War in the North Zone: "Los Monitos" vs Sinaloa
Photo: Archive.- Marcos Rafael Toscano Rodríguez
Print edition Investigaciones Zeta Monday, August 6, 2018 01:00 PM
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After the murder of Marcos Rafael Toscano Rodríguez, one "Los Monitos"; the Sinaloa Cartel, represented by "El Aguacate", in the North Zone, tries to seize the square that the CAF maintains to date, which it has never been able to dominate. A message against "El Chacal" and his sisters. "El Pelón" and the son of "El Mono" intensify the dispute
With the murder of Marcos Rafael Toscano Rodríguez, one of the nicknamed "Los Monitos", this cell of the Arellano Félix Cartel (CAF) in the Northern Zone, faces a new slayings against the Sinaloa Cartel for the control of drug sales in that colony and its surroundings.
The main suspects of the crime are the members of the "El Aguacate" cell, who responds directly to Alfonso Arzate García "El Aquiles", leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Tijuana, investigators of the crime told ZETA.
Photo: Archive.- Roberto Carlos Toscano Rodríguez
On Saturday, July 28, at 1:37 in the afternoon, a call to the emergency number reported a man wounded by a bullet on Ingeniero Sánchez Ayala Street, in the North Zone, next to the hotel "El Paso".
It was "El Cuate", who was shot in the abdomen. Those who were with him tried to stop the bleeding of the wounds with clothes, so that later he would be transferred to the General Hospital of Tijuana. The suspects, witnesses said, fled in a white Caravan van.
Toscano Rodríguez entered the Emergency Department and on the morning of Sunday, July 29, the organs damaged by the bullets, which could not be surgically treated due to the severity of the injuries, ended up collapsing. He was declared lifeless at 10:35.
Months before, Marcos Rafael Toscano Rodríguez had survived an attack in the Northern Zone. On the night of Friday, March 2, he was driving a GMC Acadia 2007 truck on Avenida Coahuila, in front of the Hong Kong hotel, accompanied by his escort, nicknamed "El Panchito", when he was attacked with bullets.
According to "El Cuate", two hooded men shot him from a hotel, so, when he felt the first shots, he accelerated and reached Baja California Street, in the Northern Zone, where he was intervened by police elements.
The twin attributed the attack to a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel, led by "El Aguacate", specifically mentioned that his brother-in-law, Ivan Leonardo Peña Peralta "El Turbo", had already threatened him with death.
In the truck, which had several shots in the body and tires, they were found a .45 caliber pistol, so both were made available to the Attorney General's Office (PGR).
However, the twin and his escort left free and the days were stopped again in the North Zone. On the afternoon of March 11, police found them in possession of a 9-millimeter firearm, a magazine and three useful shots, in the same area.
The narcomenudist explained that the weapon was to defend himself, since they had wanted to kill him. On this occasion, he did not stay in prison either.
Authorities suspect that these death threats caused Marcos Rafael to lower his profile in the criminal structure of "Los Monitos." To the threat was added the apprehension of his twin, Roberto Carlos, who is considered the leader of the cell.
At 32 years of age, "El Cuate" accumulated arrests for possession of a firearm, crimes against health, as well as preliminary investigations for robbery with violence and injuries, but never remained in prison.
THE ORIGIN OF "LOS MONITOS"
"Los Monitos", nickname of the twin brothers Roberto Carlos and Marcos Rafael Toscano Rodríguez, was born to his older brother, Luis Manuel Toscano Rodríguez "El Mono", who became the main narcomenudist of the CAF in the Northern Zone, between 2008 and until his death, on April 9, 2015.
Photo: Archivo.- Luis Manuel Toscano Rodríguez, "El Mono"
"The Monkey" was killed in a street food stall, near the criminal courts, where he had come to sign his conditional release. His homicide was one of the first in the struggle still disputed by CAF, the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel in Tijuana.
