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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Notable Figures: Los Paredes

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat





Los Paredes

OTHER NAMES: Los Pesados Apson

Los Paredes are a cartel organization operating primarily in north eastern Sonora on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel - Los Chapitos.

Los Paredes were a part of the original group of families recruited to aid the Sinaloa cartel in 2004-2005. During this time, the Beltran Leyva brothers were sent to Sonora by El Chapo in the hopes of expanding Sinaloa cartel's influence in the region. Other families recruited include Los Numeros, Los Jabalís, and Los Salazares. (Source)

Much of the following information is derived from information from Sonora Informativo, which was previously covered on Borderland Beat.


Agua Prieta 

This municipality is the most important territory the Los Paredes organization holds. It considered to be the "seat of power" for the Paredes empire. Many plaza bosses reportedly reside in Agua Prieta despite the territory they control being elsewhere in Sonora. 


Only verifiable photo of Tin Tin cuts off awkwardly below the mouth. 

 

Alleged Leader - Current
ALIAS: El Junior
NAME: Marco Antonio Paredes Ponce
OTHER ALIASES: El Marquitos
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Junior is the son Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado, who led the cartel until January 2011, when he was arrested. Some media have alleged that El Junior took control of Los Paredes shortly after his father's arrest. He is originally from the United States and he is believed to reside in Phoenix, Arizona. There are no current known US warrants for his arrest or indictments. (Source)

 

Day-to-Day Operations Leader
ALIAS: El Tin Tin
NAME: Martín Alonso Siqueiros Acuña
OTHER ALIASES: 9-12
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: Tin Tin receives direct orders from El Junior, who is the alleged leader of the cartel in name. However because El Junior is believed to live in the US, he is likely less involved and Tin Tin is believed to be far more involved in the leading of Los Paredes than El Junior. 

Tin Tin is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora and he is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta municipality. (Source)









Tin Tin’s Second-in-Command, Head of Sicarios in Agua Prieta
ALIAS: El Delta
NAME: Jorge Alberto LaMadrid Carranza
OTHER ALIASES: Gordo
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: Jorge is currently believed to be the head of sicarios in Agua Prieta and Tin Tin's right hand man, second-in-command. Jorge hails from the LaMadrid family, a family which is heavily involved in drug trafficking for Los Paredes / the Sinaloa Cartel. (Source)

Jorge was arrested in Tucson, Arizona in September 2007 when he was just 26 years old, alongside his brother Edgar LaMadrid after attempting to flee the police. When deputies searched the LaMadrid home they found 11,000lbs of marijuana, making it one of the largest residential drug seizures in Tucson history. Jorge LaMadrid later admitted in court that he and his co-conspirators modified the home into a refrigerated storage and processing facility that used commercial industrial equipment. At this time, in 2007, Jorge was reportedly working for Arturo Elias Machado, who reported to Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado (El Junior's father). (Source)

Jorge LaMadrid pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and he was facing between 7-9 year sentence on these charges. There are few details on if and how much of this sentence was served. Jorge LaMadrid acknowledged that he, his father David, his uncle Saul, and other unnamed co-conspirators "bought and sold hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana for tens of millions of dollars." 
 
His father, David and uncle, Saul were reportedly murdered within Mexico around the same time of the US indictment. (Source)

 

 
Head of Human Smuggling for Los Paredes 
ALIAS: El Tigre
NAME: Leonel Toscano Cuevas
OTHER ALIASES: N/A
STATUS: Active 

PROFILE: In addition to working in drug trafficking, El Tigre reportedly leads Los Paredes's human smuggling operation along the US-Mexico border, with operations in Agua Prieta, Naco and San Luis Río Colorado. El Tigre is originally from Huachinera, Sonora. (Source)


 




Huasabas, Granados, Bacadéhuachi and Nacori Chico

These are regions along the Sonora-Chihuahua border that have seen conflict between La Linea and Los Paredes within the last few years.




