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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

RR of CJNG Openly Runs Ixtlahuacán del Río

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RR of CJNG Openly Runs Ixtlahuacán del Río. Since his arrival just over three years ago, Ricardo Ruiz Velasco alias "El RR", "El Doble R", "El Tripa" or "El Tripas", became the scourge of Ixtlahuacán del Río.

The RR is identified by the federal government as the regional leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Aguascalientes, Michoacán, Guanajuato, and San Luis.

Corrido dedicated to the RR

However, residents of Ixtlahuacán del Río point out that the alleged offender also dominates the head of his municipality, located on the borders of Jalisco and Zacatecas, where he frightens the population and controls the authority.

Residents of the once peaceful Ixtlahuacán del Río, tired of friends and family disappearing, and on the condition of giving their testimonies under anonymity, reveal that the RR - which measures approximately 1.65 centimeters, dark brown complexion, regular complexion - and its subordinates affected their lifestyle, and that there is no authority to stop them.

Alleged accomplices
According to the informants, among those close to El RR, is José Luis Díaz Esparza, alias El Chagüis, who would be in charge of the safety of the drug lord.

They point out that Fernando Salvador Guzmán González alias El Country would allegedly be behind the disappearances of people along with Ricardo and Ramsés, as well as the head of security and Venancio Muro Cervantes.

Antonio, brother of Venancio, would be the alleged operator of El RR in the state of Illinois, in the United States.

Laureano Francisco Rodríguez Noriega along with two other men allegedly circulate freely in fully armed pick-up trucks, and sometimes in camouflaged uniforms, or all in black with the acronym of the CJNG.

They also identified Luis Ortiz who is in charge of distributing the drug in the small storees on behalf of El Country. One of those mentioned is José Manuel García Suárez, who has a hamburger business, and there it is frequent that El RR comes to eat.

Those affected mentioned that a partner of El RR is El Chacal with whom he began his criminal career with the theft of auto parts in Guadalajara, then they climbed the vehicles, which were taken to a warehouse in Ixtlahuacán del Río. The next step was drug trafficking.

While El Tocho, uncle of El Country, coordinates several drug laboratories in the area, he is in charge of sending the drugs abroad, and to other states, including Michoacán, and Guanajuato.

One of the points that place where drugs are used is the Chuyita ranch, near Cuquío. Narcotics are sent to the United States to individuals from Ixtlahuacán del Río, identified as Beto and Marcos.

Another member of the lieutenant's network is Víctor Pérez Rodríguez who acts as a driver when El RR is in Ixtlahuacán del Río, at the same time, the whistleblowers say that he works for Alberto Mora, owner of a "bone" and cranes.

A guy named Jairo, supports the group from Yahualica, another collaborator is Mary González who uses a Ford Raptor truck to sell drugs.

They denounce that some young people, for allegedly stealing from private homes, were arrested by the people of El RR, one was amputated with a hand, the other both. Most do not dare to file any kind of complaint, since they threaten to kill them.

They also assert that there is a training camp for the new members of the criminal group. The site is known as the El Pitayito ranch, near the town of El Soyatillo.

Who is the RR?
This media has a file on "El RR" that worked on March 28, 2018, the then Attorney General's Office, it is mentioned that El Tripa was born in Guadalajara, on September 13, 1984, he would be about to turn 38. His parents are the late Ricardo Ruiz Herrera - he had a criminal record for theft - and María Teresa Velasco Valadez.The RR signed by the former prosecutor's office of Jalisco

In the same document identified as FGE/DGCICS/DC/2972/2016, it is mentioned that he has three brothers, Juan, Claudia and Javier, as well as a half-brother, Guillermo Rodríguez Velasco. His brothers, Javier, 45, and Juan, 46, have a criminal record. The first for carrying a firearm, injuries and damage to things, the second for crimes against health.

He studied until high school, lived in the neighborhood of El Retiro in Guadalajara. The document reports that an anonymous report was received on line 089 in November 2020, to report that on Agustín Rivera Street, at the intersection with Eulogio Parra, El Tripas sells drugs in that home to anyone who requests them, including minors. The peak of the sale is Friday. The complainant warned that "the municipal police, as well as the judicial ones (referring to the investigative police that depends on the Prosecutor's Office), are collusion because they come for their quota.

The file also revealed that he has been arrested 12 times by the Guadalajara police, for committing administrative offenses between 2002 and 2009, for disturbing public order, drinking intoxicating drinks on public roads, possession of marijuana, physical assault, quarrels, crimes against health, theft of auto parts. On December 17, 2009, he was arrested in the Infonavit neighborhood, in Tonalá, by state police when he found 15 cocaine wrappers and nine counterfeit 500 pesos bills.

