Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Juarez Cartel

Excerpts from Borderland Beat - Chapter - Juarez Cartel

There is a story that has circulated in Ciudad Juarez for many years and has been told many times. It has been told so many times by so many people, that most think is just a fable. I once met a man who swore on his mother's grave that it was true and that he was a witness, but this was after several beers and frankly, the man told many other narco tales for me to take him too seriously.

The story goes something like this:

A group of men armed with ak-47s walk inside an exclusive restaurant in the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez. The men tell the patrons not to be scared, that if they just do as they are told, no one will get hurt. They tell them that everyone needs to stay on their table and try to enjoy their meal. The armed men collect all the cell phones from the customers and are told they can have them back as soon as the armed men leave. They are going to eat and do not want to be disturbed by anyone.

Suddenly three men walk in escorted by more armed men. These men seemed to be men of prominence, but everyone is afraid to look their way. They sit on a table and start to eat, while laughing and having a good time.

Everyone is nervous and afraid.The only sound in the restaurant are from the important men laughing at their table.

After eating, they leave. The last man stops by the entrance to the door. Everyone is frozen, not sure what is going to happen next. Are they going to finish them off, eliminate any witnesses? Everyone is fixated on the ak-47 he is holding at ready, this is how people die in Juarez.

The man thanks everyone for their cooperation. He tells the customers that their meals have been paid for to make up for the inconvenience. No one knew at the time, but one of the men that had been escorted inside to eat was non-other than Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, "El Viceroy," the top boss of the Juarez Cartel or as is referred to by the US Government, the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Organization (VCFO)

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was arrested on October 9, 2014.

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