Ismael Zambada García has never set foot in jail and in mid-September the reward for his whereabouts tripled from $ 5 million to $ 15 million (Photo: US State Department Office)

Two members of the Sinaloa Cartel are being tried in Texas a decade after the murders and conspiracies for drug trafficking that are attributed to them, but beyond particular cases, they have highlighted revelations about the strategy of the criminal group in Chihuahua.

Since the recent October 4, the trial against Arturo Shows Urquidi, the Chous, extradited in June 2018; and Mario Iglesias Villegas placeholder image, the 2, Delta me Earthquake, executed in front of the Chihuahua Prosecutor’s Office in his delegation of Juarez City on August 26 of the same year that his accomplice was sent to the United States.

According to reports by journalist Aaron J. Montes for KTSM and Border Report, A sum of testimonies have been presented that allow us to understand how the Sinaloa Cartel operated by the hand of José Antonio Torres Marrufo, the Jaguar, arrested in 2012, extradited in May 2019 and indicted for founding the armed wing of New people to wage war on Juarez Cartel, the line and the Aztecs; the latter, with the help of the gangs Killer Artists and Mexicles.

Even the witnesses have corrected the version about the Jaguar, since the accusations against this leader indicated that he was an independent marijuana trafficker in Villa Ahumada before 2007 and 2008. But the former agent from Ciudad Juárez, David Sanchez Hernandez, reported that Torres Marrufo was a hitman from Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Chapo, at least in 2005.

Sánchez Hernández was arrested in March 2017 and sent to Texas in August of that same year. The former municipal policeman went back to tensions between the Juarez Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel since early 2000, shortly after the top boss of the first organization, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the Lord of heaven, passed away from a poorly performed cosmetic surgery in 1997.

A number of witnesses have appeared over the last week to support the crimes of Torres Marrufo (Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido)
A number of witnesses have appeared over the last week to support the crimes of Torres Marrufo (Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido)

According to the witness, the Juarez Cartel was run by Juan Pablo Ledesma Rodríguez, JL, at the beginning of the millennium, although it was always considered a secondary command, after Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, the Viceroy, identified as the one who assumed leadership upon the death of his brother Amado.

As stated in 2018 Reynaldo Zambada Garcia, the King, in the judgment of his partner, the Chapo GuzmanLedesma Rodríguez was the main enemy of the Sinaloa Cartel; the latter was ratified by the former corrupt police officer, Sánchez Hernández.

But the problem with JL it was unleashed because it wanted to be aware of how much drug the Sinaloans were crossing along the route from Ciudad Juárez to Paso. Interested him know which authorities provided protection to former allies of the Lord of the Skies.

That ended up unleashing the fury of Ismael Zambada García, the May, considered the top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and who has never set foot in jail in more than four decades of criminal career. It would finally be the Chapo Guzman who would take action on the matter and sent two of his hitmen to assassinate the JL, among them to Torres Marrufo, the Jaguar.

But Guzmán Loera’s envoy was captured and beaten. It was 2005 and the municipal police found out that the Jaguar he was kidnapped. As soon as he could, he alerted the May Zambada.

(Graphic: Jovani Pérez Silva)
(Graphic: Jovani Pérez Silva)

It should be noted that in September 2004 he was assassinated Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes, the Golden child, brother of the Juarez Cartel clan. Hit men shot him along with his wife as he was leaving a commercial plaza in Culiacán. The two sons who accompanied them survived. That execution was attributed to Chapo Guzman, but the alliance with him Viceroy followed.

By December 31 of the same year, José Ramírez Villanueva shot and killed Arturo Guzmán Loera, the Chicken, brother of Chapo Guzmán, while he was speaking with his defender in the maximum security prison of the Altiplano, State of Mexico. This was branded as retaliation for the Golden Child, but a coordinated action by Osiel Cardenas Guillén, enemy leader of the Gulf Cartel.

When the May Zambada learned that the Jaguar I was kidnapped called a meeting with him JL. The tension between sides had grown. Ledesma Rodríguez appeared drunk at the meeting held at station 44 in Ciudad Juárez and maintained a hostile attitude.

Finally, the Juarez Cartel ended up delivering Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, but after that, Zambada García spoke with his followers in Chihuahua, stated that the drug war would be imminent and the operators should be safe from bloodshed. Some fled to Mexico City, others to Culiacán and some more took refuge in Mexicali, Baja California.

