Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Los Aztecas gun runner 'El Alaska' is linked to 12 killings in Chihuahua

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Los Aztecas gang member Luis Ernesto Castro ("El Alaska") in police custody 
Chihuahua state authorities confirmed last week that they arrested Luis Ernesto Castro ("El Alaska") in Ciudad Juárez. According to investigators, he is involved in the kidnapping and murder of 12 people, including a former municipal policewoman. He dressed some of his male victims in women's clothing and dumped them in public as a form of humiliation.

In addition to masterminding several murders, El Alaska is one of the lead gun suppliers for Los Aztecas, a gang based in the El Paso–Juárez border area. State authorities say he is one of the "principal generators of violence" in Ciudad Juárez.

"He's only 23 years old but he has a long criminal history in Ciudad Juárez. He participated in violent acts including abduction and 12 murders in addition to ordering others to commit crimes," Deputy Chihuahua Attorney General Jorge Nava Lopez told reporters in a teleconference. Nava-Lopez said he was going to share El Alaska's gun smuggling activities to U.S. authorities in hopes of cracking down more gang members in the area.

Background
Los Aztecas, sometimes referred to as Barrio Azteca (Azteca Neighborhood), was formed in El Paso, Texas, in the 1980s. It was initially a prison gang but over the years it involved outside prison walls. In the context of the Mexican Drug War, Los Aztecas formed an alliance with the old Juarez Cartel in 2008 and gained more strength by working under the traditional power broker family in the area, the Carrillo Fuentes. 

Los Aztecas worked very closely with La Linea, the armed wing of the old Juarez Cartel. At that time, the Juarez Cartel was in an intense war with the Sinaloa Cartel for control of the El Paso–Juárez border plaza. During the late 2000s, Ciudad Juárez ranked among the deadliest cities in the world. Officials said that most of the victims were members of rival drug gangs, but civilians and members of security forces were often targeted or caught in the crossfire.
Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua) borders El Paso (Texas) and it is a lucrative drug corridor
Much of the old Juarez Cartel was wiped out as the Sinaloa Cartel made major pushes into their turf. Violence began to decline in 2011 as the Sinaloa Cartel gained control of this border plaza. However, the fast-rising Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in western Mexico helped La Linea's ascension in the area. Security experts believe that La Linea may receive money and weapons from the CJNG to fight off the Sinaloa Cartel and their Chihuahua-based enforcer group Gente Nueva.

La Linea is now a much larger criminal network and directly hires members of Los Aztecas as "contract enforcers".

Murders
Chihuahua State Police officers suspect that El Alaska is linked to at least 12 murders. He is also wanted for his participating in multiple kidnappings and gun smuggling activities. He was one of the high-level targets this year for the state police. 
Municipal policewoman Jacqueline Gonzalez Mercado (aged 23), murdered by El Alaska 
On 10 May 2019, former Ciudad Juárez Municipal Police officer Jacqueline González Mercado (aged 23) went missing while organizing a Mother's Day event for her mom. In an interview, her mother told reporters that Jacqueline joined the municipal police out of inspiration from her father, who served in the police force for many years. She said that Jacqueline's brother called her mobile phone the day she went missing and overheard people in the background yelling to force her in a vehicle.

The following month, Jacqueline's corpse was found in a clandestine mass grave in Ciudad Juarez. Investigators initially suspected that her murder was stemmed from issues she had with her husband Julio Alejandro, but they later discovered that El Alaska was behind the killing. The motive for the murder has not been established.

El Alaska is also wanted for the discovery of three bodies in a clandestine grave in Colonia Fronteriza in Ciudad Juarez. He was arrested through a warrant issued by a judge that charged him with the abduction of two people on 15 May 2014. The pair were taken by El Alaska and his men to a home where others stole their auto parts and vehicles.

El Alaska had a trademark killing style for his male victims. Chihuahua officials say that he dressed some of them in women's clothes as a "final insult" before dumping their bodies in public. He is currently imprisoned at a penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez.

24 comments:

  1. I will never visit Mexico. God damn narco state with no justice. This frijole is despicable

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  2. He's one ugly motherfucker!! Rip young and beautiful police women!

