“Ivan” for Borderland Beat 

A person close to Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillo leaks relevant information to Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar.

Sinaloa’s Public Security Secretariat has an infiltrator from the Sinaloa Cartel, according to documents obtained by Guacamaya hacktivists.

Just on August 22, a man named Valerio, who was identified as a “relevant operator and target of access to Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, son of drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera, ‘El Chapo,’ was wiretapped.

“He mentioned to Jesús (a) “Bocho”, that (a) “Catano” and/or “Tano”, has a person he trusts, who is next to Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillo, Secretary of Public Security of the State of Sinaloa, who sends him information immediately when a relevant situation occurs,” reads one of the emails that are part of the largest leak of information in the history of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena).

The Sinaloa Cartel is dominated by Guzman Salazar, according to various Sedena documents found in the leak.

That man obtained information through Valerio, who assumed that after the arrest of Heibar Josue Tapia, apprehended on August 22 by the Sedena, there would be a series of operations for discovering that he was a son of the criminal Jose Guadalupe Tapia Quintero and a lieutenant of Ismael Zambada Garcia, ‘El Mayo’.

The Sedena implemented a special operation to avoid violent action.

“Derived from the above and the exchange of information between federal authorities, it was determined to integrate a joint force to carry out operational activities in the Bachigualato neighborhood in the municipality of Culiacan, with the aim of reducing the possibility of a violent action in the city,” reads a Sedena communiqué signed on August 22.

That operation was not improvised, but part of intelligence work in which they detected conversations from Valerio about considering “…making a mess…” due to the capture, “highlighting that the detainee is a member of the Sombrerudos (Ismael Zambada Garcia’s people),” according to the Sedena files.

This violent action did not occur because the criminal groups were unaware of the location of Heibar Josué Tapia, who when he was arrested also seized eight bags with 6,099 fentanyl tablets, an exclusive-use rifle-type firearm, 47 cartridges for firearms, six cell phones and a pickup truck.

However, the Public Security Secretariat “sent 8 rifles and 15 pieces of equipment in case they tried to react,” according to Valerio’s messages in different calls.

Sedena highlighted the vulnerability of the Sinaloa Public Security Secretariat, since within the corporation an informant of the Sinaloa Cartel was detected, who would have reported to Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, who, at the same time, maintains a local struggle for the territory for the production and trafficking of illicit drugs in the state.

“In relevant events, take into consideration that the Secretary of Public Security of Sinaloa is infiltrated by a member or person on behalf of the Pacific Cartel, who sends them information on the activities carried out by Municipal, State and Federal authorities, which allows the aforementioned Cartel to react immediately,” reads the emails that are part of the most important leak in the history of the Ministry of National Defense.