Sinaloa District Attorney's Office confirms the death of El "Chino Anthrax"

Officially, the Sinaloa Attorney General's Office identified José Rodrigo "N", El "Chino Anthrax"; as one of the three victims found dead last Saturday

Sinaloa District Attorney's Office confirms the death of El "Chino Anthrax"
Ada Jimena's execution occurred seven days after the escape of her brother "El Chino Antrax" (Photo: Internet)

The Sinaloa Public Prosecutor's Office officially identified José Rodrigo "N", the "El Chino Antrax", as one of the three victims found dead last Saturday on a road leading to the Ayuné police station in Culiacán. According to the information provided by these acts and the first data obtained from the triple homicide, protocols of institutional collaboration with diplomatic authorities of the United States and the Attorney General's Office were initiated.

The Attorney General's Office stated that part of the protocols derive from the possibility that one of the victims is the same one who was in the custody of the United States government and who failed to comply with precautionary measures derived from a criminal proceeding. It was reported that in response to the protocols of institutional collaboration, last Sunday the Forensic Medical Service was given access to the Attorney General's Office to carry out its expert opinions regarding José Rodrigo "N". El "Chino Ántrax" was with his sister.

Last Saturday, on a dirt road leading to the police station in Ayuné, a luxury van was discovered leaving BMW-X5 in Culiacán, in the name of Ada "N", identified as the sister of "Chino Ántrax", inside which there were three bodies. It is known that the woman's body was wrapped in bullet impacts and that of the "Chino Ántrax" and her brother-in-law; they were exposed inside the luxury unit.

José Rodrigo "N", 39 years old, was wanted by the authorities of the United States, where he was enjoying in San Diego California, he was released under surveillance since he disappeared without a trace one week ago.

The sister of "El Chino Anthrax" is executed in Culiacan

The sister of Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, "El Chino Antrax", a hitman for the Sinaloa cartel, was found dead Saturday inside a luxury SUV that was abandoned on the road to Ayuné, in the community of Culiacán, seven days after her brother escaped from house arrest in San Diego, California. The woman was identified as Ada Jimena Arechiga Gamboa and was executed along with two other people whose identities are still unknown and whose bodies were found inside a luxury BMW X5 van owned by Ada Jimena.

At first, it was reported that the vehicle had two packages inside, and finally at the scene, it was reported that there were three bodies, one of these, that of "El Chino Antrax"'s sister. According to the data, the victims were not identified at the site and were wrapped in blankets and covers inside the abandoned unit on the side of a dirt road that connects the road to Sanalona with the town of Ayuné.

It was at 9:30 on Saturday when authorities were informed of the discovery near the Del Toro Creek Bridge, right in front of the graves of two people who were killed years ago. Unofficially, it was said that the victims could have been deprived of their freedom by armed subjects during a shooting last night on Baltazar Street in Obregon, in the Guadalupe neighborhood, where an armed group broke in to take some people away, although this version has not been confirmed by the authorities. The bodies were shot by firearms of various calibers and were taken to the Medical Forensic Service for legal necropsy.

"El Chino Ántrax" escapes from parole in San Diego

The escape occurred last week from an address in San Diego, California, where he would serve out the rest of his sentence on probation. The exact date of the escape is unknown, because according to the agents who were supervising him, Marc W. Ryan and Kimberly A. Pelot when they arrived at the location to sign the judicial act, Chino Anthrax was no longer there.

José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, "El Chino Ántrax", the bloodthirsty hitman for the Sinaloa cartel, circumvented the U.S. government's security measures without leaving any evidence. Image: Opinion Sonora
José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, "El Chino Ántrax", the bloodthirsty hitman for the Sinaloa cartel, circumvented the U.S. government's security measures without leaving any evidence. Image: Opinion Sonora

After the disappearance of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada's former hitman, agents notified the Southern District Court in San Diego. As part of the protocol, authorities must wait 48 hours for the fugitive to appear; however, Judge Dana M Sabraw issued a court order last Friday afternoon for his prompt recapture in the United States as in Mexico. Arechiga Gamboa was released on probation on March 3 after serving an 87-month sentence at San Diego's Metropolitan Correctional Center maximum security prison.

Frank J. Ragen, the Mexican drug lawyer, negotiated with the prosecution to have his client placed under house arrest for an additional five years and allowed to leave within 500 meters of his home, and if he did so he was required to notify his supervisors first. Judge Dana M Sabraw agreed in part because of "El Chino Ántrax's" good behavior and because he had cooperated with the prosecutors. Before his escape, José Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa had claimed to be sorry for his criminal record and only wished to rebuild his life in an honest way.

For this reason, on December 12, 2019, the U.S. authorities granted him probation and assigned him an address in San Diego to complete his sentence. José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court on May 20, 2015. The capo admitted that, as a high-level member of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, he and his accomplices coordinated the transportation of tons of cocaine and marijuana in the United States, and participated in violence related to the criminal organization. The Mexican was accused of importing 5 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 kilos of marijuana into the United States.

The dangerous hitman was arrested on December 30, 2013, at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the request of the United States. He was traveling under the fraudulent name "Norberto Sicairos Garcia".

The hitman who fell prisoner because of Instagram

The urban legend tells that José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, "El Chino Ántrax", was a regular on social networks, mainly on Instagram, where he published photos of his luxuries and excesses as well as allegedly raffling cars, cell phones, and designer glasses in exchange for followers. A native of Culiacán, in Sinaloa, as a teenager he was a gang member who became famous for being effective in street fights for dominating neighborhoods such as Las Margaritas.

The Chino Anthrax is a story that mixes drug trafficking with the Instagram social network.Image: YouTube screenshot
The Chino Anthrax is a story that mixes drug trafficking with the Instagram social network. Image: YouTube screenshot

That reputation as a good fighter came to the ears of one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, who immediately recruited him into the criminal organization where he went from gangster to hitman to became the boss's trustee and friends of their children. In particular, he developed a close relationship with Serafín Zambada, the youngest son of "El Mayo". Aréchiga rose to fame in 2008 when he became the leader of "Los Ántrax", one of the armed groups of the cartel. He himself chose the name inspired by the Iraq war.

In 2009, with the arrest of Vicente Zambada Niebla "El Vicentillo", eldest son of "El Mayo", he positioned himself better in the power structure of the cartel. Over time he also left the neighborhood behind and became fond of international travel and luxuries. In a video on social networks, he is seen in a fight Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas where he briefly appears in a video with the socialite Paris Hilton.

In his Instagram account, he was dressed as the famous British spy James Bond, but he also showed his trips to Arab countries such as Dubai, European nations such as Spain and France. When he was not traveling, he showed his photos lying on the bed drinking expensive brands of liquors and surrounded by musical groups that played live in his bedroom. In the latest update, shortly before the New Year of 2014, Aréchiga shared congratulations from the 'Los Ántrax' band for the holiday season.

In 2012, internal struggles between groups operating for the cartel intensified, and casualties for "Los Ántrax" were increasing. Their leader was already in the sights of the United States authorities so it was necessary to remove their founder from the scene to keep him safe.

"El Chino Anthrax" was stopped in Amsterdam, Holland, on December 30, 2013, when arriving on a flight from Mexico. The tracking of his Instagram account allowed the US authorities to coordinate with their European counterparts to notify them of the arrival of Aréchiga. When he arrived in Holland, the police were already waiting to arrest him. Months later, in July 2014 he was extradited to the United States, where he was wanted, for trafficking in cocaine and marijuana thanks to the collaboration of gangs like Los Nitro in southern California.