Saturday, April 26, 2014

Arrest and killings of armed wing of CDS credited with reduction in Sinaloa homicides

By Adán Germán for Borderland Beat
A little over two months have passed since the arrest of Sinaloa Cartel capo Joaquín 'Chapo' Guzmán Loera was captured in the port city of Mazatlán. Following his arrest and eventual incarceration in the Alto Plano federal prison, Sinaloa has seen sporadic violence associated with an 'adjustment of accounts' among criminal elements of the Sinaloa underworld. While there has been much speculation about attempts by rival members of the remnants of Juaréz Cartel, allied with former Sinaloa compadres the Beltrán Leyva Organization, to make inroads into Sinaloa Cartel territory, every sign points to realignments within the Sinaloa organization itself.

The War Commences

On March 15 things began to heat up in Mazatlán itself, when 5 men were gunned down at a seafood restaurant called Barracuda’s.Then, while police were pursuing suspects linked to the attack at Barracuda's, they came under attack, leaving two officers shot dead.  Marcos Joel Osuna Rodríguez and Pilar Valentín Osuna were detained, suspected in the attack that left 5 men dead.

The men are thought to be members of one of the Sinaloa Cartel's 'armed wings', such as Los  Ántrax. Under questioning by federal authorities, they implicated the entire Mazatlán police force as having been under the control of 'El Chapo'. Following these events, the police chief of Mazatlán, Pablo Andrés Hernández Lizárraga, was suspended and disappeared before he could be arrested.

The rest of the Mazatlán continues to operate under a cloud of suspicion, although the state police commander for Sinaloa, Jesús Antonio Aguilar Íñiguez aka Chuytoño, declined to make any arrests.  Chuytoño himself was under an arrest order prior to his appointment by Sinaloa governor Mario Lopéz Valdez, Malova, accused of complicity in the death of Rodolfo Carrillo and as a protector of the Sinaloa Cartel's top leaders. 

 The death of 'El Jaguar'

At the end of March of this year, a convoy of Army and state police came under fire outside Navolato, leaving 4 dead sicarios. Apparently, they put up a valiant fight, firing off hundreds of rounds from high powered automatic rifles and tossing fragmentation grenades at the soldiers. However this was not enough to save Germán Ceniceros Ibarra, 'El Jaguar', from a violent death, along with three of his gunmen.

Who was this 'Jaguar'? Germán Ceniceros Ibarra was a former chief of the municipal police in Navolato, the stronghold of the Carrillos and the home of matriarch doña Aurora Fuentes López. Doña Aurora always believed that Germán Ceniceros Ibarra was responsible for the 2008 kidnapping and murder of her son, José Cruz Carrillo Fuentes, younger brother of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, El General. He was found murdered, along with his brother-in-law, José Antonio García Lara. Her daughter-in-law personally identified Andres and Germán Ceniceros Ibarra as being among the military command arrived with 15 armored Humvees and kidnapped the men. This precipitated a violent war between the Carrillos and the Sinaloa Cartel, unprecedented since the murder of Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes four years prior.


In the following months, no less than 15 officers who had been with the Navolato municipal police would turn up dead. Germán Ceniceros Ibarra ,'El Jaguar', disappeared from his position, while 49 of the 84 officers with the municipal police resigned their positions. Two police commander who were cousins of 'El Jaguar', Jorge and Héctor Javier Lizárraga Ceniceros were found murdered the following year.

At the time of his death, Germán Ceniceros Ibarra was riding in a black Hummer H2 on the road from Culiacán to Navolato. It is unknown if the armed confrontation with military forces was a chance even or not. It has been alleged that Ceniceros Ibarra was chief of sicarios for Dámaso López Núñez, 'El Licenciado',  in the areas of Navolato and Eldorado.

