Juarez Cartel’s beautiful teenage hitwomen like Sayhra in the La Linea strategy

The Juarez Cartel leveraged La Linea's attractive young female assassins to infiltrate and eliminate rivals in their quest for dominance.

The Juarez Cartel was one of the criminal groups that dominated drug trafficking in the country in the early 1990s due to how Amado Carrillo Fuentes transported cocaine loads by airplane, earning him the nickname “El Señor de los Cielos” (Lord of the Skies). With the emancipation of “El Chapo” Guzman from the Federation after the arrest of its founder Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the Sinaloa Cartel became the main rival of the Juarez leader.

The “Lord of the Skies” tried to stay one step ahead of his competitors, especially in the war declared by organized crime gangs as the dominant cartel controlling the business to take over the border routes and provide consumers with their primary market, which is the United States. Because of this, Carrillo Fuentes decided to make a special move to end the competition.

Thus arose the group known as “La Linea,” which was identified as one of the armed arms of the Juarez Cartel, according to one of its former members, Rogelio Amaya, after giving his testimony after being arrested by the Ministry of Public Security, the split was characterized by recruiting young and pretty women.

“Pretty and good-looking teenagers.”

The objective of La Linea’s strategy was to turn the teenage girls, most of them, into hitwomen to act as infiltrators among the members of rival groups to execute them once they gained their trust, the criminal told federal authorities. On average, between 20 and 30 women between the ages of 18 and 30 were trained to kill in each recruitment, he said.

This was confirmed when they captured a man and a woman identified as Víctor Antonio B. P. and Sayhra Ivonne G. A., who claimed to work for the Juarez Cartel cell, La Linea. According to Amaya’s earlier statement, these two people were part of La Linea’s “commandos, ” who fought directly against the Sinaloa Cartel in their attempt to take over the Juarez plaza in Chihuahua.

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Sayhra was accused of killing several of Chapo’s associates. Photo: Agencies

Within the special group of La Linea, Sayhra was trained. Once his training process was completed, he was always accompanied by the “main” male hitman to carry out the orders of the cartel’s commanders. This Juarez split was characterized by having in its ranks former municipal police officers and some state police officers, among them some who had held a command position in the police.

For this reason, La Linea took that name because the former police members established a sort of “line” or order so that everyone would be under their control since 2014, when they began operations under their scheme of recruiting “pretty girls and good-looking teenagers,” as Amaya put it. Several of Joaquin Guzman Loera‘s associates were killed in Sayhra’s fire.

Víctor Antonio
Victor Antonio B. was arrested with Sayhra. Photo: Agencies

Sayhra’s job was to arrive in luxury cars with his partners at the place where they would commit the murders against rival hitmen. Sayhra was characterized by having dark hair and always wearing makeup, with a slender body that fulfilled the stereotype of a woman sought by La Línea.

Sayhra’s beauty was the downfall of her victims, as they were hooked on her until she was captured in June 2007. Authorities’ investigations revealed that she directly confronted “Chapo” Guzman and his people. At the time of her capture inside her luxury car, she had 100 wraps of drugs and crystal meth. The woman was investigated for being linked to several murders committed in Chihuahua and Texas, United States.