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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Nuevo Laredo is Burning: El Negrolo from CDN Arrested

 "HEARST" for Borderland Beat 

Hitmen from the Northeast Cartel (Cártel del Noreste, CDN) have been burning the border city of Nuevo Laredo down after the arrest of one of their leaders, El Negrolo. 

The violence in the city reached unprecedented levels and the state government has urged residents to take “extreme precaution”. 

The US consulate in the city has canceled all appointments for the day due to the “emergency situation”.

The Arrest

At 4:30 am on Monday, November 28, 2022, authorities successfully captured a CDN leadership figure named Heriberto Rodríguez Hernández, aliases “El Negrolo” and “Negro 35”.

So far the federal government has not clarified if Negrolo was caught due to happenstance, during routine surveillance, or if an operation specifically targeting him was carried out although they have stated that there was “an arrest warrant that the detainee had pending for various federal crimes.”

The arrest was made  in the state of Tamaulipas, within the border city of Nuevo Laredo, a city known to be primarily controlled by CDN. 

Almost no details about the arrest, such as the specific location and the number of casualties the military took, have been released as of the writing of this story.

One thing that is clear, however, is that he was not taken easily. Below is a video which is alleged to depict hitmen shooting at Army soldiers from inside an armored vehicle, or blindado

Video Source: Esmaylin 

The poster of the video, Esmaylin, claims the footage shows CDN hitmen trying to free the arrested Negrolo from Army custody.

Their efforts were evidently unsuccessful. Soldiers were able to transport Negrolo to an airfield where he was flown out to Mexico City, where he is currently being held. Agents from the federal Attorney General’s Office spoke with Negrolo and he was then presented before a judge.

The Retaliation 

The reaction from CDN was swift. A series of shootings broke out across the city. Residents filmed videos of the sound of the gunfire they awoke to. Below are just two of the multitude of videos which were uploaded online.

Video Source: PACE7808

Video Source: IAGZ787

CDN hitmen commandeered vehicles, forcing drivers out of their cars or trucks at gunpoint. They parked the vehicles across lanes of traffic and set fire to them, blockading the roadway and paralyzing traffic across the city. 

One of these vehicle blockades can be seen in the video below. 

Video Source: TamaulipasRTC1

Authorities Respond

Less then two hours after the arrest, at 6:05 am, the US Consulate in the city of Nuevo Laredo sent out a security alert, saying:  

“There is an emergency situation in Nuevo Laredo following an arrest operation. Reports of gunfire in multiple locations in the city. Shelter in place and standby for further information.”

Half an hour later they sent out another alert, saying: 

“Due to an emergency situation in the city, all appointments scheduled for today (November 28, 2022) at the US Consulate General Nuevo Laredo and the CAS will be rescheduled. We will contact you to reschedule your appointment.” 

The municipal government of Nuevo Laredo announced that they were canceling public school classes.

Later that same day, during the presidential morning press conference, President Lopez Obrador acknowledged the violence in Nuevo Laredo, saying

“And we are going to continue providing security to the people. Today at dawn there was a confrontation in Nuevo Laredo. A person was arrested, who was the leader of a criminal group, and there were reactions. 

But this arrest has been carried out and there is evidence that shows that he was responsible for other violent acts there in that area. He has already been transferred to Mexico City. Action is already being taken. That was at 4:30 in the morning.”

By 9:35 am, Tamaulipas Public Security sent out their own alert, writing:  

“Given the emergency situation present in the city of Nuevo Laredo, the population is urged to take extreme precautions, avoid circulating in areas reported as a risk zone and non-essential exits.

The State Guard is assisting with the Army in clearing the roadblocks.” 

The violence has drawn the attention of major media outlets from the US, such as ABC News and the Washington Post

By 2:51 pm, Carmen Lilia Canturosas, the Mayor of Nuevo Laredo, made her first acknowledgement of the events when she announced on Twitter that: 

"Nuevo Laredo is resuming its normal activities after the events that took place early this morning.

Economic activity has resumed with vigor. Maquiladoras [US owned factories in Mexico] and commerce are operating normally and public transportation service was reestablished on most routes."

Who is El Negrolo? 

Many news outlets have given little to no further details about who El Negrolo is. Excelsior and La Jornada described him simply as a CDN “operator”. 

SDP Noticias describes him as a “regional leader of the Northeast Cartel”, adding that “he was a mid-level commander, but an important one given the reactions.” Meanwhile Nacion 321 claims he is “the second in command of the criminal organization.” 

Some of the news articles that do attempt to further describe him, such as Dallas News, misattribute him as the man who is “in charge of the criminal cell called Tropa del Infierno,” but this is likely incorrect. 

As previously covered on Borderland Beat, there is a split within CDN involving two factions: the followers of El Negrolo and the followers of Fernando de Jesús Rodríguez Adame, alias “El Werko.” 

Now El Werko was arrested some time ago, all the way back in August 2021, however the split between the two factions seemed to continue even after his arrest. 

Twitter user PERRACO alleged that subgroups like Tropa del Infierno were a part of El Werko’s faction, not El Negrolo’s faction. This claim, however, has not been verified and has not been made by any other sources so further information is needed to really understand the dynamics of the group. 

PERRACO alleged that there was a persistent belief among the followers of Negrolo that Werko was slipping information about their safehouses to authorities and getting their locations raided. 

PERRACO also makes some confusingly worded claims about another CDN subgroup, Los Alfas, but it's not clear if they are saying they fall under Werko’s faction or Negrolo’s faction.

It appears that the previous rumors that El Negrolo was just the new alias of a well-known CDN commander, “Negro 35”, who who supposedly died in a 2019 attack on the military, has been confirmed because many news outlets are referring to Negro 35 as one of his aliases.

Social media account EspartanoM23 has posted an audio clip in which Negrolo can allegedly be heard speaking on radio. To listen, please see this previous story.

Update 12/15/2022:

Pictures of El Negrolo in custody and the items seized along with him have been published by Once Noticias. See below.


  1. Nuevo Laredo is ripe for taking by other cartels.Lets see

    1. Damn straight and I wouldn’t be surprised if Alfredito assisted with intel leading to capture.

    2. CDS has been distributing in NL since Trevino got popped but I’m sure they’d love to have carte blanche at the US’s largest land border!

    3. 11:57 they too pussys to try again, they know they cant win shit

  2. Never ending cycle. Someone crazier already took his place. No change. Discreet video cameras on the street and the death penalty would help. Citizens should be able to carry firearms and have any kind of caliber firearm in their home for the kidnappers.

    1. A cartel does not have power simply because they have guns in their hands and you don't.

      If you point your gun at them while defending yourself, they can have the police officers on their payroll go "arrest" you cousin or aunt who lives one town over and hold them captive until you turn yourself over.

      If you think that this is an issue of a firepower disparity, then you fundamentally misunderstand what organized crime is.

    2. 8:46 well said.... cartels work in cullusion with the local police.
      Imagine I call the Mexican version of 911....a lady is getting kidnapped, car description given, police respond to the address of who reported the crime, tell the person to get in the police car, police man delivers person to a cartel safehouse, torture and kill transpires.

    3. HEARST: I am always one who wonders why the citizens of Mexico don't arm themselves for confrontation. You outlined the reasons why they can't/don't, in a nutshell. So sad.They are damned either way.
      Said before and took the heat, but just stop having kids. To spare them.

    4. 9:25 LAST DRAW
      If the government of Mexico and the Police can't protect your safety, it be best to have any type of caliber weapons in the home. Like Hearst pointed out, they have other methods of getting the person.
      Should you have to use a gun to defend yourself at home, and you end up killing the criminals, it's best to think like a criminal. ...

      Put them in a car, dump them out, clean up. Don't call the police.
      Victims have less rights.
      Criminals have more rights.

    5. If you are not involved... What makes you think cartels will be interested in you?

    6. Problem is the cartels don't play equal. They come for you in packs. I can see if it were a fair fight, being able to defend, put down, dispose of one or two, but help me if there were more, it would be impossible. I would never get the Last Draw.

