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Monday, August 30, 2021

CDG's Oscar López Sandoval "La Droga" Arrested in Tamaulipas

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Note: The following is a breaking story and initial reports may be inaccurate.

It is being reported that Gulf Cartel's "La Droga" has been arrested by State Police and federal forces in Tamaulipas.

Journalists Marcos Muedano and Antonio Nieto have both reported that Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo, CDG) Óscar Antonio López Sandoval, alias "Ciclón 89"or “La Droga” was arrested. Marcos Muedano reported it on twitter at 11:22am CST today on August 30, 2021 and Antonio Nieto reported it at 1:30pm CST. 

El Heraldo and Marcos Muedano  both report he was arrested in the city of Victoria, Tamaulipas. While Antonio Nieto reports he is presumed to have been arrested in the city of Matamoros. 

El Manana de Reynosa newspaper is reporting the arrest actually occurred yesterday, August 29, 2021 in the border city of Matamoros as part of a special operation which was conducted by Tamaulipas State Police, which were supported by unspecified “federal forces”. They report the clashes seen later that day in Matamoros were the reaction of CDG members, as retribution for his arrest. 

El Manana de Reynosa reports that following his Matamoros arrest, La Droga was then transferred to the Attorney General’s Office in Victoria city at 6:50am this morning. 

Óscar Antonio López Sandoval is reportedly a man close to important Gulf Cartel figures such as Alfredo Cárdenas, alias "El Contador" as well as Osiel Cárdenas Jr., alias "El Osielillo". El Heraldo reports he is believed to be involved in the recent attacks on the state police officers in Matamoros and the June 2021 murder of 19 people that occurred in Reynosa, as previously covered on Borderland Beat.

As previously reported on Borderland Beat, Oscar López Sandoval was presumed to have taken over the Los Espartanos Matamoros faction of the Gulf Cartel following the arrest of Evaristo Cruz Sanchez, alias "El Vaquero" who was arrested in Nuevo Leon in April 2021. 

El Vaquero was initially a member of the Matamoros faction Los Ciclones, but he had a falling out with the group and sided with Jose Alfredo Cardenas Martinez ('El Contador') and created another faction, Los Espartanos.

Vaquero was arrested with an individual who was a former Zetas member and was actively working for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). El Vaquero was planning to meet with members of the CJNG in San Luis Potosi prior to his arrest.

Up until El Vaquero’s arrest, Oscar López was believed to have been acting as a lieutenant and was the “jefe de plaza” or plaza boss of Nuevo Progreso as a member of Grupo Tiburones, a faction of the Gulf Cartel in Rio Bravo Municipality. 

Sources: El Mañana de Reynosa, El Heraldo, Antonio Nieto, Marcos Muedano


  1. Los Cardenas siendo Cardenas jajaja

  2. Cardenas JR is high level? Didnt he get caught driving south with a whole pile of ammo?

  3. He will be set free once the bribe is paid.

  4. Cjng seems to be swallowing much of cdg.


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