Drug families evolve: the juniors take over

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Drug families evolve: the juniors take over

Less violent young people who fulfill managerial functions, are the motor of some of the main criminal organizations. They are children of the main Mexican drug traffickers and now they are pursuing careers in International Trade or Business to carry out transactions and money laundering. At least there are more than twenty identified by Mexican and North American authorities. Prisoners and fugitives, those of surnames Arellano, Esparragoza, Caro, Zambada, Carrillo, Oseguera, Guzmán and Beltrán, have "rope" for a while and integrate the new drug trafficking dynasty in Mexico.

Just as in his youth the Arellano Félix brothers emerged from the prototype of the drug traffickers of the time, today the children of drug traffickers from different criminal groups are more executives. Some, put into the illicit business, lead cartel factions in the operational or financial part. And others, prisoners in prisons in the country or abroad, await the moment to recover their freedom.

Mexican and US authorities have placed at least a dozen descendants of Mexico's most famous drug lords and give them their names and surnames. Some of them, including women, are already listed on the list of drug lords of the US Treasury Department and the Americans have been prevented from conducting business transactions with them.

Today, these and those young women are the continuity of decades of narcotics traffic, the control of territories, especially activities related to money laundering. For this, on their own initiative or at the request of their parents, some paid for university careers in Mexico or abroad.

The children of Rubén and / or Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", visible leader of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG), and one of the scions of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva "El Mochomo", a former member of the Sinaloa Cartel and at the end of the Cartel Beltrán Leyva, are a clear example of the "specialization" of the narco. His children studied abroad related to International Business.

Jesús Alfredo Beltrán Guzmán, "El Mochomito", Misael Torres Urrea, "El M-2", Jesús Javier Torres Urrea.

Unfortunately for their organizations, Rubén Oseguera González "El Menchito" and Jesús Alfredo Beltrán Guzmán "El Mochomito" are behind bars, after they manage important negotiations with Colombian and Bolivian cartels, according to the Attorney General's Office (PGR).

Of the sons of the Arellano Félix brothers who lead the cartel on this border, Zeta has reported the identification of at least three young heirs who command the actions since 2014. And although they already have their names, they still need to know their faces and his criminal record.

Those who have done well is the children of the disappeared Sinaloense trafficker Juan José Esparragoza Moreno "El Azul", because although two of them have been arrested, one escaped from prison last year and another fought an extinction trial domain that would legally deprive him of one million pesos and 131 thousand American dollars that were insured to his capture. Another of the daughters was granted an amparo to be defrosted and make free use of their bank account, after being indicted for money laundering.

For their part, the sons of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, "disappeared" or made less of a leading role after they were in a frank war for territorial control and drug transfer with the dissident organization that Dámaso López Núñez "El Licenciado" and his son "El Mini Lic", currently imprisoned in the United States, were driving.

The descendants of capo Rafael Caro Quintero continue to operate with a low profile, without getting into legal trouble, beyond the fact that the Treasury Department put them in the eye of the hurricane in June 2013 by signaling them to operate money laundering activities. In Mexico they were investigated and secured bank accounts of various companies, but more than five years ago, lawyers have won litigation and the preliminary investigation of the matter has not been judicialized. It's about real estate men and women.

Of the children of drug trafficker Ismael "Mayo" Zambada (never arrested), two of them purge sentences in the American Union, while a third is in the maximum security prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, waiting to be extradited to the neighboring northern country and prosecuted within the same file as his half brothers.

Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, Rubén Oseguera Gonzalez

Other characters, children of leaders of criminal organizations, such as the one of Amado Carrillo Fuentes "The Lord of the Skies", have regained their freedom after having a bad time during nine years in prison, paying sentences and, in other cases, not proving their responsibility penal. In contrast, of the offspring of Javier Torres Félix "El JT", two of his juniors are imprisoned.


