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US DOJ goes after drug lords operating in Tijuana; Major Traffickers Task Force is created.

Saturday, May 4, 2013 |

Borderland Beat.


United States federal authorities are offering rewards in exchange of information that leads to the capture of the main traffickers operating in Southern California and the north area of Baja California, among these are: Joaquin Guzman Loera aka “El Chapo”; Fernando Sanchez Arellano aka “El Ingeniero”; Alfonzo Arzate Garcia aka “El Aquiles”; Rene Arzate Garcia aka “La Rana”; Ismael Zambada Garcia aka “El Mayo” and Jose Antonio Soto Gastelum aka “El Tigre”.

The amount of the rewards will vary depending on the relevance of the information. The information can be provided by either a phone number or an e-mail address which will be operated a special task force consisting of agents of both the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

These new rewards were created after federal agents came to the conclusion that Tijuana and San Diego were still under the threats of violent organized crime organizations and after they  got evidence pointing to the resurgence of the Tijuana cartel now led by Fernando Sanchez Arellano and associated with Jose Manuel Lopez Nuñez aka “El Balas”, Lopez Nuñez was arrested by former Tijuana Police Chief Julian Leyzaola in 2008 but was set free in 2011 in Mexico City.

Authorities also alerted the birth of new criminal organizations like the ones led by Jose Antonio Soto Gastelum aka “El Tigre”; Alfonzo Arzate Garcia aka “El Aquiles”; Rene Arteaga Garcia aka “La Rana” and Miguel Angel Treviño aka “Z-40”.(Note: This is the first time I hear of anything related to Los Zetas in this area)

According to US federal authorities, for more than 20 years, the Arellano Felix Cartel has built and keeps an empire of illegal drugs using kidnappings, torture, murder and corruption as their tools.

The effects of this organization have been seen across the US, but mainly in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico.
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In 1995, the DEA, FBI and the United States Attorney General, along with other local, state and federal agencies united with the goal of dismantling the leadership of the Arellano Felix Cartel, this led to the arrest of Benjamin Arellano Felix in Puebla Mexico and his extradition to the United States in 2012.

In 2006 Francisco Javier Arellano Felix was arrested in open sea, and in 2008 Eduardo Arellano Felix was captured in his home located in Tijuana, Mexico. Both of these men have been extradited to the US.

Gustavo Rivera Martinez aka “El P1” was arrested in Baja California Sur while on vacation; his extradition is pending approval from the Mexican Government.

“Now, the residents of San Diego and Tijuana continue to be threatened by violent criminal organizations like the Tijuana Cartel led by Fernando Sanchez Arellano and his Associate Jose Manuel Lopez Nuñez aka “El Balas” states the bulletin issued last Friday.

The criminal organizations have created alliances which in turn have made them more dangerous, unpredictable and holders of massive mobilization power.

In order to fight these threats, the Major Traffickers Task Force was created; this group is based in San Diego and is under the DEA and FBI charge.

The new toll-free number is 855-780-1908, the new e-mail address is DTOTIPS@USDOJ.GOV. Rewards will be given for information that leads to arrest and seizures.  

Backgound information


Joaquin Guzman Loera aka “El Chapo”: Most likely the most known trafficker in the world, “El Chapo” was born in La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa. He began his criminal career in the “Guadalajara cartel” led by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, after Felix Gallardo´s capture, “El Chapo” allied himself with Amado Carrillo of the Juarez Cartel. In the 90´s Joaquin Guzman launched a war for Tijuana against the Arellano Felix brothers. In 1993 Guzman was captured in Guatemala after he fled Mexico fearing a possible capture or assassination by the Tijuana Cartel.

In 2001, after he practically owned the Puente Grande Federal Prison, Guzman Loera escaped and returned to the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel alongside Ismael Zambada Garcia aka “El Mayo”.



Ismael Zambada Garcia aka “El Mayo”: Ismael Zambada was born in El Alamo, Sinaloa. Zambada Garcia has been in the drug business since 1964. Just like “El Chapo”, Zambada was at some time part of the Guadalajara and Juarez cartels before creating what now is known as the Sinaloa cartel. “El Mayo” and his lieutenants have been in Tijuana in some way or another since the 80´s. When the war against the Tijuana Cartel began, he fled the city, however his employees have been there for a long time.


As far as is known, “El Mayo” has never been in prison.



Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano aka “El Ingeniero”: Little is known about Sanchez Arellano other than he is the nephew of the Arellano Felix brothers. Some accounts claim he is the son of Enedina Arellano Felix, others claim his mother is Alicia Arellano Felix, what is known is he took leadership of the Tijuana Cartel after the capture of his uncle Francisco Javier Arellano Felix in 2006.