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  3. It wasn't Cjng who helped La Linea in their war with Cds, it was Los Zetas from Coahuila

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    1. CDJ+LL+BA+BLO+Zetas

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    2. Many from Veracruz too grupo Bravo had many

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  4. 80 millones de pastillas de anfetaminas confiscadas en ITALIA con un valor de mas de un billon de EUROS ,COCINADAS en SIRIA marcadas for las 4 letras del TERROR ( no se chiflen esas de jaliscas) nadamas y nadamenos ke ==ISIS==

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  5. What happened? (Crickets chirping).

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  6. Nice overview on the Juarez plaza. Interesting how the CJNG’s rise helped La Línea do a comeback.

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  7. Most Aztecas like this guy work independently of cartels. Some jumped ship and began working for the New Juarez Cartel alongside La Linea under the name Empresa.
    The original Aztecas capture the Aztecas that jumped ship to work under the name Empresa and dress them up as women before executing them.
    They are aligned with no one and work for no one but themselves. There are still thousands more also.
    La Linea is probably getting help from CJNG but not manpower. It is more like an alliance with them for the stuff this article mentions.
    Sinaloa is not as dominant as this article mentions.
    They are limited to the far east and eastern outskirts of the city of Juarez and to the southern part of Chihuahua of which they are slowly buy surely loosing ground as Linea is pushing hard with Jaliscos help to reconquer the whole state.
    It is still a shithole in Juarez city proper but this is due to these vengenace type killings Aztecas and other gangs like Mexicles have been committing amongst themselves while La Linea is still mostly busy fighting off Sinaloa.

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    1. Thanks for the info. In the article I mentioned that the Sinaloa Cartel was the one that severely weakened the old Juarez Cartel and had gain ground in the El Paso/Juarez plaza (but I said it was in 2011). La Linea made a big comeback with the rise of the CJNG. I suspect it was because the Sinaloa Cartel had to re-purpose their efforts/resources elsewhere.

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    2. FYI .. la Linea is not in cahoots with Jaliscos .. Jaliscos have no presence in Chihuahua ... However CDS is deeper in chihuas than y’all think

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    3. 3:04 PM:

      "... La Linea has been winning the war in the Chihuahua countryside since killing off the previous Gente Nueva leader, a drug trafficker known as 'The Tiger,' and receiving weapons and monetary support from the Cartel Jalisco New Generation."

      https://www.kxan.com/news/old-juarez-cartel-closing-in-on-the-jaguar-sinaloa-cartel-rivals/

      Could be true, could be not. Those same rumors are in Tamaulipas.

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    4. We all owe you a big debt of gratitude for taking the time to share insight on top of the original story. With the channels back open and anonymous soldiers back in the mix, there’s a great thing occurring here at BB. Props to the bb contributors, from the OGs to the new breed; history is written every day.

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    5. @5:41 good info! LL receives support and they buy for local sales and allow passage for US distro. Win win and they reduce a common enemy. "It's chess not checkers"

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  8. Fat ugly pig!!!

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  9. It wasn't Cjng that helped La Linea, it was Los Zetas

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    1. "... La Linea has been winning the war in the Chihuahua countryside since killing off the previous Gente Nueva leader, a drug trafficker known as 'The Tiger,' and receiving weapons and monetary support from the Cartel Jalisco New Generation."

      https://www.kxan.com/news/old-juarez-cartel-closing-in-on-the-jaguar-sinaloa-cartel-rivals/

      That's what sources are saying to explain the comeback of La Linea. I lean more towards the fact that the Sinaloa Cartel had to re-purpose their efforts/resources elsewhere and that helped La Linea's comeback.

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    2. It also helps that this time around CDS is being helped less by the government to enter Chihuahua than in previous years.
      Sinaloa is useless without that help.

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    3. The reason el cabo was killed was because he had started selling cjng meth in chihuahua

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  10. Aztecas ratting on Aztecas pinches rataz puro Juarez aqui llegenle culeros

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    1. Hasta crees que es rata por gusto imbecil. Si vien que los torturan para sacarles informacion.

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  11. They say hindsight is always twenty-twenty. In this case some of the background information verges on blindnes....its better this way...lol

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    1. How so? Nothing about cartels is written in stone. I thought the background info was good. BB goes by what reliable sources say

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