'El Chuta', the paratrooper who became a Zetas founder

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'El Chuta', the paratrooper who became a Zetas founder

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Note: This post includes excerpts from the Wikipedia page of Jorge López Pérez ("El Chuta"), which I created on 10 December 2019. El Chuta is one of the founding members of Los Zetas. Special thanks to MaxiMillian2k19, IVAN CHESNOKOV and others for sharing valuable information about him in the forum.



Background and profile

In an era when the average lifespan of a fugitive drug cartel leader in Mexico has fallen rapidly, Jorge López Pérez ("El Chuta") has consistently challenged the trend and eluded capture. However, it does not seem like he has garnered the attention like other prominent drug lords despite being one of the early members of Los Zetas.

Details of El Chuta's early life are limited. He joined the Mexican Army on 1 October 1979, forming part of the Brigada de Fusileros Paracaidistas (English: Parachute Rifle Brigade). During his tenure in the military, he became a specialist in martial arts, parachuting, explosives and guerrilla warfare tactics. His nickname, El Chuta, is common among paratroopers in Mexico. It is a play on words from the French word parachute. In less than a few years, the promising paratrooper unexpectedly deserted from the military on 17 September 1981. El Chuta then joined the Juárez Cartel and was assigned to head drug trafficking operations in Cancún. He was part of a Quintana Roo-based cell headed by kingpin Alcides Ramón Magaña ("El Metro"). The group was informally known as Cártel del Sureste and/or Cártel de Cancún.

When Ramón Magaña was arrested in June 2001, his colleague Jesús Albino Quintero Meraz ("El Beto") contacted him about a new job offer and advised him to join the Gulf Cartel under kingpin Osiel Cárdenas Guillén. However, El Chuta moved to Veracruz and produced successful results as a independent drug trafficker. After Quintero Meraz was arrested in 2002, he moved to Yucatán to manage Colombian narcotics along with several local smugglers. He fled to Tamaulipas in 2003 after the Mexican Army increased their efforts to apprehend him. Once in Tamaulipas, he was hired by Rogelio González Pizaña ("Z-2") and formally joined Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel's newly formed paramilitary group that was originally composed of ex-commandos.

Due to his previous experience in the Juárez Cartel and his knowledge of drug operations in the area, El Chuta was assigned to coordinate drug trafficking activities for Los Zetas in the Riviera Maya, an area that extended from Cancún to Tulum. This turf was a strategic reception area for Los Zetas because it allowed them to receive South American narcotics arriving through boats. The drugs were stored in Playa del Carmen and Cancún for further distribution. He was responsible for coordinating smuggling activities at the Cancún International Airport. According to security forces, El Chuta and other members of Los Zetas based in the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Chiapas and Campeche received protection from corrupt municipal authorities and former members of the Juárez Cartel.

In Los Zetas, he reported directly to Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano ("Z-3"), who co-headed the criminal group with Miguel Treviño Morales ("Z-40"). In 2002, El Chuta and his colleague Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar ("El Mamito") were responsible for training new Zetas hires. In 2009, he was cited as a regional leader of Los Zetas in the state of Coahuila, a turf he reportedly shared with Galindo Mellado Cruz ("Z-9"). That year Mexican federal authorities listed him as one of the leading fugitives in Los Zetas, along with Lazcano, Gustavo González Castro ("El Erótico"), Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar ("El Mamito") and Flavio Méndez Santiago. In early 2012, El Chuta was in-charge of heading operations for the criminal group in northeastern Mexico and was paid directly by Lazcano. Among his colleagues in this turf were González Castro, José Alberto González Xalate ("El Paisa") and Salvador Alfonso Martínez Escobedo ("La Ardilla"). Intelligence reports state that El Chuta was a Lazcano loyalist and close confidant.

Charges and possible whereabouts

On 18 June 2003, Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) placed an unspecified bounty on 31 members of Los Zetas, including El Chuta. Authorities stated that El Chuta was "highly dangerous", given his military background and his suspected role in homicides, drug trafficking, kidnappings, and carjackings. This announcement was made after the Specialized Unit Against Organized Crime (UEDO) identified him as a high-ranking member of Los Zetas following 14 March arrest of Cárdenas Guillén. Unlike other Zetas members who voluntarily requested their release from the military, El Chuta deserted and joined organized crime, which is considered high treason in a military court.

Online rumors abound of his current location and possibly alter identity. Rumors suggest that he travels often between Monterrey and Cancún, and that he spends a lot of time in Algeria (because Algeria does not have an extradition treaty with Mexico). This version suggest that El Chuta has a close business relationship with the Italian mob group 'Ndrangheta, who helped him move through Europe and settle in Algeria. Ties between Los Zetas and the 'Ndrangheta was first uncovered in Italy through Operation Solare in 2008. El Chuta is not the only Zetas founder who was believed to be in Europe at some point. Rumors also suggest that Zetas members El Chocotorro, El Vera, and others were in Spain.

