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Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat material from Proceso

The Capture of Chapo's Father-In-Law Was a "Gift" From DEA to Peña Nieto

woman wearing crown is Emma before plastic surgery
The Gift

The capture of Inés Coronel Barreras, father in law of Chapo Guzmán, in Sonora, last April 30, apparently was not the result of intelligence work of Mexican federal agencies in charge of anti-drug trafficking operations, it was the result of information and work conducted by the DEA.   

This is the information confided to Proceso by Mexican and American agents. The arrest was an attempt by the DEA to win favor of the Pena Nieto administration that would win support allowing them to continue operating freely in México, as it was  in the Calderón administration.

Operation Father-In-law Was a Gift from DEA to México

Intelligence agents from both Mexico and the US have unequivocally confirmed to Proceso that the capture of Inés Coronel Barreras, father in law of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, leader of Sinaloa Cartel, was a gift from DEA to the government of Enrique Peña Nieto.

“Coronel Barrera was located by the DEA and the information given to the government of President Peña Nieto with the purpose of opening the doors for the United States intelligence agencies that have been slammed shut by Peña”, said a Mexican intelligence agent, who lives in Agua Prieta, a city adjacent to Douglas, Arizona.

“Do you think the arrest of Chapo’s father-in-law was a surgical operation?” The Mexican agent asked.

“Maybe the DEA gave it to the Navy [Marina] on silver platter so afterwards the Army, Secretariat of Government and PGR can hang a medal” (take credit).

On April 30th, at approximately at 5:40 am, thirty federal vehicles moved in on the avenues International 20, 30, and 6th Street of this border town.

Sleep of residents was suddenly interrupted by commotion caused by speeding federal vehicles and the blades of the Tomahawk helicopter, that was supporting them, flying at low altitude, according to the accounts by sources, communicated to the reporter.

More than 250 soldiers, marines and federal police that arrived at dawn to this location of Agua Prieta entered to several homes conducting quick inspections.

“And to everybody’s surprise, including local authorities, who were not informed about the operation, after two hours and five minutes (at 7:45 am) the more than 250 federal agents, as well as the helicopter disappeared leaving the town in astonishment who did even not know what had ensued”.

The invasion and quick exit of the numerous groups of uniformed men left the town stunned residents. It’s because before this morning, in this part of Sonora nothing happened, or at least nothing spectacular, it was considered a “safe and totally controlled plaza” because of the power structure of Sinaloa Cartel.

It was not until noon when the people of Agua Prieta began spreading the rumor that federal agents had captured the “troublesome relative” of El Chapo (that’s how people in Sonora refer to Coronel Barrera).

At 4:00 pm of the same day, Eduardo Sánchez, sub secretary of Norms and Media of the Secretariat of Government, announced in a press conference that the Mexican authorities had captured the father in law of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The government of Peña Nieto announced; the arrest was made without gun fire due to the effectiveness of the Mexican intelligence system that had located the alleged drug trafficker.

The narrative of the events in Agua Prieta are that about an hour after the federal officers left, from several areas of almost the entire state of Sonora, about 80 vehicles (mostly trucks) full of armed men quickly headed in several directions towards the mountains.

"It was the chiefs of the plaza that El Chapo and El Mayo (Ismael Zambada Garcia) have in the entire state, says one of the witnesses that spoke under the condition of anonymity.

It all started in Colombia

“Was it the DEA who located Coronel Barreras in Agua Prieta?” An intelligence agent of the United States, who requested anonymity, was asked.

“What I can say is that the government of the United States had time to investigate and follow the tracks of Coronel Barreras in Sinaloa, Durango, Sonora and South America”.

Pressuring him to explain further in the case of the father-in-law of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the agent specializing in Mexican drug trafficking explains that it all started at the beginning of 2012 with a DEA investigation focused on the Colombian Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa.

According to DEA website, Cifuentes Villa is leader of an organization dedicated to traffic cocaine.

“Cifuentes’s organization amassed a great fortune in money and illicit properties, as one of the main providers of cocaine to the Sinaloa Cartel”, reads on a page of the DEA.

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The American agent reveals that in several intelligence reports written by DEA about the Cifuentes Villa Organization, the name Coronel Barreras came up.

"He is identified as the contact person of El Chapo and the person in charge of the transportation of cocaine shipments that originated from several points of South America to Central America and México", he clarifies.

On February 13 of this year, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury of the United States designated Cifuentes Villa – who also has Mexican nationality- “most significant drug trafficker”. 

With this label, Washington applied sanctions, confiscated properties and froze bank accounts that belonged to Cifuentes Villa or associated to him, which were under United States jurisdiction.
OFAC maintains that Cifuentes is owner of 15 companies that operate in Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador.

“Coronel Barrera was under surveillance  by DEA, it’s true, which was confirmed a little more than a month ago, when in Ecuador a shipment of four tons of cocaine was seized that Cifuentes Villa was sending to Mexico”, says the agent.

