HomeNewsBriefAlleged Juarez Cartel Leader Arrested in Mexico
BRIEF

Alleged Juarez Cartel Leader Arrested in Mexico

JUAREZ CARTEL / 2 SEP 2013 BY MARGUERITE CAWLEY EN

Police in Mexico have arrested the alleged leader of the Juarez Cartel, who is also the brother of the cartel’s late founder, raising the question of what will happen to the already battered organization.

Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, alias “Betty la Fea” — a nickname referencing a popular Colombian soap opera — was arrested in Nayarit state on August 31 on charges of organized crime and homicide, reported Excelsior. He is the brother of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias “Lord of the Skies,” the legendary founder of the Juarez Cartel who allegedly died in a plastic surgery operation in 1997.

The captured trafficker is believed to head a reorganized version of the Juarez Cartel known as the New Juarez Cartel (NCJ). Alberto Carrillo’s name began to appear in “narcomantas” — banners hung by drug trafficking groups — in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state in 2012, reported Milenio.

Mexican authorities have indicated two of Amado Carrillo’s sons could assume control following Alberto’s arrest, reported El Universal.

InSight Crime Analysis

The Juarez Cartel was taken over by another of the brothers, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias “El Viceroy,” following Amado Carrillo’s death, but he is believed to have fled Chihuahua after the Sinaloa Cartel won a tenuous victory over the Juarez Cartel in Ciudad Juarez in 2011. The war with their rivals greatly weakened the Juarez cartel, once among Mexico’s most powerful criminal groups.

SEE ALSO: Juarez Cartel profile

A recent report by Proceso confirmed “Betty la Fea” was leader of the NCJ, which emerged in February 2011 and is supported by the same gangs as the old cartel — Barrio Azteca and La Linea. The NCJ has made it its mission to continue the struggle against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s cartel and is also believed to be allied with the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) and the Zetas.

SEE ALSO: Juarez After the War

It is not yet clear whether the new manifestation of the Juarez Cartel can successfully battle Guzman, and the capture of Alberto Carrillo may hamper these plans. However, though Ciudad Juarez violence dropped sharply following the 2011 Sinaloa Cartel victory, attributed in part to the decline of La Linea, a recent wave of murders could be a sign that the Sinaloa-Juarez war is not over.

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Related Content

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 19 DEC 2012

In an elaborate hit, two gunmen dressed as medical personnel entered a hospital in Mexico City and killed an alleged…

GULF CARTEL / 20 OCT 2011

Letras Libras reports from the streets of Monterrey, a north Mexican city bloodied by disputes between the Zetas and…

MEXICO / 2 JUN 2011

Mexico’s government announced that it will move to try 73 individuals who are suspected of killing 183 people…

Institutional Content

THE ORGANIZATION

Strategic Communications Manager Job Description

12 FEB 2021

InSight Crime is looking for a full-time strategic communications manager. This person needs to be able to work in a fast-paced world of daily news, high-profile investigations, national and international…

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …