A new year, and the Gulf Cartel seems the weakest in years. The organization has fragmented, and it is plaza vs plaza, although the level of infighting violence seems to have somewhat subsided. Perhaps the fractions is low on cash and cannot longer sustain costly wars, and are more focused on trafficking, extortion and kidnapping. It would be great to hear from BB readers living in the area.
These are apparently the people in charge of Reynosa at the moment:
Mono (Metro 36), Mimi (Metro 1) and Mierda (Metro 22)
Chatter has it that Mono out of Reynosa met with Chuy Cabezon of San Fernando yesterday to clear out any differences. I guess Chuy is in charge of San Fernando.
Chuy Cabezon is a real old schooler. He was recruited by Betin "el Temeroso", a local San Fernando criminal, who Osiel Cardenas Guillen was imprisoned with in Matamoros in 1994, and who basically built the San Fernando plaza for CDG together with Ezequiel Cardenas Rivera AKA El Junior.
But it seems I have to amend this post as Chuy 7 is the plaza boss of San Fernando, and that cannot be the same as the old schooler.
@leChef: This picture may be an addition to your photo library.
The man above is Mario Alberto Castillón Ruiz, former group lead in the Tamaulipas State Police in the 1990s who once worked under Osiel Cárdenas Guillén. He's listed as a fugitive at least since 2001 per my findings in print archives. He was reportedly active in the cartel in the early 2000s as one of Osiel's triggermen who helped coordinate the security circle personnel responsible for protecting the houses of his family and made sure the cartel wasn't bothered by state police operations. He is cousins with drug trafficker Jorge Cisneros ("La Rata"), also from Matamoros, who worked with a trafficker known as "Güero Gil". Sources close to me told me he lives in Brownsville but frequents Matamoros, but I was told he is no longer active. He owns a manufacturing firm (Gonzalez No. 182 Local 16, between 14 and 15th Streets) and car washing company (14th Street), both in Matamoros.
I wish I did better source saving back then, Mario Alberto Castillon Ruiz must have been significant because from my notes I read:
Mario Alberto Castillon Ruiz - Heads security for Osiel Cardenas with a group:
Mario Armando Ramírez Treviño X20
Eduardo Varela Cabrera
Saul Gonzalez Lopez
Alejandro Estévez García
Samuel Flores Borrego M3
Below is another direct source from a print archive:
Barajas, Abel (7 May 2001). "Revive Osiel al Cártel del Golfo". El Norte (in Spanish). Monterrey, Nuevo León
"Jesús Zacarías Espino López Jefe del escuadrón de sicarios de Osiel Cárdenas. Recibía órdenes de él, de "El Roger", de Mario Alberto Castillón y "El Cabezón". Juan Carlos González Sánchez "La Torta". Ex agente de la Policía Judicial de Tamaulipas. Un testigo asegura que es "quien controla al grupo de la policía municipal". José Manuel Garza Rodríguez "La Brocha". Es buscado por el FBI por tráfico de drogas y amenazas a 2 agentes de EU. Descrito como "colaborador directo de Osiel". Mario Alberto Castillón Ruiz Considerado por un testigo protegido como uno de los operadores más cercanos a Osiel. Su figura es una de las más discretas en la organización."
Perhaps, but Brownsville is still too risky to live in if you're testifying against the Gulf Cartel (especially if you travel to Matamoros). I have a feeling the charges against him in Mexico may have been dropped at some point. His family is friends with some really good Tamaulipas lawyers, including Jorge Max Castillo Treviño. Castillo was close to Yarrington and former Matamoros mayor Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa.