Sunday, April 12, 2020

Longtime Tijuana Cartel money launderer killed by Sinaloans in Ensenada

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Fausto González Michel
Last week, suspected members of the Sinaloa Cartel murdered businessman Fausto González Michel in Ensenada, Baja California. Investigators identified him as a longtime money launderer for the Tijuana Cartel who had ran multiple businesses for them since the 1990s.

At the time of his death, he ran a metal recycling business, a freight business and several junkyards that laundered money for the cartel. González Michel was also involved in politics. He was linked to the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) political party and was close with Ensenada's mayor Armando Ayala Robles.

Background
On 23 September 2019, González Michel and other people who were part of the Ensenada junk yard association issued a complaint to authorities that they had received death threats from Víctor Manuel Padilla ("El Chatarras"), a recycling business owner linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. Businessmen stated that El Chatarras was ordering them to pay protection racket payments in order to operate their junk yards. González Michel owned at least four junk yards: Gonzalez, Ancla, Centinela and Las Perritas.

González Michel was also a freight business owner. His involvement in this industry dates back to at least April 1990. Borderland Beat was able to find a record of him in the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) register. He had a truck with vehicle identification number (VIN) MX-229961. According to Quick Transport Solutions, a California-based company that provides truck information, González Michel also had one truck registered under the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was registered as an active carrier from a freight company based out of Tijuana. He owned one truck under USDOT Number 558182.  

According to Ensenada Zona Roja, González Michel was being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury for facilitating drug trafficking activities and providing financial assistance to the Tijuana Cartel. He was also linked to businessman José Luis Arce ("El Rapido"), who reportedly pays hitmen and state police officers working with the Tijuana Cartel.

Gonzalez Michel helped throughout the campaign of Ensenada mayor Armando Ayala Robles. The mayor reportedly received MXN$2 million (US$85K) from the cartel while running for office.

Murder
At around 8:15 a.m. on 30 March 2020, González Michel drove to an Oxxo convenience store in Arcoíris neighborhood. As he parked with his Ford Lobo pick-up truck and got off his vehicle, gunmen approached him and gunned him down. He died at the scene.

González Michel's body next to his pick-up truck
Police officers and paramedics were called to assist but they confirm upon arrival that González Michel was already dead. Authorities found more than MXN$200,000 (close to US$8,500) in cash inside the vehicle.

Murders reported in the port city of Ensenada are a direct result of the turf war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Tijuana Cartel, who compete for control of the retail drug sales and port facilities in the region.

Police officers confirmed that González Michel was likely killed by the Sinaloa Cartel in the aftermath of the arrest of David López Jiménez ("Cabo 20" and/or "El Lobo"). López Jiménez was responsible for leading the Tijuana Cartel's incursion into Ensenada, which increased homicides through all of March. Most of Ensenada is under the control of the Sinaloa Cartel.

55 comments:

  1. Would love to know how that info got back to mex about him being investigated- seems to happen A LOT with the dea

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    1. DEA shady/ corrupt? How the turntables

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  2. These guys have so much $$$$$$$$, $8500.00 was his walking around money. Me and my wife work to make house and a car payment , and have about 10,000 in savings. Pay taxes and wife just lost her job, but things are going to get better, we sleep good at night. It's better than the Narco life

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    1. That's good man. Stay positive and keep tucking away that cash. If you got 100dlls. Spend 50 and tuck away the other 50. Many young people like me dont even have 5gs saved up as a safety cushion. I'm 29 by the way.

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    2. @9:18 im in the same boat homie

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    3. Keep it clean brother,you are doing the right thing for you and your dearest,hope things go well for you man i really do..
      Stay down bro

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  3. The Snitchaloas really messed up here 1 of ours is going to cost them 10 of theirs.

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    1. That snitch shit they do has ruined the game in America to sad👎👎👎

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    2. Why are you referencing a sinaloa quote from a song

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    3. Ruined what game the fuck are you talking about 🤦‍♂️ Definitely not the drug game 😥😢😭

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    4. Butt hurt cause everything that stink in Tijuana of Los Arellanos is wiped out old man Mayo and his people control all Tijuana of those arrelanos are nothing but tecatos jajaja truth hurts Arellano cheerleader

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    5. 5:22 PM Guy wasn't Arellano he was something more not a billionaire but someone well liked a few snitchaloas are going to end up missing up here in the states ni modo.

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  4. "Was likely killed by..."
    No arrests, no proof, no evidence, no wisnesses.
    Just one less lacra.

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  5. He was keeping a low profile, driving around in a red Ford Raptor.

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    1. Lmao that's the first thing that popped in my head!

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  6. His time was up.

