Security forces appear to be closing in on the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, as the son of its leader, its security chief and bosses of an affiliated gang have all been arrested in Culiacán during the past week.
Last Wednesday, federal forces captured Ismael “El Mayito Gordo” Zambada Imperial, son of Sinaloa gang leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who took over as boss of the cartel after Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was arrested earlier this year.
On Thursday, security forces arrested Rafael Guadalupe Félix Núñez, also known as “El Changuito Antrax,” presumed financial chief of the hitmen known as Los Antrax, along with another Antrax member known as “El Monkey,” as well as a Federal Police officer.
Milenio reported yesterday that Félix Núñez is a son-in-law of the subdirector of the Sinaloa Ministerial Police, but state officials have denied any knowledge of the connection.
Then on Sunday Sinaloa Cartel security chief Jesús Raúl Beltrán León, or “Chuy-Raúl,” was captured, according to federal sources who spoke off the record with the Milenio news service.
Los Antrax is a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel and was led until last year by Rafael Félix’ brother, José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, known as “El Chino Antrax,” who is now in jail in the United States after being arrested in Amsterdam in late 2013. He is facing drug smuggling charges.
A New Yorker article in May described El Chino Antrax as someone who wore designer clothes, liked to travel and was active on social media, reportedly chatting online with other criminals. He and his son have been active on the photos sharing site Instagram.
Meanwhile, the presumed deputy leader of Los Caballerios Templarios has been arrested in Michoacán. Sergio Andrade García, 39, picked up near Morelia, is believed responsible for a dozen murders and is considered deputy to gang leader Servando Gómez Martínez, known as “La Tuta.”
Source: Milenio (sp)
Photos from Félix Núñez’ Instagram page