SAN DIEGO, CA – One of top enforcers for the Sinaloa cartel, which was headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has reportedly absconded from probation in California after being released from prison earlier this year.
Police have reason to believe the individual may have made his way back to Sinaloa.
Although, that search may be over, since sources in Mexico say this former cartel member is already dead.
The hitman, known as El Chino Ántrax, his sister and her husband were found shot death in BMW on Saturday on a dirt road in Culiacan, Sinaloa Scene of the crime. Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a.k.a. “El Chino Ántrax,” his sister and her husband were murdered on this Mexican road pic.twitter.com/l3CHPNakD3
— spacewoman reporter (@SpacewomanR) May 19, 2020
Jose Rodrigo Arechiga has an interesting moniker that he was known by within the cartel community, which is “El Chino Antrax.” The 39-year-old had recently completed a seven-year prison sentence for conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana, and was placed on probation on March 3rd of this year.
Yet, when probation officers went to check up on Arechiga on May 9th, they saw that he was gone. All that was left behind was a cellphone. An affidavit filed in relation to the absconding is seeking nine-months in prison if authorities can recover Arechiga.
However, it seems like prison won’t be in Arechiga’s future.
Sources in Mexico are saying that Arechiga’s body was discovered on May 16th, alongside that of his sister and her husband, Ada and Juan Jimena. All three of their bodies were discovered in the back of a BMW, wrapped inside blankets, on a road on Ayuné, east of Culiacán, Sinaloa.
Reports say that the three deceased were apparently tortured before they were murdered.
Jose Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa "El Chino Ántrax" was abducted and executed along with his sister and brother-in-law, this is what Jose Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa looks like in the morgue. pic.twitter.com/QJYPVPvYVK
— Buggs (@alexmarentes) May 17, 2020
While the Sinaloa Prosecutor General’s Office won’t officially confirm the identity of the deceased as being Arechiga, sources within Mexico’s Federal Security System are saying that his body was among the three tortured bodies found inside of the BMW.
This was also confirmed by remaining family members and even U.S. authorities.
The story behind the street name of Arechiga is a disturbing one, to say the least. During his time with the cartel, he created a group known as “Los Antrax,” which is an homage to the deadly anthrax powder which is a weaponized form of Bacillus anthracis.
While never having been proven, there were stories that “Los Antrax” would threaten those who crossed their path with the deadly powder. Considering the notoriety of those closely connected with the Sinaloa cartel and its leader “El Chapo,” it would hardly be surprising if there was truth to the alleged actions.
The circumstances of what motivated the murder of the former cartel member and his sister and brother-in-law haven’t been detailed.
What has been determined is that the home of Ada Jimena was pummeled with bullets on May 15th, and three people were reportedly kidnapped from the home that day. It’s presumed that those kidnapped were the three deceased.
TRIPWIRES & TRIGGERS-VIDEO-This is reportedly where Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa “El CHINO ANTRAX” made his last stand Friday night in Culiacan, Sinaloa. He didn’t go quietly, Sinaloa infighting has all fingers pointed at Los Chapitos. https://t.co/ytoNNMkN8T
— Jaeson Jones (@jaeson_jones) May 17, 2020
There are certainly calling cards present in the deaths that are akin to that of cartel style hits of retribution. Instances involving armed kidnapping, torture, murder, and stringing along innocent family members is a practice that isn’t new in the world of cartel acts of vengeance.
In Arechiga’s plea agreement that was signed back in 2015 in relation to his prison term, he admitted to cartel related activities and detailed portions of the inner-workings of the Sinaloa cartel. It’s very well possible that the day Arechiga signed that plea bargain, he also signed his death certificate in a sense.
Ex-Sinaloa Cartel Assassin “Chino Antrax” Found Dead After Fleeing Probation
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A former cartel assassin known as “Chino Antrax” was killed after he fled federal probation supervision in San Diego.
Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gambo… https://t.co/tm9ozw2vUX
— André Levy (@andre__levy) May 19, 2020
Any number of theories can be posed as to why Arechiga absconded from his probation on May 9th of this year in California.
Perhaps he wanted to simply flee back to Mexico, maybe he was concerned over his safety in California and thought Mexico to be safer, or perhaps he was summoned by former associates who may have threatened his family in Mexico.
Anything is possible and is likely to be investigated.
Whatever the motivation was for Arechiga absconding, the timeline of events is intriguing. Having just vanished one day, leaving behind only a cell phone, and being tortured and murdered six days later among family.
There’s rarely a “good ending” that comes from getting involved with the cartel and then turning over evidence against them in court proceedings. The ramifications are often deadly, causing harm on not only those previously engaged in the cartel lifestyle, but to their family members as well.
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