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  7. He led a long life with the turf wars that's been going on for years. He's one of the lucky ones

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    1. You are right about being lucky and long life. Just another COG in the wheel. CDS and DEA know exactly what they do. Almost like pushing papers.

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    2. Not sure about his luck being cause of death by murder.

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    3. 11:30
      Like the humor behind this comment.
      Quite sure reffernce was towards his ability to operate as long as he did.

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  8. I bet it was CJNG that did the hit but they claim cds did it.. 😆

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    1. Nah, CJNG and CAF are working together in most of Baja California, especially Ensenada. most of Ensenada is under CDS control

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    2. Lol you cjng bums are delusional

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    3. cjng dosent have a reason to kill they allies

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    4. How could it be cjng if they are supposedly allies makes no sense stupid comment

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    5. Who said cjng and CAF are alies? They are NOT

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    6. CAF lol The Tijauna cartel that they talk about now is not the CAF.

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  9. Sounds like this experienced narco wouldn't pay the extortion fee to the competition and in his glorification of his self importance he badly misjudged this 1 time.

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    1. Why should he have? Top Dogs don't hand out crumbs for no one.

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  10. He did his time. Survived the wars from the 90s to the 2000s. But still he was a factor and a loyal player who never jumped ship.This death can't slide under the rug. I think it's time for CAF to flex whatever muscle they got left. Ensenada was el Mayel turf back in the day

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  11. >Low Profile
    >Driving an 2018 Red Ford Raptor 6.2L
    Uhmm... Sure.

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    1. This gen raptors don’t have a 6.2L

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    2. That's low profile in Mexico, halcones drive around in Lambos.

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  12. Just saw a poll on our Boy , Amlo, his meeting with Chapo's mother And release of Capo's son, really hurt him, the handling of Coronavirus also hurts him. He is a complete disaster.

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    1. Simon, ALMO is awful. I want my vote back.

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  13. Los Jaliskas y Los Chinolas ni a Los talones le llegan a la grandeza que llegaron Los Arellano,Esos si fueran cabrones lastima que ya no estan como antes,the game got watered down after the AFO stopped being the top dog and the snitches took over.

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    1. How is THAT? Erellanos only plaza were Tijuana and mexicali 😆 good joke THOUGH

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    2. 11:45 CAF had practically all the Baja peninsula on lock from the late 80's to early-mid 2000's, do you think they made money?. They also had people in other states of MÉXICO but unfortunately for them they didn't have the ABC's as their principal ally🤔

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    3. 11:45 having a border plaza to cross contraband is what it's all about silly why do think ncdj is the 3rd most powerful cartel and that just them being in chiwas..cuz they own the Juaritoz plaza!

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    4. CAF didn't have half of sicarios or people working for them on their pay roll like cjng or CDS.. You pendejos love to say caf was the greatest CARTEL.. Caf was good at their Prime but really guy? Those cartels you mention are SUPER CARTELS stretching to many continents.. Get over it kid.. 😆

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    5. Aunque te duela los Sinaloa es dueño de Tijuana Los Arellanos Sinaloaenses Chapo y Mayo Sinaloa jajaja pinche gato un Sinaloa te manda pinche Tijuanenses alucinados se creen la gran verga pero los Sinaloas Es dueño de Tijuana jajaja pinche gato

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    6. Arellano family is from Sinaloa.

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  14. Vato pendejo!! Se ve que no conoces este jale. Lo que siempre a estado arriba sigue arriba. Puro mes de las madres.

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    1. Actually if your dumb ass new the basic laws of physics you’d know that what’s goes up must come down.

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  15. Dear President Lopez Obrador
    Why are you a mentorozo/ liar, you said we are safe of the Corona virus.
    As of Monday morning........
    4,661 infected. 296 dead

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    1. No country was safe from what's transpiring. The socialization and the mere fact that this virus was globally unknowingly undetected are the cause.

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    2. "globally unknowingly undetected are the cause"
      Beg to differ dude,we all knew this shit was coming but political correctness and greed let it roll out.We could have locked down countries as we have now done,but way to late now

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    3. 1202 did you not see, Obrador having tacos and flirting with some lady, shaking hands, he is blind to crime and is blind to the CV.

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  16. Its not tijuana,its jalisco vs sinaloa in ensenada and baja

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    1. It's actually CJNG/CAF and Sinaloa in Ensenada.

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    2. Caf dont exist,1-2 guys from caf doesnt make it a cartel! Mencho runs 70% of all mexico

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  17. These guys dont carry less than 200,000 dollars around. The cops took most of it and left the chump change..

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  18. This guy should of been retired some where on a beach, Supervising his businesses with proxy's.

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