Who is “El Chueco”, leader of “New People” and allegedly responsible for the crime of two Jesuits in Chihuahua

José Noriel Portillo, alias “El Chueco” (Photo: FGE)

Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales, “The Rooster”Y Joaquin Cesar Mora Salazar, “El Morita”together with the tour guide Pedro Eliodoro Palma were murdered this Monday, June 20, in the town of Cerocahui, in the municipality of Urique, Chihuahua.

According to information leaked to local media by the Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), the person responsible for the double homicide would have been the criminal leader Jose Noriel Portillo, aka “El Chueco”who heads a cell of the “Gente Nueva” criminal group, considered the armed and operational arm of the Sinaloa Cartel in Chihuahua.

“El Chueco”, born on May 12, 1992 in the community of Urique, is a criminal widely known to the state authorities of Chihuahua. He has been linked to several high-impact crimes and is considered a priority target for the entity’s police.

Last May he was involved in securing 26 million pesos, long weapons, drugs and vehicles that were insured in the municipality of Urique.

Chihuahua is one of the fronts disputed by the Sinaloa Cartel.
Chihuahua is one of the fronts disputed by the Sinaloa Cartel.

This criminal leader is also wanted for his alleged participation in the murder of the young American, Patrick BraxtonAndrew, murdered in 2018. According to reports, the “Gente Nueva” drug trafficker mistook him for a DEA agent, after hearing him speak in English.

More than 30 elements of the State Attorney General’s Office were deployed in the Bahuichivo community to find the whereabouts of this criminal leader. However, the actions were in vain.

“The Chuco” He has managed to outwit the authorities on at least two occasions, on one of them even elements of the State Attorney General’s Office went to his home to capture him, but he was guarded by several gunmen.

could also be involved, according to The Herald of Chihuahuain the death of the activist Cruz Soto Caraveo member of the Collective of Forcibly Displaced Families of the Sierra Tarahumara, was found dead after having been disappeared in October 2019.

the activist together with his family and others members of the community of Monterde, in the municipality of Guazapares, had been forcibly displaced since 2014, after i received threats of death by members of the organized crime who control the area and they seized their lands to plant drugs.

Cruz Soto Caraveo (Photo: Twitter/@OaxacanewsENG)
Cruz Soto Caraveo (Photo: Twitter/@OaxacanewsENG)

José Noriel Portillo may also have been involved in the disappearance, in October 2019, of Javier Muñoz Pérez, Juan Antonio Martínez Martínez Parra and Rubén Flores Cisneroswho had come to Chihuahua from Zacatecas to carry out a sales tour of blankets in the state, including its mountainous region.

The criminal group “Gente Nueva”, also known as “Los Chapos”, in reference to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, was formed as a group of well-trained and experienced hit men who to date are one of the elite armed wings of the Sinaloa Cartel. , created to counter, combat and destroy the influence of the Juárez Cartel in the northwest of the country, as well as to combat and destroy “La Línea”, which is currently the largest remaining cell of the Juárez Cartel.

The origins of “Gente Nueva” go back to 1995, when the so-called “El Profe” began his criminal career in Chihuahua under the so-called “Federation” of Sinaloa. Since then, “Gente Nueva” has been the main branch of the organization in Ciudad Juárez, as well as in the rest of the state, where they have waged a war for several years with the Juárez Cartel and its executing wing, “La Línea”, for control of smuggling routes to the United States.

In 2012, the US intelligence services indicated that the Sinaloa Cartel and Gente Nueva had emerged victorious and had managed to relegate the Juárez Cartel.


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