Monday, February 11, 2019

Tijuana: To die at a mariscos stand

Tijuana: To die at a mariscos stand
The death of Cabo 23

It was cold on January 5th, but sunny, bright as the couple approached the mariscos stand, mariscos guero in Playas de Tijuana.  The smell of consume made minutes earlier, small styrofoam cups, the steam pouring from the top, a mixture of fish, vegetables, hot sauce, the left overs of the kitchen, the tostadas, and tacos, it's too cold for cocktails, but some people will order anyway. 






There are makeshift chairs and tables set up around the wall, directly off the street, graffiti runs  across it, paint smeared on dirty concrete, the street is swept and washed down, it is clean, and the mariscos scent is enticing in the clear, bright morning. 

Maybe they had a few bites, maybe they had just ordered, and never had their first bites or sip of soup, crispy tostada and octopus, tomatoes, hot sauce.  Maybe they never made it to the counter to order.  R-15 bullets tore into their flesh, piercing their clothes, their skin, and leaving them bleeding on the concrete, in front of the mornings other customers. 

Jose Mora Zamora, aka Cabo 23, aka El Negro died on the floor of mariscos stand.  He was one of Alfredo Arteaga's Azarte's confidantes in 2012, as Los Aquiles began to claim their place as Ismael Zambada's closest contacts in Tijuana.  After the bloody years of 2008-2010, these years were peaceful.  

From left: Rene Azarte, Alfonzo Azarte, Jose Mora Zamora, Israel Galindo
Sinaloa supplied the product, extended the peace, to Fernando Sanchez Arellano group, and the two worked mostly in peace, besides some incidents, like the arrest of Juan Sillas Rocha, a former CAF lieutenant aka Sillas, who minutes before had gunned down Isamel Vergara Galindo, aka Marquitos, who survived his injuries, and escaped the hospital, only to be recaptured in Mexico City, and released late in 2018. 

What they all had in common was a circling investigation based out of San Diego, that eventually indicted 60 Sinaloa Cartel members, including Ivan Archivaldo, Jose Rodrigo Archeiaga Gamboa aka Chino Antrax, Serafin Zambada Ortiz, Ismael Zambada Imperial, Alfonso Azarte, Rene Azarte, and Jose Mora Zamora, aka El Negro. He is listed right under Aquiles in the charging documents, accused of conspiracy to import cocaine.  Operation Narco Polo which was unsealed in January 2015, failed to capture Aquiles, but hit deep into Sinaloa operations in Tijuana. 

Things changed.  Time passed.  Mora Zamora, in the years after 2015 had switched to the CJNG alliance, that grew out of the Sanchez Tadoaba cell, led by Giovanni Herrera, aka El Gross, killed in October 2016, and then El Piolin, detained in Zapoppan, and awaiting extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges accusing him of being a leader for CJNG in Tijuana. 

Mora Zamora was part of the crew of CJNG/CTNG cell, with the "Cabo" name, including Cabo 8, detained and released in 2017, and Cabo 20, who was arrested in Mexicali yesterday.  The word from ZETA Tijuana was that former allies and associates in the Los Uriartes cell, now ran by Muletas brother, Luis Alberto Lopez Uriarte, formerly aligned with El Muletas were trying to turn Mora Zamora, back to their side.

There was a deal on the table.  Come back, but set up Mario Delval Barocio aka Cabo 33, Mora Zamora refused.  So, they came for him, that morning, at mariscos guero.  23 shots from the R-15.  Jose Zamora and his wife, lay dead on the floor, bodies crumpled in the sun, the wake of rapid, gun shots and scattered screams. To die at a mariscos stand in Tijuana. 




Sources: Zeta Tijuana:http://zetatijuana.com/2019/02/los-arzate-buscados-por-estados-unidos/

Photo: AFN TIJUANA 

28 comments:

  1. Thank you, J, for your excellent writing. Your words painted a moving picture of this horrific event. I pray for your safety ...may God protect you.

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  2. This guy was killed a couple of houses from my sisters house. My sister went down there and took two pictures five minutes after the gunshots.

