Granados, arrested in Guerrero. Granados, arrested in Tecpan.

Granados gang boss caught in Guerrero

Gang controls four coastal municipalities, Zihuatanejo among them

Federal Police have arrested the leader of a criminal organization who controlled several municipalities in the Costa Grande region of Guerrero.


Rubén “El Nene” Granados Vargas, head of a gang known as Los Grandados, was captured without incident Tuesday in San Luis de la Loma, Tecpan. Eight others were also arrested.

Authorities say Granados and his brother, Salvador “El Chava,” exercised control over the region through a series of alliances with other criminal groups from their center of operations in the municipality of Técpan de Galeana.

Zihuatanejo is one of the municipalities under their control. Others are La Unión de Isidoro Montes de Oca, Coahuayutla de José María Izazaga and José Azueta.

The arrest was announced by Federal Police commissioner Manelich Castilla Craviotto, who reported that Granados is under investigation for extortion, kidnapping and executing local farmers.

Granados joined the Bletrán Leyva Organization in 2008 and later, with his brother, founded Los Granados.

The federal Attorney General’s office posted a 3-million-peso reward in March last year for information that could lead to “El Chava’s” arrest.


Los Granados is just one of an estimated 21 criminal gangs accounted for by Guerrero’s Public Security Secretariat (SSP).

The gangs are fighting for control of the fertile drug plantations, smuggling routes, small-scale drug trafficking in urban and tourist areas and the extortion of small businesses, known as derecho or cobro de piso.

The gangs Los Rojos and Los Ardillos have increased their presence in the central region and in the Montaña Alta and Montaña Baja areas, while the municipality of Chilapa is at the center of the war between the two: so far this year 59 people have been executed there.

In Chilpancingo, the state capital, and other neighboring municipalities in the central region the war is between Los Rojos, Los Jefes and the Cártel del Sur, killing 91 people so far this year.

In the northern region, the SSP has identified two organizations, Gente Nueva and Ojitos Verdes, that have divvied up the territory, but they face opposition from Los Rojos and La Familia Michoacana.

The latter, along with Los Caballeros Templarios and Los Tequileros, have the strongest presence in the Tierra Caliente region.

Los Tequileros, a splinter cell of La Familia, carried out over 50 kidnappings in the region last year, although the state Attorney General’s office claims that today it has only 30 individuals in its ranks.

In the Costa Grande, scene of this week’s arrest, are Los Granados, Guardia Guerrerense, Sangre Nueva Guerrerense, Los Rodríguez and Los Viagras.

In the municipality of Acapulco de Juárez, considered a state region in itself, three criminal gangs are operating: the Beltrán Leyva, the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA) and La Barredora.

Those three have also splintered into smaller groups, often with just 10 to 15 members.

In the Costa Chica it is the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Carrillo, Los Añorve and Los Marín who are vying for the territory’s control.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    After a decade of government progress against the cartels, Citizens of Mexico can finally feel secure –

    as long as they don’t run into any of these guys (good luck with that):

    Los Rojos
    Los Ardillos
    Los Jefes
    Cártel del Sur
    Gente Nueva
    Ojitos Verdes
    La Familia Michoacana
    Los Caballeros Templarios
    Los Tequileros
    Los Granados
    Guardia Guerrerense
    Sangre Nueva Guerrerense
    Beltrán Leyva
    the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA)
    La Barredora
    Los Rodríguez
    Los Viagras
    Sinaloa Cartel

    Los Carrillo
    Los Añorve

    Los Marín

  • Raphael Rodriguez


  • WestCoastHwy

    Link to a better pic of the criminal:×277/187/186033.jpg

    This area of the Costa Grande region is a gold mine for beautiful beaches and rich soil that is nestled against the Sierra Mountains. Historically it was an area where the Aborigines fled to escape the Spanish invasion.

    Today it is a criminal hideout and pathetically, where Mexicans just throw their garbage. What I can’t swallow is why these Hillbillies don’t capitalize on this area by using 21st century, Western, constitutional, and Judicial systems.

    It’s time to change the Music and get on with it you #$%@ Hillbiliies!

  • WestCoastHwy

    First post was rejected so will leave out the link to a better pic of the Criminal.

    The Costa Grande region is an area of beautiful virgin beaches, rich soil, nestled against the Sierra Mountains.

    Historically, it was an area where Aborigines escaped the Spanish Inquisition. Today it’s an area where criminal gangs hideout and Mexicans throw their garbage.

    What I can’t accept is why these Hillbillies have not capitalized on this area using 21st Century, Western, Constitutional, Judicial systems; it would be a win win situation. Legalizing Cannabis in Mexico would be a good step since it was the cash crop; if Canada legalizes, Mexico will go down the tubes.

    All and All, there is a new Job position that just opened!

  • Güerito

    This guy was arrested in 2009. At that time he was known as one of the top leaders of the Beltrán Leyva cartel. And eight years later he’s re-arrested? When did he get out??