Plaza Boss of Huasabas, Granados, Bacadéhuachi and Nacori Chico
ALIAS: El Pepe
NAME: José Martín Luy Sierra
OTHER ALIASES: Chino
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Pepe is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora and he is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta municipality. He poses as a businessman and he has multiple companies dedicated to money laundering, one of them is believed to be AgroLuy Veterinary Supplies(Source)









Bavispe, Bacerac, Huachinera 

Located on the state lines between Sonora and Chihuahua, these municipalities are bordering Janos and Casas Grandes which were controlled by La Linea in 2019, uncertain if they have been taken but it is known that Nuevo Casas Grandes remains a stronghold for La Linea, presenting an enemy close to El Pato's plazas. 




Head of Sicarios within Bavispe, Bacerac, Huachinera 
ALIAS: El Pato
NAME: David Rodríguez Guillén
OTHER ALIASES: N/A
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Pato is originally from Casas Grandes, Chihuahua and he is thought to currently reside in Huachinera, Sonora. El Pato is thought to directly report to Tin Tin. (Source)

Tin Tin is the owner of Bavispe, Bacerac and Huachinera municipalities and El Pato is believed to act on behalf of him within this area. (Source)





Cananea, Santa Cruz, Naco and San Pedro


These are some key regions right along the US-Mexico border, these are presumably valuable regions for trafficking purposes.  


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Plaza Boss of Cananea, Santa Cruz, Naco and San Pedro
ALIAS: Güero Cano
NAME: Guadalupe Cano
OTHER ALIASES: 9-11
STATUS: Active 

 

PROFILE: He is thought to be the plaza boss of Cananea, Santa Cruz, Naco and San Pedro for Los Paredes. Güero Cano is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora and he is thought to currently reside in Cananea municipality. (Source)  






Fronteras and Nacozari

These areas are directly south of the Agua Prieta US Port of Entry and Agua Prieta municipality itself, which is considered to be a major stronghold for Los Paredes. 




Plaza Boss of Fronteras and Nacozari
ALIAS: El 21
NAME: Gabriel Inzunza Meza
OTHER ALIASES: El Gaby
STATUS: Active

 

PROFILE: The plaza boss of Fronteras and Nacozari for Los Paredes. He is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta municipality. Possibly has a brother named Ramon also operates for Los Paredes. (Source











Sahuaripa, Arivechi and Yécora

Regions on the border of Chihuahua and Sonora state, these areas have been contested but the highly mountainous terrain lends itself to those familiar with the area. The history of Yécora municipality and the disputes related to it will be covered later.



Plaza Boss of Sahuaripa, Arivechi and Yécora
ALIAS: El Plumas
NAME: Elmer Guadalupe Córdova Torres
OTHER ALIASES: N/A
STATUS: Active

 

PROFILE: El Plumas is originally from Chihuahua and he is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta, Sonora. He was a member of Los Salazar and joined Los Paredes at the time of the arrest of Alfredo Salazar Ramírez. (Source)


 






Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache




Plaza Boss of Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache
ALIAS: El Peter
NAME: Pedro Paredes Peru
OTHER ALIASES: N/A

STATUS: Active


PROFILE: El Peter is originally from Agua Prieta and he is believed to be the plaza boss of Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache. (Source)

 






Moctezuma and Arizpe 

These regions are far less volatile and experience less violence when compared with the municipalities along the Chihuahua border. 

 




Plaza Boss of Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache 
ALIAS: El Chito
NAME: Luis Ernesto Fimbres Fuentes
OTHER ALIASES: N/A
STATUS: Unknown

 

PROFILE: He is believed to be involved in the planting and harvesting of marijuana and poppy, as well as the transportation of drugs north, towards the border. Possibly has influence in Mesa Tres Rios, Nacori Chico even though it is the territory of fellow Los Paredes member El Pepe. He also is believed to have influence in Puerto Lobos. (Source)



 Los Jaguars 

OTHER NAMES: Gente Nueva del Jaguars, Gente Nueva del Jaguars y sus Lobos

This is an armed wing led by El Jaguar as well as El Jaguar's brother El Lobo (deceased) which operates primarily with the support of Los Paredes on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel Los Chapitos side.



