A leaked Drug Enforcement Administration document has revealed the inner workings of the drug cartel that is responsible for the kidnappings of four Americans, including two who were killed.
The dossier is labeled ‘sensitive but declassified’ and breaks down the leadership structure of the Gulf Cartel which is made up of 44 key figures, from its top boss who is currently sitting in a Mexico City prison awaiting extradition to the United States to an alderman who is suspected of drug smuggling across the US-Mexico border.
The DEA also identified two individuals who represent the cartel’s interests in Panama and Colombia.
The Gulf Cartel made headlines on March 3 when members of its Scorpions Group opened fire on the Americans’ minivan in the middle of a street in the northeastern border city of Matamoros.
A leaked DEA file revealed the leadership chain of the Gulf Cartel. José Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez is identified as the leader of the criminal organization. He was arrested in February 2022 and is currently being held in a Mexico City jail, where he awaits extradition to the United States. José Alberto García Vilano is the cartel’s second-ranking leader and is said to have been behind the kidnappings of four Americans on March 3, including two who were killed.
Latavia McGee and Eric James were rescued by security forces Tuesday morning.
Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown, two of the Americans kidnapped in Mexico, were found dead on Tuesday.
A video captured the moment Latavia McGee, who had crossed the border into South Carolina for a tummy tuck, was escorted to a van by cartel henchmen. The gunmen were also seen dumping the bodies of McGee’s cousin Shaeed Woodward, Eric James and Zindell Brown into the vehicle.
Arely Servando, a Mexican national, was caught in the middle of an assault and died after being hit by a stray bullet.
McGee and James were rescued last Tuesday from a hideout, where the bodies of Woodward and Brown were recovered.
The DEA identified José ‘El Contador’ Cárdenas as the head of the Gulf Cartel, an organization that has existed since the 1930s and is based in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
Mexican authorities arrested five more people in connection with the brutal kidnapping of four US citizens in Matamoros, Mexico, in which two were killed.
Arely Servando was caught in the middle of a Gulf Cartel attack on a vehicle with four Americans and was struck by a stray bullet and died in the Mexican border city of Matamoros last Friday.
Mexican authorities are offering $2.5 million pesos ($139,192 USD) for information leading to the whereabouts and/or arrest of José ‘La Kena’ García, who is identified by the DEA as the second-ranking leader of the Gulf Cartel.
According to the Mexican authorities, Cárdenas, who was arrested on February 27, 2022 in Mexico City and who is expected to be handed over to the US authorities, commands ‘Los Ciclones’ and ‘Los Escorpiones’, two factions that supply the military style cartel power throughout the state of Tamaulipas.
Furthermore, Cárdenas is also behind the drug and firearms movement. He is said to have been behind the massacre of 15 people in the Tamaulipas city of Reynosa in June 2021.
The second high-ranking figure of the Gulf Cartel is identified by the DEA as José ‘La Kena’ García and is suspected of being linked to the kidnapping of the Americans.
García allegedly leads ‘Los Ciclones’, a cell that has been operating in Matamoros since 2015. The Mexican government is offering a reward of $2.4 million Mexican pesos ($139,192 USD) for information leading to his whereabouts and/or arrest.
Lativa ‘Tay’ McGee was found unharmed after she, her cousin and two friends were kidnapped. The mother-of-five was spotted shoeless after surviving the tragic incident along with her friend Eric Williams, who was shot in the left leg.
A rumor surfaced online on Saturday that he had been killed in a shooting, but authorities had not confirmed it until Monday.
The next leader in line is Armando López, who is designated by the DEA as Cárdenas’ head of security. Mexican government records do not show that any warrants have been issued for his arrest or if he has ever been arrested.
The leadership tree of the Gulf Cartel is completed with Alfredo “Ardilla” del Río, who oversees the group’s operations and is wanted by the Mexican authorities, and Gusemindo “Gume” Pérez, who leads the business of the criminal organization in Río Bravo. (Rio Grande) region.
The leaked document also revealed that Matamoros City Councilman Jorge Aguirre Jr. allegedly plays a role in the Mexican cartel’s cocaine smuggling activities into the United States.
Members (in the photo) of the Escorpiones Group of the Gulf Cartel were abandoned on a street in Matamoros and accused by the criminal organization of being behind the kidnapping of four Americans last Friday
The poster’s note reads: “The Scorpions Group of the Gulf Cartel strongly condemns the events of last Friday, March 3, where unfortunately an ‘innocent’ working mother died and 4 US citizens were ‘kidnapped’, of whom 2 died.”
The DEA is looking for at least two members of the Gulf Cartel.
Omar ‘Trompas’ Amaro is wanted by the DEA office in Dallas, while Miami seeks the arrest of Moisés de Dios, who works for the cartel in the western city of Guadalajara.
At least five members of the cartel are detained after the Gulf Cartel itself left them tied up on the same street in Matamoros where the kidnappings occurred.
One photo showed the suspects lying face down on the pavement and sitting against a pickup truck with smiles on their faces.
Each suspect faces 80 years in prison for kidnapping and 60 years for murder if he receives the higher sentence.
The cartel also left a note written in Spanish, apologizing for the murders and stating that they were happy to hand over those responsible.
They claimed the assassins, who were part of the notorious Scorpions Group, operated outside of “cartel rules” and “condemned” the attack.
“The Scorpions Group of the Gulf Cartel strongly condemns the events of last Friday, March 3, where unfortunately an ‘innocent’ working mother died and 4 US citizens were ‘kidnapped’ of whom 2 died,” the message read.
The criminal organization claimed that the suspects acted on their own.
And for this reason, we have decided to deliver those directly involved and responsible for the events that at all times acted under their own determination and indiscipline and against the rules that ‘The CDG’ has always operated, respecting the life and integrity of the innocent. ‘ said the cartel.
‘The CDG apologizes to Matamorense society, to the relatives of Mrs. Arely, to the American individuals and families affected.
‘The CDG asks society for peace of mind because we are committed to not repeating those mistakes caused by indiscipline and the person responsible will pay for it!!’