For his part, the policeman David Sanchez Hernandez He confessed to having killed a dozen people, as well as his collaboration in various kidnappings and in the burial of 30 corpses. One of the men he executed went to Tiscareno, by direct order of the May Zambada, who disagreed with his operations for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Urquidi is being processed in the Court of the Western District of Texas (Photo: DEA)
Urquidi is being processed in the Court of the Western District of Texas (Photo: DEA)

However, this is only a sample of the corruption, because he has also testified Ricardo Rodríguez, the Yogi, who described the help received by David Sánchez Hernández to send drugs to Miami. The Yogi surrendered in Calexico to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and now he’s helping to reduce his 30-year sentence.

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Ricardo Rodriguez said Chihuahua municipal police helped hide cocaine and thousands of dollars in safe houses, including one in the Campestre neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez. He described that every 15 days he sent 150 kilos of drugs and that generated up to 2 million dollars. Over the years, he created the luxuries and opportunities he was looking for in the life of the drug trafficker, since he had five houses and 30 cars.

The Yogi noted that Sergio Garduño Escobedo, a former commander of the state police, was the one who assisted the Sinaloa Cartel to send tanker trucks lined with a metal bottom where the cocaine was hidden. The shipment arrived at different houses in the United States to avoid that all the packages were seized in case of an operation. An agent added his testimony to support the help provided by the former police chief.

Garduño Escobedo is identified as who paid the tax to the Juarez Cartel so that the operators of the May Zambada and the Chapo Guzmán could cross the merchandise illicit roundtrip, including weapons and profits.

But the Sinaloa Cartel had to resort to that delivery method, because Mexican soldiers dismantled clandestine landing strips south of the US border. The Ministry of National Defense acted in this way after the northern neighbors provided all the information about the criminal group’s aerodromes.

For years the narcos used air routes, but changed their strategy to send drugs after 9/11 (Credit: Courtesy @ capital21)
For years the narcos used air routes, but changed their strategy to send drugs after 9/11 (Credit: Courtesy @ capital21)

The testimonies, according to the follow-up of KTSM and Border Report, explained that this change in strategy was due to a plan to identify Americans after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by air, where cells linked to Osama bin Laden they blew up airplanes and claimed the lives of about three thousand people.

Between the clandestine tracks were those located in the town of Guadalupe, where the same agents observed how lights were installed so that the pilots had a reference when landing in a clear desert area. The cargo was then escorted to the border by patrols.

Throughout the week, various characters have appeared, former operators, security agents and protected witnesses who offered information about the Jaguar and the Sinaloa Cartel. Even the cooperation of Edgar Ariel Ávalos, a trafficker who decided to collaborate for the fall of Torres Marrufo after being arrested with a shipment of marijuana and he agreed to carry a cell phone to find the location of the capo, but the informant ended up shot to death.

The trial is headed by the judge Frank Montalvo, takes place in person in room 422 of the El Paso District and five more appearances are scheduled until October 21, according to the court calendar for the case EP: 12-CR-00849.

This accusation is part of charges filed in 2012 against Torres Marrufo, the Chapo Guzman, the May Zambada and 21 other people. The main charges are linked to two acts of violence in the past decade.

Guzmán Loera pays a life sentence in ADX, Colorado, after being tried in 2018 (PHOTO: ARCHIVE / ISAAC ESQUIVEL /CUARTOSCURO.COM)
Guzmán Loera pays a life sentence in ADX, Colorado, after being tried in 2018 (PHOTO: ARCHIVE / ISAAC ESQUIVEL /CUARTOSCURO.COM)

First, it is alleged that in September 2009, the Jaguar, Gabino Salas Valenciano, Fernando Arellano Romero and Mario Iglesias Villegas, they kidnapped and executed a citizen of Horizon City, Texas, to claim the loss of a 670-pound load of marijuana seized by the Border Patrol at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on August 5, 2009.

After the kidnapping, the victim was transferred to Ciudad Juárez where Torres Marrufo interrogated him and ordered him to be killed. On September 8, 2009, the mutilated body of the American in Ciudad Juárez.

The other act was the kidnapping and murder of a resident of Columbus, New Mexico. That May 7, 2010, the target was at his wedding and he was kidnapped along with his brother and uncle. A member of the Sinaloa Cartel in El Paso infiltrated the party and identified the boyfriend. The three men were tortured and killed; their bodies were found abandoned days later in the bed of a truck in Ciudad Juárez.

Another person died in those actions in which the participation of Torres Marrufo, Shows Urquidi and the late Iglesias Villegas was identified, as part of the group that heads the May Zambada.

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