Madera, Ignacio Zaragoza, Buenaventura

According to Proceso magazine, this area was once controlled by El Jaguar, but La Linea's El Ochenta took control of the area sometime prior to 2017. El Jaguar sought out the support of major CDS figures such as El Tio, the leader of Los Salazar and the leadership of Los Paredes. 

They agreed to support El Jaguar's efforts to retake Madera from La Linea. By 2018, El Ochenta's network of protection had been diminished enough that he was arrested. El Jaguar is believed to have retaken Madera and he had a strong presence in Zaragoza and Buenaventura in 2020. The most recent news out of Chihuahua indicates that La Linea has since reclaimed this area again. (Source) (Map will be updated)



Leader of Los Jaguars 
Plaza Boss of Madera  
ALIAS: El Jaguar
NAME: Francisco Javier Arvizu Márquez
OTHER ALIASES: N/A
STATUS: Active


PROFILE: El Jaguar is originally from Zaragoza, Chihuahua. He is believed to currently reside in Agua Prieta. El Jaguar’s group reportedly receives support from Sinaloa Cartel’s Gente del M100 in addition to his primary supporters, Los Paredes. (Source)


El Jaguar has four brothers: Marco Antonio, Oscar and Jose Luis (assassinated), all of whom allegedly acted as plaza bosses in areas within Madera, Ignacio Zaragoza and Gomez Farias municipality when Jaguar was in control of them.(Source)


 

Lieutenant of Los Jaguars
ALIAS: El Lobo
NAME: Jorge Luis Arvizu Márquez
OTHER ALIASES: N/A
STATUS: Inactive, killed April 2020 

 

PROFILE: El Lobo was originally from Madera municipality, in Chihuahua. He was the brother of El Jaguar and helped him lead Los Jaguars. He was arrested in February 2020 but then summarily released. He was killed alongside his son El Morito in April 2020 while traveling in northern Madera.(SourceSource)

47 comments:

  1. CAN WE HAVE SOME PROFILES ON THE BARRAZA LOPEZ FAMILY FROM DURANGO THEYRE HEAVY IN THE GAME AND ARE PART OF THE INFIGHTING GOING ON IN CDS RIGHT NOW.

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    1. I MEANT *BARRERA LOPEZ* FAMILY.

      They're fighting los duros in Durango both CDS cells...

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    2. Los barrera killed Ruben coronel villareal and his teenage son Christopher

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    3. Yes we need an article about them from la Sierra de Durango

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    4. Ruben was nachos brother ?

      And

      BLO killed nachos son; Alejandro ?

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    5. Barrera or Cabrera?

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    6. 850
      It's crazy I thought they would've been related but no, nacho had no family ties with Ruben. Unless I'm wrong, but from what I know no.

      The story goes "allegedly" Ruben had some nephew's of his wife killed and they both(wife and nephews) belonged to the barrera lopez family and supposedly el señor de tamazula ordered his murder, and he got killed and his son died tryna protect him.

      Can anyone verify?

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    7. M97 seems to have a good grasp of the past dynamics of Durango, I assume he's from there. If I remember correctly from a recent vídeo he uploaded, RCV wife is from the Bazúa familia and the issue was the death of some nephews for X reason. The wife and several other people didn't agree with how RCV handled the matter and made the call to kill him but they also killed the younger remaining son after "Juny" Coronel had died in an auto accident? The wife maybe related to THE Bazúa family who have also violently lost members to the clan fighting between these alacranes. My info is from listening to music, I wasn't told, heard a rumor or am related to any of these people

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  2. Were los Numeros absorbed by BLO or CDS when they went at war?

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    1. They were gente del Mochomo so BLO
      Paez fam are still active

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    2. Well there were not that many left prior to the BLO CDS war.

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  3. Didnt Tintin ando Tigre flip to la linea Along with el tolteca?

