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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

24 Year Sentence Handed To Ex-Bodyguard of Nazario Moreno González, Former Leader of La Familia Michoacana

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias El Chayo or El Mas Loco (The Craziest One), was one of the early members of La Familia Michoacan and its spin-off group the Knights Templar Cartel. He was one of Mexico's most-wanted drug kingpins.

A Mexican federal judge sentenced José Roberto de la Sancha Rodríguez, alias El Chivo, who was the bodyguard of Nazario Moreno González, alias El Chayo and/or El Más Loco, leader and founder of the La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar Cartel, to 24 years in prison. El Chivo was also in charge of supervising the activities of the criminal organization in the eastern region of Michoacán.

El Chivo was found criminally responsible for organized crime involvement, drug trafficking, and of violating Mexico's Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives. The Attorney General's Office (FGR) provided sufficient evidence to the judge, who handed down the 24 year sentence and ordered him to pay MXN$31,170 in fines.

According to court documents, El Chivo was arrested in October 2009 in Morelia, Michoacán. At the time of his arrest, El Chivo was based in Taretan municipality and was accussed of being the head of assassins for La Familia Michoacana in that region.

El Chivo and his associate Juan Estrada Rodríguez, alias 'Charmín', participated in the attempt to rescue high-ranking cartel boss Arnoldo Rueda Medina, alias 'La Minsa', who was arrested in July 2009. El Chivo was also suspected of being involved in the September 2009 murder of the Secretary of Public Security in Michoacan, José Manuel Revueltas López.

El Chivo is being held in the federal prison of El Rincón, in Tepic, Nayarit.

El Chivo during was presented to the media along with five other members of La Familia Michoacana following his 2009 arrest. He was 24-years-old when he was arrested (Photo credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Nazario Moreno González

On March 9, 2014, the Mexican Navy and the Army killed Nazario Moreno Gonzalez in Tumbiscatío, Michoacán. This man was inadvertently presumed dead in December 9, 2010, during the administration of Felipe Calderón, following a massive shootout with security forces. His body was never recovered but officials assured he was dead for many years.

But the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto had reports, both from the self-defense groups, as well as from local authorities and anonymous people, that indicated that Moreno Gonzalez not only was still alive, but that he continued to conduct extortions, kidnappings, and drug trafficking operations.

The key piece of information that allowed security forces to know that he was still alive after the arrest of a man in February 2014. This individual confessed this body was hiding in Tumbiscatío. Authorities then proceeded to apprehend him and Moreno Gonzalez was killed in a shootout.

Moreno Gonzalez was notorious for ordering his opponents to be beheaded and indoctrinating young alcoholics and drug addicts into the cartel's ranks, arguing that God had chosen him to accompany him in his cause.

Sources: Milenio; Proceso; El Universal


  1. The beheading policy is not the work of God. Rather that of a mentally deranged man who needed to be put down like a rabbid dog.

    Serious issues with many people nowadays. Globally speaking.

    1. Funny that you would mention God and beheading in the same sentence. John the Baptist was beheaded because of a woman’s wish. That’s how far back the removal of a persons head has always been. We’re talking eons. Nothing to do with a persons mental state or current climate. Globally speaking we will come to see beheadings being employed by governments. I’m curious to see who the wise are going to blame then.

    2. Salomé's wish was bigger than the love or passion for the Baptist, "for hell hath no fire like a spurnt woman", but his head got chopped off by the Authorities rational.
      Blame government greed for wars, wars ON drugs, beheadings and mass murdering on manipulations by the greedy money changers...
      Henry Kissinger has collected more money for his dirty deeds than he could spend if he lived for a thousand years, and his consultancy still gets paid, roger stone and Michel Flynn fot pardons to try and have a florida style election steal at the US Capitol, and mad money off of it, but a government run amuck cooked that shit, fueled by rubles some of it.

  2. So el chayo was pretty much snitched on by a member that was caught? Never knew that

    1. El chayo got got, but after giniral Oscar Naranjas of the Polesia Nazional de Colombia came to Michuakán to organize the Autodefensas, much like Alvaro uribe velez did in Culombia to betray his former past and present partners and associates in state sponsored crime and drug trafficking.

    2. 3:36 even El Lazca is rumored to be alive, maybe some day he will come back from the cold.

  3. This guys is probably out already all the old time fm sicarios and jefe de plazas are out if there any left tbh in Mexico 10 years is 20 years

  4. They didn't kill Nazario Moreno Gonzalez in 2014 it has already been proven that they killed his cousin and passed him off as him.

    1. Say no to drugs.

    2. I heard the same todavia vive mi compa fue comunitario y dijo que nunca murio

    3. 7:14 too late. ALV.
      Dopeless with Hope here,
      needs a connect,
      AGUARRÁS will do.


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