October 23, 2013
It’s hard for area residents in La Laguna region not to note the upswing of violence recently, coincidentally or not, it has coincided with the reappearance of Arturo Hernández González, “El Chaky”, to the area. The former gunslinger of Amado Carrillo, regained his freedom from a ten-year jail sentence a few months ago.
Authorities from Coahuila and Durango admit they are fearful that his name alone might exacerbate violence, admittedly they insist, namely, if while he’s trying to regain his area of influence causes new rearrangements and a settling old scores. Unnamed sources from these areas say, the around 60 year old, “El Chaky”, the former security enforcer for the Juarez Cartel is most assuredly intending to restore territory, especially now that no cartel appears to reign dominant at this juncture, but there are many squabbling gangs at this time in this historically chaotic, criminal region. (Sorry, but I can’t substantiate the validity of whether or not he intends to do anything. To me it is conjecture.)
A little Background
Arturo Hernández González, “El Chaky” and eight of his accomplices were arrested in April 2003 by members of the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in an operation that spanned seven states of the Republic and he is currently held in a maximum security prison
Federal agency information highlights that besides serving as El Mayo Zambada’s lieutenant, he was responsible for providing security and safeguarding the property located on Calle Abeto, in the neighborhood Granjas Santa Elena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. The property was used as a laboratory to process, package and store cocaine
Upon his arrest, federal authorities revealed that the Juarez cartel was fractured and his top leaders worked independently: Vicente Carrillo Fuentes (brother of Amado Carrillo, “Lord of the skies” ) and Vicente Carrillo Leyva (son the deceased drug trafficker) headed now headed a fraction, while another was directed by Ismael El Mayo Zambada.
Arturo Hernandez as the enforcement arm of cartel was found to be involved in the deaths of protected witnesses,Tomás Colsa, Jaime Olvera as well as comandante Juan Carlos Ventura. record shows he served until 1996 as a commander of Groupo Palma part of defunct Federal Judicial Police and after leaving their ranks, he devoted his time to the Juarez Cartel.
El Chaky was directly linked with the Juarez cartel. In his own words, “I met Amado Carrillo Fuentes and his brother Vincent at a horse race in the city of Chihuahua.” After that meeting he worked directly for the late Lord of skies, and after his death he became the confidant of his brother Vincent, but also the main hit man and head of the safety cell of the organization.
Reports given to the PGR, by several witnesses tell how Vincent Carrillo-the bloodiest of the family ordered people taken to the grave. It is alleged some were buried alive by both “El Chaky” and Carrillo, making them burn off their fingertips first.
El Chaky was ordered to silently kill 5 Juarez Cartel traffickers, Carlos Herrera, El Viejón and four accomplices, as punishment for losing 7 tons of coke to the police that was guaranteed to be delivered to the US. He plunged a 30 inch blade into their hearts, one after the other. After concluding that killing, El Chaky, one of the most feared assassins that has operated in Mexico and threw the bodies into a pit at el rancho Guillermo
After completing the mission of kidnapping Columbian drug traffciker, Ochoa Soto, the moment he was deported from the US, the Chaky was entrusted with the task of assassinating Ochoa Soto’s Colombian companion, Antonio Tarazon Navarro. Hernandez Gonzalez carried out the crimes in a place known as ‘El Pantéon’, within Rancho El Flaco. To do this he used his favorite gun, Colt .38 Super, made of gold and decorated with precious stones in blue, white and red which formed the effigy of the character of Chucky, the devilish dummy, from the popular horror films.
Until his arrest in April 2003, the PGR and the Army looked for El Chaky in Guerrero, Veracruz, and Colima. But his retreats were in Gómez Palacio, Durango. It was in Gomez Palacio where Gonzalez Hernandez found the most comfortable of his shelters, nearby where his former chief, Vicente Carrillo had a few residences.
Sheltered by the police, Gonzalez Hernandez enjoyed impunity. During the last four years before his arrest, he still preferred not to leave the area that was his refuge. Arturo Hernández González known as the greatest protector of the Carrillo Fuentes, always feared repercussions for the harshness of his violent act and protected himself by proactive information gathering.
Hernández González operated in the PGR, Sedena and the PFP. Apparently never lacking in ingenuity, he tapped telephones of many officials who worked in the government institutions. He took it a step further as boss of a counterintelligence group. “El Chaky,” oversaw the activities of a ring of spies who performed espionage on SEDENA from an office nearby the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional. They gathered information ascertaining the next moves the army was planning against criminal organizations in particular the Juarez Cartel, in order to thwart them. The network was discovered in 2002.
Arturo Hernandez Gonzalez, alias “El Chaky”, served as lieutenant of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was described, when captured, as one of the most bloodthirsty criminals
A federal judge sentenced chief lieutenant of the Juarez Cartel, Arturo Hernandez Gonzalez, alias “El Chaky”, to ten years in prison. He was found criminally responsible for the crime of organized crime.
The former commander of the Federal Judicial Police became security chief assassin of the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, “Lord of the Skies”.
Before his arrest on April 3, 2003 in Gomez Farias, Durango, during a raid by the Mexican Army, “El Chaky” served as lieutenant of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
In the structure of the cartel, Hernández González also came to operate laboratories for production of cocaine in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.
The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced that a first charge against him is for the offense of organized crime concluded with the statement issued by the Sixth District Court in Federal Criminal Proceedings in the Federal District, as criminal case 35/2000
The drug trafficker was sentenced to serve a decade in prison and fined 6,012 pesos, although in case of “Insolvency” he may avoid paying the financial penalty with 200 days of work for the community.
However, given the number of charges brought against him that are pending will define his legal status for drug crimes in various forms, he faces criminal proceedings for weapons and money laundering which could potentially increase the years that he must spend in prison, and for being a kingpin, he may also required for extradition by the U.S. government.
Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), Clemente Vega Garcia, when he released the arrest to the press in 2003, at that time he was classified as “extremely bloody,” as the head of Juarez Cartel security and responsible for “eliminating ” members of rival groups.
It May Run in the Family
Suspect Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin alias “El Cris” is presented to the media at the Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City October 18, 2011. Hernandez Tarin is suspected to be a leader and founder of the La Barredora Cartel which operates in Acapulco, according to local media
Hernandez Tarin is the son of Arturo Hernandez Gonzalez, a close associate of Juarez cartel bosses Amado and Vicente Carrillo Fuentes who is now doing time in a maximum-security prison, the Federal Police said.
The La Barredora leader began his criminal career with the Juarez cartel in 2003, smuggling marijuana from Ciudad Juarez into the United States, intelligence reports say.
Hernandez Tarin later worked as a hitman in the city of Cuernavaca for Arturo Beltran Leyva, a drug lord who died in a shootout with the army in 2009, and then joined the gang led by Valdez Villarreal.
El Chaky is the second high-profile criminal released in the first months of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, the former was Rafael Caro Quintero, leader of the defunct Guadalajara Cartel, was let out of prison on August 9.
However, no one is commenting, Mexican authorities nor those in the United States on the reason for his release. His crimes were included in the list of extraditable offenses since 2007 -Upon his release, the first thing he did was to return to his former sphere of influence.