Sanchez Arellano has been able to keep a low profile after the war against his former ally Teodoro Garcia Simental aka “El Teo” (captured in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur in 2010). Authorities believe “El Ingeniero” was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, but neither his birthdate nor birthplace has been confirmed.



Alfonzo Arzate Garcia aka “El Aquiles”: Arzate Garcia is believed to be a former CAF member who went independent after the Ingeniero-Teo split. Just like Sanchez Arellano, little is known about “El Aquiles” other than what is claimed in corridos, some say he was part of the cell led by Jorge Briseño Lopez aka “El Cholo”. Arzate Garcia is believed to be a regional leader for the Sinaloa cartel, other sources claim he is just a re-seller for them. It´s known that his criminal cells are fighting against other Sinaloa cartel cells for the control of the retails sales in Tijuana

Rene Arteaga Garcia aka “La Rana”: Alongside his brother Alfonzo, Rene Arteaga is believed to be a regional leader for the Sinaloa cartel. There´s not much information about him other than he commands various groups of hit men who fight for the drug retail in Tijuana with the other Sinaloa cartel cells. He´s also believed to be a former Tijuana Cartel member.


Jose Antonio Soto Gastelum aka “El Tigre”: Soto Gastelum is part of the Sinaloa cartel, his name began to be heard in Tijuana after Teodoro Garcia Simental split from the Tijuana Cartel, he is believed to be the one who introduced “El Teo” with the Sinaloa cartel leadership who in turn provided Garcia Simental with funds, weapons and drugs in his war against “El Ingeniero”. After the capture of “El Teo”, his brother “El Chiquilin” and “El Muletas”, Soto Gastelum became the leader of the Garcia´s cell known as “Los Teos”.



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58 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

So the same agencies that fund, train, supply weapons to the cartels now wants to go after them? Surely this doesnt have anything to do with Obama visiting Mexico soon, wow USA is a country full of oprotunists

Anonymous said...

I thought Sinaloa were the favored ones. Why are they now being singled out?

Anonymous said...

whats new???

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing a post a while back regarding that first (at the top) picture of El Chapo, where he looks a bit like an inflatable pastry chef or something. They said "that Ismael Zambada", and man, when I see the two pictures together there, I have to agree. I don't think that's Chapo, do you guys? He looks WAY more like Zambada in that top picture than like the second (real) picture of Chapo below.

Anonymous said...

Could anyone who knows about this kind of thing give me your opinion please: What does it mean for them to say they're 'going after' drug lords like Guzman. Is it just a keep-the-public-calm stunt? Or is anyone actually looking for them?

Anonymous said...

I'm unclear as to what the DOJ is doing. Are they offering bounties for these guys on TOP of what's already offered?

Anonymous said...

Puro caf al pediente aqui se cobra piso pa pasen su drogas pregunten le al chamuko Chapito gusman. Un saludos pa los de logan hieghts que siempre andan al tiro ..tj...caf

Anonymous said...

chapo and mayo look like mario/luigi brothers

Anonymous said...

Authorities + Buggers - good luck lol. Allah bless chapo+mayo.

Anonymous said...

Good info BB on the break down of the leaders. However there always been cash rewards on these leaders.

J said...

I love how Inge is smiling and looks like a nice kid, and the other TJ look like goons and sicarios, cholos, La Rana looks shifty and unethical....thanks for this, they caught everyone but three people or so from the last one, Engineer is still out there somewhere...I don't him to get captured.

Tijuano said...

There were rewards offered for Chapo and Mayo before, but not for "El ingeniero", "El Aquiles", "La Rana" or "El Tigre". Before this, DEA, FBI and the other agencies worked by themselves, now they will cross-refence their information. It sounds stupid, but that´s how it is.

@May 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM:

The first picture is that of El Chapo in 1993 when he was arrested in Guatemala and extradited to Mexico, the second pictures is the one printed on the PROCESO magazine when Mayo gave an interview to PROCESO´s founder.

@J: You´re right, only Ingeniero, Edgardo Leyva and that guy people say is Benjamin´s brother-in-law are still free.

Anonymous said...

Arriva el aquiles y la rana.. sin ellos el mayo no valiera verga en tijuas... hombres de respeto...

Tijuano said...

@May 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM:

I see what you mean now.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope some real battle hardened US special forces units are deployed to rid the world of these low life, third world scum bags.

Anonymous said...

El Chapo and Mayo are gonna turn in Aquiles and La rana. Watch

J said...

There were 2 others, Bartolomo, and Valenuzeula, who I know nothing of, but they are no longer listed...El Franky is supposed to be Benjamens son, who is the brother in law?

Anonymous said...

