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Friday, May 1, 2015

"El Chuyin": angel and demon of Villa Ahumada

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article and BB archives

[Subject Matter: El Chuyin, Juarez Cartel, Villa Ahumada
Recommendation: Some prior knowledge of Juarez Cartel would be useful]

Jesús Salas Aguayo “El Chuyín”
Reporter: Patricia Mayorga and especial
For families living in Villa Ahumada, Jesus Salas Aguayo "El Chuyin", leader of the Juarez Cartel apprehended this past Friday the 17th, represented Hell, but for the majority of the village he was their salvation.

He became the head of Plaza for the Juarez Cartel of the North-East corridor, in Chihuahua, Parral and other parts of the state, after the apprehension in May of 2008, of his countryman Pedro Sanchez Arras "El Tigre". (Otis: see BB reporter Un Vato in depth guide from 2012 see link)

Even though he adopted a lower profile than his predecessor Pedro Sanchez, he knew all of the village of Villa de Ahumada and they knew to what, he was dedicated. He is originally from here.

"El Chuyin" is one of the criminals most sought after by the DEA, according to their website who consider him a fugitive with the number W032681616.

Villagers remember "El Chuyin" working with Pedro Sanchez, they drove around in a black Lincoln Navigator. He was with El Guero and his friend", recalls a person close to Aguayo Salas who requested anonymity.

"They were good people (the criminal group), "El Chuyin" had an open account in his name at a Pharmacy, that all villagers could use. They could either go and get their free medicine, or one of "El Chuyin's" men would pick up the medicine and take it to the family that needed it, recalled the witness.

Among other properties, he was the owner of a ranch that the Authorities have confiscated, and a house near a road leading to Juarez across the street from a hotel he had just had built.

Pedro Sanchez was more extrovert, having frequent parties every time he came to Villa Ahumada.

Pedro Sanchez and later "El Chuyin" threw huge parties in a ballroom that belonged to them called "La Cabana". Pedro dressed in a black suit without a tie, recalls another witness who left the village in 2010.

The predecessor of "El Chuyin" spent his time between Parral or Juarez.

"When he arrived, they would have a party in the public square and sometimes in the gymnasium, that was opposite the Municipal Presidency.

"When he came to the Plaza, there was a party in the gymnasium, for example there would be a band "The Jilguerillos" who played until 7 in the morning", said one of the interviewed.

There were frequent parties in the gymnasium and they lasted until six or seven in the morning, and when it was the plaza of Pedro Sanchez they would arrive with tents and beer and everything you need, "his bodyguards were dressed normally, but they were guarding anyone who attended.

They remember that Pedro Sanchez and later "El Chuyin" sheltering near to Benito Juarez, in the Municipality of Buena Vista, specifically in Las Playitas near the ranch where Jesus Salas was arrested.

They had everything under control, entrepreneurs had to negotiate with them for their own safety, they recount (Otis: sounds like extortion to me).

After the detention of Pedro Sanchez, during a combined Chihuahua operation, the Authorities intended to support an opposing group, the Sinaloa Cartel, to take the Strategic drug trafficking plaza, but they couldn't achieve it, said one of the interviewees.

After the apprehension in Parral of Pedro Sanchez and the assassination of his bodyguard Gerardo Gallegos Rodelo, its obvious that the Federal Government tried to "clean" the plaza for the opposing group, affirmed a witness.

Also made evident is the collusion of Municipal Agents with the criminal group in this region. In March of the same year 2008, the Mexican Army apprehended five Municipal Agents for associated with organised crime.

Rigoberto Ruiz Sida, Jose Guadalupe Santan, Juan Pablo Remes Torres, Jesus Francisco Lopez Cadena and Daniel Solis Solis, were put at the disposal of the Federal Authorities and days after obtained their liberty after paying a 5000 pesos fine.

In May during the funeral of bodyguard Gilberto Gallegos, he arrived at the cemetery in Villa Ahumada in a white Escalade, with a caravan of bodyguards, record the two witnesses.

A military group broke into the cemetery, and apprehended those people who worked with Pedro Sanchez and seized drugs. the soldiers arrived in two helicopters and vehicles. "they had a man taking photographs, of Pedro's people, also they took them away, recalls a man who left the village.

On the morning of 18th of May 2008, the inhabitants of Villa Ahumada were alerted by the Municipal Authorities about the arrival of an armed commando that had instructions to "clean" the region.

A group from the Sinaloa Cartel led by "Tono Marrufo" arrived in the village in search of Juarez Cartel operatives, the resulting gun battle left nine people dead.

"The soldiers were in the village the day before, and returned just after the killings", said the two witnesses.