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    1. Post the pics. Where can I see them?

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    2. your sister needs a better hobby.

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    3. She took the pictures from her car. She was on her way to the store. Never got out. I’ll see if I can send the pictures to Chivis.

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    4. if you want chivis.martinez@hhushmail.com

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  3. Cjng too brutal for these guys

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    1. 9:20 haha pendejo u must not know or is it that u dont know how to read that these dead guys worked for cjng n got smoked by cds

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    2. 9;20 is a pendejo that can't read, it shows both sides. But the FACT is cjng is kicking cds a$$

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  4. Moral of the story...If u are a criminal, don't eat at marisco stands

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    1. We used to call it narco food. All u see there is narco wannabes buying xpensive unhealthy food just like their lifestyle while listening to some lame chirrines and getting high in the bathroom. If u whites never been to one and want to experience the thrill with out the risk of ending up on an oxxo cooler i highly recomend any gig like this. O yeah and order some pata de mula a mi salud.

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    2. ... Plenty Of Mariscos To Go Around ... Narco Food ? ... Not Once Have I Ever Heard That In Dago , Tijuas Or Even A Bit Further Down In Bajamar ... Spreading Rumors Like , Ending Up In A Oxxo Coller If You Go Eat Mariscos In Tj , Is Pretty Ignorant ... Normally Ignorant People Do Not Have Great Experiences In Tijuana Or In " Life " ... Period . ... P.S. Try And Have A Wonderful Day ... Lol

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    3. @8:23. You're making something out of nothing. He had a nickname for mariscos stands. You never nicknamed a person place or thing? And he didn't say a visit to a TJ mariscos stand will end in an OXXO cooler. He said you could rub shoulders with them like any other member of the public. In public, narcos arent like sharks, where all life flees at their mere approach. Perhaps someone in TJ could shed light on mariscos stand life.

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    4. ... Yes ... I Could ... Very Calm And Good Food At Most Of The Stands Either In San Diego Or Tijuana ... Locals Always Know Where To Go ... Also, I Still Walk Across The Foot Bridge To This Day Where All The Homeless Are Now And Back During The Arellano War Period ... Plus " You Whites " Is A Racist Comment Not Even Muttered By Mexican Locals ... Unless You Were From A Racist Town Like Tulsa, Oklahoma ... Expensive Food ? ... Go Get Yourself A " Healthy Mcdonalds Happy Meal While I Enjoy Mariscos While Listening To Mariachis Play Songs For $10 On E St And The 805 ...

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    5. Marisco stands are no more endemic to criminal behavior than steakhouses, or any other spot. Of course there are exceptions, in certain instances. The vast majority of people at a marisco stand are normal, hard working people, who come from that culture and style of food, or who are curious about trying it.

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  5. Nice to read you again here J! Great piece as always!

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  6. I love Tacos de Carne asada, if I order, will I bet safe or get shot up? I am not a druggie.

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  7. They said in the article “Jose Mora Zamora, aka Cabo 23, aka El Negro died with his wife” but in that picture it has Jose Mora Zamora and this other guy named Jose Hernandez el negro,cabo23???who we assume are the two dead.
    My question is who died?

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  8. He must have lived nearby with bathroom slippers on

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  9. At 19yr my first visit to Mexico I had a taco at a stand but it was served with shredded beef (not ground beef as I was used to). My face expression to the unfamiliar beef texture made the local guys start laughing and making MEOWING sounds. I ran screaming and tossed the taco out. Kk, time for everyone to hiss at me lol.

    Canadian girl

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    1. Well now you know the difference, but now you set foot in most parts of Mexico, what are the chances of being kidnapped, and so on?

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    2. Eating tacos of a street vendor in mexico is like looking for food poisoning.

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    3. Not Taco Bell huh?

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    4. Street tacos in Tijuana are the best, I never got sick all my years living there so you don't have a clue what you are talking about, I love Tijuana and I love the food everywhere I even ate at the Chinese restaurant that got closed for cooking dogs, I'm still not sick , your the one sick in your head hombre!

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  10. Great style in writing, like kudos to J.
    Thx

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