“For a lack of evidence”, a judge submitted a liberation order for Orso Ivan Gastelum Cruz, Alias “El Cholo Ivan”, however, elements of the Mexican Army detained him while he was walking out of the Centro Federal de Readaptacion Social (CEFERESO) number 9, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, according to journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, in his weekly column “Histories of a journalist” that is published in the national newspaper El Universal.
“El Cholo Ivan” is the man that appeared next to el Chapo with an uncover back, in the backseat of a Federal police vehicle, last January 8 from this year, both were capture in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
According to the journalist, the Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional “rapidly advice of the situation” to the Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR). Then, the Departmento de Inteligencia de la Sedena notified the Subprocuraduria Especializada en Investigacion de Delincuenia Organizada (SEIDO), in charge of this division is Gustavo Salas Chavez.
“El Cholo Ivan” was accused of murder, possession of marijuana, intentional injuries and use of firearms that are exclusively for the Army and Air Force.
The PGR then executed two orders of apprehension and reprehension against Gastelum Cruz, dictated by a judge in the state of Chihuahua and another one by a judge from the state of Sinaloa.
“We are not talking about a low level criminal here. El Cholo Ivan was the boss of la plaza of Los Mochis and the surrounding areas, of the Sinaloa Cartel. A local leader, and a man of trust of Joaqin Guzman Loera”, stated Loret De Mola.
“El Chapo trusted his liberty to El Cholo Ivan the morning that the Mexican Marines broke into the security house of El Chapo during Operation Cisne Negro. Naturally all the attention was given to El Chapo and nobody worried about El Cholo Ivan.”, pointed the journalist.
“To the point were last weekend; Orso Ivan Gastelum walked out on his own foot of the Ciudad Juarez Penal. A judge turned in a liberty order due to a lack of proof; just like Rafael Caro Quintero”, assured Loret.
Background of “El Cholo Ivan”
Gastelum Cruz was one of the 122 priority objectives of the Mexican Government. He was born in May 17, of 1981, in the small town of Los Caballeros, in the municipality of Badiraguato, Sinaloa.
According to offical information, he became involved at the age of 14 by collecting plaza payments, by orders of his dad, Honorio Gastelum Avila, alias “El Cobra”, who was a hit-man working for “El Chapo”.
“El Cholo Ivan” o “El Vago” was also a hitman. Then he became the boss of the Culiacan Plaza. He headed the disappearance of more than 8 millions of dollars worth of gold from a mine in Sinaloa, he also accomplished the illegal subtraction of oil in the coast of Sinaloa.
In august of 2005 he was detained in Culiacan by Federal cops. In 2009 he escaped from the State Jail in Sinaloa when they were having a party, by walking out of the main entrance of the prison, dressed as a woman.
He was accused of the murder of two Judicial Officers of Sinaloa, who were murder on the 16th of September and October 1st of 2009, as an act of vengeance because those two officers were accused of the murder of his father “El Cobra”.
In November of 2012, elements of the army chased him to arrest him. During the firefight his girlfriend Maria Susana Flores Games, who was a beauty queen of the state of Sinaloa was murdered.
Maria Susana Flores Games
A non confirmed version states that the young woman stepped out of one of the vehicles were she was traveling with “El Cholo Ivan”, and yelled that she was unarmed, however the Mexican Marines opened fire. Other versions state that she opened fire against the Marines.
Local newspapers of Culiacan, state that while “El Cholo Ivan” was the plaza boss, he sustained several firefights against his enemy, Fausto Isidro Meza, alias “El Chapito Isidro”.
In 2015 it was known that Ivan Gastelum was in charge of the illegal extraction of hydrocarbons and pipes of the state of Sinaloa.
He was in charge of a group of hit man in the north region, known as “La region del Evora”.
According to Federal authorities, when El Chapo escape from the Altiplano Penal, “El Cholo Ivan”, was one of the main operators in charge of the construction of the tunnel.
After the successful operation, he was promoted by “El Chapo” to the level of head of personal security. “El Cholo Ivan” has a corrido composed by Gerardo Ortiz called “Hoy mas Fuerte”.