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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Two Sinaloa Cartel Operators Killed By Rival Group in Chihuahua–Sinaloa Border (Updated)

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

Eliseo Pulido Gutiérrez and Esteban Heras Gutiérrez were killed in Guadalupe y Calvo Municipality, which is considered part of the Lower Sierra region. This region has historically been under the control of Sinaloa Cartel.
Authorities confirmed on Tuesday that two brothers who worked as local leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel were killed in Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, a municipality located on the Chihuahua–Sinaloa border.

The two men were Esteban Heras Gutierrez and Eliseo Pulido Gutierrez, who were found dead in the rural community of El Saucito de Araujo after they were reportedly kidnapped by a rival group.

Preliminary sources stated that the rival group was known as Los Mexicanos (not to be confused with Los Mexicles). But newer reports that surfaced a few days after the incident stated that they belonged to La Linea. It is unclear what Los Mexicanos's relationship is with La Linea.

According to local reports, the rival group made their way into Guadalupe y Calvo on Monday morning and a large shootout broke out between them and the local Sinaloa Cartel cell. Authorities say that the rival group went into the area specifically targeting the two brothers, who were alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel cell Los Salgueiro.

In addition, authorities say that Juan Ortega Sarabia, the commissioner for El Saucito de Araujo, was found dead near the location where the two brothers were located.

The shootings continued sporadically throughout the surrounding areas until Tuesday afternoon. Residents living in the mountainous areas reported on social media that both groups were engaged in combat and asked authorities for assistance.

Government records consulted by Borderland Beat show that Pulido Gutiérrez was a registered bean grower in Guadalupe y Calvo. In 2017, he requested subsidies from the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SAGARPA), Mexico's federal agriculture ministry, for his bean production in a 3 hectare (7.4 acre) lot. He made the same request the following year.

Guadalupe y Calvo borders the state of Sinaloa and is believed to be a turf controlled by Gente Nueva, a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel.

This municipality is part of Mexico's Golden Triangle (Spanish: Triángulo Dorado) and has large regions of opium poppy cultivationBordering Guadalupe y Calvo is Badiraguato, Sinaloa – the municipality where convicted drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was born.

In addition to drug production, illegal logging is also a profitable activity disputed by drug cartels in the area.

Sources: Diario de Juarez (1); (2); (3); (4)Diario de Chihuahua; El Monitor; Borderland Beat archives


  1. Mexicles only in juarez, deep in chihuahua its la linea and los linces killing snitchaloas left and right specially in madera and around the area

    1. TY for bringing this up. I added a note that the group is Los Mexicanos and not to be confused with Los Mexicles. Thanks for reading, 11:11.

  2. Update: Earlier sources said it was a group known as Los Mexicanos (Diario de Juarez 1-3). A new report came in today saying it was La Linea (Diario de Juarez 4). Not clear what the connection is between the two. I've updated the article to reflect the information as it continues to unfold.

  3. Los hs, el piporro, y el chuyin son los grandes mandos dela linea

  4. Mexicles work with la linea now they part of la empresa so they are connected in some way but mostly in juarez deep in chihuahua its a whole different thing

  5. LA Linea kicked the shit out of Gente Nueva in Guadalupe y Calvo. They are taking back territory from Sinaloa.

  6. Ganaro Garcia Luna handed 50% of Ciudad Juarez to CDS in a golden platter, WILL THAT CHANGE ?

    1. 50%? Bro the government were going full force on juarez cartel. Why you think those foos started killing 2 or more cops a day in juarez

    2. What happens in the smaller towns in Chihuahua does impact Juarez.
      If Sinaloa looses ground in southern Chihuahua they won't be able to safely cross their shit into Juarez.
      The more towns they are wiped out of the more powerful Juarez grows.
      People that say these towns are not important to Juarez cartel do not know shit about how the cartels move drugs into city of Juarez in the first place.

    3. @4:49 .. asi es compa .. la merca se mueve por toda las rancherías de la sierra con rumbo a la frontera, haci evitan caer en retenes en las carreteras grandes y en avionetas en cuestión de horas pueden mover chingos desde Mazatlan hasta Madera .. por eso siempre se hacen los chingazos bien machin en Madera .. ya que Madera Chihuahua es la última población serrana hacia la frontera norte

  7. Los mexicanos son gente de familia mendivil

  8. Hear their mother's wailing in the wind?


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