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Who are “Los Rusos” of Mayo Zambada and what is their relationship with “Los Chapitos”


The García Corrales brothers were identified as priority targets for the US government.  (Infobae Mexico/Jovani Pérez)
The García Corrales brothers were identified as priority targets for the US government. (Infobae Mexico/Jovani Pérez)

In May 2021, an operation by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) in Mexicali, Baja California, ended with the arrest of 13 people and the seizure of several vehicles; In one of them were two official documents in the name of Juan José Ponce Felixleader of the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel called “The Russians”, rival – in recent years – of “Los Chapitos”.

To understand the violent relationship between “Los Chapitos” and “Los Rusos” We must place ourselves at the top of the Sinaloa Cartel organizational chart; because while the first are a group under the command of the children of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, The latter are an armed faction under the direct command of Ishmael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

Taking into account the above we must go back to October 2019, when the first “Culiacanazo”; At that time there was the biggest breakup until then between “Los Rusos and Los Chapitos”, well to reverse the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, the armed cells under the command of his brothers began a series of riots in the city; while those commanded by Ponce Félix did nothing.

A month later – according to documents revealed by Guacamaya Leaks – the annoyances of “Los Chapitos” against “The Russians”presumably because the latter beat municipal police officers who were protecting the children of the Chapo Guzman.

“From then on, both armed groups dispute the control of the production and sale of synthetic drugs in Culiacán,” read the leaked Sedena documents.

Fentanyl flow network carried out by the DEA (Photo: DEA)
Fentanyl flow network carried out by the DEA (Photo: DEA)

It turned out that as a result of the dispute with “Los Chapitos”, Mayo Zambada sent Ponce Félix, alias “El Ruso”, to Baja California; The intention was to avoid an escalation in the confrontation against the group of children of Guzman Loera.

However, the decision of Mayo Zambada little helped to avoid the conflict, since from Baja California “The Russian” started arguing with “Los Chapitos” controlling drug trafficking through Mexicali.

Separated by the train tracks and by the border between Baja California and Sonoraboth criminal cells under the command of Sinaloa Cartel They escalated the confrontation, mainly in the communities of Agua Caliente, Tepuche, the Mexicali Valley and San Luis Río Colorado.

The area of ​​dispute between “Los Chapitos” and “Los Rusos” is a few kilometers from the border with the United States and they also have to face some members of the Arellano Felix Cartel that maintain their power in certain areas of Tijuana and Mexicali.

Emma Coronel's relationship with her stepchildren has been full of chiaroscuros (Infobae México / Jovany Pérez)
Emma Coronel’s relationship with her stepchildren has been full of chiaroscuros (Infobae México / Jovany Pérez)

One of the most recent clashes occurred in late 2022 when AK-47 machine guns woke up residents of Colorado River in Sonora and left a balance of 12 people dead and several injured.

The target was the house of Gerardo Rueda, alias “El Tochín”, in charge of transporting drugs to the United States and close to the May Zambada, who managed to flee the scene while “Los Salazar” and “Los Chapitos” They failed in their attempt to kill the main leaders of “The Russians”.

Almost a year after that confrontation, elements of the State Security and Investigation Force of Mexicali They captured two members of “The Russians”, considered priority objectives of the United States, due to their hierarchy in the organization under the command of Ismael Zambada.

Although on the side of “Los Chapitos” He already fell and was extradited Ovidio Guzmanalong with “Los Salazar” -who remained faithful to the Chapo Guzman after their arrests – and “Los Ninis” control the eastern side of the Mexicali Valley, from Sonora to Chihuahua; while “The Russians” see their territory reduced from the border with their neighbor to the Pacific Ocean.



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