Narco-Banner accuses Mexican border state governor of corruption, calls for release of prisoner

Gunmen linked to the Sinaloa cartel hung a banner accusing a governor of the Mexican border state of working for their rivals and threatened further violence unless one of their leaders is released from prison. The threat follows four related murders and an apparent kidnapping.

Authorities reported finding the banner in Mexicali, Baja California, where a cartel cell called “Los 80’s” demanded the release of their leader known as “El Goldi”. If their demands are not met, the cartel gunmen will continue to “kill people and kidnap officials who take bribes.” Banner was first reported by Semanario Zeta.

The banner points to Baja California Governor Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda and Attorney General Ivan Carpio for allegedly taking illicit money.

El Goldi would be Ruben Benitez Ponce, also known as “El 80”. Mexican authorities arrested El Goldi on April 5 in Mexicali. He is considered one of the main operators of “Los Rusos”, a group of executioners under the control of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia.

Los Rusos are waging a fierce turf war against another faction of the Sinaloa Cartel called “Los Chapitos”, led by the children of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman. The infighting is over control of the Mexicali Valley.

On Saturday, gunmen killed three men in the Nuevo Milenio neighborhood of Mexicali. They arrived in a black Toyota 4 Runner, Semanario Zeta reported. The gunmen managed to escape before authorities arrived.

Additionally, a woman reported that her boyfriend in the same neighborhood at the time was missing. Authorities believe the incident may be a related kidnapping.

The violence in the border town continued on Sunday when the body of a woman was found in a rural wasteland. Police found shell casings near the woman’s body. No arrests have been reported at the time of publication.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels that silence their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in these regions, including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, if a pseudonym was not used. Chronicles of the Breitbart Texas Cartel are published in English and in their original version Spanish. This article was written by “Diego Marquez” from Sonora.


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