"They said early that the people of Tono Marrufo were going to arrive to "clean", first there were about four policeman, the witness recalls.

Around one in the morning on the 18th of May, a suburban arrived first with various armed men and hoods, they were wearing skull masks and behind them came more, remembers one of them.

The first people they came across were three Municipal Policeman who they killed and left lying outside a gas station, Jose Armando Estrada Rodriguez, Oscar Adrian Zuniga Davila and Jose Luis Quinonez.

Following were the assassinations of three civilians and the kidnapping of three others, that were later found executed in Ciudad Juarez.

In the ballroom, there were many people because they were celebrating a Quincinera. The same Sicarios closed the exits so the people inside could not leave.

The burreros ( sellers of traditional asaderos and burritos in Villa Ahumada), were hiding in the bathrooms, they could hear the Sicarios searching someone, they asked who he was. Then they opened the door to the bathrooms where they were hiding, they only said "stay here".

Luis Eduardo Escobedo Ruiz, 21 years of age died in the fracas, his body left inside a blue Dodge Ram truck. His mother and other family members, went to the location and assured that he was employed as a workhand at a ranch in Santa Monica.

They called him "El Bardito", he was the son of "El Bardo". "The boy was selling drugs, its like that here when they finish high school they go to Juarez, and those who cannot or do not want to marry, are set to meet and become easy prey of the drug dealers, said one of the witnesses.

The other murdered victims were Julio Armando Gomez Magallanes, owner of the "pollo feliz" or "happy chicken" restaurant and Mario Alberto Gonzalez Castro, employee of the offices of Omnibus of Mexico. The other three men that were kidnapped and executed in Juarez were identified as Aldo Anibal Martinez Hernandez, Arturo Flores Lopez and Hector Guadalupe Sanchez Hernandez, the last a step brother of Pedro Sanchez.

The battle was heard around four in the morning. Later silence prevailed. In a short while the vans passed in a caravan, they were heading towards Chihuahua, to a breach that goes to Benito Juarez and goes to Juarez, a drug transit route.

A few hours later, the Military arrived and installed an encampment in the gymnasium where the Quincinera was held. Months after, Jesus Salas changed into a "protector" of a large part of the village, and hell for the others.

On 15th of July of 2008, two months after the detention of Pedro Sanchez, authorities captured in Lazaro Cardenas, town of Meoqui, strong collaborators of the capo: Gonzalo Garcia Garcia, "El Chalo"; Antonio Flores, "El Tono" and Ricardo del la Rosa Haros, "El Cabe". They were accused on no less than five homicides, and were freed in January of this past year.

Gonzalo Garcia was assassinated with another five members of his criminal group, this passed 17th of March in the Town of Buenaventura. Also killed in confrontation was, De la Rosa Haro.

The Municipal Police of Villa Ahumada  was without staff from 2009 until a few months ago, because of agents being dismissed or killed. At the end of 2008 they killed a commander of the Secretariat of Public Safety.

Jesus Blanco Cano was found with a narco message on the pan America highway, between the villages of Ahumada and Samalayuca. Now the village is expectant because they don't know who has taken the place of Salas Aguayo or which group now holds the plaza.

"El Chuyin was captured this past 17th of April by the Military and elements of the Marines, during a strong operation that forced the three levels of Government to besiege the town of Ahumada, with him they captured four more alleged criminals.

On the following day "El Chuyins" people, the protected ones, fled towards the towns and common lands of the North West, mainly to Bonaventura where they threatened the villagers.

"El Chuyin" had control of Villa de Ahumada, a town localized more than a 100 kilometres from Juarez, the American Authorities accuse him of ordering the assassination of Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, ex member of the criminal group who was living in El Paso, Texas, and was a protected witness of the ICE in 2009.

According to the ICE, Salas mistrusted Gonzalez Galeana and attributed to him, the detention on 13th of May 2008 of Pedro Sanchez Arras "El Tigre", who was third in charge of the cartel, a guide for Vincente Carrillo Fuentes.

Villa Ahumada is infamous because it is the land which housed the heads of the Juarez Cartel such as Rafael Munoz Talavera, Rafael Aguilar Guajardo and Armado Carrillo Fuentes.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso


  1. Mencho captured???

    1. Yeah right!!!!

    2. He may be right,something's goin on ?

  2. I feel for those children because they are too young and naive to understand their father is a monster from Hell. The rest in the picture know better and know what this scum does for a living and where the $ comes from. All stolen blood money from those he has murdered. They are just as complicit living the high life off someone else's hard earned money who were butchered and murdered for it so they could live this way. Execute them bloodsuckers.

