- The Leader Captured: Urbajo J.G., also known as El Cubano, the head of the criminal organization “Los Mexicles” in Ciudad Juarez, was arrested by Chihuahua authorities.
- Weapon and Drug Seizure: During his arrest, the authorities secured four long guns, a black handgun, and a package of 403 grams of marijuana.
- Origin of Los Mexicles: Los Mexicles formed as a gang of deported gang members from the US and later became one of the Sinaloa Cartel’s armed groups, with a main focus in the marginalized areas of Ciudad Juarez.
Authorities in Chihuahua have captured the leader of the “Los Mexicles” criminal gang, which was allegedly behind the mass escape from the Ciudad Juarez prison earlier this year. Urbajo J.G., alias El Cubano, was arrested with several firearms and drug doses.
While intelligence work was being carried out to find the whereabouts of the escaped inmates from the State Center for Social Reinsertion (Cereso) number 3, the location of this criminal leader was found. His apprehension was reported on Saturday, January 28, on Sol Violeta street, at the intersection with Padreras del Sol, in the neighborhood of the same name.
According to the Chihuahua Prosecutor’s Office, the 36-year-old criminal is the current leader of Los Mexicles in Ciudad Juarez. “As a result of investigative work, documented information was obtained that this individual would remain in command of part of the criminal structure,” it was detailed.
During his arrest, the authorities secured four long guns, one with the legend “RED JACKET FIVE ARMS ILC BATON ROUGE, LA USA” caliber .5.56 mm model KMP-MK1, which had a plastic magazine filled with 27 useful cartridges. As well as:
- A black short weapon with the legend Glock23 GEN4 Austria .40, with a magazine and 17 useful cartridges.
- A black handgun marked Glock 43X Austria 9×19, with a magazine and 10 useful cartridges.
- A long gun marked ANDERSON MANUFACTURING HEBRON, AM-15.
- A long black gun with the legend BEAR CREEK ARSENAL MODEL: BCA 15.
- A black gun with a brown finish, Winchester brand, model 94 30-30, with four useful cartridges.
- A long gun with the legend ROMAC 3 7.62×54,
- A package with 403 grams of marijuana
- A black Ford vehicle with license plates from the state of Chihuahua.
El Cubano was arrested for crimes against health and violation of the Federal Firearms and Explosives Law. No aggressions against the authorities were reported during these actions.
A couple of days ago, an operator of Los Mexicles, identified as Yolanda R.C., was arrested. The 54-year-old woman was captured in the Parajes del Sur neighborhood. According to investigations, she operated a place known as ‘picadero’, where six long arms, half a kilogram of crystal meth, and other tactical equipment were seized.
Who is Los Mexicles?
The criminal group Los Mexicles became more notorious at the beginning of this year after the escape of 30 inmates from Cereso No. 3 in Ciudad Juarez, as it is presumed that this gang orchestrated the brawl with one main objective: to free its then leader, Ernesto Alfredo Piñon de la Cruz, alias El Neto.
This individual was described by the former governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral Jurado, as “the toughest and most heartless narco” of this criminal cell, whom he blamed for the wave of violence sweeping the state. Three days after his escape, El Neto died in a confrontation with the authorities while trying to avoid being recaptured.
Los Mexicles was formed as a gang of gang members deported from the United States who initially dedicated themselves to car theft. Later, during the so-called “War on Drugs” of former President Felipe Calderon, the Sinaloa Cartel saw a possible alliance with them.
This is how Los Mexicles became one of the Sinaloa Cartel’s armed groups, specifically Ismael El Mayo Zambada‘s faction, which is why they maintain rivalries with the ‘Los Chapitos‘ group, led by Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán’s sons.
According to security journalist David Saucedo, some of their members have tattoos in the style of El Salvador’s Mara Salvatrucha as part of their initiation ritual and speaking Nahuatl. Their main centers of operations are the most marginalized areas of Ciudad Juarez.