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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Capos Captured in 2014

Translated for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article by Otis B Fly-Wheel

The detentions of El Chapo Guzman and Vincente Carrillo Fuentes were big hits against the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels

City of Mexico:
The maximum security prisons of Altiplano in the state of Mexico, and Puente Grande in Jalisco had new organised crime tenants in 2014

Among the most important captures of the year are Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, El Chapo, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, and Vincente Carrillo Fuentes, El Viceroy, head of the Juarez cartel.

Other cartels also suffered big hits to their structures, Beltran Leyva, Arellano Felix, Knights Templars, Jalisco Nueva Generacion, Los Rojos, La Familia Michoacana, Los Zetas, CDG, and Guerreros Unidos.

The following are the most powerful bosses captured in 2014:

Red link words Detention: and Death: link to the original BB reports

Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera
El Chapo
Leader of the Sinaloa Cartel
Detention: February 22nd in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, he was in a condominium with his wife and daughters.
Prison: Altiplano, State of Mexico
Charges: Being a member of a delinquent organization, crimes against health, violation of Federal Law on firearms and explosives, money laundering.

Vincente Carrillo Fuentes
El Viceroy
Leader of the Juarez Cartel
Detention: 9th of October in Torreon, Coahuila.
Prison: Puente Grande, Jalisco.
Charges: Ownership of arms for exclusive use of the armed forces, being a member of delinquent organization.

Hector Beltran Leyva
El H
Leader of the Beltran Leyva Cartel
Detention: October 1st, in San Miguel of Allende, Guanajuato. Eating with the businessman German Goyeneche Ortega in a seafood restaurant.
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico.
Charges: Ownership of arms for exclusive use of the armed forces and possession of ammunition, narco trafficking, there are 29 preliminary investigations against him, both common and Federal jurisdictions, in addition to three arrest warrants issued.

Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano
El Ingeniero, 41 years old
Leader of the Tijuana Cartel
Detention: June 23rd, in Tijuana, Baja California. Watching a Mexico vs Croatia Soccer game in Resturant.
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico.
Charges: Money laundering, narco trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and homicide.

Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado
Leader of Guerreros Unidos Cartel
Detention: October on the Mexico - Toluca highway.
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico
Charges: Being a member of a delinquent organization, ownership of firearms for exclusive use of the armed forces, he was involved in the forced disappearance in Iguala of the 43 Normalistas of Ayotzinapa.

Dionisio Loya Plancarte
El Tio, 59 years of age.
Leader of the Knights Templar
Detention: January 27th, in Morelia, Michoacán. He was hiding in the closet of a house to evade capture.
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico
Charges: Ownership of firearms for exclusive use of the armed forces, being a member of a delinquent organization, crimes against health, named in 14 Ministerial records for probable participation in diverse criminal acts.

Ismael Zambada Imperial
El Mayito Gordo
Sinaloa Cartel
Detention: November 12th in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
Prison: Puente Grande, Jalisco
Charges: Crimes against health, ownership of firearms for exclusive use by the armed forces, owning ammunition for exclusive use by the armed forces.

Rafael Guadalupe Felix Nunez
El Changuito Antrax
Los Antrax, Sinaloa Cartel.
Detention: November 13th, in Culiacan, Sinaloa. He was captured on board a Nissan Sentra vehicle.
Prison: Aguaruto, Sinaloa
Charges: Crimes against health, violation of Federal Law of firearms and explosives.

Jose Maria Chavez Magana
El Pony
Leader of La Familia Michoacana in state of Mexico.
Detention: July 1st in Penjamo, Guanajuato.
Charges: Escape from Zitacuaro prison Michoacán in 2007 where he was imprisoned for crimes against health, and accused of kidnapping and extortion.

Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez
El Menchito or El Junior
Leader of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Detention: January 30th, in Zapopan, Jalisco
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico
Charges: Ownership of firearms and ammunition for exclusive use by armed forces, money laundering and crimes against health.

Leonor Nava Romero
El Tigre, 45 years of age.
Leader of Los Rojos Cartel
Detention: May, in Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero, travelling in a car.
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico.
Charges: Being a member of a delinquent organization, crimes against health, use of false documents, violation of Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives.

