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Notable Figures: Los Paredes

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Los Paredes

OTHER NAMES: Los Pesados Apson

Los Paredes are a cartel organization operating primarily in north eastern Sonora on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel – Los Chapitos. Los Paredes were a part of the original group of families recruited to aid the Sinaloa cartel back in 2004-2005 when the Beltran Leyva brothers were sent to Sonora by Chapo in the hopes of expanding their influence in the state of Sonora. (Source)

Much of the following information is derived from information from Sonora Informativo, which was previously covered on Borderland Beat.

Agua Prieta 

This municipality is the most important territory Los Paredes hold and is considered to be the “seat” of power for the Paredes empire. 

Only verifiable photo of Tin Tin cuts off awkwardly below the mouth. 

Leader – Current
ALIAS: El Junior
NAME: Marco Antonio Paredes Ponce

STATUS: Active

PROFILE: His is the son Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado, who led the cartel until January 2011 when he was arrested. El junior was presumed to have taken control of Los Paredes shortly after. He is originally from the US and is believed to currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. (Source)
Day-to-Day Operations Leader
ALIAS: El Tin Tin
NAME: Martín Alonso Siqueiros Acuña
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: Tin Tin receives direct orders from El Junior, who is the leader of the cartel in name however because El Junior lives in the US he is less involved. Tin Tin is believed to be far more involved in the leading of Los Paredes than El Junior. 

Tin Tin is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora and he is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta municipality. (Source)

Tin Tin’s Second-in-Command, Head of Sicarios in Agua Prieta
ALIAS: El Delta
NAME: Jorge Alberto LaMadrid Carranza
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: Jorge is currently believed to be the head of sicarios in Agua Prieta and Tin Tin’s right hand man, second-in-command. Jorge hails from the LaMadrid family, a family which is heavily involved in drug trafficking for Los Paredes / the Sinaloa Cartel. (Source)

Jorge was arrested in Tucson, Arizona in September 2007 when he was just 26 years old, alongside his brother Edgar LaMadrid after attempting to flee the police. When deputies searched the LaMadrid home they found 11,000lbs of marijuana, making it one of the largest residential drug seizures in Tucson history. Jorge LaMadrid later admitted in court he and his co-conspirators modified the home into a refrigerated storage and processing facility that used commercial industrial equipment. At this time in 2007 Jorge was reportedly working for Arturo Elias Machado, who reported to Marco Antonio Paredes-Machado (El Junior’s father). (Source)

Jorge LaMadrid pleaded guilty in a Detroit court to conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in March and was facing between 7-9 year sentence.
Jorge LaMadrid acknowledged he, his father David, his uncle Saul, and unnamed co-conspirators “bought and sold hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana for tens of millions of dollars.” His father David and uncle Saul were reportedly murdered within Mexico around the time of the US indictment. (Source)


Head of Human Smuggling for Los Paredes 
ALIAS: El Tigre
NAME: Leonel Toscano Cuevas
STATUS: Active 

PROFILE: In addition to drug trafficking, El Tigre reportedly leads Los Paredes’s human smuggling operation along the US-Mexico border, with operations in Agua Prieta, Naco and San Luis Río Colorado. El Tigre is originally from Huachinera, Sonora. (Source)

Huasabas, Granados, Bacadéhuachi and Nacori Chico

Plaza Boss of Huasabas, Granados, Bacadéhuachi and Nacori Chico

ALIAS: El Pepe
NAME: José Martín Luy Sierra
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Pepe is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora and he is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta municipality. He poses as a businessman and he has multiple companies dedicated to money laundering, one of them is Insumos Veterinarios AgroLuy, located on the Agua Prieta-Janos highway. (Source)

Bavispe, Bacerac, Huachinera 

On the state lines between Sonora and Chihuahua. These municipalities are bordering Janos and Casas Grandes which were controlled by La Linea in 2019, uncertain if they have been taken but it is known that Nuevo Casas Grandes remains a stronghold for La Linea, presenting an enemy close to El Pato’s plazas. 

Head of Sicarios within Bavispe, Bacerac, Huachinera 
ALIAS: El Pato

NAME: David Rodríguez Guillén

STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Pato is originally from Casas Grandes, Chihuahua and he is thought to currently reside in Huachinera, Sonora. (Source)

El Pato is thought to directly report to Tin Tin. Tin Tin is the owner of Bavispe, Bacerac and Huachinera municipalities and El Pato acts on behalf of him within this area. (Source)

Cananea, Santa Cruz, Naco and San Pedro
Some key regions right along the US-Mexico border, these are considered to be valuable regions for trafficking. 

