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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tamaulipas: José Alfredo Cárdenas, nephew of Osiel, trnasferred to federal prison

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Reforma

In the midst of a strong security operation, which included the closing of streets in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, José Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez "El Contador" was transferred to a federal prison.

The transfer of the nephew of capo Osiel Cárdenas took place about fifteen days after he was recaptured in San Luis Potosí and held in the Center for the Execution of Sanctions. (Cedes) of Ciudad Victoria.

The transfer of Cárdenas Martínez as "El Señor Cortés" or "Escorpión" was carried out by air based on the coordination and cooperation agreements with the Government of Mexico and was led by elements of the Federal Police.
After the capture of José Alfredo Cárdenas, leader of the Gulf Cartel, narco message mantas  appear in Matamoros announcing the arrival of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada and the "Vieja Escuela” to Tamaulipas "welcoming dialogue with all the cartels, and that they must align with them. [TY LeChef]
The state authority indicated that Cárdenas Martínez, designated leader of a criminal cell operating in Matamoros, was arrested on March 2 in San Luis Potosí, after completing an arrest warrant issued by Tamaulipas authorities for the crimes of kidnapping and assault.

Unofficially it transpired that he would be taken to a federal prison in Durango.

"El Contador" was one of the priority objectives of the "Security and Prosperity" program, initiated in June 2018 by the Government of Tamaulipas, as well as seven US federal agencies integrated in the "Joint Task West", a group created to combat organized crime in the Texas corridor.

Cárdenas Martínez had already been arrested in February 2018 by members of the Mexican Armed Secretariat, but was later released.

The Attorney General of Tamaulipas offered a reward of two million pesos to anyone who gave information that would allow its location.


  1. Interesting to see the continuing cooperation of Mexican government officials and US government in the war on drugs.
    Curious to see if extradition procedures will be granted. A policy which to me seems to be under under scrutiny by Mexico's government.

    Time will tell.

    1. Well of course he will be set free again, but then judges will still accept the bribe, but will be watched by US agencies. Therefore this time, no get out of jail.

    2. He his being charge with kidnapping as of now. In Mexico it’s a huge offense!

  2. So is el contador really Osiels nephew, if so who is his father and mother?
    Also are these mantas appearing across Mexico really from MZ?

  3. How much money was taken with this accountant?
    I have know "accountants" who got arrested with 20 little onions, one pick-up truck and a motorcycle, oh, and a .22 cal gun... 8 years in Puente Grande, no charges or sentence, por pendejos...
    --Some bean counters are nothing but pinchis cuentachiles.

  4. I guess they gave him two weeks for him to bribe the officials for his liberty.. his broke ass couldn’t afford it so now it’s to federal prison!!

  5. Interesting if the manta is real

  6. Wow somebody is trolling level expert with those fake mantas

  7. That narco manta in Matamoros???
    No way CDS can make it all the way to Matamoros lol not even CDN can

  8. So Mayo Zambada had something to do with his arrest?


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