The RR has 13 arrest warrants issued between 2013 and 2016 by criminal courts 1, 3 and 13, for 13 homicides and two attempted homicides, which are in force. In the document, an annotation was made: "the possibility of one or more namesakes is not ruled out."

The member of the CJNG has been arrested on two occasions, one in 2004 and once in 2008, for the crimes of forgery of documents and theft of business, respectively, but was only detained for two days in both cases.

On January 5, 2010, he was imprisoned in the Preventive Prison for a crime against health, and left in less than a month, on February 3. On October 31, 2010, a man accused him of the crime of intentional injuries.

Local media reported that on October 6, 2018, he was arrested by federal agents in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, and immediately transferred to the then Attorney General's Office, in Mexico City.

On July 21, 2020, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, head of Sedena, said that the two videos that circulated on social networks four days earlier, during the visit of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Jalisco and Guanajuato, would be authored by "El RR", and identified him as the leader of the CJNG in Michoacán.

In both videos, the CJNG shows its power with men with high-caliber weapons and armored vehicles.

According to the federal government, the RR follows the orders of Juan Carlos González alias "El 03", creator of the elite groups of the CJNG that dispute the territory with the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, Los Viagras and the Michoacana Family.

However, the fate of the Double R ended on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9, when he was holding a meeting with another boss identified as Gerardo González Ramírez "El Apá".

Elements of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) arrived in Ixtlahuacán del Río when the two leaders were holding a meeting. This triggered a confrontation that led to vehicle burning in Jalisco and Guanajuato.

The Double R has two ranches in Ixtlahuacán del Río. One is located in the town of Mascuala, there are two Quintas, each with an area of approximately two hectares where containers of ammunition, armored vehicles and tactical equipment, as well as drugs, are stored.

The other ranch is located in Cuyutlán. To monitor the site, it has drones, a tower, and people armed in vans. To enter, elements of the cell check visitors and prohibit them from keeping the cell phone on.

Last year, in the presence of the federal authority, pure-blood horses and exotic animals were removed from the latter ranch. They claim that the lieutenant usually goes to his ranch on weekends, and that the surroundings are watched by approximately 80 men.

They accuse that a man named Portillo is in charge of the ranch of El RR to throw the raised to the lions as if it were their food.

A municipal patrol is installed on the Las Puentes cruise to report if federal authorities arrive.

Involved in the murder of Galicians

In the aforementioned file of the Prosecutor's Office it is reported that on July 7, 2013, Jonathan García alias "El John Perro" was arrested; Carlos Ernesto Muñoz Morales, "El Tilico", "El 26" and / or "El Siete"; which together with Julio Andrés Vázquez Estrada nicknamed "El Padrino"; Juan Manuel González Martínez "El Piojo"; José Luis González Valencia, "El Licenciado Sataray"; Javier Sandoval Reynoso "El Mascar", as well as El RR are related to the death of the Secretary of Tourism, Jesús Gallegos Álvarez.

Jesús Gallegos, Secretary of Tourism assassinated
The head of Tourism was assassinated nine days after the last state administration began in charge of the PRIist, Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz, who also lost his life, but on December 18, 2020.

On March 9, 2013, at the intersection of Aqueducto and Jesús María Avenue, in Colinas de San Javier, in Zapopan, the state official was shot several times inside a 2009 model Toyota Highlander red van, after attending a meeting at Casa Jalisco.

RR buys patrols from the police
Witnesses assert that the domain of "El RR" over the municipal capital of reaches the extreme of buying weapons from the police of Ixtlahuacán del Río (as if it had been acquired by the authority itself and entered into collective license number 44, which is assigned to the Secretariat of Public Security of Jalisco by the Secretariat of National Defense) as well as patrols that are used at night

Witnesses who live in Ixtlahuacán del Río add that the patrols were bought through the intervention of Commander Roberto Alejandro Flores Ruvalcaba who lives in Mascuala and is a political relative of Kevin Camacho, a man close to El RR. Kevin is in charge of maintaining luxury weapons and having the planes ready for El RR.

At the same time, they pointed out that when El RR wants to go to the El Terruño canteen, which is on the first floor, above a fruit shop, near the municipal presidency headed by the re-elected mayor, the emecist, Pedro Haro Ocampo, the establishment closes regardless of who is inside.

Pedro Haro, mayor of Ixtlahuacán del Río
The assistants are immediately removed from their cell phones, no one can be removed until the lieutenant does, sometimes he stays until the early morning.