[Cifuntes Villa was captured in Venezuela and extradited to Colombia in 2012, his sister Dolly Cifuentes Villa was extradited to the United States in August of 2012.  Dolly’s daughter, Ana Maria Uribe Cifuentes was also arrested.  The arrest of Ana Maria caused uproar in Colombia as it became known she is the niece of Álvaro Uribe former president of Colombia. 

The president declared he had no knowledge of any relationship to Ana Maria.  Uribe’s brother Jaime is said to be Ana Maria’s father, the  former president commented:

"My brother Jaime died in 2001, he was married to Astrid Velez, they had two children ... Any other romantic relationship that my brother may have had was part of his personal life and is unknown to me," Álvaro Uribe tweeted. He denied Jaime was ever linked to the drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Ana Marie left Dolly on right

But according to the Nuevo Arco Iris investigation, Jaime Uribe was arrested and interrogated by the army in 1986 after detectives discovered calls had been made from his car phone to Escobar, leader of the Medellín cartel.]

“Was it a shipment for the Sinaloa Cartel?”

“Not only that. The contact person for the shipment of cocaine was Coronel Barreras. This was confirmed by the people arrested at the time of the confiscation of the drug. The suspects arrested include Colombian and Mexicans” replied the agent.
DEA, according to the source, convinced the authorities of Ecuador to keep secret the news of the cocaine seizure “because the detainees agreed to provide additional information in exchange for a reduction in penalties that they would confront in Ecuador, their native country, or the United States, if they were extradited”.

Avoiding revealing more details of the case, because he affirms a continued investigation remains open about other figures of the Sinaloa Cartel, the American agent says that thanks to the confiscation of the cocaine shipment in Ecuador, DEA was able get to the localization of Coronel Barreras.

“It was determined that he moved around the border of Sonora, and that he was in charge of the crossing of marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines and cocaine through the south border of Arizona”, he added.

“So you maintain it was DEA then who gave him to the Mexican government?” 
“The intelligence agencies of the United States continue cooperating extensively with the Mexican government in the fight against drug trafficking. And there is a lot of trust in the Mexican Navy [Marina], which has demonstrated to be a most effective entity to capture drug lords “,  he affirms, barely able to hold back a smile.

Doors are closed

On their part, the Mexican officer reiterates that it was DEA who turned in the father-in-law of El Chapo to the government of Peña Nieto. “That is why there was no shooting”, he says.

“There is no communication with DEA, Secretariat of Government has them completely isolated, with the argument that the relationship is being revised as well as the cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. That is why DEA passed the information directly to Navy, not even the Army”, he points out.
Since December 1st of last year, when Peña Nieto acquired office, his government closed doors that Felipe Calderón had opened to the intelligence agencies of the United States.

During the last president term, DEA, CIA, FBI, Pentagon and Department of Treasury had authorization to spy, operate and investigate under the shelter of the Bi-National Offices of Intelligence created for the security of the Initiative Mérida.

“The DEA agents are desperate because they don’t have anyone to turn to in the government of Peña Nieto, with the exception of the Navy, in which they trust blindly. DEA hopes that with the assistance in the case of Chapo’s father in law, things might change. I doubt it. Although it was very symbolic that Coronel Barrera fell just a few days before the Obama’s arrival to Mexico”, says the American agent.
On Wednesday 1st, sub secretary Sánchez said that Coronel Barrera, of 45 years of age, was captured in a residence that operated as a warehouse, where the Federal Police found 255 kilos of marijuana, 2 trucks, 4 long and 1 short gun, several chargers and dozens of cartridges.

Besides the father in law of el Chapo, Inés Omar Coronel Aispuro (son of Coronel Barreras and as well as brother in law of the leader of Sinaloa Cartel), Juan Elías Ruiz Beltrán, José Heriberto Beltrán Cárdenas and Reynaldo Ríos Morales were also captured.

“The capture is the result of the work of intelligence of the government of the Republic. Their arrest took place approximately at 7:00 am without any gun fire”, affirmed Sánchez

Two families

The leadership structure of the Sinaloa Cartel in Sonora is controlled by two families. According to the description given by the agents and public employees of the United States and México, the control of the plaza are maintained by the Paredes Machado and Salazar families, which are led by Jesús Alfredo Salazar “El Indio”. 

Since the eighties, these two families –with Chapo’s absolute trust- are in charge of monitoring  the transportation of drugs coming  mainly from Sinaloa to the strategic points of Sonora: Agua Prieta, Sonorita, Sasabe, Naco, Nogales, San Luis Rio Colorado, Costa Rica and Riito. To the south, Paredes Machado and Salazar family impose their law in Imurís, Cananea, Caborca, Altar, Santa Ana, Esqueda, Puerto Peñasco, Libertad, Guaymas, San Carlos and Bahía de Kino.

In the Paredes Machado family, El Goyo and El 20 stand out as right hand men of Chapo and in charge of restraining Los Zetas and The Beltrán Leyva in the entire state.


