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Monday, April 26, 2021

Sinaloa Cartel Infighting in Ensenada, Baja California: Homicides and Threats

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Manuel Torres alias “El Torres” (left) and Salvador Gómez Ornelas, alias “El Junior” o “El Chavita” (right). These two men were high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel members in Ensenada, Baja California (photo credit: Zeta Tijuana)

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 11, two armed individuals entered a property in the rural community of Esteban Cantú in Ensenada, where a clandestine cockfight was taking place, to assassinate Salvador Gómez Ornelas, alias "El Junior" or "El Chavita", and his companion Manuel Torres, alias "El Torres". These two men work for the Sinaloa Cartel in Ensenada.

El Chavita died after the attack, while Torres was injured and taken to the Ensenada General Hospital, where he remained in custody.

Information revealed by Baja California state authorities indicates that both victims were high-ranking criminals in he Guadalupe Valley and were being investigated for drug dealing activities within the Sinaloa Cartel.

This is the second attack that has been registered inside an illegal cockfighting event in the last five years. The previous one was in a place called El Póker on Saturday, January 23, 2016, when eight members of the Sinaloa Cartel entered the premises and killed four people and injured fifteen more.

According to the Intelligence Unit of the State Attorney General's Office (FGE), Leopoldo Lizárraga Ochoa, alias "El Pantera" and/or "El Polo", was the perpetrator of Sunday's attack.

El Polo has been on the government's radar since 2015 and has been identified as a second-level criminal operator of the Sinaloa Cartel. He is part of the cell headed by the brothers René and Alfonso Arzate García, who have protection agreements with elements of the different policemen in Ensenada. El Polo has a record for car theft in Sinaloa in 2012, and for an attempted robbery with a man named Elvis Daniel Aguirre in November 2015. Both were released.

While El Chavita is from the faction of Hernán Niebla, successor of his brother Alfonso Niebla "El 90", murdered on February 3, 2019 at his home in Valle Dorado. El 90 was the head of a cell in the Sinaloa Cartel in Ensenada and had ties with people working for Carlos Adrián Casas Reyes, alias "El Mercenario" and/or “El Tragedias”.

Intelligence reports reveal that between 2015 and 2020, El Chavita and El Polo's cells operated together.

El Torres and El Chavita shared several criminal charges, including one involving the murder of a cockfighting breeder who was killed in February 2021 in Ensenada. 

In his statement, El Torres stated that he could not identify the subject who shot the man, describing him only as a man "about 30 years old." El Torres told investigators that he did not have issues with anyone and was unsure if anyone wanted to hurt him.

According to state police reports, the violent events that have occurred in the Guadalupe Valley are due to a turf war for the control of the local drug trade. The clash is between the Lara crime family - based in that area - with people working with Hernán Niebla's faction.

The valley area is also regarded by the police as a breeding point for fighting cocks for clandestine events.

The land where the cockfight was held on Sunday, April 11, is on the way to La Bufadora rural community and is often used to organize bets. The cockfighting arena is prepared with tarps, chairs, and tables for participants and spectators.

In the attack, six other people were injured and sent to different hospitals.

Recent narcobanner found in Ensenada, Baja California

Two narco-banners stolen and burned

The second week of April there were a series of attacks that generated a strong police mobilization in Ensenada. These attacks included a number of homicides, the shooting of a police officer, and the placement of a narco-banner (narcomanta).

With 146 murders between January and the course of April 2021, Ensenada adds a historical number of violent deaths. On Monday, April 12, a narcobanner was left on a bridge between El Gallo and Esmeralda streets.

When police officers arrived, approximately five homeless people who were under the bridge said that they took down the banner and burned it, for which they did not reveal the message. On April 14, four more narcobanners were placed outside of a home. The owner chose to remove them and did not hand them over to the authorities, the FGE reported.

There is an image of the supposed banner, almost illegible, in which one can read a threatening message against the people of "El Mercenario".

"Those who keep working for El Mercenario are fucked."

The latest threats issued against "El Mercenario" through narcobanners were signed by the Ensenada Cartel, whose members are part of an alternate cell of the Sinaloa Cartel, led by Pablo Edwin Huerta Nuño, alias "El Flaquito".

Conflict for the inheritance of "El Chatarras"

Eight months after the death of Víctor Manuel Murillo Padilla, alias "El Chatarras" or "El Negro", identified state officials as one of the main traffickers of the Sinaloa Cartel in Ensenada, the Sinaloa Cartel continues to fight against each other for control of Ensenada.

