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Friday, December 6, 2013

Tijuana cartel member sentenced in California for attempted murder.

Borderland Beat
Note: Thanks to J on forum for the tip on the news.
A United States citizen whose brother is said to be a high-up drug cartel assassin was sentenced on attempted murder charges in San Diego, Calif. on Friday.
30-year-old Jorge Sillas received at least 21 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder, the Associated Press reported. Law enforcement officials said that Sillas participated in a scheme to kill a mother and her son in Southern California who hadn't yet paid a drug debt. Sillas allegedly offered $50,000 to have the duo taken out.
Sillas didn't say much in court on Friday. He apologized for the crimes, while his attorney explained that the client had been influenced by his older brother, Juan, AP reported. Until this brush with the law, Jorge Sillas has kept a clean criminal history.

Sillas was said to be working under orders from the Arellano Felix cartel - one of the most well-established and powerful drug cartel operatives in Mexico. Juan Sillas was largely seen as one of Tijuana's most ruthless assassins prior to his 2011 arrest.

Juan Sillas Rocha, Jorge´s brother is responsible among other crimes for the kidnapping of Mayo Zambada´s nieces. At the moment of his arrest in Tijuana he was believed to be working in partnership with the Beltran Leyva Cartel.
The hit on the Southern California couple was lined up between 2010 and February 2011, before law enforcement performed a raid on Jorge Silla's Palmdale home. Police took two AR-15 rifles, around $20,000 in cash and at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the residence.

Sillas, along with defendants Victor Gonzalez and Danny Cepallo, were said to have organized the murder. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to attempted murder, while Cepallo was sentenced to five years in a state facility in June. 

U.S. attorneys are currently looking to extradite Sillas from Mexico concerning a separate charge from 2005, when a man in North Dakota was shot nine times in front of two children after a drug deal went south. 

Suspects Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot Commissioned by Mexican Drug Cartel

Thursday, February 17, 2011. PALMDALE – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest today of three suspects in a foiled murder-for-hire plot commissioned by a Tijuana drug cartel.

Dozens of special agents from the California Department of Justice armed with a search warrant conducted the early morning raid at a residence in Palmdale, California.

Arrested there without incident at 6:50 a.m. were Jorge Ernesto Sillas-Rocha, 27, and Victor Manuel Magana Gonzalez, 24, for conspiracy and murder-for-hire. Agents also seized two AR-15 assault weapons, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and an estimated $20,000 in cash.

Agents later arrested Daniel Ceballos, 34, at a Starbuck’s coffee shop in Palmdale.

Also to be charged in the case is Juan Francisco Sillas-Rocha, 33, known as “Ruedas,” who is a lieutenant in the Tijuana cartel called the Arrellano Felix Organization, a vicious gang of drug traffickers responsible for violent murders in Mexico.

“This case sends a message to the border drug cartels trying to do business here: Justice will be swift and certain when you cross into California,” Attorney General Harris said. “I applaud our agents and law enforcement partners for their good work in uncovering and thwarting this murder-for-hire plot.”

Ruedas Sillas-Rocha was identified by investigators as soliciting individuals to assassinate victims in California who owed the cartel large sums of money. Ruedas Sillas-Rocha directed these individuals to carry out the murder of five family members in a simulated home-invasion robbery. Ruedas Sillas-Rocha was willing to pay the would-be assassins thousands of dollars for committing the murders.

Earlier this month, agents with the Department of Justice received information about a possible murder-for-hire plot targeting victims who reside in California and who have ties to the Arrellano Felix Cartel. The targeted victims were said to have owed the cartel a large sum of money, believed to be the proceeds from drug sales. Agents used sophisticated investigative techniques to track the suspects to Palmdale, northeast of Los Angeles.

The investigation also implicated Fernando Sanchez Arrellano, the boss of the Arrellano Felix Cartel, in the California murder-for-hire plot. That investigation is ongoing.

Jorge Ernesto Sillas-Rocha, Gonzalez, and Ceballos are being held in the San Diego County Jail. They will be prosecuted by the San Diego County District Attorney, who is also expected to issue a warrant for Ruedas Sillas-Rocha’s arrest.


  1. WTF is Tijuana cartel? Aren't they dead?

  2. another goes down and ten more to follow, never ends

  3. CAF is extinct. Tijuana is not their backyard nomore.

  4. Tijuano, hopefully you doing better in health. What happened with part 4 ?
    I haven't forgot.

  5. Tijuano wats good with part 4 I haven't forgot eather..and arellano felix is very much alive and still controls tj!!!!