Time is running its course and although they are already identified by names, three of the sons of Benjamín and Javier Arellano Félix are still a mystery for the authorities, because to date their faces are not known and few data are available. they have been obtained. One is nicknamed "El Piloto" and is the alleged boss of the Arellano Félix Cartel (CAF).

Reports from the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) of the PGR, locate the new narcos such as Fabián Arellano Corona and Benjamín Francisco Arellano Serrano, sons of Benjamín Alberto Arellano Félix; as well as Javier Benjamín Briseño Arellano, alleged son of Javier "El Tigrillo" Arellano.

Those baptized as "Los Benjamines" are between 20 and 27 years old. Apparently raised in the United States, where his parents decided to remove them from any possible attack in their childhood and adolescence. The same happened with many of his cousins, of whom there is no data of a possible incursion in crime and have a legal stay in that country.

Authorities on both sides of the border have included the Arellano boys in the cartel's organizational chart. They put them next to other of their relatives. Of them, they assume that Fabian is "El Piloto", but there is no certainty until now. The nickname began to sound in the underworld of crime following the arrest of his cousin Fernando Sánchez Arellano "El Ingeniero" in 2014.

In fact, the PGR and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have identified each of the children of the Arellano Félix brothers and sisters. Those who live skipping the wall, those from Baja California and those who have never left Culiacán, Sinaloa, half brothers of "El Ingeniero", Zamora Arellano surnames. There are several young women who at the moment do not arouse suspicion of their relationship with the illicit business of their parents. They are daughters of the deceased Ramón, Benjamín and Javier Arellano.

The descendants of the late Francisco Rafael Arellano "La Pancha" or "El Frank" have kept their distance. They also made their lives in the United States. Oblivious to any event in Mexico, as one of his lawyers explained to ZETA a couple of years ago, when a controversy arose over the legal dispute over the assets of the man murdered in October 2013 in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, for a hit man disguised as a clown.


The children of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", leader of the CJNG, are classified by authorities as "key pieces" in the structure of the criminal conglomerate. At his young age, Rubén "El Menchito" and Jessica Johanna Oseguera González started in business management and the network of links for money laundering.

In 2014, at his then 25 years of age, the male, with studies in International Trade, was already considered by the PGR as the second in the organization, only behind his father. In previous investigations, witnesses and members of the clan declared the hierarchy of the "Menchito", from whom they received orders and indicated him as a direct negotiator with South American cartels for the transfer of drugs to Mexico.

Rubén has been arrested four times and released three others, although in an ephemeral way. At the moment he continues imprisoned in the Federal Center of Social Readaptation (Cefereso) Number 13 of Oaxaca, after which he seemed to recover his liberty when freeing diverse processes by organized delinquency, money laundering and carrying firearms of exclusive use of the Army, among others. However, a couple of weeks ago he was denied an injunction that would practically put him on the street.

The charge that keeps the son of the "Mencho" in jail is that of operations with resources of illicit origin, since a ministerial investigation carried out in July 2015 -by a complaint promoted by the Ministry of Finance- showed that in April 2012, the boy acquired a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Centennial vehicle, two doors, carbon color zolder with ebony, with a commercial value of one million 660 thousand pesos.

The luxury sports car was acquired by Rubén, then 22, when he made an interbank transfer of one of his accounts for the sum of one million 400 thousand pesos. The rest he paid in various ways. However, the Treasury inquired that Oseguera son had banking movements in the period from January 1, 2010 to April 30, 2015, for 4 million 497 thousand 722 pesos with 20 cents in deposits, and 4 million 277 thousand 761 pesos with 83 cents in bank withdrawals.

In order to know the origin of the money, the tax authorities asked the National Banking and Securities Commission for documentary support of the account holder's movements to compare them with possible income declarations.

To his last capture, in a ministerial declaration rendered on June 24, 2015, "El Menchito" said regarding his occupation, to be "(...) employee caretaker of a race horse ranch in Perris, California, United States, with approximate income of four hundred dollars a week, with three dependents in the economic (...) ". Obvious that the version is implausible, according to consider the Federal Public Ministry and the judge of the criminal case.

