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Monday, July 20, 2020

6 People Killed in Mexico City Borough in Apparent Gang-Related Land Dispute

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Four people were killed in a drive-by attack; two more died in another incident
Authorities confirmed last week that 6 people were killed in Tlalpan, one of the sixteen boroughs (alcaldías) in Mexico City. The first two victims were found dead inside a vehicle on Tuesday morning. Investigators say they were tortured and executed inside the vehicle. Later that evening, four more people were killed a few blocks away in a drive-by shooting.

Witnesses told the police that they heard loud bursts of gunfire in the evening. Once the shooting ended, many of them left their homes and found the bullet-ridden vehicle at an intersection. The bullet traces showed that the victims were attacked from the rear, front and sides. All four victims are presumed to be family members and authorities say that the attack was driven by a land dispute between rival gangs in the Ajusco forest. 

Mexico City's Attorney General's Office have identified at least 5 gangs in Tlalpan and the Ajusco area. The main suspect in these attacks is a former Beltran Leyva Cartel member known as El Valiente. He worked alongside former federal policeman Eznel Cortes Jimenez, who was murdered in Tlalpan in March.


One of the main groups in the area is known as Los Rojos (The Red Ones). They are originally from the state of Morelos and were headed by Santiago Mazari Hernandez ("El Carrete" and/or "El Señor de los Caballos"), one of the main suspects in the 43 missing students case from September 2014. Los Rojos are a splinter cell of the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

Los Rojos have suffered from schism and infighting in recent years. Its splinter cells operate in Milpa Alta, Tlahuac and Tlalpan. They smuggle armament and narcotics into Mexico City. The police said that homicides in these areas have increased due to gang-related activity as these groups compete for drug distribution zones, extortion and land appropriation in the Ajusco forest area.

There are other leading gang members in the area, including Martin Armando Barcenas Jara ("El Rorro"). He heads a gang that sells drugs and extorts businesses in Tlalpan. One of his main extortionists, Fernando Ari Alvarez Rubin ("El Guerrero"), was murdered earlier this year in Xochimilco. El Rorro was arrested in December 2019 for beating a witness inside a government office with the help of two government employees. However, he was released and resumed his organized crime activities.

Another gang leader in Tlalpan is Alberto Omar Gallo Vazquez ("El Galleta"). He once worked for the now-extinct La Manos con Ojos gang before forming his own. La Mano con Ojos was also a splinter group of the Beltran Leyva Cartel. El Galleta has been a fugitive since 2010 after investigators linked him to the mass murder of the Sanchez Perez family in San Miguel Ajusco.

A gang known as Los Mayas, headed by Abel Maya Dominguez and Teofilo Maya Gallegos ("El Mirris"), also operates in Tlalpan. Los Mayas are also from Morelos but have established their presence in the Mexico City area over the years. Investigators say that Los Mayas are responsible for the October 2019 murder of environmentalist Paul Vizcarra Ruiz.

Sources: Televisa; El Universal (1); El Universal (2); Silla Rota


  1. Edomex is a big mess. Lots of groups there.

  2. So they are fighting over land in a forest in CDMX? Why? Are they growing weed there or burying bodies or something? Illegal logging? Hell you never know, it's Mexico.

    1. A combination of everything. They can also resale land and make some dough. Or maybe it is so they can stop other gangs from smuggling their the forest (since that is how many guns and drugs make it into CDMX).

  3. alguien me puede explicar
    de todos modos terminan

    1. Same thing. A shooting is technically an attack. "Shooting" is my precise since it tells you the type of "attack", if that makes sense. But if you see a picture of dead bodies inside a car, you can infer the drive by "attack" was a "shooting".

  4. Why are you still pushing that accusation that El Carrete or Los Rojos had anything to do with the 43 Ayotzinapos???? Just because the rest of your "report" could be true, you have no right to twist or bend or stretch "La Mentira Historica", and this is not the first time Míster MX...

    1. I'm not "pushing" anything. This information was translated from cited source, El Universal. In the future, I suggest you read through the cited sources before making direct accusations. All my publications are translations/paraphrases of cited sources, unless I'm providing my own analysis (which is not the case here).

      While you're at it, please show us your expertise on the Ayotzinapa case. Tell us who the real perpetrators are and provide sources/evidences for your findings. I hope they are good enough for the prosecution.

    2. 9:00 MX provides valuable information in these site.he translates information, while you sit in the basement, MX and Chivis your the Best!

  5. Marc2020 is full of it too.
    BB has been in on this case since the next day, me too, but i never knew who the federal police comisioned in Guerrero was, Omar Hamid Garcia Harfuch
    Use your own criteria, find other sources than chayote hungry Excelsior still covering up for the peñanietistas.
    By the way, i was in Mexico City 3 Years before Tlatelolco, but i never paid too much attention to the news, the revolutionaries, the students or the government.
    MX You wanna be a reporter, fact check your sources.

    1. El Carrete is still a main suspect and key piece in the Ayotzinapa case, since he may know a lot more than he's probably confessed about Guerreros Unidos and other things. That may change as the "verdad histórica" continues to erode, sure, so only time will tell.

      As a reporter, I write material here that was previously published by reliable sources. I do not add my own views simply because I believe them to be correct, and I do not remove sources' views because I disagree with them.

      The threshold for inclusion in my book is verifiability (from reliable sources), not truth. Truth is not always clear or unquestionable as we may desire. That is the minimum requirement for inclusion but that doesn't mean it is sufficient (it may not be enough).

      I invite you to write a piece to us about the Ayotzinapa case if you have new/improved information, just as long as you can back it up with reliable sources.


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