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Friday, April 16, 2021

Authorities Arrest 'El Negro', High-Ranking La Familia Michoacana Member Wanted for 19 Murders

"MX" for Borderland Beat

Alejandro Sanchez Santamaria, AKA El Negro, was captured in the State of Mexico earlier this week (photo: Twitter/c4jimenez)

In a joint operation, elements of the federal and state police detained Alejandro Sánchez Santamaría, AKA 'El Negro', a former police officer who had become the alleged leader of La Familia Michoacana (LFM) in Toluca, State of Mexico.

The Attorney General's Office (FGJEM) detailed in a statement that the detainee, before engaging in criminal activities, worked in security and intelligence areas in the municipality of Toluca.

In addition, they said that El Negro was currently a priority target because he is the second in command of La Familia Michoacana in the area and is related to at least 19 crimes.

Alejandro “N” was captured during an operation on the afternoon of Monday, April 12, in the Centro neighborhood of Toluca. He was later transferred to a penitentiary in Otumba municipality.

The FGJEM clarified that was an arrest warrant against him for a homicide that occurred on May 21, 2020 in the Guadalupe neighborhood in Lerma municipality, where the detainee ordered another subject to shoot a man who was later found dead with a narcomessage next to him.

“El Negro” is being investigated for his probable participation in extortion and homicide in the municipalities of Metepec, Zinacantepec, Temoaya and Toluca, with a total of 19 homicide victims and eight extortions to bars and restaurants.

His arrest, explained the FGJEM, was the result of a joint effort between this agency, the State Security Secretariat (SSEM), the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), the National Intelligence Center (CNI) and the Attorney General's Office (FGR).

This arrest comes a few days after Borderland Beat reported the capture of Ivan Rene, AKA 'El Boris', another high-ranking La Familia Michoacana member in the State of Mexico. 

Efforts to crackdown La Familia Michoacana have been on the rise since March 2021, when members of the cartel ambushed and killed 17 law enforcement members in the State of Mexico: eight state officers and five prosecution investigators in Coatepec Harinas, and four more state officers in Almoloya de Alquisiras.

Sources: Proceso; Milenio


  1. Surpised to see his whole face in the picture

    1. sometimes they leak when police officers at the scene send them to their contacts who help break the stories on social media

  2. There's a lot of criminals in Mexico,Brazil,and Colombia with this nickname

    1. 12:55 Oh, yeah,
      ever heard of El Negro Durazo?
      Some 5 STAR GENERAL, even the mexican army ain' ever seen of of those...
      But this negro being inteligence is something else, like omar hamid garcia harfuch and luis cardenas palomino, genarco garcia luna and zacatecas' arturo lopez bazan...
      pura pinche caca grande.

  3. Seems like the one who about that life

  4. Looks like some though cookie

  5. There hitting la FAMILIA HARD lately

    1. Makes you wonder if it was really them, or somebody set them up..

  6. Sounds like they took the old jumper cables to his compa’s huevos until he gave up his location...

    -Holden D. Cash

  7. it's a good day when FM is getting taken apart piece by piece. i look forward to seeing El coruco boto guicho and teto in cuffs one day


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