  3. El Chuyin rocks he knew how to treat his people

    1. Viva el chuyin y dicen que matan gente inocente

  4. Who took chuyins place?

  5. CDS will probably make a push further into Chihuahua. The Sinaloa-Juarez conflict is certainly not over yet and now Juarez will be weakened from this.

  6. "Mencho captured???" what are you talking about? are you crazy? we are talking about el chuyin, not mencho lol

    1. He is giving us a heads up to the biggest story, Jalisco is on fire throughout the state, and rumors it is because Mencho was captured.
      If you could read Spanish you would not make such an ignorant comment.

      I hate haters, see you made me hate myself pendejo

    2. Chill out man,your right,no need for the hate as you say

  7. In my moms pueblo in chihuahua near Cuauhtémoc theres a liniero and he helped the people more than the government and its peaceful there because hes always protecting his pueblo instead of local police officers... There was a time where two kids where going to a university but they didnt have the money to pay for it so he helped them with that... Its true some narcos help innocents more than the government

    1. Dude is that part of the reason why CDS can never take all of it?
      The people there won't let it happen if they can help it?

    2. What's the town called?

    3. Guerrero municipio por hay se encuentra el pueblo

  8. Great posted story and a little insight into the workings of trying to'limpiar la plaza'Many times we hear of authorities helping in this process,imagine the people's unease when they hear a cleansing is to begin?
    Totally believable..Is El Chuyins arrest a continuation of this process or simply another arrest?

  9. Just waiting for the story of his capture to break now, as soon as they get him safely out of state, the story will break

    1. Mencho was not captured there's raids going on in Jalisco for him but no turn up yet that's why all this is going on have fam out in jalisco right now and they assured mencho isn't even in Jalisco right now

    2. Soo sinaloa entered villa ahumada and were kicked out by el chuyins people??

    3. May 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM Yes, as has happened in Most of Chiwas.Unfortunately for those sinaloa pussies the Feds and Military cant be everywhere all the time lol

  10. They arnt taking no one out the state el mencho is free and out of danger PURO JALISCO CJNG

  11. Good stuff OBf-W!

  12. Its funny how everyone is a leader of some clan looks like the feds need to hire peeps from this website to give them "correct" info...all these POS ain't nothing once they cross the border into the USA cause our police ain't corrupt and judicial system actually punishes criminals instead of letting them go over a fancy dinner or cheap whores!
    All these stupid singers talking all this tuff stuff but most don't even dare to play in some parts of mexico if your so macho then be a man n how your songs claim "live by the gun" well u already know your going to die by it too

    1. You truly have no idea, corruption is everywhere. I mean you really think there is no corruption over here? have you stopped to think how all these drugs make it over heee

    2. Billionaire father's sons need their own songs, in the sixties they were made.about millionaire father's sons...
      --the mexican governing narco-mierdocracia does not need anybody to tell them who or where the crooks are, they own and squeeze them, and more money gets made from them than Grupo HIGA and co. will ever pay in kickbacks...
      In mexico the politicians become politicians because they suck at business and at science or industry, their only technology is get there and steal and steal and steal.

    3. Puro pinched mexicles y arriba el chapo en Juarez .. Juarez es tuyo y aqui estamos para apoyar Como lo hamos estado haciendo desde 2008..att el JD los mexicles.

  13. These people obviously have no clue what salvation is. It baffles me how self absorbed many people are there. The attitudes is "oh this bad guy or that bad guy is our salvation. He educates our kids." Yes only after they destroyed the communities and robbed it of all its independence, jobs through extorting the employers, The worst part is this group could care less about the group of innocent people he may have caused harm to. The attitude is "as long as he didn't harm me." Such a me, me , me country. Clueless! Really gets difficult hearing these stories to feel sorry for any of them.

  14. This is what Im saying!!!! If Chihuahuenses are the sicarios and bosses they are more likely to rescpect the townspeople why???!! because they grew up there, their family is there, their friends are there, their businesses are there, their children go to schools there. These pieces of shit that come from sinaloa durango sonora etc they don't respect the people or the State its self why would they!!! they have no connection to it. They don't care about hurting people or the town. Fuck those culos!! Puro Chihuahua!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Chihuahueño governor Cesar Duarte is one corrupt sonababeech, and he is trying to get chiguauguau trafficking in the pocket for when he is out of power and be padrino for life, his banorte "bank" he denied has a lot of money laundering powers...

  15. Just to make it fucking clear . Luis Eduardo Escobedo Ruiz WASNT SELLING drugs. Dont put dirt on my cousin's name if you dont know SHIT !


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