For her part, Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, who runs the Japanese food restaurants Mizu Sushi in Zapopan and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, is considered to be the marketing brain of the cartel and forms part of the group of women who became the soul of the companies, through which financial resources of illicit origin are converted into "legal" money.

Federal authorities were on the verge of stopping her on Saturday, May 26 of this year, when they apprehended her mother, Rosalinda González Valencia, wife of "Mencho" and sister of the Michoacan drug traffickers nicknamed "Los Cuinis". The agents carried arrest warrants in hand, issued three days before by a District Judge, against Rosalinda and Johanna, but the latter had already withdrawn from her parent's side when they had gone shopping at Plaza Andares in Zapopan. Both are imputed for the crime of organized crime in the hypothesis of carrying out operations with resources of illegal origin. He is still a fugitive.


Another young man imprisoned in a prison and described as relevant, both in his personality and in what he contributed to his criminal organization, is Jesús Alfredo Beltrán Guzmán, son of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva "El Mochomo" and nephew of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. He is currently in prison in the state prison of Puente Grande, called Metropolitan Prison.

Since December 9, 2016, the date on which he was deprived of liberty by federal and military agents, "El Mochomito" has promoted various amparo trials to avoid being transferred to a maximum security prison facility, such as the Cefereso Número 2 "Occidente", just 250 meters from its current prison.

From the image of skinny young man, with hair with golden rays, little remains. In the new Puente Grande penitentiary, where he is classified as a "special follow-up" prisoner, the inmate now looks a lot like the father, as he has embarnecido and is bearded, taking advantage of the fact that the institution does not have regulations since it was inaugurated in February. 2013, and despite this, it was certified internationally by the American Prisons Association (ACA, for its acronym in English) in 2016.

His caregivers describe Jesus Alfredo as a very intelligent guy, who emerges from the stereotype of the children of drug traffickers, since he studied International Business in Europe - without specifying the country - and does not keep the tiple in the voice of the people of Sinaloa or Durango, where your family is from.

To date, the penitentiary does not have negative incidences of the prisoner and it is known that he has kept good behavior, although the authorities do not trust each other and therefore follow his steps every day. The boy's lawyers, Óscar Pulido Díaz, Alejandro Pérez Torres and María Raquel Delgado, one of them from Nuevo León and the last one from Jalisco, are aware that his client is not transferred to another prison, because apparently there he is " taste".

And in spite of that apparent meekness, the authority knows that the day of his arrest, when he left a barbershop, Beltrán Guzmán and his four collaborators carried firearms, drugs and a fragmentation grenade. His escorts, all young, were also mostly university students. One of them studied Criminology.


Adversity has reached in recent years three of the scions of capo Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada García. First fell into the hands of the authority Vicente Zambada Niebla "El Vicentillo", on March 18, 2009 in Mexico City; then, Serafín Zambada Ortiz, on November 21, 2013, in Arizona; and finally, Ismael Zambada Imperial "El Mayito Gordo", on November 13, 2014 in Sinaloa.

In the case of "Vicentillo", 43 years old today, he pleaded guilty to the charges against him in the American Union, where he was extradited in February 2010 and became a collaborator of that country. His lawyers say that in December he will be sentenced in a District Court in Chicago, Illinois, for conspiracy to possess and traffic drugs from Central and South America, as well as to obtain weapons to attack public offices.

Zambada Niebla accepted in 2013 to be responsible for the distribution of tons of cocaine between 2005 and 2008, from Central and South America, which was then transferred to the United States by ship, aircraft, submarines, train, trucks and automobiles. It could be sentenced to less than ten years, as well as a fine of 4 million dollars.

