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Monday, June 28, 2021

Ex-Police Chief from Sayula de Alemán, Veracruz, Shot Dead

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

Dionisio Reyes (aged 38), the former Municipal Police Chief of Sayula de Aleman, Veracruz, was shot dead by unknown assailants this morning.

Reyes was the head of the local police during the administration of former mayor Arturo García Martínez (20112013). In addition, he also worked as an agent of the National Migration Institute (INM) and was working as a taxi driver for approximately three years.

Investigators say that Reyes was driving his taxi car from Almagres to Sayula de Aleman after dropping someone off.

While driving through the highway, gunmen tried to run him off the road and shot him from a moving vehicle. Reyes was shot multiple times and had his face disfigured by gunshots. His body was sent to the morgue in Cosoleacaque.

According to his relatives, Reyes married approximately two months ago and had two children, ages 8 and 9.

So far, the motive for this homicide is unknown. It should be noted that on June 18, the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) transport leader Carlos Molina Santiago was killed.

No arrests have been made.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is reportedly the reigning criminal group in Sayula de Aleman and its surrounding areas.

The former head of the CJNG in the area was Raúl Torres Blanca and/or Raul Martinez Torreblanca, alias "El 30" or "La Cuija", a former state police officer and immigration agent based in Coatzacoalcos. He was arrested in April 2020. That same month, cartel boss Edir Barrientos (alias "El 20") was decapitated.

Other high-ranking CJNG members active in the area include Daniel Linares Rivera (alias "El 27") and his brother Cesar Linares (alias "El Filly"); Samuel Rutureta, in charge of collecting extortion fees; Cristian Guillermo Antonio (alias "El Lic"), the CJNG's attorney in Sayula de Aleman; and a man known as "El Abuelo de Sayula" and/or "El 40".

All these report to Jose Roberto Sanchez Cortes (alias "El 80"), one of the highest ranking CJNG members in the state of Veracruz. Their faction is known as Los Ochenta (The Eighties), which conducts illicit activities such as kidnapping, homicides and collection of extortion fees from farmers, merchants and ranchers in southern Veracruz.

Cop Killings
In 2019, the former police chief of Sayula de Aleman, Willebaldo Solano Mendoza, was murdered inside a restaurant with several of his bodyguards.

Los Ochenta are believed to be behind the March 2020 killing of police chief Raymundo Elmer Prior Reyes, who was based in San Juan Evangelista (about a 20 minute drive from Sayula de Aleman). On February 2019, police chief Mariano Rodríguez Pérez was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Investigators suspect that both police chiefs were killed for refusing to support the CJNG's interests in the area.

Background sources: La Verdad Noticias; Entorno PoliticoLa Jornada Veracruz; Borderland Beat archives


  1. For whatever reason Veracruz never gets as much coverage in the US or international press. Even in Mexico, national outlets don’t care as much. I guess because it’s confusing to keep up with everything there. So many municipalities, cartel figures dying and coming up… so many people missing there.

    1. Columbia is also experiencing many killings. Something not being reported. An uptick in violence not seen in many years.
      A friend of mine said his wife is hesitant to go back to take her law degree due to the violence. I was somewhat surprised that no news outlets are covering.


    2. 7:25 so is Venezuela the country that has gone to hell.

  2. Its all a part of the atrocities and mayhem that continue to dilute Mexico and its way of life.

  3. from police chief to being a taxi driver. either the pension is crap and he was hustling to bring some money to the table, or this was a side gig as a cartel halcon. as we know, taxi drivers are often working with cartels. crazy lifestyle in Mexico.

    1. Pension must really suck to get involved in extra curriculum activities. Then again most have enemies from whatever reason. Life is cheap for Mexico's citizens. Sad to say.

  4. Are zetas still around? What plazas do they hold?

    1. Zeta Vieja Escuela (ZVE) is very active in Veracruz. As far as this municipality goes, it used to be under tight ZVE control until around 2017 when the CJNG got more traction.

      The name of the ZVE plaza bosses in this area were Hernán Martínez Zavaleta, El Comandante H; Bernardo Cruz Mota, El Niño Sicario; and Elías Aguirre Sánchez, El Metro. Check our search bar for more info on the ZVE in Veracruz.

  5. El ampa nunca perdona raza

  6. Thanks MX. Be safe in Tamps. Saludos to all the BB crowd. Lots of good articles lately (and comments too). But sad to see this cartel mayhem has no end. I guess BB will be here for years to come.

  7. Even when you're out the game you're never really out. there's always somebody waiting around the corner with a gun.

  8. And so the wheel turns. I do wonder if Mexico will end up in an absolute nightmare like El Salvador in the 80s. What's the stop the country from erupting into all out civil war?

    1. Mexico probably needs a civil war.

    2. Who would the sides be? Looks like there are about 15 cartels shooting each other up. If the civilians got weapons and a mission, it could be a bloodbath. Probably the only path to ending the conflict is a civil war though, so sadly, you may be right.

  9. Pinche Mexico vale vergas. Primero a los policias les ofrecen plata o plomo para que los dejen trabajar y luego los acusan de corruptos o trabajar para otro cartel contrario y loa matan.
    Vatos vale vergas todos los de los carteles.
    Trabajen su chingado jale y dejen a otros teabajar el de ellos.
    Y Simon ay corrupcion en todo mundo pero en Mexico low xarteles se lucen.

  10. Another example of the difference between the U.S and MX when it comes to police violence. If a cop gets killed in the U.S. there is literally a man hunt to find the killer. In MX due to the corruption and fear of cartel violence rarely are the killers apprehended. Smh


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