  1. damn dad AND husband in jail. pobre.

    Chivis, how do you think this trial will end? Everyone--from SM users to journalists to lawyers--have all different opinions. No one seems to agree. You'd think by the way he has been painted to the public for years, everyone would guess he'll be guilty BUT NOPE! Hay muchos que dicen that he has a big shot of getting out or receiving a very light sentence.

    If you have time I've love to hear your opinion

  2. El Goyo (R5) is dead and also el 20

  3. The CIA are the ones who gave el chapos father in law to the DEA. If narcos think they are safe using their cell phones they have another thing coming. The cell phone satellites in space are not owned by NASA but the CIA every text, phone call GPS ping is logged. The CIA knows where you are and who you talk to no matter how many burner phones you buy. Theres no encryption strong enough. Unless the cartels plan to launch their own satellite for a billion dollars they are being tracked everywhere they walk.

  4. Mexican goverment and intelligence do not go in the same sentence. Especialmente cuando el bruto de peña nieto era el presidente

  5. Corruption in any country is a MF. There is corruption in the US but Americans have more to loose. Giving up $100,000 pension is not easy and most of the time is because some ass that you do dirty work. If Mexican police agencies would pay a living wage and require a professional police applicants there would be a different drug war. American police agencies play a us vs them tactics. Case law mandates how you treat every case, I remember the days that you would drag criminals if they refuse to walk.

    1. Simon ese u got it take it away.

  6. Is m100 of the Salazar structure still incarcerated?

  7. M100 is the leader of los paredes de AP. Yes he is still locked up in Michigan.

  8. Corruption happens in America. All the time. Try using Google. Here in Texas in the last few years we’ve had several law-enforcement officers in Houston arrested for corruption and a massive corruption case linked to the panama unit, a drug trafficking task force based out of the Valley who’s the leader, Jonathan Trevino was the son of the local sheriff. No corruption in the US are you kidding me… Because that’s a joke and completely false

  9. Seems like plastic surgery is more of a requirement than a choice for the women in narco culture/families

  10. corruption in Chicago is well known, detectives in Chicago chase prostitutes yelling, give me my money, Bit..

    1. Here's that Chiraq corruption article

  11. El 20 (Julio Cesar Lopez Verdugo) was killed in Nogales in May 2014. As another reader commented, Marcos Antonio Paredes Machado (the head of the Paredes family) was arrested in Mexico in 2011 I believe and was extradited to the US where he is currently incarcerated.

    His son (Marco Antonio Paredes) lives in the Phoenix area (San Tan Valley) and does horse racing.

    I don't know who is currently in charge of the Agua Prieta plaza. It is quiet and completely controlled. I don't know who "El Goyo" is or was.

    1. i thought macho prieto and some other guy were in charge of agua prieta and since macho gone the other guy stayed in charge. think his name was checo or chayo or somthing like that

    2. Mp was active in puerto penasco and mexicali as well as other parts of baja California. His compadre el checo was in charge of Mexicali. Now other ppl of the boss r there. Same line different ppl.

    3. thank you for clarification

    4. Last I read here was that cjng and los garibay were taking their plazas in mexicali.. pretty quiet now. Must not have put up a good fight. Los garibay have been there for many years and clicked up with mencho now and that's how cjng entered the plaza. Onother plaza snatched up by mencho

  12. Los Coronel still opertate ?

  13. Chivis can you do a story on the Salazar/paredes history I've always read in the comment sections of these two families having fueds but never much story behind it

    1. I would love to! most people unless from sonora-chih or sin don't know much about them. I just don't have time right now. remind me when yaqui comes back.

      my family is in sonora and sinaloa-funny thing they don't much know narco news like most mex they ignore. but they kept telling me chapo was in mochis, i couldn't believe it because chapaito isidro had a strong presence in mochis. but then there was the bust in the chase for chapo, and in the trial it came out a dialog where they were actually teasing about chapito being there and chapo and i think cifuentes were joking they should knock on the door of chapitos house.

      chapito is a VERY intelligent--and chapo respects that so they give him space, in the times they clashed, isidro is the victor.

      remind me in a month about writing an article

  14. Anyone have any info as to wether nacho is actually Emma’s uncle? I believe she has denied it but she is not very trustworthy to say the least. It seems that someone linked her last name to Nacho and the media ran with it for years. Anyone have info?

  15. Ana Maria Uribe Cifuentes is hot as heck... damn

  16. In one of chapos blackberry texts that where shown in court, they mention marquitos people that are in charge of sonora, they are talking about patedes machado

  17. Theres a corrido called el glass by mario cachorro and kanales. In it mentions los machados from sinaloa. Same guys???

  18. El m100, mandis, el muñeco, and all those people(family) are or where in charge of sonora, there are lots of corridos from tito tornellino, javier rosas, alfredo olivas

  19. Will Emma now face charges because of the allegations made by the prosecution's witnesses?


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