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Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Pinche Mamito"

"Keep on sending people like these, fucking Mamito piece of shit...."

"Keep on sending more idiots like these, fucking Mamito......greetings from Tocayo and Aguila"

The men behind the banners

[The profesional sicario is someone who maintains anonymity, who doesn’t like to be identified with the spectacular nature of his work. “He could be at a park playing baseball with his kids, just like he could be at a meeting, in a council meeting with the mayor of a city.”]
  Charles Bowden’s Sicario

That is the real horror of these men behind the banners of death. Those who order these atrocities, or who may actively partake in them, may not always appear like your characteristic thug or “naco” but may appear like a laborer, a businessman, or may actually be and dress like a cop. 

Monterrey, northern Nuevo Leon and the adjoining areas of Tamaulipas are supposedly crawling with Army and Marine troops, federal and state police but how do these atrocities and homicides occur so frequently?

How do heavily armed men, and their bound and gagged victims, travel on roads avoiding capture. Of course some of these sicarios are apprehended and their cells taken down but usually after much of their work has been completed.

For example, Yahir Perez Lopez, the killer of la Pelirroja, and his cell that was arrested by federal police last Friday have already been linked by investigators to 21 murders in the Monterrey metropolitan area since last October. Among these deaths are 12 state and municipal police and prison officials.

And these are only the cases where bodies of their victims were left behind. Investigators fear there were many more victims whose bodies were disposed of and will never be found.  

Most, but not all, of the victims were linked to organized crime. Nuevo Leon’s society was also a victim of Yahir’s savagery .

El Mamito y El Tocayo

Two of the names on these banners are long time members of Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel and hold high leadership positions within those organizations and probably had mutual connections and dealings before both organizations split apart in early 2010.

These two men, “el Mamito” and “el Tocayo”, also have a five million dollar reward for their capture, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments.

Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, aka el Mamito (Zeta-7 or Zeta-8 depending on the source), is one of the few original “Zeta Viejos” that remain at large.

According to the DEA and U.S. State Department el Mamito oversees marijuana and cocaine trafficking operations in the state of Coahuila with Alejandro Treviño Morales (Miguel Angel Treviño’s brother).

El Mamito has been under Federal U.S indictment since 2008 in the District of Columbia and has been designated as a narcotics kingpin and faces economic sanctions by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

In statements released by SIEDO, Mexico’s federal organized crime task force, and attributed to former Zetas who entered Mexico’s witness protection program, El Mamito is responsible for coordinating the training of Zetas Nuevos, or the newer generation of Zetas, by a group of ex-Guatemalan kaibiles.

Gilberto Barragan Balderas, aka Tocayo or Heriberto, is a top lieutenant in the Gulf cartel and was reportedly the coordinator responsible for enforcement of Gulf Cartel “law” when Los Zetas were still the cartel’s enforcement arm.

In his position el Tocayo ordered and oversaw executions, kidnappings, disappearances and tortures.

According to the DEA and U.S. State Department el Tocayo also is responsible for obtaining advance notice of Mexican military and police patrols and mobile checkpoints and ensuring safe passage of drug shipments to the border for the Gulf cartel.

El Tocayo is also charged in the same Federal U.S. indictment in the District of Columbia as el Mamito and has also been designated a narcotics kingpin by OFAC.

El Mamito and el Tocayo were once members of the same organization and are now mortal enemies. These are the men behind the banners of death.

Recently the University of Heidelberg in Germany unveiled their latest annual conflict barometer for the year 2010, published by their globally recognized Institute for Conflict Research. They studied and categorized all the conflicts occurring in the world today and recognized only six conflicts as true wars

The drug war in Mexico was one of those six wars, defined by the “hardening and self perpetuation of massive violence”.

El Mamito and El Tocayo, a culture of corruption south of the Rio Grande, and an insatiable appetite for drugs and a government unwilling to seriously and honestly address this issue north of the border, are all responsible for this war.

Both of these men are just as ruthless as the most deadly Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters but they operate with almost total impunity right across the U.S. border.

Even the insurgents and terrorists in the tribal areas of Pakistan or the cities of Iraq are in greater danger from U.S power than el Mamito and el Tocayo are in Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, with five million dollar bounties that apparently nobody dares collect.



  1. the shit written about Gilberto is hilarious. Can someone please confirm its him or is it speculation?? I have a few neighbors named Tocayo. haha

  2. I think you got Mamito's picture wrong, I remember Mamito having a dark skin.

  3. You have the info about Yair incorrect. Yair was la Pelirojjas boyfriend or husband, not her killer.

  4. jaysus..that stupid video game is gonna have to work hard to even come close to the real thing in Mexico..not even the savages in Africa can compete with these butchers

  5. From this week's Economist:

    last year [criminals] took 1,181 people hostage...
    Ransoms paid last year climbed to $238m...
    The [criminals] are becoming the masters of [the region]...
    The economic cost evaluated at $5b-$7b a year...
    90% of captured [criminals] are released quickly...
    The [international governing body] says it is committed to (...) bringing [criminals] to justice and helping them find other livelihoods...