Maria Nava Romero
La Dona
Leader of the Los Rojos Cartel
Detention: March 5th, in Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro.
Charges: Being a member of a delinquent organization.

Fernando Martinez Magana
El Z16
Los Zetas Cartel, head of plaza for Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
Detention: May 14th, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Prison: Puente Grande, Jalisco.
Charges: Being a member of a delinquent organization, crimes against health, ownership of firearms and ammunition for exclusive use by the armed forces.

Juan Manuel Rodriquez Garcia
Juan Perros
Leader of the Cartel del Golfo
Detention: May 25th, in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Prison: Altiplano, state of Mexico
Charges: Being a member of a delinquent organization, crimes against health, ownership of firearms and ammunition for exclusive use by the armed forces.

Juan Fernando Alvarez
El Ferrari
Regional boss of Los Zetas, in the central zone of Tamaulipas.
Detention: May 17th, in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, he was getting on a bus.
Prison: Cefereso no 11 in Hermosillo, Sonora.
Charges: Crimes against health, ownership of firearms for exclusive use by the armed forces.

Juan Manuel Rodriguez Rodriguez
Head of Los Zetas
Detention: June 17th in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
Charges: Homicide, kidnapping, extortion, transit of drugs, and violation of the Federal Law of firearms.

Ricardo Ivan Santillan Trejo
Boss of Los Zetas in the Municipality of Mante and Hidalgo.
Detention: June 15th, in Mante, Tamaulipas.
Charges: Homicide, kidnapping, extortion, transit of drugs, and violation of the Federal Law of firearms.

Luis Jimenez Tovar
Cabeza de Marrano
Boss of Los Zetas in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
Detention: July 3rd in Leon, Guanajuato.
Charges: Kidnapping and Homicide.

Eleno Salazar Flores
Pantera 6
Operator from Cartel del Golfo.
Detention: July 24th in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
Charges: Human trafficking, drug trafficking, arms trafficking.

List of those killed:

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez
El Chayo or El Mas Loco, 44 years of age.
Founder of La Familia Michoacana and leader of Knights Templar
Death: March 9th in Tumbiscatio, Michoacan. Special Forces of Marina and Sedena located Nazario. When ordered to surrender, he opened fire on the authorities, and was killed in the confrontation.

Enrique Plancarte Solis
Kike, 44 years of age.
Leader of Knights Templar.
Death: March 31st in Colon, Queretaro. He was walking down a street when he noticed the presence of Federal Forces, he tried to hide, when the forces tried to arrest him he opened fire on them. The authorities repelled the aggression and Solis was hit by gunfire. He died in the ambulance while being transferred to Hospital.

Benjamin Mondragon Pereda
El Benjamon
Leader of Guerreros Unidos Cartel.
Death: October 14th, in Jiutepec, Morelos. He committed suicide after a gun battle with Federal Forces, the shooting stopped while the criminal tried to negotiate with the forces, to let his fiancee leave the house. When she walked out he shot himself.

Galdino Mellado Cruz
El Z-9, 41 years of age.
Second in charge and a founder of Los Zetas
Death: May 9th in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Federal Forces located the delinquent hiding. From the inside of the building he was hiding in, came fire from grenade launchers and heavy calibre firearms. Subjects arrived in various vehicles, and attacked the Federal Forces. After the confrontation, the authorities went inside the structure and found the body of Cruz.

Original article in Spanish at Milenio


  1. Se les olvido el simple cdg!

  2. Didn't they recently release El Menchito?

    1. Yes they did, but he was imprisoned in 2014

    2. Well the title says "Capos captured during 2014"!

  3. Thats a heavy list of heavy hitters n friends, can Mexico repeat that kind of year?

    1. Yes why not? with the Iron Hand of EPN of course! EPN el mas chingon! limpiando los cancers de mexico!

  4. Well there it is plain and clear for all EPN haters. The track record speaks for itself. Nobody has come down this hard on the cartels ever. Mexico's still fucked up, but it will always be this way. The best the govt can do is keep putting tremendous pressure on these guys to tone it down and keep them in check. Watch for more of the same this year as well. Omar Z42, Mayo and Mencho are HVT's to be sure...

