor. This one had Corona beer logos.

According to reports at the scene, the attack took place at about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday in front of the town of Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, located at kilometer 176 plus 700 meters (mile marker 106) on the Mexico-Nogales highway, Los Mochis-Guasave section.

At that location, the Ahome interim chief of police and the El Fuerte police chief, Daniel Castro, as well as a 20 man police escort, consisting of ministerial police disguised as municipal and preventive police, were traveling in a convoy  made up of an unmarked, armored white Ram pickup, a Tiger tactical vehicle and two patrol cars. "I was going to those fucking security meetings that everybody knows about", explained the police chief, "but I did not get there."

As they were passing by Cero Street, they started firing at them from their flanks. The suspects, who according to Carrasco Ruiz numbered more than 100, were riding on a beer truck, cars and pickups. During the initial attack, they killed Officer Julian Soto Dimas and seriously wounded another police officer, leaving the tactical vehicle and both patrol cars trapped by gunfire.

The Police Chief's driver got out of the combat zone, but when he returned to the area using the north-bound lane to get back into the fight, the armored pickup exploded and started to burn. The Chief and his personal bodyguard leaped onto the highway and joined the gunfight, while their vehicle burned.

"I don't know what hit us, it was a grenade or a bazooka round, but we got out. They got fucked again those sons of bitches, they got screwed, they couldn't do it," he explained, very annoyed.

"We pursued them about three kilometers (about two miles), but, since we had no backup, we turned back. Fucking cowards, they didn't want to fight, even though they had more weapons and cars than we did. They had Barrets, cuernos (AK-47s), grenades and even bazookas, but even then, they couldn't do it."

Carrasco Ruiz called Guasave police "pussies", because, despite being in the combat zone, they did not intervene nor provide support.

"Fucking shits, sell outs. Look, they were with the sicarios. Right beside the gas station, we saw them, and they didn't do anything, fucking pussies, dirty, corrupt cops."

Their colonel "isn't worth a shit", he should know who they are, and he should take care of them, he asked.

Miguel Espana, the Chief of Police in Guasave, denied Carrasco Ruiz's accusations and claimed that they did provide support, so much so, that it was they who transported the wounded to the hospital.

He (Espana) said they intervened because somebody reported the shootout, but that nobody told them it was the Ahome and El Fuerte police chiefs who were being attacked. "We didn't know they were coming through here, had they communicated this to us, we would have given them the necessary backup."

After the shooting, pursuit of the fleeing gunmen went in different directions. Two helicopters and a small plane joined the search. This is how, in the fishing camp known as El Coloradito, some 20 km (12 miles) east of the attack location, and some three miles north of El Hitussi, the pursuers found a wine-color Jeep Liberty SUV with Mexico State license plates, whose armed passengers were trying to escape using fishing boats.

They were caught on the jetty and killed in the exchange of gunfire. The civilians were carrying two AK-47s and fragmentation grenades. Two of these grenades were found on the dry dock.

Due to the gunshots, students from the Juan Escutia Primary School were evacuated. The school is located on an open space less than 100 yards from where the gunfight took place.

Fishermen who arrived with their daily catch were tortured by police agents wearing face masks to make them admit they were part of the gang of gunmen. When they were unable to force their confessions, because the fishermen had in-laws on the Guasave city council, the police torturers withdrew, but not before they warned them that they would return and take reprisals if (the fishermen) filed criminal complaints.    

The jetty, where the shooting took place, was altered by the policemen wearing face masks. In addition, the director of the State Ministerial Police, Jesus Antonio Aguilar Iniguez (Chuytono), ordered his subordinates to alter the scene where the gunmen were killed and to take photographs so they could brag about them.

The masked policemen, mostly Ahome police officers, harassed the reporters. In addition, believing themselves superior to the Guasave police, who were on their home ground, they ordered them around. The Guasave residents just ignored them, to avoid a bigger altercation.

At the same time this was happening in El Coloradito, on the strip opposite the International Highway another group was attacking ranch houses and beating up the laborers. Reporters observed the arrest of at least one person in Campo Borquez, but no agency or public safety institution took credit for it.

The operations reached El Burrion, Tamazula, Batamonte and La Brecha, territory presumably under the control of Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, El Chapo Isidro, and the two brothers, Jesus and Ignacio Gonzalez.

