Rubén Payán Adame, alias El Pelo Chino, Nephew of Caborca Cartel Leader Arrested

Rubén Payán Adame, alias El Pelo Chino and nephew of the leader of the Caborca Cartel, was arrested in Quintana Roo by federal agents. This article gives more information about the arrest, how the Caborca Cartel works, and what has happened recently with the Caro Quintero family.

Rubén Payán Adame, alias El Pelo Chino, Nephew of Caborca Cartel Leader Arrested
Ruben Payan Adame, alias El Pelo Chino was arrested. Photo: SEMAR

Rubén Payán Adame, also known as El Pelo Chino, was apprehended by federal agents in Quintana Roo. He is the nephew of Jose Gil Caro Quintero, the current leader of the Caborca Cartel, the main criminal organization in Sonora. The Caborca Cartel runs areas in the south-southeast of Mexico, where Payán Adame was arrested.

Rubén's father, Genaro Payan Quintero, is known as El Gringo and is Rafael and Jose Gil's cousin. El Pelo Chino ran Don Jose's business in Quintana Roo, where he received drugs from planes that landed on secret airstrips near the borders of Guatemala, Belize, and other Central American countries.

The Caborca Cartel is mostly active in three cities in Sonora: Caborca, Guaymas, and Empalme. They are also active in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco, Guerrero, Quintana Roo, and Mexico City.

Payán Adame was arrested in Xul-ha, located in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, following a joint operation between the Attorney General's Office and the Secretary of the Navy. He identified himself as Lázaro López Alfaro, but authorities verified his true identity.

Carlos "N," another of Caro Quintero's brothers, was arrested on February 6 in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood in the Miguel Hidalgo district while driving a car. He was carrying a handgun, four magazines, 33 useful cartridges, marijuana, and cocaine. The SSCCDMX head, Omar García Harfuch, reported that the detainee is "a member of a criminal group that operates in the north of the country." Seven days later, Carlos "N" was charged for his probable participation in crimes against health and possession of a firearm for the exclusive use of the authorities.

After Carlos "N" was arrested, Caro Quintero's supposed family stated that he was not part of their dynasty. According to Jorge Morales, director of the media outlet 60 segundos, the direct brothers of the Narco de Narcos are Genaro, Jorge Luis, Miguel Ángel, and Héctor, who was killed at 35 years old.

The Caborca Cartel: A New Threat in Mexico's Drug War

The Caborca Cartel is a criminal organization based in the Mexican state of Sonora, which is located in the northwest region of the country. It is thought to be a relatively new cartel because it split off from the larger Sinaloa Cartel in the early 2010s.

The Caborca Cartel is known for its involvement in drug trafficking, particularly in the production and distribution of methamphetamine. It is also involved in other criminal activities such as kidnapping, extortion, and arms trafficking. The group operates primarily in the region around Caborca, which is a city located in the northwestern part of Sonora, near the border with the United States.

The Caborca Cartel has been involved in violent clashes with other criminal groups in the region, including the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Los Salazar, a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. Many people have died because of the violence, which makes people worry about the safety and security of the area.

The Mexican government has taken steps to combat the Caborca Cartel and other criminal organizations in the country, including deploying military forces to the region and working with international partners to disrupt drug trafficking and other criminal activities. But the situation is still hard, and the cartel continues to operate and fight with other groups in violent ways.