Wednesday, January 8, 2020

José Romualdo Quintero Carrizosa "El Hitler"

Light skin, bald, white beard and the little hair that is left on his head is white, it is José Romualdo Quintero Carrizosa, nicknamed "El Hitler."
He was identified as a bloody hitman from the Tijuana cartel, had his best years with the Arellano Felix brothers.
"El Hitler" was the personal escort of Ramón Arellano Félix, the leader of the criminal organization based in the border city of Baja California.
The hitman was a key piece in the war that the Tijuana cartel had with the Sinaloa cartel from the 1990s to 2002.
The Prosecutor General of Sinaloa accuses him of having participated in the massacre of 12 people in the town of El Limoncito de Alayá, in Cosalá, Sinaloa in 2001.
In that occasion, on February 14 of that year, there were celebrations in the town, due to Valentine's day, but also for the birthday of Valentín Beltrán Aréchiga, then commissioner of El Limoncito de Alayá.
According to the version of the surviving witnesses and the Sinaloa government, it was when a group of heavily armed men arrived at the scene, beginning to massacre members of the township.
The command was looking for Javier Torres Félix, nicknamed "El JT", lieutenant of Ismael Zambada García, "El Mayo", leader of the Sinaloa cartel, but he was not there. The times were the most bloodiest years of the "guerra narco."
Torres Felix lived in the neighboring town of El Cajoncito and had several family and friends living in El Limoncito.
The then Attorney General of the State blamed a group of hitmen called "Los Culiches", linked to the Tijuana cartel, as perpetrators of the massacre.

Friday, January 3, 2020

R-5 of Gente Nueva

Excerpt from the book on R-5, audiobook expected at the end of January or February.

‘Cartel hitman’ sentenced for 2008 execution


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twelve years after Danny Baca’s bullet-riddled body was set on fire and left on the Pajarito Mesa as a message to anyone who might decide to cross the Mexican Cartel, the last man charged in his death was sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years.

Friday morning in a hearing in a fourth-floor courtroom filled with two rows of his tearful and outraged family members, Jaime Veleta — who prosecutors have called a cartel hitman — learned his fate.

“During the trial I couldn’t help but think what the last minutes of (Baca’s) life were like,” said prosecutor John Duran, as he asked for the maximum sentence. “Being driven out to the middle of nowhere, in the dead of night, in the same time of year that we have now — cold — and essentially executed and lit on fire. It’s egregious it took such a long time to bring this man to justice.”

Judge Cindy Leos agreed, saying “this was incredibly violent, it was premeditated.”

After a week-long trial in early October a jury deliberated for only a couple of hours before finding Veleta guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy and kidnapping.

The whole ordeal started when 53-year-old Baca was tasked with bringing $7,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine hidden in a compartment of a white Ford Mustang from Mexico to El Paso. Instead he brought at least part of it to Albuquerque, possibly selling it.

So Veleta and cousins Jose and Mario Talavera went to his house in the East Mountains, looking for the missing drugs, and instead found the empty and dismantled car.

They took Baca to the Pajarito Mesa, west of Albuquerque, and killed him.

“This was a message clearly being sent by Mr. Veleta and his associates that these type of things are not tolerated,” Duran said.