Binational priority target arrested in Juarez

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Binational priority target arrested in Juarez

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Juárez police arrested the alleged leader of the "Old Guard" of the Barrio Azteca gang, the first capture from a binational most-wanted persons list unveiled in November.

Jesus Alfredo Martinez Mendoza, alias "El Freddy or El Ferro," was target No. 6 on a list of border crime suspects sought by U.S. and Mexican authorities.

Mexican police did not release his full name because of rules regarding the naming of crime suspects but Martinez was previously identified by Juárez newspapers.

The 39-year-old reputed gang leader was described in a Juárez police news release as a "generator of violence on both sides of the border," adding that his arrest was a "powerful blow to organized crime."

In 2019, Juárez had a rise in drug-related violence with 1,497 homicides, according to police statistics. December had 96 murders, tied with February for the fewest deaths.

Police released a photo of a tattoo on "El Ferro's" forearm depicting the face of lion wearing a Native American headdress but did not say if the image had any special significance.

The Barrio Azteca has utilized a tattoos of a headdress or feathers as an indicator of rank within the gang, according to a law enforcement bulletin. Not everyone with such a tattoo is a gang member.

Martinez was arrested as he allegedly planned to illegally enter the U.S. with a backpack containing 11 pounds of heroin, which he planned to sell for more than two million pesos, or more than $106,000 in U.S. dollars, police said.

Early Sunday morning, Juárez police arrested Martinez as he was walking toward the border fence in the Ejido Jesus Carranza area, across the Rio Grande from the Riverside area in El Paso's Lower Valley, officials said.

Gang fracture, gang warfare

"El Ferro" Martinez was allegedly the head of the "Old Guard" faction of the Aztecas, according to Juárez news accounts from the last two years.

There had been a break between the Aztecas and La Linea crime organization, which were previously allies in the Juárez drug cartel. Rival factions emerged in the gang, according to Mexican authorities.

In 2018, El Diario de Juárez reported Martinez was allegedly one of the leaders of the "Old Guard" fighting a rival faction headed by "El 300" Rene Gerardo Santana Garza.

The old guard was allegedly headed by reputed gang capo Eduardo "Tablas" Ravelo, who was captured by Mexican forces in Michoacan in June 2018.

According to the Diario, La Linea allegedly selected "El 300" as the gang's new leader without consulting the gang's veteran leadership, creating the break.

Gang leaders killed

The gang's two other "Old Guard" leaders were eliminated.

"El 300" Santana was suspected of ordering the death of Juan Arturo "El Genio" (The Genius) Padilla Juárez, who was killed in a prison brawl near Chihuahua City in August 2018, authorities said.

In September 2018, gunmen attempted to kill reputed gang leader Juan Carlos "El Roñas" Balderas Contreras at an Applebee's restaurant in Juárez.

During the shooting, a young El Paso boy lost his only kidney when he was hit by a stray shot while having dinner with his family, who were innocent bystanders.

Balderas survived the attempted hit at the restaurant but was gunned down two months later.

In November 2018, "El Roñas" was in a van when he was killed by an assassin on a bicycle, who pulled up next to him and opened fire on a Juárez street, El Heraldo de Juárez reported.

Martinez was also suspected in bloodshed last year, including a fatal shooting inside Juárez's Plaza Las Misiones mall last February, reported El Diario de Chihuahua, which added the attack was linked to the battle between Aztecas and La Linea.

'Se Busca' looks for border criminals

The "Se Busca" or "Most Wanted" initiative began in the El Paso-Juárez border in November after being launched in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in 2018.

The program targets organized crime with two U.S. phone numbers to anonymously report tips: 915-314-8194 and 800-635-2509. Residents on either side of the border can also send tips via WhatsApp text message to the 915 number.

Tips are collected in the U.S. and shared with U.S. and Mexican law enforcement.

Source:
https://eu.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/juarez/2020/01/07/reputed-barrio-azteca-old-guard-el-ferro-gang-leader-binational-se-busca-wanted-list-arrest/2820348001/