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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Rusos vs Salazars War: Videos of Cartel Gunfights in the Streets of SLRC, Sonora

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In the border city of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, two groups of cartel hitmen battled in the middle of a city street in an incident that was caught on video.

Warning: Graphic content below this point.

The Shootout in the Street

At approximately 5:00 pm, during the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2022, a gunfight broke out on 18th Street, between Mérida A Street and Mérida B Street in the city of San Luis Río Colorado. The gunfight was reportedly between two rival groups of cartel hitmen. Residents of the area took videos of the confrontation and later uploaded the footage to social media. 

Both videos contain no graphic content. 

Video Source: El Blog de Los Gauchos 

Video Source: El 5 to Poder

The videos show several armed men taking cover behind two white pickup trucks, one of which was a white Chevrolet Silverado, while they return fire at attackers who are off screen in an alleged GMC Yukon SUV.

Local law enforcement was made aware of the ongoing confrontation and officers arrived at the location after the shooting ended to find one extremely injured man near a recent model, white, 4-door Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was littered with bullet holes. 

Video does contains graphic content.

Male with gunshot injuries seen laying on the ground. 

Video Source: Calvarie Locus

According to a later statement by the Sonora Attorney General’s Office (FGE), this man was Manuel Antonio "N", 27 years old. He was a presumed participant in the shooting and sustained multiple life-threatening gunshot injuries.

Newspaper Tribuna de San Luis writes that Manuel Antonio was transported to the General Hospital under law enforcement protection and that “heavily armed officers were strategically positioned [around the hospital] in order to prevent any attempt by criminals to rescue the wounded [man].”

The other three injured were said to not be participants in the shooting and were merely bystanders, such as a man found on Oaxaca Avenue, near the corner of 20th Street, who was hit by a stray bullet fired by the men inside the GMC Yukon. All three injured bystanders were said to have non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover. 

At the location of the shooting, officers collected spent ammo cartridges, two pistols with corresponding magazines, two ballistic plate vests, a radio and a box with ponchallantas, which are metal tire puncture devices. The damaged white Chevrolet Silverado pickup was also seized by authorities.

Which Cartels Were Likely Involved? 

Local newspaper Tribuna de San Luis describes the incident as occurring between “two organized crime gangs that are fighting for San Luis Río Colorado's plaza.” This is likely an allusion to Sinaloa Cartel’s Los Salazars and Los Rusos subgroups. In Sonora and Baja California, Sinaloa Cartel’s subgroups fight against each as if they are rival cartel organizations.

These internal cartel divisions derive largely from whether a group has more history and loyalty to Ismael Zambada García, alias “El Mayo”, or to the sons of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo”, called Los Chapitos. Los Salazars have historically been considered to be on the Los Chapitos side of the divide and their rivals Los Rusos fall on the El Mayo side of the Sinaloa cartel and stronghold the nearby city of Mexicali. 

It is important to note that Los Salazars entered into an alliance with the regional crime family of Los Garibays according to March 2021 government intelligence reports and together they now fight Los Rusos. Within the last month or so, a flurry of activity has occurred within the Salazar versus Rusos war.

Some Recent Events in the Rusos vs Salazar War

Felipe Eduardo Barajas Lozano, alias “El Omega” was arrested in Mexicali, Baja California. El Omega is the alleged leader of the Mexicali Los Rusos group, and direct report of the overall Rusos leader Jesús Alexánder Sánchez Félix, alias “El Ruso”.  

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Juan Lara Robles, alias “El Jaunini” is shot to death inside his truck in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. El Jaunini was the chief retail drug distributor for the city on behalf of Los Salazars. 

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El H was gunned down while he was sitting in his grey Chrysler alongside a bodyguard on a street in the city of San Luis Rio Colorado. El H was reported to be the plaza boss of the city of San Luis Rio Colorado on behalf of Los Salazars. 

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Julio Alonso, alias “El Flacaman”, a subordinate of a Los Chapitos regional boss was abducted and executed. His remains were left along with a threatening message toward his Los Garibays boss near Santa Clara, Sonora.

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After a shootout with Army soldiers, Luis Alfredo Garibay Félix, alias “El Wicho”, was injured and then arrested. El Wicho is one of the leaders of Los Garibays who are key allies of Los Salazars, who are currently fighting a war against Los Rusos. 

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And then it is of note that just the day before this shooting, Victor Hugo Mejía López, alias “El Griego”, was executed while dining at a restaurant in San Luis Río Colorado. El Griego was a Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant known for working under El Aquiles, who is El Mayo aligned, in the city of Tijuana. However, it is still too early to say if Los Rusos or Los Salazars were in any way involved in the incident.


  1. When M100 and his pistoleros R5 Special Forcea were un command the city bery peaceful.

    1. No one has come close to the control r5 had and the peace he maintained we miss him more then words can describe it will never be the same without that type of person the respect he commanded and support from the highest levels

    2. That was in agua prieta los paletas and jabalines wouldn't of let them cross to memos territory

    3. 6:45 y sigues ahi de caliente...

  2. confirmed that was the TJ El Griego? Wow.

    1. We'll never be one hundred percent sure but El Plaga is talking on social media as if Griego is dead, doing tributes to him and all.

  3. Mayo Zambada needs to take control of Tijuana. Make it safe again.

  4. Snitchaloas killing Snitchaloas is a good thing.

  5. Like they say, video killed the radio-star.


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