    Mexico? Nah, Somalia, a failed country. But close enough, he?

  6. More conflicting info about Yair/Peliroja......

    and to lito'brito.... you can't even be serious. In Rwanda alone there were an estimated 850,000 (some say up to 1 million) murders over the course of 100 days. That makes Mexico look like a fucking paradise.

  7. marc

    Well, the way things are going in Mexico; I'm expecting a video of them eating their enemies and making mince meat cannibal "barbacoa" and feeding it to their sicarios and throwing the left overs to their pet dogs. It won't be long.

  8. Man, I could have done without that on the front page this morning. I've seen it earlier of course but I wasn't really prepared for it this morning, I think the unceasing brutality is starting to mess with me. Each one of these pieces of hamburger used to be a human, with family, hopes, memories and experience to share, now they are nothing but rotted flesh. I think the claim that most of these people are narcos isn't one I can debate, but this isn't likely to stop there and besides, people are people, if you are human you don't do this. Of course the facts speak for themselves and clearly my definition of human isn't what reality is. One thing is sure, the people who do this are quite likely to suffer a similar fate, you live by the machete you die by the machete. Civilization is doomed.

  9. Yes you can usually bet that whatever messed up shit you do to cartel members, they will find out exactly who you are and your role in what you did and do shit worse to you.

  10. These assholes need to be caught asap. No wonder the mexican military is getting their ass kicked, especially if they are being compared to the insurgency in iraq and afghanstan. Cold blooded monsters.

  11. JAJAJAJA oh yeah!!! I made the mistake on sitting at my desk eating my shredded wheat minis and logged on to BB....

    Breakfast over

  12. @EarniesWorld
    ... that is Mamito. Check out the links that were provided on the bottom of the article. Not sure about the Tocayo mentioned on cardboard narco message is the same as the one in the pic. The Tocayo that was mentioned in the article just seems like someone who would help the cartel. Being a leader, sicario, z hunter is different from his role.

  13. These assholes need to be caught asap. No wonder the mexican military is getting their ass kicked, especially if they are being compared to the insurgency in iraq and afghanstan. Cold blooded monsters.


    you must be new here,
    everyday the news has 5 or 6 people killed (Narcos)
    with military standing over them.
    dont confuse this with Vietnam, now that there was an Ass Kicking

  14. Who did yahir work with?


  16. Estas fotos de La Carneceria es en Ramones, NL No? Que lastima y cerebro de maldita persona para hacer esta maldad. Den le mejor el tiro de gracia.

  17. Has anybody ever heard anything about Mamito and palo mayombe or a similar system of beliefs? A well informed source once told me Mamito was into that type of thing and was even known to bathe in human blood.

  18. oh its a sic(ario) world...but in the end we all die, so this isnt that bad... they cant actually deliver you to hell... Life is a game... Live to Win.

  19. I've heard the rumors about Palo Mayombe too. Not specifically with Mamito, but that alot of these scenes showed signs of Palo-like influence. The recent Acapulco scenes with skinned heads and altar-like displays are the ones i have heard mentioned more than once on the subject.

  20. yes..the carribean african-latino voo-doo religion.
    In cuba & Dominican Republic. I think Puerto Rican also.

    Palo (stick) represents the belief spirits reside in objects especially stick type (gun? machete?) can't remember much else or if the spirits were evil or good in the palo. your saying Mamito is rumoured to follow it? I think it was formed by african slaves brought to carribean who rejected christianity and formed this infusion of voo-doo belief. there are many of these types of "religions"

  21. "How do heavily armed men, and their bound and gagged victims, travel on roads avoiding capture. Of course some of these sicarios are apprehended and their cells taken down but usually after much of their work has been completed."

    this is a great comment that i have wondered many times, especially in a smaller city with no freeways like juarez. how do they get passed the check points or just get from point A to point B without getting caught? how do these criminals roam the streets so freely? the sicarios, the kidnappers, the drug dealers all accomplish their jobs routinely. and how accurate they are with getting and killing their victims too.

    something weird here. just another one of mexico's many unexplained mysteries.

    good article Gerardo

  22. @ ajulio it's because alot of the local cops are on the payroll, so the crews know when and where the checkpoints are happening. The checkpoints are also used by the authorities to hold people until the cartels get there to abduct or extort them.

  23. The network of informants are a big part of avoiding the checkpoints, too. Constant 2 way radio and cell phone communication by lookouts spread out over the cities creates an effective early warning system.

  24. me cago de la risa!!

  25. que bueno.....ta chido!!!

  26. @ 5:42 am

    Yeah you're right. The cops are always communicating with each other and with the narcos too. Crazy......

  27. The same source also told me Mamito maintains a residence and a family in Cuba. Has anyone else heard anything similar?

  28. Here's an interesting letter to the President from Piedras Negras, Coahuila talking about El Mamito.

    It is from the end of November 2010, but still relevant and could explain alot about what happens in Coahuila.

  29. me da hueso!!! me gusta ver los zetas como asi!!!


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