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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2 years behind bars, the prosecution against “Doña Lety” appears stalled

LeChef Borderland Beat  Source

Chivis Note:  Delays usually end favorably with defendants.  Often released on the basis of human rights violations

One year and nine months after being behind bars, in the process of Leticia Rodríguez Lara (a) “Doña Lety” or “La 40”, only the initial hearing was held in which she was linked to the process and she was issued informal pretrial detention, a situation that could be capitalized by her defense lawyers who could allege violations of due process, since they consider that the client is in a state of defenselessness.

Rodríguez Lara, former agent of  "missing persons" Federal Judicial Police, according to the accusations of the also disappeared Attorney General's Office (now the Attorney General's Office), was the head of the Cancun Cartel and controlled the retail sale of drugs, mainly cocaine, in several of the municipalities of Quintana Roo, mainly in the hotel zone of Cancun.

According to Sol Quintana Roo, she was captured on August 9, 2017, in the state of Puebla, when she went to visit her son José Rafael Socci Rodríguez, “El Dóber”, in the prison of that state, after she had she was arrested in Cancun, a month earlier, on July 7, in possession of firearms, cartridges, drugs and stolen vans.

The woman was apprehended along with Fernando Arellano Carbajal and Rafael Quiroz Alfaro who were acting as federal agents, a situation that they used to alert women about the actions that the authorities could take against the so-called Cancun Cartel, formed by deserters from the Cartel from the Gulf, Los Zetas and other criminal organizations.

After her capture, the woman and the former agents who also served as their escorts were placed at the disposal of the District Judge Specialized in the Accusatory Criminal System, attached to the Federal Criminal Justice Center in the State of Mexico, Iván Aarón Zeferín Hernández, who he linked them to trial on April 10, 2018, pursuant to criminal case 152/2018, for crimes against health and organized crime and decreed them for informal preventive detention.

José Rafael Socci Rodríguez was also linked to the trial, within the same criminal case, upon discovering that he was also part of the Cancun Cartel in which he held an important position, as the son of the head of the organization.

According to the accusations, Leticia Rodríguez was the leader of a criminal group dedicated to the narcotics trade in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Alfredo V. Bonfil, in Quintana Roo, who along with her son José Rafael controlled retail drug dealers in those areas.

Leticia Rodríguez, after defecting from the federal corporation, began as a retail drug seller, that is, as a simple drug dealer, but in a short time she began to form her own organization with former convicts, deserters from Los Zetas, from the Gulf Cartel and gradually became seizing the square.

The organization, which joined the Sinaloa Cartel, would have been operating since 2005, mainly in the hotel zone, bars and beaches of these resorts, under the protection of local and federal authorities, in exchange for periodic economic remuneration and high gifts cost, like motor vehicles.

The Cancun Cartel had local or territorial narcotics distributors or sellers and a large group of people that served as an armed arm for their protection, while Fernando Arellano and Rafael Quiroz, as

Active elements of the Federal Police favored the activities of the organization, by providing all kinds of information obtained from intelligence investigations.

But they also investigated the antagonistic groups of “Doña Lety”, such as the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Los Pelones, the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas and others, and reported to their chief everything related to these organizations, as well as the operations that would be carried out against her by the Attorney General's Office, the Federal Police, the Secretary of the Navy and Defense.

Currently Leticia Rodríguez Lara is confined in the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation CPS 16, Femenil Morelos and her son José Rafael Socci Rodríguez, in the North Men's Preventive Prison.

Regarding Fernando Arellano Carbajal and Rafael Quiroz Alfaro, in their capacity as former public servants, they remain in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation 1, Altiplano, in the State of Mexico.

All of them are waiting for their process to be formally initiated that, being stagnant, the defense of the accused cannot take any action in favor of their clients and less try to provide evidence of their innocence to the court where their cause lies .

Before the slowness of the court where she was linked to the process, the lawyers contemplate the possibility of filing a complaint before the Federal Judicial Council, so that they can expedite the trial and can begin to operate in favor of the accused, who, they say, "they are in a state of defenselessness".


Leticia Rodríguez Lara is 49 years old and is originally from Veracruz; belonged to the disappeared Federal Judicial Police and was assigned to Quintana Roo, only that, like some drug lords like Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, they decided to change sides and join the criminal ranks.

After leaving the corporation, she started as a retail drug saleswoman, but in a short time she began to form her own organization with former convicts and deserters of other drug cartels.

But she not only dedicated herself to the traffic of unnervants, but extended her tentacles to other illicit ones, such as extortions to hotel and restaurant entrepreneurs, mainly from the hotel zone; to owners of bars, clubs, nightclubs and nightclubs with variety, as well as merchants from the municipalities of Xel-Ha, Tulum. Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, among others.

Their illicit diversified the collection of flat, rent to small-scale drug dealers, extortion to entrepreneurs and absolute control of the sale of drugs, through taxi drivers, magazine and newspaper vendors, as well as street vendors.

As you will remember, she was arrested in Puebla after being located by the intelligence services of the SEIDO and the Semar, as confirmed by unofficial sources at the time.

With this action the main organization that operated in this tourist pole was dismantled, who is responsible for violent events in the tourist area, in addition to having forged a network of narcomenudeo that grew to become one of the most violent cells linked to the Cartel from Sinaloa.

"Doña Lety" took notoriety as she managed to take over the square that disputed the criminal organization of "Los Zetas" in the tourist area of ​​Cancun.


  1. No, pos si, pinche vieja degenerada
    Ser policia judicial federal para acabar de puta y madrota barata, cobrando piso, robando, traficando y desapareciendo gente...
    Orale, a comer carpeta cabrona pa que siga ahi de caliente.
    --But who were her associates and Jefes up there?

  2. She needs the death penalty.

  3. How long do you think she would last when she get's out? Everyone in Yucatan wants her head.

  4. I was in playa del carmen this last october and our tour guide told us that cjng had knocked off the rest of the competition in that area so all the young street dealers we kept running into on La Quinta ave and inside the bar/clubs were jaliscos ppl

    1. I found playa del carmen to be peaceful this past January. Quiet with no worries when in the restaurant and shopping district.
      Like many cities where business flows extortion and drug sales have always continued by those criminal organizations. However, not to the annoying behavior that one might expect.


  5. She ain't trying to go out where mencho is killing of his enemies..shes safer inside


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