From petty criminals to assassins: Who are Los Mexicles?

According to authorities, Los Mexicles began rioting and aggression against the civilian population in Ciudad Juarez. Here is what they are.

From petty criminals to assassins: Who are Los Mexicles?
Los Mexicles are hitmen for the Sinaloa cartel and instructed to kill people. Credit: Civil Protection

Los Mexicles was the criminal group that provoked a violent day in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, which left 11 people dead, including civilians and inmates of the State Cereso Number 3 of that entity. The Mexicles began to riot and aggress against the civilian population, resulting in the death of nine people and the two killed inside the prison. It all originated from a dispute inside the jail between Los Chapos and this criminal group belonging to the Sinaloa cartel.

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About Los Mexicles

The cartel war in Ciudad Juarez begins with a dispute between the leader of the Juarez Cartel, Amado Carrillo, "El Señor de los Cielos", and Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, from whose organization the Los Mexicles cell is derived. This Los Mexicles gang a gang of Central Americans dedicated to car theft was deported from the United States. In the war for control of Ciudad Juarez, the Sinaloa cartel recruited different criminal groups.

Many even have tattoos in the style of the Mara Salvatrucha from El Salvador, some with Mexican-Americans, others are Mexicans, but there are several gangs located in marginalized neighborhoods of Ciudad Juarez.

Los Mexicles is a very peculiar group, but it was a small gang that used revolvers and bladed weapons to commit crimes everywhere, including car theft and robbery of passers-by.

Although the origin of the name Los Mexicles is unknown, the organization became very popular, and one characteristic that makes them stand out is that they speak Náhualt. They occasionally communicate through this language to prevent Mexican and border police and custodians from listening to their conversations.

Los Mexicles are among the best-known groups of gunmen, triggermen, or hired killers.
Los Mexicles are among the best-known groups of gunmen, triggermen, or hired killers. Credit: Civil Protection

The Sinaloa cartel recruits the Mexicles

Upon seeing that (Los Mexicles) had a specific structure and a certain level of organization and daring, the Sinaloa cartel recruited them and joined them as members of that organization.

They had very active participation in the events in Ciudad Juarez. Once again, this is an episode of narcoterrorism like the one seen in Jalisco and Guanajuato. Organized crime groups are reacting with narcoterrorist maneuvers in the face of authority action.

Currently, the original organization is led by Sergio Armando Arguijo Rosales, "El Checo", together with his operators Jorge Rodriguez Lujan, Francisco Lucio Juarez Hernandez, Isaac Rodriguez Armendariz, and Salvador Martinez Solano.

Profile of Los Mexicles

The Mexicles are overwhelmingly Mexican immigrants operating with the "blood for blood" vision, meaning death is the only way to leave the gang. Body demographics are the symbolism by which they identify themselves as a group, through the letters 'Made in Mexico' and the symbol of the national eagle, denoting their pride in being 100% Mexican.

Its structure comprises a president, vice president, generals, captains, sergeants, and soldiers. It includes a paramilitary system that obeys the need to be supported by a leader, who makes the decisions, and the group members execute them. Los Mexicles is an organization whose members are mainly of Mexican origin repatriated by the United States.