As far as Serafin is concerned, the youngest of the children of "El Mayo", will recover his freedom next September from a jail in the United States, after the Federal Court of San Diego, California, handed down a sentence of 66 months, which have elapsed since his arrest at the Garita Internacional de Nogales, between Sonora and Arizona, according to his defense lawyer Saji Vettiyil.

"El Seráfo", who liked to display his eccentricities through social networks, could be sentenced to sentences ranging from ten years in prison to life imprisonment, but by pleading guilty to conspiring to traffic 100 kilograms of cocaine and one thousand kilograms of marijuana to the United States. Unidos, the country where he is a citizen, achieved benefits under the Law.

The other Zambada, "El Mayito Gordo", is waiting to be extradited to the neighboring country of the north after in November 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared his rendition to be tried for crimes of conspiracy and illegal introduction of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines along the border of Tijuana to California and the East Coast of the United States. He is imprisoned in Cefereso 2, where his demands for protection to receive medical attention are constant.


The heirs of Juan José Esparragoza "El Azul" have fallen into disgrace due to the actions of authorities, but they have been able to overcome legal obstacles and continue to move forward, some free, some prisoners. The father is one of whom nothing is known, after his alleged death was announced in June 2014, stemming from a fall in the home in Zapopan, Jalisco.

The first official reaction came to Nadia Patricia Esparragoza Gastélum. The daughter of "Azul" was granted her Banorte bank account, Plaza del Sol branch, in Zapopan, on April 24, 2013. The Financial Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Finance detected that the woman carried out relevant, unusual operations and worried in the financial field and ordered to investigate him, along with his relatives, with whom he was part of the list issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury.

The transactions allegedly carried out by Nadia Patricia would have been made with the complicity of a bank official. The movements reported in a short period were for amounts equal to or greater than 79 million 454 thousand 840 pesos with 42 cents. In the account of Esparragoza Gastélum there was still just over 219,400 pesos when it was insured by the National Banking and Securities Commission.

However, through amparos, women have twice managed to reverse the freezing of their resources and still have no arrest warrant. The most recent constitutional protection was granted on January 25, 2018. In the investigation, his mother and his brothers, Brenda Guadalupe, Christian Iván and Juan Ignacio Esparragoza Gastélum, were intruded.

Those who were arrested were the homonyms of his father, both Juan José. First fell Esparragoza Jiménez "El Cora", a native of Nayarit. In April 2014, he was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, for crimes against health, in the form of simple possession of marijuana. They assured him one million 15 thousand 800 pesos and 131 thousand 344 dollars in cash, money that was submitted to a judgment of extinction of domain before a judge. This year the action promoted by the PGR was declared inadmissible, although it is on appeal. "El Cora" is still detained at Cefereso Number 13 in Oaxaca.

The other Juan José, Esparragoza Monzón, was captured at the beginning of 2017 in Sinaloa, but his imprisonment did not last long, because after a farewell party, on March 17, he escaped from the Aguaruto prison in Culiacán, along with others alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel. Since then nothing is known of the "Negro", who used the support of prison security personnel.


One of those who has already left prison this year, is Vicente Carrillo Leyva, son of the late drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes "The Lord of the Skies." He was a prisoner since April 1, 2009, when he was caught in a park near his home in Bosques de las Lomas in Mexico City, until June 12, when the cemetery of Puente Grande was opened to return him to freedom.

The junior served a seven-year and six-month prison sentence for the crime of money laundering and was acquitted for organized crime. He also ended up being sentenced to three years in prison for using a false voter's credential, but through a direct injunction granted to him, he annulled the sentence.

The voting credential was in the name of Alejandro Peralta Álvarez, alias adopted by Vicente to hide his true identity. And is that in his preparatory statement before the federal judge, the nicknamed "The Engineer" said that "as a result of the facts that you have read me I had to change my life and stop studying because I was persecuted and harassed by the police and I could never continue studying.

"They also forced me to change my name so I could live as normal as possible, because when I showed up with my real name, I was denied entry to study and work institutions, forcing me to change my identity in order to work and sustain myself. my person and my family, "explained the man.