The group once headed by El Chatarras is competing against criminals working for "El Flaquito", a former criminal of the Tijuana and/or Arellano Félix Cartel (CAF) and recently affiliated with Los Chapitos. This internal war has led to multiple kidnappings and deaths from both factions.

El Chatarras was responsible for controlling the drugs that arrived at the Ensenada port and hiring hitmen to operate in kidnappings or murders. In addition, he supervised a huachicoleo (oil theft) ring that illegally tapped in Pemex pipelines in Baja California, mainly in El Hongo area. He also owned two businesses for the purchase of scrap iron in El Sauzal and Munguía neighborhood.

Throughout his criminal career, he was linked to the Sinaloa Cartel under Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada and with the CAF. There are also unconfirmed reports that he may have collaborated with the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG). 

Source: Zeta Tijuana

47 comments:

  1. So El 90’s cell, which is Chapos, and Azarte cell, which is Mayos, are now going at it in Ensenada?🤔

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    1. Rumors about a month ago are that. Mayos people had one week to get out of tijuana. Caf and chapos together vs mayo

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    2. 6:56 so lla todos se le quieren suvir al mayo? I knew you couldnt trust those chapitos! They have the same back stabbing school feom his dad! Mayo is a dumb ass if he really helped get them back in purto vallarta, ahorita se a de estar dando de sentones en un palo jajajaja

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    3. I thought akiles and Rama weren’t in good standing with Mayo anymore..

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    4. Se les voy a poner fácil el mayo ya sabía lo que venía después de cooperar con la DEA la familia zambada salvo a sus hijos nuevas identidades testigos protegidos. Ayi se separó el gobierno Mexicano y el famoso CDS el gobierno mexicano necesitaba otro brazo nuevo una nueva generación allí entra mencho comienza la limpia con ese personaje. De nuevo el gobierno tiene todo el dinero de la droga , del secuestro y obvio extorsion.a costa de gente aveces inocente muerta. El que les puede dar sorpresa es Caro controlando al gobierno con ayuda de mencho entre comillas aka Mexican government para recuperar todo el control todo su cartel de jalisco.

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    5. @8:48 Algo así.

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  2. Its so confusing, I know people in Santo Tomas Baja, that say CDS is now stealing portions of what the locals fish, and part of the Lobster trade! What the hell is going on in CDS that they're starting to mess with local people. Are they that broke?

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    1. 4:03 Thats how chapitos are working now, in culiacan they are the only ones allowed to sell beer after 10pm and if they catch you selling with out their permision they give you the old tabla treatment the first time the second time youre a gonner, i dont know if they are broke, dont know how to smuggle drugs, lost their conectas, they love the money to much and cant get enough or what the hell is going on with them but right now whatever makes them a buck theyll do it! Malditas ratas

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    2. bro stop listening to el mexa and all these other YouTubers, there not always right. I was in culiacan 2 weeks ago and exxos and the small mom and pop shops can sell alcohol after 10. Guzman's are not the only family with power in culiacan, they can't just do what they want.

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    3. @9:19 - After the “Culiacanazo” incident, it’s pretty damn clear they are the MOST powerful and CAN do whatever the hell they want..

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  3. CDS WILL BE DISINTEGRATED IN 2-3 YEARS TOPS, CULIACAN WILL HAVE SEVERAL FACTIONS FIGHTING FOR POWER😀😀

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    1. It’s always been like that what are you talking about

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    2. ULTIMATE ALLIANCE WOULD BE GUANO JOINING FORCES WITH MENCHO, SINCE NOW GUANOS FIGHTING FOR DURANGO AGAINST LOS CHAPITOS😀😀😀😀 THE SNITCHALOANS CORRIDOS WONT BE ABLE TO SAVE THEM FROM THIS ONE.

      ITS COMING.

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    3. 6:56 no it has not! I guess chapo was the glue holding cds "together" but not no more

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    4. LOL grow up kid that’s what was said about Golfo 2 decades ago. Just shows what fools on here do and don’t know

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    5. 802 Guano is with Mayo bud

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    6. It always has been that way, Chapos, mayos, Beltran Leyva, rusos, ninis, los Dámaso, there always has been infight. CDS is not one big cartel with one leader, it is made up of many groups, some more powerful than others, some are famous some are unheard and these groups sometimes interfere on another groups operations, territories overlap, some have greed, and they get on the way of eachother. Some compete some cooperate.

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  4. Chapitos doing some cleanup, probably some mayo people who didn't know their place.

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    1. Chapitos takin hits looking weak asf

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  5. Is Flaquito locked up?

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    1. No bro. he's out and about running stuff for the CDS in Baja California. He flipped from the CAF. BB talked about it last month or so. he's under Chapitos. idk who else from the CAF who is a top guy is left.

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    2. @6:48 flaco sigue con camisa de los xolos

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    3. Flakito is still CAF, Bala Grande and the council sent him to be the direct link between CAF and the Chapitos Faction. It's about to get spicy because 6-1 is going to be released soon at least that's what the family is saying. I wonder if he is going to get out and leave the lifestyle behind or go back into (El Desmadre).

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    4. 6:57 PM with CJNG didn't the Baja California Governor accuse him of being the boss of CJNG in Baja California? He is the owner of the Xolos after all.

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    5. Bulldog. Someone else besides 6-1 is coming out this year. Also rumors are that in el hongo se está haciendo una tregua con la gente de mazatlan.

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    6. El 6-1 no va salir anytime soon firmo 30 años federal no estatal. Fácil otros 10 años. El Flaco es CAF. Hank Rhon es el Bueno junto con los demás Señores. A la bala grande ni la menciones bulldog. Ay un chingo ya sueltos gente de Ramón y del Tigrillo. Como dise mi compadre ‘Del CAF los únicos que se miran son los que se dejan ver’ pal 6:48 Culiacán en TJ se sienta en mesa.

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    7. Si firmo por 30 pero segun dicen que si hiso trato con los federales. Tambien dicen que el tigrillo tambien va salir. Como decia el 7-7 (menos ruido y mas accion).

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    8. @bulldog. You are close , but someone else pesado is coming out this year

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  6. So who's with chapitos and whos with el viejon..

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  7. EL MAYOS DEAD, THAT WHY CDS HAS BEEN CRUMBLING SLOWLY FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

    ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE WITNESS A CULIACANAZO 2.0 BUT WITH C.J.N.G🦅 HEADING THE OPERATION IN TIERRAS SINALOENSES

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    1. Yep. I’ve had a feeling the old man has been dead for sometime now, thus all the power grabs we have been seeing since last year..

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    2. Mayo está en USA 🇺🇸 mirando sus publicaciones tomando café ☕️ protegido por el gabacho 😂 gracias por sus preocupaciones

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  8. I highly doubt MZ will ever get completely kicked out of Tijuana. He’s been operating there for over 40 years now. All this infighting is going to make it easier for CAF or CJNG to come in and try and take over some new areas. I have a theory for all of y’all here, both commentators and administrators. Do you think that Los Chapitos are trying to take over as much territory as possible from MZ before Vicente comes out? Vicente is the true heir to the throne of the cartel de Sinaloa and they never truly got along since Vicente had all of Culiacán as his respaldo and people really liked him, even in CDMX and Guadalajara he was well respected and got along with mostly everyone. Just a theory though.
    SurDeJalisco

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    1. Errr wrong, Vincente could never command respect after snitching not even if his dad is who he is he can never be trusted and cause infighting and jumping ship

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  9. this is turning into a giant cluster..

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  10. TIJUANA people are ALWAYS SWITCHING sides..
    Jumping from CARTEL to CARTEL..
    They ARE not trustworthy PEOPLE..
    A few months they WITH CJNG, NEXT with CDS and later with CAF.. And the cycle continues.. Bunch of Grasshopper/CHAPULINES

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    1. They are the viagras of the north! 🤣🤣🤣

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    2. 10:23 pay attention. When caf allies itself with a certain group that side gets the upper hand. TJ will always be caf. Also alot of fake wars and fake characters to keep everyone confused. How a real mafia works.

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    3. CAF is mearly TRYING to survive
      DON'T know why PEOPLE claim THEY are STILL a SOLID CARTEL 😆
      That's the REASON they jump ship

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    4. Any one else read this mufaka's comments out loud and yell the all-caps words out at the top of your lungs? No?....just me huh?

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    5. What's up with this guy ^^ always writing in CAPITAL LETTERS

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  11. Where’s Chivis?

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    1. In Norway enjoying the tranquility, no wifi, no T.V., no traffic, great way to de-stress.

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    2. Wow, I’m jealous.

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  12. Im well confused or trippin,i thought i saw Flaco get perforated in a car?Must be someone else thinkin of?

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  13. Tijuana people going against each other and under the name of Sinaloa, tijuanenses killing for Sinaloa other tijuanenses that died for Sinaloa, some under chapitos others under mayos while in Sinaloa, Chapitos and Mayo getting along and getting richer.

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