During the search operation for the attackers of the police, a Ford F350 Super Duty pickup, with an AK-47 rifle, an AR-15 and a grenade in the back, was abandoned on Calle Cero and 100 Street. In addition, a Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup, and, later that afternoon in La Brecha, the armored truck and a white Toyota Tundra pickup were located.

The mayor of Ahome once again stated that public safety criteria need to be modified. He said that, for an attack to have been carried out against his Chief of Police, "there must have been internal leaks." 

Until this edition went to press, the three individuals killed in the gunfight had not been identified. At the scene of the conflict, the Chief of the State Ministerial Police vowed that the persons who attacked the Police would be caught quickly.

"Give me a little time and I will show them to you."

An Italian in the war zone


Mauro Talini, a diabetic Italian bicyclist who has undertaken a pedaling crusade from Argentina to Alaska to increase awareness among the public and among governments of the risks of this disease, went through the war zone that this part of Sinaloa had become without noticing anything.

He was so focused on finishing the Los Mochis portion of the trip that he did not notice that he was pedaling on a highway that had recently been under fire.

He didn't notice the burned patrol vehicle, nor the dozen police officers who were armed to the teeth, nor the blood stains nor the collective hysteria among the residents.

He just kept pedaling, pedaling, to the rhythm of a motorcycle, to get out of Sinaloa as fast as possible. He didn't care about the violence, only about his crusade against diabetes, which he knows is "a very big problem" in Mexico.  [Translator's note: A few days ago, news media in Mexico reported that Mauro Talini, the Italian cyclist mentioned here, was run over by a tractor trailer on the highway and killed.-- un vato]  

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45 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard the sicarios that were sent to destroy Carrasco are a new group of highly trained commandos working for the Sinaloa cartel called " Los Pollocks "...

Anonymous said...

Note to self- DONT CYCLE THROUGH SINALOA-

Anonymous said...

Run over by tractor. Lol

Anonymous said...

Soooo ... what's the deal with the cycler being flattened by a big rig? Strange article ending.

The Police guy certainly does talk much trash, yes & it's kinda obvious he's embellishing the events ... can't imagine why anyone is trying to kill him

Why were his officers dressed up as a different agency's personnel? & why are they running around beating up laborers and torturing fisherman? Sicarios are out picking tomatoes & catching tilapia ... 100% "organic" sicarios?

Anonymous said...

Nice touch with that part about Mauro Talini getting run over and killed by a tractor trailer.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what is going on with all of this?Is it how it has been portrayed or is it a take over of some kind that this Mochomera Mochis don't like?This Jesus Carrasco Ruiz is to much"they got fucked,pussies,dirty corrupt cops"you gotta like this guy.Anyone else think there were 100 dudes with all that heavy shit they had?A Barret,you don't even hear the shot that takes your head off,the bullet travels faster than the speed of sound.I bet it was the Barret that lit them up?

Anonymous said...

So much for the ITALION STALION

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine the police chief's frustration. You call for backup, yet your brothers in blue do not arrive. If what he says is true, he is very courageous.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how these police forces are able to handle calls for service like DV's, traffic collisions, and other police related work while fending off the cartels. Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Commander Carrasco works for CDS,plain and simple.....he will die soon.

Anonymous said...

They are all Bad every line of government in mexico is corrupted.From your local social security office all the way to the president.. Fact...

Anonymous said...

That's messed up but trucker play by there rules in Mexico they're the king of the road then and bus driver drive crazy all up and down el 15 peace Loks

Anonymous said...

Haha not that its funny he died but it makes u chuckle a little bit when u explain what the italian cyclist is doin and then at very end it says oh by the way he made it thru gun battles but he was ultimately killed by a semi. TF TAMPA,FL

Anonymous said...

So La Mochomera and Los Mazatlecos are two rival groups?

Anonymous said...

wow wtf they killed the cyclist?

Anonymous said...

He will get executed sooner or later trust he was lucky this time but next time his luck will run out

Anonymous said...

What does the cyclist have to do with the price of rice in china?

Anonymous said...

Es lo que dicen que los mochomeros sacaron a los mazaclecos fieles al isidro, dicen que ya estan peliadas pero quien save...

Anonymous said...

Hahaha that's true. in the United States u honor the pedestrian at all time..in Mexico u honor what ever is bigger on the road.. maybe looking left or right before crossing might help. these cyclist think they own the road.

Anonymous said...

