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Precursors - with Insurance
Transportes Castores (http://www.castores.com.mx/) is wholly owned by Juan José Esparragoza Moreno (El Azul). The transportation company is used to bring precursors into Mexico. The company charges for "insured and guaranteed" delivery. So their prices are higher, but you're going to receive what you ordered on time.
How and Why El Bronco bit the Dust
On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Nicolas Balcazar Lopez, alias "El Bronco" and / or "Commandante Nico", was informed by Chapo Guzman directly that he was expected to 'take a hit' for Jesus Alfredo Beltran Leon Guzman Salazar, who had been taken into custody previously (SEMAR got the right man). Chapo said that Bronco should anticipate arrest on Thursday (June 21) by SEDENA.
On Friday, June 22, SEDENA arrested Bronco at his golf country club (where he plays every day) at Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco, a suburb of Guadalajara. SEDENA also arrested Javier Giles and Santos Lopez, Bronco's bodyguards/drivers.
Nico had been the #2 man in Guadalajara and the clock had been running on him for some time. When SEMAR arrested him in December, Raul Flores Flores moved some pieces around the board and the government released him. By June, his drug use and his general malaise made his continued usefulness to the Sinaloa Federation moot. Sure, he knows things today, but he's not going to give it up. And frankly most of what he would have to say is well known to SEDENA.
Both Luis and Esteban are in custody in the United States, having been extradited. In their day, they cut a very impressive swath through the drug business. Neither of them are cooperating with the government, but this is their story.
Luis started in the drug business with Alfredo Barba (union and political leader), and Javiar Garcia Panyagua, who was killed earlier this year in Gudadlajara.
Luis and his brother, Esteban, worked for their "Godfather" (Raul Flores Flores) early in their drug careers. They used to care for one of his ranches. Their "Godfather" co-signed for their first narcotics load. Exploring who their godfather is and how he mentored them in the drug business would be an interesting discussion for another blog.
Luis' early business expanded with Alfredo Barba. He and Barba are very close and used to go to Las Vegas, whore and gamble. I checked and neither of them are 'rated players', which means they didn't win or lose big, but they went there a lot. We're in the late 1990's and early 2000's now. Luis moved loads from Colombia to Cancun. Javier moved them from Cancun to Guadalajara or Mexico City. From there, they had an 'open door' to Chicago, where they moved 500k loads by aircraft once or twice a week. Their period of maximum intensity took place between 2000 and 2004 on this route. In 2004, the Chicago door closed.
Luis Rodriguez popped on DEA's scope as an "independent" drug trafficker (one not affiliated with a cartel who may pay 'flooring' to move drugs through a region). DEA didn't know that Luis and his organization was part of the Sinaloa Federation. There are a number of components of the Federation that DEA never classified as such.