Plaza Boss of Cananea, Santa Cruz, Naco and San Pedro
ALIAS: Güero Cano
NAME: Guadalupe Cano
STATUS: Active 

PROFILE: He is thought to be the plaza boss of Cananea, Santa Cruz, Naco and San Pedro for Los Paredes. Güero Cano is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora and he is thought to currently reside in Cananea municipality. (Source)  

Fronteras and Nacozari

Directly south of Agua Prieta US Port of Entry and Agua Prieta municipality, which is considered to be a major stronghold for Los Paredes. 

Plaza Boss of Fronteras and Nacozari

ALIAS: El 21
NAME: Gabriel Inzunza Meza
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: The plaza boss of Fronteras and Nacozari for Los Paredes. He is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta municipality. Possibly has a brother named Ramon also operates for Los Paredes. (Source

Sahuaripa, Arivechi and Yécora

Regions on the border of Chihuahua and Sonora state, these areas have been contested but the highly mountainous terrain lends itself to those familiar with the area. The history Yecora municipality and the disputes related to it will be covered later. 

Plaza Boss of Sahuaripa, Arivechi and Yécora

ALIAS: El Plumas
NAME: Elmer Guadalupe Córdova Torres
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Plumas is originally from Chihuahua and he is thought to currently reside in Agua Prieta, Sonora. He was a member of Los Salazar and joined Los Paredes at the time of the arrest of Alfredo Salazar Ramírez. (Source)

Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache

Plaza Boss of Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache

ALIAS: El Peter
NAME: Pedro Paredes Peru

STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Peter is originally from Agua Prieta, is plaza boss of Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache, distributing drugs in the region and contributing to the protection of the territory. (Source)

Moctezuma and Arizpe 

These regions are far less volatile and experience less violence when compared with the municipalities along the Chihuahua border. 

Plaza Boss of Villa Hidalgo, Divisaderos and Tepache 
ALIAS: El Chito
NAME: Luis Ernesto Fimbres Fuentes
STATUS: Unknown
PROFILE: He is involved in the planting and harvesting of marijuana and poppy, as well as the transportation of drugs north, towards the border. Possibly has influence in Mesa Tres Rios, Nacori Chico even though it is the territory of fellow Los Paredes member El Pepe. Also has influence in Puerto Lobos. (Source)

 Los Jaguars 

OTHER NAMES: Gente Nueva del Jaguars, Gente Nueva del Jaguars y sus Lobos

This armed wing led by El Jaguar as well as El Jaguar’s brother El Lobo (deceased) which operates primarily with the support of Los Paredes.

Madera, Ignacio Zaragoza, Buenaventura

According to Proceso magazine, this are was once controlled by El Jaguar, but La Linea’s El Ochenta took control of the area prior to 2017. El Jaguar sought out the support of major CDS figures such as El Tio, leader of Los Salazar and Los Paredes. They agreed to support his efforts to retake Madera from La Linea. By 2018, El Ochenta’s network of protection had been diminished enough that he was arrested. El Jaguar is believed to have retaken Madera and he had a strong presence in Zaragoza and Buenaventura. (Source)

Leader of Los Jaguars 

Plaza Boss of Madera  

ALIAS: El Jaguar
NAME: Francisco Javier Arvizu Márquez
STATUS: Active

PROFILE: El Jaguar is originally from Zaragoza, Chihuahua. He is believed to reside in Agua Prieta. Francisco Javier has four brothers as bosses of plazas such as Marco Antonio, Oscar and Jose Luis (assassinated), who are responsible for the plazas of Madera, Ignacio Zaragoza and Gomez Farias for the transportation of drugs. Although it should be noted that Gomez Farias and Ignacio Zaragoza are contested by La Linea. (Source)

El Jaguar’s group reportedly receives support from Sinaloa Cartel’s Gente del M100 in addition to his primary supporters, Los Paredes. (Source)

Lieutenant of Los Jaguars
ALIAS: El Lobo 
NAME: Jorge Luis Arvizu Márquez
STATUS: Inactive, killed April 2020 

PROFILE: El Lobo was originally from Madera municipality, in Chihuahua. He was the brother of El Jaguar and helped him lead Los Jaguars. He was arrested in February 2020 but then summarily released. He was killed alongside his son El Morito in April 2020 while traveling in northern Madera. (SourceSource)

Other Notable Figures Articles:

Notable Figures: Los Salazars

Notable Figures: La Linea Part I: Chihuahua (Updated recently)

Notable Figures: Los Paredes & Gente Nueva

Coming Up Next:
July 4 2021 – Notable Figures: Gente Nueva: Sonora and Chihuahua

July 11 2021 – Notable Figures: Caborca Cartel


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  • Jude

    Trump was right about that one. We need to build some tall paredes to secure the border. Bueno paredes make bueno neighbors.

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