Tanto pedo por lo que le paso a este culero corrupto, tarde o temprano va a caer y espero que todos los politicos corruptos caigan. Ellos son peores que los narcos mismos

Anonymous said...

So no spanish comments permitted in this story?

Anonymous said...

"So La Mochomera and Los Mazatlecos are two rival groups"
No,they are the same,these motherfuckers used people to announce their bullshit idea to try and throw people off them,US and anyone else

Anonymous said...

Dos letras is JL from Juarez cartel!!

Anonymous said...

One badass Chief. Got to be Leyzaola's long lost brother. :)

Anonymous said...

Esos policias son unos corruptos de shit,vas a Mex de vacations y le tienes miedo a los azules,entras a USA y te dicen los de ICE;welcome home,,,WTF?????

Anonymous said...

LOL @ 18 May 5:51 ... aka "The Law of Tonnage"

That poor cyclist ... almost made it through LatAm.

Anonymous said...

Hey BB- I'd never read about "THE CHIEF" before. Hard to tell who's side he's on. Hopefully, this loco Rambo is against drug dealers and corruption. He sounds truly pissed off. Mexico needs as many Rambo's as possible,even the pissed off crazy one's are BETTER than no one. As for my fellow crazy countryman from Italy who chose to ride through HELL on a bike...great to bring awareness about diabetes to any country,BUT he must have been loco from the death of his brother??? Better that than believing he was just really,really crazy. WTF rides a bike anywhere in MEXICO that doesn't have to? It appears I need to educate my people on the drug war. Peace,Texas Grandma.

Anonymous said...

Actually happened in Sonora; don't cycle through either one!!

Anonymous said...

The Italian probably a mafia spy

Anonymous said...

Por favor déjà de enventar cosas a JL ya lo an dever matado ase mucho. El era el que matava las mujeres en Juarez . Por eso los de Sinaloa no lo querian

Anonymous said...

So i get it that Chapo G. is powerfull in Sinal. So is Beltran-Leyva. Who controls the golden trianle area? No doubt most of Sinaloa cops r on cartel payroll. Wheres the Mex military? Wouldnt it make sense to have military all over northern Sin. Especially notorious hwy 15. Not a expert on warfare strategy but isnt Sinaloa were mex troops should consolidate and start clean up. And move out to other states. Leave soldiers on bases near trouble areas. Look at Michoacan, citizens are fighting the cartels... wow. ... wheres international media ...

Anonymous said...

So they ran him over lol

Anonymous said...

"was run over by a tractor trailer on the highway and killed" This happen everyday on Mexico City because the streets are short.

Anonymous said...

So mochomera and mazatlecos beefing????

Anonymous said...

Hajaha thats fucked up kabron but gotta hand it to yu it is funny when yu put it lyk that compa....puro Ariza y fiero pa la Finiquera

Anonymous said...

Fuckin idiots,what about the story?Fuck that fool ridin a bike.

Anonymous said...

Carrasco is badass someone needs to write him a corrido! Lol
I guess la mochomera is really out there with Barrett's and grenade launchers..

Anonymous said...

jajaja 100 sikarios? I seriously doubt it...not that I was there but I think Carrasco exagero el pedo. how many pendejos does it take to ambush another one? a very well trained team of 10 or 15 would have been enough. More than that sikarios are likely to shoot each other. The first comment says that is a new group of highly trained commandos, well whoever hired them this was their first and last job cause they sure are about to get fired.

Anonymous said...

este compa si k tiene huevos mis respetos...

Anonymous said...

The Italian bicyclist must have been hard of hearing and damn near blind. He didn't notice the gun shots, burning vehicles, or bodies that he rode over. Then a mile or two down the road he failed to see or hear the very large truck that he should of yielded to. RIP biker dude.

Anonymous said...

People get run over every day in Mexico because of the crappy design of the roads -- it has nothing to do with narcos.

Anonymous said...

Leyzola y Carrasco should form the Untouchables police force in Mexico...

Anonymous said...

May 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM
"wow. ... wheres international media ..."
In your ass tryin to get out,shine a torch up his ass someone.

Anonymous said...

They don't respond period. They don't have any sort of traffic control! Welcome to Mejico

Anonymous said...

Carrasshole is fulla shit,100 sicario's,may as well of said 1000 sicario's or 10,000 sicario's!!! those numbers are as exaggerated as the rest of carassholes shit story!!

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