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.


Among the suspects of the massacre, five brothers stand out, all of them nicknamed Quintero Carrizosa: Jorge Luis, Juan Edgardo, Feliciano, Efraín and José Romualdo aka "El Hitler."
Life went on for José Romualdo Quintero Carrizosa until January 2002, when he was arrested, but not for the massacre in El Limoncito, but for kidnapping.
He went to the Puente Grande prison in Jalisco, and then transferred to the "El Hongo" prison in Tecate, Baja California.
He served his sentence, after 18 years in prison, but was immediately arrested by agents of the State Security and Investigation Guard, to face the charges against him for the massacre in El Limoncito.
"El Hitler" had changed his name to hide his identity, he went by Rito Quintero Hernández.
After almost 20 years of the massacre, José Romualdo Quintero Carrizosa was the first person arrested for the crime.
Feliciano was killed in 2003 in Baja California, Jorge Luis was "levantado" abducted in Guanajuato in 2002, Juan Edgardo is a fugitive and Efrain was killed along with Ramón Arellano Félix in 2002 in Mazatlan.
Lino Portillo Cabanillas, another suspect responsible for the massacre, was killed in prison at the Aguaro prison in 2003. However, the group of gunmen would have risen to 15 people.
Weakening, but not missing, the Tijuana cartel continues to have strength in Baja California due to an alleged alliance with the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel (CJNG).


El Cajoncito - El Limoncito

The killers came on Valentine's Day, and made this a village of widows. In the middle of a birthday party, masked men with automatic rifles walked out of the green hills and slaughtered most of El Limoncito's men and boys, 12 in all.

Even here in Sinaloa, a Pacific Coast state known as the cradle of Mexican drug trafficking, the executions were shocking. In their savagery, they signaled the ugly realities that stand in the way of President Vicente Fox's pledge to crack down on the violent drug industry.

"I have no voice left from screaming," said Leticia Gaspar, 39, whose husband and two boys, age 13 and 19, were among those cut down in a spray of bullets with AK-47 assault rifles in this remote valley where marijuana and poppy fields flourish.

As the young widow tied a crucifix to a tree marking the spot where her husband's blood still stained the dirt, her 8-year-old son, Francisco -- one of the few surviving males -- spoke up: "Bad people killed everybody."

The offenders were never found. The widows here tell police they have no idea who killed their husbands, or why. Their silence is typical here in Mexico's Wild West, where local ballads warn that saying too much to police is a sure ticket to revenge and more bloodshed.

Justice, or "settling accounts" as it is called here, is often delivered personally, down the barrel of a gun. There is not much in the way of formal government in the hills and valleys of the Sierra Madre nearly 700 miles northwest of Mexico City, the seat of Fox's government. Around here, a place like El Limoncito, with 60 people, is practically a metropolis. The few other populated patches are connected by narrow rocky roads and illuminated at night only by the stars. These days even the police and soldiers travel in groups. Just about everyone has a gun, most often an AK-47.

More than 200 drug gangs operate in this state and, as is often the case at the beginning of a new presidency, many are engaged in violent turf battles, Mexican authorities say. In many cases, these groups are no more than loose alliances of families who grow marijuana and poppies that can be used to produce morphine and
heroin.

Before the killings in El Limoncito on Feb. 14, the gunmen had asked the whereabouts of a man believed to be the leader of a drug gang that operates nearby. To law enforcement officials trying to solve the murders, this suggests the killings were gang-related.

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