'El Puma' detained
Isaac Chavez Alhiu Cabera, 'El Puma', alleged second in command of 'Los Erres', (Los Pelones) group of Jose Soto Gastelum 'El Tigre', one of Sinaloa's operators in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Rosarito. Tigre is a former worker of Teodoro Garcia Simental, 'El Teo', and continued to work with Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada after Los Teos were displaced and captured. Puma was said to be second in charge of Los Erres in Tijuana, including distribution of crystal and marijuana in Colonia Norte.
Puma is the younger brother of Jose Antonio Beltran Cabera, (R4) who was murderedin may 2013, in Mexicali, by members of 'Los Atlantes'. R4 was gunned down outside his home, with his family inside. The brutal killing intensified the feud between the groups. Alfonso Lira, who was arrested in Jalisco, last year, was fighting against Tigre and Los Erres.
Puma's older half brother, Javier Adrian Beltran Cabera, who took R4 name, after his brothers death, is also wanted in Tijuana, for criminal activity related to Los Erres. Puma, was with a 22 year old women at the time of his arrest, driving in a 2008 Volkswagon, a 9mm pistol, 7 rounds, and an AK-47 with 14 rounds. 13 kilos of marijuana were also found in the vehicle. The PEP stated an anonymous tip led to Puma's arrest, which indicates he was possibly given up by someone in his group, or a rival, with knowledge of his movements.
Tigre has not been indicted in San Diego, and may not be officially wanted in Tijuana, though he linked to the seizure of drug loads bound for San Diego, and colonias in Tijuana. A late July shipment which included 43 kilos of cocaine, 108 kilos of crystal, and 43 kilos of heroin was linked to Tigre, a load worth around 3 million dollars, at a conservative estimate.
Sources: Zeta Tijuana, AFN Tijuana