    7. 10:18: Are you are saying that Cartels practice discretion? Have you been on BB for anytime at all?

    8. Everybody in Mexico has weapons and it doesn't curb crime, it hasn't in the US too.

    9. 10:49 They have specific targets for specific reasons... profitable reasons... not just random people and see what they can find.

      Having an AK and being a cartel target still useless boy.

      If you have reasons to believe cartel is going after you... A) You leave the town B) you have bodyguards and big rifles C) You accept your fate D) make an agreement with cartel

    10. 10:37 if you and family was prepared, and fired at the best time, yes you would make it, with a big pack. Also they are used to 99%of the time, families in homes, don't have weapons.
      But remember you, have to kill them, not wound them, you can't let your emotions get to you, during the action. I read so many articles in here, of innocents getting killed, that's it's fine to kill bad ones.

    11. 11:09 Dont think it works like that in real life.

    12. 11:30
      I am understanding what 11:09 is conveying. In other words laststraw should do nothing and let her get killed, just like the others, that easily get killed. I know what I would do.
      11:30 of laststraw a lifeline, your so smart let's hear what you would do, now don't take to long to reply I am on my work break.

      El Nemisis

    13. Laststraw you must take action in a life death situation, sorry 11:30 could not give some life saving advice.

  3. They caught him 2 days ago but no offical statement until now. Good catch.
    Valor p Tamps had a short text as well.

    1. Excelsior said he was arrested on Monday, November 28.

      Are you saying you think they got it wrong? Just trying to understand what you mean.


    3. It's Ms. Hearst. But thank you.


    5. 11:55 it's Ms. Hearst
      Not Mr. Hearst lol
      and not Mrs. Hearst 😂😂 lol

    6. Ese Salinas ti corejen yi todavia no comprededes , deja las drugas!!!

    7. 12:12
      Salinas is a Payaso, don't laugh to hard.

    8. El Salinas en in colito

  4. This cartel extorts, kidnaps, dismembers those that don't pay ransom. They deserved to get busted. Killed, jailed yet they cry like babies, when one of there own gets arrested, they have a tantrum, that they burn cars, trucks. But not to worry a curupt judge will handle the case, as soon as the bribe is paid, he is out the back door.

    1. 99.9 of all cartels do the same earth to 8:13

    2. 5:36 we understand, we are commenting on this article, in which the cartel is mentioned, keep your underwear on.

  5. Pinche cartelsito del norte
    Es mejor que le bajen a sus chingdrs
    atte.el marro

  6. Es todo lo que ocupa el señor de los gallos una Entrada pa meter a sus muchachones a Nuevo Laredo con acuerdos con el CDN . Las 4 letras . Cdj/linea CdN a sembrar el terror y acabar con las mayas o las chapitas o el guano o los caborcas hahha bola deculos

    1. CDJ no se mete en broncas pendejas, ni le interesan dichos territorios.

    2. No creo que Ncdj este aliado con los treviños la Linea tenia una alianza con una celula de zve de Veracruz. Ay muchos de alla en Cuauhtemoc con grupo bravo de la linea pero esto hace muchos años 2015-2017. Pero quien sabe si El chuyin este en contacto con ellos

    3. Didn't a cdm member get caught in juarez sometime this or last year

    4. Jl was friends with El z4. Then chalo was homies with him and z10.then zetas started having problems and who knows what.

  7. Viva los quattro lettas CSRL

    1. 2:18 VIVA!!!!!!! En tu imaginacion

    2. Viva Las 4 letras USSR.

  8. This fucking genius whom no one outside of Nuevo laredo ever heard of kidnapped a soldiers family or something like that. Thats why they went after his ass.

  9. abrazos no balazos - El Presidente

    1. 619 unfortunately it's not working,
      He can care a rats ass.

    2. 6:19 Who said that?

    3. Viva Argentina!
      Viva Peron!

  10. Bunch of idiots in charge isn't Miguel Trevino calling the shots? It's his town.


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