'El Chore' murdered
Another murder, in a wave of executions and account settling leaves Edgar 'El Chore' Ruiz dead. The retail narco cell leader was killed by members of a rival cell, allegedly for selling weapons to a third rival cell. This exemplifies the murky and shifting world of retail drug dealing in Tijuana.
'El Chore' name remains unknown, he was a operator of a retail drug cell in Tijuana. He remains nameless in life and death, another link in the machine of crystal and death in the slums of the border city.
The men arrested for the murder of 'El Chore' appeared in a press conference several days ago, as investigators and Organized Crime task force spokespersons explained the details surrounding the murder. Their names are Roberto Enrique Garcia Hidalgo, 'El Gordo', 33, Luis Ivan Corona Velez, 'El Chuco', and Mario Pacheco Francisco Mendoza.
'El Chore' was found dead April 8th, last week in Canyon De Los Carretes, in Colonia Nuevo Milenio. 'Gordo' revealed that their bosses, known only through nicknames, of the 'Billi' and 'Chino' ordered the murder, alleging 'Chore' was selling guns to rival cells, specifically an Ak-47 and a shotgun.
'Gordo' and his accomplice lifted Chore, and took him to the house of Luis Ivan Corona, and began to interrogate him. He was of course, bound then beaten, tortured, and questioned regarding the weapons sales, and the interrogators claimed he contradicted himself, and was lying. He was struck in the face repeatedly with a blunt object, towards the end.
Eventually, 'Billi' passed a knife to 'Gordo', and he finished the job. As 'Chore' lay lifeless, and blood stained, 'Billi' and 'Gordo' took the body to the house of Mario Pacheco Mendoza, a 41 year old native of Culiacan, Sinaloa, who was a drug customer of the two. A crystal meth addict, who would help them dispose of the body, by burning it. He was paid in crystal, and small sum of money.
This is a days work in the world of retail drug trafficking in Tijuana, life is cheap, and bought with crystal. Work is bloody and profits aren't what they appear, to the soldiers and kidnappers of the cells. The charred corpses stain the streets, the press conference cameras flash, the singed flesh fills their nostrils…it goes on.
Sources: AFN Tijuana, Zeta Tijuana.