The Murder of 'El Bravo'

At the beginning of this month, reports surfaced that Manuel Alejandro Aponte Gómez 'El Bravo', reputed to be head of security for Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, had been found dead, along with 3 other men. The bodies showed evidence of torture, were bound with duct tape, and dumped on a farm. There were allegations that Dámaso López Núñez, 'El Licenciado', was cleaning house and getting rid of potential rivals. It had been stated in alleged comments made by Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, 'El Cóndor', arrested with Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, that there was a possibility of a war between 'El Bravo' and 'El Licenciado'. What is more likely is that 'El Bravo' was done in by his own people for failing to protect the boss, and was tortured to make sure he was the source of information that led to 'El Chapo'. 

On April 3rd of this year, a shootout occurred outside Culiacan, at the campo 'El Diez' and the Sinaloa state police detained 10 men. The Sinaloa Attorney General, Martín Robles Armenta, decided to turn the men over to federal authorities with the PGR [federal prosecutor's office] where the case if being handled by SEIDO, the organized crime division of Mexico's Attorney General.

It has now been reported that the detained men, who have not been identified, are members of 'Los Chimalis', an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel based in Villa Juarez, a town located outside of Culiacán, in between Navolato and Costa Rica, in Navolato municipality. Martín Robles Armenta has not stated this is the case, but he has said that the arrest of a major part of this gang, along with the seizure of an arsenal of weapons, has reduced crime in this part of Sinaloa.

It's hard to say how many of these arrests and killings by police are part of the 'settling of accounts' following the capture of Sinaloa Cartel capo Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, because historically, the Sinaloa state police have almost always been in the pocket of organized crime. One thing is certain, and that is the fact that there has been a major changing of the guards in the area along the Sinaloa coast, south and west of Culiacán. This area, stretching from Altata to Eldorado is an important smuggling area for boats coming in and out of Sinaloa, with myriad bays, inlets, and beaches to conduct operations, without of surveillance from local residents, who are firmly under the thumb of the Sinaloa Cartel.

This is the area where the family of Dámaso López Núñez, 'El Licenciado', has long enjoyed a local fiefdom, long before 'El Licenciado' secured a place in the Sinaloa Cartel hierarchy with his aid in the escape of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán from Puente Grande prison in Jalisco. His father, Dámaso López García, was a municipal manager from Eldorado, a position guaranteeing political patronage, before he passed away in 2009. His brother, Adolfo López Núñez, who is also identified by military intelligence as an organized crime figure associated with the Sinaloa Cartel.

Sources used to write this post: Lapared Noticias, Informacion del Nuevo, RioDoce, Excelsior

22 comments:

  1. Man, a little over 2 mos, to tell the truth, it hasnt seemed like it.. time does seem to fly as one gets older..

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  2. Good article, I will post this on my blog.

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  3. Sure there is going to some problems for CDS because Chapo was arrested (rival cartels gaining moment, confusion within in the cartel and power struggles) but I think that most of the recent killings in CDS turf is just the cartel getting rid of loose ends and liabilities. Mayo knows how to run the cartel and Azul has survived many cartel disputes throughout his narco life. He was part of the now defunct Guadalajara cartel and later on worked with the Carillo Fuentes clan in Juarez, two organizations that were virtually destroyed but he was still able to survive and not only that, but he picked the best team to side with which is now the most powerful cartel in the world.

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    1. Do you really believe that b.s. of Casa beying the most powerfully bbc.co the word? You can't believe everything Yuri out hear. There is a big word out there

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  4. Sure there is going to some problems for CDS because Chapo was arrested (rival cartels gaining moment, confusion within in the cartel and power struggles) but I think that most of the recent killings in CDS turf is just the cartel getting rid of loose ends and liabilities. Mayo knows how to run the cartel and Azul has survived many cartel disputes throughout his narco life. He was part of the now defunct Guadalajara cartel and later on worked with the Carillo Fuentes clan in Juarez, two organizations that were virtually destroyed but he was still able to survive and not only that, but he picked the best team to side with which is now the most powerful cartel in the world.

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  5. Good article but yes we wonder what's really going on. Did Ivan and alfedo order the death of el bravo . Is guzmans with el lic

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  6. Great read! These are the kind of stories I enjoy....you guys should do one of Los antrax detailing how a lot them we're killed, El chinos arrest, and who's left.