Others have suggested that El Chuta's name Jorge López Pérez is too generic, and that he is likely Proceso Arturo Muro González, an alleged Zetas member sanctioned under the Kingpin Act in 2010. Muro González was also in the military, is an expert in martial arts, and has facial similarities with El Chuta.

Unlike the rest of the early members of Los Zetas, who were arrested and/or killed over the years, El Chuta reportedly disappeared from public view. Mexican authorities believe that El Chuta is trying to live under a low-profile to avoid detection since he has a pending arrest warrant. He is one of the last standing fugitives from the early Zetas generation.

Sources and notes:

* Wikipedia article is under free domain
* Image released by the PGR in 2003
* Multiple sources, see here
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Great work as always!
El Armadillo
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Mica
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I read this on the mb and it’s some of your best work MX.

Thank you
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Parro
MX, thank you for chronicling some of the most important facts of history!  muy gracias!

You find someone like this Chuta, probably trained at Ft. Benning Georgia.  Probably for the best intentions for Mexico's fight against evil, but it turns sideways.  Kind've of like a Saudi fighter pilot trainee, who kills his teachers.  

My question is this;  When do we know who we are training?  the good or the bad?

If we don't know? why do any training for foreigners?  only for the sell of American armaments and the requisite training?  Begs an answer -
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MX
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Thanks, guys! I appreciate the kind words. I wouldn't be able to get leads and find sources without everyone's input. That's why I love this place -- we are all very collaborative.

I'm working on a lot of Zetas/Gulf bios from the 1900s / early 2000s (in no particular order). Stay put for more!
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IVAN CHESNOKOV
Great article. I wish there was a way to get a hold of Arturo Muro just to clear out if he was really el chuta or if they used his photo by mistake all these years but seems unlikely.
 He wrote a letter claiming he was never involved with the cartels

https://www.proceso.com.mx/93395/de-arturo-muro-gonzalez
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Thanks for your help with providing info on him.

If he is indeed El Chuta he would probably never admit it. I’m afraid we will never know. I just hope our posts bring some new attention to these fugitives.
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MaxiMillian2k19
There was INFO that el Chuta did also ran the taekwando school/gym back in the days
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leChef
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Thanks for collecting intel on these criminals with little public info

You might wanna remove Proceso in the name Proceso Arturo Muro González, as this has clearly been tangled up with the article and subsequent response from in the Proceso media outlet. It is pretty amazing that even US authorities picked that up in their APB.
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IVAN CHESNOKOV
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Whinny Pooh bio will be interesting. Did he actually committed suicide or was extrajudicially neutralize?

You think there's a way to get a hold of Mamito through regular mail?
If people can write to serial killers I don't see why they can't write to organize crime convicts.
MX
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I created El Winnie Pooh’s Wikipedia article back in January 2013. I didn’t have access to many research databases that I now have, and I also recognize that the article needs a major overhaul. I’ll add it on my to-do list as well.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Óscar_Guerrero_Silva

It is possible to mail correspondence to federal inmates. Check El Mamito’s prison and call for details.
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No. I have him on my to-do list. There is a lot of info about him and it should be a long / detailed article.
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I heard from someone anonymous, that Los Zetas had chance to successfully free El Mateo, but Lazca gave order to stop the assault as soon as he got notified and knew what was going on, He didn't gave Mateo a chance because of violating honor code of Zetas to keep low profile and not to engage any attention
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MaxiMillian2k19
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Oh, MX, do you have any information about Hugo Ponce Salazar AKA Z4 arrested in 2006?

http://marcosalas.blogspot.com/2009/09/el-imperio-del-lazca-durante-el-foxismo.html?m=1


This blog seems to be very informative.
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IVAN CHESNOKOV
" Y entre los “desertores” mencionó a Daniel Enriquez Márquez Aguilar, el Chocotorro y Jorge López, el Chuta."

uh? so Chuta was with los Z from 2002-2005?  Maybe that's why there's no info, and he just operated as an independent trafficker in Cancun. I wonder if Los Pelones have anything to do with him?
Or is just misinfo.

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MaxiMillian2k19
Yeah, After arrest of el Metro, Chuta began as an successful independent trafficker on his own, but later in 2002 he moved to Matamoros After Army became eager to arrest him, and than he got ultimately hired by Z-2 El Kelin.
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MaxiMillian2k19
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about el Choccotoro, I heard that he moved to Cd Juarez in around 2008-2009
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Sky98
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¿Harás una biografía acerca de Lormendez Pitalua z-10?
Es cierto que fue liberado y ahora esta con ZVieja Escuela?