"El 80", 44 years old, was once a municipal police officer in Culiacán. He is reported to have become one of the principal operators for the Sinaloa Cartel, working directly under the command of Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, alias "El Chapito", a son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.
death of Francisco Torres, alias "El 50", on August 3, 2013 in a shootout in which "El 80" participated (Update: While it was reported at the time and continues to be reported by multiple sources that the "El 50" killed in the shootout was Francisco Torres, Noroeste reports that it was, in fact, Adrián Guardado Salcido that was killed, which conforms with multiple comments below). Initially, it was rumored that "El 80" was among those killed in that operation; it is now being reported that he managed to escape through a tunnel connecting the house to the storm drain. It is worth noting that at the time of his arrest, "El 80" carried a pistol engraved in the memory of "El 50"
It was reported that unofficial information indicated that "El 80" was the person who dictated the rules by which the drug dealers of Culiacán had to follow, as well as being entrusted to order the killing of unauthorized dealers and alleged car robbers who operated without his consent.
Update:There have been questions regarding the sources of this information and statements that some information is incorrect. I am the first to admit that my knowledge of the Sinaloa Cartel is limited compared to other individuals and hesitated to write this article in the first place, but felt that it should be posted as no other Borderland Beat reporter had addressed this news.
As for my sources, the bulk of the article echoed multiple news sources that first reported his arrest, El Debate being a good example. Days later, multiple sources confirmed his arrest and reported the confiscated items, with La Jornada being an example. The story of his participation in the "El 50" shootout in which he escaped through a storm drain was reported by Noroeste. Finally, the pictures and the information on the pistol was reported by Excelsior.