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  7. Damn! did you translate it to Spanish?

    readers Tex's Spanish language blog:
    http://narcconoticias.blogspot.com/

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    1. I was going to say the same thing! Great read Chivis! Great job Texcoco!

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  8. Good article. Whats the deal with Emilio Cazares? Last I ever heard about him was when he was arrested looking like a 21 year old surfer from Santa Monica CA. Is the US looking to extradite him? LA times ran a series of reports about CDS with him being the mero-mero of a multi-ton operation ran through mexicali/calexico up to LA.

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  9. i love these kinds of stories. it tells of the inner political machinations of the cartels. i agree with the previous poster who said to write more stories about these kinds of subjects like los anthrax.

    chivis,

    you gotta do stories on the enforcement wings of cartels and its players. they dont have that kind of info on american sites such wikipedia.

    thanks in advance.

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  10. BB you guys do great work everyday I check your site few times day. Personally I would like to know if you guys have heard any rumblings about El Macho Prieto maybe being alive and R-5?

    BB # 1 fan

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  11. ahora van aver que lo que hiso EL CAF no fue tan facil pelear contodo mundo y todavia controlar su terreno y cobrar piso y seguir poniendo las reglas

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    1. El caf esta muerto bro....sorry :'(

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  12. What are some opinions on the current state of CDS? Is it still the most powerful cartel? Can it keep going the way it did when Chapo was out there?
    Also, what do you guys think about Chapo's future? I wonder if he will be able to do what he did at Puente Grande. Will he still have influence over the cartel? Or has Mayo and other leaders taken all of Chapo's power?
    A lot of questions I suspect with a lot of different answers.

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  13. El macho priet very much alive!!!!

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  14. Only a few real capos left, the new guys have no respect or morals. The new narcos will never become as powerful as Chapo was and CDS is. It is evident that Chapo, Mayo and others were loved by the people in their heartland and even throughout other states in Mexico with this respect from the people they were helped out on many occasions to escape cature. These new guys won't look after citizens and therefore will not succeed. On top of that there is no structure making it easy for groups to fall into power struggles. Even groups like Zetas will fall mainly due to the lack of structure. Even if traditions are not making money they will help you survive. The Zetas do what they want to innocent citizens and don't have people telling them off for it.

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    1. El Chapo isn't a real Capo! He has no respect or morals. All the shit you hear through the corridos, forbes and the news is propaganda, or at least it was. He is a Government Sell Out. There was rules set by the past Capos. One of those rules was, everyone was to respect eachothers plazas, which were already acounted for. What was the first thing Chapo did? He unsuccessfuly tried to take over N. Laredo. He's the reason the Cartel Wars exist.

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  15. THE PRI out of the big money, por culos, never went away, the states they kept with priista governors were kept robbing and stealing, and running drugs like never before, accelerating the rate of operations with the zetas right before the 2012 elections,pan and prd governors, the pemex union, mining workers union, electricians and teachers unions, all their leaders were corrupted like never before to help the PRI come back once more, to finish the job of giving mexico one last ass raping, the most unforgettable, the one that will finally teach mexicans their place, never much more than the servants on the big house, no wonder the narco capos keep falling, and their children never learn to move on from the life, el chapo had said he did not want his children to follow in his footsteps, but like the carrillo fuentes children, or the zambadas, they keep getting dragged to it.
    carlos slim helu's babies, on the other hand, have gone on to being big business, banking, etc "executives", working at daddy's enterprises, after he did all the money laundering he had to do, the niggers go to prison, his children go on to a richer more decent life, and we keep wondering about the "powerful" mexican capos, politicians, drugtraffickers, etc, on our little world, who always end up dead or in prison...

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  16. I personally don't care much about the CDS but I would rather the CDS be at full strength when the other major players (BLO, Zetas, CF and AF) come for the crown. I wouldn't want any fake ass excuses for you CDS huggers to use when the CDS gets their ass handed to them without political protection.

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  17. El Cartel CDS tiene un chingo de gente que ustedes no conosen.
    Son discretos.

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  18. LA PLAZA DE SINALOA NO SE METEN PORQUE AY UN CHINGO DE FAMILIAS.

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