In a telephone interview, Pedro Haro said that his police officers are accredited and passed their control and confidence exams. He denied that the uniformed officers let the criminals patrol at night, while they are sheltered at the base, and specified that the patrols delivered them to them as a loan.

"No, that's not true, that's a total lie. The truth is that the police units are managed by our director, the commanders, the elements that I have at the service of Ixtlahuacán."

He continued: "The patrols we have right now are in comfort, they are units that have been handed over to us by the state government. It is false that we have also been given a patrol (...) It is also a total lie that they gave us weapons, we have supervision every two or three months by Sedena herself, they arrive unexpectedly, and they check all your weapons and are with the corresponding permits and licenses."

Although Commander Roberto Alejandro Flores appears on the payroll, the mayor said he did not know him, only José Pedro Sánchez Rojo who is also accused of being allegedly related to El RR.

On the payroll published on the transparency portal, it is reported that there are only 25 line police officers, two commanders and the commissioner. "I have about 30 police officers but I don't know them all, personally," he said.

He said that "we have control bodies within the same municipality, there is no complaint of that nature against any element."

Nor does it have a report on the arrogance with which El RR acts when closing the canteen. "I'm honest with you, it's the first time I've heard that comment. That's not true. Immediately, if we had known, we would have started an investigation to see what was happening and the bad action of the elements."

He added that "there have been complaints of another nature against my elements and they are the same ones that are no longer working."

He mentioned that he participates in the Security Table that meets in Tepatitlán and affirms that the statistics show that Ixtlahuacán del Río is a quiet municipality, "until two days ago," he accepted.

Questioning him, whether it is necessary for the federal government to investigate the alleged relationship of police officers with crime, he replied that it is already being carried out.

"The investigation is already being carried out, even right now, staff of Sedena have a detachment there, and they are patrolling, and they are being provided with what they need for their work," he said.

He commented that the police are in charge of keeping order, and only attend to the crimes of the common jurisdiction.

On the way from Guadalajara to the municipal capital of Ixtlahuacán del Río, it is common for "halcons" to be positioned, both on the road to San Cristóbal and on the road to Saltillo.

The complainants claim that since the arrival of El RR, disappearances and homicides began. When reviewing the statistics of the State Prosecutor's Office, it was found that this year, in Ixtlahuacán del Río, there are only two complaints of intentional homicide, none for disappearances.

In 2021, only one complaint was filed for the illegal deprivation of liberty and one for the disappearance.

From 2020, there is no antecedent of these two crimes, while the 2019 statistics were not published, data from 2018 appear instead. However, this media had access to at least four complaints that were filed for disappearance in 2019.



  1. About 4 years ago I was late night joy riding with two cousins (like an idiot) through the mountains of this highway that leads to Ixtlahuacán. It was close to midnight and we pulled over to have another round. Then in that moment a big pickup with tinted widows pulled up. I thought it was over. Instead we got lucky and it was the policia municipal who asked what we were doing and where we were heading. We said we were going to Ixtlahuacán del Rio but they looked confused. The town was locked down and they said no one can get in or out right now due to a security issue. Rumors about a big narco controlling that place were around in the barrios of Guadalajara. I had no idea it would be el RR. I have walked those same exact streets in El Retiro. They are heavily active. An uncle of mine also has a ranch in Cuquío. I thought he was just babbling random stories but he talked about strange chemical smells that he and other people noticed. Crazy to add how RR has an operative in Illinois too. Ixtlahuacán must be the base and route to go north for him

    1. How big is the area and population from what you know?

    2. El Mickeyson:
      Have your uncle anonymously report the chemical smells to SEDENA, SEMAR or the FGR. They are closing down a lot of these labs thanks to anonymous reports of these chemical smells. Every person in Mexico has to stand up and protect their ranchos and Mexico from this scourge of violence, rape, extortion and plunder.

  2. Which municipality does he control on the border of Jalisco and Zacatecas?

    This could explain all of the violence in Nochistlan, Apulco and Teocaltiche.

  3. We can argue all day about whether RR is number 2, 3 or 4 in the CJNG chain of command. Even if he's not in the top four, he still is a major player in CJNG and it is difficult to get any accurate information on him.
    This is definitely a great post. Thanks Mica.

  4. I wonder if Mencho ever does go down and he appoints one of his family members to take over, if big shots like RR and el Apa would accept or fight for control?

  5. Nice one Driving MSSQL, never saw that top photo of him before.

  6. Uvicacion del rancho del RR 21.002068,-103.302180


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