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    1. No mames read the article you are way off foo

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    2. G3 and Tolteca flipped, according to the previous article "Notable Figures La Linea Part II"

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  4. El jaguar lost support too wage war on linea in madera. Lobos men kept getting killed so linea took back madera

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    1. El Jaguar ran to his daddy tin tin in sonora

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  5. Y'all should do one on the CJNG to see where El sapo El 3 chito cano RR jardinero all and all of them fall into the organization structure wise

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  6. El JR looks like el Cabo from Baja.

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  7. BB do Los Memos and Cabrera

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    1. I second this motion!! Would be a interested read.

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  8. HEARST - again great reporting! Your info is always interesting and complete - Keep it Up - Parro

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  9. El Peter looks a little like John Wick! No?

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    1. It looks like he smokes most of his jale

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  10. Buenaventura, Zaragoza and part of Madera are Línea plazas

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    1. Yeah. I think I used too many 2019-2020 sources who were reporting on Los Jaguars recent incursion into those areas, which may have been quelled by La Linea now. Will keep researching and redoing the maps as I go.

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  11. Imagine if you guys did a chart like this for the us side lmao-

    I wonder how much fed/le heat the dude from phoenix sees- im guessing their well Aware of him

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  12. Imagine if you guys did a chart like this for the us side lmao-

    I wonder how much fed/le heat the dude from phoenix sees- im guessing their well Aware of him

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  13. El Señor de Tamazula is that Adelmo Niebla Gozalez ?

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  14. Thanks for the article- great work Hearst- appreciate you

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  15. Does anyone know why tin tin killed Javier Rascón el fox? Fox has has been with the paredes for years compare to Tin.

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    1. They was the Naco plaza boss and getting to sloppy segun

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  16. El jr is very smart. Stays low key and loves his horses. Feds always watching and he’s aware of it. Close inner circle info

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  17. Check this out HEARST. an old corrido de Don Gilberto Paredes. Thank you for doing what you do for BB. Saludos desde Los Angeles, El Nemesis-

    https://youtu.be/tE6iCLJxGFs

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  18. This article is wrong, Delta is not the head of sicarios anymore,he was replaced a while ago

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    1. by whom? what source? seems like a "i don't like it" if you don't provide the proof bro.

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  19. Hearst your articles are well organized and has lots of information. Nice phrases with abundant of info. Keep going.. just an off topic doubt, do CDs or cjng or any big cartels controls Mexico City ? If I'm not wrong no big violence is being reported from Mexico City, except small gang issues. Which cartel controls MX city ?

    Kathi

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    1. Thank you. My understanding is that Mexico City has many cartels operating within it currently.

      The cartel most people associate with Mexico City is La Unión Tepito. However there is also Fuerza Anti-Unión, or "Forces Anti Unión Tepito", one of their main rivals. The CJNG is rumored to be arming Fuerza Anti-Unión right now. These are just some among many of cartels in MC.

      There are also street gangs that run micro-trafficking operations just like in other cities like Juarez and Tijuana. In Mexico city groups like the Tláhuac Cartel and Los Rodolfos come to mind.

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    2. Thanks for the reply Hearst. Is there any possible specific reason why cjng/cds/lfm never tried moving to MX ? Is la tepito union that powerful to counter giant cartels ? Is the fear due to government function from there ? Thanks again, this is new info for me

      Kathi

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    3. All excellent questions. I don't think I know enough about Mexico City right now to give you any comprehensive answers but I can recommend these overview articles that link to many other sources with further details. :)

      https://insightcrime.org/mexico-organized-crime-news/la-union-tepito-profile/

      https://insightcrime.org/news/analysis/mexico-city-top-cop-cjng/
      This article is an overview of a CJNG attempted assassination on Omar Harfuch, the head of the Mexico City's police.

      https://insightcrime.org/news/analysis/mexico-city-jalisco-cartel-impact/

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  20. Simply amazing work you're doing HEARST. Would love to see a post in this series for CDG and Tamaulipas in general as they are very fragmented.

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    1. I'd love to do it. You guys just gotta comment and tell MX how much you want to see it because there is no way I could do it without his help. Haha

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  21. Los parades have been around way before 2004

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    1. The sentence says they were recruited around 2004-2005. Not that they came into existence in 2004. :)

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