Listen folks we all know the story, the US and D.E.A knows were these guys are and what homes they are currently in and want to take them down, but they don't have the man power, a small army in mexico, and the mexican government and the mexican military knows were these guys are all hiding there all in plain site like LAZCA, but don't want any help from the US or DEA in taking them down, so they continue to denied the us and DEA on taking down these guy, using political and military power so this is proven that mexico is 100 percent corrupt, look at what happen when they killed 1 DEA member the whole guadalajara cartel was burn to the ground.

Hell you think these cartels guys and family don't use cell phones look at how easy it was to take down pablo escobar, and that was in 93, in latin culture family is everything track the family and you will find the cartel leaders everyone of them.

"Think about it look at how they capture these cartels leaders its either by DUMB LUCK like the leader of the zetas or when they voluntary turn themselves in without firing a shot, la barbi and COSS, or when the cartels leaders run out of money and political connections.

Anonymous said...

They dont pay the rewards!The US government will find a way not to pay up!

Anonymous said...

More of a waste of our tax money!

Anonymous said...

Pablo Escobar was delt with by US special forces. Hopefully, this new round of filth will meet their demise by the hands of similar professionals. All they need is the green light and it's lights out for the third world garbage.
God speed.

Anonymous said...

Chinga tu madre. Atte. Chaputito Guzmán.

Anonymous said...

Who in the hell would call that number if they did know where they were.you wouldnt live 24 hrs after you did thats crazy.hell no as much as i would like to see them caught i would NEVER call that hotline if they were standing right in front of me

Anonymous said...

If u ppl know anything you'll know it's all a show. No disrespect to borderlandbeat or you guys but it's all a facade. Numerous innocent ppl are dying, fact but the true stories is Mexico is just a USA test subject. Google a very interesting character Limon Ovidio Sanchez, he was USA border patrol agent in the 70's who worked directly for gallardo to protect Cali for him from honest bp. Years later he's supposedly caught given a fake history of him operating in mex and then his name as a bp agent and cali life erased as if he was always a narco in mx. After the USAs men are caught they are extradited hence the term extradition. Chapos ppl never do big time because they are us operatives. The zetas were really like black ops sent from the us to infiltrate Cdg during abregos time and they did but created more soldiers then they could control and osiel switched sides and the ear began against Chapo . The us was aiding every cartel in different ways an the final plan was to monopolize all of the them into one big super cartel cds. In order to keep the us population brainwashed, high , drunk or watching tv. Not realizing the mass extermination of humans that I'd to come. In 20 years there will be no more than 500,000,000 ppl living on this planet. My faith is with god an I hope I am saved before the day comes. I pray I am not one of the ppl still alive in those days. #rapture#revelations#. The government wants one currency one religion and no God.

Anonymous said...

If the feds really wanted these guys they by all means have the ability to do so.i just dont they they want to get them

Anonymous said...

Great strory Tijuas. Blog de Tijuana. The U.S.D.O.J. is not telling us anything new with this new bulletin. The Tijuana Cartel's resurgence are due in part to PRI's return to power in Los Pinos. If the USDOJ- FBI put's you on a list of major.trafficers, that signals your emergence as a up and coming major player in drug trafficking world. That seems to be the case with "El Aquiles" Arzate, "La Rana" Arteaga,."El Tigre" Soto. CDS and CDT better watch out, they have new blood I'm town challenging for supremecy in TJ.

Anonymous said...

"In 1993 Guzman was captured in Guatemala after he fled Mexico fearing a possible capture or assassination by the Tijuana Cartel."

hahahahaha... this guy never gets his people to kill other cartels. he always uses other cartels who he alliances with to do his dirty work. he is smart ill give him that. but he isnt as powerful as people make him seem.

Anonymous said...

Low profile el caf.....they learning from the past.....

Anonymous said...

How come capturing the Arellano brothers was a successful operation and they have trouble capturing these other cartel members... for one I think most of these cartel members do not live in the city or state they operate. when violence spills into the US territory thats when action is taken.

Anonymous said...

who cares.Mexico should just look the other way and let them traffic and not let violence get out of hand. Thanks for the awesome weed guys. and the amazing coke which is 100 times better than when the Colombians distributed the product here.

Chivis said...

Very nice Tijuano!

Anonymous said...

I'm with u bro. I get some fire powder on the regular n it comes from chicos. The weed from mexico sucks tho but anyways if they just legalized everything n taxed it then it would cut down on the violence that takes place in the border region. TF TAMPA,FLORIDA

Anonymous said...

You are correct "It's just a keep-the-public-calm stunt".

Anonymous said...

ok tell them to go to Laredo Tx, Phoenix Az, San Diego Ca, (barrio Logan 30), they don't even have to step on México to capture a lot of "third world scumbags" hell they could be your neighbors and you wouldn't even know

Anonymous said...

