Arrest of Sinaloa Cartel Operative La Morena in Tijuana

The arrest of Sinaloa Cartel operative, "La Morena," in Tijuana for orchestrating assassinations and recruitment for targeted homicides.

Authorities in Tijuana, Mexico, recently arrested a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel involved in ordering assassinations and murders in the city.

Details of the Arrest

Magali “N,” known by her alias “La Morena,” was taken into custody by the Municipal Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPCM) based on an outstanding warrant for the murder of Antonio, a hotel worker killed on January 4th.

As reported by the SSPCM, La Morena had ordered Antonio’s murder, which was carried out by cartel hitman Leonel Francisco “N.” Francisco arrived at the Lopez Motel on the morning of January 4th, approached Antonio in the parking area, and fatally shot him multiple times before fleeing. He was arrested the same day.

La Morena’s Criminal History

According to intelligence gathered, La Morena served as the homicide coordinator for the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations in Tijuana. She worked under the direction of cartel leader Francisco Javier Rabadán Gudiño, known as “El Aguacate.”

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In addition, La Morena is believed to have recruited Luis Alberto Padilla, alias “Tito,” for an attempted homicide targeting a local salesman named Jaime Becerra earlier this month.

Ongoing Cartel Disputes in Baja California

The arrest highlights the ongoing cartel violence plaguing Tijuana and the broader Baja California state. In addition to the dominant Sinaloa Cartel, the CJNG cartel and remnants of the Arellano Felix Cartel (CAF) are also battling for control of lucrative trafficking territories.

The situation remains volatile, posing dangers for citizens and challenges for Mexican authorities attempting to restrain cartel activities. La Morena’s arrest deals a blow to the Sinaloa Cartel but likely will not curb the overall violence as rival groups vie to fill the ensuing power vacuum.