Sunday, September 4, 2022


 Submitted by: Stewart Reeves

Mexican Army Identifies 115 Alleged Cartel Gunmen Behind Border State Violence

AP File Photo/Guillermo Arias
AP File Photo/Guillermo Arias

Three drug cartels are reported to be the main instigators of violence in the border state of Baja California, Mexico, and California according to a list of 115 alleged cartel members recently unveiled by Mexico’s military.

The Mexican Defense Secretariat (Mexican Army)  revealed that the fugitives are part of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Sinaloa Cartel, and the resurgent Tijuana Cartel.


According to official reports, between January and June 2022, 9,754 crimes have been committed in Baja California — ranking fifth nationally. The main conflict between the antagonistic groups is the control over the drug retail points on both sides of the border including the northern area of Tijuana, which borders San Diego.

In 2020, Baja California registered the highest rate of drug dealing crimes, according to official reports from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). The reports include data from the National Census of State Justice Prosecution (CNPJE), which registered 322 drug dealing investigation folders for every 100,000 citizens — almost four times more than the rate in Mexico, which is 82.7.


Of the 115 priority objectives, the Mexican military  highlighted ten names of cartel operatives:

  • Alfonso “Cabo 13” Flores Briones, wanted for homicide.
  • David “Cabo 20” or “El Lobo” López Jiménez, accused of theft and drug crimes.
  • Diego Abel “Cateo” Miranda Rodriguez, wanted in Mexico since 2010, is also wanted by the United States government and identified as one of the leaders of CJNG in Tijuana. Previously, he was part of one of the cells of the Tijuana Cartel.
  • Edwin Antonio “El Max” or “El Oso” and/or, “El Cabo 100” Rubio López, has been wanted since 2013.
  • Jesús Alberto “Clofer” López Barraza, who has an active arrest warrant for homicide.
  • Israel Alejandro “El Cabo 50” Vázquez, also from CJNG.
  • Jesús Rafael “Cabezón” Miranda Yocupicio, also known as Jesús Rafael Córdova, “El C2”, “Dl 27”, “Pepe” and “Dany”. Identified in the structure of the Tijuana Cartel.
  • Pedro “El Peter” Stanley Herrera Jelinek, was previously arrested for drug crimes and possession of prohibited weapons in 2016.
  • Rodolfo “Cabo 30” Sánchez Arellano, has been detained on various occasions.
  • Víctor Manuel “El Padrino” Amador Luna, identified as being a member of the CJNG structure.


Baja California is a strategic location for the operations of Mexican drug cartels not only for the border with the United States but also because of the unique dynamic tied to regular and irregular migration. In this region, the trafficking of people and goods has historically been present since the beginning of the 19th century.

According to the book, “The Century Drugs,” by Mexican analyst, Luis Astorga, in the northern part of the country, where Baja California is located, there was a record in the 1960s of at least 300 clandestine airports which helped to consolidate Mexico as the main supplier of marijuana and heroin to the United States.


Data from U.S. and Mexican authorities revealed that the most commonly used corridors for drug trafficking operations on the northern Mexican border are: Tijuana (Baja California)-San Diego (California), and Mexicali (Baja California)-Calexico (California).

The presence of drug tunnels, mainly built by cartel members working for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, make the area highly valued by drug cartels.

Between 1990 and 2020, authorities from the two countries found at least 184 tunnels under Mexico’s borders with California and Arizona.

At the time, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) recognized that between 1990 and 2011, 155 tunnels had been detected, some with sophisticated infrastructures such as electricity and air conditioning.

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The minimum cost of construction of each of these tunnels is between 6 and 8 million Mexican pesos (USD 302,000-403,000).

Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.  The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “Dharma Fernández” from Baja California.

Note: Its been rumored  :   "The cartels have in  the past  recruit  non Spanish speaking  Indians  from the interior of Mexico . When tunnels are completed they "seem to disappear "!

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