It’s finally official: Beheading victim found in Phoenix suburb had ties to a Mexican drug cartel

Posted on March 2, 2011

I wrote about this back in October when it was reported in the local news.  At best the police would offer was a possible link to a Mexican cartel.  Now it looks likes it’s finally official:

The man whose decapitated body was found in a Chandler apartment was killed in retaliation for stealing 400 pounds of marijuana from a Mexican drug trafficking organization, a police report reveals.


The body of Martin Alejandro Cota Monroy, 38, commonly known as “Jando,” was found on the living room floor of 300 W. Fairview St. on Oct. 9. His head was found on the floor several feet away.

Cota Monroy ran afoul of the PEI-Estatales/El Chapo Drug Trafficking Organization when he stole a load of marijuana as well as methamphetamines from the cartel, then lied and blamed in on Border Patrol, the police report says.

To avenge the theft, an enforcement/kidnapping group called “Los Relampagos” was sent to kidnap him, according to the report. The report contains “raw intelligence” Chandler police obtained from the U.S. Border Patrol Intelligence Unit.

Cota Monroy talked his way out of getting killed, the report says, because he promised to repay the money for the drugs he stole and put his house up for collateral.

Instead, he fled to a Phoenix “safe house.” It turned out he didn’t own the house he put up for collateral. A syndicate known as “El Gio” sent three men to Phoenix to find him, befriend him and kill him, the report says.

Those three alleged assassins, Juan Campos Morales Aguilar, Jose David Castro Reyes and a third man whose full name is not known, were among the group drinking with Cota Monroy the day he was beheaded, the report says.

Note to Janet “the border is safer than it ever has been” Napolitano: the beheading victim was here illegally and those three suspects in the beheading are thought to have crossed the oh-so secure border back into Mexico.

The East Valley Tribune has more information here.

Posted in: Arizona, Mexico