Blog dedicated to reporting on Mexican drug cartels
on the border line between the US and Mexico

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

El Cuate, Osiel Cardenas Guillen's Son-In-Law Who Extorted Money From Transmigrant Companies

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The business consisted of transporting second-hand goods from the United States to Mexico for sale.

"El Cuate Martínez", son-in-law of Osiel Cárdenas, was in charge of extorting customs in Tamaulipas.

Carlos Fabián Martínez Pérez, known as El Cuate, headed a criminal network of extortionists that generated millions in profits. His target was small transmigrant businesses, a business in which second-hand products are transported from US territory to Mexico for sale.

But El Cuate did not start operating out of nowhere. He is the son-in-law of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the former leader of the Gulf Cartel who is serving a sentence for drug trafficking that would allow him to go free until 2029.

El Cuate's crimes

The criminal organization's operations centered on the Los Indios International Port of Entry in Texas, adjacent to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, the hub of transmigrant business operations since before the 2000s.

US authorities conducted an extensive investigation into the network, which involved hitmen, other businessmen who helped set up the quotas for the businesses, and even money launderers, among whom they identified Jose de Jesus Tapia Fernandez, a former PRI local congressman from the state of Tamaulipas, who helped launder the extortion money through bank transfers.

According to the investigations, in collusion with the owners of some transmigrant transportation companies, they agreed on payments of 40 to 80 dollars per vehicle, in addition to payments from time to time for percentages of the profits obtained. El Cuate alone was found to have $2.7 million in one of his accounts, between 2017 and 2022.

During the investigations, authorities were able to intercept some messages in Whatsapp groups where members of the criminal network discussed the costs and percentages of the fees charged for each type of transport crossing from the United States and Mexico.

They also intercepted a series of messages from August 3, 2018 between El Cuate and one of his colleagues, named Marco Medina where they discuss how to force companies to pay, through violence:

Martinez: "Tell me the latest."

Medina: "It's a disaster. Fucking Consuelo is cheating everyone because she didn't want to pay on Friday."

Martinez: "She didn't want to pay or what? Otherwise we'll have to beat her up."

Thanks to that information, they discovered that Martínez Pérez is behind the murder of one person and the assault against another on March 7, 2019, when both, related to a transmigrant company, were returning from the United States to Mexico. He is also linked to the murder of three other people in November of the same year, under the same circumstances.

El Cuate was arrested in November 2022 after an operation against more than a dozen people in Mission, Texas.

He was later accused along with his colleagues of money laundering, extortion and price gouging, at least since 2011, a million-dollar operation in which they charged transmigrant business owners with the "right to work" so they could carry out their activities.



  1. When Whatsapp told them everything was end-to-end encryption, these tortilla brains believed it..
    Same kind of moronically lazy thinking that leads people to invest in Bitcoin or buy desert real estate..

    1. Lol your so bitter all the time rambling about stuff that has nothing to do with anything.

    2. Made 4.8 mil from bitcoin bought a house in Scottsdale for 980k now worth 3.5 mil you don’t know nothing lizard head take your metaphors and stick them up your teezak

    3. Take some of your 3.5 million and buy a period to put at the end of your sentence..

    4. This slithering Lizard is in Mexico with a Consuelo himself, let alone I think she has a kid or two right? How does it feel to lick the beaver that a wet bag obliterated while high on meth, Don't forget your just a marijuano from the states to them lizard boy. That must be an android emoji, I have nothing to say anymore on this matter but god bless


    5. God bless you too Phx kid..😸

    6. It does have end to end encryption but it can be broken, plus every device on earth is vulnerable to the spectre and meltdown vulnerability. And if that wasn't worrying enough, quantum computers can break through ANY "classical" encryption.

  2. Scumbag piece of shit

  3. I thought Infobae reported that Osiel Cardenas would be released this year due to cooperation on his plea deal?

    1. Infobae tends to bullshit a lot. So it's either hit or miss with those guys.

  4. 2.7 millones yo al millón ya me viera desaparecido comprado apartamentos y casas en cualquier parte de europa y rentarlos vivir de eso gastan los euros con las weras mas bellas

  5. Haha 2.7 no es nada

  6. Im sure ever since the Black Americans that got kidnapped, USA increased their investigations in Gulf cartel. This guy is finished more to come.


Comments are moderated, refer to policy for more information.
Envía fotos, vídeos, notas, enlaces o información
Todo 100% Anónimo;