EL INGEÑiERO FOR PRESIDENT!!!...FUCK EL CHAPUTO, MIADO, LA RATA, Y EL ASQUILES!!!!


Puro Baja-CAFlifornia......(CAF, AFO, FSO, Cartel De Tijuana)

Saludos al TRES LECHES alias EL TEO y su camote EL MAMELUCO alias EL MULETAS. EL INGE sigue rifando putos traidores!!!!....

Anonymous said...

Mr 10:03 is rite its all controlled by the USA

Tijuano said...

@May 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM:

I wouldn´t doubt it.

@J:

Raymundo Corona Bartolome is the one they think is Benjamin´s brother-in-law, he shares the same last names with Benjamin´s wife.

@May 5, 2013 at 6:48 AM:

That´s how Francisco Javier got caught, those who gave him up didn´t die, their families did however.

@May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM:

They kept some of the power they had when they were part of CAF, however they are too busy fighting each other to be a real threat to CAF or CDS.

@Chivis:

Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Thats true.they lay pretty low in the u.s.they just sell their dope and wash their money here.the narcos have become a terrorist organization and should be treated as such like al quaida is but they are all like cockroaches you kill one and a hundred come to its funeral

Anonymous said...

Rewards my ass they know nobody gonna do that cause all you would get out of turning them in is a high dollar funeral wish it wasnt so but it is

Anonymous said...

BC suige siendo mio ramon del infierno!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of confuse . Who controls TJ C.A.F or C.D.S ?

el san antonio texas said...

el caf siempre va estar de jefes de jefes si lo ignoran son muy inutiles el caf fue ohdiado por muerte de mucha gente inocente pero nunca fue haci el caf de antes quebraba a gente que no paga plaza pero el chapo calento la plaza y la culpa se hecho al caf yo conosi a mucho de ellos y aurita conosco mas porque vivo aqui en tijuana el caf es mas intelligente y mas de bajo perfil y con mas serenidad si supieran la intelligencia del caf no se la acaban preguntense esto porque el chapo contola casi todo mexico y parte del mundo pero paga plaza en tijuana baja califas???????

el wero said...

EL CARTEL DE TIJUANA SIEMPRE VA MANDAR por eso no pusieron los 17 lugartenientes encargados de cellulas de ejecutiones y levantones y extorsion y cobro de plaza y todavia faltan 83 personalidades en cargados de la lavada y encargo de cobro y ejecutiones EL CAF ESTA TOTAL MENTE COMPLETO cds mas vale que se comporten hosino pal suelo

Anonymous said...

the sons and daughers of all these capos are not too bright. they all have facebook accounts with valuable intel..

Anonymous said...

American politicians aren't interested in stopping the flow of drugs or the revenue or curbing the impact it has on the public, all this effort will be is a self licking ice cream cone.

Anonymous said...

They still are the favored ones they just cant sound biased they wanna go after the tijuana cartel chapos paying good money to get rid of tj or the hierchy of tj without having another war on there hands think about it.

Tijuano said...

@May 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM:

As fas as is known, they share the power, CDS cells in Tijuana are actually former CAF cells, some derive from El Teo´s cell, others just went independent. in Mexicali there are cells from CDS, and former CAF cells that split from them in the early 2000´s.

There appears to be a truce between cartels right now, the lower members still kill each other, mostly retail sellers, but the top lieutenants are keeping it real quiet.

Anonymous said...

No same rewards as always but they're really going to go after Tj hierchy they just have to make it sound like they're going after all drug lords.

Anonymous said...

You might have a point .

Anonymous said...

Tj is controlled by the cartel arellano felix family whatever left of them CDS IS CARTEL de SINALOA LEADERS CHAPO GUZMAN AND MAYO

Anonymous said...

If they got rid of the flow of drugs there would be no need for these agencies such as borderpatrol, DEA and so forth so they keep it moving little by little to much money at stake .

Anonymous said...

Just legalize it. You do that and you take away the cartel's control. And everyone would be a lot happier (JK).

Anonymous said...

These durg cartels wouldnt be so cocky if the US came in and took control of things. They wouldnt stand a chance. The US isbusy trying to give alw and order to everywhere in the world. It is too bad the Mexican govt. doesnt have the power to take charge.

Anonymous said...

Do you have proof for this statement dumass

Anonymous said...

Mexico will never allow that to happen. The us sf will be vastly outnumbered anyways

Anonymous said...

They don't fire a shot because they don't want to be killed you idiot

Anonymous said...

What the fuck? You sound like a complete retard. I'd love to see your sources.

Anonymous said...

Yall govt are stupid af all this drug dealers do there thing right infront of your eyes hahahahaha I laugh at this if I wanted I could probally give ul three main drug lords but I ain't a snitch deuces

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