    1. Calderon captured 3/4 of his target list as well. it means nothing, dog and pony show for fools like you that think it has relevance

    2. EPN IS the leader of all cartels .Most corrupt ,and untouchable

    3. Epn, Century XXI's judas, all of the narcs he has arrested helped put him in the presidence...
      Just one more example, people need to save their local narc and the narcs need to help the people get rid of the politicians...
      FUCK PENA NIETO and all his cabinet..

    4. narcas maybe bad but has bad and corrupt as Nieto

    5. All the ones on jail are paying fir every single favor in there. Any single one. From protection to fun. So #epn its jush cashing in.. plus hes kipping them safe.

    6. 10:01 Yepp. Helping clean the trash little by little at least he is trying. The inheritance the others before him left, big fucking mess all over.

  5. Fuck menchito, aqui puro triangulo dorado

  6. Have these 'strikes' against the cartels reduce the amount of drugs on the streets? No!
    Has it reduced drug consumption? No!
    Has it reduced the violence (murders, rapes, kidnappings, extorsion etc)? No!
    Have those captured/killed been replaced? Yes!
    Is the war on drugs a failure? Yes!
    Is it time to legalize all drugs? Yes!

  7. Does anyone push for interviews for these guys??

    1. Im not sure giving out information about themselves or their cartels is a wise career move for any of these people. The ones that were not killed during their arrests, obviously have a desire to live, not to go down in flames, so if living is a high priority and you are a cartel member, you keep your mouth shut.

      There are the odd exceptions to the rule, La Tuta has always courted publicity.

    2. If they were interviewed, 99% of what they said would be pure bullsh*t anyway.

  8. juan perros sr a zeta, and juan perros jr a golfa?
    --Anyways, this report looks like propaganda for el pri and pena nieto, paid of course...
    --Now in the words of mister negativity, i see how epn exacts cooperation from some narcs, he has them all working for him in the BOILER ROOM...
    --and isn't it amazing how low level no know nothing nobodies keep dying in confrontations with the police and ''soldiers'???
    --even more amazing is that humble students that used to sleep ten to a room on cardboard beds, and used to collect money from volunteers on tin cans, just up and disappear after being shot by the army and police, while real known criminals get properly arrested and shit...
    --Watch your step OTIS, there is a minefield of shit on the negaive positives field...

    1. I didn't write the article, I translated it.

    2. Sincerely, a good job translating it, propaganda and all...
      --due to the way we despise the Mexican government, maybe we expect more dirty linen or trapos sucios , not because of an addiction to gossip, but because we want to contribute to some improvement in mexico, exercises on maidan propaganda do not help

  9. I didn't think.the Zetas captured were that important.

  10. I thought the article was about Capos getting busted but most this guys are just plaza leaders or lieutenants.

    1. Again I didn't write the article or approve or disapprove the list.

  11. Anyone know why the guys who captured hector get their eyes blurred?

  12. and they left out my uncle...Navaro Melendez Oscar Rojo Lopez!! he got arrested on the 4th of may a strip club no less....but he moves mad weight...still running his cell from prison...he controls the whole prison like chapo guzman did...

  13. Played Holdem with Juan Manuel Rod Rod had a lot of money nothings is going to happen Tamps. Tamps is a lost state quit arresting these guys maybe they can run it better

  14. Priista viejidio Cantu is at war with panista panochita let salazar, golfa for matamoros, for elite zeta of pena nieto's priistas...

  15. El menchito looks like stewy from family guy

  16. I dont knows its real fishy how El Viceroy ,El H and El Chapo get arrested in a couple months sounds like some sort of agreement with no firefights these guys have power,informants ,friends in high goverment positions...just isnt logical for experienced criminal veterans to all of a sudden let their guard down. Its more than obvious there was an agreement with EPN.

  17. I think they could run it better from the shadows, but they publicise their business by doing it in daylight, in public places, with no regard for bystanders. As long as they act like this, they will always get arrested.

    1. At the end, they all pay the price one way or the other, it doesn't matter

  18. Owner of rodeo night club arrested for drug selling and money laundering and more info it was a 3 years of investigation

  19. Since he was a founding member of Los Zetas and has a Z designation, i suspect he died a Zeta. He may well have previously been CdG

    1. if you're talking about z 9 he was cdg. When they went to war he sided with cdg.

  20. El 42 de los zetas en Piedras negras 100!


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