Since 2009, "El Mono" accumulated arrests for carrying firearms, including in July 2012 he was issued a formal prison sentence for crimes against health and carrying weapons, after being detained by elements of the Army in a street of the Central Zone, in possession of seven cocaine wrappers, one long and one short weapon; a magazine and 21 useful cartridges, as well as 20 thousand dollars.
Before that, he had already been charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder. On January 8, 2011, they tried to execute him when he was traveling through the Altamira neighborhood.
"El Mono" and his son, Luis Alexis Toscano Varela, then 10 years old, survived with injuries. When police agents went to the Red Cross to interview him, staff of the institution informed them that the wife of "El Mono" went to transfer them to a private hospital.
Photo: Archivo.- Iván Leonardo Peña Peralta, "El Turbo"
The woman feigned the death of her husband, when months later they questioned her, telling them that she had buried "El Mono" in Manzanillo, Colima, where she was from.
After his death, his brother-in-law Alberto Ávila Alvarado "El Chacal", with the help of "Los Monitos", took the leadership of the cell that is mainly dedicated to the sale of marijuana, crystal and cocaine, as well as carrying out executions of members of rival groups.
Shortly after the execution of "El Mono", "Los Monitos" were captured together. On May 23, 2015, the State Preventative Police (PEP) apprehended them together with Daniel Eduardo Tapia López, carrying a 5.45 x 39 millimeter submachine gun, a 9 mm caliber pistol, two bulletproof vests, shots of various calibers, a bag with marijuana and seven doses of glass, as well as doses of cocaine and methamphetamines.
The captures of the twins continued over the years, as well as the attacks against them. On January 25, 2016, Roberto Carlos Toscano Rodríguez survived seven shots he received in his chest and pelvis when he was on board a free taxi on José Gallegos street, in the neighborhood of November 20, at the height of the factory. Harinas El Rosal, in Tijuana.
Like his older brother, Roberto Carlos, had come to sign the courts as a result of an arrest in June 2015. Three men, including a minor, were captured for the crime.
Alán Zamora, Enrique García and Ulises L. Castro, commented that the order of the homicide had been given by a man nicknamed "El Cabezón", an operator of Alfonso Arzate "El Aquiles".
THE OTHER CUATE AFTER LAS REJAS
However, since May 16, 2018, Roberto Carlos "El Monito" is in prison. That day was captured by elements of the Municipal Police in possession of a firearm caliber 9 millimeters.
Unlike previous occasions, in this case it was not released. The judge in charge of the case ordered preventive detention for the CAF leader in the Northern Zone. The news of his friend's murder was received behind bars.
A HEAD AND A MESSAGE AGAINST THE FAMILY OF "EL CHACAL"
On Wednesday, August 1, at around 2:00 in the afternoon, municipal police reported the discovery of a human head inside a white bucket on International Avenue, at the height of the German colony.
Photo: Archivo.- Alberto Avila Alvarado, "El Chacal"
To one side of the human rest was left a card with the following message: "This way they will be all those who walk with El Pelón, Luis and Chacal Lupe and Vero Rosalba, have 24 hours to open ZN or they are going to mop it like this As The Jackal goes around marring killing women one will give them the same attention. "
All are names identified by the Coordination Group of Baja California. Although, Roberto Carlos Toscano Rodríguez is considered the main leader of the "Los Monitos" cell, Alberto Ávila Alvarado "El Chacal", brother-in-law of "El Mono", became the natural heir of the drug trafficker after his death in 2015.
While Roberto Carlos concentrated on tasks related to the distribution of drugs, "El Chacal" is in charge of the cell hitmen.
While Guillermo Alejandro González Camarillo "El Pelón" worked under the orders of Marcos Rafael Toscano Rodríguez, he was in charge of drug sales points in the Central and Northern Zone.
For his part, Luis Alexis Toscano Varela "Luisillo", 18 years old, is the son of "El Mono", who survived with his father after the attack of 2011.