The children of drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán are also well known. From those who were born and live in Guadalajara; the natives of Compostela, Nayarit; those of Culiacán, Sinaloa; and a self-named "daughter" who lives in the United States. Some have already proven the harshness of the prison, others are mentioned by authorities, not so persecuted.

The first to be identified almost twenty years ago was César, Guzmán's eldest son, in the "Perla Tapatía". The boy, who was barely 20 years old, was arrested by Zapopan policemen for driving in an ostentatious truck with armor. After being transferred to the facilities of the Attorney General of Jalisco and not finding a crime to pursue, they offered apologies and let him go.

Later, in the same municipality, he was arrested on February 13, 2005 Archivaldo Iván Guzmán Salazar "El Chapito", 21 years old, who was traveling with two other armed youths in a cherry-colored 2004 BMW X-5 pickup truck. He was imprisoned in the "Altiplano" prison and tried for crimes against health, money laundering and the murder of a Canadian woman. After more than three years in the federal prison he was exonerated, recovering his freedom.

Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar "El Alfredillo" or "El Gordo" was also appointed by the PGR, but the arrest warrants requested by a prosecutor against him, his mother María Alejandrina Salazar Hernández and other relatives did not prosper.

Alejandrina Giselle, sister of "Los Chapitos", was arrested on October 12, 2012, while trying to cross the border in San Diego, California, identifying herself with an alien visa. The woman was seven months pregnant and intended to give birth in the American Union. Upon accepting his responsibility, he reached an agreement with US authorities and was released the following December. She was deported to Mexico.

All of them, together with Ovidio Guzmán López, also son of "El Chapo", have been banned from entering US territory. The former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has more children, including a couple of last names Guzmán Peña, from Nayarit, and Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz, who claims to be a descendant of Sinaloa and lives on the other side.


More than five years have passed since the Office of Asset Control (OFAC, for its acronym in English) put on the black list of assets of the narco handled by the children of Rafael Caro Quintero, without anything happening in the end. The pressure of the Americans influenced the Mexican government to act accordingly. The Federal Public Ministry ordered the insurance of 19 bank accounts belonging to 16 companies and individuals of relatives and partners of the children of "Rafa".

Treasury authorities informed the PGR that those named Caro Elenes (Hector Rafael, Elizabeth Roxana, Henoch Emilio and Mario Yibran), would have made bank movements through third parties for more than 130 million pesos in the period between 2012 and 2013

To date, some of the companies investigated that suffered from the freezing and / or insurance of their bank accounts, all in the Metropolitan Zone of Guadalajara, obtained favorable rulings in lawsuits filed for the lifting of the precautionary measure.

Defenders and friends that the Caro Elenes claim that they have always manifested alien to the illicit activities that were imputed to their father and also had to fight in educational institutions such as the Autonomous University of Guadalajara or the TEC of Monterrey, against the stigma of being children of a capo, by the way, released from prison on August 9, 2013.


The scions of Javier Torres Félix "El JT", one of the most trusted men who had Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada and currently imprisoned in "Altiplano", after a temporary extradition that kept him in the United States, are also signaled to participate in illicit activities, to the extent that today they are interned in various prisons.

This is Misael Torres Urrea "El M-2", who was acting trustee in the municipality of Cosalá, Sinaloa, when he was arrested on October 1, 2014 in the residential subdivision Camino Real in Culiacán, accused of protecting drug trafficker Ismael Zambada Since then he is in the maximum security prison of Puente Grande.

At the beginning of October 2017, another brother of Misael, Jesús Javier Torres Félix, was captured after a chase and shooting on the Culiacán-Mazatlán highway. In a Toyota RAV4 truck, the individual and his four companions carried four AK-47 rifles, one M-16, all with grenade launchers, a 40-grenade grenade and more than 200 useful rounds of different calibers.