  6. No, the cartel is only dead in name. Good job catching them!!

  7. Benjamin's son Franky is running the show along with Fernando. The AFO were the first organized crime family to ever form as a real Mafia that ever existed and took complete control if a border city in Mexico. Chapo was a mandadero and Mayo was a freelance trafficker back when the Arellanos were building their empire in the northern Baja city. Shit los Aretes even controlled Michoacan and DF back in the day. CAF was serious business and still is.
    More than 25 years in the business and the company is still running the show behind closed curtains.
    Only because the pit won't bark doesn't mean that it won't bite your head off.

  8. tijuana cartel is active u just dont know because u dont live here

  9. man with that new camo pattern, the uniforms of those soldiers look way more intimidating..

    1. Never mind the camouflage pattern, mind the firepower they're packing and the training they have.

  10. CAF, TJ-cartel what does it matter? Just like as long as there is an NFL around there will be football teams around. One goes broke it is replaced by another. A coach screws up he is replaced by another. Young players move in and replace the old. Football teams and drug cartels they are the same, just different names.

  11. El ponchis running thangs

  12. This is the first time I hear Sillas being associated with the. Beltran Leyva organization

  13. afo are weak in numbers but strong in internet supporters. Dudes fled tijuana and are in mazatlan

  14. Was or is Jorge Hank rohn,tijuana's ex-presidente monecipal the big boss behind the Tijuana drug trafficking organization,including the arellano Felix organization? Taesa,casinos,zoos,attempted buys of casinos in the US,bullfights,dog races,government contracts,friendships with people like the imaginary billionaire Donald trump,murder,etc etc, and best of all,impunity from prosecution both sides of the border...

  15. el Frankie runs the show with el inge!!

  16. he should have killed Mayo's nieces.

  17. Tijuana is allied an has been for a while with the BLO,hence Chapo Isidro takin plazas and killin the leadez of the Sinaloa Cartel in Baja California Sur. BLO has also operated in Mexicali and Nogales since their beggining. El H started his career in Nogales,still moves through there,despite all CDS nutthuggers!

  18. @December 7, 2013 at 3:02 AM: Thanks, I´m better now and hopefully Part 4 should come early next month(maybe earlier, but don´t quote me).

    @December 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM: That was news to me too, but that´s what his indictment claims, I know he kept his ties with CAF and that Inge tried to free him when he was arrested, but don't have any more info on that, except what Zeta magazine wrote.

    @Anyone who has info: Anybody heard anything about "Frankie"? I know he was in there, there were rumors of Ramon Arellano Jr´s involvement too, but it´s been years since I heard something from them, either they are doing a great job of being low key, or they left the business.

    1. They both learned from their fathers' mistakes. Flashing and alot of wackings in broad daylight draws too much heat which is bad for business. If they do or don't have any role in their family business, only the right people know that. But what makes you think that they will just abandon Enedina to take care of the whole operation? Remember the original founders are long gone.
      But best believe that there is still alot of old wise guys out there still loyal to the Arellanos since the 80s and 90s that successfully stayed under the radar. People say "no more manpower , they are weak, or they are weak in numbes" . Nah kids the real Mafia is a secret service now a days and more income flows by low profiling.
      The sons ,nephews or younger proteges should I say of Benjamin and Ramon took that sense of approach. When do you see them or any CAF associate flashing material online like others that Im not gonna mention? Look up Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali from the Gambinos.

  19. The sad truth about it is that the majority of Arellano members end up telling.They are the sole culprits behind their demise.The only one who seems to have kept quiet was Chuy Labra.Even the dudes from Logan snitched,like Nacho aka El Pit,Marcos Quinones el Pato & countless others.Gente de Tijuana,aka Gallo de Tijuana,aka TB,he doesnt really know what he says he knows.If he did he would know Flippy from Logan one of the guys arrested with Pato in 2003 got released & recently got smoked.Their is no denying the AFO is alive,but it doesnt have the power it once had.You have to give them credit though,they're not as stupid as these other guys making their activities public on social networks.

  20. What does frank cali hve to do with this? Hes actually considered a low key respected guy

  21. Sillas brother gets 21+ yrs....The other guy gets probly same.. .and Ceballos gets way less and sent to state...hhhhmmmm sounds like a rat/snitch happened..????

  22. EL CAF IS ALIVE AND WILL NEVER DIE OR BE REMOVED TIJUANA BAJA NORTE MANDA EL CAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. What's the Tijuana Felix the Cat Cartel anyway? Mexicans try to kill surfers from Cali for coke money? Wtf is going on in the southland? 21 years + means what? It better not be in PB cuz my beach rocks. Viva la PB bitches


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