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Sunday, October 24, 2021

El Gigio Lieutenant "El Soldado" Rumored To Have Been Arrested In Nogales, Sonora

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat

Currently there are rumors that a prominent lieutenant under Sinaloa Cartel’s El Gigio was arrested and flown out by helicopter after being detained in Nogales, in the state of Sonora.

A single news article written by journalist Ignacio Aguirre for Linea Directa Portal is currently making claims that an El Gigio lieutenant named Jorge Damián Román Figueroa, alias “El Soldado”, was arrested at dawn on October 21, 2021. Following the release of the story by Linea Directa Portal, the alleged capture of El Soldado was subsequently covered by Blog del Narco, Grillonautas and Valor por Tamaulipas. 

The original article is brief and provides just the following details. The operation that it took to successfully capture El Soldado was an “intense land and air operation in the city of Nogales.” The writer then goes on to acknowledge that the arrest of Soldado has not been officially confirmed by Sonora authorities. 

The article includes the following photo, as seen below, which appears to depict a casually dressed detainee being escorted out of a helicopter by either military or law enforcement agents after the helicopter recently landed on the air strip. Three men who appear to be pilots wearing pilot helmets can be seen in the center frame. 

Original article photo.

Reverse image searches reveal that the photo (at least with this exact color balance, levels and cropping) has not previously been uploaded online prior to the release of the Linea Directa article. The photo credit the article cites is simply “Courtesy”, obfuscating the photo’s source, possibly due to the photographer being involved in the operation. 

Photo after some basic toning and color correcting.

The article goes on to say that "El Soldado is one of the main lieutenants of Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela, El Gigio.” It should be noted that in recent Kingpin Designations charts released by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the name and photo used for El Gigio has changed. 

Previous designation named El Gigio as “Felipe de Jesus Sosa Canisales” but indictments indicate that the US agencies now believe his real name is Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela. For more details on how the official details on El Gigio have changed, please see this previous story.

The article goes on to say that El Soldado was “with the armed wing nicknamed 'Los Malas Mañas', who dispute control of the plaza in the municipalities of Santa Ana, Magdalena, Imuris and Tubutama.”

Sources: Línea Directa Portal, Valor por Tamaulipas 

Further Reading: 

The Evolving Understanding of El Gigio

Los Salazares vs Los Gigios: Threatening New Nogales Police Director


  1. Animo Borderlandbeat Sicarios !

    Nov 5 Mexico Narcos Season 3 . Corridos or Netflix series which is more accurate ?

  2. Sicario 3 cállete el osico we all know the DEA took over on the 80s season 1 was more accurate after camare a discovers the DEA was part of USA 🇺🇸 to keep the money of narcos let them harvest then they collect smart fakers afte that el agreement y they took over the show escape from PRISION 3 times people controlling from the Sierra 🏔 more like Chicago skyscrapers 😂

  3. Que paso gigio van a poder con ese mandado oh mando refuerzos recuerden que está el mero mero ya construyendo en su mente un Imperio y sonora y su lithium es el futuro hay anda la chapisa también me dio quemados pero hay andan no le veo mucho interés al señor gallo en sonora lo veo en su casa Aguililla y como no en el triángulo Dorado


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