HomeNewsBriefMexican Authorities Capture Alleged Aztecas Leader
BRIEF

Mexican Authorities Capture Alleged Aztecas Leader

JUAREZ CARTEL / 29 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Mexican authorities captured Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, alias "El Farmero," the alleged leader of the Aztecas criminal gang. 

Authorities stated he is responsible for 80 percent of the over 4,000 homicides in Ciudad Juárez in the last 15 months - including the murders of a US consulate worker and her husband in March of this year and that of 15 youths in January - a hard fact to swallow under any circumstances.

While some Mexican news organizations seem to accept the authorities version without question, others put it in perspective.

Gallego told authorities that the massacre of the youths in January, which provoked a nationwide outcry, was a mistake. Authorities, however, did not elaborate on the plan to assassinate the U.S. consulate worker and her husband.   

The Aztecas emerged in prisons in the United States and are one of several bi-national gangs. It is thought to be an armed wing of the Juarez Cartel, although it has independent operations selling drugs in several Mexican and US cities. 

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

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.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 29 APR 2022

A US national who received smuggled AR-15 parts in Mexico and assembled the weapons for two of the country's most…

FEATURED / 27 APR 2021

Long considered a backwater, low-class drug, methamphetamine availability and use has exploded in the United States in the last few…

ARGENTINA / 6 JUL 2022

Tusi, a pink synthetic drug powder, is increasing its share of Latin America's drug markets.

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…